Sunday, January 19, 2020

Grand-daughter's Quilt

 This is what I helped with yesterday. Our grand-daughter who is in the army was home for the weekend and wanted to work on her quilt.

We figured out that she started it about 10 years ago!!! Well, she has been a busy young lady. That was when she was 14. Now she is 24!!! And serving our country!!!!

She got the borders made and sewn on, I got the backing ready to go. So her next visit in February we will get this quilt top layered and pinned and I will show her how to quilt with the walking foot.

The sewing machine I am giving to her doesn't really like doing free-motion quilting, but the walking foot works great.

When she gets into a home that has more room she is planning on taking her machine with her. Makes my heart warm.

She has always been very good at sewing, even though it is only at our house that she does it. I think in time she will improve greatly with practice.

And here is a little glimpse of our own resident princess!!! This is Bailey enjoying the morning sunshine today.

Happy quilting friends!!! Martha

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Wallets with matching Key Chains




One set of Cupcakes, Wallet and matching Key chain, and one set of Bumble Bees, Quilted wallet and Key Chain. Made for stocking stuffers requested by one of the women I work with.

One for a daughter and one for a daughter-in-law!!!

These were really fun to make. The wallets measure 4 1/8" X 3 1/8". Perfect to carry in a small purse or in your back pocket.

I am planning on making two more sets and I am also thinking of doing a give away with your choice of Cupcakes or BumbleBees.

So what are your thoughts, do you think someone would like to win a set of these???



Sunday, December 29, 2019

Advent Wreath Quilted Postcards X 5

Rejoice
5For a child* is born to us, a son is given to us;
upon his shoulder dominion rests.
They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero,d
Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.
6His dominion is vast
and forever peaceful,
Upon David’s throne, and over his kingdom,
which he confirms and sustains
By judgment and justice,
both now and forever.e
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this!
ISAIAH
Chapter 9: 5-6

Here are the quilted postcards that were made each week and mailed to a secret family from church. I came up with the idea a day after we picked secret Advent Angels.


It was a fun project but a lot of work and worry trying to accomplish something during the pre-holiday time. I still work full time, so not much spare time.


The flames are all needles felted, then sewn on after all the quilting was done.


The last card was in an envelope that said, "open Christmas Day". As this one below represents the birth of Christ. I so hope the family enjoyed their surprised each week!!! I know I enjoyed creating them.


I hope you had a very special Christmas, and I pray that each and everyone of you have a safe and blessed New Year.

Martha

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Advent Wreath Quilted Postcard


At church we secretly pick Advent Angels. We fill out a card, and then the cards are shared at Mass. You can pray for the person or family you get, even give them a gift.
I came up with an idea, on Sunday, the day we traded cards, for making Advent Quilted Postcards.

My first sketch idea, I had the weeks out of order but you can still get the idea of where I am going with this.
Here is a little explanation about the Advent Wreath.


My second sketch. This is going to be a little time consuming, but I am hoping it will bring great joy to the family. There are five total in the family, and they will be getting five postcards before Christmas if I can manage it.


My colors are chosen and cut. The Advent wreath has 3 purple and 1 pink candle. Here is another explanation along with scripture to read for that week!!!




 Above, all sewn and below, layered and pinned and ready for quilting.


All quilted and ready for trimming and layering into a postcard.




And done.
I am really happy with the first one.
Now to find time by Monday to get the next one completed.
It will have two burning candles and Faith will be written on the second candle.
I so hope the family will find Joy in their weekly surprises.

I hope each and everyone of you who read my blog will also have a joyous and Blessed
Advent and Christmas.

Advent is about preparing for the birth of Christ.

Take Care
Martha

Friday, November 1, 2019

May the Sun shine always on the Green Quilted Postcard


So it was last weekend Priest Day and I did not realize it so had nothing to thank our priest, Father Perter with

So I made him a quilted postcard. He loves to golf, so a golf theme it is!!!
First I did a simple sketch.



 Then I started putting it all together



I have a method, step by step process that is written down and so easy to follow. These are fun little quilting projects that I can complete in a short amount of time!!!



The back is stamped with POSTCARD on it, and I have the perfect clear envelopes to put these little gems in.

Father Peter golfs every Monday and he is always hoping for sunshine. So now he has the perfect green for a hole in one!!!

Happy Quilting Friends.
If you want to know exactly how I do these, this is where you will find more detailed instructions.

Martha

Thursday, October 24, 2019

"Thrive"-a lesson on random curvy piecing


I was asked to make a small quilt, like really small, for someone who saw my quilt display at the hospital.

Her grandson goes to a college named Thrive and the school's colors are yellow and green.


The little quilt above is what she had seen. I didn't really think that one was appropriate for a young man so I began thinking about a design.

I've always wanted to learn a little about curvy piecing, so I watched a you tube video, you can see it here. She is really good, but my brain had a hard time doing it. It took several tries before I mastered it.

And now I have ideas for more curvy piecing!!!


I pulled out lots of fabrics in green and yellow to audition for the quilt!!



It was actually a lot of fun!! I love random designing!!!!



Here is is all pinned and ready to start quilting. I did very simple wavy lines back and forth to mimic the curves of the fabric.

Now to give it to the grandma and what to charge. I really don't like that part of it. I have a very difficult time putting a price on my work. I told her $15-$20. My co-workers are not happy with me on that one!!!


My work area is a little messy. Always gets that way when I'm working.


Getting the binding sewn on among other potential projects.


And done!! Whew!!!

Take Care, Happy Quilting!!!
Martha

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Star Light-Star Bright


I made this quilt to donate to Ophelia's Place in Eugene Oregon



"Ophelia's Place is a prevention based organization dedicated to helping girls make healthy life choices through empowerment, education and support."


It was a lot of fun to quilt!!


I used Aurifil 50 wt thread to do all the quilting, top and bobbin!!







The brown is all thread. Lots and lots of thread!!!


 FINISHED!!!

The finished size is about 21.25" square. The top is Dupioni silk, love quilting on that fabric and the back is 100% cotton. The batting is cotton on the bottom and Quilter's Dream Wool on the top. The two give such lovely texture.

That's about it for now. Sorry for the last of blogging, life has gotten so busy and at times tiring. Just not much energy after work these days. It's all I have just to keep up with household chores, yard chores, and work.

But, that is OK!! I am good :^)

Happy Quilting!!!! Martha