Thursday, August 30, 2012

Grommets for Letty’s Bag, Easy Peasy and “LLB”

I often get asked where you can buy curtain grommets to make a Letty’s Bag, Easy Peasy or “LLB”.  My typical answer is at your local quilt store, JoAnn’s, Michaels or Hobby Lobby and all of those are still true.  This morning I received an email from and they have Dritz curtain grommets on sale, and with a $35 purchase, free shipping.  Click here for the direct link to their page that shows the grommets. 

Need a pattern?  Click on the picture and you’ll be linked to my website. 

Letty's Bag











Just to clarify, I have absolutely no affiliation with but obviously Robin Quilts, etc. is my baby. 



Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Phew! 53 Great Granny Square Blocks

I’ve actually completed all of my Great Granny Square Blocks.  49 of them for my quilt stop (7 blocks x 7 blocks, plus sashing and borders) and an addition 4 for 2 pillow shams.  Now it’s time to add the 1” sashing to all the blocks and start working on the borders.

49 GGS Blocks

This was the best picture I could get, I’m just not tall enough to get the entire quilt top laid out on the floor. 

4 GGS Blocks for Shams

I really am loving the blocks and the process.  I am usually easily bored but not with this one.  The change of fabrics on each block has really kept me going. 



Monday, August 27, 2012

Design Wall Monday–August 27, 2012

My goodness, it’s hard to believe summer is almost over.  My youngest granddaughter has her first day of college today.  Where oh where does the time go?

At least I’ve been making progress on my Great Granny Square quilt.  My design wall only shows 10 blocks but I have 38 more sitting to the side.  I need 1 more for the top (7 x 7 = 49) and then 4 more for pillow shams. 


To see what others have on the design walls, click on over the Judy’s Patchwork Times blog



Monday, August 20, 2012

Design Wall Monday–August 20, 2012

I’m just back from my guild’s quilting retreat.  I showed this Hidden Wells quilt a few days ago before it was sewn together.  When I went to assemble it, I realized a couple of blocks were turned the wrong way.  I’ve had so many issues with this quilt that if had assemble it wrong, I would have been really upset.  As it turns out it is done for now.  I probably need to add a few borders to make it a bit bigger but that’s just going to have to wait.


To see what others have on their design walls check out Judy’s Patchwork Times blog



Sunday, August 19, 2012

iPhone Blogging

Made some cute placemats this morning.



Saturday, August 18, 2012

iPhone Blog Post

I'm making progress. 32 down 17 to go. It's still fun.



Thursday, August 16, 2012

iPhone Blogging

I'm trying to save my Hidden Wells that has major issues. Time to sew it together and call it done.

iPhone Blogging

All pack and ready to head out to Temecula for my guild's annual retreat. Hopefully I'll have lots to share as the long weekend unfolds.



Monday, August 13, 2012

Design Wall–August 13, 2012

I now have 22 Great Granny blocks made but I only have room for 20 on my design wall. 


My plan is to make a total of 49 plus 4 more for pillow shams.  My guild quilt retreat starts on Thursday so I’m hoping I get a lot more made while attending.  The good news is………I’m still having fun making them.  Open-mouthed smile

To see what others have on their design wall, click on over to Judy’s Patchwork Times blog



Saturday, August 11, 2012

Saturday Night Update

It’s a very exciting night here in Seal Beach, LOL!  It’s been very hot and humid (at least by Southern California standards) making spending much time in my sewing room pretty uncomfortable.  So tonight once it started to cool down I finished up a few more Great Granny blocks.  I now have 20 made and 29 to go.  Remember it’s going to be a very, very big quilt for my bed.




Friday, August 10, 2012

iPhone blogging

16 down 33 to go.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Homemade Jelly Rolls

I haven’t always been a huge fan of Jelly Rolls but lately I’ve had several projects that are just perfect for using them.  As you’ve seen, if you following along with me, I have been making Great Granny Quilt Blocks using Kaffe Fasset fabrics from a homemade jelly roll.

