Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A few UFO's no more.......

I am sure I am not alone, but I have a container full of quilt tops and blocks from many wonderful bees and swaps I have been in and I am slowly trying get some of these projects completed. So, I have a few I have been able to get done the last few months.

These blocks are from an aqua and red plus block swap. Some of these blocks I made and others were made by swap buddies. I squared them all up and put them together. I just love the maple tree outside our home, great for hanging throw size quilts in!

 This quilt is absolutely one of my favorite quilts and patterns to make. It is so improvy and fun and I LOVE how freeing it is to make these blocks. This is my "Modern Mosaic" Quilt. I have enough blocks left to make another one just this size, but I think I'll add a few more blocks to make the next one bigger, just because.

This next quilt, is mine! I love coffee and I made this one to have a retro feel from the 70's. I pulled the colors also from the coffee fabrics. I can't wait to wash it and snuggle underneath it this fall!!


This quilt is one I made from a Jelly Roll. It's called the Jelly Roll Race. The fabric line is High Tea by Jera Brandvig for Lecien fabrics. It's a great way to have a coordinating, large throw quilt and it doesn't take forever to get it done. My mom doesn't know it, but I will be giving her this quilt in the next week as her birthday present. She is a Missionary to Thailand and Burma and always tells me I don't make her anything. She sneaks away on her trips always a day or two before her birthday. I have made her table runners and different bags, but it's time for a quilt she can cat nap under when she's hanging on her leather sofa. These fabrics are so my mother too, not to mention we are both crazy about tea of all kinds!

I hope to have a few more quilts to share in the next month or two, one's that are just waiting for their finishing steps.

I am also just getting ready to work on a quilt club challenge for my Wabasha quilt group. We all received the same exact fabrics and embellishments. We can add one fabric and have to use a little bit of everything. Here's the entourage of what we have to work with....
I promise to show the finished product. I do have one of 2 ideas for it. It is due by the beginning of October. I hope I am creative enough to accomplish what I have in mind.. Blessings till next time.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Esther turns 2!!!!!


Our precious grand daughter Esther turned two on July 12th. We gathered here at the Traun home to celebrate the wondrous occasion on the 15th! Here Esther is getting ready to blow out her candles, but she's not sure what she should really do. 



I went to IKEA and and she fell in love with this little cart, so I couldn't resist getting it for her. She uses it all of the time, putting different things in there and scooting around the house when she is here at Mimi's house.  


  • Here she is wearing some of her birthday jewelry. She sure liked the big beads!




  • This girl absolutely loves chocolate!! She HAD to have chocolate cake and ice cream. This girl went through 4 single scoops of ice cream!!! You can tell what her favorites are!! 


  • I just love this sweet girl with all of my heart. She is kind and sensitive, listens very well and is very eager to learn. She loves her Mimi and I treasure every second I can spend with her and teach her and love on her. Happy Birthday Esther!!! Mimi LOVES you!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Spring is in the air!

I don't know where the time goes! I love my job, but it does take a lot of my time as well as my free time. Paperwork can definitely be overwhelming. I have put in so much extra time lately, never to recoup it of course, but I feel like I just need to play a little bit. Today I have been trying.....I made some blocks for a charity quilt and made my stash bee quilt block. I'm hive 2 this hear. I enjoy the low pressure and enjoyable experience of being in the stash bee, nice group of ladies.

So these are the blocks I made today

Brenda in my Hive 2 Stash Bee asked for this bird block with batik wings. I hope she likes it. :
  These blocks are going in a charity quilt for Hands2help. My Coast to Coasst quilt bee mate asked if we would be willing to help make some blocks. These are wonky blocks, fun and easy to make. She wanted true blues and crisp white I think these will work great for her.
  These blocks were for last month in Hive 2. Assorted shades of aqua with low volume with one side more greenish aquas then the other side. I have a lot of aquas, but don't tell my hubby. :)
 I found this really fun cofee fabric. It sure gave me a feel of the 70s so I went and found greens and oranges to compliment the coffee fabric. This top is completely pieced now, I just need to quilt it. I am still trying to figure out my backing.
  These are february bee blocks for the Stash Bee. The beloved granny square block. I love these. I have a quilt's worth waiting to be made into a quilt.
 These tumbler blocks were ones that I participated in a swap for We all sent in fabrics and the swap mama cut them into these tumblers and sent back an assortment we all share. It was time to get these pieced. I was amazed how easily the tumblers went together. This one just needs quilting too.
 For my secret pal in my River City quilt guild I made my secret pal a table runner/wall hanging. How ever she wishes to sue this. I really like how it turned out and hopefully will make one for my self for this coming Christmas season.
 This was a block I made for someone who wanted autumn colors. I am always happy to see how things finish up.

