Monday, December 31, 2012

2012- A Year in Review

Bears Need Homes, Too   Jan. 2012
 I've struggled this morning to get this post on.  One thing I know about this blogging is to not upload all of your pictures and then expect to arrange them and add your words later.  That's what I did this morning thinking that I would get something done while my pictures were being uploaded.  Big mistake.  I am not able to add my words where I want and the blog is refusing to add Grandma's quilt where it needs to go.

This year I was able to finish five bed-sized quilts, one wall hanging and an apron.  I'm still debating whether or not this a proud finish.  It should be at least one more quilt as I know I can finish a quilt every two months.  But with the kids, the farm, a new yard, my casual job at the post office and all that comes with life, I can't complain too loudly!  I take my time on my quilts and that I am proud of.  So these are my quilts for 2012 and my favorite of the year is my Bears Need Homes, Too.

Because I am running out of time today to make a detailed list of my 2013 goals as I had wanted, I will just make a short list.  I want to finish my New York Beauty quilt that I had started for Aidan last March, finish my Stars for a New Day quilt for our June quilt show, make a queen sized bed quilt for my aunt and uncle who made me my stained glass in our kitchen, and start on my Farmers Wife blocks.  I have fabric for at least 15 other quilts and hopefully I will put a lot of that to use, too.  Happy New Year to all who read this!

Double Hourglass  Feb. 2012
Bubble Gums Stars  Sept. 2012

Funked Out apron
Whimsicals July 2012
Bounce  Oct. 2012
Double Duty  Dec. 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

Double Crossed...

Is a pattern PDF pattern that I bought online from Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter.  I haven't been very good at making baby quilts.  I think the last baby quilt that I made was at least ten years ago.  So when my brother and his wife had their third baby boy, I wanted to make him a quilt.
I ran across a fabric that I knew my sister in law would love, so without a pattern I bought it and seven others to go with it.

Fabric is cut and ready to sew
Double Crossed is a fat quarter friendly quilt asking for 12-14 fat quarters to make a crib sized quilt.  I only had eight colors, so I am just using more fabric from the eight.  The two rectangles and the one triangle are the only cuts of fabric that are required in this quilt.  And sewn together they look like this.

Block trimmed to 7.5 inches square

This quilt is super easy and fun.  It goes together in no time at all.  Here are six together.  I already have twelve sewn, but the boys have friends over and they are sleeping in the family room where I sew.

Soooo cute, heh?  I am lovin' this quilt!  The next six blocks that I have together have the orange with ivory dots as the center strip.  I almost scrapped the already cut center triangles for in lieu for the brown with multi-colored dots.  I have enough fabric for it and I really liked the look of it.  What do you think?

Here are fourteen blocks with three different center fabrics instead of one.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Double Duty is done

The last time that I made a quilt in a hurry I said, "Never again!"  It's way too stressful, not to mention that I have four kids to care for!  Well, this time really is the last time.  Honest.  I started this quilt on November 28 and finished it last night and we were gone for about ten days in that time frame.  So I was able to get Double Duty done in about three weeks.

Auditioning borders fabrics

Log cabin blocks are so easy to make, they are just labor intensive when you have to iron all of the tiny little pieces.  I spent as much time ironing as I spent sewing this quilt.  The flying geese were also easy, and on the bigger side, so they didn't take too much time.

Just when I went to sew my last seam in the quilt, I saw a mistake.  I had sewn three blocks a quarter turn out.  It was only about a 20 minute fix, but I was so excited to be done.

Quilt center

Double Duty is a quilt designed by Carrie Nelson found in her book "Spice of Life Quilts" and all of the fabrics were all Kansas Troubles.  Now I can get back to my Stars quilt and keep a quilt for myself!!!

Merry Christmas to all of you!

Well I took a look at my calendar and added up all of my sewing days instead of guessing at how long this quilt took me.  It was actually ten days.  So I at the end of a year I should have about 35 quilts.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


our guild met in Weyburn at Chris' house for our annual Christmas get together.  Chris suggested something a bit different this year and that included a catered meal and working on a quilt together.

Theresa, me, Jane, Debra, Terry, Chris & Colleen
What a spread!
Chris has a knack for decorating and entertaining.  At the table, everything was in its proper place, just like the Oasis of the Seas!  We had a lot of fun working together on a special quilt.  Earlier in the year we decided to do a Guild Quilt, so Christa gave us a jumping off point and we just ran with it, not knowing where we would end up.  No pattern, no fabric, only an idea.  The finished quilt turned out beautifully, but I will only show pictures of the finished quilt when it is quilted and bound.  Stay tuned for that.

