Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Little Bit of Mexico

It’s FINISED!!!!!  Yeah!!!!

A Little Bit of MexicoAnd…….I love it. 



Monday, June 11, 2018

Design Wall Monday–June 11, 2018

I’ve been missing from the blog world for a little while but I have been doing some quilting.  We made a quick trip to New York to help celebrate my husband’s goddaughter’s birthday as a big surprise.  Now we are back home and getting back to our routine.

The last time I posted I showed my quilt that I was in the process of stitching in the ditch, ESS (every stinkin seam).  Once that was finished it was time to start doing the actual quilting.  The hardest part for me is deciding what to do.  Thank goodness my granddaughter Emily was around to help me with some of the quilting decisions.  I’m not done yet but I’ve made a lot of progress. 


As you can see I still have to do the bottom two corner melons and then I need to do some addition quilting on some of the tablecloth areas, they are still a little to poofy.  Here’s a closeup of some of the quilting.




I am thoroughly enjoying this entire process and can’t wait until the binding is added and it’s ready to hang on the wall somewhere.  Hmmmmmmmmm, I guess I need to find wall space for it.



Saturday, May 26, 2018

Under my Needle

After finishing up Gertie it was time to move forward.  In order to move forward I first needed to revisit the past.  in March of 2016 my BFF Marilyn and I attended Asilomar and our 1st Empty Spools Retreat.  We had a wonderful time taking a class from Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  It was a great class and I made a couple of things while there for the 5 days.

Here is the project that I’ve decided needs finishing so it’s now layered, pinned and the quilting started. 


I used my favorite Red for much of the background and then used a combination of old linens and newer fabrics for the rings.  It’s hard to tell what it looks like but here’s a little closer look at it.


I think it will end up on my dining room wall once it’s finished. 

So far I’ve named it “Half of Me”.  My father’s family came from Mexico in the early 1900’s.  My Dad was the youngest and I believe the only one born in the United States right here in California.  I love Mexican themed linens and have collected them over the years.  I’ve used them to make blouses and decorate jackets, so this time I decided to use some of them to make a wall hanging. 

The quilting has begun.  Have you ever seen so many pins?


Marilyn and I also took a class from Cindy Needham, way back when.  Cindy is a fabulous machine quilter.  One of the things Cindy does is anchor the quilt by stitching in the ditch………………. in every stinkin seam.  That’s what I’m doing now.  The decorative quilting (I use that term loosely) will happen after I have anchored all the seams by stitching in the ditch.  It’s hard to see but believe me there are a lot of seams.

Back to stitching in “ESS” (every stinkin seam). 



Friday, May 25, 2018

Gertie is Ready for the Quilt Show

Well almost ready.  I still have to permanently glue the pearls under her eyes down but other than that, she’s finished.  Oh and a label, I sewed one of by Robin Quilts, etc. tags into the binding but I suppose it needs a proper label.  But other than that she’s ready.


Have a great, safe Memorial Day weekend. 



Monday, May 21, 2018

Gertie Is Under My Needle

I didn’t get a chance to work on Gertie yesterday but this morning she (and I) have found our way into my sewing room and is now under the needle of my beloved Juki.  IMG_0420

This is where I just get to scribble quilt all the glued down pieces.  Her left eye is done and I’m now starting to work on her right eye. 

This is a fun process but you do tend to make a mess.  Here is some of the left over mess that’s on my sofa.  It’s time to clean up or start another project.  I think I better clean up, I have too many other things that need attention. 


This is where I sat with my basket of scraps and cut out lots of flowers from various fabrics.  Once cut out you just start adding them to you project and when you think you are done, you start gluing them down using a washable school glue stick.  The idea is to glue them down just enough to be able to top stitch quilt everything in place.

Here she is again, right before I pulled her down off the wall and placed her under my sewing machine needle.


Soon I’ll start thinking about binding (I guess that means I’m already thinking about it).  A nice stripe would be good, don’t you think?



Sunday, May 20, 2018

Day of the Dead - Día de Muertos–Progress Report–5/20/18

She’s almost ready for all the top stitching that will hold her all together. I lot of progress has been made, pieces are glued down and she now has a name.  With the help of my daughter Shelli, she is now named Gertie!  My grandmother on my dad’s side was a little Mexican women named Gertrudis Gutierrez Ceniceros.  So when Shelli suggested Gertrude, Gertie seemed just right.

Still a work in progress but she’s getting close. 


The neck was a struggle for me but when I came up with this, it seemed to be just right.  The donkey and parrot pinata’s where calling to me asking that they get to join in for the Día de Muertos celebration so they are joining the party. 

I’m not sure I will have time to start the scribbley top stitching today but if not, there is always tomorrow. 



