Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Still Here!!

I am sorry for not posting in soooo long!! In my defense, I was helping plan my daughter-in-law's first baby/our first grandchild shower. This was hung on my front door for the shower then went home for the nursery wall!



So honored that it was held here in my home!  So very much fun!!  


Meet Grover, my son's favorite toy as a toddler, who was very well loved!  


So, of course, he had to come out of Anthony's storage tub in the basement to a place of honor on the table.   



And I got the baby a new small Grover to pop out of the top of the diaper cake!!


Her colors for the new nursery are grey, blues, black and white.  She made this pretty quilt for the baby herself!! :-)


This is my real official quilt for my first grandson, who is due October 2nd!! 


I stayed with their colors as much as I could (wink) but did add a few tiny splashes of green!!  


The colors and design reminded me of water sliding over rocks in a stream with tiny bits of moss here and there...


so I named it "Babbling"...which will also describe the baby a few months down the road!! 


I also did some real modern free motion quilting on it!!  Really loved doing that, too!!


Then, I bought some cute charm packs of children's collections and made small utility quilts that can be used for car seats and carriage and such.  


A charm pack has 42 five inch squares and with a 6 by 7 layout, you get a little quilt that is about 27" by 32"!


It takes about an hour to lay the charm squares out and sew them together.



Then about 30-45 minutes to layer and quilt it.


Then about an hour or so to attach and sew down the binding.


So, they are fun and quick and easy to make.  It does take a bit more time should you decide to add a bit of applique'!!


I really loved making them all!!  A few of them are all flannel.  Some are all regular cotton fabric, and some are regular cotton fabric on the front and have flannel on the back.



We had lots of great food, games, prizes and fun!  And Leah got awesome baby gifts...which Yogi stole two of from the open bags and boxes on the floor, after everyone had gone home!!  


He confiscated a rubber ducky and a little blue stuffed elephant!!  We all just had to laugh!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Busy Summer!

Nowadays, I do most all my online stuff either on my iPhone or iPad, but I still find it easier to post on my blog using my laptop. And I feel so silly at times, on my laptop, when I try to make stuff happen by touching the screen!  It's a regular old laptop- NOT a touch screen!  HA!  Do you ever do that?


Well, I can't remember if I told you all that we are finally going to have our first grandchild in early October!!  We are sooooo very excited to meet this little man!!  So, of course, I've been busy sewing up some fun baby stuff!


I shared this little quilt on Facebook, but the rest of them are to be gifts and will be shared with you after the baby shower here in mid- August!


We have a spare bedroom upstairs that we've always called The Baby Room...in hopes of getting some grandkids!!  We went to Ikea and got a crib and changing table for this room so maybe we'll be allowed to babysit when my son and his wife come back to our area to visit us and their friends!


This little quilt was made using one charm pack and is the perfect size for a utility quilt that can be used in a carriage or car seat!  I've got a few more to make up, too. I'll take photos of our little room when all is done and revealed at the shower!!


I made this little charm pack quilt for a friend's new little baby, Owen!  Isn't he just beautiful??!!


I also made up this cute tote bag for my dear sister Sally's birthday!  



The panel is from Jillily Studio.  The fabric collection is called Bicycles and Blooms and it's just adorable!


I just dropped my feed dogs and free-motion stitched all around the design and then stippled the white background.



I forgot to show you these mugrugs I made to thank our guild board members and committee chairs for the last guild meeting of our 2015-16 year.


We meet in a local elementary school, so our guild year runs from September through June.  I was president last year and will be again this year.  


These mugrugs were so fun to make...and I only had to make 30 of them!!


Well, I've got so much more I can share with you after the baby shower in August! You'll just have to stay tuned!!


Yogi is not loving this hot summer, so he stays mostly inside with the AC on!! Hope you are keeping cool if you're in summer and warm if you are in winter!! Snow sounds pretty good when our outdoor temps are near 100!!  


What are you sewing on these days?

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July, Y'all!!


We had our BBQ on Saturday night so we could celebrate with our son and his girlfriend!  



We had margaritas, ribs and steak with mushrooms and corn on the cob, salad, and cake!  Yum!  Love summer food, don't you??!!


So, today I get to play catch-up on emails and sorting/saving photos, long overdue blog posting and hopefully SEWING this afternoon!!  But, I have made a few new patriotic quilties to put out for the summer!


This one was a kit from Connecting Threads... very reasonable, too!! 



I love the simplicity of it!  It only took a few hours to make!! 


It lives in the foyer!  So does the next one!




I use patriotic colors, plus sunflowers and watermelons in my summer decor.  


I had a little bit of this very old sunflower fabric saved in my stash, 


so I subbed some into the center pinwheels and stars in this runner!!


This little mat was made from the leftovers from these runners.


And I finally finished the last of Kathy Schmitz's four seasonal stitchery wall hangings!


I was able to use the last bits of that same beloved sunflower print on it, as well!!


The tiny center quilt is paper pieced.  Not my favorite quilting technique, but it sure does ensure perfect points!!


Kathy made her wall hangings using only black and beige fabrics, but I have used colored fabrics in all of mine!!


They sure do cheer up our little "throne" room...


I've been able to do some weeding and gardening this summer...


unlike last summer when I was having my knee replacement surgeries.



Love my day lilies, roses and geraniums...


unfortunately so do the deer around here.  Can you see him hiding in the bushes?  


So, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Yogi is catching up on some sleep...as usual!!   But we both want to know what lovelies you are sewing on these days!!  Do tell!!