Quilting for pleasure

Quilting for pleasure
Find Joy in the Journey

Saturday, April 5, 2014

River Walk - New Flannel Quilt

I just had to use the four fabrics I chose for this quilt.  The wild zebra print just spoke to me.  I decided a simple Fence Rail block would work perfectly.  The corners on the borders were mitered.  I don't usually do mitering as I have to have a little more fabric on the borders to make the miter work.
I decided to use some of the leftover 2 1/2" strips on the backing & even decided to cover a slight flaw in the  backing fabric with a little bitty patch made from the strips.  I could have put the patch on the outer edge which was eventually removed after machine quilting, but you know me, I just had to put a little something different in my quilt.
The quilt measures approximately 81" x 93".  Fits a queen size bed.  I put it on top of my king bed & it covered the entire top (without hanging over the edges) quite nicely.
I do believe I will put a price tag on this quilt of $225.
It is made with 100% cotton flannel.  Nice & soft to snuggle with.

Fence Rail block used.  Simple but effective.

I call this one "River Walk".  The blue reminds me of a river with the lavender as the walkway.

Quilted with LQS pattern called "Geometric Pinwheels".  Of course I don't follow it to a "T" because I just have to put a little of myself into the design.  Not much change, just a little different on a pinwheel here and there.


Here's my little bitty patch.  I don't know why, but I just really liked it hiding on the back.  Shows that I am perfectly imperfect!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Baby Carrier Cover

Since I am not a sports fan (at least not watching it on TV), tonight was the perfect night to cut out & sew a baby carrier cover for a baby shower this weekend.  I had purchased the fabric at Joann's Fabric store in St. George about a year ago & decided today is the day I was going to use it.  I had the stuffed elephants & thought I would just attach them to the handle straps.  Only took about 2 hours.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Jolie's Quilt Finished

Just finished putting the label on a quilt for a little girl's birthday.  Finally decided a simple design would be the best way to highlight the pink leopard fabric.  The green leopard print really pops as the outer border & of course the backing had to have a little bit of 'pop' too.
The quilt measures approximately 84" x 93".  Hope Jolie likes it.

Pink leopard center with green leopard letters; pink peace/flower fabric next; then turquoise leopard print; then cream solid; and of course green leopard for the outer border.

Used "Curlz" font in my Open Office program for her initials.  I don't draw very well, but I do love how the letters turned out.

Machine quilted with one of my patterns that I call "Oodles of Doodles".  Every so often there is a word quilted in the pattern.  Jolie's Mom gave some descriptive words that remind her of Jolie.  I may have thrown one or two of my own descriptive words in there.

Those who know me well know that I don't really like a plain backing.  That's the one place you should be able to have a little fun!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Cupcakes with Fudge & Breakfast Burritos!

Make Chocolate Hazelnut cupcakes with Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Cheese Buttercream topped off with Strawberry 3 Musketeers Fudge.  What can I say.  I wanted to try something new so why not combine something new with a favorite cupcake recipe?  They will go to work with me in the morning.

Made hubby breakfast burritos for dinner tonight.  I have 14 left to fry up.  Probably take them to work in the morning too.  Have menu done for the week so extra breakfast burritos will not be needed at home.

Started a quilt last night for a friend's daughter.  After pondering what pattern to make, it came to me that since the focus fabric needs to be "up front" I decided on making a simple pattern utilizing 5 different fabric patterns.  Will post photo when it is completed.

Have a great last week of February everyone!  Spring is coming.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Moon Shadows

Recently, I watched yet another wonderful tutorial presented by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company.  You can find the Disappearing Pinwheel on their YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rgQd6asPQs.  After searching even more videos I found some wonderful quilters sharing how they put the block pieces together in different ways to make a variety of blocks.  So I did.  Make a variety of block patterns!

I was asked to make a quilt to donate to a benefit that will be held in honor of a local man who passed away after battling cancer.  He was well liked in the community, was the mayor of the small town of Sigurd in our county, and left behind a loving family.  Our local BMX bicyclists will be hosting the benefit.  I do not have alot of details on the benefit but I know this is a wonderful tribute to the Houchin family.

Any way, this is the quilt that I ended up finishing tonight.  I used a layer cake of Moon Shadows by Michele D'Amore for Benartex as the color fabric.  The background is Watercolor Wash-Cream from ConnectingThreads.com as well as the backing which is Wheat Sprigs - Sandstone from the Sun Kissed Harvest by Jenni Calo for ConnectingThreads.com.

