Monday, August 28, 2017


I signed up for Pat Sloans  GRANDMA'S KITCHEN SEW ALONG on June 28, 2017 (well actually a tad bit earlier than that...but not exactly sure).  I had tried to do a couple of her other sew along's and failed miserably due to life in general.  I am hoping that life has settled down enough that I can keep up with this one!

The block pictured below is titled  "Half A Modern" by Pat.  She gives a wonderful descriptive story about Why she names her blocks what she does and how it relates to one or both of her Grandmothers Kitchens.  She asks that we share a part of our memories with her.  Only, sadly due to my memory loss, I really can not do that.  I think that is another reason I also really want to complete this quilt.  I may explain later, but not now.
Block 4  "HALF A MODERN"

This is Block 5 titled...Glasses and Cups.  I have chosen a wide variety of fabrics for this Sew Along with Pat Sloan.  I have chosen 2 main fabrics with Fruits, plus a third main fabric with small red apples as my backing fabric but if needed it can easily be used in the blocks also.  I have also chosen a wide variety of  fabrics ranging from solids to the one below featuring the large variety of apples with black as the background. 

I have also chosen a wide variety of  fabrics ranging from solids to the one below featuring the large variety of apples with black as the background. Being that my blocks are rather on a sort of "scrappy" choice, I went ahead and chose white on white as my main block fabric.  Yet, I also have used several different selections that I have available.  It always feels wonderful to use up bits and pieces of scraps!  So all in all, I am having a great time with this Sew Along.

This is my quilt top at this stage...all blocks are sewn together into rows into the Double Sized Quilt Top!  I think it turned out spectacular!  Of course, each Scrappy Mystery Quilt I have participated in of Carole's from From My Carolina Home Blog has been a favorite and all of them are loved dearly!  I have not decided how to finish this one off.  Carole has a great detailed border included in her pattern, but the room and bed that this quilt will be covering, the border would be lost.  So, I am trying to figure out something else.  Yet, it may be quite awhile due to the fact that I am working on three other quilts at this time.  My oh My, what did I get myself into?

Thank you for stopping by!  I love to receive comments and I respond as soon as I am able!  Have a great day!     Brenda

Saturday, July 8, 2017


As of today, July 8th, 2017, I completed the second block of Pat Sloan's Grandma's Kitchen Challenge Quilt Along that will last until November with a new block every other Wednesday.  I have decided to use a fairly large variety of fabrics.  Ranging from printed fabrics with fruits and vegetables to a selection of yellows, oranges and possibly some browns and blacks, along with a variety of white on whites.  So far, I am really enjoying myself and truly hope to keep up with this Quilt Along.

Thank You for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Grandmas Kitchen Table

I have joined a sew along with Pat Sloan and at least 225 other quilters at this time, to make a block every Wednesday (or is it every other Wednesday).  This is the first block called Grandma's Kitchen Table.

Friday, April 14, 2017


Carole who blogs at FROM MY CAROLINA HOME (link below) has been a daily read of mine for several years now.  I truly have fallen in love with Carole's Mystery Quilts that is for sure, but she also designs so many other projects also that she shares quite often!  Plus, she has her patterns on sites such as Moda Bake Shop and Favorite Quilts and I know that she participates in some fun blog hops and puts together at least one of her own each year.  Can you tell, I really do enjoy her blog!  I truly do advise you to check her site out for yourself and it is never to late to join in the fun of the Two Step Scrap Dance Mystery Quilt Along.

I have chosen this year to use 4 colors.  White for my Background, Green, Browns and Blues all in a variety of scraps (yet rather controlled scraps this time around) for my choices this year.  I once again loaded the pictures in the wrong order, so above is actually the second step and I am not completely finished with these.  I still have the greens to go.

Another fun fact I would like to share with you is that I have never made Quarter Square Triangles before.  In over 10 years of quilting, I have always avoided them.  They appeared much to difficult and this quilter was just not worried about them at all.  So no, Carole was not happy enough that she got me so in love with making Half Square Triangles through her fabulous pattern designs.  She got me to learn these.  I am not quite as in love with these yet, but they are not hard to make at all!  Plus, she is wonderful at helping out when asked for help!  Believe me, I have asked for help in every quilt...NOT due to Carole at all; I have a messed up brain.  She just jumps right in and helps me out always.

This is Step One all done up quick and easy.  I am a total Scrap Quilt Lover, have been since I started quilting.  Sometimes it is very easy to pick the fabrics you want to use and other times it can seem like it is the hardest thing.  This is rather half and half.  With the help of a friend, the decision to choose the 4 colors was fairly easy.  Yet, choosing the actual Scraps for the fabrics was a bit harder.  Thankfully, I have an assortment of various sized blocks cut at all times and they are placed into specific labeled boxes.  Plus, I also have a large tote that fabric scraps just get tossed into from fat quarters with corners cut off to one and a half inch squares that I just did not want to put away properly at that point and time (very wrong choice believe me).  So at least,  I did not have to cut into any big pieces of fabric. 

