Monday, December 2, 2019

Monday Making

The nine patches are all ready to go on the newest
table mat!

Little tiny pieces of fabric
are so nice to play with!

My little squares are 2".
I just need to add some sashing
(what color?)
and then maybe ONE more border until it's 
JUST the right size!

What IS just the right size??
There is no magic number.
I let the little quilts tell me as we go.

What are YOU making this week??

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Monday Making

Every year I make about 10-12 table mats
for a women's retreat held in the spring.

This is the first one for 2020.

I like to take orphan blocks and add borders.
It gives me a place to begin
and I always have PLENTY of scraps to add.

The challenge is coming up with a variety of color combos!

They are auctioned off....
so it's nice to have "something for everyone".

What are YOU making this week??

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Monday Making

I have arrived at the last of 9 blocks for the

The applique pieces are slowly getting prepared.
I will sit in front of a cheesy hallmark movie
and SEW them on!!

Of course, I will THEN have to figure out
how to arrange all of these blocks.
Will there be sashing?
What kind?
Will there be applique around the border?

Happy thoughts.
What are YOU making this week??

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Monday Making

This month my quilting guild handed out bags of fabric.
The challenge was to make one charity quilt using the fabric in the bag.

This is the end result of playing with fabric in my bag.

I enjoyed using this mix of orange!
What a fun FALL quilt!


I cut the fabrics into strips 2-3" wide (width of fabric)
I sewed 3 strips together and cut them 3" wide on a 45 degree angle

I just sewed them into long sections before joining them in long rows.

Since the small strips were different sizes...
I did not match seams.

When they were all about the same length...
I straightened it up.

Very simple.
Not a lot of brain power.

MY kind of quilt. get it quilted before the meeting!

What are YOU making this week??

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Monday Making

If you didn't know it already...
There are a lot of quilts at my house.

This is the one I chose to throw on the floor for the visitors today.

Babies need a place to PLOP.

I made this one a few years ago using scraps found on the give away table
at a quilting class.
If I remember right...I did very little trimming.
I just sewed them they came.

(sorry I didn't get a photo of a baby ON the quilt)
Oh well.
I DID GET one with all the kids!

My heart is very full.
I had ALL the grand children here at the SAME time!

I made some memories today....

What are YOU making??

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Monday Making

Three clues to prove a quilter lives here:

Wall quilt.
Sofa quilt.
Sewing machine.


This is hanging in my sewing room
trying to GROW.
It stares at me, waiting for the day when I'll answer the question:

Should I continue making this block BIGGER???
Make some more blocks similar and sew them together??

Aah the wonderful scrappy kind of questions 
that keep our minds on HAPPY things!

What are YOU making this week???

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Monday Making

Knitting is my side line.
It keeps my hands busy in waiting rooms and meetings.

I love this pattern that is so striking and so simple.
I found it HERE on ravelry.

These were made a few weeks ago for my twin grand babies
already TWO months old!

what are YOU making this week??

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Monday Making

Today I am quilting.

Every month I TRY to pick up a small charity quilt at my local quilt guild.
It gives me some practice quilting
and it also makes me feel good!

It feels good to give quilts away, right??

This pretty quilt was pieced by someone else.
I get to FINISH it!

What are YOU making this week???

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Monday Making

In ONE week I FINALLY added the sashings and cornerstones
to my Sally Post Floral quilt.

The finished blocks had been sitting idle for a while now.

Drum roll please....
I BEGAN quilting.

Emphasis on BEGAN.    :)

Finishing a quilt top
and getting the quilting started in one week
is a minor miracle for me.

Let's not talk about how LONG it took to get 
all those appliqued squares completed.
I DO MISS that quiet evening activity.

What are YOU making this week???

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Monday Making

I finished this quilt top recently
and almost forgot to BLOG about it!!

I love the way the solid strips pop out among
the old calicos.

Of course, the red pops are great too!!

It took me awhile to get it to the TWIN size it is now.

I had thought I'd add a border of some sort...
but decided to stretch it bigger with some more blocks!

That was more challenging...but I DO like the way it turned out.

What are YOU  making this week??

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Monday Making

This beauty came into my possession this week.
It's an amazing quilt made with love many many years ago.

The 12 center motifs are pieced
and the border is appliqued.

Isn't she lovely?

I wish this quilt had a label.
Remember to label your quilts!
Labels don't have to be fancy to work.  :)

What are you making this week?

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??