Friday, March 18, 2016

Quilt Quazy Queen Blog Hop



Yes, that is new Minnie Mouse fabric.


Because someone I love needs a new Minnie Mouse quilt for the warmer weather.

Because I am all about being quazy about making quilts for the people I am quazy about.

Sew ...

When Marian @ Seams To Be Sew announced the

Quilt Qwazy Queens


I knew I was quazy enough to fit right in!

So I am joining my quazy quilty queen friends today.

Marian asked, "Tell us your quilting adventures, your proudest moments, how you got started quilting, show us your past projects, or make something fun and new that might be a little qwazy."

So I am here to tell you about my quazy quilting journey.

This is my first quilt ...



You can't see much of the quilt because the quilt was all about getting ready and snuggling the baby boy.  
He is less that a month old in the photo.  
He was a warm weather baby.
The cradle is also handmade by my hubby.
After two miscarriages, this was our miracle baby.

The quilt is cotton and flannel. 
I knew nothing about quilting so I just bought some pretty fabric
and stuff  that was gender neutral and I went to.
I knew nothing about fusibles.  
I just zig zagged stitched around the bear cut out
 I drew on the fabric with a pencil.
I added some eyelet trims.
I sewed some strips around the center I made.
I had no clue what I was doing.
I did not know about the need to add enough quilting to keep the puffy batting I bought from puffing up and shifting.
I knew nothing about binding.
I just decided to stitch around it pillowcase style
and turn it right side out 
and hand stitch the opening closed.

I was so happy with my efforts, I made a pillow to match!

Then I made batting stuffed bumpers to keep the baby
 from hitting his head on the sides of the cradle.  
They are not tied anywhere. 
The baby boy did not suffocate despite his mommy's cluelessness.

The quilt did not survive the many washings needed for a baby quilt.
It frayed and I hand stitched it back together
until he grew to need a bigger one.

Baby Boy will be 33 years old this year.


Yes, I made him a big boy quilt when he moved to his first apartment.
This was my first queen size quilt made about nine years ago.
The story of how I had to fix the mistakes in this one is Here.

I must have learned a few things from that first baby quilt because ...


... the one I made two years later for my second baby still exists,
although you can see the places it frayed from use.

This little quilt is 28 years old.

This purple kitty cotton and flannel applique quilt
 was also used in the cradle by my baby girl
two years later.

Apparently I was too busy with two active little boys
to make her a quilt back then.

I made no attempts at quilting for all their growing years.

Then ...
 I finally made a quilt for my baby girl when she was 18 ... 



This was made for my daughter,
because I decided My Baby Girl had to have a quilt to take with her to her new dorm room, where this photo was taken.

My Girl and I went on a shopping expedition and
I let her pick the fabric.
I bought a "How To Learn To Quilt" magazine.
I made this entirely on my home machine.
I did not know what a "walking foot" was.
I did not think I had one.
A year or so, and several quilts later,
I found it in the packing in the bottom of my sewing machine box.

I was pretty proud of those mitered borders.

Look, it even has a binding!

Some of the fabric my daughter selected
is a kind of embossed shiny satin,
 that frayed and frayed.
More living and learning in the scrapatch.
This quilt is sitting in a fix-it pile.

I am still living and learning.
I am an entirely self-taught quilter.

I am happy to say that my quilts all wash and wear
very well these days.

Most of the quilts I make are for people I love.

Many I have made and donated here and there.
Most quilts I give away.

Here are some of my favorite quilts:



This one which I made for my daughter and son-in-law.
Butterfly tested and kitty approved this one.



This one which I made for my grand-darling.



This one which I made for a friend's baby boy.



These quilts which I made for two little girls.

My quilty goals are humble ...
just me trying to make the world a little more warm and cozy
... one quilt at a time.

I have helped with a lot of group quilts, too, over the years ...



... like this one



... and this one.

I also make and donate quilts locally.
I never post pictures of these on my blog.
It is just something I do.

Once in awhile, I make a quilt for me ...


... like this one,
which is my favorite bedquilt.
Butterfly loves it, too.

Thanks for reading my quilt quazy ramblings.

Time for my
Quilt Quazy Queen Giveaways!

I have two great giveaways today;

#1 



a $25 Gift Certificate from 

Fat Quarter Shop

Fat Quarter Shop


and

# 2 

Cat and Teddy Bear

is this adorable pattern

from

anypattern


For your chances to win:


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Winners will be announced here on March 21st.

