The bag lady who made a quilt

July 26, 2015

Good Morning!! =)

I am here to share a pattern that I often looked at and considered buying, but never quite talked myself into clicking the BUY button. The Grocery Bag pattern by Michelle's Patterns. Last week, someone on IG mentioned they had two of these bags cut out and in their ufo pile. They were finally going got get theirs done. When I read that, I revisited Michelle's Patterns Etsy shop and committed by clicking the BUY button. For two days I cut and sewed 10...Yes, 10 of these bags. They are awesome bags!! I will be giving them away as gifts, as well as using them around my house. The pattern is clear, easy and so fun! They go together like a dream. I had zero problems getting them to go together and look nice. Every one of them turned out perfectly. Love it when that happens!! They are reversible, too, so twice the fun and they are a great way to use up stash that has been sitting around for far too long. The patten includes instructions for three sizes, S, M, L. The ones pictured are medium, which is my favorite size, but if you are going to use them to get groceries, the large would be the way to go. It will hold a lot! She also gives you permission to make them and sell them in your own shop, just make sure you give the pattern credit to her. Michelle has no idea I am blogging about her pattern today, so, in other words, my review is all on my own and I am not receiving anything for it. =) 

When I wasn't sewing bags, I made up this baby quilt for a new baby girl born in our church. I love her name!! It's not one we hear very often these days. =) 

Her mom dresses up her older sisters in fun frilly dresses, so this fabric was meant to be used for their new baby sister's quilt. 

It will be wrapped up in a new grocery bag, of course. =) 

Have a happy Sunday!!

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Quilts I Neglected to Share...

July 17, 2015

In my post yesterday, I realized I didn't share the motorcycle quilt I made for Russ for Christmas. Then I began to look back in my photos and there are several quilts I never blogged about! Warning: Some of the pictures are very bad!! Probably why I didn't share them in the first place, but my blog is really a place for me to recored what I make, so they need to be here, even if the photos are really awful. =D

First bad photo. This is the only picture of this baby quilt I made and, as you can see, the blocks aren't sewn together. I took it to help remember the layout as I was sewing. It is now being loved by a darling little baby girl at my church. Do you recognize the fabric? Its Castle Peeps by Lizzy House from several years ago. 

This quilt is for Russ' sister, Cheryl. I used a left over layer cake that was generously given to me by blogging friend Colleen, who blogs at Quilting Under the Sun

I have shared the progress of this quilt in an earlier post here, but not the finished top. I have no idea how to quilt it so it is still sitting and waiting. I may pay for it to be longarmed. Not sure yet. 

I made this quilt for a wedding gift earlier this spring. The free pattern is called Moda Love and was made with a layer cake.  One again, a blogging friend gifted me with this layer cake. She no longer is active on line, but she knows who she is. =) 

The back, of course. =)

And, now the motorcycle quilt I had made for my Rusty for Christmas, that Russ generously gave it away to one of his friends/co-workers who was dying of cancer and has since passed. =( Russ took it to work and everyone signed it. We miss Vyrl dearly....

I have a feeling I missed a one or two more quilts that never made it to my blog, but that is the way it goes. =) 

Have a happy Friday! 

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Traveling and a Baby Quilt

July 16, 2015

Happy summer, everyone!! Mine has been fun so far, how about you? 

Russ and I spent the last two long weekends traveling on the trike. The weekend of the 4th, we took off to northern WI to see Lake Superior. 

This last weekend was Rusty's birthday weekend, so we took off on a Friday and headed to Hamilton, MO, the home of Missouri Star Quilt Company. Such a cool place to visit!! I would show you my purchases, but they are being shipped. Lets just say a lot of Cotton + Steel are making their way home to my stash. =) Oh, Russ bought fabric, too, so I can make him a quilt. The motorcycle quilt I made Russ for Christmas (that I never shared on my blog! *gasp*) was given away to a dear friend of his, who has now passed away. He wants me to make him another one. The one thing about traveling on a bike is you have to really be  selective on what you purchase because room is limited. I keep hinting we need to pull a trailer, but Russ isn't picking up what I am putting down...Yet!

The next couple of days we spent riding on the Lowes Hills Scenic Byway. It was so beautiful! You can learn more about Lowes Hills here. The following pictures were taken high up on a ridge. I love seeing the flat farmland up against the bluffs. 

In the last couple of weeks, I was able to grab a day to get a baby quilt done. Two charm packs + the disappearing nine patch pattern = fast and fun baby quilt. =) I had fun quilting this one, too. I did two spirals. One with blue thread and one with green and I had them over lap. The outside edges of the quilt were then echo quilted around the two spirals. One side with yellow thread and the other with red. You may be able to see it if you click not the pictures to make them larger. 

Now I need to get busy and begin working on a shop sample. 

Until next time, have a happy Thursday and summer!!

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Carpenter Star Quilt

July 5, 2015

Long time no see! Seriously! Where did June go? 

I only got one project done in June. ONE! That is not like me, which shows how busy I have been at work and around the house. We have been busy refinishing the hardwood floors in two of the bedrooms, repainting and rearranging the house. We have one done and one to go. I'll share more on that when they are finished and the rooms are looking nice. 

On to my finished quilt...The oversized carpenter star is a free pattern that is easy and fast. Mine finished 72" x 72". It will be heading to a dear friend in Minnesota very soon! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy week, everyone!!

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