Sunday, February 5, 2017

Valentine's TableTopper

Well, today is Super Bowl Sunday.  Are you watching the game?

We do not follow football so it is just another Sunday to us.  My husband spent his afternoon trimming trees in the back yard.  As for me, I spent the day sewing.

So, I have a question for you still decorate for Valentines day after you Retired?

For me, I don't know if you want to call it decorating but I enjoy changing some things up with the Holidays, yes, even Valentines day. Like silk flowers, candles, centerpieces, wall hangings and table toppers.  I had a Valentines topper for our Dining room table, but needed one for my table in my quilt room. 

I wanted something small and simple.  So I started by making hearts in assorted Batic fabrics,

Then I cut a large circle and arranged them in a circle.  

I wanted to keep this simple, so I cut another circle for backing and batting.
(Gee, I think I am boring my partner, lol)

  I sewed right sides together all around the edges. Then made a little slit in the center of the back to turn right sides out.  
I pressed, appliquéd it by machine and quilted it.

For the back, I made a small appliqué heart to cover the slit where I turned it around.

Not fancy, but it looks good to me.

It even matches the mug rug I made earlier:

It was a fun afternoon project.  I have so many things I am doing, but sometimes it is fun to be able to start and finish a project in one day.  

Hope you all had a fun day, whether sewing or watching the Super Bowl.

Till next time,


Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Fresh Snow Hop!

Today is the first day of the "A Fresh Snow Hop" and it is my day to show what I made!

I want to give a big thank you to Marian Pena, at Seams to be Sew .  She came up with a great hop here and did a lot of work organizng and getting it all together.  THANK YOU!

That being said....who don't like snow?

(Gee, maybe I should re-think that, lol)

We do not get a lot of snow down here in Tennessee.  Surly, not what we are use to.  And most of the time when it does snow, it is all melted by noon.

This year we have been having a very warm winter so far.  Why we were 74° on Christmas day.  The last 2 weeks we were averaging in the 60's!
Oh, I am not complaining, it is nice not to be so cold, just hope it don't mean a hot summer.
(I must confess though, I miss the snow.  I got a lot of memories with snow.)

OK now,  I have been working on this for quite a while.  Since I really like snowmen and blue is my favorite color. This was perfect! See, a friend of me be gave me this adorable pattern

from "Bird Brain" designs, the beginning of November.  I worked on this whenever I could.  I wanted to get it finished and hang it up to enjoy it.   With the holidays and everything else, well, that just didn't happen.  It took longer to embroider than I thought.  

My Snowmen:

(I don't know why the picture shows up yellow, believe me they are white!)

Now, the pattern shows it as a Table Topper.  But anyone who knows me, knows that I don't follow directions.  I have to do it my way.  Not only that, all the work put in the snowmen, I wasn't going to take any chances of getting anything spilled on them.

So I decided to put a boarder around them to look like a frame. 
Kinda like a ribbon perhaps?
I drew some paper piece patterns.

Now, I could have just sewed my pieces together, but I decided to do paper piecing for 2 reasons.  
1.  They will get perfect.
2.  I need the practice.   

So I cut out my triangles in an approximate size needed.

Then I started sewing them together. 
The most horrible thing happened!
Yes!   My Pfaff quit sewing!!
I don't have to tell you how upset I was!
My poor husband tried and tried to fix it.  He knows how I love that machine.  But unfortunately, it needs a new part. 
Lucky, I have a great Featherweight I could use.  So the next day I finished my boarder.

Here is where my design wall came in handy.  I put the snowmen up, then the blue ribbon around and then the snowflake printed fabric.


Decisions, Decisions!  I wanted to show off the snowmen, not the boarder.

Here it is:

After all that, I just didn't like the blue ribbon boarder.  It looked too over bearing to me.  I wanted something simple.

Total size is:   38 1/2" X 10 1/2”

Oh, I also made these snowmen for my mini stands:

You ask what I am doing today? Hmmm, not sure yet, but for now, I am going to see all the other beautiful "Snow" projects that are shown today.  I hope you join me.

Marian is offering this Great Giveaway.  
In fact, she is giving away a kit each day of the hop.  So be sure to visit each day.

Today is this adorable kit....
"The Quilted Cow"!
It is an adorable wool wall hanging.
Just leave a comment below and
enter here at:

for your chance to win.

Marian is giving away a new block patters each day!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Making a Quilted Clock

What time is it?
That's easy......


It all started when I needed a clock in my room and couldn't find exactly what I wanted.   Sooo decided to make my own.  I purchased the inners and hands at our local Walmart. 

From there I drew different sewing items to be my numbers.

I made a tape measurer, needle and thread, 2 spools of thread,

Pin cushion, scissors, buttons, rotor cutter, and an iron.
(I did use the numbers 3, 6, 9, and 12.)

