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

Monday, October 28, 2019

More Pot Holders!

The co-worker of a friend asked me to make her
ten Christmas pot holders.
I decided they had better get made now
or Christmas would come and go and they wouldn't be done.

Out came my Christmas fabrics,
batting, Insulbright and the sewing began.

I had enough bits and pieces of Christmas fabrics
that I didn't need to cut into yardage. 

There are 12 pot holders here...
two are for my friend.

Making these in an assembly line
made them go together quickly.

They are ready to deliver!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, October 25, 2019

A New Christmas Quilt

Back in the spring I was in one of my local
quilt shops and talked to a local designer there.
She has designed a number of quilts for the 
Creative Grid rulers.

Her latest quilt was this Christmas quilt
and there were kits made up at the shop.
Yep...one came home with me!

I've had fun making the santa blocks
and sewing all of the sky and tree triangles together.

Santa's Forest Quilt


This went together very quickly once the santa's were
appliqued.  I did all of the applique on my machine.


The snowflake sky fabric adds so much charm to the quilt.


I love this tree fabric!
Hopefully this will be quilted soon.
My walking foot is acting up,
so once I get that working properly,
I'll get this one quilted.

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Gingerbread Cottage is Finished!

The construction project is finished!
This Gingerbread house went together pretty easily
and is ready to be given to my friend.

These Bucilla kits are so easy to make.
Just follow the directions and go in numbered order
and you will end up with a pretty nice piece.

There's one more thing I may do
and that's sew a pocket onto the back
to put the candy pieces in until it's their turn
to go on the front.  This way they will all
stay together.

I've had this kit for a number of years and am
VERY glad to have it finished!!

What can I say... I'm obsessed with these candy bag pouches!

Two bags of candy were bought for each pouch at the 
Dollar Tree.

There will be more of these in my future!

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Finished and Almost Finished

The putzing continues here at my end of the street,
but I am seeing the end in sight on this Bucilla kit I've been making.

Last night I stitched the backing in place on the 
Gingerbread Cottage Advent Calendar.
Now I just need to stitch the back of the snow to the chimney
and add the hanging cord to the ornaments.

The almost finished cottage.
The backing for the chimney snow is pinned in place.


 All of the ornaments are just placed on the cottage.
They will attach to the sequins sewn onto it.
I need to add the hangers.


The host and hostess! 

I'm excited to have this almost finished!
Now that I'm back into working on these kits,
I have my next one picked out to make.
Hopefully I'll keep going for a while
and have fewer unfinished kits in my cabinet.

I confess....
I have a new obsession!!

A while ago I watched the tutorial by 
on making little pouches from candy bags.
I had saved a candy bag from my daughter after Easter
and finally decided to try making a pouch with it.

Can I just say.... these are so much fun and so stinking cute!!

They go together in no time.

I've made two and have the third bag prepped and ready to go!

The biggest problem with making these bags....
not eating the candy!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Just Putzing....

This last week has found me hip deep in cleaning my kitchen.
The refrigerator and freezer have been emptied,
scrubbed and reorganized.
The pantry has had the same done to it.
Can I just say...it's amazing what gets hidden in the back
of shelves in both places!

Things have been slow going in my Hidey Hole.
The putzing has continued and I don't have much to show for it.

One thing I do need to share is this awesome sign
that my goddaughter made for me.

I saw the phrase on line somewhere and asked if she could make me a sign
with it.  She has a cricut machine.
We were out shopping and found the old pickets
at a vintage shop.
She cut them down, attached them to a board on the back
and painted the lettering.

I love it!!
Thank you, Petunia Blossom!


Things are progressing with the Gingerbread Cottage.
The trees and gingerbread people aren't attached yet,
but are finished.


The candy pieces on the sides are the advent pieces.
One will be added for each day of Advent.
I need to add the hangers and they will be finished.
There are more candy pieces to be made.
Slowly this is coming together.


All 110 blocks for my daughter and son-in-laws
Canyon Dance are made.
I need to begin laying them out and getting them in order.
Maybe that will happen soon.

That's about all that's happening in my neck of the woods.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Progress on Two Fronts

This week I find myself kind of in limbo land.
I've finished several things and have checked them off of my list,
but I'm not sure of what I want to start next.
Right now there is nothing that I have to make.
Trust me...there are PLENTY of things for which I have the fabric.  
It's just that nothing is speaking to me.

So, in the mean time, I will continue on with two
things I've started recently.

The Gingerbread Cottage is coming along!
There are sooo many white sequins sewn to the snow
on this cottage! That took a fair amount of time to finish
and there is more snow to come.

Once the cottage is finished,
I'll be making the candy pieces that
will act as the Advent Calendar pieces.


These Bucilla kits really are fun and easy to make,
as long as one goes in the right order.
The directions are very well written and easy to follow.


Progress on my daughter and son-in-law's
Canyon Dance quilt is moving along.
Here are 80 of the 110 blocks I need for a queen size quilt.

Ten more blocks are laid out on my cutting table.

And there are ten here by my sewing machine ready to piece.
That means only ten more are needed to organize and sew!

It may be a completed top soon!

That's about it from my Hidey Hole today.
I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, October 4, 2019

Escher Quilt is Finished!

I have been a fan of M.C. Eshcer for years,
finding his drawings and paintings fascinating. 

When I saw this pattern for a quilt that is
I had to make it.

Here is the finished quilt!

The top had been finished for a while,
but I could not decide how to quilt it
or if I should send it to my LAQ to be finished.


Finally, I decided to just quilt in the ditch for this one.
The design speaks for itself.


This quilt was not as challenging to make as I initially thought
it would be, but it was not mindless sewing,
by any means.


The fabrics had to be kept in a very specific order
so the design would come through.


Using the Kaffe fabrics gives it so much movement.


I'm not sure where this one will end up,
but it's staying with me, at least for a while.


I used this fun Kaffe stripe for the backing
and a blue and green dot for the binding. 

There will be another one of these in my future,
I believe!

Happy Quilting!