"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says...."Oh crap! She's up!" Unknown

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Polka Dots...

I couldn't wait any longer....
Even with all of the little things I need to finish
on the projects for my church Bazaar,
I had to start a new quilt.

A while back I bought this kit from one of my LQS's.
I LOVE polka dots!
This was a great quilt for me to work on now
because I didn't have to put a lot of thought into it.
I pulled out the fabric and began cutting, sewing and trimming.

Blocks ready to be used.

I love the rich colors in these fabrics.

This design is so striking to me...
Polka dots with the angles.
I'll keep sewing the squares up as I get a few minutes
and eventually it will be a top!

I have some of my tree ornaments ready for binding.

I'm having trouble finding little star buttons or beads.
Any suggestions?

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are creating.

Happy Quilting!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Froggie Went a Courtin'

A while back I made an Army of Frogs
for the Fall Bazaar at my church.


While I was putting these together,
a number of people asked for one to be held for them.

Therefore, I needed to make a few more for the bazaar.

I finally finished these last night!

This bunch is made from flannel and are not quilted,
but should be nice and warm.
(I had these flannel scraps left over from a quilt I made years ago.)

They are filled with rice (about 50 pounds total!!)
and can be heated in the microwave, 
then placed on a sore or achy spot.  Aaaahhhh.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, Friday

Boy, this week flew past!
I don't have a lot to show for it,
at least in my Hidey Hole.

A pair of socks has been finished!
I love this pattern....
love the texture and the look.

It did get off the tracks at one point, though.
I didn't notice it until the sock was almost finished.
It adds character, right??

The pattern came from this book.
I love the patterns, but I don't think I will ever
knit two socks at the same time.

The yarn is a bamboo yarn, which is nice and soft.
It split easily while knitting, though.

I started two different socks and ripped them both out after getting 
a few inches done. I just did not like them.
Something new will be started soon!

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are knitting.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Back at it!

I am back in my "Hidey Hole!"

Right now I have so many little things that
need to be finished for the bazaar my church is having
next Month.

Today I will make a master list of all these things
and begin to check them off as they are completed.

 I did complete one set of ornaments for the bazaar....

The wreath ornaments

I had ten, but gave one with the Tree skirt as a wedding gift.

I did begin working on a new quilt this week.
I HAVE to have something going!

The cutting is done, so the piecing can begin.

Happy Quilting!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Disappearing Act

I've been gone, but I am back!

For the first time in a long time...
maybe since Blogging,
I have nothing new to show today!

Last Wednesday I took the train to visit my
Sister-in-law in Montclair, NJ.
She invited me up to see a quilt exhibit at the 
Montclair Art Museum.

The quilter is Yvonne Wells and she is from Alabama....
Quite an interesting exhibit!
We went to a lecture given by Ms. Wells and an
art professor, Dr. Nell Painter.
Learning about Ms. Wells quilting path was also very interesting...

Ms. Wells has never had a sewing lesson or quilting lesson,
and only quilts from the heart
so her quilting is "right" or "perfect."

If you are in the area, it would be worth going to the
Montclair Art Museum to view the quilts on display.
Fourteen quilts are Ms. Wells' and the rest of the quilts in the
exhibit were made by  other women from Alabama.

 Yvonne Wells, "Rosa Parks I," cotton, polyester and plastic buttons, 2005

Rosa Parks 1
Image taken from here.

Image taken from

This is Ms. Wells self portrait.

She uses fabric and embellishments that she finds or has been given.
When she is making her quilts, she just begins cutting her pieces...
no drawing, no patterns, just cuts. 
If only I could cut loose just a little!

I will have something new to show soon!

Happy Quilting everyone! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Ornament Week

For the first time in YEARS
I do not have a large quilt in progress.
This will have to be remedied soon!


This week I have Ornaments on my Design Wall.
I realized that the Bazaar my church is having
this fall is only a month and a half away!
I need to get going!!

So this is what I have been working on this weekend....

The binding needs to be stitched down on the back,
a little hand quilting will be done
and bows will added to the front of these
wreath ornaments.
 (The binding is pinned and ready to stitch...
makes for some bumpy looking ornaments.)

These trees need to be quilted,
have beads added,
and then bound.

Hopefully in the next few days these will be finished
and I'll move to the next item on my
Bazaar list....
Santa ornaments
Pot holders!

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others
are creating.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Knitting Friday

The knitting needles were in motion this week.
I'm working on some socks to give as gifts
and the fact that it is October 3rd threw me for a loop!

This pair is finished and set aside for Christmas.

I love the texture of this pattern,
but will not use the k1p3 for the ribbing again.
I like a tighter cuff.

