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

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sewing Soon...

I don't think I have ever gone this long without
creating something in my Hidey Hole.
My shoulder has been injected again
and will hopefully behave itself so I can sew.

In preparation,
I have begun laying a project out on my 
Design Wall.

This is going to be a Cathedral Window
quilt as I go project.

I just love these fabrics.
The "window" fabric has so much movement
and beautiful swirling colors.

These fabrics sure brighten up my Design Wall!

I'm itching to get sewing again!

Happy Quilting!!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Amish Style Quilts

The History of Quilting club I belong to just finished a session on
Amish Quilting.
Amish quilts have always interested me.
The simplicity and starkness of the style are beautiful.

For this session we were asked to make an
Amish style quilt measuring no more than 24".
Let me just say,
I have a new appreciation for those who make Amish quilts.

Working with dark solid fabrics was a lot more difficult than I imagined,
especially when it came to the quilting.

We had our "reveal" today of the quilts we made and they were all
(Once again I didn't get pictures of all of the quilts!)
It was so neat to see the colors and designs we all chose.
No two were alike... even a little!

I will confess that I made two, but no one will see the first one
unless I rip out some of the quilting and do it again.
Solid fabrics show Every Single Stitch!!
There is no hiding mediocre quilting.

a second quilt was made and I hand quilted this one.
I learned that I need to do more hand quilting!
It leaves a bit to be desired.

 The pink isn't as bright as the picture shows,
but it does give a pop of color.
One challenge for me was to put colors together
that don't "match" in my book,
but it works here.

I really enjoy making nine patches
and love this design.

I don't see myself making too many Amish style quilts,
but I did learn a lot while making this one.

The best part of today was the quilt exchange.
We drew names to see whose quilt we would get to bring home.
I would have been thrilled with any of the quilts made by
this talented group of women.

This is my new treasure.

 (This quilt is square... It's the photographer who is crooked!)

This was pieced and hand quilted by Diane.
Isn't it gorgeous?

It's "Amish Modern" to me and
perfect for me with all of the bright colors!

Her hand quilting is wonderful and
I just love her design, too.

It will be exciting to begin our next session of History Club in January.
Linda, our leader, is planning a mystery!
Hopefully solid fabrics won't be needed. 

Happy Quilting!!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Not a Knitting Blog!

Sewing and quilting have come to a 
screeching halt at my house.
My shoulder is aggravated again,
enough that I'm having an injection on Monday.
I come in my Hidey Hole
and just look at all that I want to be working on,
but it's too painful. 

Knitting, however, doesn't bother me.
I first thought that was the cause of my shoulder pain,
but found that it's the sewing.

I decided to begin knitting another sweater
and have chosen an easier pattern then 
At least I think it will be easier.

Here is what I have done so far...

This will be a cardigan made from this pattern

It's hard to see anything but the color of the yarn at this point,
but I'll keep plugging away at it.

You know I always have a sock or two going as well.
 Here is my latest...

This is a new  yarn to me and is knitting up nicely.
The purple and blues in with the oranges
really give it a pretty stripe.

Hopefully there will be more quilty things on here soon!

Have a great weekend everyone.

Happy Friday!


Monday, November 9, 2015

A little sewing...

Except when I've been out of town,
it's been a long time since I have done so
little sewing.

I'm continuing to work on this secret project
and I'm not having the best of time making it.
It's coming together and will be finished soon.

This week I did pull these blocks out and have
half of them sewn together.

I love the pinwheels within the bars in this design.
In making these blocks, I made a HUGE error
and had to do A LOT of ripping.
It's all better now!

Hopefully the rest of these blocks will be sewn
together in the next few days.

These fabrics are
Minick and Simpson's new line.
I don't usually purchase fabric lines,
but love their fabrics and am a sucker for
Polka Dots and Paisley!

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are creating.

Happy quilting!

Friday, November 6, 2015

No Quilting To Show...

I have been working on a small quilt project,
but can't show it quite yet.
It's a secret and one I hope to have finished soon!

I do have a complete knitting finish though!
My very first sweater is completed....
buttons and all...

I wanted some fancy ceramic buttons,
but saw these plain brushed silver buttons
and knew they would look nice on the sweater.

It's finished just in time for cooler weather!

I ordered yarn to knit another sweater and am hoping
this next sweater is a bit easier and won't take
a year and a half!

Another sock is finished and it's mate is half done.

 This yarn is wonderful to knit.

I need to knit the short row heel and then will finish the foot.

Hopefully soon I will have more quiltiness to show here!

Please visit Patchwork Times to see other knitted creations.

Happy Friday!

Friday, October 30, 2015


A new sock is on my needles this week.

It's a plain vanilla sock,
but I love the yarn.

Mindless knitting is so wonderful!
I started knitting a "fancy" sock with this yarn,
but the pattern didn't show up at all.
Out it came and a plain sock was started.

The colors in this yarn are so random.
The yellow really sparkles.

