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!


  1. Adorable little bird blocks! The Pineapple quilt does look amazing with that narrow sashing. It was a good choice.

  2. He’s not going to be able to help himself but love those pillows. You can be bad all you want, i doubt you will have them for your own. LOL. I just love those birds!

  3. The bird blocks are so cute. Interesting about the pineapple blocks...I just bought the Creative Grids ruler for this block. Love your tiny sashing to idea with all the meeting seams. I hate trying to quilt over bulky seam areas so will be keeping your solution in mind. And the pillows are awesome!

  4. Love, love, love the pineapple blocks-I have that ruler also. The pillow is adorable, you might have to make one for yourself now. I have the Silhouette Cameo and while I enjoy it I almost have to relearn it when I use it which is not often enough. But I have never tried using the vinyl and would love to find the courage and time to do so! Cute birds too! Just so much cuteness in your post:)