Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Dylan will now have her 1st of many quilts

For my new granddaughter Dylan.

All done. Pattern/tutorial by

It's for her. She is so worth the blister on my finger from all the cutting.

Thanks for looking.


Sunday, April 28, 2013

Another fun Cambria Retreat

The Visalia Dames had a little retreat in Cambria this weekend. I got there Tuesday night and the rest of the gang came on Wednesday except for Diane Mitchell who wasn't able to join us until Friday. On Thursday Debbie van Fossen had her trunk show at the quilt guild in Nipomo and on Saturday we went to the Seven Sisters Quilt Show and then Pismo Fish & Chips for lunch. And in the mean time, this is what we accomplished

Debbie finished this cute apron, this gorgeous modern aqua and white quilt top and finished piecing the baby quilt (she had the appliqué done before she came).

Janice machine quilted this One = Two quilt. (This quilt comprises two different challenges.). She also made the baby quilt with some strips.
Elaine Berry finished this topper and then she made a bunch of button bracelets. (I can't believe I didn't get a picture of that.).
Kathy made a cute little dress for her granddaughter (again no photo) and also this quilt for her granddaughter. This also is for two old challenges from the material girls. The Hexie challenge and the half-square triangle exchange challenge. She then made two of these great iron caddies. They open up to a pressing cloth.

Pam Larsen also came but she spent her time cutting up her scraps into useable sizes and knitting a sweater.

Diane Mitchell worked on more of her sisters quilt blocks. You'll have to check her blog for a picture of the block. I don't know how to link from my iPad.

I got a lot done. It took almost all day Wednesday to sew the chevrons on Dylan's chevron rag baby quilt. I started the cutting on Friday and still have more to go. I also finished the top of this green/aqua striped fabric quilt. It turned out better than I had figured in my head. I also finished three of the 8 pointed topper (they are all the same). I got the binding finished on my brothers quilt and started another top using my "Hello Luscious" charm packs. I also made one set of blocks from Anita Grossman Solomon's block using striped fabric.

Great group of ladies and we all got along great. We had good food and lots of it. I just love these ladies. All your problems and worries just melt away when your are around them.

Thanks for looking.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Peace on Earth-Part 2

I made this quilt with the 100 half square triangles I had when I made this quilt last month.  When I sewed the corners on each of the strips, I sewed another line 1/2 from it and cut between the stitches and got these extra blocks. I also used all the left over fabrics and scraps from my scrap bins to complete this.  This will be donated to our guild's charity quilts.  I used it to practice my loops and swirls machine quilting.  (I still need some more work on it to keep the lines straight and consistent.)

I also worked a bit this week on my brothers quilt.  I drew a design out to use what I have as far as x-blocks - I just hope it turns out as good in real life as it does in my head.

Thanks for looking.  Off to clean house for a bit.  I have the art group Loose Threads coming on Thursday and the Best of the Valley Quilt show next weekend.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Finished Scrappy Trip

I started this little scrappy number at the retreat last month and finally finished the binding this past weekend. It's made using Bonnie Hunter's ( free pattern you can find on her blog.  You've seen a million of these in blog land and since my strip boxes were so full I figured I should make one.
Even used some scrappy fabrics for the border - a purple multi-colored fish fabric and a dark blue multi-colored fish fabric.  (Didn't have enough of both to do all 4 sides.)

Had a great visit with my sisters, brother and parents this weekend.  My sisters came in to spend time with my parents so I spent the weekend there too.  Saturday night we had dinner with just the original '6' - no spouses or kids.  It was a nice dinner.

I also got to spend a couple hours with my step-daughter, her husband, my grandson and granddaughter.  We met in Manteca at the Bass Pro Shop - it's a great place to keep a 2 year old very happy.  He and I had a ball.  He was very good at telling Oma where to go.
Needless to say - I was very sore the next day from carrying him up and down the stairs.

My sisters didn't believe me when I told them that the stray cats and stray chickens/roosters eat together in our citrus grove.  Here's proof.  We usually have more cats but by the time I grabbed my phone to take pictures Miss Kitty and Fluffy had gone on their merry way.  Pumpkin and this new black cat were there though.  And all 4 chickens/roosters were there - 1 rooster, 2 hens and one little one hiding there and blending in.  They all roam the neighborhood together.  It's a gang!

Thanks for looking.