Americana quilts

Americana Quilts

My friend and I both got our Americana quilts done and we are loving them!  We actually both got our Americana quilts done before the 24th of July! (Utah’s State Holiday)  Which is what our goal was!Americana quiltsI love the colors in these quilts and all of the scrappy stars and chevron stripes!  We changed up what the pattern was to make ours more scrappy and I think we made the right choice.  We wanted our quilts to be a little larger than the pattern, so we added the 3 outside borders!Americana quiltsWe started our quilts at our retreat that we did up at the cabin.  I really thought that we would be able to get the quilt tops most of the way completed at the retreat…boy was I wrong!  What was I thinking?  All of the stars are pieced and all of the chevron stripes are pieced…and the pattern was very difficult to figure out, but we did it!Americana quiltThe pattern for this quilt comes from the book “Quilted Living” by Gerri Robinson.

There are some really cute patterns in this book, the pattern that we used is called “Stars and Stripes.  There are patterns for quilts and for table runners.   But… it was very difficult to follow the directions and the fabric measurements were way off!  My friend and I bought our fabric together and we did not buy as much fabric as was called for and we still ended up with all the fabric for the borders and each of us ended up with extra blue fabric.  It is okay because we both love anything Americana, but if you really don’t need all that fabric it is not good to have so much extra.  Once we finally figured out the pattern, we decided that it we should make another quilt because we had figured it all out.  I actually talked to another lady that made the same quilt and she just made up her own pattern on part of it!Americana Quilts

Here is a close-up of the stars and chevron!  I quilted both of the quilts and I just did an all-over pattern with a few stars scattered around it.Americana quiltsI hung my Americana quilt in the entryway and it hangs over the railing.  It makes quite a statement from the front door!  I will leave it here for the rest of the summer.best friendsIt is so fun to  have a best friend that loves what you love!  Thanks Kathy!  I think that we kept each other motivated to get our quilts done as quick as we did…even when life got in the way!  Now we have a new project that we are both working on, some of the Lori Holt Farm Girl Vintage blocks.  So we will have to encourage each other to keep working on these blocks!

Farm Girl Vintage quilt book

I am so lucky to have such a great friend.  Everyone thinks that we are sisters and when we get asked that question…we just laugh and say yes!

Do you have a best friend that you can do fun things with, whether it be crafts, hiking, exercising, sewing, quilting, gardening or whatever floats your boat?  Maybe your best friend really is a sister or a relative.  It is just so fun that we have friends and that we share some of the same interests.

Thanks for visiting today…Go spend some time with a good friend, you’ll be glad you did!

July 24, 2015

Our 24th of July Family Party

We had a fun 24th of July family party last weekend.  It was great because we had our entire family!  That does not seem to happen as much as it used to when the kids were all smaller…funny how that happens!

We went up to our family property for a little fishing, 4-wheeling, games and a great time being with one another.July 24th,2015 (more…)

Citrus Infused Vinegar

Citrus Infused Vinegar!

Have any of you tried Citrus Infused Vinegar for cleaning?  My oh My…I love that I can clean with vinegar but have a fresh citrus smell!  It doesn’t get a whole lot better than that!  

Citrus Infused VinegarI made a batch of this vinegar and I fell in love immediately with the fresh smell and the wonderful cleaning job that it does.  You can use this on your wood floors, your tile, your bathrooms,  on mirrors…really about any cleaning job you might have!  I used this on a stainless steel drinking fountain and it made it shine as well as smell good! 

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Guest Post over at Tatertots and Jello

Today I am super excited to be doing a guest post over at Tatertots and Jello!  I have some fun projects using her Home+made paper line and I would love for you to join me over there today to see what ideas I came up with!

Here is a sneak preview of one of the items:arrowSo please join me over at Tatertots and Jello to see what other cute projects I came up with!

Have a great Day! 

sewing room makeover

Sewing Room Makeover Ideas

Today I am finally showing you some of my sewing room makeover ideas!  It has been a fun project to do with my granddaughter and we have enjoyed seeing it all come together!  But we would get part of it done and cleaned and organized and then we would make pillows, pillows and more pillows...so we would have to clean up that mess and then I quilted my Americana quilt in between times and had to clean that all up!  This room definitely gets used!sewing room makeover (more…)

sewing room cupboard

Sewing Room Ideas-Sneak Peek!

Today I have a little Sewing Room Ideas-Sneak Peek!

 We have been in our house for more than 18 years now and I decided that this summer was going to be the time that we started doing a little bit of sprucing up again!  One of the advantages of being an empty-nester is that when all the kids leave home and go out on their own…you get to take over their empty rooms!  And believe me…I have taken over every one of my kids rooms!  :)  We have a big bonus room over the garage and I have turned it into my sewing/quilting room!  :)  It has never really been totally organized and decorated, so I decided that this was the summer to do it!sewing room-before (more…)