Winners will have to provide me with a valid email address
which I will share with
Marian @ Seams to be Sew
who will email you the information to redeem your prize.

As a gift to everyone,
the Fat Quarter Shop is offering 
 a 10% discount during the hop.


 This is not good for gift certificates however.

Use this code at checkout to receive 
10% off your purchase:


seamstobe316

Thank You for visiting and reading about my quilt quazyness.

Please visit all the quilt quazy friends today.

March 18th

Life in the Scrapatch (you are here)

Sew Incredibly Crazy

In the Boon Docks

Quilting Affection

Words in Stitches


After visiting all of today's blog hoppers,
be sure to visit  

and say thanks for making this hop happen
and enter the wonderful giveaway she has to share!

I am away for this blog post so if I do not respond to all comments,
please understand.

I am visiting My Girls!



And I am working on My Grand-Darling's new Minnie Mouse Quilt.

Be home soon.

Enjoy the hop!

145 comments:

Vanda Chittenden said...

Thank you for sharing all the wonderful quilts you have made. vanda@chittenden.co.za

margaret said...

it was lovey reading about your quilt journey and you shared some beautiful quilts with us

Anita said...

You have made an incredible journey throughout your quilting life; so many great quilts!

Lisa said...

I enjoyed so much reading your blog! Have a safe and fun holiday!

Anonymous said...

I always enjoy visiting your blog. Love your stories! Your quilts are awesome!
nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

Marit Johanne said...

It was so interesting to read about your way as a quilter. Your quilts are very nice.

Rike Busch said...

Your quilts look amazing! Thanks for showing and for the chance to win!

Gina said...

Beautiful quilts. I think alot of us can relate to your experiences. xxx

Podunk Pretties said...

I love seeing quilts from a quilters past. They can tell a story all on their own sometimes. Thanks for sharing your journey.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

You HAVE made a lot of quilts!! This is a sweet post.

Dana Gaffney said...

Beautiful quilts, especially the ones with a gorgeous Butterfly on them :)

AlidaP said...

Everybody needs a Minnie quilt! Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilts! very inspirational!!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

What an amazing quilting journey! It's easy to see how you were inspired by your loved ones over the years.

Marian said...

This is a great post, exactly what I was hoping to learn about you. Your years as a quilter have been amazing, and it is exciting to see how you've grown and blossumed thru the years. Thank you for giving us a great moment in your history today as a quilter.

Emily C said...

So many beautiful quilts. They always tell a story.

Dorian said...

Isn't it fun to look back on the quilts you've made?! And see how far you've come on your journey. You are a wonderful quilter, talented and generous :)

Patty said...

Love your quilting motto!

Lisa Marie said...

I enjoyed reading about your quilting journey and seeing your lovely quilts!

Anonymous said...

HI there,

I love the Minnie Mouse fabric. You have been very busy with your quilts and grandkids. Good for you. Thanks for the give away.

ruthq@rogers

Renea said...

Thanks for sharing all those beautiful quilts. They are lovely. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

KaHolly said...

Thank you for sharing your quilting journey with us! It was a lovely visit! XO

Rhonda said...

Thanks for sharing your quilting journey. Finding the parts to your machine sounds like my journey a bit!!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Very nice post,Pat...enjoy your time with the girls!

Grandma said...

Your quilts are beautiful, I was going to mention one I like the best but all are so pretty, just could not make up my mind.
patsystitch@gvtc.com

Charlene S said...

Your quilting journey is very similar to mine except that I had help from friends of my grandmother. Making quilts for loved ones and to give love to people is also my goal in quilting.

allthingzsewn said...

hope you are having a great time. I agree with the kitty choice of purrrfect quilt.
Nice post too.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Oh I love your pictures you have taken of your first attempts. Thanks for sharing and you do lovely work, then and now. Enjoy the visit with the girls.

Karen said...

Beautiful quilt journey.

Susan said...

I like reading about journeys like yours which is why I follow your blog. I always liked cat approved quilts.

KatieQ said...

I love your Gingham Prairie Pinwheels Quilt. It seems like a long time ago that you posted you would be preparing the pattern for sale. Now that I am about to become a grandma, I would love to purchase a copy to make it for our first grandchild. The picture on your side panel does not have a clickable link. Is the pattern available for sale yet? Thanks for taking part in the blog hop.

sophie said...

