Thursday, February 28, 2013

Getting it Done–March 2013

First a recap of February…….

1.  Finish the border for my Great Granny quilt

     The quilt top is finished and is now loaded on the long arm of my friend Sue. 

2.  Make a proto type of my new bag pattern

     Forget about  it………I will no doubt make a new bag but since I’ve decided not to exhibit at Portland’s Spring Market, the pressure is off. 

3.  Add the binding to my green and white quilt

     Completed and ready to be donated.

4.  Make a Woven Ribbon top

     The top is finished and quilted.  I now just need to add the binding. 

All and all, I think I had a good February, now it’s time to move on to March …………..and my March goals are:

  1. Figure out and finish the top of my, striped, sort of, Hidden Wells Quilt.


2.  Make a Diva Frame Wallet.  I bought this in January while visiting City Quilter in New York City.  I have everything gathered together so I shouldn’t have any excuse not to get it done.


3.  This is a very old quilt that was made as part of an on-line mystery (I think).   Time to dust it off, quilt it and donate it to charity.  Believe it or not I even have the binding ready to go, no more excuses.


4.  These are left over 5” squares and some solid yardage from a quilt I made a few years ago.  Surely I can figure out how to use this to make something nifty.  I love the fabrics.  Any suggestions?


That’s enough planning for now.  This month I’m looking forward to another mini-retreat with my Red Hat Lady friends and then a trip to Santa Barbara to teach a workshop and speak at the local guild.  Should be a fun-filled month. 

What are you planning on accomplishing?  Check out what others have planned over at Judy’s Blog



Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Inspired but Confused

That’s me today, inspired but rather confused.  Back on the 18th I showed these blocks that I had put up on my design wall to inspire me to start working on them again.  Unfortunately, it’s been awhile and I’ve forgotten how I made them.  I typically make a lot of notes when I’m trying something new but in the case my notes consist of a blank page that says something like Hidden Wells from a striped fabric.  That’s it, that is all that is on the page.  Shame, shame on me. 


So this afternoon I started to figure it out.  Here is my first attempt.


It’s the right idea but still not right. I have more fabric so I’ll continue to play and this time write it down.  In the mean time here is a picture of some of the fabric before it is cut up.


I know it’s going to be fun once I get my head around it.  I’ll post my progress.



Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Table Runner–Finished

Yippee…………the binding is finished and the new table runner is on the dining room table. 



I like it In love.



Monday, February 25, 2013

Patchwork Posse

Hey, I am being featured over on Patchwork Posse’s blog  Head on over and see the row I designed and wrote a tutorial for.

Learn how to make “Mock Crazy Patch” blocks using a stack and slash method. 




Design Wall Monday–February 25, 2013

An “In and Out (Not Just Another Burger)” table runner is in the process of being quilted but I stuck it up on my design wall for you to see.


This is a smaller version of this one I showed you last week.  I need another large quilt like I need a hole in my head so I decided to just make a small table runner instead.  These are 12” blocks so it’s just 24” x 48”, perfect for my dining room table.

To see what others are up to, check out Judy’s Blog.



Sunday, February 24, 2013

Stash Report–Week 8–February 24, 2013

I spent a good portion of this past week in Temecula at a quilting retreat.  I had a wonderful time and actually got some sewing done.  I added a couple of borders to my Great Granny Square quilt, assembled a Scrappy Trip Around the World, finished an In and Out table runner and made a cute little binder.  I managed to buy a couple of yards of fabric but I have some plans for that.

Used this Week 3.75
Used year to Date 18.25
Added this Week 2
Added Year to Date 8
Net Used for 2013 -10.25

But what’s a blog post without a picture?  Temecula is known for many things, Wineries, the Pechanga Casino, the Nunnery (where the retreat was held), a wonderful Old Town and this……….

Temecula Feb2013

What a beautiful sight it was.



Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sneak Peek

On Monday my row will be featured on Patchwork Posse as part of the Round Robin, Row Quilt.  I have finished writing the instructions and they’ve been sent off to Becky over at Patchwork Posse so I thought I’d go ahead and give you a sneak peek.


Here’s a close-up of some of the blocks.


I used some orphan squares of Kaffee Fasset fabric to make the “Mock Crazy Patch” blocks. 



Friday, February 22, 2013

Round Robin Winter Wonderland 2013

Becky over at Patchwork Posse has asked me once again to design a row for her Sew-Along.  My row will be published on Monday, February 25, 2013 on the Patchwork Posse Blog.   As usual I’m a little late getting started, although I’ve know for quite sometime exactly what I’m going to do.  I will be a doing a row using a stack and slash method to create a mock crazy patch row.  It should be a lot of fun.  I can’t show you the row yet but in the mean time I can show you the fabrics I think I’ll be using.


It’s a variety of Kaffee Fassett fabric that I think will work just fine.  Becky is posting a new row every two weeks.  This will be the third row.  If you’re interested in participating check out her blog to see the first two rows that have already been posted. 



Thursday, February 21, 2013

Final Retreat Project

Here’s a couple of pictures of the final project that I completed while at the Temecula Retreat.  My sister had a pattern for a “Airplane Binder” that we were going to make 4 or 5 years ago on our annual quilting trip to Vegas.  I still had everything in a baggie all ready to be made and never got around to it.  Finally at this retreat I found the time to make it and, Surprise, Surprise, it didn’t take that long and it went together very nicely.

