Update: December 2016

Since I originally posted my description of this blog, I have somewhat erred from my intention. I have actually bought much more fabric than I had but ................. in my defense, I got the solids at 50% off and the quilt shop fabric at 75% off, so that doesn't count, right? LOL

My goal for 2017 is to completely finish one quilt per week including quilting and binding.

After all, we have to have a plan.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Growing Up QAL - September Block 2

Block 2
This is block 2 of the Growing Up QAL with Alida.
Please click here to see the blocks the other participants are making.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Linking up with Alida for the September Block

September Block
I am linking up with Alida and the Growing Up Quilt Along Group.
Please click here to how others have made their blocks.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Growing Up QAL August Blocks

Bargello Block 1

Bargello Block 2

This month there were two variations of the bargello block.

Please click HERE to check out how others are making their blocks!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Gen X Quilters' Hoop Quilt Along

14" Hoop Quilts

I kept seeing posts of AnneMarie's Hoop Quilts and finally bought her pattern.  Shortly after that, she hosted a Hoop Quilt Along.  I decided that was a good time to start.  I have several hoops that I don't use and I picked the two that happened to be handy.  I certainly need to improve my handwork skills but I am still satisfied with my first attempt at the hoop quilts.
I am looking forward to making more of them (when I come across the rest of my hoops!)

Please check out her website at GEN X QUILTERS here!

Friday, August 11, 2017

30th Finish for 2017

30th Finish for 2017
Baby Panel

I don't remember how long I have had this panel, but it has been trying to get me to quilt it for at least a year now.  Every time I open the closet I see it sitting there waiting for me to make it whole.  Now it just needs someone to cuddle with it.


I just outlined the panels and the characters and put a simple ribbon candy in the outside borders.

Quilt Info
Size:  43" x 50"
Batting:  100% Polyester

Quilting on my Innova sitdown long arm machine.

29th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

29th Finish for 2017
This quilt is from a swap sometime around 2008.  I am not sure about the date.  I wound up with 24 blocks and some were more boyish and some more feminine so I chose to make a boy and girl one. (see 28th finish for the girl one).
You can find the free pattern HERE

Back of quilt shows the outline of the cars.

Quilt Info

Size:  56" x 70"
Batting:  100% polyester

Quilted on my Innova sitdown long arm machine.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

28th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

28th Finish for 2017

These cars were from a swap with Sindy at Fat Cat Patterns.  I think it was about 2008.
If you are interested, you can find the free pattern by clicking HERE.

Quilt Info

SIZE:  55" x 70"
BATTING:  polyester

Quilted on my Innova sit down long arm machine.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Growing Up QAL July Block 2

Block 2

Growing Up QAL with Alida.  You can click HERE to see what others have done with this block.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Growing up QAL July Block

July Block - Growing Up QAL

I am linking my block up with Alida and the other quilters who are working on the Growing Up QAL.

Please click HERE to see what everyone has been doing.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Linking up with RSC17 Blue

RSC17 Color of the Month is Blue
 I have chosen to make the Moda Pattern "Lawn Chair Quilt" which you can find for free on the Moda Bake Shop website.

I am linking up with Angela and all of her quilting buddies at SoScrappy.  Please click HERE to see what everyone has been doing with their blue fabric.

Friday, July 28, 2017

#27 Quilted and Bound

#27 for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

This is my rendition of Lori Kennedy's latest spring QAL.
You can find the link below.  Mine is a lot longer than hers.  I had a bunch of HSTs waiting for a project, so I thought this would be a good time to get them sewn up!

You can find the link to this QAL here!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Linking up to Wednesday Weight Loss

An old swap from Fat Cat Patterns
I decided to get out my car blocks from a swap I did with Sindy at Fat Cat Patterns.  I think it was around 2008.  I have 24 blocks and some seemed a little "girly" and some seemed a little "boyish" so I tried to sort them where I could make a more feminine one and a more boyish one.  I am still auditioning the sashing for the girl one on the left.  I still need to do the horizontal sashing on the boy one on the right.

I am linking up with Jennifer at the Inquiring Quilter for Wednesday's Weight loss.  You can find the link here.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Having a Little Fun

Sewtogether Bags

I just love these bags.  They are a little tedious to put together, but I think I have finally gotten my "groove" making these bags.  They are so versatile.  Every time someone sees them they make a comment on how they would use them.  Everyone sees something different.  
This pattern can be found on Craftsy.

