Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sweet Beginnings

Asa is getting married!
Do you recognize the collection Asa & Brittany picked?

Riley Blake's Kensington

Starting to piece this Queen together!
Pattern is Red Velvet by Camille at Thimble Blossoms.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

BLOCK - a new, no advertising magazine!

BLOCK is the magazine for all of you that want to make beautiful, easy quilts! Subscribe now! New magazine. 
No advertisements... that alone would be amazing, but add in 10, yes 10, patterns, tutorials in print and on You Tube. 
6 issues/yr.  $6/issue.  When was the last time you bought a quilting book for $6?  And really with 10 quilts and in depth instructions plus online video tutorials each issue will be better than a quilt book.  
All from the talented teachers at Missouri Star Quilt Co.  That's right, they do the marvelous You Tube tutorials that have transformed who quilts.  And they offer a Daily Deal with the latest tools and pre-cuts with $5 or NO shipping!
Did I say they are amazing??
Perhaps we could start a BLOCK quilting guild and help some fabric fulfill its destiny!  Together!
Photo: BIG NEWS!  We are launching our very own magazine, done in house here at the Missouri Star!  Read the details here - help us figure out what cover we should go with, Left or Right?
I have subscribed to probably every quilting mag (even the ones from Australia) and every issue makes me crazy because of the space devoted to ads, ads, ads and the puny descriptions (cannot really call them tutorials...)
So yes, I am excited to have a known quantity, Missouri Star Quilt Co, offer a terrific magazine.
Subscribe today and start creating a treasure.  Weeeeeoooooo!  

P.S.  No advertising.  This makes me so happy.
Spread the word.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

I LOVE them all.

I have many MUST DOs for 2014-2030.  Trying to decide which one to do first is difficult.

2014 New Year's Quilting Resolutions:
--- this is the year of family members' quilts.  After making more than 100 quilts for charities and grads, I am going to start & finish quilts for my family members.

While starting 2014 with Achilles Tendon repair/replacement surgery, I will "recover" by finishing the tops and backs as follows:

Jan:  -- updated on Jan 28th to reflect reality!
        Have surgery & recover. (Recovering not happening as quickly as I hoped...)
        Create the back for granddaughter's Vanilla & Blooms bright, cheerful top.
        Sew glue-pieced creations from granddaughter's 4th grade Tessellation class into a top.
        Sew glue-pieced creations from grandson's Kindergarten Ticker Tape class into a top.

Feb:  Recover enough to stand in a boot by end of month...?
         Create the back for granddaughter's Vanilla & Blooms bright, cheerful top.
         Cut & piece top & back for uncle's Michigan quilt.
         Create backs for both of the school quilts.

Mar:  Recover enough to negotiate the stairs to begin FMQing the January quilts?
         FMQ a friend's blue, yellow, and white appliqued flowers quilt.
         Bind quilts.
         Make Asa's wedding quilt.

Apr:  Travel to schools for quilt presentations, pics, and delivery to charity of their choice.
         Create one giraffe themed grad quilt.
         UFO: create back for Shay's quilt & finish it!
May:  FMQ giraffe grad quilt.
          Cut out d-in-laws quilt.  Start piecing.
          Cut out Janer's quilt.

Jun:    Piece Janer's quilt.
          Cut out Daniel's quilt.

Jul:      Vacation with family!

Aug:   Piece Jane's.
          Piece Daniel's.
          Cut & piece top & back for dear husband's quilt.

Sep:   Finish Jane's.
          Finish Daniel's.
          Piece Paul's.

I have the fabrics but still up in the air about the all-important patterns.  Hmmm.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Bright and Cheerful top finished

So glad to have this top finished that I posted a dark, indoor photo just because it is done.
I will take a better photo tomorrow in the sunshine!
This will be a very cheerful quilt.

Remember from a previous blog post what pattern this is?
Fig Tree's Vanilla & Blooms.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Easy Orange Rolls

Another score of 10!

