Thursday, July 18, 2013

Working on a Wacky Web Quilt

And once again, it's been forever since my last post. My only excuse is that it's summer time, and grandkids want to swim.In between the swimming and such, I have been working away on a Wacky Web Quilt. I'd seen the Youtube video by Missouri Star Quilt Company, and fell in love with the pattern. Having a big box of strings, I just knew I wanted this to be my first string quilt. So far I have 14 blocks made.  
 Perfect for passing the evenings with a good movie on in the back ground. I love mixing the colors, and the anything goes rule. It's  a fun project and I'm debating on appliqueing a few spiders here and there for fun. I'm thinking this will be a nice quilt for Aiden, who is quite into bugs these days anyway.
 Missouri Star Quilt Company has a Wacky Web kit. It has 250 triangle papers, a WW ruler and a lapel temporary glue stick. I also bought a few Muslin Mates charm packs by Moda.
 The template fits perfectly on the charm packs. I trim 4 layers at a time. It goes pretty fast.
 Then a little lapel stick to the paper triangle, just enough to hold it down. Your ready to start adding your strings.The triangle papers come in a refill pack too, so you don't have to repurchase the whole kit. Or you could make your own triangle papers, but the packs are so inexpensive, and I really like how easy they tear away. Missouri Star Quilting Company is one of my favorite online shops. They always have a daily deal, that is hard to pass up. Love their videos too. Go check them out!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sister's Choice...Blocks finished!

Sister's Choice blocks finished and sewn together! Now I have to consider the border's. Did you see Bonnie Hunter's Sister Choice? I just love it! I'm afraid I didn't see her lesson on Neutrals until after I was too far committed into my fabric choices. Still, Addi is most very happy with what I've completed, and I watched her little fingers tracing along the different blocks, and she would ooooo and ahhhh over the different fabrics.( This is why you sew for the little darlings, right? I have visions of her hunging onto her quilt long after I'm gone, remembering the Nana that loved her enoough to make her a quilt.)

I'm thinking a thin red border with a wider pink border. My daughter suggested that I put her name and a message on the back. I think I like that idea! After this, I have to quilt Easy Street and this quilt. I also have a smail's trail, and a couple of other UFO's that need quilting.

What are ya'll up too?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


OOOOO! SQUEEEEEE! I actually won something!!!! How kewl is that?  I won some yummy hand dyed fabric from hand dyed fabrics ! LOOKIE LOOKIE!!! Isn't it the most fabulous colors, so bright, so happy, so...well me! (I blame my love of bright colors on my Japanese heritage and growing up in the 60s and 70s!) Thank you Vicki for such a fabulous gift! This will have to be for something special with these 10, yes 10 fat 8ths. I'm thinking they would be most very awesome in a Twister quilt with black border, or maybe to use for the Flower Garden applique quilt I have planned. Anyway, the give away was sponsered by Quilting Bloggers.Go check the site out, there's a button on my sidebar. They have give aways all the time.( You never could win too!)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Once Upon a Time...

a kind friend named Ms Julie, give me a couple of huge bags of scraps. They were most colorful happy scraps, and I was overjoyed! I cut the scraps into 2 1/2 " squares and pondered, what shall I do with said lovelies? They were most precious and special soooo, they were stashed away in normal saline tubs awaiting the day that a most special use was found.

While watching Bonnie Hunter on Quilt Cam piecing together her Sister's Choice blocks, there was an epiphany! Hey! I love those blocks! Hey! I have a bunch of 2 1/2 square blocks cut out! OOOOOO! I have a bunch of white on white/cream fabric left from Easy Street! And so now I have this, 18 Sister's Choice blocks with rainbow points! See!

Now while I was sewing blocks, Addi, my 4 year old granddaughter, came up and said," Can this be for me Nana?" . Why yes! Yes it can. She loves the rainbow points too!

This is my favorite block. The yellow fabric with blue pansies is so gorgeous and I wish I had more of it.

So now Nana still needs to make at least 6 more blocks, maybe 10. I'm aiming for a twin size quilt for Addi's bed. I think I need some green points to mix in for the rainbow colors.

