Friday, July 28, 2017

Half Squares

I think Half Square Triangles are my favorite block. They can make a quilt look scrappy, fussy, or organized.

I started this quilt several years ago, and while going through my ufo's I discovered this one would be great for Quilts of Valor.

How about you? Do you have a favorite quilt  block?

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

What to do, what to do

Many years ago, I made this Sampler quilt. I've only made a couple of samplers, but the fabric from this one seems pretty dated to me.

So what would you do? Would you finish it? Should I change the borders to something solid?? Or just stuff it into the trash? I loved the blocks, just not the fabric so much anymore.

Any suggestions?

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Antique quilts

Last week hubby and I took a drive up to the Ocala area. We visited several antique malls and I was surprised to see so many quilts on display.

And finally this little gem.

It was fun to scout out these old quilts.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

High as the Heavens

Reading has become a hobby of mine. When my children were small, and I was schooling them, I never had time to read for pleasure. When they finished school, I think I've been making up for all those lost years.

"High as the Heavens" is a story that takes place during WWI. When Germany occupied Brussels, Evelyn Marche becomes a nurse to the allies and the enemy. She moonlights as a spy for the Belgian resistance, and finds herself walking into more danger than she bargains for. On her way to meet up with her contact, an explosion lights up the sky.  She watches a plane crash a few hundred meters away.  As she rescues the man who is lying near the burning engine, she is shocked when she recognizes the man she thought she had lost forever...her husband Simon.

I have read Kate Breslin's earlier novels, "Not By Sight" and "For Such A Time" and enjoyed them both.  Ms. Breslin has a way of weaving her novels, surrounded by history, into touching and engaging stories.

One of my favorite lines from this book is when Simon confronts the Major that Evelyn has been working for.

"I'm here because she's in danger, Herr Major. I need a truck and a pass to get to her."

"You fight for the Allies. Your soldiers shoot ours." The major scowled. "Why should I help you?"

"Because my daughter saved your life."

Both men turned to see Louise Marche's diminutive figure standing beside the table. With arms raised, she held a pistol pointed at the Hun. "And now you must save hers."

Simon drew in a sharp breath. How had she managed to filch the gun from his coat pocket?

Kate Breslin has created a tale that will take you back into the era of the great war. Hunger, starvation, and death surrounded this generation. Kate shows how these heroic women were a part of helping win the war. If you would like to read more about some of these women, and how their bravery helped the war effort, here is LINK.

#HighAsTheHeavens #AmReading #BookLove 

 I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Not just for barns anymore

I love these metal quilts from the Classic Metal Company. Wouldn't they be a fun addition to  your home?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Piggy Bank Challenge

 Val's Quilting Studio

One year ago, I signed up for Val's Piggy Bank Challenge. Even though I had to raid the bank a couple of times, over the course of the year I saved almost $70.00. But I know I can do better! So I'm accepting the challenge again at Val's Quilting Studio  

How much do you think I can save this year? To make the challenge even more challenging, the person who guesses how much I save over the course of the next year within $5 at the reveal, will receive a Starbucks gift card.

Will you join me and take the challenge?

Friday, July 14, 2017

On Love's Gentle Shore

Liz Johnson is a new to me author. But everything I've read has drawn me into her stories. I first read "The Red Door Inn". A sweet compelling story. Then the second novel in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series, "Where Two Hearts Meet" drew me into the characters with all of their flaws.

Ms Johnson's latest novel, "On Love's Gentle Shore" was a beautiful tale of how running away can bring you full circle back to where you started.

Natalie O'Ryan never wanted to return to Prince Edward Island. She never planned to return to the pain and heartache she knew growing up there. Never wanted to face her past. But when her fiance plans their wedding on the Island, Natalie tries to cover her past with lies and deception.

Justin Kane never forgot Natalie. He drowned himself in work at the ranch when his father died and left him to care for his mother and siblings. But when Natalie shows up, his heart remembers the little girl, thin and abused, and the friendship they forged through all the growing up years. How can he watch Natalie marry another man, when his heart was given over to her all those years ago.

