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Beautiful Blessings.

Hello Fellow Followers,

It’s the start of a new year, time to make new goals and reflect on past goals achieved. It’s time to make more time for others and yourself. Don’t forget to count your blessings, as well, so in turn I want to share these six beautiful quilts, with you all made by a dear friend Carolyn.

I received a batch of quilts from Carolyn, all where made with love and care for others and to help local Veterans.

The first two quilts where made for the Quilts Of Valor, they are similar in design but unique in fabrics. I Quilted both quilts with orange peels and stars and loops, they turned out wonderfully.

The next two quilts where made with panels that had beautiful deer on them. I love the quilt with the Attic window design it’s beautiful and the other deer quilt has a wonderful family of deer. I Quilted each one a little different I love how unique each quilt is.

My favorite quilt that Carolyn, sent is this gorgeous Dresden Plate quilt, with a perfect message in the center “This is the day the Lord, has made let us rejoice in it” I love the meaning and the fabrics.

The last beautiful quilt, is similar to the Quilts of Valor, with one exception it has adorable heart fabrics and a slightly different layout. I had fun quilting this one as well they all turned out so nicely,

I also Quilted up a little fish wall hanging, but somehow I forgot to take pictures of it.

Thank you Carolyn, I hope you have a blessed day!

I hope you all enjoyed these beautiful quilt pictures, until next time.

Have a Sew Happy Day!!!

Jenn

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My Memory Quilt.

Hello Fellow Followers,

It’s been a little while since my last post, so today I would like to share a very special quilt with you all. It’s a quilt made up with grief,pain, tears and immense Joy.

This is my memory quilt, in the center is my grandma’s last tee shirt, the quilt is made with all cat fabrics, from some wonderful people on Instagram in a swap that was held last year.

When I was a child and as long as I can remember. My grandma, always had a cat or two that we would pester and love on. I seen the joy it gave her to pet and love on them, they where her balm for the soul she named each one with a special name and would talk to them like children. I guess her love for cats rubbed off on me as I love cats.

But since her passing, I have been very sad I do not show it on the outside because I hate answering why I’m sad or why I can’t deal with my grief!! I have to walk this journey alone, as it is a journey only I can overcome with God’s help. I have found so much comfort in God’s word and it’s reflected in each block of this quilt.

The center cat, represents strength and Joy and everlasting Love it’s like my Grandma smiling at me I take comfort in that, the other cat blocks are my building blocks to find a path through the grief and anger to the beautiful memories I have of my Grandma the time we shared the laughter and funny things she would say to brighten my day.

Each block helped me heal my heart one stitch at a time. I’m no longer sad I’m happy that I was lucky enough to have such a special person in my life to mentor to me and to show me so much love and Kindness who guided me in the direction to God.

My wish to you all is this, if your hurting or struggling with something that weighs heavy on your heart. Talk to someone or put your Faith in God for through him we have peace and he will give you the healing that your heart may need.

So if you have noticed, I wrote the words of significance to me “My Faith Love and Joy” under the center cat along with my favorite bible verse Psalm 23. With the final words on the bottom of the quilt “Always in My Heart ”

I hope you all, have a wonderful day and may it be blessed, with the ones you hold dear in your heart.

Jenn.

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Christmas Memories

Hello Fellow Followers,

I hope everyone, had a wonderful Christmas and you received many blessings. I want to share with you all some special gifts that I made for my family.

The first quilt that I made was for my grandfather, it was made with my grandma’s jeans. It was a simple square on square quilt, with hues of blues and greens mixed together to wrap him in a warm hug, on those chilly winter days. I wanted him to know how much we love him and to give him a special memory of my grandma.

The second memory quilt I made was for my sister, it was made with all the pretty bright shirts that my grandmother would wear. A lot of them have special memories, like shirts she would wear at Christmas along with her favorite every day shirts. I made the square on square in a pixilated heart design. Then framed it with tan shirts, I top quilted free flowing feathers and added special words like, Faith and Love in the design, It turned out beautifully.

