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Friday, January 31, 2014

Doll Quilt Recieved for January

This is the Doll Quilt that I received from 
my January Partner Karen who lives in Germany!

All done in Solids, it is just beautiful!!  Her work is
just phenomenal...very nice!!

She also sent along a little minature mug rug (there in the middle) 
that matched the doll quilt and the 
gorgeous panel of fabric above...

What an awesome swap this month!

Thanks Karen!!

Flying Geese!

I belong to the "Block Lotto"

This is one of the patterns that they did last year when I wasnt
a member.  My friend Kathy in Ohio won the block lotto that month and 
made a quilt from these blocks, I just really loved it so I made my own
and busted a ton of scraps...Yippee!!

Heres the flimsy...

This is Duke...testing it out...

and of course my tested, lap approved!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Scrappy Trip!

I gotta say...I just LOVE this pattern...its so easy to do and has
such wonderful results! 

and talk about busting some scraps..this is the way to go!!

Monday, January 27, 2014

An old UFO finish!

Well, heres an oldie but a goodie!  I pieced this quilt top
about 10 years ago for our spare bedroom at our house.  It was
made with "Kansas Troubles" fabrics and a few scraps thrown in.

Right before Christmas, I told my sister to come over and take her pick of 
which quilt she would like...she chose this one..I should have known,
it is SO her color scheme....the backing is a vintage recycled 
sheet from the thrift store at at whopping $3!  Score!

Heres a close up picture.  My sister really loves it....

Merry Christmas Roxanna!!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

QBSA Swap for January

My partner for January requested a Dresden Plate Block
(insert huge groan here)
I had never made one before.  

While I was making it, I actually thought to myself that it wasnt
such a big deal, piece of cake....then I layed it out to add the final section and didnt lay flat!  UGH!!

I fixed it the best I could...but between you, me and the blogisphere...
I dont want to make any more Dresden Plate Blocks!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Celtic Solstice is a flimsy!

Wow! What an AWESOME Bonnie Hunter mystery this was!
I really enjoyed making this quilt top.  When the colors came out for this
mystery, I wasnt so fond of the bright yellow and bright greens together so 
I switched it up a little bit maker my colors more in the jewel tone range
and replacing the yellow with purple...LOVE purple!

Here are the two stacks of the 2 different blocks in the quilt...

and here is my flimsy...I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! So happy
with my fabric choices...

Of course it couldnt be a post here on "Quilting with Calicos" 
unless I showed a shot of the quilt top being cat tested and lap approved...
Heres my Dahlia...

Shes just a little "whisp" isnt she?  LOL!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Star Light Star Bright QAL

Have you heard about the new QAL over at "Happy Quilting" blog? 
Its called Star Light Star Bright.
Melissa Corry always has wonderful quilts, and awesome detailed 
instructions...this is my third quilt that I have made with her.

Here are my fabric choices for this time around...all from my stash (Yay!) 
with the exception of the background fabric which I needed 4 yds of.   

You can find the info for the Quilt-a-long on my sidebar...check it out and join
in, she is having some fantastic prizes! 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Happy Birthday!

Today is my sons 28th birthday! 
Heck, how did that happen?? Geez time flies!!
Happy Birthday Justin!
I am so proud to be your mom!!
Its also my friend Julies Birthday 
I sang both of them Happy Birthday in Munchkin today in....LOL!!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

QBSA 12" December

My December partner for QBSA requested
 a log cabin block in browns & creams..

I think this fits the ticket!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

QBSA Paper Piece Swap

My partner requested these "Sherbert" blocks...

They were pretty easy to make....would
make a lovely baby quilt...

You can find the pattern on

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Paper Piecing Fun

This was a commissioned pillow for a gal at work.  Her
roommate loves Jack Russell Terriers and has one.
So we found this pattern on Craftsy and I set to work.

Its a 12" finished pillow.  It took me most of a day to make it, 
it had alot of sections, but I think it turned out wonderful.
She was very pleased with it so thats all that counts.

Heres a picture of the finished pillow with my beloved
Singer 301A "Betsy", she was my moms machine
and she runs like a dream!! Above on the wall
is my Doll Quilt Swap quilt from Sharon Vrooman...its
a mini scrappy tumbler quilt..I LOVE it!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Jayden having a little fun

It all starts with the simplest of items...this pile of 
fabric trimmings...Yum....

 My little Jay Jay started to play with them

She thought it was alot of this little stinker!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Block Lotto for January

Here are my Chevron blocks for the January Block Lotto
We were to use any white with a purple, gray or brown.

We can enter up to 6 blocks this month so I am done!
Check out the block lotto here..its a blast!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Classic meets Modern-Block #1

Erin @ Sewathomemummy blog is having a 
2014 QAL called 
Classic Meets Modern.
The gist is to take a classic block and put your
own modern twist on it...
Heres block #1
A Polar Bear Paw Block!

I used some modern Valorie Wells fabric scraps that I 
bought from Valorie herself when I was in 
Sisters, Oregon for the Quilt show last year.
She had a ton of scrap packs for sale and I 
bought a bunch!  So this QAL seemed like a great place
to use up some of those awesome fabrics!

You can check out everyone elses blocks and all the info here:

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Celtic Solstice Blocks Complete!

Whew!  My Celtic solstice blocks are complete!  I am doing the 
smaller version this time so I have 24 of the blocks on
the left and 25 of the blocks on the right.

As you can see, I switched out the yellow that Bonnie used
for purple....not sure yet how its all going to come together
but I am excited to find out...stay tuned for an update
showing my completed quilt top in the next few days!
Linking up with Connie from
FreeMotion by the River
Linky Tuesdays!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Quilt Doodles BOM 2014

My bloggy friend Kathy from 
"Kathys Quilting Blog"
twisted....I mean I mean "suggested"
that I join in on the Quilt Doodles BOM this year.
Well, it didnt take very much persuasion when
the instructions pop up and its these 
super duper cute SNOWMEN!

I still need to add their little eyes on..
They were made using 2 1/2" squares and strips! 
Super Easy...

You can check it out here:

Saturday, January 4, 2014

RSC2014 January Blocks

Here are my string blocks for the RSC2014
for January, the color was bright
blue.  I decided to make string 
blocks this year..I made 16 blocks

You can join in the fun here:

Thursday, January 2, 2014

My 2013 finishes

Well its no wonder why I am always tired!! I never ever stop sewing!  I work a full time job, housesit and bake treats for all the holidays for wonder I am worn out!  This collage doesnt even show all my quilt block swaps, doll quilt swaps (wait, there are two doll quilts in there) or other works in progress...whew!

Its hard to believe and even crazier to show all the quilts and projects that I have completed this year.  Some of the photos are of the original flimsys, but they are all quilted and bound now.  Makes me tired looking at it.  I do love this art of quilting and it is obvious to me that I love to do scrappy bright quilts, thats for sure!  I am so grateful for all the wonderful quilty friends that I have made through blogging, they are the best and you know who you are!

Soooo, call me nuts but I already have Celtic Solstice to finish and another 3 QAL's that I am already planning to do on top of my list of monthly commitments and quilts for family and friends, not to mention commissioned quilts!

Heres my last and final quilt finish for 2013, a Christmas Scrappy Trip went to my son & his cherish each and every Christmas!  Next year there will be four of them...Yippee!

                           Happy New Year Everyone!!   Lets Sew!!!  

(Whoops! I got one photo in that collage twice!)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!!

                 May all your quilts be bright and happy
                             this year!!

                           HAPPY QUILTING!!