Friday, December 31, 2010

Quilt projects I am working on

I am working on this takes time to place the pieces in the right places.

This is what I did with some black and white 5" squares I had.  You can see the
white wonky stars but if you look closely, you can see the dark ones too!
I can not wait to have quilt this one!
Let me know what you think!

Scrap Happy

Last weekend I visited an aunt that I have not seen for quite a while.  She makes beautiful quilts...makes mine look like Crap compared to her work.  She gave me a big bag of scraps.  I can not wait to go through them to sort out and see what I can use for another quilt.
I hope everyone has a Happy 2011.

Monday, December 20, 2010

fabric giveaway

I just visited a new blog...well new to me anyway!  She is going to do a fabric giveaway. 
Here is the site
Check it out!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Quilt Binding complete!

Over the last week I put the binding on:
2 queen sized quilts,  1 King sized quilt, 3 baby quilts, and 2 lap quilts!
Yea!!!! now I feel I can finally start a new project.  Oh, I still have 5 quilt tops to put on the quilting frame but I will get to that soon enough!
I am also trying to arrange my material closet.  I am going to try to sort by color I guess! 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pain Filled Day

For some reason I am in lots of pain today.  My ankles, knees, hands, wrists  and shoulders......this RA is rough but I will not let keep me from living.  I have to keep moving.   The weather her is cool and damp.   On cool, dry days I am much better.  I will be taking my Humira shot today (#5).  I think it is helping but today is really bad.   I guess I will have days like this.
I want to spend a little time sewing this hands may not be so swollen then. I hope everyone had a great day.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Bind that quilt

I have several quilts that need binding!  I have decided that I will not start another project until they are all fininshed. I have about 4 more to do.   I find this step in the quilting process to be my least favorite thing to do. Anyone feel the same way? 

I woke up very stiff this knees and elbows were hurting a lot.  I guess it is the change in the weather.  I am much better this afternoon.  Sitting at  my sewing machine helps me focus on something else besides the pain!  My hands are very swollen too!  I determined not to let it stop me from doing the things I need to do. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New URL for my blog

the new URL for this blog is:

I hope everyone can still find me.  The other URL was too hard for me to remember when I wanted to tell friends about it.  This way the URL matches the name of the Blog. 

I have enjoyed keeping track of all the other blogs on my page.  I have made some wonderful, talented, quilting friends!

I am even in a Goat Herding group...imagine that!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Check out these scraps!

I made three more of the 10"  squares last night and went to bed.  This morning when I opened my eyes I thought?????why not make them half solid and half scrappy and then I will have enough to make a small quilt.  This playing with scraps thing is  addicting!

Here is a photo of what the quilt will look like once I sew them all together!
What do you think?
Neat Huh?  I love this way of making blocks. It is fun.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Working with scraps!

I decided to try something different.  I went to a quilt shop in Houma.  I bought a $3 bag of scraps...yes, scraps...A few weeks ago I gave someone a big black garbage bag full of scraps.  Who knew I would want to try this.  It was a nice assortment of pieces.  Here they are!

I pressed the pieces and sorted them by color and then sat at  my sewing machine.  This is what I ended up with after about an hour and a half.  I have 9 very interesting 10 inch squares.  I plan to connect the with a dark fabric and make a quilt with them.  This was fun to do. 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sisterhood of the Traveling Goats

Here is a photo of Honey, my sweet little goat.  She will be visiting Suzanne, then Sue, then Jan and then home to me!  She will visit, Iowa, Western Australia, and Alabama.  I can not wait for her to return home so I can see what she had been up to while traveling!

Friday, October 29, 2010

another attempt at making a purse

This was a fun project.  I used 3 fat quarters for the exterior of the purse and some cotton fabric I had in my stash to make the lining.  I need to learn how to put in a big snap or one of those magnetic closers . I used white velcro. It keeps the purse closed but it does not look so great.

Friday, October 22, 2010

My attempt to follow a pattern from a quilting magazine!

I found this pattern several months ago in a quilt magazine. I just had to try it.  Looks a lot harder to do than it really was.  It was a neat pattern to follow.  I usually make up my own stuff but I liked this one so I went for it.  I added strips on each side to make it big enough for  a King size bed. 
What do you think?

What do you do with a bunch of 4 inch squares?

