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Friday, September 29, 2017

Another Finished Tree Skirt

My quilting seems to go in cycles....
start a number of new projects,
then finish a number of projects.
Start of number,
finish a number.

Right now I am in the
"Finish a Number" phase.
Thank goodness!
My Hidey Hole is being overrun with piles.

I started a Christmas Tree Skirt to be donated
for a silent auction item.
My stand-by pattern was used...
at Moda Bake Shop. 

It's finished and ready for delivery.

This is such a quick and easy pattern to use
and really shows off the fabrics nicely.


The glitzy, sparkly Christmas fabrics
are my favorites.


I used a Layer Cake for this tree skirt,
but I don't remember the name.

Another finish and another pile cleared!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Tuffet for my Niece

My niece just finished the work on her PhD and has defended it.
She is moving to a new city to begin a new job,
teaching at a university and seminary.

Knowing that she would be needing to buy some things for her new home,
I asked where she would like a gift card.
(She isn't a huge fan of quilts.)

She shocked me with her response.
While here visiting for my daughter's wedding shower,
my niece asked if I would make her a tuffet!

Well, Of COURSE I would!

She let me know what colors she wanted
and I headed to the quilt shop.


A local quilt shop holds classes for the
construction of the tuffet periodically.
All of the sewing of the top is done at home
and then the instructor brings
the foam, base, upholstery tools and her know how
to the class.

This is the third one I have made
and each one amazes me.
How a bunch of 2" strips of fabric could turn into
something so cool is so much fun!

Once my niece moves,
it will be shipped to her.

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Pumpkins Quilted

For some reason I am not one to decorate for fall.
I have a few things people have given to me over the years,
but don't often pull them out.

This year I got the urge to make some
Pumpkin Quilts,
so I found this pattern and started cutting and sewing.

There are four of these wall hangings,
each with four pumpkins.
They are all quilted and have the binding sewn
to the front.

After quilting the first one,
I thought the pumpkins looked more like
orange apples.
I, then, quilted the "Pumpkin Lines" on the inside of each pumpkin.


I've had the border fabric in my stash for a while
and was happy to use it with these.


Hopefully the binding will get stitched down soon
and these will be given to their intended owners.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Nine Patch Bliss

I haven't had a chunk of totally mindless sewing time in a while.
The other day I came into my Hidey Hole,
pulled out some nine patches I had made quite some time ago,
found my box of Kaffe scraps
and began to cut.

Making nine patches is totally mindless sewing to me
and Nine patches I made.

I had made a few of these some time ago
and had put them aside, 
not knowing what was going to be made with them.


A lot of the 2 1/2" Kaffe squares were already cut,
but the polka dots needed to be cut to make the nine patches.


I just sat in here with Netflix playing
and sewed and sewed.

One thing I like about Kaffe fabrics
is how the colors are the same tones
from the older fabrics to the newer fabrics.
They can be paired together and they look 
like they are from the same time frame.

Last night I prepped four projects for machine quilting.

The Christmas Tree Skirt will be quilted today and tomorrow....
I hope!


I was hoping to have these pumpkin wall hangings done
by now,
but we had visitors over the weekend!

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

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Christmas Tree Skirts

Last night I pulled fabric to begin another
Christmas Tree Skirt.


The blocks are made for the new tree skirt
and are arranged on my design wall.
Some tweaking has been done since this photo was taken,
so the blocks are in place and ready for sewing.


As some of you know,
Christmas tree skirts are my "go to" wedding gift.
The one I am getting ready to make
is not for a wedding gift, however,
but for a silent auction item for an organization I support.

The auction will be in October
and I thought this might be a fun item to have in the auction.

While deciding on the design for this tree skirt,
I looked back at my photos to see
which designs I have used in the past.

I thought it would be fun to  have them all in one post.
Some of the tree skirts I've made did not get
photographed for some reason,
but most are here.

This is a Bucilla Kit I made for my younger daughter
one year for Christmas.
I think the kit has been discontinued.

My own design.

Made from the Moda Bake Shop pattern
"Fruitcake Under My Tree."
I made two of these this particular year
and made a HUGE mistake on this one.
The hole is not centered!
It actually works out well, though,
because we put a tree up in the corner of our foyer and the
skirt fits it perfectly with the hole off center.

This was made with a pattern that I can't find.
It uses the wedge ruler and was pretty
easy to make.

A bright skirt!

Another "Fruit Cake Under My Tree."

This pattern came from "Freemotion By the River"

I made this for my now Son-in-Law for
Christmas last year.
It's another discontinued Bucilla Kit.

An adaptation of the pattern from
"Freemotion By the River"

Another "Fruitcake Under my Tree."

I love this pattern and am using this one again for the
silent auction tree skirt.
It uses 10" squares and goes together so quickly.
It really shows off the prints nicely, too.

There are other patterns in my stash, waiting to be used.
They are such fun things to make for gifts
and people seem to appreciate them.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Pumpkins, pumpkins....

Fall is creeping in a bit here
with cooler temperatures,
lower humidity
and leaves falling from the trees.
I hate to see summer end,
but it isn't up to me.

Things are slowly getting back to normal
after my daughter's wedding last weekend.
I didn't spend as much time in my
Hidey Hole
as I would have liked,
but did have some fun making

I found this pattern at Cluck, Cluck Sew
and gathered a lot of my orange fabrics.

Instead of making one big quilt,
I'm making a few small quilts.
They will be given as gifts
and shared with others.


 Some of the pumpkins look like apples to me,
but quilting should help that.
I'll quilt the curved pumpkin lines in the solid one especially.

The pumpkin on the right is gold metallic....
quite glitzy!

My thoughts and prayers are going up for those
in Irma's path and continue for those in Texas.
May God bless you and keep you all protected.


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

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


What a week we have had here!
My younger daughter was married on Sunday
and things could not have gone better.

The weather didn't cooperate for the rehearsal party at our home,
but we just moved it all inside and
talked and laughed and ate and
visited with family and friends,
new and old.
Sunday was a picture perfect day for the wedding.
Cooler, clear skies and little humidity.
It was gorgeous.

Now that the gift has been given,
I can show the finished wedding quilt
I made for the happy couple.

This pattern is called

It's made with four different blocks
and then several different blocks
cut for the setting triangles and corners.

I had it quilted with a swirl pattern
in the teal color thread.

It isn't difficult to make
but takes precise sewing and trimming.

My new Son-in-law chose the color
and my daughter was thrilled.


I am not one to put photos of people on my blog,
but will make an exception here.

These are a few photos that family took of the wonderful day.
I can't wait to see the photographers photos!

Drew and Jillian were married at our church.

The Bridal Party
 My older daughter, Emily, is next to Jillian.
Next to Emily is Colleen, my god daughter. 
(I made the other Diamonds in the Deep quilt for her back in the spring.)
The Groomsmen are Drew's brothers in law.

A family moment before the wedding.

It was a wonderful weekend and we are sad for it to be over,
but thrilled that Jillian is starting her life with such a wonderful man.

Happy Life!