Tuesday, February 9, 2016

What's been under my needle lately?

 What's been under my needle lately? As an avid Bonnie Hunter fan, I've been participating in her Allietare Mystery Quilt. Bonnie is so generous to do this every year and her designs never disappoint! I started this quilt Thanksgiving week when she releases the first clue and finished piecing the last week of January.( If only I didn't have to go to work!)
For those of you not familiar with Bonnie, check out her blog at .quiltville.blogspot.com . She is an amazing teacher, author, and designer. My biggest dream is to be able to go on one of her teaching cruises. Quilting and a cruise...I think it would be heaven!

There are lots of pieces in a Bonnie Hunter quilt! I was so excited that I had the required fabric in my stash. I opted for the scrappy version. In my Easy Street Mystery Quilt by Bonnie, I purchased batiks. This time I used what I had.

This year I learned a new technique for headless geese. They were most time consuming. All the colors were scrappy except for a grey constant. I chose a grey with a white pattern. It was almost a mistake. It almost faded into my neutrals. Next time I'll be more careful.

Look at my happy blocks! I always love it when you start assembling the blocks!  There was 50 blocks in this year's MQ. I love the colors this year too!

This is the corner section. The blocks are pieced together on the diagonal.

Isn't it pretty! I love the stars! As I was laying this out, I noticed that the star blocks would make a gorgeous quilt and the square blocks would too. I may be doing this at some point!

Alletare on my little twin bed. I still have to attach the borders.

I think the borders really tie it all together! Bonnie put a scalloped edge on hers. I'm still toying with the idea, but will probably not. I like straight borders.

Forgive the picture. The sun was behind the quilt. And it was windy and cold. My daughter and 2 grandkids are trying to hold it straight enough for me to get a pic! I'm proud of this quilt and love how it turned out! Thanks Bonnie Hunter! Your mystery quilt along is most generous and makes me happy!


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

It's been forever since I last blogged.My only excuse is going through menapause and getting off an antidepressant. Menapause makes you crazy and the antidepressant had me so sedated, all I did was sleep. I've made it past the menapause now and have been off the Lexapro for almost a year now. I must say I'm feeling like my old self again. So I have been quilting again. This is a memory quilt for a friend who lost her Mom. I'm really pleased how it turned out. It took me a year to make. I FMQ it on my Juki TL 2010 Q. I'd been following Leah Day's blog on FMQ and she had recommended this machine. I love it! It only does a straight stitch, but it does it so well. It's my favorite machine to piece with as well. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Working on a Wacky Web Quilt

And once again, it's been forever since my last post. My only excuse is that it's summer time, and grandkids want to swim.In between the swimming and such, I have been working away on a Wacky Web Quilt. I'd seen the Youtube video by Missouri Star Quilt Company, and fell in love with the pattern. Having a big box of strings, I just knew I wanted this to be my first string quilt. So far I have 14 blocks made.  
 Perfect for passing the evenings with a good movie on in the back ground. I love mixing the colors, and the anything goes rule. It's  a fun project and I'm debating on appliqueing a few spiders here and there for fun. I'm thinking this will be a nice quilt for Aiden, who is quite into bugs these days anyway.
 Missouri Star Quilt Company has a Wacky Web kit. It has 250 triangle papers, a WW ruler and a lapel temporary glue stick. I also bought a few Muslin Mates charm packs by Moda.
 The template fits perfectly on the charm packs. I trim 4 layers at a time. It goes pretty fast.
 Then a little lapel stick to the paper triangle, just enough to hold it down. Your ready to start adding your strings.The triangle papers come in a refill pack too, so you don't have to repurchase the whole kit. Or you could make your own triangle papers, but the packs are so inexpensive, and I really like how easy they tear away. Missouri Star Quilting Company is one of my favorite online shops. They always have a daily deal, that is hard to pass up. Love their videos too. Go check them out!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sister's Choice...Blocks finished!

Sister's Choice blocks finished and sewn together! Now I have to consider the border's. Did you see Bonnie Hunter's Sister Choice? I just love it! I'm afraid I didn't see her lesson on Neutrals until after I was too far committed into my fabric choices. Still, Addi is most very happy with what I've completed, and I watched her little fingers tracing along the different blocks, and she would ooooo and ahhhh over the different fabrics.( This is why you sew for the little darlings, right? I have visions of her hunging onto her quilt long after I'm gone, remembering the Nana that loved her enoough to make her a quilt.)

I'm thinking a thin red border with a wider pink border. My daughter suggested that I put her name and a message on the back. I think I like that idea! After this, I have to quilt Easy Street and this quilt. I also have a smail's trail, and a couple of other UFO's that need quilting.

What are ya'll up too?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


OOOOO! SQUEEEEEE! I actually won something!!!! How kewl is that?  I won some yummy hand dyed fabric from vickiwelsh.etsy.com hand dyed fabrics ! LOOKIE LOOKIE!!! Isn't it the most fabulous colors, so bright, so happy, so...well me! (I blame my love of bright colors on my Japanese heritage and growing up in the 60s and 70s!) Thank you Vicki for such a fabulous gift! This will have to be for something special with these 10, yes 10 fat 8ths. I'm thinking they would be most very awesome in a Twister quilt with black border, or maybe to use for the Flower Garden applique quilt I have planned. Anyway, the give away was sponsered by Quilting Bloggers.Go check the site out, there's a button on my sidebar. They have give aways all the time.( You never know...you could win too!)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Once Upon a Time...

a kind friend named Ms Julie, give me a couple of huge bags of scraps. They were most colorful happy scraps, and I was overjoyed! I cut the scraps into 2 1/2 " squares and pondered, what shall I do with said lovelies? They were most precious and special soooo, they were stashed away in normal saline tubs awaiting the day that a most special use was found.

