For Gramma

Sometimes one makes something for ones gramma just because.

Delivered today to the most amazing gramma I ever had.

We shopped together, talked sewing and drank tea. She served me cereal, pudding and snacks in a simple yellow bowl that I still have. She took care of me when my mom had surgery and she rolled her eyes when I told her she was cool.

We enjoyed going to Dresden together, to visit the basket capital of the world. Gramma made me clothes, coats and costumes. She made ceramic items and always sent a card for every occasion. (She’d be mortified that stamps are now over 50 cents each!)

My gramma is amazing. She has spent time with me, my husband and my daughter. Times that I now hold very preciously in my heart.

Time is the best thing one can give. I used to think that was very cliche but now I get it. Gifts, things, stuff that we give each other is nice….but eventually it’s just all stuff.

Time never becomes stuff. It is something that consists of memories we hold dear, in our minds and hearts. Be generous with your time with those you love. You will never regret it.

LL

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The Princess Quilt

Today I’m sharing another quilt I didn’t piece. I quilted it, but this one is the brainchild of my MIL. She made it for her great-granddaughter who is having a birthday soon.

She used the Rail Fence pattern by Donna Jordan at Jordan Fabrics. It required accent strips in between the regular pieces which adds a nice touch.

She started with a Disney Princess themed roll up and added a few other fabrics so the quilt would be a bit bigger and not be so busy. We chose the gray because it seemed a nice neutral with all the “girly” fabrics.

The border and backing have a bit of gold glittery dots on them, so that works with the sparkle of the strips she added.

I did quilt this for her, with the meandering flower that is so very adorable. I actually used medium gray thread on the top and a light pink on the back. Both of them worked out very well.

The quilting is much easier to see in shadow, and lucky for me it’s a cloudy day. The small bows are the border fabrics, the large ones are the backing and the binding. It’s always nice to use the long leftovers from the sides so we only have four seams in the binding. Score!

I had a helper today….he likes to pose with the quilts.

Such a silly boy.

We found a quilt shop while we were out looking for a shoe store yesterday. The shoe store had closed and was for lease. I guess we should have called.

The quilt shop was fun though. Tiny but fun. I finally picked up some of the Duchess Grunge I’ve had my eye on forever. Love that color.

Have a good week friends!

LL

Humility = My Friend

I was privileged to give this small table topper to a dear lady this morning. My friend, Marilyn was almost speechless to receive this gift, but she really was surprised and loved it, which is always the goal when quilters are giving gifts.

Marilyn has been a friend for several years now and I enjoy her so much. She’s as ridiculous about dogs as we are and truly one of the most selfless people I’ve ever met. It was a blessing to make this for her.

I used the Moda Love pattern, cutting my own squares, not using a charm pack as suggested. It worked out fine and I even have some bits leftover. Score!

One of the key fabrics that I actually wish I’d used more of was the paw prints. Besides that it matched perfectly, it was so very appropriate. I used it in each corner and a few in the HSTs. Too cute.

I had asked Marilyn’s daughters what colors she liked, and they both told me “earth tones.” Sorry, but (eye roll) bleah. I tried to find something like that, but ended up with some brown (like dirt, thus like earth…) and tan, oh, and a touch of green (like grass, also ON earth). Mostly, the quilt reads navy. I liked the fabrics so I interpreted “earth tones” in my own way.

It was funny that she wore navy today, and matched her little quilt!

I tried to quilt this adventurously, because sometimes I just do the same stuff because it’s fast or easy. In the main navy floral, I did go with the flower meander that I love and depend on for every quilt for a female. In the large background squares I attempted feathers. They can only be seen in shadow, which is good. They aren’t horrible, but I wouldn’t try them with contrasting thread yet. I did some back and forth lines in some backgrounds and pebbles in others. I almost forgot about the leaves, that’s “earthy,” right? It was pretty fun all around.

I put the binding on so I could sew it down “blindly” from the front. Not always great at this…

Missing the ditch is one of my greatest skills. (Eye roll)

Yes, had to go over some spots more than once.

Well, it is what it is.

I used this light fabric on the back. I feel it disguises my weirdo quilting in some spots so it was perfect!

It’s always fun to give quilty gifts to friends that just aren’t expecting it. I mean, friends already have a piece of your heart, they may as well have something made especially for them, right?

Have a good week, friends.

LL

Renewing of Spring

That’s what the MIL named the quilt she made for a friend. Now, it’s been WAY below zero (degrees) this week, so we are all thinking Spring should be happening sooner than later!

Even though I didn’t make this one, I thought I’d share it. I did quilt and bind it for her, so that does count for something.

The pretty soft colors do extend a happy invitation for Spring to get on with it already. I love the border fabric with the little teapots, it is just so sweet.

She used a Missouri Star Quilt Company pattern called Zipper or Zip it (or something like that). Using green for the background instead of a plain white was such a good idea.

I quilted it for her using the meandering flower design that is my go-to these days for girly quilts. It’s easy and perfect. I make the flowers larger so it doesn’t make the quilt all stiff. It goes pretty fast that way too.

A pretty label and binding make the quilt look good on the back too. Isn’t the backing fabric pretty!?

That cream with green outlines is a sneak peak at a baby quilt that I can’t share yet. Let’s just say it’s pretty green.

