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

Monday, December 15, 2014

More Ornaments and Such

For a few weeks I have not been able to knit
because it is causing shoulder and arm pain.
The upside to this is I'm getting these
Ornaments made!

I had purchased the kits back in the spring and had not gotten them done.


These guys were all in the same kit, along with the
Gingerbread Man I posted last week.

They go together pretty quickly and are so cute!
I have one more of each of these to finish.

Over the weekend I was able to work on the
Quilt I am testing for
(You can see the quilt at her link.)

The Flying Geese are made and are ready to be sewn into pairs.
(Yes... I am a pinner!! And a trimmer!)

Last week I had a request to show how I put the stockings together
made from the Bucilla kits.
I don't use the felt piece that comes with the kit for the backing,
but buy some cute fabric that goes along with the theme of the stocking
and make a complete quilted stocking first.

I make a small quilt from the fabric
and then trace the felt backing piece that comes in the kit,
adding 1/2" all around the piece to accommodate the binding.
I cut the quilted stocking out, sew around the sides and bottom
and bind it on the sides and the top.

After the quilted stocking is made, 
I stitch the felt stocking front to the quilted stocking.
This makes for a much sturdier stocking....
ready for stuffing!!

Isn't this the perfect fabric for this Beach Santa?

The inside view, waiting for goodies.

 The top edge, bound and stitched down on the inside
and ready to be hung.

Merry Christmas!

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are creating
Happy Quilting!




Friday, December 12, 2014

Where Did This Week Go??

It's Friday already?

Once again,
I can't show what I am working on
except for a couple of ornaments I finished last night.

These are more Bucilla ornaments.
I just love making these!
There are four more in this kit and I hope to have
those finished soon.

I did get my Christmas decorations up this week.

I LOVE that I have some Christmas quilts
to decorate with now.

This quilt was finished this year.
I made this Santa many years ago.
I wonder if I still have the pattern?

I finished this quilt this year, too.
This is one of my favorites.
(I found the tree for my vintage ornaments at
Tuesday Morning.  Isn't it perfect for these ornaments?)


These santas are made from old quilts and blankets.
I bought them at a craft show over several years,
and was so disappointed when the crafter stopped
coming to the show near me.

I made our stockings a couple of years ago from
Bucilla kits.
Aren't they just too cute?

I hope everyone is having a great week and is finding time
to enjoy the season.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Design Wall Secrets

It's that time of year when we can't
always show what is on our 
Design Walls.


What I can show you today are
Two Bucilla ornaments I just finished.

These Jolly guys are all finished except for the hanger.

I love using the Bucilla kits.
They have easy directions to follow
and look so cute when finished.

These two will be given to someone special.

The Flying Geese production continues
for the quilt I am testing for

This is going to be one fun quilt!

Enjoy your creative time this week.
Hopefully it will be a break from the craziness of this time of year.

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

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Pattern Testing

I have been asked by
to test a pattern for her
and am quite excited!


It's an adorable quilt
and requires LOTS of Flying Geese.

These are the four fabrics I will be using,
along with white Kona.

The pieces have been cut....

And sewing has begun.

I'm using the "No Waste Method" for making
Flying Geese found here.

Please visit Jan at her blog to see the fun quilts she creates.

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Making Mittens A Different Way

I found this tutorial a while ago and bookmarked it,
thinking it would be fun to do.

A couple of weeks ago I stopped at the thrift store
where I find the men's shirts for my quilts
and picked up a couple of sweaters to use for
these mittens.

Yesterday I decided it was time to try them.

They are fun to make!
And easy!!

The pattern is available on the blog post linked above.

The pair with the button was made according to the tutorial
linked above. 
The sweater I used had a wide ribbed band around the bottom.
I used this ribbing to make the cuffs for the other two pair.
I also stitched the outer layer (sweater layer) to the ribbing and the flannel
where the cuff is added. It was not staying in place otherwise.

From one $4 sweater (100% cotton), I made three pair of mittens.
They are thick and warm.

These will be donated to a group that needs warm items.

Happy Creating!

Monday, December 1, 2014

First December Finish

This little quilt has been in the works for a
long time.

I think I started it in the beginning of the summer
and finished sewing the binding on it last night.

I love it... it has four of my favorite things
1. Polka Dots
2. Stripes
3. Kaffe Fasset fabric 
(All of the fabrics are his.)
4. LOTS of green

This quilt reminds me of crystals.
I need to put "crystals" in the name.

The HST's start small in the middle and grow to the edge.

The swirling quilting really sets off the design.

I knew I wanted to use the striped fabric for binding, but didn't have
enough of one piece. I decided to use four different stripes and
love how it turned out.

