Disappearing 9 Patch Table Runner

I finished up the last of the Christmas gifts yesterday!  Sandy H has been talking about disappearing 9 patches on her podcast and I’ve been wanting to try one, so I thought a table runner would be just the ticket!

Table runner frontI had a left over layer cake from Kate Spain‘s Christmas line, Joy,  that I cut up into 5 inch squares, then used those to create four 9-patch blocks.  This was super easy and fun to put together.  I can see an entire quilt made out of these fabrics :)

table runner - backThis is the backing fabric.  Please ignore the mess of  Christmas stuff in the background.  I love this fabric.  I’m sure that comes as a shock to many of you….NOT.  I wasn’t familiar with this designer (Jill Simmons Smith), but the fabric is called “Santa Paws” by Illustration Ink for Robert Kaufman.  It comes with a gray background as well…which I wish I had snapped up.  I “might” have purchased a “few” yards of this one :) 

photo 2I went with plain, straight line quilting for this one.  FMQing would have probably been faster for this project, but I liked the straight lines better. 

photo 4This was fresh out of the dryer so a bit wrinkly.  I’m having a hard time giving this one away.  I have enough left over charms to make myself one too…probably should get on that huh?  Today I’m planning on trying to get some of my December Farmer’s Wife blocks completed before December is gone (eek!) along with screening resumes for a receptionist position I have open…fun, fun, fun.  Then tomorrow, it’s back to work for me!  Have a great weekend!

Mason’s Quilt Finished!

IMG_0265Today I finished a very special project!  This is a memory quilt for the owner of one of my very special patients, Mason.  Mason was 6 months younger than my Bubba Jr.  They look remarkably similar – long, lanky, reddish gold in color.  I loved Mason as one of my own.  Over the course of his little life, his Mom and I became friends.  When she lost Mason last January, it became a void in both of our lives, but mostly hers.  She feels that loss every single day.

IMG_0266So a few months ago, I started planning to make a memory quilt for her.  Something to snuggle under and hold tightly to when she’s feeling that deep pain that we feel somewhere where no one can touch…that pain those of us who have lost someone close to us feel bone deep.  I hope this quilt can give her some comfort.  I loved Mason with all my heart and I love his Mom too.

IMG_0267Mason became my patient when he was a little over one year of age.  I had the pleasure of knowing him for 12, too short, years.  Our little Mason had a lot of allergies (he was a Golden after all LOL), and as he grew older, he developed several GI issues so his mom had to cook for him for the last several years of his life.

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I know this post is a little picture heavy, so I tried to make them smaller, but if you click on them it should give you a full size image.  Here are a few of my favorites.IMG_0270

IMG_0274The fabrics are a combination of Moda white and then the fabric for the four patch blocks is from Whimsicals Around Town.  Super fun prints along with a panel.  I used some of the left over blocks on the back.  The four patches are just straight line quilted, then I FMQ’ed around the pictures.  I started by tracing bones and trying to quilt over them as an outline…but that looked kind of blah, so I tried my hand at FMQing the bones.  They’re not perfect, but I think they look ok and I’m sure Mason’s Mom will like them.

IMG_0290IMG_0291I couldn’t figure out what kind of label I wanted to put on this…everything I thought of was either too fancy, or too “perfect”, and not Mason…so I just went for something simple like this.

IMG_0295I hope Mason’s mom can feel all the love that went into this quilt…because there was a whole golden lot of it :)  RIP Mason…you were truly loved by all who knew you my special man!

xoxo forever,

Auntie Lori

BDSI Giveaway!

I always love the day after Christmas.  I try to take it as a vacation day every year, just as a “recuperate” day for me from all the stress of getting everything ready for the holidays and a time for reflection on the year.  A few years ago, Sandy at Quilting for the Rest of Us started a new tradition called “Boxing Day Sew In” aka #BDSI on twitter.  This has become a new tradition for me and something I look forward to every year I can participate.  I made sure to keep my schedule light this year so I could play along!

