Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mother's Second Purple Quick Strippie

Mother made a second Purple Quick Strippie quilt for a Christmas gift. So sweet. Fabrics are different, except for small dark purple stripes. The back is like the binding. She holds it up for the picture after it was free motion quilted, washed and dried. Looks a little blue in the picture but it's not. It's purple. Also difficult to see is her happy little Christmas tree is in the picture :D
Cameras and lighting are funny like that.
Again, she used Mary Johnson's Quick Strippie Quilt Pattern at
Thank you Mary.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Kitten House Block Traveling To CA

Two excited little North Carolina kittens are on their way to California to visit with Beth.
See them. They are watching from the window :D

Friday, November 25, 2011

Summer House Quilt All Done

Free motion quilted, binding machine sewed on, washed and dried.
Bright bold fabrics in a pieced back, and a bright, bold colorful binding ... blog land has had a positive influence on my quilting. I love this colorful little quilt :D

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Summer House Quilt Back Ready

Used the last large piece of red roses on blue background, Summer House fabric, and surrounded it with some Hoopla. I have a few scraps of Summer House left, maybe enough for a small orphan square.
See how those cute Hoopla wavy blue and lime green lines play with the eyes :D

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Summer House Quilt Top Ready For a Back and Batting

The top is about 60"x72". Used a jelly roll, a charm pack and a little over half a yard of fabric. Working on a back and binding. Definitely a busy, happy quilt for a girl.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I Won A Table Topper!

It came in the mail today! The picture doesn't do it justice. It's beautifully quilted! Pretty fall colors. I see this as a wall hanging in my home. Sandy also sent some candy, a Christmas towel and Christmas socks. I was starved when I opened the box and wolfed down some candy before I remembered I wanted to take a picture for my blog. See the wrapper in the picture. YUM.
Thank you, Sandy!!!
Please visit Sandy's blog and see pictures of all her lovely quilts :D

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hoopla Quilt All Finished

The back was pieced using some left over pieces of Hoopla. Then I quilted it free motion style before adding a green binding. It's about 60"x70". Then into the washing machine and dryer to give it a soft crinkled look. Hopefully I'll have a grandchild that will like it :D
Thank you for holding Hoopla Quilt for photographs, Mother.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Linus Project Sew In

Today Tonya's son chose fun fabrics for this quilt and another. We had decided to make a couple quilts for little boys. This is a picture of a strip quilt with trucks, planes, and fire trucks. We almost finished a second quilt. I just need to sew on the binding. It's zoo animals, dinosaurs, apples, pears and strips. We had a good time!!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Linus Project Thomas Quilt

Finally a finish. And just in time. Tomorrow is a "Linus Project Sew In" in Wilkes. I'm so excited. It will be good to see Tonya and her family again.
Tonya gave me the Thomas the Train panel as I walked out the door after our last sew in. I used some Thomas the Train flannel I had in my stash for the backing. The whimsical binding came from my stash also. It's all washed, dried, folded and ready for tomorrow. Yah!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Quilting Hoopla

A few pictures to show I haven't stopped sewing altogether. Quilting Hoopla is slow going, but it's coming along.

When I'm unable to do free motion quilting on Hoopla, I work with Summer House pre-cuts. It's a work in progress.
I like busy colorful quilts!

A Package From California Came in the Mail Today!

Terri at had a 100 blog entry contest and I won! Her box was full of BEAUTIFUL fabrics, some paper pieced projects and some seeds :D
I am doing a happy dance. Thank you, Terri!
You must visit her blog. She posted some great pictures of her Halloween Greenhouse. I can see why kids love to go to her house Halloween Night!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Hoopla Quilt Top

Sewing with one hand is slow going. I had a Hoopla Jelly Roll and some Hoopla yardage. Seemed like a good time to take advantage of a pre-cut and attempt an easy strip quilt variation. This quilt is for a grand daughter that wants me to make her a quilt with lots of green and blue. I'll piece the back from some Hoopla yardage during the next 3 days. It should finish a little shy of 60"x70". Surgery on my wrist to install a plate and some screws is scheduled Monday morning. Soooo I'm not sure when this little quilt will be finished.

Saturday, October 1, 2011


My motorcycle adventure vacation ride started in North Carolina. It was a cool, wet, overcast ride to Front Royal. Then we rode the entire length of a very wet, very foggy Skyline Drive.

Pictured are Malcolm and Kevin, friends on the trip. After Skyline Drive, we rode the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

A visit to Mt Mitchell, he highest peak in the east.

A picture at the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

We stayed at a motorcycle hotel in Robbinsville, NC. NEAT.

Unfortunately a hundred miles from home, my back tire ran over a walnut, I lost control, went off the road into a bit of a slide and then down. The bike is fine, but my left wrist has a few fractured bones. Urgent Care felt it should heat nicely, but they want me to see an orthopedic surgeon. I go Tuesday.

I'm selling my bikes. Last year I broke my ankle, this year my wrist. A three wheel Can Am is in my future :D

I'll be taking a break from blogging for a month or two, or at least until I learn to sew with one hand.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Earth and Sky Quilt

A pretty batik jelly roll+ contest quilt. I bought most of the strips from Connecting Threads. The batiks used in the border and the back came from local fabric shops, maybe JoAnns.
Sandwiched, quilted, a binding, washed, dried, and photographed. It's 70"x71". No pictures taken outside as it's raining.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Whimsical Crayon Box Completed!

I started Whimsical Crayon Box last year and set the top aside until I could learn to free motion quilt. I found the quilt pattern on Bonnie Hunter's blog, Thank you Bonnie! My finished quilt is a little different, it's smaller. Still, at 83" x 70", it's a large quilt for me to attempt to quilt.
I used a variegated thread, pink/blue/purple/green/yellow, to FMQ and sew on the binding. I am very pleased with this bright, colorful, fun little quilt! Looks happy on my bed!
A big thanks to Pam, my brother's gf, for holding up the quilt for me to photograph :D

Friday, September 16, 2011

Crayon Box Sandwich is Quilted

Crayon Box is a UFO from last year. It's about 84" x 70" and ready for the binding.
I must decide between a scrappy binding or a colorful stripe fabric binding.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mother's Purple Quick Strippie

I finished free motion quilting, binding, washing and drying Mother's Purple Quick Strippie top for a grandchildren that likes purple.
We used Mary Johnson's Quick Strippie pattern.
This sweet little quilt was made using all purple fabrics. I don't know why my camera made the purple colors in this quilt look blue :D

Friday, September 9, 2011

Homemade Jelly Roll Quilt Finished

A jelly roll contest quilt top, a pieced back, sandwiched with Warm and Natural Batting, free motion quilted, some pretty binding, washed and dried. It's 67" x 59". A sweet little quilt :D

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fat Quarters in This Week's Mail

FOUR delicious Citron/Gray FQs by Michael Miller arrived in a squishy envelope in the mail! Freda of, a blog that chronicles the adventures of the Impress of the Universe" had a give away in honor of her parents wedding anniversary. I was one of the winners! I plan to make a purse :D
Thank you, Freda. They will make a lovely purse.

I needed 4 more pot holders for gifts. Pictured are the fronts and backs. Two were made from scraps and two were made with some Monet cotton quilting fabric I found at JoAnn's. I have a friend that likes to paint. She chose the Monet :D

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tori's Been Busy

It took a couple of weekends, but Tori finished a square pillow and a doll blanket. She knew what she wanted to make, the size and the fabric combinations. Most of the time she pressed the foot pedal to make the machine go as I helped her guide the fabric under the needle. When she went home today, she carried her horse Quick Strippie, her square pillow and a doll blanket. She was very happy :)
Sorry about the quality of the pictures taken with my cell phone. Need a new phone :D

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Myrtle Beach

A short vacation at the beach. The water and weather looked beautiful this morning :D
Because Hurricane Irene was on the way, we checked out and drove home. We were not alone. A lot of people were leaving the coast this morning.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Captain America

Earlier this year I took 2 granddaughters to JoAnns fabric shop. The youngest, 9 years old, wanted a piece of fleece with a pattern of large purple circles. It was all she wanted. I bought a couple yards, took it home and trimmed the salvages. She didn't want me to do anything else to it ... ? I found out last weekend that she sleeps with it every night.

So ... last week I bought some 58" wide licensed Captain America fleece at the local JoAnns fabric shop, trimmed the salvage edges and made a simple 88"x58" throw for my 18 year old grandson. Again, no finished edges. He LOVES Captain America. He LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT! Said it will now be his snuggle blanket. His 19 year old brother saw it, said he wanted one, too. A couple more grandsons said they would like one each. So I went back and bought the remaining Captain America fleece on the shelf. In all, I cut four 88"x58" throws and two 58"x72". The shorter fleece pieces will go to the youngest two grandsons, both 8 years old. So easy.
Used coupons both times :D

Oh yeah! I'm still making pot holders from scraps. First pictures shows the fronts, second pictures show the backs. So cute! They are for me :D

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Tori's Quick Strippie

Mary Johnson's Quick Strippie pattern with granddaughter Tori's favorite fabric, HORSES! Her sister, Hannah, helped sew the front. The back was pieced. Then it was free motion quilted, washed and dried.
Isn't it just darling :D
Thank you, Mary.
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