Monday, May 13, 2019

Humble Quilts 6th Annual Doll Quilt Swap

I have already posted about this before, but we are now having our linkup at the end of the swap so my swap quilts, both received and sent, are getting their very own post. 

I received my treasured quilt from Robin Boggan. 

 Back side.  Love, love, love this gorgeous vintage look print.

 It was done in a Trip Around the World design and is proudly hanging on the wall in my sewing room.  The sign below it was painted for me by my daughter.  And the mini quilt below that was made by my friend across the pond, Kate Heads of Smiles From Kate.  You can read her post about that here

Robin also sent me the cutest pin cushion and it is now my most favorite pin cushion EVER!

The pin cushion I have been using hardly had any "cushion" to it to stick the pins into and this one is so satisfyingly plump and you can  really jab those pins in there.  Please don't tell me I'm the only one who gets satisfaction out of jabbing a pin cushion during those annoyingly irritating moments in life where you can't really poke anyone with pins but you can jab your pin cushions all you want!  So thank you Robin, your pin cushion is very therapeutic as well as functional!  😊

Plus, those teeny tiny squares are just the cutest.  I love it.  I'll have to ask her what she used to stuff it.  Whatever it is, it makes it nice and weighty.   I almost had it stolen from me by my granddaughter who was convinced it was a bean bag. 

I sent my quilt out to Merry in Washington State so we are practically neighbors.  Here is what I sent to Merry.

I got the loveliest hand written Thank You note from Merry today contained inside this gorgeous quilt themed notecard.  This is a picture from a book called Quilting Lessons by Ellen Curtis and Karen  Gibson.  I haven't read the book yet, but the authors sure do make lovely cards!

I will be linking to Lori's Humble Quilt Linky Exchange party where you will be able to view all the other wonderful quilts made in this year's swap.  Lot's of beauty for your viewing pleasure!  Can't wait for next year's exchange!

Also linking to:
What I Made Monday
Design Wall Monday
Monday Making
Main Crush Monday
Move it Forward Monday

Friday, May 10, 2019

Quilting by Committee

 Quilting by committee is when I ask for lots of opinions.  I do this a lot! 


It's kind of humorous the different reactions I get when I ask for opinions.  
Some people are actually surprised and amazed that I want to hear their opinion.  
Some people have a plethora of their own ideas so can't comprehend the need.
  That's not me.  I'm not very original.  
So my dear quilting committee, what would you do with this out of print fabric?  If you have an opinion you are willing to share then YOU are on the committee!
I don't make bags or clothing, only quilts.  Read on . . .

I was looking at my orange scraps for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC) to see what I had and came across this old piece.    It is almost a full half yard of Henry Glass fabric from 2004.   I bought this at a yard sale three years ago. As you can see, the print is VERY large and I really don't want to slice it up into itty bitty pieces.  I'd like to use it for a quilt that is good for showing off big prints.  Which means I'm going to have to find some other fabrics to go with it of course.  So what is your "go to" pattern for big prints?  I suppose I could always use this for a backing and combine it with some other fabrics?  

In the meantime, I have made myself another house block for my collection.  Orange of course.  I needed another orange one so that's good!   I am going to take my friend Jessie's advice and add another row to make it a decent size for a bed.  I was scraping the bottom of the barrel to find any oranges that looked good together.  I wouldn't normally choose a solid for this house, but kinda ran out of orange choices.  This one has a combo of modern prints and even a 30's repro print (the middle of the star).  The purple door and frame were a scrappy gift from a fellow quilter.  I LOVE getting scraps for gifts.  Was that you, Kate?

Am I procrastinating working on my Coming Home block of the month?  

Why, yes.  Yes, I am.  But I'm not giving up on it.  I have three out of the four appliqued stars done on the next step so as soon as I get that last star done I'll show you my progress. And talk about my potential choices for the step after that.

Please, pretty please, share your ideas with what you would do with that big orange print?

I got a comment from Karen about this not really being her style and she WOULD cut it up into bitty pieces.  Ha!  Ha!  I had to laugh because I realized it really isn't my style either.  I like the quirkiness of the design but I'm not really a big fan of brown and orange together.  Sooooo before I do anything drastic and cut it up, if there is anyone out there that really likes this fabric, I'd rather give it to you than chop it up.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Nora Joy is here!

So THIS happened over the weekend!
Warning!  Baby picture heavy post with the little sewing I did get done at the end.

Even though her little face is still a bit swollen, I think she's gorgeous!

7 lbs, 10 oz,   19 1/2 inches

So alert on day one!!

What did I get done sewing?  Just this . . . Struggling with those sharp star points.   Pretty happy with the circle though!  Let's hope my applique skills start improving as I move on.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Knocking Out UFO's & Other Fun Stuff

I am making a conscious effort to finish up some old projects hanging around and actually got one of those UFO's to a finished top yesterday!  (for those not familiar with quilt lingo, UFO means Unfinished Object).

The last time I worked on this particular project was November 26, 2016.  My sewing room was in the basement of a little farm house we had remodeled from the framing studs out.  I loved that little house.

And here is the finished flimsy!  It was made with 2 charm packs and 2 mini charm packs, plus the sashing.   It would probably look better with some additional borders but I am leaning more towards just getting it finished and calling it good.  This picture is kind a boring as it doesn't allow you to see all the fun fabrics.

