Thursday, December 7

Erynn's first quilt...

Our Colorado family came to visit over Thanksgiving.
14-year old Erynn didn't have anything to do.
So I asked her, "Do you know how to use a sewing machine?" ....."no"...
Well, we had about 7 days together -
so she learned how to use one!
She went through my stash of fabrics and
picked out some pretties.
She cut 5" squares - 168 of them - sewed them together
and this is the result:
 
  So much pinning.....
 
 
 We took a few breaks to make cookie dough... 
 
 
 
She quilted single loops on my long arm machine.
 
 
It turned out so, so pretty.....just like her.
 
 
I enjoyed every single minute with her......
love you, Miss Erynn.
 

Thursday, November 9

Double Wedding Ring wedding quilt...

This adorable couple got married last year.
This is my son, Gavin, and his pretty wife, Brooke.
 
"I DO".....
 
 
What a cute little family....
 
 
Brooke has always wanted a "Double Wedding Ring" quilt - so.....I made one for her.
 
 
I decided to use the "Metro Rings" pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful.
 
 
It was so fun to make.....I have one cut out for myself, too.
 

 
Making progress......
 
 
The rings are coming together.
 

 
I'm in love with this backing - Fabric.com...get it here.
 
 
Brooke requested a grey background, turquoise and apricot corners, and vintage type rings.
I used my Denyse Schmidt stash for the rings.
 
 
I kept it simple - stippled the entire quilt and added a pretty feather in the outer border.
 
 
It's a queen size - about 90" x 108"....80 blocks.
 
 
All bound & headed to Alaska - where they are stationed.
Yes, I hugged it and filled it with love before I sent it.
I love you....
 

Saturday, October 28

Sherri's Trip Around the World

My friend, Sherri, from Alaska, sent me some pretty fabrics she had extras of.
I decided to use them in a Trip Around the World quilt.
 
 
 I was teaching this class and decided it was the perfect time to use these lovely fabrics.
 
 
 
 The back is a Tula Pink Free Fall extra wide.
 
 
See those little birds floating around among the
giant dots - love it!
I have a scrappy binding.
 
 
 I quilted cross hatching in the center and swirled the borders.
 
 
This is one of my favorite color combinations - I used an Amy Butler floral for my starting point in pulling fabrics.
 
 
Here's a shortened version of the fabric requirements and cutting to create this twin size, 75" x 99".
You could easily find detailed instructions online......somewhere out there!
 
Fabric requirements:
 
3/4 yard each of 7 colors for the center
1st border      3/4 yard
2nd border     7/8 yard
3rd border         1 yard
 
Cutting requirements:
 
Cut 7 strips @ 3 1/2" from each color which will give you 7 panels - sew them in the same order.
The borders should be cut the same 3 1/2" width.
(I used what I had on hand for borders)
 
 
Thank you, Sherri, for sharing your beautiful fabrics with me. I love this quilt!

Monday, September 25

Christmas Quilt deadline.....

If you get your quilt(s) to me by
November 1st
I'll guarantee they will be returned to you before Christmas.
 
Here's a little teaser.....
A friend/customer of mine, Denise from Florida, sent me her Modern Christmas Tree quilt to quilt and
I absolutely fell in love with it.
I really like her pieced backing of tree prints and that black & white stripe border....so cute!
 
 
So.....I made one for me. 
(it's actually a gift but I can't say who it's for....she might follow my blog)
 
 
I started making the blocks at a retreat last spring and just couldn't stop!
 
 
 
 I put a Christmas-y flannel on the back and quilted it with a single wave.
 
 
Gingham binding - I'm kind of in love with ginghams again.
 
 
 
I'm teaching a class on it through the Adult Education program in our school district.
I loved every minute of making this cute quilt.
The blocks work up so fast and it was fun to pair the fabrics together so that each block is different.
You can find the free tutorial online at
 "Diary of a Quilter" - here.
Remember.....
NOVEMBER 1st
is the deadline to get your Christmas quilts to me.
thanks....

Thursday, September 14

"thicket" baby quilt...

My step-niece recently had a sweet
little baby boy.
Oh, yay!  I finally had a reason to make this cute baby quilt.
I used a panel from the "Thicket" line of fabric from Gingiber for Moda.
My niece loved it!
 
 
I also made this little burp cloth out of a smaller block:
 
 
For the back of the quilt I had this red/white chevron.
 
 
For the back of the burp cloth I used a piece of dot flannel - they need to be absorbent!
 
 
 
 It was so easy to just keep adding borders to the center panel.
I quilted loops in the center of the quilt and each border received a very simple design.
 
 
It was so fun to make - welcome to this wonderful world, little one.

Friday, September 1

Fancy Forest times two....

Both of my sweet granddaughters had birthdays this summer.
 
 
(making fruit pizza - one of our favorites at grandma's house)
 
I decided to make each of them a Fancy Forest quilt with their names on them.
It's an Elizabeth Hartman pattern - she's brilliant! 
You can find the pattern here.
Miss Audrey....
(we had a tea party at my neighbor's home so we got to dress up with some pretties - thank you, Danette)
 
 
 I made individual quilts for each of them.
They each finished at about 60" x 70"
 
 
Audrey likes the color aqua... 
 
 
The backing is Tula Pink's "Free Fall". 
 
 
I quilted loops in the background and
straight-lined each block. 
 
 
I think the cows want a quilt, too... 
 
 
Miss Alayna...
 
 
Alayna loves pink...
 
 
This is probably my favorite block - Hazel Hedgehog. 
 
 
I used a cute pink print for the backing and a
scrappy binding. 
 
 
I swirled Alayna's background, outlined the small "fill-in" blocks and
straight-lined each individual block. 
 
  
 Picnics inside make the food even better! 
I loved having my girls with me last summer...
Alayna, Audrey and Erin - my daughter.
  
 
Oh, how I love my girls....
 
 
(floating on Ennis Lake)

Sunday, August 20

new mailing address...

We are trying to phase out our post office box in town.
All I needed to do was purchase a mail box and the numbers....
the post was already there.
I just discovered we have a very nice postal carrier out where we live.
How nice of him to deliver your quilts and sweet notes to me at my house!
Just use our physical address from now on....
 
 
Kathy Olkowski
144 Ennis Lake Road
Ennis, MT   59729