Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Yes, I've Got Scraps!

I'm having so much fun with my scraps thanks to Pleasant Home blog (on my sidebar...yes I've forgotten how to make a click thing right here! I'm feeling like that old dog that can't learn a new trick) Anyhow.... I put 25 8 inch blocks together for this cute little baby quilt. Of course, my scrap piles didn't seem to go down at all. So I started the next one with a variation of the first theme. Oh it's going to be a cute one too.
Happy Quilting everyone! Lynda

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Got Scraps?

I am joining along with "Pleasant Home" (see in my sidebar) who is helping many of us use up some of our scraps. I started cutting my scraps up into strips of various widths over the last couple of days and just started sewing some of them together today. The blocks are 8 inches and go together so quickly. I have 10 made already and only need about twice that many more for a quick and easy baby quilt. I used blue, green, purple, pink and yellow for mine. I noticed that some of the other joiners are using all one color or just 2 colors etc. What a fun project!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * header quilt is one I made several years ago with the help of a round robin in my Quilt Bee.

Happy Quilting! Lynda

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I Won!!! I Won!!!

What a day! Had a doctors appointment....miner stuff. But after the poking and prodding and blood draining needles and tests and taking off and putting on clothes for 3 hours I was happy to leave the hospital. Then I get home and waiting for me on my porch (yes, one year my daughters and I painted the porch to look like tiles) was this wonderful box of goodies from Leona. I won one of her giveaways. Boy, if you ever want to enter a giveaway it is one of hers! She gives amazing stuff.

Look at the cute Santa ornaments kit. My daughter, Nicky, and I will be working on them soon. How about the cute Gift Boxes quilt top left of the picture. And the easy scallop template that I can't wait to try....and the Holy Snowballs quilt pattern that may change the look of my Snowball quilt I have been working on as leaders and enders....and the bag pattern...and can you see that jelly roll of Christmas fabrics?

If that isn't enough.....Looky looky at the cute Christmas coasters...made just like I make hotpads but smaller. And that lucious Christmas fabric!!
Thank you thank you thank you Leona!!!
I sure am a lucky quilter. Lynda

Saturday, October 16, 2010

2 down....2 to go (well, really 6 to go but who's counting?)

This is one of the Christmas quilts I took along on our drive last weekend so that I could hand sew on the binding. I really love the soft greens and rosy reds in this fabric. I'd tell you the name if I could remember!
Here is a small baby quilt I am taking over to a young girl in our neighborhood who had a baby girl last week. Another friend and I are taking in a meal. There are the father and mother, new baby, 2 year old brother AND 4 brothers of the father that live there. Needless to say we are making lots of food to feed all those teenage boys!

This is the 2nd Christmas quilt that I got the binding on while riding to Washington and back. I have 2 more of this same top but with different backs at the quilters right now.
Happy Quilting! Lynda

Monday, October 11, 2010

"IT" is home!

Can you believe it......IT's home now. Can you guess? A hinge........
A slightly fuzzy picture, but fancy decoration.....

What......a wheel..........

No way......a treadle! ( you can kind of read the brand..White)

Yes!!! My grandmother's sewing machine.
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A few months ago my Aunt Vera in Portland, casually mentioned that she had my grandmother Moen's old treadle sewing machine. What did she say? Did I hear her right? Then she said I could have it if I wanted it but it was old, missing some wood, scratched, DiNgEd, not very pretty etc. etc. Was she kidding? Of course I wanted it. My grandmother just thought I was the perfect child. She passed away when I was only 2 years old. She told my Dad that she didn't think I would remember her. Of course, I don't remember her personally but I do remember her from pictures and from my Dad talking about her.
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Friday morning my husband and I hopped in the car about 6 a.m. and drove 15 hours to Astoria, Oregon. The next morning we drove through the pouring rain to Seaview, Washington ( wonderful little town on the coast) and found the old cabin that it had been stored in for the last few years. With help from a couple of other men, they carried it down steep, narrow stairs, through the rain, and loaded it into our trunk. All the way home all we could talk about was "IT". To me it is beautiful because it belonged to my Grandmother. The bobbin with thread is still in place. She stitched a piece of fabric around the machine, probably to put her pins in. There is thread in one of the drawers and a couple more bobbins. We don't know much else about it but it has a patent dated 1905 and 1912 on one of the metal plates. It really smells old and musty. I love it!
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I also finished a couple of bindings on the drive and finished the Uniform Wonky quilt too but they will have to wait for another post.
Happy Quilting! Lynda

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Happy Birthday to me.......

Long day at work. On Mondays I am there by myself and even though I get a lot done calling delinquent accounts or insurances, it gets quite boring being there all by myself for 8 or 9 hours! I got home and there sitting on the table is this wonderful package from Leona with gifts for me for my birthday!!! I didn't get pictures of the package because I was so excited to rip it open and see what wonderful things she had made me. Wow...look at the darling tissue holder and zippered bag she made just for me. I love the delicate white flowers on the bright pink background. And the bag has a cute pink lining with a key tag. Thank you so much Leona. I love my birthday gifts. Aren't quilters the most generous people.

One thing I have found out about myself over the years is that I am not the most patient person. I gave the Uniform Wonkyness blocks to Janine to add the sashing.....she hasn't had time yet to work on it so I begged them back from her. Wednesday is my day off so I will try to get them all sewn together. So. . . . in the meantime I have been working on a few things that need to be done. I got 2 Christmas quilts back from the quilter, sewed the binding on so I can have some hand work to do in the car this weekend. My husband and I are taking a quick trip to Portland and Seaview Oregon to visit my aunt (my Dad's twin sister) and to pick up something she said I could have. I will share a picture of "IT" when we get back. I'm so excited!!!

I also got the next 2 backs and bindings made for 2 Christmas quilts so they are ready for the quilter. Remember in January when I was so gung ho about getting 8 Christmas quilts made. . . well I had 4 tops made by the end of February. But here it is October and I'm just getting the backs and quilting done. Guess 4 of the kids will get their Christmas quilts next year! I had such good intentions.........
Happy Quilting! Lynda