Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Scrappy placemats and runner

table runner

Four matching place mats

Uplifting messages on each one, this is the runner

The placemats messages are: laugh, love, relax,enjoy :0)

I quilted them with a wavy decorative stitch setting on my Bernina.

I think my girlfriend will enjoy these :0).  Happy Sewing, Kim
Since this is my only finish this week I'm linking up to show it off with Amanda Jean,
come have a look at what everyone is up to. :0)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Can YOU help?

My friend Victoria over at Bumble Beans is busier than I ever want to be,
but she always manages to come up with a quilt when the need arises.
Now she is collecting anvil blocks  and she has a tutorial on her blog for the block plus the address
of where to send them if you would like to join in.
This block is on the way Victoria :0).  It is my little way of helping.
Happy Sewing,  Kim
Anvil  Block for Victoria

Friday, August 23, 2013

Jackie's blogger of the month

Jackie had this great BOM with blocks designed by a different blogger each month, some bloggers you might recognize.  Well after starting it, moving and finding it again I am happy to say I have the top
finished :0).  The free patterns are still available on her blog, just hit the Jackie link.

Now to  quilt  it.

Jackie's Blogger BOM

One corner of the top

Another corner.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Matching doll quilts

My girlfriend gave me some fatquarters this summer  so I cut them all up into 1.5 inch strips.

I found a nice bright fabric to use as the center squares and made some
log cabin blocks.  

Backside of of one of the quilts

Now these are all ready for my girlfriend to take to her adorable little granddaughters who love to play baby dolls together.    And since this is the only thing I finished this week I will link up with Amanda Jean to show them off :0)..........  Happy Sewing, Kim

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Doll quilt swap

I enjoy belonging to a doll quilt swap online, here is information if you'd like to join this group.

This is the doll quilt I received this month from my swap partner Diane in Minnesota, the
theme this month is "nine patch".   Diane made me a disappearing nine patch in lovely  shades of pink and violet then machine quilted it, it is pretty darn cute isn't it?


Happy Sewing,

Thursday, August 8, 2013


I've been busy making coddlers for premature babies in our local community along with
my group called the Sea Trail Grandma's.
If you have a premature baby in your life you can go to Michele's blog and
get plenty of free patterns to sew something tiny.

Happy Sewing, Kim


Baby soft fleece for a premature infant.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Lily's quilt

Lily's quilt before I pack it up to send to the birthday girl.

Back of quilt

Back of quilt with label 

Back of Lily's quilt with a Dick and Jane reader panel, perfect for a little girl just about to read.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Finish it up Friday

I enjoy looking at Amanda Jean's  blog especially on Fridays when everyone links up there are so  many  completed projects to see from her linky party.   It is even more fun when I have something to add!  Yeah for me!  A finish this week of a scrappy quilt made from left overs from a project I made before my granddaughter was born and this quilt is now for her 5th birthday.

Scrappy Birthday quilt

Wall hanging for Lily

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Pin basting

I've got my medallion top all pin basted ready to quilt, now I have to decide how I'll quilt it.
Since I am new to machine quilting this is always the hard part for me.  I am calling this my Diamond Jubilee quilt since I am celebrating my 60th year.  This is a sew along done by Lori and Randy and you can see more of the tops on their blogs.  Happy Sewing, Kim

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sew Along

I'm making some progress on my Lori and Randy medallion sew along.  I've added my initials and the year
along with a few colorful comes some flowers and leaves.  I've gotta stick with this and
get all the cut out bits machine appliqued down....wish me luck.
Happy Sewing,

Friday, July 12, 2013

Mug Rug

Mug rug
Today my quilt guild is having a tea party where we will exchange a mug rug, dress up in pink and have a hat contest :0).......perfect activity for a stormy afternoon.  I'm going to link up with Amanda Jean since this is my first finish in weeks :0).  Happy Sewing, Kim

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Just One Slab

Have you heard?

red scraps

Lots of memories in scraps, I'm so grateful I have not lost them to a flood.

