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

Monday, July 16, 2018

Pot Holders

In the effort to get things finished out of this
Box of forgotten UFO's I recently found
(called my  Box of Shame),
I am remaking or repurposing a number
 of the found items
just to get them finished.

I had started making these fabric boxes and
had the fabric and batting cut and ready to go.
Some of them had even been sewn and turned
right side out and just needed the opening stitched closed,
before finishing the boxes.

Well, I didn't like how these boxes were turning out,
so into the "Box of Shame" they went.
What does one do with these half finished boxes?

Cut some Insul-Bright
and make pot holders!

The sewn seams were trimmed and removed.
Then the insul-bright was added with another piece of batting,
they were quilted and Voila!

I dug into my left-over binding bin and found
enough binding to finish them all, too.

Nine pot holders finished and ready for use.
AND... another project finished from the 
Box of Shame!

In addition,
I started playing with a charm pack of pastel squares
and some white dotted swiss and have come up with a 
sweet baby quilt.

The colors here are much darker than in real life,
but you get the idea.
There is one more row of chevrons to make
and then the blocks can be sewn together.

It will need a border as this isn't that big,
but it's cute.

The pattern came from a Missouri Star Tutorial.

Have a wonderful Monday!
I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Quilt Camp

For the second year I’ve joined my SIL
and three of her friends in upstate NY for 
Quilt Camp!
We were in a little house set up for 6 quilters
and sew to our hearts content. 
Nothing but sew, eat, sleep and sew some more.

Here we are, all set up in the living room.
There's just enough space for us,
an ironing station and a cutting station.

It was fun to see what everyone was working on
while we were at camp.
The different fabrics and colors were beautiful.

My SIL, Shelly, made these gorgeous blocks for Kim Diehl's
"Pie in the Sky" quilt.
It was so fun to see the blocks added to the wall after she
finished each one.
She thought this pattern would be beautiful in
red, white and blue fabrics.
We all agreed!

(This photo is truer to the colors in the fabrics.)

Missy made this beauty from a kit she'd had for several years.
There are A LOT of flying geese in this quilt.
The top is finished and just needs the borders.
(I didn't get the name of this one... sorry!)

Kathy made this fun quilt for a friend of hers.
(I didn't get the name of this one, either. Sorry!)
Each block was totally different and had to be laid out
individually.  I taught her to "web piece" so she was
able to keep the pieces where they belonged as she was piecing the blocks.
Someone suggested putting a tiny mouse in one corner
and a piece of cheese in another corner.
Wouldn't that be fun??

The fifth camper, Irene, was working on various projects and
for some reason, I never took a photo of her projects.
One thing she is working on is the
365 Block a Day project.

My first project was to make 4,386 of these log cabin blocks.
Actually, it was only 81 but it felt like a lot more!
There wasn't a space large enough to lay them out,
so I will be doing that on my design floor later on today.

Once the log cabin blocks were finished,
I put together one of the blue
Canyon Dance baby quilts..
I need to make one more block for the other top.

The little house is across from this gorgeous view.
There were houses between ours and the lake,
but we could see the sunset between the houses.

It was so much fun and I am already looking forward to next years camp.

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Utilitarian Quilt Finish

This quilt I just finished is by no means
one of the prettier quilts I've made,
but it will be well loved, I'm sure.

My sister in law gave me a couple of boxes of
colored jeans a couple of years ago to use in quilts.
I made one for them right away and she loves it.
Her grands can play with it, drag it around,
take it outside, spill things on it
and she doesn't worry at all.

When I had cut apart the jeans, I used my
Accuquilt cutter and cut a bunch of bricks.
Some of these bricks have now been made into another jeans quilt.

It's not a fancy quilt, but it will be durable.
 I just straight line quilted it with my walking foot and used
the blue denim for the binding.
It's the first time I've sewn the binding to the back
and turned it to the front and stitched it down with the machine.

This fun flannel looks so cute on the back and makes it soft.
I did not use any batting as it was heavy enough.

This will be delivered soon and put to use right away,
I'm sure.

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th Of July Images 
Image taken from here.

Wishing all of you a safe and happy day.


