Friday, August 19, 2011


Woohoo...I received my beautiful DQS11 quilt from Suzanne
And also some fabric for my stash...Yay!
This doll swap has been so much fun,
so many creative quilters in it!

I finally decided that the Hope Valley doll quilt will go to my partner.
I hand quilted it. I hope she likes it!

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

DQS11 & more...

I finished one of the DQS11, the zigzag one.
I think it turned out pretty nice, machine quilted this one. 
The Hope Valley one I'm hand quilting,
so almost finished with that one. 
I'll have to decide which one, mail date is Tues. the 16th!
Wonder whose got my name!

It's 16" square, the front:

the back:

 My sister, Debby, is taking a class at Lake County College, 
so I made here a couple of zippered pouches. 
 I used Bits and Pieces tutorial.
One for her calculator and one for pens, pencils and markers.

 I used a cute little polka-dot for the lining.

Finished and sent out my postcards for the 4X6er's,
but I can't show you picks until they receive them.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

More FWQAL & DQS11

Here's my next set of blocks, I'm really enjoying this QAL

Here's option #1 for the DQS11, Hope Valley and Kona Ash.
Going to do hand quilting on this.

still working on #2, using Sweet Tooth by Anthology,
love this fabric!

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Sunday, July 10, 2011


Yay!! I got picked to be in DQS11!
Sew excited!

I was in DQS9
This is what I made:

What I received:

So cute!

And DQS10

What I made:

And what I received:

In love with this!
detail of center:

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Finished 3 more blocks.  
I'm really loving this quilt-along!

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Have a great day!

Friday, June 24, 2011


Got book...first nine blocks:

Very pleased.. definitively right choice of fabrics.
I was saving my Hope Valley for the perfect quilt...
this is it!

Here are the "Buildings" postcards: 

 Love everyone's interpretation of the theme.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Farmer's Wife Quilt-along

Well, I bit the bullet and joined this one.
Going to use Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley, 
along with some solids.
Quite a lot  of people are doing it.
Unfortunately I'm still waiting for the book,
so I'll have some catching up to do when it gets here.
Yay! Book just came in today's mail!!!

Got the towels done for the towel swap.

Received my star row for my Robin Rowers.
We're half way through it.
Animals is the next row, I have mine pretty much all planned out.
I think all my rows look great together!

Got my postcards done, but can't post pics until my partners receive theirs.

My daughter took a great pick of my SIL Bill and 
my grandson Billy at the park near the beach last week.

Cheers...thanks for looking!

Monday, April 18, 2011

You're Welcome!

I received a sweet thank you card
and cute Peter Rabbit FG from my DQS partner Karen.
You're welcome Karen,
I'm so glad you liked what I made for you. 
Always hoping we "read" our partner right
and make a quilt that they like.

The DQS is so much fun, I hope to get into the next round!

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

DQS #10

Finished my DQS quilt...ready to mail tomorrow. 
Hope she likes it!

I received my DQS from Karen:

I just love it!

detail of bird:

She copied the bird off of my row quilt,
so clever of her!

The label: 

and...goodies for me!

Can always use more fabric and thread. :)

And sewed up a set of mug rugs for a friend of mine:

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Busy, busy...

Don't know where the time goes to.

I needed to remake some mug rugs for the Mug Rug Swap.
My first ones I made seem to have been lost by the 
postal system ,a first for me, 
they're usually very dependable.

Fabric is Wild Thyme from SewFreshFabrics and NationCreations.

These are the mug rugs I received from Lori:

Here are my three rows for the Robin Rowers swap:

Top from Anita
Middle from Michele

the labels:

I've received 4 towels from my  towels swap:
Jan  Feb  Mar   Apr

Recent cards from my 4X6er's Postcard swap:
Top 3 are for the Monochromatic theme

These were circles and /or triangles:

Almost finished with my houses row for !, can't say yet.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Oh dear....

It's not that I don't have enough sewing projects going on...
but I could not resist joining this one.
no time limit  :)
Here's my choices.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Thank you...and a tutorial

to my sister who opened her house to me 
so I have a place to live.
So a thank you gift...a quilt...what else?!

My quilt was inspired by Kari Ramsey and her Moda Bake Shop tutorial.
I followed it through step #12. I made my borders differently.

Here's how I made it...

Select fabrics...

Origins by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics

perfect for her house
 1 layer cake
1 yard Grunge in Brown Sugar
...half yard each for inner border and binding.
2 yards Aromatherapy in Vanilla
from one of my favorite shops, Fresh-Squeezed Fabrics

Pair up squares and stitch 1/4 inch around all four sides.
I did one light and one dark.

cut diagonally twice

and ...voila!  four half-square triangles 

trim to 6 1/2 inches

that's a lot of trimming!


Lay out in a nice pattern and sew together.
I sewed four together with the dark to the center. 
This made a 12 1/2" square.
And sewed them in rows and then sewed the rows together.

Add borders, Brown Grunge was cut into 2 1/2 inch strips 
for inner border,
measure strip length after you have sewn the squares together.
Floral was cut into 6 1/2 inch strips for outer border,
same here, measure after first border is sewn on.

Make your quilt sandwich then quilt. 
I quilted 1/4 inch away on all seams
Add your binding and you're done!
My finished quilt measured 60X72.

Then I  made this...actually two of them.
This is a table my dad made, we both have one, so they're on each side of the couch.
This is Sandi Andersen's  Candle Mat pattern from here.

I added a one inch inner border and a two inch outer border,
there's enough left over from making quilt. 

The table is from Norman Rockwell's Santa at his Desk,
it was on the Saturday Evening post Magazine, 
my dad drafted the plans for the table from the picture.
My dad also made the lamp...he's a crafty guy.
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