Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Purple Topper almost Complete

Finished up the quilting on this topper that's been in the works for a few years.  Now to get it bound!  The dollar store flowers look so nice with it!

I drew some pencil lines to follow in the triangle borders.

I did some freemotion swirls and leaves in the purple square borders and an X in the floral centers.

I did some ditch stitching and orange peel curves around each green hour glass section.

I'm happy with how it turned out.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Purple Irish Chain for Kate

Kate is 8 and she loves purple!
By the lilac bush this morning.  Purple on the green grass is so pretty!
The finished size is about 66 x 76". 
The backing is lavender gingham flannel.

I started making these little labels written by hand and a little embellishments and sewing into the binding.   On the back is my name, date ,and washing instructions .

After a few pick outs, I got the hang of using a ruler to make straight diagonal lines. 

The borders are filled with feathers and swirls. 

Quilting in process .

Here are a few cutting instructions. 
The 9 patches are made with 2 1/2" squares.   Each 9 patch and alternating cream block are is 6 1/2" unfinished .
Quilt Block Sawtooth Star Tutorial final
The 8" stars in the corner are made using Amy's tutorial here.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Two Charm Square Baby Quilts

This one is for my grandson Teddy.  Finished in time for his 1st birthday.  I had started many quilts for him, but they none suited my daughter, so was glad to get this one completed.  It has flannel baseball fabric on the back.

This one is for Ezra, new grand baby of my coworker.

Ready for binding with cool diagonal plaid in navy and white.  Backed with baby blue flannel checks.

Cutting Instructions
98 Charm Squares  (You can use a charm pack or two and pull some stash fabrics and cut into 5 inch squares)
    Lay out on point (row 1, one square; row 2, three squares; row 3, five squares; row 4, seven squares; row 5, nine squares; row 6, eleven squares; row 7, thirteen squares
    For a rectangle quilt, row 8, will also have 13 squares and then you'll decrease each row down to the next odd number (11, 9, 7, 5, 3, 1) of squares.
    For a square quilt, row 8 will start decreasing (11, 9, 7, 5, 3, 1) squares.

You'll need 26 Setting triangles
(6) 7 3/4" squares cut diagonally twice
(1) 5 1/2" square cut diagonally once

You'll need 4 Corner Square triangles  Cut one 6 1/4" square and cut diagonally twice

Lay out squares in a pleasing formation

Remember as you sew, to make sure each section has a straight edge for assembling later.

Stars in Squares Baby Quilt for Oakli

Baby quilt made for my friends new granddaughter.  It's hard to see but the center squares are sweet pictures.
Oakli Alma
Just finished quilting

Cutting instructions for each block
For the center star block Cut:
(1)  5" square for the center
(1) 5 3/4" square for the background of the flying geese
(4) 3 1/4" squares for the geese
(4) 2 3/4" squares for background corners

For the inner set of corner square triangles Cut:
(1) 10 1/2" square and cut diagonally twice

For the outer set of corner square triangles Cut:
(1) 14 1/4" square and cut diagonally twice
1.  Sew the flying geese using the no waste method and then construct a Sawtooth Star.  For step by step instructions, this tutorial by Diary of a Quilter here shows the no waste method for flying geese and also making the Saw Tooth Star.  Square up block to be 9 1/2"
2.  Sew the inner Corner Square triangles to each side of the star block.  Square up to 13 1/4"
3.  Sew the outer Corner Square triangles on each side and square up the block to be  18 1/2"

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Halloween Quilt Ready to Sew Next Year

I got this all cut out but with Halloween 2017 over, decided to put it away until 2018
The patchwork squares are 6" set on point.

 In a variety of black, gray, and orange prints and solids.

Setting Triangles (STs) are 9 1/4" squares cut diagonally twice.

The Corner Square Triangles (CSTs) are 7" squares cut diagonally twice.
The CST is the end cap and the setting triangles are the ones on the sides (in case you didn't know).
The good thing about this plan is it is all ready to start sewing next September and with this post, I have the plan to refer to.
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts

Sunday, October 29, 2017


We went to Yellowstone last week.  What a magnificent wonder of the world!

It had snowed the week before, but the weather was sunny and in the 50's so good weather for being outdoors.  Behind us is Kepler Cascades but we're blocking the view.  It's a very impressive 200 foot drop!

You can see the warning sign and a Raven to the left.  The ravens with their huge beaks were everywhere.  We started to think they were following us!

Of course we had to see Old Faithful and it's so convenient they predict the eruptions correctly.  It looks like all steam but you can see the water gushing upward in person.

The geothermal activity is amazing and produces these caverns of gorgeous hot water in many shades of blues and aquas.  You can see how thin the crust of land is over the edges and there are warning signs everywhere to stay on the specially built boardwalks.

This one is more greenish blue.  The colors are the result of different thermal loving bacteria.

It's amazing to see the boiling water rushing down into the lakes and rivers.
In one area of the park are the sulfur hot spots.  Very smelly.
The boiling mud pots.

It looks very deep!

Is desolate around the hot craters.  

You feel almost as if you're in another world.  You can see Yellowstone Lake in the background.

The board walk.  There are about 20 Hot Spots around the world (which are places where to magma comes up into a cavernous area close to the earth's crust).  Yellowstone has more geysers than anywhere else on earth.
Of course the wildlife is impressive.  Here's an Elk doe. 

And right up close.  There are many warning signs that remind that although the bison look content and gentle, they can run 35 miles an hour and be vicious.
We didn't see any bears in the wild, but across the street from where we stayed, was a Wolf and Grizzly Refuge for rescued animals of would otherwise be destroyed.

Did you know there was a Grand Canyon in Yellowstone?

And there's this great canyon rim trail that offers sweeping views and great exercise!

The rock perched on that pinnacle is really a large boulder and seems to defy gravity.  Much more impressive in person.

There is an osprey nest atop those finger pinnacles.

The Lower Falls, largest falls in Yellowstone at 304 feet.

You can hike down to the top of the lower falls and even with this guard rail I was scared to get close to the edge!

The view from the Lower Falls
The Grand Tetons from the Hiway
Thanks for visiting with me!  Hope I got my facts straight.  Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts