Saturday, June 10, 2017

Catching up!

Two more quilts quilted!! Woohoo!  So since I've actually started using my machine again here's what I've done

  • pieced tops 1 (it's a baby quilt but it's a flimsy now, and might even be completed prior to baby girl's arrival, maybe...)
  • Quilted on the long arm 6 - yesssss!!! 
  • binding - 1, :( why, why do I dislike binding so much? 
  • material waiting on the cutting table anxiously awaiting it's turn - 1 (wedding is in March, need to get a move on)
Here's the latest two that were quilted.  Both will go to Sage Cancer Center here in McHenry
Love using up those 2.5 in scraps.  Batting is Hobbs Polydown, Hot Pink glide thread on top, Panto is Patricia Ritter Marigold

Used up some solid scraps on this one.  There is patter on the web, will need to look for it.  Batting is Hobbs Polydown, Glide thread Vegas Gold (I think), Panto is Jessica Schick Prism  - striking huh???

And a sweet little baby quilt flimsy

Heading out to Lancaster PA in a few days - any one have recommendations on quilt stores or places where there's some wonderful eye candy????

Monday, May 29, 2017

Has really been almost a year since my last post???

Oh boy, it has been a long time. Sure hope I remember how to do this!  So, what's been going on since June of 2016?  Sold the house, got a new one.  I started a new job.  Now we're all settled in the new job, settled in the new house and I *finally* got to break in the new sewing room.  Part of me loved the space at the old house so much that it was really hard to get started, but that's all behind me now.  Spending time in the new space was like catching up with a good friend that you have seen in a while.  Ok, here's what I got done.....see I've been doing stuff :)

New Sewing room,

New little toy for the long arm, I really don't like Pantographs and this makes the edge to edge to much more bearable!  Oh the precision of this little guy....

And here's what that new toy can do - look at those swirling hexies, I never could have done that hand guided.  The pantograph is Honeycomb by Patricia Ritter, batting is Hobbs 80/20, thread is glide

Patricia Ritter Honeycomb, Hobbs 80/20 Batting, Glide thread

This is Megan's first quilt, we made this about 2 years ago, boy and I'm finally getting it quilted.  At least it got done before she started high school.  Pantograph is Daisy Doodle by Patricia Ritter, batting is hobbs polydown and thread is glide.  The circles, oh so nice.
Patricia Ritter Daisy Doodle, Hobbs Polydown Batting, Glide Thread

The back, sure hope that hot pink flannel doesn't run.  

This is a quilt that our group made last year for charity quilts, just now starting to get them quilted.  The fabrics shot cottons, love how they look up close.  Pantograph is spinning rays by Jessica Schick, another one I never could have done hand guided.  Batting is Hobbs Polydown, thread is Superior So Fine.

Jessica Schick Spinning Rays, Hobbs Poly Down batting, Superior So Fine thread

Love the back

Of course I would much rather be doing the hand guided free motion quilting which is exactly what I did on Veronika's t-shirt quilt for her daughter.

Bottom Line thread top and bottom, free motion quilting and a little bit of ruler work, Hobbs 80/20 batting

So good to be quilting again!!  Just something about creating something that melts all the stress away.  Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

First Finish in over 2 months!

Oh boy, I checked and the last finish I had was April 18!  Oh my, where does the time go.  This one   I re finished for my niece for Relay for Life.  Oddly, the other finish that I posted, was for her too!! Selling a house and quilting just aren't the best of friends, especially when you have a full time day job that doesn't know boundaries.  However, I did get this one finished, less than 24 hours before it was to be delivered.  It was delivered unwashed, but all the markings removed.  Phew, that was close.  Here's the two quilts that went for relay for life.

Then a friend asked for help with drapes. What turn down sewing of any kind, not a chance!!  And it was great, when she was done that machine stayed on and I was able to get three Splendid Sampler blocks done.  My first ever Dresden plate.  Starting out on a 6.5 in block may not have been the best thing, but I love it.  I skipped the circles and the center is bigger, so I could use the accuquilt cutter for the circle. Have any of you done the sewing fashion block?  Oh I LOVED that block when I saw it. I very naively thought, paper piecing too, bonus!!  Oh boy, those were some itty bitty paper piecing pieces.  That was a bit of a challenge but so good to get my quilting fix in today.

And if quilting weren't enough all on it's own, I got to spend a little time in the garden.  We've got hydrangeas blooming, Anna Belle and Oak Leaf, Lilies and hosta flowers along with a few host leaves, really brighten up a room.

And these sweet little guys, got so spend some time holding them and playing a little baseball with the big brother.  Craft brew fest in Chicago as well.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016


What does love look like? It must look like all these quilts. It comes in all different colors, all different shapes, sizes and its different from person to person. These wonderful people came together over the course of a few months and made 17 quilts. My heart is filled and warmed with the compassion and kindness the following people have given: Veronika Craig BurgessLiane Koehl Robert Koehl Laurie KobeszkoEllen CrosbieTom Daurio Nancy Daurio. Without your help this never would have been possible. They have given time many weekends over the past few months to make 17, yep that's right *17* quilts. One was given to a local person recovering from a horrific accident. One is on the frame being quilted now. Two will be for Michelle Daurio Sacchitello for Relay for Life, 6 will go for Happy Chemo, and eight will go locally to Sage Cancer Center here in McHenry (including the one on the frame). For those in looking to find goodness in this world, look no further, it's right here with these people in my front yard. Thanks to Sarah at Confession of a Fabric Addict  for hosting.  I record setting year!! 

Monday, May 2, 2016

First May Monday!

We've had a little sewing in the past couple of week, two  Love quilts put together for hands2help. I really do Love them. This puts our total at 11 quilts. 5 are complete, 6 waiting to be quilted.

They had to wait a little while as I had Sandra's quilt on the frame. She made this for her granddaughter, all those tiny 1in squares and the gingham, this was definitely a spirit lifting quilt while quilting, bright and cheery. My first ever 4h sewing project was with pink gingham, a little apron. Pantograph is drunken feathers by Barbra Becker, glide thread on top and bottom. Quilters dream cotton batting

There's also a few more blocks finished for the Splendid Sampler. I didn't want to do the hand embroidery block and couldn't get it to digitize nicely so I found my own pattern. Lady slipper is wonderful isn't it? My fabric line is Lady Slipper Lodge so it's all good. Then I thought this lovely lady slipper needed a companion so I made this sweet butterfly.
Block 21

Block 22

Block 20 - well my version anyway

a bonus block

And of course I spent some time with theses sweet little guys.

That is one proud big brother!

They look like they are telling each other stories don't they??? So Sweet

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