Thursday, March 19, 2015

Flowers Are Coming Up!!

I have been busy trying to get caught up on all my hexies. I have three sets done and I just need to get my March set done now. 

This set is for my November partner.

These ones are for my December partner.

These are for my February partner.

These are the flowers I received from my February partner. 
She sent me this very cool card. It has a pressed flower on it. I love it!!

I have changed my mind on how I am going to make my hexie flower garden. I am going to go around all of the flowers in another row of petals. I will set them all in black, but in between where the black paths intersect I will put a red, orange, or yellow solid hexie to break up all the black. I will show you what I mean as I get it started. It will be stunning. I can't wait. I need to figure out how many more hexies I need. I have a lot of them now. 

TTFN

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Irish Chain Quilt-Along~Finished Blocks

I have finally finished the second set of block in the quilt-along going on over at Happy Quilting. I love these blocks. They are so cool. The only problem I had was lining up the two halves of the blocks. You an see how the two short sashing pieces don't line up. But after I looked and they are all like that I decided it just adds to the wonkiness of it.

Then today I finished the third block. I like this one even better. They are so fun to make. Melissa talked about in her tutorial of these blocks that if you used the fusible then the piece  would be stiff. I learned a little trick on another applique quilt I have done. If you trim out the insides of your fusible within an 1/8th to 1/4 of an inch then when you trim and iron on your pieces then the insides of the applique will not be glued down. I love doing it this way. The fusible holds the piece down until you sew it down. 
 Here are my finish blocks. They are so great. This next week will be sewing the applique pieces down. Then after that we will get to assemble our quilts. I can not wait!!!

TTFN

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hands2Help Sign-up Have Begun

It is that time of year again. Time to start thinking about those around you that need a quilty hug. I know as quilters we are already generous people but here is another opportunity to give someone in need something to hold on to when things are tough. Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge is run by Sarah over at Confessions of Fabric Addict. There are three charities to pick from. You can make one quilt, you can make one quilt for each charity, you choose. Do what you can to help someone. There are prizes at the end for completing your quilt(s). Who doesn't love prizes. So hop on over to her blog and sign up, you will feel great for helping out!!

And because I love pictures on blog post here is a picture from around Christmas time. In a town near mine they have a fabulous Christmas light display at one of their parks. So much color!!! Spring is on the way so I don't feel so bad looking at this picture any more, ha ha. Have a good Monday!!

TTFN

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Irish Chain Twist Quilt Along Improvisational Piecing Block Step Done

Oh boy that was a lot of work but I loved every minute of it. It feel good to be busy making another quilt. I finished trimming all 160 squares. I just finished sewing all 40 blocks together. Why did I decide to make the queen size quilt? HA HA I know, because I want it for my bed. I know I will love it. So now I get to wait until Thursday when Melissa announces the next step. If you want to go check out the Quilt Along go here to the main page.




TTFN

Gifts, Quilt Alongs, and Babies

Last year after the H2H Challenge was done and the gifts were being sent out somehow mine got lost. I had won a years worth of magazines from Generation Q Magazine. Sarah over Confessions of a Fabric Addict felt bad and sent me these great treats. Thank you Sarah. Then within a few weeks I received my magazines. 

I am a bit slow on getting the steps done but I did get all of the pieces cut for my quilt that I am making following Melissa's Quilt Along over at Happy Quilting. I have all of the 320 triangles sewn onto the brown rectangles. This week I will focus on getting that next step done which is to cut them into squares.

I thought you might like a picture of my next granddaughter. This is Lillian or Lilly for short. She is about 5 months old and sucks on her fingers and not on a pacifier. Oh boy! HA HA

TTFN

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Working On Hexies

I am getting back into the swing of quilting. I have been busy making Hexies. These went to my November partner. They are so fun and spring like.


These fun sunflowers will be going to my January partner that just lives up the road from me!

These wonderful flowers are from my November partner.

 These great flowers are from my January partner.

 I will be back later with more fun things.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Quilt-A-Longs

Hello everyone. I missed not blogging last week but it was a big homework week let me tell you. This week is not as bad. I have missed my daily sewing time. I just have so much going on now that if it does not have a deadline it gets pushed back. So when I saw the quilt-a-long over at Happy Quilting I knew I wanted to join in. It is a fabulous looking quilt. Melissa and started quilting at about the same time and I love to see how far she has come. This quilt-a-long leads right up to the release of her first book! How cool!! Here is some information if you would like to join up too. 


Schedule, Fabric Requirements, and Prizes - Jan 29th
 Cutting - Feb 5th
Twists on Tradition Units - Feb 12th
Modern Patchwork Block - Feb 19th
 Improvisational Piecing Units - Feb 26th
Improvisational Piecing Block - Mar 5th
Appliqued Chains Block - Assembling - Mar 12th
Appliqued Chains Block - Stitching - Mar 19
Piecing Top and Grand Prize Linky - Mar 26th
Parade and Grand Prizes - April 13th

It is also time to start thinking about Hands2Help (H2H). I have been a part of this Charity every year. 

Sarah is doing something a little different this year. She has started a Sweet 16 Quilt-a-long to help motivate us into making quilts using a simple 16 patch. She has shown a few different ways to work up quilts using the easy to make block. I loved her black and white quilt with just a touch of color. I want to make two, one very similar to her's and then a multi-colored one. I can't wait!
Are you doing any fun quilt-a-long this year? Join up with one they are great fun!! Now time to go buy some fun fabric.

TTFN

Monday, January 19, 2015

15 in '14 Follow Up

At the beginning of 2014 I made plans,, with no pressure, to finish some UFO's. I decided that I wanted to at least move each project to the next step. Some I did great on, but I also know how life is and with starting school I hit a road block. I still feel like I made some headway and that makes me happy. Here is a follow up post on these 15 projects.

2010 Designer  Mystery BOM
I was able to get all these blocks into a top. I love it. I added this to my every growing box of tops. Man, one day I will have to make them all into quilts. 

Birdie Stitches
This one also made it into a quilt top. I love the very thin sashing. It helps separate all the colors in the edges of the blocks. 

Black and White Garden
I was able to finish each of the blocks for this quilt. I was able to get all of the stitching done on all of the flowers. Now I just need to all of the blocks sown into a top.

Double Delight
I was able to get all of these pieces made into blocks then into a quilt. I have since added a border and started quilting it. I hit a design snag with the quilting so until I feel like I want to tackle it again it is in a drawer.

Quilts for Kids Their Kit
I was able to finish this one. I loved the way it turned out. So cute!!
Quilts for Kids My Kit
This one also turned out so cute. I did the binding differently and the bottom curled up a bit. I did not know about it until it was washed. Darn!

Round and Round Quilt Along
I was able to get a few rounds sown on this top. Once I get this last round on I think it is just two rows added to the top and bottom to make it rectangular. It reminds me of Easter.

I made no progress on the following projects. That is ok!! I accomplished a lot last year even if it did not show in my 15 in '14 plans. Each of these projects will one day be finished but until then I will not stress over them. 
2011 Designer Mystery BOM

 A Year of Paper Piecing

 Apple Core

 Count On It

 Hello Moon

 Hello Sun

 Tetris Quilt Along

Trip Around the World

TTFN