Sunday, September 24, 2017

Ladies Night Out - 2017

Once a year, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Terrebonne General Medical Center, in Houma Louisiana hosts the "Ladies Night Out Gala", to raise funds and awareness.  This is the 5th year that I have donated a quilt representing breast cancer awareness.

For several years, I have been collecting "pink" fabric from every quilt shop that I visit, on-line shops and exchanges.  As a scrappy quilter, the larger the variety I can pull from, the happier I am with the outcome.

This year has touched my family directly, with my husband diagnosed with cancer and subsequently treated by Mary Bird Perkins.  When I started this in 2013, I never dreamed this would happen....which has made me more determined to submit the quilts annually.

"Have Faith" is the modern pattern above representing 2017.  Below are the previous years that quilts were donated.

Top left:  "Stars Over Scott" /2013, top right: Black Cat Creations/"Thunderbirds"/2015; bottom left, Black Cat Creations/"Mandalay"/2016 and bottom right, Bonnie Hunter's, Quiltville Mystery Quilt/2014.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Sample, Block 8

Starting to get REAL!  I now have eight blocks done!  The newest block above, "Hovering Stars" is Bonnie Hunter's block in Volume #9, Summer 2014, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Collectors Edition.

I do believe a setting has been decided....something non-traditional, but very scrappy.  The next Volume will be coming out very soon, so I hope to have a few more done.  So far, Bonnie has designed 14 consecutive blocks....with my 8, that's more than half-way.

Linking up with "Oh Scrap" at Quilting is more fun than Housework.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Retirement Quilt for Mary

About a month ago, I was notified of the retirement plans of someone very special.  It took me 2 seconds to decide the color theme (anything with red -- reminding me of her beautiful red hair) and pattern, an Irish Chain variation that highlights the red/yellow/white fabrics.

Just a note about Mary...she has been a dedicated government employee of more than 37 years, which included many years as a manager.  While I watched Harvey hit my home state of Texas and now watching Irma approaching Florida, my thoughts and prayers are also with the dedicated government employees who walk away from their family to keep us safe (from public safety to public works to all the support staff).  Mary is one of those important player in a huge team.  Best wishes Mary for your well deserved retirement.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sunday Sample, Block #7

Seven Blocks are done!  I already have another one cut out, and can't wait to sew it together.  The newest block above, "Dancing Dashes" is Bonnie Hunter's block in Volume #11 of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Special Edition, which is published twice a year.

There has been a lot of playtime on the design wall, looking for the perfect setting.  Regardless, it will be scrappy indeed......which brings me to the linky party "Oh Scrap" at Quilting is more fun than Housework.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I Wish You A Merry Quilt-A-Long, Block #2

My sister Phyllis and I have made Block #2 for the Christmas Sampler Project called "I Wish You A Merry Quilt-A-Long, hosted by several bloggers over the next few months.  Our first blocks were appliqued and were easier than we thought.  If you didn't see them...check them out here.

The Block below has been designed by Janda Bend Quilts and is titled "Tree Farm".

Above:  Phyllis' Block

Above:  Jamie's Block

The next block will be introduced on August 29th, which is right around the corner.  Stay tuned.....

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday Sample, Block #6

Six blocks done!  They are playing so nice together.  The newest block finished, "Jelly Bean Blast" (top left) is Bonnie Hunter's block in Volume #7 of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Special Edition.  For those just joining my fun little project, I am making all of Bonnie Hunter's blocks that she has contributed (and will contribute) to the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, published twice a year.

And......since this a growing Scrappy Sampler top, I think I'll join "Oh Scrap" linky party.  

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

I Wish You A Merry Quilt-A-Long, Block #1

My sister Phyllis and I jumped on the Christmas Sampler Project called "I Wish You A Merry Quilt-A-Long", hosted several Bloggers.    The quilt-a-long started on August 1st, with new blocks introduced every other Tuesday.  With the HUGE collection of Christmas Fabric we have accumulated.  Block #1 was designed by Vanda at Quilt In Piece.  

Neither of us have a lot of experience with applique', so this was a perfect start.  Mine is on the left (low volume) and Phyllis' is on the right.

We started with lining up those little boogers -- we pressed in horizontal, vertical and diagonal reference lines on the background to place the larger rays, double checked with a ruler and then took pictures with our phones to make sure they did not look drunk.  Then we added the smaller rays, pressed and set the Heat-N-Bond.

Last step was to applique with a thin zig zag using my favorite light weight thread, "Glide", which has a perfect sheen.  Glide is also my favorite quilting thread.

Christmas quilt-a-long with free block patterns