Sunday, September 15, 2019

Monday Making

I have been following along with Barbara Brackman's

There is only ONE MORE BLOCK to go!!

I look forward to the surprise of what that block will be
and I also look forward to getting the blocks all complete!

I'll need to decide how to finish this quilt!

That will take some creative brain power.

I have added my own SPIN to her block patterns
and have enjoyed every one!

O.k. Friends.
What are YOU making this week???

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Monday Making

I was recently hired to make a memory quilt using ties.
This is the result of  many hours.

To make a tie quilt you first need to clean the ties.
Then you need to disassemble the ties.
Then you need to Press the ties.
Then you need to cut the ties into pieces.

Once that is all done.
You can BEGIN.

I used a thin foundation for the log cabin blocks.

Since there is a foundation this quilt is on the heavy side.
(sorry I didn't get a photo of the quilt after it was quilted)

Next time I will know SO MANY things
I didn't know when I began.

Isn't that how we learn??

What are YOU learning or making this week??

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Monday Making

Quilts DO grow...but it takes time.

I have a few more bars and red cornerstones to go on this one...
I'll have to figure out if I like it the size it ends up.
Will I want to GROW IT bigger???

I love how this "just because" quilt is looking!


I am using 6 1/2" squares - cut into fourths.
(they are mostly old calicos)

The strips are 1 1/2" x 3 1/4"
(using my stash of solids- many vintage - free hand-me-downs)

The red cornerstones are 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"
(again, a vintage-like solid that I've almost used up!)


My husband's garden is also looking good!
There is always something fresh to eat.


What are YOU making this week??

Link up and share.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Monday Making

It's time for Monday Making link up already!

My daughter delivered twin boys this past Monday
so I've been KIND OF busy.  LOL!

I came prepared to sew during nap time...but the sewing machine here
is not cooperating.

Good thing I brought a lot of hand work!

These embroidery blocks have been in the UFO pile a long time.
Maybe I'll finish! ?????

Does anyone know what the dotted lines in the middle and sides are for?
Are they for quilting? 
That's what I've always assumed...but now I'm wondering....

What are YOU making this week??

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Monday Making

I was so happy to begin a FUN quilt this week.
A quilt that was inspired by a picture on instagram
by  @piecingpassion.

After making the 9 blocks above...
I used an instagram app
and played around.
Look what happened?

I am so excited to GROW this quilt.

What are YOU making this week??

I hope you will link up and share.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Monday Making

Happiness is making a little quilt to give away!!!

I made this using scraps (of course)
sewn onto a 6" piece of batting
"Quilt as you go" style.

Did you guess it's for a man??
You were RIGHT.

What are YOU making today??

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Monday Making

I am working these days on a commissioned quilt.
A tie quilt.

It is keeping my mind grounded as I await the upcoming arrival of 
THREE grand babies!

Remember the old saying
"A watched pot never boils"?

I think I'm "watching" my daughters' pregnancies a little too closely.
They are NOT having the babies no matter HOW MUCH I watch think about it!

I figured the one expecting twins would come early 
and I could lend a hand.
There's very little Grandma can do in the waiting time...

I am thankful for this quilt that is giving me something to do as I wait.

For those interested in the process:
I have disassembled a WHOLE mess of ties
and cut them into 2" wide strips.

I am using a cotton foundation 12" x 12"
I then need to trim to 11"x 11"
Ties are SLIPPERY and do not cooperate like our much loved cotton fabric.

There is also the fact that when cutting those 2" strips
most of the fabric is cut on the BIAS 
and stretches out immediately.
In other words.... 
at the slightest TOUCH!

What are YOU making this week???

Next week this linky party will begin a bit late due to some travel plans.

Thank you to ALL who link up 
and then encourage all the quilters with your kind words.

There's a very sweet spirit among all of you.

I enjoy all the mutual ooohs and aaahs
that float around at all the quilty internet addresses.

It is a great place to travel around virtually when the world seems so crazy.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Monday Making

Did you hear CHEERING from my house this week??
It's because the applique is ALL DONE.
The background reds are being added...
and the END IS IN SIGHT!

There will be 36 blocks in this quilt.
I can't wait until it's ALL TOGETHER!

Pattern is HERE at Sentimental Stitches.

What are YOU making this week???

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Monday Making

My courthouse steps quilt is slowly growing!

One little scrap at a time.

I work a little bit on it most evenings
after the cooking and cleaning, etc. has ended for the day.

I had a mess of plums I needed to "deal with"
so a friend recommended this recipe.

That's ALL IT TOOK for me to learn about ICE CREAM  making.

I have NEVER made ice cream.
I've obviously been missing out!

I found an ice cream maker at the thrift store...
my GO TO shopping destination...
and it was so easy after that.


What are YOU making this week???

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Monday Making

This little bassinet basket just needs a little dolly to be tucked inside.

This Grandma had fun sewing some leftover flannel together and
making it snug and comfy for my granddaughter's little charge.

She loves tucking in ALL her dollies.