Last week I blogged about the 
Box of Shame I found in my Hidey Hole closet.
In this box were some placemats I had started years ago for my sister.
She had seen some when she had been on vacation
and had described them to me.
"I can make those!"

fast forward a few years
and here they sit.
They were going to have scalloped edges
or pointed edges... I don't even remember.
Nevertheless, they were going to require some work.
 When I found them the other day,
I decided to just finish them
and finished they are. 

They had been sewn together already and were ready
for the fancy edges.  
I thought about practicing some FMQ designs
on them, but in the end just used my 
walking foot with the #4 stitch on my Bernina.

These will go to my sister.
I'm sure she had long forgotten about the ones
she had seen, so these will be fine with her.


Eight placemats finished and 
out of the box!

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Box of Shame

My daughter and son-in-law moved about 6 months ago
and one of their bedrooms is their
"Room of Shame".
In it are all of the boxes and things they
haven't found places for or are not sure
they are going to keep.

I have a
"Box of Shame".

In my box are projects started long ago
and forgotten about
until a cleaning frenzy hits
and the box is unearthed and brought to light.
It is truly shameful!

This box came to light as I was taking a break from
window treatment sewing
and I really wish I hadn't opened it up just now.
It's too much of a distraction!
AND an embarrassment! 

Part of a 12 step program is admitting you have a problem
and facing it head on.

here are just a few things I found in my Box of Shame.

Years ago, and I mean YEARS AGO
I decided to make the "Flower Pot" quilt by Kim McLean.
The first side panel is almost finished.
Three circles need to be added to the stems of the flowers.
I have decided that this is going to become a wall hanging as it is.
I'm never going to finish the quilt, as much as I love it.


These two panels were also made for the "Flower Pot" quilt.
They will become pillows or little wall hangings.

This is a Hawaiian applique that is finished.
It just needs to be quilted.
Hand quilting is not my thing, so in order to get this out of the
Box of Shame,
I'm going to machine quilt this and call it done.

There are a number of other projects in this box
that will slowly get finished....or given away.
I may or may not share all of the projects in my box.
A girl needs to keep some things to herself.

Phew... I feel better already!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Quilting Time Out

Last week the Quilt Club my friends and I started
(after I taught a couple of them how to quilt) met.
They wanted me to teach them how to make the blocks for the
Canyon Dance quilt I made a couple of months ago.
Since I was going to need pieces and blocks to show them,
I took a suggestion from a blog comment, pulled my blue batiks
and began cutting.

I sewed a few of the blocks together while showing
my friends how to piece the blocks.

That night I kept sewing and finished these blocks.
The rest are cut, but the sewing had to be put on hold for a bit.
I just love all of these blue batiks together.

The Parish Hall at my church is in dire need to some updated window treatments.
I was asked if I would make them and after looking for fabric,
ordering the fabric and waiting, waiting, waiting for the fabric to be delivered,
they were started on Friday.

This is 30 yards of welting ready to be sewn onto the fabric pieces.

This will be the middle section of a simple valance.
The side sections are ready to sew today.
Until these are finished, there will be no quilting going on
in my Hidey Hole.
Hopefully the side sections will go together quickly!

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.
Happy Creating!!

Friday, June 22, 2018

99% Finished Tree Skirt

This week has been rather busy for me,
but I was able to sneak in some quilting time
and have the latest Christmas tree skirt almost finished.

The ties need to be added to the back and the label sewn on and then
it will be finished.


I made this with 60 degree triangles cut 8" tall.
Using larger triangles made it a quick project
and I like how it really shows off the designs in the fabrics.


This is the back.
Several years ago I found a good sale on this fabric and bought
a lot of it. I just love the poinsetta print. The colors are so
vibrant, too.

This one will be finished for the July wedding!

One of my friends, who is also a quilter, has started making Christmas tree skirts
as wedding gifts, too.
She was here yesterday and brought the skirt she is making
for an upcoming wedding.

 Christmas tree skirt made by Lynn.

Isn't this beautiful?!?
I never would have thought to use the yellowy/orange fabric
with the burgundy and green, 
but it brings in so much light to the design.
The ties need to be added and then she will be finished.
I need to find this pattern!

