Saturday, November 30, 2013

Win this quilt!!

Last year, my family went to Mexico for the week after Christmas to build homes with Builders without Borders and it was an amazing experience!  

We are headed back down next month and are in desperate need to raise funds for the building supplies.  100% of the donations go to purchase building supplies. EVERYTHING else is donated.
You can help!

Win this quilt!! Every $10 donation to Builders without Borders is entered to win this "Trip Around the World" quilt. Made with love by yours truly. 

Drawing to be held on December 11. You know you want it. Enter today through this Paypal link: 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

A few finished projects....

 This cute baby needed a quilt from her American Grandma...

A little table runner for my mama.

table runners for wedding gifts

A cute reminder for us all

Christmas gift.... but I can't say who it is for :):)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

My watermelon quilt

This is one of those quilts you have a love/hate relationship with....  I kept making mistakes and it drove me crazy!  But now that it is done, I love it!!

I'm really sick and tired of being nice.

I'm heading up to Alaska next week and a friend is letting us stay at her place and another friend is taking us fishing for an entire day.  So what's a quilter to do?  Make them each a quilt!  The problem is that I fell in love with these quilts and don't want to give them away.

I adore them.
I sit and pet them like a new puppy.
I want to marry them.

Just kidding on the last one.

Tonga Sea Glass


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Zoom Zoom

I made this baby quilt for our local quilt shop (which, unfortunately, is going out of business).  I had never really sewn on minkie before and am not sure I want to again -- but I probably will as minkie is so soft and this quilt turned out to be so cute.  I even did the little bit of quilting that needed to be done. :)

Friday, June 28, 2013

2013 Quilts - Part 1

I've been quilting since 2005 and have probably finished about 400 quilts (yep, I 'm a little obsessive, crazy and want world peace).

My beloved in-laws passed away this past year after 65 years of marriage.  As we went through photos for the funeral videos I found a few pictures of them and my quilts.  My mother-in-law loved my quilts and I loved making them for her.  

This got me wishing I had photos of all the quilts I have made with the people I made them for.   So I've decided to start taking more pictures and keeping track of who I give the quilts too.  I need to remember to get in the habit of getting pictures with the recipient, but I figure baby steps are good.

Here are the quilts I have made so far this year:

"Pinwheel Tessellation"
This is a small table topper
Given to Makenzie Moore for her wedding

"Canning Jars for Mama"
Given to my mom for her 71st bday.
I'm pretty sure if you stand still long in my mom's kitchen during
canning season she will chop you up and can you.
I'm not kidding.

"Music to my Ears"
Graduation gift for my son....
Hearing my kids play instruments has always been one of my favorite things.
Braden has played the trumpet, coronet, baritone, numerous guitars
and other random instruments.  Makes me happy.

"Trip Around the World"
Birthday gift for my BFF Tammy
We love to travel together and I love this scrappy pattern.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Emmy's Favorite

Well, after what seems like (and has been) years and years, I finally finished this quilt -- "Emmy's Favorite" from the book Floral Quilts From Grandma's Cupboard. See Bliss' quilt here, which she finished a long, long time ago.  Several of us in our little quilt group decided to make this quilt as a group -- each person made six blocks of whatever section in the quilt they had.  (I did the block in the lower left-hand corner, with all the little flowers!)  After I got the blocks back from everyone (Bliss, Cathy, Maureen, and Pam), I put the blocks together and had my quilt top all done except for the outside border.  I couldn't decide whether to put a different fabric on each side or use one fabric for the border, so I put it away and didn't look at it for a long time.  As you can see, I finally pulled it out and decided to use one fabric for the outside border.  It was a happy day when I got it back from Cathy after she quilted it and I had the binding on -- it was done!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

YW Camp Quilt - 2013

I was asked to make the camp quilt for our stake's Young Women's camp again this year.  I found the panel (Riley Blake) at Mormon Handicraft in Deseret Book Fort Union (in Midvale, Utah) in the summer of 2012 and got it, not even knowing whether or not I would be asked to do the camp quilt again this year.  This is the pattern I used; however, I opted not to put the striped border between the piano keys and the outside border.  Their color this year is yellow, so I put the borders and backing in yellow.  If I were to do it differently, I would put darker squares in the corners of the piano keys.  Cathy did a fabulous job once again with her quilting of it.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Spring Table Runner

I made a couple of these for a silent auction fundraiser last month. 

Then I made two more for gifts. 

Now I am finally getting ready to make one for myself, except now that Easter is over, I will be packing it away until next year! That's kind of how I usually do it. I get it done after the fact.

Here is the pattern:  

Friday, March 29, 2013

Bloom where you are planted

My son-in-law is in graduate school in another state.  That means my daughter and adorable grandson are also in another state.  When they first moved there, I only thought about how hard it was FOR ME that we aren't close; but it is also hard for her.  Being away from family and being a new mother can be a struggle.  She loves the saying "Bloom Where You Are Planted" so I put it into this little wall hanging.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I need help to find this pattern...

Hello quilt sisters,

My amazing mother-in-law just passed away and my father-in-law passed last fall.  They were married 66 years and were always so very wonderful to me.

One of the pictures we used in the video has them in front of one of the first quilts I made.  I have no idea where this quilt ended up (I probably gave it away) but I REALLY REALLY want to make it again.  The scripture in the middle is 2 Timothy 1:7. 
 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; 
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

I've done a few searches online and can't seem to find the pattern.  PLEASE HELP.   Comment below if you know where I could find this pattern.  Thanks much!

Lois & Charles Sawyer

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Night Before Christmas

I just finished making this quilt top for Darlene.  The pattern, The Night Before Christmas, is by Bunny Hill and the fabrics were from French General.  What a wonderful interpretation of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" -- so cute!  I am also making a similar-looking quilt for myself, but don't have it quite finished.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Snowy days = Quilt heaven

It snowed until about 4:00 today.... so I stayed home and (mostly) worked on my Trip Around the World.  I love winter!
The chickens DON'T like the snow... but still give us lots of eggs.

I love dusk after a snow storm.

YAY for Trip around the World
Here's my first 20 laid out

I did learn from my first batch that I want
a dark middle for each block.
suits my need for order 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Trip around the world - Let's do it together!!!!!!

Alright ladies... I've been seeing this quilt make the rounds and I think we should all jump on the wagon.  Here's a few posts about trip around the world scrappy quilts: