Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WOW February 10, 2016

I finished the quilt that I was working on for the quilt show but unfortunately I did not get a photo yet so I will have to show you next week.  Getting that done freed me up to work on my Harry Potter quilt that I started about a year ago and it has been really neglected.  I’m excited to work on it again and I’m hoping that I can finish it this year.  These are the blocks that I finished the last two weeks. 

This is my second block for the Jennifer Reynold BOM. 


Lisa Mortell

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WOW – January 27, 2015

Last Friday my first Block came for this year’s Sue Spargo BOM so I stitched all weekend and during my lunch breaks at work I’m about 90 percent done.  I wish I could show you a photo but you have to agree not to put photos on blogs or social media until the pattern is published.  It’s just wonderful like everything else she does.  Next year I will be able to show you when it’s all done. 

I made two receiving blankets for gifts this week.  I love making these they take about an hour and turn out so nice.

I pin basted and marked the quilt I have been working on since October for my son’s girlfriend.  I’m also putting this in our quilt show so I have to get it done by the end of February.  Hopefully I will have it done by next week’s WOW might be wishful thinking.

Back of the quilt

I have loved seeing everyone’s Hazel blocks on Facebook!! Too bad I don’t have time to make that quilt I think it will be lovely, but man do I have too many projects going right now. 

Hope everyone has a great week!


Lisa Mortell

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

WOW January 19, 2016

I have had a very productive sewing week yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. day and I had the day off from work so I spent the all day Sunday and Monday sewing that doesn’t happen that often.   I have been working on a baby quilt for a very dear friend she picked the fabric out of my stash but other than that the quilt will be a surprise and I will give it to her at her baby shower in about three week.  She also wanted me to teach her to sew so I decided that a matching bed skirt for the crib was an easy project that we could accomplish.  You forget how long it takes to get anything done when you are teaching someone and having them do all of it so they can really learn.  We spent about 5 hours on Saturday and got the bed skirt a little over half done.  She is doing a good job I’m having her line it so it has a more substantial look to it. We are also going to make some bomber pads too.

I also started a new BOM from Jenny Reynold of Elfantz Designs this will be sweet.  This photo shows my first block and the other fabric I'm going to use for the sashing and the border.  I have had this fabric for a white now just itching for some project that would do it justice. I think this is it.  

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!


Lisa Mortell

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

WOW – January 13, 2016

My first blog post of 2016!  I’m hoping this year to take time to post to my blog. Our family has had a very nice holiday season and we finally finished our house remodel what a burden off our shoulders.  As nice as it is to have the house all new cooking all your meals on a camp stove in the garage really sucks.  Everything turned out great and we are all getting use to the differences. 

I have been sewing quite a bit over the last few months with a few things to share with you.  First I made a small bag for my husband to give a coworker for her birthday.  I love the trim. 

Next over the New Year’s weekend I made myself a new sewing bag.  This was the first time I used this pattern and I would do a few things differently but overall I’m really happy with how it turned out and it was a great use for this fabric I had just purchased. 


Well I just wanted to say I’m really happy that Esther’s group has moved to Facebook.  So much easier to communicate with people real-time. Hope everyone has a wonderful week.

God Bless

Lisa Mortell


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

WOW – October 6th 2015

Hard to believe it’s already October this summer went by so fast without even one blog post.  My oldest son was married on July 11 and everything went wonderful.  We also started a major remodeled of our home six weeks ago.  We have been without a kitchen for over three weeks and it should be at least three more before we have appliances and water and another four weeks until everything is finished.  We are trying to not go crazy living in a mess and cooking only items that can be microwaved.  This week we are staying with my parents because the hard wood floors and being finished. 

I have been doing quite a bit of sewing this last month my sewing room is one of the few rooms not being affected by this remodel. 

I finally finished my Quick Curve Ruler quilt that I made two years ago but never quilted.  It always feel good to finish a UFO.  I like the way it turned out and my daughter has claimed it for her own.

Next I made a very simple baby quilt for one of my son’s friends that just had a baby.  This was very fast made from a charm pack. 

My niece is expecting a little boy in January and I wanted to make something more modern so is decided to make this cute fox pattern.  I made a sample big block with scrap flannel that I had left over from a big bed quilt I made for my son. I will be giving this one to the children’s shelter that my guild donates to. 

This is the finished quilt for my niece I really love the way it turned out and the quilting is very soft and supple. The color combo’s really work.

Now I have to start designing a new baby quilt for dear friends of my husband and I they are having a little girl in March.  I want to do something really special for them so as soon as I can go back home I will start working on a design for this. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful week.


Lisa Mortell

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WOW – June 24, 2015

This week is going so fast hard to believe its Wednesday already.  My husband has been out of town all week for work so I have been doing some mindless sewing whale watching Orange is the New Black. Have to say I’m a little addicted to that show right now.  I’m a few episodes into the second season.

So when I first started quilting four years ago I bought so many book and one of them was The Civil War Sewing Circle.  I feel in love with this book and as a new quilter I got very excited and signed to buy kits for many of the quilts in the book.  That being said I never made one of them so last Sunday I pulled out one of the kits for a doll quilt and started sewing it was fun to make a quilt that you could finish in a day so then Monday and last night I made two more.  They are so fun and I’m enjoying using these fabrics I normally don’t use. I think I still have three more of these kits someday I will finish all of them. 

Saturday my husband and I drove to Olympia to meet my daughter and her boyfriend at the SCA event they were attending.  We had fun and meet some really nice people and got to where our new dresses.   I have included a close up of the neck line you can see the chemise I made to go under it.  Chloe patterned the collars to be the same so just the trim would show.  We have a store that sells the best trims in Seattle and the one I used was vintage. 

I’m down to only two weeks before my son’s wedding so I might not be doing much sewing we will see it’s hard for me to stay out of my sewing room. 

Have a wonderful week.



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wow – June 17, 2015

The last few week my daughter and I have been sewing like mad women. She is a member of the SCA and has been trying to get a few garments done for her boyfriend and herself for the summer events they have been attending.  We have made seven garments so far and I’m working on two more for myself.
The green dress if for my daughter the wool one we made her was to hot so we opted for some really nice linen with a crochet trim.  The blue dress is for me I still need to get the sleeves done and hem and lace. I also will be making a slip to go with it tonight.  I have to have this all done by Saturday for an event I'm going to.  I really love the way the dress is turning out. 

We are also working on new dresses for the Renaissance Fair in August and one of our friends that doesn't sew wanted an outfit. We have been teaching her and she finished her skirt and I have been making the bodice for her it’s a little too complicated for a beginner.  I’m close to being done but it’s on hold until I get that blue dress done. (by the way it's silk so pretty)

Lastly I have a quit to show everyone.  I finished this about three weeks ago for a friend of my daughter that is having a baby girl.  I love this quilt so much I hate to give it away.  Dose that happen to any of you? 

Well have a wonderful week.