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It's a Guy Thing

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 When  Carol  announced this hop was about using masculine fabrics or making a project for one of the guys in your life I hoped it would be the inspiration I needed to finish the next quilt from my Grandfather's shirts.  However, in the back of mind I knew I had a back up plan of two projects I'd finished and hadn't blogged about yet and sometimes when there's a clear back up plan it is so easy to let other things come between you and your goal.  Alas, my cousin's quilt is still just a top, but that is probably still further than I'd have gotten without this hop.   When my grandfather passed away in 2018 I gathered his shirts and set out to make a quilt for each of his children and grandchildren.  I finished the one for my mom, the youngest of his children, when everything was shut down and gave it to her rather than making her wait for me to be able to take pictures and blog about it.  For her quilt I chose Bonnie Hunter's Virginia Bound pattern because whe

Fairy Tales

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 Joan of  Moosestash Quilting  has joined Carol and Carla in hosting monthly blog posts.  When she announced the theme for this one I was excited by all the possibilities.   I was already working on one project from Lella Boutique's Folktale Line but I wanted to make a new project for this as well.  I went to my local quilt shop and picked several fabrics from Riley Blake's Lancelot line for a baby quilt.   Before I got started on the Lancelot quilt a coworker lost his home to a fire and saved his daughter and wife, but his wife suffered significant burns and is still in the hospital.  I wanted to make a new quilt for their little girl, so I ended up with three different projects that I felt matched the theme in different ways. First as I worked on my Folk Tale quilt it reminded me of The Secret Garden-in fact I used a quote from that book for the label.  This went to my pastor and his wife, who is also our guidance counselor, from the faculty of my school-their little one is e

Back to business

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School is finally out!  I love teaching but this year it was hard…I did make time for quilting but I didn’t take time to blog about it.  So my last list was in March 1. Finish 2 more baby quilts, I know people joked about there being a lot of quarantine babies, but there really are quite a few new babies in my church and coworkers right now!-done 2. Participate in the Sun and Sand blog hop-done 3. Come up with a feasible idea for the “in the kitchen” blog hop announced after Show your Stripes- done 4. Post about 2 baby quilts from church-oops 5. Get the hands2help tops done and maybe even quilted-done but not in March 6.  Post about our trip-oops  7.   8000 steps and an arm toning video each day-I think I did okay most of March but April and May were not good. Since school is out I’m hoping to actually be able to accomplish things in a week. 1. Catch up on some posts from projects and travels this spring. 2. Bind a quilt for a coworker’s daughter  3. Make a project for the fairy tale b

Born to be Wild

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 When Carol announced this blog hop it was like it was meant to be.  When a new baby is expected in our school the faculty fund gets them a gift.  This year I finally felt confident enough in my machine quilting to make the gifts for new babies and we ended up having 4 new babies expected.  I had just completed twin jungle themed quilts for one of our learning support teacher.  She had chosen a jungle theme for the nursery but wasn't sure the gender of one of the twins when I started working on them so I chose to use shades of green.   I wanted similar designs but not identical so I used 2 of  Creatin' in the sticks ' blocks from 30 blocks in 30 days and the same fabrics.  One is backed in the leaves and the other in the animal print.   There is nothing jungle like where we live, but on a trip to Virginia we were able to go to the zoo and snap a couple pictures!  We gave the mom to be her quilts just in time, the very next day she was put on bed rest.   May 17 th Creatin

Hands to Help

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 For several years I’ve read  Confessions of a Fabric Addict ’s Hands 2 Help series and thought that it was something I should do.  This year she added hometown heroes as one of the recipient suggestions and I finally decided I needed to do more than think about making something.  I had a bag or red scraps and some left over tan solid so I started the first tutorial Sarah posted.  A friend from church works in several nursing homes in the area in physical therapy and I could see how much of a toll the stress was having on her, so I decided she needed a quilt.  She was near tears when she opened it, you just never know how much someone may need to be noticed.

In the Kitchen

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 I almost skipped this blog hop because I was really struggling with an idea for kitchen projects I hadn't already blogged about.  Then my local quilt shop left me know that the grill fabric I'd ordered (and forgotten about) had arrived.  Now I needed to come up with an idea for both the fabric and the blog hop.  I pondered a while and decided that we're quickly approaching the time when in the kitchen really involves prepping the food to go outside to the grill (or better yet the campfire!) and with Mother's Day approaching I could make a table runner for my mother-in-law.  She's one of the more difficult people to shop for because she likes to pick her own things out but she always likes to use one of the table-runners my sister-in-law or I make her and she doesn't have a summer one yet.  I love bright colors in my quilts so I decided to highlight the brights of the grills.  I also thought it would be nice to set them so that from either side of the table you

Salt and Sand

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As soon as the theme Salt and Sand was announced I had a lot of ideas, however when I think of the beach I usually go to bright colors not blue and tan.  Then while I was still trying to figure out what to make we stopped at a quilt shop not far from home and found an Ebb and Flow charm pack on sale.  Not only was it beach themed it was also the blue and tan.  I got the top made pretty quickly but then projects with a definite recipient plan took priority.   I have the backing purchased, but I wasn't able to get it quilted in time for the blog hop.  I would have loved to go to the ocean for pictures (any excuse for a break right now!) but we haven't been able to do that so I went to a local state park and got some lake shore pictures instead.   Check out all the other blog posts.  You’ll be inspired to visit a beach or quilt; maybe both! March 22 Creatin' in the Sticks Selina Quilts That Fabric Feeling Days Filled With Joy Elizabeth Coughlin Designs Karen's Korner Homes