This yarn is being knitted on size 2 needles.
I cast on 60 stitches
and used the short row heel.

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are knitting.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 29, 2015


For nine months I have been receiving 
Squishy packages in the mail
containing two sets of solid fabrics.
With these packets of solid fabrics I have been making the blocks for
the quilt "Gravity."

As of this week,
all of the bright, colorful blocks are finished!

These are the last two blocks that needed to be made.

The next steps will be to make the gray background...
and there will be a lot of that!

In the meantime,
I am playing with the finished colored blocks.

I placed all of the blocks on my
Design Wall.

It's amazing how many different colors are in this quilt....
over 100 according to the quilt shop website.

They look like jewels shimmering in the light.

Next month the different shades of gray fabric will arrive
in a squishy envelope.
I will be busy cutting diamond gray shapes for the background
and finishing this top.

I'm excited!

Happy quilting!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

"Tell Me About It"

The text quilt is finished!
And Named!
(But not labeled yet.)

I just love this quilt...
all of the words and letters and pictures
really move my eye around it.

This orange fabric was found on the half price rack!

 The little surprises found in this quilt are wonderful.
I didn't fussy cut anything.... they just happened.

I couldn't get a photo of the quilt straight on...
I'm too short and had to stand on a stool,
so it looks a bit wonky.
This quilt is about 60" square.
The pattern for this is found here.

Playing with the text fabrics was so much fun;
I'm ready to make something else with them. 

"Tell Me About It"
will be put aside until it tells me where it belongs.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Back Home

These past couple of weeks have had me on the road.
I have done a lot of driving and very little sewing!
I'm back home for a while and I'm looking forward
to getting back into my "Hidey Hole"
and getting some things accomplished.

Before I left last week,
I picked up my
"Text" quilt from my new LAQ
and I love the quilting!

I hope to get the binding sewn on this one this week.

Isn't it amazing how many "text" fabrics there are out there?
Such fun little surprises.

This past weekend my husband and I were at a wedding in
Highlands, NC.
Let me just say...

It was gorgeous!!

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are working on this week.

Happy Quilting!!

Friday, October 23, 2015

No Sewing...

But I have been able to do some knitting.
I don't have a portable quilting project going
right now, and need to work on this!
Thankfully socks are always portable!!

I wanted to learn how to make cables,
so I got on Youtube and watched a few videos.

These socks are a result of my lessons.
It surprised me at how easy making cables is!

I designed these myself!

They are ready to keep some feet warm this winter.

Happy Friday!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Finished Wedding Gift

For a few years 
I have been making
Christmas Tree Skirts
for wedding gifts....
when appropriate.

We have a wedding this coming weekend
and the gift is finished.

I have used this pattern for several of the
Tree skirt gifts and love how
easily it goes together and looks.


This time I used a layer cake of 
"Holiday Flourish"
by Robert Kaufman.
The fabric just shines and sparkles!

All that is needed now is a box, some wrapping paper and a card!

Please visit Patchwork Times to see other creations.

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Ribbon Candy Finish

This weekend was rather quiet,
allowing me time to get some
overdue machine quilting done.

I have several completed tops
that are patiently waiting to be finished.

This quilt was made with
5" squares of white and
Anna Marie Horner fabrics. 
I found the pattern for the
"Pinwheels on Point"
on  the Missouri Star Quilt Company site.

I'm not sure what I will do with this one yet.
It's a good size for a baby quilt,
but may be too wild.

Plus it isn't the typical "baby" color palette.

It may end up on a table at some point.

Never the less, I love it.
It reminds me of Ribbon Candy,
hence, the name.

Please visit Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday.

Happy Quilting!!

Friday, October 9, 2015

A Little and a Big....

Finish, that is!

The Little Finish is a fun one,
but I am SOOO excited about the
BIG Finish.

First, the little one...

I bought a charm pack to make a baby quilt to be donated.
I love the bright colors and just kept the design simple.

With this quilt it was time to bust out of my
FMQing intimidation and just try something new.
I have been doodling feathers for a while now
and began quilting them in the white areas.

Don't look too closely...
they are far, far from perfect, 
or even good,
but the longest journey starts with the first stitch.
(Or something like that.)

This little quilt will go in the baby quilt box at church.

Now for my BIG finish!

In the middle of May, 2014, 
I decided to make my first sweater.
The pattern I chose to use was probably not the best one
for a beginning sweater knitter,
but I jumped in with both feet.

except for sewing the buttons in place,
my sweater is FINISHED!!

This is made with the Entrelac pattern,
which isn't the best pattern for a beginner to try.
I love the yarn... Noro Silk Garden Lite in color 2092.

This was definitely a challenge for me,
but I learned so much knitting this sweater.

I will get the buttons and sew those in place, hopefully today.

I'm so excited!
And the best thing.....
IT FITS!!!!!

Please visit Patchwork Times and Whoop Whoop
to see what others are creating.

Happy Friday!