Monday, January 26, 2015

Design Wall Monday #4

Monday found me again!!  There is not much going on in the sewing room since we were out of town at the Road to California Quilt Show all weekend.  Talk about eye candy!  Such amazing work.  I did pretty well in the fabric buying department, but I did pick up some great patterns and tools.  For my design wall I just wanted to show a few quilts that I liked.

 Being a hand stitcher, I love the appliques quilts.  I have done quite a few over the years, but have not tried a block of the month.  This one is just sweet.  The quilting on it is to die for.  Such incredible talent.

The hearts would be perfect for my oldest daughter as her birthday is Valentine's Day.  That said, I probably would not want to give it up if I made it!

The second quilt I loved was just so striking.  It is 3D and I do not recall that there was any information on it about a pattern used.  I don't know that I would have the talent to construct patterns in 3D without very DETAILED directions in a pattern.  I also love the black and brights.  Always a great combination.

Finally, this was just a cute quilt.  The neat thing about it is that the motif blocks are all needle punch.  I would worry about the needle punch coming undone if I ever washed the quilt.  It did give me some great ideas.

While I don't have anything new on my design wall, I know there is great stuff to see on other design walls.  Check them out at The Patchwork Times.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My January UFO

For the UFO challenge, I listed that I want to get my project in the mail to my LAQ and the binding made.  Here we are headed into the end of the month and I am no closer to reaching that goal than I was on Jan 1! 

One would think it is an easy thing to make the back and binding and stick that puppy in a box.  The quilt is one of my UFOs from around May 2011.  I planned to make it for my king sized bed at that time.  While I still love this quilt, we remodeled with another theme.  There is a lesson there.  If I wait to finish my quilt, my design plans may change!!!

One the other hand, you just cannot go wrong with any Kansas Troubles fabrics.  I still love the quilt and need to finish it.  Maybe I can make the back this weekend, after I return from the Road to California.

I think I need an extra two hours in the day just for me!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Celtic Knot

This year I decided to try my hand at a Celtic Knot.  I love the look of Celtic quilts and I love to stitch by hand so it seems like a good combination.

I began the journey yesterday.  I am using Fairy Frost fabrics and do like the shimmer in them for this block.  My pieces are not perfect, by far, but I think I made a good start.

This weekend I was not able to post my stash report, so I am adding it here.  Not such a good week for busting :(
Week in: 29 yards
Week out: 13.56 yards
YTD in: 29.22 yards
YTD out: 27.7 yards
to meet 50 yard goal: 51.52 yards

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Military BRAT QAL part #1

Welcome to our quilt adventure.  I really look forward to a year of friends, quilts, and shared stories.  Each month I will post a new block on the 15th and you will have a month to make your block.  I will post a linky for the drawing.  Up for grabs each month is a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.  I really cannot say how much I appreciate their support for this QAL.

This month our theme is Friends!  We are making new friends as we quilt together so it seems appropriate.

Growing up in a military family means you learn how to make friends quickly.  We moved about every 2 years so we left many great friends behind each time.  I grew up in the days before social media so staying in touch meant writing a letter, finding a stamp, schlepping my behind to the mailbox, and waiting for a response.  Today it is different.  We can email and skype to stay in touch.  In the last few years many of my high school friends and I have connected on Facebook.  We talk more now than we did the first 20 years after we graduated!  It was always hard to leave people behind.  One thing we learned is that our friendships endure.  Even after 30 years (I graduated in 1984) we feel that connection of friendship and love.

Petra and I with our cousin, Mary.  About 1970/1
not long after our dad returned from Vietnam
When we arrived at a new base we may or may not know someone.  One thing I knew was that I always had one least until we found new people.  That was my sister.  Petra is two years older than I am so we were close enough in age to share many of our school experiences.  We fought hard and played hard.  We were the BEST of friends for the first few weeks every time we moved.  Often we moved in the middle of the school year so we found new friends at school quickly.  We were lucky.  The importance of family is clear when you move around like we did, especially going to new countries where you may not know the language.

