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

Monday, August 28, 2017

Finished Penguin

First of all,
my prayers are going out to all the people in Texas who are
dealing with this devastating storm and flooding.
I can't even imagine what you are experiencing.
May you find strength and peace in the midst of this chaos.

My nephew and his family are coming to town
for my daughter's wedding this weekend,
so I really wanted to get his new son's
baby quilt finished.

I stole bits of time from the craziness here
and finished it over the weekend.


My nephew is a HUGE Pittsburgh Penguins fan,
so I was so excited when I saw the pattern for a penguin baby quilt.

Out came the black and gold fabrics
and the fun began.

The baby's name is "Kessel" after one of the Penguins best players.
I used the "Crafted Applique" method to machine quilt
the letters of his name to the snowball and the lines on his beak.

My sister, who is a huge Capitals fan,
had some unkind words to say about this baby quilt.
Who will be our nephew's favorite aunt now?!?!

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday at
 Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.

You may not see much of me until next week.
It's wedding time at my house!!

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Another New Baby...

My extended family continues to grow.
And you know what that means....
more baby quilts are being made!

My nephew and his wife had their second son almost two weeks ago.
This nephew is a HUGE hockey fan
and the Pittsburgh Penguins is his favorite team.
In fact, they named this son after his favorite player...

When I was deciding on what quilt to make for the
newest member of our family,
I came up with a brilliant idea....

A Penguin in Pittsburgh's colors!!

This pattern is perfect for the Penguins fan in the family.
I found the pattern here, ordered it and pulled out the fabric to make it.


 It was a bit tedious to make
because of all the different parts and pieces,
 but it went together easily.

Next is to get it basted and quilted.
Hopefully I will be able to deliver it soon.

A niece is in labor as I type this,
but her little one's quilt is already made.


Happy Quilting!

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Little Sewing Time

It's Friday already!
Another week has zipped past us,
but I did get a little play time in my Hidey Hole.

When I started making these blocks,
I was thinking it would be a baby quilt.
I am loving these fabrics and design together,
so I might just keep making blocks and see where it goes.

It's amazing how the blocks come together.
They look like such a mess when first sewn
and then a few trim cuts here and there
with the Quick Curve ruler
and then a square ruler, and...

Ten inch square blocks!

I'll be sewing more turquoise strip sets together!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Slowly coming along...

I'm finding snippets of time
to come play in my Hidey Hole
as the wedding plans are being finalized.

Over the weekend
I managed to press all of the curved pieces
for the Metro Rings quilt.

There will be triangles added to the
sides at the top and bottom of the arcs.

These colors just make me smile.
I used to not be a huge fan of gray,
but it's become such a great neutral color.


Once the triangles are sewn in place,
the block is squared up and looks like these do.


I am loving this quilt and am pleased
with my first attempt at working with curves.

I'm doing a late link up to 
at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Applique Flowers

This finished quilt top has been a long time
in the making.

I'm not sure when I began appliqueing the blocks,
but it was a least two years ago.
A little work would be done,
it'd get put away for a while
before being pulled out and a little more 
work would be done.
Earlier this year I decided it was going to be finished.

Finally, it's a completed top.

I am pleased with the finish,
but had the most difficult time finding the outer border fabric.
Do you ever have something in mind
and nothing works because it isn't that?

I'm not sure how many quilt shops I visited,
how many online sites I checked and
how many times I looked at my stash,
but nothing was working for me.


Several pieces of fabric came home with me and were scrapped.

Finally, I found this piece the other day.
While it isn't even close to what I had in mind,
it works.
I'm pleased with it and think it looks nice with
the applique.

Now to get it quilted!

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Things are a bit scattered around here lately.
I can't seem to stay focused on one thing for very long
and that's okay.
My daughter is getting married in less than 4 weeks,
so this could be part of the reason for being scattered.

I did start a new quilt the other day
and am taking this one slow.

I've never worked with curves
and it's a challenge!
Usually I start something and zip right through it.
Not this time.

This pattern is called
"Metro Rings"
and uses the 
Cutting the curves with this ruler takes some getting
used to, but I really like using it.

Thankfully there is extra fabric built into the design,
so things square up and even out nicely after trimming.

Sewing these curves does take time and patience!

I'll keep plugging away and hopefully have enough blocks
for a quilt top soon.

Happy Quilting!



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dresden Mini Finish

Can I just say that I love this little quilt!

This is one of those quilts that I kept putting off making.
I'm not a huge fan of 30's prints...
I don't want to work with the little blades in the Dresden plates....
What am I going to do with it once it's finished?...

Then the day came....

Out came the fabric and
the mini plate template
and the fun began.


Why did I wait so long to make this cute little quilt?

30's are still far from my favorites,
but they grew on me just a bit.


Thanks, Mom, for the kit and pattern you bought for me.

It's a keeper!!