Sunday, August 25, 2013

Monkeys! baby quilt and more....

Cary (my son) and Stephanie are expecting a baby, due in November.  Making me a Grandma! Yay! I'm very excited and of course will be making a baby quilt(s).  They are preparing the baby room and found themselves at JoAnn Fabrics, buying fabric for the nursery.  You could've knocked me over with a eldest son at JoAnns!  Anyway, after staring at monkey fabric for a few days this is what I came up with...

The quilt measures 60x72".  I drew the Monkeys and appliqued them with a machine blanket stitch...they still need eyes but I think they turned out pretty darn cute! :)   I bought 12ft of rick rack, wouldn't you know it wasn't enough?!....ugh! back to the store.

My next project is a wedding gift for my niece, Michelle.  I like the Lakota Indian tradition of giving Lone Star quilts to celebrate special occasions.  I've always wanted to make a Lone Star and now I have the perfect reason (excuse) for doing so.  In searching I found Jenny Beyer's Star Sapphire quilt and ordered her fabrics online for this pattern.  I'm very excited to get started, the fabrics are stunning!

Unfortunately my homestead is in a state of chaos! And before I get going on something new I have some housekeeping to do.  A few weeks ago I held a garage sale and sold two large antique sideboards and several tables.  I'm tired of antiques and wanted a change but these old relics were holding a ton of my quilt stuff which is now scattered all over the floor.  Clutter ruins my creativity and I must get organized! Ugh....And I want to paint...every wall!  I have all downstairs for sewing and quilting, this area used to be for my kids, their friends and parties but I really want to make this my space and would prefer a more sophisticated look.

Reader beware....the following pictures may be unsettling!  (It's definitely unsettling for me!)

Holy Cow!!! I've got a lot of work to do!!! :(   If your in the neighborhood come on over and let's paint! :)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

A Flower for Plain Jane

A few weeks ago I posted pictures of a challenge fabric given to our Deforest Quilt Guild and much to my delight I'm nearly finished with it! (only needs binding!).  Last April I purchased Lisa Calle's Divide and Design DVD and her quilter's groove ruler 16.  I used her designs from her "Not So Plain Jane" to complete this quilt.  In the center I made a fabric flower which I learned from "The Nifty Stitcher" at

The groove pro line 16 was designed by Lisa Calle and is available from her website  It is really pretty slick, in the fact your hopping foot sews and slides against the inner cut out groove.  It comes in a variety of sizes to stitch from 1", 1/2", 1/4", 1/8" to a 1/16th" and the rulers are available as either straight or curved.  So with all the sizes available...I ask myself "what the hell was I thinking?!!" a 1/16th inch!!! I felt like my hopping foot would sew against one side of the ruler and I would no more take one stitch and would be sewing against the other side....that is some TINY spacing, of course there's no way I would have been able to use a straight edge ruler and keep the spacing betw the stitched lines so accurate, and once I got the rhythm down in moving the ruler and stitching it went faster than I thought...still I may find myself investing in the 1/8" and I would like to try the curved version.

Quilter's Groove Pro Line 16

A couple more pictures......

Thanks for stopping by and have a good week! :)