Jeffrey's Quilt


Making quilts for boys is challenging. Can I get an amen?? And I never have quilts suitable for guys laying around in my quilts to gift stack. Case in point. Around Christmas time, I told my niece she could come pick out a quilt. She came over with her husband, and her two children, Jenna and Jeffrey, to decide what one she wanted. She left with two because she couldn't decide and her darling Jenna left with one, too. There stood sweet Jeffrey.  I felt so bad that I didn't have one that he would like so I promised him I would make him one. That's when the challenge comes in. Trying to decide on fabric and what would be a great boy quilt that wasn't babyish. This is what I came up with....I think he will like it, don't you?

The backing fabric is by 3 Sisters called Passport. We had just gotten in the shop last week and I knew that was the perfect backing for Jeffrey's quilt. 

I can't wait to give it to him!!

Have a happy and warm Wednesday!! 

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Modern Building Blocks- top is done!


It took some creative effort to get a picture of this one. A step ladder may have been involved. ;-) I would rather have taken an outside photo, but a step ladder in a foot of snow would have made me look sillier than I already am. My neighbors talk enough already. 

I have to give credit where credit is due. When I told my hubby I was going to write words in place of many of the 6" blocks in the Modern Building Blocks pattern, he came up with most of them. I guess he loves me. =) 

The letters are Just My Type by Quiet Play and can be found on Payhip. She has a lot of super cute paper pieced patterns. =) The hearts are by Cluck Cluck Sew. I want to make more of them because they are just so cute! 

When I get this big lady quilted, it will be on our bed. =) 

In anticipation of Lori Holt's new book coming out, Farm Girl Vintage, and needing a backing for this quilt (which was made with all Lori Holt fabric) I made a trip to a local quilt shop that carries a lot of her fabric. 

Sorry for the poor quality picture...All the fabric on the right are Lori Holt's fabrics. The bottom two are for the back of the Modern Building Block quilt. That's the plan, at least. While I am sharing the picture, the house fabric on the left is going to be used somehow in the Sew Sweet Bee house quilt my bee sisters are making for me. The stove fabric was a "just because it's cute" purchase, as was the sheep fabric. And I can never turn away from a great text fabric. Just like that, my paycheck was gone, but what a fun way to go! 

Have a happy Thursday, everyone!! 

Fabric and Bling


Last Saturday, Russ and I took a day trip to the Ames area to check out some Harley shops we haven't been to before and to some quilt shops, of course. =)

Here is the store front for the Route 65 Harley store in Indianola, Iowa. Cool huh??

I confess, my favorite Harley items are the ones with the Willie G zombies. I think they are cute!! What can I say?? =D

A new to me quilt shop was in Ames called, Quilting Connection. I was so busy drooling over their fabric selection that I didn't take any pictures of the shop itself. It was one of the largest, if not the largest quilt shops I have ever been in! 

I walked out with some Moda Grunge yardage and Architextures text print. That one has been on my wish list for a long time. 

Have a happy weekend, everyone!!

More Modern Building Blocks


These are the 6" blocks that will be in my Modern Building Blocks quilt. The hearts are a free tutorial by Cluck Cluck Sew. She rewrote the pattern to remove some extra seams in the heart, but I made mine before that rewrite happened. She also did the quilty math for us and shared how to make them in other sizes. I love it when people who are not quilty math challenged, take the time do the math for those of us who are seriously lacking in that area. =) 

Heart tutorial can be found here:

Tell me I am not the only one who lacks quilty math skills!  

Love Happy Mail


Who doesn't love happy mail? I know I do and Donna sends the happiest mail around! Not only does Donna@Donna's Lavender Nest have the cutest fabric in her shop, she really knows how to pretty up the packages she sends. I almost hate to open them when they arrive!! 

These pretty fabrics are Flower Sugar Fall 2014 and Valentine Rose by Tanya Whelan.  

