Thursday, January 23, 2014

And one for her sister!

So I asked all my nieces (or their mothers if the girls were too young to answer) what their favorite colors were. The only one I didn't ask was the owner of the Fields of Flowers quilt because I already knew it would be for her.
The bold braid quilt is for her sister that is about 3 years younger than her. This next quilt is for their sister that will be 13 in March.
I know the color schemes are the same, but they said they like the same colors. The 2 pieces that look bright pink are actually purple and similar to the purple at the bottom of the middle block.
Again this quilt was taken from Kelly over at
I want to thank her for her wonderful tutorials that she has.
While I contemplate the backing for each of them I have decided to use some of each quilt on the other one's quilt. The color schemes are the same, and it will mean a little more for the girls to know they each share part of their quilt with their sister....heck, I might throw in some of the fabric from their oldest sister's quilt....
Stay tuned for the completed quilts....or my next quilt top...which ever comes first!
Happy Thursday everyone!

Monday, January 20, 2014

A quilt for another niece

So I finished my next quilt top, and now just need to figure out if I should add a border or just finish the quilt.
My niece said her favorite colors were blue, green, and I chose a variety of prints that I thought would look good together.

I know the pic is lopsided, but it's the best I could do. I also got this one from I love her tutorials.
While I am trying to figure out what to do with the border or not on this one I am trying to figure the layout for my next one.
Which is for another niece...and yes, is another tutorial from Kelly has been very helpful with getting my quilting going and I am very thankful for her posts!
Until next time...Happy Quilting!

Friday, January 17, 2014

As promised....

I have already added the pics of my second quilt, but I thought I would put them here. This quilt was finished in about a week I think. While I know the quilts aren't all that detailed I'm still getting my feet wet with this. I also am working on a sewing machine that is borrowed from a friend. While I am extremely grateful it has again decided not to work correctly. I was 2 rows away from finishing my next quilt top when it decided to do crazy things.

So while I contemplate what to do next, and try to get more followers and possibly grow my fabric stash I'm going to put up the second quilt.

I got the idea for this one from who has been very helpful and given me some pointers. My next quilt is actually another of her tutorials and I will post that once it is complete.

I know I'm new to this, so bear with me. If you want to comment, leave some helpful tips or anything I'm open to it all. And without further's my quilt that I finished around 10:30 PM on New Year's Eve. It's called Fields of Flowers and was a gift to my oldest niece. I bought fabric for her late December 2012 to make her a little pouch...that didn't happen. So I added that fabric to the back of the quilt for her. I got a great big hug for it!
Please keep in mind this is all made out of the cheap chain store fabric.....I don't have any of the nice fabrics yet...I'll get there.

And that is my daughter holding the quilt up for me. Being her normal cheesy self!

Hope you like!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Welcome to my page!

Well here goes adventure into the unknown.

My long time love of cross stitching has recently taken a back burner to some other crafts that I dabbled into...bowl making....frame creations....a very brief stint into decorative paper mache boxes....and now into something I have longed to do...QUILTING!

I started purchasing books a few years back on how to quilt, quilting for beginners and things like that. Then I started seeing tutorial and blogs....Oh My Goodness! I have always loved looking at different fabrics and collecting fat quarters when I would go to Joann's. Let me just tell you if you don't already know it's a very dangerous and addictive hobby....dangerous meaning before you know it you've spent a good bit of $$$$!

Well one day I think in 2012 I came across a link to a 1600 Jelly Roll quilt and I was hooked. But I had one problem, I wanted one in a queen size. I couldn't find directions, or recipes as they are called to make anything but a twin size. I even visited a lovely little shop in my area: Bear's Paw Fabrics @ and asked them. They directed me to the lady that actually came up with the idea: Sara Snuggerud at Heirloom Creations And unfortunately she said it can't be done. So I was discouraged for a while...for about 8 months actually until I finally decided to give it a try.

The recipe for the 1600 jelly roll quilt calls for 1 jelly roll (42 pieces at 2 1/2" x 42"). Well the jelly rolls that I found were in 24 piece rolls and I had 4 of them. I ended up using 2 of them and if you take and sew them as instructed you 'should' end up with one long chain that is 1600 inches long...well because I had 48 strips mine came out to be over 2000 inches long. Once I went through creating the quilt top I still didn't think it was big enough so I added some 6 1/2" rectangle strips on each side....let me just tell you that made it big enough for a queen size bed!
Unfortunately I don't have enough pics for the whole process, but I can share the final product....keep in mind that this is the first quilt I had ever made so it isn't perfect...but I love it! It was a Christmas present for my daughter who loves just about every color of the rainbow along with peace signs...and in case you can't tell...ESPECIALLY the color green!

I think that's enough for a first post...I'm not much of a writer and have been long winded. I did finish one other quilt in 2013 and it was around 10:30 PM on New Year's Eve that it was finished....that one will be for another day.

Thanks for stopping by and happy quilting!