Sunday, October 30, 2011


As you know I've been cleaning my sewing space and I've been very inspired by a blog: The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking .   She has wonderful ideas and I want to do that to my home.  The past month has been 31 days of Organizing with lots of ideas.  I cleaned my bathroom yesterday and am doing over some  drawers.

My sister, Deb at Cluttered Quilter talks about a new site she has found which is also very inspiring to me.  (Can you guess that my sister and I have the same problem? Organization and lots of clutter?) Check it out at her blog.  I love the ideas.

By the way, I made some more string blocks.

 And worked on the quilt blocks I started at the Retreat.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Did 15 minutes more of cleaning.  I worked mainly on my cutting table as that's where I have the most stuff.  I think it's going to take a few more 15 minutes to get this done.  My reward for cleaning was to sit and make a string block.
 This block has some odd colors as I truly went with whatever I pulled out.  Interesting.  But I know it will look great when I sew it into a quilt.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sewing Room Mess

My sewing room is such a mess.  I have stuff stacked on the cutting table, stuff stacked on the day bed, and piled on the floor.  I have bins I have gotten out and not put back.  What a mess.  So my 15 minutes tonight was spent cleaning a little.  (And 15 minutes was all I spent, I was having major motivation problems.)

Monday, October 24, 2011


I need to give you a little background.  We live in the country.  We moved here almost 14 years ago and at the time we moved we had 5 cats and 3 dogs of various ages.  We now have just one dog.  

We went out of town this past weekend and I think we have a little furry animal that has moved in.  Not sure how he got in (or when) but I found hints of his existence tonight when I opened the towel drawer in the mudroom and there was LOTS of dog kibble and mouse droppings in the drawer.  (The towels are now in the washer and the kibble has been vacuumed up.)  I'm thinking that I may be getting another cat or two very soon.  The thing is, how can you be sure that the kitten you're getting is a mouser?  If you have any tips, let me know.

On a brighter note, I finished another hexagon.  See??

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Quilt Guild

I went to Piecemaker's Quilt Guild again last night.  What a wonderful time.  There was Show and Tell and treats after the meeting.  But the program was the best part.  Two members from the guild did Trunk Show's of their own work .


For years I have thought "I wish I could do that."  Now I've been trying to change my thinking and my thoughts tonight were, "I know I could make quilts like that."  I believe it.  And I felt a peace when I thought that.

Looking forward to what my quilting days bring!

PS  I'l link you up with the Guild's blog when the pictures are up.

Monday, October 17, 2011


Here are all of the coasters I finished this weekend.  Coming up with the fabric combinations was the best part.  Going through the stash and deciding which fabric to use - heaven.

I also sewed all of my blocks that I had pinned. Ready to piece the next side and add them to the block.  Wonder how long that will take me....... ?????

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Quilt Day

Yesterday was quilt day.  Julie brought her quilt back for us to see.  She has the borders on.  Her niece loved it and her other niece asked her to make one for her.  It's so beautiful. I love the little bit of turquoise in it.

  I worked at cutting more of the Christmas fabric and at home I worked on my criss cross coasters.  I need to get them all finished today.  Wish me luck!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Still Catching Up

I'm still catching up.  This is the last project I worked on at the Retreat and it's still at about the same stage even though it's been 3 weeks.  (Has it really been that long?) I showed you the fabric here.
And you may even be able to read the date on the picture, Oct 2.  That was a week after the Retreat!

On a positive note, look at how much I have left of my Christmas fabric stash!
This bin was filled to the top and it was really mashed into the bin.  I'm thinking those jelly roll racers may be the ticket to reducing the overflow of fabric in a bin!

And last but not least are 3 of the criss cross coasters I made last night.
I love making these.  They go together so fast and are so cute.  What great gifts they would make. Have a great day!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sewing For A Cause

As you might know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.    

For the past few years I have helped my friend make little gifts for a Survivors Dinner, Women Helping Women.  Last year we made origami bags and this year we are making criss cross coasters.  They are really fast and fun to make.

I have cut out 10 coasters tonight and will get another 10 cut out tomorrow so I can sew them all this weekend.  I'll post a picture once I have some finished.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


As you may remember, I went to the Piecemaker's Quilt Guild meeting just before the Retreat.  Here is a link to that meeting and all of Brenda's cool stuff.

I'm also trying something else here.  I haven't been able to figure out how to do a slide show that I'm happy with yet.  So in the mean time, I have added a badge to the side from my flickr account so you can see the rest of the pictures from the Retreat.

Have a wonderful evening!

Monday, October 10, 2011


I know, where have I been and what have I been doing?    I think I over did it at the Retreat.  It's taking me a long time to get back into the groove again.  I'll start with showing you what I did at the Retreat.

 I started this jelly roll racer Thursday night and finished it on Friday morning.  So interesting the way the fabrics play out.  Just like working with variegated yarn.

Then I worked on a Halloween quilt.  I started this Friday and finished it up on Saturday morning.  This was made with my Halloween stash.  And yes, I still have lots of that stash left!  LOL  We took a break to go to a local quilt shop, which was fun.  It's so hard to not buy more fabric.  (I have so much stash now, it's hard to justify buying more fabric.)

The last top I finished was another jelly roll racer.  I love the way the black weaves itself around in this one.   And then I started one more top on Sunday, which I'm still working on now.

Have a great evening and I'll be back tomorrow with more pictures!