And these darling prints are from the new Pam Kitty Garden line. I am restraining myself from buying the whole line, but it's hard!! See those two little tags? Donna tucked them into my package as a surprise. I know exactly where I am going to use them! 

I also received 3 more houses for my Sew Sweet Bee house quilt. The yellow house is from Missy@Missy's Homemaking Adventures, the blue and red house is from Sharon@Daisy Cottage Quilting, the sweet pink and aqua house is from my dear friend, Michelle@Renewing Mrs Sew Sew. Michelle isn't in our bee, but wanted to make me a house anyway. So sweet!! I have the neatest and most thoughtful friends...

Any happy mail come to your house lately?

Have a happy Monday!! 

Modern Building Blocks


This week, I started Moda's Modern Building Blocks. I bought the pattern only and not the whole kit, which is made up of all solids. For my quilt, I chose to use all my Lori Holt @ Bee In My Bonnet fabric stash, along with some solids and tone on tone whites. Some of the solids pictured didn't make it into the quilt blocks...Not yet, at least.

Some of these blocks are huge. Two are 36"!! Keeping the blocks laid out so I can make sure the colors were distributed evenly was not an option, so I printed out the page that shows you how to put it all together and kept notes on it. 

I deviated from the pattern and substituted the 24" block for a Swoon block. If you have been around for a while, you know how I love this block! 

This next block was an unplanned change. It was supposed to look like this...

After trying to get it put together, ripping and trying again, it was still a hot mess. I ended up making  this instead...It was later where I realized where the mistake was. I made the cuts at ⅞" instead of ⅜"...Ooops! Makes a big difference!! I am calling it good enough. =)

One more section all put together. 

 This quilt is going to be really big! 84"x96"! The spaces are where more blocks need to be made and added in, however I am going to totally change up the 6" blocks and personalize this quilt even further. More on that on another day. =) 

Do you follow a pattern exactly as it is intended to be made or do you change it up and make it your own? I do both... 

Have a happy weekend!! 

Happy Mail and Other Fun Stuff


Two of my Sew Sweet Bee house blocks arrived last week. This one is from Trish @ Notes of Sincerity.

This one is from Donna @ Donna's Lavender Nest. Aren't they both darling!? 

I have also joined in on the Snapshots QAL hosted by Fatquarter Shop. I am using Bonnie and Camille fabric from my stash. Mostly Miss Kate and Scrumptious. The information on this quilt along can be found on Fatquarter Shop's blog

Last week, I made the decision to call my Farmer's Wife quilt done and put it all together. I really love how it turned out! Right now it measures at 67" x 67". My next decision is whether I want to try my hand at hand quilting to finish it up...

Have you started any quilt alongs or bock of the month quilts this year? If you are looking for a resource where you can find all the blog hops, quilt alongs, etc that are being held around the blogging world, there is a great site created  by Terri @ Childlike Fascination called QuiltAlong.Net. It's a fantastic web site!! Make sure you check it out. =) 

Have a happy Monday!! =)

New Spoonflower quilt labels


I was running low on quilt labels, so I created a new label and sent my order to Spoonflower. Never heard of Spoonflower? It is a company where you can design and create your own fabric designs, as well as wallpaper and gift wrap. Its very cool! You can also buy designs that other people have made. There is a lot to look at! 

Last time I had my labels printed on regular cotton, this time I wanted to try out their linen/cotton blend fabric. I really like the look and feel of the fabric. Their service was super quick. I ordered my fabric on January 8th and it arrived yesterday! 

The linen/cotton blend fabric is 54" wide, so in the one yard I ordered, I got 77 labels. Breaking that down, each of my labels cost a little over 35 cents each, which I think is very reasonable.  

When I am piecing the backs of my quilts, I sew them in as part of the backing. Occasionally, I finish the edges and sew them on top of the backing, but I try not to have to do that. 

Do you label your quilts? What method do you use? 

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