Saturday, February 10, 2018

Southwest decor


It's always interesting visiting others... I made the wall hanging shown for my sister-in-law Chris to hang in their condo in Tempe, AZ. The wall hanging is a Row by Row from 3 Dudes Quilt Shop, 2015, I believe. (I am saddened by the closure of that shop--loved it!) Next Chris arranged the items on the table below it to help with her decor and asked me to make pillow covers for her. I did (you can't see the 2nd one in this photo).

Then we visited a cousin out west of Surprise who uses saguaro ribs to make furniture and she gave the above pictured skeleton to Chris, who loves these things. So, Alan (my brother) and Chris are in this picture with Chris hugging her saguaro, and now the decor is complete. How neat is that?!

Monday, February 5, 2018

My Turn for Put a Little Love in Your Quilt

Thanks, Carol, for hosting this hop. I haven’t participated in a hop for a few years, and this one looked like just the right one to jump in on.
Who doesn’t LOVE heart decorations for Valentine’s Day? Aren’t these pretty?


My two youngest granddaughters are instant LOVE. They are reading together on the couch this morning. Fun!


My first contribution is this little panel called “Love Notes”. My apologies, but I can’t remember who designed the pattern, and I am not at home to look. I love the heart-shaped notes, and I found the “Love” fabric in my stash for the binding. Sweet! 


I collect nativities of all shapes and sizes, including wall hangings, and this “Christmas 101” pattern by Jan Patek is one I have wanted to make for a long time. In fact, I liked it so much that I forgot I already had the pattern and bought it again! Last year, I determined to get started, so I managed to get all the shapes traced and ironed onto Heat and Bond light. I also cut out the background squares (twice, because the first time I forgot to allow for the seam allowances). Then it was put away until after my Christmas projects were all done. I was working on finishing it up when Carol announced this blog hop—yea! Perfect timing! I added Mary's heart so I could use this for the hop. Photo ops are great in below zero weather in Illinois, so you have to put up with my unusual background.


We had scrumptious strawberry shortcake at Horny Toad in Cave Creek, AZ, a few days ago. Who wouldn’t LOVE this?! It’s large enough for 2 to 4 people to share, even though just the 2 of us pigged out on it. Delicious! We can always count on its being good there, and it really is as big as you see it in the photo. Horny Toad has great sandwiches too—I won’t talk about how big their burgers are…


Lastly, don’t you LOVE the carving our brother-in-law John did for us? He took a piece of wood from our apple tree (in Illinois) last summer, and he carved an apple tree for us. My husband and I are the ones in the photo.


Thanks for visiting! Here is the list of hoppers—please visit each one to see what lovely thing each has made.

 February 6
Just Sew Quilter   You are here!

February 7

 February 8


Put a Little Love in Your Quilt Starts Today

It started! My day is tomorrow, but here is the line up for this incredible Hop hosted by Carol Swift of Just Let Me Quilt:
February 5

 February 6

February 7

 February 8


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Put a Little Love Blog Hop coming soon!


I've geared up for the Put a Little Love in Your Quilt blog hop, and am ready to go when it's my day! 
The schedule is below...

I made some coasters for my sister-in-law Sandra whom we will be visiting very soon. Several years ago I made her 8 placemats. These sort of match--the print fabric is the same, but I had to try to match closely the other 3 colors out of my stash since I had no more left of the original fabrics. I hope they are pretty close...


I've been working on a few jigsaw puzzles in the evenings; here's one. It's only 500 pieces. I had to get warmed up on puzzling--when we go to my brother Alan's place, there will be a puzzle waiting for us to do.


Here's the schedule for Put a Little Love hop:

February 5


February 6

Just Sew Quilter (that's me)

February 7


February 8

Just Let Me Quilt (our fabulous host Carol S.)

This should be a lot of fun! I haven't done a hop for a long time.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Blog Hop and WIP



We had a lovely family Christmas Dec. 27 - 30 at our daughter's in St. Louis. Here is the whole bunch, minus Natalie who took the pic.


I'm participating in this hop--have a heart on one thing (see photo below) so far.


My goal for this week is to finish this wall hanging. I love nativities, and I love this pattern so much, I bought it twice (yikes)! There's something to be said for keeping a list of you already own... Anyway, the only applique left to do is all the black (lots of little things), and then I will be able to put it together and quilt it. The end is in sight! Yoohoo!
Happy 2018--may it truly be a prosperous year!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Works in Progress


Guess it's time I shared something--hope my daughters aren't looking at this blog post!!
I've been making placemats for them for Christmas, 2 sets of 8. One is the circles below. I used used decorative stitching for the quilting. This one in the photo may only have part of the lines, but I ended up quilting every seam, and they are actually done.

The placemats below are from a pattern I just got recently--Curve Appeal by Tiger Lily Press. I love the batik I found that has stripes of color running width-wise--perfect for this pattern. The quilting is not done in this picture, but I followed the curves with my walking foot.


I have one of these Spicy Spiral Runners quilted--the front one--in the ditch. Haven't decided what to do with the purple one yet.


I'm doing quilt-as-you-go with this quilt and have 7 or 8 of 20 blocks quilted so far--each one different.


Saw Geta Grama do this mat on her blog so thought I'd try it on my own--not too bad, huh? I like the snow people on each circle. I used my small Corelle plate for my circle, about 7" in diameter.


Thought I'd show off my new nativity, on the left in the photo below. It's from Zambia and different from any other that I have. The one on the right was carved for me by my brother-in-law John a couple years ago. He carves exquisitely--I don't know how he does it.


Below on the left is a nativity from Nepal that I've had for several years, but when I saw the Yeti ornament, I had to buy it to go with this nativity. It seemed appropriate, somehow. 😉


Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season!!