Thank you for sharing your quilts and the stories behind them.

Char said...

Loved reading about how you quilting talents grew. I have a similar story.

The Slow Quilter said...

Love the adventure of your quilt story.

VA said...

Your quilts are beautiful!

Needled Mom said...

Your beginnings are similar to mine, but didn't we have fun making those early quilts for our babies? I love that dimensional pinwheel quilt.

Charlene McCain said...

I loved reading about your quilting journey. I remember making many of those same mistakes! Beautiful pictures.

Rebecca said...

Every quilt has a story ...And each time I see a quilt I have made it reminds me of that story

Calicojoan said...

I just love how me can go back and remember all those wonderful and not so wonderful things that make up live with our quilts. You sure have a story to tell! Beautiful quilts from the humble first to the gorgeous last ones!

Unknown said...

Great story of your quilting life - thanks for sharing. Great quilts too.!

Lori Smanski said...

you have come a long way. you make gorgeous quilts. people are blessed to get one of your love quilts. thanks for sharing and for the chance at the give a way. have a great weekend
quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

Martha said...

Enjoyed reading about your quilting journey. Your quilts have all been loved.

mumbird3 said...

Lovely quilts -- love the cradle!

@lutzcats said...

Butterfly is a smart kitty!

Terry said...

Your quilting has sure improved over the years. The memories are great, and I'm sure the quilts were loved.

Seacoast Quilter said...

I love how my cats get right on the new quilt as soon as I put it on the bed. I see your cat does the same thing! Thanks for sharing your quilt beginnings. It's wonderful that you have some of your first quilts still.

Michele T said...

Wow!! You have made some beautiful quilts!!! Thanks!!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Lovely project! Your quilts are wonderful.

lalaluu said...

Love the pinwheel gingham quilt - it is too cute! Thanks for sharing your journey and all of your wonderful quilts!

nellieduclos@yahoo.com said...

Wow! I, too, know how time flies. My "babies" are both girls in their thirties and have been recipients of numerous quilts also. Why, when I enter my name and email address for the giveaway, does it always say something about a valid email address. My email address may not be a google account, but it is valid!

ShirleyC said...

I loved your quilt story! You have made some beautiful quilts. I'm also glad to see the Minnie Mouse fabric. My grandkids are going to Disney at the end of May, and I need to make something cute for my granddaughter.

cjmont said...

my first quilt was a lot like yours, teddy bear applique poly and cotton gingham for my first grand child and his mom still has it after 32 years.

Pamela said...

Love seeing your journey as a quilter, and a mom! My first quilt was also made for one of my children :)

MissPat said...

What a wonderful quilting journey you are on. Such beautiful work.

Sarah@123quilt said...

It was so much fun to read about your quilt story. You do beautiful work.

JANET said...

Making mistakes is the best teacher! Best way to learn. I learn SO much, lol.

Beth said...

I love photos of babies on quilts!

Sarah J said...

I always love reading about how people were inspired to begin quilting. I adore the gingham quilt with the pinwheels- so pretty! Thank you!

Janna said...

Now I want to make a Minnie Mouse quilt!

Heather said...

I love your airmail quilt! What a great pattern!!!

Joan H. said...

Enjoyed your interesting quilt story. Isn't it amazing how we become addicted to this quilting thing!

Vicki H said...

Thanks for sharing your learning experiences.

Dee A said...

Enjoy your time with the girls. The Minnie mouse fabric is adorable! Loved seeing your progression into this quazy world of quilting! :-) dee_dla at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

All of your quilts are beautiful and made with love. The best kind of quilts ever! Thanks!

Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

Quilting Tangent said...

Wonderful quilt show through the years. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Unknown said...

Beautiful quilts thanks for sharing.

LJ said...

Isn't it fun to look back on our quilting history? Thank God we are able to learn. My favorite quilt of yours is the pinwheel gingham.

Unknown said...

Thank you for making and donating quilts. I enjoyed your photo!

Sally said...

Delightful to see all of these again! Way to go Pat. (Obviously my fav. is Pete's giraffes!)

Unknown said...

These are lovely!

Unknown said...

These are lovely!

Susan said...

What lovely quilts you make. I'd like to see those you are making as donations, too. There's no quilt I don't like to see.

