Thursday, June 30, 2011

patchwork basket

Isn't this just the cutest little patchwork basket?

I found a tutorial here at the Pink Penguin.
It was very easy to follow her directions and was fast to make.
A friend of mine needed a gift for another friend so I thought it would me more fun doing this than quilting the quilt I have out to do.

I'm having angst again.
I have an Idea about the quilting on a
beautiful quilt but I'm afraid I'll mess it up.
So tomorrow, I'm going to get up and 
put on my big girl panties
and start quilting that quilt and that 
idea I have is going to turn out wonderful.
You heard it here first.

Happy quilting.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Here is the finished comfort quilt I made out of a jelly roll practicing for a Jelly Roll Race.
And here is the quilting.
I did a different design in each row from the middle down, and then did Mirror image of the same designs the other direction. 

This is Connie the winner of the Jelly Roll Race 
at the Summer Sew In this past week end
that I wrote about earlier.
She finished in 40 minutes.

This is Missy.
She's a 'newbie', started in March.
Took my Free Motion Class after the race and
quilted her entire quilt with intersecting wavy lines.
(See the very top line of quilting in the second pic above,)

This last quilt was made by Trish.
You can see she used the same fabric that I did in mine but they look different.
That's the beauty of this Pattern.  No 2 look alike.

Happy quilting!

Monday, June 27, 2011


 I had a bit of a surprise last night!
Loraine, the maker of this quilt, that I had quilted last summer, called to tell me I had a 2nd place ribbon
for quilting at the
Central Oklahoma Quilt Guild Quilt Show
held this week end.
I said, "You mean I got a real ribbon?  One that I can actually have?"
She said, "Yes, there is a ribbon for me and the quilter."
I was shocked!!
Never before in the 10 years I've been doing this have I seen this done.
Are we just backwards, rude, ridiculous, totally uncaring the to person who actually turned the piece of cloth into an actual quilt to acknowledge the quilter  until now, or has this always been a trend not to award the quilter with a ribbon.
(Sorry a little pet peeve of mine.)

I should be getting the ribbon in the mail in a couple of days.
Last summer, I had some quilts I had quilted
receive blue ribbons, but I never got a ribbon.
I have always told my clients to please let my know
it they ever enter in a show and get recognition to let me know,  get me copies of judging sheets programs etc, so I can keep tract.
But this is my first actual hold in my hand, put on the wall  ribbon. 

What happen where you live, quilters?

Happy quilting!


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Summer sew in

Today is the Summer Sew In
at Quilters Corner in Midwest City OK.
There is a Jelly Roll Race this morning with a prize of course, (Mary gives good prizes!!)
And this afternoon I'll be teaching how to 
quilt the "Jelly Roll".
Here's a sneak peek:

This is the back of the comfort quilt I've been making.
(I'll get a good pic today and post tomorrow, maybe even with binding!)
Will also have pics of the other jelly roll quilts.

Hope you all are keeping cool, dry or out of the line of fire.
What a summer we are having!

Happy quilting!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Acouple more finished

I had to wait to photo these quilts because of the wind.
Still windy, but I did my best.
This is another Halloween exchange from the 
First Tuesday Quilt Divas,

This next one is made from Amy Butler fabric, and as
always, Jaquita did a great job putting it together.
I used a kiwi colored thread that really blended in
to the print so the quilting would not
compete with the beautiful fabric.

Here's a closeup of the body of the quilt:

Here's a closeup of the border:

Here's a closeup of one of the blocks:

For those of you waiting to bring me quilts 'til I have a lull, this is the time.
So contact me and bring them on.

Happy quilting.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Busy Week

Finished the jelly roll race quilt top earlier in the week.
I think it turned out great.  
Will get it quilted next week and then sent off
to my friend.
The good news is that I have more than half the
layer cake left to play with!  :o)

Yesterday we had our guild charity sew'n go.
We did string quilts this time and made a whole
pile of blocks.
It's always fun when we all work on the same thing.
Just sew, pedal to the metal,
with someone coming around to pick up
all your chains hanging off the back of your sewing machine  to press it for you.
Then bringing it back for you to sew more strings on.
We had a few ladies that had never done string piecing before and they were immediate fans.
If you are not familiar with string piecing check here
This String piecing primer is one of the best I've found.
And if you look down the left side of the page, 
you'll find tons of free patterns for using up your
scraps with and with out foundations.

Happy quilting.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Jelly roll quilt

Started the jelly roll quilt last night.
This one really goes fast.

Three more sides of the chunky border and I'll be done.
It's throw size.
The fabric is Moda's, Natures Gift.
Here's the selvage dots, they're poinsettias

Aren't they the cutest??
I only have a jelly rolls worth but I think this will
be my first selvage project!

Happy quilting!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Is this a UFO yet?

This morning I was reminded of a couple of things:
What wonderful friends I have 
my collection of dog fabric.
Here it is all 56 fat quarters and 13 pieces of yardage

The next pic shows the newest addition to the collection.
You see, yesterday started the 
Road to Oklahoma Shop Hop.
I used to go, but have been known to get sick and slow down the group, so now I stay home.

Years ago I decided I would make a "dog" cabin quilt with dog fabric and my friends started bringing me dog fabric.
Sew this morning when one of them came to swim, she  brought me the new ones. 
Do you think I have enough to make one yet? :)
And would you call it a UFO already?

So many quilts, so little time.

I bought a jelly roll and layer cake this week of Moda's new Christmas fabric Natures gift to make a comfort quilt for a friend.
I'll do a jellyroll race with a narrow red border then a chunky outer border of half layer cake pieces sewn end to end.  
Should be able to sew it up and quilt it in a few days.

Happy quilting

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Orion's Star

Working on Norma's quilt today.
The pattern is Orion's Star by Eleanor Burns.

Norma likes her quilts lightly quilted,
so I'm just doing a little bit on each star for emphasis and then an all over meander with loops and stars over the body of the quilt.
It's going fast!

It's hot here in Oklahoma, 
(pant, pant)
will be swimming later,
the water is still cold but no icebergs floating like last week.

Happy quilting!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I remembered how!

Yesterday I was having one of those days when I just didn't feel up to the task, I guess.
I couldn't see what needed to be done on this quilt and intimidated by the places where it would be hanging.

Last night I printed up some pictures of pansies and a photo of Charlotte Hickman's
to help me orient this little quilt and the pansy.
That helped tremendously!
And here we are...
a completed quilt.

Happy quilting!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


                                                                          Here's my next quilt but I just can't get started.  

The pattern designer is Charlotte Hickman who is a local gal that has won many, many blue ribbons both at local shows and the big ones in Houston and Padducah, etc. 
She does exquisite quilting!!
The maker of this particular quilt hand dyed all the fabric and has a company called Dyelishious Fabric.  
This little quilt will hang in their booth at quilt shows
to help sell their fabrics.
So I'm sayin to myself,
"Yikes, Mary Ann, Ya gotta do good on this one"
and I'm sayin' back
"Do I really know how to quilt?"

Think I'll ponder awhile.
Maybe look at a pansy.

Happy quilting!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Finished another

Finished this one today
It's an over sized twin made from batiks.

Here's a close up of one of the borders

Here's a closeup of one of the blocks

I went swimming a couple of days last week before I decided that the pool was just too darn cold.
After all it was just 3 weeks ago that it was 40 degrees at night!
Of course, now we're setting records for high temperatures but by the time I get back in on Wednesday it should be just about right.

Happy quilting

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Back again

Had IVIG infusion last weekend for Myasthenia Gravis last weekend and ended up with terrible headache again.
I woke up headache free today
so I'm back to quilting.
Hope to post a pic of quilt later today.
Even with terrible headache,
I managed to get 2 quilts basted on Tuesday.

It is already very hot here so the pool's open!

Happy quilting
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