Pause for Pillowcases

Today, I hit pause on arranging the fat quarter quilt blocks. A new month will be here soon, so I stopped working on the quilt so I could make the pillowcases for my two youngest grandchildren.
July is big birthday month for my family.
All three of my sons and my granddaughter have a birthday this month. My one and only niece has a birthday this month.
I tried a new pattern that was given to me by my friend and owner of Las Colchas.
She had run out of the birthday fabric, so I had to go to JoAnn’s.
I didn’t particularly care for the black and multi-colored birthday fabric, but it was the only birthday fabric available.
The pattern calls for gathering and this is a first for me. I tried gathering to make the ruffle three times. Each time the thread would break on me.  Then I looked up some tutorials on gathering fabric. I should have done this first!
There were so many tutorials, each with a bit of difference in instructions. I chose to follow the instructions given by Leslie , The Seasoned Homemaker. She connects the two parallel lines at one end. This made a big difference. No thread breakage!

The photo does not show how the ruffle poofs up.

This month’s fabric theme for my grandson is Paw Patrol. These were made using the burrito pillowcase technique.

Now, it is time to pause for a Popsicle!

Fabric Thursday

After being cooped up for two weeks, I ventured out with one of my Meemaw friends.
We hit two quilt shops, Mesquite Bean and Las Colchas. We squeezed in a lunch in between shops.
I found some Grunge fabric that I have been wanting.

Then, I let myself be talked into getting a pattern for a bag. My friend and I plan to make the same purse this Sunday. I really do not need another bag, but I found some linen fabric that convinced me. She chose a fabric with owls.

The pattern is by The “Lucille” Bag by Abbey Lane Quilts.

This is my stitch meditation for today:

It is great to be back on my feet again.
Of course, I had to spend this day shopping for fabric!


Thursday Outing

This was an enjoyable day spent with my older sister.
She gave me two jelly rolls that have a variety of purple strips.
Now, I am really tempted to try to make one of those fabric bowls as posted on Tierney Creates.
I know that this is way beyond my skill set, but it is on my list of Things I Hope to Make One Day.
Saturday is Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day, but my sister and I made our visit today.
We went to Las Colchas, where the proprietor, Francine, is a family friend.
I asked Francine if she would have a class on making a fabric bowl, and she said she was going to see about setting a class up. It would be great if she did.
While at the shop, I purchased some fabric for the backing of my floral quilt.
I have plenty of polka dot material that I plan to piece for the backing, but I needed a bit more.

Then, my eyes went directly to this super colorful bird fabric.
I know, I need to get off this bird thing…but this fabric is gorgeous.

I almost didn’t buy it, since I have no real plan or design in mind.
But I knew I would regret not getting some.
I’ve decided it is okay to buy fabric just because it is beautiful.
It will not go to waste.

The floral quilt top is all pieced.
Tomorrow, I plan to piece the backing.


Recently, I have come down with an interest in making hexagon blocks…hexagon-itis.
It all began when I read a book by Sandy Gilreath; 52 Tuesdays-A Quilt Journal.
Gilreath told the story of her year in 52 hexagon blocks. She uses many different techniques for each block; including raw edge and needleturn applique, free motion quilting, hand embroidery, etc..
I really liked the idea of making a journal with fabric, and the author encourages people to do the same.

Previously, Mary Puckett, from Zippy Quilts, had posted about One Block Wonder quilts.
I checked out the book she recommended, plus some others, and I am fascinated by the beauty of this kaleidoscope quilt made of hexagons. The books give great directions and have helpful photos, but I am a bit concerned about choosing the correct fabric and cutting it accurately.
I checked with the Mesquite Bean and also with my friend at Las Colchas.
My friend, Francine said to drop on by her shop and she would give me some guidance.
The Mesquite Bean is offering a one day class in OBW in January.
They also offer a free sewing time every Tuesday available for people to come work in the back room, and ask for guidance if needed.
I know I want to make a OBW, and I am thinking of making a 52 hexagon journal quilt.
I also viewed many tutorials online.
The problem I still have is with the quilting of the hexagon.
Do you quilt through the top fabric, the batting, and the backing; or, do you just quilt the top and batting?
I saw a video on You Tube by CraftyAttic. In this video, the top layer, a layer of sheeting were quilted.
After these two top layers were quilted, they were embellished with embroidery, beads, and other things. After the decorative stitches and things were done, a backing was added.

Today, I used one of my wonky blocks that I had in my “What Do I Do With This?” box.
I practiced with free motion on a practice block.
This is the first time the threads did not loop or pucker. I had read a tutorial on how to fix this problem.
My meandoring is not the best, but it looks okay on a 6.5 ” hexagon. I embellished it with ribbon-thread embroidery and some buttons.
I also chose to follow the directions from CraftyAttic, and just free motioned the top and sheeting; but I placed the batting between the two.

