Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Block #4 Winner

First, I would like to thank everyone for the kind words about the recent loss in our family.  It was much appreciated.  Of the comments, there were four blocks posted so.....

Yes we have a winner!!!    JUDY!  Please email me at and I will get your prize to you. 

This month our prize is a $25 gift certificate to  I have found so many excellent fabrics there and I hope you do as well.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Looking toward Christmas

This year I plan to make all the kids quilts.  Between the children and grandchildren, I am looking at 14 total.  It is quite an undertaking.  The only chance I have of reaching that goal is to start NOW.

To make 14 quilts in this next few months I chose to make very simple patterns.  Many of the them will be the Take 5.  A top can be finished over the course of a weekend easily.  This is the first top on the list.  The fabrics have been in my stash for years just waiting to grow up to a real quilt. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

BRAT Quilt Along Block #5

First of all I must apologize for the delay posting this block.  My grandfather passed away on Friday and I have been in a slump all weekend.  I just couldn't find the motivation to get the post up.

Oma and Opa
The loss of my grandfather was sad, yes.  But he was 92 years old and had lived a long and good life.  The impact to me and my sister was another issue closely tied to our military life style as children.

Military children do not have a home town.  When asked where we come from we get the deer in the headlights kind of look.  We just do not really have that one place.  For us, that one constant place that we always went back to was Oma and Opa's house.  The loss of my Oma two years ago was hard and now Opa is gone.  We have lost our Opa and our home town.

But like I said, he had a great life and leaves children, grandchildren, great grand children, and even great-great grandchildren.

Our block this month is pretty simple.  In fact, this block looks complicated but whips up in about an hour and half, start to finish.

You need:

Background:  (4) 4 1/2 x 2 1/2
(6) 2 7/8 squares

Color 1 (center): 4 1/2 inch square

Color 2 (black):(4) 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 rectangles (12) 2 1/2 inch squares (4) 2 7/8 inch squares

Color 3 (beige print): (8) 2 1/2 inch squares

Color 4 (green)  (4) 2 1/2 inch squares (2) 2 7/8 inch squares

Once you have the block completed, just add the borders.

  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 

You will make the following segments:

Now you lay out your block.  Follow the image below:

This is the finished main block.

This is the finished alternate block.
I did not get the final borders on before taking the picture.

The linky is not my friend today so please just post a link to your block in the comments.  I will try later this afternoon again to see if it work.

I will post the winner of this month's mystery prize on May 27.  It is later than usual, but I will be off the grid for a few days.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Design Wall Monday 5/11

Happy belated Mother's Day!  We had a fabulous day.  All the girls were over except for the oldest as she is in Utah.  It was peaceful and relaxing.  Now we are back to Monday.

My weekend was a limited sewing kinda weekend.  I did some sewing, but my final exam was the main event.  The one thing I did accomplish was finishing the Blue Moon of Kentucky top.  The squares are 1 1/2 inch cut, 1 inch finished.  I love how it turned out.

Without school taking my timing over the summer, I plan to start on the quilts I want to give the kids for Christmas this year.  I have 14 to make.  I need to get cracking!!!

There are lots of great projects to be found on design walls at the Patchwork Times.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Leader and Ender progress

It is that busy time of year.  Finals are upon us so there is not as much sewing time as I would like.  Once I finish my last exam this weekend I will have the summer off to become friends with my sewing room again.

However, I did manage to get a little sewing done and have the first two rows done for my current leader and ender.  I do like how they are shaping up.  I was not sure how the random collection of hand dyed fabrics would blend.  Some are brights, some are not.  In the end they came out pretty nice.  It does go fairly fast as I do two rows at a time.  The strips are 8.5 x 66.5.  With borders I will have a good sized quilt.

This weekend I will have the next block in the quilt along ready to post.  Hard to believe we are on block #5.  The year is flying by!!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Design Wall Monday 4/27

New week, new project.  Every couple months my quilting buddy and I get together and make a quilt together.  Usually we have the same pattern and different fabrics.  It is fun to see how the design can be so different just based on the fabric selection.

On Saturday we did our latest quilt day and make scrappy house blocks.  I used scraps left over from a BOM I finished last year.  In fact the quilt is in the mail coming back from my LAQ.  I was able to finish the 20 blocks and started to set them yesterday.  I should be able to finish the top next weekend. 

Be sure to check out other design walls at the Patchwork Times.

Friday, April 24, 2015

New Leader and Ender

I love leaders and enders. I have said it many times, but it is sooo true.  I posted the Log Cabin I finished a few weeks ago and it has taken a while to decide what the new L/E would be.  I kinda putzed on a few other things in that time. 

I have a drawer full of scraps and pieces of hand dyed fabrics that were left over from a number of quilts over the last 8-9 years.  They all come from different dye batches and don't really match perfectly, but we are not going to worry about that.  I pulled them all out and decided on a braid pattern quilt.  Actually, I am not using a pattern but it is pretty simple.  So far I like the results.  I should have enough for a good sized lap quilt at least.