Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Smoky River Quilt

Not long ago I have made this quilt for a friend of mine that lives in CO.  She purchased the kit from Keepsake Quilting, and asked if I would put it together for her.  She wanted to give it to her son for graduation.

The quilt is called “Smoky River” using the Stonehenge fabric by Northcott.

It was a lot of fun to make, I started by cutting all my fabric out first.

Then I worked on my 16 inch square blocks next.  I needed to make 4 of these.

From there I sewed all the rest of the blocks together.  I needed 8 diagonal of the 16 inch block, the 9 patch and strips for the sashing, plus make the diagonally corners of the sashing. 


Placement was easy, I laid it all out to make sure I was mixing up the colors and started sewing it together.  The boarders were easier than I thought they would be.  All went together well.  

I put it all on my frame and quilted with my long arm.  I used a pattern I drew with notes and G-Clefts, for the young gentleman that it was going to plays a base guitar in a band.  

I really liked the way the gold boarder shows the whole quilt off.

Total size of the quilt is:  76” X 97”.
Here is a picture of the label which I made for the back:

NEXT BLOG HOP...............  OH YEAH, I AM IN ANOTHER.....  

This one is:      "Leafs Me Happy"

It will start on October 1st.  So come and check out the schedule.  You will not want to miss a one.  Sew We Quilt  
There will be lots of Fall Ideas, Tutorials, Giveaways, come join us. And don't forget to give your thanks to Madam Samm and Cherry Blossoms, for all there hard work getting this all together.

Till then:


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Friday, September 21, 2012

Small Bag or Cosmetic Bag, and Winners Announced

You will not believe what I have been up to!! 

I have been working on so many quilts here lately, I decided to take a brake.  So, for the past 2 days I have been making little Hand Bags.  Or some could call them Cosmetic Bags.  Whatever, you want to put in these little things, it will work.

I started by making my pattern and cutting out an appliqué flower, stem and a leaf.

Next, I picked out what kind of fabric I wanted for the outside to put my appliquéd flower on.  Chose my fabric for the lining (I chose white silk for this one) and cut it all out including the batting.

Then I arranged my flower, stem and leaf to where I wanted it to be on the bag and appliquéd it on by machine using the monofilament thread so not to be seen.

Here is where I did any quilting to the bags.  I quilted a flower on the back of this one but on the front I just quilted around the flower.  Next was to start sewing it all together.  Remembering to have right sides together,  I sewed the two sides first, then the bottom.  I then repeated this step with the inside lining.  So far, no problem, this was going fast.  

Using a 7 inch zipper, matching the fabric, I sewed it onto the bag.  Then tacked it into the inside.  Again using monofilliment thread so not to be seen.


I painted a thin line in the flower to show off the petals.    My bag was now completed.   Total size is: 9 1/2" X 5 1/2" X 1 1/2" deep

This was so easy, I made lots more,  some with applique, some without.  Here is a picture of a few of them.   It was a great way to use some of my larger pieces of scrap fabric up and WOW, won’t they make great gifts??

OK, Now for what everyone has been waiting for.............

I had 218 comments (or entries) to my giveaway, sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop.  Again, I am going to have 2 winners, each will choose two 1/2 yard cuts of fabric (their choice) at Fat Quarter Shop.  So let me go over to and see who they are..........

First is number:    196  -   Michele

Second is number:   30  -  Tink's Mom

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH.   I will be e-mailing you verifying your winnings and giving you full instructions.


       hands clapping       YEAH!!!

So, Till next time....


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dot's to Dot's Blog Hop & Giveaway

It is an exciting day today.  It is my turn to blog  and show you one of my newest quilts.

BUT before I get carried away, I want to give a BIG THANKS to Corrie and Madame Samm  for all their hard work, with this hop and for letting me join in.

For this, I designed a special quilt and am having one GREAT giveaway.  I designed it on my  EQ 7.

I got out my fabric which I purchased from Fat Quarter Shop a while back.  I kept them handy till I designed the perfect quilt to show them off.

Next I cut out all my fabric.  I usually cut all my pieces then start sewing, but this time I did things a little different.  I only cut my middle square and the squares around it.

