Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Jackson William Cardona–Born January 3, 2017

This past week this little cutie received a quilt I made for him.  Although it’s a simple quilt made with large pieces, it’s made from very soft warm flannel and has a very cute animal theme. 

Jackson CardonaThis is little Jackson William Cardona, the great grandson of my husband’s brother, the grandson of my husband’s niece Elizabeth and the son of his great niece Joanie.  Joanie is a special girl that has always been a special part of our annual New York trips.  (BTW, she is a great cook, Yum, Yum!)

As usual, Vivs of Bear’s Quilt Shop did a wonderful job quilting with a perfect motif but also a great job with the label.


Can you see the cute elephant and giraffe?  There was also a very cute lion quilted throughout the quilt. 


Here’s the label that Vivs embroidered on the back of the quilt.  January 3th was the day Jackson was born, there for his “Birth Day” and from now on he’ll have birthdays.  Get it????? I thought it was very clever but then again ????????maybe I’m the only one. 



Monday, January 30, 2017

Design Wall Monday–January 30, 2016

I belong to a friendship group The Cotton Patchers.  One of our activities is to exchange birthday blocks.  Here are the two blocks that I made for the two January Birthday gals.
This was Susan’s blocks.  She asked for flip flops.  She provided the background fabric and the design.  She requested that we use bright colors and embellish the sandals.  I chose to make 3D straps and added two stacked buttons.  I think they came out very cute and I’m pretty sure she liked them.
The second one was a more traditional block.  Barbara provided the pattern and requested red, white and blue.  Here’s what I made.
I think Barbara is collecting the same blocks from two different friendship groups so she should end up with a nice size quilt. 
I have started playing with a new quilting foot and templates designed to use with a sit down quilting machine.  So far I am very impressed. 
This is my first attempt using the circle template.  This should turn out to be very fun.  Stay tuned.
To see what others are working on, check out Judy’s Patchwork Times

Monday, January 16, 2017

Design Wall Monday–January 16, 2016

Not exactly a design wall but it does show what I’m working on.  I’m in the process of quilting this very old UFO.  Once again, this will be the year of the UFO for me and this one is numbero uno.  This is my own design that I made 2 or 3 years ago at a guild quilt retreat.  It’s a 4 patch kaleidoscope set in a shadow box.  On the back I made a giant shadow box.  I love it and am anxious to get it finished. 

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My granddaughter Emily also completed a project this week.  She made a couple of gifts for friends.  They are fabric covered roll-up makeup cases. As usual she did a fabulous job and I’m sure her friends will love that she made them.


Later this week is the start of Road to California.  I’ll be heading out on Wednesday for preview night and then attend the show when it opens on Thursday.  It’s a fun time, particularly since I get to hang out with some of my “bestest friends. 

To see what others are working on, check out Judy’s blog.



Monday, January 9, 2017

Design Wall Monday January 9, 2017–A Year Long Project


Road to California is one of the largest quilt shows on the West Coast.  In fact I think I read that it is second in size only behind Houston Quilt Festival.  I am fortunate to live in Southern California and have been attending “Road” every year for many years now.  Believe me, it can be overwhelming but the last few years I’ve gone with a plan to collect or look for something in particular.  Last year I collected primarily grays to make a wedding quilt for my great grandson Ian and his wife Tamara. This year I’ve decided to make a bright cheery quilt for my own bed and I think it should be all shades of red, turquoise and light neutrals. 

Saturday my BFF Marilyn and I went out to lunch and visited a quilt show so I decided to get started with my new collection.  It’s a start.


The plan (at this point, but of course subject to change) is to make a variety of different blocks in various sizes and end up with a queen size quilt, with shams, by the end of the year. 

This is a small wall hanging that was made by my friend Pat Adair.  It is part of my inspiration.


And, I found this hanging out in my sewing room that was made by my friend Pam Osorio.  I think it just might make it’s way into the quilt.


It may not be exactly turquoise but I think it will work. 

My plan is to start making blocks this week and continue until……………………………………….??????????

To see what others are working on, check out Judy’s blog.



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