Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Battle of the UFOs is WON!

I finally finished two very old UFOs.  

The first is this double wedding ring quilt that I started about 10 years ago.  I finished the top in early 2013, but didn't get it quilted until much later in the year.  The binding was one of my "waiting" projects for the past few months, but it's finally finished.  I just gave it to a dear friend and her new husband as a wedding gift.  Their journey is a love story like none other.

The second one is a pattern called SnapShot by Terry Atkinson from this pattern book.   I have used several Atkinson patterns over the years and have found them easy to follow.  I bought the pattern and the fabric about 5+ years ago from my LQS, Pennington Quilt Works, to make a quilt for my son's room.  He's since moved rooms, changed colors and is now away at college.   LOL!  

I still really love the fabrics and color combination, so I decided this was going to get done.   I put the top together last spring, found a backing fabric over the summer, and then sent it to be quilted in the fall.  I was planning to machine bind it, but then my machine broke down.  I just finished hand binding and I am excited to finally make a quilt for my home!

Both quilts were quilted by the talented Diana Leslie of Langhorne.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014


In my 2013 Year End Sewing post, I told you about my "Winter's Key" mini quilt that I made for my secret partner Xandi.  I neglected to tell you about the amazing mini quilt I received in that swap from Nicole of Fist Full of Fabirc.  Although it was meant to be a holiday quilt, I love the colors and have it hanging in my sewing space.

Next up was our CJMQG secret holiday swap, held in January.  My secret partner was Lori S. and she loves periwinkle.  I made her this oven mitt using this tutorial.  

I also made her a small fabric basket using this tutorial.  I also included some flavored coffees, chocolate and a few other treats, as well. 

Guild member Andrea made me these cute mini quilts, which I now have hanging in my sewing space.  

I love the way she created the labels to be part of the theme of each quilt. Sew creative!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Quilt of Valor

In 2013, someone forwarded me information about the Quilts of Valor Foundation and all that they do.  They provide quilts to service members touched by war.  When I saw this, I was hooked.  I have made numerous blocks and submitted to online quilts across the country who have requested them, but I hadn't made one myself.  

Well now I can say I did.  This is for a friend's husband, Major in USMC, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  It was presented last week, but he did not want his photo taken.  

I took this photo before it was presented.

The fabric was in my stash left over from previous quilts.  The pattern I had put to graph paper and was looking for someone special to make it for.  It was quilted by the talented, Melissa Kelley of Sew Shabby Quilting.  Plus...I sewed the binding on with my new machine.

He sent me this note of thanks:

A Heartfelt Thanks

I wanted to write and thank you for the beautiful blanket you made! I can't tell you how much I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy life to offer that kind of rememberance to not only me, but to ALL the men and women that put on a uniform and protect this great country of ours!  Its people like you that make doing the job that they do just a little bit easier once we are home.  I will proudly display this blanket in our home and make sure that everyone that walks in knows that there is people out there like you that care!
Again thank you VERY MUCH!

This quilt is just a small token of thanks for all that he did and sacrificed for our great country.

If you'd like to learn more about Quilts of Valor, please go to their website and check it out.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Valentine's Surprise

My machine has been out of commission for almost three weeks.  Every time I plan a trip to the repair shop, we get another snow storm.   Ugh!  

I have been keeping busy with hand binding, project fabric pulls and charm pack arranging on the design wall; but, I had so many planned projects and I am getting behind. EEK!

I have been telling friends that I have been going through "withdrawl" not being able to (machine) sew.   I guess I've been a bit crabby, too. 

In the midst of Winter Storm Nika, I received a tracking email that a shipment was on it's way; but I hadn't ordered anything.  Shortly after the email, I received a phone call.  Apparently, my valentine decided to remedy my 'unhappy' state with an early Valentine's gift.  During the call he jokingly said, "It would have been a lot easier (and cheaper) if you were a flowers and chocolate kinda girl."  Hahaha! (Still laughing about this statement.)  I think that cut flowers are a waste because they die so quickly, and I'm really not that into chocolate.  He knows me so well! 

To say I was surprised is an understatement!  I am still in awe that he knew what to get because it's not like you can go into a store and discuss it with a sales person.   PLUS, because he's traveling, I knew we wouldn't see each other until well after Valentine's Day.  Honestly, I got him a card and thought I'd make us dinner when he gets back.   I wasn't really expecting to exchanges gifts, let alone receive something this BIG.  WOW!  I guess I need to rethink my plan.  LOL!