Our sweet grand daughter Esther continues to grow and amaze us how well she is learning. She has a great temperament and she loves her Mimi. Her Mimi loves her like crazy too! Here she is modeling the socks I knitted for her mama.

 Easter Sunday at Mimi's house. Esther is toodling around on her John Deere tractor. She seems to have a lot of fun with it! She also discovered she loves Poppy Seed Cake.
 I think this girl is going to get a balance bike for her birthday this summer!! She had so much fun playing on this as we were checking out some equipment my husband needs for his rehab following knee surgery and a knee infection. He has a long way to go......not as easy at all as any of us hoped it would be.
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Mom and Dad went to Las Vegas and we were blessed to have Esther spend 4 nights at Mimi's house and she did just great!! Here is breakfast.


Esther hanging with her Mimi. She just woke up from a nap. I love her so!!
Happy Spring!! The grass is green and the birds are singing!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Progress......

Are you anything like me? I have a tub full of quilt tops that just need to be quilted and bound. I love binding quilts, I'll quilt the smaller ones myself and let a long arm quilter do the bigger ones for me. I just want to keep growing in my abilities and confidence.

Meanwhile, I got 3 quilts finished in the Month of October. My goal is to get at least one done a month and to not add to my fabric stash of my own doing. I have a secret pal in my local quilt guild that has been blessing me with some of my favorite designers and I am so excited to sew!










 

I also have just the cast off of my first pair of socks to do and they will be completely done and ready to wear! I am so excited!





I got to see a very dear friend of mine! This is Maryann,from Minnesota. 
She is 82 years old, a quilter and a woman that I admire for all she has endured in this lifetime. She is always a joyful person who let's her light shine. I will hopefully see her again this spring! Hugs to you girlfriend! 




Well, I'm ready for shopping now, wanna join me?



Saturday, September 3, 2016

Labors of Love

Here in the states we as laborers are celebrating our Labor Day weekend. I am so ready for this, didn't realize it until I started sewing today. My precious hubs ordered me to take it easy and relax, well I am one who can never nap, so I decided to sew and watch the Sewing with Nancy episodes on public TV and listen to my favorite Saturday morning line up on Wisconsin Public Radio, I sure get some good laughs every Saturday morning listening to "Wait, wait don't tell me". Paula Poundstone, a female comedian, says the darnedest things and I always enjoy it. The entire morning is a joy to do my household chores listening as I so enjoy doing on Saturday mornings. :P

I have had some fun creating these last few months.

I was in the " Mad Hatter Tea Swap" and had to create something with the Alice in Wonderland Theme. My partner absolutely loved the Alice scene where she is trying to play croquet with a flamingo and using hedgehogs as balls with the queen, so I made her a wall hanging of her favorite scene. I also sent a bunch of flamingo items as she adores flamingos. I also sent a mug and some tea. She said she adored this. It was a lot of work and a true joy to make for her.

My partner, Heather, sent me these lovely banquet napkins she embroidered with Alice in Wonderland Characters. I also love these and the beautiful bright colors she selected.  I will be using these when my mom comes to visit, she loves a cuppa, as do I. 


 She also sent me a wonderful antique tea cup, I LOVE it!! Homemade black berry jam, some tea and a cute bottle with an almond cracker recipe. Thanks again Ms. Heather N.


For August in the Stash Bee Hive 5 MJ requested an improv block in these colors ways, like being at the beach with a touch of rust, this is what I cam up with. I loved making it, no patterns or directions to follow, I just put it together as it spoke to me. I got a message from her that she loves it and it actually inspired her to continue to create a full quilt in this design. Thank you MJ. My honor and I love seeing what others make as well. A great joy of quilting is to be inspired and to inspire others. 

