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

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Good-bye 2022

 Here we are at the end of another year.
This year was full of many wonderful things....
the birth of our grandson,
being able to watch our granddaughter grow
into a spunky 2 year old,
being able to see our younger daughter and son-in-law much more frequently, 
going on adventures with Doodlebug and my husband,
the return of travel, 
doing some projects around the house
and quilting.

There hasn't been as much quilting as there has been in the past,
but some nice things came out of my hidey hole.
While I am thinking of what will get done in 2023,
I've looked back at 2022 and am pleased with what I have
been able to accomplish.

May 2023 bring you many joys, much peace, good health, fun adventures
and many hours working with cloth and thread.

Happy New Year!

Pineapple Quilt Top is Finished

 I did not expect to finish this quilt top before the end of 2022,
but here we are!!
I spent a good part of yesterday in my Hidey Hole and came out with this
finished top and I love it.
Two years ago I made a few blocks and thought I would
make a wall hanging or small throw.
My husband saw it and said it would look great on our bed.
From then on I've said this is the quilt he is making me make.

Half of the rows had been sewn together a while ago
and the other half were hanging out on my design wall.
Yesterday I just sewed and listened to my book and got it finished.

I was going to add a border to the quilt,
but it doesn't need one.
It's large enough without it and, visually,
the quilt is good without one.

This quilt was a couple of years in the making,
with it not seeing any action for large chunks of time.
I finished the rest of the blocks at quilt camp in November.

This will be sent off to Rebecca Grace to quilt
and will then grace the bed.
The fabric on the pillows will be used for binding
and I may make some pillows with it.
In addition to this fabric, I'd add some lighter blue or aqua pillows.

Not a bad way to finish 2022!!
I'm linking to Design Wall Monday.

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

The Stockings Were Hung....

 ....and the rest of the house was decorated, too.
We moved into our current home in the spring of 2021,
but with my mom's death in late October last year,
I didn't decorate for Christmas at all.
I put a tiny tree up and that was it.
Our old house was very big and I had a LOT
of decorations for that house.
I moved a lot of them, but wasn't sure how they would all
fit into this house.
This year I was excited to decorate and am
happy to see that a lot of my Christmas treasures
fit into this house nicely.
We had a mantle added to our fireplace this year and it looks
great with all of our Bucilla stockings hanging from it.

This little nook is in my kitchen.

My quilt cabinet is quite festive with some
of my vintage treasures decorating it.

Years ago I found a woman who makes Santas from old quilts
and chenille blankets.  I've collected a number of them
over the years and love getting them out each year.


My parents started buying me a Frykman Santa for Christmas years ago,
so I have a nice collection of these.
They look great on the dining room table with a vintage tablecloth.

This skinny tree has a lot of the handmade ornaments on it
and is in the family room.
The grandchildren can't hurt the ornaments on this tree,
so it's where we spend most of our time.

I was thrilled that the big tree fits into the sun room
and looks nice in there.
There are colored lights on this tree,
which don't show up very well in the photo.
If you couldn't tell... I have a "thing" for ornaments!
I hope you all have a  Merry Christmas
filled with peace and joy.

Merry Christmas!!


Monday, December 12, 2022

This and That

 The past week or so I've been working on
bits and pieces as I get ready for Christmas.
The house is decorated,
we are going to bake this weekend
and I'm working on Christmas cards.
In between all of this,
I steal a few minutes here and there
in my Hidey Hole.

The second pillow for my son-in-law is finished.
Is it bad of me if I hope he doesn't like it??

This pattern is called Diamond in Diamond and is
foundation paper pieced.
These are big pillows... 24" square.
I am really pleased with how this one came together.

One thing I am determined to finish by the end of January 
is the bed quilt I've been working on for almost 2 years.
I started it, thinking I would make a wall hanging,
but my husband really likes it and said it would
be a beautiful quilt for our bed.
I tease him now and say this is the quilt he's making me make.

This is half way finished.
All of the blocks are made, so now it's just a matter
of sewing them into rows with the sashing.
I used the pineapple ruler by Creative Grids
to make the blocks.
The one downside is all of the seams are pressed in the same direction.
If I sewed the blocks together without sashing,
there would have been a lot of bulk at each intersection
and where the blocks meet.
I do think the sashing helps calm the blocks down a bit
and am happy with how it looks.
 Small borders will be added once all of the blocks are sewn together.
I have a Cricut machine, but am not that proficient at using it, yet.
My daughters, granddaughter and I are having our baking
weekend this coming weekend, so I made us all shirts.
I do have to say... I am REALLY happy with how these turned out!

And last, but not least....
the December blocks for the Gridster Queen Bee
are done and in the mail.

This is a Block Lotto block and is free!
These birds are so stinking cute!
There may be some already made for my own quilt.

That's it for now... back to writing out Christmas cards
and then I need to wrap some gifts.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Second Pillow

 As I've mentioned in the previous post,
I'm making pillows for my son in law for Christmas,
per his request.

The first one was made with fabric weaving,
but for this second pillow I used
paper piecing.

I do not enjoy paper piecing at all.
It isn't the sewing part that I don't like.
I hate removing the paper after the blocks are sewn.

However, you can't beat the precision one gets
with paper piecing.
Since I'm making a pillow,
there aren't that many blocks to be made.
Here is what I have so far:

These blocks aren't sewn together yet,
but are laid out as they will be in the pillow.
This piece will measure roughly 16x22",
so I will need to add borders to make it 24" square.

This is such a striking pattern and was pretty easy to make.
(Assuming one likes paper piecing.)
The pattern is called Diamond in Diamond  by Saija Elina.

I might have to keep this pillow for myself!
Happy Quilting!

