Friday, May 1, 2015

A Bittersweet Finish

I don't normally "do" hearts.
As a mother of two boys I do, however, "do" cowboys and bucking horses when it seems right.
 This little pillow, measuring 15x15 is for an old friend. 
It is made from scraps she gave me close to 25 years ago, from shirts she was making her own two little boys, who I adored.
 Her youngest, Jason, died 12 years ago this month, at the age of 16.
 I've never been able to part with these scraps, and finally made them into a heart, for Debbie.
It just felt right, to let her know that we remember and still love her Jason, after all these years.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Weekend Forecast...

100% chance of sew!!
But first let me show you what I did!
The culmination of a recent flurry of Cathedral Windows pincushions!
It is small, measuring 9x18
But it is pretty big to me :)

A finish to share with CrazyMomQuilts and
Finish It Up Friday

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Lotsa Little Bits

Central Montana is not a particularly flowery place....
 But if you wander the hills, you will find the signs of Spring, even here :)
 You will cover some ground, so pace yourself :)
While searching for recently shed elk antlers, my Charley Russell wannabe was thrilled to find this buffalo skull embedded in a dirt bank.  A bittersweet reminder of the former inhabitants of this sweeping landscape.

 With all the succulent fabrics newly released, I just had to take a photo of this little beauty :)
 I found myself in the presence of this wonderful tree again. Always a memorable occasion, as it is no simple task to accomplish :)
 Another sweet delicate bloom
 We spent parts of several recent days hiking and hunting for antlers, but the last day we tried, we were smoked out! A prescribed "control" burn began, just as we arrived to our day's destination. Boo.
 6500 acres...don't ask me why.
And so "Fire Season" commences in Montana.
 The smoke filled the river valley for a couple days.
But our hikes paid off with this load of grocery and gas money :)

And this, from my Brother-in-law, was waiting for me in town at the Post Office :)
Greg has always been most generous in giving me fabric from time to time, and last year I told him I wanted to make him a quilt for his February birthday.
Priority Mail, indeed!
 I found out that what he would really like is a couple of throw pillows instead! We have been going back and forth, finding ideas and coming up with a plan!
delicious shot cottons!
I will share details of those in another post :)
Sweeet selvedges!
In the meantime, he went shopping!! At Crimson Tate!! In person, in Indianapolis!!
Didn't I already mention his generosity? :)
Another box full of linen has also since arrived...will keep you posted!

I warned in the title there were "lotsa bits" today, and here is another...
I finally made one of these sweet Cathedral Windows pincushions! 
I used this tutorial at Riley Blake.
The generosity of a hometown friend was the motivation behind jumping in on this, as a special little gift of thanks.
So I made two, one for her, one for me, and she could choose her favorite...
And then this happened!!!
The same friend asked if I would make several for her shop, The Little Golden Fox!!! How could I possibly refuse?  You see a glimpse of how she is...encouraging, always, and so enthusiastic!
Thank you Cara!

Ben's Spring turkey :)

So you see, there has been plenty going on as Spring comes in, just lotsa little bits!

Linking up with Lorna and Let's Bee Social!

Sunday, March 22, 2015


Shock and awe here this morning...have you seen this??
Lotta Joann's!!!

End of announcement...I just had to share!!
You're most welcome!! :)
Happy Sunday!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Two of My Favorite Things

A finished quilt and a sunrise!
My first finish for the Q1 Finish along!
2015 Finish-Along
From "Happy Stack"...
I followed this free pattern by Jeni Baker of In Color Order.

I even assigned each of my fabrics to each of the fabrics in the pattern, from darks to light, as best I could.
I decided to change the arrangement slightly to accommodate my limited machine quilting skills. 
Since I still can't free motion quilt...I have no feed dog cover or darning foot...
                    I went with a fairly close zigzag quilting, with the lines just under an inch apart.

You all know how much I love my choice of backing! It is as if by not actively looking for a backing, I was just using my "fabric peripherals" and this came along perfectly! 
Another first for me was machine binding to both front and back!
This is not the optimum choice for me usually, but I really wanted to try it, and this particular quilt was just suited for it.  I took Jeni B.'s advice to sew s l o w l y, and I am happy with the results.
This pattern is called "Fly Home".
In commemoration of our frequent moves since 2007, I think I may call mine "Back and Forth"!
Or maybe "Mont-iana".
Or "Big Sky Hoosier"?
"Which Way Is Home?"

In any case, it is finished! 

Some Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Fly Home by Jeni Baker
Finished size: 56" x 72"
Fabrics, with what detail I can remember:
Garden Party by Jane Dixon in red, brown and green
Terrain by Kate Spain in blue
Echo by Lotta Jansdotter in brown
Pearl Bracelets by Lizzy House in semi-sweet, because I ran out of the brown Lotta and this was a really close match
Pearl Bracelets in Peach and Cotton candy
Green and light blue polka dots of unknown designer
A couple pieces of Comma by Zen Chic in green, for the same reason as the pearl bracelets...I ran out of the green dot, and filled in with the Comma
Black and white gingham from Joann's
Glimma by Lotta in rosey cheeks for the backing
A quirky combination of fabrics, but I think that is all of them :)

What about "West Midwest"?
Okay I'll stop now!

And try for one more Q1 finish!
Wish me luck!

Happy to link up with Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts!

edited to add:  the official name of the quilt has become "Happy Mail"...the result of some fun with friends on FaceBook, who thought the geese looked like envelopes, maybe even love letters.
Between the "Happy Stack"origins and how fabric mail is happy mail and news from home and friends afar is also happy mail, and sending love through quilts is also happy mail...well you see how it is :) I love it!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday Finishes!

In keeping with my leisurely pace this year, I have a couple small-ish finishes to share today!

My Mother's birthday is later this month so I thought I would make her a couple little somethings.
I knew I wanted to make her a zippered pouch. She makes frequent overnight trips to various of my sisters' homes, and I thought it might be useful for those.

Four charms from Lotta Jansdotter's Sylvia collection and a couple 2" strips of osnaburg

I used a 7" zipper, and it measures 8.5" x 5.75"

I also wanted to make her a summer "wreath". She won a quilted Christmas Wreath in a silent auction and was so tickled with it, I thought this ever-sweet pattern would be perfect for the warmer season!

It has rather over-sized corner tabs for hanging. I hope it will fit over the same framed picture in her entry as the Christmas one did.

In keeping with the first of this pattern that I made and called "Winter Sparkle",
 I call this one "Summer Frolic" :)
I used five 5" charms of Basic Grey's PB&J, and one 5" charm of their Persimmon, along with another Persimmon print for the binding. 
It ended up measuring 22" x 22"

I also made up a drawstring bag for my Hoosier friend, Hannah, whose birthday is also this month.
The boys put in a few things, including a handmade coyote call and some candies to sweeten the package.
It was very fun to use a couple of those fat quarters I won awhile back. 
Ducks in a Row, by American Jane :)

Wishing my Mom and Hannah the happiest of birthdays!