Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween and
Happy Fall!!

I enjoy this time of year - the weather, the colors etc.  I hope you have a terrific day :)

Friday, October 30, 2015

Finger Pressing

Another wool piece done!  I think I have five more to do to finish up this Christmas gift.

I am a fan of finger pressing!  It's only taken my 20 years to figure that out, but I am finding that if I finger press a seam before pressing it with an iron, then the block or seam doesn't get all distorted out of shape!  Now why didn't I figure that out 50 quilts ago??  I don't know, but I'm glad I finally did.  Also I realized that pressing and ironing are two different things.  If I press, voila!  Less block distortion :)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

More Wool!

Another wool piece done! These are proving quick and easy to work on. Now I just need to figure out how to finish them and what kind of hanging contraption to use! I am trying to finish them up for a Christmas gift.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Kim Diehl

I discovered I have quite a lot of Kim Diehl fabric, and one of her books that my husband bought for me awhile back.

So I've spent the last couple of days making a LOT of these....

And these ....

So I can put together blocks that look like this....

I learned on The Quilt Show today that a "fabricologist" is "one who has perfected the art of stashing fabric"!

And that "One who sleeps under a quilt is comforted by LOVE".

I love this baby!  Isn't it sweet how she's clutching onto the quilt her grandma made her?? Maybe this will become her favorite "blankie" :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Wooly Bits

If I watch enough TV, I'll keep getting these done!  I believe this one is for the month of June.

I actually did make it to my sewing room today too for the first time in about two weeks.  Gotta get back in the swing of things!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Back Basting Hand Applique

It never ceases to amaze me that Annie, who is in her mid 80's,  is still able to do such beautiful hand work.  Here she is showing a back basting hand appliqué project she is working on.  I hope I can continue to do hand work well into my 80's! She is an inspiration!

I definitely need to get back into my sewing room this week - it's been far too long.  I'm not sure even where to start, but I doubt it takes too long to figure it out :)

Have a great day!

Sunday, October 25, 2015


This is a quilt Sherida is working on. She said the green blocks were too plain, so she added the silk square with some wool felting. Very creative!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

January's Wool Block

One more wool block done!  Chipping away at those Christmas gifts!  Actually just getting started - ha!!

Friday, October 23, 2015

For All the Knitters Out There

OK, this first picture isn't knitting but I had to show the cute crocheted pumpkin hat my daughter made for her daughter!

My daughter has several colleagues who are knitters and she has received some fabulous gifts!  This baby afghan is made from Alpaca yarn bought in Peru.  It's the softest afghan I've ever felt - and I love the colors!

This isn't knitted either but one of Megan's friends made these adorable little shoes!

A knitted hat, also from Alpaca.

And this amazing knitted dress is made with wool yarn!  It's also very soft.  You can't tell too well in the picture, but it's a beautiful lavender.  I love the design.  These women are obviously VERY talented!  These gifts are much cherished and appreciated :)

I'm sort of tempted to take up knitting, but I should probably just try to get better at quilting....

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Some Show and Tell

My Little Bits Miniature group always has great show and tell items!

Here is a wool piece finished by Leota.  I love all of the embroidery stitching she did for embellishing.  Beautiful work - and she is all ready for Thanksgiving!

She finished two monthly minis as well.  She re-designed this Halloween one because she loves cats, so needed a cat sitting on the pumpkin.

Fall is definitely in the air!  Have you carved your pumpkin yet??

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A Freakin' Awesome Grandma

First of all, check out this video of Ann Romney sharing tips on how to be a "Freakin' Awesome Grandma"!  I need all the tips I can get!

Secondly I got my December wool block done! I've decided these are going to be a Christmas gift, so now I have a deadline :)

Happy Quilting or whatever you happen to be doing today!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

My daughter said I could share a picture of her beautiful daughter.  She is amazing - actually they both are!

What fun it is to be a grandma :)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Quilts on Display

Every day at the luncheon at Quilt Fest there were several new quilts on display.  Some, like these first three by Cynthia England, were made by the speaker for that day.  Others were from members of the Utah Quilt Guild.  It was like having a new quilt show to look at each day at lunch!

It's Magic
Pieced and quilted by Marilyn Hausknecht

Carnival Lights by Verla Hasler
quilted by Carol Rawson

Patriotic Friendship by Kaye Evans
quilted by Pat

Happy Quilting! I need to get back to holding my granddaughter :)

Sunday, October 18, 2015

If You Like Miniatures....

If you like miniature quilts you might want to go check out the Rogue Quilter's blog at:

I met her at Quilt Fest and she showed me this marvelous miniature quilt he had made. You might want to visit her blog for some miniature inspiration! (And other - she makes more than minis, wool etc.)

I'm feeling very inspired to make another miniature quilt myself!  I just picked up Lisa Bongean's new book "Little Gatherings" from Hi Fashion on Friday - full of good ideas!  Happy Quilting!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Quilty Things

I love it when my kids send me quilty pictures or information!  My daughter-in-law sent me this picture of this amazing cake.  It's hard to believe it's even edible, yet it looks delicious!  I love it!

Yesterday my son sent an article entitled
"The Man Who Kept a Quilt for 70 Years"

It's a story about a British man whose family received a quilt from the United States in a care package in 1941.  It's a very touching story about how much that act of kindness, and that quilt meant to them, and how his mother, and then he has treasured the quilt all these years.
We've all given away quilts and we just never know how they touch the lives of those who receive them.  Read the story at the link above and keep on quilting!

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Long and the Short of It

The rest of the quilt show pictures from Quilt Fest:

The Long and the Short of It
made and quilted by Donna Moyer

The quilt depicts the quilter, who is not tall, taking a walk with her very tall husband!

Spring Bouquet
made and quilted by Carmen Geddes

1st Place Machine Appliqué award

I love the colors and quilting on this one!

Gentleman's Fancy
made and quilted by Shirley L. Olsen

1st Place Hand Applique
National Teacher's Choice Award

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Are You Ready for Christmas??

One store I was in a couple of days ago has full blown Christmas decorations up already - and it's not even Halloween yet!  To be honest, I haven't thought much about Christmas, or Christmas shopping yet, but I do have a couple of projects in mind that I want to make for Christmas - I better get busy!

This quilts is called Bended Knees and it was made by Pamela S. White and quilted by Carol Rawson.  It is all hand appliquéd.

This cheerful quilt is called Hello Sunshine, by Dolores Montoya and quilted by Kaylene Parry.  It won a Judge's Choice award at Quilt Fest.

Canyonlands Morning
made and quilted by Susan Madden

Star Spangled Majesty
made and quilted by Kathy Porter

What is it?
made and quilted by Kathy Porter

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A Few More!

I still have a few quilt pictures from the UQG's quilt show. Right now I'm more inspired to hold my granddaughter than quilt! My Dad, her great grandfather says she is his new ski buddy. I already have plans to teach her to quilt :)
Nocturne: Remembering Chopin made and quilted by Shirley L. Olsen
First Place Machine Appliqué

Great Big Juicy Box of Crayons
Made and quilted by Chris Robinson

My Favorite Stories by Charlotte E. Davis, quilted by Tammy German 

Paokalani African Tulips by Karin Crawford, quilted by Pat Gorelangton