Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mt. Rushmore and more...


Well, folks, this last week quilting, sewing, or otherwise crafting has been the furthest thing from my mind. We were fortunate enough to have three of our amazing grandkids visit us for the last week. There were days at the pool, a children's museum, a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, and a quick weekend trip to Mt. Rushmore and the surrounding area.


Mt. Rushmore was amazing. The Black Hills are beautiful and Mt. Rushmore is magical.


It's very kid-friendly, and the "Presidential Trail" around the base of Mt. Rushmore lets you get close to the magnificent carvings. One of my grandsons did a report on Gutson Borglum and Mt. Rushmore last year in school, so he filled us in on specifics as we traveled around the site.


We also took advantage of a water park in Rapid City and the next day went to Bear Country USA, which was really amazing. Bear Country is a park where you can observe black bears, grizzly bears, mountain lions, buffalo and more from the comfort of your car. In other words the animals roam free and the people are the ones that are caged. We literally had bears walk right next to our car. One even came up to the front of our car, sat down, and scratched his back on our front bumper. So funny. The kids loved it, and so did we!



They also have a well-kept, clean area where you can view park offspring -- particularly bear cubs.They entertain young and old alike!



I had no idea that the Rushmore area was so incredibly family-friendly and that it has sooo much to do. We could have easily spent four days there and left without seeing everything. So much fun!

Today the grandkids leave, and I'm left to my own devices. That is until another bunch of grandkids descend on us this Sunday for a week. Yay!

As for quilting, sewing, or crafting -- I could care less about that stuff when I've got family visiting!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Fabric choices...


Yesterday I featured some fabric choices for quilts with a more masculine bent. Today I'm showing you some beautiful fabrics from Hawthorne Threads that are definitely more feminine. I'm not sure I've ever met a collection from Hawthorn Threads that I didn't love. Here's a couple of collages from their Nectar collection, but check out Autumn Fawn, Thumbelina, Blackbird, and more. They are on the pricey side, but oh so worth it for their lusciousness...


Friday, July 14, 2017

Challenges...


All the grandchildren's quilt tops have been completed, so the last couple of weeks, I've begun to make my kid's quilts. This has proved to be a little more challenging -- especially for the men. As I was discussing with the ladies at the quilt store today, it's hard to find manly-man fabric. There are many options for children and women, but for men... not so much. Here's a sneak peek at some of the fabrics I've chosen for the men in my life.

The fabrics below have a coastal vibe. Lots of manly colors and an "anchors away" kind of feel with ships, anchors, and maps!
  {Hobby Lobby fabrics}


I've found "things that move" and "travel" can be a good themes for a man's lap quilt. I'm making one quilt out of this combination...
  {Theory of Aviation by Windham Fabrics}


And, I'm using one of those same fabrics, and building another one around these fabrics...


A couple of our boys have "desk jobs," so here's an option for them...

{Windham Fabrics Desk Job}


And there's always the "camping/wildlife/woodland" themes...

{Trail Mix & Foxtail Forest by Dear Stella}


{Woodie Winterland line by Stof Fabrics}


Hopefully these quilts will work up to be more masculine. That's the goal anyway.  I'm using a lot of gray and taupe in accent fabrics, so I think that will help. We will see!

Friday, July 07, 2017

Dallin's Quilt...


One more is finished.The other day someone at the quilt store where I buy some of my fabrics asked how many quilts I had completed. I still haven't bothered to count. All I know is that I'm making steady progress.


This particular quilt is for our second oldest grandson. He's nine years old. {I just had a "moment" when I realized if Dallin is 9, we have 16 more grandkids under nine. And, let's not forget the "one on the way." That's a lot of little ones -- whew. Sometimes it surprises even me.} Anyway, Dallin is growing up, so I wanted to make him a quilt that reflected his life right now and maybe a few years in the future.


Dallin started Cub Scouts last year, so I thought I'd make him a quilt about the great outdoors. I'm sure that will be a big part of his life in the years to come. I used some of the same fabrics on his brother's quilt, but changed out the predominant color in Dallin's to be navy blue.


The fabrics I used were primarily from Dear Stella and Riley Blake lines. They all have a woodsy vibe that I adore for little boys and the fabrics compliment each other beautifully...


I chose a swirly pattern for the quilting. Love it...


I'm finished with making all the quilt tops and backs for all the grandkids (that's 24 quilts), so I'm currently working on our kid's and kids-in-law's quilts now. I have to admit, I'm a little more anxious about their quilts. I find myself second-guessing fabric choices and designs. I have found some fabulous fabrics however, so I'm looking forward to putting them together!


Dallin's finished quilt measures 50" x 60". The half square triangle blocks are 9.5 inches (trimmed down from a 10.5" block)  and there is a 2.5" boarder around the quilt.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Hazel's Quilt...


I hope {those of you in the U.S.} had a wonderful Independence Day weekend. We certainly had a wonderful day celebrating with my niece and nephew's families!

I just finished a quilt that could only be described as "happy!" This is appropriate because it is for our one-year-old grandchild who has a perfectly sweet and happy disposition.


We met up with Hazel and her parents about a month ago. We hadn't seen Hazel since Thanksgiving, but we Facetime with her and her parents every week. When we walked in the room Hazel and my eyes met, and she immediately recognized me. While most little ones her age are a little cautious with "strangers," I put my arms out and she immediately lunged for me. {That makes a grandma's heart melt on the spot!} She is such a delightful and happy little girl, and I adore her.


