Sunday, September 7, 2014

Feeling So Fallish

Get the Halloween/Fall bug. I've been working on a Halloween String Quilt.

And prototype of towel toppers:

I learned a lot from making the first one (on the right), modified the pattern and the second one went so much faster and turned out so much better!

 

Also made a 5x8 folio cover for a BFF:

Also embroidered Melyssa's name on her "Skills Lab Kit" for nursing school:

That's all.......

 

 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

She loved it!

Gramma Johnson received her quilt! I think it was a winner! She says she sleeps in her chair at night and uses it every night to cover up!

Again.....I LOVE to see pictures of the receiver's of my quilts.....it totally makes my day!

P/S-What's Amanda doing, you ask? Why she's celebrating her friend's bday in Vegas, hard to believe my baby is old enough to get a hotel room and party!

 

She' in the middle -sandwiched by her two best friends-whom we love dearly!! Makes a mom SO happy to see her girl happy! She has grown SO much over the last 6 months!

 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Tooting My Own Horn

So....my husband thinks that I was underwhelmed about winning third place for our daughter and son-in-law's wedding quilt (Storm At Sea).

Actually, I was thrilled to get the Participation Ribbon and the free ticket to the fair, and rather shocked that my entry won a ribbon.

But I was less than thrilled at them spelling my name wrong and how my quilt was displayed at the fair:

 

You cannot tell what patterns is, nor see the hearts....and I did go to the trouble of putting a sleeve on to hang.....perhaps I am being petty!

One of my friends told me that a lot of Vendor quilts were hanging...I hadn't noticed!

This is the quilt! It not only has special meaning because it was a wedding quilt, but Storm At Sea Pattern was picked because he is in the Navy, and the intertwined hearts represented the 2 of them.....mushy, I know----even the black and white has personal significance!

 

The ribbon now has a special place in my sewing studio, and the more I see it, the happier I am!

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

60th bday quilt

One of our friends turned 60 today. I made him a quilt full of all the things that reminded me of him! I first met him and his wife at his annual Lobster Fest at the beach. He and his wife sponsored that for years!

He went to Michigan State, so that was represented!

He was a pharmacist at the hospital we work at, until he transferred to our sister hospital.

He and my husband meet quite often at the local brewery, so beer and wine represent this!

Also he is one of a handful of guys who go fishing for a week with my hubby-in the Sierras to catch trout! Represented!

And last, but not least we have gone to a few concerts together-so RUSH, BAD COMPANY, and BB King are also on the quilt!


 

The back is all WOLVERINE fleece!

Finished just in the knick of time...

HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY, PAUL!!!

 

Btw-the white material that's ace the concert names seemed to striking against the other colors, so I soaked it in coffee for about 2 hours, then rinsed with diluted white vinegar to set the color...and much better....I loved how it turned out and will be using this method again to tame colors:

Before and after!

 

 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Grandma's Birthday Quilt Done

Darkel and Melyssa asked me to make a birthday quilt for his grandma's birthday on September 1st.

I was told she liked blue, and since I had a short timeframe to make it, I pulled all my blue scraps, bought some white material, batting and a SO cute backing!

I am proud of the way this turned out! Made in 5 days!

 

 

Backing-fleece

Mailing it to South Carolina (?) in the morning!

 

 

 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Too Cute For Words

Aren't they both adorable!Vincent is the little guy, being held by his brother, AJ!

The quilt I made for Vincent is in the back of both pictures!

 

This is Vanessa, my niece, with the quilt I made for her!

Doesn't she look beautiful and all cozy?

 

 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sweat Shop

My little sweat shop was open today! Being the only employee with 2 commissioned quilt orders, 2 babies born this month, one quilt already on the frame---aye, aye, aye....I sewed and quilted myself to exhaustion!

First quilt is in the flimsy stage-will be loaded on the frame in the morning! It is for my son-in-law's grandmother who's birthday is September 1st.

2 of the tumbler blocks were cut from Darkel's old navy uniform. I thought Grandma Johnson would like a little of him in this quilt!
All the material came from my stash--my favorite color is blue, and I had stashed quite a ton of it! I am glad to share it with another blues lover!
 
 

 

Also, this is quilted and ready for binding! It is an old UFO! I originally made it using the 10minute block pattern-made from a layer cake! Ended up not being a favorite pattern to make, but I am glad it's nearly finished and out of my sewing room!

Very fall looking quilt! I believe it will be a gift for my sister, Jana's in laws!