Wednesday, February 27, 2013

"Plus Sign" quilt

Have you seen this quilt?  Seems like there was a little wave of "plus sign" quilt patterns recently across the internet.  When the ladies in our guild saw the pattern in this magazine, they decided to schedule it for one of our "Sit & Sew" days...so yesterday, we all started our Plus Sign quilts!  I don't even know if that's the name in the magazine!  I was just so excited to get started, I jumped right in!
December 2012 issue





My friend Peggy was also able to come down from New Jersey to sew with me for the day!  Here she is hard at work laying out her squares.

Last night after getting home, I went right back to work laying out more rows on my top.  It's really quite challenging to make sure all the squares are in the right place.  It's pieced in rows, so you really have to keep on top of it...one little mistake and it throws the whole thing off! 

It's really fun though!  This one is made with 2.5" squares, but I think 1.5" squares would be fun too!  Have you tried this pattern?


Friday, February 22, 2013

Time sure flies....

I can't believe it's been almost a month since my last post.  Time just flies by, doesn't it?  Especially when you keep busy!  I have been quilting like crazy, and always, I can't show all the pictures...but I can show some of them!

First is a Quilt of Valor made by my local quilting group...we meet weekly, and once a month we work on these QOV blocks.  I really do like this string design.

One of the ladies in our group will add the binding...and then it will be donated to the local QOV chapter.

I quilted two charity quilts that I'll take to retreat in May, where they will be donated to a local crisis pregnancy center.  This first one is a "Quick Strippie," and the pattern can be found on MaryQuilts.com.  I love it!

The second quilt was the purple disappearing 4 patch I made a couple months ago....both quilts still need binding.

Seems I'm working with purple a lot lately!  Last week, I assembled this "Chinese Coins" quilt...it's another pattern from MaryQuilts.com!  It will be a gift for a new baby in the family.  It's made from leftover fabrics from the Easy Street quilt, plus a few purple charms left from a recent charm swap (that disappearing 4 patch also used those purple charms!).  I had a few strips left over, so I made a matching totebag for the mom-to-be.  :)

 It's now quilted and also awaiting binding....

 Believe it or not, I also spent a week in New Mexico with my hubby last week.  He attended a week-long class and I tagged along and had a long relaxing week reading, quilt shop exploring, and embroidery!  I finished this snowman embroidery that a shared a few months ago...now it needs the piece blocks and it will really be finished. 

Here is just a fun picture of hubby and I at a local furniture store...we thought this big chair was funny.  I like that I look so small.  :P


Sunday, February 03, 2013

Vignette in Stitches

A friend of a friend is selling an awesome quilt project/kit on Ebay for a great price, and even better, the money will go for a great cause!  Check it out HERE.