Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Memories, New and Old


It's beginning to look like Christmas (at least in the foyer).  Lighting is shadowed by the amber globe.


New:  The Red / Beige Quilt I just finished just for me!
Not too new:  A crochet Christmas Tree sitting on top of a large Sprite Bottle filled with string lights. I have made at least a 100 of those trees over the last 35 years (Still have the December 18, 1979 Woman's Day Magazine with the pattern).  In my lean years, I made them as hostess gifts sitting on top of cheap wine.
Old:  Mr. & Mrs. Santa Clause, made by my late mother in her ceramic days (1980)



A close-up of the quilting above.


Not so new (but not old), reindeer made by my friend Linda.
Very old:  My grandmother's chair -- LOVE that chair.


And....a shot outside on a very windy day ...... but the colors stand out much better. 

 I am busy finishing gifts and working on Bonnie Hunter's Mystery.   I spent the day at the Library with Quilting Friends finishing handwork on the bindings of three quilts (done!).  Time to link up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict (countdown time).

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Friday, December 12, 2014

Double Finishes



These little quilts are for two special children.  I started them last year as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge hosted by Angela at SoScrappy.  The one above has been framed with trains...perfect for a little man.  The bright boyish colors just pop outdoors.

 The second softer quilt, is for a little sister....framed with pale blue butterflies and yellow cornerstones.  I love this one.


A close up below with lots of texture from the quilting.



Although I have several tops to finish, it has been easier this year.....even though I am doing Bonnie Hunter's mystery!  Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict is hosting to her weekly link and I have a double reason to join.

Merry Christmas and Other Happy Holidays....Jamie

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Race is On!


With Christmas right around the corner, I am finishing up projects that I started last year.  I have already made this quilt for a fund raiser, however I also promised to make an additional two for my great nephews that were never finished (bad aunt)!  I am determined to finish these school pride quilts.


And...my leaders/enders are none other than the 2014 Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter (Quiltville). Although I pulled most of the same colors as Bonnie, at the last minute I decided to go with no scraps.  The other day, I had lunch with my friend Martha and we both agreed, we are tired of our scraps.  I have made several scrappy quilts this year, and looking back they have a lot of the same fabrics.

This is totally different for me --- I have always done Bonnie's mysteries with lots of scraps.  We will see how this goes.

Today, I am linking up with my two favorite designers Judy (Patchwork Times) and Bonnie (Quiltville)!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Montana Bound


A baby quilt for the newest Saint's Fan, traveling all the way to Montana.  His Daddy is serving in the U.S. Air Force, but his heart is still with the Saints.  The package is traveling a long road, through sleet and snow not to arrive until next Thursday....so shhhh, it's still a secret.




And....to tie everything together, a backing fit for a Saints' Fan.

Linking up with Sarah at Confessions for a Fabric Addict and Michelle's Baby Quilt Challenge...Happy Thanksgiving Weekend.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Black and Gold


Almost Done! Just off the frame, binding is next, then in the mail it goes.  

Close call -- I used a 54" backing fabric that "JUST" fit.  I sewed on an extension before loading on the frame.  I knew it would be tight, but WHEW!

I will show the finished quilt later -- including the backing and the story behind it.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Saintly Pinwheels


It seems that I love the beginning process of quiltmaking the best.  I finished the Churn Dash borders and backing for quilting, but started putting together this Black/Gold/White top during the New Orleans Saints game yesterday. 

I have made this quilt before a few years ago for a retiring employee.    A reader Jenn found it and saw the potential in the colors for Purdue.  The top was born on the wall, so there are no formal instructions.  I am making the one above a little different (more blocks no borders).  However, here are a few notes:
  • 4-patches of white/gold, using 2 1/2" squares (2 of each color), finishing at 4".
  • The pinwheels of black/white use 2 1/2" HSTs. 
  • Combine (2) 4-patches and (2) pinwheels to form to 8" (finished) blocks. 
  • The hour glass alternating blocks are finished at 8" ---  It looks like I will be a little short on the plaid black/gold/white (shown below), so I may need to improvise a little with the white Kona cotton.  Look closely at the black and see the tiny Fleur de Lis prints -- oh how perfect!  



My checklist for the remainder of the year is shrinking.  I need to finish the binding on 2 rainbow quilts; quilt and bind the churn dash and Saintly Pinwheels as soon as possible.  The other four quilts are due before Christmas.  HOWEVER, I will find the time for Bonnie Hunter's mystery starting the day after Thanksgiving.  

Linking up today with Judy at Patchworks Times today!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Healing Quilts


As a quilter, many of us realize the power of quilts for the sick.  They are companions to medical treatments, hospital care and can become part of the journey for the sick.  Sounds "mushy", but true.  

 Healing quilts are also for the quiltmaker.  There is a need within that drives us.  Admit it, most of us learn of someone in need...those who are feeling overwhelmed with the fight they must endure...and the quiltmaker immediately thinks "they need a quilt!".

This quilt is extra special.  My favorite quilts are scrappy and monochromatic.  Some of my quilts contain memories of my grandmother (whose's favorite color was blue).  This is one of those....so of course, this quilt went to a very special family member, my grandmother's oldest niece. Because I needed to be quick, the pictures were not taken at a great time of day, so the stars are not as defined as in person...but I love this one.

Today, I am linking up with Sarah --- who absolutely knows the power of a Healing Quilt.