Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Reading is Fun!

My daughter has taken on quite a task this past year.  She was hired to create 5 libraries for 5 schools in a charter group.  This past year, she has purchased 18,000 books, cataloged them, bar-coded them and got them in libraries.  Now, she wants to put a little "wow" in her libraries.  Being a quilter, the best way I know to "wow" is to create library quilts.  I scoured the internet looking for ideas.  I have completed the first one and will take it to her this weekend.  I can't wait to share it with her.


It was a little windy, but I managed to get a picture on my clothes line.  I added buttons and bows for embellishments.  The quilt is about 52" X 54".  I think it will make a great addition to one of her libraries.  The goal is to make 5 about the same size so that she can exchange them from one library to another.






These blocks were really fun to make.  The blocks  measure 12" by 20" with a 5" border.  My next quilt will be a large tree with 3-D books for the leaves.  Watch for it in the next couple of months.  If you have any ideas for simple reading quilts, please let me know.  Four of her libraries are K-8, and one is a high school.  I would love to hear your suggestions!


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Think Ruffles!

Another blog hop is beginning, and I had to stop working on my Delightful Stars Quilt-Along to get something made!  Never fear.  I will be back on schedule this week.

I've never been big on ruffles.  Mostly, I have added them to pillows.  It's not that I find them difficult; I just don't particularly like to do them.  That said, I haven't participated in the last couple of hops and wanted to get back in the loop.

I had bookmarked this apron pattern from One More Moore some time ago, thinking it would be really cute to make.  I made one, then I altered the pattern to make aprons for my 2 granddaughters.  I was happy with the outcome.  It is a quick and easy pattern.


They are all 3 very bright and will look great on my granddaughters, Julia and Lauren.  I am planning on giving the peach and black one to a friend for a benefit.  I made a ruffled dish towel to go with it.

  I thought they looked cute on the clothes line, but I am a retired science teacher--today I was subbing at my old school and went looking for a model.  I found the perfect one!

           Here she is modeling the apron and the dish towel--this is where you can usually find mine.

                       Then, I asked her to model all 3 for me.  She was very agreeable!



That's it for this hop!  Please visit the other ladies who are ruffling today!  Thanks Madame Samm and Amy for all of your time and talent organizing this great hop.  Who knows what great project I might find: I just might continue ruffling.  I guess making ruffles isn't all that bad.  These aprons went without a ruffle--well, with ruffles, but without a hitch?  Today's schedule:


Just Quilt It -- you are here

Let's Ruffle!

Tomorrow starts the Ruffle blog hop.  My post will be up at midnight tonight. Here is the schedule for the blog hop, but be sure and scroll on down--I have 2 more blocks done for my Aiming for Accuracy quilts!


Think Ruffles Blog Hop
Wednesday, March 5th:

Thursday, March 6th:
Friday, March 7th:
Monday, March 10th: 
Tuesday, March 11th:
Wednesday, March 12th: 
Thursday, March 13th:
Friday, March 14th:
 

The latest block for Delightful Stars on Aiming for Accuracy.  Thanks, Michele Foster, for all of the great tutorials!



 Hope you enjoy lots of ruffles these next few days!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Aiming for Accuracy Is Stretching My Skills!

I'm really enjoying the Aiming for Accuracy quilt-along.  I'm also going to start Leah Day's quilt-along to improve my fmq.  I hope to get started on that today, along with working on a project for quilt club.  Oh, and there is that blog hop of Madame Samm's with ruffles that I need to work on!  Oh, so much to do, and I  am having so much fun doing it.  I almost (I did say "almost") don't want winter to end, because there will be less time for sewing!

I decided that I should start my Aiming for Accuracy lessons by making a practice block using muslin and scraps.  My actual quilt is made of batiks, but I think I'm going to like both of them equally.  Here is what I have done so far:




This is my practice scrappy quilt above.  Below are my batik blocks. 




I am really pleased with how this quilting is going and how it is improving my skills!  What are you working on today?

Friday, January 31, 2014

Aiming for Accuracy Requires Patience and Pins--lots of them!