This is a Saki Bamboo yarn in
"Crayon Box"... perfect for my Art Teacher friend!

This next pair is so much fun to knit!
There is a 4 row pattern and I have made a few mistakes,
but who can tell?

These colors aren't as bright as the picture shows.

This yarn is so soft and squishy,
but it does split easily.

Both of these socks are from this book:

I have not come close to mastering
2-at-a-time socks.
In fact, I can't even figure out how to cast on both pair
on the same needles!

I do like the patterns, though.


Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are
knitting today.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Another Baby Quilt Delivered

This Baby Quilt was started a while ago
and I finally quilted and bound it this week.

It has been delivered to my church
for our Baby Quilt Ministry.

I used a Layer Cake to make this quilt.
Each piece was cut into the same size pieces
and then I rearranged the pieces, stitched them
back together and squared the blocks.

It was quick to put together and made a cute quilt.


Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Wedding Gift Almost Finished

I don't remember when it started,
but I have been giving
Christmas tree skirts as 
Wedding Gifts
for a while.

Last night I finished up the latest tree skirt.
The wedding is this coming Sunday,
so it was finished just in time.
(I do need to sew the button and label on yet.)

I used the pattern found here.
The pattern was well written and
went together quickly.

This will be nice and bright under the tree.

I quilted the poinsettias and helped them
stand out a bit.

Today this will be finished and wrapped
and ready to deliver.
Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are creating.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Knitting Friday

The "Crayon Box" socks are getting closer
to being a completed pair this week.
This pattern has been fun to knit...
if I remember where I am, row-wise!


There are a few mistakes in this pair,
but with this yarn they are difficult to see.

Once again, I turned the heels instead of using
the Afterthought Heel.
It is a challenge for me to pick up the stitches along the edge
of the heel, but it's done.

This pattern is K1P3 for two rows,
then K across for four rows.

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are knitting.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Another Quilter in the House?

As I have mentioned before, 
I have two daughters,
neither of whom have had any desire to
follow in my quilting footsteps.. at all.

Until this week.

My oldest daughter has Down Syndrome
and fine motor activities are difficult for her.
A dear friend is getting married in October
and my daughter decided she wanted to make
this friend a table runner for a wedding gift.

Off to the quilt shop we went
and found some gorgeous fall fabric.

I cut the runner out and we layered and basted.

Then DD began to quilt it.
(My sewing machine has a speed button...
perfect for this situation!)

SLOWLY stitching the lines across the runner...
stopping to smooth and straighten.

The runner is finished and DD could not be more excited!
 (I sewed the binding onto this first runner.)

The quilted lines...
She LOVES the squiggly lines on it!
"It's perfect!"

Now she is making a list of people for whom 
she will be making runners for Christmas.
This is how the obsession begins, right??
It's exciting.

I did finish the second little heart quilt.
(Story found here.)

I'll put this one away until I need another happy gift.

Happy Quilting everyone!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Holiday Gift Quilt

My one SIL and I have very different tastes,
so when she went to a quilt shop with me
on vacation this summer
and mentioned that she loved a bundle of fabric and
really liked a pattern,
I jumped on it!

I cut all of the pieces for this quilt one afternoon
and began putting the blocks together.

While the fabric is beautiful,
it is too neutral for my taste.

I am pleased with how the quilt turned out, though.

My Design Wall was occupied,
so the Design Floor was put into use.


One thing I came to realize making this quilt....
I used a jelly roll for a lot of the blocks
and did not enjoy sewing along those pinked edges at all.
I had the hardest time getting an accurate 1/4" seam.

This one was sent off to my Long Arm Quilter
and will be ready to give at holiday time.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Share the Love...

Last week Lea Anne at Podunk Pretties
posted a challenge being given by
using this free pattern offered by

free heart pat (2) 

The Share the Love Challenge challenges us
 to make one of these quilts and give it to
someone in need.
Lea Anne Double Dog Dared me to participate.

It just so happens that a dear friend of mine is having
surgery tomorrow after a long medical ordeal. 
He is one of the kindest, most generous,
loving people I know and this little quilt will go to him.

I started piecing the heart yesterday
and finished the first one last night.

My little heart is being made with
2 1/2" squares instead of the 5" squares
used in the Fat Quarter Shop pattern.

Chain stitching the HST's

Cutting the HST's to size.

Top all pieced and ready for quilting.

My finished Heart Quilt will be delivered this week.

This whole process took about 3 hours.
My second one is on the wall,
waiting to be sewn together.

This little heart will be put away
until another person needs a little love.

Join in on this challenge!
I Double Dog Dare you.

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others
are creating.

Happy Quilting!