Friday, September 1, 2017

Set Machine up to start quilting...

My OMG at Elm Street Quilts for September is to get at least 1/2 of this quilt quilted.

I don't know if I will get it completely quilted in September because, well, life happens.

I need to have the whole thing finished by the end of October so that gives me 2 months to have it fully quilted and bound. That's more manageable for me since I do want to echo quilt around each of those boxes and dashes. I didn't start the quilting yet, but I am envisioning some maneuvering through my sewing machine. I'm getting on it after Labor Day for sure!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Pumpkin Patch Placemats Tops

Finished my OMG for August at Elm Street Quilts OMG. My original post was here: August OMG Goal.  I haven't had a whole lot of time this month, so I am glad that I did get these tops done.


The 3 at the bottom left are for a table runner. There was another border on the pattern, but I don't know if I am sewing it the way that it is.  At first when I sewed these, I didn't know if they even looked like pumpkins, but I guess they do. I actually do need some placemats so, hopefully, I can get these quilted and bound for Thanksgiving!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Pumpkin Patch OMG

I've had this kit for placemats and table runner for years, so I think it's about time to sew them. I won't say that I will have them quilted and bound (although, that would be nice), but since it is still Summer, I am just committing to the tops being done.
Linking up to Elm Street Quilts OMG -August

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A completed Quilt top.

Finished this Dash in the Box quilt top. This was my July OMG and I'm glad to say that I completed it. I enjoyed sewing this quilt top and I think it is kind of unique.



I want to have this quilted and bound in Fall for a Birthday present for my son. He moved into a new house and I thought he could use a new quilt for his couch.
I'm linking to Elm Street Quilts July OMG Finish

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.
Lucky








Friday, May 5, 2017

Starting a Baggalista Bag

I have been wanting to sew this Baggalista for a while now. So I am choosing this as my May Monthly goal.

 I really need a new bag to carry because mine are getting used and abused. I like how this is a cross body bag. We do a lot of camping in the summer and sometimes we have to run to the Dollar Store or whatever. So it will be nice to be able to just sling over my shoulder. I've had the pattern, plus the fabric, for months so I need to get started.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Dash in the Box blocks

Just a quick post for my One Monthly Goal Completion for April. Finished these blocks.

Eventually, this will be a quilt for my son. Here is my original post. April OMG
Now to choose my May goal. I'm not thinking I will choose to have this quilt top completed, but I probably will work on doing that. I was getting a little tired of working on this, so I need a break from it for now.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Quarter 2 Goals

I actually forgot about the Quarter 1 Goals link up. Oh, well, I think I only finished one from my original list anyway. Following are my Quarter 2 Goals:

1.) #9 Frivol Small Table Quilt
2.) Dash in the Box quilt.
3.) One of these Baskets to use on our Camper.
4.) This quilt still needs the binding added. So that should be easy.
5.) I would like to sew this Baggalista to use when I go camping.
6.) Finish this Frivol. I do have it started.
7.) I would like to sew this apple pouch. Maybe I will get it done.
8.) One or both of these Minis.
Linking up my Q2 Goals. Q2 Finish Along at She Can Quilt






Dash in the Box Blocks

For my April OMG, I would like to finish the remainder of the blocks for this quilt.
I think this is a unique geometric-shaped quilt, so I am sewing this for my son. I have one set of the blocks sewn and would like to finish the rest for the quilt top by the end of the month. 
I am using very similar colors as this magazine pattern. I think my son will like it for his couch.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Elvis Poolside Tote

I decided to sew another Poolside Tote because I used my other one a lot for the past 2 Summers. It is a nice size to carry a few towels and other necessary stuff. I've had this Elvis fabric in my stash for a while so I thought it would work for this beach bag.
 I used Annie's Soft n Stable and quilted straight lines so it does stand up on its own.

 I thought it turned out pretty cute.  
The lining was getting on my nerves because it didn't want to sit in the bag well, even though I had trimmed off more at the top to fit. I think the fabric was just too flimsy for this large of a bag. I think I should have interfaced the lining and it would have made it stiffer. It will work fine, though. I am going to tack it a couple places through the seams.
This is the inside slip pocket.

And this is the inside zip pocket. I used these "crowns" for The King.
This Elvis beach bag was on my March One Monthly Goal. And here was my Original Post 



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Frivolous Purchase

Trying to work my way through these Frivols that I purchased. I bought these monthly, but of course, I did not have the time to sew them. The fabric is very pretty for this Little  Miss Sunshine Frivol which was #9. It is kind of "Springy" so it should look nice for Easter.
I think it is a cute design and I ended up with a lot of triangles that possibly I can use for something later on. I thought that if I don't use them as triangles, I can cut them into small squares.


I didn't purchase the backing fabric, but I have plenty in my stash that should look ok. I would like to finish quilting it in a few weeks so that I can use it for a gift.
Linking to Scraptastic Tuesday, March 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017

March One Monthly Goal

I have been wanting to sew another Poolside Tote by Noodlehead for a while, so I decided to make this project my March OMG.

This is the Elvis fabric that I thought would make a kind of fun and quirky bag to carry in Summer.
After all, Elvis is The King.

I enjoyed sewing my initial Poolside Tote and I used it constantly in Summer.  It is really a great size to throw a few towels in to take on our boat or swimming. Plus, the pattern is great and comes together nicely. Since I've sewn this in the past, I should be able to accomplish this goal.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Completed February Goal

My goal for February was to get this quilt top quilted.
I'm happy to say that I did get it quilted. My original post is here: February OMG. The basting and quilting went quite fast. I drew the crosshatch lines with my Mark B Gone pen.

I made a scrappy binding out of the leftover fabric. Also, I used a backing that I already had at home. So really, this quilt was pretty inexpensive for me, especially since I had won the fat quarters in a blog hop.  Hopefully, this will make a comfy, couch quilt.

Linking to OMG at Elm Street Quilts





Saturday, February 4, 2017

OMG February Goal

I have been debating on a couple of One Monthly Goal's for February, but I guess I will stick with quilting my recently completed quilt top.
I don't want it folded up and sitting on my cedar chest staring at me. So I am choosing this as my OMG for February -- to have this quilted by the end of February. Usually, the quilting is fun but sometimes I just dread basting the back and batting to the quilt top. I just have to bite the bullet and get on with it.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Completed OMG for January 2017

My One Monthly Goal for January was to complete this quilt top. This was my  OMG January Post.
These are just fussy-cut squares. I used a pattern "Love Patchwork and Quilting". There was a neat way of sewing the scrappy squares. They were sewn in strips and then you pick the strips out randomly for 6 squares each. It does make the pieces all different to attach to the center square.

I think it turned out pretty cute. And hopefully, I can get this quilted soon.
 
I am linking up my finish to One Monthly Goal at Elm Streets Quilts


I, also, sewed this Flora Supply Case for a sew along. It turned out cute and I will be able to use it on my camping trips. I like to take along some hand-sewing items to work on in my camper.