This is the first year though that I’ve participated in the giveaways!  It’s a fun way to give back to all my twilty friends that I follow throughout the year.  I wish I could “chat” with you more regularly during the day, but the job doesn’t allow for that, lol.

Glace Honey Bun by 3 Sisters

Glace Honey Bun
by 3 Sisters

So, I’m trying my hand at the Rafflecopter giveaway and will give this Glace’ Honey Bun from 3 Sisters for Moda to one lucky winner!  I think I have just about all of their fabric.  I might like them ALMOST as much as I love Bonnie & Camille…almost, lol.  To enter, all you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what your favorite Christmas gift was…quilty or non-quilty…doesn’t matter.

The giveaway will remain open until midnight 12/31.  Thanks for playing along!  Be sure to check out the linky party that Sandy is hosting as well for other giveaways here :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Holiday Update!

Goodness it’s been a busy month!  Are you ready for the holiday?  There’s been a lot of sewing going on over here in the wee hours of the morning in between life, work, and more life thrown in.  And it’s been cold as anything….Brr!  So, here’s a quick recap.  I am actually off work for the rest of the week, so hoping to get the blog updated during that time as well as enjoy some downtime with Scarlett stitching for fun :)

First up was some sewing for the fabric postcard swap generously hosted by Sandi of Quilt Cabana Patterns.  Thank you Sandi for this wonderful treat :)  I’ve enjoyed seeing the pics filter in on Twitter.  I’m going to post pics here because I know Marisa has received mine.  I also posted them in the Flickr group that Sandi set up!  Unfortunately, the post office has not been kind and is holding the one that Marisa sent me for ransom :)  I’m hoping it will still make an appearance someday soon!

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I finished the quilt I was making for my MIL.  She’s been in a wheelchair since earlier this fall and she’s always trying to cover up with her coat or something else, so I thought she might like a little quilt.  Now, she’s definitely of the “muggle” variety as Frances would say, and I’m quite sure this will be just another blanket to her, but it was made with love.  It’s a little jelly roll race quilt made from Sweet Serenade by Basic Grey.  My MIL was a music teacher and I thought she would like the little musical notes.

IMG_0245 And here’s the backing, complete with the assistance of the quilt inspector, Mr. Moose!

IMG_0248A close up of the fabric

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Now, I was running out of time for sewing the binding on by hand like I normally do, so I just used one of my 9 mm decorative stitches and hoped it was wide enough to cover my faux pas with machine stitched binding.  I can never seem to get it just right!  I think this will do :)  Not perfect, but fine for the project.

IMG_0253I’m also trying to finish up a little table topper for a friend.  More pics to come on that.  The weekend of Thanksgiving, I started working on a McKenna Ryan fusible applique called “Under the Moostletoe”.  Kind of appropriate with my crazy Moose kitty.  My goal was to complete it before Christmas so I could hang it up, but that’s not going to happen.  This is where it stands currently.  I used the Floriani Applique-Wonder on this and I’m not thrilled with it at all.  Very stiff and the needle makes a chunking noise when it goes through it.  I probably won’t use it again for this type of project.

IMG_2799There’s been lots of wrapping and Christmas shenanigans around here with the furry crew. Here’s a few just for grins!

IMG_0259 IMG_2906Wishing you all a very, Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays (whichever tickles your fancy).  xoxo   Lori

 

Farmer’s Wife Update – November blocks

I couldn’t sleep last night.  I managed to really tweak my back wrangling a painful patient on Thursday night so I’ve been enjoying some pain killers and muscle relaxants the last 24 hours.  Apparently I’d had enough sleep as of 2 a.m. this morning lol.  So, I finished up my November blocks for the Farmer’s Wife Quilt mom and I are making.  We had to take a little hiatus in September and October because mom had surgery on her thumb (new joint) and I was traveling all over the place for speaking engagements.  I’m happy that we’re back on track because I really, really miss her.  When we’re both working on our blocks and texting each other back and forth, somehow that makes her seem closer.

