Thursday, November 2, 2017

I like Thursdays Nov 2


Once again, we are praying for victims and survivors of a tragic event.  Our world really is changing.
I feel so bad for the innocent bikers who were attacked in NYC and their loved ones.  I don't know what to say except to pray for healing and more love in our country.

It's finally cooling off here and it feels so good. The heat makes my health conditions worse so the cooler weather should make my chores easier and I can finally walk in the mornings again.   Here are some of my recent "likes":

1. My new"Shutters" quilt. I finally finished this navy/white batik (from Timeless Treasures Tonga Treats) quilt for my SIL Richard. The pattern came with the 12 fat quarters in a package and I will use this pattern again. The 12 fat quarters were cut into strips and arranged alternately for the 12 blocks. Fun, easy but with a dramatic effect.

I love this quilt! Masculine, classy and perfect size (57 x 54) for me to quilt in the ditch with my Janome.

I made a simple label  and took  a close up of the Maywood backing which was in my stash that I purchased on sale years ago and saved for masculine quilts. Just a perfect match for a small border on the front also. As usual, I used a Bella Solid jelly roll (black on this one) for the binding.

The navy was very dark and the light fabrics are white batiks with the slightest blue print ingrained.   I would love to see this quilt pattern in another 2 tone color as well.

Can I just say I love working with batiks?  I need to acquire more.

2.  My new Thomas the Turkey pillow which was requested  by my daughter for Thanksgiving.
    One thing I cannot do is draw.  I spent hours just trying to come up with a plan.

I pulled 13 fat quarters/scraps for a color plan.  I knew I wanted a half -Dresden for the feathers. I went online to MSQC for a tutorial and used Jenny's body idea for the turkey body and how to make legs with feet. She also used a half Dresden for the feathers.

Then it was just a matter of applying blanket type  stitches on the applique to a 17 inch fabric square with batting underneath.  I didn't use an interfacing underneath the turkey  because I wanted the pillow cover to stay soft and pliable on the sofa. The covers I make for my daughter's pillows always fit a 16 inch pillow form so she can easily change out covers for the season.

Unfortunately, my Iphone doesn't capture the colors better, but the pillow turned out better than I hoped.  My daughter says she smiles every time she sees it.   Of course, I named him Thomas the Turkey.

3.   Ken Follett's first in a series book, Pillars of the Earth I have been wanting to purchase his newest book just released, Column of Fire.  But, it's been so long since I read the first book, I purchased it again as an Ebook and I'm slowly finding time to just sit and read. Love it-again. When I finish the first book, then I can continue the series.

4.  Halloween with my grandson. His dad purchased a huge cardboard cut out of a Monster Jam truck online and then he installed green lights on the cardboard and placed it in front of Thomas' wheelchair so it looked like he was driving the truck as he sat in the driveway while we handed out candy.   So, So, cute.

My grandson was in heaven the whole night as the kids came up and exclaimed how cool this was.
It looked so real. Dad really scored this year. And other dads thought it was cool also. Yep-lots of testosterone was in the air. I was waiting for Tim the Tool Guy to appear with sound affects.  heehee.
The whole evening was a blast.

Please join us at Lee Anna's "likes" blog for more fun:Not Afraid of Color.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Hi Mary,
    Your shutter quilt is fabulous - it really looks like shutters. I recently learned that batiks do not ravel . . . I just found that interesting! That doesn't look too difficult of a pattern; one that you might finish rather quickly. Did you find that it went fast making it? Your turkey pillow is so darn cute - it reminds me of the pictures kids draw in school only much nicer, of course. So fun, and timely to enjoy now. WOWOWOW - that monster truck and green lights in phenomenal!! I can see why it was a huge hit - so, so, SO cool. ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. Thanks Roseanne! The Shutters top was put together in a day! It took me weeks to do all the rest for the quilt! LOL.
      Enjoy your day.

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  3. I like all your likes this week, Mary! Your quilting projects, both the quilt and the turkey pillow, are just great! Such a great idea to make a turkey out of a Dresden plate block. And I love your grandson's Halloween costume - awesome idea!

  4. Neat likes. The quilt looks great. The turkey is cute. And that monster truck! Love that!

  5. I love your grandson's costume! He looks like he's having a blast! That shutter quilt is great for a guy! It's so hard to find things men will like but I think you hit a home run with that piece! Your daughter's pillow is fab! You did a great job! Cheers!

  6. Your grandson won't ever forget this Halloween...SO COOL! Love your turkey pillow and all the beautiful things you make! I just got home from an arts and craft show and I saw so many amazing handmade items. Always inspires me! Enjoy your day!

  7. The shutters quilt is fabulous. The turkey pillow cover is very cute. But the grandson's truck with the lights is awesome! My hubby would have loved that.

  8. Oh I love that black and white quilt!!! And the turkey pillow is so cute! Yay for Halloween with grandsons; I got to spend it with mine this year too. :-)

  9. The turkey pillow is just too cute! :) Halloween is always fun to spend with the grands, yes! That was an awesome idea that your son had. Beautiful shutters quilt :)