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

Monday, August 18, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Do you remember me starting this
last fall?

Don't worry... I almost forgot about it myself!

When I was at the AQS quilt show a few weeks ago,
the Primitive Gatherings booth was there
and I was reminded of this piece.

When I returned home,
out it came and it will be 

I am doing a little hand quilting
to hold the top and backing together.
(I usually don't baste my hand quilted pieces with pins,
but it was easy and they were handy.)

The pattern suggests blanket stitching around the edge,
but I am going to bind mine with this piece of flannel.
I like the finished look of the binding.

Please Visit Patchwork Times to see what others are creating.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Finished Shirt Top!

Shirt Top...
Kind of redundant, but it's a completed top!
(And I think I have the name for this quilt!)

This quilt is made from
recycled 100% cotton
Men's shirts from a local thrift shop
I love it!!

I used 7 shirts in all,
following the directions found here.

I wasn't sure if I would like the 
red plaid shirt as the inner border and thought I 
would use yardage,
  but it actually worked well. 

There is not enough left of the shirt back pieces to make
 the backing, so I will either add more shirt pieces
or just use yardage for the backing.
If I use yardage, I can use the shirt backs to make the binding.

this quilt top cost $15 to make.
Not a bad deal!! 
(I will have to pay to have my Long Arm quilter quilt it...
it's too large for my machine quilting ability.)

I'm linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict today.

Happy Quilting!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Shirt quilt progress...

This quilt is coming together nicely.

I love how the plaids work together
and how comfy this quilt looks.

I made the piano key border
with nine patch cornerstones.

Next is to sew the borders onto the quilt
and make the backing.

This entire top was made from
Seven Men's dress shirts.
The cost... $15!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, August 11, 2014


At the beginning of the year I made
this Baby quilt from recycled men's shirts
and a little yardage.

A while back I made another trip to one of my local
Thrift shops and bought some more men's shirts....
All for $3.00 or less.

100% Cotton...
They looked like new....
Great plaids and colors...

I brought them home,
washed them twice on the hot water cycle,
and "deboned" them.

Then I found this blog post for making a quilt from
Recycled shirts.

I began cutting the shirt pieces...
Ironing and starching them...

Planning the blocks...

 And after a few hours work,
this is what I had.

I have half of the rows sewn together
and LOVE how it is turning out!
(This would make two cute baby quilts!)

The only yardage I might add is for a small red border
between the body and the piano key border.
Plus, there are enough shirt pieces to make the backing.

So, once this top is finished
I will have spent less than $20 on fabric for this quilt
that will measure approximately 52"x64".

(I would suggest NOT telling the clerk in the Thrift Shop
what you are planning on doing with the men's shirts...
The poor man almost cried.
"But these are good shirts and you are going to


Visit Patchwork Times to see what others are quilting.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, August 9, 2014


Several years ago I made this
Watermelon Quilt.
I loved making this one...
the colors,
the traditional pattern,
the placement of the seeds....

This quilt usually gets pulled out of the cupboard
in August.... when watermelon is the Tastiest!!

Do you see what my Long arm quilter quilted into this quilt??


How perfect!
(as long as they are stitched!)

The ants go marching...

Juicy slices...

I'm craving some watermelon now!

Happy Summer!!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Knitting Friday

I have done very little knitting these
past two weeks.

Last week I was out of town and didn't post,
but I didn't have anything to post anyway!

There is a new start this week....
I began knitting a new pattern
and didn't like it,
so I ripped it out.
Started another pattern
and didn't like it,
so ripped it out.
Then I decided to knit my usual
Vanilla socks.

I LOVE this yarn!
It's so much fun to knit with, 
watching to see what color comes next.

The Vanilla sock really shows off the yarn.

I did finish the bodies of these socks
and will add the
Afterthought Heels
where the pink yarn is located.
The socks are the same size,
even though they don't look like it here.

My sweater is still at a standstill.
I became frustrated with not being able to figure out
what to do next.
It's time to get this going again!

Visit Patchwork Times to see what others
are knitting!

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Boy Baby Quilt

I seem to usually make
Girl Baby Quilts
and decided I needed to make a
Boy Quilt
to donate to my church for the mission quilts

Somewhere in Blogland I saw this pattern.

Take a layer cake or 10" squares...
Cut the 10" squares in three different sizes...
(I cut 3" strips, 1 1/2" strips and then 5 1//2" strips were left)...
mix up the fabrics and sew the strips back into a block...
trim the blocks to 9"
and make a top!

I had a Riley Blake
"Pieces of Hope" layer cake and
began cutting.


After playing with the blocks,
I sewed them into this top.

