I completed this quilt on the left and presented it to a friend at work. Linda is going through a difficult patch right now. I was glad I could provide comfort to her.
I recently gifted her sister Susie with one and I know for a fact she is enjoying it.
This is my second year selecting a couple people in need of comfort. This makes me feel so good!
On the right is a large quilt top I put together this past weekend. I had the squares finished, they were waiting patiently. There is also a pile of dark background with light strips splitting them... They too are waiting to be sewn into a quilt top. The squares finish at 6.5 inches including the seam allowances.
I wonder which scrappy pattern will emerge next.... Stay tuned.......
Here are the latest pet quilts I took to the animal hospital in town. They really appreciate these and the animals just love them.
I needed a light box (I don't have one) and took my sewing machine extension table and placed a ott light underneathe and walah. A light box!!!
I received my Double Wedding Ring GO Die and had to experiment. I used the solid arc and created this little quilt top. It'll be going to the animal hospital when its quilted. I did learn a few things sewing it together. So it was good practice.
A friend, Joyce gave me a pile of scraps and I have been playing with them. They are SO MUCH FUN!!! Thanks Joyce. Always appreciated. :-)))
Mr FQ wants to get the computer so I think I'll go continue with my applique...
This is a collection of scrap blocks from others, making too many and rejected blocks due to various reasons. Making strip sets and separating by either a 3 or 2.5 inch strip I've created a unique quilt top. Someone will love it.
Have accomplished quite alot this weekend. Still more to go.
BTW Mr FQ noticed the star blocks that are messed up. LOL
This is my latest project. A good sized lap quilt for a friend. She'll really like it for her couch...
I've been trying to empty or reduce the 2.5 inch blocks and 2.5 inch strips (so I can process some more). I have always wanted to try this pattern. I love it and it goes together SO QUICKLY. I double stitched the light triangles (started with squares) and have bonus parts. I debated the border and a dark 3 inch strip won. What do you think about the pattern and or the colors?
I loaded the top this morning and I plan to quilt it today in addition to other quilty things.
Sebastian was my constant companion in the sewing room. He is doing much better since his steriod shot. He is hardly coughing at all and runs around with Tinker Belle like a kitten.
Many ofus wear clarks shoes for comfort and durability. In the last year I have had 2 or 3 pairs of shoes where the upper (leather) part starts to separate from the sole. The last pair this happened on was a beautiful burgundy color mule. One of my favorites, wearing them with jeans was perfect.
I decided these shoes are very expensive and I'm going to do something about it (or just try). I searched the web for the clarks web site and contacted them. I promply received a reply asking for the number on the inside of the upper shoe. I sent the information back and was pleasantly surprised when the email came asking me to select a new pair from one of 3 web sites they provided. I received my new shoes in about 2 weeks. NOW THAT IS CUSTOMER SERVICE.
The shipping box is a perfect place for Tinker Belle to stalk her victims. She is turning into a very loving kitty.
This long weekend I have been busily trying to tame the orpan block bin. I have managed to put together a medium size quilt top (the one with lots of orange), a red white and blue top which will need borders to make it larger. I've also sewed 6 pet quilt tops AND quilted them.
Still there is a pile (a big pile). I have grown tired of looking at the mess so last night I scooped them up and jammed them back in the orphan bin.
I feel like I've worked enough on this effort and will go onto other funner things. More creativity...
Blogger - I tried unsuccessfully yesterday to post 3 different times. I couldn't get the pictures to load. Very frustrating...
Thanksgiving here was nice and quiet. A dedicated sew day except for preparing our thanksgiving dinner which was yummy...
Learn something new and keep your brain stimulated.
I caught the kitties all lying in one area basking in the sunshine. How cute.
Yesterday I received and put together the shelf that I ordered from Walmart (free shipping). I put it together myself (simple assembly and no tools required). So I have been emptying bins and refolding fabric. I need to see what I have. Oooh and all the pretty fabrics. Just Lovely.
A love quilt in process. I started last sunday and had completed all but one row which I finished yesterday. I used a panto called chocolate leaves. It really put some nice texture into this quilt.
I have alot to get done today - quilting, quilting and more quilting.
