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

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Advent Calendar

On Black Friday my daughter and I went to
one of our local quilt shops for some early morning deals.
This is the daughter who has banned me from making her
any more quilts....
unless she sees something she likes and wants.


Hanging on the wall was this
Advent Calendar.
My daughter really liked it,
so the panel was found and purchased.

I haven't used a panel to make anything before,
but this was easy.

I had to cut out the pockets from one panel,
press 1/4" under on all four sides,
top stitch the top of the pocket,
place it on the second panel and stitch it down,
layer it with the backing batting,
quilt it,
bind it
and Voila!

The pockets are ready to be filled!

This daughter LOVES Charlie Brown.
I had this fabric in my stash and used it on the back.

Hopefully it will be mailed tomorrow.  

Happy Quilting!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Confetti Finish

There will be two new little ones born in my extended family
in the next month and a half
and BOTH baby quilts are finished!

Last night I put the finishing stitches in Confetti.

This quilt was made with Ombre fabrics,
going from light to dark across the fabric.

I made this quilt with 1/8yd cuts of 7 Ombre colors.
Each color was trimmed to 4 1/2" strips and then cut into 2 1/2" bricks.
Then each brick was paired with a white brick of the same size.
It is quilted with straight line quilting along the zig zag lines.

Now it just needs a baby!


I am excited to say that I have the first two clues
of Bonnie Hunter's mystery finished!

This nice little pile of four patches was created
as I was chain piecing them.

The parts are ready for Clue #2. 

Divided into piles of 10 blocks each.

Ready for clue #3!

Today I'm linking to Patchwork Times and to the 
En Provence link up page.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Confetti Quilt progress...

Last week I took this quilt top to the quilt shop to
find something for the border.
I knew it was going to be a challenge...
and it was.

I finally settled on this polka dot batik and like it okay.
It's going to be a boy quilt,
but it looks more feminine to me now.

I used some Ombre fabrics for the "confetti" pieces in the quilt,
going from dark down to light.

The border fabric has all of the quilt colors in the polka dots.

I think I'm going to do straight line quilting down the
white zigzag rows.

Time to start quilting!


For the first time, I've decided to participate
in Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt.
(link on sidebar)

I was really drawn to the colors in this one,
which is odd...
I am not usually a fan of purple.

The first clue is underway.

Four patches made from 2" strips.

I have around 70 of the 221 sewn together. 
Guess what I'll be working on today!
Here is a link to the Mystery link-up so you can see other
quilters progress.

I am also linking to Patchwork Times today.
Hop over to see what others are creating.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Hedge Maze Finished

Happy Belated Thanksgiving to one and all!
I am grateful for many things,
one being the friends I have made while blogging.
Everyday I look forward to "visiting" with you all.
I hope you had a wonderful holiday.

This week the "Hedge Maze" quilt is finished.
I picked it up from my LAQ a couple of weeks ago
and finished sewing the binding on the other night.

This was a kit from Craftsy that I found for 50% off.
With all of the fabric in this kit,
it was a bargain at that price.

It went together very quickly
with only one session with my seam ripper.



A friend from church is dealing with some significant
health issues, so I am going to give her this quilt.

A little sunshine on a cloudy day.

Happy Quilting everyone!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Finished Bucilla Tree Skirt

One of my goals for this year was to finish a
Bucilla felt kit a month.
I did really well for five months and then nothing...
Until now!

Back in the spring, Merry Stockings offered some
old, vintage kits they had found somewhere.
It was first come, first served.
I lucked out and bought this Patriotic Christmas tree skirt.

Last night I put the final stitches in it
and am THRILLED to have the stitching finished.

"Uncle Sam" Santa is so cute!
I have been working on this on and off for several months.

The detail in these kits is so wonderful.
All you do is follow the directions and stitch in the order given.
They are time consuming, but easy to make.

I just love Santa's face...
so jolly!

There were A LOT of sequins to stitch down
on the border!

God Bless America!

I need to cut the hole in the middle and the slit up the back and this
will be ready for wrapping.

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are creating.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Candy Crush Baby Quilt

After I finished this quilt the other day,
I sent a photo to my quilting buddies.
One texted back that she thought it looked like candy.
Even though I have never played the game,
 the name "Candy Crush" came to me.
This quilt just makes me smile!

