Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Uniform Wonkyness

I finished all 63 wonky blocks and passed them off to my friend, Janine, to start putting on the sashing. I've been working on the border made from the leftover wonky strips. Hopefully next week we can finish putting together the top and get it to a quilter. This has been a fun quilt to make.
Here is a pile of the leftover original boring blocks I started with. I had to unpick a lot of them to get enough strips for the border.

This bag of discarded seams, necks and waistbands is ready to be tossed out. I think we have enough of the teal blue uniform left to make the binding.
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These next couple of days I'll be spending time with my brother, Mike and his wife, Kaye. They drove in yesterday from Seattle. Kaye's Mother passed away after a long illness and they are here to plan and prepare the funeral.
Happy Quilting! Lynda

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Little Bit Wonky

I think we've found what we were looking for! 3 strips seemed just a little boring; 4 strips with different widths looked a little better; but 7 strips sewn at angles seems to be the best.

35 done......28 to go! I'm going to run out of the pink but I'm searching now for someone else at work who has a worn out or too small (which happens to some of us) set of pink scrubs to donate to the cause.

If you are wondering what is in the little baggie hanging on the side of my design is the binding for some quilt that I have at some quilters right now. I seem to use the fabric set aside for binding if I don't put it somewhere safe so I won't lose it or use it!
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I'm off to spend the day with my daughter, Nicky, and granddaughter, Ellie, in Park City today going to the World Market and several outlet stores. Love days off from work where I actually do something fun instead of just cleaning house.
Happy Quilting to you all! Lynda

Saturday, September 18, 2010 Hurry on over to Quilt Times to see the cute book that Sue is giving away. It has lots of quick and beautiful Christmas projects to make in time for Christmas!
HELP! I almost forgot this project my friend Janine and I are working on for someone at work. She gave us all her old worn out scrubs and we are trying to make a quilt out of it. So far we have several blocks but I'm not quite happy with 3 strips so I've made some of them 4 strips. Most of the scrubs are cut into 3 inch strips right now but the 4 strip unit has different widths trying to end up with a 9 1/2 inch block. Now I think maybe a more wonky look would be better....she is such a fun girl. I've just been slapping them up on my design wall as they are finished so they aren't in any order yet.

What do you think? Should I change them more wonky, more strips, what? They will be separated by a small sashing that is basically white.

Of course, I will be working on it more today but any advise would be appreciated.

Thanks and Happy Quilting! Lynda

Friday Night Sew In

I finally participated in a FNSI! I pulled out some fabric and made a couple of blocks to send to Leona for her sister's quilt. I don't know about you but when I make something for someone else I am always worried that they aren't the right size or color or what the quilter had in mind, or that my sewing isn't quite up to par.
But here they are full of happy thoughts and good wishes and prayers for a quick recovery.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Versatile Blogger

Would you believe a good blogging friend, Vreni, from Oops- Lah ,has nominated me for an award! I get to tell 7 things about myself then send it on to 12 other bloggers. So here goes...

1. When I started this whole blogging thing it was just to keep a record for myself of the quilts I have made. BUT it has developed into a fun activity for me. I really enjoy meeting other bloggers online and seeing what you are all working on. So much inspiration and of course, I want to make whatever you have!

2. When I was a teenager my boyfriend got me a pet skunk. I know, weird!

3. I love to read but I try to find books that don't have any junk (sex scenes, foul language, etc) that I have to skip over.

4. I really enjoy the challenges other bloggers put out there that make me try harder. Like I made a quilt in a day. I've tried machine quilting too but that one just seems beyond me.

5. I work for an oral surgeon which has been great. Several of my children and grandchildren have had their wisdom teeth extracted for free and since I am falling apart now, I have had 3 implants too.

6. I love Sundays. It is really a day of rest for me. No cleaning house, no work, sitting around reading a good book, usually quilting or food magazines, or just relaxing and going to Church.

7. One of my daughters gave me this last one: I am the COOLEST MOM in the World!!!

Now to pass it on to others:

Mrs. Moen....Nina Lise has the best sense of humor and makes the most thoughtful quilts ever. Her quilts always make me reflect on my own life. Check out her blog.

Aunty Henny...Helen makes wonderful quilts, and dolls, and she promises to show her Ballerina Bag soon. She likes to "sing" on her blog. I always recognize the songs too.

Leona's Quilting Adventure...Leona has such a fun blog to read. Her quilts are great. Right now she is asking for blocks for her sister who is fighting cancer. Drop over there and maybe you'll want to add your blocks too.

Camp Gramma...Sharon has the cutest grandkids and she shares projects that she has been working on with and for them. She is lucky enough to live close to them.

Gone Stitchin'...Cheryll is working on some great block swaps. She just won a giveaway. Check out her blog.

Stray Stitches...Linda has a really fun blog. She shares pictures of her dogs, gives quotes for the day, and finds time to quilt. Don't miss this one.

Pokeydot quilting...Pokey feels like my next door neighbor now. She just finished the cutest ladybug quilt top. So cute!

Sweet P Quilting and Creations...Paulette just won a book in a giveaway and now wants to share it with others. Get on over there and you could read it next....only thing is get to pass it on when your finished with it. What a fun way to share books.

