Monday, April 28, 2014

I was notified that my email account was hacked and spam was being sent from my account. If you happen to be on the other end of that please accept my apologies!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Shirt Blocks

I managed to finally complete the shirt blocks! I figured out the math last night and looked at what fabric I have from my stash. My plan is to set them on point with a navy blue print. I am hoping to get that done this weekend.
Thank you for the kind words about my husbands ankle. It has been confirmed through xrays it is broke, but the tendons are intact and we think that is a good thing. I have no doubt he will be making a full recovery and we will be out hiking again soon.

Have a lovely weekend.

PS, I received my little quilt but want to wait to show it. Be ready for a Linky party next Friday!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Life Interupted

Hubby and I were on track to go hiking Saturday. He had the rare day off, lunch packed and everything prepped and ready to go.
We knew we would have to cross mill Creek several times. This was the first crossing.

Another crossing.
I can't help but admire the old ponderosa pines- such stately trees!

All was well, until the 4th or 5th river crossing. Hubby jumped off a big log and twisted his ankle. He was able to hobble 2 miles back to the car. His foot was still very swollen and getting more and more black and blue and he finally let me drive him to urgent care last night.  He will get xrays today but the Dr is positive he has fractured his ankle. Because we own a business I made him sit on the stool as much as possible and was covering for him and when he is home I make him prop it up, so I've easily forgotten how much he does around here!  Sewing has taken a back seat to life so far this week.

On another note, I've seen so many wonderful quitls from the exchange! I couldn't be more thrilled!!

Happy Tuesday!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Doll Quilt Finale-2 days

I hope your little doll quilt is in the mail to your recipient. If you are like me, I'm trying to be patient. I have seen several lovely dolly quilts from the swap and am thrilled with them.
I did not make any one of these little quilts in my post. Aren't they cute?
If you have received a quilt from the swap, please be courteous and send them a thank you. If you do not have their email address please contact me and I will give it to you.
If you receive a quilt that you are not happy with because of poor workmanship, (I cut points off all the time, but I do put time and effort into the quilting and binding) please send me photos so I can see for myself. I do think it is only fair to put effort into a quilt and receive a little quilt that you think had effort put into it. I really want to know.

If you are going to be late sending your quilt, please let the recipient know and when she can expect its arrival. If you have forgotten who you are sending to, please ask me.

Feel free to show your exchange quilt or the quilt you made on your blog. We will be linking these up,  I suppose about the beginning of May.

Am I forgetting anything else?

Happy weekend and happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

In My Sewing Room

I've had a little time in my sewing room.
First things first is the sweet basket block from Wendy at Legends and Lace.
I've had a difficult time getting back to the shirt blocks. (feel free to photo browse and not read!) About a month before my dad died a friend's dad died. We've known their family for years. I asked her if she had any shirts from her dad and would she think her mom would like a quilt made from them. (overlook my terrible sentence structure) They had not wasted any time cleaning out the closets, so we went to the local thrift store and she BOUGHT back several shirts that had been her dads. The other place they donated them too handed them all to me when I went in. (the were happy to give them back for the cause but I neglected to check the labels for 100% cotton)
I was starting my project on THIS POST.
The next time I was working on the quilt was 4 days later and was also the day my dad died. I haven't been able to get my heart back into it. Until this week. The widow got a call back from a yearly mammogram. She has had breast cancer before and although I am hoping and praying all is well, I do feel she needs the quilt.  So, the photos are showing little piles of blocks in different stages.
Because I have melted several of the shirts that were not 100% cotton, I've dug into my homespuns and shirtings hoping to sprinkle them throughout to get a lap size quilt.  Yep. A labor of love!!
On another note, I got a photo of this beautiful shirt quilt from Rose Cane. This is what I was attempting but the shirts and my sashing were not working for me. This quilt is in Bonnie Hunter's book.

I am hoping to find time and stay focused. I am working a lot as well and although I am enjoying it, it is cutting into my sewing time!!

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Signs of Spring

 There are signs of spring inside and outside of my house! Woo-Hoo! It sure took it's time arriving.
 Here's a fun wool and cotton applique quilt from Sue Spargo that I completed a few years ago. It's the first thing you see upon entering my house.
And here is a fun vintage project I completed in 2010. You can read about it HERE on this post.
I didn't like the first shirt blocks I was making, so I am changing it up. The purpose of the first blocks was a secondary pattern within the sashing and I was not feeling the love! I will add them to this quilt but plan on making more of these and setting them on point. I've had a difficult time getting my groove back and haven't stepped into my sewing room this week. I'm hoping this weekend to at least get the blocks cut out.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Quiltworks First Friday

Friday I was able to get away with my girlfriend for the First Friday event at Quiltworks. The exhibit was quilts based on The Dog Stars, which I have not read, but after seeing the quilts I am intrigued.
What I really loved about this month's exhibit was the variety of techniques used. Most are what I would consider art quilts or pictorial quilts, but each has utilized a wonderful technique that makes their quilt very unique!
Take you time  looking at them and tell me if there is something that really pops out to you or inspires you in some way.

I adore this!

The quilting really creates movement in this one.
Classic, sweet, traditional.

I love the silhouettes of these two. I really like  the spotted bird.

Another one that I love for the quilting.

I hope you enjoyed the quilts!
Have a fantastic day!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Doll Swap minus 14 days...

 My quilt is done.......... We spent 9 hours on Saturday in the truck traveling  to and from my dad's memorial and I was able to get it all quilted.
 I'm calling it "Off the Beaten Path" to commemorate all the backroads and hikes we used to take with my dad while growing up.  My label is a bit messy, but the info is what is important not my handwriting.
 I washed and dried it. I am having issues with it though. I worked on this little quilt while at my dad's bedside and it made 3 trips with me to Moses Lake. I thought I could part with it, but as I prepared it for shipping, I decided I couldn't part with it. I know I have 2 weeks to make another one but I can't find it in me to make another one quickly. I hope my swap partner will understand.
I even found the inspiration for my doll quilt on a trip to my dads! 

So, I will send my version of the quiltalong "Faithful" to my partner and I hope she will understand and accept the "already made" quilt and love it just as much as my newer creation.

Some housekeeping issues:

  • Hand or machine quilting is fine. Quilted with a few ties is fine. Ties only is not.
  • Please attach a label and add a note so the recipient knows who to thank.
  • Thank the person who sent you a quilt.
  • If the workmanship is very poor and it looks like it was done very unthoughtfully I want to know and I'd like to see photos. 
  • We will have a linky party so we will be able to see all the little quilts!
That's all I can think of. Anything else?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

BOM's ready!

These are not my blocks, I only have them downloaded so far.
But I wanted to let you know they are READY! The cute basket comes from
Wendy @ Legends and Lace.
And block 4 of Benjamin Biggs this month comes from Gay @ Sentimentel Stitches.

Thanks Wendy and Gay for your generosity.
I hope to be back to my regular sewing and blogging next week.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Little Quilt Swap

My quilting is not supposed to look like  the big stitch!

Thank you all so much for your outpouring of love and support after the loss of my dad. Words cannot express my gratitude. Xoxoxo