So, here are my November blocks.  Mine are on the left, Mom’s are on the right.  She’s still working on hers (because she sleeps like a normal person), so I’ll update when she sends me her remaining few :)

Block 9 – Box

Mine

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Block 16 – Calico

Mine

                   Mine

Mom's

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Block 48 – Homeward Bound

Mine

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Mom's

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Block 66 – Periwinkle

The border fabric on this one is from a piece of Liberty of London fabric.  Every so often, Mom and I buy each other a piece of fabric (one for each of us) that we incorporate into our individual FW quilts :)

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Block 71 – Puss in the Corner

Mine

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Hoping for some more sewing this weekend!  Here are the blocks from August before we had to stop for a bit.

Block 61 – Northern Lights

Mine

                 Mine

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Block 49 – Honeycomb

Mine

                    Mine

Mom's

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Block 46 – Hill and Valley

Mine

                   Mine

Mom's

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Block 35 – Flower Basket

 

Mine

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Block 30 – End of Day

Mine

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Both months all together.

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A Little Quilting…A Lot of Life

Well goodness, it has been a week around here!  Not much news on the quilting front but I have managed to get a little sewing done here and there.  Hopefully lots more this weekend as it’s supposed to be COLD with a capital C around here.  Sounds like time for some beef vegetable soup in the crock pot and some quilting time :)

I have to say a big thanks to everyone who has been posting their quilt market/festival photos, tweeting and instagraming (is that a word, lol??).  I have really enjoyed following a long.  A special thanks to Tanesha at craftygardenmom.com, Alison at withinaquarterinch.com, and Amy at amyscreativeside.com for their recent podcasts detailing their time at market.  I smiled and giggled my way through all of them and enjoyed them immensely!  I am now CERTAIN that Alison and Tanesha  and I should NEVER go shopping together…who knows what haul we would come back with?  We seem to exercise similar levels of restraint…NOT LOL.

So, what’s been happening around here?  Well, this stubborn young lady and I are getting ready to start some training with a reputedly wonderful trainer.  Today is our first session and I am SO looking forward to what we’ll both learn.  My 1200 lb goofus and I have a lot of work to do together.  It’s a long story, for another time, but I reached an all time low a few weeks ago when the farrier was here and Tongo was in a snit and I couldn’t get her under control.  It’s hard to find a trainer with a mentality that isn’t just “you have to show her who’s boss”…seems like many horse trainers are similar to the Caesar Milan’s of the dog world (as a veterinarian, don’t EVEN get me started on his crock of alpha dog crap).  Tongo may seem like a big, pushy girl, but once you get inside her head there is a wonderful curiosity and love of being with people and involved in whatever you do.  I just need someone who will help me tap into that and work with her on ground manners, etc. so her “crazy” is a little more controlled and doesn’t end up hurting anyone.  So cross your fingers, I have a lot of hope riding on this guy.  Here’s a few pictures of my silly woman (apologies if you came here only for quilting pics LOL).

Tongo helping with gate repair

Tongo helping with gate repair

tongo1We call this one “mirror, mirror, on the truck….if I break you I don’t give a “bleep!”  :)IMG_1076IMG_0718

Speaking of trucks….Lexi broke a nail this week and decided to die on me Tuesday night on my way home from the gym.  Turns out she needed a new alternator which Jim says must have been carved out of gold.  I prefer to think of it as doing my part to support the economy :)

In quilty news, not much happening other than still working on Mason’s memory quilt.  I was moving along like gang busters and then I hit a wall.  My plan had been to keep the quilting straight line and very simple so as not to detract from the photos, but once I got the basic lines stitched down, I felt like the picture blocks needed a little something more.  So after playing on Clingwrap with designs (seriously…the BEST way to audition designs), I decided to go with some small bone quilting…which has slowed my progress down immensely.  SIGH…but it will be so worth it!

