Monday, August 21, 2017

Design Wall Monday–August 21, 2017

I belong to a friendship group, The Cotton Patchers.  Each year we do a block exchange.  I think I’ve posted about it in the past but last week was the first time I was late making a block for one of the members.  She had selected a particular house block but for some reason I just wasn’t entirely sure what she actually wanted.  So I showed up last week with a few other blocks that were due but I had to tell her I was going to be late making hers.  As it turned out I wasn’t the only one that wasn’t sure but after seeing some of the blocks that were made, I was able to come home and complete a block that I hope she will like and a block that I really, really like.  Here it is Christy, I’ll deliver it soon.


For those that have been to my home you already know that I have a double, red front door, a quilting hanging on the door and we have an umbrella that is prominent on our front patio.  My home doesn’t look exactly like this but it definitely has some important elements. 

After procrastinating it is finished and ready to go to it’s new home.



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Grandma’s Kitchen Block 8 - 25

This week the block is a very cute applique block.  I had fun picking the fabric and making the block.  BTW, I have no idea if my either of my Grandma’s wore an apron (they probably did) but I have several aprons and wear them all the time.  Of course my aprons are “full coverage” aprons, I’m not the neatest cook. 


Can’t wait to see what next week’s block will be.  Check out Pat Sloan’s blog if you’d like to join along.



Monday, August 14, 2017

Design Wall Monday–August 18, 2017

I spent most of last week attending the Quilters by the Sea annual quilt retreat in Temecula, CA.  I can’t begin to tell you how much I look forward to spending time with all these wonderful women.  I spent a lot of time visiting but I actually had a little time for sewing.  I’ll post pictures of some of my projects later this week but in the mean time I thought I’d share my on-going project. 


I’m made these blocks in the past but I continue to tweak my process.  Hopefully I’ll be teaching this next year for my Vegas trip next July.



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Grandma’s Kitchen–Block–7/25

I’m at a retreat in Temecula, CA this week but I had time to grab some fabric as I rushed out the door this morning.  So the first thing I did after getting all set up for several days of sewing I made my Block 7.  Here it is.


I’m really enjoying this whole process.



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Grandma’s Kitchen–Block 6 - 25

Block 6 was released this morning.  I am so enjoying this.  I think it’s probably as much about the fabric as it is the idea “Grandma’s Kitchen”.  Both of my Grandma’s passed away when I was very young.  I remember them from pictures but not so much from actual memories.

One of my main goals at this point in my live is for my Grandchildren to have fond memories not only of me but also our time in the kitchen together.  I think I’m doing a pretty darn good job of that. 

The block is called Wash Day.  I remember wash day with my Mom.  I think it was Monday’s and Tuesday was ironing day.  For me, wash day works for the bedding (typically Friday) but our clothes get washed whenever. 

Here we go…………………Block 6.


And here are all 6 on my design wall.


Don’t you just love them?



Monday, July 31, 2017

Design Wall Monday–July 31, 2017

As the month comes to a close I thought I’d share what’s up on my design wall.  A couple of weeks ago while attending The Cotton Patchers friendship group gathering one of the members, Bea, shared a couple of quilt tops she had made using stripes.  After I got home I remember buying some stripes to make the exact same quilt.  It’s a “pattern”, so to speak, that’s been around for a while.  But a while back Jenny from Missouri Star made a YouTube video reminding me of how to make it.  So out came my fabric and I started playing. 


Jenny’s demo shows using 1 1/4 yards of fabric but that makes a very small quilt.  I had enough to make it much larger.  So far I have 2/3 of the blocks made and the last 1/3 is cut out just waiting to be sewn together. 

Here’s the striped fabric I started with.


This is such fun.  Once this is done I see more in my future.

If you’re interested in giving it a go…………………………….check out Jenny’s YouTube video hear.  It’s really quite simple.



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Grandma’s Kitchen–Block 5 - 25

Today was the day that Pat Sloan revealed Block 5 of her Grandma’s Kitchen Series.  This one was inspired by glasses and cups.  Pat talks about the aluminum cups her grandma had.  I certainly remember them from my childhood and my grandchildren remember them from their childhood.  I still have at least 8 – 10 of them in my cupboard and the kids used to always us them. 

Here’s my block this week.


Here it is again with two of my aluminum cups.


And for just for show………………….here’s all 5 of my blocks so far.




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