It was so much fun to make a slab that I made two :0).
Cheryl Arkison co-author of " Sunday Morning Quilts"
is collecting "slabs" to make quilts for the victims of the Calgary
floods.  Can you imagine losing all you own in a flood?

  All you have to do is make one and mail it  to Cheryl, all the
quilt making will be done in Canada by volunteers.

I hope you can help by making "just one slab" into a 15.5 inch block.

Happy Sewing, Kim

Monday, July 8, 2013

Bye Lily

Bye Lily :0) it sure was fun!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Happy Days

4th of July and look who came to visit!
My granddaughter Lily.
I'm in grandma heaven.

Grandma and Lily on a cruise to see dolphins.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Fabric Giveaway

Maureen and Jackie are giving away fabric to celebrate Jackie's birthday!
Lovely red Kona get over there and can't win if
you don't enter.
Happy 1st day of Summer :0), Kim

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

New things

Can you see the tiny little  baby bird, it just hatched today :0)

The center of a newly opened magnolia blossom

Magnolia blossom with the leathery shiny leaves attached

Gardenia blossoms

The pedals just opening and they smell so lovely.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sew along

Second pieced border added to Lori and Randy's sew along.

some sweet pink roses from my garden

And a video visit with my granddaughter who is missing us .

I hope you had a good weekend too, Happy Sewing, Kim
I'm linking up with the linky party over at Lori's blog, come see how everyone's "Sew along" is coming along before we add our next border.  Happy Sewing!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Up to date on the sew along

I got all my pinwheels blocks in place, since all the edges are bias I had to be careful not
to stretch them or pull them out of shape.  Do you think the medallion police will get me for having my vase off center?  UH OH.
Even though I don't have a design wall yet I linked up over at Design Wall Monday why not come have a peek at all the projects :0).

Lori is having a linky party if you want to stop by and see the how the other medallions are coming along.

Happy Sewing,

Randy and Lori sew along blocks.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sew along part 2

How did I make these perfect  pinwheel blocks without cutting one triangle?
It's a new trick I learned from Lori who learned it from this You tube Video made by Jenny
at the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

What did I change to make it even faster?  I matched up all  40 of my 3.5 inch
squares into pairs then ran them through the machine with a 1/4 inch seam allowance
chain style  on one side at a time.  After all all four sides of all 20 pairs were sewn together I  cut them into quarters on the diagonal just like directed in the video.  Give it a try :0)
( so instead of doing one pair at a time and going around the perimeter I just quick ran them
through chain style)

 What fun :0), now to add all the new blocks to frame up my  center applique block.
It's not to late for you to join  Randy and Lori's sew along........heck they are off
at quilt market having a great time and won't post another set of directions until next

Happy Sewing,

3.5 inch pinwheel blocks

step 2 of the sew along

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!  I hope you have a happy day and time to have some Happy Sewing too!  Kim

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Wine bottle cover

We are going out to a friends birthday party tonight, now I always know what to take
as a hostess gift for a woman but men are a little more puzzling to me.  Last night I whipped
this up for the party :0) to cover a delightful bottle of wine from Chile.  Happy Birthday Richard!

Okay so it isn't a finished quilt but it is a project I finished this week so I am linking up with Amanda Jean :0)!

Happy Sewing, Kim
recycled  shirt

with a hand made mini-tie to close the shirt around the bottle :0)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I've been sewing :0)

Lori and Randy are having a sew along and I thought it would be a good first project to do in my new half set up sewing room :0) because I've been itching to stitch. You can come over and see what others are doing on the sew along here on Lori's blog.

 I've never tried machine applique  until this project so it is not a work of art but a darn good start if I don't say so myself :0)
I finished it just in time to link up over at WIP Wednesday why not drop by and see what everyone is up to ?

Happy Sewing, Kim

My first try at machine applique

A visitor in the back yard........I must be back in the South!