Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thursday Links

Some of my friends have been asking for the links to the block of the month links that we have been working on together.  Here they are girls!

October 2014 Block of the Month Links

Country Threads 2014 BOM

Quilt Doodle Designs
This is the last month of Quilt Doodle designs.  You can get Oct. free but will have to pay a small fee for each row's pattern to catch up.

Bonnie Hunter just released her fabrics clues for her 2014 Grand Illusion Mystery quilt.

Yours in quilting,

Monday, October 6, 2014

Design Wall Monday

I don't have anything on my design wall currently.  Today I am going to share the design walls at my sewing days from two weeks ago.
Here is an old string quilt that Betty J. saved.  Someone gave her the top and she finished it and had it machine quilted .  It was so fun just to stand and look at the large assortment of fabrics. 
 We had a Snowman Panel Challenge to make charity quilts by our group.
  We each took the winter snowman panel and made a charity quilt to be donated.  Below is Barb's quilt.
Carol Onken's quilt. 
Susie Rezlaft's quilt front. 
Susie's quilt back. 
 Susan May's quilt.
Betty's quilt.
Cathy Brock's quilt. 
Mera's quilt.
Nancy Boomgarden's quilt.  This quilt was large enough for a full size bed.
Isn't it fun to see each person's creative interpretation?
Barb was work on this soothing yellow and gray quilt.
Susan was working on this memory quilt for her mother.  The quilt was in memory of her brother who had passed away.  It included pictures and t-shirts. 
A closer picture of the blocks. 
This is Mera's bright, children's quilt.  It is so much fun with all the novelty fabrics.
Look at this fun pieced backing.  Its truly a two-sided quilt.
Look at Mera stiking a pose.  Don't you think that pose is saying
"Yes, I really put a pickle on the back of the quilt!  Geez!
Who has more fun than quilters with creativity?"
A great time was had by all.  We were missing a few ladies and hope they will be able to join us next time.
Today I am linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times.
Yours in quilting,

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Finishes

I am so excited that I can finally share these finishes with you.  This is a charity quilt that Sue W. is donating to Heritage Manor to be raffled off. for their Christmas Bazaar.  Look how creative she was with the backing. 
The whole quilt was made from her stash and I just love her choice of colors.
Some lucky person is going to win this wonderful Christmas quilt. This is quilted with Stars and loops with off-white thread.
This second quilt is also by Sue W.  It was one of the first quilts she made and has been folded up in her sewing room waiting for a home.  It will now be a Christmas present for her daughter-in-law.  I used dark red thread and the quilting pattern is Lisa's Lace B2B.
This quilt was sent to me by Stephanie O.  This quilt is headed to an auction for St. Jude's Children Hospital.  We have an affiliate hospital in Peoria, IL and this quilt will help to raise money for our local affiliate.
This quilt has black thread and Lisa's Lace B2B quilting pattern.
The pattern is Yellow Brick Road.
Thank you Sue and Stephanie for bringing me great quilts to work on!
Is anyone ready for Bonnie Hunter's Mystery quilt? Watch for information on her blog at  Last year I had a little giveaway on my blog after Bonnie released her fabric clues.  I would like to have another giveaway of fabric this year after Oct. 15th.  Please check back for further info. 
Have a great weekend!
Yours in quilting,

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Waste Not Thursday

Today is my day off from my mall job.  Trying to use up all the food that has been given to us from Dad's garden and others.  I had some huge apples given to me and unfortunately a few were bad on the inside.  I cut up the good apples and added a few from the refrigerator and made apple cobbler.
Then I moved on to cutting up watermelon.  I also cooked up some fish I had defrosted so my husband can just heat and eat his dinner tonight.  I will be gone to quilt guild tonight. 
Also, cooking up some squash so I can freeze it and have it ready to zap in the microwave for dinner one night.  We are preparing to have your kitchen remodeled.  Therefore, I am trying to use up food and cook ahead so we have some things to pull out of freezer while the kitchen is torn up.  I know we will get tired of restaurants.
This is one of my cupboards.  You are looking at a drawer without a front because it fell off.  It has be glued, screwed and L-bracketed on several times.  There nothing left to glue it back onto.  It does make for easy access to measuring cups.
Yesterday it as sunny and as I walked out onto the back deck the geraniums looked so happy.
The two pots are just blooming their little hearts out!
Have a great Thursday and stop by tomorrow for Friday Finishes.
Yours in quilting,

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Design Wall Monday and Work in Progress Wednesday

Hi there!  I know its been a while since I sat down to write to everyone.  A week ago I finally got away for a few sewing days.  I think my sewing machine did a happy dance when we arrived at the quilt store. (This post has been waiting to be published for a few days as I got a new smart phone and couldn't get the photos to download to the blog.  Argh!  Today I am thankful things are back to normal.)
It was a very productive few days.  I finished a baby quilt top and five pillow cases.  WooHoo!  It felt so good to sew again.
Here's the pictures of the progression of the baby quilt during my sewing days.
The baby has arrived so now the quilting needs to get finished.  I have the cutest turtle fabric for the backing.  The inner part of the quilt is a pattern called "Child's Play" by Emily Cier published in Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Spring 2013.  The outer border of fish is my design.  The original pattern called for the quilt to finish 41" x 41", and it felt too small.  I would rather the child have to grown into the quilt.  My outer border is an additional 6.5" wide.
Above are my pillow cases.  The three regular size pillow cases with puppy prints will be donated to charity.  The king size pillow cases are for our new pillows from Ikea.
Below is a sneak peak at the quilts I have been finishing for customers.  I will post full size pictures of them on Friday. 
Next on the list for quilting is a bright orange quilt.  You might have to wear sunglasses to look at it.
I hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall weather.  It was a little chilly this morning but has warmed up nicely. 
Today I am linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP.
Yours in quilting,