Quilting for pleasure

Quilting for pleasure
Find Joy in the Journey

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Sweet Berry Chocolate

OK.  I do not know where September and October went to!  Between work, housework, gardening, and canning the past two months have flown by.

Finished my newest quilt which I call Sweet Berry Chocolate.  I used the left over 10" squares that I had left over from another project.  Made half square triangles, and designed pinwheel and chevron blocks.  Had just enough of the blue but needed to add a couple of squares using pink polka dots to make the quilt as large as I did.  It is approximately 78" by 89".  Used the last of the brown flannel that was on one of my bolts but lacked about 10", so, here came the last of the pink polka dot fabric.  I really like the quilt.  My granddaughter wanted to make a fort out of it.  She sat under the table as I was sewing the binding on and wanted to keep the quilt for herself.  She has a few quilts already.  Some I made, and some her Mama has made.

The sun was setting so the shadows flowed across the quilt.  I like it.

Pinwheel and Chevron blocks.

Sweet Berry Chocolate

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Forever Tapestry

Had some leftover half square triangle units from 2 other projects.  Since I am still in my use what I have on hand mode I knew I had to use them somehow.  In the Feb/March 2016 McCall's Quick Quilts there was a patter called "Tapestry" designed by Gerri Robinson.  It was just the inspiration for me to use the half square triangle units.  I love how this turned out.  The border fabrics were from an estate sale that I went to last year.  The backing was also pieced together using all but the last half square triangles which I am sure will find it's way into a future project.

I called this quilt "Forever Tapestry" to honor the inspirational design.  Used 4 of the half square triangles for the label.  I love using fabric that I have on hand and as you may know scrappy is my favorite thing!

Used half square triangles leftover from 2 other projects.

Machine quilted with an all over modified clam shell pattern.

Label even used half square triangles.  "Forever Tapestry",

Last of the half square triangles used in the pieced backing.  Love my scrappy projects!

Hope you are having a wonderful August.  Hard to believe that the month is almost gone and schools have started or are beginning this next week.

1 Corinthians 13: 1 - Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Getting Ready for the Glenwood Town Celebration

Thank you to Kristi Sampson & her daughter Kenzie Erickson for putting together an arts & crafts showcase for tomorrow morning.  I know it grew into something larger than they had imagined, especially for a last minute idea.
I snapped photos of things being brought in.  Sorry that I don't have them labeled.  However, if you are in Glenwood tomorrow morning, the flag ceremony is at 7:50 am with breakfast at 8 am.  The cost is reasonable and you can go into the City Town Hall to view the wonderful things the people in our little town make.  So much talent!

Kevin Morrison's great stuff!

Kristi working hard!

April Freeborn & her wonderful salves & oils

Kristi Sampson's beautiful Rodeo shirts & dresses

June Erickson's lovely quilts

Clint Matheson's handmade knives

Ryan Marquardson's wood working

Julie Sorenson brought her saddle

Sandy Daniels lovely dolls

I just brought a couple of my scrappy quilts.
A Mother's Heart

River Walk

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Cuddles Baby Quilt & Craft Night at Relief Society

Finished my little baby quilt.  It is made of 2 1/2" leftover squares.  I may see the bottom of that scrap box one day.  Amazing how many quilts you can make with a small box of squares!  I did run out of the white squares so substituted cream & tan.  I like it!  I called it Cuddles because it is backed and the borders are made of soft flannel.  Next project is waiting in the wings.

Love the little "not white" squares.  It speaks of "Scrappy"!

Machine quilted with meandering swirls.


This evening was a craft night at Relief Society.  Re-purposing everyday items.  I chose the used wood flag banner.  Wood was pre-cut and drilled so all we needed to do was paint the boards and stencil the stars.  Attached the wire and of course I had to curl it here and there.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

New to me!

Found this little gem at our local thrift store for $25. Had to order a bobbin case for it & that arrived today.  She sews like a dream!  I had some minor repairs to do but luckily I am able to manage those myself.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Star Mist

Just finished another quilt using Jenny Doan's (of Missouri Star Quilt Company) pattern for Friendship Pinwheel.  This is the second one that I have finished.  This one is about 67" x 82".  Made with leftover charm squares (5"), estate sale fabric, gifted fabric (black), and scraps from other projects.  It is an easy pattern and I love scrappy (as if you didn't know)!

I called this one Star Mist because the grey flannel which I used for the backing and the outer border reminds me of the fog rolling over the hills in the San Francisco Bay area.  Ah, those were the days.

