Thursday, January 26, 2012

Grebe - Procrastinator

I plan on doing the December block. I have had so much going on. I will get 'r done!!!It will be ready by this weekend. I have done The Dresden block for Grandma Grebe (Mary). She sent me the pattern. :) It is so easy. :)

Monday, January 16, 2012

december block - from abigail

here it is:

the turquoise ended up being two different fabrics because the pattern said to only cut four of each of the smaller squares, but in fact, for that piece you need eight (two per rectangle) and i didn't have any more of the turquoise with print (someone please correct me if i'm wrong...). hope that is OK!

Hey Y'all!

Hey Y'all! Hope everyone has had a wonderful year- as we wrap things up I wanted to remind everyone that we do have 1 more block to do.  It is called the Dresden Plate and I will put it up as soon as I get the exact dimensions. Since we are halfway through Jan. I don't expect it by the end of the month just whenever you can:) 
Also, Marion- I finished your block or rather 2 cause I wasn't crazy about my first one and I'll post pics when my husband gets home (cause my camera is in his car).

Lastly, I wanted to share these pics with you of Beki's completed quilt!  She finished it for a friend of theirs/ours, the Hacketts.  The Hackett family has been friends with the Graham's for years and have always been more than generous toward us.  They let Joey and I use their condo on Mexico Beach, FL for our anniversary and their beach house and lakehouse on many other occasions.  Beki had the great idea to make this for them and when we presented it to Renee Hackett at Christmas she was in love with it.  I just received a thank-you card in the mail from her and wanted to share it with y'all- "thank you so much!"  Thanks to your club and family/friends this is something I will always treasure. my goodness- it's wonderful!"  Hope this gives you all the 'warm fuzzies' like it did me when we gave it to her and when I got the note in the mail.  I love our little group.
Thanks for making this an awesome year!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

hey all....been out of the loop due to crashed computer that Gary would get workinig and then it would go again and again......and the wedding reception mixed in with Thanksgiving, the wedding and trip to Cali all great things! And of course getting ready for Christmas! I just saw the one for December.....I don't promise to get it done before end of month/year, but hope it will not be too long. I do have exciting quilt from the June square is almost completed to be done and given to our dear friend for Christmas.....Rachel will be here for that presentation so it will be so fun. I will get a picture before we give it away, and maybe pics of the giveaway too

Merry Christmas!!!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

another photo of the December Quilt Square

Clay's Quilt Done

This was fun to do, hope the colors are what you are looking for.  Let me know the address via Facebook to send the quilt square.
Has everyone finished October's Square?  I am putting the quilt squares together for Rochelle so just reminding everyone.  Rochelle has given me those she has already received.  Thanks to everyone.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Catch-up DONE!

Very late, but complete. In the mail Monday! Thanks for the patience ladies.
-Rachel Smith Loerts

Friday, December 2, 2011

Decemeber - Clay's Choice

Alright, after a month off it's time to get back to the cutting, measuring, and sewing with the Clay's Choice block. My mom, Marion, has this month but left the blogging to me.

You'll need 4 colors, preferably shades of aqua, teal, light blues, and you can add in a couple neutrals if needed. My mom just doesn't want any true/primary color blues.
First off all the cuts are as follows:

-Four 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. rectangles in one of the colors (we used the dark teal for this, but any of the four colors can be used).

-Four 3 1/2 in. squares in each of the remaining three colors, 12 squares total of the combined fabrics.
Now on to piecing it together...
Start by sewing together 2 of your squares together, repeat till you have 4 pairs sewn together.
Next take the remaining four 3 1/2 in squares and draw a line diagonal down the middle (wrong side).
Lay on top of the rectangle as shown with edges lined up, and sew on the line.
Cut the outer fabric off 1/4in from the line.
Press open, and repeat with the other side of the rectangle. Be sure to place the second square on the rectangle so that the line runs parallel with the seam you just sewed. Complete this on all four rectangles.
Now take the rectangles and pair up with the 2 squares you sewed together earlier. However you pair the colors, make sure that all squares are are identical before completing the block.
Take the four squares and lay as shown below to sew together.
And once those 4 are sewn you have a finished product, Clay's Choice!
If you have any questions, let me know!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Cathedral Window and Bow-tie have been cut-out. Trying to get them in the sewn and in the mail by Thanksgiving.
Georgia, I saw that your 3d blocks have all been put together. Do you still want me to send you one?

Thanks ladies!

Friday, November 11, 2011

from mom smith

so while i have been giving birth, and my sister, rachel l., has been playing catch up on her quilt squares...our dear mother completed two betty stars on our behalf. she is a good mom and a very skilled sewer so these might be the best blocks sent out by myself and rachel l. i'll try to have them in the mail today or tomorrow!

Betty's Star for Rochelle

I hope the red and yellow aren't too bright, they reminded me of the sun hitting the leaves of the trees. And, I couldn't find other fabric that I really liked.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Just some FUN NEWS!





Sunday, November 6, 2011

Here's one for ya Rochelle...

I haven't been in a sewing mood lately, but I finally got it cut out and put together today. It really wasn't hard at all, and came together pretty easily. Should have gotten to it sooner. Anyways, it will be in the mail this week!

