Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Life goes on........



Life does go on!  Lots has happened since I last posted.
My daughters and their families have all moved out.
I have started cleaning my home and still finding boxes that belong to them.
We have put in some new carpet,
painted,
and purchased.
The house is starting to look normal......
except for my sewing room!

It seems the more I go through the stuff,
the messier the surrounding hall and stairs become.
One stack goes to Nicky's house,
one goes to be recycled to other people,
and one is headed for the garbage!
But I am finding things that have been lost for 2 years!

The below picture shows I am finally working on my Chunky Desden Plate quilt.


 My friend, Janine, and I decided it needed some sashing.  I found this lovely mint green
fabric that matched perfectly.  So it will be the sashing.  


I now have about half of the blocks completed.  
I am machine appliqueing them onto the white background.
Since I have all the centers and petals made this part is going quickly.

The other big news:
I HAVE RETIRED!!!
I was worried that I would really miss working outside the home.  
But I have been so busy so far (1 week) that I haven't missed it
except for the wonderful people I worked with every day.
I have set a few goals for myself of things I want to accomplish:
quilting
cleaning
working on genealogy
reading (Elm Creek Quilts series)
visiting my grandchildren
even just sitting and relaxing.
At least none of it has to be done ... right now!

Now I'm off to spend time with my quilting friends

Happy Quilting!                               Lynda

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Slow Progress

Yes, I have been working on my Chunky Dresden.
But it has been a few minutes here and there only!
So.........
Here are pictures of some of the quilts at the
Utah Valley Quilt Guild Annual Show.


 This amazing quilt was lovely up close.  But as we were leaving the show
we looked back across the hall and this one glowed.  The lime green
looked like there were lights behind them.  Very beautiful.
 I'm always looking for Scrap quilts to make and this one was amazing!  
Doesn't it look 3 dimensional, like the center is popping out at you?
Love it!
 What can I say.  There were so many wonderful quilts and I just couldn't
take pictures of every one of them.
 I couldn't get a good picture of the quilting but it was fantastic.
 I'm quite partial to this beautifully appliqued and pieced quilt.  
It was made by my friend, Suzanne (where we have all our great quilt retreats).
 More eye candy.  I have not made a quilt using solid fabrics before
but the one on the right really caught my eye.
The border on the blue and white quilt is really beautiful.
 Another feast for the eyes.

I love applique quilts......BUT I don't make them.
Just not impressed with my abilities.

I'll share some more quilts from the show tomorrow.  

Happy Quilting!                Lynda


Friday, July 4, 2014

A baby quilt for Linsey

 A few years ago my friend, Janine, and I were down in Southern Utah and stopped at a quilt store (big surprise!) and Janine purchased a quilt kit for a cute little baby girl quilt.  It sat on her shelf for a couple of years or more.  Then she gave it to me thinking I would get around to it quickly.  Not the case.
So today, probably 3 years later, I pulled it out and started cutting, sewing and pressing.  A couple of hours later I have this baby buggy quilt flimsy ready  to go to the quilter!  It went together quickly until I got to the outside border.  If I would have cut it the way they said it would end up with baby buggies going sideways.   Now I just can't do that so I matched and pinned and sewed until hopefully it isn't too noticeable that the borders are pieced so that all the buggies are right side up.  I think Janine will be surprised that a kit she purchased several years ago will end up for her next little granddaughter.......due in a few weeks.

Happy Quilting!                   Lynda

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Chunky Flower Petals

 From Twosies to Foursies
And then to these wonderful Chunky Flower Petals!

It seems each step goes a little quicker. 
 Now to read the instructions to
see how to do the
centers.


Happy Quilting!                               Lynda

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Cake and Sewing

 We have a friend and neighbor who is a plumber
 His birthday was a couple of weeks ago.  
We had to get him this cake!  Isn't it the best!!
 From Onsies........
To Twosies.....

Just enjoying the process and I simply LOVE the fabrics.  

Happy Quilting!                                  Lynda

Monday, May 26, 2014

Finally.........Starting something new

 My youngest daughter, Nicky, made this cute Olaf (from Frozen) towel for her kids to use.  
 I have finally started a new quilt!  I fell in love with the fabrics and found a Dresden pattern I wanted to use from "Bee in my Bonnet" blog.  Laurie Holt has a few books and patterns and they are all fantastic.  The pieces go from these cute little wedges.............
 To long strips of sewn wedges waiting to be cut apart, opened up, turned right side out and pressed to make............................
 These wonderful petals !
Then when sewn together they turn into the most beautiful flower.  The center will be red with white polka dots.  They get sewn onto a 12 inch white background.  I've been trying to enjoy the process more and not rush through so fast just to get it done.  This one is for a graduate next year.  Last year I made 5 quilts for graduates, this year NONE.  Looks like only 1 for next year.  I do love making quilts and then giving them away (even tho I want to keep every one of them!)

Happy Quilting!                              Lynda

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Finished.......with 2 days to spare!

I took the Scrappy String quilt to the quilters a couple of weeks ago hoping she could have it done in time.  She did!  So I put on the binding today and it is ready for the wedding Friday night.  I think it turned out so great.  I know I'll make another scrappy string quilt again soon.
I actually machine stitched the binding down this time because of the time.  I usually sew it down on one side and hand stitch along the back.  But this one is so big and I knew I wouldn't have time to get it done so I opted to go with the machine stitching.  It was so quick and easy that I may just forget the hand stitching from now on.  I always worry about the outcome when making a scrappy quilt..........but I'm always pleasantly surprised too when it is done.

I've already purchased the fabrics for my next quilt and I'm ready to start cutting.  I saw it on Bee in my Bonnet blog.  It is a big 12 inch block of a dresden flower.  However........the center of the flower is a big 7 inch circle.  I'm using red and white polka dot for the center of each flower.  I can hardly wait!

Happy Quilting!                         Lynda