Sew-in Coin Purses
I have been wanted to make these for a while but I was really intimidated by them until I read a post by Mayra at So Sew Easy.  The link is here.

I also watched a few YouTube videos, but my main help was the encouragement from Mayra.  She made it sound so easy and it is!



I am pretty excited and a little disappointed. 
My goal for 2017 was to completely finish one quilt per week which would add up to 52 quilts by the end of December!

I am excited because I am on target for my goal.
I am a little disappointed to see that all of my quilts are stacked and they just don't seem as tall as I expected they would.  I am only missing quilt #24 because it is currently on my grandson's bed!

There are a total of 25 quilts stacked and most of them are queen or full size.

I knew I had a lot of quilts to finish and this is only the tip of the iceberg!

26th Quilt for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

Quilt #26 for 2017
 Made HSTs with 10" squares sewn around the edges of two squares, right sides together then cut them diagonally to make 4 HSTs.
Berenstain Bears Backing
I just happened to have enough fabric for the border and backing. 
I don't have much novelty fabric but this seemed to do the trick!

Quilt Info

Size:  55" square
Batting:  SewPerfect Polyester by Fairfield
Quilted on my Innove Sitdown Longarm Machine

NOTE:  No fabric, batting or thread was purchased in 2017 to complete this quilt.

Friday, June 30, 2017

25th Finish of 2017 - Quilted and Bound

Layer Cake Sampler QAL - 2014
 This QAL was sponsored by Material Girls Quilt in 2014.  This was a fun project making all of these blocks from HSTs using 10" squares.  I can't believe it took me so long to get it quilted.  The pictures don't do it justice.  Here is a link to the pattern and QAL.

I was surprised at how nice the backing came out.  I didn't have quite enough fabric so I put a few strips of white in between the two fabrics.


Size:  80" x 98"
Batting: Hobbs 80/20 bleached
Quilted on my Innova Sitdown long arm

NOTE: The only thing purchased for this quilt in 2017 was the bleached batting.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Second June Block with Growing Up QAL

All of the blocks to date
Second June Block

I am linking up with Alida at the Growing Up QAL.  You can click HERE to see what others are making this year.

Linking up with Alida with the Growing Up QAL

June Block

My first June block in the Growing Up QAL with Alida.  You can click HERE to see what the others have been making this month.

Friday, June 16, 2017

24th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

24th Finish for 2017

Grandson's Little League T-shirt Quilt
I have made t-shirt quilts before but I didn't expect this one to be so large!  I don't think he missed one season plus he was on the allstars every year!  It's hard to see the quilting but I put large circles on the t-shirts and called them "quilted curve balls!"

What to do with an extra t-shirt?

Make a pillow, of course!

I just had to add a pillowcase to make it a matching set!

What to do with an extra patch?

Put it on the back of the pillow, of course!

I put a hidden zipper on the back of the pillow.


I bought this baseball fabric a few years ago.  I planned to use it on the t-shirt quilts but I don't remember what my plan was because I didn't have enough of either fabric for the backing, so I combined them.

Quilt Info

Size:  84" x 96"

Batting:  100% Polyester light weight

Quilted on my Innova sitdown longarm

NOTE:  The only fabric I purchased in 2017 was the green and red for the borders.

I learned from making this quilt that I am going to really have to pace myself when I make the rest of them.  It takes a lot of planning to tell a story with t-shirts and it took me a while to decide on the layout and this one seemed best to be laid out in columns by year.  

I have 8 grandchildren and lots of t-shirts so I can see that I am going to need to live a long time in order to get all of these done.  I guess I'd better get a good exercise routine for strength and stamina!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

23rd Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

9th Christmas Quilt made from PJ Scraps
 This is the 9th quilt I have made from left over Christmas pajama scraps for my kids.  At least 10 years ago, I cut up all the fabric that I could get into squares and managed to make 9 tops.  I have actually quilted the last 3 this year with this being the last.  Now I need one more grandbaby to give this one to! Note: I am not aware of any coming along as of yet!
I still have other sizes of scraps from this stash.

Franz had to be in both pictures.  He really likes this one!
Quilt Info
Size:  66" x 96"
Batting:  Mountain Mist Soft, Light-Loft
Backing: Muslin

NOTE:  No fabric, batting or thread was purchased in 2017 to complete this quilt.  This backing took 6 yards and the binding was 1/2 yard.  By quilting these 3 Christmas quilts this year, I have almost used all of the muslin fabric that I bought for this purpose.

