Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

                                     Happy 4th of July everyone!


June was a whirlwind month of activity. We had a graduation, a wedding, a trip to Ohio and Kentucky and a surgery. Looking forward to a slower pace in July.

A couple of Time Warp Stars were added to my pile.



This is my brother, Jim with his beautiful daughter, Amy. She had an outdoor wedding with Lake Michigan as the backdrop.


On the way to the wedding, we passed this building which had us both laughing. Love the cow print awnings over the windows!


I hope everyone enjoys the holiday week-end!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Graduation in Wisconsin and more

Last Sunday we were fortunate to be in Wisconsin to watch our grandson, Ian graduate from high school. He was also one of his class speakers and did an awesome job. He will leave at the end of the month for basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. The years went by so quickly and we are so proud of him.


On our ride home, we managed to hook up with a storm heading east, also. It got so bad at one point that we took the next exit to wait it out. We couldn't see anything, but the semi trucks seemed to have no problem as they continued to whiz by. It was so good to get home.


When we reached home, there were new blooms greeting us in the yard.



Annie immediately climbed on top of Jim's suitcase as if to say, this isn't leaving home again without me.


On Wednesday and Thursday, I was sewing at the June Sleep At Home Retreat. This month several of us made cases to hold a pincushion and bobbin donuts. This pic shows my sister, Connie's on the left and mine is on the right.


I also finished the June challenge for the small quilt group led by Kathleen Tracy. Mine is a bit smaller than the one shown in the book as I used the leftover triangle units from the patriotic quilt I just finished. My blocks finish up at four inches. It was fun and quick to make.


Random four patch blocks sewn from scrap strips cut 1 1/2" wide and below
are my first four blocks for the Summer Sampler quilt that is on the Temecula Quilts blog.


So you can see, it's been a busy week with more of the same coming up!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

June already?

Doesn't it seem like the year is flipping through its calendar pages a little too quickly? Or maybe I'm getting slower each year?

Here's my June quilt for Kathleen Tracy's small quilt challenge. My blocks were made with the leftover 1 1/2" triangle units from the patriotic quilt top I just finished. Therefore, the blocks finished at 4". I had to adjust the rail pieces a bit, but it all worked out. It felt good to find a use for some of the little pieces so quickly.


I also finished the latest Time Warp Star from Barbara Brackman. This one uses stripes.


Linking up with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation here.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Slow Stitching

I'm doing some big stitch quilting on my "Hen Pecked" little quilt for the Whatsnot Club. It's a good project to pick up while watching a little television.


                Linking up with Kathy and her Slow Stitching Sunday here.



Saturday, May 30, 2015

Patriotic Stars

Although I'm caught up with the Time Warp Stars, I have been sewing together patriotic stars. Most of these blocks were sewn at The Jane Stickle Retreat in Shipshewana last month. Now I need to find a border and get this one quilted and bound. The blocks measure 8 inches finished and were made from fabrics in my stash.



The addition of these two fabrics has me smiling from ear to ear. So many possibilities.


I'm linking up with Show Off Saturday here.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Twenty Stars

I'm caught up with my Time Warp Stars! I didn't have an overdyed green solid that fit the bill, so found a print that I thought was close. The second one is my star using an excentric print. Now I have an even twenty!


The next picture is the mystery quilt from last month's Quilted Cottage University. The fabrics were definitely out of my comfort zone, but it was fun to follow the instructions each month. We had no idea where this mystery was going until the very end.


Linking up with Quilt Infatuation here!

Monday, May 25, 2015

All But One

Happy Memorial Day! 

Almost caught up with the Time Warp Stars from Barbara Brackman. I just need the overdyed green solid to be up to date.


Annie kept trying to get in the photo. When I placed the first star on the carpet, there she was snuggling right up next to it. I had to relocate her several times before I got them all laid out.


Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times here.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Holiday Week-end

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day week-end. We are staying home with no particular schedule to follow. There is a plan for bar-b-qued ribs one day.

When Barbara Brackman started posting her Time Warp Stars, I was on board and made the first one using Turkey Red fabric. Then somehow the needed fabrics for the stars were recorded on paper and not stitched. The other day I saw Kyle's progress with her stars and it motivated me to get back to them. Thank you! My sister, Connie and I are both catching up now.







