Saturday, December 19, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merriest Christmas to you and yours.

Here are a few Christmas items from years past before this blog had begun: a little elf,

a pillow with my first square in a square blocks

Improv Christmas trees.

I had hoped to blog weekly, and came close to that goal. There may be another before the year is over.


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Teacher Gift

Miss C loves her Second Grade teacher, and potholders make a great gift. This year, she did much of the sewing, she chose the fabrics and the design. Her teacher loves pink and yellow, so she found these in my stash.

Here she is doing the start of the quilting. She also put this square together. 8 is a great age!

We used cotton batting and a layer of insulbrite.
Ready to be wrapped and gifted.
Merry Christmas, Mrs B.


Friday, December 4, 2015

Pink is Finished!

Pink is a favorite color of a good friend, so I was inspired. I have been wanting to make a 16 patch, so this is my first. I was hoping to find just florals, I came up short, so we have a few florals and pink vintage trailers, raindrops, dots, and some neutrals to calm things down a bit.

My granddaughter helped me with the layout, and pronounced this arrangement "perfect." I like the binding - a dot print from Amy Butler. The backing is a duvet cover from Ikea. I love the botanical print, but I got lots of wrinkles as I was quilting with my walking foot. I took out the worst part and re-quilted it from the back. I wished I had done all the quilting from the back. The backing is quite soft: difficult to quilt but lovely to feel.

It should be a great cuddly throw with wool batting.



Measures 60" x 72"

Pieced and quilted by me on my DSM

16 Patch


Linking up with Finish-It-Up Friday on CrazyMomQuilts.


Monday, November 16, 2015


Here I am with my piece and my teacher, Gwen Marsten.  What a great class . . . lots of fun.  I also got to be Gwen's driver from her accommodations to the class.  A little extra time in the car to chat.  

I'm not sure what I'll do with the quilt block.  Maybe finish it off as a mini. . .  I need a piece for my living room.  Somehow, this one feels like a technique sampler.  I have it put away right now.  I'll look at it again in a few weeks and see how I feel.  (I wanted to try everything!!)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Workshop with Gwen Marston

Lucky me! I was able to take a two day workshop with one of my quilting idols, Gwen Marston. Her liberated quilting improvisational style really appeals to me. (Of course, as a relatively new quilter, I have to try most everything.)
I didn't take many photos, and the good one I have with her refuses to load, but here is the flimsy.
I don't know how I'll quilt it. Ms Marston is a hand quilter, and I am not. I'll let the design roll around in my brain for a while.
Gwen Marston is a delightful woman. Funny, engaging, and a great coach for designing it yourself. She empowered us to push ourselves and create some great pieces.
Linking up with AmandaJean at crazymomquilts for Finish it up Friday.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Travel Time

Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Passau. . . it was a lovely trip to parts of Europe that I have not visited before.

Prague has many old buildings as it was never bombed in WWII.  Beautiful old buildings . . . (This one reminded me of the one in the movie,  Budapest Hotel.)

And palaces with Throne Rooms, this one used by the King of Bohemia.

I did a river cruise on the Danube after 3 days in Prague.

Parliament Buildings in Budapest from our boat on an evening cruise.  

In Vienna, we heard a concert by this fine string quartet.

The cruising was relaxing, the touring energizing, the sights and scenery breathtaking.  A great trip.

Upon returning, I took a workshop with one of my quilting idols, Gwen Marston.  
More about that later.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Ombré Pillow

When the latest issue from "Online Quilt" came into my inbox, I couldn't resist this great tutorial.

I found fabrics in my stash and had it sewn in no time. "Cushion Covers" as they say in Australia are great, easy finishes.

I have two others waiting in the quilting queue:

Linking up with crazymomquilts for Finish It Up Friday.





Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Canopy Bed

Miss C wanted a canopy bed to go with her new fancy thrift store doll. We had the perfect sized boxes from canning tomatoes, and we found a tutorial on You-Tube by a 9 year old. Here is what we came up with.

The bottom of the bed is a fruit box turned upside down and covered with fabric. The sides and top are the box tops. We covered the top, left the ends alone. The mattress is a pillow (that fit perfectly) in an existing pillow case. Later we added curtains with tie backs. It's all put together with duct tape! Pink duct tape!

Miss C sewed the pillow herself on my machine. She's getting more comfortable, and with a "practice run" can do quite nicely.

Here's the finish. It was a perfect day-before-school-starts project. Miss C is excited to be starting 2nd Grade.


Friday, September 4, 2015

Eyeglasses Case

This little project just took about 30 minutes, and will be very useful.

I quilted the fabric with wool batting scraps, then sewed the lining to the outside quilted piece, right sides together. I turned the flat piece and top stitched, then folded it and top stitched it again around three sides. My walking foot really made this easy.

I feel a few more in my future for upcoming holiday gifts. Everyone needs a cute glasses case, right?

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts a little finish is still a finish!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Placemats are finished!

These placemats have been in the WIP closet for a while now. I finished them first with white strips on the sides of the log cabins to change them from square blocks to rectangles. But, when you put a plate on the placemat, most of the log cabin unit would disappear, so I simply added more 1.25 inch strips to either side.

There's a whole rainbow here! And the backs are the same IKEA print.

Bring on dinner!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Travel Project

When I'm away from my sewing machine, I have this little hand quilting to take along:

It's been a to-go project for a long time, but I loved stitching and looking at this Pacific Ocean view last week.


Friday, August 21, 2015

Another BABY Quilt

This one is for my grand-neice who is a barrel racer in the rodeo! I have seen her ride and I've seen her big buckle from a win! She and her husband live in North Central Washington. I had purchased the backing for this quilt especially for another quilt that I made for her. It didn't work for that one, but it's perfect for this cowboy baby quilt.

Here's the front:

I used the colors from the cowboy boots backing to choose fabrics from my stash for the front. It's all finished now, this photo was taken before the binding was totally stitched down.

New baby boy is due in September. I think I'll keep it until he is born so I can put his name on it.

My brother, the great-grandfather-to-be has just evacuated his home because of the horrible fires in the area. The new parents and grandparents are also in the area of the fires. I pray that they stay safe. Please join me.

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts.



Saturday, August 15, 2015

Baby Boy Ball

I'm going to see Baby L who was born on Tuesday, and I don't want to go empty handed, so I sewed this ball. My two granddaughters helped with the stuffing.

Welcome to the Sea Hawks world, little one!


Friday, August 14, 2015

A little Eye-Spying

There is lots of spying to do with this quilt, and a bit of calm. For a baby due in October.

A pig, numbers, words, a mermaid, horses, rain, deer, a tea party, bunnies, birds, the bunny from Good Night Moon, and lots of polka-dots. The wide borders are a subtle polka dot in cream and taupe.

The back has the world's most perfect fabric:

More spying! It's fig tree & co for Moda. Don't know the pattern name.

I just want to curl up with a baby with this one. The design is my own, (if you can call it a design!). It measures 41" x 54". I quilted it with my go to spiral on my DSM.

I know it will be well loved by my nice neice and her husband.

Linking up with crazymomquilts for Finish it up Friday.