Quilt Meanderings...

Quilt Meanderings...
How does this thing work and where's Ethel when you need her?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Baby Quilts

A few pictures of baby quilts that I made for Lucas, my grandson.

They were a great deal of fun to make and, of course, quick to make.  I might make him another half square triangle and pinwheel quilt using primary colors.  

Until we quilt again,


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Wild Horses

I've always been a cowgirl at heart.  I had several horses growing up and still love horses at the ripe young age of 56.  One of the things I've always wanted to see is wild horses.  Well today, I had the opportunity.  Last week we traveled from New York to Montana  to see our new grandson, Lucas, and today we took a day trip to Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Preserve in Lovell, Wyoming.  When we arrived at the visitor center we were told there had been no sightings for the day.   But a few miles into the preserve, we saw three young males.

They were beautiful.  The picture doesn't do justice to these magnificent animals.  Young bachelor horses usually roam in small groups of two to five horses and are very playful with each other.  I could not believe their beauty.  I pictured them to be rough looking with scars, etc.  However, they have not fought for a mare yet.  

We didn't see any wild burros or big horn sheep, but I was completely satisfied with the viewing of wild horses.  

Now I just need to get to a quilt shop or two or three while on vacation.   

Until we quilt again,


Monday, July 21, 2014

A Jolly Jam Quilt

I finished this quilt about three weeks ago:

The back:

Fabric:  Serena (jelly roll) by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics along with Swiss dot fabric from Connecting Threads in latte and French blue.  Navy blue fabric from Connecting Threads was used for the border and binding.  The backing is from the Symphony of Blues collection, Connecting Threads.

Batting:  Hobbs Heirloom 100 percent cotton.

Thread:  Pieced and quilted with cotton thread, Connecting Threads. Color: Sandstone for piecing and French blue for quilting most of the quilt top; navy blue thread was used to quilt the border. 

Pattern: Jolly Jam by Kimberly Jolly of the Fat Quarter Shop.

Size: 60 X 71 inches.

Sewing Machines: Pieced using my Baby Lock Elizabeth; quilted on my domestic Brother sewing machine.

Quilting:  FMQ (meandering) using my Brother domestic sewing machine.

Recipient:  My son, Scott.

Currently I am working on my "Florida Quilt."  Pictures to follow soon.  I am hand sewing the binding, so it should be completed in a day or two.  Woo-hoo!

Until we quilt again,


Monday, April 28, 2014

An Update on a WIP

Goodnight Irene Quilt, which is a sixteen patch alternating with X squares.  

Fabric: Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.
Size: Currently 57X57 inches.  I will probably add another row vertically and add borders.
Recipient:  Keeping this quilt for myself.

Auditioning fabrics for Ella (great niece).  Pattern to be determined.  I will probably do a square in a square pattern or maybe just add borders to the charm squares.  

Bad picture, which was taken with my IPad.  I think I had way too much coffee this morning.  It's about 10:30 AM and I finished off a ten-cup pot.  The fabric line is Lazy Day (Riley Blake) and some basic colors from Connecting Threads.  I can't believe I throw fabric on the floor to audition material.  I'm not planning on using all of the blue fabric, just deciding which one to use.  

Have a great day!

Until we quilt again,


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Just Can't Decide ...

I always have a difficult time with fabric selections and finding a pattern that is "just right" for a particular person.  Ambivalence should be my middle name, or maybe vacillate.  I go back and forth between fabrics and change my mind a zillion times.  I found a fabric with chickens and a fabric with funky birds, which I definitely will use.  GB began raising chickens for a school project and now the entire family love the chickens and fresh eggs.

Fabric choices

It's not a great picture as it was taken with my Ipad.  Lazy, I know.   And now to find a pattern; I think something with a modern twist.  Any ideas?

Until we quilt again,


Monday, April 14, 2014

A New Blog

Quilting took over my life about two years ago so I thought a blog would help to keep track of my quilts.  I had never sewn or owned a sewing machine prior to quilting.  I am truly amazed and inspired by all the wonderful and talented quilters that are bloggers.

A little bit about me....
  • I have never made a quilt that has a star.
  • I am drawn to modern quilts.
  • I've only kept one quilt for myself: a lap quilt which was the first quilt that I made.
  • My first and all subsequent quilts have been free motion quilted by me.
  • My sister introduced me to quilting and we are quite the dichotomy: she likes traditional quilts and I like modern.
  • I want the quilts I make to be used daily.  There's nothing better than a well worn quilt with which to snuggle.  
  • I do not make keepsake quilts nor do I label the quilts because they are far from perfect.
  • I quilt for fun and enjoyment.  
  • I do not want a big fabric stash.  I have a ginormous yarn stash from when I was an avid knitter.
  • I finish every quilt and keep my WIPs (work in progress) at a manageable number: two.  I go crazy if I have more than two quilts in progress.  I do not like unfinished projects.  Okay... maybe I'm a little OCD in that regard.

Well that's enough about me; I'd love to get to know you.

It's time to quilt!