A sweet, sweet story about heartbreak and forgiveness. A story about restoration and how we must sometimes face our past before we can move forward to the future. I would give this one a 5 star rating.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Put some sunshine into someone's day

Let's start our week of with a little bit of kindness!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Do you have a favorite?

Finding a fabric line that you love can be a little disabling. You know how it is. You buy some of the fabric, then when you go back for more, it's gone, like trying to capture the sunset when your camera is not around.

So when I first saw Glace by Three Sisters, it was love at first sight. I bought several pieces and used a Miss Rosie's Schnibbles quilt pattern.

When I made this quilt I was short of fabric, so I didn't make the piano border. And finding more of this fabric became a challenge.

But somehow, along the way, I found a charm pack and a Jolly Bar that I immediately snatched up. But how do you use just one charm pack? Most patterns call for at least two. Grumble....

As I was cleaning out my stash closet, I came upon a Moda Bake Shop pattern that I had saved from a few years ago. A pattern called Baby Lattice Quilt by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter. Low and behold, the pattern could be made with one charm pack and a fat quarter. I had that. 

I had that!!

Not needing to cut out the 5" squares really was a time saver. So little by little I started building this quilt.

Don't you love the soft colors? I really love anything that Three Sisters designs.

So here it is!  The lattice lined up beautifully and I'm excited about the next step of quilting.

Sure does make for Happy Quilting!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Has it been a year already?

Last year I signed up with Val's Quilting Studio for a Piggy Bank Savings Challenge.

Click the picture to read more!

Hard to believe but a year has flown by and it's time to count our savings.

So I dumped out the box which held my collection ...

... and counted out the bills and change for a total of...


I think that was pretty good, even though I didn't always remember to do it.

What am I going to use the money for?

I'm not totally sure, but in a few weeks, my hubby and I will be celebrating our anniversary, and he always takes me to a quilt shop wherever we go.

Sounds like a plan :-)

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A Happy Fourth

I love to bring out this table topper for the Fourth of July.

I had the three large star blocks to begin with, so I improvised and made the table topper.

Happy Independence Day!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Do you buy or subscribe to quilting magazines

For years I subscribed to American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. I have quite a collection of their earlier editions. But then something changed. Heidi Kaisand was no longer the editor. Not only did the magazine itself change, it seems the subscription staff changed as well. After years of being a loyal subscriber, when my subscription ran out, I was not notified. No endless letters or offers. So with that, I decided to just let it go. If I wanted a certain magazine I would just buy it.

But truthfully it was rare that I would purchase a copy.  Until this August.

The mini quilts designed by Carrie Nelson caught my attention. As did the articles on pre-cuts.

Would I subscribe again? I don't think so. I've subscribed to another magazine for several years, and it seems like every issue is just a reformulation of the same quilts that we have been making. So when this one runs out, I won't renew. I recently went through all of my magazines, kept the ones I "might" make, and gave away the rest.

How about you? Do you subscribe or just buy a copy that catches your interest?

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Matthew's quiilt

When I was a new quilter in 1985 I took a quilting class at the local craft store. Back then we were taught how to cut out the pieces with scissors and used cardboard templates. Towards the end of the class, our teacher showed us a tool that looked like a pizza cutter. She told us this was a Rotary Cutter and would speed cutting time. Of course we all laughed and said it could not take the place of scissors! HA!

About that same time, my sister in law took a class at a quilt shop. She learned Eleanor Burns Quilt in A Day pattern for the Log Cabin. She shared with me how quick and easy it was to use this method. And as the saying goes, the rest is history.

"Matthew's Quilt" was started back around 1986. I purchased 100% cotton fabrics from a quilt shop. My plan was to make a quilt for my then toddler son. We worked on the Log Cabin pattern, and I completed the top. It was my goal to hand quilt this quilt.

So I started working on it, but did not make very speedy progress. As a matter of fact it was not completed until 2004!

This is one of my favorite quilts and the only one I hand quilted. It was fun to work on, and I love how the colors all worked together.

