Show And Tell

It is so inspiring to see your creations using WeddingDressBlue patterns and tutorials.  Thank you for sharing them with me:

Nina in Sweden made this smaller size Growing Up Odd quilt. She says, “This quilt is sized for a baby and will be given to a shelter in one of the slum areas in Rio, Brazil that focus on young pregnant girls that have no home, giving them education in purpose of them standing on own feet with their child/children. They are sent there by a Swedish born priest that is connected to this shelter and visit Sweden regularly and takes quilts our local Guild makes. Our Guild makes 10-15 quilts a year to every newborn baby.”  What an honor!  I am glad to help support such a cause in my small way.

Growing up odd no 1 made by bettybus

Bonnie made TWO Irish Stars quilts–Baby Stars and Violet Stars.

Liz added some sashing to her version of Flight Path.

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SewYummy made these delightful versions of Hundred Hugs and Cross My Heart.

AND, she made a Calico Rose, which was quilted mostly by her husband.  Good man!

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And Mel has been making all sort of things–love her Irish Stars variations.




Nikki made a Film at Five which will be donated to a service person in the local VA Hospital.

IMG_3526I just LOVE show and tell time.  Thanks to all who share and all who visit.  I never imagined when I started sharing my quilting that so many friends would join me.

Shine On Top Complete

A quilt for my grandson and upcoming tutorial is now a complete flimsy.

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You may recognize some of the same black and white fabrics used in my recent house quilt.

At 80″ square, it is tough to have enough room inside during the wet, snowy weather.  At night.

But you get the idea.

Friend Quilt Finish

When my friend brought me a bag of pieces she called “scraps,” she was done with this quilt. She was convinced it was ugly and never wanted to see it again.

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But, after it was assembled and quilted, I didn’t agree. And I didn’t think she would still feel the same way.

So, I took it “home”–back to her house.

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She was stunned.

We’ve all been there–tired, discouraged and unhappy because the quilt doesn’t look like we imagined. Sometimes, though, after some time away from it, we can get perspective and see that, while it isn’t what we imagined, it isn’t bad.

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I hope this quilt will bring her happiness, once she gets used to the idea that she really made a perfectly good quilt.

House Quilt Finish

The house quilt is only waiting on a finished house.

The bright doors make me happy.  And the scrappy binding to match.

I hope it will bring joy to the family of Number One Son when the time comes.

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And this is my first finish of 2019.  Seems appropriate.

ps–Based on Third Street Neighborhood pattern, if you want to give one a try yourself.  If black and white isn’t your thing, I really think it would be good in any colors–cream and brown with bright blue doors, for example…

New Project (And Future Tutorial For You)

It has been a while, probably too long, since I shared a new tutorial.  But, as part of the quilts I am making Number One Son and his family for their new house, I am creating this one.  No name yet, probably something like Shine On. Maybe.

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Colors–yellow and black.

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I have a similar idea running in red, blue and white vintage.

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So much fabric, so little time…

Black And White

Number One Son and his wife and children are building a new house. So, three quilts are on the list for that family this year: a housewarming quilt for Son and Wife, and a bed quilt for each of the boys (2).

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Here is the housewarming quilt flimsy. Wife likes black and white.

What do you think? I am thinking this may become my go-to wedding quilt.

ps–Based on Third Street Neighborhood.

Seeing Stars Finish: Three Of Three And Final Quilt For The Year

My binding fingers are a little sore, but the quilts are all done.  That is about 1066 inches of binding stitched down over four days.

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This is my version of the Seeing Stars Quiltalong hosted by Melissa.

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I love the colors and the happy nature of it.  The quilting turned out well.  And the binding makes it shine. I tried to make a nearly-reversible pieced back.  Not quite perfect, but I do like the idea.

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This fabric had waited WAY too long to be a quilt.  Maybe that is why it seems so happy;  it finally has a purpose.