Then I sewed the middle block.  It is a 12 ½ inc block called “Aunt Dinah”.

Next I sewed the blocks that were to go all around it.  (Doing it this way, I was sure that the fabric was all going to blend in perfectly.)  I made 8 -   12 ½” blocks called “Oatmeal Raisin Cookies”

I then placed one of these blocks near my cutting table, again making sure that I cut the fabric that I wanted and felt matched into it for the next blocks.  I sewed them together making another 8  -  12 ½” blocks

I am putting the blocks together diagonally so I needed side triangle blocks to fill in.  I decided to incorporate a block called “Thrifty”.  I made 8 of these.

Next was the 4 corners.  If you look carefully you will see I made the same block that I had used previously.  The “Oatmeal Raisin Cookie” (isn’t that a great name for a block, makes me hungry)

After I sewed all my blocks together I cut random strips of 2 ½” and sewed them around making 2 separate boarders.

I ended by putting a solid 3 inch boarder of Turquoise fabric.    I  then machine quilted this in an all over pattern of flowers and vines that I had drawn to match the quilt.

I ended by putting a solid 3 inch boarder of Turquoise fabric.    I  then machine quilted this in an all over pattern of flowers and vines that I had drawn to match the quilt.


Total size is:  66" X 66"

Don’t stop now, there are many other great blogs with lots of Dot’s on.  Here is a list of all that posted just today:

But WAIT… the Dot’s to Dot’s Blog Hop only started on Monday. Click on the button below and see the full schedule so you won’t miss a one!


NOW, Have I got a great GIVEAWAY for YOU!  

I have the privilege to offer two ½ yard cuts of your choice, at Fat Quarter shop to 2 lucky winners.  As we all know this is a great shop to get fabric.   You can shop by Designer, Collection, Theme.  Get any cut you would like, and the service, well....... is exceptional!  

So, here is the thing….Go to:  FAT QUARTER SHOP  and check out their Dotted fabric.  Then come back and leave me a comment as to what you liked the most.  I will be choosing  2 WINNERS,  each will have their choice of two ½ yard cuts of fabric of their choice at Fat Quarter Shop.  

If you are a follower (or become one) you may leave another comment for a second entry.  

I will run this giveaway till midnight on September 20th.  That is when I will go to and select 2 winners.   So tell you friends, and don’t forget to check out the rest of Fat Quarter Shop.


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Monday, September 3, 2012

School Daze Winner Announced

School days, school days
Dear old golden rule days
Readin' and 'ritin' and 'rithmetic
Taught to the tune of the hickory stick...................

I can't believe that it is September 3rd already and out Blog Hop is now over.  I want to thank Michele for hosting such a GREAT Blog Hop Party.  I know I enjoyed it very much.  I read some really wonderful tutorials, seen beautiful quilts, and entered many giveaways.  (I am hoping I have luck with one of them).

Since this this blog hop as started, I designed and made a special quilt for the Dot's on Dot's  blog hop.


I can't wait for you to see what I made,  AND you guessed it.  I am having another giveaway.  This one is going to be BIG!!!   For it is being sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop.


This is the best place to go and get fabric.  They have such a great selection of fabric for what ever designed quilt you have in mind.   And their service is to be commended.  I hope you check the Fat Quarter Shop too.


Here we go, I went to,  I had a total of  194  comments (or entries) for my giveaway.  I will be giving the book, "Bits and Pieces" by Karen Costello Soltys to the first number picked.  Then I will pick a second number and they will win the beautiful Perennial Stack by Eleanor Burns line.

HERE GOES.......................

First winner is number:    114  -  LINDA      

Second winner is number:   10  -  TERESA

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH!!!   I will be e-mailing you shortly to confirm you winnings.  If I do not hear from you in 4 days, I will pick another number.

Thank you all so much for stopping by and entering my giveaway.  Please come back again for the Dot's to Dot;s blog hop, you won't want to miss that one.

Until then, you will find me in my room quilting.  There are a lot of Holidays coming up that I must prepare for.


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