The next gift was for my parents, I took the pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts called Forest Friends and made a table runner. The blocks where made up with a bobcat,cougar,blue jay and a red cardinal along with trees and mountains. I then did a mix of free motion quilting with feathers, ribbon candy, swirls and pebbling and added there last name on one edge. It turned out fantastic, I hope you all enjoy the pictures as much as I did making these special gifts.

Until next time have a Sew Happy Day!!

Jenn.

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Everlasting Love Quilt.

Hello Fellow Followers,

I want to share with you all, a quilt that is a true treasure, it’s a vintage piece that has been in the quilt owner’s family for many generations.

I received this well worn quilt from a friend, it was handmade by her great grandmother and sewn together by her grandmother about ten years ago. It’s constructed with fabrics from many generations made up of clothing and beautiful fabrics. I was amazed with the wonderful shape it was in when I received it.

The reason for its restoration, was the previous longarmer added an aqua boarder on the quilt and tried quilting it, but with the shift in the multiple layers of different fabrics, it was heavily creased on the backing and quilt top.

The first step was simple, to carefully remove the binding along with carefully removing all the top quilting, along with the batting. Once I had this step completed I then soaked the quilt in a special soap called Soak, especially made for vintage items it removes the yellowing of fabrics and helps restore the fragile fabrics.

After the quilt had been hung to dry naturally, I then removed the Aqua boarders and boarded the quilt which is a process where you soak the quilt in your bath tub with lukewarm water then I carefully squeezed out the water and pinned it to insulation boards and stretched the quilts waviness out as best as I could allowing it to fully dry.

Once dried I then stabilized the quilt with two layers of fabric interfacing, this helps the quilt to not shift and helps the degraded fabrics to last longer and make the quilt more durable in the long run. After it was stabilized I added 4 1/2 inch white boarders to the quilt and then the quilt owner and I discussed quilting motifs.

Once the design was decided on I proceeded to start the quilting process with scrolling Feathers and large connected circles with an intertwined feather design in the center. This is where the idea for the name of the quilt came from as Everlasting Love is always infinitive and this quilt is a beautiful reflection of Love in its truest form.

Thank you DeLaine, for allowing me the honor to work on such a precious treasure, as I know how much your grandmother meant to you it’s a bond that can never be explained it’s a bond of love.

Until next time have a Sew Happy Day.

Jenn.

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The Gem Quilt.

Hello Fellow Followers,

I want to share with you a beautiful quilt, made with lots of love. This little story started off with a quilt that I received from a friend, to Longarm for Quilts for Harvey.

It was a gorgeous triangle quilt made with scrumptious Alison Glass Fabrics, long story short this beautiful quilt made its way to a very deserving home. Which in turn is where this quilt I just Longarmed is from, it’s a very special quilt for the quilt-makers daughter for Christmas.

I remember about two months back, Deirdre posted on Instagram a quilty wish for Gemology blocks to make her daughter a special quilt for Christmas. She received a variety of unique and beautiful blocks, she then stitched with love all the special blocks in to an amazing quilt.

After a slight mail issue with delay’s I received this beautiful quilt, I knew I needed to have a quick turn around time, so that way it could be gifted before Christmas. With a good day of Long arming I finished quilting it.

Once I seen the quilt I knew it needed a simple soft design, to accent the gems in the blocks, so I quilted a kite like design in the center and in the negative space I added soft swirls and curls along with a few feather’s.

It turned out so nicely, I packaged the quilt up and sent it on it’s way home, I’m hopeful it will arrive in plenty of time before Christmas.

The pictures are not the best, it’s been so dark in the PNW the last few weeks making photo taking very difficult.

Thank you, Deirdre many blessings to you!

Until next time, Have a Sew Happy Day.

Jenn.

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Christmas Blessings.

Hello Fellow Followers,

I want to share with you all a masterfully pieced quilt called Christmas Blessings. Which was pieced by Kathleen for her Niece.