We wanted to say a Thank You to Debra.  She had cleaned out her sewing room and made up little gift bags of fabric, thread and notions that she no longer wanted and gave a bag to each guild member.  Wow!  I loved my 30's charm pack. 

We do have a scheduled guild date this Thursday, so maybe we will see each other on Thursday...a busy time of year for guild.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Our home away from home...

for the past week was on this.

Our family was blessed to spend a week together aboard Royal Caribbean's ship The Oasis of the Seas.  It is currently the largest cruise ship sailing in the world today.  We were treated like royalty aboard this ship and were treated to fabulous food, fun, music, musicals and people.  What an experience it was!  Here are just a few favorite photos taken last week.

Me, Sabe, Aidan(16), Emma(4), Zachary(13), and Terran(12)
Emma with her face painted

Terran and Sabe
My three boys at Johnny Rockets cafe
Emma on the beach in Montego Bay
My Family
Central park on our ship
There are so many pictures that I could share, but I think these are enough. 

Thanks Christa, for stepping in and helping me out with the blog.  I very much appreciate it!  Tomorrow we our guild is getting together for our Christmas Dinner at Chris' house.  'Tis the season!

Friday, December 07, 2012

When the Cat's Away...


It's the mouse again(Christa)!

Tracey's headed for the high seas!!

I thought I would tease you with a little update from yesterday's quilting...

Narrie Halverson has been working on a quiet book.

Each side of the page is filled with exploration!!

A little 'roo' in the pouch....

Buckles, Zippers,Buttons..

Animal finger puppets in the barn....

Too cute!! Great job, Narrie!!

We also received this donation of a Grandmother's Flower Garden top
 from a lady who has entirely hand pieced it.

(I think it's time for an iphone.. this BB camera sucks!!)
We think it is only fitting to have it hand quilted.

That was alot of work in this top!!

Then... just out of the 'blue'....

Jane Marcotte comes out with this little number!!

Jane says...oh .... did I show you this?

When was she working on that???

JUUUSSST some old shirts and a pair of her pants!!

Jane is our 'artist in residence'.

She takes nothing and makes a miracle!!

The blue was her 'pants' I can see if it was a pair of mine...but her little butt??

Terry Whitman finished my Winter Wonderland

Just in time to hang for the festive season!!

As per Terry's usual style.....incredible quilting!!

Little snow swirls all over the place.....

Snowflakes of all kinds....

Big and small...

And stars in the sky!!

Thanks again, Terry!! 

The Cat (namely Tracey)will be back in a week

This mouse is out of her house!!

 < :3 )~   x -  x -  x - x -  x 

Ps. I've never known a mouse that didn't  leave tracks!!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

So Much to Say...

but so little time!  Good intentions of sewing and blogging were just that.  This post it going to be picture intense and word sparse...
Anyways, last Thursday was a sewing day for our group.  Here are a few snapshots of that.
Terry's batik quilt

Colleen's batik quilt ( I even got her to smile!!)

Christa's Snowman table runner
Charlene's Bear quilt

Charlene's alphabet quilt is bound.

Charlene's Advent wall hanging

And this is our little visitor, Bernie.  I tried to befriend him by taking his picture and showing it to him, but it only terrorized the poor kid.  He cried and cried.  OOPS!!
I have put aside my Stars quilt to make a quilt for  a friend.  He was wanting a quilt for Christmas, but that just wasn't going to happen.  So I will start it and he will give a part of it as her gift.  That'll work, I guess.
The quilt is called Double Duty and is found in Miss Rosie's Spice of Life quilt book.  This is a must-have book, and really, really hard to find.  Ask Colleen.  She will have to break down and order it off  I have not taken a picture of it yet, but it is all flying geese and log cabin blocks made from my ten-year collection of Kansas Troubles.  (I can't believe that I am finally using these fqs and I am giving the quilt away.  Something I am bound to regret one day!)
This is my second time for making flying geese with one large square and four smaller squares.  Here is a visual for the process.
My groupings...20 large squares and 80 small squares

Sew 1/4 inch on either side of the line

Cut on the line after sewing

Press the light side open

Add another square.  Sew on either side of the line and finally cut on the line

Press light side open and voila...four perfect flying geese.

All I know for sure is that I'm not smart enough to figure that method out all on my own.  Ingenious!!!
I have the first three sections done on my log cabin blocks.  I should have been sewing, but I was here doing this tonight...
Emma in the E.R. tonight.  She fell asleep waiting for the Doc.
Emma woke this morning with a fever, cough and headache.  She has throat and double ear infection.  She has only been sick once before in her little life and now, two and a half days before our family cruise, she gets pummeled with this. Emma did terrific at the ER, a perfect little patient, but now she could use some prayers.  Lets hope that the antibiotics work their magic fast.  Notice her boots???