Wednesday, July 6, 2016

WOW – July 6, 2016

I thought I would start off by showing you all the last cake I made for my son’s girlfriend birthday.  It was chocolate cake with berry pie filling oh so yummy!!!

So a few weeks I started this great project that was on the Moda Bakeshop website.  The quilt designer is Pamela Jane Morgan.  The blocks are so adorable I can’t seem to get enough of them.  She is releasing them two a week and I’m having a hard time every week waiting for the next blocks.

I also made some pillows for my daughter’s sofa and for her bed I like the way they turned out. 

Lastly I made a block for an exchange for one of my quilt guilds.  I used one of the splendid sampler quilt block patterns with my own design.  I think she will like it.

I’m off to Chicago next week for vacation should be a fun time.


Lisa Mortell

Friday, July 1, 2016

Happy July 1st

Hard to believe I haven’t posted to my blog since March.  My daughter moved into her condo the end of March and my dad, husband and I took about two weeks off work to fix her place up we pretty much completely redid the kitchen. Everything turned out really nice and my daughter is doing great having her own independence.  I have really missed her we are so close and not seeing her every day is hard. 
I have continued to work on my Jennifer Reynold’s BOM they are all such sweet patterns to stich this will be a nice quilt when it’s done. 




I also started last year’s BOM from Sue Spargo called Folk-tails.  I had so much on my plate last year with my son’s wedding and our 5 months of remodeling I never got a chance to start it.  Sue has published her pattern so the nice thing about waiting is I can post photo on my blog as I finish the blocks.  I have the first 6 block completed and this is really going to be a special quilt. 


I’m looking forward to the 4th of July holiday.  Hope everyone has a wonderful week.


Lisa Mortell

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

WOW – March 16, 2016

Last weekend was my guild’s quilt show as always it was a great time.  Lots of friends, quilts and shopping. I was pretty good I brought home some green and turquoise wool that was so yummy. 
My daughter’s condo closing was delayed until this coming Monday so all the remodeling is on hold for another week.  Hopefully I can spend some time in my sewing room this weekend considering once the moving and remolding start I might not sew for weeks.
I finished the third Jen Jennifer Reynold’s BOM.  This one is my favorite so far. 

I also made a Polaroid block to finish my block swap quilt I was short one block.  I also put the quilt together and now I have to quilt it.   This will be the next top that I quilt I have three tops waiting in the wings that need to be finished right now. 

Lastly two more POD blocks eight more to go for the bookshelves part of the quilt.  I’m excited to finish this!

Have a wonderful week!


Lisa Mortell

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

WOW – March 9, 2016

So last Thursday my friend Anna that I have been making all the nursery items for had her baby three weeks early.  Everyone did fine and the baby is healthy but mom and dad were not ready thinking that they had a few more weeks to get ready.  So my husband and I ended up making a trip to Baby’s R Us for them so they could bring home our sweet little Gwendolyn. 

I finished the bumper pad’s for the crib this fabric is so cute.  Anna was going to sew the sheets herself but now that she has a newborn I think I will end up doing that. 

I also make two more sets of pillow cases everyone want’s cat pillow cases!!

Sunday I had a party for my husband’s Birthday what a busy week this has been.  I think he enjoyed himself.  This is the yummy chocolate cake I made for him!!!

The next week will be just as busy with the quilt show the next four days.  Nonstop fun and I’m going to have to figure out how to get some baby time in.


Lisa Mortell

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

WOW – March 2, 2016

We have had lots of rain the last few days and the wind was so strong that we had to take our flags of the flag pole.  Today seems to be nicer just a little sprinkle.  I have been so mentally overloaded lately with helping my daughter with buying her condo and getting ready to do a small remodel of her kitchen in her new place. Thing will be crazy for the next three weeks so I’m trying to get as much sewing done whenever I can. 

This quilt has been done for the last three weeks but I just hadn’t had time to take photos.  I will be putting this quilt in our QA quilt show this month.  I made this for my son’s girlfriend for a graduation gift I know she will like it she is very girly.  I had fun making this and I love Dresden’s now but I have to say doing the split petals makes for a lot of bulk I have lots of scraps for this because I didn’t read the instruction correctly and made twice as many petals as I needed so I will more than likely make another one to use up the scraps but not now. 


I finished Anna’s pillows for the nursery she loved them that made me happy.  Now I have to make the bumper pads and then most of the nursery will be done. My goal is to get it finished by the end of this week that way I can concentrate on my daughters move.

So about a month ago I brought home a fat quarter of this cat fabric thinking I would put it in my POD (Harry Potter) quilt well my daughter saw it and went crazy and wanted pillow cases made out of it and then my sons girlfriend was “I want them toooooo” so I went back to the store and bought fabric for the pillow cases I used the green colorway for my daughter it will go nicely with all the colors he has picked for her new place.  I stuck with the pink or Olivia.  They turned out really nice they are already on their beds.

Lastly I started a quilt a year ago called Annabelle’s Adventure by Michele Marll.  I completed all the blocks by June and then I got a wild hair (bunny joke) and decided to design my own border using elements form the different blocks.  So I drew it all out and then got distracted with other project and deadlines.  We I’m back to working on it and it’s coming out very nice.  This is the middle of the four sides of the border this is inspired by Annabelle’s flower or her head.  There will be some kites and maybe even pumpkins and apples. I’m just really glad to back to this quilt it going to be amazing when I’m done.

Forgot the last POD block I completed.

Have a wonderful week. 


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

WOW February 24, 2016

As always it seems like every week goes so fast.  I spent most of my week working on my second Sue Spargo block.  I find I’m just obsessed with these as soon as I start them and can’t seem to stop until I’m done. 

I also worked on two pillows for my friend that’s having a baby to decorate the baby’s room these will look nice on the glider.  This first one is finished and the second one is quilted but needs to be sewn to make the pillow.  I should get the pillow forms by the end of the week so I will take photos when they are stuffed.


We also had her baby shower this weekend and she loved her quilt so that was really nice to see her reaction.  Her mother-in-law hosted the shower and I made the cake I was really happy with the way it turned out yummy and beautiful at the same time. I love making these naked cakes with fresh flowers so much easier then sugar flowers and fondant.

Inside of the Cake so Yummy Vanilla sour cream cake, pastry cream, cream cheese frosting and fresh fruit.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week.


Lisa Mortell