I stitched in the ditch.

But this is what concerns me.
Is this too loose, and will it separate?
I am planning to visit Las Colchas on Saturday, on Support Local Business Day.
I think I will take this hexagon and ask the experts in the shop.
What do you think?
Would you quilt all layers?
Would you quilt only the top, batting, and sheeting?

Anyway, this is all for the rest of the weekend.
I plan to enjoy the holiday.
Happy Thanksgiving!
I am thankful for my blogging friends!

Quilt Show

Although my previous post about the Salute to Texas Quilt Show seemed like it was all about me, that was not my intention.
I was just in shock and totally flabbergasted about the Honorable Mention. The Tribute to Tonie quilt meant so much to me.
People who did not know my mother, said they learned a bit about her by looking at my quilt. This just blew me away.

This post is about quilt shows.
I have only been to four quilt shows, and I plan to attend more.
What a beautiful way to learn from and be inspired by others.
The whole process of creating a quilt and entering it into a show is a learning experience.

Yesterday, I spent hours viewing and studying the quilts at the show.
I had the opportunity to speak to friends who had entries, and I got to make new friends.
My friend from Las Colchas, Vickie Owen, won a Red Ribbon for a quilt in the Art category.

Too Close to Call by Vickie Owens
Quilted by Kay Zwart
She captured the photorealism  movement of the artist, Chuck Close.

When I first started quilting, I picked safe colors, and usually dull patterns.
Vickie taught me how to play with color and pattern.
Vickie’s entry into the Modern Quilt category is an example of what she does with color and pattern.
She won a Red Ribbon for this quilt.

Speak for Yourself by Vickie Owen
Quilted by Rose Jeter

The Honorable Mention winner in the Modern category was a cheery and colorful display of owls on white background.

Whoo’s There? Hailey, That’s Whoo! by Holly Nelson

Since I love everything Autumn, this Blue Ribbon quilt in the Large Applique category caught my eye.

Pumpkin Harvest by Diane Leclair

Another quilt in the Large Applique category was this adorable quilt of pigs.
The fabric, color, and texture made this such a fun quilt. Simple, yet delightful.

Pigs and More Pigs by Lani Nunley
Quilted by Dianne Wiltz


In the Small Applique category there was this gorgeous floral sphere.

Monde de Fleurs by Bernie Farris
Quilted by Marilyn Bellows

Another one of my favorites was in the Art/Fiber Arts category.

Four Crows by Linda Heatherley
There was another bird-themed quilt in the Art/Fiber Arts category.
It won Honorable Mention.

My Support Group by Deborah Geistweidet

I loved the fabric in this Blue Ribbon winner  in the Large Pieced category.

Batik Windows by Deborah Ortis

An Honorable Mention winner in the Large Pieced Category made me laugh.

Funky Chickens by Linda Ethridge

My all time favorite was also the Judge’s Choice Award winner.

Family Tree by Deborah Geistweidt
There were so many embroidered details, such as the family faces in the tree trunk.
She had insects and mythical characters throughout the quilt.

Here is a close up of the insects…absolutely gorgeous.

My new interest is in learning more about modern/art quilts.
I am just beginning to study these areas.
I am already learning just by reading some of the blogs I follow.
Any input, ideas, and suggestions from the blogging world is welcomed.


Brackenridge Park Quilt Project: May 16, 2017

My friends and I had quite a day yesterday.
Our goal was to get the photos of the park printed on fabric printing paper.
We went to the Conservancy to get the photos from them and use the printer in the office.
Big oops!
We had Ink Jet photo fabric and the office had a Laser printer!
We ended up using my friend’s printer.
Next step: Applique

Ready, Set, Go! Space Quilt #2

Since I have already made my granddaughter two quilts, I was not sure if she wanted another.
One was a ballerina quilt; the other had birds in a tree.
These were small lap quilts,and they were the second and third quilts I had ever made.

Since I had not used the second space panel for my grandson’s quilt, I thought I could use it in a quilt for my granddaughter, another space enthusiast. I asked my son if my granddaughter would like a space quilt. Her room has recently been decorated with solar system decals and stars.

My son’s response was that she loves anything her grandmother makes and she is probably expecting one for Christmas.
The rush is on!

This morning, I found this great free pattern from eQuilter . It was designed by Wendy Sheppard, courtesy of Benartex. This pattern included the exact Out of this World panel I already have, so it was perfect.
I have ordered from eQuilter before and I have always been satisfied with the fabric.
I called to see about how to order just the pieces I needed, and I was informed it could take about 6 business days for it to get here.
This would be too late, so I went to Las Colchas and JoAnn’s and found what I needed.
Joan and Shawn were great in helping me figure out the fabric I needed.

