Thursday, November 26, 2015

Quilt of Indecision

I must say I have never had a quilt give me quite as much grief as this one...I bought these charm packs years ago waiting for the right project.  When saw Jenny's tutorial of the Lattice Quilt.  I knew how I was going to use these charm packs! 

Go to and search for Jenny Doan tutorials lattice quilt are going to love it. I also bought her book which has this quilt in it too. So I set out to make it last winter during my Wednesday Quilt group sessions.  I had in my mind thought that I would find a floral to use as a border much like Jenny had used. So I got all the blocks done and thought surely I would find something that would go perfectly...

I looked and looked for border fabric...I must have bought 5 pieces of fabric that I felt certain would work but they were all too busy...Most of them were Batiks...I even sewed some of them on and I did not like any of I ripped them off and kept looking...So here you have it. I found a marble that looked real close to the lattice fabric. is sitting patiently waiting for me to quilt it.(it will get done this winter...

Enjoy, Jan 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Table Runner fun....

I found this really cute fabric from a Quilter friend I met online.  She had a bolt of it and I fell in love...Now, you all know that I need more fabric like I need a hole in my head but I had this fabulous thought...."It is such a fun summer fabric that I could make table runner out of... and maybe  as a border for a quilt or throw."   Then I thought "maybe it would work for the border of a batik top that I am struggling with"  "It is so colorful and fun I can use lots of my stash to go with it!" all these thought went screaming through my head at the speed of light.  And just as quick I wrote the check and sent it off to Sue!  I waited anxiously for a couple of days for the fabric to arrive!  Oh MY goodness the fabric is as fun as I thought it would be! 

Once I decided to make table runners out of it I had to fussy cut the the borders so that I can turn them 180 degrees from each other so there is no right or wrong side to the table runner. now it's time to pick a back fabric and a coordinate fabric.  I have lots to pick from.   I will then take a 2 inch strip of the back fabric and sew the two borders onto the strip so that they are each facing the opposite direction. Then I cut 2 inch strips of the coordinate fabric and sew it to the two outside edges of my new panel. Then I take the back  and sew it on...

This is my take on the 10 minute table runner...I call it the 20 minute table runner because you are adding a couple more strips to the runner!

So here they are..What do you think?  I gave them to all my sisters and we are loving them!

A tropical flare

Close up of the babes!

My table runner
Aren't they just the cutest!  I still have a couple more that I need to send to people and I can make 5 thinking I might have to get a hold of Sue and see if she wants to sell any more of the bolt that she has because I think I could even think of more people who would love one!

Hope you enjoyed it...Happy Sewing

Love Jan

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

More Bright Baby Quilts

I have been working on Baby Quilts of late.  I have finished them all, they have been sent and received so now I can show them to you.

Last fall I found some really sweet Jelly Rolls (on sale) that I thought would make great quilts for the three new babies due to arrive starting in early December and continuing into January of 2015.  I knew that one was suppose to be a little boy and one was suppose to be a little girl.  Which made picking these Jell Rolls and easy decision.  I found them on sale a Missouri Star Quilt Company.   If you have never visited their site, you ought to. (right now!) Sign up for their daily specials. I love this company and Jenny..... more on that later....back to my blog after getting a bit side tracked.

 As it turned out Landon Alexander Tietz was the first to arrive in November.  He caught me off guard since I was expecting him in mid December.  I had the quilt top maqde but it was not quilted yet!  He arrive November 19, 2015.  Landon is my first Great Grandson.  I had hoped to get Landon's quilt done before Christmas so his Aunt Elizabeth could take it home to him but the holiday mad house got in the way.  I sent it  to him in mid January instead.  I used a pretty blue Minky on the back.  It makes a baby quilt so soft!

Landon's Bright Quilt
Merry Christmas from Great Grandma Jan

Then came Isabelle Semp, my great niece, who arrived on December 17.  She was a little passed her due date.   Isabella got this sweet pastel quilt last week while her Grandma Pam and I were in Florida visiting our sister.  Derek tells me that it goes great in her room. She is a sweet little girl.  I'll have to ask the proud parents if I can post a photo of each of them.  Gotta ask first these days.

Bella's Sweet Pastel

I used Purple Minky on her quilt.  I gave her a purple baby blanket too. With any luck at all she will love purple as much as I do! 

 Things have finally settled down into the dead of winter..... and I have plenty of projects to keep me busy.  I am planning to get more blogging in to show you what I have been working on.  So stay tuned!

Happy Sewing!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Michael Miller, BOM a move and a very busy few months...

Sorry it has been so long since I have been here.  We have moved...Need I say more...Moved from Illinois to Michigan...Packed my stash last and.... unpacked it last too since I had so many other things I need to get unpacked to just setup a household!  Never want to do a move that is that far away again!!!  Not at my age...

Quilting the Michael Miller Bag

The completed bag.
 So the Michael Miller Challenge project got finished..but my BOM did not.  It has become a great bag to haul Quilt projects to my new quilt group. I have stumbled unto a great group of quilters and we sew two Wednesdays a month.  

In  the mean time,  our family is grow rather rapidly so I have been making baby Quilts...One for a Grandson, Ryan Declan Diamond, one for a Great Grandson, Landon Alexander Tietz and one for a Great niece, Isabella Grace Semp.  Two are complete and one needs to be quilted yet.  I can show you Ryan's because he has received it.  I'll send Landon's soon and after I know he has it I'll post it here. 

 Was a cute little Noah's Ark print that I was saving just for the right baby and along came Ryan. 
Close up view

Label and Minky back

I backed it with Minky and added the label.  Turned out really cute.  I hope he loves snuggling with it when he's a bit older.  It is big enough for a toddler bed.

The long arm moved successfully and is now in my basement.  The laser doesn't work...I will have to look into fixing that. I got a new  SWF Compact Embroidery machine which I have not been able to get to the basement yet.  It is in the garage and man is it cold out there so...I have not used it much. I think I will hire a big burly moving crew in the spring to get it to the basement...

I'll try to do better about blogging.  Hope you are having a creative winter!

Happy Sewing,