Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Dash in the Box Quilt Top

Trying to finish this Dash in the Box quilt top for my July OMG goal.

The blocks are completed, but they've sat in a box for a while. I always have too many projects going. I really do need to get the quilt top pieced together. I would like to have the quilt fully completed in the Fall because I plan on giving it to my son for his Birthday in November.

During these Summer months, I don't get a lot of sewing done, so I think piecing the quilt top is a realistic goal for July. I am linking to July OMG at Elm Street Quilts

Friday, June 30, 2017

Baggalista.......Finally Done

It seems like this bag took me forever! I've been working on this since the beginning of May. This is the back of the bag with a flap that lifts up. There is a pocket on each side with a zipper for my phone.

This is the front of the bag. I use paper-pieced blocks from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks  

For the lining, I used fabric called "Scented". It actually does smell like lavender, not real strong. The only time I smelled it real strong was when I was ironing it. I thought it would be nice for a lining of a bag to keep it nice and fresh. This is a nice bag and I will enjoy carrying it, especially since it took me a Coon's age to complete!

I am posting my finished June project to June OMG at Elm Streets Quilt .
This was My original post for my June goal (plus My May goal!). Yeah! Now I can move on to something else.

I, also, completed a bag for Sadie's Dream for a Cure I thought it turned out kind of cute. I mailed this a couple of weeks ago to them.

If you want to complete a bag for this great cause, you can participate by going to their website above. Little kids going through trials need a little bit of kindness in their life.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Let's Try This Again...

I did not complete my OMG for May so I am choosing it again for June. It seems that I did not have a whole lot of time to sew in May. We started going camping so that leaves out a few weekends of sewing through the Spring and Summer.

I have approximately 1/3 of this Baggalista Bag bag completed so hopefully, I will have it done by the end of June.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Blooming Quilters 2017

Hello and Welcome to my blog. My name is Danette and I live in Pennsylvania, south of Pittsburgh. I am fortunate to participate in the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. I am in The Blooming Quilters Hive. One of the members of our hive created this great button:
Yvonne was our fantastic host.  Yvonne at Quilting JetGirl has encouraged us and offered assistance for a couple of months with our blogs. Also, Leanne at She Can Quilt and Beth at Cooking Up Quilts have new bloggers in their hives.  Please check out everyone's blog. It's a great way to follow new quilting bloggers.

I have been posting to my blog for a couple years, but it seemed that I couldn't quite get the hang of some things. A few others from my hive reviewed my blog and offered some advice. From their suggestions, I was able to make a few improvements and learned some new things.

I have always loved handmade items, so about 12 years ago, I decided to learn to quilt. I purchased Learning to Quilt Book and just kind of taught myself. Sewing and quilting is kind of a stress reliever for me. Following are some of the quilts I have completed:

This is "Checkers" quilt from Fons & Porter, Love of Quilting Magazine. This was one of the first fully-completed quilts that I made. It was completely done on my small Singer sewing machine. I definitely struggled with the quilting on that little sewing machine. About 4 years ago, I bought a more expensive Brother machine and sewed these:

Log Cabin Star Quilt
Frivol I recently completed

Quilt I made for my Mom

I like to use my walking foot for quilting. I just purchased a new book Walk by Jacquie Gering. She gives lots of options for quilt designs using your walking foot. I am going to start working some of her suggestions into my quilting.

 I have become kind of a quilt magazine and pattern junky. I have them scattered around my house so that I can glance through them. I generally don't give them away, either. If you are like me, my tip is to buy those "sticky flags". When I look through my magazines, I put a colored flag on the patterns that I like. That way, I can find what I'm looking for faster. I have them color-coded to size of quilt. 

Also, I enjoy making bags. I like to include quilt blocks or piecing and/or quilting in my bags. Following are a few of my bags:

Downton Abbey bag

 Teapot pouch

Quilted Bag
I hope you have enjoyed my Blooming Quilters Meet 'N Greet post. Feel free to leave me a message. You can let me know if you are a quilt magazine and pattern addict, too.  You can follow me, too, if you'd like.

In closing, if you are wondering about the name of my blog - Some people call me Nettie and my cat's name is Lucky. Here she is amongst the tulips.