Weddings and Babies

It has been a busy week with cooler temps bringing relief from a 3 day heat spell. Here we are in August and I feel like summer has actually arrived. The big news this week was a sister in law is expecting a 2nd grand baby. She had posted some birthday gathering photos on her FB page and the ‘couple’ were photographed and I thought – hmm do I spy a baby bump? Our phone call – “I may be out of line but” “I know what you’re gonna ask, I have been getting quite a few calls” “do I need to start a baby quilt?” “Yes – we were waiting to let everyone know till they found out the sex” …. The picture was so cute. The couple standing with Dad behind Mom and his hands and hers were cupped under neither her tiny baby bump. It was not meant to indicate a baby and was purely accidental. Now we know the sex, its a boy!

So this week I got busy looking through my fabric stash. Most of my fabrics are flowers and feminine prints and patterns, lots of Christmas too. I was able to come up with a few choices, mostly bits and bobs of stuff but enough of 2 to make a simple 9 patch baby quilt. I had just enough of the sweet material with the children to get enough blocks for this. So far I have 4 made. I will need to get to the store to find backing and sashing material.

I wanted to share another journal I made that I am presenting this evening. We had a wedding in our family back in January. My husbands brother was married and this late afternoon much of the family will be gathering for a bbq and surprise party for them. I am all prepped and ready so I thought I would share the journal with you. It is a 2 ring bound book made from a cereal box. The cover is from a Chagall themed calendar. Many of the printable are from thegraphicsfairy.com and wedding photo prints from my collection of wedding photos.

There are a few more blank pages specifically for journaling and all of the tags have space for jotting down a memory or two.

Quilting and Journal making ~ so many fun things to do!

HQAL: Jane’s Quilt

Time to report in again on my progress with Jane’s Quilt. At our last posting I had reported that I had quilted 10 cabin logs/strips. I am working on the outer dark ring.

If my counting is not off I have now completed 31 logs. I threw the quilt over the couch back to get a picture of the progress. Skye, our mini schnauzer is looking quite annoyed I would dare to disturb his nap. Nap time disturbed, I am feeling good about my progress this go around. I have just about completed 1/4 of the that outer ring. Looking at the picture above, I am thinking instead of going all around with what I am working on, I may decide to complete the corner.

I hope everyone is doing ok in these high summer heats. It’s awfully difficult to thinking of quilting these heavy wintery beauties in the summer; so thankful for this HQAL and Kathy hostessing it to keep us motivated and on track. Thank you 🙂

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisy and Tracy

Christmas in July ~ Week 1

It’s Christmas in July and for my project I decided to continue to work on a Christmas project I have been working on since the beginning of this year. I am hand quilting a Hoffman’s Dream Big Poinsettia, 43″ panel for a Christmas gift.

Above is the picture of where I left off in April. The inside leaves are stitched. Since then, I have not touched her, so I am hoping this ‘Christmas in July’ will motivate me each week to pick her up, show her some love and get her done. This is a pretty loosey goosey, no pressure, I joined the challenge, stitch along.

Have you thought about Christmas yet?

For all of you joining in, we’ve got this!

Until next week 🙂

Sharon

HQAL: Jane’s Quilt

Here is my 3 week hand quilting update – and ‘art form’ that sometimes feels to me that it’s been taken over by unbelievable amazing gorgeous machine quilting – but today, it feels good to know we are keeping this art form alive. At our last posting I was working on the light color cabin blocks that circle the medallion middle.

For this posting I am happy to report I have a mini finish. It was impossible to get the full quilt in the picture but I have finished all of the light colors around the center. Not only does it look great but it finally feels like real progress has been made.