We rebuilt our kitchen last late fall and I noticed fine scratches on my new, beautiful counter tops, so I decided to make some place-mats for the guys to use so they wouldn't do any more damage. I love my new linen look counter tops and don't want them needing to be replaced before their time. As you can see, Molly donated her tail for contrast in the picture. Again, Ms. Kitty inspector is at it again. Can't make anything without her 2 paws worth approval. :)



For September, in the Stash Bee Hive 5, Cheryl requested putty blocks in these color ways. I am tickled I had some other kitty fabric, white on white that I could use for the background, so this is a block with kitties all around.





Here is quilt kitty inspectors 1 & 2 trying to nibble on some corn on the cob. Little Debbie is the Calico on the left, Molly the Queen is on the right. 


Happy Sewing! 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Esther turns 1 year old and gets her Birthday Quilt!



Our sweetie Grand baby Esther turned a year old on July 12th! My how a year went by and how she has grown and given us such joy! We had a party here on July 16th and it was a grand time with family and friends! Here are a few of Esther's Birthday Pictures!

Esther with her Smash cake. You know I thought about "Smash Cakes". We never had them for our kids when they were little, Esther did finger poking with her cake and then wanted Meme (me) to lick the frosting off of those fingers.  



For Esther's birthday I made her her own Throw size quilt with woofies and putties on it. I also believe that every girl deserves a pink polka dot binding! I had bought a fat quarter bundle of the center fabrics minus the aqua , but there was a blue chevron fabric I didn't use, it seemed to clash, but I was tickled pink to find someone destashing a week later more fabrics from this Maude Asbury line and and so I was able to make it larger and use the rest on the back. 



The pieced backing of Esther's quilt.  

   
                             Here is a close up of some woofies and the polka dot binding.
     

Well, that's it for now, off to bed I go! 


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Swapaholic's Retreat goodies for my Secret Sister

Yay! I can finally reveal the goodies I made for my Secret Sister at the Swapaholic's Retreat!! The retreat was held last weekend the June 2-5th at Farmington, Minnesota at the Mount Olivet Retreat and Conference Center. The center had beautifully wooded grounds, a lake, a snapping turtle laying eggs and other wild life. I have so much to share about this weekend, but will break it up into separate posts.

 I had been secretly sewing for the last few months for my Secret Sister. She ended up being this great lady named Amanda from Southern California. She was a precious, kind and fun lady.


I have a sister that lives in Huntington Beach, California and know plastic bags are shunned upon in there and I actually made my sister this same bag, it's a version of a Market Bag. I made it with Bonnie and Camille fabrics as she had expressed that was a favorite designer for her. I love this bag because it folds and snaps up so you can just stick it under your arm as you go to the store and then it unfolds into this large bag, great for doing your shopping with.  

This is when it is opened up. 



This is folded up and snapped, ready to go. 

           
This wall hanging was actually my reveal gift. She had requested either a mug rug or wall hanging she could use where she works to brighten up her work area. I thought with Spring and Summer around the corner she could use some butterflies to gaze at when she was inside working.


This little basket was made for Jan for the Kitchen basket swap. It had to have a kitchen theme and then you were to place 4 fat quarters kitchen themed. I also added some hand crocheted dish clothes I had made, some bamboo spoons, a rubber spatula and a basting brush that were purple. 


For the 1 inch Hexie swap we had to make 25 hexies, I did fussy cut some of them and then we had a pattern to make a draw string bag to put them in. 





This is a little zippy pouch I made for Michelle. I stuffed it with goodies.  She said Red and Aqua were some of her favorite colors. Who doesn't like polka dots?


She also stated she needed a thread catcher and loves Cinderberries fabrics ( I am crazy about hedgehogs myself), so I made her a thread catcher/pin cushion with walnut shells so she could use it at the retreat. 


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I also made Michelle a pillow with B & C fabrics, I pulled all the red prominent fabrics from a charm pack and used this broken dishes pattern to make her a 20 inch pillow. A down pillow form was went with it, I just knew she had to fly and didn't need a puffed out pillow to try to travel with. 



 
We also had a hoop swap and I had a lady, Deb, that LOVES peace signs. So I drafted a paper pieced pattern and made her a rainbow Hexie peace sign, I see I didn't take a picture of it hooped and sized up, this is the rough cut. She was very happy with it and said I hit her right on. Glad she liked it. I was most nervous about this project.


Again, there is so much more to share, I had a secret sister that spoiled me too, so I will share that soon!

 Enjoy the heat wave! I'll leave with Little Debbie sleeping on my machine last night. She had never done that before! What a sweetie fur baby!