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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

RSC Purple

Triangle QAL FINISH!

I joined in on the Triangle QAL with the Sassy Quilter...
Heres my fabric pull that I started with, I was aiming for a male/modern
look since my supply of boy baby quilts is dwindling....

I then turned all the lovely 60 degree triangles into two of these lovely tops..

And here is my finish to add to the parade! Yay!  I barely made it!

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and check out all the other lovely quilts!

DQS Monthly

In the Doll Quilt Swap Monthly for April, my partner is 
Jill in Australia.  She asked for something
that she could hang up at her vacation home
which is on the water.

I came up with this little
beach hut themed quilt..I love it, I dont want to
give it up...but I must...dang it!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pixel Heart!

Late one night, I googled "Pixel Quilts"

Having fallen in love with the Mario BOM, I wanted more!
Found a picture of a pixel heart at 10:30pm, went into
the sewing room, laid out all the 2" squares and sewed
it together....I love it!
Jayden then told me later...
"Granny, I love that. Its for my room?"
Love that kid!

Monday, April 28, 2014

I'm one lucky Granny!

Today was a special day for my family.
My son and his wife welcomed their
second child in the world...
Cooper Joel
8lbs 6 oz  20 1/2"

Hes so perfect!

Jayden loves her little brother!  Shes so proud!

Yay! A perfect delivery and everyone is healthy!
I'm so happy!

Sunday, April 27, 2014


Heres a recent picture of my sweet grandaughter
Jayden.  She is almost 4 years old already, its crazy how 
fast they grow up!  She always carrys poor Mecca around

when she is at Grannys.  Mecca is actually Jaydens daddys
cat that still lives here with me since he moved out.  
Mecca and her sister Lucy are both 15 years old.  
I just love this picture...

Friday, April 25, 2014

Mario progess!

I fell in love with this Quilt-a-long when I saw it.  
My pal Kathy in Ohio turned me on to this
BOM, so I wouldnt have even known about it unless I
had heard about it from her...such an enabler!

Mr. Mario is coming along...Love it!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Quilts for Charity!

I have finished my quilts that I am donating to 
3 different Charitys this month. Here they are
being tested by Sleeping Beauty aka Mecca.

Three will go to Quilting911
Two will go to the Hands2HelpChallenge
One will go to a local Aids Bike Fundraiser

Monday, April 21, 2014

Quilt Doodles BOM April

Finished my row this month for the 
Quilt Doodles BOM..

Super cute stars!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Scrub Tops!

Finished up two scrub tops for a
coworker.  I used to make ALOT of scrubs
for my coworkers but I got burnt out.

I wanted to keep the rainbow one!

Friday, April 18, 2014

QBSA April Swap

My partner for April in the
Quilting Block Swap Australia is Michell.
She requested red & white Ohio Star blocks..

I made her two!  They are flying over the ocean to her now!

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Had a brain fart and decided I needed
two projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.
Had an itchin to make Churn Dash
blocks in the colors of the month.

So here they are....Pink, Blue, Teal and Purple!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Civil War DQS with Humble Quilts

I joined in a Civil War Doll Quilt Swap 
over at  The first photo is the 
doll quilt that I made for my partner Diane in Georgia...shes
received it already and was very happy with it!

My secret partner was Brandie from and 
this is the gorgeous doll quilt that I received!  
Oh my goodness, its beyond beautiful!! I immediately
hung it up in the living room...

Another fantastic swap happy!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

"Made fabric" Anvils

I finished this quilt up this week...its the "made fabric" method
that is used in the "15 minutes Play" book by 
Victoria Findlay Wolfe of BumblebeansInc.

 I made many slabs of fabric with crumbs.. and then cut out my 
block units from those slabs...heres a close up of one block below..
LOTS of little pieces...


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

In case you have ever wondered....

Why this blog is called
"Quilting with Calicos"

It isnt because I love calico fabrics although I 
do have a whole sack of those. Its because of my
beautiful Calico girls...from left to right...
Dahlia, Puka & Koi

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A miracle has occured!

My longarm is up! Its a bit of a tight squeeze
still, but it is set up and ready for me to plug
her in and get her working!

Thank you husband!

Lozenges Quilt #1

This is the first of two of these "Lozenges" quilts, it just needs a border.
  This is the leader and ender challenge with Bonnie Hunter.  Its
totally scraps, I love it!  You can find the pattern 
for free on her website under the free pattern tab.

Stay tuned for Lozenge quilt top number 2!

Block Lotto!!

I belong to the Block Lotto...when a month comes along
that I really love the block, I make the maximum
number of blocks that I can....

I made all 9 blocks that are allowed...LOVE them!
I sure would love to win more!!

Ohio Star for Karen

I belong to QBSA which stands for 
Quilting block Swap Australia

My partner Karen wanted an Ohio Star  with coordinating
star tips and center...I like how it turned out.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Triangle QAL

I am so excited about this quilt! 
I never never ever knew that triangles could be so fun!
I also never was so happy to sew them together with
that little cut off makes it so easy!

how this is turning out!

Theres still time to join in on the 
Triangle QAL...
check it out here:

Friday, April 4, 2014

Cross Stitching!

Growing up, my mom always made us kids keep our hands busy especially
when watching TV.  We learned to knit, crochet, needlepoint,
cross stitch, latch hook, paint, draw, weave, you name it!  
When my son was little, 28 years ago, I did alot of cross stitch..I recently 
picked it back up when the "Quilty Stitches SAL" came up.  Then while out one day
I wandered into our local quilt shop and fell in love with this first pattern below, 
a Vintage sewing machine!! So here is mine, stitched with Caron Wildflowers
1 ply cotton floss varigated...I love it!

Then while internet browsing on Craftsy, I came acoss this horse pattern and 
immediately thought of my friend Kim who is a big horse person.  I stitched it with
Caron Wildflowers Fiesta 1 ply floss, its my first Christmas finish for 2014!

and I havent stopped there...I am now working on another secret cross stitch project!  
Love that I have started stitching again, its perfect to take with me to work to 
work on at lunchtime...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Quilting Blocks Swap Australia Paper Piecing Group

My partner for this round in the QBSA Paper Piecing group was 
Jenell in Queensland, Australia.

She requested any star block in Blue, Purple, Teal and Yellow...

This is the block that I am sending out to her...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Blocks for Kevin the Quilter

Kevin the Quilter put out a call for help to make some blocks 
for Quilts of Valor.  Its a very simple design and he wanted solids or
tone on tone fabrics, they went together really fast and busted
some fabric! Thats always good!

These are the blocks that I sent off to Kevin...