Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Some April Highlights

I started writing this post so long ago it is ridiculous! 
Meanwhile most of the month has passed, and this has gone from a few random items to including highlights from April....enjoy!

These little notecards...because I could not bear to throw away the snippets from my Mom's little x's.
And another funny paper-block-thing-whatever-it-is, made out of my flour and sugar packaging...
Not really sure what I am doing with these, but they may end up in a kitchen...or in the woodstove, when all is said and done, no worries either way...it is kinda fun to mess around with  :)

I am steadily progressing on this simple 2-color Irish Chain, for my #2 son, Nash.
It made the list for the Q2 FAL, here!
Aaaaand the top is finished, waiting on backing and batting! Yay!

My brother in law has made a few trips to Indy....and Crimson Tate! Oh happy me!!
A little Lotta, Kaffe, Lizzy and Denyse..with a sprinkling of some fun Japanese prints :)

Turkey Season, I mean Spring, has arrived!

I love the complexity of turkey feathers! 
A general greening, with dandelions and some sweet wildflowers are what we get out here.
on my daily walk...when the roads are dry :)

Spring Bear Season also came in, so Hubs and the boys headed 400+ miles across the state, and enjoyed a few days here!!! It was gorgeous 80 degree weather...
 these, on the sign, were the only bears they saw.
Bass, at Trout Creek, MT :)
I think they all enjoyed the change of scenery!**

The day they returned, so did these sweethearts!
tree swallows!
This is the last sunset we have seen...it was Saturday, Passover! 
I have had some fun in the several rainy days since...but that will be for another post!

linking up with Lorna and Let's Be Social

**in case you might wonder, I stayed home because, well, someone has to feed the dogs! That is the sort version :) No worries, I travel plenty in this amazing state :)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Wonky Mini Charm Mini!

I am kind of a sucker when it comes to precuts...charms and mini charms especially.
When Jayne busted out this whimsical dancing charm square quilt I immediately began making plans for some charm packs I have.
Then, in an effortless, spontaneous way, I became a volunteer to test a mini version!
And I got to be on her awesome blog, Twiggy and Opal!!!
With the Wonky Mini Charm quilt!
With Jayne as a guide, I finally took a walk on the wonky side!
She wrote a tutorial for the Wonky Mini Charm that is very user friendly!
I just love all the blues in Zen Chic's Sphere, and I had fun adding a few colors to the background of some of the squares!
I puzzled over the quilting a bit, then went with opposing angles from 2 of the 3 squares per row.
I thought the singular orange asterisk appropriate for the back :)

I chose the vertical layout to go with my other Twiggy and Opal inspired mini, "Cool Jayne", inspired by her "Cool Waters"  quilt.
So now I have "Cool Jayne" and "Wonky Jayne"...a fun pair of minis!
A big Thank You to the "Real Jayne" for so much inspiration and all the fun charm pack playtime :)

Linking up with Beth@Cooking Up Quilts and Main Crush Monday!



Monday, April 18, 2016

First Q2 Finish!

Barry Loves Sue Pillow! Number 4 on my Q2 list.
It went pretty quickly from this...
...to this!
My own personal welcome to the wonderful world of low volume :)
One of my sons suggested the fish camo for the B...as Barry is a fisherman, among other things, from Minnesota :)
I'm loving my two-toned pillow backs :)
So! There we go! One down, 2 or 3 to go :)
Linking up with Main Crush Monday @ Cooking Up Quilts :)



Sunday, April 10, 2016

Q2 Finish Along 2016

There may be a pretty big move in this quarter. Fingers crossed!
(Do you all still believe me? Lol!)
So a short list for Q2:

1. Peaks and Paddocks, for Son #1. 

Top is finished. Needs elements of quilt sandwich, quilted and bound

2.  Irish chain, for Son #2.

Rows are stitched together in the web.  Needs assembled, and small border of white added. Quilted, and bound.

3.  Dresden Plate, #2

The second quilt made from my Great Grandmother's Dresden blocks. I think I will add much negative space to bring this up to a nice lap size. Running on the far outside with this one, since it will be hand quilted.

4. Barry Loves Sue Pillow
A wedding gift to deliver in May. 
Plus or Heart, that is the question....

Yep, that's it!
Linking up with Debbie at The Quilters Table
Q2 linky is open thru 16 April...

Friday, March 25, 2016

Love and Kisses!

My beautiful Mother celebrates her 80th birthday this week!
Without a plan for anything bigger, I came up with a smaller plan.
Juicy fruit colors and pale pastels....
vibrant (happy, lively, cheerful, adventurous), 
and soft (quiet, thoughtful, composed, loving), like her!
I improvised a little 3" (finished) x block....
Oops!  The L disappeared!
Ahh, that's better!
Straight line machine quilting with every pale color I had,
Hand stitching in the main panel with doubled thread for visibility.
6"x14", to fit a feather neck roll form I found online at Bed, Bath and Beyond...
I hope it is nice :)
The first L reappears on the back...more pastel...
A speedy little finish, but it is packed full of love!
Happy LXXXth Birthday to Mom!


Linking with:
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts :)
Main Crush Monday @ Cooking Up Quilts
Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts