Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Three Amigos

Have been calling my name.....

Or shall we call them Larry, Moe and Curly???
Either way - they are hilarious, and Aren't sure why I was carrying a black thing into their pasture

This one - she is hungry - ALL the time

And Little Bit has a new crop of piggies...

Can you see what I see?
These little babies are soooo lazy!!

However, if there is a mouse - they are pretty quick to pounce!
Or if my shoe laces are untied!!

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Pink Sticks 2

I have a finish... I have a finish.... Say that in your most taunting voice ! The one that you used to make your siblings so jealous of you!!!   Yep --- that always makes me laugh!!

This was my Leader/Ender project for a long time!  I won't tell you how long, because, quite truly - I don't know. I just kept working on it, and working on it, until one day - it needed to become a top!!

Now it is even quilting - and - are you ready for this? To my faithful followers, you had better be sitting down.... IT!  Is!  BOUND!!!  Oh yes - it is!!!

This is me - trying the magazine drape again...
Ha ha!

A little close up of the quilting

In it's full glory
I would have taken it outside 
except it seems we are starting a new tradition here in colorado
Every time Alycia wants to take photos outside - it must rain - a lot!
( or like today - even hail!)

And a little glimpse of its crazy retro back!!!

It is for sale in my Etsy Store

Linking to:

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Quilts of Valor - Mystery Quilts

I will be the first to say - I LOVE Mystery Quilts.  I have never had one turn out bad yet - and if I did - you can't prove it  ( ha ha ha)  because 90% of the time - I let a Veteran choose them.  And you know - they always are loved, and there is someone for every quilt.

I say all that to tell you that a new Mystery is starting over at the Yahoo group called MysteryQuilts4Military  

The link to join this mystery is here:


We love for everyone to join in. however we do ask that you join the group to get the patterns, and make them for yourself, not to share the patterns with others.... If they want to make them - have them join in - it's like a virtual quilting bee..

Here are a few that have been made in the past:

Pattern for all of these can be found here:

The Next Mystery starts in the Yahoo Group on the 17th of June 
So plenty of time!!
Join in - it will be fun!!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Well..... This Happened

Yep.... One more off to college.... and leaving the nest.....

How do you think I should take over his room????

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Crafted Applique - New Possibilities - WINNER

First off - thank you all so much for showing the LOVE for Lara's new book!!!

Second - the Winner!!

Nancy over at "A little Bit of Heaven"  Is the Winner!!

Nancy I will be emailing you and we will get you hooked up with Lara to get your signed copy of her book!!

In the meantime - those of you who didn't win - head over to Lara's blog and you can purchase a copy for yourselves ;-)

Thank you all for playing along!!!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Grasshopper Pie... The final Finish!!

I introduced Grasshopper Pie to you earlier this month!  But when he had his debut.... his binding was missing!

I had the chance to get to the Quilt shop and get "the perfect" binding for him, and maybe a jellyroll for me.....

This last weekend I got to house-sit for a friend - and I took Grasshopper Pie and Ta-da!

He is bound!!!

I tried to be all artsy like the quilt magazines and use furniture - it was raining outside and gloomy.
I think I need some more practice at *draping*

The Full Quilt!!
( you can cheer now - I will hear you!)

I designed this one as another Block pattern for using up your scraps - so you can find the patterns in my Craftsy store - AlyciaQuilts Pattern Store   They are PDF's there and so easy to download ;-)

Enjoy your Friday!

Linked to:
TGIFriday at Quilt Matters
Fabric Frenzy Friday
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Quilts of Valor 2016

Good Wednesday Morning Quilters!!!

This last week ( well this one too) may have been a little crazy around here, and my Quilt Photo Helpers were not available.... unless I wanted to lug the quilts to the pig pens.... oh yuck!!!

I do have a few Quilt Photos for you though:

The quilt on the Left was made by Monica and quilted by Jane. It was a Mystery quilt from the MysteryQuilts4Military Yahoo group.  It is beautiful Monica!!

And on the Right is a BQ from Judy V and quilted by Judy V - fantastic!!

Next we have on the Left - another created by Judy V and Quilted by Her, and on the right and beauty from the Townsend Quilters in Broomfield!  it was quilted by Barb!

