Dinosaurs say “Raaarh!”

10 05 2017

Last week daughter Trinity visited us ostensibly to help hubby celebrate his birthday. We celebrated, yes, but we also quilted up a storm. I quilted a fall quilt that granddaughter Krystine finished piecing this summer. Click on the picture to enlarge it; you’ll see the leafy edge to edge quilting design.

And Trinity worked on three baby/toddler quilts as well as a large lap quilt her friend pieced. Quilting and bindings progressed smoothly and on schedule . . . and then we paid a visit to our favorite local quilt shop, Loving Stitches on Ramsey Street in Fayetteville, NC. The striped dinosaur fabric called Trinity’s name! She has a two year old great-nephew who loves dinos. So she mentally designed a simple quilt, bought the fabric, and stitched it up. I quilted a simple edge to edge design adding “raaahr” in the orange blocks, and I bound it while she worked on blocks for another quilt.

Needless to say, I had to lend Trinity a suitcase for the return trip. All six quilts would NOT fit in the two backpacks she arrived with. She couldn’t wait to visit Hagen and give him his “I love you this much” dino quilt. He loves playing with it, and the kid who never naps with a blanket fell asleep under the cozy, fun quilt Auntie Trinity made!

It is so rewarding to give a quilt to someone who loves and appreciates it, wouldn’t you agree?





Sewing Shenanigans

29 07 2016

This past month I’ve been sharing my sewing space with my visiting daughter, Trinity, and granddaughter, Krystine. Would you like to see the progress they’ve made on their projects?

Trinity finished a queen size Americana star quilt for her sister. She became quite adept at making half square triangles while completing the sixteen 16” blocks. I love the subtle contrast of the regular black print in the tan shirting sashing fabric as well as the scrappy “Piano Key” border. Trinity cleverly created a patchwork column to enlarge the backing fabric.

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Trinity also made a baby quilt for her dog-sitter who is expecting a baby girl in September. She was inspired by the Who Loves You owl print designed by Michele Scott for Northcott. The squares on the owl print panel measure 8,” so she cut 3” squares for the “Nine Patch” alternate blocks. (If you’d like to make a similar quilt and you live near Loving Stitches in Fayetteville, NC, you’ll be pleased to know that all the fabrics were purchased there.)

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In addition, Trinity is making 12” blocks for Lori Holt’s “Vintage Farm Girl” sampler.

IMG_0003 (1)Krystine worked diligently to complete 50 “Nine Patches” and 49 “Snowball” blocks for her full size quilt in fall colors. The tone-on-tone fabrics coordinate so nicely; I would love to make a similar quilt for myself. And now that her “fall” quilt is nearing completion, Krystine can begin planning a winter/Christmas quilt using the basket of fat quarters she won at the guild meeting last Sunday. (The FQ theme this month was “Christmas in July.”) Lucky girl!

Don’t we all feel as happy as Krystine when we complete a quilting project?

As they depart for home in Texas, both Trinity and Krystine have to be proud of all the quilting projects they worked on during their visit!





Fabric Acquisition

26 08 2015

“Fabric Acquisition” – meaning Trinity and I are exploring some area quilt shops. A planned trip to Waco, TX for Keith’s orthodontic appointment prompted an internet search for Texas quilt shops participating in the Row by Row Experience. Lo and behold, Tomorrow’s Quilts is at 800 Lake Air Dr. in Waco! Please take a look at their home page to view their row for the Row by Row Experience. This summer, each participating quilt shop designed a 9″ x 36″ row with a “water” theme. Tomorrow’s Quilts’ row is four Sunbonnet Sues beneath umbrellas with raindrop background fabric – really cute!

In addition to picking up the free Row by Row pattern, we honed in on the shopping cart full of bargain fabric – 3 yds. for $10. In the photo below you can see the bundles I bought for backings as well as purple and yellow tone-on-tone staples, zoo animal print, and several fat quarters (for which I have a plan; more about the FQs in a future blog post).

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On Monday we celebrated the first day of school by driving to Hamilton (without the grands) to peruse the offerings of One More Stitch on N. Rice St. My find was backing for granddaughter Krystine’s scrappy Nine Patch and orange Snowball quilt in fall colors. The print of concentric squares is “Awesome,” an older fabric line by Sandy Gervais; it’s perfect for the quilt, don’t you think? An Electric Quilt sketch of the design plan is in the lower right corner.

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On Tuesday after lunch with long time friend and blog follower, Pam, we visited Sew and Quilt Store in Killeen. This shop is also participating in the Row by Row Experience. Isn’t their row filled with fun details?

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I purchased an orange/red tonal and a teal/white chevron to go with the fat quarters bought at Tomorrow’s Quilts. I’m off to Trinity’s sewing room to work on my latest quilting project!