Sunday, October 25, 2009

Our Fun Home Makeover

I told you about my favorite quilt (see below) and how my son wanted to do his living room around the quilt which you can see in the picture below. While they were away for a few hours we snuck in and transformed their living room from all beige to totally them.
I LOVE the picture shelf over their couch (which we copied from Carissa - see her picture below). Now they have pictures of them in their home.
I spray painted our old coffee table, recovered her black throw pillows and hung some luge memorabilia. We even hung curtains! What fun we had and now it looks so warm and cozy. You can see what one quilt can do for a room!


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Halloween Quilts

Carissa got me in the mood to make a table runner so I pulled out my Halloween fat quarters and cut different width strips and sewed them all together. Fast and easy!
When I quilted it I made a spider web design which you can see above just to be a little different. I get tired of just stippling all the time.
And I've always wanted to make a Halloween quilt so I copied Carissa (again) and did a fast simple one. One piece of cute Moda Witches in the middle with 2 borders.
Then to be different (again) I quilted it in a zig zaggy design. I'm working on another very fast and easy project which I will post tomorrow.
Check back!

Friday, October 9, 2009

There is a fun quilt festival going on over at Park City Girl's blog that is right here: Check it out for fun ideas and to meet fellow quilters!

My Favorite Quilt

The year my husband was diagnosed with cancer was a stressful time for us and I spent many nights piecing quilts with one of my best friends (my sewing machine). I decided to make something lasting for each of my children since I had come to the realization that life might not last as long as we want it to. I did end up making a quilt for each of my children for Christmas that year but I especially loved this Buggy Barn pattern and all of the fun colors. This son was a member of the United States Luge Team at the time so it was appropriate. Since then he has married and is in the process of decorating his first living room. Guess what he and his wife are using for their inspiration? Yep, this quilt. He will also display his medals and other memorabilia from his days traveling the world. I'm so happy he loves it as much as I do. ***By the way, my husband is doing great now.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Busy . . . Busy

I found this quilt top that my mom had made for my oldest daughter years ago. It was hidden away in my cedar chest. I think the plan was for me to hand quilt it when she got married but I don't have time for that so I decided to machine quilt it. It was a really huge quilt so I cut it down a little and put a few squares on the back.
Since it was pieced many years ago, I just used the scraps I had left and pieced them together for the back along with a few squares that were supposed to cover the bed pillows. I think it turned out kind of fun for a back and was a great way to use up the scraps.

I also quilted this heart quilt that I made up the pattern for. It is a "Buggy Barn" style stack and whack that was really easy.
I just love Conference because I can sit around in my pajamas and get all of my hand sewing done. I finally got this baby quilt bound. I just used scraps but I LOVE it! And I even got it done before the baby turns 8 or 9 years old - just kidding!
I also got this cute little quilt top quilted. Carissa made it for one of our friends who also had a baby. She did the top and I quilted it and bound it. It actually matches her car seat that I recovered for her.
I even got a friend's quilt stippled for her. This is her very first quilt and she made it for her granddaughter who is having a birthday this Friday so she didn't want to try to quilt it herself. I love the pinks and browns!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

TIME to pull out the HALLOWEEN

Switch up your decor with a different quilt hanging over your couch! This was a Halloween quilt I did. And LOVE. That pattern is really fun. Just a solid piece in the middle with a stop border and a crazy wack border. (very easy, leave a comment if you want the instructions). You can do any holiday quilt like this. In fact my mom has done a Christmas/snowman one that is adorable too!
The quilting on this one is fun, it is not curvy and loopy but, straight and jagged. (spooky)!

Friday, October 2, 2009

A quilt on every corner!


What to do on a BLUSTERY, COLD DAY???

1. Vacuum, Mop, and fold 3 baskets of laundry?- NOPE
2. Go outside in the freezing, windy, rainy weather? NOPE--- unless you need more fabric....
3. Eat pumpkin bread, and burn Williams Sonoma mulling spice? Yes.... but while you also....
4. Stay in your PJ's and SEW fall/halloween projects!!!!
5. Don't forget the Mountain DEW!

I decided to start a NEW project- surprise, surprise! But I am doing some table runners for people. I love the fall so why not spread some FALL cheer!

(semi finished!) now to quilting 10 table runners....... They may get done for NEXT halloween


Thursday, October 1, 2009


So, over the summer, yes..... I am just now posting....... My mom told me she would watch the kids all day while I sewed. Well I took her up on that. And I did quite a few quilt tops- all of which are not quilted- but they are at least sewn. THIS IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE QUILT. And I am dying to quilt it. (Pint Size pattern from Camille Roskelly). The final size of whirley gig is 3" square. TINY! The total quilt is a little bigger than a baby quilt. A lot of work for such a small little thing! But VERY rewarding.
(not quilted yet- Matches my red armoir and pale blue velvet curtains perfectly)
(isn't it a cutie)
Find a cool piece of furniture to put your quilts on! This I found at a cute little antique shop on my B-day. I had some friends take me out and what a FIND ! only $20.00!!!!

Hmmmmmm. . . . .

Since my new Bernina won't work right (that's a whole other story) I use my old old Bernina - still love this machine. The backstitch hasn't worked for a few years though - frustrating most of the time. Anyway . . . . I've been trying to quilt some of my quilt tops but the machine has been squeaking really bad on the top part so I finally decided to unscrew the top and try to oil it a little. Guess what I found inside?
This little dude was stuck down inside and after quite a time of trying to remove him, my backstitch now works! Don't ask me how this got inside. Does it look familiar Carissa? Photobucket