This quilt was a quilt along, designed by Cherry Guidry, the quilt is called Vintage Ornaments. The fabrics used for this gorgeous quilt where from “Nordic Holiday” in White Snowflake Sweep. Appliqué pieces are from “Nordic Holiday” Fat Quarter Bundle.

“Nordic Holiday Blizzard” in Light Turquoise. The larger outer border is “Nordic Holiday” In White Snowflake Sweep. This fabric line is from Amanda Murphy for Benartex Fabrics.

Finished off with a beautiful Flannel backing called “Jingle Jangle” in a beautiful Aqua Snowflake, by The Tattooed Quilter for Riley Blake Fabrics.

This quilt was an absolute, blast to quilt I enjoyed each moment of it! The fabrics the festive design, it made me really get in to the Christmas spirit.

After Kathleen and I discussed the quilting design I started quilting her wonderful quilt top, with swirls and then accented it with ribbon candy along with corner feathers and accent triangles with swirls.

The ornament blocks, where echo quilted with small pebbling, framing the design. The free floating ornament hangers where quilted with mini orange peels and in the sashing strips I quilted large pearls and finished the design off with ribbon candy.

This quilt turned out beautifully!!! I hope your niece loves it Kathleen.

Until next time I hope you have a Sew Happy Day!!!

Jenn.

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The Season of Giving.

Hello Fellow Followers,

I know it’s been awhile since my last blog post, it was a busy November for me and my family. Now with the start of December underway, I want to reflect on this season of giving and caring. I want to share a little story with you all.

It started last summer when a older gentleman moved in next door, I first noticed him picking up garbage near my yard fence. He looked like he had seen better days and was down on his luck, I asked him why he was picking up garbage near my fence! His reply was simple I wanted your nice yard to not be littered with my garbage that had blown over during the night. I said you really don’t need to do that I can pick it up, he just commented “ok” and walked away, over the course of the summer he transformed the eyesore of a place next door in to a articulate maze of organized items.

We would see each other occasionally, when I went to retrieve my mail and we would make small talk, about the weather or what projects he was working on he seemed like a genuine soul. Kind and quiet just content on working with his hands turning trash in to treasures one day at a time. The house next door looks a lot different now it looks like a home. It may not be a pristine palace but it’s his and he takes comfort in the small things.

Last week, God impressed me to make him a quilt! After a recent conversation with him he mentioned that his older mobile home get awfully chilly on these winter nights and that’s why he will go outside at night and make a bonfire to warm up.

I felt a tug at my heart strings here is an elderly man who is just wanting to belong, wanting to have a safe and warm place to stay. It’s something we all take for granted me myself included. With this impression from God I gathered my fabrics in an array of warm Browns, oranges and wildlife prints and made him a simple square on square quilt I backed it with a soft flannel to keep him cozy and I will gift it to him soon with a care package of food.

It’s in times like these that I’m grateful for the little things that I’m so blessed to have, that’s why if I can do something that I do everyday to help bless someone else less fortunate it makes it all worth it.

My heart is happiest when I’m giving as God have his only son Jesus so we may know the true meaning of Christmas and so we may have everlasting life.

God made the ultimate sacrifice for us, so it seems only fitting for this season to help spread joy, as well as to bless someone else who may never be able to return the favor! That’s the true meaning of Christmas right.

I hope you may all have a wonderful and blessed Christmas. If have the chance help someone this Christmas you may be the blessings they have been asking for!

Jenn.

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Spirit of Texas Quilt

Hello Fellow Followers,

I want to share with you all a Texas themed sports quilt. It was designed and pieced by Kathleen, It’s truly unique and designed just for her grandson.

Since Kathleen’s grandson’s favorite teams are all from Texas, the name for the quilt was simple.

