Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Ohio Star Is Done!

Yes, my Ohio Star quilt is finished.  But it doesn't seem fair to post pictures of the finished quilt here before my client has seen it, so here is just a peek at a portion of the pillow shams that he requested to go with the quilt.  I'll post more picture of the quilt and shams soon!

Cheers!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Free Motion Quilting a Queen

I have always told myself that I would never free-motion quilt a queen size quilt on my domestic machine.  I always thought it would just be too big and bulky.  Wrong!!!
It's going really well, although not necessarily fast...  But that's ok, because I'm getting a lot of practice hours in, and you know what they say...  Practice makes perfect.




I have finished quilting all of the blocks and the outer borders.  Now I just have to go back and add a filler design to the background.

Cheers!



Saturday, April 11, 2015

Basting the Ohio Star

I finished piecing the top of this Ohio Star quilt this past week.

Now it's on the basting table.  I don't normally baste and quilt my own queen size quilts, so this will be a new experience for me.  I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...



Cheers!



Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ohio Star Progress

It feels so good to be back at the sewing machine again.  It's been a rough couple of weeks, but sewing is so therapeutic for me.  I'm in my "happy place" today.

Yesterday I played with the yummy colors in this Ohio Star quilt - my version of "random" is anything but.  I love the look of a random color layout, but my brain keeps insisting on having a plan.  So it's "planned random".  Works for me...
(just realized these colors remind me of a roll of Lifesavers candy, mmmm!)


Where you see the purple triangles coming together will actually become Shoo Fly blocks once the sashing and cornerstones are added to the layout.
Now I'm in the process of assembling all the blocks.

The sun is out and it's supposed to hit 65 degrees today!  I just might take some time to go for a walk this afternoon.  How about you?

Cheers!

Monday, March 30, 2015

In Memory of Mom...

It seems like ages since I've written anything on this blog, but I've been on an emotional roller coaster these past weeks.  After several months of a gradual decline, my mother passed away last week.  She  suffered a major stroke just after Thanksgiving, then had a severe seizure early in March.  She never recovered, and peacefully passed last Tuesday.

I am so thankful for the time spent at her bedside during her final days.  Every moment was precious.  My sister-in-law was with her as she took her final breaths, and so eloquently said, "an earthbound angel was granted her wings this morning".

It's the hardest, most emotional time of my life so far.  The tears and emotions flow like waves.  It seems absurd, in a way, because all of us start out life with a mother, and at some time, we all lose our mother.  So it's a fact of life, and shouldn't be unusual... as long as it's someone else's mom...  But when it's our own, it's different.

I can't begin to explain the part of me that's now missing, but I'm sure those of you have already experienced the loss yourself will understand.

Life will go on, and I will go on.
And the beauty of my grandchildren remind me of the life that will continue, through them.


In memory of Mom...  I love you.


"The tide recedes but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand.  The sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers on the land.  The music stops, and yet it echoes on in sweet refrains...  For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains."

Friday, March 13, 2015

Ohio Star Quilt

I have a new quilt to make for a customer, and they requested traditional reproduction fabrics, with a strong emphasis on purple, along with various other assorted colors.  Sometimes, reproduction fabrics are a little more muted in color, but they want a COLORFUL quilt, so I did my best to select rich, saturated colors from the gorgeous collection of reproduction fabrics at Needles Quilt Shop.

Several hours later, (with lots of help and input from my friends), I finally came up with this bundle.  The client loves it, so now I'm dying to cut into this and start the quilt!  It will be a combination of Ohio Star blocks and Shoo-Fly blocks.  I will try to post some progress pictures along the way, so check back soon!




Cheers!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Child's Yoga Mat

My granddaughter just celebrated her 4th birthday.
I know, it doesn't seem possible that she's 4 already!

I pinned this yoga mat tutorial on Pinterest awhile ago, just because I loved the colors, then decided it would be a perfect birthday gift for Rory.  She has yoga classes at her daycare, and it also would work great as a play mat for reading, doing puzzles, or any other floor activities.


The hardest part was deciding which fabrics to use.  Everything came out of my stash, so I didn't have to buy anything!  Even the inside layer!  The tutorial calls for a section of a mattress pad, but I made my own using 3 layers of batting (a sandwich of poly/cotton/poly) between 2 pieces of white cotton.  So it is much "cushier" than a quilt with all that padding!

The whole thing rolls up and is secured with a velcro tab.
(Sorry, but I forgot to take a picture of it rolled up.)

Here is a picture of Rory doing her yoga, with the mat upside down.  Don't ask me why...
Now that she is four, she does things her own way... :)


Cheers!