Keeping Mom Busy – part 3

My Mom quickly returned the blocks that I had sent her.  They look great with her wonderful blanket stitching around the edges.

Now it was time to finish up the designs so I spent a fun day working in my studio, once again pulling out every piece of fabric that I owned!!!!  Here are the resulting blocks…..

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I laid all of the blocks out just to see if the colors would work…..DSC01532

…..and then wrapped it up in Christmas paper and sent it to Mom as yet another present for her to open!!!

My task in the next month will be to decide how to set the quilt together and what kind of border to put on it.   I have been thinking about doing a flower vine around the edge with lots of the different flowers on it, but I will need to see how Mom feels about sewing  MORE flowers!!!

Keeping Mom Busy — part 2

Since Mom finished up the House blocks so quickly, I immediately began looking for another project to get her started on.

I suggested that we start making a quilt  together.  The plan is that I will put the fusible applique’s together and she will do the blanket stitch around the shapes.  The blocks will return to me and I will put them together into a quilt top.  Then we will discuss whether she will hand quilt it or whether I will machine quilt it.

When it is finished we will decide exactly what we want to do with it.  It may be a donation to the West Texas Rehabilitation Center or it may be a gift for someone, or WHO KNOWS…….

SO, I started looking thru patterns and remembered this one from “Piece O’ Cake Designs”…..

FreshPicked-250 As I  started pulling out fabrics and trying to decide what color way to use, I came across this wonderful piece of fabric……


…..and decided to make it the basis for my quilt, and to cut each of the pots out of this fabric.

Here are the first four blocks that I put together and sent off to Mom…..

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Hopefully before Christmas I can get the next 8 blocks ready to go to her and also spend some time thinking about how I am going to set this together into a Queen Size Quilt.

Incidentally, I am always amazed at just how messy things can get when I am in the planning stage of a quilt…..


Keeping Mom busy –part 1…

As I have mentioned before, my Mom is 87 years old and has been quilting since she was 13!!  She still enjoys doing hand work, but finds the planning and piecing a bit hard to do.

When I was visiting back in October, I found a “block of the month” quilt that she had started a long time ago.  She had appliqued three cute blocks but then had lost interest.   I told her how cute I thought they were and encouraged her to finish them up.  Well, a month later I received a package containing the following…..

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So now I have yet another UFO!!!!   I will start trying to come up with a quick, but effective method of turning these into a cute quilt!!!!

Happy Valentines Day


Well, it is almost too late to post this, but I do want to wish all of you a Happy Valentines Day and to share my February decorating.

_2123970 This quilt is another one that my Mother made about 15 years ago.  It has her typical beautiful hand quilting!!

And, yes, that fresh faced couple in the photo are my husband (Michael) and myself, almost 33 years ago!!  My how time flies when you are having fun!!!

I’ve Won, I’ve Won A Major Prize

Well, it is not exactly a MAJOR prize, but I couldn’t help quoting a favorite line from the movie “A Christmas Story”!!!!

Many of you will remember the quilt that my Mom and I made together earlier this year. Here is a picture of the quilt……

My Mom did the hand applique and I set it together and quilted it.

My Mom is a member of the Abilene Quilters Guild in Abilene, Texas and she entered it into her show this past month. It won First Place in the Collaborative division!!!!!

Mom was very excited and is now getting ready to enter it into the West Texas Fair. Over the years, she has won a lot of ribbons from the fair, so I am hoping that this quilt wont let her down!!!