So, after I complete the remainder of the QST's I have Step 3 to complete before the 21st of April.  I will have no problem doing this as long as I do not get to distracted by the Spring weather that is finally starting to peek a tad and I mean a tad bit here.  Hubby and I are off for a family gathering.  Thanks for stopping by and I love to read comments and I try to respond to each one!  Have a great day!


Monday, January 9, 2017

2017 FINISH A LONG ( FAL) List of Projects to Finish

Hello! My name is Brenda Ackerman and I WELCOME YOU to MY QUILT JOURNEY blog! 

In the process of reading blog posts, I came across a highly recommended site titled
FINISH A LONG ( FAL).  Curiosity led me to the site, only to discover instantly that this was something I really needed!  Motivation to Finish all of these quilts and other projects that I have started in the past 4 years and have not finished.  Here is the link to Rhonda's Quilt Ramblings Blog

So here I go with my list of Projects to Finish A Long in this Quarter

1.  This quilt is for my Dad.  It was shown to him on Father's Day of 2016 as an almost completed gift.  I needed to add the borders, quilt it and the final step the binding.  I have reached the stage of the binding and we are in the new year.  I must finish this quilt!  Do you not agree!

The quilt itself is so pretty and all scrappy.  I follow a fun and wonderful blog titled
   From My Carolina Home here is the link....
She puts together amazing Mystery Quilt Along, free patterns, spectacular photographs and tutorials plus so much more.  My Dad's quilt is from one of her Mystery Quilts SCRAP DANCE TANGO.  A quilting friend and I had a blast following along with this Mystery.

2.  This is another Quilt Along that Carole recently had on her blog.  The title of the quilt is SCRAP DANCE WALTZ.  I just love the names that she chooses for her projects.  This is going to be a step by step quilt for me.  I am making this one for one of my Sisters In Laws as a Christmas present.  So as long as I have it completed by the end of November; I will be tickled pink! 

So my goal for this quarter is to finish sewing together all of my Half Square Triangles and getting them all trimmed to the correct size of the two and a half inches.  All other pieces are cut and I have completed one row and three of block A.  So I am very confident that I will accomplish this goal!

3.  This quilt top was made following a Jenny Doan video "SPRING RAIN" from Missouri Star Quilt Company on You Tube.  The only difference is I used Christmas fabrics.  I had so much fun making this quilt that I definitely want to make another one!  But first, I have to get this one Quilted!  So that is my goal for this quarter.  Hopefully, I will get the binding on also.  Yet, if I just get it quilted I will have met my goal and be very pleased!

4.  The fabrics here are for reversible placemats.  I have everything all cut out and even started free motion machine quilting one of them.  Then, I have no idea what happened and why they were pushed aside and forgotten about.  I really honestly do not even remember why or even who they were being made for.  Is that not so funny?  So my goal is to get the FOUR PLACEMATS COMPLETELY FINISHED BY THE END OF THE QUARTER. 

5.  Can you tell I am really into Christmas projects?  LOL.  Actually, I have a ton (well it seems that way to me) of unfinished projects and these were the ones on the top.  Plus, one of the goals on my Blog this year is to post at least once a week a project tutorial or link of Christmas projects.  I do not ever want to be a last minute gift maker again! 

So these are both individual printed fabrics and I decided to quilt them into table toppers.  I have both of the fronts sewn on but I did not put on any backs.  Which leaves me once again wondering what in the world was I thinking.  But, I figured this one out.  My Dad was admitted into the hospital while doing these and all I was going to do was lay fabric over the top and sew around, turn inside out and yadda yadda.  So, that is my goal on both of these...TO GET THEM FINISHED AND LOOKING PRETTY AS TABLE TOPPERS.

6.  This is a Wall Hanging Panel that I want to do some fancy Hand Embroidery Stitches on!  I really enjoy doing hand embroidery and I think that this one will be just for Hubby and Myself.  Looking at the backing fabric though, I think I will be changing that.  So my Goal is to have it completely Hand Embroidered by the end of the Quarter.  That is all, the remainder will be in another quarter.

7.  This is a Project Linus quilt that I made and it somehow got pushed aside.  So my goal is to get it quilted and the binding put on as soon as possible.  Plus, deliver it to the monthly meeting!  I also hope to complete one other quilt (but that is not in the FAL).

I sure hope that I can accomplish all of these goals for the quarter of the FINISH A LONG  (FAL)!  Being this is my first one, I hope that I did not overload myself.  Now I will publish this and then go and read the link up information one more time and see how that goes!