I have cut out the backgrounds for the nineteen stars and am sewing as I find the right fabrics needed for each week. So far, I have turkey red, purple, double pink, Prussian blue, green calico, cheddar and conversation prints. If I find a better choice later, I can always sew a second star as they are quick and easy.

I'm linking up with Show Off Saturday here.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday

Spent a little time outside today in my flowers (weeds), but it became hot very quickly.  So it was kind of a lazy Sunday most of the day. The lilacs are in full bloom and I love their fragrance.

Tonight I worked on a little mug rug to take to the guild meeting for our tea party. Finished it just as the Tigers were losing the game to St. Louis.


I'm linking up with Kathy and her Slow Stitching Sunday and also with SuperMomNoCape here.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Last week

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day last Sunday. It was a bit rainy here, but I enjoyed a nice visit from my two sons and daughter-in-law. Flowers arrived from Wisconsin from daughter and family and also came with my guests. Then there was this raspberry cream puff pie to consume!




Last week at the Sleep At Home Retreat, we had a class to make this little duffle. The pattern actually includes instructions for four sizes which can all be made from a half yard of fabric.


And finally, I was able to finish the little quilt for our next Whatsnot Club. This mini measures 10 1/2" x 11 1/2". The HSTs finish at one inch.


Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation here.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Slow Stitching Sunday

The sun is shining and warm breezes are drifting through the open windows.  It's a beautiful day! I am enjoying the Tigers' ballgame as I work on some hand stitching from The Red Button Company called Little Red Nine.


Linking up with Kathy for Slow Stitching Sunday.

And the Tigers win!

P.S. I finished binding this Whatnots quilt in April so that lets me link up with Julie here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

More Projects

I've been working on several smaller projects while I was avoiding General Jack. Here are some pillowcases made for the children's hospital in Ann Arbor.

My local quilt shop is offering Kim Diehl's Whatnots Club. Here are my first two little quilts. These are so much fun to make and I love the fabrics. So far, I'm up to date, too.


The annual Habitat for Humanity Quilt Show and Auction was another huge success. My friends started this fund raiser at their church fourteen years ago and have raised $148,499 to date.These were my donations this year: Frozen pillowcases, needle keeps and a little purse.



Covered an old office chair for my sewing room. It's amazing how the sewing themed fabric transformed an ugly chair into one I'm happy to have in my room.


Linking up with Freemotion By The River!
Still working on the picture problem....

Friday, April 24, 2015

Success at last!


I didn't want to do another post until my General Jack quilt was pieced. Well, that turned out to be a tad longer than I would have liked. But, it is now a flimsy! Not the best picture, but you can see it is in one piece. It's about 44" square.


This little zipper bag was made in a class from a local quilt shop. It was intensive, but not difficult. I hope to make more before I forget how to do it.




Lots to catch up on. I won't wait so long for my next post!

p.s. My photos seem to be off. Will have to explore what happened. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Getting There


This General Jack quilt is taking much longer than I had anticipated. The pieces have been sewn into blocks or sections. Just can't seem to get them all into a top form. This is the center section.


Here's one problem I have been having with getting the little stars sewn into border form.



He's very persistent! When he wants attention, he means NOW! Notice he is sticking his tongue out at me. Well, actually, he was in the middle of a bath.

This is sort of what the quilt will look like one of these days. There are a couple of borders in between the center section and the star borders. If Jasper cooperates, I may get this one together yet.



Saturday, January 10, 2015

More Little Stars

Still working with those 1 1/2" half square triangle units in order to make my little stars. Getting really close now. I think I only need three or four more.


These finish at four inches and there are forty of them that create the borders for this quilt.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Retreat Week-end

This is where I spent the first week-end of 2015! We had a wonderful time and sewed hundreds of half square triangle units for our General Jack quilts. There were17 in our group. Meals are divided up between us. We eat very well and are responsible for just one meal.

This is my progress so far. The corners will have a star within a star block and then it will have a border of little star blocks. HSTs are done and will become stars soon.

Happy New Year everyone!