Friday, December 19, 2014

Friend's On Friday-Martha

Christmas Quilt

Pattern-Panel with added borders
Size- 34 X 54
Batting-Quilters Dream 70/30

 Fall Quilt

Size 66 x 72
Batting-Quilters Dream 70/30
Quilting-Panto-Curly Maple by Urban Elementz

Till We Quilt Again,

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Quilty Gifts!

Over the past few days there has been allot of celebrating.
I am not sure about you, but most years I am in a gift giving funk lacking creativity.

So to share ideas--here is what I have made or was given.

These where for the 3 wonderful board members that sit with me at our meetings!
The cup reads "CAMACO Quilters Inspire!

And even though they are travel mugs,
a mug rug is needed for when they are at the machine.

These are jeweled Stilettos given to a group that I meet with monthly.
These are made with turkey lancers! 

This was a Make & Take project I did at our retreat which worked out well since our project consisted of allot of sewing and these are great guiding tools! 
Click here for PDF tutorial from Quiltville

I made a few finger pin cushions.
Love mine!
Click here for tutorial by Made By Chrissie D.

Eye Masks

One side pretty fabric and other side minky!
Click here for eye mask pattern from Prudent Baby
I did use batting in mine.

Our guild had a potholder exchange and I love the one I received from Kathy.
I will use it year around.
Love the ruffle!

A insulated hot pad. 
However I will turn it over so I don't dirty the Tomten's (Swedish for Santa).
This comes from my wonderful mom.

I received a great travel case for scissors and a rotary cutter.
Doreen was so creative by cutting out paper scissors--she thought I needed a prop!

Denise made this adorable bobbin tree ornament with a bell!

Elena made the cutest mini scissor holder.
The ribbons work through the handles and you secure it around the button.

Donna made a brown sugar body rub and Pam made a peppermint hand-exfoliate.
So that we can pamper ourselves!

Peg made a striking table mat.
Love the colors!

 We were to guess this one from Debbie.
We knew the pink pen was a seam ripper.
However the fabric covered medicine case has a magnet at the bottom, this is for the needles
 you will throw away and they are secure till you do so.

 Sandee is keeping my table look'n good with a set of coasters.

 Gail made a potholder that is perfect in my kitchens!

Joan made this adorable pincushion that is a flower on a 
golf tee that sits in a spool of thread!

Thank You everyone for the thoughtful gifts!
And I hope this helped for Christmas's to come or you can hurry and make for this year!

Till We Quilt Again,

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

15 Quilty Resolutions for 2015

15 Quilty Resolutions for 2015

Yvonne at Quilting Jet Girl is at it again! She is guiding us to use our noodle! I enjoy taking the time to stop and put the needle down to ponder about the what and the why! So here is my list and might need to refer to it over the next coming year allot!

1.) Do more of my creative projects that I have been putting on the back burner. This is my number one goal!

2.) Take more personal time for me. Since life has thrown a few curve health issues--it is not all about everyone else anymore.

3.) Use what I have-Learn and discover the pile of tools, books, patterns etc.. that have been patiently waiting for me to arrive.

4.) Tackle a fear! This little nugget of wisdom has been helping me for years but the list never ends! And that is OK too.

5.) Prepare ahead of time! Weather it be for Christmas, birthdays , baby or wedding showers etc.....

6.) Lay Off being so... hard on myself! Need I say more-you all do it too!

7.) Discover my Techy toys. I have only tapped into the potential of their uses. 

8.) Always find the positive! I really don't have to learn this--just keep doing it!

9.) Keep referring to the book "Eat That Frog". LOVE IT!

10.) Being present and aware. 

11.) Sometimes close is good enough. This has been a rough on to tackle.

12.) Remember that my children are adults. They are smart and intelligent and will be fine.

13.) Go to bed every night and reflect on what I am Grateful for! Their is allot.

14.) Wake every morning and reflect on what I am Grateful for! Even more than allot.

15.) Re-Read this list a million times!

If you like to join in-click Here. 

Till We Quilt Again,

Friday, December 12, 2014

What I Have Learned!

"Ronald's Flight"
If you persist-- your vision will materialize.
If you Love who it is for--you will enjoy every step of the way. 
I can see that I have come along way since starting this journey.

"Swedish Double Chain"
Given a challenge--I am discovering that is my favorite way to quilt.
I can take a traditional design and put a spin on it.
Using what you have is so rewarding.
Friends are such wonderful encouragement. 

 "Swirly Whirly Milky Way" 
My first chance at rejection--but I came out a winner.
I can play with the big girls.
I am not that bad.

 What I have learned from not being accepted at Quilt Con.

After seeing so many wonderful submissions that where not accepted-
I know I am not alone. #quiltconreject #rejectedfromquiltcon 
I know my quilts are good-so I won't stop here.
The people that really count-are always there.
By putting yourself out there-so many new wonderful things have happened.
And as I tell my kids! You have WON if you tired!

Here is a wonderful article that is floating around by Latifah Saafir 

Till We Quilt or Submit Again,

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas Past-Fibery Gifts

Fibery Gift Ideas!

Coin Purses

                               Raw yarn

                                                                          Then dyed to be graduated in shades  .     

Picture Frame Pin Cushion

Measuring Tape Bracelets

 Measuring Tape table runner-small

Lots of runners

Long Runner

After our gatherings are over within the next two weeks-I will post this years goodies!

Till We Quilt Again,

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM

Never having participated in a online BOM before, I joined with Jacquelynne Steves over at The Art Of Home for the Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM.  She has created a easy, fun and non-stressful BOM for this time of the year. It is my understanding that it is not too late to join in here. We can opt to make either 4 or 6 blocks. I just made mine in the past two days (one a day). Jacquelynne even shows you several colorways here.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ronald's Flight--Completed!

Four days before Thanksgiving, our son completed his test for becoming a

 Commercial Pilot.
During the winter months he gets to train in southern Florida!
And while at home he trains up and down the east coast.

I wanted to make him a quilt that represents where he is, in his life now.
Over the past 2 years he has spent many, many hours over the ocean.

To show the detail of the quilting I added a up-light.
It is amazing to see the difference of the quilt in person verses in print.
I might need to attend a photography class or hire a professional! 

The fabric is from Cherry Wood Hand Dyed Fabrics (except the backing).
There is a mix of thread of Superior Silk, Bottom Line, Omni & Sulky.
The quilting is done freehand and with rules.
I do not have a computer.

 It started with squares but felt it was lacking movement.

 I choose diamonds over squares giving it a better flow.

 I did not want the focus on the blades however on the movement they 
create without looking too juvenile.

Here he is flying over a event we had going on
 and he photographed from above!

This is a few weeks ago while on a flight over a boat tournament in Miami.

So just gotta say...
I could not be any Prouder than I am.
And also how much I Love him and this Quilt!
I will have a hard time departing with it when he settles down in one spot.
But he deserves it!

Till We Quilt Or Fly Again,

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