This quilt has a lot of color and a lot of different fabric designs. Here's a photo of the fabrics, up close. We've got a floral, polka-dots, and other cute colors and designs...


For the back I used a coordinating polka-dot with a strip of fabrics used on the front of the quilt...


Again, I used a cute bee and flower design for the quilting...


I can picture our little Hazel snuggled up with this colorful quilt that matches her personality!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ellie's Quilt...


Guess what? I only have 13 more quilt tops & bottoms to make. I already have 15 quilts totally done, 7 quilts at the quilter's home waiting to be professionally quilted, two quilts waiting for binding, and four quilt tops and bottoms in the closet waiting to be transported to the quilter's home for quilting.  So... that leaves a total of 13 left to make. I'm cautiously optimistic that I will finish them all by November.

Today I realized I'd counted one quilt for two grandkids. {That's not going to work.} I was going to make two very similar quilts for those two and ended up making one and counting it for both. Geesh. This is complicated. Anyway, I'm plugging away at these quilts that I'm making for grandkids and kids for Christmas 2017. This week I made four adult size throw/lap quilts {at least 55" x 65"}. Doing that many in that amount of time almost did me in. I'm taking next week off.

Today I completed Miss Ellie's quilt. I love it. Ellie's favorite colors are pink and purple, so I'm crossing my fingers and hoping she likes this red and pink quilt. When I saw this adorable floral fabric, it screamed "Ellie"...


That little floral print is seriously one of my favorite fabrics ever. I just love it. Ellie is a girl {almost 6 years old} who knows her own mind and is full of personality. She has three brothers, so this little one has learned to stand up for herself and be counted. I think this vibrant quilt has her name stamped all over it...


These quilts look small compared to the fence, but the fence is actually eight feet tall, so this one is plenty big for a six-year-old. It measure 45" x 55" finished.

I love this "Just Another Walk in the Woods" fabric that I built the quilt around...


The quilt also has sprinkles and lots of polka-dots.


For the back of the quilt I used more pink with a strip of the same fabrics I used on the front...



One more completed, and I'm loving this little quilt for my spunky granddaughter Ellie.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Baby's Quilt...


I'd love to tell you whose quilt this will be, but I don't know her name yet. This little granddaughter is due to be born in November, so I knew I needed to make her a quilt for Christmas too!

These photos are a little dark because I waited till the sun almost went down to take them. If I'd gone out earlier today, I would have expired on the spot. It's seriously hot here.


I made this quilt a little longer than some newborn quilts, so they could use it in her crib as she grows.


The prints on this quilt are cute and playful. Who doesn't love flowers, dashes and polka-dots!


I had the quilter use the "Spring Fling" pattern for quilting on this one.  It's a darling pattern with flowers and buzzing bees.


For the back I used lots of polka dots -- both large and small...


The last couple of days I've been designing some of the adult (my children's and children-in-law's) quilts. These are a little more challenging and certainly require more yardage than many of the grandchildren's quilts. Should be fun coming up with some new patterns and fabrics for them!


I'm heading out to mow the lawn since it's cooled off a bit. It's only 90 degrees right now. Downright frosty compared to earlier today.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Hudson's Lap Quilt...


I have a couple of five year old grandsons that love dinos. Hudson in particular has been able to name and category dinosaurs of every type for years, and, as I said, he's only five. That's why I made this crazy dino quilt just for him...


I bought this cute dino fabric at our local quilt store, and I already had (as you can see) about a million complimentary fabrics already on hand, so I used them all. It makes for a wild and crazy quilt, which is totally appropriate for our wild and crazy Hudson.


I used a half triangle pattern for this quilt (as I do for almost all the quilts I'm making for Christmas for our family members), but I made it into a chevron pattern this time...


For the back I used some striped fabric with bits and pieces of the complimentary fabric I used on the front of the quilt...


A swirly quilting pattern was chosen for the quilting...


I think our little dinosaur expert will love this quilt!



Friday, May 19, 2017

Charlie's quilt...


Those of you who live in the Rocky Mountains know the crazy weather "patterns" in our neck of the woods, but this last week has even surprised a veteran like me.  The last couple of days we have seen buckets of rain, freezing temperatures, and a bunch of snow, which left me with a lot of time to sew. Truthfully, I'd rather be planting flowers this time of the year. However, I'm excited to show you this quilt that I just finished for Charlie, our seven-year-old grandson.


I don't know if you have a perpetually smiling child in your life, but I hope you do.  Charlie loves life, and that enthusiasm is manifest in a constant, winning smile! Because of his zest for life, I wanted to choose a fabric for his quilt that was fun-loving and happy. Here's the fabric I chose to build Charlie's quilt around.


Because of Charlie's good nature and fun-loving spirit, a "party animal" print suits him to a T! This is Dear Stella Foxtail Forest Treetop Party print. I love it. I made the quilt in a herringbone pattern and used the party print as the "background" fabric. It makes for a very busy quilt, for a very busy boy. I paired this print with several other woodland or party prints from Dear Stella...



We're talking wood prints, banners, feathers, canoes, and the like to round out this fun quilt...


This outdoor party-in-the-woods themed quilt suits Charlie perfectly. He's an outdoor dog, if you know what I mean!


One more to check off the list!