Monday, February 28, 2011

Red Crosses for Jenny

Here are my wonky cross blocks for Jenny. I am a huge goober and messed up the starting squares but hopefully it will add a little variety rather than throw the whole quilt off!

Block 1
Block 2

Block 3
Hope they work for you Jenny!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Blocks For Jenny

I finished some blocks for you, Jenny.  I left them large, so you can cut them down to whatever size you need.  Can't wait to see your finished quilt!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Red Hot Cross Blocks

Here are my version of the cross blocks. Hope they are what you were looking for. This was a good easy challenge and an excellent cause.

The colors are not reading well.They are brighter than they appear.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

I know I'm behind but I had to show you this...

A few weeks ago, I saw this dress on Jenny's blog. I LOVED it and wanted to make one for each of my girls. So I emailed her, got the pattern and Saturday I sewed for the first time for myself since Christmas (I have been helping the girls on a couple of 4-H projects but nothing for me.)

I picked out some nice fabric to make my own dresses for the girls but decided to make a sample dress first to see if I would need to adjust them at all and I didn't want to spend a lot of money on the samples. So the other day, my girls found some wild fabric at Walmart- 3 different prints- red, black and white. It was cheap so I bought enough to make them each one. I made them yesterday! I LOVE this pattern and I think the dresses turned out pretty cute too,especially when worn by  my sweet girls:)
The pattern is Kyoko by Patty Young, Modkids.
Thanks Jenny for the info:) Now I am ready to make the girls a couple more... after I finish my pillow and cross blocks!

ps... just for the record, my girls weren't freezing while taking these pictures:)  Yes there is snow on the ground but it was 70 degrees here today:) By this evening, all our snow was gone!

Christy's Crosses

I can't wait to see your finished project. 

Monday, February 7, 2011

cross block, pillows and other adventures

I think I told you we had the new Bella - Possibilities in from Quilting Treasures. Along with all the other projects this week-end, I made up a runner for a shop sample.  Like the rest of you, I have a hard time tossing scraps. So I bag them up and save them for 'someday', which is pretty slow in coming.  Since I'm thoroughly disgusted with how messy my sewing room has gotten, I decided the FIRST step to clean up was to stop saving every scrap!  First project later, and here are these strips, triangles and squares.....  and I can't just throw them out!  So A Dozen Quilters to the rescue!  I'm turning them into projects for ADQ!

So the scraps from this one became a comfort pillow heading to Patty,

And then I made two more cross blocks for Jenny,

and the scraps from this project will probably be baby bibs!

So I didn't exactly clear out any scraps - but I didn't keep any new ones either!!
And if any of you would like a bag of scraps, I'd love to send them to you, I have lots and lots!
Happy Scraping!

Cross Blocks

Here are my blocks. These went together so quickly, thank you Jenny for a great project this month! I will get these in the mail to you this week.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Melissa's Blocks

Hi! I made 4 blocks since they go together so quickly. Pretty fun pattern, Jenny! Anyway, the largest is 15" square and the smallest is 10" square. If you don't like the colors or if any are the wrong size, you can trim them or not use them. Sure hope they'll work for you!

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Okay I have been playing catch up. Here are my pillowcases for the orphanage in China. I thought the cowboy fabric would be fun coming from a Texan as we are known for our ranch and cowboy culture throughout the world. For those who have heard of Texas of course! =D The dots pillowcase can really be either boy or girl.Gayly I will send these out to you over the weekend. I really enjoyed working on these!

Cross block

Here is my cross block Jenny, and I hope to make a few more.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February's project

Hello Ladies and thank you in advance for your help with my project this month. 
Before I start with what my project is about, let me tell you a little background...I have a best friend.  well, bestest friend really...we coined that phase many years ago...I'm sure of it.
Jessica and I decided to be best friends during a bathroom break in 3rd grade and we have never looked back. 
We have grown up together and we are the next best thing to sisters...although i have three wonderful sisters and Jessica has...ummm, I forget exactly how many sisters, but lots since she is the baby of 17 kids.

Jessica and I met for coffee this weekend and to catch up.  I meant to take my camera for a pic of us, but forgot...but here is my favorite pic of Jessica at around 14 years old. 

I love this picture...look at her determination...proving to me that she could indeed to the splits.

Here we are about 10 years later.  We left home right after college to go to London, England, find jobs and live for about 6 months.  Time of my life.

And here is where I should have a recent picture of us, but that doesn't exist.

ANYWAY...Jessica is the most giving of herself person you could ever meet.  For the second year in a row she has accepted the leadership role of planning our cities AIDS Walk.  Helming this event is practically and second full time job for Jessica, and I asked if I could help.  I asked if I could make a quilt for raffle.  She loved this idea...every year they bring several panels of the national AIDS memorial quilt to the walk so having a quilt to raffle seems like a good idea, huh?

HERE is a link to the web page giving more information about the fundraiser.

Here are a few blocks that I have made for the quilt. 

 I would like to do a cross block quilt, much like Lucia did here:

  Lucia made this quilt, with the help of Flickr friends to comfort a family friend with cancer.  She asked that we make the blocks wonky or straight just as long as they are at least 9 inches high. 
I would like the back grounds to be red.  Here is the stack I have from my stash to work with:

red red red.  No white back
Then the cross section of the block can be made with whatever fabric you like.  I am looking for diversity!
Here is a very simple tutorial for making this cross block.

short recap:
red background for block
cross section whatever you choose
no juvenile fabrics please             
each block to measure at least 9 inches tall
theme for AIDS Walk this year is Carnivale and Vive La Rouge is the event name.
I would be over the moon if you would all make a few blocks...I'm hoping to make a large quilt

PLEASE*** please pre-wash your fabrics!!