Last Minute Christmas Gifts

I reserve the month of December for baking, decorating, and any other Christmas celebrating I choose to do. So no customer quilts to show you today.

I did decide a week before Christmas that I would make my grandson, who is attending App State, a wall hanging of his music fraternity letters. His Mom had sent them to me along with the suggestion. He was truly pleased when he unwrapped his present.

Fused appliquéd letters with swirl background quilting.

Since I made something for him, I had to make something for his sister. So she got a pillow sham that matches the quilt she got last year.

Then I decided my step-daughter, their Mom, should get something handmade too. Everyone can use a zippered pouch.

I had bought something for my son’s girlfriend who would be spending Christmas with the family, but needed something for her kids. Her little girl wanted to buy an apron for Mom, so I thought she might like an apron too. Mom’s had cupcakes on it. I had a piece of fabric with birthday cakes, cupcakes, donuts, and other goodies. I figured that was close enough.

I partially used 2 free patterns I found on the Internet and added my own touch. It is reversible and is sturdy. I really liked how it is made. I need to take notes of what I did before I forget. (It might already be too late.)

Her son likes to do art and was given a sketch pad and colored pencils for a gift. I made him an artist tote for his drawing supplies. He also likes cats.

This was the most frustrating gift I made. I put heavy interfacing in it to help it hold the drawing pad. This kind of project is definitely not my cup of tea. I’d rather do something I need to quilt!

Perhaps one holiday I won’t leave these decisions to the last minute. I can dream can’t I?

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Applique Affair

Anne is an applique customer who does applique with a skill that I wish I had.  It is so beautiful.  But since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll skip the remaining 967 words.

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Customer Quilt Show

It has been crazy around here.  You would think that since I don’t “work” I would have lots of time.  Not really.  I’m busy from the time I get up in the morning until I go to bed and I’m still not spending as much time cleaning the house as I should (not that it’s going to change).

These customer quilts were finished 2-3 months ago.

Susan’s quilt (maybe her first but not sure) – pantograph

Jean’s Tumbling Blocks Quilt with Ebb and Flow Pantograph

Marilyn’s Christmas Applique Quilt – she will add beads to some of the blocks to finish them. Some of the fabrics were fuzzy.  Border is quilted with swags but it’s difficult to see.

Santa with fuzzy bear and curls in his beard.

McTavishing in background

and in the center of the horn.  First time I’ve used the ribbon meander and I love it.

Vicki’s Tablecloth

I used a stencil for some of the blocks and then did a feather meander around them.

Nancy K’s baby quilt with a feather meander.

That’s all for today.  Hopefully I’ll get more of the photos cropped and ready to post.

Still piecing my own quilt for our Guild quilt show.  Now I’m working on the 72  6 inch sawtooth stars.  I must get finished by the end of June so I have time to quilt it.  I’d like to add additional borders to make it large enough for my bed, but we’ll see.

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Some Lovely Customer Quilts

Time for another mini-show of my customer’s quilts.

Andrea’s cats.

Andrea used a purple fabric pen to color some areas of the cats purple to coordinate with the border.

Diana’s string quilt in vibrant black, white, and fuchsia.

Simplicity pantograph

Jeanne’s Blooming Nine Patch with Whirlygig pantograph.

Mary’s Tennessee Star (I think that’s the name.)  I would love to have this quilt on my bed.

Rosie pantograph.

Lovely border.

The back.

Lastly, Marilyn’s applique quilt with custom quilting-feathers, pebbles, morphing (my kind of McTavishing), and sid.

Glad you stopped by to see these quilts.

Thanksgiving is just 2 days away.  I pray that even if you have challenges  or heartache in your life that you can find at least 5 things/people/situations to be thankful for.

I am Sew Grateful.




With Eagles Wings

I don’t know the wife/mom who will receive this quilt, but I’m sending her a piece of my heart.  Her husband, MSgt Jared Van Aalst, was killed in Afganistan in August 2010.  As I have worked on making this for her, I have prayed for her, her children, and his parents.  At times, the prayers are silent because I can’t begin to understand her grief.  So the emotional connection to this quilt is strong.  Now I pray that these pieces of cloth and thread will bring a tiny measure of comfort to her.

The eagle is important as a military/national symbol.  The eagle is also mentioned in the Bible verse, Isaiah 40:31 “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint”. (NIV)  I pray she will “soar on wings like eagles.”  May she be aware of God’s support as she places her hope in God.

I was asked to make this quilt by my son and his wife.  They have friends in the military and those friends were friends with this couple.  They were aware of a Quilt of Valor my husband and I made for a wounded soldier that lives down the street.  So they asked if I would make a quilt for this soldier’s wife.  Both my husband and I worked on this one too.

Stars machine pieced from “Simple Stars Beautiful Quilts” by Debbie Maddy, eagle raw edge applique (drawing “Soaring Eagles” by caryl Bryer Fallert), Sew Fine thread, Hobbs 80/20 batting.


Backing fabric

Thanks for stopping by.  Say a prayer for our soldiers today.


The Sun Is Shinning

Cindy’s “sun” quilt is a delightful collection of fabric and design.  I used my version of McTavishing, outline applique, curl border, and wiggley piano keys with Sew Fine thread.  It’s tough to take a picture of a light quilt lying on a beige run but I think you can see it pretty well.  Enjoy.

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Finally Fall

The weather and my kitchen table are finally feeling and looking like fall.

For this quilter who is always hot, the cooler temps are invigorating.  I don’t even mind putting on my coat to take these two little guys outside at 11 pm each night.

This was a rare moment when these two could be near each other and there wasn’t any growling going on.

My kitchen table had a red heart tablerunner on it.  When I won a fall fat quarter pack from Machine Quilters Resource, I decided it was time for a fall tablerunner.  Candy corn is one of my favorite candies and of course I had to take a bite out of one of them while quilting!  Blocks are quilted with my version of McTavishing, leaf design in the sashing and triangles and feathers in the outer border.

I’ve wanted to try some fabric pumpkins.  After researching various methods on the internet, I tried a very simple pumpkin using a circle of fabric and gathering the edge.  The smaller pumpkin was done this way and is okay.  The larger pumpkin is about 8 melon shapes which requires a bit more time, but frankly, I didn’t worry about doing it perfectly and it turned out fine.  I love the ribbed look of that one and if I every make more, will do that method.

Next on my Gammill is an original design by the daughter of one of my quilting friends.  She should be publishing these quilts as patterns!  The next piecing job is the Quilt of Valor for a widow that I promised my son and daughter-in-law I would do.

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