Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My Day on 'Twas the Night Blog Hop

Ho, Ho, Ho....Welcome to my home!
I am the last stop on the first day of this wonderful, super-fun blog hop created by Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt and our amazing super "elf" Marlene of Stitchin' By The Lake. Thank you both for kickin' us into gear and supplying us with lots of super ideas for holiday gifting and beyond! 

My Amazing Gift is from Wendy!
I do not know how I got so lucky to have landed after Wendy, but I did. I don't know how, when Wendy's life is upside down, she managed to make a beautiful hanging worthy of QuiltFest, but she did. I don't know how she is managing, but she is and I am sending all my prayers and thoughts her way.

All of my ideas are pretty straightforward, so rather than prattle on, I'll just let you look through my pictures. If you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer them. Getting started on presents was really fun and I am in the spirit of giving...how about you?!

Baby Sock Coin Purses

Knitted Neck Scarves
25"x 8", size 13 needles
cast on 20 stitches

My dear friend and co-worker, Christine, modelling the scarf I made for her in her son's college colors...very elegant.

Thread Scarves
86" x 6"

Sandwiched in between two pieces of sticky water soluble paper, then stitched north and south, then east and west....rinsed gently in the machine, lay out to dry, then lightly pressed.

Table Runners
106" x 141/2"

14" x 18"

Made lots of placemats from leftover pieces and patterns from the Africa fabrics I have been using.....every mat is different sinnce I was using scraps. I also did not use any batting or flannel and just lightly stitched in the ditch.

Here are the friends I am sharing the day with ......

Quilting Quietly - that's me :)

Please stop by to see them all 
and leave some holiday cheer!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rush Hour

Welcome to my day in the Rush Hour Blog Hop!
Kick off your shoes and put your feet up. We've done all the work, so you can just relax and enjoy.
Thank you to Madame Samm of SewWeQuilt for giving us the opportunity to show our creativity. 
Big thanks to Carole of JustLetMeQuilt for being our awesome cheerleader.
Thank you Studio E for the super fun fabrics that inspired our creativity.

For this hop, I designed and made a briefcase.

I had a lovely fat quarter pack, but I didn't have enough of just one fabric to make the outside of the briefcase, so I had to get creative! I made my own fabric using 2" strips with 1" black strips to separate each one. The bag measures 12" x 16 1/2" x 3"
This is the front......

 Inside there are two pockets and a hard bottom.
This pockets is sized exactly for an iPad..... 
 This pocket is for files.......
Leaving lots of room in the middle! 
On the front there is a zippered pocket.....

Inside the zippered pocket are three more pockets....
I love these pockets! I think all the little squares look so good. It is my favorite part of the briefcase. 
These pockets hold a ton of supplies, like a huge scarf!
 This is the back of the briefcase.....  
...where there is more storage for files or papers to grade! 
I used heavy duty webbing for the handles.  
  So there you are! My day is done, but be sure to visit all the other wonderful folks who are posting today.

Friday, September 26

Quilting Quietly ....that's me :)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Gifties in the Mail!

I won a giveaway from Joan at MoosestacheQuilting!
Look at this cute yard of fabric!

 ....and then there's more
Must go now and make something out of my fabric 
.....before Fall is over :)
Thanks Joan!!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

What I Did On My Summer Vacation.....

Hello my friends! I have really missed all of you and this community of sharing.
 I had such a great summer...lots of fun and family!
Thank you Madam Samm for coming up with this 
"do what you want for the summer" idea 
and Shari for being our gracious and supportive cheerleader!

Spoiler alert!!
I am going to post too many pictures...again.. :)

My first project was my wonderful son's room. When he first came home after college, his room looked remarkably like his room at college...
....no surprise, but then he got a job in San Francisco and moved only what he could fit in a suitcase. Now his room looked pathetic (my words). I got permission to create a makeover as long as it was only bedspread, curtains and art over the bed ....and it had to be in his college colors! 

So here it is, garnet and gold, Florida State University and the bedroom of a young man...whew. 
The quilt at the bottom of his bed is reversible.

One of my blessings this summer was being asked to finish the last quilt of a life-long quilter. She is 91 years young and has hand made and hand quilted every one of her quilts. Her daughter gave me 20  18" hand embroidered blocks. They were for her last quilt, for her niece.
After piecing the blocks and finding a border....
The long arm quilters did such a beautiful job a mimicking the red thread's pattern.
Here she is with her final quilt....ready for her niece. I am so glad I was given this opportunity.

Next, I found this wonderful pattern to use in my library. 
It was a pattern for a list of rules.....
I had to practice soooo long to make this blanket stitch look decent.....

Here are some of my library patrons practicing the rule .....  
be silly!
Some of my students thought it was cool that the "rules" were hung on a rule..r.    (They are so smart.)
Here are some of my Lego maniacs practicing the rule....
"play nice"
Here is my finished project...Rules for the Library.
I love it hanging in the window, especially as the light shines through it from outside.  
And the biggest rule breakers in the library are......
THE TEACHERS.......during faculty meetings!

I was given a gift of flannel and decided this would make a lovely Christmas present for one of the many men in the fam!

After a year of tenacious work, my Eureka! BOM quilt is completed.....

....quilted soooo beautifully.....(not by me)

...and bound by me after I learned how to do a PERFECT binding by my BOM teacher, Faye.

Here is where it finally lives....waiting on the back of the family room couch for a football halftime snooze :)

So, okay, I am finally at my final project! It is my Riley Blake gingham piece.  Sorry, I had to leave it for last, hoping you would make it to the end of my post :)

I put together this little bag, which will probably end up as a gift for my sweet next door neighbor, Cassidy, who has me wrapped around her little finger. 

Monday, September 8
Quilting Quietly  .......this is me :)
Creatin' in the Sticks
Procrastination Queen
Lovelli Quilts
Cherry Blossoms

Please visit the rest of these talented, creative women.  
We are all going to knock your socks off!