Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Another Hexagon

I finished another hexagon this evening and have decided on the connecting fabric I will probably use, it will also be the centers of each of the hexes. They are going alot faster now that I have done a couple, and my fingers are also getting hardened where I keep pricking them.

While I was playing around with the 2 blocks, I decided that the quilt will need a border of some kind and this is the fabric I will be using. It is the same fabric that I am using in a Web Sampler quilt that I hope to finish before spring arrives. I am one of those people that if I really like a fabric I will use it in more than one quilt, and keep using pieces of it in many others until it is all gone.
The hexes are really fun to do and I can carry them with me to work or in the car when we go somewhere. This quilt is progressing alot faster than I expected, and that is a good thing!

Check It Out!

Christine over at "Once Upon A Quilt..." is having a giveaway, be sure you stop by to say hello and sign up. You will be glad you did!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

"Above All Fabric Give-Away!

There is a fun fabric give-away over at "Above All Fabric".
It ends on February 1st so don't delay, you just might win.
I have put a button on my sidebar to take you there, Enjoy!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Wedding Aprons!

In 2 weeks on Valentine's Day, hubby, myself, and 2 other couples will be serving dinner for a friend of ours who is getting married at our church. The couple sat down with us after church this last Sunday and we got all the details and what needs to be done, there will be 100 guests so that won't be too bad. The bride has picked brown and pink as her colors so I decided to make aprons for all of us to wear and we are supposed to wear pink shirts. :D

I went through my stash and found all the fabrics for the ladies' aprons but will get plain brown fabric for the guys. Below is a pix of the apron and then a close up so you can see the fabrics.

I really think these turned out cute and I won't mind wearing them here at home in the future.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Quilt Finish

I finally have a finish, it seems like forever since my last. I put the final stitches in the binding late last night while watching "The DaVinci Code". I love that movie! Anyway, I snapped a pix this morning and finally got it posted. The quilt looks orange but it is really pink.
Have still been working on the Hexagons, but that will be a long and slow process. This afternoon I am making 3 aprons. In 3 weeks hubby and I, along with 2 other couples will be serving a wedding party dinner at our church. The 3 guys will be cooking the meal and then we will all serve it and do the clean up, over 100 guests will be attending. I know it will be alot of fun and am looking forward to it. I will post a pix of the aprons as soon as they are done. The brides colors are pink and brown, right up my alley!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Hexagons Again

I am having so much fun making hexagons again and I forgot how fast they go. I used the leftover fabric from a past Web Sampler kit and hopefully will be able to use every little bit. I have never made the oblong shape either but I really like it.
TGIF!! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hexagons And A Flower Garden

I have decided to do more hexagon projects, see my side bar, and wanted to show the quilt I have been working on for the last couple of years. This is all hand pieced and am now working (very slowly) on getting it hand quilted. Only a couple of flowers done so far. Here is a picture of one of the flowers that has been quilted. I really enjoy the hand quilting process but it is hard on my finger tips. I have some callouses (sp) but they need to get toughened up again. Now that I have got it out I will work a little harder on it.

I put the final border on my DD quilt this evening. Again, the lighting in the bedroom is not good but you know the colors from a previous pix. I know the pix is sideways but I wanted to get a good view of the corners. Gotta love them! It will now be put in line to be quilted.
I just love how this quilt looks and I think since I still have plenty of fabric left I will try and make a couple of pillow cases or shams to match. Great project for a rainy or snowy day.
Bonnie comes up with such fun quilts, she is my hero! Thanks Bonnie, you're the greatest!!


I love hexagons and I am going to be doing the Hexagon Quilt Along. I've made a Grandmother's Flower Garden several years ago with this method but still have yet to finish the hand quilting of it. I am working on it but not very often.
I have my paper pieces printed and ready to go and will dig out some of my scraps and decide this evening what I shall be making. Wish me luck!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

DD Quilt

I finally finished piecing this little beauty before work this morning. The lighting in the living room was not good, all the setting triangles are the same color, even though they don't look like it. :D Tonight I will see what I can find for the border, not sure what I might have to finish this off with, but surely there is something that will suit it. Now it will be back to quilt a few customer quilts that I have left and then on to quilting our ministry quilts. No rest for me, and I wouldn't have it any other way! :D

Friday, January 16, 2009

Quilts Are On Their Way!

The quilts from the give-away will be on their way today. They are all packaged up and hubby will take them to the post office for me and get them mailed. I have enjoyed doing this and hope to do it again in the future. What do they say? "One man's trash is another man's treasure?"
Enjoy ladies and please let me know when they arrive safely. :D
I am now going back to staying warm here in my office at work, I have the space heater on my feet, my scarf accross my lap, and 2 shirts and a corduroy jacket on. I will be warm but won't be able to move! LOL

Thursday, January 15, 2009


It is sooo cold, the thermometer outside the elevator here says -10. The wind is blowing, not too hard in town but it was on the way over. Hubby has our dog with him today, running errands and doing what he needs to do. The pix here is of the Library here in the town I work in. It looks like a ghost town today. See how cold and desolate the elevator looks in the picture below? Not much going on here today. They are picking up one of the big ground piles out at the west elevator, and have been doing it all week. It takes a long time to haul all that grain into the elevator, I sure wouldn't want to be doing that job today! I am looking forward to going home and sewing on my DD. I did some ironing of pieces and cut up some strips to work on more 9 patches this evening. Knowing what is waiting for me at home keeps me going through days like this when it is quiet. Stay warm!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

All Gone!

