Monday, January 16, 2017

Looking Back- Pillowcase dresses and Christmas

Good morning! It's Monday again. The weekends go by too fast!
Recently I found a couple of photos from my Bolivia trip last year.

It's fun to see the little dress you made, so I thought I'd show these and see if you recognize them. 
Such good memories of this village we got to go to. 

If anyone is interested in making the little pillowcase dresses I'll be bringing more to Columbia in January 2018.

Now, back to Christmas, 

Here's my simple table. 7 for dinner is a "just right" number. 
I showed this one on instagram and said I'd write about it later. I really hate it when the turkey is done, but nothing else is. It's always a risk that the turkey will dry out. It so happens that my meat thermometer died Thanksgiving day, so we cooked it by the clock. Everything was ready, except the bird! I put it back in the oven and cranked up the heat and we all started dishing up all the other side dishes. Meanwhile the drippings spilled and we were smoked out! I grabbed glasses to protect my eyes from all the smoke. (which you can see in the background) Eventually it got done and we now have a fun memory of Christmas 2016!

Nothing quilty today, although I was able to get a bit done this weekend. Have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 13, 2017

ABC Sampler Quilt

After seeing this adorable quilt at International Quilt Fest I found the pattern and am making it with my friend Karen. We've done a few quilts together but not lately.  
Here's my first block. There will be a few more applique pieces once I add the other blocks and borders.
It's been awhile since I've done hand applique- whoa, those berries! LOL
See Karen's block HERE.

 My niece had her baby early! Please meet Zackary James. And because of the snow the quilt has not arrived yet! I knew I should have sent it USPS. 
She sent me this photo last night. I'll be making a trip over to see him in person when the weather clears and the forecast looks good. 

My Instagram feed for the week.

No snow in our forecast for several days, thank goodness! In the last month we've gotten 38+" of snow, which is unusual for us. My husband ordered a plow to put on the front of our truck. We've got a long driveway and a parking lot to shovel at our business. He is really getting tired of all the shoveling. We're getting too old for that! LOL  

Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Jacob's Ladder

I made this Jacob's Ladder quilt in 2008. Two other friends and myself had a little getaway in CA and this was the perfect project to swap parts for and get a good scrappy two color quilt. I opted for a dark border.
My friend Kat opted for a shirtings border. 

And she even made another one with the extras! Don't you adore her quilt ladder? And her 2 color quilts!?

Imagine my surprise to be thumbing through Keepsakes Quilting and came across this quilt. Just goes to show there really is nothing new in quilting! LOL  Exchanging with friends is a much better way to have a variety, but it seems there are always kits available, and this one is no different. 
Here is the size of blocks we did and is perfect for exchanging with friends.  Use your 2" strips  and 4" squares!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Fall Festival Part 1

And here we are again! Fall Festival is a 12 month BOM, but I hope to have the top done in 10 months.  So, are you ready to get going?

 Cathy S has been doing this quilt as a BOM from Jan this year and she has agreed to let me use her block photos for our quiltalong. Use fabrics similar, or get creative!
Month one we will ease into the project by doing Block 1, the lower left pumpkin/crow block. Lizzy says she is using wool for her berries and I thought that was a fun idea. I searched and searched yesterday for the size of this block. Finally, I emailed Cathy. It is cut 32 1/2 x 14 1/2. Or oversize it a bit and trim to that size after appliqueing.

But since we are going to go full force on this quilt, we are also going to work on the crescent moons.  There are 5 of them and should applique fairly quickly. The photo only shows 4, but there really is 5. Do as many as you can. 4 of these are cut 4 1/2"x 12 1/2" and one is cut 4 1/2" x 14 1/2".

We will do show and tell on February 6th. Either be prepared with a blog post and add your linky, or send me your photos and I'll post them here.

Happy Monday!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Windmills for Momma and Baby

I started this quilt last July in Sisters at a class with Sujata of The Root Connection. In the back of my mind I thought it would work for a baby quilt but didn't know if I'd need it for a boy or a girl. 
You all helped me choose the border and I'm happy with it. 

It's for a boy, by the way. 

I shared with you the ABC fabric, and obviously I measured wrong. 
So, instead of just a baby quilt, it's a mom and baby quilt! 

My Instagram feed this week pretty much sums it up since the beginning of the year!

Have a wonderful weekend.



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