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Fabric Weaving Pillow

 A couple of posts back I showed some fabric weaving
I had tried.
It was for a pillow for my son in law.
Well, I learned a valuable lesson in my first attempt at
fabric weaving.

When pressing the woven piece to the interfacing under it,
do not iron it.... press it!

Once it was all ironed, the piece was distorted.
As I was ironing, I didn't realize that I was pushing
the strips and causing distortion.

The end result was off square by almost 2" in spots...
unacceptable to use for a pillow.

But Wait!

I looked at the piece and realized that the middle was
not distorted.  I could cut the middle out of the piece
and add borders and salvage some of the weaving.

Here is the result:

I had quilted the piece with a big spiral already,
so I quilted borders with some grid quilting
and added them with a "quilt as you go" technique.
The backing was added and then I bound the pillow.

These colors are more true and you can see the weaving better
in this photo.
It's a big pillow...24" square.  They like big pillows
at my daughter's house.
This one is finished and I've started the second one.
It is not being made with fabric weaving!
 That one will be shown soon.
Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Pumpkins, Pumpkins!!

 This year I was invited to join the 
Gridsters Quilting Bee.
There are 12 members from around the country,
but most being in California.
Each month the queen bee for that month
asks the rest of us to make blocks that they have
chosen and given certain specifications to use when making the block.

November is my month and I have asked for pumpkin blocks to be made!
For once, I am so excited for the mail to come,
because I have received THE BEST
pumpkin blocks for my pumpkin patch.
I altered a pattern by Dodi Lee Poulson for Landauer Publishing
(used with permission)
called "Punkin Quilt".
I would link the pattern here, but the pattern doesn't seem
to be available any longer.
So, here are the four blocks I made as an example for my bee mates.


Each bee mate received the pattern traced onto pellon and 
I asked them to just have fun with the block.
By sending the traced pellon,
I was able to give them the altered pattern
and made sure the interfacing was all the same weight.
Here are the pumpkins I've received so far!!

Aren't they fun?!?!?!
I am going to have the best pumpkin patch in town!
Once the last couple arrive,
I'll start trimming and planning how it will go together.
It's so much fun being Queen Bee!!
Happy Quilting!

Thursday, November 17, 2022

I'm Here!

 Okay... where did the month of October go?
And while we are at it, where has the first part of
November gone?
I've been gone here and there during the last month,
but a little has been done in my Hidey Hole.
My son-in-law asked for new pillows for their couch.
I made them 24" pillows a few years ago
and they have changed their color scheme,
so he would like new pillows.
 These will be a Christmas gift for him. 

I was trying to decide on a pattern to use
on fabric weaving.

How fun will this be??

The most frustrating part was trying to get the
bias tape makers to work.
I finally gave up and made the bias ribbon pieces by hand
and then began to weave.

It took a few tries to get the fabric placement to my liking
and once I did that, the weaving went fairly quickly.

This Wefty tool is a life saver with the weaving.

A LOT of pins are used to hold everything in place.
It got to be a bit cumbersome, since I am making
a 24" pillow,
but the weaving was done.

These colors are pretty true.
Now I need to get this quilted and made into a pillow.
I think  I will quilt it with a spiral.
Hopefully this will be done soon!
Happy Quilting!

Monday, October 17, 2022

Blue Sunflowers

 A few weeks ago I posted some photos of a
The fabric is from a line by Robin Pickens.

There is another colorway for this line in blues
and yellows and I like this one just as much.
I had purchased both colorways, not knowing
what I was going to do with them and have had
them for a while.

The blue colorway came out to play after I finished the
top from the yellow and green colorway.

If I had only one block I could make quilting,
it would be the HST.
This block can be used to make
so many different designs.
I loved the black with the yellow and green fabrics,
and it looks just as nice with these.

I'll start sewing all of these blocks together soon
and have another top to quilt.

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Stockings for Miles

 This Christmas will be my grandson's first one
and I needed to get his stockings made!
I've made two for my daughter and son-in-law's family...
one for their home and one for mine.

Last week I put the finishing touches on Miles' stockings,
so he is ready for Christmas!

This is the stocking for my house.

These Bucilla kits are so full of cute details!

Santa sure is jolly here. 

Once again, I made a quilted stocking and stitched
the felt to the front of the stocking.

This is Miles' stocking for his home.
His dad LOVES outer space and requested
this space ship stocking.

It turned out so cute and sure was fun to make.
This stocking has the same quilted stocking
as the one for my house.

Santa will be able to stuff these stockings to the top now!

Happy Quilting

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Sunflower Table Quilt

 I just love Robin Pickens fabrics and have used a number
of them over the years.

I'm not sure when these came out, but I've had them
in my stash for a while.
The sunflowers and the lattice are just so pretty together.
The blocks are all sewn together and it's about
54" square.
Once it's quilted, I think I will use it
for a tablecloth. 

These are all 5" HST's... mindless sewing to me.

I have to look in my stash to see if I have a fabric for
the backing, then I can get it quilted.
I might have purchased these same fabrics in the
turquoise colorway, too!  :)
Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Luna Quilt Finished

 Luna has been waiting to be quilted for a little while
and I finally got to it this week.
This quilt is for my latest grand-nephew,
my sister's grandson and her 6th grandchild,
and went together so quickly.
I had wanted to do something with the stack of primary
colored fabrics I've had for a while
and this worked well.
I think this is the third quilt I've made from these fabrics
and there may be enough for one more small one.

This pattern has several different sized quilts to make,
but this one is in between the baby quilt size
and the lap quilt size.  

It was quilted with some straight lines
and that's all it needed.

I even pieced the backing.
All of the fabric for this came from my stash,
which I'm pretty pleased about.  
It will be washed and given to the little man soon.
Happy Quilting!