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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Doll Quilt Swap

For the first time I participated in a 
Doll Quilt Swap hosted by
Lori at Humble Quilts.
(Actually, it's the first time participating in any kind of swap.)

Yesterday I received my little gem in the mail
Oh My Goodness!!

Jill M. from Pennsylvania was my swap partner
and she sent me 
This Beauty.

I just love this...
The design, the fabrics, the colors...

But especially the quilting...

All done by hand in
tiny, perfect little stitches.
(The stitching isn't this obvious in person..
The flash makes it stand out,
but you can really see Jill's beautiful stitches this way!)

Just gorgeous.
This really has an antique look and feel about it.
Thank You so much, Jill!!
I couldn't be more pleased.

Lori is going to have a Linky party soon.
I'll be sure to share when that happens.

Happy Quilting!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Design Wall.... or not

This week I have several projects in the works,
but nothing really on my Design Wall.

Using a Charm Pack and a Jelly Roll of bright fabrics,
I cut another baby quilt out and have started
piecing it together.

This one will be for donation to a group
my church supports.

On Saturday I picked up
"Mardi Gras"
from my Long Arm Quilter!!
She did a beautiful job on this quilt.

The binding is sewn on and ready to hand stitch.

I was able to prep three more blocks for my
Classic Santa Quilt.

Making these with wool applique
really adds depth to the blocks.

I must say...
I have never seen a dark haired Santa before now.
He is called the Knickerbocker Santa.
His name comes from being the
Patron Saint of the New York Historical Society,
(also known as the Knickerbockers)
who had their annual dinners on
December 6, St. Nicholas Day.
(His looks like he is busting a Disco dance move!)

So there is your useless tidbit of information for the day.

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are creating.

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter

May the Blessings of God
His Son, Jesus Christ
Be with you all

 Happy Easter!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Knitting

Not much was accomplished
in the knitting area this week.

I continue to work on these socks...

Using #1 needles takes a bit longer to knit! :)
I would like to have these done by next Friday, but...

The other night I did not want to work on the socks above,
so started another pair of the Turkish Bed Socks.
I have made a few pair of these and really like how they fit.
Plus, they knit up pretty quickly.

I'm not sure I like this yarn with these socks.
I haven't used self striping yarn when I've made them before,
but I will work more on them and then decide
to rip or not to rip.

Visit Patchwork Times to see what others are knitting.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ready for Wrapping!

The Anniversary gift for my husband is
With time to spare! :)

I am really pleased with how this little quilt turned out.

As I was making this,
I thought of all the great Beach vacations
we have been able to take.
Hopefully there will be many more to come!

The quilting went somewhat according to plan....
the water didn't turn out like I wanted, but....

The hair just makes me smile!

Can you see the heart under their hands?

This will be given on April 27th.....
Our 29th Anniversary!

Happy Quilting!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ready for Quilting....

The Applique is finished
the Borders are sewn onto this little quilt.

I am ready for the Beach...
 But will have to wait. :(

I have sketched in lines to use as guides for quilting.
This is not my forte, so I hope I can come close to quilting
what I have in my mind.

The fish in the water is too cute.


Oh Happy Day!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Quick Baby Quilt

A friend of my husbands is having a baby
so my husband asked if I would make them a quilt.
Of course!

I had a couple of packages of 5" squares
in the perfect fabrics for a little girl
and the sewing began.

I paired up the squares and sewed two seams
along a drawn diagonal line....

Trimmed them up to 4 1/2" squares...

Arranged them on my design wall.....

And began to sew the rows together.

I hope to finish sewing the rows together tomorrow.

I also was able to get my man's hair sewn on today.

Making this quilt has been a challenge...
I usually only do hand work in the evening, 
but I don't want my husband to see this.
It's coming along!

Happy Quilting!!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Applique is coming along....

This past week I was able to get
quite a bit done on this
Anniversary gift for my husband.

This just makes me smile!
And this is my husband and me....
I'm a little "fluffy" (or maybe a lot!)...
my husband is more than little bald...
(This guy will have a little hair when he is finished.)
and we LOVE the beach...

I've had this pattern for a long, long time
and am glad I am finally getting it made.
Flowers will be added to her hat
and a few things will be added to the sand.

I did learn a new trick while making this quilt.
To get the shadowing on the skin,
the pattern author suggested using a 
marker and a small paint brush.

I rubbed the paint brush on the marker
and then dabbed some of this onto a scrap piece of fabric,
like you would when stenciling.
After this I dabbed it where the shadowing marks were on the pattern.

You can see the faint shadowing just under her hat,
along her bathing suit bottom line and
along the knees.
It adds just enough.

Hopefully the applique will be finished this week and 
I can get the quilting done next week.

Visit Patchwork Times to see what others are creating!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday knitting

Thanks to going to two baseball games this past week,
I have a finished pair of socks!

My striped socks are DONE!

I do like this yarn and will use it again.
(Paton Kroy Sock yarn.)

A while ago I had started another pair of socks
and didn't get too far.
I've picked this pair up again and was able
to make a little progress on this one.

This yarn is nice to work with and is very soft.

The brown yarn is where my
Afterthought Heel will go once the body is knitted.

Last week Paula, the Quilter  suggested I try
making the Sweet Tomato Heel in my socks.
She sent me to a YouTube video and these heels
look like fun!
Has anyone else tried making this heel?
I have not knitted a sock from the toe up,
but will have to try so I can make this heel.

Visit Patchwork Times to see what others are knitting!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Finish!

The Quilting and Binding are
finished on
Hope and Glory.

I need to sew the label and hanging sleeve onto the back,
Wash and dry it
and it will be Delivered.

This is being donated to a Silent Auction
for a local organization
that supports people with
Special Needs.

Happy Quilting!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


I'm playing around with an idea...

What do you think?

The background pieces are the reverse of the fabrics to soften the look.

We shall see where it ends up... if anywhere!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Start and A Finish

Last fall the History Quilt Club 
I belong to worked on a fun
Round Robin project.
We were to make a block from the book
Away From Home by Nancy and Oliver Rink.
Once our block was made,
we traded our block with another and were to add a border to the new block.
This happened for three months,
with each person adding a new border.

We did not see our block again until the end and it was
so much fun to see what the others had added to each block.

I had never participated in a Round Robin before
and had a lot of fun with this.
This session we were to finish these Round Robin quilts
and have them ready for the quilt show in May
at Millstone Quilts.

This past weekend I added the binding and label to mine and 
it is finished!

The center block was made by me,
the first border by Beth C.,
the second border by Elaine K,.
and the last border by Bonnie Q.

I machine quilted it and added the border.

I would participate in another Round Robin in a minute.

I do have another start today....
an Anniversary gift for my husband.
It will be our 29th at the end of this month.  :)

Here is what I have so far...

 This is the background for the quilt.
 LOVE the sky fabric!

These pieces are ready to be cut and prepped for

I hope I can get it finished by the end of the month!

Visit Patchwork Times to see what others are creating.

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, April 5, 2014


I'm making an Anniversary gift for
my Husband.

We will be married 29 years at the end of this month.
The man is IMPOSSIBLE to buy for, so...
what is a quilter to do??
Make a quilt, of course!!

Here is what I have so far..

Isn't this the BEST fabric for the sky??

Stay tuned for what is to come.
You might be surprised!!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Knitting Needles Friday

Not a lot of knitting was done this week,
but I did get a little more done on my
Striped Socks.

I found the perfect yarn to use in the
(The link above is to a great You tube video on the Afterthought Heel.)
This yarn is easy to see and a bit slippery.
My knitting time is being taken up with other things right now.
We all keep plugging away... one stitch at a time.

Visit Patchwork Times to see what other are knitting.

Have a great Friday!