Sunday, November 4, 2018

Patriotic Quilt

Donated this quilt to Piecemakers Guild. 

They are doing a drive to collect quilts for Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes. It is "Connecticut’s first and only community-based transitional home exclusively for homeless female Veterans and their young children. Housed at the Nicholas A. Madaras Home, FS:FH provides ten beds for female Veterans and five beds, when available, for their young children. The PFC Nicholas A. Madaras Home is named in tribute to a young soldier from Wilton, CT."

When I heard about this drive went in hunt of patriotic fabric in my stash. What I found was 17 Heartstring blocks and all the precut strings to make the 31 blocks to make a quilt set 6x8. Perfect! Another UFO now finished and warming someone deserving instead.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

This week I was pleased to be able to make a small donation to Ann's Place for their Festival of Trees fundraising weekend. Their mission is to "provide help and hope to individuals and their loved ones living with cancer with a host of free professional services aimed at improving quality of life during and after cancer."  

Lap sized Christmas quit. Kit from Christie's Quilting Boutique

I made about 40 key fobs.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Quilt tops to charity

The wonderful donation of fabrics that we received has slowly been turning into quilt tops. Five more tops are finished and along with backs and bindings were mailed to Sarah Craig at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.   That makes 14 quilt tops so far. I'd say I'm almost half way thru the fabric.

I'm so disappointed by the terrible pictures but we have had non stop rain for weeks so these pics were taken one day when it finally stopped raining but we were totally in the shade.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

17 H2H quilts

Sarah, over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, is running her annual Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge. I decided to take on the challenge again and got a few of the ladies in my Wednesday quilting group, Quilters with Heart, to join me. We got some of our quilt tops finished for Emily's Quilty Hugs, and also made some tops for Victoria's Quilts Canada.

For Emily:
Some of these tops have been waiting for their turn on the long arm for years!

At least ten years waiting to be quilted.
This was a new project.
This was also about ten years waiting it's turn on the long arm.
This quilt top was made many years ago by one of our friends who has since moved into an assisted living home and we miss her very much.

These next four quilts I made (and yes the blue one has been quilted and bound since the picture) and the other ladies in our group bound them for me.

For Victoria's Quilts Canada: 

We received a donation of four large tubs of beautiful fabric. What a blessing but where to put it all? We saw Sarah's challenge as an opportunity to quickly stitch up some quilt tops, use some of this donated fabric but not add to the huge pile of tops waiting to be quilted.

The first thing we did with the donated fabric was make color piles and then color groupings. Then we cut the first few groupings into tumblers on the GO. The next couple of groupings became 2.5" strips. There are many many more quilt tops to be made but below are the completed tops so far.

These last five I had cut and prepped ahead of time and then sewed up over a rainy weekend.

Thank you to Sarah for the challenge and motivation to get these 17 quilts and tops finished and out my door. It's been fun. Please check out the other wonderful quilts made for these worthy causes.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Bear Tracks

 So excited to finish another very old UFO. The bear paw blocks were made in a Common Threads swap in 2002. They sat for a very long time and I finally found a pattern I love so at a poconos retreat they were pieced into a top about 4-5 years ago. Thanks to quilt-along challenges I have now gotten it quilted and bound. I am thrilled.
My new favorite quilt.

The pattern is called Bear Tracks

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Quilt of Memories

Started four years ago when Dad was first in the hospital and then sent home with "six weeks to live". I spent most of my nights staying at the house and brought my sewing machine for the down time. When 6 weeks turned out to be only 18 days, I packed up the project and didn't look at it again for 3 years. I finished the top last winter and have now finally got it done/done, thanks to a quilt along challenge.

I had seen a picture of this quilt somewhere and copied it. I have since learned that it is from Evelyn Sloppy's Strips and Strings book. I don't know if my measurements are anywhere close to hers but it certainly looks the same.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Hawaiian Quilt finished

This quilt came about when Joe and I vacationed in Hawaii in September 2015. We drove past a quilt shop and I knew I had to check out their fabrics. Having been to Hawaii ten (?) years ago for Marty and Wendy's wedding my immediate thought was to make them a quilt. Joe was very patient has I fondled hundreds of Hawaiian prints but this one spoke to me. I kept the pattern simple as I wanted to showcase the beautiful fabric. The quilting is my attempt at Hibiscus flowers. I hope they like it.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Scrap Happy Saturday and new garden

I have finally given in to the many years of prodding from my dh - I've planted a garden. But not a garden in the dirt cuz I have never been one to enjoy digging in the dirt - no mud pies or sand castles for me. This garden uses no dirt and produces no weeds - it's The Tower Garden.

It's aeroponic. "Aeroponics is sometimes considered a type of hydroponics, as it does use water to transmit nutrients to plants and thus requires no soil." Read more about it HERE. I'm so excited about this new adventure. Fresh lettuces, spinach, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, basil and more.

I'm holding my breath with the hope that my deck space gets enough sun.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

I'm thrilled that I've been able to finish this month's RSC projects - another pair of cosmetic/toiletry bags. There are now seven sets of bags ready for Christmas gift giving.

I've also completed my RSC charity quilt top for the month. This one will also go to Quilts Beyond Borders. The pattern is called Marmalade Squares by Katie Blakesley. To meet the size specifications at Quilts Beyond Borders, I made it a little longer than the pattern instructions at the Moda Bake Shop. Next time I would make the center of 5 inch charms one or two rows longer but otherwise I think it is a fun quilt.

Check out of finishes and RSC at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF, Crazy Mom Quilts and SoScrappy.


Monday, June 2, 2014

June goals

It's been a good month in the sewing room. Having set goals has really helped me to stay focused and accomplish the projects that I want to to stay on track. I'm hoping my June goals are met as well.

May Goals

  1.  Dad's memorial quilt - quilt and bind  DONE DONE 5/10/14 
  2.  Notre Dame quilt top - bind  DONE DONE 5/10/14
  3. Quilt Beyond Borders - 2 tops quilted and bound DONE DONE  5/26/14

  4. Rainbow Scrap Challenge - two four green bags DONE 5/29/14

  5. Green charity quilt - Christian Camp Quilt - piece quilted and bound DONE DONE 5/29/14

  6. Winter Solstice BOM - block #5a and 5b 5a block DONE
  7. Pillowcase for Paige - ABCs and little critters DONE 5/27/14
  8. Two Sundresses for Paige DONE 5/30/14

  9. 3 4 postage stamp blocks - pieced DONE 5/23/14
  10. Jennifer Paganelli UFO - pieced - NOT DONE
  11. Film at Five UFO top - quilted and bound - NOT DONE
  12. Rainbow Scrap Challenge - enlarge purple quilt top from April  DONE 5/13/14


  1. Rainbow Scrap Challenge - yellow scrappy quilt for Quilt Beyond Borders
  2. Rainbow Scrap Challenge - two yellow bags
  3. Rainbow Scrap Challenge - quilt teal quilt top for Quilts Beyond Borders
  4. Winter Solstice BOM - block 5b and 6
  5. 3 postage stamp blocks - pieced 
  6. Jennifer Paganelli UFO - pieced
  7. Film at Five UFO top - quilted and bound
  8. Bear Paws - quilted and bound