Sunday, June 24, 2018


It's DONE!  I've only had the fabric for a couple years.  This is for my older son for his couch.  He wanted something he could curl up with...and completely cover his body for when he takes his 'Friday after work' nap.  

I got it back from the long-arm quilter on Friday, sewed the binding on Saturday...and gave it to Marshall when he came for breakfast today.

My original plan was to do some sort of Drunkard's Path (my all-time favorite design), but it just wasn't working for me.  I defaulted to the easy (and much loved by me) Rail Fence.  It's a perfect design for those fabrics!!


 There he is, holding up the long quilt next to his 6'3" body. 

 I love bindings that have some sort of a stripe to them.

Didn't take long to machine sew the binding.
The final hand sewing took 4 hrs. 10 min...but who's counting?!
Good thing for the NCIS marathon on tv!

Definitely one of my favorites...just love the colors he picked out! to decide on my next quilt project.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Keeping Busy...

I've been keeping busy with a LOT of quilting!  Guess a new machine puts  you in the mood.

This is my first donated to Quilts for Cure.  Just did simple straight stitching with a little serpintinein the borders.

Recipient unknown...unless my soon-to-be grandbaby is a Princess!  This one is also just straight lined quilting except for a little swirl in the borders.
ETA - YES, my new grandbaby is a Princess!  Ella joined us (a week late) on 4/24/18.

This is a floor quilt (for my house) for the new grand baby.  Again...straight stitching with serpentine in the borders.

This one's for ME.  Perfect for my feet/lap while on my recliner.  FMQ all the way on this one!  (don't look too closely...only my 2nd time!)

Sunday, March 11, 2018

It's DONE...

The little guy's quilt is done!!  What started out as a quilt for a twin bed at my house...turned into a full size for his house!!  Go figure...

I didn't have enough of the blue for the entire backing, so I put an 18" green piece off-center.  It looks like I planned it that way...not that I didn't have enough fabric!

I did all the free-motion-quilting in one day, then finished up the borders (straight stitching with a walking foot, not FMQ) and the binding the next day.  Good thing my 1st attempt/try at FMQ is for a 2 year old who won't notice!!

The next day I made 2 pillowcases, burritio method (only way I'll make them).  As soon as DD/SIL puts up his double bed, I'll deliver this to him.  He's currently (finally) sleeping in his toddler the crib is going back to the nursery for Baby #2's arrival next month.

All fabrics were purchased from  THIS is the pattern I used.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sneak Peak...

Here's a little sneak peak of the quilt I'm making for our little granddude for when he's having a sleepover...or just our house.

Now if he'd just willingly use his 'BigBoyBed' at his house...rather than preferring his crib!!  He loves the piano/guitar quilt I made...just doesn't want to sleep in that bed!

Oh, the trials of a TWO year old...

Saturday, January 20, 2018

New Bedding...

I had a LOT of fun this week!  The little dude is being transitioned into a toddler bed...and OUT of his (much loved) crib.

Since the 'big boy' room is going to be music themed, with a guitar and record albums on the wall (and there's a piano in their living room), I went with music fabric.  All fabrics were purchased from  The piano/guitar fabric was almost like a panel, and I 'fussy cut' to make it work.

 I had the entire quilt finished and was working on hand stitching the binding when I thought to send photos to my one sister.  I just couldn't come up with how to quilt around the piano keys and guitars. I think I just looked at it toooooo long, I couldn't see it.
 Low and behold...she came up with a brilliant idea!!  I stitched around the sets of black piano keys, then did a little zig-zag around the sections of the guitars.  I did this machine quilting after the quilt was completely done.  Perfect...
 I did a serpentine stitch on the straight areas (you can see in the photo) and did just a simple X and outline stitch around the rectangles in the center of the quilt.
 The fitted bottom sheet is the fabric with the cream background.  I'd never made a crib sheet before...oh what fun!!  The top sheet is out of the white background fabric and I put elastic on the bottom corners...and the piano/guitar fabric on the top edge.  You can see I used both panels for the pillow case, which was done 'burrito style' (the only way I'll make them anymore!)  Since his toddler bed takes a crib mattress, I photographed the above on the crib I have at my house.
Here's the little guy playing piano with his cars!!  He actually got a sneak peak of the quilt when we kidnapped him from the sitter mid-week.

Here's Grant after we delivered it.  He immediately put his head on the pillow and did a little fake sleep.  His dad got out a guitar and he had so much fun!!  Wonder if he'll actually give up his much loved crib to sleep in his 'big boy' bed!!

Now to patiently await the arrival of Baby#2 in mid-April...and find out if its another boy...or a little princess.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Another for the little dude...

This past weekend was another 'road trip' for Olga, my friend over at Okay Let's Go Quilting, and me. This time we took a short trip up to the Ann Arbor, Michigan area, leaving early Friday morning and returning late Saturday afternoon.

Having a great time drooling over fabric! 

We stayed at Weber's which was awesome!!  Our first floor room had a 'back door' that led right to the indoor hot tub and pool (good thing we thought to bring swimsuits)!! We even decided to have dinner at the attached restaurant...makes it better for having a few cocktails..

Our main goal of the weekend was to go to the Wool & Wine Festival at Sandhill Crane Winery. Personally, I thought it was very over-rated.  Yes, it was fun to go there...but for yarn shopping, not so much.

I think I found my all time favorite quilt shop!!  It is Ann Arbor Sewing Center.  It was so well organized, perfect for my OCD!!  So many wonderful fabrics.  I've never seen that many solids in one place...all organized by color and shades.  We were there Friday and my brain was on overload.  We went back first thing Saturday morning and I bought my stash.

I found this absolutely adorable fabric for another pillowcase for my granddude, Grant.  This has got to be the most adorable one I've made so far!!  For you nay-sayers...I know there should be nothing in the crib...but...he's 1-1/2 yrs old and loves his feather pillow, which isn't that 'fluffy'.  In this picture it is on a regular pillow from my house in his crib here.  The pillowcase was once again done with the burrito method.

Olga & I already have several more trips in the planning stages...

Gotta love those girlfriends!!!💗

Monday, June 26, 2017

Start of another project...

It's time for another quilting project.  No, I haven't forgotten about my knitting!  I've got one sweater waiting patiently to be wet-blocked...and another I've finished the back.  No photos yet on either.

My older son, Marshall, has been 'requesting' a quilt for some time now (we're talking several years) so I thought it was time!

Here's a sneak peak...sorry, it's just a pile of fabric.  I've decided to NOT use the lightest gray in the stack.  It will be some variation of Druckard's Path, my favorite pattern.

More to come...