Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Arkansas Crossroads

Arkansas Crossroads is now a quilt top. 
My Lovely Year of Finishes March goal is to get it quilted and bound.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Yes...I'm Still Big Stitching and Will Be for Awhile

Perle #8

Big stitching

Yellow fabric had dragonflies on it so why not quilt dragonflies in this section.

I used a dark green back. You may not be able to see all that stitching on the busy fabrics on the front but it shows well on the back. 

All different colors of thread...

All different motifs...

It's starting to have a nice texture.  And, no, that's not a crease quilted in...just a wrinkle in the fabric that will wash out. 

Hand stitching? 

Saturday, February 28, 2015


Broken Wheels in pink. 
I'm in two different Birthday Clubs and Broken Wheels is my block of choice - maker's colors of choice on a neutral background.  If I also make 2 blocks each month in RSC colors I should have enough blocks for a large quilt by year end. 

36 Little Lozenges (Bitter Pills)
These finish at 2 x 4.5

I've been making them since last year and finally decided to take count.  I have 4 piles of 100 (50 with black corners and 50 with white corners)  and one pile of 80 and a few extras to boot.  I think that should be enough for a 50 x 70 quilt (if I calculated correctly  for a layout 25 x 18). 

In case you haven't seen it...I finished my Wild Little Monkey quilt - one of last year's RSC projects. 

Got Scraps?
Make something.  Then show us what you've done with them each ScrapHappy Saturday. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Wild Little Monkeys

Wild Little Monkeys
81 x 97

I forget how many of these little 5 inch Monkey Wrench blocks are in this quilt.  I miscounted twice. 

I made blocks in the RSC color of the month every month last year.  I used scraps in the designated color plus a lighter, usually neutral, scrap for the HSTs and then picked through the 1.5 inch scraps for the rest of the block. 

I didn't do any fussy cutting but it's kind of amazing what will show up in a tiny 1 inch center square. 

I think I need this kind of quilt during the long dreary days of winter. This type of quilt, lots of different fabrics and different colors, works as a great anti -depressant.  It also keeps us warm since our house is heated by wood heat which sometimes goes out in the night.

I quilted it on my DSM with spirals in light green machine quilting thread.  The spirals don't really look like spirals in this picture now that the the quilts is washed and crinkly but that's what the quilting is supposed to be - spirals.  And a colorful quilt needs a colorful backing and binding. 

I can now check another UFO off of my list!! Wooohoo! 

Linking up to:

At the end of the month I'll link up to Julie's Binding Blitz

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tulips for Thirties Thursday


I have completed nineteen nine inch Tulip quilt blocks.
And now I have a total of 56.
I'm ready to make them into a quilt top if I can find where I put the rest of the Kona Snow I need for sashing. 
Speaking of snow...it is...snowing...again. 
It will be awhile before I see any real tulips. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Turning Over a New Leaf

 I told myself that this year I had to finish 5 quilts before I could even think of starting anything new. (If you've looked at my UFO tab you would know the reason why). 

Well, I've finished my obligatory 5 quilts. 
I've looked over my "wanna start" list.
I've enjoyed reading about Audrey's Tree of Life adventures. 
She even graciously shared a tutorial for HER Tree of Life.
I've been inspired.
I have a lot of fall fabrics.
I have a lot of fall fabrics with leaves. 
I have some blues I can use for the sky background. 
I started a Tree of Life quilt. 

I guess with my "finish 5, start 1" resolution you could say I've turned over a new leaf. 
And, you know...with that resolution I also feel like I have a new leaf on life.