Saturday, June 27, 2015

And, Yet...ANOTHER Quilt Gifted....

Kate, the daughter of a close friend, is getting married in July and Andy & I have been invited to attend.  In May, she contacted me and asked if I'd make a quilt for people to sign as a guest book at the wedding.  It was short notice and I was a little hesitant, but after thinking it over I gladly said I would.

After we returned from our family visit to Illinois I was able to get started on it.  From there it came together quickly.  

Kate told me the colors and then let me take creative license from there.  I had it finished in about two weeks and was able to gift it to her at her bridal shower two weeks ago.

Susan (mother of the bride), Kate (the bride), and me...
I think Kate looks like she likes it!  :)

I had no pattern for it...just a picture I had found on Pinterest.  I downloaded the picture, printed it out, and developed my own pattern from there!  

I cut 5" strips from fat quarters and used my Easy Angle ruler to sub-cut the triangles from the strips.  The blocks were 5" unfinished...4.5" finished.  It is made from batiks and is machine quilted.

I thought I had gotten a picture of the label on the back, but I guess I forgot to take one.  


Friday, June 5, 2015

Clark's Choo-Choo Train Quilt...

Quote for the Day:
"Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation."
~Lois Wyse

Over Memorial Day weekend, Andy & I traveled to Illinois for a family gathering.  Erin & Dale and their kids were coming up from Tennessee for the gathering, also.  Since Clark is turning one year-old this month, I thought I'd just deliver his birthday present to him in person since we won't be able to attend his party and I don't particularly like to mail quilts.  (I'm always on edge until I hear that they have arrived to their destination safely.)

In our family, it is a tradition that I give a "Choo-choo train quilt" to each of the grandchildren on their first birthday.  You can read about the tradition in this post here and see pics of the previous quilts.  

This little guy is going to be one in a couple of weeks...

...and here is his birthday gift!!!

Penguins on the back!!!  I love love love the penguins!!!

So far all of the grandchildren love and use their quilts a lot!  I hope Clark loves his as much as the others do!  


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Three Quilts Gifted...

Over Memorial weekend, Andy & I traveled to Illinois for a family visit.  On the way through Ohio we stopped at my brother's house for a visit and to deliver some quilts that I had made for three of his grown children.  

The first one was for Leah.  The embroidered top was purchased from Ebay and I added the borders and hand quilted it.

The second quilt was for Sarah.  This was a top that I started as a block-of-the-month, but ended up deleting a couple of their blocks that I didn't like and adding a bunch more that I found online.  It is hand quilted. 

The third quilt that I gifted in Ohio went to my nephew, Daniel.  He served our country for 4 years in the Marines just a short while ago, so I made his "Red, White, and Blue" in tribute to his service! The pattern for this one is "Blue Ridge Beauty" by Bonnie Hunter and is hand quilted, also.

I gifted one more quilt when we got to Illinois, but I will blog about that in a separate post.

All the quilts were received with much appreciation and the appropriate amount of "oooooh's and ahhhhh's"...and that does a quilter's heart good!  :)


Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Gift From a Friend...

Quote for the Day:
"There is nothing better than a friend, 
unless it is a friend with chocolate."
~Linda Grayson

A friend (and co-worker) gave me this adorable teapot that she found at the thrift store!

It has a cute little sewing machine on the lid and a quilt draping off the side of the sewing table!

Gee...I wonder why she thought of me when she saw it???  *wink wink*  

Thank you, Linda!  I love it!  


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Another Gift...

I was working on another gift...this time a baby gift...and was waiting till it had been gifted to post about it.  I got confirmation yesterday that it had been received, so I can blog about it now!  

My chiropractor and his wife are expecting their fourth child this month...a boy!  I made one of my double-sided flannel receiving blankets and matching burp cloths for the wee one.  I like to do the crocheting on these when we are on car trips because it helps to pass the time, so this one was crocheted two weeks ago when we went to Asheville, NC, on vacation!

Here's the very beautiful mama opening the gift...


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I Can Finally Share This...

Quote for the Day:

“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” 
Mother Teresa

In February and March, I was working on a quilt as a gift for my chiropractor so I wasn't able to post anything about it.  

When I went in today for my office visit, I took it in and gifted it to him!  He was totally surprised and from his reaction, I could tell that he loved it!  

The back...the bones glow in the dark!  LOL

The label was a poem that I found online...

This quilt is machine-pieced and hand-quilted.  I had a lot of fun making it and I am so relieved that he loves it!!!


Saturday, April 25, 2015

New Quilt Project...

About 5 years ago, I purchased a hand-embroidered vintage quilt top off of Ebay.  My daughter saw it, finished some the embroidery that needed completed, and asked if I'd make it into a quilt as a wedding gift for her and Dale when they got married.  

It seems that wedding is in the works for later this year, if all goes well!  Hence...I figured I'd better get to work on it.  

It is a king-sized quilt, measuring 100" x 100".  Whew...might take me a little while!  

It is too big to get a nice picture of it in my house because I really don't have a place or bed that big to lay it out on, so I took pictures as I was loading it into the frame yesterday.  

I started hand quilting it today.  What I like about these tops is that the quilting lines are already pre-printed on them so there is no marking involved!

Like most vintage linens, there are some "storage spots" that will show up in the pictures as I post my progress.  These don't bother me because when it is all done, I will soak the whole thing in Oxi-Clean.  I do this to all of my vintage linens that have storage stains on them and I've never had any stains that not come out.  ("Storage stains" refers to the brown spots that are caused by either bugs that get up into the fabric at some time OR that come from being in contact with non-sealed wood like a cedar chest or wooden shelf.)  You can't wash the item before quilting because it will wash out the pre-printed quilting lines and you take a chance of the unfinished edges raveling.