Sunday, May 31, 2020

2020 Hands To Help, Friendship Crumbs Quilt

The 2020 Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge has wrapped up another year.  This is the 10th year I have participated and I am so honored to be part of this group, especially in a challenging year.  

Using a variety of 6" square (finished size) Crumb Blocks, scrappy backgrounds and four sets of HSTs in Orange, Teal, Purple and Gold creating a secondary design of the Friendship Stars.  

Close up of the quilting .... a simple swirl.

Partial view, the quilt finished at 54" X 78".  

Thanks to Sarah, Confessions of a Fabric Addict for hosting this event once again.  This quilt, called "Friendship Crumbs" is headed to Emily with Aunt Em's Quilts for "Quilty Hugs".  These quilts go to cancer patients through the Rack Pack, Primary Children's Hospital and various chemo labs.  They are given to the patient for their personal use. 

Monday, November 11, 2019

Veteran Quilts - Star Cruising

To all of our Veterans, we are so THANKFUL for your service.  Our local guild's annual challenge for 2019 was dedicated to Veterans. Our members made in excess of 40 quilts, which are being presented to many deserving veterans. 

  Above, Margaret Rau made her Veterans Quilt, with her own Eagle Design showcased in the center ---- her applique work is amazing.  Margaret used our pattern "Star Cruising", published by Black Cat Creations. 

A closeup of Margaret's Eagle.  Thank you Margaret for sharing your quilt. 

The above Veterans Quilt is my challenge quilt and is made from the same pattern, Star Cruising.  This Quilt of Valor will be presented to a family member.  

Friday, September 27, 2019

Teal Mini Swap

The annual Teal Mini Swap, hosted by EvaPaige Quilt Designs, is their way to help raise awareness of ovarian cancer during the months of July through September.  There is a limit of 500 participants over the United States and Canada, who make and swap either a mug rug or miniature quilt.  From the $15 registration fee, $10 is directly donated to OCRFA, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance.

For 2019, Art Gallery Fabrics (AGF) donated the beautiful fabric.  The swappers were required to use this print somewhere in their project (see above).  Lucky for me, I have a HUGE collection of AGF, including scraps dating back to my first purchase at the Houston Quilt Show in 2009.  Every piece used in this mini came from AGF ...... amazing how they all compliment each other, although they came from different collections.

When deciding what pattern or design to use for my project, I immediately went to Joyous.  The main reason, it is named for my mother, Joyce Marie; and the block was perfect to use in a mini quilt.  Along with the Mini Joyous , I gifted my swap partner Elaine, from South Carolina, the dear-to-my-heart pattern, Joyous. 

Several of our local guild members have participated in this Teal Mini Swap and have shared their experience.  I am proud to be a part of the Swap this year and see many more in the future.  

Sharing and linking up my mini with Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Stars Over Scott, Reader Show and Tells

"Stars Over Scott" is a pattern I designed and named for my son Scott.  The pattern is free and is available on this site.  If  you have made "Stars Over Scott", I would love to share here.  Please email me a copy (address in profile) and let me know your story.

First up -- A team within our local Cane Cutter Guild, made this Red/White Version during their Jamboree (teams set up and make quilt tops for their Helping Hands Inventory).   Team captain, Nita Mazerac on the left. 

The Blue/White Stars Over Scott was made by Mary V (@maryv57).  I was thrilled to come across this picture on Instagram and asked permission to share.

Both color versions would be perfect for a Quilt of Valor.  Thanks to both Nita and Mary for sharing!!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Summer Wedding Quilt, Show and Tell

A very special birthday girl, Nita Mazerac, has just finished her "Summer Wedding" quilt, using Kaffe Fassett fabric.  Nita  recently shared her beautiful quilt with our guild during Show and Tell.  This romantic version definitely has caught our attention.

"Summer Wedding" and other patterns are available through Black Cat Creations as a PDF downloadable or paper pattern -- Click on picture below for more information.  

Monday, July 29, 2019

Summer Wedding Quilt

Today, I am so excited to share a "Summer Wedding" quilt, made by Granada Bourg.  Granada's version uses a variety of rich oriental fabrics against a black background and also adds a perfect piano key border..  Beautiful work Granada. 

 "Summer Wedding" is available through Black Cat Creations as a PDF downloadable or paper pattern -- Click on picture below for more information.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

3-D Christmas Tree Quilt

3D Christmas Tree Quilt  (Free Pattern)

Welcome to 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop!

A BIG thanks to Sarah, at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, for hosting this special event.  Be sure to visit other guest bloggers for the 2019 Christmas in July Blog Hop.  Links are available at the end of this post.  

Sarah also has a sponsor, FIGO Fabrics who is donating a Fat Quarter Bundle.   Entries closed on Tuesday, with over 4,000 entries across all of the participating blogs .... congrats to the winner, Christi S.!  


A light bulb went off this past year as to why "Christmas In July" has become so popular.  Yes, there is the marketing angle.....  BUT .... there are the MAKERS!  Quilters, artists, woodworkers and crafters...we have a need to MAKE and we need all the time we can spare.  

There is another important angle ... we tend to never get around to making something for "ourselves".  As usual, my ideas creep up around Halloween.  I will start the project with all kinds of excitement..... then it ends up in the closet.  Sad but true.

This project, a Christmas Tree with 3D prairie point limbs,  is just for me.  I am excited by all the "Christmas in July Hype", so out comes this Farmhouse/Faux Antique project.  I can take my time; there are no deadlines, no pressure, no expectations.  Perfect!

I finished sewing on the buttons last night and waited for an opportunity to take a final picture.  As I make last minute updates to this post, I am watching the weather channel -- yep, Tropical Storm (maybe Hurricane) Barry is coming our way.  Hurricane experts are saying up to 20" of rain.  All of my quilts are bagged and stored high, just in case.

For the pattern, follow this link and feel free to convert it to a PDF File (PDF button is at the bottom of the page) and save for later.

And don't forget to visit the other blogs below and their scheduled dates!