Delectable Mountain Variation

I finally finished these scrappy Delectable Mountain blocks.  I wanted to try some different layouts for this versatile block, so I added an extra background strip.

Samples A & B above and below, shows the Buzzsaw layout I've been contemplating.  I really love the movement in these.

Sample C is another variation that may work.  I'm going to mull these over, before I start stitching.

May your bobbins always be full,

Knitting is like riding a bicycle

My husband has been in and out of the hospital, he has cancer.  The above photos shows how I left a seam unfinished when we had to dash off to Loma Linda University Medical Center.  I don't think I've ever left a seam unfinished before!

Bob has been hospitalized 10 of the last 12 days, and the current stay has no end is sight.  I was gifted  2 skeins of Classic Elite's Princess yarn a couple of years ago, by Interweave Publishing,  They were promoting their new book, New England Knits.  I learned to knit when I was 20, but haven't picked up my needles in about 10 years.  Knitting is like riding a bicycle, you never forget.

I finished this scarf while sitting at Bob's bedside,  It was a good use of my time, it'll be nice to have it this winter.  I also read and fool around on the iPad, to fill my time.  Today I started knitting a pair of slippers, I'm using bits of leftover yarn, so they maybe patchwork-ish.

Frisco and Ben have been with us for over six months, and they've accepted the new routine.  We have fabulous neighbors, Jan and Randy, and I text them when I'll be late getting home and they are more than happy to walk our dogs for me.

May your bobbins always be full,

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Bloggers Quilt Festival

This is the TENTH Bloggers Quilt Festival I've joined, and this past June maked my 5th year quilting.   

This time I'm showing off this Delectable Mountain quilt made with Lush Uptown.  When I made the blocks I decided early on to make half of them complete blocks and half mixed, with two fabrics. Because I used 21 fat eights, I only had so much fabric to work with. I'm really please with how the quilt top turned out. I ended up with only one orphan block; talk about cutting it close!,  This quilt top measures 76" x 50", a nice size to use for napping or reading a book.

I love the quilt back, too.

The color of the quilting thread is Honey 32607, and the pattern is Old Oakky.  I love working with my long-arm quilter Janiel Miller, on this part of the process.

Thank you for stopping by my blog, browse around if you have the time.  I'm linking up to Amy's Creative Side, she does a wonderful job with the Quilt Festival.

May your bobbins always be full,

Pinwheel Memory Quilt is finished

In June, I was contacted by a young widow in Chicago about making a memory quilt for her from her husbands' dress shirts.  After some discussion, she decided to have me make two quilts, one for here and one for her 6 year old daughter.  She decided on a pinwheel design with 3 borders, for herself.  I think this is the best memory quilt!

The quilting design is called Target by Ann and the thread is Blue Mist.  The finished quilt size is 61.5 x 77.75 inches.

Her husband's favorite color was blue, so I used a lot of blue in the quilt back and the binding.  For the back I used one sleeve from 12 of the dress shirts, dissected with a blue inset.  Not only will she be wrapped in his shirts, but also in his arms.

Here are both quilts and below is a photo of all the shirts I started with.

May your bobbins always be full,

Heart Memory Quilt is finished

This quilt was made for a 6 year old girl, who'd lost her Daddy.  It's made from his dress shirts.

The quilting is Heartthrob by Ann, and we used Lucerne Blue for the thread.  The finished size is 63.5 inches square.

I pieced the quilt back using the pockets from the shirt fronts.  The pockets had been close to Daddy's heart, it just made sense to me.

I-Spy Heart Quilt - A Quilt for a Baby Logo's Heart

When we were discussing designs, this is the one the child picked.  I think my version is less childish, so she'll love her quilt for many decades.

May your bobbins always be full,


It only took a week, but it seemed much longer!  I started with this pile of fabric, pulled from my stash.

Cut the 8.5 inch squares and matched prints and backgrounds.  Marked the diagonal and stitched on both sides.

Pressed the HSTs open, I didn't take a photo of that!

Trued up 120 HSTs to a perfect 8 inch square.  Every one of them.

Now, I don't know what I'm going to do.  We have a busy week ahead, and I'm torn between starting to make the Delectable Mountain blocks or putting the binding on the two commissioned quilts I just got back from my long arm quilter.  I'll probably work on the bindings, because that's the responsible thing to do.

May your bobbins always be full,

New Blue Delectable Mountain Quilt Top

First the fabric pull, all from my stash.

Then the cutting.  I decided on 8.5 inch squares.  I really don't have a firm plan.  The Delectable Mountain quilt block is very versatile, regarding layout.  I thought I'd get the blocks made and see if they're speaking to me.

May your bobbins always be full,
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