Sunday, May 29, 2016

A Satisfying Finish!

My Bird Seed quilt is finished! I absolutely loved every minute of Lorna McMahon's Sew Fresh Quilt design. I encourage you to take a look at her designs here.

I tried the quilting technique Lorna uses in her quilts and really liked it. then I made a 2-color binding using black and a 1/8" red flange (to keep the little red birdy company--although he seems to have found a 'sweetie' to do that--tee-hee!)

Let's see what everyone else has bee working on on Judy's blog

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bird Seed

I follow a few quilt blogs and one I really love is at SewFreshQuilts. "Let's Bee Social" is written by Lorna McMahon who has a wonderful spirit and wit and obviously loves animals, as I do. Her patterns are well-written and, best of all, they can be (very reasonably) purchased and immediately printed on your home printer--instant gratification!

Her Blackbird pattern really caught my eye and I just had to make one. Here's my pre-quilted rendition. Isn't it cute?

There are a LOT of tiny pieces in her pattern, the blocks of which measure 6" square !! I have to admit that I drafted a larger version so mine are 9" square. I call the quilt "Bird Seed" because the background fabric is 'newsprint' advertising seeds and flowers--something I didn't realize until I was cutting it up.

Seriously, check out Lorna's blog!

Monday, September 28, 2015

More Farm Girl Vintage!

Hello quilters! I returned from an east coast trip and brought lots of great quilting finds home with me. Couldn't wait to get started on . . . something. . . but what? Why, Farm Girl Vintage blocks, of course! I'd seen on Facebook a FGV sew-along and would love to have been a part of it but couldn't do it while on the road so I started my own! In 3 days, I made all these --and they're 6"! I don't know what it is about the tiny little pieces but I just LOVE making them! I don't plan to make ALL
the blocks in the book. . . but who knows?

Which is your favorite?

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Mug Rug and License Plates

You know I'm obsessed with Row By Row, right? I've been trading kits and license plates with a group on Facebook and have accumulated 22 states' and a Canadian providences' plates! I have two patterns picked out for making a fun quilt (or maybe the back of a Row By Row quilt) with them.

There's another fun Facebook group that's making Mug Rugs and trading them from the FABulous "Farm Girl Vintage" book. I received this great mug rug from the quilter in Alabama (!) I was paired up with. Thanks, Susan!

I'm obsessed with making the teeny, tiny 6" Farm Girl Vintage blocks and plan to make at least 20 of them for my next quilt. Stay tuned!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Row, Row, Rowing!

How many of you are participating in this great, national quilting event? My buddies and I cannot get enough of it and it will be over in just over a week--September 8th! I've collected kits and license plates from 7 states myself and have swapped license plates with almost a dozen others so I'll have plates from about 20 states.

I purchased and made this adorable kit at a shop in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho and just love it! The border fabric has the word Yellowstone in it--purchased in Montana, of course.

I'd love to see what rows you all have put together!

Monday, August 17, 2015

A Great Line

Did you ever fall in for with a fabric line and you just HAD to buy it and make something out of it? Yes, I've bought fat quarter towers which are pretty pricy but I find that once I use part of it to make a project, it ends up languishing as a "been-there, done-that" line. I've been buying Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes from Missouri Star Quilt Company through their "daily deal" and using their Friday You-Tube tutorials to make quilt tops. I'm loving them!

My latest is this one made with an older line I found recently at HollyHill Quilt Shoppe: Minik and Simpson's "Prairie Paisley II". Red, white and blue is classic but their addition of beige, tan and light blue really makes this line shine!

Missouri Star's pattern here is "Flutterby" and it's a snap to put together. The Jelly Roll makes a cute little quilt but I wanted something bigger so I found  a couple of yards online to use for the border and every last scrap of the jelly roll to make the interim border of little squares with white to make a queen-sized quilt.

I think I'll have this one custom quilted--it's a keeper for sure!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Trade License Plates With Me?

You can see by the last couple of posts I'm rather obsessed with the Row By Row Experience. There's just something about getting a free pattern at a shop I didn't even know existed! My hubby and I just returned from a 3,246-mile road trip though 7 states and while I didn't stop at EVERY quilt shop, I did hit the ones that had great rows (you can see most of them on Facebook by searching for "(your state) Row By Row Experience").

I always buy something in each shop, it's only fair when they've gone through the trouble of designing a row and printing the pattern out for you just for the asking! One thing I love is the "license plates" almost every shop has. Such clever sayings on them!

I really want to trade license plates with people from other states--(they're made of fabric, not metal!) If you would like to trade one from a state other than CA, NV, UT, MT, WY, WA or OR, leave a comment at the end of this blog post or send me an email.

I found a wonderful pattern at a shop in Philomath Oregon (JanniLou Creations near Corvallis) and plan to make a quilt for my car with it. Is that cute or WHAT??!!!

Happy Quilting Everyone!!