UFO Green Tea and Sweet Beans Quilt (will complete 2020)

I purchased Green Tea and Sweet Beans in 2018 as a BOM thru mail and a local quilt shop started it as well and I joined them(you had to supply your own fabrics). The last group gathering was October 2019.

I had listed a UFO list for 2020 but started a somewhat remodeling my sewing room so my UFO list sort of stopped but I was in the middle of appliqué for GT&SB during this process, which only worked the room on weekends. So I decided to just stick with GT&SB and making it a goal to finish it up for 2020!

Completed top!

Working on borders next!


UFO's and QuiltCon

How many UFO”s do you have? Me, too many that this year I decided to join the American Pathwork and Quilting UFO challenge and try to do some catch up (but not promising, 😉 I filled up the page, 12 lines/12 months.

At the end of 2019, December, I finished a baby quilt that should have been finished in August 2019.

I tried different new techniques to me and I think they turned out pretty good. I was satisfied. Baby will not judge. Pattern name: Baby Lattice Quilt by www.diaryofaquilter And I had the perfect matching thread by Superior Threads, omni thread, color number 3082, Willow, 40wt. Quilted on HQ Sweet Sixteen.

January finish was a scrappy heart quilt for my younger sister. She had posted the picture of quilt on her social media page and I told my other sister, who also quilts, LadyRiderQuilting, lets make it for her.

We started it on September and finished piecing it up in November. we used our scrappy 2.5″ squares and the background fabric is Moda Bella solids, Lt Blue.

Setting it on point was challenging since there was no tutorial on it. Doing many researches I made it work. Challenging but enjoyable.

I made it my January UFO to quilt it. I did the best to quilt it just like in the picture of original quilt. I used Superior Threads So Fine 50wt, color 402 Pearl. Quilted on HQ Sweet Sixteen.

The original quilter/maker of this pattern named the quilt Valentine Candy Block. She (JENNR8R) has a tutorial on Quilting Board.com

February: UFO accomplished

Desert Sky by Judy Niemeyer. Started this in March 2016 and finished piecing February 2020. Fabrics given to me by a friend. I used a Hoffman Batik Bali Blenders (839-112 Dawn) to break up the business of the fabrics and added a 1.5″ narrow border then added a wide border. Not quilted.

March: working on UFO Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell.

Then we had fun at QuiltCon in Austin, Tx in late February, 2020

We also met but not pictured, (shucks): Gudrun Erla the designer of the stripology ruler. Awesome ruler, you need to get one if you don’t have it.

Jacquie Gering, of tallgrass prairie studio. She does awesome quilting with a walking foot on domestic sewing machine

Christina Cameli, does beautiful free-motion quilting on domestic sewing machine.

The Ruby Star Society Designers.

I was hoping to have met Sarah Fielke of Australia. But she was in all day teaching /lecture classes. 😦

And others we probably missed. We went for one day, not enough hours. Until next time QuiltCon.


Modern Dresden’s

I took a fun workshop thru my Modern Quilt Guild on Dresden’s. These dresden’s have straight, pointed, curved and a three-sided variation.

Workshop was given by Candyce Copp Grisham and her new book on dresden’s is an awesome tip book on all Dresden’s she has designed. Be sure to check her website, http://icandyfiberart.com

I sewed a straight edge, serendipity and a bull’s-eye Dresden. There are other varieties in the book that I still need to try.

I had the straight edge Dresden signed by Candyce.

Make sure to check out her book on Dresden’s. It is a book on how to make her Dresden designs not a pattern book. You make the dresden’s and create your own plan on using them.

Fun book. Well explained and good pictures of her techniques in doing the Dresden’s.

Happy Dresden sewing.


Queen of Scrappiness…..Bonnie K Hunter

Do you like scrappy quilts? Well then you probably know Bonnie K Hunter. I was one day checking her workshop/lecture tab on www.quiltville.com and I noticed she was coming to San Antonio, Texas and I hurried and emailed the guild that was bringing Bonnie to reserve me 3 seats. The guild was University United Methodist Church Quilt Guild of San Antonio, UUMCQG.

The reason for 3 seats is that my mother is a fan of Bonnie off social media, she watches her on her YouTube channel. And my sister has just become a Bonnie Hunter fan, she just did her first mystery quilt. Be sure to visit her blog to learn about the yearly mystery quilt pattern.

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My sisters first mystery quilt.

For myself this is my 3rd. I am not done, just started to piece the blocks together. My friend Glenda introduced me to her blog page back in 2014.

If you have never met Bonnie in person, well she is just the friendliest person ever, she makes you feel welcomed and appreciates your presence. And always with a smile on her face and laugh. She does not act highly. Very down to earth!

My mother hand piecing. She does not like electric sewing machines. She loves vintage treadle sewing machines.
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Here are everyone’s blocks.
Bonnie loved that mom and 2 daughters attended her workshop. She said she rarely gets that. Its usually 1 daughter and mom.
A selfie before beginning to sew.

So if you get a chance to take a workshop with Bonnie do so, you will enjoy it as much as we did. I can’t wipe the smile off my face. 😉


Quilt for Mom’s 75th Birthday

Hi! Can’t believe 2018 is about gone and realized I had not posted nothing for the year! Well here’s my posting for the year-end.

My mom’s birthday was in April and last December 2017 I decided to make her a quilt and thought I would be able to finish it by April. What was I thinking, LOL. Well guess what, I did not finish it for her birthday until this past November 2018. It took me almost one year. Hence my blog name!

I decided to use one of Pat Sloan free patterns from ilovetomakequilts.com Grandma’s Kitchen. I decided on this sampler since it has 25 different blocks. My mom likes a variety. If it was a repeated block it would not interest her. The blocks were fun.momspic3mompic2

For fabric I selected 30s Playtime by Chloe’s Closet, Moda fabric and for the backgrounds I chose Bella Solid 30s yellow and Bella Solid light blue.

Her pattern called for quilt as you go as rows. I quilted it on my HQ Sweet Sixteen. For the first two rows I mimicked Pat Sloan’s quilting designs she used and the last two rows I quilted on my own. I used Superior Threads So Fine #50 in color 402. It was the perfect color. Blended so well.

I decided to gift it to her at the Houston International Quilt Festival in November.part0

She has quilted in her years but always for someone else and never made the time to make one for her self. Carpel Tunnel and arthritis stopped her from quilting. (she had surgery for the carpel tunnel and she is able to quilt in short times now)

Happy New Year 2019!