Friday, May 8, 2015

Today I have spent some time at Sew Mama Sew where they are doing their big blog hop give aways.  I have spent hours doing this every time and have yet to win anything from this particular blog hop.  There's always a first time, I guess.

Often times the bloggers will ask you to answer a question in order to be signed up for their giveaway.  One of the most often asked questions is - what do you like best about the blogs that you read every day.  For me, it comes down to how often they post and the pictures of their projects.  Well, that being said.  I'm falling down (way down) on the job, as far as my own blog goes.  Since I started working on a project that I would like to possibly have published I've quit having much to blog about.   

But I do still have some of the quilts I've finished in the last several years that I haven't ever shown on here.  At least I don't remember showing them before. (Please, don't correct me if I did. Just smile and nod like it's all new to you.)

So without further ado, here is my quilt I called "Pretty Pieces".

Pretty Pieces made in 2010 Queen Size

Close up of quilting.
The back and binding.

This is one of the quilts I made for myself.  It can usually be found hanging over the back of the rocking chair in my living room.  Don't look for matching white seams in this one.  They might be a little hard to find.  This quilt is made from a Kim Diehl pattern. Just to be clear, the seams that don't match have nothing to do with the pattern and everything to do with the maker.

When I was making this quilt some of the fabrics I chose were a little non traditional.  One of the yellows in here gave my mom fits.  And no, she won't be happy I said that.  And will probably feign ignorance of ever making any comment about it.  But she said - "Oh, you don't want to use that one you'll ruin the quilt."  I wish I had a close up of that particular fabric.  It may be one reason why I really don't worry about too many of the scraps that make it into my quilts.  They usually all fit in there somewhere.  And if they stand out a little then so be it.  I must have meant for that to be like that.

Have a great weekend. I intend to!

Happy Mother's Day  (Mom, I love you!!!)

Julie

Friday, April 24, 2015

Still Sewing

Yep, I'm still actively sewing.  I just don't have much of my activity to share.  I decided to finally start working on another project that I may try to have published and that makes for a project I can't post pictures of.  At least any pictures that show any progress. 


This is what I have made for my cornerstones.  I spent quite a bit of one morning figuring out what size to cut the center square and corner pieces to come up with these blocks that will finish at 1 1/2".  Then I spent the rest of the morning sewing a few of them together.  And there you have part of my latest project in a nutshell.

The last time I posted was to show the projects I made my grandgirls for  Easter gifts.  This time I thought I'd post pics the girls enjoying the egg hunt.

Grace  
Allison  
It was a great Easter day.  Time spent with family is time well spent.
 

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On another note. I know that quite a few of you have been praying for our "Mighty" Billy.  I'm sorry to say that Billy passed away on April 21st.  He was seven weeks old.  The family is asking that donations be made to the March of Dimes.  Thank you for all the prayers for Billy.  Please keep his family in your prayers now.


Have a blessed day.

Julie

 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter Gifts

My grandgirls enjoy playing with their dolls so much that I decided to actually make the dolls some Easter gifts.

Grace has her new doll Beverly which goes everywhere with her.  Or at least when Grace is going somewhere with Grandma.  Last night Beverly took a trip with us to McAlister's Deli.  She seemed to be having a good time.  It's kind of hard to tell.  I think that Beverly will enjoy her new sleeping bag and matching pillow.

Doll Size Sleeping Bag and Pillow

Allison also likes to take her dolls with her.  We've taken her dolls to the zoo and to ball games.  So of course her dolls need a sleeping bag and pillow for all their trips too.

Doll Size Sleeping Bag and Pillow


These were super fun to make and very easy.  Years ago when my kids were little I made them kid size sleeping bags just like this.  They used those bags so much they were all but worn out.  Maybe the next ones I make will be granddaughter size?  The pillow pattern came from Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.  She has a great tutorial.  I did change the widths I cut the pillowcase pieces and if I make them again I'll probably change them a little more. 

Hope my little dolls are happy with their Easter gifts.

