Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wip Wednesday - Sail Boats

Here is my current Work In Progress, a sailboat quilt for Grandson Number 4.  His Mama is going to use a nautical theme in his room.

I remembered that I had done a sailboat block before, more than 15 years ago, in a couple of sampler quilts.  The pattern came from the book, Lap Quilting with Georgia Bonesteel.  I still love that book, first published in 1982.

So I found my book and then figured out the rotary cutting sizes that would make the same block, instead of using the cardboard pattern pieces that I used "in the old days" before rotary cutting.

Ms. Bonesteel's beautiful version of this quilt.

My version of the quilt will have a white background.  I haven't decided on the border and binding yet.  As for the name for this quilt.... I can't get the name, "Blue Skies From Now On" out of mind.  The backing is going to be blue skies with clouds fabric. 

I plan to quilt swirls underneath the boats to give the look of ocean waves.

This post is linked to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lavender Kisses Bound

I finally finished doing the hand sewing of the binding on the Lavender Kisses Quilt. o:)

I started a new baby quilt.  Maybe I can show you some of it this week....

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


I finished the quilting of Lavender Kisses and its waiting to get its dark purple binding tonight.

The quilting on the front turned out ok, but the back is not as good.... But for the size of the quilt, I am pleased.

This post is linked to Freshly Pieced - WIP Wednesday

and to Fabric Frenzy at Fort Worth Fabric Studio.

Saturday, March 15, 2014


I started machine quilting this monster quilt this morning at 7:00 A.M. I'm about 3/4ths of the way through and have used 6 bobbins so far.

I set my goal to finish the quilting today, but that might not happen! I am laying on the couch resting right now. Ugh! I'm ready to make some baby quilts, pocketbooks, key fobs and small things like that. :o)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Lavender Kisses Top

Here's what I've been doing on this beautiful Saturday!!! I finished sewing the borders on the Lavender Kisses Wedding Quilt.

Machine quilting a big quilt is not for the faint hearted!  I am exhausted from walking around and around, ironing, walking around more and finally getting the quilt sandwich to this stage so that I can pin baste it.

Machine quilting will be on the agenda this week.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Lavender Kissing Stars Progress

I've been working diligently on my stepson and his fiance's wedding quilt!  I'm calling it Lavender Kissing Stars for the time being.

I had a few unexpected days at home due to snow storms coming through the south.   This for me was heavenly.  You can see the snow in my view out the window as I was sewing.

I have had little stacks of lavender and purple triangles in front of my sewing machine for weeks!

Its a normal thing at my house for quilt blocks to be spread out on this bed at all times!

The pattern calls for 30 blocks and as of this morning I have finished 25.  The remaining 5 are in progress and won't take too much longer, I hope!  I should be able to start sewing them together in rows before the weekend.

Have a great week!  Our temperatures are forecast to be in the seventies later this week.  I will be resuming my walks on my lunch break if the forecast is right!  

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Quilting in the snow

I'm enjoying a couple of snow days at home working on a quilt.  These are triangles needed to make a Lemoyne Star quilt.  Each block has eight different purples and violets. 

For each block I randomly pull 8 different sets of two triangles.   Then a white triangle is sewn to one of each set and the remaining 2 colored triangles are sewn together.

I chain piece all the triangles and sew a leader/ender set between sewing each block.  This helps keep each block separate. 

Each row contains five blocks, so I am trying to sew five blocks at a time in assembly line fashion in this order:

1.  Chain piece five sets of eight triangles into squares as described above
2.  Clip apart the squares and stack into five different stacks.
3.  Press the squares
4.  Clip the dog ears
5.  Trim all squares to be 4 1/2 inches.
6.  Lay out one block at a time into the positions they need to be in to make the Lemoyne Star.
7.  Sew the pieces together.

I'll do a post soon that shows the process of sewing the pieces together that has been the fastest and easiest way I've found.

Quilting isn't the only thing going on here.  I've got a pot of vegetable beef soup simmering as I write!  I love snow in the south!