Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Star Wars Quilt...Finished!

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away I started this Star Wars quilt.
Okay, so it was only three years ago and not that far away, but now it is finished...yay!
I even practiced free motion quilting on it (don't look too close) with King Tut thread.


The "crew" was out to help me and tried to hang it on this bridge piece, but it wouldn't stay there.
It's a piece of a bridge that came down during a flood in 2005.


The quilt is a birthday gift for a Star Wars/Sci Fi kind of guy.

“Remember…the Force will be with you, always.”

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Star Wars Quilt And King Tut Thread

King Tut meets Star Wars!
Quilting thread and quilt, I mean.


I love the huge glass canning jar my sister gave me and Superior Threads gorgeous 
variegated King Tut thread colors look amazing showing through the glass.

None of the threads in the jar were "perfect" so the three-year-old Monkey Boy and
I headed off to Superior Threads to look around. I love that store and of course, found what I needed!
I think the guy with the tape gun closing up boxes for shipping got Monkey Boy's attention more 
than all those humongous rows of threads. Wowzers! There is so much thread in that store!

The Star Wars quilt is sandwiched and ready to quilt thanks to Monkey Boy #2.
He's such a big help with my projects...I don't want him to go home tomorrow!
I'm sure his mom and dad want him back, so I guess he'll have to go. Darn!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Organizing And Shopping For Fabric

Shopping for fabric is fun.
Organizing fabric is just a necessity...not so fun.

Finally! My fabrics are sorta-kinda organized into an easy way to see what I have.
I need to sew everyday for the next 10 years to use all this fabric!


Then there's the shopping...yummy fabrics arrived in the mail.

Blend Fabrics, oh how I love thee!


Creepy Bunny felt a little left out from appearing on my blog,
so he gets to show this adorable Crayon box of fabrics by Riley Blake.
I don't even want to open it!


I've been sewing for The Road Home Row Along...busy, busy, busy. 



Playing with Deco Foil, too. Nothing like a little bling to brighten my day!


Monkey Boys are coming to visit soon. Sewing may have to wait.
Or, maybe they'll jump in to help me sew something!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

In Our Garden Block Of The Month #11 And #12

We're halfway through the In Our Garden Blog Hop...yay!
Joan at Moosestash Quilting has shared her July blocks #11 and #12.
Check them out HERE.

My applique block #11


My pieced block #12 



Here's the schedule for all the blocks:

February
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy
You can find Amy's Block #1 and Block #2 HERE
March
Carol – Just Let Me Quilt 
You can find my Block #3 and Block #4 HERE.
April
You can find Doris' Block #5 and Block #6 HERE.

May
You can find Carla's Block #7 and Block #8 HERE.


June
Susan – Super Mom No Cape
You can find Susan's Block #9 and Block #10 HERE.


July

August
September
Pat – Life in the Scrapatch
October
Vicki – More Stars in Comanche
November
Lana – It Seams to be Sew
December
Jan - Sew and Sow Farm
January
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy– Final Blocks and wrap up

There's a Facebook page, too! 
Share your blocks and/or see what everyone else is making.
CLICK HERE

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Row By Row 2016 From Quilted Works

I stopped by Quilted Works yesterday for just a couple yards of fabric and then saw that
the new Row by Row 2016 pattern was out. Of course, I bought the kit since it was laser cut.
So cute! 


It was much easier to put this row together with #2 Monkey Boy helping me. He watched carefully
as I was cutting the fabric and used the tape measure to double check the sizes that were being sewn
together. He was great at laying out the pieces in the right order for me to sew and then was happy
 to press the sewn seams. He'd never done this before and it was so cute to hear him repeat 
"Press to the dark side" as he walked from the sewing room to his ironing space. Love this boy!


Here's another kit that was very cute...had to have it, too!


There won't be any traveling to far away places this summer, so the ice cream truck row
will probably be among the very few rows I will be getting from quilt stores nearby.

I can't wait to see more of the rows!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Week Full Of Monkeys

I've had a week full of four Monkey Boys (the baby stayed home with mom and dad) and
it has definitely been a fun time. My home has never had so much noise and activity!