Have a great Easter. 
HE IS RISEN

Julie

Thursday, March 26, 2015

ABC Baby Quilt

When I was making the ABC blocks from Temecula Quilt Company I didn't have any ideas about what I was going to do with them.  I was making them to have fun.  Well now that I have a new great nephew Billy I know where one set of the blocks is going to go.

Front View
Close Up of Front
Back View

The borders added just the right amount to make it large enough for a crib quilt.  I had a little help deciding how to put the back together.  My original thought was to use some of the solid blue Kona fabric to increase the size of the piece of fabric I was using.  But the ladies at "Sit and Sew" on Saturday  convinced me to use the scraps from the front.  I'm glad I did.  Now the back will be as bright as the front.  After making the back there isn't enough of the checked fabric to cut even one more 2 1/2" square.  The few narrow pieces that are left will find eventually find themselves in another scrappy quilt some time in the future, I'm sure.

I mentioned baby Billy a couple of weeks ago.  He was born very premature on March 4th.  I'm happy to say that Billy is now three weeks old.  He is gaining a little weight and is up to 1lb 11ozs.  He has his good days and bad days.  We just keep praying that the good will out number the bad.  Billy and his family need all the prayers they can get.  So please add them to your list.

Have a wonderful rest of your day.

Julie

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Looking Back

In Leah Day's newsletter she asked "What were you doing last year?".  So I looked back at my March of 2014 projects to see.

On March 18, 2014 I posted a picture of the progress made on my version of "Shakespeare in the Park".  I love the way this top turned out.




In March of 2014 I was also learning to do Baptist Fan quilting on this little table topper.  The pattern is from Temecula Quilt Company.  A cute little project (approx. 24" x 24") that was a lot of fun to make. 



Since then I used the Baptist Fan pattern on the Quilty Baskets quilt that Quiltmaker's Quilty Pleasure blog keeps advertising.  I'm just glad that they are not showing a close up of that particular Baptist Fan quilting.  It was much more difficult on the larger quilt.  I was going to post a picture of the whole quilt but I see that I didn't get a good picture of it before I sent it to Quiltmaker.  And I was asked not to use their pictures until they are ready.  What's up with that?




What were you working on at this time last year?  Can you remember?  I'm not sure I would have come up with it if I hadn't been able to look back on my blog.  Another good reason to be keeping this quilting journal.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Julie

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New Project?

Do I really need to start on something else?  You betcha.  One of the blogs I follow on bloglovin is Sew Fresh Quilts.  Lorna has some terrific patterns.  But the one I really couldn't pass up is her "Elephant Parade Quilt".  And to top it off - the pattern is FREE.

Here is my first block.


I cut this block out on Saturday but just didn't take the time to make it.  So this morning when I had an extra few minutes I got it made.  It took all of twenty minutes.  And it wouldn't have taken that long if I had cut a few of the pieces the width that is needed.  The hardest decision about starting these blocks is what colors do I want to go with.  This may need to be another one where I make two sets of blocks.  One that is the original grays and the other in brighter colors.  I see an orange elephant in my future.  It was super easy to follow her directions.  So if you are at all interested I would highly recommend this quilt.  She is just about done with the sew-along but it's obviously not too late to start.

Have a great Tuesday!

Julie

Saturday, March 7, 2015

"I Am" Quilt

I have a finished top. I think I actually may have she'd a tear or two over this one.  It's more the message than the quilt. We always want our little girls to grow up healthy, happy and with a good sense of self worth. I feel the same way about my granddaughter Grace. It's so important for her to know how great she is.  And no matter how young or old she is she will always be able to look and see it in words.

Grace's "I Am" quilt
Now I should finish this post and get started creating the back.  I'm eager to get this one quilted.

On a different note - Please take a moment and say a prayer for my great-nephew Billy.
He was born about four months early on March 4th.  He and his family will need prayers for quite some time to come.  And many of us know prayer can be a powerful tool.  Thanks.

Have a great rest of the weekend.

Julie