Now this isn't the end to my story! To be continued! 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Learning To Quilt, Part 2

Again no pics, yet another story.  My first mother in law was Vesta Lyons. She was the kindest soul I'd ever met. I was too young when I married my first husband. Vesta took me right in. She was an older lady in her late 60's. Her eyes were bright, and beamed with goodness. I love her so! She taught me gardening, cooking, and took me everywhere with her like I was her own daughter. She also took my quilting to the next level.

 Vesta taught me to make string quilts. We would take old sheets, some purchased at yard sales, and tear them into 6 inch strips lengthwise. Once again, double knits came into play. Old pant suits, shirts, and what ever we could get our hands on would be cut into 2 inch strips. She showed me how to lay the strips on a diagonal, and we'd zigzag the strips into place. Once we covered those long strips with colorful  doubleknits, we'd then alternate them into a zigzag pattern and sew them together. Old blankets served as batting, and a new sheet or a used one in good shape would be the backing. Now I learned about tacking and tying. She taught me about binding. There wasn't a lot of money back then, but let me tell you, the quilts we made one year, enough for all her kids, grandkids, including myself and my husband, were beautiful and warm.

Vesta used to tell me all the time,"If a person was to make one quilt a year, every year, she would never have to worry about her family needing covers." . So true, so true! Love you Vesta!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Strange Feet Indeed!!!

While tuning up Ms.Bessie, who's purring like a kitten... I came across these in her box.

Never really paid that much attention, but these feet don't go with her. From what I have found out, they are Griest feet, made for Singer? Anyway, I don't own a machine that uses these feet. There is a bit of rust, but it doesn't affect the mechanism, and some ingenius person might know how to deal with said rust. Point is..does anyone out there want these feet? I would most happily send them to you. They're just in my way, but I wouldn't dare pitch them knowing someone out there would love to have them.

Sooooo, if your that person, leave me a message. These feet can be yours! 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

My First Quilt

No pics today, just a remembrance if you please...

I remember making my first quilt with my Japanese mother. Her name was Mariko. One of her friends living in Dallas, sewed for a clothing manufacturer. Back in the 70's, it was all about the double knits. Anyway,  her friend, Suziko, would have bags and bags of knit scraps. Suziko made patchwork quilts, pillows, and such. My mother became intrigued and Suziko gave her a couple of huge bags. This lead to my first quilt.

It was simple. One square template and we would sit at the dining table, cutting our squares. I was about 9 years old at the time. The colors were bright and the patterns geometric. Once we had a big pile, she would sit at the sewing machine, and sew them together. Eventually she showed me how to operate the machine. It was an old Necchi. When my father saw us sewing together, he got excited for some reason. He immediately went down to the Singer sewing store in Wynnwood Village Shopping Center and bought a brand new Singer Golden Touch sewing machine in a pretty cabinet.

So we sewed, and we cut. Our quilts had no batting, they weren't even tied. The backing would be double knit fabric that we folded over for binding. My mother didn't know about batting, tying, quilting or binding. But the quilts were warm, and colorful. She was proud of them because we had made them together. So was I! 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Island Chain Quilt for Amy...Piecing complete!

And at 1:00 am, I have finished piecing Amy's Island Chain quilt! All done in Bali Pops, I think the rich colors are totally yummy, and as usually find myself a little sorry I finished the piecing. It was truly a fun pattern, and I enjoyed it so much! Kudos to Kim Brackett, what a wonderful design this is! Sorry for the poor picture quality, but it's late, and I don't have any help to hold the quilt up for a picture. 

Another view, I used my Bali Pop scraps to make the border a bit larger so it will fit Amy's bed. The dark chocolate/wine color in the borders, really makes the colors pop! Amy hasn't seen the finished product yet. She's now sick with what were all passing around. Angela is very excited, because she loves the same pattern, but in her colors which are more Aqua and Lavender  I think I have this pattern down pat, and it won't take near as long to do hers, especially since I'm not mixing an Easy Street in with it!

So what are you working on? Are you following Bonnie with her flying geese and reproduction quilt? 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Finished Piecing Easy Street...OH YEAH!!!!

I did it, yeah, I did it!!! I finished piecing my Easy Street!!! Yip Yip Yip!!! And I love it! The Batiks make me happy, and I just love the colors! 3 x 4 blocks is going to be plenty big for my twin size bed! Now to figure out how to use the extra blocks for pillow shams!

It's wet and rainy outside, so I had to do an inside pic. Couldn't back away enough to get the whole quilt in the pic! I've decided against borders, it's pretty big as is.
A special thank you to Bonnie Hunter for hosting and designing Easy Street Mystery Quilt Along. It was super fun, and the design is so fabulous! I can't wait until the next one! Your such a doll to do all that work!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Easy Street...Close to Complete!

All my blocks for Easy Street are finally complete! (Actually, I have done all the blocks for a 4 x 4 block quilt, but have decided to do the 3 x 4 block quilt.) Now all I have to do is join the blocks! My tush is still dragging from this flu. I have asthma, and it has my airway really irritated. Thank God for inhalers! 

 Here's a close up of the blocks. I was worried that the white on cream fabrics weren't going to look as nice as the black on white fabrics, but now that I see the finished results, I think I like it better. It certainly makes the pattern more pronounced. This has been such a fun quilt along, and I've enjoyed it so much. Now that the quilt is close to completion, I feel a bit sad! Not too sad though. I still have Amy's quilt in progress, and need to finish it soon! (She's patiently waiting!)

Friday, January 11, 2013

Getting Down on Easy Street!

Finally!!! 16 Block A are complete! 3 Block B are complete! Through yet another bout of Flu, I am sewing my heart out! I know it's not a race, but I just want to see the finished product! This will have been the most complex quilt top I've done yet!

 There is a dilemma; however, size! I was going to gift this to a daughter that was getting married. She informs me that she wants a Mario Brother's quilt with Mario and Princess Pea.  I already have quilts in progress for the other daughters. I can use a new quilt for sure! But, my bed is a twin size. Easy Street is no little girl! I measured on my bed, and making it 3 blocks x 4 would be most generous! Hmmm, I could always use the extra blocks for pillow shams!.

So here it is! Not finished, but making strong progress! I have totally enjoyed this mystery quilt along!

I've been browsing all the other Easy Streets. All the various color choices are amazing! I love them all!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Easy Street Follies or What Was I Smoking???

I was reviewing my block on Facebook, and I noticed, "OH horrors...I made a slight mistake! If you look at the first pic the lower four patch squares turned the wrong way! Ack! 

 Ok, it's an easy fix, no big deal.See...all better now in the next pic!  If that's the worse mistake I make, I'll pat myself on the back. But I digress...

 While pressing and starching my triangles, LOOK what I found!!!

 Not just one mismatched triangle, but 3!!! Yep, the 'ole seam ripper will be seeing some action today! Now Bonnie clearly warned about watching which way you placed the four patch, didn't she! (I think she knew I'd do this! Ok Bonnie, I will better heed the warning now!)

Ok, enough whinning! I will now go fix my mistake, and get back to my blocks!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Easy Street ...1st Block Done!

WoooooHoooo! All triangle ends and inserts are complete and I have finished my first block of Easy Street! My accomplishment seems a bit light compared to those that have completely finished their own Easy Street! 

And my...they are gorgeous! I tip my hat to you speedy quilters! I myself am a slow poke, but it's all about the thrill of the completed quilt. I always get a little sad when a quilt top is completed. It's comparable to that feeling you get after all the presents are opened, or at the end of a vacation!

At any rate, I won't be sad for sometime on Easy Street! It's sure to give me piecing pleasure for a couple of weeks at least!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Easy Street Clue #7, Headed Towards My Big Finish!

It's been an exciting week for followers of Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt along, Easy Street! We got our last clues this week, including the big reveal! I can't wait to finish mine up! Here are my corner triangles, All four are complete! 

Here are 3 of my 12 triangle units. Isn't this fun? It's like working a jig saw puzzle. I'm loving the colors together!

And 3 other of my big triangle units. Only 6 more to go! Darn it...have to work tonight, but I'll have a few days off afterwards to finish this quilt I hope! Can't wait to work on the blocks. On my side bar you'll see a badge for the Easy Street quilt. Click on it to do your own Easy Street! Bonnie's generous free pattern will only be up for so long, so don't procrastinate!

Then a late Christmas present from my daughter! She gave me some Amazon gift cards, and this is one of the presents I picked! Thanks Sarah! The other is an Accuquilt die, Ring of Oaks. Can't wait for it to get here!
Hope ya'll had a great New Year's Day! I spent mine on Easy Street, and was a happy quilter! Now I'm off for a nap so I can't work all night. Happy New Year's to all of you, may 2013 be even better than 2012!