There are so many more that I read often but I have noticed that several of them have already received awards so I don't want to pass this on to them right now. Enjoy yourselves! Lynda

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Several years ago!!

Yes, several years ago everyone was making Stack and Whack quilts. Our Bee had a class on making them so I started this quilt. It took me awhile to get all the yellow star pieces added and the has been sitting in my cupboard for years just waiting to be quilted.

I found some burgundy brushed cotton fabric on a really good cLeaRaNcE sale that I thought might look good for the back.

I think the appeal was that one fabric could look so different in each block.

For the most part, green is the dominant color so I used it for the border also.

Here is a view of the back and the great quilting. This quilt was quilted by Laura Erickson of Orem.

It is nice to see the stack of "to-be-quilted" quilts going down. But, oh boy, there are still so many that need backing and quilting done. (And to think I used to finish a quilt before I started another one!)
Right now Toma has 2 of my Christmas quilts that she is quilting and I am making the backing for a tree quilt (started 19 years ago), and my friend, Janine, and I are working on a quilt made from the worn out scrubs of a girl that works with us.
Today I was kept busy bottling peaches. They look almost as beautiful as a quilt.
Happy Quilting! Lynda

Friday, September 10, 2010

There are just some things you shouldn't do

There are just some things you shouldn't do. One of them is going longer than a week to see sweet grandchildren! Ellie has been growing like a weed. I got to spend Wednesday with my daughter, Nicky and baby Ellie. It was a fun day but went by much too quickly. (Now if I could just figure out how to get all my children and grandchildren to move in next door I would really be happy)
A couple of years ago my friend, Janine, found this panel and decided she had to make one. Of course, she got one for me too. We cut the sections apart, made 4 patches out of matching fabrics, added leftover pieces for a border and then I promptly added it to my pile of "quilts-needing-to-be-quilted". A couple of days ago I got it back from the quilter and added the striped binding from my big bag of beautiful leftover bindings. Of course, the piece was about 15 inches too short but I did find some small 3 to 5 inch pieces of it tucked away in the back of a cupboard so I sewed them together so I would have enough for the whole quilt.

I just think these little bumble bees are so cute and the sayings are perfect.

I dance....but only in private with no one watching.

Family always comes first.

Lots of wishes.

Who doesn't?



Here is a view of the bright red flannel back.
Now more things I should never do!
hand applique.....don't enjoy it, don't do it well
machine quilt.....causes stress, don't do it well
machine sew on a I did here. I could have done it just about as fast by hand and it would have looked a lot better. I know, I know what you are thinking. Practice makes perfect. Well, I've decided I don't like practice either so I will continue to machine applique, send my quilts out to be quilted and sew my bindings on by hand. Much better for me!
Happy Quilting.....Lynda

Sunday, September 5, 2010


A fantastic giveaway at the Quilted Fish. Great patterns and kits, fun fabrics and buttons! YOU GOTTA SEE IT ALL. Head on over there......

Another fantastic giveaway. by Shawna...a quilt found at Wow, such fun giveaways you won't want to miss out on these.

I'm seeing STARS!

Here is the Buggy Barn Star quilt all quilted and binding on ready to give away to my neighbor. I love the colors and so did he. It's even hard to notice the wacky star in the lower right corner.
Here is a close up of a few stars and a view of the back. It was so fun to see the surprise on his face and the laughter at the stories behind the fabric choices, the wacky star, the frustrating strings that seem to multiply as I pick them off, the floral on a manly man quilt (to remember his softer side when dealing with people) etc.

Here is Colton, all 6' 4" of him, happy with his new quilt. His mom had to take a picture of me standing with him....he quipped that he would have to lower the quilt so I could be seen. Funny kid.
Boy I sure love our neighbor kids. I've been able to watch most of them grow up from toddlers to leaving home for college.
No other big quilts in the making right now but a lot of little finishes I need to be working on, and a few at the quilters. Life is good.
Happy Quilting! Lynda

Friday, September 3, 2010


Head on over to "Leona's Quilting Adventure" and see the great giveaway she has on her blog. Wow! Fabric, rulers, needles, Scotty dogs and more. It ends on September 21st.

Good luck to us all. Lynda

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

And the winner is...........

The day has finally arrived!!! My giveaway is finally closed to any more participants. Here is my random generator. . . a glass bowl full of folded papers with all your names on them.
Here are my delicate little fingers pulling out the winner. . .who I'm sure is sitting at home waiting by her computer for my e-mail.

And the WINNER is. . . (drum roll here) POKEY!!! Pokey lives in California. I've been following her for a long time now. She always has such beautiful projects going and gives me great inspiration. She even sent lots of you over to visit my blog so now I have lots more bloggers who give me daily joy and ideas.
I wish you all could have won. Many of you have touched my life through this amazing thing called blogging (when my daughters said I should start one I didn't think I would enjoy it at all, but now I daily check out quilting blogs and have found many wonderful blogging friends that I look forward to talking with on line).
Can't wait til the next giveaway because it was so much fun meeting you all.
Happy Quilting! Lynda