IMG_2655It’s fall here and one of the most beautiful times of the year to live in the country.  I bitch about it all year-long because we’re a million miles from civilization, but it’s truly beautiful out here in the fall.  We celebrated last weekend by taking a long walk along the creek that borders the back of our property line and letting the golden boy go for a long swim.  Seeing him so happy brings a tear to my eye because a few months ago, I would have never counted on having him here in November.

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So there you go…a wrap up of my week.  Here’s to lots more quilty love next week :)

Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Montana Quilt

Blogger’s Quilt Festival :: Fall 2013

Have you been following the Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis?  This is something I’ve enjoyed following every year but never entered for several reasons.  Normally I’m working crazy hours and the time for entry is long past by the time I actually get caught up with my blog reading, lol.  Also, I’ve always considered myself such a novice quilter I never thought my work was “good enough” to be entered in something like this.  This year I’m throwing caution to the wind!  Many of my quilty friends have linked up and so what the heck?  The worst that could happen would be I would get an email from Amy saying, “uh…what do you think you’re doing??” to which I would of course respond with how much I admire her work and have been a long time fan (xoxo Amy….thanks for all you do!)  So here we go!

IMG_0147My entry into the “Throw” category is my Montana Quilt that I finished earlier this summer.  You can find my original post about the finish here and early pictures here.

IMG_0151The reason I chose this quilt to enter is because it was something totally out of my comfort zone that I didn’t think I would like when I started it, but ended up loving because of the memories I now associate with this quilt.  See, the husband purchased the original pattern on a business trip to Kalispell, MT in 2011.  He gave it to me for Christmas and I was like, “wow!  Thanks honey!”  Let’s be honest, I wanted to ENCOURAGE the fact that he would buy me quilty gifts on a business trip out of the blue (uh..yeah!) but this was definitely not my cup of tea.  I’m more of a Bonnie & Camille, Sweetwater, Kate Spain kind of girl :)  A quilt featuring wildlife from Montana was kind of “meh”.  So, it went into my closet and stayed there for a few months.

IMG_0149The following April he casually mentioned that he hadn’t seen me working on the quilt.  Then my Catholic guilt commenced (thanks Dad!) and I thought I better get piecing.  So out it came.

Close up

Close up

Gosh there were a lot of triangles in this quilt!  So I finished piecing the top and back in the closet it went.  UNTIL…in June 2012 I had the chance to tag along on a business trip with him to Montana.  OMG…I fell in love with the place.  Never has there been a more beautiful place and all of a sudden, the fabric came to life for me.  All those silly triangles that made the effect of the running streams went from being a PIA to reminding me of this.

RapidsI went and purchased the backing fabric from a quilt store in Whitefish because at that point I wanted every single bit of fabric in that quilt to have been purchased in Montana, thus effectively being able to wrap myself in the memories of that trip every time we used that quilt.  I love how the backing turned out!

IMG_0154Here’s a close up of the strip running down the middle of the backing.

IMG_0156What wonderful memories!  So that’s the Montana Quilt.  I hope you like it as much as I do…and as much as Moose does :)  He pretty much claims the quilt whenever we’re not using it.

IMG_1862A special thank you to Amy for hosting the 2013 Blogger’s Quilt Festival!  I’m sure it’s a lot of work to get all the sponsors and coordinate all the entries.  It’s sure a lot of fun to be a part of this year!

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Quilty Eye Candy – QGI Quilt Show

What better way to start off a Sunday than with a little eye candy right?  This week I attended the Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis 2013 Quilt Show.  This is a show that they host every other year and is a nice local event.  This year the vendors were a bit scarce, but I suspect that is due to it falling on the same weekend as Quilt Market.  I thought I would share with you a few of the quilts that caught my eye.

Best in Show

Best in Show

First up is “Max”.  Max won best in show and also first place in the art quilts, longarm-machine quilted category.  Max was constructed and quilted by Cathy Franks.

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Pretty incredible huh?  I think she did a fabulous job…of course I am partial to anything “animal” LOL.

