Friday, February 18, 2011

I almost didn't do this.

Start sewing, I mean.
For my sons
And now I have been invited to be a guest blogger over at Sew We Quilt @ Stash Manicure!


I am not a seasoned quilter, but I can't say I am a newbie anymore, although I still don't have a quilt of my own...yet. But that is a story for another day!
For my sons
I recently had an 'Ah-ha' moment. Something must have happened in junior high home ec class that held me back from even considering sewing. Something other than my teacher who always said, "Keep it down to a dull roar, girls".
For my sons
 I didn't want to have to use the dreaded seam ripper. Now that seems so funny. But once I fell in love with these new fabrics, I had to start sewing, seam ripper or not.
For my sons
Now look what has happened. I have had so much fun from such a wonderful hobby. And I have had the joy of making things for people I love. Why did I never consider that my sons might enjoy a quilt I made for them?
1st of 3 quilts for my sons
That quilt up there is the one T ended up with and this one is D's.
2nd of 3 quilts for my sons
Here is G's quilt.
3rd of 3 quilts for my sons
I didn't know which quilt would go to which boy, because I just wrapped them and put them under the tree with no names. They got 'pot luck'.

Isn't it amazing what can happen when we get past our fears, even if they are something as silly and small as a seam ripper!

Remember to head over to Stash Manicure to read about how these quilts even came to be!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Let's Go Fly A Kite

Remember this sweet boy for my sweet boy?

Well, I got to share him on Quilt Story with lots of other cute quilt story projects. Click on their link in my side bar, hop on over and see!

Let's Go Fly a Kite

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Blogging Etiquette & My Next Colorful Project

Kat is running a Week of good etiquette for the modern blogger. I have been looking forward to this since I first heard about it. I want to always have good manners. :)

And because I cannot post without a picture, this is on my cutting board. Wonder who it is for???


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I love a party!

Fresh Poppy Design

Hello! My name is Vickie and I live in  a small town in the gently rolling hills of Kansas. I am happy to participate in the Quilt Story Block Party. There is so much inspiration and tons of wonderful ideas on flickr. I am happy to be a part of the fun. It is always a good day to 'play', especially when it is so white outside and you love color! So...

Traditional: Flying Geese

My traditional block is made with Amy Butler's love fabric, which is significant for me as I began quilting a few years ago because I saw her fabric in a quilt. It was a "this is not your grandma's pastime" moment and I knew I wanted to work with all that wonderfully colorful and delightfully designed fabric! I don't know why flying geese have intrigued me, with their points to meet, but they have. I especially like that the dark geese in this block are actually two different fabrics in similar colors that have been pieced. I made this block for The Quilting Journey Round Robin Bee's quiltalong, so I get to keep it.

Flying Geese June Block

Modern: Pinwheel in a Star

My modern block also comes from The Quilting Journey Round Robin Bee. The pattern is from Hanies and is now living with Melissa who requested pinwheel blocks.  The colors of her starter block were fresh and bright, so this block was really fun to make. I love that white inner border that breaks up the star!

Quilting Journey Round Robin - Melissa

Creative: Cindy's Park Applique

I made this applique park for a quilt that is going to be a neighborhood, also from The Quilting Journey Round Robin Bee. Cindy requested anything that would be found in a neighborhood and sent a modern house block as her starter block. By the time I received the group of blocks, there were several houses, a dog house and some people, so I thought about adding a place for those dogs to take a walk, thus the park was 'born'. I don't know where that bird came from. He just showed up one day, so I let him stay.

Block for Cindy (playswithneedles1)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bee Block Busy-ness Business

February is my month in "The Fussy Cut Love Bee". We run from the 15th to the 15th and I have been packaging up fabric. Since Valentine's Day is soon, I am calling my quilt "Starling Love" {really it is because I love this fabric}. Each member will get 2 packages.

Starling Love - February {The Fussy Cut Love Bee}

More fabric stacks ready to be packaged up.

Starling Love - February {The Fussy Cut Love Bee}

Most of the bees over on flickr take December off {thankfully!!!} so the following blocks have been done in January and February.

These blocks are going to be part of a Bento Box for "Sew Bee It". Messygoat sent precut fabrics that have been in her stash for a l-o-n-g time. It is going to be bold and wild. Can't wait to see how she cuts and re-assembles the blocks.

Bento Box for Messygoat - Sew Bee It

Also for "Sew Bee It" - MeredithQuilts asked for action words on an 8x11 background with a 2.5" border, making a finished 12x15 block.

Sew Bee It - MeredithQuilts

After I finished the "Hope" block, I saw that I was going to have enough fabric to do "Give" {the other word I chose}. I am not sure the"G" looks right, but it is what it is!  I didn't have enough fabric to finish the border.

"Give" progress for MeredithQuilts

These fun gifts came from Lisa - "A Quilting Journey Round Robin Bee". I received them for winning our Holiday game 4!! Thanks, Lisa!!

What a great gift!

For "The Fussy Cut Love Bee", J.Amundsen sent out precuts and I just sewed them together - easy peasy. I love the red and grey of this line!

For J.Amundsen

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Rocket Dog Revisited

I loved making this quilt for Deacon. It has been hanging above his bed in his room. But it was never quite finished. The original pattern was actually for a pillow and had this wonderful free motion quilting on the background. I tried and tried to get my 1960's Singer to do it when I originally made this wall hanging, but either she couldn't or I couldn't figure it out.

Rocket Dog

Well, I got a new machine for Christmas, so I asked for Rocket Dog to come back and visit for awhile.

Rocket Dog Quilted

Yesterday I finally got the nerve to try those intriguing free motion swirls.

Rocket Dog Quilting Close-up

It was actually easy and fun. I am amazed by the differences in sewing machines.

Rocket Dog Blast-Off

Rocket Dog gets to go home and I am now satisfied that he is truly finished. Ahhhh....

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

*LOVE* and {Sew Bee It}

I sent Amy Butler "Love" fabric to my bee pals in The Sew Bee It bee over on flickr {along with some other fabrics}. I asked for flying geese and this gorgeous quilt is the result!

"Sew Bee It" Bee Quilt

It is the perfect size for covering up in a comfy chair.

"Sew Bee It" Bee Quilt close-up

My dear daughter, Ashley, took the photos for me. Go visit her brand new blog, especially if you are a foodie or a fan of PW!

"Sew Bee It" Bee Quilt - love those geese

I absolutely *LOVE* how this quilt turned out.

"Sew Bee It" Bee Quilt - more geese

Those quilters did a great job of giving me variety and charm so that I could, in turn, share with my dear mom-in-law.

"Sew Bee It" Bee Quilt - still more geese

And that backing fabric...sigh...

"Sew Bee It" Bee Quilt backing

....those flowers and that scrumptious periwinkle blue background...

"Sew Bee It" Bee Quilt backing close up

...really does my heart good, especially when everything is so white outside!

"Sew Bee It" Bee Quilt backing another close up