Monday, June 29, 2015

Wedding Quilt

June 6, 2015
Here's the happy soon-to-be-bride with her quilt.
I love the way it turned out.
I really enjoy using scraps
and ending up with
a beautiful quilt!
Sherry got married on June 11th and is now off to Colorado to start her next adventure.

Happy Quilting!                           Lynda

Monday, June 22, 2015

THREE IS A GOOD NUMBER

I have been working on 3 quilts at the same time.
Several months ago I started cutting my scraps into 3 1/2 X 6 1/2 inch pieces.
One of my quilting friends had made a Bricks and Stepping Stones and I loved it.
Isn't it interesting how different they "feel" with color changes and 
brick placement.

So I've been making Bricks and Stepping Stones quilts to use up
fabric scraps.  This one I call my Nascar Flag.  That border can make you pretty dizzy! 
 I used all colors of scraps in this one.
This will be for a High School graduate this next year.
 Then I decided I had a lot of browns and blues so decided to make one
just using those colors.  The stepping stones are making a diagonal line
in this one.  I think I may still add a brown border.
This one is probably going to be for a Grandson.
This 30's Churn Dash may be one of my all time FAVORITES!
It is big!  90 X 108.
If you look closely, the Churn Dash 4th across and 
5 rows up from the bottom, is made
with a piece of one of my Father's shirts.
This quilt is for my nephew who is getting married in August.  
He was only 1 and 1/2 when my Dad, his Grandpa, passed away.
I thought it might be nice to use one of his shirts
as a "memory" in this quilt.

I actually cleaned up my sewing room, sort of, after these were done.  Then I noticed 2 big bags of fabric a friend gifted me and decided I needed to look through them to see what surprises were waiting for me.  Now the room is cluttered again sorting and planning more quilts.  Isn't that the way it always goes!

Happy Quilting!                           Lynda

Friday, May 8, 2015

Just a few inches more!

 63 Churn Dash blocks done!
All have 1 border.
 All have 2 borders.
 Some have 3 borders.
And a couple have all 4 borders.

But, of course, I need just a few more inches of fabric to complete them all.
Why is that?
So it's off to the fabric store again to get about 4 different 30's fabrics,
just 4 inches each.
This time I hope I have enough!

I'm trying to get rid of fabrics..............not buy more!

Happy Quilting!                      Lynda

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Can I have too many "FAVORITE" quilts?


I have started a quilt using 30's fabrics.  
This one is for my brother's son, Chris,
and his fiance, Melissa.
But don't tell them yet.
They will be getting married in August.
(Sheesh,  I can't even keep a secret!)

My Mom made him a wedding quilt about 25 years ago
and we packed it away for "someday".  He was only
1 year old at the time and her last grandchild.  She had made a quilt for all her other grandchildren.   She figured she wouldn't be here when he got married so she wanted it done.  My Mom passed away in 1999.   He is excited to finally get to
use the quilt.




 I have a stack of HST ready to square up.


Here are a few blocks ready and patiently waiting.
This may be my favorite!


And here is Janine's Bricks and Stepping Stones
all ready for her to take to the quilter.
Didn't it turn out great.  This may be my favorite!
The mint green/blue and the gray are wonderful together.

Happy Quilting!               Lynda

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ready for quilter.................Woo hoo!!!


 Yep................I'm trying to use up SCRAPS!
This simple 9 Patch now has a wide piano key border and is ready
to go to the quilters.  


This Bricks and Stepping Stones has a wide black and white border.
Rather looks like it's ready for Nascar races.

My friend, Janine, (I've talked about how much fun we have together before) saw this quilt
and thought it would be nice if I made her one for her family reunion in July.
I thought, great, now I can use up some more scraps.  But NO...........
we happened to stop at a fabric store and she saw this line of fabric and  she HAD to have it.
So now she will have an organized scrappy Bricks and Stepping Stones quilt.
Then she said, "After all, I will probably outbid everyone else so that I can have it, so I might as well 
have the color I want!"
She cracks me up.
It is gorgeous fabric tho.

Happy Quilting!                  Lynda

Sunday, March 1, 2015

What I did at RETREAT

 On a shop hop with my Bee friends we saw a Shoo Fly Halloween quilt.  
I had all this leftover Halloween fabric, found a great white with lime green polka dot fabric for the background, and got these blocks done during the retreat.  HOWEVER, do you notice how bland and washed out the 2 bottom right blocks look?  Yea, me too.  So I will be making a couple more blocks and adding a border or 2.
Also, notice the tiny square in the upper left corner?  I think if I add little black connecting corner triangle to 
each corner of the blocks it will add a nice dimension to the top.
 This is the start of the Bricks and Stepping Stones quilt.  I got all 112 blocks done and started putting them into 4's.  This is only a few of them, just so you can see I was busy sewing and not just laughing and eating!
 I got a little carried away cutting tho.  I think there are probably 5 more quilts to be made from this pile.
And here I have loads of 3 inch and 2 1/2 inch blocks ready for a project or maybe more.

There you have it.....................2 days of fun!
Can't wait til the next one.
Thanks again, Suzanne, for a great retreat.

Happy Quilting!                         Lynda

Saturday, February 28, 2015

More good times!

 Another one of Leslie's Lori Holt patterns.  She is one busy woman!
 Martha brought a couple of small quilts.  We had a Bow Tie exchange this retreat.
Martha thought she would like to make one but in searching for quilts for Show and Tell
she noticed that she had already made one.  How many of us do that!
 We all loved this one.
 Last retreat Martha put together all the blocks for this Halloween Twister.
She was quite nervous to start the cutting and sewing but found it was much easier than she thought.
Didn't it turn out cute!
 This was an exchange from a past Bee exchange.  
 Dee brought a few quilts to share also.  This one is huge!  Do you notice the little papers pinned to some of the blocks?  Those are ones she is not quite happy with and wants to take them out and replace with others she has made.  Really?  It is gorgeous!
 A 30's quilt she finished a while back.  We loved this one too.l
 Our last retreat we had a fabric exchange for making this Bricks and Stepping Stones Quilt.
Suzanne brought hers to our last Bee meeting and Dee just has a couple more borders to add to hers.
Of course, after seeing theirs I wanted to make one too.  The last couple of weeks I cut and cut and cut fabrics ready to work on mine at this retreat.  
 These 2 quilts were made by Claudia.  The camping one she has had in her motor home.
 I think Alice made this beauty.  She says it was sooooo hard to make and she almost gave up several times but persevered and now has this lovely top. 
 Ina shared this patriotic small quilt and
 this really great red and white quilt.  She and her sisters work on a project every year.  This one has several red and white blocks and lots of embroidery.
 It looks like a mottled fabric was used for the background but it is white and since they are holding it in front of the window you can see the bold red fabric design from the backing. 
 We were greeted by Suzanne's cat every day.  
 Lunch is always wonderful and relaxing after sewing for so many hours each day.

 Liz brought some past exchanges also.  I made the mummy and the Boo blocks for this exchange.  
 A bit blurry on the hearts but it is hard to take a picture while stuffing food in my mouth.
 This is a string table runner that Liz made.

I'm heading down to my sewing room to iron my blocks that I worked on at the retreat.  I will take pictures of them so you can see I actually do accomplish things and not just walk around looking at everyone's projects and gabbing!

Thanks once again to Suzanne, our hostess, for setting these retreats up a couple of times a year and letting us come in and take over her home for a couple of days.   We always have a great time and get lots of inspiration for future projects and acclamation  on current projects.

Happy Quilting!                       Lynda