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

New Christmas Tree Skirt

We are invited to a wedding in July
and it dawned on me the other day that
July will be here in just a couple of weeks!
I need to get moving on the Christmas Tree Skirt! 

Fabrics came out and cutting began.
I saw a tree skirt made with triangles here
and decided that would be the design I would use this time.
(It seems I have a "thing" for triangles lately!)

 I cut 60 degree triangles from a stack of Christmas fabrics
and began playing on my design wall.

 This came together so quickly and was so easy to make.
It really shows off the Christmas fabrics.

The colors are more vibrant than the photo shows.
Quilting has begun and will hopefully be finished soon.

It will be Christmas in July!

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Patriotic Finish 2018

As I posted before,
I've been making quilted Patriotic items for my 4 siblings and mom
for a number of years.
The table runners for 2018 are now finished and ready for gifting.

I got a little carried away this year with the cutting of the parts!

To make these,
I cut 3" strips of the red and blue fabrics and 2 1/2" strips of the white.
I sewed them into strip sets and then used a 60 degree triangle ruler to 
cut the strip sets into triangles.
Then the fun began...
arranging and rearranging them into the various designs.

These table runners are about 40" long.

This is my husband's favorite,
so it now is on our kitchen table.

The little toppers are about 25" long
and went together so quickly.

After I'd made 8  of the smaller toppers
(I told you I got carried away cutting them!)
I decided to make some larger ones to use up more triangles.
I like these better and wish I had made them all like this.
Oh well....

Here are all of the toppers I've made so far, starting in 2011, but 
skipping 2012 for some reason.
Wouldn't this make a fun collage on the wall?
I already have an idea for next years item. :)

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday.

Happy Quilting!!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Patriotic Table Toppers 2018

I mentioned in a post last week that I had started making my
annual Patriotic Table Toppers for my family.
A different one is made each year in memory of my dad.

Two weeks ago I cut strips and sewed them together
for this years design.

Let me just say that I overestimated how many strip sets
I would need by a lot!
So, what is one to do?
Make larger toppers and runners!

This is the original design plan for these runners.
They went together very quickly and are ready for quilting.

After making nine of these... yes nine.... I still had a pile of
60 degree triangles left.
That pile turned into a larger table topper and three longer runners.

This one is my favorite!
And my sister's favorite, too.


There are three of these longer table runners, too.

I think I have enough for the family this year.... and a few friends!

Hopefully I'll begin quilting these this week and have
finishes soon.

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Knitting Something Other Than Socks!

As those who follow my blog know,
I am a sock knitter.
Lately I've been knitting socks for children from
yarn left over from knitting adult socks.

A friend gave me a skein of yarn a while ago that is 100% wool.
It couldn't be used for socks because 100% wool doesn't wear well,
so I was looking for something else to make with it.

a few weeks ago I found the perfect pattern,
Workday Scarf at Ravelry. 

This was a quick and easy knit
and traveled so well!


It's one that can be worn in warmer weather,
but will be nice in the colder temperatures, too.


It worked really well with this beautiful blue wool yarn.


The subtle variation in color shines in this pattern.

Now I'm itching to make another one!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Two New Projects

Each year for the past six or so I've made my siblings
a red, white and blue table topper or runner for July 4th.
Our father died in July and he was one of the most
Patriotic people I know.
They are made in memory of him.

Before going to Missouri Star last month
I had decided on this years design and
found the fabric to make them at Missouri Star.

 One has been put together to make sure
the fabrics work and that I like the result.

I've wanted to make this table runner for a long time
and thought it would be fun in the patriotic fabrics.
I sewed 2 1/2" strips together instead of using a border fabric.

The remaining strips are pieced and ready for cutting with
the 60 degree ruler. 
These should go together very quickly.

Something else that came home with me from Missouri Star
were charm packs of the "Painted Garden" line.
I found tiny polka dot fabric to go with the charm packs
and have been working on these 
Disappearing Four Patch blocks.

Disappearing Four Patch is one of my favorite blocks to make.
This may be the 6th or 7th quilt I've made using this design.


This will make a sweet baby girl quilt when it's finished.
Mindless sewing at it's best!

Happy Quilting!