Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Quilting by hand

In September I posted about the quilts we are making from my daughters pajamas. This week I purchased a quilt frame and have started quilting my grandson's quilt. I'm thinking it should not take too long to quilt it. I enjoy doing the quilting while watching the television. PLUS it helps me stay off the computer.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

It's been a while

It's been over a month since I posted. A lot has happened this past month.
The end of September we traveled to Berlin, OH and stayed in a wonderful cabin called Simple Blessings Cabin. We shopped, traveled the back roads and basically had a great relaxing time. My husband said it best when he said he did not know how he would ever stay at a motel again after staying at Simple Blessings Cabin .

I've been doing some sewing since I returned. Still have not finished the Frosty Frames (see previous post) I do however have it sandwiched and pinned and ready to quilt.

OH, OH I took a meandering quilt class at the Riverplace Mercantile . It was really fun and I learned a lot. I have even been able to use it.
Here is a small wall hanging I made... 1 of 3 ...I bought the pattern in Berlin and only had to buy some more white on white fabric for the snowman. It is about 12" x 18".
If you look closely you can see my meandering.

Here is another project I did the last couple nights. It took me forever to decide on the fabrics and I'm still not sure about a couple of them. I still need to put the batting & backing on and quilt it. I haven't decided whether to blanket stitch around the mittens, letters, etc. or just leave them like they are. This wall hanging is about 41" x 14".

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Making Strides

Help in the fight against Breast Cancer. Our family has participated in the Relay for Life for the last 6 years. Although my daughter had brain cancer, it was a breast cancer chemotherapy (her 3rd one) that finally worked in keeping the cancer from growing in her brain. This is why we need to help with the raising of funds and awareness for ALL cancers. On October 4th Port Huron, MI will be the site of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in our area. If you would like to make a donation to The American Cancer Society for the research of breast cancer please access the link below.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer - 2008-2009
2008 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer - Port Huron, MI

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Frosty Frames ...almost done

I'm almost done with the Frosty Frames wall hanging. I only made 1/2 of the squares to make a smaller hanging. I'm now waiting for my friend to come over with her button jar to see if she has what I need for eyes and noses. I also have the embroidering to do.
I guess I could put it together for quilting since I cannot quilt it with the eyes and noses. I'm really looking forward to finishing this and putting it up for the winter.

Sunday, September 14, 2008


These are my wonderful grandchildren. They are the recipients of the quilts mentioned in previous posts.

In this video he mentions he was watching a horsey. There was a show on TV that was showing a horse being rescued from a river. They were using a ladder and a fire truck. I'm not sure if he was more interested in the horse or the firetruck.

Baby Girls quilt top

In a previous post I showed the quilt top for my grandson made from my daughter's (his aunt) pajamas. I finished the quilt top for my granddaughter Friday night. I've washed the fabric for the back and on Friday I will put the quilts together and prepare them for quilting.

Thursday, September 04, 2008


A couple weeks ago someone posted a link for the Criss Cross Coasters . Since then I have made a few of these. They are sooooooooooooo easy and make up really quick. I used the heavy Heat 'N Bond on mine. I cut it about 1/2" smaller than the fabric squares.

these were for my friend "The Pig Lady"

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Quilt tops

After my daughter, Pati, died in September 2006, my younger daughter, Traci, suggested making quilts for her (Traci's) children from Pati's flannel pajamas. In January '08 I started the process, finally. I cut all the pajama bottoms & tops into 5" squares and 1/2 squares. We had enough squares to make two quilt tops each approximately 60" x 90". One top is complete and the other still needs the rows sewn together. Here is a picture of the quilt top for my grandson along with a picture of my daughter. If you look hard (click on the picture) you will see the squares from the pajamas she is wearing in the picture. This quilt top used the majority of blue fabrics trying to get a more "masculine" quilt for the grandson. The other top is made of mainly pink fabrics. Only thing now is my daughter is expecting another child in the spring. I think I may have one pajama top and one bottom that I found after sewing these. I could probably make a baby size blanket for the new grandchild.
Note: there was some misunderstanding that the quilts are for Pati's children. (Pati had no children) The quilts are for Traci's children. (just thought I'd clarify that)

Great time

Well it's Tuesday and our wonderful weekend had to come to an end. We spent a lot of time walking through the arts & craft show in Harrisville, MI. I only bought two things. That does not include the strawberry shortcake, roasted almonds or kettle corn. **Yummy**

We also spent time in a couple of quilt stores. I only made a minor purchase at The Cotton Patch , a wonderful quilt store in East Tawas, MI. Then of course on Labor Day we hit Hobby Lobby and Joanne's in Saginaw.