One adventure was to the Dinosaur Track Museum


With four boys under 11 years old in the house I've learned that:

I will need to wear a hazmat suit to clean the bathroom when they leave.
There is never enough food to feed them...they eat CONSTANTLY!
Markers aren't a good thing to have around with a three year old in the house.


Laundry is an endless and forever thing to do.
Sometimes hearing "Grandma" is a wonderful thing. 
Sometimes it means there's something not so good awaiting me.
I'm grateful for the Disney channel when temperatures are over 100 degrees outside.
Having stain resistant furniture is a must.
Being dared to jump in the pool of cold water isn't so bad once I heard them all laugh.

I've loved every minute of those boys, though, and will miss them terribly when they go home.


Sewing can wait...they can't. Love those Monkey Boys!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

It's All About The Flowers Quilt

It was only a few years ago that I started to make applique quilts and seriously, they
weren't my favorite thing to do. I didn't like the tracing part of applique...boring!
Then I found the easy way to transfer those designs to the iron-on adhesive.
HeatnBond EZ Print Lite sheets...love them!
I made this quilt using those sheets and it was so fast.

It's All About The Flowers
Fabrics by Dear Stella - Junebug



I'm over on the Therm O Web blog today...check it out HERE!
Check out Dear Stella's Junebug fabric line, too...they are amazing and beautiful!


You can find the PDF pattern at Just Carol's Craftsy Store HERE.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Another Extra In Our Garden Block

Carla created an extra block for the In Our Garden blog hop...so, so cute!
Thanks, Carla!



Here's the schedule for all the blocks:

February
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy
You can find Amy's Block #1 and Block #2 HERE

My February blocks:


March
Carol – Just Let Me Quilt 
You can find my Block #3 and Block #4 HERE.
April
You can find Doris' Block #5 and Block #6 HERE.

My April blocks:

May
You can find Carla's Block #7 and Block #8 HERE.

My May blocks:

June
Susan – Super Mom No Cape
You can find Susan's Block #9 and Block #10 HERE.

My June blocks:


July
August
Kris – Kris Loves Fabric
September
Pat – Life in the Scrapatch
October
Vicki – More Stars in Comanche
November
Lana – It Seams to be Sew
December
Jan - Sew and Sow Farm
January
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy– Final Blocks and wrap up

Here's a few more of my extra blocks:


There's a Facebook page, too! 
Share your blocks and/or see what everyone else is making.
CLICK HERE

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Eat, Sleep, Laugh, Sew, Repeat

Four days, eight women, and a big house for us to use.
Wowzers! We did a lot of the eat, sleep, laugh, sew, repeat stuff.
It was the most fun I've had in years!

I managed to finish two quilt tops (or two flimsy's if that's what you want to call them.)

I had this kit to sew from byAnnie.com called Lightening Strikes.
I love how bright those lightening strikes are!


This quilt was started about three years ago, so I took it to finish...yay, it's done!


I took several other projects, but didn't quite get to them.
Guess they'll have to wait until the next retreat.
I probably could have finished more things, but there was way too much good food to eat,
lots of shopping to do, plenty of laughing over stupid stuff that you would have had to be there to 
think it was funny, and a little sleeping to do. Totally a crazy and fun time with those ladies!

This is Brenda...she's the ringleader. I've known her FOREVER...love her!


Susan had us rolling on the floor laughing almost all the time.
Don't even get her started on where "THE CLOUD" is actually located.


Vicki rocked with all her projects. She made pillowcase dresses and gorgeous cuddle quilts.


I'm not sure Paula and I should be allowed to eat sweets, drink soda, and not have enough sleep
all at the same time. To say we laughed at anything and everything is an understatement.


Nancy wow'd us with her hand stitching and Bernice was the queen of yo-yo flowers on her quilts.
How cool is it to have the cutting area and kitchen so close to each other!
Cut a little, eat a little.


Nancy made some amazing and intricate quilts!


There were some serious moments...just a few, though.


Some of the beautiful creations from the retreat...

Bernice...


Brenda...




Paula...
She also made some adorable sundresses and quilts.


 Susan...
I lost count of all the self-binding baby quilts that she made!


Lots of willing helpers...


Nancy... 





The other Nancy...


Seriously, I can't wait to do this again!
Thanks to Brenda's Crew (or the Sisterhood) for so much fun!
P.S. I promised I wouldn't post any pics that weren't good...darn!