Just made their Orange Roll recipe this a.m.  Amazing!  Delicious!  I hear "More, More" from the adults in the house and the neighbors.  You can find the recipe here at Sally's Baking Addiction.
Of course, who can resist making the recipe your own...  I added chopped pecans & brown sugar to the "filling."

Try them and you will love them!


Sandy's Caramel for Pretzel Rods
2c sugar
1c Karo syrup, light
3c heavy cream
dash salt
1t vanilla
Add sugar, syrup, salt, and 1c cream together, use large saucepan over med heat. Bring to 235*, stirring. I like to use the new Wilton Silicone Spatula.
Drizzle in 1c cream, return to 235*, stirring.
Drizzle in last cup of cream & stir to 235*.
Remove from heat, add vanilla.
Pour into lightly buttered 9x13 pan, let cool.
Along the 9" side of pan, cut sliver strips of caramel & twist onto rods. Place on parchment paper. Slice and wrap all the rods.
Melt choc & drizzle onto rods with fork. Immediately roll in chopped pecans.
Makes at least 50 Rods.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

First Snow is finished!

Here it is Miss Rachel: our Iron Quilter submission, FIRST SNOW. It is called First Snow because it reminds me of pansy petals poking through the first snow.
Starting Dec 1st, and for only 1 wk, our friends will be able to vote on the Missouri Star Quilt Co's Facebook page for our quilt.  Let everyone know to vote!
Miss, you did a wonderful job piecing the fan squares together!  
I am so proud of you.  I love you to the moon and back.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

progress on Rachel's fan quilt

A reality for all quilters:  some seams just need to be redone!

Hitting her stride, confidence growing.

Using all the extra fans to create a necklace!  So creative!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

House bound and getting ready for big things.

This King needs to get finished.

A sweet daughter asking about what her talented mommy made for her dear great-grandmother.

Iron Quilter???
I had high hopes but then 3 wks of travel so who has the time?

Perhaps the only submission from our family will be my 9 yr old granddaughter's quilt.

Happy-Go-Lucky from Bonnie & Camille
is getting a destiny with 23 4th graders who will learn about
HST Tessellations while making a wonderful quilt together.

Thank you, Bonnie! I won a collection of Cotton Way patterns and Happy-Go-Lucky charm packs several months ago and I knew this would make a great classroom project!

Could not have done it without Bloc Loc rulers!
These clever rulers make the cutting job easy
and the piecing precise!

Ready to fly off to a 4th grade HST Tessellation class!
Using Happy-Go-Lucky by Bonnie & Camille.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Evalee's 3rd is darling!

Evalee is a quilter, she has been for a long time.  This is only her third to FMQ herself.  This is a darling example of her quilts and her love of her grandchildren

Thursday, September 26, 2013

update on from "Just Okay to Almost Done" --- well the LATEST one of these...

Outer blocked border added.
Still need to add the 1" off-white border and the floral border.

Let's count these borders:
1" frame for each block, Squared Block pieced border,
another 1" off-white, and the floral.
But one more border
(I am thinking a Kona Khaki solid) is needed!

The Tapestry flimsy portion really is ALMOST done.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The start of something Lovely

3 1/2" Dresden wedges.
You can cut 3 of these wedges/petals out of every charm.

A little bit of Downton Abbey-esque???

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Transitioning from "Just Okay" to "Almost Done!"

Fig Tree's Tapestry layer cake
and Kona Bone, Stone, and Sand to make HSTs.

3 different light Bella solids for first border,
meant to mimic the tone on tones in the HSTs. 

I was going to use a Tapestry print as a 2nd interior border
between the light bordered blocks, but thankfully before
I cut into the fabric I saw and was inspired
by Square Dance by A Little Bit Biased and
Just did a little math to determine the width of the light
solid spacers and went to work on it.

Still need to make and add the outer, blocked sashing.  And maybe another border or two... But it is almost done.
Stitched together jelly roll strips and 1.5" Bella Solids Porcelain strips to created blocked sashing.