Year End Finishes

This month I decided that I was going to try to quilt all my unfinished quilt tops by the end of the year. I had four ready to quilt. Currently, I have three completed! Yeah! The first was Australian Adventure. I had been wanting to do something with Australian fabrics for a long time. When I found this pattern, I knew it was the perfect one. It’s Pyramid Scheme by Pa Dinndorf of Aardvark Quilts which was published in Quilt Magazine. It is 49″ x 64″ so it is a good wall quilt or lap quilt.Australian AdventureNext, I quilted “The Big EZ” by Bloom Creek. It’s 63″ x 79″ and all in fabrics from The Quilted Fox. This was a great pattern to feature some big prints.Big EZ QuiltFinally, I finished my quilt from the One for the Money pattern by Grizzly Gulch. The quilt is 53″ x 65″. I started with a beautiful red and gold stripe from the Valley of the Kings Collection. It’s been sitting in my stash for several years and this seemed like the perfect project for it.One for the Money I just have one more quilt top to finish by the end of the year. Do you think I’ll make it?

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A Nautical Quilt

Nautical baby quiltI just finished this very nautical quilt for a new baby. The parents requested a nautical theme with navy, yellow and aqua. Collecting nautical theme fabrics in the Midwest was a little tricky but I finally found enough. The quilt is 60″ x 72″. It will go to Portland, Oregon next month. The baby is due early in December. This was a fun quilt!

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Charity quilts finished

This weekend I finally made some time to finish up some charity quilt projects that have been sitting on the UFO shelf. These two were from kits made up by the Piece Mill Quilters charity quilt committee. I made the tops at a sew day a few weeks ago. This weekend I quilted the tops and bound them. The labels are sewed on and I’ll be able to turn them in this Friday at the 2 photo 4These are both 36 x 54.








I also quilted and bound this 36 x 36 quilt for the Honor Flight project. photo 1Once it is washed, I’ll be able to turn it in at the November Bits ‘n’ Pieces meeting.

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Houston 2014

This past week, I made a quick trip to Houston for the International Quilt Festival. I took 3 classes this year. Two of the classes were on using Electric Quilt 7. Here is a screen shot showing a practice quilt I designed during class. photo 1





My friend Tracy and I took a class with Ana Buzzalino on using Transfer Artists Paper. The class was a lot of fun and Ana was a great 3






At home, it’s been a beautiful fall. Here is a photo my husband took in our back yard that shows how beautiful it’s been.


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Piece Mill Quilters Retreat, October 2014

I’m so far behind on my blogging! And this last month has been so busy!! In mid-October, I enjoyed 4 wonderful days at the Piece Mill Quilters retreat. I worked on several projects.

IMG_1172These are the first 3 blocks in the Star Light, Star Bright block-of-the-month from The Quilted Fox.  I’ll be making 3 blocks each month for 12 months.


IMG_1177This is the first blocks in a quilt made with many of the wonderful Australian fabrics from The Quilted Fox. I made a good start on the blocks but I still have many more to piece. I am quite happy, though, with the color combinations.



IMG_1171Then I pieced this small lap quilt. When finished it will be donated to the Honor Flight group. It will keep a veteran warm on his or her flight to Washington, DC and then be a permanent keepsake of the flight. It is 36 x 36.



IMG_1173Finally, I put the borders on this wall quilt made from the “One for Money” pattern. The center part is made totally from one striped fabric.

It was a busy retreat, but I was quite pleased with how much I accomplished!




I also took some pictures of projects that others were working on at retreat.









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Challenge quilts completed

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In the last month, I’ve finished challenges for both my guilds. The one on the left is for Bits ‘n’ Pieces. The challenge fabric is the print with all the faces. The challenge was to make a donation quilt for Cover Our Kids. Fortunately, I had suitable colors in my stash and didn’t need to buy anything!

The quilt on the rights was the challenge for Piece Mill Quilters. I received the fabric with cowboys in rows on a black background and needed to make a quilt that would appeal to a child. The quilt will go to Cardinal Glennon for a sick child. I combined the cowboy fabric with some tone-on-tone pieces and some horse fabrics. Hopefully it will appeal to some child with a love for horses! Again, this one was made totally from stash fabrics.

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Girl’s weekend at the beach

The week after Labor Day, I flew out to visit Beth. We drove down to Fort Bragg and stayed in a cute little cottage close to the beach for a long weekend. We visited Mendocino, did the art walk in Fort Bragg, strolled the Mendocino Botanical Garden, rode the Skunk train and more! Here are some of the highlights.

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Busy, busy summer!!

It’s almost fall and I’ve hardly posted all summer! It’s been super busy but I have managed to work in some sewing. I also made a short trip to California to visit Beth but I’ll post those picture later. For now, let’s see what’s been happening in the sewing room!

wedding quiltI finished this chevron quilt which will go to a new home next week. I made it as a wedding present for our niece, JoAnna, who is marrying Spencer next week. Because of their dog, they didn’t want a bed quilt. This one is a large lap quilt.

eli's quiltThis little boy’s quilt is already in Moore, OK where our new great-nephew is now home with his family. He was born very premature and weighed only 1 pound 11 ounces. He is now up to almost 7 pounds! Here he is with big brother Noah.eliAt the end of July, I went to a quilt retreat with friends. I completed this quilt top which is still waiting for the quilting!Movement in squaresThis is the Movement in Squares pattern by Wendy Sheppard. The boxes are all made from Marcia Derse fabrics. I’m quite pleased with how it came out. The piecing was a bit complicated but not too hard as long as I was paying attention! Now I just have to decide how to quilt it.


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A Summer Quilt

Pennant flagsFinally, I’ve finished a project. I’ve been working on this quilt for about 3 months. I fell in love with the Sphere Collection by Zen Chic and bought a packet of fat 8ths. This seemed like the perfect pattern. I think it has a very summery, nautical feel. I’m calling it Pennants on Parade!

I also quilted a smaller crib size quilt for one of my guild members. She’ll bind it and donate to the hospital for our guild kid’s quilt project. I had fun quilting it and got some good practice time in.

I’m off to a quilt retreat this week and hope to get a good start on a quilt using my Marcia Derse fat quarter collection that I bought in Houston last fall.

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Peru was amazing! We spent 2 wonderful weeks in Peru on an Overseas Adventure Travel trip with a great guide and 15 interesting, congenial companions. I’ve wanted to see Machu Picchu since I was 19. Seeing it was wonderful but touring Peru, learning about the culture and meeting the people was wonderful too. Here are some photos that only begin to capture the experience.

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