Friday, June 29, 2012


Well, I guess it's been a while since I checked in with all of you.  I've been pretty busy in the quilting and knitting world.  (I'll just show you the quilting stuff for now, though,  as the knitting is for upcoming birthday gifts.  Oh, I must remember to wrap all those gifts before the family --yep all 18 or them-- start arriving tomorrow for our summer-time picnic weekend .

When I was last here I was working on the University of TN quilts.  I thought I had finished with all the useable pieces of fabric, but had these scraps left and just COULD NOT let it go to waste.

So I was able to come up with this small quilt (about 36x36).  I will have to get some backing for it.  My friend Jan had enough fabric to back the other 6.  (They were all about 40x54.)
 I'll get back to that sandwiching and quilting in a few days.

But in the meantime I wanted to finish these quilts so the older girls that end up sleeping on couches this week end will have something special to make the couch sleeping a bit more fun.

You may remember that these have been in the works for a while.  They are finally finished!

I'm calling this one Buttons and Bows:

And this one Tiptoe Through the Tulips:

Just right for girls' nightie time at Nani's house, right?

Sunday, June 10, 2012


It's been just a year ago this month that my dear quilting friend, Jan, passed away.  Although she had lived in Florida for many years, her heart still belonged to Tennessee.  That being said, she was an avid University of Tennessee football fan!  She had quite a stash of UT fabric. Jan's family gave Polly, one of our on-line quilting friends, that stash when she visited Jan shortly before Jan "went Home".   Since I live in TN, Polly brought that stash to me when she and some of our other on-line quilters came to TN for Jan's funeral.

How wonderful, and healing, it has been for me during the one year anniversary of Jan's passing to work with this fabric.  
These will be wonderful quilts for teen and 'tweens for Project Linus.
This is a bit of the stash, cut into usable blocks for assembly and the folded first quilt I made:

This is the second on my design wall.  I might do a bit of rearranging of the blocks.

When my husband saw the first one, he like it well enough that he said we needed to keep it!  
As a UT grad, I'm thinking that just might be a good idea.  It would be wonderful to keep something that was Jan's.  (There's enough fabric for a couple more, so I guess I'll just make them all and then decide which to keep as my memorial to my dear friend.)

On the knitting front, I managed to finish this sweater for my grandson.  A good deal of it was done while I was flat on my back with my legs elevated, recovering from foot surgery  Yes, it is possible to knit lying down!  Takes a little practice, but it can be done.  The hardest part was not dropping the cable needle, ha-ha, but I got pretty good at it by the time I was able to be upright and finish this birthday gift -- a couple months ahead of time, too!  

 So now it's time to start on another sweater and get that second quilt put together.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


So, I'm back -- with no more hammertoes and straight big toes! -- and moving around quite well and able to use my foot on the sewing machine pedal.  What better way to spend time until I can drive again!  (That activity is hampered by the boot I'm still wearing on my right foot, but this too shall pass.)

I had these quilt blocks mostly set on my design wall and ready to sew, just waiting until I got the last two from my "block exchange" friends.  They are now sewn together with the sashing.   (These are "churn dash" blocks, by the way.)  
There is a great churn dash quilt that is tied with bows in Denyse Schmidt's new book "Modern Quilts / Traditional Inspiration".
I have always wanted to "tie" a quilt using buttons.  With Denyse's inspiration I have decided upon a 
Buttons and Bows quilt.  The bows will go in the junction of the blocks, and there will be buttons in the center of each block.  I used my sashing fabric (which will also be the backing) to make the bows).  I wanted to use the same fabric as I was afraid that the sashing might "read" a little too pink for the reds in the blocks.  Using the fabric for the bows should tie it all together quite nicely.
The bow strips are all made and the buttons chosen, so it's just a matter of getting the top, batting, and backing sandwiched and then have fun tying.

 On the knitting front:  while I was off my feet, I did quite a lot of knitting
including  this curly scarf for my daughter-in law.

 I also finished up this bolero sweater for a granddaughter.

And the sweater vest I've been knitting for a grandson is done except for the seaming, neck and armbands.

I'll show you that next time.

Great to be back in the blogging world!