Are you a hand or machine quilter? Either way, enjoy your quilting experience.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Another Whoop-whoop

I made this table topper several years ago.

Unfortunately, the binding fabric has been buried deep inside the stash fabric.

But this weekend, I decided it was time to head for the finish line. So another UFO bites the dust!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Let's get inspired

Whenever we travel, I try to locate a quilt shop in the area. It's always fun to see what kind of quilts are being created.

On a recent trip in our traveling cottage, we landed in western Georgia.  I found the sweetest little quilt shop called Southern Stitches.

Located in Thomaston Georgia, the shop, although not very large, was warm and welcoming.
I chatted with the owner, Dana, before other people started coming into the shop. She was such a sweet gal. The shop has been open for about four years, and they are getting ready to move closer into town in the next few weeks. She tells me they need more space. Sounds like a good problem to have.

If we are ever back in that area, I would love to see what she does with her new shop. I always enjoy being inspired when I visit quilt shops.

And yes, I did purchase fabric. Although I have been trying to be very good, working down my stash and not buying (much) fabric. But who could resist.

This was tucked in with the patriotic fabric and it's from Timesless Treasures. 

I also purchased the fun cake fabric from Southern Stitches, the the others were a Hobby Lobby find. We do not have Hobby Lobby in our area, so when I find one when we travel, I like to check it out. Being a new grandma, I've been keeping an eye out for kids type fabrics. And now that we found out that grandbaby #3 is on the way, well, what's a grandma to do?  Yep, that's more fabric ;-)

Do you find inspiration when you visit a quilt shop? Do you seek out new shops when you travel? I love to see how patterns, sometimes old favorites like Yellow Brick Road, are worked with different fabrics.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Best Gift ideas

Every year I love to share gifty ideas and tutorials. Grab your cup of coffee and visit these interesting and informative tutorials.

One of my all time favorites is Travel-sized Tissue Cozy pattern.  Kim shares her easy tutorial on "an oft traveled road".

The Pink Penguin shared her tutorial for a sweet Fabric Basket.

A quick pattern by Tea Rose Home,  called Modern Square Garden quilt.

Who couldn't use another purse in your choice of color. Bola Chica offered a tutorial on the Pleated Purse. You could certainly make one for every outfit. And who wouldn't love and use this adorable Friendship bag courtesy of "p.s. I Quilt"?

Have you got a little buddy to make a gift for? How about this TOO cute Softie doll from "60piggies".

Stuck on zippers? ............. Noodlehead shares a tutorial on a sweet Lil Cutie Pouch. Make them by the dozens. For teachers and friends. And add a Notebook Cover from "My Patchwork".

Crazy Mom Quilts is a prolific quilter and shares many  Tutorials  on her blog.

I love to read Karen's blog  Sew Many Ways  She always comes up with new and creative ideas.

And if you really want easy tutorials, you can always check out Missouri Quilting Company.  Jenny Doan shares lots of great patterns.  Quick and easy.

If you start now, you will have a huge jump on Christmas :-)

Have fun and create!!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

It's all about the cuts

Making a quilt is always a bit of a brain thing. You need to measure twice before you cut once. I've had my share of mishaps over the years, but thankfully, most project were salvageable.

Case in point. I started making this quilt, but the directions were slim, and I assumed things that were not so. I ended up lacking a couple of rows of blocks because of my mistake.

However, in the end, I was able to save several of the blocks that I had not sliced, and ended up a lap size quilt.

The result -


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Bread for the Journey

I praise you,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.

My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written,
every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God!
How vast is the sum of them!

If I would count them,
they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.

Psalm 139: 14-18

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Welcoming quilt

A new grand-baby is due to arrive in a few weeks. A baby boy, Jonah. We are excited to welcome a grandson into our family.

I've been working on a baby quilt for Jonah and I'm almost done.

Not sure I'll be able to do much more quilting. 

My DIL is pretty big, and has been experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions. So Jonah may make an early appearance. Need to get the binding on, so the quilt will be ready when he arrives.