"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 20, 2021


 It feels like it has been YEARS since I have sewn anything.
I got through the shakes a few weeks ago,
which was tough.  :)
The move went well... it happened about 2 1/2 weeks ago.
Most of the boxes that can be unpacked have been unpacked.
The problem is we need to have cabinets built in several different places.
One of these places is my hidey hole.
Right now there is nothing in there to store all of my quilting
treasures.  I had to leave my cabinets in the old hidey hole
because they were built into the room.
I was over there yesterday and walked into my old room
and sighed.  I really miss that room.
Right now this is my hidey hole...
Hopefully it will be ready for action in a few months.
The cabinet maker is super busy
and has a waiting list.

The other day I wanted to start cutting out a quilt
that I purchased the fabric for a while ago.
I found the fabric, but cannot find the 60 degree ruler I need.  
I'm not purchasing another one because I already have at least two.
Hopefully I'll find one soon.
I also have 5 quilts to trim and bind.
(They were sent to my LAQ before we moved to get
them out of the house.  She worked very quickly
and got them back to me right after the move.)
Do you know where the fabric is for the binding for these?
Yea.. neither do I.
As my mom always says,
"This too shall pass."

In the meantime, I am handquilting this quilt top that
my great grandmother made.
I started working on this a long, long time ago.
Unfortunately I do not enjoy hand quilting
and am not very good at it.
Plus I am very slow.
At least it's giving me something to do with my hands
and maybe I'll actually finish it!
Happy Quilting!!

Monday, March 8, 2021

Boxes on Top of Boxes

 I'm not sure anyone realizes how much STUFF they have
until they are packing up a house.
We have lived here for 31 years and have accumulated so many things.
Now I'm packing and sorting and tossing and donating and ugh!
I'd rather be sewing.
For the meantime my Hidey Hole looks like this...

And these are just a few of the boxes.
This too shall pass, as my mother says.
Since I can't sew right now,
(what was I thinking when I packed up my Hidey Hole first??!!)
I am able to do some hand work in the evenings.

Thankfully I have a number of Bucilla kits to be made.

I just finished this set of ornaments last night.
The hangers will be added later on,
but for now, these will be packed up for the move.

I think I was moved to pack up my hidey hole first
so I wouldn't be distracted and come in here to sew.
Sewing is much more fun than packing!
Onto the next box!
Happy Quilting!

Friday, February 19, 2021

Bucilla Snowpeople

 As you know, I love working on Bucilla felt kits.
I go in phases where I work on them for a while in the evenings.
I'm in one of those phases right now.
My daughter saw this kit last year and loved it.
The kit was ordered and I started working on it
about a month ago.
I do handwork in the evening while my husband watches tv
and I listen.
The front is finished!

Are they not the cutest?!?

We've had more than enough snow this winter,
But I still love these people.

The kit directions have us finishing this in a very strange way.
Instead of following the kits directions,
I'm going to make a small neutral quilt and stitch this to it.
It will be easier to hang this way.

This took a while to make, but was so fun and worth the effort.
Not much may be coming from my hidey hole for a while because
we are moving!
We are staying in the area, but moving to a smaller house.
Packing up a house after living here for 31 years is a JOB!!
And my hidey hole will be smaller, so I'm really having to purge.
It feels sooo good though!
Happy Quilting!
(and cleaning and sorting and purging!)

Monday, February 15, 2021

Valentine's Day Sewing

 We are not big on Valentine's Day at my house.
It's usually just like any other day around here.
Yesterday, since we couldn't get up our driveway
because of the ice storm we had on Saturday,
I played in my Hidey Hole.
The portable heater was plugged in,
making the room nice and cozy.

While this was going on outside....

(This is my only Valentine Decoration. The Be Kind sign stays out all of the time.)

this was going on inside....

I usually web sew blocks together,
but yesterday I just took my time
and slowly sewed these blocks into rows.

The sewing begins with the bottom row in my Hidey Hole
because I'm short.  This way I don't knock blocks onto the floor
reaching for the top rows.

I wasn't totally liking the gray sashing when I started,
but it's growing on me.
This will be a little like an I spy quilt with the different
fun figures on some of the squares. 

Hopefully this will be a finish soon and will get quilted
and ready to give to the new wee one.
I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, February 12, 2021

Scrappy Baby Quilt


This is what I awoke to this morning... again.
It's pretty and all, but I do not like snow.
We are forecasted for ice tomorrow and more snow next week.
The one good thing about snow days is more time for sewing!

With all of these baby quilts needed for my extended family,
I have been thinking of what to make.
I am not one to have orphan blocks laying around,
but I did find 10 of these scrappy blocks that I had made
several years ago and decided to add to these for one of the
baby quilts.

I'm not sure if this block has a name
(I'm really bad at knowing names of blocks!),
but it's a fun block to make with my bucket of 2 1/2" squares.

I have five more to make for this to be the size I want it to be.

In addition, I'm trying to decide on sashing fabric.

I like this bluish gray and think the colors pop against it.

This white with silver lines looks good up close,
but gets lost from a distance.
When I went to the quilt shop yesterday,
I was hoping to find a cute polka dot that would work,
but had no luck.
I have a white with yellow pin dots,
but they disappear from a distance, too.
What do you all think?
Happy Quilting!

