Thursday, July 30, 2015

NEW PROJECT - PART 1

I have a granddaughter who loves owls and turquoise.  I found this kit in my stash. 

Pretty good I'd say.  It's cut out and ready to go. That's part one!
               
Hope your week is going well and

Quilt happy,
Marilyn

Sunday, July 26, 2015

FAVORITE VEGETABLE

Do you have a favorite vegetable?  I love vegetables, eggplant, okra, asparagus, I'm not even going to get into salads.  But, I must say, my absolute favorite is the artichoke.  



My mother always boiled her artichokes and I also cooked them this way most of my life.  However, lately I have been roasting them.  I found the recipe on Pinterest, another favorite thing.  

http://www.oceanmist.com/recipes/easy-baked-artichokes/


I love how they turn out and I don't have to pay much attention to them while they are cooking. But, I'm not turning on the oven these days.  It's just too hot and humid here.  So, I found another artichoke recipe on Pinterest for crockpot artichoke. 

 http://www.oceanmist.com/recipes/crock-pot-artichokes/   

Brilliant.  I know it won't be very fast; but, I have lots or time.  Ready to cook away while I'm sewing.




I'll let you know how it turns out.  And, I'd love for you to share your favorite veggie and recipe.  Now it's time to get back to my quilt room.

Hope you are having a good week and
Quilt happy,
Marilyn

Thursday, July 23, 2015

BOY QUILT PART 2

I am this far into the Boy Quilt.  As you can see I picked blue for the sashing.  I only wish I had purchased enough to be able to extend that border out using the same fabric. But, I didn't so I will need to add more as it is growing up to be a twin-size quilt. 

Stay tuned for part 3.  I have a few things that MUST get done first.

Hope you are having a good week and

Quilt happy,
Marilyn

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BIRTHDAY BLOCKS

I belong to a friendship group that call themselves Talking Threads (AKA the TTs).  We meet once a month at different members homes. This year we are making birthday blocks (you chose your own theme) for each member and give them out on the birthday girl's month. Yesterday was our meeting and we have four July birthdays.  One TT selected Spools, any kind, any style, any size. Another selected the double pinwheel block in red, white, and blue.  And, another selected any 12" pieced star in red, white, and blue. I only wish I had pulled out my phone to take pictures.  I selected the theme "What's in my Garden" any size, any style.  Here is what I received:

Aren't they wonderful?  Each one is so unique; I love them all. Thank you ladies for a wonderful selection.  Oh, and today is my birthday.  Now to figure out a setting.  Let the fun begin!

Hope you are having a good week and

Quilt happy,
Marilyn

Sunday, July 19, 2015

BOY QUILT 101

I've been making a boy quilt.  I finished the blocks while on my quilting retreat last week.  I waited for my design wall at home before putting it together. I'm going to use sashing and borders.



I suppose I should fix that one block first.  Sigh...

Have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Friday, July 10, 2015

HEXIE BOM

Have any of you been working on the Hexie Blog BOM? I am. I have ready to go, at various stages, through May. I'm still putting together June's and July's is still in my mind. But, I'm liking it.


I'm on a quilting retreat all next week.  Perhaps I'll get some hand stitching done in the evening.  Fingers crossed.
Have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Sunday, July 5, 2015

LOST AND FOUND

Have you ever lost something (like an UFO) and swore that someone, some thief, some no-good scoundrel must have come into your quilt room and stole your UFO.  Only the one you are looking for. All the others are still there. That happened to me this week. So, on Friday I cleaned out one closet. I even refolded fabric and re-stacked the shelves. Nada.

On Saturday, I got out my step stool and checked every container on my shelving unit above where I sew.  Nada.

On Sunday, I was forced to go sort the scary closet.  You got it.  On the last shelf I sorted (which was probably a good thing), I saw that the no-good scoundrel(s) had returned the UFO.  Thank goodness I wasn't forced to call in the big guns, my peeps, to help.

So here it is on the design wall, and I realize I need more blocks to make it even. 

It is from an on-line swap. But, for now, I have put it away until another time. However, I'm pretty certain I will be able to locate it when I want it next time. And, my quilt room is organized, for now.

Have a good week and
Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

SNEAK PEEK

Sometimes you just need a quick one to put together, especially when it is earmarked for charity. I picked up this cute panel a while ago and promptly put it away. As I was looking for something else, I found it (I even found what I was actually looking for). Since my guild is getting together baby quilts for the Marine Base in September, this seems like a winner.


I did a bit of cutting, added some four patches, etc. I had purchased the backing along with the panel. So, I made a binding and now it is ready to go. 


I am putting aside next week for quilting baby quilts.  Stay tuned.

Hope you are having a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Sunday, June 28, 2015

ANOTHER FINISH

Another finish and already delivered to its new home.  This quilt was started last summer when Melinda Fulkerson taught Bonnie Hunter's Scrappy Mountains Majesties at a quilting workshop in Las Vegas.  I just finished the piping binding last week.



I love the way it manages to almost look scrappy by using one larger print fabric.  Thank you Melinda for a fun class and thank you Sue Salinger for the perfect job of quilting.

I'm so sorry I didn't think to pull out my camera to take a picture of little Maddie with her new quilt.  Story of my life.

Hope you have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, June 22, 2015

ARMCHAIR CADDY

I think I may have found a way for my mom to keep track of her notebook I made her last week.  An armchair caddy.  There are all sorts of them around for sewing.  But, I designed this one just as a caddy.  My mom's chair is sort of Mauveish (is that a word)?  So I dug around in my stash until I found this:


I used some 809 Pellon interfacing on the lining and pockets, and 987F Fusible Fleece Pellon on the outside piece. It needed a pocket large enough to hold her notepad.


What do you think?


Me too.  And, her notebook fits perfectly.  


Hope you have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn