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September 14, 2018
Show and Tell, "Have Faith" from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


Sharing a finish made by friend Darla Chauvin, who used my pattern, "Have Faith", for someone who was recently diagnosed with cancer.  The Have Faith pattern was  introduced earlier this year on "Confessions of a Fabric Addict" during the 2018 Hands to Help Challenge.


Darla's color palette was selected for a masculine version and is simply stunning.  Thank you Darla for sharing.

I also recently came across another "Have Faith" quilt posted at "Selina Quilts", who made the quilt for a WWII veteran.  Thank you Selina for sharing your finish.

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August 31, 2018
Kitchen Sink Quilt #1 - Finished! from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


The first set of pictures were too dark, so there I was trying to beat the rain this morning.  Using everything but the "Kitchen Sink", the first Kaleidoscope quilt is done.  For this one, I used 3 1/2" strips and a 45 degree template.  The background is a pale pink, with alternating bright fuchsia.  


The finished size is 54" X 78".  The blocks finished at 6", (9) across and (13) down -- no border.


The binding, cut on a diagonal,  was a color coordinating stripe (i.e. all kinds of colors).  


Kitchen Sink #2 is on the frame and almost ...

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June 1, 2018
Quilt of Valor, Stars Over Scott from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


Back in 2011, I designed "Stars Over Scott" as a way to use up Half Square Triangles -- there are 168 HSTs in this top, nothing else.  The Top comes together easily and when a call comes in for an Emergency Quilt of Valor, it is a great "Go-To" pattern.


Finished Size:  72" X 84" (used 6 1/2" HSTs)

Every so often, I will search Google, or Pinterest and find a new "Stars Over Scott" someone else has made.  It doesn't matter what size HST you use, the results are always the same.  The above version is without a ...

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May 11, 2018
Short Stacks Finish from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


One of my favorite patterns is "Short Stacks", published by Black Cat Creations, designed by Judy Reynolds.  Long before I became a designer for Black Cat Creations, I had already fallen in love with their patterns, especially Short Stacks.  My version finishes 56 x 70" (I left off the border).


As soon as I took this picture, I hurried and shipped it off to Texas for my Great Nephew, Kanon.  As you can see below, he is pleased.  I have a large collection of cowboy/Texas fabric and was able to pull several pieces together.  


Linking up with Sarah at ...

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April 27, 2018
Anita's Arrowhead from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee



This was a project called Anita's Arrowhead which was made last year - the process used to make the blocks was so much fun.  It's now quilted  and ready to donate to our Guild's Helping Hands program. Starting with the border, I pulled from my stash to coordinate with these colors .... perfect for a young boy at the local children's home.    


Pattern:  Anita's Arrowhead
Published:  Quiltmaker Magazine


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April 13, 2018
Mystic Ponds Finish from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


My sweet hubby installed hooks on our patio for me to take pictures (I think he was tired of holding my quilts for photos).  I had a huge box of batik scraps and decided one of my patterns, "Mystic Ponds" would be perfect.  Taking a few liberties with the pattern, I made the quilt a little scrappier and widened the border.  I wanted to only use the stash on hand, so some of the pieces were smaller than called for.    


A sneak at the backing fabric - I tend to buy large pieces when they are on sale, so they don ...

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April 6, 2018
Wedding Season! Panicked Yet? from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee

Friday Finish!  Whoop Whoop!!

Weddings styles are forever changing -- as they should be.  However, one thing stays the same....we all want to bring a very special gift to the couples closest to us.  The traditional Wedding Ring Quilt is perfect, however for those intimidated by curves, "Summer Wedding" offers an EASY alternative.

Yes, I said easy.  Once you make the little "H" units (mindless chaining), the quilt comes together quickly.

A little chat about fabric choices.  I am a scrappy quilter...it's in my genes.  However, not everyone likes scrappy!  This pattern offers fun for both types.  My ...

