Monday, July 21, 2014

Ziggy Granny

Have you seen the new Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts?  It is full of quick fun quilts.  I was thrilled when I got my issue for more reasons than one.  I drew inspiration from Cynthia Brunz's Bamboo Shoots and Tony Jacobson's Ode to Blanche.
 It was also very exciting to see my Ziggy Granny in print.  I had so much fun making this quilt.  I loved working with American Jane's Ducks in a Row for Moda.  I love the bright happy colors.
  Combining two favorites; Granny Squares and Chevrons made it a delight to make. Just a few blocks and it was done.
Someday I will remember to take pictures of my quilts before I send them off.  I'll share it up close and personal when I get it back.

Friday, July 18, 2014

DeRyke Reunion

Every other year we have our DeRyke family reunion.  My children look forward to it and wish it happened every year.  I made this quilt after seeing a book by Mary Lou Weidman. (Who by the way I will be taking a class from this fall.  I can't tell you how excited I am for that.)  If you've read my blog for very long you will recognize this quilt. 
 It captures my children's favorite memories of that particular reunion.
 My crazy aunts and uncles, their children, grandchildren, and even a few great grandchildren will all attend.
 I can't wait to see my sisters; Lori, from California and Julie, from Texas and their families.
My boys can't wait to go out in the boat with Uncle Jon and Uncle David.

So grateful for my family and this great opportunity to see everyone again.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Owl You Need Is Love

You may remember this little piece I made a while back with a frame I had found at a garage sale.  I had so much fun making it I knew I wanted to make more.  So I've been on a quest to find fun frame to fill.  Well, I hit the jackpot at a recent garage sale.  Five fun yellow frames for a steal.  Yesterday DD and I set about filling some.  DD is into owls right now so I thought it would be fun to make one to put in her room.  I did a rough sketch and set about cutting out pieces.    
 I still need to sew everything down.  I  found a few buttons in my button box for the eyes.  They don't match and I thought I might make a run to the store to get matching ones.  But the mismatched ones are growing on me.  I placed the frame over it to get an idea of how it will all look.
Makes me want to finish it up and start another.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Piles of Pretty Scraps

 It's time to pick out scraps for my next Scrap Squad quilt.  I started with a more varied pallet.  Pretty pinks, oranges, yellows, blues and greens with grey for the background.  I made one block and decided I wanted to reduce my pallet.
 So I took out the pinks and oranges and added more blues and greens.  I've made several blocks now and I must say I'm lovin' it.
Stay tuned I'll be able to reveal my newest love in the middle of August.

Friday, July 11, 2014

As Promised

I promised I would reveal my finished top.  Thank you to everyone who gave their two cents on the finishing triangles.
 After much debate I finally settled on scrappy squares.  I love all the color in this quilt and adding more along the edge just seemed the right thing to do.  Now to baste quilt and bind.
 We had a great time at girls camp.  The ropes course was scary and rewarding.  Tubing the river was a blast.  Watching movies under the stars unforgettable.  Laughing and bonding with these wonderful girls priceless.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What Do You Do In The Summer Time

While I'm away I thought I'd share a few minis I've made to celebrate summertime.  Whether you like to visit the lake or drink lemonade summer is full of fun.

What is your favorite summer activity?

Monday, July 7, 2014

Time Honored Tradition

It's that time of year again; time to go to girls camp.  I've been doing this since I was 12.  Missed a few years when my boys were little.  But it is a time honored tradition and I LOVE it.  Such fun times and shown here and here.
Bags are packed and soon DD and I will be heading for the mountains for a fun week of floating down the river, hikes, braiding hair, and smores.  I'll reveal my finished Mary's Garden top when I get back.