"Star Mist"

Edge to edge machine quilting using free motion design which is a modified curly clam shell design

Label = Star Mist

Timothy 3:5  For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A little Creative Ingenuity Goes A Long Way

I have had my Grace Frame (Start Right) for a few years now.  I run my Brother 1500 on it for machine quilting.  This was a very affordable set up for me.  The one thing that I have dealt with is the batting.  Typically I rolled it up under the frame.  Then read about a great idea to use a pool noodle to wrap the batting around.  That worked fine, though it did sit on the floor in front of the frame as I use the space under the frame for storage (sewing machines, little couch, and exercise unit).
I decided to ask hubby if he could make a pole to hold the pool noodle up off of the floor so I wasn't kicking it as I was machine quilting.  Well, he bought a piece of PVC pipe, ends for the pipe and some chain.  This is what he came up with. Easy on the pocket book and works like a charm.  Batting rolls easily as I advance the top and bottom rails.

Loaded with batting

Chain on end of pipe unit which just loops over the side frame

Pool noodle (added part of a second noodle to make it long enough for my frame)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Friendship Garden

This has been a very busy year so far.  Alot going on in our lives but we have been moving forward and appreciating every tender mercy.

When I saw this quilt on the Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial last month, I knew I had to make it.  I had a stack of leftover 5" squares from a couple of other projects, some fabulous pieces from an estate sale, and some stash fabric that fit right in.  I love the simple pattern and even have enough ready to make one more quilt.

Backed the quilt with comfort flannel.  I really like my quilts with soft, cuddly, flannel.  Just great to snuggle up in while relaxing on the couch reading or watching a movie.

4 blocks across & down makes a nice sized quilt
approximately 80" x 80"

Love scrappy blocks

Name of quilt is Friendship Garden

Saturday, February 6, 2016

"A Mother's Heart"

The hazard of cutting a box full of 2 ½” squares......... what do I do with them? Well, I thought I think I can begin to work on designing a pattern. So let's start with a simple 4 patch. Didn't get too technical with the colors. Just decided to go with a light/dark pattern. But then I thought........I should design a simple pattern perhaps with a heart shape thrown it.

That got me to thinking about the first big scrappy quilt that I made. Well actually, my Mom did most of the sewing. We used all of my scraps from my garment projects. I loved that quilt. I actually wore it out. But the best thing......the memory of sharing the experience with my Mom. She has always encouraged me in my sewing endeavors. She tried to teach me to sew but I was a poor student but eventually I found my stride. I love fabric. I love using scraps. I love the whole process of using different fabrics, colors, and coming up with a quilt that I would love to snuggle up in. This is one of those quilts.

When I decided to design the heart shape I knew the name of the pattern would be “A Mother's Heart”. It just reminded me of my Mom. Even with all of the differences in us, the dark (sad), the light (joy), the tight weaves (intense); the looser weaves (carefree); somehow when it all comes together....it works! The best thing......the heart is big enough to gather all (everyone) in.

So, this quilt pattern is for my Mom. For caring, loving, encouraging, wiping the tears, believing in me, and always loving me.....thanks Mom.

1,440   2 1/2" squares

A Mother's Heart

Backing is pieced with striped fabric from Summertime
Stripe by Daisy Kingdom for Springs Industries
The green is from the Mirage line from www.connectingthreads.com

The fun part of scrappy quilts is using all those fun fabrics
that you fell in love with!

Machine quilted with pale green thread in a meandering loop pattern.  Kept it simple because there is so much going on in the fabrics.

Sewn on my little Singer Featherweight (Dottie).  Love using my vintage machines.

PS - I still have a half box full of 2 1/2" squares.  Only cleared out 2 drawers of the 2 1/2" strips that were subcut into 2 1/2" squares.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Meet Lizzie!

As many of you know, I have 4 fabulous grandsons.  With that said, you also know that the toy room contains cars, trucks, planes, balls, golf clubs, etc.  My little granddaughter has been fine with all of these toys until last week.  While we were watching Despicable Me (for the 4th time) that beautiful little girl looked at me and said "Grandma B, do you have a baby doll?"  Well, we have Raggedy Andy & Nancy (a cloth doll) but no "baby doll".  Let me tell you, after waiting for such a long time for a little girl to grace our home, how could I not have a "baby doll" in the house????  I have looked at dolls at the local stores over the last couple of years but could never find a doll that I thought was cute.
Next morning - headed to our local thrift store on the off chance I could find something.  Lots of little dolls there.  Small ones, well loved ones, none with clothing, most with molded hair on their heads.  I moved several little ones out of the way......and found this little jewel.  Her eyes open & close.  She had no clothes and needed a little cleaning.  She was 75 cents!
Home she came.  Gave her a "spa day" - mineral rub (Comet cleaner), a bubble bath (Spic & Span cleaner), and shampooed & styled her hair.  Finished her little outfit this afternoon.  I think she is one special little "baby doll".  I have named her Lizzie.

Lizzie - After photo

Lizzie - Before photo