For the center, I made a Singer sewing machine.
After all the appliques were on, I did some embroidery work.  I made the thread in the needle, thread on the machine and the word Singer.

I then embrodered
"Time to Quilt"
I sewed 4 triangles (one to each corner) then added the sides.
Next I cut batting and backing and quilted in a grid pattern.
When it was completed, my husband added a backing to make it sturdy.  Then put the clock box on the back and the hands.

Wah Lah,  I got a clock!

Now that I have your attention, let me tell you about the next hop.
"A Fresh Snow"

(Here in West TN it has been in the 60's all week.  Would you believe we actually reached 74° on Christmas day?  I kinda miss the snow.)

Anyway, it is going to be a fun hop.  Lots of prizes, ideas AND snow!
Starts January 20th

Go see Marion,  
for the full schedule.
Hope to see you all there.
Till then...


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Flannel Quilts for All

So, we are almost ready for Christmas.  Stockings are hung, tree up, quilts all made, oh and when I say made, I mean made!

I think this has been my most productive year that I had quilring.  Last January I decided to make each of our neices and nephew's children, on my husbands side, a flannel quilt.  At that time was a total of 12 quilts.

My first 3 quilts were for sisters.  So I decided to make them the same design, all snowmen, just different colors.

First one was "Blue"  for the youngest of the sisters, Angelina.

Then I made one green, for the oldest sister, Noel.

Last but not least was a red one for the middle sister Gracie.  They were all quilted in an all over stipple patters

My next 2 were also for sisters.  I wanted to do something different, but yet keep them alike.  So I came up with this pattern.  

The top, pink backing, for Bella and the bottom, blue backing for Adriana.  These were both quilted in all over flowers.

Then for their 2 brothers...
I also wanted them alike but yet different.  So I made different patterns with the same fabric.

One has a dark brown binding and one a green binding.
They are Ricko's and Cobie's.
These were quilted in an all over stipple pattern.

HAH!  No problem...I had 7 of the 12 quilts finished in 5 months.  I thought that was good.  At this rate I would be done before      December.    

Yeah, right!

Summer came, my room got built.
(which I am totally excited with)
Field trips with the Guild, made two T-Shirt quilts and a "Delectable Mountain quilt with the guild.
Why, it was September before I know it.  I had to get back on track.

Next was a little boys quilt for Xander.  I found the cutest car and truck flannel.

I did the back of his with the left over fabric and quilted it in an all over stipple pattern

Next were his 2 older brothers.

I did them in Bear, Deer, Elk prints.  First one for Kalub, his has a black binding.

The second for Gavin, his is brown binding.
These 2 were quilted in an all over oak leaf pattern.

Ah, almost done, just 2 more boys to make.
I got the camo fabric with Hummers in.

First one is for Santana

And the second and last was for his little brother Logan.

Ah, I got them all finished right after Thanksgiving.  I was so pleased to be ahead of it all and get them in the mail early.  They were all headed to up state Pennsylvania.

Then we got a call from our niece that had the three girls (the first 3 quilts I made)
She told us how her and her husband were going to become foster parents to a little girl.  They were to get her on the 14th. 


I can't send one to each of the other girls and not her.  Quickly, I dug into my stash.  But got it done!  I made the same design as the others, even found snowmen. 
So, here is hers:

I can proudly say they were mailed and everyone got their quilts yesterday.
(I waited to post thus till they got them, after all that, I still wanted to surprise them all)

(I also made 4 other quilts including a T-shirt quilt, 5 table toppers, pillowcases, a walker tote, a large tote bag and 2 wallhangings.
AND I enjoyed making each)

Yesterday I baked cookies all day!  Today I have a few more batches to make.  Then I can pass my trays around tomorrow.  I will then officially be ready for Christmas.
 (I think!) 
Just have to make my Christmas Turkey.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Let it Snow!

Well, there's really no place to go.
Let it Snow, Let it snow, Let it Snow.

I just love this time of year.  It is so festive, colorful, joyful, the sounds, the wonderful arromas, excited children, just, I don't know, but it makes me happy!

Last year when our Quilt Guild had our Christmas meeting I got this cool pattern for "Frosty".  Well, it was so close to Christmas that I didn't have time to make it.  But this year I did.

This is the first pattern that I actually went directly by the pattern. 

I did add extra beads to the tree.

The dog even turned out great.

It is not big, only 13" X 15" but just perfect for my hanger.

Then, I decided to make 3 little Snowmen for my little holders.
I drew the first one beside a tree.

The second is the father and son snowmen.
(Looks like he is giving him the talk, lol)

Then I out one on a Snowboard.

Here is the snowman and his tree, I quilted in snowflakes.

Here is the father and son, 
(Looks like the talk went well, lol)

And the snowboard, flying down the hill.

They are only 3" X 5".
Perfect for my little holders.

Here is their home for winter:

OK, back to my room I have lots more to do till Christmas.  I am almost done with my gifts, then in the mail they go.