Changing direction for just a moment but in keeping with hand piecing/quilting, (mine is a hand pieced block) I participated in a quilt collaboration headed and organized by Kate Chiconi of talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com

This years theme ‘Can You Teal The Love’ (how does she come up with these great theme names) will feature a quilt to be raffled off at a huge Gala to benefit/support Ovarian Cancer. This is the 2nd time I have participated. Kate provides the color, theme, and size requirement and then gives you carte blanche to create your own block. The blocks are made from people contributing from all over and then she does all the finishing work to put it together. Here is my block for this years event

Color: Teal, pink, beige Size: 12 x 12 Theme: hearts

Due to COVID the last Quilt raffle was held in 2019. So thankful we have turned that corner and the event will be held again. Below is the 2019 quilt to give you a better idea of what this is all about.

I am excited to see this years quilt and I will be sure to share it when it is finished with a link to Kate’s posting. Those blocks above are gorgeous and amazing and Kate does an amazing job with balancing and placement of the blocks. (mine is bottom row 2nd on right)

Now it’s time to visit the posts of the others in this hand quilt along at the links posted below. If you do any hand quilting I hope you will consider joining us.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisy and Tracy

Pinwheel Progress

Back in April 2020, I shared these photos of pinwheel blocks I was working on. The material was left over from another baby quilt I had made the year prior.

Over the months I have continued – slowly – working on it. The blocks are all hand pieced however I decided to get some use out of the machine and to put her together.

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I didn’t have enough of the turquoise sashing to work the entire project. However I found material in my stash I thought would look ok mixed in. A sweet bunny and carrots on a very soft turquoise background. ( the color isn’t true )

It wasn’t until I photographed the flimsy that I noticed something. Have you spotted it yet? Last row – oops how in the world did I miss that? I am leaving it in, as is, a conversation piece 🙂 for the future and mentioning future; this is not for anyone right now but being made for a future grand-baby. This baby quilt reminds me of spring.

There’s 24 more days until spring. I live in WA state where we enjoy all the four seasons so anticipation of the change of weather is exciting. The daffies and crocus flowers are up. I have even seem tulips along my walks and while snow is most likely past, it has surprised us in April.

Time to get back to a few other projects on the burner.

HQAL: The Dahlia Project update # 1

It’s hard to believe at our next posting we will be wrapping up summer. How time flies when you’re having fun and I have been, working on this panel. At our last posting I had shared that I would be starting this panel.

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For the back I decided on this very soft looking daisy print in complimentary subtle colors

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I am using coordinating thread colors to match the petals. I am working on outlining all the petals first and then I will decide about going back into each petal to add some detailed pattern to it.

 

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If you’ll indulge me, look who I caught enjoy Dahlia when I put her down and headed to the kitchen  ~ Skye

 

Once I spied her and captured the first picture she promptly sat up, deciding whether she better get out of there. * We have only had Skye for 19 days now. A mini 13lb Schnauzer mix that we adopted with the help of Cozze Paw Rescue out of Portland, OR. They rescue dogs at kill shelters along the west coast. Skye is a 6 yr female, found as a stray in southern CA, had been pregnant (we had recently lost our 15 yr old Schnauzer and were devastated, quickly turning to rescue again) We fell in love immediately. She was brought up to the Humane Society in Port Angeles, WA . They spayed her, did extensive dental work, micro chipped, flea bath, updated all vaccines (all for a minimum $150, we made an additional donation – dental work can run into a thousand t alone)

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It never occurred to us that we might be getting an ill-behaved, troubled pup and thank fully we didn’t ~ she is so precious!

Remember this quilt for my grandson Kris and Alice? ~ Kira Lynn arrived on August 5th another precious addition to our family ❤

Hope everyone is busy, staying well and healthy. Keep smiling and quilting 🙂 By clicking on the links below you can visit the pages of the others in this hand quilt along.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

Kathy, Margaret, TracyDeb, Susan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrin, Gretchen, Kathi, Daisy, Connie, Monica and Sherrie

HQAL: Capital T Quilt Update

The three weeks has flown by, they always seem to. I have remained busy at home during the ‘stay at home order’. The other day my OH and I talked about friends saying they are bored, I can’t even get to everything I want to do during the day done. Thinking about it, I am wondering if it is more a case of anxiety over boredom? I am thinking we need more hand piecing and quilting going on – that would help.

