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

Friday, October 30, 2015


A new sock is on my needles this week.

It's a plain vanilla sock,
but I love the yarn.

Mindless knitting is so wonderful!
I started knitting a "fancy" sock with this yarn,
but the pattern didn't show up at all.
Out it came and a plain sock was started.

The colors in this yarn are so random.
The yellow really sparkles.

This yarn is being knitted on size 2 needles.
I cast on 60 stitches
and used the short row heel.

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are knitting.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 29, 2015


For nine months I have been receiving 
Squishy packages in the mail
containing two sets of solid fabrics.
With these packets of solid fabrics I have been making the blocks for
the quilt "Gravity."

As of this week,
all of the bright, colorful blocks are finished!

These are the last two blocks that needed to be made.

The next steps will be to make the gray background...
and there will be a lot of that!

In the meantime,
I am playing with the finished colored blocks.

I placed all of the blocks on my
Design Wall.

It's amazing how many different colors are in this quilt....
over 100 according to the quilt shop website.

They look like jewels shimmering in the light.

Next month the different shades of gray fabric will arrive
in a squishy envelope.
I will be busy cutting diamond gray shapes for the background
and finishing this top.

I'm excited!

Happy quilting!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

"Tell Me About It"

The text quilt is finished!
And Named!
(But not labeled yet.)

I just love this quilt...
all of the words and letters and pictures
really move my eye around it.

This orange fabric was found on the half price rack!

 The little surprises found in this quilt are wonderful.
I didn't fussy cut anything.... they just happened.

I couldn't get a photo of the quilt straight on...
I'm too short and had to stand on a stool,
so it looks a bit wonky.
This quilt is about 60" square.
The pattern for this is found here.

Playing with the text fabrics was so much fun;
I'm ready to make something else with them. 

"Tell Me About It"
will be put aside until it tells me where it belongs.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Back Home

These past couple of weeks have had me on the road.
I have done a lot of driving and very little sewing!
I'm back home for a while and I'm looking forward
to getting back into my "Hidey Hole"
and getting some things accomplished.

Before I left last week,
I picked up my
"Text" quilt from my new LAQ
and I love the quilting!

I hope to get the binding sewn on this one this week.

Isn't it amazing how many "text" fabrics there are out there?
Such fun little surprises.

This past weekend my husband and I were at a wedding in
Highlands, NC.
Let me just say...

It was gorgeous!!

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

Happy Quilting!!

Friday, October 23, 2015

No Sewing...

But I have been able to do some knitting.
I don't have a portable quilting project going
right now, and need to work on this!
Thankfully socks are always portable!!

I wanted to learn how to make cables,
so I got on Youtube and watched a few videos.

These socks are a result of my lessons.
It surprised me at how easy making cables is!

I designed these myself!

They are ready to keep some feet warm this winter.

Happy Friday!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Finished Wedding Gift

For a few years 
I have been making
Christmas Tree Skirts
for wedding gifts....
when appropriate.

We have a wedding this coming weekend
and the gift is finished.

I have used this pattern for several of the
Tree skirt gifts and love how
easily it goes together and looks.


This time I used a layer cake of 
"Holiday Flourish"
by Robert Kaufman.
The fabric just shines and sparkles!

All that is needed now is a box, some wrapping paper and a card!

Please visit Patchwork Times to see other creations.

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Ribbon Candy Finish

This weekend was rather quiet,
allowing me time to get some
overdue machine quilting done.

I have several completed tops
that are patiently waiting to be finished.

This quilt was made with
5" squares of white and
Anna Marie Horner fabrics. 
I found the pattern for the
"Pinwheels on Point"
on  the Missouri Star Quilt Company site.

I'm not sure what I will do with this one yet.
It's a good size for a baby quilt,
but may be too wild.

Plus it isn't the typical "baby" color palette.

It may end up on a table at some point.

Never the less, I love it.
It reminds me of Ribbon Candy,
hence, the name.

Please visit Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday.

Happy Quilting!!

Friday, October 9, 2015

A Little and a Big....

Finish, that is!

The Little Finish is a fun one,
but I am SOOO excited about the
BIG Finish.

First, the little one...

I bought a charm pack to make a baby quilt to be donated.
I love the bright colors and just kept the design simple.

With this quilt it was time to bust out of my
FMQing intimidation and just try something new.
I have been doodling feathers for a while now
and began quilting them in the white areas.

Don't look too closely...
they are far, far from perfect, 
or even good,
but the longest journey starts with the first stitch.
(Or something like that.)

This little quilt will go in the baby quilt box at church.

Now for my BIG finish!

In the middle of May, 2014, 
I decided to make my first sweater.
The pattern I chose to use was probably not the best one
for a beginning sweater knitter,
but I jumped in with both feet.

except for sewing the buttons in place,
my sweater is FINISHED!!

This is made with the Entrelac pattern,
which isn't the best pattern for a beginner to try.
I love the yarn... Noro Silk Garden Lite in color 2092.

This was definitely a challenge for me,
but I learned so much knitting this sweater.

I will get the buttons and sew those in place, hopefully today.

I'm so excited!
And the best thing.....
IT FITS!!!!!

Please visit Patchwork Times and Whoop Whoop
to see what others are creating.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Box of Warmth

Those who have read my blog for any length of time
know that I love to knit socks.
I have gifted socks to my family and friends
and am still knitting socks.

Last winter I read about a 
Native American reservation in
South Dakota
that is in dire need of warm clothing items,
especially for their children.

The knitting of socks continued and today
I will be mailing a box of warm socks to this reservation.

I freeze in the winter.
This is with a heated home, warm clothes
and living in Virginia.

I can't imagine how cold some of the children in
South Dakota must be... every day during the winter.

I realized that I need to knit some socks for the boys.
I love the bright colors, but boys' feet get cold, too!

Enjoy your day and send warm thoughts to those in South Dakota.

Happy Creating!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Let's Just Say....

Life is a bit
right now!
And I really hate bad head days!
They suck the energy right out of me.

But I'm good now and hope to get some
quilting done this week!

I did manage to get the latest
blocks sewn together.

I really like the colors of these blocks.
Only one more set of colored blocks and
then the background blocks get made.

Happy quilting!

Friday, October 2, 2015

First October Friday

It's been a rainy, dreary week here....
a good week for working on inside projects.
I've cleaned out some cabinets,
boxed up some books
worked in my Hidey Hole!
A few months ago I made this top with some
Anna Marie Horner fabrics.
I love the pinwheels and snowballs made from 5" squares.
This quilt top looks like ribbon candy to me.
When looking for fabric for the borders, 
I could not find what I liked and wanted to use.
The fabrics were too "Blah."

Finally I found this.

The floral piece is an Anna Marie Horner piece and pulls out
all of the colors of the pinwheels.

I love the aqua stop border. There is a lot of aqua in the blocks and
it really pulls out the bright color... my favorite!

This is one bright and happy quilt!

I also have a knitting finish!

My black and gold socks are ready for basketball season!

Please visit Patchwork Times and Whoop Whoop Friday to see
what others are creating.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September 350 Blocks Project Report

September was a busy month for
Block production here!

At the retreat I attended in the middle of the month
I made all of the blocks for this quilt.

36 Blocks finished here.

I also made five more applique blocks....

And the last four blocks with the
wool applique as the center.

To finish the month off, I have 48 blocks made for
this Polka Dots and Paisely's top.

This is a total of 93 blocks for September 
439 blocks total for 2015.

Onto October!

Happy Quilting!