Friday, December 18, 2015

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

172 Ethan's Christmas Eve THOMAS TRAIN Quilt

3 year old Ethan absolutely loves trains.  So this years' Christmas Eve snuggle quilt has to be Thomas the Train on one side and cozy flannel choo choo trains on the back!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

171 Our Christmas Quilt!

Well, it took quite a long time, but "Our Christmas Quilt" is finally on the machine.  And my hopes are to have it finished so we are snuggled under it on Christmas Eve :)

It is the Tumbling Spools pattern.  An old fashioned pattern that went well with this special fabric from The Buggy Barn.  The Buggy Barn was a very extraordinary quilters fabric shop smack dab in the middle of golden wheat fields in the center of Washington.  It was the dream of two sisters.  I remember how excited I was to be driving from Idaho after a sweet vacation.  Kevin and I decided to take the scenic route along old Highway 2.  When we arrived at The Buggy Barn, with only 20 minutes to spare before they closed, I gazed across the shelves and shelve of fabric and consulted with Kevin on how much I should get?  Heads turned as other shoppers heard him say, "Honey!  You just get as much as you want!"  All the ladies sighed aloud and looked at me as though I were the luckiest woman in the world.  Ha ha ha.  It was Kevin's shining moment :)

See Wed, Oct 23, 2013 blog entry when I visited The Buggy Barn

Tumbling Spools pattern

Reverse side of quilt is Christmas sashing and sampler blocks

Monday, November 23, 2015

170 Melanie's Cheery Floral Quilt

I'm hitting my goal... 3 quilts for my Portland family:  Pat, Mel and Elizabeth.  The only notation is that I had this goal for Christmas of 2014.  Oh well, Christmas of 2015 came fast enough.  I'm sure my niece and sister-in-laws won't notice the difference. 

I know Mel is going to love the bright cheery floral fabric.  I'm even quilting floral stitching into the quilt pattern :)

My trick for making my deadline... the floral fabric looks pieced but isn't.

Monday, November 16, 2015

169 Emily's CHRISTMASSY Christmas Quilt

I have an irresistible Dilly.  She got so excited when I mentioned the possibility of a Christmas quilt.  In October she sent me a cute text "The Harvest Quilt is officially out!" with a picture of the ugly fall quilt (#100, Nov 2013) I rejected.  A year ago, she'd latched on to that ugly quilt, and said, "No quilt is ugly!  This will be great for my seasonal theme!"  I mentioned I should probably get a Christmas quilt going so that she has something to put out during that season.  Oh my goodness, she texted back all the various holiday emoticons and said someday she hopes to have one for every holiday.  Ha ha ha.

Well, here you go, Em... does this get you started?  Your CHRISTMASSY Christmas quilt.

Emily's will be done before my Christmas quilt (background), but that is how things usually go... since mine was actually supposed to be complete last year ;)

We LOVED the Christmas Scotty Dogs!


pieced backs are always fun

Friday, November 13, 2015

168 Sally's "Birds in Flight" Quilt for her friend

Once again, a quilt for someone in need, made out of love and compassion.  Sally's friend is always feeling chilly.  She is battling cancer and Sally made this cheerful quilt with a cozy flannel backing.  Every stitch brings hopes and prayers for her friend.  May it bring her cozy, warm comfort.

Good job Sally!  You're quilting is fabulous.  And my Dad thinks so too ;)

Sunday, November 8, 2015

167 A Quilt for Elizabeth

Here is a bright and cheery quilt for my wonderful niece Elizabeth.  She is truly a gem and I love her to the moon and back.

The squares were created by Emily, but she didn't like it, so I took it over and added the sashing and ended up loving it!

one of my all time favorite backings


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

166 Tracey and another auction quilt

Tracey got a cute auction quilt going this week.  Way to go!

Star Wars Theme!  Fun!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

165 Tracey makes an auction quilt

Once again, Tracey wows us with brilliant colors and fabric choices.  I hope this brings in lots of $$$ for the auction.

Tracey captured this beautiful, artistic picture of the quilt!

Monday, October 5, 2015

164 Elegance for Pat

When I saw the background fabric I thought of elegant Pat, Kev's sister.  For the Log Cabin pattern I used the fabrics I already had on hand.  Not a perfect blend of colors, but I ended up liking the end result.  And I know Pat will enjoy finally having a quilt made by me. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

163 Cathy's Beautiful Star Pinwheel Quilt

Cathy has such an eye for fabric, color combinations, pattern and design.  I always find her quilts to be incredibly beautiful.  And this one has inspired me to try a completely different quilting stitch, scary, fun, stressy, satisfying... I sure hope she likes it!!!

A new type of quilting for me... I liked it!

The alternating block

Monday, August 31, 2015

162 Thankful for our beloved, loving daycare providers - Nancy's "Find The Cupcakes..." Quilt

As three year old Ethan graduates from Miss RuthAnn's 'Infant-to-3-years" loving home daycare, straight into the loving arms of Miss Nancy's happy house, everyone in our family finds ourselves thanking God for these gifted, patient, kind-hearted women.  As my Granny heart rejoices... out pops a quilt of course, for Miss Nancy.  Miss Nancy has watched over Olivia and now takes in Ethan during his after pre-school hours.  Her house is fun and exciting with a puppy, kitty, birdys and a backyard so packed with fun no child wants to leave.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, our dear Miss Nancy.

Maybe all the "Find the _______" (froggy, M&M's, cupcakes, monkeys, etc.) squares will help keep those little ones busy.
Can you find them all?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

161 Lorelei's Class Reunion Auction Quilt

Ballard High School colors are red and black, so Lorelei made an auction quilt for their class reunion.  It turned out nice.

always like a scrappy back for added interest and fun

Sunday, August 23, 2015

160 Diane's Happy Scrappy - a Comforter receives a comfort

Diane, you work so hard to make our world a better place.  You comfort and restore and listen and advise.  I am grateful.  So I offer you what I am able to do... make your world a softer place.  XO

The squares represent all the types of personalities, characters and emotions you've encouraged and inspired.  The sad & mad, the confused & disillusioned, the victimized and the downtrodden.

I just love these Happy Scrappy Quilts.  Maybe it is the Pioneer Girl in me?  Or the nostalgic girl in me?  These scrappy quilts just seem so QUILT-Y to me.
The meandering path pattern on the back is in variegated thread.  I like how it added interest to the plain muslin fabric. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

159 Cousin Saundy's High Desert Colors Quilt

Saundy gave me her fabric over a year ago.  She hoped for a Couch Cuddle Quilt with stars.  She picked colors that represent the lands of the high plateau in central Oregon.  So pretty!

I got a kick out of having her quilt ready for her visit.  It is fun to just rest the quilt on the bed and let her discover it.
Ava snuggled up in Nonny's quilt, enjoying a new book.