The pattern gives great directions with a list of materials needed. I made some adjustments to make it special for my granddaughter. I know she likes purple, so I had to include it. I also decided to use one cream fabric instead of the two that were in the pattern. This will just keep it simple for me.


Quilting Friends

After going to the gym with my husband, I made my way to my all time favorite quilt shop, Las Colchas.
Cindy and Vicky are two of the best people around.
I consider them to be experts and I value their advice.
They always remind me that they are still learning.
They love to share what they already know.

Cindy helped me with my very first quilt.
Vicky has helped me with two other quilts I have made.

Right now, I am in the middle of finishing turkey mug rugs.
But as soon as I finish, I plan to begin the solar system quilt.

So, I went to consult with my expert friends, Cindy and Vicky.
Best thing I could have done!

Last week, I purchased some solar system fabric

This solar system panel by Fields Fabrics is for the front.
This earth view shot by Fabric by the Yard is the back panel. I have blue celestial fabric to add to each side of this back panel.

This is basically the design.
I have it more in my head than on paper, so I plan to firm up the plans before my 66 year old brain forgets the details we discussed.
There will be 18 star block quilts on the top side of the quilt.
These beautiful fabrics will be used to make the 6.5″ strips for framing the panels.

The three of us had a blast pulling out fabrics and visualizing the quilt.
They also showed me how to add a piece to a strip by making a diagonal seam.
They also demonstrated how to make a 2 triangle square in a more efficient manner.

I hope to be finished with the turkey rug mugs tomorrow.
Then, I will spend time cleaning and preparing my room before I start on the quilt.

Vicky and Cindy said they would be a phone call away if I need them.
I can’t miss with friends like these.

Day of Grace

In was on one of my first visits to Las Colchas that  I noticed some beautiful, bird print fabric.
One was white, with colorful birds.
The other was black, with colorful birds.
At that time, I knew I wanted the fabric, but since I was just working on my first quilt,
I did not buy the fabric.
In January, Cindy, from Las Colchas, had created a quilt kit based on a pattern,
Story Time, by The Cottage at Cardiff Farms .
Instead of the country home colored fabric shown in the pattern, Cindy used bright, vivid colors and different designs. Cindy included both the white and black bird fabric that I had been wanting for so long.
Something about the color and design just lifted my spirits.
The quilt had a cheerful and reflective effect on me.
Cindy shared that she always carries a quilt in her car.
She has it ready for  “grandma” time or just “me” time.
I loved this idea, so I made this quilt for me.

I just finished binding the quilt today.
Jeana did another great job bringing my quilt to life.

810 This is the kit I purchased from Las Colchas.
storyquilt The quilt center is made with a rail fence and 16 patch block.
storyback Back
The quilted reminded me of something my doctor once told me…
Look at each day as a day of grace.
Start Date: January 8, 2016
Piecing Completed: January 11, 2016
Acquired/Improved Skills: Rail fence, cutting the length of fabric (LOF),
accuracy in measuring and cutting, matching corners, borders

I used remnants from this quilt to make a tote/storage bag.
Have tote ~ Granny Will Travel



My First Log Cabin Quilt

austinco My sister and I attended the quilt convention in Austin, 2015.
At this time, I had no sewing machine.
But I knew I wanted to learn how to quilt.
With my sister’s support and urging, I walked out of the convention with more than I needed to start my first quilt.

One of my purchases was a fabric panel designed with animals.
My original plan was to make a simple nine square quilt, since that is all I knew.
I decided to visit a quilt shop owned by a friend, Francine Pons.
Oh, what an INSPIRING shop!
Las Colchas is filled with gorgeous, unique fabric.
The people there are so helpful and creative.
Cindy, one of the quilters who works there, instructed me on the basics of quilting.
She encouraged me to try the Log Cabin quilt pattern.
It is Cindy who taught me about choosing fabric. She gave me the confidence to choose
different colors and types of fabrics.

Every quilt tells a story, so this first quilt tells the story of our family’s jubilation over the birth of our grandson, Judah. The name of the quilt is Judah’s Jamboree.
I illustrated and wrote the story of the quilt.

Acquired/Improved Skills: Log Cabin quilting, accuracy of measurement and cutting, element of color and design in fabric choices, measuring for the amount of fabric needed for backing, the importance of pressing seams
* I later learned the importance of having no more than a 2.5 inch space not quilted

Acquired/Improved Skills: April 12, 2015
Piecing Completed: May 15, 2015
Presented: July, 2015