A funny - Mr FQ saw the shelf and thought I was going fabric shopping LOL. NO I HAVE ENOUGH for the moment.Frog Quilter
This is the quilt I started last night and finished today at noon. Pieced by Linda McNabb. It's for her husband Don who is a sweetheart. I used a oak panto and I think it came out fabulous. Ignore all the white basting stitches.
One the right is Tinker Belle keeping my seat on the couch warm. She' really matured into a loving kitty.
It feels so good to be home and able to sew. My Bernina 200 is home from the sewing machine hospital and will get thorough testing this weekend. Maybe I'll get it to embroider - finally....
Am leaving in the morning for houston for the big show. My first time!
I'll leave you with my new bed quilt which sleeps fabulous and a picture of Tinker Belle. She made it through her surgery just fine but decided to eat rope and a dryer sheet. These two items made her pretty sick for a few days. She is better now and back to herself. And loving on me regularly.... Such a sweety!
I have secretly been doing a hand applique project by Barbara Brackman - Prairie Flower "A year on the plains". This is my March block, Wood Sorrel. With this one finished I have one more to do and that is June, Wild Cucumber. I have learned a lot doing this project.
A cat picture for you cat lovers. Tinker Belle is scheduled to get spade Monday and I'm really nervous about it. I'm already hurting for her...
This is the stream where we camped and fished. It's the KOA in Cherokee NC. Pictures are two days showing my catch. The last day I caught a 23 in Rainbow Trout. How fun.... He'll bake up real nice in my oven. Yum!
I never got my limit (of 10) but the size of some of the fish was great. Enjoy the pictures.
They really do go together.
A small ironing board, small iron and I was all set to do more applique prep. This was set up on my stove/kitchen counter. I did get a bit done when I wasn't fishing :-))))
My new obsession is a project called the Roseville Album Quilt done in brights. This is my first block minus the circles which I will add later. I'm loving this applique project. You can see more of everyone participating in a Kim McClean pattern here.
Cat Doll - Soon to be completed. She is so cool.
Our mountain trip starts tomorrow so there will be a week or so before another post.
A scrappy christmas quilt for a child. No pattern, just a sew as you go quilt. Based on what's on hand at the time. Tinker Belle just snoozing in a laundry basket of clean whites. Oh to sleep the day away without a care in the world. She is getting so big and becoming more affectionate.
The quilted wedding quilt which came out beautiful....
Four of us made blocks, we each had 2 fabrics and selected the other fabric from our "stash". Margaret put the blocks together with sashing. Yesterday we picked out a backing from my stash. We selected the brandywine feather panto, some bright yellow/green quilt thread and the machine magically quilted. I have one remaining pass to do this morning. We were just too tired to finish yesterday. Quilt size is queen so it's rather large. This is a beautiful quilt.
I have been continuing my effort to empty the last bag of scraps. I do 30 to 60 minutes most evenings. I heard that there are more coming my way. :-))))))))))))))) Love Scraps. Last weekend I quilted 2 Love quilts that turned out fabulous. I'm finally thinking that my quilting is beautiful. In other words I am less critical on myself. This has taken a long time to accomplish. It's not the individual stitches BUT the overall effect.
Here is the baby quilt for a co-worker. Her shower was Tuesday and a little whoosh came out of her mouth when she pulled this quilt out of the bag... :-)
There is the second love quilt on the frame behind.
What would I do without quilting? I think I would be lost. It really has become so much of my life and SO ENJOYABLE.
I've been working on making mile a minute quilt blocks as I had 3 bags of scraps. (much like the one you see below with Sebastian in the picture). So 2 bags are finished and gone, working on the third one. Here are the blocks that have been trimmed. There are a lot here.
A picture of Blackie and Tinker Belle at the door checking out the front yard. Tinker Belle has grown so much. Still loves to fetch and retrieve especially with wrapped candy.
My ironing board was in desperate need for a make over so today that was my first priority. Taking off the old cracking cover and making a new one out of some decorator fabric I had.
I have to say it looks fabulous.
More sewing tomorrow. I'll do a few more runs on the Mile A Minute Blocks.... This bag will take awhile to complete.