Ms Cathy DG and her quilters got together on National Sew Day - and this is one of the Quilts of Valor they made - Cathy Quilted it - Thanks quilters!!

Ms Liz took these photos of quilts that came her way!  This one was made by Liz and quilted by Kathy

The one below was pieced by Pat and John
and Quilted by Jeannie

This one was made by Susan E and quilted by Donna - I believe it is called Three Tours and was in a Fons and Porter magazine.

That is it for today!
Hope you enjoyed seeing these beauties!!

Go forth and Quilt!

Oh !! And don't forget to enter the Crafted Appliques Giveaway

Monday, May 16, 2016

Barn Dance - another Plaid Quilt

I may have/or have not..... but  most likely have..... started another Plaid quilt!

I have finished all of my leader ender quilts in progress, and needed a new one to fill in the blanks....

I was doing my blog reading - and Lori had a start of a quilt on her design wall.... it was sort of like going down the rabbit hole!  I traced it to JustQuiltin with Denise, and saw that she had a Quilt a long - called Barn Dance happening!!

I quickly looked at my plaid stash - you know - just to make sure I had enough plaids left .... and jumped in!!!

And there you go - the start of step 1~~ !!!  Yay me!  I am sure this will take awhile, as truly I am using it as a leader ender, and cutting up leftover scraps ...should be great!!

Linking to:
Love Laugh Quilt
Cooking Up Quilts
PatchWork Times
Em's Scrap Bag

Fabric Tuesdays
Free Motion by the River
Fiber Tuesdays

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Loved Ones

One of the photo challenges was "Loved Ones" . And it was to capture candid snapshots of your Loved Ones. In my mind that meant sort of Shots in everyday life, and un-posed.   Live with my family! Un-posed just doesn't happen at all!! Stinkers - it's like they smell the camera!!!

We might have had to build a bit of fence ..so I pulled my i phone out ( if I went back to the house - they would have known something was up) and then look who looked up!!

After church ( On Mothers Day)
I suggested they make me Brownies
and I grabbed my camera - and look who popped into the shot
( he has a camera sniffer I tell ya!)

Then I pretended like I was reading the mail
and Bam!
Got one!

And again - I have another little poser!
Goofy family!

Some of my loved ones are missing....
but one is on his way back home!!

Oh - and that calls for more brownies right??

Friday, May 13, 2016

Quiltygirl: The Target Log Cabin

Oh one of my favorite'ist Clients is back at it again - She made this amazing Batik Quilt!!!

This one is on my bucket list too - and when I pulled it out - I think I may have screamed.... cuz I knew I was going to have to send it back!!

There is it on the machine!
I showed this on my Facebook page
When I was quilting it - 
and Now!!!

I get to show you the whole thing!

Check that out!!
Isn't it awesome!!!

It is such a big quilt!
It didn't fit in my quilt picture taking place!!
And it was raining outside ( again) so there was no way I was taking a chance with that!

Don't you just love that rich color?

Thanks Maxine for letting me quilt on your quilt!!

PS - If you need a quilt quilted - message me - I have some spots available!
I'd love to work on yours!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Quilts of Valor 2016

Got your Coffee??  Ready to sit back and relax?   Need some quilty inspirations?

You are welcome!!!

Here we go:

Our group had a special Sew day on QOV's National Sew day - ours was Italian Themed - and we made Lasagna Quilts ( Pattern from Atkinson Designs - in her Spring Fling book)

This first one was made by Harriet, and Quilted by Me

( here's a close up of the quilting)

This next one was made by Betty B and quilted by Me

( a little close up of the quilting)

This one ( below) was made by Deb - Harriet's Daughter
and quilted by me

And this one was made by Fern
and quilted by me

We need to give a HUGE shout out to Northcott Fabrics - they graciously helped us with our Fabrics for this day!!

(above)  This one was made by Mary and Quilted by Lois
(that's another one I want to ad to my bucket list!)

And below
Pieced by Kathy and Quilted by Connie

This one is called Fire Escape - another Atkinson Design
It was pieced by Sue S and quilted by Connie

And the last two pieces of eye candy today
Left - made by Teresa and Bob
Right - Pieced by Connie and Kathy

Both are quilted by Connie

hope you enjoyed today's Quilt of Valor show.

