Thursday, August 8, 2019


Its a Cotton and Steel Christmas in July project!
Simply Modern Christmas by Cindy Lammon
I got this book last year as a gift in the
Instagram  #getyourquiltywishesgrante
(and its a signed copy)

I have been collecting Cotton and Steel fabrics,
Tinsel and Garland lines, for some time. 

I selected a soft gray background from my stash.
White seemed stark, even though the blocks are SNOWBALLS!

This book is packed with great patterns.
But Snowball Games was my choice.

This project a lap quilt.
I thought it would be a fun sofa throw.

Lots of 2 1/2" squares to make the sashing.

On the design wall and I started thinking...
what do I really want to make!
A quilt, wall hanging?  
I often change my mind...mid stream.

I though about my guest room voila! 
A table runner to go on the hope chest.

Wall hanging to hang above it.

I am now to this point....its ready to quilt...
now I am thinking of someone who might really like this
as a quilt.   I will have to visit with her and find out
what she might like in her house.
She commented on IG that she loved this fabric and projects.
The hard part will be keeping the secret.

I have the backing...just need to quilt
unless she wants a quilt...then I have to combine
sew more sewing will be needed. 
She is worth the work...either way.

Thursday, August 1, 2019


My first project for Christmas in July sewing
is my Vintage Truck/Christmas Tree Quilt

I started this last year making Economy Blocks
The Michael Miller print seemed to say...
Add some GRUNGE and buffalo and 
I was in the truck and on my way!

I set the blocks in a soft off-gray background.

Then alternated buffalo checks to make staggered rows.
Ahhh, nice but not big enough.
Sew I added buffalo checks to build it out.

Still not big enough...
Sew I added sashing to the right sides of the blocks.

I finally found a sashing design that 
my eyes could live with.  

This lap size quilt is for my hubby, Phil and is 6'2"
Still not big enough, sew I added a border in black.
I need to make a flannel backing.
...but for all intent and purpose...
This Christmas in July project is finished to
the place I need it to be. 

I made these two pillows last year.

And to remind you...
The Vintage Truck/Christmas tree theme in my house
Oh, just a few holiday decor items here.

A simple yet pretty wreath...says
Home for the Holidays

And a peek of the Vintage Truck Tree in my foyer.
A Home for the Holiday Welcome
to all who enter.

I will have the lap quilt done by Christmas !
Stay tuned...I will be reviewing all my 
Christmas in July sewing projects this month!

Did you have any Christmas in July projects?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019


It was a spring for baby quilts.
My good friend asked me to make a baby quilt.
Her second niece is having a baby
and she wanted this pattern.

OK, its a traditional, but Debbie
always knows exactly what she wants.

Her niece has an interesting color scheme for
the new baby girl...cream, peach and sage.
Sounded more like wedding colors and I knew
finding baby print fabrics would be a challenge.

BUT we did it and this very modern take of
Winnie The Pooh fabric was just the ticket.
We found a few sage and peachy colors as well.

I made a couple test blocks because the block was
"on point" and the pooh figures had to be upright.
Well, by the time I got the blocks made...
I had 16 hours in the top alone.
The tiny pooh squares were 2 1/2'

I got the top all put together at quilt retreat in May.
Now there is 26 hours in this baby quilt.

I used the darker Pooh fabric for the backing and the border.
I had larger pieces of the Pooh prints
Sew I put them into the backing
Finally you can see what the prints looks like.

Very happy with the end result.

I used a FMQ meander again.
You just can't beat that design for a baby quilt.

Kathy Guenther, my quilty peep in crime
suggested I outline the horizontal strip of Poohs
with a frame it out.
I love this backing!

Aunt Debbie always comes up with
the best labels for the quilts
like this...

Here is the quilt on display at the baby shower.
I had never heard of this...
but all gifts were NOT to be wrapped
just put on display for all to see.
What a great idea!

And here is the beautiful family.
Two nieces on the left
Little girl in the middle has 
one of my hand made quilts.
Debbie on the right.
A very proud Auntie, indeed!

And to end this fun story...
not only did Debbie buy all the fabric,
She told me to keep what is left.
and give me a sizable tip!
I love it when someone understands how
much work goes into a quilt.
This 58" square quilt took over 30 hours to make.