Planned But Banned!

Ever plan a quilt, buy the fabric and then have it banned from your household?  “How could this possibly ever happen?”, you ask politely!

In Sandy’s November 17, 2016 blog post, she mentioned her “little” boy had his heart broken.  The quilt she planned for the heart breaker now had to be finished under the cover of darkness and sneaked out of the house…banned!  It was never to be seen again by the heart broken young man.

Alas, I helped plan this quilt and had to rescue it from demise!  Sandy put all the fabric in a brown paper bag.  The anonymous brown bag left her house and was swiftly placed in my car as if it contained the dreaded turkey leftovers.  Below is the inspirational color scheme:dscn7397

The inspirational pattern was published in the December 14, 2014 edition of American Patchwork & Quilting.  It’s called “Modern Floral” and was designed by Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis.

We had fun shopping for the fabrics at Material Rewards, a local quilt shop.  Mom was with us and she helped steer us in the right direction with color choices.  She says she is not a quilter, but she is really good with color choices!


Sandy cut out all the fabrics and even sewed the major blocks together…awesome job!  Now all I have to do is get all the pieces and parts organized and continue sewing away!


I think this will be one of my Christmas break projects.  Stay tuned for more news on planned but banned!

A Quilted Wedding Gift

Our son, Tim, is getting married in June!  I decided to make a Christmas quilt as a wedding gift for Tim and his new bride.  The pattern “All Wrapped Up” by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co. called my name.

Tim loves batik fabrics so I search for just the right ones.  I found these lovely shades of red and green.  Nice patterns and textures!  DSCN5749

Next I started cutting and sewing my blocks together.  I alternated the red and the green fabrics in each block.

The bow at the top of the package is a flying geese unit with two white rectangles on each side.  The green below is one of my favorite prints.  I love the movement in this fabric!


This red paisley print is another favorite of mine.


I made 10 green blocks and 10 red blocks and then cut out the white sashing.


I was excited to see all my blocks on my design wall but Norma, our Bearded Collie, well not so much!  She matches my rug doesn’t she?  She is my sewing buddy and has been known to steal fabric and run away just for the fun of it!


Next I squared all my blocks before sewing them to the sashing strips.  The batik fabrics have a tight weave and don’t stretch too much but I did have a small scrap pile…looks like Christmas!


The official layout is 4 blocks across and 5 blocks down so I sewed all my blocks and rows together.  This was the easy part!


The white sashing between the blocks and rows really highlights the colors and the fabric designs.


I added a 5 1/2 inch outer border in a batik poinsettia print.


The wedding gift/Christmas quilt has now been turned over to my quilter, Ms. KB.  She will work her magic over the next few weeks and I should have my quilt back just before the wedding.

I might have to pull an all nighter to get the binding sewn on and tacked down but it will be worth it!  I know the bride and groom will be very happy with their new family heirloom!

Misc. Monday

I came across this book by Janie Lou at a local quilt shop.  It’s a great book for beginners because all the quilts in the book use some form of precut fabrics.  The quilts are fast and easy and can be adapted to your own personal style!


I had a fat quarter bundle of Cotton & Steele fabrics in shades of navy blue, teal, gold and white so I decided to make the “floating 8” quilt from Janie Lou’s book.  The colors in this fabric collection look fresh and sharp against the white and the navy blue.



I used the mustang fabric for the quilt backing.  Maybe I am really a cowgirl at heart!


This could be one of my all time favorite quilts!


I have another quilt from this book in progress.  If you give this book a try, I think you will like the results as much as I do!