Now it's ready for quilting and binding.

Quick and so easy!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Few Days Away....

This past week I enjoyed a 
"Quilting Getaway"
and had a great time!

I have been fortunate enough to take several trips with
a tour company that specializes in trips for Quilters.
Oh... what fun we have!
This past week I was on the "Charlotte Getaway"
and was able to attend the AQS quilt show in Charlotte,
along with a few other adventures.
If you have ever thought of taking a quilt trip,
this company really does a nice job
and treats their clients very well.
*Commercial over*


When I returned home on Saturday,
I began sewing my
"Spicy Spirals"
and yesterday finished all six!

My Design Wall isn't large enough,
so I had to pull out my Design Floor again.

These really are a lot of fun to make.
One twists in the opposite direction,
but it doesn't matter!

Now to baste and quilt these runners.
I think I will just quilt in the ditch.

I didn't take many photos of the quilts
at the AQS show, but did take this one.
When I saw this quilt, I knew immediately that it was based 
on the work of Chihuly.  I had been to his exhibit at our
local museum when it was here last year and have been a 
fan of his for some time.

Oh My!!

This won Best in Show.

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Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Looking Back

Several years ago I made a quilt for my
Best Girl Friend
(I didn't take pictures! Oh NO!!)
and had some left over blocks.
These blocks kept screaming
to me.

I took those left-over blocks and sewed them together
into a table runner size piece.

Then I appliqued fish, clams, sea horses, a starfish and sea grass
and had a ball.
I machine stitched water and more sea grass onto the piece
after the applique was complete.

 I was so excited with how it turned out.

Then I tried to decide where to put it.

I carried this runner around my house a number of times,
trying to find a place that would display it.

I didn't want to cover the fish and shells up with
"Table stuff," so I kept looking.

Finally I decided it wasn't going to work on a table,
I hung it on a wall.
Yep... stuck a few pins in it to anchor it to the wall
and it hangs in my hallway.

I love it!

(I really need to take a picture of the original quilt
since this looks NOTHING like it!)

Happy Quilting!

Monday, July 28, 2014

End of July??

It's the last Design Wall post for July??

Well, I did get some things done this week...

For those who missed it,
my Stripes and Dots top is finished.

I have decided to take this to my Long Arm quilter
and have her use her magic on this one.
I thought about adding something else to the border,
but the quilt is telling me it's done.  :)

Now that my Design Wall is open again,
I started on  a new Table Runner project.
(I'm on a Table Runner roll this summer!)

Last week my family spent a few days in
Virginia Beach and I visited the nicest little quilt shop called
Sarah was so friendly and helpful and she had a nice
selection of fabric.

While I was there I found a pattern I have wanted to make
for some time, but had not taken the time to order on line.

"Spicy Spiral Table Runner"

For a couple of years now I have made my siblings
and my mom a table runner or table topper and give them when we have
a mini reunion.

This will be the pattern for this years table runner.


I gathered up the fabric....
(Each one has been Patriotic.)

Began cutting, sewing and ironing strips....

Then cut the wedges and sewed the first one together.

One done... five more to go!!

These are a lot of fun to make and it is so
neat to see the spiral come together.

I am using the 10 degree wedge ruler instead of the 9 degree
the pattern calls for,
so my runner is larger than the pattern size.

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Happy Quilting!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Rain and Two Finishes!

Yesterday it rained and rained here....
so I was able to play in my
"Hidey Hole"
for a while!

Today I have Two Finishes to share!

First, I completed the top of my latest quilt.
This top does not have a name yet,
but I love it!

I haven't decided if I will quilt this one or send it 
to my long arm quilter, but I am leaning toward sending
it out.
It might need something fancier then what I can do!

This one was made with 
Stripes, Dots and Shot Cottons
from Kaffe Fassett.

The second finish is a pair of socks I had 
started months ago.  All they needed were the
Afterthought Heels to be completed.

I knitted the second heel last night and they are
ready to be gifted!

After finishing the pair above, I started knitting the 
second sock on another pair I had started a while ago.
The pink yarn line in the first sock is where the
Afterthought Heel will be added.

I really enjoy knitting with the Kroy sock yarn.

No work was done on my sweater this past week.
I have read the directions for knitting the collar several times
and cannot figure out what they are telling me to do.
I think I am going to have to phone a friend!
Hopefully next week there will be progress to show on that again.

to see what others are creating!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Green it is!

I made my decision and
I LOVE it!

The quilt blocks are sewn together
and the top is waiting for the 
Corner Triangles.

I'm almost wishing that I made this quilt
Maybe another one will be in my future??

Onto the corner triangles and then the borders.

Happy Quilting!