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

At our last posting I was happy to report I had a very mini finish having completed the white around the medallion middle.

The next step was to begin quilting around the dark strips around the light colors I had finished. I haven’t done much in the last three weeks but I got a start. The cabin blocks are all in graduating sizes so saying I stitched 10 blocks isn’t much. I moved the ring a few inches over one time to get 10 strips done.

That wraps it up for me for this posting. I hope to find more time to work on her for our next posting. Below are the links for the others in this HQAL. I hope you’ll stop in and see the amazing work that is being done by the others ~

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

HQAL: Jane’s Quilt

Happy May Day posting and welcome to Tracy 🙂 In my last posting about Jane’s Quilt, I showed you these two pictures of the quilt. Basically I almost completed the medallion in the middle and had branched out into the white border around it.

I have gotten quite a bit done working the white border with almost half of it completed now. In the photo below you can see my progress better. The medallion is complete now. It would be amazing if I could complete the white border by next time. I am not putting any pressure on that as a goal as I have another hand quilting project in the works along with a cross stitch and crochet project as well.

I always look forward to HQAL posting and the chance to check in with the others on the progress of their chosen projects. Please join me 🙂

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisy and Tracy

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.

HQAL: Jane’s Quilt

At our last posting I reported on my progress with the center medallion of the quilt. I was about a third of the way finished and had also branched out into the lighter shades just to get the feel of what it will look like. In the photos below our sweet mini schnauzer, Skye, found the quilt quite comfy and the perfect place to rest.

For this posting I am happy to report that I have finished the center medallion along with branching out into the lighter shades again.

Jane’s quilt was a completed top that was gifted to me by Jane’s granddaughter Raeleen. Jane was the mother of one of my closest friends, Jeanine Rohder who too, has sadly passed. Jane was a very special woman. Born Jane Ina Eyers on 27th Dec. 1909. She passed away on the 6th Dec, 1996. I was looking for a specific photo to share with this posting but ran across this one of her and put the hunt on hold. The occasion was a birthday luncheon for her hosted by our friend Sherrie. Oh how I wish I had dated the photo now 🙂 As I said she was a very special woman who was loved by all those her life touched. I think she would have gotten the biggest kick out of the internet and all the amazing ways we are sharing and supporting each other with our love for not just hand quilting but all crafting.

Now I am off to check in on the others. I hope you will join me. There’s some amazing hand quilting going on.

Hand Quilt Along Links

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisy and Theresa

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: Jane’s Quilt

It’s one day away from saying good bye to February and another chance to update you on the progress with Jane’s Quilt. At our last posting I had just started quilting her. I began in the center medallion.

Here is a little reminder of the pattern.

A bit of progress has been made.

Continuing to work on the middle, I branched out into the lighter pattern to get a feel for the thread color with it. I am using Essential from Connecting Threads 100% cotton in a deep maroon. This quilt is so large, heavy and bulky she is hard to work but progress is being made. I am a little over a third way done with the middle. I am not in a rush, dividing my time with three other smaller lap quilts.

To film the quilt I had draped Jane over the smaller couch to photograph. Turning from it to begin this posting and then sitting across from it I was surprised to see our mini schnauzer Skye, had jumped up on her.

Looking forward to March and the ushering in of spring. Now I’am off to check in with the others in the quilt along. Please join me 🙂

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 Theresa

HQAL: A New Project ~ Jane’s Quilt

I have a number of options to choose from for my new project. You may remember from our last posting I had completed my Tori’s Quilt.

I just started hand quilting another panel piece from the Hoffman Collection ‘Dream Big Holiday’ and thought I might use this for my next project.

This will stitch up rather quickly and won’t be much of a challenge to complete. What I really wanted was something that would require staying power and the encouragement and accountability of our quilt along to get the job done. I have the tulip quilt top, a Goodwill find from some years back but I still haven’t gotten out to find the perfect backing material and then I remembered the gifted quilt top I received in May quite by surprise.

Quilt top by Jane Ina Rogers nee Eyers b. 27 Dec 1909 Phoenix, AZ passed 6 Dec 1996 Yucca Valley, CA. This was sent to me by her granddaughter Raeleen.

I need some help in identifying the quilt pattern. I believe this is some kind of variegated log cabin pattern. Would it have some specific pattern name?

Still not able to get out to a fabric store, I turned to my stash. I decided that I would fashion a quilt backing out of what I have on my shelves. I knew I wouldn’t have one piece large enough but my wheels were turning and I was up at 4 am on Monday and sewing together odds to make one large sheet.

Using 5 different pattered fabrics, I machine stitched the fabrics together. The lighting was not the best for the photo, the cranberries coordinate nicely and while the blues are off – I think it will be fine. My next step was into the washing machine for a gentle washing, a pressing and then to sandwich it together. This proved a bit difficult as it is quite large, between a queen/king size and I have no flat space for a project like this. As you can see from the picture above it is draped over a queen size bed. For the batting I used

So for this posting I am all put together and ready to start hand quilting this. It would be amazing if I could get her done this year but I am not setting any deadlines or expectations. As always I am excited to check in with the others in our group to see their progress or new starts. If you have a hand quilting project your working on, won’t you 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.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, and Daisy

HQAL: Tori’s Quilt

Our last posting was Dec 5th. I had anticipated a posting after Christmas however like most of us, Sunday came in whirlwind of activity and when I saw no postings I believed we were skipping, which was fine as it had begun snowing Christmas eve and didn’t let up all Christmas day. I was truly mesmerized by its beauty.

Having seen Kathy, our hostesses posting today, I am following suit and here is my report ~ At our last posting I had two blocks left for completing the quilting process. The next step was the binding and then I would be done. My goal was to complete this quilt.

I am happy to report I am wrapping up 2021 with the completion of Tori’s Quilt

I am in love with the backing material. These little lambs are so precious

This year I worked on two quilts and with your encouragement and support completed them both. A big thank you to you all.

It’s been a good productive year and I am excited for the start of 2022. I have an idea of what I might want to work on but the snow, and more to come is delaying a trip to the fabric store. I have a beautiful tulip quilt top that I picked up at our local Goodwill years ago that has been waiting patiently to be backed, sandwiched and quilted. If I don’t get to the fabric store and or decide this is the next project, I really need to get my head wrapped around what I will be working on. One thing for sure is that it will be a surprise for me as well as you 🙂

A healthy new year to you all. Until we meet again in 3 weeks …. enjoy!

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.

 KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, and Daisy

HQAL: Tori’s Quilt

Three weeks posting update again and I think most of us will agree, Holiday gift projects have taken up the bulk of our time along with Christmas sneaking up rather quickly. Forget Hanukkah, I hadn’t checked the calendar for the dates this year and bam, it was here and now the end.

At our last posting I had completed 9 out of 16 blocks and showed this picture of her draped over the back of the couch (in the dark morning light)

I am actually shocked at what I got done this posting. With only 2 blocks left, I completed 5 blocks for 14 out of 16 finished. How did this happen? Here she is, pinned to my design wall – my bedroom curtains. I just have the 2 end blocks on the bottom.

Before I close this posting and move on to visiting the pages of the others in this HQAL, I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to Kathy for being our Hostess for this group along with thanking you all for your encouragement through out this last year. I always look forward to visiting your pages, you never fail to inspire me when I do. Our next posting will be after the whirlwind of another Holiday season and I wanted to wish you all – no matter how and what your celebrate or not – happiness and health. What ever you are doing … make it magical!

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

 KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, and Daisy