I love cats and quilts.... and my cats love quilts too!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sew busy!

My niece's quilt came back from the longarm quilter yesterday! I spent today petting it and sewing the binding on. I just love how this quilt turned out. It is my own design. It is the first time I have made a quilt without following a pattern. I used the "Eden" line of fabric. My vision when designing it was to see peeks of the garden as you look through a lattice fence. It is so bright and cheery and you can't help but smile when you see it!

My sister in law's quilt is progressing quickly. It is suprisingly easy to assemble as it is all strip piecing.
As usual when I get the camera my "model in a previous life" kitty comes running and hams it up.Here are some of the squares after assembling. Yes those are 1 inch 9 patches! Phew so tiny to work with!
So I have not been slacking!
Happy Quilting!

Saturday, February 12, 2011


Finally! My first finish of 2011! I got the binding and the label on late this afternoon on my brother's shaded nine patch! I decided to name the quilt "No Flowers Allowed 2" The first "No Flowers Allowed" I presented to my son last year. I decided to make another one in the same theme (slight variation of pattern) for my brother. It took me almost a year to collect enough fabrics to make these two quilts. It is soooo hard to find anything that doesn't have flowers on it.
I am so excited! I drive down to Florida on the 21st to present it to him. I will (hopefully) also be giving my niece her's during the same visit. It is supposed to be back from the longarm quilter Wednesday. I will post pics as soon as I get it done.

I started my next major project by washing the fabric and starting to cut out the pieces this evening. I am embarrased to say how long (let's just leave it at years) I have had this kit to make this quilt. The pattern is called "Trellis Rose" and was designed to go with Alex's Anderson's cottage rose fabric line. This one is earmarked for my sister-in law.
I also cut out a leader/ender quilt project to sew in between the Trellis Rose off and on during the past week. I plan on doing a postage stamp quilt as the leader/ender. I am doing it in soft cottage rose fabrics. I wanted to keep the theme going, hehe!
Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My sewing area is coming together!

Our house was built back in the days of formal living rooms. For years it has been underutilized. When people come to visit they always headed to the family room to sit and talk. So I decided to take over some of the space as my sewing room. I gave away the old 30 year old furniture and did some rearranging.

When I finished my lone star quilt I really wanted to display it. I just couldn't seem to find a spot in my house where it would fit and look like it is the center of attention. I decided that it would be a perfect backdrop to my sewing cabinet.
Of course Jake had to jump up and ham it up for the camera!
My sewing cabinet with all of the extensions out.

And finally holding my brother's shaded nine patch while I sew the binding on. I love this spot! The hardwood floor makes for easy rolling of the cabinet and is easy to vaccum up all the threads.
Still more work to go on the room so will post more pics later! Hubby is still working on my cutting table.
Happy Quilting!

Monday, February 7, 2011

I think I might give this bloggin thing another shot!

Here it is almost a year later from my last entry. Where to start? So many things happened and didn't happen in the second half of last year.

We have been wanting to move to Florida to be closer to our aging parents and we thought that our chance finally came. My dearest hubby applied to a tailor made job position (or so we thought) for him. We were so confident that he would get the position that we put everything on hold to get ready to move at a moment's notice. As time passed we were in disbelief that he didn't get the job. It took them almost 2 months to notify us that he hadn't gotten selected. It really deflated us. We both got so down and it took us quite a while to regain our footing.

We had started remodeling some of the rooms in the house at the beginning of the year and we just put that on hold because we thought we would be moving. So with the start of this year we readjusted our attitudes and decided to go with the old addage "Bloom where you are planted". Even though this is not where we truly want to live, we have to "bloom" because this is where God has his plans for us.

My quilting took a back burner also. I just had no where to sew except the kitchen table. I hated pulling everything out and then having to put it away every evening. I did manage to finish "Chocolate Obsession" during those down months. I will post pictures of it later.

In December 2010, I finished piecing the quilt top for my brother's nine patch I started back at the beginning of the year. Here it is before quilting.

And after quilting. It turned out wonderfully!

I also finished my nieces quilt top at the beginning of January and it is now at the quilters.
Of course Sunshine had to ham it up for the camera while I was sewing the borders on!
We have also started putting things back away and finishing the remodeling that we started. It is still a mess but I now have my own sewing area. It is not finished yet, but I will post pictures as it progresses! I am very excited about finally having my own space.
Happy Quilting!