She chose a variety of wonderful fabrics ranging from, Kona fabrics, MLB Cotton Broadcloth Texas Rangers Red/Blue fabrics, NFL Cotton Broadcloth Cowboys fabrics, NBA San Antonio Spurs Fabric Black/Silver, NBA Houston Rockets PatchFabric. Kaufman Sevenberry Classiques Small Star Navy fabrics.

I love how Kathleen, designed the interlocking design that frames each square, along with the perfect piecing. It made this quilt so easy to Longarm.

The top quilting design, that was decided upon was, straight lines and stitch in the ditch along the intertwined design, with large pebbling in the small grey sashing strips. Framing  the intertwined design with loops and stars in the outer border’s with star echo quilting for the corner squares.

It turned out fantastic, thank you Kathleen for another fun quilt.

Until next time,

Have a Sew Happy Day!!!

Jenn.




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Touching lives one Quilt at a time.

Hello Fellow Followers,

I want to share with you all, a project dear to my heart. This was a donation for a local nursing home that was in need of warmth and a little love. The donation on my personal part was made in “Loving Memory of my Grandmother”.

This project actually started last year, I was trying to decide on a charitable donation for the elderly, I was actually stumped for awhile on the project at hand. I knew from previous experience, from working in nursing homes, that the elderly get chilled easily and are always wanting a fuzzy blanket on hand.

So I tested quite a few options, I  measured wheelchair’s of all makes and models to come up with a plan. I then decided to make a wheelchair quilt, that has ties on each end, so they can easily attach to the armrests of the chair while staying nicely positioned on their laps, without getting hung up in the wheels or braking system on the wheelchair’s.

After I drew up a design, I wanted to use fun fabrics and blocks that I knew would brighten there day. When they really needed a gentle hug of comfort.

I started making wheelchair quilts one right after another. Some with animals and some that where full of flowers, a few where patriotic with eagles and flags. Before I knew it I had made a total of 14 wheelchair quilts. 

The goal was 20 wheelchair quilts in all, I knew at first this would be a huge task for me. I enlisted help from a dear friend and my local Modern Quilt Guild.

Last month I received a call from the local nursing home’s director, asking if I could possibly make an earlier donation. I said sure I have ten wheelchair quilts I could donate now.  I asked my friend how many she had so graciously made so far, she told me she had made eleven.

So between both of us, we donated 21 wheelchair quilts! It was truly amazing seeing the look of pure joy, on the residents faces when we told them they could have a quilt made with love to keep them warm on the chilly days ahead.

The remaining wheelchair quilts that I have made, will be donated later this month with the guilds donation to the nursing home.

I hope you enjoy the meaning behind this post. Just remember one random act of kindness can forever change someone’s life!

Until next time have a Sew Happy Day!!

Jenn xoxo 

Photo’s of the Residents are curiosity of McKay’s Nursing Home!!




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Floral Fantasy 

Hello Fellow Followers,

I want to share with you all a stunning Floral quilt, that Gayleen carefully pieced in to a unique masterpiece. 

The blocks are simple, but yet they perfectly showcase the elegant flowers. This quilt reminds me of a warm sunny summer day!

Gayleen used the Floral fabric line called Catalina by Maywood Studio, for the quilt top and a deep purple scrolled fabric for the backing. 

I was so excited when Gayleen, requested custom quilting for her quilt, as it gave me creative freedom, to create a unique masterpiece for her. After she contacted me  about design options, I carefully studied her picture of the Floral quilt top, I grabbed a piece of paper and let creativity take it from there.

I decided on a flourishing feather motif, intertwined in a large circle, along with feathers circling the inside and the outside of the design with small pebbling accenting the center. 

I decided the secondary design to be cross hatching in a one inch grid pattern, to complement the larger rectangle’s. Along with orange peel’s with a free floating swirl in the corner square’s.

Then finishing the quilt off in the border’s with an infinity loop.

I had a blast top quilting Gayleen’s quilt it was a real treat I hope you enjoy the pictures of this wonderful Floral quilt!!

Thank you Gayleen!

Until next time have a Sew Happy Day!!

Jenn 🦋