While watching Bonnie Hunter on Quilt Cam piecing together her Sister's Choice blocks, there was an epiphany! Hey! I love those blocks! Hey! I have a bunch of 2 1/2 square blocks cut out! OOOOOO! I have a bunch of white on white/cream fabric left from Easy Street! And so now I have this, 18 Sister's Choice blocks with rainbow points! See!

Now while I was sewing blocks, Addi, my 4 year old granddaughter, came up and said," Can this be for me Nana?" . Why yes! Yes it can. She loves the rainbow points too!

This is my favorite block. The yellow fabric with blue pansies is so gorgeous and I wish I had more of it.

So now Nana still needs to make at least 6 more blocks, maybe 10. I'm aiming for a twin size quilt for Addi's bed. I think I need some green points to mix in for the rainbow colors.

Now this isn't the end to my story! To be continued! 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Learning To Quilt, Part 2

Again no pics, yet another story.  My first mother in law was Vesta Lyons. She was the kindest soul I'd ever met. I was too young when I married my first husband. Vesta took me right in. She was an older lady in her late 60's. Her eyes were bright, and beamed with goodness. I love her so! She taught me gardening, cooking, and took me everywhere with her like I was her own daughter. She also took my quilting to the next level.

 Vesta taught me to make string quilts. We would take old sheets, some purchased at yard sales, and tear them into 6 inch strips lengthwise. Once again, double knits came into play. Old pant suits, shirts, and what ever we could get our hands on would be cut into 2 inch strips. She showed me how to lay the strips on a diagonal, and we'd zigzag the strips into place. Once we covered those long strips with colorful  doubleknits, we'd then alternate them into a zigzag pattern and sew them together. Old blankets served as batting, and a new sheet or a used one in good shape would be the backing. Now I learned about tacking and tying. She taught me about binding. There wasn't a lot of money back then, but let me tell you, the quilts we made one year, enough for all her kids, grandkids, including myself and my husband, were beautiful and warm.

Vesta used to tell me all the time,"If a person was to make one quilt a year, every year, she would never have to worry about her family needing covers." . So true, so true! Love you Vesta!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Strange Feet Indeed!!!

While tuning up Ms.Bessie, who's purring like a kitten... I came across these in her box.

Never really paid that much attention, but these feet don't go with her. From what I have found out, they are Griest feet, made for Singer? Anyway, I don't own a machine that uses these feet. There is a bit of rust, but it doesn't affect the mechanism, and some ingenius person might know how to deal with said rust. Point is..does anyone out there want these feet? I would most happily send them to you. They're just in my way, but I wouldn't dare pitch them knowing someone out there would love to have them.

Sooooo, if your that person, leave me a message. These feet can be yours! 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

My First Quilt

No pics today, just a remembrance if you please...

I remember making my first quilt with my Japanese mother. Her name was Mariko. One of her friends living in Dallas, sewed for a clothing manufacturer. Back in the 70's, it was all about the double knits. Anyway,  her friend, Suziko, would have bags and bags of knit scraps. Suziko made patchwork quilts, pillows, and such. My mother became intrigued and Suziko gave her a couple of huge bags. This lead to my first quilt.

It was simple. One square template and we would sit at the dining table, cutting our squares. I was about 9 years old at the time. The colors were bright and the patterns geometric. Once we had a big pile, she would sit at the sewing machine, and sew them together. Eventually she showed me how to operate the machine. It was an old Necchi. When my father saw us sewing together, he got excited for some reason. He immediately went down to the Singer sewing store in Wynnwood Village Shopping Center and bought a brand new Singer Golden Touch sewing machine in a pretty cabinet.

So we sewed, and we cut. Our quilts had no batting, they weren't even tied. The backing would be double knit fabric that we folded over for binding. My mother didn't know about batting, tying, quilting or binding. But the quilts were warm, and colorful. She was proud of them because we had made them together. So was I! 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Island Chain Quilt for Amy...Piecing complete!

And at 1:00 am, I have finished piecing Amy's Island Chain quilt! All done in Bali Pops, I think the rich colors are totally yummy, and as usually find myself a little sorry I finished the piecing. It was truly a fun pattern, and I enjoyed it so much! Kudos to Kim Brackett, what a wonderful design this is! Sorry for the poor picture quality, but it's late, and I don't have any help to hold the quilt up for a picture. 

Another view, I used my Bali Pop scraps to make the border a bit larger so it will fit Amy's bed. The dark chocolate/wine color in the borders, really makes the colors pop! Amy hasn't seen the finished product yet. She's now sick with what were all passing around. Angela is very excited, because she loves the same pattern, but in her colors which are more Aqua and Lavender  I think I have this pattern down pat, and it won't take near as long to do hers, especially since I'm not mixing an Easy Street in with it!

So what are you working on? Are you following Bonnie with her flying geese and reproduction quilt?