Monday, May 2, 2016

A New Baby Quilt - A WIP

There have been a lot of babies that have come into our lives these last several months. I always get excited about newborns, and it never gets old.

This little girl, who lives in Los Angeles is going to get a quilt that looks very similar to this pattern.

Brenda Ratliff@justabitfrayed designed this beauty. 

Marigold's mom chose aqua and peach for the baby's colors. The aqua is not a pure aqua. But I found just the right shade in the third photo below.

I have been collecting lots of text and low volume prints for this project.

And have been busy sewing away.

This is really a fun pattern and uses just a pop or two of color. Tonight at quilt clinic, I will be making the peach colored squares.

The scraps will definitely make up the back.  I'm playing around with a few designs for that.

Stay tuned.

Happy Quilting!!

Today I am linking up with Beth@cookingupquilts. Main Crush Monday.
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Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Yellow Poppy Quilt inspired by The Midnight Mystery Quilt 2015

The The Big Reveal

Finally, I have finished a quilt, I have worked long hours on, and stitched in thoughts of love, healing and good health. This quilt design was created by Cheryl@ Meadow Mist Designs. It began last summer, and was called The Midnight Mystery Quilt, and was a QAL. 

For those of you who have heard this story - skip this paragraph. For those of you who haven't, here's the story.  

When I began this quilt, it had no particular home and I just picked fabrics I liked, that worked together. A few months ago, a very special friend developed cancer. We went to sleep-a-way camp together as tweens and young teens. Every summer we had the best time, EVER!! When I heard this upsetting news, I decided it would go to her, to keep her warm through her treatments.

Another quilter I know blesses quilts, knitted and crocheted blankets, and shawls. The blessing and tradition of the gift of "The Prayer Shawl," is that you give it to someone after a sad or happy event has happened in their life. You don't have to pray with the shawl on, and there is no religious symbolism related to it.

Next weekend I am going to see my friend and give this to her. 

Before I thought of giving it to her, I chose all the fabrics. Coincidentally, these are her colors. The back, which is fabric with text on it, is perfect too because she loves to read and is a "word" person. The binding came from my stash and the flowers are morning glories. This quilt was meant for her, and I hope and pray it will help heal her, and get her through this difficult time.

It always amazes me, when things like this come together for a positive and uplifting reason.  This is what makes the special mysteries of life so special.  I am happy and grateful I could make this project, and give it as a gift to such a special friend. 

Linking up with MCM (Main Crush Monday), sponsored by

More this week, so stay tuned!!  Happy Quilting!!

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

4 Measuring Skills Quilter's Can't Live Without - Part 2

I have been running way behind on my blogging due to sewing the binding on my Midnight Mystery Quilt, 

which has been going slowly, and prepping the taxes to send out. I apologize for not getting this posted much sooner, and closer to the time when I posted Part 1 of this series.

The third thing I learned while piecing this quilt, was realizing my measurements were off. I ripped out many seams. I re-cut fabric in some cases. AND I did not check my 1/4" scant inch, before sewing often enough. I was rushing, and getting sloppy.

I also sew on a few different machines each week. I attend an open quilt studio at Pins and Needles, in Mt. Kisco, NY.  My local brick & mortar store. They are very generous, and provide eight Bernina Sewing Machines for us to use.  They are all different, and 1/4" scant seam can be different on each machine.  

The above photo was about a 1/4".

And if I kept sewing at that exact point, multiplied over and over, my seams would not, and did not match. It's hard to believe the 1-2 strands of thread in the weave of the fabric, but mathematically, it makes a huge difference.

This is more like it!!

4.  This may last skill is not exactly a skill, and it may seem obvious, but maybe not so much, because we all have busy lives.  And we forget to have our eyes checked. I realized I hadn't gone for my yearly eye checkup, and my vision had gotten much better. I could see closer, much better without my glasses. My distance vision had changed a little too.  

So, I bought new glasses with my new prescription. Now I don't have to wear my glasses while sewing on the machine or hand sewing up close.

All these tweaks to my skills and my eye health made a wonderful difference in my quilt, which I can't wait to show you.  I only have two more sides to bind, which is about 150".  Then I have two inscription labels to sew on. 

Have a great week, and Happy Quilting!!

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Sunday Stash From Joel Dewberry's Collection

I am really excited about Spring. I am seeing daffodils and crocus popping up all over the Hudson Valley.  Love it.

I ordered this beautiful Fat Quarter bundle by Joel Dewberry called Atrium, through Massdrop.

