Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Where does the time go?

Greetings, everyone! I knew it was a long time since I posted but when I look at the header picture, of spring flowers!, I realize how really long it has been. Time to get back to work!

Went back to the Good Enough Quilters meeting tonight and it was time to catch up. The picture above was a baby quilt that Laura is working on. The group helped her put colors together at the last meeting. Below you can see the gorgeous backing she will use. Good thing it is moving along since it seems the baby is to arrive any day!

It was Dru's turn to share. Don't you love these pillows she made! She and Cindy are attending a monthly modern quilt group and the challenge that Dru completed was making a pillow. We all loved the colors and design of these.

And Dru was happy to show the two mini-quilts that she WON! It was her turn to be lucky.
First, a small Christmas tree quilt that you see below.

And then this small swirly style quilt that does resemble a peacock.  We couldn't decide if the fabric was painted or not. Really pretty colors.

The rest of our meeting was spent cutting out and working on fabric for a Quilt of Valor. This will be our service project at this time. 

Back to you later!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A job well done

The Good Enough Quilters met last week and had a very busy evening. I missed the meeting since I had something less pleasant to do but thanks to Fran, we can see the results. 

 The task at hand was to put together a quilt for a young lady who is battling cancer. We were given photos that had special meaning for her and then put them together with some of her favorite colors. The week before Laura and I were able to figure out how to print them on fabric. And we even made them bigger! It was a proud moment for both of us.

I can imagine the discussions as they worked out the layout for the blocks. It was fun for me to see the pictures after they were framed with fabric.

And the final product is amazing. Now it will go off to the hand quilters who I'm sure will do an amazing job with that. Don't you think it is a job well done?

Now kudos to the hard workers who made fast work of this labor of love.

Keep working. Time is of the essence.

Taking care of pressing matters.

What do you think?

Dru's turn at the iron.

I will get this finished tonight.

Almost done. That was fun!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The big reveal!

The Good Enough Quilters met last night and our first share was the big reveal of our kimono quilt. I finished putting all the blocks together with sashing and borders and now it is ready for the quilter. Dropped it off today and really can't wait to see the final product.

Lynn shared her final house basket, at least for now. This is a surprise gift for someone who doesn't read this blog anyway. This pattern is on my list for sure.

She also shared the phenomenal tee shirt quilt she is working on. Old shirts were used for the sashing around each tee shirt.

The back was made from pajama bottoms. Looks like a great quilt to cuddle up with.

Then it was Dru's turn. She started with the new. This was made with a fat quarter pack that she won. Great colors for a baby quilt.

This was her other new quilt which is also a baby quilt. The pictures are from the children's book, Guess How Much I Love You. More pretty colors.

Then it was time for the old quilts. Dru shared some old family quilts with us. We oohed and aahed and especially took a close look at the stitching. All hand done. One thing we noticed is that none of the quilts have labels so the history and maker of them is unknown. A good lesson reinforced - always label your quilts.

I hope you can appreciate the closeups of some of the hand stitching. Such tiny stitches.

Another old quilt. We decided it was a scrappy quilt and if we had looked closely we might have found some mismatched patches. Nothing would be thrown away.

The final quilt was the most amazing and probably over a hundred years old. Oh, to hear the stories that might accompany this quilt.

It was another red and white quilt but with signatures. We all tried to figure out how they got their writing so tiny - we know they didn't have printers to shrink the size!

Look at the details in these two patches. Amazing!

 And you can see the date - 1842.

These three quilts are real treasures.

Laura ended our sharing with a table topper. Lovely spring design for her table. I think Laura does the most applique of the group. We can all aspire to something. I simply aspire to get some quilts finished!

Happy sewing everyone. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Did you guess right?

Sorry to keep you waiting but did you guess the difference? If you said the middle one had smaller sleeves, you were right! And that was mine. I think that is what I get for doing it ahead of time! While the other Good Enough Quilters told me it would be okay, I knew it would drive me crazy so... here I am doing it all over again. Should go quickly since I already did it once.