I was going through my fabric closet and found a pile of 4 inch squares that I had bought on EBay several years ago.   I figured it was time to use them.  These two quilts fit on a queen sized bed.  They came out pretty good I think.  All I have left to do is finish the binding on them.  They were fun to make!

thrift store treasures (quilt tops)

I found this quilt top at a local thrift store...I paid $8 dollars for it.  It is very large, it is wide enough to hang over 24 inches off each side of my king size bed .  All - ALL-  ALL- hand pieced. It must have come from a quilt shop that did quilting classes and they put all of their blocks together.  An incredible find.  I machine quilted it and we use it on our bed in the winter.   I would have preferred to hand quilt it but my hand quilting days are over. .Several years ago I had an accident while on a sail boat in the middle of the British Virgin Islands and I broke, actually crushed my right elbow.  I have 3 plates and 17 screws holding the arm together and my hand and wrist can not turn like they used to.  Oh well, I can at least machine quilt the tops I make and find. 
 Here is another great thrift store find.  All hand pieced.  Beautiful. It fits on the queen sized bed in our guest room.  I machine quilted it with a butterfly design. It came out really nice.  Oh, and this one cost me $6.00.  I just could not pass it up.  Every piece is no larger than 2 inches square!  Quite impressive on a bed.
I found this one at a thrift store too.  Paid $5 for it.  All hand pieced also.  I machine quilted it.  It fits nicely on a twin bed.  The fabrics are all vintage. It is really beautiful..I put an off white fabric on the back of all three of these great quilts.

Monday, October 18, 2010

a butterfly quilt

I made this butterfly quilt for my friend that lives in Colorado Springs, CO.  The butterflies  are flying north but one of the butterflies is flying south.  A   hint that I would love for her to move back here to Louisiana.

my grandbabies

These are my baby boys.  They are both 2 years old.  Alden is 5 months older! We love having these babies here with us as often as we can.  We take care of Reed everyday, his mom is a teacher.  We try to have Alden here at least once a week so they can play together.  They are so funny to watch.  Alden is on the left and Reed is on the right.  Hope you like the picture! 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Cloth diapers

A friend of mine wanted to use cloth diapers when she takes care of her grandbaby.  I made a few for her.  She loves them.  I thought I would post  a couple of pictures. I think they are so cute!

Monday, October 11, 2010

cat quilt

here is a photo of my cousin's quilt that I quilted.

another project

Yesterday I pulled out a pattern that I bought at a Quilt show in Houston, Texas about 4  years ago.  I have never made a purse like this before.  I usually make it up as I go along but this time I followed the pattern. Not so hard to do.
I am posting a picture here.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Another Day

Yesterday I was given my first shot of Humira for my rheumotoid arthritis.  It was not fun at all. It really hurt but for just a few seconds.  I hope it helps with the ankle and knee and hand pain I am having. I am also having an itching problem with a stupid rash that won't go away.  I am praying that the Humira works and that I can feel like a normal person again.

Over the weekend my cousin, Pat,  came over for a visit and we quilted her cat quilt on my quilting frame with my machine.  I am going to ask her to send a photo of her quilt so I can show it to everyone. She decided to invest in a quilt frame too.  I can not wait to see it.

For the online quilting bee I have the month of July.  I need to decide what I want for my turn.   I am looking forward to doing a new square for everyone each month.

Friday, October 1, 2010

I love creating.  The best part of quilting is putting the quilt tops together.  I usually have 5 or 6 tops waiting for their turn on the quilting rack..  I use that time to pray and think of other projects.  I retired at 51 back in 2004 and I have made well over 100 quilts of various sizes.  I have given most of them away and sold a few.  I became a grandmother a little over 2 years ago. Our sons became dads in 2008 within 5 months of each other. We were thrilled.  They both had been married 9+ years and we had been patiently waiting for them to start their families.   My husband is also retired and together we take care of one of the babies so his mom can work without having the worry of daycare.  He will be in a preschool next Fall. I am not in my sewing room as much as before but I figured the babies are little just a little while and I do not want to miss that.  I usually spend a little time in my sewing room each evening. We also have the other grandbaby as often as we can.  He usually spends the night once a week.  I love it when they are both here.  They are learning how to play together instead of just playing next to each other. Grandbabies are such a joy to have.  I will write more later.
We are having beautiful weather here in South Louisiana.  Sunny and cool. 
I just started another quilt using black and white prints.  I will post it when I get it together.  I can not wait to start with the online quilting bee. Looks like we will have more than 12 and that will be great!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I am going to attempt to post photos of quilts and things as I make them. Not quite sure how this blog thing works but I am going to give it a go. I just joined the BeeBalm online quilting bee and I can not wait to get started.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Just finished a Sunbonnet Sue quilt with a green trim. It came out pretty nice. I plan to have it quilted by the end of the week.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I am working on two Sunbonnet Sue quilts. I use a pattern that I copied from the quilt my mother made back in the early 1940s. I use various scraps so the dolls look vintage. My machine does a nice blanket stitch to attach each one to a 12 1/2 inch square. I use 9 dolls per quilt.

Here is a photo of the quilt and also a close up of a square.