I bought a charm pack of Color Works concepts fabrics
and was thinking about what I could make with these
bright, fun fabrics.

Windows! They would make fun windows in the
Cathedral Window design.
The primary solid fabrics were purchased,
along with the polka dot background
and the cutting began.

It takes a while to make this design,
but well worth the effort in my opinion.

Candy Crust is ready for a label and a baby.

We are so fortunate to have such wonderful fabrics with which to play.
No matter what your style is,
there are plenty of beautiful fabrics to use.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Design Wall Monday

As you may remember,
I started teaching three friends to quilt back in the spring.
Last month they wanted to learn how to make the 
Disappearing Four Patch block...
one of my all time favorites.

I've had a charm pack sitting here for a while,
so I decided to use this in the tutorial for them.

The blocks are finished and ready to be sewn into a top.

This seems to be my "Go To" pattern for baby quilts.
The blocks are so relaxing for me to make
and they look so different with the various fabrics.

I have another set of 16 blocks in pinks and oranges.
Maybe I'll see how they look together and make a bigger quilt.

My Wild and Crazy Cathedral Window quilt is basted and
ready to quilt.

I cannot wait to see this one finished!

It is one happy quilt for sure!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Friday... Happy Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day to all who have served.
These are the days I miss my dad the most.
He was one of the most patriotic people I know
and served his country by serving in the Navy.

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I do have some knitting and quilting to share today.

After a lot of waiting and sitting this week,
I finished a pair of socks.

I just love the Fabel yarn. 
It isn't super soft, but the self-striping is so much fun.

Progress has been made on this wild and crazy baby quilt.

This is the easy Cathedral Window pattern.
I actually really like it as it it,
but will add the fun window squares to really finish it off.
One more double row will be added to the right side.

My daughter was home last night...
the daughter who said I'm not allowed to make her any more quilts...
she wants this one!
She doesn't have any children,
but will hang it on her wall. 
Once it's finished, I'll see if she is really serious.


I was at beach last week and was treated
to some gorgeous sunsets.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Wild and Crazy

I am so drawn to the bright, bold colors,
especially if they are polka dots and geometric shapes.
They make such fun and happy baby quilts.

My quilting buddies have asked me to teach them
how to make the cathedral window quilt.
I tell you, they have jumped in with both feet.

Out came these fun fabrics and the cutting began.

I laid the polka dot squares out for the background first,
then added the primary solid square,
pressed in half.


The fun part was putting the "wild" squares
on top of the solid sections.

My husband said this will sure keep the baby awake!
I told him not all of my quilts are for sleeping.
The first two rows are sewn together
but not ironed yet.
This will be made in varying stages
so I can show my buddies how to make it.

This quilt is a bit fiddley,
but so fun to make.

Happy Quilting

Monday, November 7, 2016

Back in Action!

It has been a while since I've posted anything,
Blogger took a bit of encouraging to load! 

I am back home,
my sewing machine is back home
and I put it to use yesterday.

While I was away, I was looking at Pinterest
and found this pattern.

A while ago I bought a piece of Kaffe that I have
not wanted to cut because I love the design so much.

 This pattern is perfect for the piece of fabric.

The pieces were cut yesterday afternoon
and sewn together...
a very quick top to make!

 A friend, who loves the beach, is expecting a baby.
I think the baby quilt has been made.

This has to be one of my all time favorite fabrics.
Favorite colors and a beach theme!

Now to get it quilted!
My newly serviced sewing machine will be busy this month!

Ah...it felt good to be sewing again.

Today I'm linking to Patchwork Times and Main Crush Monday.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Coming Home Today!

My sewing machine is ready!
I am picking it up today.
Unfortunately, for my creative juices,
I am going out of town tomorrow for a week,
but it will be here when I get home...
all cleaned, oiled and ready to roll.

In the meantime,
I've been knitting and folding and organizing.

This past week I made a sock!

This Drops Fabel yarn comes in such fun colors.
I love watching the stripes appear when knitting with this yarn.

The second sock will be started soon.

Things are coming together in my 
Hidey Hole.


This is my second cabinet for fabric,
all neatly folded and organized according to color.

Remember how I said I was going to finish a Bucilla kit a month in 
the beginning of the year?
Well, I got off track with that goal and have all of these kits yet to make.

OH NO!!!
This shelf will look better by this afternoon.

Happy Friday!