Vases, Birds, and Other Things

Vases, Birds, and Other Things

Next up in the applique bed quilts, longarm-machine quilted category was Vases, Birds, and Other Things. This was a beautiful applique quilt constructed by Bonnie Harlow and quilted by Lynette Reynolds.  Here are a few close-ups.

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Beautiful detail.  I love these type of quilts.  Maybe one day when I have more time.  I look at all those berries and tiny pieces…eek!

Mom and Babes

Mom and Babes

This was a very fun log cabin quilt constructed by Sally Wycoff, quilted by Paul Wycoff.  I thought they did a great job!  Here’s a close up.IMG_2601

IMG_2603This one made me think of my parents.  It’s called Luquillo Beach, Puerto Rico.  It was constructed and quilted by Judy Pleiss on her home-machine.  There was beautiful quilting and couched threads.  Here’s a close up..I thought she captured the serenity and movement of the water beautifully.IMG_2604

The Poodles  Who Have Quilted With Me

The Poodles Who Have Quilted With Me

I loved this quilt (of course!).  It was in the mixed technique quilts and was constructed and quilted by Carol Henke.  Here’s the story behind it:IMG_2590And now for some of the larger quilts.  Who doesn’t love a Swoon?  This is “Swoonie”, pieced and longarm machine-quilted by Vickie Smith.  Some day I am going to finish my Swoon quilt….

Swoonie

Swoonie

Next up was “A Cool Starlit Night”, also pieced and longarm machine quilted by Vickie Smith.  I loved both the colors and the secondary patterns formed here.

A Cool Starlit Night

A Cool Starlit Night

Next up is “Alaska Memories”, pieced and longarm machine quilted by Darlene Glesenkamp.  This quilt was made from batiks that she collected on a trip to Alaska and I just adored the animal batiks!

Alaska Memories

Alaska Memories

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Dancing Autumn Leaves

Dancing Autumn Leaves

This was a beautiful quilt entered in the group quilts category.  Loved the colors!

Angela's Wedding Quilt

Angela’s Wedding Quilt

This one I loved and could totally see making for our bedroom to showcase some fun fabric prints.  This was a wedding quilt that was pieced by Ann Petrie and longarm machine-quilted by Jane Pitt.

Just Pinwheels

Just Pinwheels

I’m always drawn to pinwheels.  This was pieced by Carol and Theresa Cantwell and longarm machine-quilted by  Theresa Cantwell.

There you go….your eye candy for the day!  I am on “stay-cation” this week and have lots of quilty plans.  Today I’m going to be working on that special quilt for Mason’s mom :)  I’m really looking forward to quality time with the sewing room today and Scarlett!  I’ve picked a simple 4-patch pattern alternating with 8 inch picture blocks framed in white.  All of the fabric is in.  I’m using “All Around Town” by Whimsicals.  Here’s the fabric before I dig into it along with a stack of all of his photo blocks.

Mason's fabrics

Mason’s fabrics

Happy Sunday :)

 

 

Zig Zag Table Runner – Coffee Style!

Another finish finally :)  Feels good to be sewing again!  A few months ago I started a zig zag table runner based on a fun tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  The pattern calls for a charm pack and some yardage for backing, but I made my own charms from some fabric I bought when I went to the quilt store in Florida last March with my mom and Katie from Katie’s Quilting Corner.

IMG_1759The tutorial was super easy to follow.  It was really interesting how Jenny put it together so I wanted to give it a try.  Basically you make the top with alternating rows at an angle.

cropped-img_1777.jpgOnce the top is pieced you layer the bottom and the batting and then stitch all around the edge, leaving a hole, then turn it inside out, sew up the little hole, then I straight line quilted the top.

IMG_0197My coffee cup likes it!

IMG_0199Here’s a pic of the backing.  Love this fabric!

IMG_0200There you have it!  In other fun news, we had a Halloween photo shoot with the fur babies this week.  It was a little challenging to corral 3 super heroes :)

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