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

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Mindless Little Projects

Over the past few weeks I've finished up
a few things that had been languishing in my
Hidey Hole.
Before starting another big project,
I decided to get some small things made.

A friend had asked me to make her some
potholders... and had asked a while ago!

Out came the fabrics, batting and the insul bright.

 The line of binding across the pot holder is on a pocket
for the hand. The hand can go inside the pocket and be protected
on both sides from being burned.

I had this pumpkin fabric in my stash and thought it 
was time to use it.
The lower set is for me. :)

These will all be delivered to their homes this week.

For those who have followed me for a while,
you know that I have made a number of Bucilla felt kits over the years.
There is a shelf in a cabinet in my Hidey Hole that has
a number of kits waiting to be made.
I decided it is time to work on one again.

This is going to be a Gingerbread Advent calendar.
There are a LOT of white sequins that will be sewn
onto the felt for this one, along with other colors
and some embroidery.
It's a relaxing thing to do in the evenings while
my husband watches sports.

Nothing too exciting here,
but I'm using stash and making little things.

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Baby Quilt for Quinn

A friends daughter had a baby in July
and Quinn's quilt is finally finished!

The baby's room is in pinks and gray
and I decided this time to make a
quilt that would cooridnate with the room.

This pattern was on Pintrest a while ago
and the heart in the design caught my eye.

For the backing I decided to use this gray
velour blanket I've had for some time to use as a backing.

NEVER AGAIN will I use a blanket like this!
It was a BEAR to quilt!
I wanted to do some feathers,
but there was no way that was going to happen.
Swirls it was.
It isn't as bunchy as it looks in the photo...just puffy.

The quilt is super soft and cuddly with this backing, though.

It's ready for delivery!

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, September 20, 2019

October Wedding Gift Finished

As those who follow me know,
I make Christmas tree skirts for wedding gifts
when it's appropriate.

A good friend of my daughter's is getting married
next month and the tree skirt is finished!

This pattern has been used for several tree skirts
and, unfortunately, is not available anymore.
It was a Moda Bakeshop pattern that I am unable to find
online. Thankfully I printed it off several years ago.


The pattern uses a layer cake and goes 
together quickly.
The fabrics are much richer and prettier in person
than the photos are showing.


I'm still deciding if I'm going to put the ties on this one.
A friend has made a couple of tree skirts
without the ties and then I realized that I don't
tie them on my tree skirt.
I will add those today if I decide they are needed.

I can check this off of my list now. :)

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

MInt, Berries and Chocolate

I really struggled with naming this quilt.
My first thoughta were "Ugly Quilt #2"
or "Sensory Overload"
or.... I won't tell you the rest.
The fabric line is called "Botany"
and Botanical Beauty became the name.

After Preeti's comment, I'm changing the name
of this quilt to
"Mint, Berries and Chocolate"!
It's helped me to like it a little more!
Thank you, Preeti!!

It's not often that I make something and think
"Phew!  That one is finished!"
I'm not a fan of this quilt, but it's done
and a pile is gone from my stash.
 And honestly,
now that's it's quilted,
it has grown on me a bit.

As I've mentioned before,
the Disappearing 4 Patch is one of my favorite blocks to make...

...and I've made a number of quilts using this block.
I am really enjoying doing the grid quilting
these days, too.

This does look like a vintage picnic quilt or a tablecloth to me.

Is it bad that I like the back better than the front?

Another finish and that's a good thing!

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, September 13, 2019

More Canyon Dance

A couple of weeks ago I cut a lot of the pieces
for Canyon Dance,
so if I have a few minutes,
I can sew a block or two together.

If you have never sewn curves before,
this is the pattern with which to begin.
It's so easy because nothing needs to meet or match.
The pieces are sewn together in a certain order
and then the block is trimmed to size.
Easy Peasy.

This is mindless sewing for me.
Before I begin,
I arrange the pieces in pleasing sets
and stack them on a cookie sheet.
Then I sit and sew while listening to my book.

Thirty eight of 110 blocks are made.


As I make more blocks,
things are rearranged.
There will be a lot of rearranging once 
all of the blocks are finished.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Guess What I'm Starting??

My daughter, who banned me from making her any more quilts,
has asked for a quilt for their guest bed.
She didn't need to ask me twice!

This was a while ago that she asked,
so I've been collecting fabrics for this quilt.
She's like I am... loves turquoise, blues and greens.
It has been fun shopping the batik sections
and raiding my stash for these colors.

The pieces have been cut using these templates that I ordered
from the pattern designer and the small rotary cutter.
They are very easy to use and the pattern is very easy to follow.

I'm excited to see all of the combinations that come out of these piles.

These are by my machine, ready to be sewn together.

Four blocks are finished....only 107 to go!
They have a queen size bed, so I'll be making these blocks for a while.

Happy Quilting!


Friday, September 6, 2019

Woven Baby Quilt Finish

Get your sunglasses ready because I have a
bright and happy quilt to show you today!
I started this quilt a few months ago
and needed to quilt it.
The baby for whom it was made will be
here at the end of the month,
and it needs to be mailed,
so I needed to get in gear and get it quilted.

I ordered a fun backing and went to work once it was delivered.

This quilt is made with the Simply Woven pattern.

I have had this pile of primary colored fabrics for a while,
just waiting for the right project.
When I saw this pattern,
I knew this would be fun with all of the geometrics
and polka dots.

I cut enough strips to make a second quilt
and will do that once some other things are done.


This one will be sent to Florida and will sure show up
on the beach down there.
I've had to delay the shipping with the pending storm, though.


The quilting was simple...a swirl with bright 
yellow thread.


Isn't the backing fun?
I used it for the binding, too.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Boxy Tote

My friend Dottie loves to make bags.
She finds the neatest patterns and creates beautiful bags.
Her latest bag uses the Boxy Tote pattern and I
decided to make one with her.

The cutting and preparation takes quite a while.
Plus, there are things used in this pattern
that aren't the easiest to find.

Once the pieces were cut and the fusing was done,
I headed over to her house and the fun began.

The pattern designer has written the directions in a 
super organized way.
She has tabs to pin to each piece of fabric with the measurements and the
order number from the directions.
Once the piece or pieces are cut,
you pin this tab to the fabric and it keeps things organized.

This tote is large enough to carry a Featherweight in it!

There are pockets on the inside and outside of the bag.
There are also stays around the top of the bag that hold it open
and in place so it's easy to fill.

After my friend, Mary, made one, she found this label for all of us!
Only a few swears words were used in the construction of my bag.

Dottie and I made the straps differently than the pattern suggests
and came up with a very sturdy, but cushy strap.

The zipper tab is filled with glue!
It hasn't quite dried yet, so looks wet in the photo.

The only thing I have left to do is get the hard piece for the bottom of the bag.
I'll cover that  and pop it it and it will be ready for use.

When I started this bag,
I thought it would be a one and done project.
I think I see another one of these in my future, though!

Thanks, Dottie!
It was a blast making this with you.

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday and Monday Making today.

Happy quilting!