I have completed 2 more blocks of Capital T

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I love the color combo’s of both of these blocks but this pale green is my favorite

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I have completed 5 blocks out of the 16

Time to do some blog hopping and see what everyone else has been working on and the  progress they have made. Stay well and safe

hug3Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

Kathy, MargaretEmmaTracyDeb, Susan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrin, Gretchen, Kathi,  Bella, Daisy and Connie

Memory Making

Just finished up with 2 projects I had on the back burner. That’s always a good feeling.

Not to long ago a cousin sent me a box with a few old t – shirts, 1 swim trunks (or is it swim trunk or swimming trunks?) and 1 sun visor she had saved belonging to her husband who had passed away in 2007. She asked me to make a quilt with them for her.

Ummmm…there was no way I could and that’s all I’ll say about that but I did come up with something else I think will make her happy and keep his memory close to her heart.

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I made a small memory pillow for her. Pillow measures 8″ x 8″, his name embroidered in corner with b & d year. I’ll be sending it to her for Christmas ~ oh, no worries, she doesn’t follow my blog so the surprise is not spoiled

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No one in mind making this crochet baby blanket. Whether you call it the popcorn or bobble stitch it is one of my favorite stitches for making a heavier weight baby blanket.

 

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I have a container where I am keeping baby blankets I have made for ‘grandchildren’ for their ‘grandchildren’ I guess I could call it my ‘crochet legacy container’

 

HQAL ~ T Blocks Done

How does three weeks go by so quickly? It has and here we are with another  posting for the HQAL.

It seems like forever since I have been working on the individual ‘T’ blocks. I finally decided to stop and take a look at what I had.

Spread out on a queen size bed, not convinced this will be the lay out but it has given me a good idea on whats going on. I am going to stop making blocks and put this baby together.

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I have to say I am not thrilled with the multi colored blocks. My original vision was so different but they’re done now. So on to deciding what I want to do with the sashing.

My thought was because they are so uniquely different a frame of black may be what’s called for. A dark brown? A solid dark wood grain fabric? I think a light color is totally out, am I wrong? I just feel because there is no real rhyme or rhythm to these blocks, I needed to isolate them and make them feel individual.

Color, ideas welcome please 🙂

I also made another small pillow using the scraps from one of the last blocks. I backed it with a beautiful section from a vintage table runner, edged with a string of pearls I thought was just perfect with the red dotted material.

 

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Another pillow ready for gifting

Take a moment and be sure to visit the pages of the other participants in this HQAL. There is some amazing hand work going on 🙂

Hand Quilt Along Links

Kathy, MargaretEmmaTracyDeb, Susan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenand Kathi

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

HQAL Update: You’ve got to be kidding

This was one of those blocks when you say outloud to yourself~ you’ve got to be kidding.

Oh sure, in the beginning I couldn’t figure out how to make the flying geese, then I bought the Eleanor Burns flying geese ruler and thought that would be the goose that laid the golden egg,  finally it all clicked or had it?

I didn’t take a picture,

darn it.

I had finished the block, did a final pressing, held it up and there it was, I sewed one set of  geese facing in the wrong direction. This one was heading south when it should have been going north.

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It’s an easy fix when hand stitching to pull out the stitches and repair. Repressed, held up and admired, even by my husband, perfect, then photographed ….. can you spot the the 2nd error? Of course you can but it took me those few extra minutes.

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What? OMgoodness ~ you’ve got to be kidding ~

Finally fixed

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Block #2

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And with those tiny scrappy triangle cut offs and the opposite side of the vintage embroidered scarf I used before, I made another small pillow for gift giving.

 

 

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Please take some time to visit the the pages of the other hand quilters in our group.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

Kathy, MargaretEmmaTracyDeb, Susan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchen and Kathi