A few of you have asked about Groups in your area - 
here is a list of the ones they have registed so far ( and things are being added)

but - always feel free to create your own group 
There is lots of info on the QOVF.org site 
and it is fun!! Sewing friends are awesome!

Monday, May 09, 2016

The Plaid Driveby Continued:

Remember my Plaid Drive By?

Combined with some other blocks, Plaids and a little thread - it has turned into this:

And now - I am off to make a backing and get it quilted up!!   

Thank you to by Drive By Plaid People!!

Linking to:

Moving it Forward
Sew Cute Tuesday
Fiber Tuesday
FreeMotion by the River

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Crafted Applique:New Possibilities Blog hop and Giveaway!

Welcome to my day on the "Crafted Applique: New Possibilities" Blog Hop!!  

I am so excited to be included in this hop!!
AND!!! I am in LOVE with this book!!

Why is that you ask?  Well the very first sentence that I read was: "It is true that many quilters hesitate or even run the other way when it comes to doing applique...."  and I about screamed - OH MY GOSH !!! Is Lara in my house someplace??

I have long admired applique quilts, and the gorgeous items people make ... but I have been SO Intimidated by the process!!!

I sat down with Lara's book as soon as it arrived and started reading.  I told the kids to fend for themselves - and Oh ya - go feed the animals would you???  And I Kept on reading!

I was SO intrigued, and then I realized... I had all the supplies.... and I could "Possibly" do this!!

And then I started trying to pick out a project - and you know what - that one on the front cover is just calling my name!  When I was a kid we had a pink little camper that looked just like that - and my Mom and Dad took us camping in it a lot!  

BUT!!! My husband ( who is sometimes wise - but please don't tell him I said that) wondered out loud if I was jumping in to fast.  And After I glared at him - I thought - you know - maybe I should try a small little piece first.

I did - I tried something small. I had some of my photos printed on fabrics, so I thought I would like to try to applique that to a fabric that I am planning on using in a Quilt of Valor....

Here is my first attempt - It was so great - it worked just like Lara said!!!

Then!! I thought - I wonder if I can use the applique zig zag like stitch on this?  The last ( and ONLY) other time I tried applique, it  gathered and bunched and got stuck in my machine - which is why I may have never attempted it again.... but look:

It worked - no bunching, and I am learning to make better applique stitches!! Yay - I have learned so much from this book and her techniques, I really am ready to start the camper project now!! yay!!

From a complete beginner in applique, and a self taught quilter - I can truly recommend this book! It is perfect for everyone - even those a little intimated by Applique!!

Graciously Lara has offered to send "Crafted Applique: New Possibilities"  to one winner drawn on this blog post!  

So Leave a comment ( ON THIS POST) - tell me if you are an experienced appliquer' or a beginner. 

For a second chance -Leave me a second comment and  tell me if you follow me.... either here on my blog, or my facebook page Quiltygirl.com  ( and if you don't - start now and leave me a comment!!)

On May 21st, I will draw a winner and Lara will send you a book directly ;-)

If you are in a hurry to purchase this book - head to your local quilt shop and show them the love  - or head over to Lara;s blog - Buzzin Bumble  and purchase from her!

Lastly - go read these other reviews !!  

Crafted Appliqué… New Possibilities Blog Hop - May 1st to June 5th 2016








Introduce Tour   

Valerie Smith

Dana Gaffney

Lorna McMahon

Mary Schuberg


Alycia Carmin


Sherri McConnell

Lara Buccella
Guest Post

Christina Cameli

Melissa Corry


Soma Acharya


Angela Pingel

Sandra Walker

Cheryl Brickey

Judy Murphy

Yvonne Fuchs

Cindy Pieters


Connie Campbell




Cynthia Brunz




Jenn Trott-Zisserson

Paulette Horn

Sandra Jansen

Christine Sherman

Darlene Simmons

Giveaway Winners Announced!         


***UPDATE: The Giveaway is Closed - a Winner will be announced tomorrow on the blog *****