Sunday, August 17, 2014

Special friends deserve special gifts!

I'm sure that there are a lot of us out in blogland that have made some great friends over the years.  I have several special friends that I have made also.  One of them is Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts!


 
How many of you know that Lorna used to be a motorcycle rider?  I mean driver!  I thought that this fabric was a must for her.
 

And the 'tweet' blue birds are perfect on the inside.






This little panel is so her. I had so much fun FMQing in each segment.  It is 12x12.  Lorna is the one who taught me to do the corner hangers.


I also sent her a stack of four FQ.  I wanted to do a little personal challenge.  We are each to make what we want and can add other fabrics along the way.  I thought of her right away when I saw these Cardinals.  I wonder what she'll make with hers?

My next post is about what I made for Erin and Russell, her wonderful children.  Love you kids!!!!

Linking to: Fabric Tuesday  at Quilt Story.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Here are a couple of quick projects!


The other week, I was cleaning out my stash and ran across these 3 pre-printed panels.  I knew it would take literally minutes to get them sewed up, so I got them trimmed and put together!



40x43



24x40



42x47

The Rug Rats panel had to be cut apart and sashing applied.  I remember these characters from when my kids were small!


And just as I thought....they were all done in less then 1 1/2 hrs.  I'm going to end up with quite a few flimsies to turn in in September!


Linking to : Let's Bee Social with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts!!  WIP Wednesday with Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts!

Monday, August 11, 2014

I love medallion quilts!

I really love all of the beautiful medallion quilts that have been on blogs lately.  They seem so intimidating, but I wanted to make one myself.  I had the perfect pattern, but none of my fabrics included enough yardage to make it all match, so........


I gathered together a bunch of coordinating colors and patterns and got started.  I actually started this quilt top on the last retreat I went to in June.


I really do love chain piecing!



The pieces in the top were quite large, so it went together quickly!



The center medallion measured 45x45!  I told you the pieces were large.


This is a king sized bed, so all I would do is widen the two inner borders to make it fit properly.



Details:  100x100
               From: Fons & Porter's - Love of Quilting
               Jessica's Rose Garden
               Designer: Toby Lischko

Now she is off to NFQ to be quilted.  I wonder how they will quilt this lovely flimsy?

Linking to:  Anything Goes Monday!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

I make more than quilts!

If you have been following the happenings around here, you know that I have a whole front room (lounge) full of new furniture.  We got new floors, painted the walls and the new furniture arrived about 2 months ago.  Well, none of the old d├ęcor on the walls nor the curtains match the new goodies, so I was forced to make new curtains!


When we were out purchasing our rug at 'Home Fabrics', my husband ran across this great linen fabric and we both thought it was perfect.


Our ceilings are 9 feet, so it takes a lot of fabric to make floor to ceiling panels.



I did simple rolled hems all the way around.  We decided that a ruffle on top wasn't our thing, so it is a simple rod pocket for the top.




The short side window has just a valance and the two long front windows have the floor to ceiling panels.


I collect colored glass, and have a LOT of it.  The print on this fabric depicts glass jugs and vases.

I will get photos of the rug, now that it has arrived.  I will also show off all of our new furniture some day soon..
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Linking up to:  Anything Goes Monday at The Sassy Quilter!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I'll be back...

Do to a little bit of a health scare, I'll be away from my computer for a bit.  I hope that all of you are having a fantastic summer.  I'll be back shortly!   Vicki

Friday, July 25, 2014

Getting down to business! Last year at this time.

I have almost everything I need to get down to business, and start sewing baby items!  It is so exciting to start my part of this new journey.
Every little girl needs pink flannel elephants and minky receiving blanket!!  This is the one my son chose to bring his new little girl home from the hospital in.  So dreamy!!
White flannel dots and pink birds...
Rounding off the corners to make it a little more feminine...
Sophisticated houndstooth...again, daddy's choice!
Pink rainbows and hot air balloons...the ribbon will add that special touch!
She chose the quilt on page 13, bottom right corner, made by Cheryl Arkison.
Another LARGE tote for the mommy to be!  No pattern, lots of pieces and zippers.  A lot of nerves....stayed tuned!

Lot's of work happening here in my creating space!  I have more to come, but I think this will keep me busy for a few days.

I am linking to Needle and Thread Thursday, where Kelly is the gracious host!

Please, check back on Friday!  It will be my day on the Let's Get Acquainted - New Bloggers Blog Hop!!  Beth has done such an outstanding job hosting and getting all of us participants talking.  It has been so educational, inspirational and just plain fun!

Vicki


Charlotte Marie is now 10 months old and doing wonderfully.  She is a real blessing in our lives.  If you want to read a little more about her and her journey, you can click here and here!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

News around my sewing room!

I absolutely love happy mail as do most all of you!  I have gotten some great happy mail in the past few weeks.  I had the opportunity to clean up my sewing room this week, and put up a new shelf to display some of my happy mail and gifts.



About a month ago, I was informed that I had won a $50 gift certificate from Fresh Squeezed Fabrics!!  I was thrilled, and set out to choose exactly what I wanted.  I could not make up my mind, so I ordered a bunch of low volume fat quarters with some Kona solids thrown in to make up the difference.


This is the newest piece in my sewing room.  It started out as one of those unfinished crates you can get at the craft store.  I'm not even sure where this one came from.  It was sitting in the closet for a few years.  I decided to paint it barn red and make a display for my beautiful fat quarters.  They are all works of art to me.

Is it hot where you are?  It is H-O-T here!  This is what I woke up to the other day....

 
...yep...that is 8:45am and it is already 81 in the coolest spot in the house.  I had just turned the A/C down to 79 to try to cool down my sewing room...which is the hottest room in the house.  This particular day it got up to 108.  That's Fresno, CA for ya!!
 
Linking to:Let's Bee Social! at Sew Fresh Quilts.
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