Airplane Binder Outside

Airplane Binder Opened














I’m now all ready to design quilts using my Crayola Crayons and my gridded note pad.  Pretty darn cute if I do say so myself.



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Another Top - Yippee

This has been waiting to be sewn together since last July. I finally managed to get it together. A Bonnie Hunter Scrappy Trip Around the World.


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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Great Granny Block Update

Finally, my Great Granny Block Quilt top is finished and ready to be quilted. The shams are also made so they can be quilted at the same time. What a relief.



Monday, February 18, 2013

Design Wall Monday–February 18, 2013

I’m getting ready to head out for a 4 day retreat and looked up at my design wall and it was naked.  I grabbed these UFO blocks and decided to look at them for a while and see if I get inspired.


The thought behind these blocks was to play with a striped fabric and treat it like a Hidden Wells, but it really looks like a 4 patch kaleidoscope, so I need to figure out how to proceed.  We’ll see what happens to it once I get back home.

Click on over to Judy’s blog to see what everyone else is up to.



Sunday, February 17, 2013

Stash Report–Week 7–February 17, 2013

This week I’ve actually made a little progress.  I purchased a little bit but I used more.  I finished a top and it’s on the way to my friend Sue to be quilted.


I’ll tell you more about this one later but in the mean time, here is my stash report.

Used this Week 7.5
Used year to Date 14.5
Added this Week 1.5
Added Year to Date 6
Net Used for 2013 -8.5



Saturday, February 16, 2013

Getting it Done–February, 2013–Update

Sooooooo, the month is half over and I am making progress.  Here’s what I said back at the beginning of the month, with updates added.

Here’s my goals for February.  BTW, it’s going to be another busy, busy month but part of it will be spent at a retreat so hopefully that means I can get more done.

1.  Finish the border for my Great Granny quilt – Still waiting to be finished but it’s in my pile of project to take to a retreat starting Monday. 

2.  Make a proto type of my new bag pattern – Still in my head and may or may not get accomplished this month. 

3.  Add the binding to my green and white quilt – Completed!!!!!! Yea!!!!!!!

4.  Make a Woven Ribbon top – All the blocks are made and hopefully with get the top sewn together today.


Green and White Quilt – Complete (notice the cute back)


Blocks all made – Waiting to be sewn together



Friday, February 15, 2013

A Letty’s Bag Sighting

Last night was my Quilters by the Sea guild meeting and as usual it’s a great time to catch up with all my friends.  Shortly after I got there my friend Caroline came over to show me her new Letty’s Bag.  Love the fabric, love the triangle grommets and love Caroline. 


Thank you for sharing your new creation with me.  It’s always fun to have a Letty’s bag sighting. 



Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day

I have a few quilts around here that have hearts on them but I decided to share this one with you today.


I made this several years ago using a Jackie Robinson pattern.  It hangs in my dining room and is the most touched quilt I own.  Everyone loves to play with the 3-D prairie points that form the center heart. 

I have a guild meeting tonight so I think my hubby and I will have a nice dinner tomorrow night to celebrate. 



Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Mini Shop Hop With Friends

Yesterday I went on a mini shop hop with my friends Vicki and Marilyn.  The purpose was to drop off our guild’s brochure.  The result was that we each managed to support the local quilt shop economy.  We made it to 6 local quilt shops and 1 “new find”.  While we were at Bear’s Quilt Shop visiting with Vivs he told us that Purl Soho (in NYC) ships from a location in Tustin, CA and they were open to the public, so guess where we went next.  Thank goodness Vivs was right behind us because when we got to the location and look for suite “B” it wasn’t there but right when we were getting ready to leave Vivs pulled up and told us it was suite “D” and sure enough, there it was.  I really should get my hearing checked.  Embarrassed smileIt’s not a quilt shop but they have wonderful fabrics, gorgeous yarn and notions.  In fact I think they have everything the store in Soho has just not nearly as glamorous, but we didn’t care.  I bought a 1/2 yard of Airplane fabric by Enchino.  

So with all that being said, I didn’t do to much damage, 4 fat quarters, 1/2 yard fabric, needles, and hexagon fabric. 




Tuesday, February 12, 2013

San Fernando Valley Quilt Association

I had a great time last night, hopefully all these wonderful quilters did too.


Bill is the President and he was really a wonderful gentleman.  He told all the ladies that unfortunately he couldn’t afford to buy them each a rose for Valentine’s Day so instead he made a banner to share with them all.


Here’s a picture of Bill with my Wednesday Wacko’s group quilt hanging behind him and the SFVQA quilt on the podium.


Thank you for a wonderful couple of days, I enjoyed you all.



Monday, February 11, 2013

Design Wall Monday–February 11, 2013

I’m in a hotel room so my design wall is actually a counter top.


I’m starting over with this quilt using the gray and white fabric as my new background.  Look at all those wonderful strips that I bought from my friend Pat several years ago.  They are perfect for this project.

Looks like I’ll have several uninterrupted hours to prep blocks and sew before I have to get ready for my truck show tonight at San Fernando Valley Quilt Association.  I’m also planning to sneak in a trip to Candy’s Quiltworks.

To see what other’s are up to, check out Judy’s Patchwork Times blog.



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