Archive for the ‘Tuesday Quiltin’ Babes’ Category

Tuesday Night’s Quilt Show and Share

May 11, 2013

Melva’s Basket Quilt – Show and Share Tuesday night

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I promised a post on the quilt show and tell from Tuesday. It was a fun evening.  There were 10 out of the 12 of us there. That rarely happens that so many of us can make it. It makes for a really nice evening.


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IMG_2067Melva liked my Spiderweb so she started one of her own. She is using multiple black fabrics in the center kite area.

IMG_2068Lydia had blocks from Jan and the fabric too. She put this quilt together in her honor. Jan died of breast cancer and each of us has fabric, blocks and quilts of hers. She lives on through us.

IMG_2069  Some of the gals just went on a weekend retreat so they got a lot of projects worked on.


IMG_2070 This quilt of Lydia’s really is one of my favorites. Polka dots galore!


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IMG_2080  Luv this background fabric.


Similar blocks two different settings.





IMG_2097Can you believe this!!!

IMG_2099IMG_2100Vintage quilt.

IMG_2101and before the night was over a peak into the guest bedroom to see another wonderful vintage quilt.

Jean got this one for $10.00! Aaaack, I can’t believe it! I love it!!!!

Seasons in the Son/Sun

March 2, 2013

Seasons in the Son

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

This is the stage the block was in when I pulled it off the wall from behind my studio door. It has been there for many many years. I did not make these existing blocks. Each member in the quilt group at the time made between 4 to 16 blocks for me. I am finishing up the unmade blocks to complete the sets of 16.
Lydia in my Tuesday quilt group asked about it and I though it was time to take it down and do a couple blocks.

IMG_0384     I wanted to add some flowers into these blocks. This set of 16 blocks will go toward the top of the quilt.



The center block on the bottom is the 1st completed block this week.

IMG_0390I have spent more time just standing in front of this piece and staring at it. I want more blue in the blocks.


I am not totally convinced the brown in the 4 patch on the light blue block works for me. I doubt I will take it out but it bothers me a little. It seems to just jump out of the block. They do need to sparkle so maybe in the end it will be what it needs. We will see. I like the fabric.

I made the red star to offset the red background one. It works.


I have two more blocks to go but it will not happen tonight. I am exhausted.

(((If you click on the Category Seasons In The Sun you will see the previous post on this quilt. It is toward the bottom of the post. )))

It was a fun day. I have been attending a program for parents on Wednesdays at my son’s school.  Every parent there is Hispanic or African except myself, a school staff person and her friend. Not many of the parents speak English so there is an interpreter. Since this is the 4th week I am getting to know some of the parents. They asked for volunteers to make flowers for a festival next Monday so I volunteered and went in today. I was a little nervous because I don’t speak Spanish and I did not know if there was going to be an interpreter there. I signed in and was waiting with two of the other parents and started talking to them. It turns out the mom closest to me was not Hispanic (kind of). Tanya is Native American and Cuban and she is married to a man from Mexico. The second mom  did not speak much English but Tanya could translate for us. We made flowers out of tissue paper and two women made a very pretty banner. I was the only white person in the room of at least 12 parents. One dad came in after a while and sat with us.

I asked about Cinco de Mayo and found out Mexicans do not celebrate the date. I was told it was something Americans came up with. Mexico’s independence is in September where they hold a parade with many military in the country.  I was told that in the schools one of  the biggest celebrations they have is on Mother’s day. I like that.

The festival at my son’s school on Monday is to celebrate all the cultures in the school. The Natives Americans are singing and dancing. The African American boys will be doing a Step dance, the Mexican girls will be dancing, the Hmong children will be dancing as well. We saw  today 12 of the skirts the Mexican girls will be wearing. I am looking forward to attending. I told them about a dance that was at my older sons school that I had thought was Hmong with long ropes with balls on it that were swirled around and clicked on the floor. One of the mom’s was familiar with the dance but she said it was Argentinian.

Jan’s Quilts “Sunday’s Best”

February 23, 2013

Jan’s Quilts 100 “Sunday’s Best”

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

My inspiration for the quilt in my previous post is from Jan.

3822036594_7ba8e3f060_bPhoto taken June 23 2009 by the Tuesday quilt group to document Jan’s quilts

I like that Jan put small buttons and other embellishments on some of the women. I also like the simplicity of her quilting design on the alternate blocks. Jan used the same fabric on her background blocks. I am going with a scrappier look.

IMG_0338Jan also used the same black for the body color and I am using as many shades as I can find. More like all the family members in my family.

3822036636_c90e3819af_bHere is the label on Jan’s quilt. She names this quilt “Sunday Best” Jan named every quilt she ever made.  See more buttons on the green dress in the above picture. Jan’s signature for her quilts was her strip bindings.

Sunday Best

When I made this quilt I saw little girls

all dressed up in their very best for Sunday

School. The pattern is a variation of the

old TIN MAN block. My inspiration was

an antique quilt top I saw at Houston many

years ago. The owner was gracious enough to

let me photograph it.

Janice 2005

The label above says SOLD FOR $9000.00 Houston Quilt Show 1999.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter Jan died the women in our Tuesday Quilters group were able to select a few of her quilt items.  I wrote a post on it back at that time. In going through some of the fabrics I selected I came across some of Jan’s orphan blocks from this quilt. They are just slightly smaller than my block size.

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I could put a coping strip around Jan’s block to bring her block up to the size of mine or I could use it on my label on the back of my quilt.

It’s all about memories today isn’t it.

Red Quilts From the Tuesday Quilters Group

December 29, 2011

Red Quilts From the Tuesday Quilters Group

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

We had so much fun showing off our red quilts to each other. We had a little bit of everything. Hawaiian applique, pieced stars, applique hearts, tied pillow,  doll quilts, wall hangings and full size quilts. I enjoy sharing this time together. This picture shows what a great time we were having…especially the two front right. They were sharing a little inside joke about the Hawaiian “fertility” quilt!

One of our members lived in Hawaii for a few years. She continued to be an active member in exchanges through the mail while she lived there. She is very knowledgeable now about this type of quilting style.

There are 12 of us total. One member is a nurse and has a hard time making it to all the meetings. Our other missing member has moved about 45 minutes out of town and doesn’t drive at night any more. She just emailed us and said she will need to drop out of the group. Well we have always had a motto “Once a BABE, always a BABE”. There is a wonderful quilt shop in the town she lives in so I do see us getting together there at some point this upcoming year.

This heart quilt is so wonderful. I like the different tones of white, creams and tans for the background.  The hearts looked stuffed to me as well. I didn’t get a close enough look at it while we were together. When we meet at her house again I will have to get a closer look.

With the left over fabrics she made a little doll quilt. She has a number of little doll beds in her house that this will look lovely on.

This is one of the larger quilts. There was  a story that came with this one too because she said she was running out of white fabric and originally was going to run this diamond border all the way around the quilt. I really really really like it this way.

I just don’t know if I could ever do a two color quilt this large and sew the same block over and over.

I like to design as I go and be creative with fabric choices on a scrappy type quilt.

I do absolutely LOVE this. I just  think I would have to make one block a year and it would take me……….  6 X 8……….48 years! I would be almost 100 years old by then!

Here is a smaller quilt. It is about the same size as the one that I made. Although she has a binding on hers.

My small quilt I made back in February. Each block is a different red and each white is different as well. Some of the fabrics are more on a valentine theme. I think I will make it into a small pillow. It is tied.

With this I say I hope your Christmas was very MERRY,  I hope those celebrating Hanukkah enjoyed the lighting of the Menorah candles and time with family, I hope that those that did not celebrate the birth of Jesus used the holiday to give a gift or to spend time with a loved one and I hope we all prayed a prayer for tolerance and for…


Signature Baskets

May 4, 2011

This has been on my to do list for a long time…

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This has been on my to do list for a long time…

The Amish square in a square is not quilted yet. It is still a top. The Signature Basket quilt just needs the alternate blocks quilted. The top pink quilts was a Christmas gift from one of the members of the Tuesday quilters group I am in. The carrot quilt is finished (except for a label). No quilt is finished unless it has a label on it.

A Tribute

May 6, 2009

Invasion of the 9 Patches

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This is the “Quiltin’ Babes” at our finest! I treasure this photo and now I treasure it even more.

I found out this week that my friend Jan is dying of breast cancer that has metastacized to her liver. Nine years ago she battled breast cancer successfully. This week she went into the doctors office because she felt tired and had shortness of breath. They admitted her to the hospital and we found out last night at our Tuesday “Quilting Babes” meeting that she will not be coming home. We have been meeting every other Tuesday for 15 years.

We made a list of our phone numbers and hours we are available to go to the hospital and sit with her. May 8 2007 Jan’s husband passed away. They had a son who died of a heart attack just prior to that. Now her daughter Susie is preparing herself for another loss.

There are 12 of us in the Babes quilting group and 11 of us gathered last night to sit together. There were tears and stories and sadness and a bit of fear at the quickness and sudden change that takes place in a moments time.

As I am writing this Wednesday May 6 935am I just got an email that Jan died early this morning. She is the beautiful woman on the top row with the blue shirt over the red sweater.








Our Christmas party 2008


 January 2008 Retreat weekend at Lydia’s. I was able to lighten this photo somewhat and the updated version is on my Flickr page. May 8 2009cam-corder-pictures-28591


imga0840In this row by row Jan made the pinwheel row.








May 8 2009.

Jan’s funeral will be on Monday.

Star for Australia/Studio Bookshelves/Sunflower/Seasons

February 11, 2009

Star for Australia

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I had a request today to get involved in a group Bush Fire Quilt Project that is making blocks for quilts for the survivors of the horrible fire in Australia. My son and I quickly made 2 blocks and will put them in the mail tomorrow.

more about the details of the quilt block can be found on this site by campfollowerbags.

Bush Fire Quilt Project

Miniature for me

My studio

I am slowly doing some organizing. On Sunday I started with the bookshelves and sorted them by color. I have the books to the left and then accessories in that color to the right. It is my way of having organized chaos!

orange shelf green shelf

yellow shelf red shelf

purple shelf blue shelf

Having the bookshelves coordinated by color is just fun. It makes it more enjoyable to be in the studio. I even have a pink shelf started. It’s below

the yellow one but ends up behind the table.


The sunflower quilt is slowly coming along. I finished a 4th 49 patch this morning. I haven’t sewn it in yet. Everything is a process you know!

I am setting the fabrics aside for the 5th 49 patch. I may have to start asking the ladies in my quilt group for donations…I want each 49 patch to

have a different white/cream tone on tone and a different yellow/golden tone. So far I haven’t had a duplicate.

I did purchase some sunflower fabric last week. I added it to the group Stash Sunday.



I have to use every bit of space I have. The sunflower quilt project hangs on the front of the door. This is what has been behind the door for years.

It is called “Seasons” I wanted to call it “Seasons in the Sun” but every time I say the title I think of the song.  I then get the song stuck in my brain………….

….we had joy we had fun we had seasons in the sun….

This quilt has quite a story. It was a group project with my Tuesday quilt group. One year we could ask the other ladies to make us a block. I asked that they each choose whatever block they wanted but to make it 4″ . They could make from 2 up to 16 blocks. I gave them inspiration fabric.  My intention is to have these 16 sets around the perimeter of the quilt and then to have a garden of wildflowers in the center.  We’ll see!

Invasion of the 9 Patches

August 30, 2008

Invasion of the 9 Patches

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Tuesday Quilt Group – “The Babes” That is me with my miracle “Babe”, he was born on Sept 19 2001 shortly after 911 – about 7 weeks early. I developed HELLP Syndrome. He was 3 lbs.

Here we are last year. Christmas 2007 There are 12 of us in the group. One person is missing from this photo.

Christmas 2007

Patriotic Star Quilt

August 30, 2008

I got the quilt in a pillow case and marked the case with my name address and the quilt name and sent it off. Then on September 11th 2001 I woke with swollen feet and decided to go into the office a little late. I turned on the television to see an airplane flying into one of the twin towers in New York. I live near an airport and to this day when the airplanes go overhead and are slowing down to prepare for landing I hear the same sound I did as I watched the aircraft crash into the building. It was horrific. After days of being in shock and the quilt show coming up quickly. A quick cry went out to get as many patriotic quilts as possible hanging in the lobby of the building where the show was held. A true show of support for our country. My patriotic quilt was already hanging in the main room along with one other patriotic row by row and all the other quilts of the Tuesday quilt group. The show was a tremendous success. I attended swollen feet and all. My due date wasn’t until November 6th. On Tuesday Sept 18th the quilters met at my house. We sit around and chat, work on our own individual projects, help someone with binding, look through quilt mags that members have brought along, do a little knitting or cross-stitch and have something to drink and dessert. Well that night I had one piece of pecan pie along with two pieces of apple pie!

Needless to say I woke in the night with a stomach ache. I drank a glass of warm water. Went back to bed. Tossed and turned. Got up again drank another glass of warm water. Back to bed. Up again. This time I had to take some antacid. I had a doctors appt at 8a and said “I bet I am going to end up in the hospital”. I got to the doctors and they took my blood pressure, put me on my side and took it again. They called my doctor who was at the hospital already delivering a baby and she told them to have me come to the hospital. I got to the hospital and the doctor came out of surgery to look at my chart. They took blood work and she looked at me and said they were taking the baby in the next 20 minutes. I was going into a coma from HELLP Syndrome. Hemolysis Elevated Liver and Low Platletts. I had become allergic to the fetus. I had to call Daddy (who had just left) to turn around and come back. Within seconds I was signing forms and was being wheeled down the hall as Daddy ran out the elevator and followed the doctor into surgery. I remember the oxygen being put on my face and the big bright light behind the mask. I had a 3 lb premie who was sent to NICU. They wheeled my surgery bed into the room and moved all the incubators aside so I could get to the back of the room and see my little boy. It turns out he was the healthiest little premie in the room. He was little. Littler than he should have been. But as the doctor said, I was a lot sicker than I looked. I probably had been toxic for a while. My little guy had a 13 year old bigger brother that was anxiously waiting for him. We had tried 10 years to have a baby and then after turning 40 years old…a few years later I had a colposcopy and 3 weeks later we were pregnant. Daddy had lost his mother to breast cancer, 4 years later his sister to colon cancer, and a year after that his brother to a blood clot to his lungs. When we found out two months after the last death we were pregnant Daddy said, “I guess Mom, Sharon and Steve got together in heaven and decided it was time something good happened”.

You can see some of the patriotic green. The fabric had stars on it. One of the parameters of my quilt was the block had to either be a star or made of star fabric. It opened up more options for people and I think the final results are really nice. I sewed the label into the binding of the quilt and then appliqued it to the back. I should say I started the applique process. I was getting pretty pregnant by the time the quilt show was coming around. I lightly quilted in the ditch here and there around the entire quilt. Enough to hold the piece together. I then sewed the binding on and hand stitched the other side down. I got the label half on and decided I was done. The quilt needed to get to the show. This was around the end of the first week of September 2001.

36 different miniature squares surround the perimeter of the row by row. This is a mosaic of the different squares. I was pregnant at the time and wanted to put the quilt in a quilt show. It was one way I thought I could set a goal for myself to finish the quilt.

Cropped pics of the border so you can see all the miniature centers I did in patriotic fabrics.

Until I reached the center of the bottom row. I had to adjust the row until it laid flat. I had to either make the seam allowances smaller…a lot smaller or join the blocks together.

Life isn't always planned. You have to adapt.

The quilt wasn’t wide enough to drape over the sides of the bed so I decided on making a border around 3 sides of the quilt. I searched magazines, books and the internet for patriotic designs I enjoyed. Many of them I had to draft into a 2 1/2 inch block. It was nice that I didn’t have to follow a pattern. This was the perfect project for me because I could create as i went along.

We meet every other Tuesday. We would bring the project with for “Show And Tell”. The person who owned the quilt would have to leave the room. We rotate and meet in each others homes. We all knew the person could hear us talk as we oooohhhh’d and aaaahhhhh’d over the newly completed row. We would laugh and giggle and have so much fun.

At our final meeting when all the rows were finished we then got to see all the rows and lay them out. We discussed amongst each other which row would be best on the top…which on the bottom….what rows looked good next to each other…which were too busy to be next to each other….etc…

Then we took the rows home and got to decide the final layout.

The next person to receive the box could come up with their own design for a row as long as it followed the theme the owner of the quilt had selected. The owner decided if they wanted a consistent background and would put enough background fabric in the box for the entire quilt. I chose a scrappy look. The scrappier the better as far as I am concerned. The blocks could be any size. In the case of the flag row I ended up putting a spacer between the blocks to make the rows the same length.

This is a group project from my Tuesday quilt group. We have been meeting every other Tuesday since I would say about 1995. This is a row by row quilt. It was a really fun project. We had a pizza box and placed in it a journal, fabric in selected color scheme, and one completed row. I did the first row and then passed the box on to the next person. Each one of us could come up with our own theme. I chose a Patriotic Star theme. We could have specific requests and mine was that the quilt would not be just Red, White and Blue. I wanted yellows and greens in the quilt as well. I have always liked the crispness of the white background. It seemed like everyone was doing quilts in the tans.

Row by Row
Row by Row