Thursday, June 30, 2011

I wanna join....but should I?

Every time I turn around there's another quilt along starting up.  I can't even finish what I'm working on and I'm already wanting to start 9 more quilts.  At least I know there's a zillion other quilters out there in the same shoes I'm in.  But, I don't know if I can resist this quilt along.  I love all the blocks in it.  Faith, Lee and Katie are hosting the quilting and they are already 3 of my favorite quilt bloggers.  Their blogs are chocked full of inspiration.

Swim, Bike, Quilt

I'm going to search my stash and see what I have that I can use. I'm loving the solids that Faith has chosen. Decisions. Decisions.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Flickr Favs

The name of this quilt pattern is Kitchen Windows.  It comes from Elizabeth Hartman's book, A Practical Guide to Patchwork.  I found it very interesting how different each quilt is and yet is still made from the same pattern.  I'm planning to make this same pattern pretty soon and I can't wait to see how mine turns out!
1. Jamie's Window Quilt, 2. Kitchen Window Quilt, 3. Kitchen Windows, 4. Kitchen Window Quilt, 5. Kitchen Window Quilt, 6. Kitchen Window Quilt, 7. Kitchen window school spirit style, 8. Kitchen Window Quilt (I keep calling it window frames by mistake.), 9. May 13 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011


The sports themed boy quilt I have been working on for what seems like forever is finished.  Not only is it finished, but it is delivered and on the bed of one sweet little boy, Jacob, who happens to be turning 7 on Friday.  I hope he loves his quilt as much as I do!

I had a lot of help from my dear sweet mother-in-law, The Grandmomma, on this one.  This quilt might still be sitting in a pile in my sewing room if it weren't for her.  She finished up all the blocks for me and then put it on her long arm machine and quilted it, too.  She did a fantastic job!  Thanks Grandmomma. You are awesome!

The fabric choices for this quilt were really fun but also challenging.  There are a lot of sports fabrics out there but a lot of them do not suit my tastes in fabric and so many of them had all the sports thrown in one print (soccer, tennis, hockey, you name it).  Jacob is mainly into football and baseball so we chose only those fabrics and believe me, we searched high and low to find just the perfect fabrics for this quilt.  He is also a UGA and Falcons fan so we wanted some of those fabrics too.  Since The Grandmomma is from Virginia she just had to throw in some of those teams and added a little Tennessee square in honor of my friend Sharon.

It seems like every time you look at the quilt there's something new to see.  Each block is so different from the other and has something unique in it.

It's a twin sized quilt and even though the edges look kind of crinkly they are not.  They are straight as an arrow.  The dying grass underneath was stiff as a board.  We here in Georgia are in dire need of some rain.

I was racing against the sun to get this binding on and the photos taken.  I was determined to get it finished before the sun went down and I did - without a minute to spare.

Enjoy Jacob!  I love you and your whole family! Happy Birthday, too.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

100 Quilts for Kids

Swim, Bike, Quilt

I have been a stalker reader of Kate's blog at Swim Bike Quilt for a while.  Although I admire her quilts I most admire her for her charity work (and the fact that she's training for a triathlon).  She and the DC Modern Quilt Guild are hosting their second annual charity event, 100 Quilts for Kids.  She explains it by saying "Instead of frantically sewing charity quilts in November and December, this year's quilt drive will take place from September 15-October 15, after the lazy days of summer and before the rush of holiday preparations begins!"  Exactly.  That is a perfect time of year to make a charity quilt.  The holidays are too rushed as it is.  There will be a reader's choice prize for the favorite donated quilt along with some great giveaways geared at encouraging participation in this charity quilting event.

You can read all about it here on Kate's post. I know just the quilt I'll donate to this great cause!  Baby and kid quilts are my favorite to make and I have the perfect one right ready to go.  Yeah!  Help spread the word by going to her site, grabbing a button and posting it on your blog.  If you do decide to add the button to your blog be sure to leave Kate a comment on her original post and you will be entered to win 1 of 5 great quilt market giveaways.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Right in time for Summer!

I'm so excited.  Amy over at Amy's Creative Side is going to host a summer series on Sewing with Kids.  She has 3 daughters that have expressed an interest in sewing and she's going to be cooking up some cool ideas of projects to work on this summer.  This is a great idea and I think my girls who are almost 8 and almost 6 will jump right in with both feet.  Great idea, Amy.

Amy's Creative Side - Sewing with Kids

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

My little Saturday morning helper.

I had a great time sewing on Saturday morning, and my little helper was right there by my side.

I have a jar that I put my scraps in and my girls love to get the scraps out and put them on the design wall and design their own quilts or whatever they have in mind.  Saturday my youngest wanted to make a quilt book.  She picked out several scraps that were the same size and had me sew them together.  Then she got her pencil and scissors and went to town.

When she finished her quilt book she crawled under the table and tried to tickle my toes while I was sewing.  Little booger.

Then she found her Bible and read her stories to me.  She had a very interesting take on some of them.  It was nice to hear that she is actually listening to us when we teach her though.

 It was really nice to have her working on her little project in the same room with me.  So precious.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

WiP Wednesday - Superman edition

Happy WiP Wednesday!

Now that school is out for the summer I feel like such a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I don't have to rush to meet the school bus and I don't have to pack any lunches. Yeah! 10 weeks off! That makes me so happy.

I was able to finish the Batman side of the Superhero quilt. I think it turned out pretty cute.

I'm working on the Superman side now. This side is a little more tedious but I'm lovin' it so far. I think I like it because I like Superman better than I do Batman. Batman kind of gets on my nerves. You know, 'cause he's real and all.

I was able to sew a lot yesterday. I was really on a roll. Call me butter 'cause I'm on a roll! I think I said that to myself about 100 times while I was sewing yesterday. Things were just clicking along.

I can't wait to finish this and I hope it turns out the way I have it pictured in my head. I'm going to put one big fussy cut square of Superman himself right in the middle. I think it will be so cute!

I'm linking up to Lee who has a guest blogger today. Wip Wednesday is over at Don't Call Me Betsy this week. I see she is starting a quiltalong that I need to go check out! Might be my next new project.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced