Sunday, December 21, 2014

Back at it

I am finally back sewing.  My leg has been giving me fits and the little time I could work I used for Susan's quilt on the long arm.  I am making another pinwheel quilt for my daughter in law Shelly.  Using up bits of Betty's fabric and some fabric I was given by my cousin.  I am a bit of a disorganized sewer. I do a little cutting, a bit of sewing, some pressing and sew on.  It feels good to be back at the machine.
Now that I have discovered This method , I like the second method, I can make pinwheels like a pro!!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

These Addicting Hexagons

I am having a mild flared of my CRPS so am not able to spend much time at my sewing machine or long arm.  Thank goodness I found inklingo, now I have plenty of hand work to do while I am grounded to my chair.  Being somewhat anal I found I need to have stations for my hexagons.
This kit the beginning stage:
Once my flower is done it goes on to the ironing stage:
Once ironed they hit the next stage to have the white and or green added
The final stage will be to sew together and I have a final bin for that as well.  It's amazing how quickly these little things go together, I already have 45 done.  It does take more time to put the white and green on.  Once all the flowers are made, there will be 110, I expect finishing will take longer.  Stay tuned for more of the hexagon journey.

Monday, December 1, 2014

From Sister Susan

My wonderfully talented sister made me this adorable needle case.  I have been doing a lost of hand sewing lately and this was the perfect gift. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014


Just recently I discovered the joys of  This is a program where you can print sewing lines onto your fabric. In the past, to make hexagon, you had to use the English paper piecing method I found this quite tedious and not at all appealing.  I really wanted to make a hexagon quilt, but as I said before did not want to do use the English paper piecing method. Now that I purchased I've been happily printing and makeing hexagons. I am going to be making a grandmother flower garden with my hexagons. Here's a picture of some of the fabrics I have so far cut out.  Stay tuned for progress #hexagons

Monday, November 3, 2014

Baby Quilts

I have been a bit of lost since finishing up Betty's projects (that last a whole hour). What to do what to do, can't buy new fabric as I made a vow to use up what I had so rummaging around my fabric stash seemed the best bet. 
I found some baby fabric that I purchased years ago, so after gathering a few bits and pieces of other fabric, these two quilts were born. I think they turned out really cute And will go on our Etsy shop, CrazyBirdsStudio.

When I first started making quilts all I did was baby quilts.  Friends were having kids, they were fast and easy to quilt on my machine.  I have only made two baby quilts in the last 10 years but bought baby themed fabric on sale "just in case".  In keeping with my plan to use up fabric baby quilts are here for a bit.  This is the next one being assembled.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

End of a Journey

My sister Laura decided to gift me all of her deceased mother in law's quilting supplies.  Little did I know what a journey it would take me on. Starting in September 2013 I pulled Betty's projects out of boxes and started sorting through fabric, batting, squares, quilt tops and other odds and ends.  Now at the end of October 2014 I have finished the last of  her projects.  I am sad to know that I no longer have any projects or any boxes to open and look through and wonder what Betty was thinking when she cut these pieces, made those squares and what she has in mind.  Some of the projects were easy to figure out the top may be almost done or completely done and all I need to do Was quilt it for it be finished.  All in all 11 projects got completed.  I still have some fabric left and will use that when I can, in fact I feel another pinwheel quilt coming on.  I feel incredibly blessed to have gone on this journey and am so glad my sister had the foresight to save and pass on these treasures. These are some of the quilts from this journey.  I can't find pictures of the four and nine patches I did.  There were three of them, two made with nine patches Betty had already made.  And one from four patches Betty had made.  Now I must confess looking at the four patches made my eyes bleed and I had quite a long conversation with Betty over what she was thinking when she put them together.  I ripped them apart, remade them and designed them into a quilt which I gave it to Brian and Laura as a house warming present when they moved to Ojai.  I had made a vow to myself that I would not redo anything that Betty had already done and as I said I broke that vow with the four patches, but really, if you had seen them you would agree with me.  The quilt that I had the hardest time with is the last one you will see (it is going to Sister Barbara).  The piecing was just terrible,  I left this quilt until the last.  It only needed two rows for it to be finished but my perfectionism was having a hard time dealing with the bad piecing.  Finally I pulled it out and decided to just get it done when from out of now where I heard Betty say to me, "It doesn't need to be perfect it just needs to be done".  She was so right! and with a smile on my face and joy in my heart it got done.

Brian and Laura thank you for thinking of me and allowing me to share these precious memories of you mother, Betty Smith, it was a joy and an honor.

These two just needed borders and quilting and they went to my dear brother in law, Betty's son.

This quilt was made from triangles Betty had already cut out

This quilt was made with bits and pieces of Christmas material and went to a dear friend who got married around Christmas

This quilt had one panel done.  I finished the next three with needle turned applique and hand quilted where all the blue lines are.  It is almost complete and will post a picture when it is done.

These three quilts are the last ones!!!!  The top quilt I will be keeping for myself.  The second one is going to Betty' granddaughter (Brian's daughter) Betty had already cut out the triangles and the bottom one is going to my sister Barbara who fell in love with it when she saw the picture.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Top Finished, no name yet

I got my star top finished!!!  Thanks so much to Sister Susan for the idea for the blocks, they finished at 16 inch square.  I really wanted to use all fabrics from Betty' stash.  Half the blocks were made from triangles she had already cut and the other half from fabric in her stash.  I used all the rest of the blues to make a pieced back.  I used all the cream fabric she had but ran out, sigh, so I did have to buy more background fabric.  Kona  snow matched and I used a yard and three quarters to finish the squares, the smashing and the borders.  The layout is my design and am so pleased with how it turned out.  I was going to donate to Quilts of Valor, but may give to a Vet that I know.  HVE not really decided.  I will post a picture of the finished quilt.  Need to finished the quilt on "Baby" before I can load this one.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sewing Again

I have not been at my machines in ages!!!!!  Sister Sue came a couple of weeks ago and we loaded one of her quilts on Baby the longarm and got it half done.  It jump started me, I got that quilt finished, loaded a clients quilt and got that done and now have another UFO loaded and have it a third of the way finished.   In the meantime I have been piecing another quilt.  I think this one will go to quilts of valor.  I am Using material from my Betty stash and here's a picture of what I have done so far.  The blocks are 16.5 inches!!!!! It feels good to be sewing again!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Economy blocks

Dear Susan,
Thanks for the help in choosing fabrics for my economy blocks.  Glad you could make it up today to quilt and am so excited you loaded, quilted and FINISHED your quilt today.
Here is a layout of the blocks we did.  We have to get this sewn up and finished 😄