Saturday, January 14, 2017

January 2017

Wow, time just speeds by.  It's the middle of January already.

I did a lot of sewing for Christmas. Sewed about 14 pillowcases, 4 quilts and a wall hanging and a bathrobe. Mad dash to the very end.


Raina's quilt. 

She is 3 years old. Since I made quilts for her 2 cousins, I thought I better make her one. I asked her mother that night if she was sleeping with her quilt. She said, "Oh Yes! She wants to sleep with her Rose quilt"! .....Rose Quilt??? What Rose Quilt???
Rose Quilt. LOL!

Raina loves PINK! The fabric on the back has pink roses on it. She just cracked me up. She is also sporting 2 of her pillowcases, Minnie Mouse and Tinkerbell. Got to love it.

Logans Robe

I made Logan a robe about 4 years ago. It was time for a new one. He loved it.

Robins Wall hanging

I made it for my SIL. She hung it in her bedroom. I guess she liked it. 

Lydia's Quilt

This is a mystery quilt from several years ago made with Christmas fabrics. My mothers birthday is December 24. My goal was to finish it and have it in the mail by December 1st, so she could enjoy it the whole month. It arrived a few days later. Mom has always said she gets ripped off because her birthday is the day before Christmas.  I was pleased that she liked it enough to text me a picture. She doesn't like to use text messaging, so this told me she was in love with it. Happy daughter here!!!


This  past year has been an emotional one. Quite often I didn't take any time for myself. I started to burn out badly, though I pushed through. 2017 is also starting with many medical challenges for my family. I need a reprieve..........
With this in mind I asked my husband if I could go on retreat. With his support and blessing, I am venturing out on his 63rd Birthday for a 4 day quilting retreat. I need this!

The hardest part was trying to decide what I want to sew. This years mystery from Bonnie Hunter or make up my own thing. I finally chose "Allietare". This is a Bonnie Hunter Mystery from a few years ago. I wanted to make this quilt but  I was to ill to work on it. With the choice made, I have starched 14 yards of fabric. Cut some strips, sew some parts, and plan to cut out and make all the components so all I have to do is sew, sew, sew, sew!
I also want to bring a UFO or 2 in case I run out of stuff to sew. I am only bringing my featherweight so no actual quilting until I get home. I can't wait.

I can't wait to be in the company of people with the same love of quilting and sewing.

Happy Sewing and Quilting everyone!

Aileen in Florida

Thursday, October 20, 2016

October Sewing

Now its time to make something.  Fixed a few shorts for DH.

 My SIL ripped his quilt. He was very distraught. So I patched it with the same red fabric. My helper is Sebastian. He is 15 months and loves to watch grandma sew on the sewing machine.

Finally sewed my spools together. I really got tired of seeing them. They were made while I was recovering from neck and shoulder surgeries. It was my sewing therapy and have been working on them for 3 years. I decided to make a lap quilt instead of the full quilt. Have enough blocks left over for a baby blanket or something else.
Trying to use up the scraps when they happen. I watched a series of scrap mini videos and was inspired. Now I just have to do it!

Last week I put together my Halloween swap blocks from 2003. I am determined to sew up my UFO's. They have sat around long enough.

Today is the Guild meeting. Can't wait to see what the ladies have sewn.

Have a wonderful and creative October

Aileen in Florida

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sewing room

September - Sewing room

Time is really flying by. Just a few weeks ago school started for my grandkids. This gave Grandma and Mommy a little bit of breathing room. (Plug in Happy Dance here!!)

I cleaned up my sewing room and while I was at it, I also purchase two shelving units and a few more tubs. I spent the last few days petting the fabric. Wow! I found so many fabrics I had forgotten about. I was thinking of counting the yardage (yeah right! ) but came to my senses. I may revisit the idea another time. I found my sewing table under all that STUFF! You know the stuff....fabric crumbs that multiple while your not looking, repairs that needed to be done, half finished quilts................... and fabric purchases for new projects you don't remember purchasing.  No wonder some people call this an addiction. I call it textile therapy! We all need some form of therapy.

Fabric shelves in closet

Ruler Peg Board

Treadle and Rocketeer 
Design wall

Ironing Station &  Accquilt Go

Janome 6500 

Desk and Computer

Now its time to make something.

Happy Quilting!
Aileen in Florida

Sunday, July 3, 2016

July 2016. This and that.

Well Well. I bet you were wondering where I have been hiding. Me Too! My daughter brought it to my attention that I have not posted since Thanksgiving 2015. WOW! That really did fly by.

I have been taking care of my grandson Sebastian, who is now 13 months old. It has been a fun but exhausting journey. This is the first of my 4 grandchildren that I met on the day they were born. It was terrifying to watch him alone at first. I think I held my breath a lot. Skipped bathroom breaks and eating. I wanted to be sure he was breathing. Yes, I was acting like a new mom. I sat next to the crib and read while he napped.

One year later... I take naps when he does. He wears me out. Now that he crawls at lightening speed, he is exploring the world around him. He puts everything in his mouth.   I have him following me around the house so he will get tired, but I think I get tired first! He loves spending time with grandpa too!

I have sewn here and there these past six months. Not a lot to show because I couldn't make up my mind what I wanted to do next. I did manage to make another quilt for Charity Quilts but forgot to take a picture. Also joined in on a Jelly Roll race and I made a top. I think it was taken to a long-arm quilter to be finished.

I  made an Iron Man quilt for my SIL last year. Too many 9 patches left over. Instead of taking them apart, I decided to make his stepson, my grandson #2 a quilt with these. Louis really looks up to him. They have dressed up like Ninja Turtles and run around the house playing together. What more could you ask from a SIL.  Louis was into Super Hero's when I started this quilt. Then all of a sudden the interest is in the Ninja Turtles. I added the green Ninja Turtle fabric to frame the panel and bind the quilt. Came out better than I thought it would.  It is 66 x 84. Nice size Twin.  1 layer of cotton batting.  All that is left is to make the label. This will be for Christmas. I am hoping his interest don't change dramatically by then. LOL! DH loves it so much that he made me go outside to take a better picture.

I started a quilt for grandson #4 while my daughter was pregnant. He was a premmie so I didn't work on again until June. Its bigger than crib size, so he will have it for a while. Still have to work on the binding and add a satin ribbon tag to it. He is obsessed with tags. and chews on them to fall asleep. Hoping to have this done by tomorrow.  The corner stones are Pac Man fabric from his fathers Iron man quilt!

Worked on a UFO. Spool blocks from a Bonnie Hunter  Leaders and enders challenge. Made about 240 spools in the last two years. Now to make something with them.  I also wanted to try her garlic knot block. I used 2 1/2 inch scraps. It was easy after I watched her make them on Quilt Cam. Only made the one block but have ideas for it.

Then on to some more UFO's and a wall hanging or 2. 

Hope your 4th Of July was a happy and memorable one!

Love from

Aileen in Florida