I am fortunate to live in Southern California and one of our local quilt shops, Flying Geese Fabric, make their own Homemade Jelly Rolls.  I wanted another Kaffe Fasset roll so I begged and pleaded (LOL) and convinced my BFF Marilyn to go with me.  I had to promise her we’d have lunch while we were out so she finally agreed to go. 

I think we both caved in and bought three jelly rolls each. 


My Kaffe Fasset Homemade Jelly Roll


A polka dot Homemade Jelly Roll.


Last but not least a 30’s Homemade Jelly Roll.

I’m not a big fan of 30’s but it should make a really cute baby quilt (or little great granny blocksRolling on the floor laughing) so I figured it was a good thing to have. 

BTW, Marilyn and I found a (new to u)  Mexican restaurant and enjoyed a really nice lunch in a nice “air conditioned” place. 



Tuesday, August 7, 2012

How Cute Is This? A Great Granny Pincushion!

As you know I’ve been making Great Granny Quilt Blocks.  In fact, I’m up to 10 on my design wall and have 2 more prepped waiting to be sewn together later today.  Here’s my current wall.


So last night I was very pleased with myself and decided to take a break and sit and watch the Olympics.  Just like a lot of you, I watch with one eye and peruse blogs with the other.  As I’m relaxing and flipping through my “next” on Google Reader I come across Kim’s bitty bits & pieces blog.  And, what do I see????? The cutest little Great Granny Quilt Block Pincushion you’ve ever seen.  I didn’t get up immediately to make one, in fact it probably took me at least 5 whole minutes to decide I couldn’t stand it…….I just had to make one.  So off I went. 


It’s only 5 inches compared to the 12 inch full sized blocks.  I didn’t have any crushed walnut shells last night so it isn’t stuffed yet but it sure is as cute as can be.  If you’d like to make your own Great Granny Pincushion check out Kim’s tutorial here

Thank you Kim, I love it!



Monday, August 6, 2012

Design Wall Monday–August 6, 2012

Over the last week, I’ve caught the Great Granny Quilt Block bug.  At this time I’m thinking this is going to turn out big, very big, but for now I have 8 blocks up on my design wall.

Great Granny Design Wall

As you can see, they all have red centers, a light ash gray background and a wide variety of Kaffee Fasstt fabrics.  I’m loving the blocks as well as the process, a winning combination I do believe. 

To see what others have on their design walls, check out Judy’s Patchwork Times blog



Friday, August 3, 2012

More Great Granny Blocks

I’ve have two more blocks finished. 



I’ve got two more blocks prepped but I decided I needed to have design boards to help me deal with all the pieces.  I followed this tutorial from the Bee in My Bonnet blog to make a couple of cute design boards. 


I made them pretty big to be able to handle the Great Granny Blocks before they are sewn together, I think next time I’ll make a few a little smaller.  Now it’s back to my sewing studio to make a couple of more blocks.  They are sooooooooo addicting.



Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Great Granny Blocks–I may be late to the party but I’m partying now!!!!!!

As I wonder through Blogland I keep seeing all these wonderful Great Granny Blocks.  What took me so long?????  They are so cute and easy to make I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to join in. 

This morning I decided to make today a play day and just have fun and sew in my sewing studio.  And boy did I have fun.  I piddled around for a while but finally decided the time had come to make a Great Granny Block.  I had some strips of Kaffe Fasset fabric left over from some other project so I decided why not make a single block (just to see what it would look like).  Instead of the usual white background I decided to use a light gray solid that I had in my stash.  Well, as you can imagine, I couldn’t stop at just one so I made two and here they are.



I’ve decided to use red in the center of each of my blocks.  For now I have to stop and do some other things but I will definitely be making more tomorrow.  

If you’d like to join along, here is a link to the basic instructions Bee In My Bonnet blog



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