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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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Love Our Tribe!

So... Thankful 
to belong to this TRIBE!
Happy Thanksgiving 

Till We Quilt Again,

Monday, November 24, 2014

Swedish Double Chain!

On our recent retreat our project was the Double Irish Chain (DIC).
The organizer of the retreat, in bypassing asked a question wondering if 
the traditional DIC could be done in a Modern version.

This was my version of a DIC which I am calling the 

Swedish Double Chain!

The top is pieced exactly like a DIC except I used a jelly roll of off whites.
The photos show a heavy yellow tint which is not that prominent in person. 

After the top was pieced I quilted the quilt before adding the hexagons. 

On a previous retreat, I purchased these squares.
And recently was wondering what to do with them.

So I basted 135 hexagons.

I thought it was more eye appealing to have a single line of hexi's verses two,  
however the off white background is still a double chain.

With input from fellow retreat goers, the borders were decided on 
however I wanted them to be unusual as well, by having two sides
 different from the other two sides.

I am very happy with the outcome!

Pattern-Swedish Double Chain
Size-54 x 61 1/2
Batting-Quilters Dream
Quilting-Freehand, applique, ruler

Till We Quilt Again,

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Rum-Yum Weekend!

On "Throw Back Thursday" I posted about these leafs.
And realized that I had given them all away.
So yesterday I made 2 for our house!

Last year I stumbled onto Rum Chata that is a delicious liquor.
My favorite way of having this deliciousness is in Pumpkin Spiced coffee
during a football game!

Since my SIL's visit last winter, she has become the unofficial "spokes person" promoting
recipes that include RC. She might even be the president of the fan club by now!

Her latest media share was...Rum Chata Pumpkin Pie!
After searching in our stores for
Jello's Pumpkin Spice pudding I ordered it on Amazon.
(I know CRAZY!)

Rum chata pumpkin spice

The recipe is quit simple replace the milk with Rum Chata!
You can also use with vanilla or toasted coconut instant pudding.

Hubby and I tested the pudding with a fire going!
Perfect and Yummy!

Till We Quilt Or Rum Chata Again,

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Friend's On Friday-Brenda

Brenda and her grandson made this quilt together.

Her grandson cut the wavy line repeatedly till he got it just right.
Brenda set it in!

Brenda and her grandson where specific on the quilting details they choose together.

Pattern-There own unique design.
Size- 79 x 84
Quilting-Meander and Ditch quilting

Till We Quilt Again,

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throw Back Thursday- Tutorial

In 2011 I was making allot of fall leafs.
Click Here to read how to make them.

They make for a great hostess gift.
And don't forget the wine!

Till We Quilt Again,

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Short & Sweet

For the past few days I have been posting the progress of this quilt on 
Instagram and Face Book. 

You can find me here on

And I coming around the corner with the binding!

I plan to have the finished quilt hanging on the wall for when he comes
 home for Thanksgiving.

Gotta run-heading to Jersey Shore Modern Guild meeting!

Till We Quilt Again,

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friend's on Friday-Renee

Renee's sent me this antique quilt top that was pieced by hand and machine.
To the best of my knowledge it was pieced using shirts mainly from the 30's & 40's. 

Renee requested that I not quilt several of the blocks so that she could 
include some hand quilting.
You can see the nine patch blocks with pins that I did not quilt.

It was a challenge to quilt where several of the blocks had
 been cut while adding borders along with lining up hatching.
But I  think it added to the time period of the quilt.

Wonder where this was created, when and by whom?
By the time I finished I had a imaginary story going on in my head.

Pattern-Nine Patch
Size-80 x 64
Batting-Quilters Dream
Quilting-Cross Hatch

Till We Quilt Again,

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Warm Your Heart! (Free Pattern)

56 children will be warmer this winter.
60 children in-need will receive a gift in a handmade pillow case this Christmas.
103 animals in the local shelters can snuggle on a bed this winter.
80 "Meals On Wheels" recipients will receive a beautiful place-mat with their 
Thanksgiving dinner.

Every year, Novembers meeting is a pot luck dinner for Thanksgiving.
A meeting that is a bit out of the norm.
Last night our Charity committee held a "Parade Of Quilts" so everyone could see what incredible items made over the year.
Also a representative from CASA was there to speak and collect the quilts for the children. 
The other items will be delivered all over this week. 

I wish I had photos but I was helping with the parade!

Here is one of my contributions!
A child's blanket and pillowcase.

This is a great project!

This is a great time to try out some free motion! 

Till We Quilt Again,