Friday, April 29, 2016

long over due post

well I haven't written a message in quite awhile.  I have been busy this year taking care of hubby that had a hip replaced  he is doing great and out and going. then took care of my sister-in-law for about 2 months before she passed away then took care of her things.   in between I quilted several customer quilts  don't think to take pictures of many of them.    here is one I made totaly from shirts from a customers son.    the pattern is Twisted sisters by Ami Sims.  just love this pattern  works with any fabric  even scrappy.    this one is plain blue shirts for background and blue plaid shirts for blades. everything is from the shirts.  she is going to have it hand quilted by her church ladies that knew her son.

then  made the quilt below for my new great grandson Griffyn Trevon Black  he arrived on April 18th  I there to await is arrival  he took longer enough    but both Mom and baby are doing great.  just can't get enough of him...    I gave him his quilt today but don't have a picture of him on the quilt yet.  hope to get one soon

Now making a T-shirt quilt for a customer for a graduation present.  have the row together  need to sew rows together and put border on it quilt and bind it  must be in mail by end of next week.

I took a week off and went to Paducah ,Ky to the AQS show.   so many beautiful quilts  and lots of vendors.  I did my best not to buy too much and I did a good job this year. 

well off to sew some more 
Happy quilting
Sharon J

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

snowy week progress report

 well since it snowed on Monday most of the day  I got some sewing done  but best of all I got the upstairs Christmas tree down and boxed up and Sun-room put back together.  this is the longest a tree as been up in my house, the downstairs tree is still up  hope to get it down and everything put back in storage be end of weekend.   Too many other things going on to worry about the trees until now.

well the pineapple block I posted about few days ago is not a hot pad.  totally done  Love it  found out that it is a block from Edyta Sitar's  pattern Hawaiian Delight   Thanks Kathy for the block.

I have another customer quilt done and another one in the machine for today work on.  
Yesterday  afternoon  Hubby was taking a much needed nap  so wasn't in mood to start quilting so I cleaned up some strips  and had some 10" squares of fabric and batting ready for quilt as you go blocks  so I sat down and worked on them  I got 18 blocks done    but the strip bin doesn't look I used any.   I just fluffed it up...     here is a picture of the bin and some of the blocks.    these are great charity blocks. I put sashing between them on front and back  all my machine.  

then last evening  I made all the pieces that are for my applique quilt   and then I worked on it for about an hour while watching TV.   I am determined to get this block done this month   It is the UFO number for this month.  
until next time
Happy quilting
Sharon J

Sunday, February 7, 2016

new year update

Well I haven't  posted for awhile.  busy with holidays and then hubby had hip replacement  and taking care of sister-in-law    I have been quilting some customer quilts in-between.   A group of us are doing a UFO Challenge.  We each listed 12 items  on for each month to work on.   I am drawing a number each month for the one we are to work on and get as far as we can that month hopefully done.
Here is my list:

1. Double wedding ring
2. Hand appl basket quilt
3. Garden party embroidery quilt
4. Edyta sitar tree of life quilt
5. Purple fan quilt
6. 2015 B.H. mystery
7. Swiss mountain morning B.H. quilt
8. DQG presidents quilt
9. Woodlawn clover quilt (Pat Speth)
10    buck stops here   ( a paper piecing deer Cynthia England’s way)
11.   Royal Cross
12.   B. H.  Scrappy Irish Chain  

Jan. number was 4.    I got the applique fused on to the borders  but not sewn yet.
                             I also got number 11 to the top stage.   just didn't put box back away when listed it
                             needed to blocks together and put border on it  so it is ready to quilt.

Feb number is 2.    I haven't worked on this one yet  need to get it done only one block left to hand applique and the put it together...

this morning I woke up early  so went to the sewing room and straightened up my cutting table . I found this block that a friend had given me to finish.   so instead of just moving it to another pile I sat down and finished it. I think it will be a hot pad  so it can be done....  thanks Kathy I love it.

well back to customer quilt in the machine.
later Sharon J

Thursday, August 13, 2015

this week's progress

I set myself some fairly aggressive goals for this week and guess what I made them..  Monday I went to a sewing group for the day.   I had a good visit with everyone and glad to see our leader Pat coming for awhile  she has been having health issues.  I worked on quilt as you go string blocks  and got 10 done. I know doesn't seem like much  but we quit early  about 2 pm  due to the heat. the building we meet in is a 4-H building with not air conditioning and can't forget lunch..

Tuesday I quilted a customer quilt, it was made from polyester squares, my longarm machine did not like it one bit so did straight line quilting on my Bernia 1230   it didn't mind.   this was one of two to do.      Then in the evening  Bonnie Hunter had quilt cam so I sewed more string blocks while listening.

Wednesday  I quilted the other polyester quilt  the same way as the other one..    Binding is one both of them and ready to deliver on Friday.

today I quilted another customer quilt  a baby quilt. Long arm liked that one.   Then did another one which took a little thinking to make the back fit the front.   Customer had designed it to but the back on the diagonal  so it just fit but that one is done too.

Now I can go away for the weekend and not think of what needs to be done that didn't get done..
I have my family reunion on Saturday in northwest Ill.  So glad we are trying to keep this going all of the parents are gone now  so it is the cousins to get together to visit once a year...   take potluck lunch and kids play in the park.

bye for now
Happy quilting
Sharon J

Monday, July 27, 2015

shop hop

on Thursday 4 of us started out on a shop hop  collecting row by row experience patterns/kits.  Then we got to Missouri and found out they were doing a shop hop along US 36 so we added those shops to our agenda.  We went across the state in 2 days     spent the night in Cameron MO  and went to Missour Star Quilt Co   Friday afternoon  amazing place.   We had a wonderful time. We plan to do this again next year..

baby quilts

now I can post pictures of the baby quilts I have made.  In June on got a great nephew and a great niece  9 days apart.  my 2 nieces that are sisters had these babies.  will be so nice for them to grow up together and they live close together.  I went to see them yesterday for the first time.   It was hard to wait but wanted to give the families time to settle in with a new baby.    We had a great day yesterday snuggling both of them   Here is a picture of them on their quilts.  Hope to see them again soon.

Monday, July 20, 2015


I hosted a retreat at my house this past weekend.  Had a great group of ladies attend.  they got a lot done.   I do the cooking and cleaning up  they just sew.   I am here to help them if they needed/wanted it.   Helped 2 ladies start a pineapple quilt from a panel  they bought the kits at LQS .   three of them brought featherweight machines to use.  makes me want to get mine out and sew on it....   maybe I will soon.      here is a picture of the lunch I made on Saturday  so fun to use different dishes  and fix pretty meals.  contact me to schedule your retreat and get a lot of sewing done.