I hope whoever wins the quilt at the raffle will forgive me for using a simple machine quilting motif.  I was crunched for time so decided on doing what I call free motion ripples.

The following is an excerpt from the Richfield Reaper (our local newspaper).  See RichfieldReaper.com.
The fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, March 1, at the Blackhawk Arena in Salina. It is set to include a benefit BMX bike race at 4 p.m., followed by a dinner at 7 p.m.  Cost for the dinner is $10 per plate.  An auction and drawings for items including rifles, cowboy apparel and a stay at Tavaputs Ranch in the Book Cliffs, are also set to take place at the event.  An account in Houchin’s name has also been established at Mountain America Credit Union.  For more information, contact Brazell at (435) 201-9528, Tanya Harward at (435) 590-5096, Kevin Rasmussen at (435) 201-1699, or Candice Barney at (435) 201-1296.

Monday, January 13, 2014

What to do with your leftover pizza dough!

I signed up for the free Pizza tutorial on www.craftsy.com and it had some great tips.  Last night it was home made pizza.  The dough makes enough for 2 pizzas but only needed one last night.  So, into the fridge the extra dough went.  Tonight when I got home from work I pondered what to make for dinner.  Took out the leftover pizza dough and made fry bread for Navajo Tacos.  They were pretty darn good!  There were a couple of fry bread left over so on went the honey & instant scones for dessert.

Link to the Pizza Dough course:


Crocheting the edge on a receiving blanket set now.  Also sewing the pinwheel blocks for a new quilt technique from Missouri Star Quilt Company.


Have a great week.  Make someone happy.

Monday, January 6, 2014

New Year, New Ideas

Recently, I saw a recipe for baked broccoli.  Well, I had to make a change to the recipe that I saw and came up with my own version.  I washed & separated a couple of bunches of broccoli, put them in a zip lock bag & stowed in the fridge until I was ready to use.  Tonight was the night.  Into the zip lock bag went a few garlic cloves quartered, olive oil or in my case avacado oil (yummy stuff) and about 2 Tablespoons of McCormick Perfect Pinch Cajun spice.  Bake on cookie sheet (uncovered) at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes.  Turn the broccoli about half way through cooking time.
I also made braised New York Steak salad.  Brown & braise New York steak with a bit of beef broth & the Cajun spice used in the broccoli.  Put some lettuce on a plate with sliced Roma tomato.  Add the braised steak & then Creamy Poppyseed Dressing.  Well, it was very good, even if I do say so myself.  Hubby will have leftover steak for his lunch tomorrow.
Hope you are all going to try something new this year.  Enjoy!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Receiving Blankets

With the year ending this next week, and being sold out of receiving blankets & burp cloths, I decided to start preparing some new stock.  I have the boy stack ready to prepare for crochet edges.  The burp cloths are stitched down the center & also ready to sew around the edge for the crochet stitches.  After 2 hours working on the boy stack, I decided to take a quick break.  The girl stack is waiting for me.  I will prepare a tutorial this coming year on how I make the receiving blankets & burp cloths.  Stay tuned!

Hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Wedding Quilt Finished!

It's been a busy couple of weeks but I managed to get the quilt done.  It is cotton & flannel.  This is my original design.  I did copy the reindeer from an online pillow project then adapted for my use.  I really like the way it turned out.  This is a wedding gift for a couple who will be married this next weekend.  I hope they like it as much as I do.

Had to take a photo of the quilt on the snow with the deer prints.

Half square triangles make up the chevron pattern.

Hailey & Karson - 12/21/13

The reindeer.

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season and a healthy & prosperous New Year.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I Love Vintage Sewing Machines!

As those who know me, I love vintage sewing machines.  I am the proud owner of a few Singer machines.  I found this site that shows an historical film of the Singer Sewing Machine factory in Scotland.
Imagine working in that factory.  It would have been hard work.  I have my little Singer Class./Model 99 made in Clydebank Scotland on Dec 13, 1923.  I paid more for this little gem than any of my other vintage machines, but she is so worth it.  She is a small version of the standard machine & bigger than the Featherweight model.

Here's a sneak peak at my current quilt project.  Migraine headache is putting me behind, but I will get this done!