Finish It Up Friday ~ Parson Gray

This quilt has been finished and gifted and now I can share it. Ever have a quilt where all the pieces just fall into place? That happened with this one. I had a totally different plan for this Parson Gray layer cake, but while perusing blogs one day, I saw something that caught my eye. My finished quilt bears no resemblance to the quilt I saw on the Fat Quarter shop blog, but I love it! Sometimes, it just takes a spark and some play for a good idea to come about.

These first pictures were taken before washing.


The background fabric is Aged Muslin by Marcus and I purchased it at the yard sale of a fellow guild member. Can you believe she sold a 4  1/2 yard piece of this? I also bought the lovely flannel for the back from her.


I used a pantograph called African Samba from Urban Elementz for the quilting. Here are after washing shots. I love how this crinkled up! It is so soft and snuggly!img_8716

The binding is also Aged Muslin from Marcus. I purchased that bit when I was in Phoenix last month. This next picture is more representative of the true color of the backing fabric. It is SO soft.

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I made this quilt for a friend who is experiencing some health issues. He loved it! I hope it brings much comfort in the days to come.

Have a great day!

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival! ~ Voting is open!

Wow! My QR Code quilt was nominated for Viewer’s Choice in the  Blogger’s Quilt Fest! Thank you to whoever nominated my quilt! I’m so excited! The other nominees are just wonderful. IMG_9576

If you would like to vote for Viewer’s Choice, you can do that here by clicking on the little heart in the corner of the thumbnail photo.

Voting is open in the categories as well. You can vote for Original Design here (my QR Code quilt is entered there) and for Scrappy Quilts here. My Scrappy Rectangle quilt is entered in the Scrappy Quilts category.img_6371

You don’t have to vote for my quilts. But the eye candy over there is worth a look for sure! I have discovered many wonderful blogs through the BQF, I am sure you will too.

Have a great day!

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WIP Wednesday ~ Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!

Life is often surprising and changes can occur in a moment. I have been reminded of this once again. As many of you know, Daughter #2 is currently deployed to an undisclosed location. She found out last weekend that her house/dog sitter will soon be moving out. Not a lot she can do about this from the other side of the globe! So, I am moving to Arizona  to take over until she returns. I have about three weeks to wrap things up here at home  and expect to be out there 3-4 months. 

I am trying to figure out what sewing projects I will work on while I am gone. I already have a few things cut out that I  can take with me. Like this tumbler project:img_1337

And my log cabin project:img_7382

Maybe I should take those darn sawtooth stars and finally get them together!/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/003/5689332/files/2015/01/img_1711.jpg

I have a Featherweight sewing machine already at her house. But I would really like to use one  of my Singer 301s. I’m trying to decide if it is worth it to ship one out there. Obviously, I won’t  have access to my long arm, so I will mostly be piecing, but if I had a 301, I could do some quilting as well. I have a small cutting mat there already that I gave to Daughter #2 to use. And if I need a really big one, I think I know someone that would let me come over and borrow hers! (I’m looking at you, Zenia!)

I am actually considering taking a vintage top and hand quilting it. Is that crazy?

Help me out here. If you were moving away for 3-4 months, how many projects would you take and what tools would you feel were essential to take with you?

I predict the next few weeks will be a bit crazy as I prepare for this adventure. So responding to comments may be a bit sporadic and posting may be as well.

Have a great day!

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Machine Quilting ~ Lemoyne Stars

I got this small quilt loaded into the frame before we left town for the weekend. I got the quilting started and need to get back and finish it now. I used a tutorial from Kathy at Tamarack Shack to figure out the border design.

I’m using freehand continuous curves in the star blocks.

And a simple curved design in the sashing. I’m using templates from The Quilted Pineapple. I toyed with the idea of using an extra layer of batting, but decided I wanted it to have more of an old fashioned feel with these 30s reproduction fabrics. I better get moving if I want to get this finished up today!

Have a good one!

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DWM ~ Gee’s Geese

I finished making all the geese for my Gee’s Geese quilt last week.

I had to take them all off the big design wall so I could make room to work on my  Gwennie Inspired   Medallion quilt. So I started sewing groups of like geese together and throwing them up on the small design wall.

I’m running out of room! I can say that I am loving this so far! I can’t wait to get back to work on this. But I better get back to work on the medallion instead. The big reveal is coming up on October 3rd. 

Have a great day!

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MSQC Birthday Bash!

Today I’m heading home after a wonderful weekend visiting Mr. Wonderful’s parents in Missouri. We did take a side trip to Hamilton. It just so happened that last week was the 8th birthday of the Missouri Star Quilt Company! I even got my picture with the duck!

And who is that behind me?

Why yes, it was Jenny Doan herself! And while I was totally star struck, hubby asked her for a photo. And she graciously agreed. I was rendered pretty much speechless. He talked to her more than I did! 

They had stars on the sidewalk highlighting sew-lebrities. 

At one point, while walking through town, hubby asks, quite loudly, “Isn’t your star down by the Penney’s store?” Such a kidder!  

Mr. Wonderful definitely got into the spirit of things! I think he had as much fun as I did. 

Many husbands took advantage of the man cave and park benches. Not my guy! He can shop the fat quarters like none other! See?

Yeah, they had 88 cent fat quarters the day we were there! I also got a new mug.

And a birthday bash t-shirt.

And some charm packs for good measure. 

It was such a fun day! Gotta love a guy that plans something like this! I think I’ll keep him. 

Have a great day!

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Singer Tins

I fell in love with vintage Singer sewing machines long ago. Once you get interested in something, you begin to collect all things pertaining to it! Here is a subset  of my Singer Sewing collection, my tins. I don’t remember where I got most (any?) of these or if any of them are available anywhere. But they are fun and I thought I would share them with you today.

The wheels really turn on this one and the top opens for storage.

There is also a little secret compartment in the front!

This repro oil tin was made for Singer’s 150th anniversary.

It looks like an oil can from the top, but the whole thing lifts off for storage.

I have Singer 101, so I had to have this tin with one on the lid!

Here are pictures of the side graphics.

I have a couple tan 301s and black 15s just like those pictured on the lid of this tin!

The next one most likely held attachments originally. It was empty when I bought it.

The last two seem to be pretty common. I purchased mine from Joann’s or some place like that a long time ago.

Mine are not pristine because I have used them a lot over the years!

Have a great day!


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