I’ve got a couple other projects in the works. Some are experimental, some are gifts. I’ll share when I can.

Keep warm friends!

LL

Oh yeah, my husband is pretty awesome. FYI

Card Trick Quilt

I finally got some pictures of the Card Trick quilt I made for my husband, so I thought I’d share them today. A few months ago he started buying a few really cool looking decks of cards, so I looked for playing card fabrics…..and found ONE.

SERIOUSLY, one! So I got a couple yards to use for the border and binding and made him the Card Trick quilt using the pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Co. I had a grunge star jelly roll to use, and found a neat background fabric that worked with all of it. (it just looks white in the pic, but it’s got some color on it.)

This quilt is HUGE!! And I left two rows OFF!

I use my regular (yet awesome) sewing machine to free motion quilt so a HUGE quilt is very difficult to manage.

I quilted it with bright green thread and included hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades here and there. And as usual, it isn’t perfectly consistent, but it IS finished. And he’s a happy camper.

The pattern and tutorial by MSQC are pretty easy to follow. It was hard not to get all matchy matchy with the four colors in each block. In some blocks I avoided that, others are “just so.” I found the vast amounts of background kind of annoying with this quilt. There’s just SO MUCH OF IT! Every little wobble in the quilting shows. Oh well, what can you do?

I used a nice black and green flannel check on the back, so he can be super cozy. The flannel backed quilt I made him several years ago isn’t quite long enough to cover him to his liking. This one is ridiculously long.

It’s so long.

I used the playing card fabric for the binding too. I like that look since it’s such a busy fabric. Scrap bindings have been my go-to lately but I felt like this was better for this quilt.

I know, it’s not the most original name, but this quilt got delayed more than once while I was working on it. I got sick right after thanksgiving, then the usual Christmas busy-ness kicked in. So really, it’s a miracle there’s even a label ON it.

As much as I’m complaining, I’m glad I made this for him. He uses it every evening and that’s my favorite.

Hope January is kind to you.

LL

Cat’s Paw

I know, not a very original name but I was so pressed for time, it was cute enough and easy.

I started sewing this quilt together in my mind in August when I got the kit at an estate sale. Not the best way to complete something at all. I actually started on it in October, planning to do a bit every week. Life happened and it did not get sewn “a little bit every week.” I ended up with the flu over thanksgiving then recovering for almost the entire two weeks.

I actually worked like a maniac in the two weeks before Christmas to finish it. Now, it was NOT a Christmas gift. It was more of a “Here, you need a flannel backed quilt with kitties on it because I’m cold” kind of gift. Yes, I backed it with a super soft pretty gray flannel. And it is large. Hopefully the whole family will fit under it!

I pretty much followed the directions in the kit, afraid that if I didn’t, I’d run out of a fabric and then have to freak! It is quilted very simply with loops that are similar to yarn falling off the couch and rolling all over. Or cursive L’s, as I like to call the loopy meander. It’s not perfect, but it is finished and given with love.

I had no issues with the binding which is a new thing for me. I’ve been doing the last few bindings differently these days, and this was the first time I didn’t “miss” any areas. Score!

I also completed a quilt for the husband for Christmas (his WAS an actual gift) and I’ll share it soon. I finished it the Sunday before….so no pics yet.

I hope the holidays were happy for all who read this blog. Our days were very noisy and loads of fun, then very quiet and easy going. Perfect for us as we share the day with our parents.

As this year comes to a close, I’m thankful for so many dear people in my life. Those who share my days, those who pray with me and for me, those who share my love of quilting. I am well and truly blessed.

LL

Raffle Quilts 2018

Last night the husband attended the appreciation dinner and got to raffle off the 2 quilts I made for the amazing people who care for kids at Shults Lewis in Valparaiso.

The first one I started a few years ago, giving the Swoon block a try with fabrics that were pretty, but not necessarily my favorite. I ended up loving them! LOVE! Because all I had were a limited amount of fat quarters, I had to find border fabrics at different places along the way. I love how it turned out. Usually the husband names the quilts, but while I’m sewing and quilting, my brain names it in my mind. This one?

Old Lady Quilt.

He didn’t think that was very nice, so he came up with something else. And from what he told me, the lady who won it, wanted it really bad! I am always thrilled when a quilt goes to a happy home.

The second one is a batik beauty that I just loved making! I watch The Midnight Quilt Show regularly and some time ago discovered an awesome block I wanted to try! On the show it was called Milky Way. It was super easy to do and lots of fun! I’d made a small wall hanging for the MIL and then wanted to try it in some other fabric, so batiks were the winners!

I quilted this with big swirls. The stitches are a little large, but I think it looks nice enough. I absolutely love the border fabric, which I bought without matching everything “just so” like I usually do. We named it Kaleidoscope.

I have a love/hate relationship with batik fabrics. I think they are just gorgeous! The colors are so vibrant and the patterns are always interesting. They iron well and usually don’t wiggle around while I’m sewing them. But the texture of the fabric bugs me. Maybe I’m doing something wrong, but batiks just don’t seem to soften up and get cuddly like a quilt is supposed to. And as much as I love that they stitch up well, the texture, the flatness of the fabric makes my hands very dry.

So there it is.

Quilts given to friends who help kids through tough times with love and precious care. We’re so blessed to be able to support this good work.

Have a great weekend, friends!

LL