Friday, April 11, 2014

More Purple Blocks

Here are some of the purple blocks I made this week.
These first six are leftovers, except for the one on the top right... I found a place for that one.

The pink blue yellow and teal print has to go in the quilt - and her cousin's quilt as well - because of the top I made for each of them when they were about 2.  There are other memory pieces in the quilt.
On Saturday, go to the RSC14 (3rd button on the side panel) to see others' purple blocks for April.
Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lumber Jacks - Me and Him

Lumber jacks have nothing on us oldies. He is 71 and I'll be 66 in a few weeks and we sawed down our dead avocados yesterday.  It's kind of heart breaking. I started those two from pits. One was 16 and the other probably 12 or 13. Just had to do it though. They froze badly early this winter.  Here are the pictures of the poor things.


He pulled with a rope, and I cut with our little electric chain saw.  (All those brown leaves are from being frozen. There were some green leaves, but trying to sell the house, these brown trees wouldn't be helping.) Did you notice that we missed the little rose and a new oak growing next to the trunk. We got the avocados to go right where we wanted them to go. No broken fence, no destruction of their house or ours. We figure we saved a thousand or so.
Afterwards I went back to this:
Sew and cut - not in that order.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Purple Blocks

In honor of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I'm sharing some of my Grandgirl's Wedding Quilt blocks.
Purple is the color for April, and there are purple blocks in her quilt. She likes purple and green... well, she did at one time - that may have changed.
So here are some of the purple blocks on the design wall along with blocks of other colors.

To see what others have made go to so scrappy. There is a linky party going on there.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

As promised...

My fabric winnings from Fabrics N Quilts, for the Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge sign-up contest came today!!!!!!!!!

 The other win last week was a free pattern from Quilt Art Designs for Janeen's birthday celebration.
I didn't know how to show you a picture of the little sweetie, so I showed a picture of the e-mailed pattern. Janeen has a fun blog today. You might enjoy the cute post she did with her some of her patterns featured.
Sew, I'm off to.... (as Yoda would say).

Monday, March 31, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Finally something new on my design wall... more blocks for the Grandgirl wedding quilt.

 I'm quite organized this time...  Notice the box top "trays" from Costco?

More blocks not yet placed. (I think I made too many blue ones...)

More blocks cut, paired and ready to sew...

Next block to make.
I'm so happy to announce (what half of you already know) that I won the sign up giveaway for Hands 2 Help Quilt Challenge at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and I just now ordered my fabric, from the sponsor, Fabric N Quilts. I'll show it off when it arrives. I'm so excited!
I also won a free paper piecing pattern from Janeen of Quilt Art Designs. She had a giveaway for her birthday. Isn't that a great way to celebrate? {I remember second grade when my Mom brought ice cream bars to school for the whole class room (first and second graders) on my birthday. It was a big surprise to me.} Anyway, I chose the lamb pattern, and I think I'll go back and buy the cute little sheep dog - (black and white) - he is that cute. Check out her Craftsy store to see what I'm talking about.
So since I won twice last week, I picked the numbers for the lottery tickets my hubby bought... I guess the third time isn't always the charm... no dice, we didn't win. Awww! but I am extremely happy about the other two wins, and when the fabric comes, you will be the first to see it.
Have a happy week,

Friday, March 28, 2014

Flimsy #2 for H2H

It's a Flimsy! A second flimsy for H2H. I'm good at getting to this point...(especially since I used blocks found in my stash!) the basting keeps me at bay... but not this time. The last few quilts I have pin basted, and that is lots more palatable than thread basting. (What's your favorite method?)

Here's the official portrait:
It isn't ironed yet, and I didn't stretch it out - thus the scalloped look at the bottom. Any ideas for quick quilting this one? I probably will just make diagonal lines through the blocks.
That's my Whoop Whoop! for this week. Come see me and other Whoop Whoops at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. She's having a giveaway today, too.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Grandgirl Wedding Gift Quilt Started

After changing my mind a dozen times - you know how tempting it is to see all these gorgeous quilts on the blogs and only have a couple of months to get this quilt started and finished... by June 15th or so. Here's what I finally got going.  It's a quilt I've been seeing lots of places. I think it has a nice "together we will face the world" theme... just right for a wedding, I think. Right now there are lots of blue and purple. I had blue already cut for the squares with wonky stars that I made for RSC (Rainbow Scrap Challenge), so those were easy to start off this quilt with. It takes 3 - 8" X 2.5" and  two 8" X 1.25". Easy sewing, but the cutting is killing my back.  Any suggestions for that?

and a close-up, of course.
Sorry it's so blurry. You will be seeing this quilt again (and again, I'd guess). I'm trying for a king size. Each block takes me 7 minutes, and I figured I need 257.... that's 30 hours of just sewing the blocks. I wonder if our recipients know how long a quilt takes to make. You know there is choosing fabrics, cutting fabrics, ironing, arranging blocks, sewing blocks together - then ironing again, sewing the backing together, ironing that, making the sandwich and basting, quilting and making the label, sewing on the label and then the binding... none of which is included in that afore mentioned 30 hours. (We are amazing, aren't we.) Especially when we do these things for folks we don't even know. Some quilts are for charity! (No less work.)  This one is for the oldest grandgirl... the first daughter of my daughter... you know that makes it special!

A picture of one of my newest little ones...
...a lovely little oak that started up since I blogged last! (Acorns gathered at the park.) They really come on fast at first. Wish I was at my new residence... we'd plant this little guy out into the yard. (I'm still addicted to planting seeds and having plants all over the house. I do want to have our special Halloween at the next place, but I don't want to move too many plants... it's devastating when they don't make it.
It's Friday, so that means I'll link up to Sarah's Confessions of a Fabric Addict. (See her button at
Can I get a Whoop! Whoop! on the side bar.) Come see me there, and link up your latest post.
Have a Whoop! Whoop! weekend