Saturday, May 19, 2018

DOTD–Progress Report–May 19, 2018

She’s coming right along.


I still haven’t decided about the neck.  Neck or no neck?  This one is just temporary for now, I’m still deciding. The earrings are maybe too small but they are flip flops (you guys know how much I love my flip flops), but maybe they need to be bigger.  These are a few of the things I’m looking at and will maybe add to her today.  OH……..and a name, she definitely needs a name. 



Friday, May 18, 2018

DOTD–Progress Report–May 18, 2018


So far she looks more like an Alien than a Day of the Dead skeleton, but it’s a start.  I have lots and lots of flower cutting to do and I think she needs a neck but or now, I’m having fun. 



Thursday, May 17, 2018

New Wall Hanging–Step 1

I just finished some simple diagonal curvy quilting.  It’s now hanging outside to dry.  I used a water soluble marker and had to wet it to remove the lines. 

IMG_0412Now it’s time to go figure out how to draw a skull and decide what fabric to us for it. 

See you again soon………………….I hope.



The Beginning of a New Wall Hanging

I’ve been wanting to make a Day of the Dead wall hanging quilt for quite some time.  I kind of had a thought about how I wanted to go about it but until this last weekend my thoughts hadn’t come together.  Then I went to M&L with my daughter-in-law and found this piece of flannel in the flat folds.   I’m not 100% sure where I’m headed but at least I have some initial ideas. 


I am planning on making it using the method I learned at the Jean Impey/Freddy Moran retreat I attended earlier this year. Here’s one of the little quilts I made during the retreat. 


This one is called Molly and Me and is loosely (very loosely) a self portrait. 

Ok, so back to what I’m starting to work on.  One of the suggestions at the retreat was to use flannel as your background.  When I found this green flannel I knew it was exactly what I didn’t know I was looking for.  The other thing that I learned from the retreat was to pre-quilt your background fabric before adding your subject.  So that’s where I’m at.  I’ve layered a piece of green flannel, pin basted it and now I’m ready to start quilting the background.

IMG_0409Here’s the backing fabric.  Not only is it the backing but it’s also part of my inspiration.  Speaking of inspiration, I found this on the internet and it will also a big part of my inspiration.

IMG_0410So now it’s time to quilt my background and figure out what fabric I’m going to use for the scull.  Then I can have fun starting to play with lots of flowers. 

Hopefully I can remember to take picture along the way and post my progress. 



Monday, April 23, 2018

Design Wall Monday–April 23, 2018

Progress is slowly being made. 

GGS 36 layout

This I believe is the final layout.  My Granddaughter Emily did the final juggling of blocks and put her stamp of approval on the arrangements.  Em is much better at it than me.  I will now be adding the sashing and start assembling the blocks. 

In the mean time I made part of the borders.  Since this is a bed quilt and will have pillow shams, I will only be adding borders to 3 sides. 

GGS Border

And who knew, you can make right angled braids and left angled braids.  For this quilt it works just fine but I really need to make an effort to pay attention.  It could make a difference in the future. 

Next Monday I’ll be hanging out in the local mountains at Big Bear Lake, spending time with friends, sewing, visiting and eating like crazy.

Have a great week everyone…………………



Monday, April 16, 2018

Design Wall Monday–April 16, 2018

It’s been a while since I last posted a Design Wall Monday post but I’ve had a variety of excuses.  I was on vacation and then followed that with a retreat with my Wednesday Wacko Friendship group. 

While at the retreat I worked on a project I call “Great Grammy Quilt”.  I will be teaching it in Las Vegas in July. 

I have 28 blocks finished but I think I need 40 for this particular quilt.  Here are the 3 that are on my design wall in my sewing room and then a 2nd picture of some of them hanging on the wall at the retreat center in Temecula.


I need to keep plugging away.  I hope to have all the blocks made so that I can start adding the sashing, sew it together, add the borders and get it ready to be quilted.  NO PRESSURE AT ALL!!!!! Yikes!!!!!

Have a great week. 



Monday, March 12, 2018

Design Wall Monday–March 12, 2018

I am going on vacation soon and I am beyond excited.  I will be checking off one of the things on my bucket list…….Zip Lining.  And no doubt you are wondering what in the world that has to do with sewing or quilting.  Well, as I was reading through the information for our upcoming adventure I realized that a purse just isn’t going to work. What I need is a drawstring backpack.  So I did what everyone should do, I searched google for a drawstring backpack pattern so that I could make one.  What I found was perfect. 

Drawstring Backpack 1

Drawstring Backpack 2

This was meant to be just a sample but as it turns out, I really like it.  The only think I might add in the future is a zipper pocket on the inside.  Other than that, I love it and I think it will work perfectly to hold my stuff when I go zip along. 