Daughter Katie with her cousin, Justin  Nov. 11, 1990 in
Spandalem, Germany during the St. Martin's Day Parade
My children are also BRATs so they had similar situations.  I had three girls and they were all born within 5.5 years which made them quite close in age.  They also played hard and fought hard :)

When we were stationed in Beuschel, Germany, my sister was about 45 minutes away in Spangdalem.  My oldest nephew was that friend with my oldest daughter.  We usually had Sunday afternoons together.  Katie thought her cousin was the cat's meow.  Though not siblings, they were the best of friends.

Block #1 Friendship Star
I have two variations of the block to show.  One is in military themed fabrics and the other in 30s prints.  I really want to illustrate that you can use any color way and have a great quilt.

The first block is pretty busy due to the background fabric I selected.  The second not so much.


  1. 16 squares 2 1/2 inch
  2. 8 squares 2 7/8 inch
Stars (you can do 1,2, or 4 colors):

  1.  8 squares 2 7/8 inch
  2. 4 squares 2 1/2 inch
  1. color 1:  (2) 1 1/2 x 12 1/2 strips, (2) 1 1/2 x 14 1/2 strips
  2. color 2:  (2) 1 1/2 x 14 1/2 strips, (2) 1 1/2 x 16 1/2 strips
  3. color 3:  (2) 1 1/2 x 16 1/2 strips, (2) 1 1/2 x 18 1/2 strips 

1.  On the 2 7/8 background squares, draw a diagonal line.

2.  Using the 2 7/8 background paired with a 2 7/8 star fabric, make HST bu sewing 1/4 on either side of the drawn line.  Cut on the line and press.  This will give you 16 HST.

3.  Construct four Friendship Star blocks:
 4.  Sew the star together in a four patch then add the borders to the block.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Currently I do not have a hand quilting project going.  I am just waiting for batting to pin the quilt that I will work on in the evening this year.  Instead, I am working on a penny rug.  They are fast and fun.

This is a simple pattern of circles and the finished quilt will be draped on my old school desk in the guest room.  The background is a flannel that has been  in my stash for an untold number of years.  I have about 15 of the circles stitched.  I will make a total of 56.

Be sure to check out other WIPs at Freshly Pieced.

Currency of Love

My daughter draws cartoons about her little one, Jadzia, and their dog, Bert.  They really are so cute.  Jadzia has a number of quilts made by Oma so Katie provided a cartoon about one of them.  I think I need to get another Oma quilt in the works for Jadzia!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

UFO sighting

Last year I thought I had listed all my UFO quilts stashed all over the house.  Not so.  I made the mistake cleaned out one of the closets and Lo! there were two more UFO quilts.  So I had to add them to my 2015 list.

The first UFO was a Birds in the Air quilt from a fabric swap I did about 1998.  I started the first couple of blocks then stopped.  This will become a Leader and Ender quilt once I finish the current L/E project.  I am about 2/3 done with the current one.

The second UFO is the oldest I have on my list.  I started making a quilt for my sister in 1997 in red, white, and blue fabric.  I was a fairly new quilter; only a few years into it.  It is all cut out and a fe
w pieces stitched.  I decided I should finish the quilt.  I hope to have the top done in the next month or so and ship it off to be quilted.  It is an easy pattern so I think it is doable. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Design Wall #2

Week two has been pretty fruitful in the backing department.  I was able to finish two backs and bindings.  Now just to get them quilted and finished.  One is going off to the LAQ for quilting so that one is virtually done in my mind.

The second quilt will be hand quilted.  It is kinda strange not to have a hand quilt project sitting on my couch at the moment.  I finished the last of my hand quilting last month.  The one that I want to do is a beast!  It is 104 inches square.  This is a BOM by Kansas Troubles and I love it.  It is so big that it does not even fit on my design wall.

Yesterday  I finished the back and got it loaded on the frame to pin only to realize that I do not have a king sized bat at home.  Frustrating!!!  But the batting will be here this week so I can get it pinned and ready to go.

Be sure to check out all the other wonderful design walls at the Patchwork Times!