Saturday, May 28, 2016

2016 Hands2Help Quilts

Em's Scrapbag has already received and delivered my 2016 H2H Quilt.  I used a large stash of 2 1/2" squares and strips on the design wall, ending up with a HUGE finish (no pattern available).  The second quilt (Short Stacks) was sent out to Texas (my home state) to the Covered in Love Program (East Texas Medical Center).  Unfortunately, in my rush to mail it, forgot to take a picture.

This was my 6th year (and 7 quilts) with Sarah, with Confessions of a Fabric Addict H2H,   I can't wait to see how many participated this year -- I am sure the number is growing.  Congratulations Sarah on another successful year.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Austin Family Quilt

This is the Austin Family Quilt that has grown to 95 x 95 (4.5" blocks) since this picture was taken.  My wall is not large enough, so I had to improvise.   I have added all of the signature blocks and started sewing the the rows together.  The Family Quilt begins with my grandmother's sister, who married an Austin back in the 1930's.  The family is huge and still growing, so I have left several blank signature blocks on the front, and will have more on the back.

A major undertaking that began last year, my cousin Ginny distributed the signature blocks through the mail.  It was Ginny's idea and the work she put into getting the blocks signed must have been daunting ..... but she was determined and organized.  The envelopes were mailed to my house and slowly stacked up, each containing the family blocks waiting for a place in the quilt.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

H2H Finished

This is a quilt top I started last year when Judy at Patchwork Times introduced monthly blocks to use up our stash.  I finally put my blocks into a quilt, but now it is quilted, bound and ready to ship to Sarah's Hands To Help Charity Quilts.

And .... picking blackberries to make cobbler this afternoon.  The blackberry plants were from my Great Uncle Dan's backyard in Columbus Texas.  He has been gone since 1983, so these plants traveled here to Louisiana over 30 years ago.  They were planted on the bayou side of my in laws property and are obviously thriving to this day. Must admit, I ate so many of them while picking, my insides are purple.  

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Red and White Southern Sky

A Red and White Kona cotton "Southern Sky" is done.  

Trying new techniques, I used two layers of batting and densely quilted the white areas to raise the red quilting.  

I washed and blocked the finished quilt and it has softened a little, but with the quilting and double batting, not as cuddly as I like -- my quilts are used a lot, so maybe after a few more washings, it will help.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Grand Illusion - Finished

I am so excited to have finished the latest mystery by Bonnie Hunter, Quiltville.  The Grand Illusion Quilt was introduced through clues beginning the day after 2014 Thanksgiving.  This one has already been delivered to the 2015 Relay for Life Team (Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana) and will be gifted Saturday night.  I always wonder who wins these quilts and hope they know how special one of Bonnie's designs are -- after all, Bonnie is Hollywood among quilters!

After a long absence from posting (very special projects behind the scenes), I am looking forward to joining Sarah at her Whoop Whoop Party.  See you there!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Licorice Whip on the Design Wall

It still amazes me how fast this little quilt "Whips" up!  This makes #5 that I have made of Licorice Whip. (Black Cat Creations).   In less than a day, the blocks were done....when I return home from work tonight, I'll sew them together and load it up for quilting.  It may take me longer to think about the quilting design than to finish it....With just two colors, I will be changing thread.  Will do all of the red first, then go back to the top with the white.

As usual, I am working on a few quilts. Those with deadlines are slipped in here and there, while I take my time with others. Looking forward to seeing the others at the Monday Linkup with Judy at Patchwork Times

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Southern Sky

My Red and White version of "Southern Sky".  I also added a border.

And....because I like to make stencils from those cardboard postcards that fall out of magazines, I am putting them to work!

Fabrics:  Red and White Kona Cotton (Robert Kaufman)
Pattern:  Southern Sky, Black Cat Creations
Designer:  Jamie J. Elfert