Friday, February 5, 2021

Blooming Butterflies Finished

 I never thought I would be posting about this quilt being finished so soon.
There is a lot going on with my family and some very close friends,
and I've needed to escape to my Hidey Hole to recharge,
so I've had some very concentrated sewing time.
This quilt, Blooming Butterflies,
went together much more quickly than I anticipated
and I love the finish.
This will be given to my niece at her Drive Through Baby Shower tomorrow.

This was a kit from Shabby Fabrics and as soon as I saw it,
I knew I would be making this for this particular niece.

One reason for it going together so quickly and easily is because
the pieces were laser cut and had the fusible on them already.
I followed the pattern placement exactly because I liked it so much.

The fabrics in this kit are so fun and cheerful.
It will be such a sweet baby quilt
for my grand niece.

The backing is such a fun fabric, too, and looks like it's in motion.

I'm sad to see this one go, but know that my niece will love it.
I'll have to make sure my sister doesn't take it from her, though!
Happy Quilting!

Monday, February 1, 2021

Next Baby Quilt

 I've mentioned before that I have two nieces,
who are sisters,
both due on March 3rd. 
One niece is having her third son and will, most likely,
not make it March 3rd.
The other niece is having her first... a daughter.
This nieces LOVES butterflies.
After I heard that she was expecting, but before I knew the sex of the baby,
I saw this kit on Shabby Quilts and knew I had to order it.
It would either be a baby quilt or a quilt for my niece.

It has been patiently waiting to be made for a few months.
It came out of the cabinet last week.

The middle section is done. It went together pretty quickly,
especially since I made it just as the kit suggested. 
Usually I change things up to make the quilt my own,
but I love this quilt just as it is.

Next is to make the praire points and add them to the 
outside border.
They are all pressed and ready to put into place.

I'm hoping to have this one done by the end of the weekend,
but we shall see. The quilting could take a while.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, January 29, 2021

Kaffe Hexagon Finish

 This little quilt was made from extra triangles I had cut
to make another Kaffe scrappy quilt.
I couldn't let these triangles go into the scrap bucket
because they may never see the light of day again.

I decided to leave the points at each end of the quilt instead of 
straightening the edges.
Binding these points was pretty easy since the inside angle
was not too sharp.

A simple corner to corner quilting was done.
I really like the white with black fabrics used for the
fill areas. I may have to do something like this again!

This one may be donated to Hands2Help,
but I need to measure it first.
Happy Friday, All!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 25, 2021

Dinosaur Finish

 My family is very prolific.
My daughter and a niece had babies in December.
Two nieces (Sisters!) are due on March 3rd,
and a fifth niece is due in June.
This will make 18 great grandchildren for my mom
from 13 grandchildren.
Needless to say,
lots of baby quilts have been needed.
My latest finish is the baby quilt for one of the babies due March 3rd.
He's a boy. :)
This quilt was made with one of Elizabeth Hartman's' patterns 
and was fun to make.
I had not used one of her patterns before and can see more in my future.


I was going to quilt it with a grid design,
but Ann at Straythreads suggested using leaves.
I loved this idea and that's how it was quilted.

These guys have their food and shelter right there
and are ready for this little guy to be born soon.
Onto the next baby quilt!
I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.
Happy Quilting!

Friday, January 22, 2021

Dinosaur Hunt is Over

 This past week found me trekking through the countryside
looking for dinosaur parts and I found them all!
The blocks are finished and sewn into a quilt top.
This was made using Elizabeth Hartman's pattern and
fabrics all from my stash.
I have never made a quilt like this and really enjoyed the process.
It sure slowed me down, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.  

I didn't have enough of one background fabric to make the
entire quilt, so I used a different background for each dinosaur.
The colors in the photos are off a bit,
but I love all of the greens.

After finishing the top, I've been pondering how to quilt it.
I'm leaning toward using a diagonal grid
or a straight grid, but we shall see.

These guys are pretty cute... for dinosaurs.

Hopefully this will be finished soon!

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Odds and Ends

 These past few days have been spent getting things that have been
languishing around here finished.

I've had this quilt on my design wall for a couple of weeks
and have been slowly sewing it into rows. 
I woke up at 4am today (😒) and decided to get this top finished.

This is another Kaffe scrappy baby quilt.
It was dark and dreary here today,
so the color in the photos is off.
You get the gist.

I used three different black on white prints from my stash 
for the fill triangles and love how they look with the Kaffe.

I am going to leave the points on the edge and quilt it like this.
Maybe I'll be brave (or crazy) enough to bind it this way, too.
We will see how much time I want to spend on it when it
comes time to bind it.

Two of my nieces, who are sisters, are due on the same day in March.
One is having her third boy and the other is having her first child.. a daughter.
The knitting needles have been busy making baby sweaters.

Neither has been blocked yet and both are waiting for buttons.
These yarns are so soft and cuddley!

For you knitters out there....
I had to save the sleeve stitches and pick them back up after
the body was completed. I used the same size DPN's as the circular needled
used for the body, but why do the sleeve stitches look smaller?
Maybe my knitting is tighter using the DPN's?

I didn't notice this until they were finished.

These two hooded baby towels have been cut out and waiting
to be made. They were both finished today, too!

It has been a productive couple of days here in my hidey hole.

Back to Dinosaur land!

Happy Quilting!