Stash Report

Remember I told you I was on a fabric diet.  (read about it here if you missed it)  Well the premise of the “fabric diet” was to buy less fabric.  It’s been a huge success for me.  I don’t think I’ve bought any fabric from an actual quilt store in month…(I think about 10 months)  I’ve bought thrifted and auction fabric but none from a fabric store!

Well I caved.  But it’s not for me.

The fabric is all for projects I’ll be gifting.
The fuzzy yellow is a tag blankies for the new grand babies that we are expecting.

The printed fabric will all be pillow cases.  My friend Connie is the queen of pillowcase giving.  I have loved the pillowcases she gave me.  They always make me smile so when I saw these prints I just knew I needed to get the fabric.  Check it out close up…. Continue reading


From a Blog Reader: Our Quilts

I’ve told you all many times that I love seeing pictures of the quilt you make with our patterns.  I really do and so does Kelli.  Seeing everyone take our idea and make it their own is the highest form of compliment.  We thank you.

I recently got an email from Bernadette.  She writes:
“…I have been wanting to get an e-mail out to you for some time.  In one of your blogs you mentioned if anyone made one of your quilt patterns you would like to see the quilt.  When our second daughter was about 13-15, she had a dark navy background flowery dress that was a beautiful print.  She is 39 now and would never wear it anymore.  I just couldn’t get rid of it because I thought the fabric was beautiful.  It was cotton so I decided I would use it in a quilt.  I took the dress apart, it had a full skirt giving plenty of fabric.  I looked for a pattern and found your Star Spangled Blue (Star Spangled Sky) pattern on Moda Bake Shop or something with Moda.

I then picked from my stash the colors that were in the fabric to highlight the star.  I was able to make a queen sized quilt.  I didn’t tell her about it.  Denette, her two kids and myself have a tradition to visit my brother and sister-in-law in the spring and fall, and take my finished quilts along for show and tell.  They always enjoy that.  When I opened the quilt with her dress, she was stunned.  She asked if the dark print was her dress.  I told her “yes.”the next comment was, “IS there a name on this quilt.”  I said,”not yet.”  Her next comment was, “can I have it?”  Of course she was going to get it.  I loved how it turned out, and I think I did one more layer around the star than what your pattern had.  I put my twist on it.  My Granddaughter had to have her picture on it.

Here is Bernadette’s quilt…complete with the cutest little kiddo.

Here’s another picture where you can see the backing fabric.  LOVE!!
Using the dress for fabric and making a memory quilt was a precious idea….anyone else have a daughter’s dress they are finding it hard to part with.  This idea is so cool!!

This was our version of the quilt…

Doesn’t it look so different with a lighter background??  Bernadette did an awesome job at making it her own.  What a challenge it must have been to see if there was enough dress fabric!!  Here is link to the pattern if anyone is interested.

Bernadette had more to share….

I did your “Homestead” pattern also for a 50th anniversary present for Larry and Darlene Throndson, on the 30th of November.  I also added embroidery salt houses of Faith, Hope, Love, Peace, and Joy.

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Block of the Month Challenge

AH…I year has passed and here we are.  How did you do?  Where is your block of the month quilt?  Finished?  Back in the closet?

I frantically worked on mine last weekend.  I was so eager to get the two quilts finished!!  When I found out Kelli was coming and that we’d be able to sew, I got the quilts out.  She said she was going to work on her Scrap Vortex quilt.  I told her I was working on the BOM.

I was hoping I might be able to quilt her into helping.  I didn’t care if she sewed…I was hoping she might work along with me and keep me at the machine.  Thursday over naptime I cut out the border fabric.  Thursday night I sewed the brown borders on.  Friday the red borders went on with some help from Kelli.  She would measure and get a quilt ready for me sew then while I sewed that, she’d prep the other quilt and get it ready for me to sew.

Then it came to the triangle border.  I have all the triangles sewn and part of them sewn together.  I sewed more together while she pinned down what was done.

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Hellos and Goodbyes

One of my happiest days are the days that our son Karl comes home from Texas….one of my saddest and the days he leaves.

Try as I might I always turn into a bit of a blubbering mess when he goes.

He is very adamant when he leaves that “Iowa is home and Texas is just temporary”.  I so hope that is true.

I’m sure many of you understand that it’s so tough to be in this situation….here’s the long list of things I tell myself.

-He’s an adult and has to do what he wants.
-He’s terrible with change and will stay in Texas because it’s easy.
-I wish I had the money to pay off this student loans so he wouldn’t have the higher pay as an excuse to stay there.
-I wish he were in a better position to do what he REALLY wanted to do which isn’t teaching.
-I hope he has patience enough to make it through the school year.
-Please make his car be okay (he got to new one so I worry less now)
-In all your sadness remember to TELL HIM YOU LOVE HIM.
-Kalissa and Kelli will likely have their babies when he’s home next.
-Carver, Scotty and Lucy grow so fast.  There’s so much to miss….Like this….
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