I am linking up with Jennifer at Quilting with the Inquiring Quilter for Wednesday Weight Loss. Please click on the link and see what others are doing to sew up their fabric!

Monday, June 5, 2017

22nd Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

22nd Finish for 2017
 I used to make Christmas pajamas for my children and grandchildren until I realized how much fabric scraps that I was amassing in the process.  So, one day I decided to cut all of the scraps into large squares and I had enough to make 9  fairly large twin size quilts.  This is #8.  I have one left to quilt and then I will have to start using the smaller scraps!  I have already made a queen size quilt from the leftover smaller scraps.

Her name quilted into the quilt!
It might be a little hard to see but I stitched her name in the squares.  I wish I had thought of that when I made the others!

Quilt Info

Size:  66" x 94"
Batting:  Fairfield Poly-fil Low-loft
Backing:  Muslin - because ALL of my kids love the feel of muslin backed quilts!

Quilted on my Innova Sit Down Long Arm

NOTE:  No fabric, batting or thread was purchased in 2017 to complete this quilt.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Yellow is the RSC17 Color for June!

Yellow Blocks for Lawn Chair Quilt
This green and yellow plaid was the closest to yellow that I could find in my stash.  I do have a few other yellow fabrics but they didn't seem to do as well as this one.
I realized that I have very little yellow fabric, so I will make a note to self to fix that problem! LOL 
I will be looking for yellow fabric soon!
The pattern for the Lawn Chair Quilt can be found in the Moda Bake Shop.

Bottled Rainbows
You can't tell it in the photo but the top yellow border is much lighter than the bottom one.
I am really wanting to show off my design wall again because I am so proud of it.  At the beginning of last week, I didn't have any green on those green blocks and after just a few days of having them on my design wall, I am almost ready to square them up and sew them down. Now, I had those blank blocks sitting on my spare bed for the whole month of May with no success, but putting them on the design wall did the trick.  I am just fascinated with the increased productivity with the design wall. I guess it doesn't take much to impress me!

Just in case some of you are not familiar with the Bottled Rainbow quilt, I thought I would share the link to the instructions HERE.

Linking up with Angela at SoScrappy for the RSC17 color yellow.  Click HERE to see what everyone else is up to.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Linking up with RSC Color Green

RSC17 - Color is Green
I have been concentrating mostly on my goal of finishing one quilt a week for 2017 but still trying to keep up with Angela and everyone at RSC17.  Everyone is doing such a great job. 
You can click HERE to see all of the green creativity!

I am mostly posting to show off my new design wall.  I am so glad to have it.  You can see that I didn't get anything done on my Bottled Rainbow blocks, but maybe now that I have a design wall, it will be easier to work on them.  The blocks to the left are part of my RSC17 lawn chair quilt.  The pattern can be found at the Moda Bake Shop.

I used the directions on this youtube video.  I pretty much followed her instructions completely.  Instead of buying flannel fabric, I bought a king-size good quality flannel sheet.  It was not quite as long as the insulation board so I cut off 6" from the bottom of each 4'x8' insulation board in order to fold the flannel around the board.  I also used her suggestion to only tape the boards together on one side so you can fold it.  That was very helpful in getting it into my sewing studio.

21st Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

2010 Village BOM
 This quilt was designed by members of the Yahoo Group "Stroll the Block". 
This was the first BOM that I had ever hosted. 
The members volunteered to make one block.  They all did a fabulous job.  I enjoyed looking at each block while I was quilting it.  It's a shame that the detail doesn't come through in the pics.

Courthouse in the Village Square

January, February, and March
Pet Shop, Flower Shop, and Church

April, May, and June
Coffee Shop, Dress Shop, and Barber Shop
 I don't remember the whole story, but the designer named the dress shop "G.W. Boutique".  Either a family member or friend used to dress very well and people would ask her where she got her clothes and she would tell them "G.W. Boutique!"  I thought it was a cute story.

July, August, and September
General Store, Diner, and Schoolhouse
October, November, and December
Country Inn, Quilt Shop, and Toy Store

Quilting the Border
You can't see it too well in this picture, but I quilted houses and trucks on the border around the village. 
The quilting was inspired by Lori Kennedy's newest book "Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3".

Quilting Info

Size:  85" square
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20
Quilted on my Innova Sitdown Longarm

NOTE:  No fabric, batting, or thread was purchased in 2017 to complete this quilt.