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Saturday, March 19, 2011


plezzzzzzzz let me say that
I am NOT a quilt maker in ANY sense of the word.
I don't even PRETEND that I know the first thing about
making QUILTS.
I don't even know how to sew and that's a fact !
My mom was the BEST quilt maker, ever.
And, do you think I took the TIME back then, to
I must have been crazy....
I was bound and determined to make at LEAST,
a simple
and learned, in the process, that
plays an AWESOME role in the construction of a
SIMPLE QUILT and how it looks in the end.
COLOR and PATTERN of the fabric can make a simple quilt look FABULOUS
or a little on the dowdy-looking side.
I was looking for a CUTE fabric.
SOMEthing that would take my
to another level....
If the fabric is awesome...
and cute..
and softly bright...
you can end up with a pretty cute quilt that you can be proud of.
...I didn't want just the 'run of the mill'
no sir....I WANTED CUTENESS...
I had to have some kind of KILLER fabric..
a light, airy, FUN fabric.
Sooo, I bought a few yards of HER fabric,
found some in the thrift bin at the fabric store.
Used a little of other fabrics I already had
and started
lots and lots of SQUARES.
I also learned that the BACK of a quilt is just almost
as pretty as the front.
All squares and puffy looking and....
sooo fluffy-cloud SOFT....just full of yummyness.....ummmmm

Now, you REAL QUILT MAKERS out there..
please don't look too closely.
It was HARD...HARD, I TELL YOU....
to get all those little tiny squares
all lined up with each other.
You know, this has a light weight batting and yet it is so warm.
Mr. Sweet just loves sleeping under it..warm but not heavy.
Some 9 PATCH quilts have a SOLID square in the middle of each nine.
Some quilts are made with the SAME center color...
while others have a variety of solid colors.
I am so haphazard, I had about 5 million nine patches sewen together before
realizing that I might have liked a solid color in the middle.
Oh, well...I MIGHT (and I might NOT) make another someday
and I'll try to remember that solid square.
and don't think, in all my
Quilt Love,
that I forgot to have something to serve you.
You know I do you more than that !

Do U love
as much as I do?
Have a seat, eat a donut and
I am linking with
3 OR MORE TUESDAY ..because I had WAAAY more than 3 squares in this quilt :))
My thanks to the hosts and
thanks to you for stopping by.
I hope you will check out a few of these memes..
You'll be so glad you did.
I must tell you that I ended up making 10 quilts in one year....
one for each of my grands.
NOW, I would like to make them all a much prettier one but...
they DO have one to remember me by. :)


Tracy said...

Hey BJ, I actually wish I could quilt and I probably could if I'd just sit down and do it because I can sew pretty decent. I guess I just don't have the desire or the will to reallylearn and do anything with it.

And YES, Love powdered sugar donuts; yuummmm.....

Coloradolady said...

BJ, I love your quilt!!! I love that fabric with the little houses and trees. Someone sent me a small piece of that fabric and I wondered who the maker was? Is it Debbie Mumm too??

Great job on your looks perfect to me!!

Great post for national quilting day which happens to be today!!!

Kathy said...

I am new to the quilting game and to me your quilt looks great. I agree, it's hard to match up those squares and I have the hardest time sewing a straight line. Maybe with practice I can get as good as you are.

Kathy said...

I am new to the quilting game and to me your quilt looks great. I agree, it's hard to match up those squares and I have the hardest time sewing a straight line. Maybe with practice I can get as good as you are.

Laurie said...

the 9-patch is a great place to start quilting. Keep going and you can become as good as your mother...or at least you can make things to keep everyone warm.

Sarah said...

10 quilts in one year, and that from one who doesn't sew. Now that is amazing, BJ. Very impressive indeed!
Your quilt is full of happiness. Thanks for sharing it, And, yes, I do love powdered sugar donuts. ;-)
~ Sarah

The Tablescaper said...

Such wonderful and beautiful quilts.

It's great to have you being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Karie said...

BJ, I love your quilt. You did a beautiful job. I am so proud of you! Your children and grands and greats will treasure your quilts. Your choice of fabric is perfect. You can never go wrong with Debbie Mum. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Karie

jeanne said...

Well bj, your quilt impresses me. I know a little about quilting but I want to know more. Your quilt is so sweet with the 9 patch square. I think it is silly to have a plain center. Your fabrics are FUN and pretty. Just what you wanted. Good job my dear sister friend.

Will you pass me a donut please and the violet dish too. I love it!
Love you too. Jeanne xo

Lynn said...

Lovin' your quilt BJ! Believe it or not I actually pulled fabric out of the closet yesterday to work on one! Mine will be a lot smaller, and more of the "crazy quilt" style (try to figure:@) But very colorful and cheery, just like yours-enjoy! said...

