Thursday, July 14

Lexie's "Fancy Forest" and stars...

I have been in love with this pattern since it Elizabeth Hartman, of "Oh Fransson", created it.
My friend, Lexie, took the plunge, bought the kit, and made it!
It's even better in real life!
 
  
 I had so much fun quilting it.
I wanted to quilt each character with straight lines...
 
 
These butterflies are so beautiful...
 
 
The bunny faces are chunky cute... 
 
 
She threw in some thistles....love them! 
 
 
You can create an entire quilt out of any of these cute characters.
The hedge hog might be my favorite - I don't know....
 
 
 
 I swirl quilted the linen background which softened the quilt.
 
 
I'm so excited to get started on mine. 
I'm collecting fabrics for it and making two smaller quilts for my granddaughters. 
They both love animals - so this is perfect!
 
 
 
I've cut out the hedgehog. 
Look how tiny these parts are - EEEE!
That's why it's listed as "advance piecing" level.
My background will be that sweet soft pink.
 
 
 Lexie chose this fabulous Elizabeth Hartman extra wide backing - you can purchase it here, at Hawthorne Threads.
 
 
There were some leftover strips from the piecing so Lexie had me add a scrappy binding.
 
 
 She also made this very cute giant star quilt.
It uses 16 fat 1/4's.
Cut your blocks 18" to start with.
 Eight are cut once on the diagonal for the star points. 
Four background squares are cut once on the diagonal.
 The other four background pieces are used for
the corner squares.
Do not cut these.
 
 
Lay out your "parts" to get the star pattern then sew the triangles together, either with another star print or a background piece. 
You now have 9 blocks.
Trim everybody up to fit the 1/2 square blocks.
(around 16.5" - 17") 
Sew together in rows to create your star.
So, so simple, and a great way to use some fat 1/4's you don't want to cut into tiny pieces. 
I'll be making a bunch of these for Christmas gifts!
 
 
 I used her backing for the quilting inspiration.
An all-over swirl design with some circles thrown in randomly.
 
 
Another scrappy binding...
 
 
Both of them bound & ready to go home to be snuggled under.
Thanks, Lexie, for letting me quilt them.
You inspire me!
 
 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 6

Montana retreat...

I recently went to a retreat in the mountains of Montana - Upper Canyon Outfitters
 
 
It was truly a slice of heaven.  The best part.....no cell phone service!  What?...you say....I loved it.  There was no need to check your phone, text on your phone, or listen to everyone's phones ringing.  We actually got to socialize and get to know each other! Here is the cabin I stayed in with my friend, Carol - the one on the right.  I could have stayed there for weeks!
 
 
 We all got so much done....here's just a peek, or two...
 I brought my "Single Girl", Denyse Schmidt, project.
 

 
I worked on it the first 2 days and made great progress!  I'm loving it!
 
 
Our hostess was Donna Trischman.  She owns an Etsy shop, "Timeless Quilts". 
 
 
You can find her shop here.
 
 
Donna brought lots and lots of goodies for us to purchase!
 
 
I bought all the aqua color thread - Love Star thread!

 
This guy watched over us then entire time - so serious!
 

Here's my friend, Carol. 
I think she's praying over this project!
It was such fun hanging out with her - she makes me laugh! 

 
She worked on this darling baby quilt - how do you spell "tomorrow"?
 
 
 Lynn - hard at work with a pretty flower for inspiration.
 
 
Dee's pin cushion...made by her son a long time ago.
 
 
Grace finished a large star quilt.
 
 
Carol working on the mystery.
 
 
Debbie's beautiful mystery solved! 
It has a ribbon pattern.
 
 
Marti - working hard with a little "bubbly" help...
 
 
We were offered a mystery class and here are Marti's "parts". 
 

This is the result of all those parts.....so pretty! 
 
 
I love going to retreats.  I already signed up for this one again for next year!
Thanks, Donna, for hosting!
 
 
 

Wednesday, June 1

Carol's pretties.....

My friend, Carol from Montana, has been a busy,
busy quilter! 
She recently retired from her day job and is having a blast making quilts for everyone she knows! 
Here are just a few of her lovely creations...
 
 
I quilted an all-over row-by-row single loop - one of my favorite designs.
 
 
Look at that cute leaf binding...
 
 
The quilts just keep coming!  Cute backing, too.
 
 
Very masculine - this is her "Sweetwater" creation.
 
 
Red binding and recipe fabric on the back - perfect.
 
 
I get to choose the quilting designs on her quilts - love that!
 
 
I quilted simple all-over loops. 
Do you love this plaid backing?
 
 
This was Carol's most challenging quilt - a Lori Holt design.
 
 
Carol did an excellent job piecing - so many ity bity pieces!
 
 
 A very happy backing with a dot binding.
 

I quilted an all-over feather swirl design on this one.

 
Little squares on the back - super fun!
 
 
All bound & ready to go home.
 
 

Carol's latest quilts - a pretty pinwheel.
I had fun quilting the borders with a different
design than the center.




Oh, how I love this backing!


A quilt for her husband - he will love it!


Nothing like script fabrics - love them!

 

I've got to somehow get on Carol's "quilt gift" list.....:)