Monday, January 25, 2016

Fun Idea

I saw a fun idea on Facebook some time this past month.  It used the squares from old calendars to make labels for your quilt blocks when putting them into rows.

I cut the number squares out of the calendar and label each one.  I added two holes to put the pins through.  I love how it worked!  

Saturday, January 16, 2016


The first weekend in January my sister, Deb, came over and we sewed together.  Actually she sewed!  She was working on some cute pouches.  I love how her hair has come back in after her Chemo.  She had such straight hair and now it's curly!

I decided to take my bin of muslin fabric and cut the "scraps" into squares to use for foundation fabric for string blocks.  I've been cutting on those scraps since summer and I'm really tired of them in hanging around in the sewing room.  LOL  So I finished cutting them.  A project completed even though it isn't a quilt or anything.  Sometimes that background work gets forgotten when we're working on a project.  This is part of what I have ended up with, 6.5 inch squares.  I have no idea how many squares are in there, but I bet at least one, maybe two, quilts worth.

Does any one else love recycling those plastic boxes for quilt projects?  Some of them are the perfect size for temporary storage.

Monday, January 11, 2016

I'm Back!

I'm back!  I've been under the weather with a health issue, but am feeling better and back on track for 2016.

A little catching up to do.  First, had a wonderful time at my September Retreat with Quilts From The Bluffs.
Sea of Blue
I finished sewing "Hard Tack and Coffee"! 

Now to get it quilted.  I've been toying with the idea of hand quilting it with perle cotton.  

More to come,  I promise, I will be better.  I have so much to show you!   

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Avignon Picnic Quilt

Avignon Picnic Quilt is totally done and went to CUAQ (quack) Therapy with me on Thursday.

I had some leftover strips, enough to make this bag.

The tote pattern is from Missouri Star Quilt Company and you can find it on YouTube here.  I put only one pocket on instead of two.  But the tote was super easy to make.  

How has your weekend been?

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Table Toppers

The table toppers are finished and ready to go to Quilt Retreat.  Seeing the picture, I almost want to make another 9 to make into a quilt.  But I won't..

I've been starting to pack.  We need to take bedding and towels, so I have a blue IKEA bag ready with those items.   I have a few projects in another bag.  But I need to narrow it down and not take too much.  I over pack projects every time.  Or and I guess I need to think about clothes too......

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


I was doing a bit of early morning sewing today.  I woke up about 4:30 and since I usually get up about 5:00, I decided to stay up.  Got the coffee made and went about sewing.  All was going well for about 45 minutes until I accidentally ran over a pin.  What a mess!

I bent the pin like I have never seen before and broke the tip of it off.  I looked for some time to find the tip as I didn't want it caught in my machine doing more damage.  I do remove pins as I sew.  My mind just wasn't on the task at hand and I wasn't fast enough.

Now to the ouch part, while trying to snip off a thread to loosen my fabric, I snip a slit into my finger.  Ouch!  Time for a break and no more sewing for this morning.  Going to get cleaned up and ready for work.

P.S.  No fabric was damaged during this fiasco.

Saturday, September 12, 2015


My Avignon Picnic quilt is quilted!  Just need to add the binding.  

A few years ago a friend had made a quilt with bright batiks and black that I fell in love with.  I now have that one crossed off my wish list.  I had lots of leftover fabric, so I will be making something else with those pieces.

So many ideas and desires of quilts I would love to make.  I think maybe that's one reason why I have so many UFOs.  I love to start the quilts but soon I'm thinking about the next one and the pull to start can be come so great that I quit what I'm doing and start it. ( also know as Startitis)

Speaking of finishing, I need to get back to the last of my table toppers!