Looks like you did pretty well for someone who doesn't know how to sew! Ten!-Good gracious, I can't find time to do the laundry!I love the fabric you chose, so cheerful, and yes I do love sugared donuts!

Shortbread and Ginger said...

Your quilt is really beautiful! Would love to be able to do this.

Blondie's Journal said...

I don't know the first thing about quilting but yours is just beautiful, BJ. I love Debbie Mumm... I have had some of her calenders. I think you did a great job and it does look so soft. Gorgeous!


Madeline's Album said...

Great job on the quilt. It is hard to think that you made 9 in a year. The photos are terrific. Thanks for sharing this post with us. Happy first day of spring. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Looks to me like you sew very well. I love it and you left my party off the list. Now I am going to go cry. lol

Adrienne said...

Your quilt is gorgeous! Just right! You have inspired me to get the fabric I dream of for the nine-patch my heart longs to make. Yes, I do love powdered sugar donuts. Thank you for the sweet treat, my friend.

Debby said...

I love your happy quilt. Yes, you can quilt. I couldn't have even begun to put that together. Love it.

Dogmom Diva said...

BJ, I am going to learn to quilt! what a pretty one that is! thank you for sharing..

Have a wonderful week!


Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Whooooo Hooooooooo! Your Quilt blog entry. Oh you are amazing, yes you are.

I understand not-being-crafty. You say you are not-crafty. But Babe, you did wonnnnnnnnnnderfully!

Happy Vernal Equinox!!!

Anonymous said...

BJ I think your quilt is fabulous. I would love to make a quilt but I need to learn the basics before I tackle something like a quilt. I love stopping by your blog it is one of my top favorites.

crazymom from RMS

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Ohhhhhhhh, pretty new blog look here! Yes, I always notice new blog looks, and wait a sec, to make sure they fully load. 'Course with this one of yours, it needs no wait-to-load-time, but... It's just that I do.

This look is so lovely and simple and calm and Spring-like. Grrreat! :-)

I am now the *Queen Of Noticing New Blog Looks*!

Which is better than being the *Queen Of Grumpy,* which I was, too much of the time, in the past. ,-)

♥ Happy Vernal Equinox ♥
*The Queen Of Noticing New Blog Looks*

Marigene said...

Beautiful quilt, sewing genes in this body, I can't even sew a straight line!
Love the violet plate, gorgeous.

Susy said...

My mother was an accomplished seamstress and made quilts for all of her children and grandchildren. You've inspired me to pull mine out and enjoy it. Now to figure out where it is???

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

BJ, You are too hard on yourself... this darling and over the top quilt is a real masterpiece.

YOur fabric choices work perfectly. I did try hand quilting, and it is so difficult. So I know what a labor of love this is.

The little "love" square is my favorite. I sure your quilt of many colors will go from a new item to an heirloom. What a gift to those after you too.

Thanks for the donut... when I licked the screen I almost tasted the powdered sugar.
xo Yvonne

Anonymous said...

Sweet post, BJ.

I have patched together nine patch and bowtie for small projects, like pillows and a swing cushion, but never have I done a quilt.

Happy Spring! We are at the lake and today the sun is shining brightly! Love it!

Love Of Quilts said...

What a pretty quilt...I made a nine patch for my first quilt...I like the way you did your nine patch and didn't try matching colors it really is lovely and you'll always love the first one best. Trish

The Painted Garden said...

Hi BJ,

Oh my goodness - your quilt is adorable - love the fabric that you picked out. It looks great to me - like you have been making lots of them all of your life - now that you made one you can make another.
Have a lovely day.

janis said...

Your quilt is LOVELY!
I am working on a BIG Quilt Project. Im at the cutting of material stage. I am cutting up my daughters precious baby clothes and then turning them into squares, then making three simple Christmas Tree skirts out of them (one for each daughter, & one for me). It will take me forever!
I have NEVER quilted before nor really sew...other than little tiny projects a while back when the girls were small. Mostly Halloween costumes, and PJ's.
Anyway~ I hope I can get this done the way I envision!
ps~ LOVE powder doughnuts!

Nancy's Notes said...

BJ, you are one awesome lady! Love your quilt, it's just so pretty, way to go, you did it!


Snap said...

I do love sugar donuts and absolutely LOVE the Debbie Mumm quilt. Happy to hear you made more! Happy Spring!

Vee said...

What a wonderful quilt. It's really all the more impressive because you didn't have your mother's help...probably have some of the quilting genes, though. It sounds so cozy, too. (Same story here as concerns quilting. I never paid a lick of attention to what my mother was up to. Big mistake. Now I'm learning from scratch and I'd so like to ask her a few questions.)

La said...

Hi BJ!

Your quilt is so sweet. I think it looks perfect and I applaud your efforts.

I still haven't conquered the world of needles and threads.


Sharde said...

hey BJ, i just found you today through SITS! I love meeting another texas blogger! and even sort-of close to me! :) fantastic!

come and visit me at :)

Kathleen Grace said...

Gorgeous quilt BJ! We all have to start somewhere. My quilts are far from perfect but I'm a beginner too. I am still in the process of cutting out the squares for a nine patch and seeing yours gives me some ideas. I love the white sashing around your squares!

S. Etole said...

Debbie Mumm fabrics are so much fun ... and I love powdered sugar donuts!

Debbie said...

I made a 9 patch once.

Not a 9 patch quilt, just a 9 patch. Period. It was in 4-H years ago. Mine looked dreadful. I never got beyond that.

Now that I'm older, I look at quilts and want to try to attempt it again. We'll see...

In the meantime, I enjoy looking at beautiful ones, and I think yours fits the bill. It's whimsical and colorful, and I love it.

I'm so impressed that you made one for each grandchild. Maybe by the time I have a grandchild, I'll be making quilts.

Karen said...

I think your quilt looks great. My gran ma was a quilter sure wish I had learned it from her. She did teach me embroidery though. I love powdered doughnuts but they don't love me back.

Kathleen said...

I am very proud of what you have accomplished. I never even tried!

Diann said...

I think your quilt turned out absolutely adorable! And it looks so cozy!

Mama said...

wow! So pretty! It is amazing, BJ -- I do know how to sew, but quilting is hard, hard, hard -- just as you said. I tried nine patch just for some placemats, and they looked kind of like a dishrag when I was done. lol, but it was fun trying!

A Garden of Threads said...

Hi BJ, I think you did a fabulous job making the quilt. It accomplished all you wanted it to. Have you been bitten by the quilt bug yet, you made 3 or more in one year.

Mel_Cole said...

I want to quilting :) Beautiful tapestry that your mother chose for that stunning quilt of yours.
My Blue Monday post

SmilingSally said...

Your mama would be so proud! Thanks for sharing your blues.

Happy Blue Monday, BJ.

xinex said...

Oh Bj, this quilt is so beautiful. I can imagine what it took to make it. You can do anything if you put your mind to it, can't you? I am full of admiration, my friend!...Christine

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Aww! it turned out beautifully! you can too quilt...the fabric is adorable. BJ you did a great job!
I really love it..
Have a sweet day and big hugs, Elizabeth

Gypsea Nurse said...

Oh How I wish I could quilt!!!! My mom was a home economics teacher for 35 years... and I can't sew a stitch!
I can cook though!

Unknown said...

every quilt is a labor of love. i love your photos and captions.

On Crooked Creek said...

Cute post! You did much better than I could have, that's for sure!Sounds as if Mr. Sweet has the correct idea for the quilt. .. sleeping under it! Enjoy!

Pie said...

What a beautiful quilt. Happy Blue Monday.

I played too. Mine is here.

Picket said...

BJ...the quilt is beautiful and how amazing that you made it with you own little go girl! My grandmothers made quilts all the time and made it look as easy as throwing a batch of biscuits in the oven...believe me neither can I quilt or make a batch of biscuits fit to even throw in the oven! I must have spent all my time outside playing with the baby chicks and girl I love me some powdered donuts...ohhhh they are my favorite! Hope you have a great week sweetie...Picket

Terri Steffes said...

Oh, BJ, I love the quilt! My grandmother did quilts but she didn't start until she was 70! I love the new blog look.

Powdered donuts are my weakenss!

Ralph said...

I couldn't sew a thing, certainly not a quilt. Yet, this was not designed for warmth (although it could) - it is a work of art. Perhaps each patch tells a story about one facet of your life. So a sort of history, a life's journey is what we see. Lovely work, beautiful art...

Grandpa was quite a guy, larger than life. He's been gone since 1981, yet the hard working guy from West Virginia has impressed upon me the lessons of hard work and perseverance. I am happy to be named for him!

joyh82 said...

My Gma was a quilter and I love quilts. I have only made two, one for each of my kiddos. I would love to get into it again but I have really bad arthritis in my hands. Love your quilt and post, have a great week!

Dean and Lee Schroeder said...

Very nice quilt! You have a beautiful blog. Happy Monday! Mine is up - My Blue Monday

LindyLouMac said...

Having joined Mosaic Monday this week I am now enjoying blog hopping around the world admiring everyone else's beautiful photography and gaining inspiration. It cheers me when so much of the world around us is in turmoil for one reason or another.

Your quilts are beautiful almost makes me wish I was a needlewoman.

Mary said...

Omigosh BJ, I can't imagine making even ONE quilt! This looks WONDERFUL!!! And I'm sure it must be very warm and comfortable, too. Thanks for sharing your TALENT at MM. :) xoxo