Need to finish this, get the 9th block and then I can put it all together. Can't wait to see it finished.

Stay tuned!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Can you spot the difference?

The Good Enough Quilters got together briefly on Wednesday night to share the kimono quilt blocks each of us made. One is missing and will be added soon. After they were laid out, we discovered that one of the blocks was different than the others. Can you spot the difference?

This meeting was brief since I had another group coming from my book club but we still took the time for Cindy to share her house bag. Don't you love those colors?

I'll be anxious to see if anyone can spot any difference. Watch the next post to see the answer. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

So pleased with myself!

The Good Enough Quilters are meeting on Wednesday. Everyone is bringing their finished kimono blocks so we can assemble the quilt and then I'll sew it together. I'm happy to say that I finished my block yesterday - 4 days before it had to be done!  That never happens. Can't wait to see how they all look together with black sashing in between. Check back in a few days for another peak at our quilt. 

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Another sneak peek!

Dru and Deb finished their blocks this weekend and shared a picture with me. I know others have finished too but as for me, the fabric is still sitting on my cutting table. You would think that with all the cold and snow we've been having, I would at  least have that finished. But, no, other things keep getting in the way.

I may not be sewing but I really have made a lot of quilts in my mind. I get the weekly newsletter from Hawthorne Threads and just made 3 quilts from the fabrics they were spotlighting. If you have never looked at their site, I recommend it. And they have a giveaway of amazing fabric each week and all they want is your email address. So easy!

In the meantime, Christmas is still alive in my house. I just haven't had time to take things down but do plan to do that this weekend.

I sometimes leave the snowmen up longer but not this year. It is time for them to go away too. One friend accuses me of causing the snow with my snowmen and I'm not taking that rap this year. Time for them to go!

Smell the gingerbread, anyone?

Really hate to see the tree taken down, love the lights, but it is time.

Goodbye to Santa and his helpers too.

Hopefully, I'll be sharing my block soon!

Have a warm and happy day, everyone!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A sneak peek!

Here it is. Cindy completed her block right away and shared it with all of us. There will be nine blocks, all of different Asian fabric and they will be separated by black sashing. Should be so colorful! Can't wait to see it all together. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A quilt begun and several more finished...

The Good Enough Quilters met tonight and main item on the agenda was planning a quilt to be donated to Pearl S. Buck International for their spring fundraiser. We are using a kimono quilt pattern and each of us will make one block using different Asian fabric. Happy to say that this fabric is helping to bust my stash! Not bad. 

We chose the fabric we want to use since each kimono will be a different fabric. Very colorful. I think all were happy with their choice. Can't wait to see the finished blocks next month. Good that I have a deadline!

From the quilt begun to several finished ones. Debbie wowed us again with her Christmas wallhanging. Love the colors and design of this. Don't those ornaments just pop off the quilt.

Had to share just one closeup of this. So creative.

Dru was really on a roll. This was her first share. She had this little quilt hanging on her front door. Great colors and for sure so fall-like.

The back looks good too.

Next she shared a bright and colorful baby quilt. Now those are colors that really pop. The yellow fabric is really cute too.

The backing is a great fabric. They may look like books from this angle but are really houses in a row.

Dru then shared two old UFO's that have become two finishes. These were blocks of the month that several of us did a few years ago. A good finish.

And her final finish is another set of blocks of the month. I thought I took a picture of the backing but didn't. Dru only used fleece and no batting on this one. A nice comfy cover for cold, winter nights.

You may recognize these from our last meeting. Lynn is making more of the sewing box like the one I won at our December meeting. (Yes, Laura and Fran, I can hear you saying that I stole it!) We each got the pattern and now can make our own. Debbie is already planning to give hers away. 

Hope to post again with actual sewing in the next week or two. 

Have a great month, everyone!