Monday, September 18, 2017

Harvey and Sew Sweet Bee


Hello sweet friends!
Hope y'all are well?
I know it has been awhile, but things have been 
busy over here in my little nest.  Not sure really where
to start.  lol!!


We had a visit for Hurricane Harvey.   This is a picture
from our sweet neighbors across the street.  They kept an
eye on our home while we where away.  We are very lucky
and blessed to have just got water in our garage.   Our home
was safe from the flood waters.  Sweet hubby and I stayed
with our son and his bride.  Hubby and our son worked a lot 
of long hours as they both work for the local electric company.  
It feels sew good to have things some what  back to normal.


I have been doing some customer quilting,
so if  you follow me on Instagram you may have
seen some of the quilts.  Last month I bought a 
computer for my long arm, and even though I 
have worked on a computer with a quilt machine
before there is still some what of a learning curve.


Gracey from Burlap and Blossom Patterns
was Queen Bee last month.  She asked that
we make her a scrappy cactus.  (this is one
of her patterns.)  This block is 12 1/2 inches
unfinished.  If you would like to check out 
her cute patterns you can visit her shop here.
She has some of the sweetest patterns and I promise
you will not be disappointed.

Hope y'all had a wonderful weekend and you
that you get to do something you love today.

Hugs
donna

Monday, May 1, 2017

Free Tutorial Windmill's For Skyler Rose


Happy May Day!
Geez it is already May 1st, seems like
it was just the beginning of the year. lol!
For being May 1st it is a gorgeous day 
out and there is a cool breeze.  I may 
have to go do some work outside and enjoy
this wonderful weather.



May is my month to be Queen Bee in Sew
Sweet Bee.  So I drew this Windmill block
and have wanted to make it for a long time
 and name it after my sweet niece's little girl.

Windmill's For Skyler Rose

So this is the block I am asking my bee
sister's to make me.


This is what you will need to make a block

4 White 4 1/4 inch squares
4 Purple 4 1/4 inch squares
and 
1  3 1/2 inch square

The white and purple 4 1/4 inch squares
 are going to be used to make half square 
triangles.  You will need 8 HST.
You can find the tutorial on how I make my
half square triangles in this post.

The 3 1/2 inch square will be the center of
your windmill.


This is the placement on how to sew them 
together.

Your block should be 9 1/2 inches.

Hope you enjoy making this block as much
as I do.

Try to do something each day that you love.

Hugs
donna

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April Sew Sweet Bee


Hello sweet Friends!
The skies are cloudy, but the birds are
still singing and I love hearing them.


I did a little gardening in my sewing room
recently.  Denny @laughsewgarden is the 
Queen Bee this month in the Sew Sweet Bee.  
She asked us to make her a scrappy pineapple
 block.  We can use our yellow scraps and 
have fun with it.


This is the pineapple block I sent her.  If
you would like to see more you can find her
on instagram @laughsewgarden.

I am working on a secret project, but can 
show you until June.   Since it is a gift.
We are still painting our house (sigh)  so I 
try to paint a little and sew a little.  
Wish we could get rain that way
I  could stay inside and SEW.

Hope you get to do something each
day that you love.

Hugs
donna

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Flag Tutorial and My Flag Quilt


Happy Wednesday sweet friends.
Our Texas weather has been so nice.
It is a rare thing for us to be able to open
our windows without melting.  lol!
But it has been nice to hear the birds sings.


I showed my the flag quilt that I made on IG
and I have had a few people asked me about
the pattern I used.
Since I made my block smaller I thought 
I would share the measurements with you.


For the blue square cut 1  4 1/2 x 5 1/2
Cut 2  red strips   1 1/2 x 6 1/2
Cut 2 white strips   1 1/2 x 6 1/2
Cut 2 red strips 1 1/2 x 11 1/2
Cut 2 white strips 1 1/2 x 11 1/2

TIP:  I like to cute my strips a tad bit longer
for squaring up.

