Tuesday, September 30, 2014

One More...

…I quilted and finished this one over the weekend. This little one has already flown the coop and is on it's way to *It's Forever Home* via Margaret's Hope Chest.

*#USA* pattern is, what I believe to be public domain: rail fence. Rails cut at 3.5 in, blocks at 6.5 in. The ideas for the hashtag border from this post from Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.

panto info: Starry Dreams

The backing is this red tie-dye that I have been hoarding. #USA was made so that I could use this backing and quilt with red thread.

Anyone else do that?! Decide on a project from the back?! LOL.

Another exercise in *trying to use what I have*.  *grin*

I'm also counting #USA as an entry for the *100 Quilts for Kids* Challenge that Heather at Quilts in the Queue is hosting this year.  I do believe today is the final link up day.  See all the quilts here at this link. I think there are at least 3 pages of donated quilts!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Design Wall Monday

My design wall is empty.

My allergies have been getting the better of me this season so not a whole lot of quilting is getting done.

I was able to quilt this little one. It's another Mock Trip Around the World using my last Eagle pillow panel inset.

pattern info: Mock Trip Around the World by Quilting Assistant.

panto info: Starry Dreams

This was my September goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes at Fiber of All Sorts.  I was number 33 on the September Goal Setting Linky, found here.  I'm linking up with the September Finish Linky party, found here.

This little one will be sent to Margaret's Hope Chest so I am also linking up with: Heather at Quilts in the Queue for the 100 Quilts for Kids Challenge, found here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WIP Wednesday 9.17.2014

First, I fixed *Hashtag USA*. I had a block turned in the bottom row. Luckily, I only had to frog three seams to get the block to the right rotation.

pattern info: rail fence -- public domain. strips cut at 3.5 inches, blocks cut at 6.5 inches. Idea for *hashtag* border from Cynthia's Quilting is More Fun than Housework post here.

Second, I really, really like the Turning Leaves pattern from McCall's Quilting like from 2002.

I decided to make my own oak leaf template and give a few blocks  *a go*.

This set will be a table runner in the family room.

This set will be the wall hanging in the kitchen by the table.

This set will be the wall hanging on the far wall in the family  room.

And this set will be made into hot pads.

I didn't think that I had so many batiks in my stash! and I have more leftover!

Looks like there will be a scrappy batik quilt in my future sometime!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WIP Wednesday 9.10.2014

I decided on *hashtag USA*

pattern info: rail fence…public domain. rails at 3.5 inch cut, blocks at 6.5 inch cut, and hashtag at 3 inch cut.

idea for hashtag from this post by Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework

Monday, September 8, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop 9.8.2014

I was invited to join in the Around The World Blog Hop! What a fun idea! You will learn a little about me and will be able to travel back in time to visit with the blogger who invited me to participate.  At the end of this post - I'll introduce the two bloggers who accepted my invitation to participate in the Around The World Blog Hop.

I was invited by: Alycia of Alycia Quilts fame!  I met Alycia online - but not in person (yet!) - through her amazing work with Quilts of Valor. I hope one day to be able to meet up with Alycia as I feel she is a kindred quilting spirit!


1. What am I working on?

Right now, I am concentrating on quilting for the 100 Quilts for Kids Challenge hosted by Heather at Quilts in the Queue. The quilts I am making will be going to Margaret's Hope Chest for their Prison Ministry Outreach.  They are in need of boyish quilts to take into the Michigan Prison system. This Ministry is very personal to me as we currently have a family member incarcerated. Through her years in and out of the system, she has lost custody of her three children. Fortunately, her mom (DH's Auntie)  has custody of the kids and is raising them.

I am sewing up some of my rwb quilts, in hopes that the children will like them. My patterns are a little small for the new Quilt of Valor requirements so I am going to have to re-visit patterns that make up to the new QOV size of 60 x 80.

Here is a quilt with a Eagle panel inset. This is the Mock Trip Around the World pattern.

Here is a rail fence in red/blue. My rails are cut at 3.5 inches, blocks at 6.5 inches.

I might add this flag border to jazz it up. I'm thinking of naming it *#USA*…get it? or maybe not…

I saw this on this post of Cynthia's at Quilting is More Fun than Housework.

2. How does my work differ from others?

Hummmmm….tough question. I tend to use lots of squares and rectangles in the patterns I make. It's TRUE! When I appliqué - raggy edge all the way. I do piece stars but I either float the points or make them wonky.

God Bless the Quilter that developed the Wonky Style!

3. Why do I create what I do?

The creation of quilts is an outlet from my more organized life. I think this is one reason why I like the wonky style - it gives me a sense of freedom in my structured life. Plus, quilts are a great gift! I've always explored some sort of craft. I've been known to dabble in painting, calligraphy, basket making, card making and scrap booking to name a few. Notice cooking and baking are NOT on the list!

4. How does my creative process work?

I like to think of patterns as guidelines, free to be interpreted by the individual quilt maker.

5. Who am I?

I'm Pat.

A daughter, sister, wife, in-law, mother, friend, quilter and hockey fan.

I've been sewing for about 13 years.

Who did I invite? Please meet:

Holly at Fabric Mom.

     Holly and I met through blogging. Holly was one of the first to reach out to me when I was a new blogger in 2008. Starting a blog was a giant leap of faith for me and Holly help to reassure me that all was well (and fun!) in blogland! Holly has turned her talents to embroidery and pattern writing to just name a few of her talents! She is indeed a kindred quilting spirit!

Pam at Mamaspark's World

     Pam and I also met through blogging. She asked for greens and I responded to her request. We have been great friends since then!  We were also fortunate to meet up *in person* a few times! Blogger friends are great online and even greater in person! Pam's talents have taken her in many directions, too! She has been published on the Moda Bakeshop for Pete's sake - she's a Rock Star! and another kindred quilting spirit!

Be sure to check out both of the ladies' blogs.  You won't be disappointed!

Have FUN!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Road Tripping

I put aside all and road tripped to Madison to Quilt Expo!

I didn't partake in any of the classes, sit n sew's or lectures but I was able to cruise thru the vendors and see the wonderful quilts!  Oh my! So BEAUTIFUL! The quilts on display are truly works of art.

I also did my part to help fuel the economy. lol.

From Nancy's Notions: a few rwb yard cuts, fq's and a *jelly roll*.

From Fabric Cafe: two 3 yard bundles with *free* patterns, plus since I paid cash - I got a prize: a free pattern!  sweet!

I also picked up this year's t*shirt.

I have a green one and the group at the Expo Information Booth was commenting on how *old* it was! I'm thinking only about 6 years!

I have fabric older than that in my stash - how 'bout you?!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Whoop! Whoop! 9.5.2014

It's a flimsy!

Whoop! Whoop!

pattern info: Mock Trip Around the World with Eagle inset pillow panel.

Linking Up with

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict 


Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts