Monday, June 15, 2015

Puzzle filler

We're settling back in from our trip. Celebrated J's birthday a bit late.
(More on both of those later.)

Trying to get back in a rhythm is hard, because hubby lets the boys stay up later during the summer, and I feel obligated to stay with them for family time, so I get less quilty time at night.

I've been frustrated to the point of crying with quilting the Swoon. Each block is a huge 24", so the quilt is big, heavy, and the areas to quilt are larger. I spend more time repositioning and dragging the quilt around and through my machine than actual stitching. I can't seem to quilt straight lines, especially longer lines, because of moving and dragging the quilt. And I have to stop halfway through a line to move my hands and the quilt, so it ends up wavy and jags happen when I start again. Even if I mark the lines.

I decided that instead of the large Starbursts in the corners, I would mark a 1-inch grid and try puzzle filler. I love the way it looks, and it's much easier to quilt.

The spaces seem smaller, and there's less large movement. And it's very forgiving if you accidentally go wonky.
And it goes really well with the whole theme of the quilt.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Win win

May was a pretty awesome month.

Quiltmaker had the 100 Blocks Blog Tour.
I won 3 times! (Yes, I will be sharing the two extra copies!)

I won a gift certificate to Connecting Threads from Amy Smart (Diary of a Quilter).

And I won a layer cake of Nocturne for Moda during the Best Kid Quilts blog tour by Quilters Newsletter.

I feel pretty lucky and blessed.

Now I just need to stock up on tons of background fabrics and get to fun working!

Surprise from Quiltmaker

I opened up my new Quiltmaker and found a surprise!

My picture was featured in Quiltmaker's new July/August 2015 issue!

I submitted my picture by email. 

Here's my picture in the "Sew to Speak" feature! This is my "To the Rescue" quilt from Quiltmaker Sept/Oct 2009, that I submitted to the Peteetneet Quilt Show in 2013.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Travel pillows

Happy last day of school yesterday!
Sick kids again, and yesterday was the last day of school is the only day S. made it to school. At least kindergarten finished last week, so J. didn't need to miss school. Antibiotics have been started!

We are planning on a family trip this summer, and the kids still fall asleep on long car rides. Therefore, I decided to make neck pillows for all three of them!

My 5-yr-old requested a plain u-shaped pillow "like the pillow you used to feed the baby!"  So I used the same patterns, but omitted the animal-shaping details to ale them smooth u-shapes. J. and the oldest got pilloes in the same fleeces as the ponchos I made them. Lovely use of scraps, if I do say so myself.

The baby got the bunny shape...only because I thought he would probably chew on the ears and tail. He is still teething! And this will be his first road trip.

The pattern is called "Travel Nappers" by I think I found the pattern at Annie's Catalog.

Wish us happy driving!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mother's Day

Ok, so I'm a week late to wish all of you a happy Mother's Day!

My Mother's Day involved attending HMQS, and running to my local Bernina on Monday.

At HMQS, I bought this gorgeous panel "Home of the Free" by Stonehenge for Northcott. The Patriotic girl in me just couldn't resist! Second, I found the Missouri Star Quilt Company booth, and bought two of the Binding Tool (2" width and 2 1/2" width), and the Binding Tool Star pattern. So drool-worthy a pattern, and a nifty little tool! Jenny Doan's co-workers were so funny and knowledgeable about using the tools, and good salespeople! She nearly convinced me to buy the set of all three Binding Tools, but I just didn't have enough cash!

I was saving some to get the presser foot that I wanted! So Monday, with my mailing coupon and cash in hand, I headed to my Bernina store, Dave's Bernina in Provo, Utah, and found the foot I wanted! They almost always have in stock what I want, and they continue to have feet and parts for my little Bernina, even if it's 18 years old!

It's the #71 foot, the 8 mm flat-fell foot. I read a great tutorial on a blog about using the foot to make even, pretty machine-binding in quilts, and I've really wanted to try it.

Now I just need to get some quilt tops quilted so I can try it out. :-)

Ok, ok, I can't finish this post without mentioning my sweet little guys in school. They made adorable Mother's Day gifts in their classes, and they were so excited to wait until Sunday to give them to me. My son with autism has never been this excited before! He had 3 different cards he'd made, a silly photo of himself at school framed in a decorated paper frame, and all wrapped in homemade wrapping paper at school. So adorable!

J.'s gift was great, too. I just love his teacher! I got a flower keychain fob, cards, a fluffy purple flower on a pen (my favorite color) and a cute "about my mom" page filled out with my favorite things, all wrapped in J.-decorated wrapping paper. I just had to laugh with some of his answers on the page.

I love my boys!

Saturday, May 9, 2015


Had a great day at HMQS--Home machine Quilting Show.

This seems to be a cross between a dahlia and a Dresden.

I love the deep purple background on the HST diamonds quilt!

Woo! Elephant Parade

The top is nearly finished for my version of Sew Fresh Quilts' #ElephantParadeQAL !

I literally ran out of blue background, so I will need to purchase just a bit more to finish the sashing/border. Or maybe a cute elephant print for the border and backing. Guess I will need to go hunting!

I'm off the HMQS (Home Machine Quilting Show) in the morning with my best friend! We make it bestie bonding time and admire the art. She just laughs when I go crazy over fabric and machines and cool new tools.