There are 26 colorful fabrics from the collection. I just love these colors and fabric designs that burst with the message "Spring is finally here."

Today I am linking up with the lovely and talented, Molli Sparkles and her weekly linky party, Sunday Stash. Mary Emmens is hosting the Sunday Stash Linky Party for Molli this week.

Happy Quilting and Happy Easter!!

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

National Quilting Day Give-a-Way Winner and a Craftsy Sale

Congratulations to number 12, Aimee, who is the lucky winner of the Lecien Jelly Roll, Sushi Roll.

Please e-mail me at with your snail mail address, and I will mail your prize.

As a Craftsy Affiliate, Craftsy is saying a sweet farewell to National Craft Month by offering you the chance to get any online class for $19.99! Check out all the classes on sale before the offer ends on Friday, March 25 through, Monday, March 28, which is an incredible deal. 

Please click the Craftsy button on my sidebar to check out the classes. I'm sure you will find at least one you would want to take. If you take one, let me know what you took and what you thought of it.

Have a good weekend and Happy Quilting!!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Midnight Mystery Quilt Top From Meadow Mist Designs - Finished!!

I finally finished my quilt top from Midnight Mystery Quilt, sponsored by Cheryl@MeadowMistDesigns.  I made some mistakes along the way, and my seam ripper became my new best friend for a while. 

I learned so much while making this quilt. New skills; a new way to make half-square triangles, and a great new way to use a large courthouse square for a four-cornered design element. There will be some follow-up posts about these topics. 

I tuned-up some of my old skills.  Part 2 of; 4 Measuring Skills Quilters Can't Live Without will be posted later this week. See Part 1, by clicking on this link.

When I started this project, I had no specific home for this quilt. It does now. A very close friend is fighting cancer.

This quilt is for her; to keep her warm, and know she is wrapped in lots of love and healthy wishes. After I found out about her being ill, I knew it should definitely go to her. Then I realized these very summery colors and fabrics, were her favorites. 

I am having it quilted by my friend Angie who is a longarmer. I know she will get this done quickly and do a lovely job. I will bind it when she is finished, and share it with you before it is mailed to my friend.  

In the photo above, it appears that the fabric on the bottom edge is white. It is white, with a beautiful gray swirl pattern in it.  See photo below.

Angie is going to pick that up for the quilting.

I am extending National Quilting Day give-a-way until Thursday.  To enter, please leave a comment in my comment box telling me what you love about Spring or your favorite Spring recipe.  Or you can tell me what you are working on. If you are a no-reply blogger, please be sure to leave me your e-mail address, so I can reach you if you win. The prize is a Lecien jelly roll called Sushi Roll. The winner will also be announced on this blog.
Today I am linking up with, Sew Fresh Quilts, Let's Be Social.
Happy Quilting!!

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Happy National Quilting Day and a Fabric Give-a-Way

Happy National Quilting Day!! I have been under the radar for the last few weeks. I've been healing my shoulder (had surgery on 2/22), spending a great deal of time doing physical therapy, and working hard to finish the top for the Midnight Mystery Quilt sponsored by Cheryl@MeadowMistDesigns.

So what is National Quilting Day and what is it all about?

"In 1991, the National Quilting Association decided to create a special day to celebrate and inspire lovers of quilting and to encourage others to take up this charming and addictive craft. Quilting Day was born, and has been celebrated ever since by quilt and patchwork lovers every spring."

I love this quote, because quilting is a "charming and addictive craft," and I am always "inspired," by the fabric, the stitches, the process and the designs. It is something to be celebrated.

The web site this quote came from will provide more information. Please check it out. 

I love that it falls just before Spring, because this it is the time of year I begin to find so many inspirations. I find myself putting more quilts on my "to do" list. And that's not all. I sketch more, take more photos, explore neighborhoods and walking outdoors more and watch the crocus, daffodils and tulips pop.  The list goes on and on and....

In honor of National Quilting Day and all quilters, I am offering this give-a-way.

A Lecien jelly roll. The fabric pattern is called sushi, and is full of bright, Spring colors. (This give-a-way is limited to U.S. mailing addresses only.) And please, leave me your e-mail address if you are a no-reply blogger, so I can get in touch with you if you win. 

I will announce the winner on Wednesday, March 23rd.

All you need to do leave a comment in my comment box telling me; 1. What is your favorite thing about spring, and 2. What is your favorite spring recipe? Or let me know what quilting project you are working on.

Have a great weekend and Happy National Quilting Day!!

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