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Friday, May 28, 2010

Finishing Up the Project Linus Pile For Now!

These are all going to Project Linus and I'm sure I've showed you some of them before, so please bear with me. Only four more left in the "big quilts" pile that maybe Maynard can finish this week-end!!!! Now I can start on some more tops! Got a new book called Gumbo Ya-Ya that has Fat Quarter quilts in it, so that will be fun!

The first one is called Dogs Rule and I won it in a contest at Quilted Quickies! This is a fun blog! My mini poodle Buster and their cute little weinie doggie Gidget correspond!!! What fun! The kit came pre-cut---boy was that ever nice!

The second one is Wild Pinwheels--this was fun to do in all the bright colors! I have a box of just brights that I like to pull out -- every now and then and do a quilt from---makes me happy!

The third is Wild Safari---has all kinds of wild animals on it---just like you'd see on Safari---I even found a wild animal print for the back!!!

The last one is another one that Sally made and requested that I call Twinkle Toes because of the ballet shoes on it!!! It turned out very cute!

Hope you all have fun on this Memorial Day and remember what we are celebrating!

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Piccadilly Baskets and Project Linus!

The first picture shows basket blocks for Piccadilly Baskets. They are 30's fabrics and colors for the embroidered flowers. They are lots of fun to do. I'm using the template method of applique, where you use starch around the edges of the applique on which you have left a 1/4" seam and you fold the seam under with a hot iron around the template---- I'm using my Clover mini iron (the one like a stick with a triangle at the end of it ((technical terms LOL!!))) That leaves a nice sharp edge to applique stitch by hand on.

Here are some more for Project Linus! Sally made the first one called Princess Crowns that I quilted and bound for her. The next one is called Blue Bento Box and is one of the Challenge To Myself quilts ---- it was a fun one to do if you kept your wits about you as you put it together!!!! The last one is called Acorn Farm--you can't probably see them, but there are pictures of emblems with cows on them that say Acorn Farm and the rest are things related to farming.

Now back to quilting and making baskets for Piccadilly Baskets.

Let quilting help you make someone smile!


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Project Linus Quilts Again!

Here are two more Project Linus quilts all ready to go! I still have quite a few to quilt! Won't get them done today because today is Sit and Sew day at the LQS. Always hopping with lots of things to do and see. With all the visiting we get done it's a wonder that any sewing gets done atall!! LOL! ths looking is free and that is wonderful! Always find something I would like to do and sometime am able to buy if I have saved up enough money!!!
The two quilts for PL are called Flame Cars and Blended Stars. Hard to see the stars, but the quilting helps bring them out alittle bit!
Hope this is a great quilting day for you!
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Sunday, May 23, 2010

DFW Gang Get together

DFW Gang had a get together yesterday in McKinney, TX. We met at the LQS, which is Quilt Asylum---I got lost, but a quick call to the store got me there---they have recently moved and although I knew that, I still got turned around! We had fun shopping there and I got Fat Quarters for 3 more Yellow Brick Roads for Project Linus. I found a cute Owls fabric and a Tweet, Tweet fabric that was just too cute to pass up!

Then we went to The Olive Garden for lunch--that was yummy! We tried to be very nice to the waitress-in-training and our waiter! He even took the picture for us!!!

All in all a very good morning and early afternoon! It's fun to get out once in awhile with friends, isn't it?!

In the picture, starting at the left are Debi, Sally, me (with a lamp in my head!!!!) and Brenda! What a bunch of fine ladies. I treasure their friendships!

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Another Quilt for Project Linus

This is quilt number 30 this year to charity. This will go to Project Linus - Dallas, Grayson, and Collin County. It is flannel and features the nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle." It's a nice warm quilt!

The days are getting warmer here now---some days the temp even hits 90 deg. (We're in Northern Texas.)

Went to Sit and Sew today at LQS, favorite quilt store--Quilt Mercantile. Just a small group today. I finished the embroidery of the flowers on the quilt I'm working on and now have to make the baskets. They will be appliqued on and then I plan to put some embroidery on them, also. The pattern says to use a 1/2" seam when sewing the blocks together---I really can't figure out why---seems you would want to cut this down smaller and then use a 1/4" seam, but since I didn't write the pattern, I don't know why, but will follow what they say! The pattern is Piccadilly Baskets by Brandywine Design. Will let you know how that turns out!!! LOL!!!

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Texas Hill Country Spring Quilt Top

Wildflowers everywhere on this bright quilt top that came from a jelly roll entitled Hill Country Spring. I added Texas so we'd know what Hill country it is!!! I'm sure other states have Hill Country, too!!! This is the Stacked Coins or Bars pattern and this one is from the "Open a Can of Worms" book. The blue in the picture shows a much brighter blue than what I used. That new camera must not be set just right! It was a fun pattern to do since it was all straight sewing.

A good way to remember all the beautiful wildflowers we had this year! We still have a lot of them blooming, too---so colorful!

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Fun With Grandsons!

Hope each of you had a great Mother's Day with your family! We had a wonderful day here. Two grandsons (Evan 6, and Nathan, 3) and their parents came to visit! The weather was beautiful, so we played outside quite a bit . We had slot cars and a small train and the bigger "G" gauge garden train. Lots to see and do! The first picture shows my daughter and her family. The rest show the train layouts and also how the 2 brothers played together so nicely the whole week-end! Isn't it nice to have great families that get along and have fun together? I am so thankful for our family!

On the quilting side, I have one more top finished for Project Linus. I'm hoping that the wavy part quilts out!!! This is called "Friendship Braid."

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Dogs Rule Quilt Top

This little top was a pre-cut quilt that I won in a drawing from Quilted Quickies blog awhile back and today I decided to make it-----they sure go fast when they are pre-cut. This one was die cut, I think because the pieces were just great to work with! I named it "Dogs Rule" because the fabric was dogs doing silly things on one piece and another piece had dog bones with dog's names on them. cute fabric! The name that the the pattern writer had given it was "I See Sillies"--a play on words from the isosceles triangles which were used in the quilt. Very clever!

By the way, they are having another drawing, so you might want to check it out!

Let quilting help you make someone smile!