Monday, February 29, 2016

Traffic Jam Sew A Long Month 1

It's finally here, the Traffic Jam Sew A Long.  I'm so glad you stopped in to join the fun.  It's going to be a Block of the Month Sew A Long.   Each month we'll make at least one unit (or block) for the  Traffic Jam Quilt for the next 12 months.  You'll need the Traffic Jam Pattern as well.  You can get it here.  So let's get started.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

More Farmers Wives Blocks

I've managed to get 10 more Farmers Wives blocks finished.  If my counting is correct, I only have 2 more to make.  I would have had them finished while I was at Hollie's in Yuma, AZ last week but I somehow didn't cut enough half square triangles for the other two blocks.  


Friday, February 26, 2016

Freebie Friday 02-25-16

Yay, It's finally Friday and boy am I glad.  It's been quite a week!  On Wednesday I traveled all day from Yuma Arizona where my daughter and grandkids live, back to DeKalb.   I left beautiful sunshine and warm 80 degree temps to come home to snow flurries, brutal cold wind and temps in the 20's and 30's.  BRRRR!!!

So how about a giveaway to warm the spirits?


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday - Disappearing Pinwheel

I'm sure most of you have seen the Disappearing Pinwheel block and maybe even watched the video on it.  Or perhaps even made a quilt with it.  I haven't yet but I've certainly wanted to.  Just in case you've missed it somewhere along the way, here's a popular tutorial video from Missouri Star Quilt Company.


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Quilt Labels

Putting quilt labels on your quits is one of the most important steps in your quilt making process.  In fact, some say a quilt isn't finished until the binding and the label are attached.    From a historic standpoint, labels ARE the most important step of a quilt.  How many times have you seen vintage quilts at auctions, thrift stores, garage sales, etc. and no label or mention of who made it. Labels also give the quilt more value too.

 I used numerous methods to label my quilts.  

This label is one of my all time favorites.  I didn't make it, my girlfriends did and put it on a quilt they made me for my 50th birthday.  Maybe because I didn't have to make it is one of the reasons it's my favorite.  Sheila did the hand embroidery for the label.  She does beautiful work and always makes hand embroidered labels on her quilts.


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Traffic Jam Sew-A-Long

I'm very excited to be hosting my very first Traffic Jam Sew-A-Long.  We'll be using my Traffic Jam Quilt Pattern that can be found here.


Friday, February 19, 2016

Quilting Eye Candy

I finished a few customer quilts before I left on my trip to Arizona.  

Debora made this simple 9 patch and square in a square from Kaffe fabrics for her daughter.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

A Hard Lesson Learned

I've been a little MIA (missing in action).  I flew to Arizona to see the grandkids last Sunday.  I had a good lineup of blog posts drafted and just needed to tweek them a little before I published them.  I was in the process of doing so on Monday when my lesson struck.

I was helping Raleigh with some sewing.  I had my laptop plugged in to charge.  Being the clutz I am, I tripped over the cord when I went around the table to help her and pulled my laptop off onto the floor.  YIKES!!!!


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Snow Days Quilt

This is one of the 11 quilts I picked up in Texas to bring back with me to quilt.  This one is called Snow Days and is a shop sample for B&B Quilting.


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Valentine Quilts

Do you have Valentine Quilts.  I only have a few but I'm working on making more.  Since Valentine's Day is tomorrow, I thought I'd share what I do have.

I made this one a couple of years ago when I was teaching an applique class in Brownwood Texas and in Nevada, Missouri.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine Pockets

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I went shopping for some candy to put in these sweet Valentine Pockets I made for the grandkids.  That ought to be enough sugar for 4 kiddos, don't you think?

This is the sweet Valentine Pocket I made for the candy to go in.  I found the pattern on the Moda Bake Shop here.  


Thursday, February 11, 2016

DCQG Donation Quilt

I was asked to do the quilting on a donation quilt for the DeKalb County Quilters Guild (DCQG).  It will be one of several that will serve as their donation quilt for their 2016 Harvest of Quilts Show coming October 1st and 2nd.

I think it turned out very nice.  It's made from a charm pack (5" squares) and some background yardage.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Nine Hearts Free Quilt Pattern

Are you following along with the Nuts About ??... Blog Hop.  There have been some neat projects and shares from some Nutty talented designers.  I shared yesterday about what I was Nuts About.  You can read about it here.

My project was a small wall hanging or table topper.  I called it Nine Hearts.  I also promised a free pattern/tutorial for you.


Monday, February 8, 2016

Nuts About ???.... Blog Hop and My Day

Welcome to my day on the Nuts About ???... Blog Hop.  

I'm Nuts About a lot of things, especially these two grandkids...

And these two grandkids...

And of course my boys...

But you didn't come here to see them.  