Thanks to everyone who responded to my give-away! All the projects are taken and I couldn't be happier. Now I have an empty basket that I can fill up with new quilts and projects. I still have a quilt chest full of quilts and things I want to sort through and I just might have to have another give-away in the future so be sure to check back periodically. :D
It is snowing heavily here in NW Indiana this morning and later today the temps will drop further and the wind will start blowing, temps in the minus numbers they say. Right now it is so beautiful out, snow falling, it looks like fairy dust one of my friends said. She was right, is does look like fairy dust! Have a wonderful day and I hope you are warm wherever you are!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Old Projects and a Giveaway

It is late, I am not tired, and so I washed some old quilts and projects that I made several years ago and decided I need more room for more projects. I am going to give all these quilty items away. There are 5 items, so the first 5 that leave a message on which item they would like to have will be the winners. In the morning I will e-mail the winners to get their addresses and I will send them off. Good Luck!
The item above and the item below are table runners and fit on a kitchen table nicely.
The item below is the only Amish quilt that I have made. It was washed and dried tonight and is nice and crinkly. It is a really nice quilt.
This little quilt is appliqued and all hand quilted.
And last but not least this was a fun project. Machine appliqued and machine quilted.
It will make a nice table topper.
If there are no takers, they all will become Christmas presents for someone in the future.
Good Luck and Goodnight!

My DD Pieces

Here is a pix of my DD pieces that I put together last evening. I absolutely love this quilt and will continue to plug away at it. All the little pieces are definately worth it!

Quilt Pattern

I have had many inquiries about the name of the pattern of the quilt in the prior post. It is called "Hearts-All-A-Flutter by Gerri Robinson. The mystery quilt was in the McCall's Quilting Magazine in the summer of 2007 and there were about 7 different steps to this quilt so it ended up to be quite large. I will try to find just the "right" fabric in my stash and just finish mine off with a border, finish the applique and call it done. It will make a darling quilt for the Quilting Ministry at church. :D
The weather here in NW Indiana is going to get nasty today. We had snow last night, the temperature is starting to drop, and of course, the wind has started to blow. A typical winter day here. I would like to just stay home and sew all day in my nice warm studio but alas I must venture out. Thank heaven I have a good floor heater at the elevator!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Something Old

Nothing much to report here, haven't been working on my Mystery quilt, too many customer quilts to get quilted. The year is finally settling into a nice routine, I enjoy routine, and it is time again to start working on baby quilts for the Quilting Ministry at church. This quilt I started a while ago and for some reason I thought about it and dug it out this morning and hung it up so it would be visible and a reminder to finish it. It was in McCall's magazine and this is where I ended it. I don't like the huge finished quilt that shows in the magazine so I thought I would add a border to this, put the antenae's on the butterflies and call it done.

Has anyone made this quilt? I would love to see pictures!
It is supposed to be in the low teens here in the midwest for the next few days. I would love to stay home and just quilt, but alas I need to work to pay for all that fabric that is calling to me. Stay warm and happy quilting!!!!!!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Quilt in the Machine

I have this wonderful quilt in the machine that I am working on right now. It is one of Bonnie's Mystery quilts, "Old Tobacco Road". It is a king size and it is gorgeous! I just love the colors and the workmanship is wonderful which makes quilting it a dream. I decided to post a few pix so the maker would know that I am working on it and it will be done when she arrives in Indiana later this month.

You know who you are. :=D

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Slow But Sure

I really like how the DD Mystery is coming along but it seems like it is taking forever! I have alot of the blocks done but tons of squaring up to do before assembling. I did put 2 blocks together to see how they will look and I love them!

Now to get all the squaring up done. := (

Friday, January 2, 2009

Quiltville Mystery

Yesterday afternoon I got the first 2 clues for the Quiltville Mystery cut out. I guess I can't count since I have way too many brown pieces. Anyway, here are my first 2 blocks. I am excited to see how the pinks will fit into the picture.

The bear quilt last night was a big hit and Chris, the recipient, was speechless. I know every time he looks at the quilt or covers up with it he will remember the vacation from last summer. Memories that will last his lifetime.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Mystery and Quilts!

Happy New Year!!!! It has been such a great day so far, so much accomplished. :D
I took this quilt out of the machine, all quilted, and have the binding ready to sew on.

I worked on my new project for a bit and this is the next step in the piecing process. I am really liking how it is turning out and it does go relatively quickly. That I really like!
I decided to get a new quilt in the machine that I will be quilting. It is a beautiful Old Tobacco Road quilt that belongs to Tyler Rose. She does beautiful work and I am honored to be the one to quilt this one. I like to put a quilt in and let it sit a day to "rest". You know how deep the creases can be in batting, well, I have found that if I let it "rest" a day they appear to me to not be quite so bad. Isn't it wonderful?!

Last but not least, I am finally getting to cut out the "Quiltville" mystery. Doing these mysteries has really opened up new horizon's for me as far as all the cool rulers one can use. I LOVE the Easy Angle ruler! It has saved me so much fabric, in my opinion, and that means more quilts! I always love to see what others come up with in their fabric choices too.

Tonight the group of us that went to Canada last summer are getting together for dinner and we are going to give the "Bear Quilt" tonight to Chris. I have my camera ready to go for pictures, I just hope he won't be too bashful! :D