Sunday, June 5, 2016

Wreath is Finished


It's finished. I stitched the corners together with purple beads between each one. Then I stitched a ribbon hanger on the back so I can hang it on a wreath hanger or put it on a table for a centerpiece.



Am nearly finished quilting the quilt for my nearly 3-year-old granddaughter's birthday. I'm getting excited about being so close to done and binding it. Today or tomorrow, I hope...

Friday, June 3, 2016

New QAL

Patty has a new QAL on her blog Elm Street Quilts called "Repeat." The icon and link are on the right side of my page.
It involves paper-piecing. I really like the wall hanging and hope I can keep up with it, among all the other things I'll be doing this summer. 
Thanks, Patty!

Here's my latest project--one of those folded wreaths. It's not done--still have to sew the points together. I'll post a photo when it's finished.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Bargello Quilt Along and New Dresses


I participated in Elm Street Quilts bargello quilt-along and made both the Queen B and the Baby B.
Below is the Queen B. The fabrics in the center are In the Bloom by Valori Wells--sorry, don't know the manufacturer--and were leftover in a jellyroll pack. I had used the blues, yellows, and greens in another quilt. I also used one more fabric from Free Spirit that I doubt if anyone can pick out from the rest. :) Then I used a yellow batik for the background. I used my walking foot to quilt it, according to the suggested method I saw on the Elm Street Quilt blog. I think that looks pretty neat. It is about 36 x 36".

This one (below) is the Baby B, about 16 x 16". It is made with Kona solids, the gray background leftover from one jelly roll, and the colors from another. I used my Tiara II to free motion quilt each column, and to practice my fmq with something different in each one. Again, I'm pleased with the overall results.


While at daughter Natalie's last week, I managed to make 2 dresses for granddaughters Amelia (nearly 3) and Harper (7). They picked out the fabric. It was late at night when I finished so didn't get to see them model since we were all busy getting ready to leave the next morning. Two more granddaughters to go...


Sunday, February 28, 2016

A Fun Quilt Along

Not a whole lot to say this morning but I decided I will try to participate in Elm Street Quilt's Bargello Quilt Along. Check out my link on the side bar to see if you are interested.

I know I have the 2 1/2" strips already--no need to buy more. What can be easier?

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Christmas projects

Now that Christmas is gone, and the general havoc of having your children and grandchildren in the house for several days is done, AND clean up and put-away has happened, I feel that I can take the time to share some of the things I made as Christmas presents. :) We loved having our family here and wouldn't change it for the world, but the days are certainly VERY busy while they are all here (5 grandchildren from ages 8 months to 8 years).
 
Below shows 4 of the 8 placemats that I made for my daughter's mother-in-law. Natalie had asked me to make them for her, so of course, I said I would. The pattern is Crazy Patch Placemats from Merry's Stitchins. It uses 8 fat quarters and is a stack-and-whack. I think they make up very nicely.
 
Next is jelly roll race quilt I made for my other daughter Sarah. She had sewn up some new pillow covers for her living room and repainted the room, so I thought a pretty lap quilt to match would be a good idea. I used from a variety of Moda jelly rolls to get the colors I wanted to use, plus some Kona solids, including the backing and binding fabric.


On this quilt, I stitched in the ditch on every other row with decorative stitching and then FMQed every other pair of rows, some with stars and hearts, some with stippling.


I even got kind of clever and stitched their names in a corner (I don't know if they've noticed that yet--I didn't point it out to them.)
 

 
Another project I did was Points and Poinsettias (my 3rd of this pattern). I don't know who wrote the pattern--sorry about that. This one is for my sister-in-law in AZ. We will take it to her when we head down there to visit them. 

 
Here's a close-up of some of the quilting and the beadwork.

 
My last project was this snowman panel from JoAnn's a few (?) years ago.
I actually had 2 of them and made one for me and one for Natalie.
Now each of the girls have a Halloween and a Christmas wall hanging.
Think I'll work my way through several holidays for them. :)
 
 
Now I'm working on the quilt pattern "Dancing Colors" by Denise Russell of Pieced Brain. It was featured in the Moda Bake Shop not too horribly long ago. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make it. I'm even using the same Sandy Gervais designed fabric that Denise used. I love Sandy Gervais' designs.
Happy 2016, everyone, and may it be full of stitches and laughter! (I'm hosting a Sew Day for our quilt group this Tuesday--we will have plenty of laughter and stitching!)
 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Peanut Butter and Coconut

 
Thanks to Carol at Just Let Me Quilt for her inspiration and the coordination of this blog hop!
I've already seen a lot of cookies--and other goodies--that I want to make!
I made 2 recipes that I want to share with you today.
The first is my all-time favorite Peanut Butter Cookie recipe. I saw it on facebook a few years ago so I don't know who to credit but here it is:
 
Peanut Butter Cookies
 
1 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 egg
 
That's it--no flour!
I couldn't believe they would hold together, but they do! Just pure peanut butter goodness!
 
Mix all ingredients together in mixing bowl.
Add chocolate chips, if you wish (I always do). Doesn't chocolate always go with peanut butter?
 
 
Roll into balls--or use cookie scoop--put on cookie sheet, and flatten with fork dipped in sugar.

 
Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.

 
Let cool if you are able...

 
It's very hard not to nibble, but they look pretty on a Christmas tree plate!

 
The next recipe is one I just tried this year: German Chocolate Macaroons. I think this is from Rachael Ray, but I tore it out of the magazine and don't have the name on the page--oops!
 
German Chocolate Macaroons
 
7 oz sweetened coconut flakes (I used shredded)
2/3 cup condensed milk
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
pinch of salt
 
In large bowl, gently mix all ingredients until blended.
 

 
 Drop tablespoons onto parchment-lined baking sheet or scoop balls into mini muffin cups, like I did.

 
Bake at 325 degrees until golden, about 15 minutes.
 
 
Serve when cooled.

 
Everyone loved these!
I hope you enjoy my recipes and the rest of those who are sharing today!
 
Be sure to visit today's bloggers:
 
December 3
Carol at Just Sew Quilter (you are here!)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Get Ready to Drool!

 
It's almost time for the Virtual Cookie Exchange! Starting December 1 through the rest of the week, several bloggers (including me) will be sharing pictures and recipes of cookies we have made. I'm eager to see what everyone is baking. :)
 
The picture below shows 3 of the completed placemats. There are 8 total and they are all done!
I used Superior Fastastico #5005 thread so there is a sheen and a variation in color, but it's hard to see with all the prints I used. That's ok. I like it anyway. There are all finished and ready to be gifted.
 
 
Many thanks to Carol at Just Let Me Quilt for putting the cookie exchange together!
Here is the blog order, in case I don't get it on tomorrow...