Friday, March 29, 2019

A Fun, New Quilt . . . .

At our Retreat a couple of weeks ago where me and at least 10 other gals got some kind of nasty respiratory crud, I worked on some 2-1/2 inch strips that a friend gave me.  She had gotten them from a gal who's Mom had passed away and the gal was not a quilter and my friend did not want them, so . . .

I sewed all the strips together in a Jelly Roll Race quilt and ended up with 2 - 40 inch wide by 64 inch long "quilts".

Well, at first I thought I might be able to get away with narrow quilts because they are for a couple of ladies at the local Assisted Care facility, but then I just kept thinking they were too narrow.

So, I added a strip of 25 patches from top to bottom and now the one (and then the other one shortly) is 50 inches wide and I am okay with that.

White patch on the right side is the sunshine!!
Now to quilt, bind and give!!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Kingdom of Quilt-a-Lot

Was the theme for the yearly Retreat that I attend!!  We had a blast and I got some UFOs done as far as I could get on them.  Ha!  They were so old that on a couple of them I couldn't even remember what they were, so I just went with what felt right!!

This one was a bunch of 2-1/2 inch squares that were sewn and patched into different sizes.  So, I just sewed and sewed on Tuesday until all the squares were gone.  Now, I have to look here at home and see what I have to finish it.  Right now it measures 28" wide and 52" long.  I still have a few squares left, so we will see.

On Wednesday I pulled out the UFO from the Quilt Retreat I went to with Kaffe Fassett in October, 2015.  It is two of the blocks from his quilt Scrappy Trip Around the World.

I need to still fix one square that is in the wrong place on the block on the left and rotate a couple of the squares in the block on the right.  Then I can finish sewing the rows together.  I am going to make two individual wall hangings out of each block and hang them in my quilting rooms.

Thursday, I worked on a Mystery quilt from Kim's Facebook group called Quilt-A-Long.  I got as far as I could because the 4th row is hiding in the house here somewhere and I could not find it before I left.

I was also able to make a block using the gridded iron-on interfacing and did a little impromptu class to show the girls how much faster this method is than the traditional method like the Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks I worked on the day before.

Finally, I finished the Jelly Roll Race Quilts that I am making for a couple of cute ladies at our local assisted living facility.  They are a little narrow (40 inches) so I may add something fun to the sides.

I was busy the entire time with sewing or eating or laughing or playing games or winning prizes.  Here are some pictures of the girls at play!!

And then the piece de resistance of the retreat is the parade with costumes reflecting the theme of the retreat ~

My cute friend, Giny was the Queen and wonderful Kim was the King and as they walked into the room, they looked soooo regal - I got tears in my eyes!!  Giny made that gorgeous dress and won first prize!!

Then came other characters from the Kingdom of Quilt-A-Lot.  The gal on the right is Kathy and she was my roommate.  Hope we are roommates again next year!!  She is great!!

And I got a great funny picture of Susan, the Queen of the Retreat!!  She is so funny and quite the darling lady!!

I had a ball and the time just flew by.  Next year the theme is Quilters Under the Sea!!  Can't wait!!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Friday, March 8, 2019

I Just Haven't Been Taking Pictures . . .

of the quilts I have been quilting but this one turned out so cute, I just couldn't BEAR not sharing it with you!!

This darling quilt was pieced by Annie for a very special young man!!  She is going to also give him a fun book called Three Bears of the Pacific Northwest.  What a great gift!!

The quilting pattern Annie chose was "My Happy Place"  And oh, my, it was the perfect pattern for this fun quilt!!

And look at this face!!

With each quilt I learn something new but there are some things I am just not getting!!  Practice makes perfect!!

Thanks, Annie!!

Saturday, March 2, 2019