The sashing does a good job of imitating embossed leather.

Since there are quite a few farms and ranches where I live, 
it seemed like a good choice for a good boy quilt. 

On another topic, I recently joined a quilt swap.  The only rules were 24" x 24" or smaller. (It doesn't have to be square), Civil War reproductions, a label, with a deadline of mailing by April 30th. 

I received a wonderful Trip Around the World quilt from Robin Boggan and a beautiful little pin cushion which I have already put to use as I finished up my cowboy quilt.  I love this little quilt and will hang it in my sewing room.  Even love the fabric on the back.  :)  I love that old-fashioned look!

Back side

I think I already showed this once, but here is the quilt that I made and sent out this week.  I don't think my swap partner has received it yet.

I also received two wonderful house blocks from quilting friends of mine to help me get closer to finishing my house quilt!  The picture I took doesn't do Ann's purple block justice.  It is much richer and vibrant than this picture shows.

This one is from Velda at the Freckled Fox Quiltery.  
I just love those dapper foxes filling the front door!

I need two more to finish my quilt.  One will be coming from Jennifer and I made one more today.   After I loaded this picture into the blog post, I realized I didn't like it!  I don't like the dark border around the star so I went searching the stash for something different.

Hmm!  Better, but I'm still not sure I like it.  Before it was too dark and now too light.  
Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of pink in my stash so this is going to have to do.

I think in the overall scheme of the whole quilt, it will fit in ok.

I don't have room on my design wall to add one more row. 
I'm probably going to be rearranging the order anyway as soon as I get that last block.

I'm just about ready to put this baby together!  Each block is 16.5 inches so it will measure 66 x 82.5  My friend Jessie is not a fan of less than bed size quilts and she thinks I should put one more row down the side!  Yikes!  Do I have five more houses in me?  I just might.

Oh, speaking of Jessie.  She is working on a fun method of making denim quilts which is a quilt as you go method.  I have GOT to try this!

Here's what the back looks like.  Isn't that cool?  
After you sew all the rows on, you're done!  The batting is already inside!

I have not been making very good progress on my Block of the Month project.  Do you remember me saying I have fallen in love with Civil War Reproduction fabrics?  I started making a second version using those fabrics.  Yes, I know, I'm CRAZY!!  Modern fabrics and colors seem to be the popular trend in quilts these days but I am drawn to these old fashioned looking fabrics and colors.

I haven't sewn the roofs on yet.  I was debating on whether to give them all the same roof or keep it scrappy with a variety of colors.  I cut out these but am leaning toward scrappy.  

I am so indecisive!!

 Which do you think would look nicer?
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Monday, April 22, 2019

Be a Diamond Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Be a Diamond Blog Hop inspired by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt.

If you're visiting this blog for the first time, my name is Janice, I live in a small farm town in southern Idaho and I have been quilting for 3 years now.  This blog hop actually falls only 5 days after my 3 year blog anniversary!  It has been such a fun adventure!   I really hope I meet some new QB's (quilting buddies) as a result of this hop.  I am not a teacher, designer, pattern writer, or famous in any way at all so this blog is strictly about my adventures in quilting and creating.  I hope you'll become a part of my story!

OK, I'll get to my "diamond" story.  

What would you do if you suddenly owned a BOATLOAD of pre-cut 60 degree diamonds like this?

All florals with yellow backgrounds . . 

And we're not talking just a few . . .

We're talking hundreds!

with over 30 different fabrics represented.

If you want to know the story of how and why these diamonds ended up in my hands, you can read about it here.   

After publishing that post and asking for ideas about what to do with this pile of diamonds that someone had spent a lot of time cutting, a fellow blogger suggested I should join this hop.  So I did!  I contacted Carol and she added me in.  Another blogger friend had a GREAT suggestion  to start a series of Blog posts about these diamonds and name them the Diamond Chronicles.  So I did!  Thank you, Kathy!

So the first thing was to decide what Quilt #1 in the Diamonds Chronicles was going to be.  

Tumbling blocks?


Bigger diamonds?


I decided to go with stars!  And as a result needed some more diamonds to fill in the blanks between stars.  In amongst the fabric haul I had acquired were also a variety of solids so I picked this beautiful sky blue and cut 30 more diamonds to go with my stars like this!

And here's the finished quilt top . . .

Now to decide what to use on the back and how to quilt it.  From the same haul of fabric the diamonds came with, happened to be a piece of solid pink the PERFECT size!  So pink it was.  I chose some cute pink striped fabric and cut it on the diagonal to use as binding.

The quilting was done in a simple three way grid that I learned from watching a class by Christina Cameli called Quilting the Grid.  You can read my review of that class here.  I almost added in orange peel curves into the grid as I did in this practice piece . . .

But decided to keep it simple and stopped with just the grid.  And here is my finished baby quilt!  
It measures 46 x 44 and  will be gifted to my third granddaughter  (Nora Joy Eileen) who is due in just a few weeks!  It was a windy day and I couldn't get any decent outside pictures without them looking wonky.  Oh well.  

Here's a shot on the grass.

I'll close out my post with a shot of me and my two sweet granddaughters in their Easter dresses.

I hope you'll come visit again to see what quilt I'll make next in the Diamond Chronicles!  I've only used 60 diamonds out of over 500!

Be sure to visit the rest of the talented bloggers in the Be a Diamond Blog Hop!