Blogger’s Quilt Festival #2 – Dear Daughter

Aren’t Quilt shows fun?  I love to see all of the pretty colors and designs that have been sewn together by so many talented people.   I am grateful that Amy @Amy’s Creative Side has organized this fun event. If you are visiting Amy, Thank you!!!  If you are dropping by from the Festival, thank you for coming over and spending a bit of time with me❤️❤️

I have finished some very beautiful quilts this year, but none of them are filled with as much meaning and love as my Dear Daughter Quilt.  

My beautiful Dear Daughter left for school this year.  She has been and always will be a bright spot in my life.  I saw this block of the month program by Sherrie @Rebecca Mae Designs and knew I HAD to join in!

I thought of her as I sewed each block through out the year.

All of the thoughts were exactly what I wanted her to feel and know about herself

I loved the bright, crazy colors because they reflect her personality 

When she feels lonely or in doubt, she can wrap herself up in a warm hug from me wherever she may be.

She is so precious to me❤️

It has been SWEET to reminisce on this quilt today. I have so many blessings to be thankful for.  Family, friends and online friends like you.  Thank you for dropping by!  

Dear Daughter Quilt FINISHED!!

Oh my, oh my!  I am so happy to say this quilt is finished:) Yea!! Yea!!  It has been a labor of love to be sure.When  I first saw this Block of the Month advertised by Rebecca Mae Designs, I absolutely knew that I had to make one for my Dear  Daughter.  I have loved each and every chapter.  I spent my time sewing and thinking of my daughter.

I think my favorite chapter is the center.  One wild and precious life.  She is so precious to me.

Bur I really like the Nourish Faith chapter as well. Those corner flowers are so great!
I spent a very long time quilting this beauty.  It was a lot of free motion mixed with some fun motifs.I love the hearts and flowers:) Aren’t they pretty?

Here is my quilt getting ready to be trimmed for binding.  

I trimmed and then serged the edges to keep things all neat and stable while sewing the binding on.

I used my favorite  binding method to get these fantastic mitered edges and beautiful invisible front stitching.
I added a label to the back that I printed out on my computer.  I will make a blog post on how to do this soon…

And done!  And none too soon because my  dear daughter’s birthday is tomorrow!  She is going to LOVE it:)
Thank you for following along on my Dear Daughter journey.  It has been a SWEET adventure!

Desert Hiking, Family, and…Still Quilting

Happy 2017!  I hope all of your celebrations were happy and joyful.  Mine was a crazy house of Christmas and New Year fun:). I have had family staying at my house for the past two weeks. It has been a house filled with love and joyful laughter to be sure!We have had game nights, movie nights, and hiking trips in the Tucson desert.  Oh, how I love the beauty of the sun in the desert in December!  My daughter in law is not sure how she feels about this whole cactus thing…But really, look at it, the whole desert is so lush and beautiful.  Even this prickly cholla is a wondrous work of nature:)

They have all left now and the house seems empty and quiet.   I don’t know what I am going to do when my dear youngest daughter leaves for school this month.  I will miss seeing her happy, pretty smile every day.

Oh well,  it’s all part of a mother’s life.  So enough of the mushy, gushy stuff! — Believe it or not, I have found brief little pockets of time to fit in some sewing during this Palooza of a December.  I didn’t finish my Dear Daughter Quilt, but it is ALMOST there.  I only need to add the borders.  I am hoping to have it done by Friday and then quilt it next week. Yea!I thought this “Believe”chapter was perfect to work on in the month of December.  It turned out so pretty!  I am glad that I appliquéd the purple lettering in green.  I think it brings out the lower green star.Here is the pretty little green star– 

If any of you are interested in making your own Dear Daughter Quilt, you can get the pattern at rebeccamaedesigns.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog. I hope you have a healthy, prosperous, and totally SWEET 2017!

Dear Daughter Chapters 8 & 9

I am excited to say that I am  now only one chapter behind on this QAL.   By the end of the month I will have chapters 10 & 11 done as well:)  Yea!!   I can see right where they will fit in.   I really like these new blocks. I like how the “&” symbol combines the messages.   In  our family Faith in Jesus Christ  is the center of our lives. So  I changed the pattern from “Have Courage” to “Nourish Faith”.  This will  remind my daughter to always take care of the spiritual side of her life.  True happiness and strength can never be achieved without that:)

Chapter 8–The block itself  is beatiful. I like how the words of faith are sort of holding up and nourishing the bloom of the flower.  They work together so well!  

Don’t you just love those  pieced corner flowers?

I used a clear mono filament thread to appliqué the petals and flower center.  It  is almost impossible to see!

The turning of the appliqué pieces was easy as well. 

  • I traced the pattern to the smooth side of a piece of fusible interfacing.  Then  I sewed it to the fabric  with the sticky side facing the right side of  the fabric.  
  • I clipped only the facing and turned it right side out using my handy cuticle stick.
  • Now it had the sticky facing side on the back of the petal  so I just ironed it to the block and sewed it down.  Easy!

Chapter 9— I also love the message of “Be Kind”.   The flower is so so cute!Because the circle and the petals were right next to the script, I opted to use fusible paper web for the appliqué.  That way the block would all match.

Fusible web is not always easy to pull away. So I have learned that if you score it with a pin, you can bend it and easily remove the paper.

I am not sure if I am crazy about the pink petals.  I may trade them out for orange to match the satin stitch around the lettering and to pull some more orange to the bottom of my quilt.

I know it doesn’t really matter, but hey why not?  I also think the complimentary colors of the blue and orange would really make this block pop:). Ok– I’m doing it!

Well, there you have it.  Almost done now.  SWEET!   

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Thank you for dropping by!


Dear Daughter – chapter 5

I have only been able to sew here and there for a few minutes at a time these last few days, but little bits add up to bigger things.  Here is the proof!  Didn’t it turn out wonderful:)?  

This is the 5th chapter of the Dear Daughter BOM by rebeccamaedesigns.  It is so fun!!

I really like the Dresden plate block.  It is a fun technique.   It really is quite easy.  Using a Dresden ruler is the best way, but Sherri includes a pattern as well.

Cutting the fabric the right shape, folding and then chain sewing really makes the petals sew up quickly. Using the cutting gizmo just makes cutting that chain a breeze:)

After the sewing, I flipped them out and used a stiletto to get the point sharp.  Then a nice press set the angles.

The next new block was quite easy.  I like the lemonade pink and yellow. And the teal and black heart looks good too.

This quilt calls for lots of lettering, but using heat and bond makes it a breeze.  I have to use my old Pfaff Tiptronic because my Juki only has a straight stitch.

I use a paper towel behind the lettering.  It is inexpensive and works great. I just keep a roll by my sewing machine.  Instant stabilizer that tears away so easily!

This block has more of the pretty tear drop leaves and a fun bias strip vine.  It is so pretty:)

I am still a few chapters behind with this quilt, but I plan to work a little harder on it next week.   The next few chapters don’t look as intricate.  I’m sure I can get one or two more done next week.

Until next week then:)

I hope you have a SWEET weekend!