Lynne Stucke said...

Boy! What an ordeal to leave a comment!!! I loved the stories behind your first 2 quilts. Precious memories! And, I especially loved the gingham/pinwheel quilt for your .... granddear, was it? Precious name.

Kari said...

Thanks for sharing pictures of your quilts - they are lovely! I especially like the giraffe one, and the ones being tested by your sweet kitty. :)

Unknown said...

Enjoyed seeing your quilts. Thanks for sharing. Nancy A: rangers@sbcglobal.net

Lee said...

Thank you for sharing - I really enjoyed reading your post!

Pam McDonald said...

So adorable. You had me at the pin wheel quilt ;) Thanks so much for offering this giveaway.

Nancy said...

Thank you for sharing your quilting journey with us.

Jane's Quilting said...

Thank you for sharing your story, I enjoyed reading your journey and seeing all beautiful quilts.

Joy said...

Hello, It's nice to meet you. Your story is a familiar one - made one or two quilts then took some time off to raise your family... I am in love with your pinwheel quilt.

Teatime Creations said...

What a wonderful quilt journey you have been on. Ans so much love sewn into each one of them.

cindy_fraher4 said...

Such fun to see your quilting journey

cindy_fraher4 said...

Such fun to see your quilting journey

Myra said...

Beautiful quilts. Isn't it fun to look at those first quilts and see just how much we have improved?

Anonymous said...

love your quilts>the bed quilt you showed is so pretty! Thanks for sharing on your Blog+Giveaway! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Anna brown said...

Ty for your show and tell....I love the minnie mouse fabric very lucky girl..... happyness04431@yahoo.com

quilter said...

Beautiful quilts, sounds like a fun journey to become a quilter!
cork@pa.rr.com

Tina said...

Thank you for telling your journey of making quilts. I didn't know how much seam allowance to have when I started sewing. My daughter's dresses would come apart at the seams!

Mara said...

It's great to see how much you have grown in your quilting abilities, you know you can write down something instead of the "Invent Your Own" title, they allow you to change it.

Carol S. said...

It was fun to see how you evolved into the amazing quilter that you are...thanks for sharing!

Pat V. said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely quilts. I love the dimensional pinwheels...need to work them into one of my projects...

Darlington Delights said...

What a lovely story. Thanks for sharing! (kmcassie@gmail.com)

Laura said...

Thanks for showing your delightful quilts and sharing your stories.

Unknown said...

I loved your story and that you are "still living and learning." I too am still living and learning...I love that. I think I will make this my "theme."

Lindah said...

You do such nice work!

Createology said...

Thank you for all the quilts you make and so quietly and generously donate to others. Your quilts are amazing. Thank you sew very much for sharing and hopping.

Connie Kauffman said...

Nice to see your quilting journey

Cindy Maki said...

I made my first quilt for my first child. a girl who is now almost 38. jeepers where did the time go. I would love to show you a picture of it. I made it out of leftovers from my maternity clothes. All of these I sewed on a treadle machine. I don't know where to put a picture.

Cindy Maki said...

OOps. That is for my third and last child. LOL.

Karen said...

I love the story of your quilting journey. Thanks for sharing.

Cecilia said...

Thank you for sharing your journey.

Celia said...

A good quilting journey. Thanks for sharing

Doris Rice, The Quilting Queen said...

I loved reading about your quilting adventures and loved seeing your beautiful work. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy E. said...

Such fun to look back and enjoy your quilts from your qwazy quilting life! You've come a long way, baby and all are gorgeous!

rrjane011749 said...

Love your quilts!

wendy said...

I love reading about other quilters "travels" through quilting. Thanks!

Deal.licious Real Food Debby said...

You have a lovely quilty story. It is awesome that your kids have a piece of you to take with them in those quilts. I hope to have the same made for my kids when the time comes. debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

rrjane011749 said...

Love your quilts!

wendy said...

I love reading about other quilters "travels" through quilting. Thanks!

PatriciaLud said...

I loved reading about your quilts! It's amazing how quilting began and then began anew with children! I quilted before I had kids and then not again until they were grown, and now it's just a joy.

Pamela said...

What a touching story of your quilting journey! It's great that you still have a piture of your baby boy's quilt! Thanks for sharing this.

Amanda Best said...

