Monday, October 31, 2011

New Sewing cabinet!

I just ordered this sewing cabinet. It is scheduled to be delivered on Friday of this week.  I am so happy to finally get a real sewing table instead of just a desk with my machine on it!

It is a Arrow Bertha.

Lego quilt

I pulled out all the little 1 1/2 inch strips I have been collecting for a few months..  I sewed them end to end and had a strip about 95 yards long.  I then sewed the strip together side by side a couple of times. I had a big strip about 8 inches wide. I cut them into 7 1/2 inch squares.  I ended up with 43 blocks. I started putting them on my planning board. It is as high as I can reach but I plan to add 2 more rows. I  measured it and looks like it will be about 50" x 43" when I sew them all together.  I had planned to make a full size quilt but I think I like it as a throw instead.  Not sure of a border yet.  I will have to see what it looks like all sewn together.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It started as a Rail Fence pattern ! ! !

I was going to make a rail fence lap quilt using earth tones and white jelly roll strips that I have had in my fabric stash for quite a while.

  I made the strips using 2 dark and a white strip. It looked so boring.  I just could not make it as a rail fence so I cut them into squares and put them right side together making sure the lines were perpendicular.  I sewed all around the square and cut it into 4 triangles and pressed them open.    This is what I ended up with.

It made an unusual block.  I sewed them all together and ended up with this! 

I used the extra strips to make the border.  I think it looks pretty good.
It is about 45" x 43".  

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The apple did not fall far from the tree...

I found this picture of the boys and my friends daughter.  They must have been about 10, 9 , and 8 years old. They are 36, 35 and 34 now.   The second picture is one of my grand son taken a few months ago.  Can you pick out his dad in the first picture!  it is amazing how much alike my grandsons are like their dads!

I loved the years we were raising our sons. We have lots of great fun memories.  We are now making memories with their children.  Life is good.  Thank you God for all of our blessings!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Trying something new

I looked at a couple of youtube quilting videos and found a couple that demo "tube" patterns....they are so different.
I tried this neat, you can move the little blocks in many different  patterns.
this is just on my planning wall for now.  I need to make some more little blocks to add to it.

looks like weaving to me!

i enjoy trying new methods of making blocks
I am thinking of using just one color with the white fabric and see if it looks more like a weave.   this is fun! If you try it let me know how you did!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Finished a new quilt top today!

I tried a different technique and came out with this quilt top.  I think I like it.
I plan to quilt it next week.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Around the World my first try!

I have been looking at this pattern online for a while now.  Just could not figure out how to make it.  It looked impossible to get all those colors in the right places.  My aunt tried to explain it to me once but it did not make strips, make a tube, cut into circles...????  duh!  ..I finally decided to look it up on line and found a few tutorials for it.  This is what I have done on it so far.  I still have to sew all the strips together.   I had this jelly roll of brights and did not know what to do with them. I think I like how it looks.
 I plan to put a 2 1/2 inch white border all around to  make the white into a complete trip...  I am not sure about the other borders that it will need.
I am going to try making one with wider strips.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Can a 3 year old read? Yes he can...just watch!

I read this B book to Alden, my grandson, a couple of times then he said he wanted to read it to me.
He is so sweet and cute.
Check out this video we did tonight.
He was 3 in May of this year.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Birthday Lunch with the children

On Tuesday my DH will celebrate 60 years of life.  The boys with their wives and babies met us at a Chinese restaurant for lunch today to celebrate together!!!!
I asked the waitress to take a quick photo...
Our younger son and his wife are in front of me and DH is sitting behind me, our older son and his wife are on the right and the babies are on the right too.
It was a wonderful lunch and I wanted to share this photo with my blog friends.
We are so blessed with this beautiful family!  God is good all the time!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Banner for my Dominican prayer group

I have been working on this project for a couple of weeks.
Finally finished today!  Now all I have to do is figure out how to carry it like a shield.

I will bring it to our meeting next week.  I hope the group likes it.