I'm so happy that I signed up for the Aiming for Accuracy star quilt this year.  I began a quilt for my daughter a couple--well maybe a few--years ago, but it has so many points and tiny pieces that I put it aside for awhile.  I'm sure this class is going to give me the confidence I need to finish it.  Here are the first 2 blocks, blocks, blocks 18 and 24 of the quilt:


I really like the yellow background.  I don't usually do "bright" so this is an adventure for me!  Come back in the weeks to follow, and I will post more blocks as I go! Happy quilting!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Let the Quilting Fun Begin and a Little Christmas!

It is January, and I am very excited about the Quilting Gallery's Quilt-Along.  We will be making quilts using star blocks.  I started a very difficult star quilt for my daughter, Anna, a few years ago.  I really want to finish it.  I think it will be much easier after Michele Foster shares her expertise with me on this quilt-along.  Anna, it will get finished--I promise.   I have my fabrics washed and line-dried.

                         Today, I found time to press all of my fabric so that it is ready to go!


This is the first time I have used Magic Sizing.  I ordered Best Press along with my background fabric from JoAnn's, but I wanted to get my fabric pressed.  I really like the Magic Sizing.  It was very easy to use, left my fabrics nice and crisp, and it is much cheaper than the Best Press.


I laid out all of my fabrics.  I am so fortunate to have great friends.  Over half of these fat quarters were gifted to me by my great friend, Jani.  I had some others in my stash, and I traded fabrics with my friend, Carol Kussart, (who is also in this quilt-along) so that we would have even more choices.  Now the big decision will be which fabrics to use!


I have decided to go out of my comfort zone and use a yellow background.  I want this quilt to be nice and bright when it is finished, and I think the yellow is just what it needs.  I had to order it, since I need 6.5 yards. I went to JoAnn's and looked at their Kona Swatch Chart to decide which yellow to order.  I can't wait until it arrives!

I was very pleased to receive 2 great quilt patterns for Christmas--2 of my favorite wild flowers.


I'm looking forward to making these this year.  Also, I can now share with you more of the Christmas I made because it has all been gifted.  I made no-sew hats and scarves for my 2 granddaughters.


                         Then, I made 5 aprons.  I hope to get 2 more made soon for my granddaughters.


(My daughter, Anna, on the right, and her friend, Aparna, on the left putting their Christmas aprons to good use!

Now, on to read Michele's post for the quilt-along.  Come back in a few weeks, and I will share the first of my blocks with you for this Delightful Stars quilt!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Cheer

I'm hoping that everyone had a Merry Christmas.  This was a year of aprons for Christmas.  My daughter, Anna, and her friend, Aparna, are learning to bake pies, and I thought they should have their own aprons.  The aprons are from a pattern called "Church Ladies Aprons".  Anna also got the new Inglenook Cookbook, published by the Church of the Brethren.  This is a new edition.  I remember my mother cooking from the Inglenook Granddaughter's Cookbook when I was young.


I love this picture of these beautiful ladies and their pies--a Kentucky Derby and a black raspberry.  They were delicious!

I made an apron for my friend, Jani, also.  Jani is always willing to share her stash with me--and you quilters know what a big deal that is!  I love her fabrics.  As a matter of fact, this "cat" fabric came from her stash.



                                           I love that these aprons are also reversible.

I made poinsettia wall hangings for my friend, Betty Sue, and for my daughter-in-law, Jae.  I bought the pattern at Ruth's Stitchery in Colorado Springs this past fall.  The petals are 3- dimensional, giving a nice appearance to the wall hanging.  The background is flecked with gold, a Stonehenge fabric.


This memory bear was not a Christmas gift, but it was a gift I made for my daughter, Anna.  It is made from a pair of gray pants that she got for graduation for her Grandpa Gentry.  She wore out the pants but hated to get rid of them.  The bear is made from a pattern I got from my friend, Fay.  He is wearing a little flannel shirt like Grandpa Gentry would be wearing.


Even though Christmas is over, I still have a couple of things to make for my granddaughters.  They will be visiting from Colorado Springs next week.  You will have to check back later to see what I am making for them.

Wishing everyone a Very Happy New Year filled with Peace, Love, and Joy!