I loved reading about your quilting journey. It really reminds me of the way I started quilting. I knew none of the rules and some of my early quilts really show that! But I am glad that I did it that way it made the experience all the more my own. Thanks for sharing and have fun with your girls!
Thanks for a chance to win.
My email is: bestbelle2010@aol.com

Pamela R said...

Your tale reminded me to think about my journey as well from my beginning class quilt all hand pieced and hand quilted (I said "never again") to today's quilts ranging from complex applique to a few modern attempts along with my Millie longarm which makes life more fun! pjrquilter (at) msn dot com

vicki said...

Love your story! Thanks so much for sharing. vickise at gmail dot com

OhioLori said...

Love your Adventurous Spirit! Learning to quilt...and how your kept working at it & getting better & better! You have Done grrrrreat! Your Quilt are AWESOME!! Thanks for sharing, and for chance to win your Give-a-way too! :D

GranChris said...

I love your quilts. Years fly by don't they? My baby is almost 40. That scares me sometimes when I think about it.

Amy said...

I am so glad that I met you on our blog hops, my quilty friend. I always love looking at all the beautiful work that you create.
Hugs, Amy

Kim said...

I enjoyed reading your quilt story. I hope your visit is wonderful! Thank you for holding the giveaway.

Janie said...

I love your 3-d pinwheel quilt. Thank you for sharing.

Katy M said...

What a fantastic quilting story :) I really enjoyed reading it :) x

Tonya Stewart said...

Love to hea ur story from start to now...nice to know I am not the only one that jumps into a project without a clue and learns that way...lol

sewlost said...

Very fun reading your quilting life. I only started quilting when I retired so I'm still in the baby steps stage.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

So many fun projects---my favorite is the gingham pinwheels!

Edie said...

I loved reading your story, it brought back the memories of my first quilt when I was 13, that had everything from cottons to sheer dress fabrics in it, and was bound with 2" wide satin blanket binding. LOL

cookie said...

Love your quilting history! I am a late bloomer to quilting as I chased 7 boys around until they grew up and whatever energy there was left at the end of the day was used for a myriad of other things. My first big quilts were made with polyester for those boys and they kept them very warm. They took them to college and beyond and some have had their edges redone. Thanks for this opportunity.

Jean Campbell said...

Precious babies thrive and grow despite us when we're learning. Mistakes we make along the way help us become who we were meant to be. Your quilts are lovely and the Minnie Mouse tot is precious, too.

claire ross said...

Beautiful work. I particularly like the red, blue and cream one.
Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

Thank you so much for your kindness! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at) aol.com

Susan Stanton said...

I started quilting much the same as you. I was self taught too. I used purchased biased tape for the binding! I've since taken a class to learn the basics and now I just can't stop making quilt for my friends and family.

Material Girl said...

My first quilt was made with cardboard templates, I swore I would never make another. The background fabric literally shredded and fell apart. I t was very expensive quilt shop fabric. It was the worst fabric ever. Isn't it amazing how far we have come!

Bethany said...

I taught myself how to quilt too! Love it and would love to win!

Sewgirl said...

I love looking at your 'trunk show'. I started quilting with 5/8" seams as I was. Garment sewer prior to quilting!

auschick said...

I love your pinwheel quilt!

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts said...

Thanks for the opportunity! It's so sweet to send the kids on their way with a new quilt!

Rhonda Best said...

I really enjoyed your quilting stories, very heartwarming. Your quilts are amazing!
mtmom57@gmail.com

Unknown said...

Love this!

Dody said...

It's so sweet to look back at our first quilts and to remember all the love we put into them. My first quilts are my favorites.
Dmac5958ataoldotcom

CJolly said...

Enjoy your "Growing Quilt Collection"... our children are a Good Reason to Quilt. <3

CJolly said...

Enjoy your "Growing Quilt Collection"... our children are a Good Reason to Quilt. <3

Cindy D said...

I love your blog, and your kitty quilt tutorial.

Batiklvr said...

L9ve your story. Happy quilting.

Batiklvr said...

L9ve your story. Happy quilting.

Diane Beavers said...

Love the cat and teddy pattern, I think we all have a favorite cat that does just that, nap! Thankyou

bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

Judy @ Sew Some Sunshine said...

Wonderful quilting!

Kristen King said...

So many beautiful quilts!!! Thanks for sharing!

Maxine said...

Minnie Mouse is always a favorite! :)