Monday, April 24, 2017

H2H 2017 Check-In

Wow does life get busy sometimes. I thought that after my last child went off to college that I would have lots of time. Well between taking my own college classes, babysitting my granddaughters, and my parents moving in, I have not had too many quiet moments. 

I decided to join H2H this year again over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I love this group. I love how Sarah get all of the members together and helps to what we love best, to make and give away quilts. I am also very busy in a lot of other quilt projects. But this adventure hold a special place in my heart. Below is one of the quilt tops I have made. 

 I am also very busy with a lot of other quilt projects. I will show some of them later. For now, know that this community has not been very far from my thoughts and I miss being here.

TTFN

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Getting Closer to Being Finished!!

I have done a lot of work on my daughters wedding quilt. I almost have it done. I need to make borders and then quilt it. This one will not wait until this summer to be quilted. I will want this one on its way to her and her new husband as soon as can be. I am excited to have this one finished. I love this pattern, and I will do one again, but for now I want it out of my hair. HA HA!! 

Here are the fabrics I started off with.

This is me using a nifty little tool that someone from another group sent to me. I did not think I would use it, but it has become invaluable to me during this process. I know I will use it again with other curved piecing. 

Some of the hundreds of tiny seams all being sewn together.

One set of arches sewn onto the melons.

I had to draw dots on all of the points to help in knowing were to stop sewing. I started doing them one at a time, it did not take me long to move to this kind of "dot making."

These are all of my pieces ready to be put into a quilt.

All nine rows sewn together, stacked and waiting to be made into a quilt. 

WOW!! The top is done. I have not, at this point, sewn the points of the arches together. Again, big husband in the back. 

This is where I am at now. I have all of the points sewn together. I will start working on the border next. She does not want the scallops. Darn her! HA HA!! I have an idea of how to do the border. Well I am off to figure it out. 

TTFN!!

Monday, February 13, 2017

My En Provence!!

I am done with my top. I love this quilt. I loved following Bonnie Hunter as she put these clues out one at a time. I loved not knowing what it was going to look like. I loved working hard on repeating many of the same pieces over and over again with no picture in my head of were they were going. I loved the reveal. I love the conversations on her Facebook page. I loved how many people kept the quilt the same, like I did. I like the quilts that were changed. I loved everything about it. I can not wait to do this next year. It will be fantastic. I am linking up with the final link up party for this quilt. I have not quilted it yet, that will happen this summer, when I can get outside to spray baste it. I can't wait to have it on my bed!! Below are pictures of a few steps along the way. 

Fabric is selected with more added as needed.

Making hourglass blocks with hot chocolate.

A few pieces stacked up in little piles.

My first block finished.

All of my sashing pieces finished in a nice stack.

Pièce de résistance!!!
The final top. With of course, my little helper in the front, Chompie, and my big helper in the back, my husband. Love them both and this quilt. Thank you Bonnie Hunter for everything you do. You are a very special person and those that love you, know it!!

TTFN

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Parma Quilters Anonymous 2017

 The quilt group I run is starting a new year of fun. We will be doing a repeat of something we did a few years back, Mercy Border Quilt. You start of with a block or a piece of fabric, your choosing of style and size. Add this to a box and any fabric you want in your quilt, and every month, this box moves to a new person. The person adds a border of any size and style, using your rules. Then it switches to a new person the next month. Finally at the end of the year you get your quilt back. You are totally at the Mercy of your partners all year long. 

That is how I got this quilt!

We are also doing another year of Copy Cat Block Swap. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

On the Road to Spring

I am trying to get a few thing fixed in all of my records: quilty-things I have finished, quilty-things that need to move to the next step, and quilty-things I want to start. I have a few things I feel need to get done this year, and this is the best place for me to keep it all straight. 

Back in 2012, I started the Fat Quarter Shop's Designer Mystery Block Swap. 
 I made one block and stopped.
Then I started cutting it all up into different usable sizes and sewing them together. 
I used On the Road to Spring Quilt Along to make my own quilt with the fabric I had bought.
I loved it!!
I ended up with a smallish quilt,
and a very nice lap size quilt. 
I hope to get these two quilts finish. I will only count them as one finish. 

TTFN

Sunday, January 8, 2017

My Word of the Year

One of the things I do every year is pick a word that describes my focus for the new year. It usually comes from noticing certain things from the past year that I want to work on. As I reflect in December how my last year went, I start to pick words that will help me in the next year to feel more confident with my life. 2016 was a great year for me, I completed two semesters of college, getting 14 credits. I babysat my Granddaughter for 3 to 4 day a week almost every week, I completed a few quilts, put on a quilt show for our local town's summer festival, I had my first real cash paying quilting job, just to name a few things. But I lacked a sense of focus, I felt lost, scatter-brained, like I was the last one to know what I was doing. That is why this is my word for 2017!
I need to FOCUS on the thing that is my life. In my life, there are many different parts of my life. Each one is special, each one is important, I need to FOCUS on each of them. 
They each deserve my FOCUS!

Friday, January 6, 2017

A Few New Things

My youngest daughter feel in love while in college. She had meet this young man a few semesters back, but they had a space of time that they were not together. When they go back together, they know it was time.
 They were married on December 31 at the Boise Temple. We are so happy for them!!
 Especially me!! (Me and the bride)
The cute couple at their reception. They are way too sweet together! HA HA
 Other than wedding stuff, that I have been busy with for three weeks, I have been sewing. I have been between semesters at school so I have used every quiet moment sewing. IT HAS BEEN WONDERFUL!! I started cutting and sewing my pieces for the En Provence Mystery Quilt with Bonnie Hunter. I am loving the process but boy are there a lot of pieces!
 Step 1 done
 Step 2 done
I have most of step 3 done, but I need to add more.
 Step 4 done

I also have been busy making pieces for my daughter and son-in-laws wedding quilt. This first picture is all of the 322 arches. WOW! And because I am a number nerd, there are 1932 pieces.
 In this pic, half of the arches have the additional end pieces on. So now there are 2,254 pieces.
 Here, I have added the melons to the shorter arches. so now we are at 2,415
 So finally, I have all of the arches sewn into all of the melons. 
 My first circle!
 Four in a row. This is were I stopped. I will get back to it soon!!

School work started this week so we will see how much time I have to sew, HEE HEE!!

TTFN