Friday, November 4, 2011

My quilt squares sewn together

This is the only way I could hang it and get a picture of the whole thing.  HOpe you can tell what it looks like.  Thanks for all the squares Ya'll did a fabulous job

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Aunt Georgia!

I know I am a complete SLACKER!!! (Doesn't it feel like it should still be August?) I am trying though, here is my August block for Georgia. I had finished it a few weeks ago but then re-did part of it b/c it didn't seem to line up right and so here is my finished product (and it still isn't lined up right) but I hope it works! I really liked this block, really cute!! I can't wait to see the finished quilt. I apologize for being so late!!
Anyway, September and October blocks are on the top of my "to do" list this week!


Everyone: My deepest apologies for being MIA the last 4 blocks. I have my house back together now and the next few weeks is quilting make-up! I'll post them as I finish.

Rachel Smith Loerts

Saturday, October 15, 2011

ready to sew my quilt

I am waiting for the last square so I can finally sew my quilt.........................Hello   Rose,  I can just sew another one just let me know.

Friday, October 7, 2011

abigail's bowtie

robyn- here, finally, is your september block. i think this is going to be the cutest baby blanket! congrats.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

instructions for betty's star

My TURN!! October Block

Sorry for the delay - it's Rochelle so you knew this was going to happen.  Anyway I'm absolutely in love with this block.  And can't wait to see how they all turn out.   (Thanks Mom for helping!!)  

The color scheme is fall colors -  If you cannot see them with this picture they are brown, rust, tan, peach orange, green.  My mom...and me...but mostly my mom did 4 blocks so here's some samples of the colors.  Gorgeous right?? (sorry the pink and green behind don't really help do it justice.)

Hope this is a better view of some fabrics.

Use the templates on the instruction sheets to cut out the colors.

So if this Template doesn't work...let me know.  Maybe I'll do a mass email out to get the template to everyone.  Unless someone knows how to get a PDF file on the blog. 

It is easier to start with the dark color and the points.  Which is Fabric A(  the dark or light depending on which one you want the 4 corner points to be) Using the template A cutting four and  One piece of  4 ½ inch squared.  This is the center.

Cut four of Template A
On fabric C which is the background of the star Cut 4 of Template B and four 5 inch square pieces.
Iron Template A in half and the 5 inch square pieces in half.  Once you have ironed them.  Place Template A in the crease of the 5 inc square of Fabric C

Fold Fabric C  in half and sew a scant ¼ inch.  Then fold open and you have the point.

Be sure the fabric was caught in the seam.  Iron them down and you see your points.  See the instruction if you did not understand where I sewed the seam to attach the point.  It really is easy.
Now cut Fabric B
4 – 2 ½ inch squared and
4 of template C
4 of template D       These should be cut out specifically.  Individually so the right side of the fabric and angles will fit correctly on Template B

Now for the center.
Take the Fabric A 4 ½ in square  and iron with wrong sides together.  You will be looking at a rectangle with the right side of the fabric staring at you.

Now place the 2 ½ inch pieces on top of Fabric A.  Put raw sides together and sew on the edges.  This is similar to the square the Dalana had on her Quilt square, just a smaller version.

Once they are sewn open the centers and match the seams

Match center and raw edges

Pin and sew.  Once it is sewn Open it up and you have the center of the star

Press Open. Pressing just helps it all go together easier.

If you place your pieces that you have finished you will have this done.  Lay it out and take a look and it will help with the last stage.
Take Template B, Template C and D

You can see why the Template C and D is cut separately.  If you cut them together you will have pieces that do not fit properly and you square will be scatttywoompus.  So once you place the templates you will see how once you sew the seam you have a square.

Do the right side first and sew from the tip of B to where the straight line ends and the template ends. Iron the seam open and you can see the square taking shape.  Place the next template on the top of your template C and again sew it to where it ends.

Iron it open and you will see your squares.  If it isn’t square you placed the templates incorrectly or cut them out wrong.  Notice I have done that.  That is why I know.  Look at the tip where the point comes together.  It is important to have the templates overlapping and have room to match with the tip of the center square.  So take a look and if there isn’t enough  Then take the seam out reattach the template so that it overlaps.  Once you see it you’ll know exactly what I am talking about.  Sorry I can't describe it right!
I laid out the pieces so I could see the finished product.  I did each row separate.  I started with the center.  I lined up the point of the center square and the point of Template B and then sewed the edges.  The points should be staring at each other.  I did the other end the same way.  Now off the the end pieces.  They are pretty easy.  Just be sure the raw edges of the Template A points and sewn in the seam.  Sew all together.  Now you should have 3 rows to but together.
Attach the center row to the side, Match up the center points to the seam and the center point to Template B They should all go together pretty easy.  Again be sure you’re points are in line and the raw edges of the corners are including in the seam so the fabric doesn’t pull out.

Square off to 12 ½ inche3s and Voila you did it.  Yeah.  If you have any questions please ask my mom...cause I won't know the answers.  I'm sewing retarded!

Thanks guys and have fun!!!!