Sunday, January 22

my son's Quilt of Valor...

My oldest son, Riley, served 16 years in the
US Marine Corps.
He started his military career as a light armored
vehicle operator.
 
 
He ended his career as a Communications Officer.
He loves the Marine Corps - once a Marine, always a Marine.
It was time to make his Quilt of Valor.
I contacted his girlfriend, Des, and asked if she could steal collect some of his patches from his uniforms so I could sew them into his quilt. 
I wanted it to be a secret so she told him the kids needed some for a school project - brilliant! 
Thanks, Des.
This is what I came up with:
 
 
When Riley & his kids were visiting at Christmas
I gave it to him. 
 
 
He was so surprised!
 
 
He recognized the patches right away and got a little emotional thinking about the time he wore those uniforms with those patches in Iraq. 
Then he slept under his quilt along with those memories.
 
 
 
Not only are Quilts of Valor healing, but they bring back a lot of memories for the veterans.
He loved it.
 
It was my honor to make it for you, son.
Thank you for your service and the love you have for
this country.
I love you...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, January 14

post Christmas....

My son, Riley, & his kids were here for almost a week during Christmas break.
I only get to see them about once a year so we
 pack in the fun!
We played on the frozen Ennis Lake....here are Elli & Amy "fake" skating - so beautiful...
 
 
We go on a hike every New Year's Eve - it's a tradition now...
 
 
We take the same picture on the same log every year - it was so dang cold this year!
 
 
While my grandson, Adam, serenades us on the guitar, the two girls and I went for a stroll through my fabric stash. 
(is he so cute???)
 
 
They wanted to make their very first quilt and we had plenty of indoor time.
I dumped my stash on the living room floor and the
color sorting began!
 
 
 
 
 
Amy got a little bored with the whole thing so she took some time out to go up the hill behind our home on the 4-wheeler....she's a tough one, that Amy! 
(she said this is her tough face) 
She did get her blocks cut out....maybe grandma will finish it?
 
 
 
 Elli stuck with the whole quilt making thing....
she loves using my Janome, especially the button that cuts the thread.
 
 
 
 
This girl - she worked non-stop on her quilt for 3 days - she even quilted it herself on my BIG machine! 
She said it was a bit intimidating, but she's always
up for a challenge. 
She quilted all-over loops and signed her name in a corner.
 
 
All finished - she never let go!  It's so pretty.
I love her color choices.
 
 
 
 The last photo of this wonderful crew before they headed home - oh, how I love you all....
 
  

Thursday, January 5

my word for 2017 - simplicity

Why do I think I need to always be making the more
difficult quilts?
I get all excited about challenging myself, pull out that challenging project that I've saved, pull all the fabrics I think I want to use, cut out maybe ONE block.....then put it away for another day.
I do love a challenge, but when my life is already full of all the things I love to do, I don't have time to just concentrate on one project that will consume my "free" time.
So - I decided to chose the word
"simplicity" for my 2017 goal.
My friend, Sherri, from Alaska, recently sent me this
quilt of hers to quilt.
It's so simple.
It's so perfect.
When she got the quilt back she said, "It's kind of fun how happy and simple squares quilt makes me feel."
I agree!
I quilted 1/4" on both sides of every seam - simple.
 
 
This Cotton & Steel fabric is perfect for the
backing & binding.
 
 Pretty little squares...
 
That grey gingham alternating block is perfect, too.
 
 
Simple - simple & perfect.
I'm going to work on simplicity this year - thank you, Sherri, for the sweet reminder.

Tuesday, December 20

whole cloth quilting - easy peasy!

I decided to make each of my teenage granddaughters a snuggly quilt for Christmas.
(I'm pretty sure they don't read my blog so I'm safe)
Here are the results:
I went with a fun print on the front and cuddle fabric
for the backs.
I used wool batting - oh. my. goodness.
This is Miss Elli's - it's a Tula Pink "Free Falling" on the front.

I quilted an all-over simple leaves & swirls pattern.
 