I'm also Nuts About Quilting, and Nine Patches, and Valentines.  So look what comes together when you mix all three of those things.... Nine Hearts...  


In Our Garden Pieced Block

I promised yesterday that I'd share my pieced block for the In Our Garden Blog Hop.  It was so easy to make and didn't take any time at all.  If I had realized how quick it was, I would have done it yesterday with the applique block.


Sunday, February 7, 2016

In Our Garden Blocks

Have you seen the awesome blocks Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy designed for the In Our Garden Blog Hop?  She posted them February 1st.  You can find them here.

I made my applique block this afternoon.  I think it turned out so stinkin' cute!


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Texas Traffic Jam Quilt

I have designed and published this Traffic Jam Pattern.  You can buy it here.  

I decided it needed to made up in another color way and I needed a "Modern" quilt to go in my Texas Beauties Trunk show.... so I made a Texas Traffic Jam Quilt.  


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Longarm Challenge January 2016

While I was at one of my retreats last summer, I met two of the nicest, funniest, crazy, fabulous quilters.  They are Deb and Barb.  Deb and Barb had been friends for a long time and have been going on retreats together for a long time.  They both live in Minnesota.

Recently Barb sent me an email after reading my UFO and Flimsy post.  She asked me if I would be interested in participating in a challenge with her and Deb.  Well, of course I was.  I can't pass up a challenge, especially a do-able one.  

She challenged us to pick just one item on our UFO and Flimsy list each month, send a picture to her and Deb at the beginning of the month, complete it sometime during the month, and then send an updated picture showing the project completed by the last day of the month.  If I didn't complete mine, I had to quilt one of their projects.  If they didn't complete theirs, they had to quilt one of my projects.  

I completed mine by the skin of my teeth.  I got it finished last Thursday.  You probably remember it here.

Deb emailed me on Sunday morning.   She had hers done and "not a moment too soon".  This is the Hen House Chicks Block Exchange.

She said she had to add a picture of a few of them on the back.  I love it!

And of course, chicken wire was in order for the quilting pattern.  

Barb emailed hers to me at 10:30 Sunday.  Now that's cutting it pretty close but she beat the midnight deadline.  Barb is so happy to have this one finished.  She says she still loves it in spite of the fact she's been working on it off and on for over 4 years.  Sometimes when you work on a quilt that long, you hate it by the time it's finished.  

Next month I hope to get these two Flimsies quilted.  They are small, that's why I picked 2.  Another small charity quilt and a wall hanging.  

Do you think I can do it?  Do you participate in challenges?  It seems to be the only way I get anything done!  


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Nuts About ??... and In Our Garden Blog Hop

I turned the page on the calendar and can't believe it's February already.  Hello February, welcome to 2016.  Tomorrow starts the Nuts About... Blog Hop.

It's hosted by Marian at Seams To Be Sew and is sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop and AnyPattern.  There are 21 bloggers that will be posting about what they are Nuts About... and there are giveaways to win.  Here is the line up of Nutty Bloggers.

February 4, 2016
February 5, 2016
February 8, 2016
February 9, 2016
February 10, 2016
For a change, I have my project completed already and am working on the blog post.  Usually I'm a last minute gal.  Would you like a sneak peak of what I'm doing?

Any guesses on what it might be?  You'll have to come back and see on February 9th. 

And speaking of being Nuts About... something.  I'm nuts about the In Our Garden blog hop that's going on right now.  The first set of patterns has been posted.

You have to go see them.  Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy is hosting this awesome blog hop and her blocks this month are just too cute! Go check them out here.  Oh, and there are giveaways there too! 

My month is April.  I can't wait to show you what I've designed!   


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday - Quilted Jewelry Tray

Have you ever left your jewelry behind in a hotel room?  I never have in a hotel room but I did once at a friend's house.  At DeKalb County Quilter's Guild last week, they hosted a Round Robin.  Now this wasn't like any Round Robin I was thinking of.  But it was fun and I learned a lot. So what does Quilt Guild have to do with leaving my jewelry somewhere?  Well.... glad you asked.

You see, at Quilt Guild there were various stations set up around the room and each station featured something different.  One station was "Disappearing Nine Patch Blocks", another was Disappearing Four Patch Blocks", another was various layouts with pre-cuts, another was "Folded Hexi's", another was "One Seam Flying Geese", and the last one was "Quilted Jewelry Trays".  Now, do see where I'm going with this?

They made these neat little Quilted Jewelry Trays.  I modified it a little bit and this is what mine looks like.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Quilting Eye Candy 2-01-16

There has been some diligent quilting going on in the Queen's Palace.  So far I've quilted 4 of the 11 quilts I picked up in Texas last week.

This one is from Margaret.  She always does the nicest piecing job and many times pieces her backings too.  This one was no exception.  

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