Sew the red 1 1/2 x 6 1/2 to a white 1 1/2 x 6 1/2
press to the red
add the a 1 1/2 x 6 1/2 to the white 
press to the red
sew on the last white 1 1/2 x 6 1/2 to the red
press to the red 

TIP:  To keep your strips from stretching I sew
each strip beginning at opposite ends each time.
If you set your seams on the dark fabric 
it is easier to press to the dark fabric



Sew a red 1 1/2 x 11 1/2 to a white 1 1/2 x 6 1/2
press to the red
add a red 1 1/2 x 11 1/2 to the white 
press to the red
Sew the last 1 1/2 x 11 1/2 strip to the red
press to the red


You now have 3 units
1 blue 4 1/2 x 5 1/2
1 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 red and white strips
1 4 1/2 x 11 1/2 red and white strips



Sew the 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 blue square to the 
4 1/2 x 6 1/2  strips
It should measure 4 1/2 x 11 1/2


(I made 24 blocks)

When you sew the 4 1/2 x 11 1/2 strips
to the upper unit this is how your block will
look.  
It should measure 8 1/2 x 11 1/2

Sashing and Corner Stone Measurements 

30 white 2 1/2 x 8 1/2 strips to sew on the right and left
sides of each flag

28 white 2 1/2 x 11 1/2 strips

17 red 2 1/2 inch squares for the corner stones
17 blue 2 1/2 inch squares for the corner stones

I alternated the red and blue corner stones on the 
2 1/2 x 11 1/2 inch sashing strips.


This is my quilt all quilted.  
I have hoarded the backing fabric
since 2005.  Just waiting to use it
on the perfect quilt.




I got my binding all made and sewn on
yesterday.  Now I just need to hand sew
it down.  That is something I usually
do at night while watching tv with
my sweet hubby.

Hope you get to do something you love today.

Hugs
donna

Monday, April 3, 2017

Sew Sweet Bee March Block


Hello sweet friends.
So sorry I have been away so long. 
Did not realize it has been a month since I
have blogged.  WoW!

We have had grey skies and some rain here in
 South West Texas.  But you know what they
say April showers brings May flowers.  At
this rate we are going to have beautiful flowers.
Just saying.  lol!


March's Queen Bee for Sew Sweet Bee was
Cathy at A Quilting Chick.   She choose a
block by Lea Anne at Podunk Pretties called
First Kiss.  I am in love with this block.  The
instructions are sew easy to follow and the pattern
is FREE.  If you would like to make this block
too you can visit here for the free pattern.  Lea Anne
also has other patterns as well that you are sure to love.

Hope you are doing something you love today.

Hugs
donna 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Red and White Quilt Finish


Happy Monday sweet friends.

I can not believe February is almost
over.  I feel like I have not got much
sewing done, I just have been piddling.
lol!  So many projects to finish but 
not sure where to start.


This red and white quilt is for a customer.
I used a mix of vintage table cloths and
quilty cotton fabric's.  For the binding I
used Lori Holt's red diagonal gingham, and
for the quilting I quilted roses.
The mix of fabrics is one of my favorite's
and I loved the way it turned out.  


I am getting ready to go on retreat in March
and I have always wanted to make my own
ironing mat.  So I found some of this Waverly
duck in my stash.  


Then I wanted to make it pretty.  Please do not look
close as this is my first time to crochet edging on 
anything.  It turned out pretty good for my first time.
But as you can see I need a lot more practice.  lol!
It was fun to do so I plan on doing it some more.

Hope you are getting to the things you love and 
listen to the birds singing.

Hugs
donna

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sew Sweet Bee February


Happy Monday sweet friends!

Today has been a rainy day.  The yard is so soggy
we can not even walk in it.  Hope you are staying
dry?


This month's Queen Bee is Amy from A Quilting Sheep
She asked us to make her a Friendship star with a heart
in the middle.  The rock star Amy is she designed the block for 
us to make her.  This was a fun block to make I just love
hearts in everything.  If you would like to make this block
you can find the pattern on Amy's blog.  Hope you enjoy
making it as much as I did.

Hugs
donna