You can find the “free” pattern on Craftsy and then simply search for Easy Drawstring Backpack by SewCanShe.  It really is quick and easy. 



Monday, March 5, 2018

Design Wall Monday–March 5, 2018

I have been looking for these blocks for a while now.  I knew I had them somewhere but for the life of me couldn’t figure out where I had put them.  I was cleaning out a drawer of miscellaneous “stuff” and low and behold there they were.  I’m planning/hoping to not lose them again.  IMG_0229

These were given to me by members of the Cotton Patcher friendship group a few years ago.  They’re fairly small but that was the plan.  This will make a very cute new “Front Door Quilt” for next Christmas. 

I think I’m going to sash it with red and possibly some more white.  We shall see.  I’m not sure it’s next on my to-do list but I’ll keep it near the top. 



Monday, February 19, 2018

Design Wall Monday–February 19, 2019

Here’s another little quilt from the retreat I recently attended in Carpinteria.  It was called “It Takes A Village” and was taught by Jean Impey and Freddy Moran.  This method really pushes me out of my comfort zone but I sooooooooooooooo loved it. 

This one still needs to be quilted and bound but you get the idea. 


I love her, I absolutely love her and I can’t wait to add the quilting.  I’m trying to decide what to make next in this style but I’m not sure but something will come to me.

In the mean time, I’m headed to Temecula with friends for another retreat.  I have “serious” stuff to work on while there but when I get home I’ll get back to this and get it quilted. 



Monday, February 12, 2018

Design Wall Monday–February 12, 2018

I am so inspired by the 3 days I spent with Freddy Moran and Jean Impey las week.  I showed a quilt a few days ago that was my first “It Takes a Village” quilt or as Jean named it “Freddy Way”.  My second quilt is now on my design wall and I’m planning on quilting it today.  It is a small birthday quilt that I will hang on my front door to celebrate birthday’s of our friends and family. 


I think I’m getting spoiled when quilting these little fun quilts.  The idea is to use black thread and simply scribble all the edges and designs.  It is very fast and super easy.  However, it certainly doesn’t reinforce any of the technical, free motion, quilting skills I’ve been trying to improve.  You won’t find any nice and neat feathers, pebbles or chalked designs here, but boy is it fun.

Until next time,




Saturday, February 10, 2018

It Takes a Village

This last week I was fortunate to spend 3 full days sewing, creating and learning from Freddy Moran and Jean Impey.  What a joy!  I had an absolutely wonderful time. 

The “Freddy Way” was to rough cut, rough sew, tear and whatever else to create wonderful works of art.  She says we are Quilters but we are also Fiber Artists.  Who knew????  Maybe there’s a little Fiber Artist in me. 

Here’s my first effort.  I created and glued 3 little tops while at the retreat.  Today I quilted and added a facing to my 1st one.  It is now completely finished and ready to hang up somewhere, maybe my front door or I’ll look for an empty spot on one of my walls.


I love, love, love it. 



Monday, January 29, 2018

Design Wall Monday–January 29, 2018

I’ve been missing from blogging lately but I have lot’s of excuses.  I attended Road to California and, and, and………………….well let’s just say, I’ve been busy. 

I actually do have something up on my design wall.  It’s is just miscellaneous pieces from a class I took while at Road. 


I took a class from Cindy Grisdela, called Artful Improve.  I’m not a modern quilter, by any means, but I’d like to give it a real shot. This is a good beginning.  I’m hoping to use some of this to complete a “modern” wall hanging.  Don’t hold your breath but at least it’s a start. 

I also bought a new sewing machine, more about that later.  Have a great week. 



Thursday, January 11, 2018

Guild UFO Challenge–#5 is due up next!

Like many guilds, Orange Grove Quilters Guild has a UFO Challenge every year.  I’ve signed up in the past but I must admit I haven’ been very successful.  This year is going to be different (I think, I hope).   The first one was due this month but we were able to turn it in in December, which I did.  So, so far, so good.  At yesterday’s meeting they announced that the next UFO that is due for completion in March is #5. 

Well it took me a while to find my copy of the sign up sheet but I finally found it and my #5 is “A Compass for All Quilters” by Sharyn Craig.  Originally I think this was suppose to be 12 – 18” blocks but after 3, I decided it would make a great table runner or wall hanging.


This was made in a Road to California class back in, I think 2011.  At the time Sharyn had announced her retirement and I really wanted to take one last class from her.  I guess it’s aged enough now so it’s time to quilt it, bind it, label it and turn it in by the March guild meeting.  Wish me luck!!!!!!



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