 
 
Elli has aqua in her room so I used a solid aqua for binding.
 
 
 
Miss Amy loves pink and wear glasses - perfect fabric!
 
 
She has a white stripe cuddle fabric on the back and solid white binding.
 
 
My friend, Carol - from Montana, jumped on the whole cloth wagon and pieced this lovely king size quilt.
 
 
 
 I can't decide which side I like better - the trees or the tiny floral....
 
 
 That stripe binding is perfect.
 
 
Just an idea for an easy yet wonderful gift.

Thursday, December 1

Lexie & Miss Tula's 100 blocks


Lexie did it - she pieced all 100 blocks from Tula Pink's book, "Tula Pink's City Sampler".
It's so pretty...she used Tula's fabrics.
I need to make one.
 
 
I wanted to quilt each block with as much straight line
quilting as I could.
 
 
In the background sashing I quilted a wood grain design.
 
 
The blocks are so simple which allows you to add some really fun fabrics in them.
 
 
It was such fun to quilt!
 
 
Lexie used one of my favorite Tula Pink extra wide backings - "Free Fall".
 
 
Here's another quilt Lexie pieced.
It's "Stars & Stripes" by Thimble Blossoms.
You can purchase it here.
 
 
You all know how I feel about anything patriotic...
This is such a great quilt!
I quilted straight vertical lines in the blue fields, wavy horizontal lines in the stripes and swirled
that darling background.
 
 
Her backing is perfect - it's another extra wide back.
 
 
Lexie is always working on quilts I want to make, too.
Thanks for the inspiration!

Wednesday, November 16

"Woven" times 2

I needed a couple of quilt models for a lecture I
was giving recently.
I needed them FAST!  (the lecture was a week away....)
I had just received a copy of Allison Harris's new pattern, "Woven", and it was perfect!
I grabbed some fat 1/4's and went to work.
I needed a masculine quilt and a feminine quilt. 
They worked up speedy quick and were so fun!
I would seriously make a bunch of them to have on hand.
Her instructions were so easy to follow (they always are), she's so smart!
Here are a few photos of them:
This is the "boy" one....I used some of my Cotton & Steel prints with a Denyse Schmidt orange print.
 
 
I used fat 1/4's from my stash for this pretty girl one.
 
 
I had a small chunk of this flannel backing in my stash. 
I wish I had a bolt of it!
 
 
For the back of the girly one I had a pretty piece of fleece in my stash, so this on is a little fluffier.
 
 
They are so cute, side by side, on my neighbors
garage door.
 
 
It was a beautiful day in Montana - so I grabbed my camera & took advantage of the sunshine.
(Can you see the antelope watching up on the hill?)
I love these wagons on Danette's property.
Thank you, Danette, for letting me take advantage of your beautiful property for photos.
 
 
I quilted straight lines & long loops on the boy quilt.
 
 
The girl quilt got pretty all-over flowers and loops.
 
 
 Thank you, Allison, for such a fun pattern. 
I'll certainly be making more of this one!
 
 
"Woven" - saved the day!
You can find this pattern and all of Allison's "Cluck Cluck Sew" patterns here.

Thursday, November 10

cute quilt label idea...

My Idaho friend, Karen, created this label idea for her quilts.
I think it's genius!
 
She takes a square of fabric, folds it in half diagonally with wrong sides together, writes or embroiders her information on it, then sews the two raw edges into the binding on the back of her quilt.  All she has to do is slip stitch the one folded edge down.
 
Here are a few photos of some she made.
This is a patriotic one she wrote on with a permanent marker.
 
 
Karen used the script program on her sewing machine to make this one:
 
 
I love this - she cut the information from the selvage edge of the fabric she used and sewed it on for the label.
 
 
This is a stunning quilt Karen made - all batiks.
She said it was her first large quilt - go big or go home?
 
 
 
I quilted a pretty swirl all over it.
 
 
She added this very cool "weave" to the back with her left-over squares.  So pretty.
 
 
Get creative with your labels!
I'm stealing Karen's idea...