What are YOU  making this week??

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Monday Making

I loved this quilt when I saw it 4 years ago at a yard sale
and I brought it home.


I loved the color.
I loved the piecing.
It was JUST right.

I hosed it off and thought about keeping it.
But....I didn't.

I knew I wouldn't use it.
I knew it would just take up space here
and what I REALLY wanted to do was just LOOK AT IT!
Now I have a picture.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

What are your thoughts/??

What are You making this week??

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Monday Making

Using the tiniest scraps...
I am  making some courthouse steps blocks.
The strips are all ABOUT 1" 
Some smaller.
Some larger.

I begin with a teeny tiny RED center.
I add scrappy strips.
Dark and light.

AS you can see they are all a bit different in size.

That's the beauty of scrap quilting MY WAY.

I sew and sew.
I DO NOT take time to measure.
I line them up in rows that are ABOUT the same width.

When I get close to the end...
I will do some trimming.
or adding.
Whatever is needed.

I love the ADVENTURE of it all.
I also enjoy the peaceful SEWING time.

IT is a NO STRESS kind of piecing adventure.

While I am sewing
the garden is GROWING by LEAPS and bounds!!!

The zucchini is, of course, included in almost every meal.

And when we've had enough...
I'll give some to the neighbors!!
What are YOU making this week?

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Monday Making

I am SO close to finishing all the applique blocks
for my Sally Post Floral quilt.
The pattern is from sentimental stitches.

I LOVE the variety of flowers and the colors in this soon to be quilt!!
It is not a fussy quilt.
I am cutting sort of free form
and placing the pieces in a way that suits me.....
Using the pattern a guide.

It has been hard to keep my mind on household things
as I try to get JUST ANOTHER STITCH in!!

there were lots of cabbages this year...
So I had to figure out something SIMPLE.

I am attempting sauerkraut.
We'll see how it turns out!

I finished the twins quilts
and I'm so happy with them.

They are different but the same.

The grand baby twins can NOW arrive anytime they like.

What are YOU making this week???

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Monday Making

Every quilter dreams of the day she'll get to 
pass on her LOVE of sewing to the next generation.

That dream came true for me this week.
My new little green machine sped along
as my granddaughter learned
all about the sewing machine!!!
Very fun!!!

Stuffed animals were TOP PRIORITY.

And we didn't want to STOP!!!

Whatever you can DREAM up...
YOU can MAKE!!!!
What are YOU making this week???

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Monday Making

This week I caught up on my 
"Hospital Sketches" quilt along.

I am enjoying this challenging (for me)
quilt along.
I began it on a WHIM and realized afterwards
That I did not have enough background fabric...
The cream squares will all be a bit different.

I am enjoying pulling the fabrics,
making design choices
sewing it all down.

It is amazing to see all the different quilts that are being 
made using this pattern.
SO fun!!!
 Thank you Barbara.

I also had the kids help me get our garden
This will help us all when trying to remember what was planted WHERE.

What are YOU  making this week??

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Monday Making

I am going to be a grandma again...
times THREE!!

One daughter is expecting twins..
and my other grown daughter is expecting a baby.

The due dates are
Within ONE DAY of each other.
CRAZY *** crazy *** Grandma feelings over here!

The quilt above is, of course,  helping me with all the  feelings.
Happy feelings and anxious feelings.
How in the world will I be able to BE THERE when
one girl is in Texas and one girl is an hour away?
One row of happy scraps at a time.
Sewing my feelings out!!! 
Isn't that what we quilters DO?

I began at the top of this quilt with stars..
Made some houses with kids and chickens inside.
You have to have a hen house...right?

Then some simple, trucks and rvs.

Boats and fish.
And don't forget the helicopter up top!!

The slow going part of this quilt are all those tiny squares!
They are 1 1/2" unfinished.

I"m going one row at a time without a firm PLAN...
So I'm finding the squares run out faster than I expect!
Ha ha ha.

Since this one is the for the twins...
I'll have get to make another.
My UN-firm plan is to make another similar, but not exactly the same.
After all...
I don't think I have all of the same SCRAPS!

I am really trying to USE WHAT I HAVE
and not go shopping.

We'll see how that goes.

What are YOU making this week??

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Monday Making

Right now...I am playing with COLOR!!!!

I am traveling and these little balls of yarn are keeping my hands busy!
Who knows how large this little blanket will get? ..........
 I am having so much fun with each line of color!!

How can something so simple be so fun?

What are YOU up to this week??

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Monday Making

It was a full week.

I made a charity quilt using this pattern.
I wanted to try another color scheme.
As you can tell.....I'm on a pink and green kick!

If you're familiar with the disappearing 9 patch...
this is a twist on that idea.  ;)

We finished up the challenger baseball season!

I Celebrated a birthday.

Did some machine quilting........that I still need to finish up.
I found some orphans to fill in the back!

And there was some knitting in between it ALL!!!
Hoping to finish this simple vest for my daughter very soon.

Now it's YOUR turn.....

What are YOU making this week???