"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11 (NIV)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Naming Blocks and Quilts

I don't know about you, but I always struggle to figure out what to name the blocks that I design and the quilts that I make.  I've been strongly reminded of that as I've been designing the Teddy Bear blocks for for the BOM, and the extra ones that I'll be posting for sale.   Another series of blocks I've struggled to name are the ones that I've submitted to QuiltMaker for their "100 Blocks from Top Designers" magazine.  Most of my quilts I end up not naming because of how I struggle with coming up with names for them.

Some of the Teddy Bear blocks I've done have been easy to name, others not so much.  Lately though I've found some inspiration in sources that are close to home......namely my family.

This lovely bride bear is named in honor of my paternal Grandmother whose first name was Lucy.  Her groom is named in honor of my paternal Grandfather, whose first name was Benjamin. (And yes, these two blocks actually use the same fabric for the background fabric....the camera did something funky with the color to the groom pic.)

Both of these two are in the bonus block series that I'll be posting for sale.

The third bear shown here is one that I had drawn up and made a couple of months ago (will be the bear for October) and had a hard time deciding on a name for, is now named in honor of my only brother and sibling, Brian whose birthday was in October.

The next two teddy bear patterns that I have designed and am ready to make the samples for will be named in honor of my maternal grandparents.

Now if only I could decide what to do with all of my block samples I'd be doing good.

How do you name any blocks you design or quilts that you make?


1. Friends who put up with my designing

2. It hasn't gotten too hot here in N. TX yet.

Late Baby Quilt finished

I finished the surprise baby quilt that I was running late in getting finished, but at least the munchkin is only 3 months old....lol.

Quilt was inspored by a picture that I saw on the internet, but I forgot to note where I saw it.  It is an easy one to customize to the amount of focus fabric that you have.   In this case I had just enough to cut 9" finished blocks after cutting the borders so that the print ran in the same direction.  The red and blue were cut slightly larger than 4.5" by 8.5", and the brown sashing was cut at 1.5" wide.  Final alternate blocks were cut to 9.5" unfinished.  Final size was approx. 40" by 50" in size.


1. Three day weekend is coming up.

2. Good time spent with friends last night over good food.

Hands 2 Help Quilt

My quilt is off to Em's Scrapbag for a cancer patient.

The quilt is 73" square, with a focus fabric featuring Iris which is my favorite flows.  Dark green and purple were used to border the iris squares.

It was a quilt done quite a few yrs ago....ok, I honestly am not sure how many yrs.   But I do know that after washing it after the quilting was finished and the binding on, I just stuck it in a tote and never used it.  Am glad to have it out of tote and on it's way to someone that will use it as it was meant to be used.


1. For the opportunity to be able to share a 'warm hug' with a person who I'll never know.

2. For the healing (bone growing to fill in around the implant) that is happening in my jaw....even tho the pain is still there.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sew 30 Sew Fun, Week 2 - Catching up

I've been sewing this week, just haven't managed to post.

Got the quilting done on this quilt and the binding sewn on.   Have it half sewn down and hope to finish in a day or two.

Also finished up this sample block for the third bonus block in my teddy bear series.   Named in memory of my brother Brian, this is Brianna who is celebrating her birthday with a yummy chocolate cake.

'1. That I've got sweet memories of my brother.

2. wonderful weather this weekend!

ScrapHappy May

Lots of playing with scraps in the last couple of weeks.

Finished up two sample blocks for the latest two block for my teddy bear series.  Benjamin Bear the groom is waiting at the altar for his bride Lucy.   Both of the bears are from scraps.  Background fabric is by Moda.   Patterns will eventually be available for both.

 Next up was pulling fabrics from my scrap bins to make a sample of the pattern I've drawn up for the online row-by-row blog hop that I'm taking part in.   All of the fabrics for the sample have come from the scrap totes, but I haven't decided which of the two sets of brown fabrics work best.   Any opinions on the pics below?

And the final round of scraps were these - 25 pairs of coordinating fabrics that will be come origami swan blocks.  I managed to get the fusible web ironed onto all of the fabrics this weekend.   Next up is tracing the pieces and then fusing them to the block backgrounds.

1. Jaw/tooth pain seems to be decreasing.....just in time for work to start on a crown while the area with the implant continues to heal.

2. Making progress on the overdue baby gift this weekend!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tuesday Progress........

Finished up another sample block for a bonus teddy bear pattern, well almost finished.    It has been decided that I need to add a candle on that birthday cake.  =)   I was going to call the bear "Brian" in memory of my brother, however I decided I'd better name her "Brianna" since the icing and hat were pink and he wouldn't have appreciated the pink....lol.  

I'll be embroidering the candle and flame with a combination of machine and hand embroider.

Pattern is yet to come for this block and for the bride bear as well.

I also almost finished quilting a late baby gift on Saturday, but the machine decided it didn't like me.  Will finish this week and post pics at that point of the finished quilt.

I've also got a pattern under way for a row-by-row that I'll be taking part in Sept. of this year.  It's been fun coming up with a pattern in a different size than normal for me.


1. Pain meds that keep most of the pain from the dental work under control.

2. A possiblility for getting more commissioned work.