The name just came to me!
"Crystal Green Persuasion"

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Design Wall

I'm pretty sure I just wrote the first
Design Wall post for November last week,
Didn't I??
Yet here we are...in the last month of 2014!

Over the past few days,
in between cooking and cleaning,
I finished the inside part of the
VCU t-shirt quilt for my older daughter.

It is a wild quilt, but I'm pleased with how it turned out.
Tomorrow I hope to get the fabric for the borders.
I held off, not knowing what colors I would want to use for each border.

I did use quite a few of her shirts.

Using the graph paper method made it a lot easier
to put this top together.

It's doubtful that I will get this quilted before Christmas,
but will take it to my LAQ right after the holidays.

One more gift almost finished!

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are creating.

Happy Quilting!!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Knitting Friday

Today is my family's Thanksgiving Day.
My oldest daughter and my goddaughter
both had to work  yesterday,
so someone would have missed out on dinner.

Since I wasn't cooking yesterday,
I was able to knit!

This pair of socks is finished.

They look funny... and really, really small,
but they will fit my sister.
I love using this yarn, but wish it had more on the skein.
 It's Schoppel Ambiente, color 2184... really soft and
lovely to knit.

My oldest daughter asked for new Maryland socks
for Christmas. (My youngest daughter is a Maryland grad.)
I decided to try my hand at knitting with two different color yarns.

I knitted the ribbing changing the color with every row
and didn't make a tangles mess at all!
I'm going to knit the body in black and add the red for
the heels and toes.
She has really tiny feet (size 1!!), so these shouldn't take long.

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what
others are knitting.

Happy Friday!
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Recycled Clothing Quilt Week

I've noticed a theme this week...
Yesterday I posted the finish of the quilt top made from

Today I am working on a t-shirt quilt for my daugther.

I enjoyed making the men's shirt quilt much more!

This quilt is going to be WILD!!

I've cut all of the shirts and added stabilizer to the backs.
This way they won't stretch!
I'm using graph paper to help me know how large to cut the
fill in pieces.

One section is sewn together.
I'm not loving it, but will let it sit for a while before
deciding to change anything.

I'm hoping it will be a Christmas gift for my oldest daughter.
The top should be finished, but probably not the quilting.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Week Design Wall

Well, the church craft fair is behind me
and it was a huge success.
Thank you for all of your kind thoughts and words
and for those who visited and went home with little treasures!

On Saturday night, I came home and just sat and stitched
binding down,
I have a finish!

My "Shirt Top" quilt!

I love this quilt!
(It is straight.... just a problem with the person hanging it on the Design Wall!)

This is the quilt made from 7 recycled men's shirts.

The top cost me $15 to make and I used solid red on the back,
which I bought on sale for almost half price!
I was planning on using the left-over shirt fabric for the binding,
but really like the solid red. It gives it a little extra
pop of color.
The Swirling design for the quilting just adds to the fun of this quilt.

I used the pattern on this blog to make this quilt.
There will be more of these in my future!
Fun and easy to make.

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are creating.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Knitting Friday

It's Friday again and I do have some
knitting progress to share.
I have been finishing up things for
but found some time to knit while waiting for
my daughter, etc.

This yarn that I am working with
knits up so quickly and is so soft.
My only complaint is that the skeins are a bit on the 
skimpy side.

Thankfully my sister has little feet,
so I don't need to make the socks as big.

For some reason this sock looks funny....
I would be able to wear it,
stretching it a bit,
so it will fit my sister just fine.

The yarn is Schoppel Ambiente, color 2184
and is wonderful to work with, but you will
need two skeins for a larger sock.

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are knitting.

Happy Friday!

It's Friday!

And that means the
Craft Fair at my church is tomorrow!

I belong to St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
in Richmond, VA
and tomorrow we are having our first
Giving Tree Craft Fair
in conjunction with the American Sewing Guild's Craft Fair,
also being held at St. Matthew's.

If you live in the Richmond area,
please come by and see what has been
created for this event.
The church is on
1101 Forest Avenue
Richmond, VA 23229
and the craft fair will be held from 9-3pm.

I tagged my items and have most of them packed up to take.
It's amazing how much room is in my
"Hidey Hole" now that the fair items are not in there!

It doesn't seem like much when all of the items are
piled on the floor!

My army of Frogs is waiting to sooth an achy spot!

I love the spool topper...
I think I see another one in my future-
for ME!!

Lots of quilted goodies.

Here are some of the ornaments I've made.
The yoyos are sewn together in 9ft. lengths
to be used as garland.

The funds raised by the craft fair will benefit
the priests' discretionary funds to help those in need.

Wish us luck!

Happy Quilting everyone!