THIS arrived yesterday! 

Receiving THIS, on top of receiving my valentine's gift a whole week early, made for one VERY happy, and lucky, girl!  I stayed up last night while watching the opening ceremonies to set it up to get ready for some selfish sewing today.  YEAH!

A special THANK YOU to my dear Valentine for this amazing gift!!  

I am now off to create!  Stop back to see what fun things I make with this machine.



Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bee Blocks

In 2014, I joined two online monthly sewing bees.

First up is Stitched in Color's Do.Good Stitches.  I am now officially a member of Cheer Circle and these ladies are AMAZING!  Lindsey of Happier Than a Bird Quilts, who is also our "Queen", chose Antique Tile for our January blocks in pinks with creams/whites using Fresh Lemons Quilts tutorial.  

I finished my two blocks at the start of the new year and shipped them off early.  It was a nice way to start off the year -- learning a new block, and making them for a charity quilt.  I cannot wait to see it all together in a quilt.

February's block and tutorial was just posted.  As soon as I get my machine back, I will start right on those.

Next up is Stash Bee 2014.  I was assigned to Hive#8.  Our hive Mama, the talented Kat of Flutter Kat, started us off for the year with the January block, Tonganoxie 9 patch and was kind enough to share a tutorial on her blog.

Here's my block that I finished in early January and she's already received it.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

2013 Year End Sewing

It's been a while since my last post.  I spent some time during the holidays with family and friends.  However, I have been busy sewing and setting up my sewing space.  Here's a review of some of the things I made. 

I am calling this mini quilt "Winter's Key".  I made it for a secret holiday swap.  My swap partner, Xandi, loved it and displayed it on the center of her table. Winter's Lane by Kate & Birdie Paper Co for Moda is one of my favorite collections of 2013.

Winter's Key

Before the holidays, I joined Schnitzel and Boo's Mini Quilt Swap.  My secret partner was Ruth of Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner in Ireland.  She asked for bright colors, so I used the Winter's Key pattern that I designed and changed the look and feel with bright fabrics.  I am calling this one "Mediterranean Key".  The "postage" backing was a remnant I picked up earlier in the year in my travels.  I have enough left to make a bag in 2014; can't wait! 
                                 Front                                                               Back
Mediterranean Key

Ashley Y. from Virginia had me for this swap.  I love orange and navy blue, so Ashley made me this amazing Orange and Blue "Plus" mini quilt.  A "Plus Quilt" is definitely on my list.  I have it hanging in my sewing space and I love it.  

Orange & Blue Plus Mini Quilt -- made by Ashley Y.

My wonderful parents bought me a serger, Brother Homelock 1034D, over the summer.  It remained unopened until November when I got together with some guild friends.  

I learned how to thread it, use it, trouble shoot issues, and even learned how to make these pouches.  I made several pouches as gifts for Christmas.

 Zipper Pouches

In the fall of 2013, I reconnected with some of my college friends.  We all got together in Disney with a few members of each of our families.  This is a photo of us from Disney.  

Disney 2013 Mini-Reunion 

Interestingly enough, we all quilt and each have totally different styles.  We currently live in different states,and talked about getting together to sew.  It turned out that in November, all three of us were in Baltimore at the same time, so we got to catch up again, have lunch and do some sewing together.  We were so busy catching up that none of us took pictures. LOL!  It was really great to get together and fun catching up!  

Betty and I have continued to get together monthly.  One of my finishes from December was this pillow.  

Marine Soccer Pillow

If you have been following along with me on my sewing journey, you know that I made two Marine T-shirt quilts in the fall.   Included with the t-shirts was a Marine soccer jacket.  I used the front panel of the jacket in the second t-shirt quilt.   I used the back of that jacket, "Marine Soccer" in gold with bright red background, for the front of the pillow and the inner lining of my friend's field jacket for the back.  The liner was already quilted, which made it easy.  It's really soft and comfortable.

Carrying the Marine theme into the holidays, I made my friend a stocking with United We Stand in Khaki by Dan Morris for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.  The stocking was delivered a bit after Christmas due to our schedules, but my friend loved it.  

Marine Stocking

One of the classes at  Sew South 2013 was how to make a quilted duffle bag.  So, I made a duffle for a a very special co-worker, Catherine, for Christmas.  She loves it!

Duffle Bag

There are also a few quilt tops that I finished, but I hope to blog about them when they come back from the quilter.

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