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February 9, 2018
Samantha Claire Finish from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


This quilt is mine!  With the first two "Samantha Claire's" traveling with Black Cat Creations, I really wanted to make one of my own.  I love to make little units as a "Leader/Enders" all year, so it came together quickly.  Perfect size to drape over my new bedroom lazy-boy chair.  


Pattern:  "Samantha Claire"
Size:  65" Square
Designed for Black Cat Creations


The real excitement -- I was able to use this fabric that I purchased about 20 years ago.  I only had 4 yards, so I kept it around until the perfect project came along -- one that would be ...

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January 12, 2018
Have Faith, Paulette's Retirement from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


Close to 28 years ago, Paulette and I began working together.  It's now her turn to begin a new journey -- RETIREMENT -- and spending more time with three little granddaughters!   When her retirement date was set, I knew the perfect pattern was "Have Faith", using colors and prints I hoped would match her perfectly.


Pattern:  Have Faith
Size:  60" x 72"

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December 15, 2017
Short Stacks, Musical Finish from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee




Short Stacks, a pattern by Black Cat Creations, designed by Judy Reynolds is one of my all time favorites...especially when I need a masculine quilt.  This particular quilt has now been gifted to Al, a great friend and work mentor who recently retired.  Al is also a gifted musician, which made it easy to choose the fabric.




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December 8, 2017
T-Shirt Quilt Finish from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


We have had a rainy week (now snowing), so I only have inside pictures of an already darker quilt.  A high school graduation gift - my first T-Shirt quilt.  I made a couple of practice blocks with old T-Shirts...so glad I did.  To those who make the T-Shirt Quilts for a living-- bless you!   


Loaded on the long arm and basted the whole quilt first, then went back and quilted in a circular pattern.


And....here it is fresh off the long arm frame.  I am hoping for a picture (outside) when presented to my great nephew.

Linking up with ...

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November 3, 2017
"Short Stack" Finish from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


My favorite GO-TO pattern, Short Stacks by Black Cat Creations was the perfect size for my third throw for our Guild's goal to finish 80 quilts and donate them to the Ronald McDonald Home, with St. Jude Children's Hospital.



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October 27, 2017
Black and White Finish from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


Another Friday Finish to share...the second quilt finished for our Guild's goal to donate 80 quilts to St. Jude's Ronald McDonald's Home for Christmas.  The pattern came from our guild's Block of the month ("Propeller").


It was my chance to use a Black/Gray/White variegated thread I picked up at the Houston Show several years ago. 


For the back, I used a safari fabric....just right for a young boy.


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October 20, 2017
Have Faith Quilt Finish from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


Our quilt guild, Cane Cutters, recently selected the Ronald McDonald Home, with St. Jude's Children's Hospital as recipients of 80 quilts for Christmas 2017.  "Have Faith" was specifically  designed for charity quilts. This is my first finish....with hopes for a couple more.


A larger Pink and White version was made last month for a Breast Cancer Awareness Fund Raiser.  This turned out to be very simple pattern for a throw size.


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October 6, 2017
Quilt Finish, Cranston Panel from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee

Our local quilt guild challenge for 2017 was to use any panel in any quilted project.  I knew exactly what I would use...a Cranston Print from the 1980's.  It was part of our mother's fabric stash when she passed away in 1987.



The panels were a little wonky, so I decided to add a few strips to frame then straighten them.  To accent the birds, I added a few filler blocks I made a while back (nothing like using leftovers)...from a book called "Link to the 30s". The other reason the filler blocks were perfect...the ...

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September 8, 2017
Retirement Quilt for Mary from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee

About a month ago, I was notified of the retirement plans of someone very special.  It took me 2 seconds to decide the color theme (anything with red -- reminding me of her beautiful red hair) and pattern, an Irish Chain variation that highlights the red/yellow/white fabrics.




Just a note about Mary...she has been a dedicated government employee of more than 37 years, which included many years as a manager.  While I watched Harvey hit my home state of Texas and now watching Irma approaching Florida, my thoughts and prayers are also with the dedicated government employees who ...

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