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

Friday, December 22, 2023

Christmas Gifts

 This year, in addition to the bed quilts I made for my grands
for Christmas, I made them each something with which they could play.
For Miles,
I made this mat for his cars
and had an absolute blast sewing on the buildings
and things, making his little village.
If you enlarge the photo, you can see the various
shops and businesses named after family members.
My sister made one for her grandson, too,
and we had so much fun coming up with the parts and pieces.

For Olivia, I made a Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head
with lots of accessories!
I added a design board for her to lay out the parts and pieces
and put them all into a vinyl
Hemmingway Bag.

One of these may have to be made to stay at my house!

I had to jump on the loopy yarn tree bandwagon this year!
My Santa made from an antique blanket looks cute standing next
to this colorful tree.
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Strings Veterans Quilt

 Last night I finished what is probably my last quilt for the year.
On Thursday I am leaving on a big adventure and
will be gone for 10 days, so there won't be much
more sewing or quilting done here.

For my last quilt of the year,
I finished this string quilt that will be
donated to my local Veterans Hospital.
This quilt finished up the big box of 1 1/2" strips
I had cut to make a huge log cabin quilt long ago.

I backed this one with flannel
and did some simple straight line quilting on it.
I had never made a string quilt before
and learned some things.
It will keep someone warm, for sure!

This will be delivered to Vicki today
for delivery to the hospital after the first of the year.

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Two Finished Veterans Quilts

 In previous posts, I have mentioned that there is a local
quilt group that makes quilts for our local Veterans Hospital.
While I don't belong to the group,
(they meet at the same time my book club meets)
I have made quilts and donated to them.
What an awesome mission this is.
After getting two quilts back from Vicki,  who
will quilt them for free if they are being donated,
they are finished and ready to return.
This one was made with a jelly roll and some yardage.
I came up with the pattern myself and played with the block placement.

These aren't my typical colors, but it's a very soothing quilt.
I've had the top of this next quilt finished for some time,
but never had it quilted. 
I didn't know what I was going to do with it
and then realized that it is close to the 
size needed for the Veterans quilts.

Vicki quilted this one, too, and did a great job with it.
The pattern is Hello Geese .

There might be another one of these in my future.
Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Hemingway Pouch


On Sunday, after our Thanksgiving guests had left and the
house was put back in place,
I just needed to sew something.
I had purchased the pattern for the Hemingway Pouch
and decided to make one or two.
This pattern is really well written,
goes together very quickly
and makes the cutest pouch.

The blue pouches are the XL size and the sea life pouches are the large size.
One zipper makes two pouches, but you do need another zipper pull.



These are lined with bound edges inside and are so pretty.
I used two layers of batting for my pouches.



This wedge is cut from the quilted piece to make the angle
of the XL pouch.
I didn't want to waste this quilted fabric
and decided to try making a small pouch.
From this XL wedge, I cut the narrow end off at 14".



These two cute little pouches were made from those wedges.
I see more of these pouches in my future, after I purchase
some more long zippers.

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, November 19, 2023

The Orla Baby Quilt Finish

In October, I made The Orla Quilt in the baby quilt size.
This pattern is by Kitchen Table Quilting 
and went together in no time.
It is now quilted and ready to gift
to the baby coming in December.
I love this Tula background fabric.
I can't remember the name of it,
but I should have bought a whole bolt!

This baby print has been in my stash for a long time
and looks cute on the back.
Happy Quilting!


Thursday, November 16, 2023

Olivia's Quilt is Finished

 The other night I finished sewing the binding on my 
granddaughter's quilt.
Now both quilts are finished for my littles for Christmas!

This quilt is "The Violet Quilt" by
Erica's patterns are written so well
and are easy to follow.

My daughter asked for a colorful quilt
and I did my best to please her.
I used a lot of Kaffe, some Tula and some
random fabrics, too.

Rebecca Grace of Rebecca Grace Quilting
quilted it and did her usual excellent work. 
I love the design she suggested.

My granddaughter loves pink, so I used a pink on pink
fabric for the small blocks that are throughout the quilt.

This isn't a good photo of the backing,
but it has all of the colors.
It's labeled and ready to wrap!
This is a HUGE check off of my list.
Happy Quilting!

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Miles' Big Boy Bed Quilt

 My daughter and son in law asked me to make
bed quilts for each of my grandchildren.
I sent them Kitchen Table Quilting's website
and they picked a pattern for each of them.

For Miles, they chose The Ivy Quilt.
For those who follow me,
these fabrics are going to look very familiar.
This is the third large quilt I've made
from these fabrics and colors.
I added to the group for Miles' quilt,
but a lot of them have been in previous quilts.
The background is new.
These colors are my favorites, by far.
I love the lime green pops of color
throughout the quilt.
They bring in so much light.

Rebecca Grace at Rebecca Grace Quilting
did a beautiful job quilting this one,
as she does with every quilt!
The design looks like flowing water to me,
adding to the sea look of the fabrics.

The backing looks like water, too.
This one is labeled and ready to wrap.
Now onto binding his sisters' quilt!
This months Queen Bee for the Gridsters
chose this block from Tilda.
She asked us to make one half of the block,
but I had to make the whole thing.
It was unfinished, otherwise.
This is a BIG block!

I had to make her with red hair for my two red-headed daughters
AND my two red-headed grandchildren!
Happy Quilting!


Thursday, October 26, 2023

Not Quilting!

 Since I returned home from Quilt Camp,
my sewing machine has been very quiet.
My Cricut, however, has been very busy!!
My daughter, Doodlebug, LOVES to send
birthday cards and notes to people.
If she knows you, chances are you get a card from her.
I decided to make her a bunch of cards
for a Christmas gift this year and am 
VERY glad I did this early.

Here is a sample of the 90 cards I made.

How long do you think these 90 cards will last?
I think she single-handedly keeps the post office in business.



I even decorated the envelopes with dot markers.


 Here is the box of the 90 cards.
I may add some Anniversary cards to the box, too.
We shall see if I feel like making more.

Happy Creating!

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Quilt Camp 2023

 Quilt Camp 2023 has come and gone
and I think this was the best year yet.

We rented the same house on Keuka Lake in upstate NY
and the six of us sewed and sewed and sewed.
Here is our view while we were there:
There was not a lot of fall color and it rained the entire time
we were there.

The first thing we did was have our quilt reveal.
Do you remember the pile of HST's I was making a few months ago?
We all chose to make a quilt with
Cake Mix #3 and drew names
to see for whom we would make the quilt.

My person LOVES Halloween.
I chose the "Old Made" line of fabrics
and added purple for the background color.
Unfortunately, the fabrics didn't show that well
in the small HST's, so I added larger squares of some
of the fabric.

Here are the quilts we all made:

Irene was an over-achiever and pieced the backing, too.

Holly is newer to quilting and was overwhelmed by all of the HST's.
Her design is beautiful!


It's so fun to see what we all made with the same Cake Mix.
During quilt camp I was able to finish three things and started on a fourth.
I made this little baby quilt for a friends' granddaughter.
It's "The Orla Quilt" by Kitchen Table Quilting.

Next up was more birds!
This is a table topper for a friend's kitchen table.
I was able to get it quilted and bound, too!
The third project was completing a string quilt
from the bin of reproduction fabrics I had.
For some reason I didn't get a photo of it,
but will after it's quilted.
We have already reserved the house for next year
and look forward to returning.
Happy Quilting!


Saturday, September 30, 2023

Wool Welcome

 A few weeks ago I was looking for something
in my Hidey Hole
and found a box and had no idea what was inside.
Well, one thing I found was this wool applique piece
I had made before we moved 2 1/2 years ago.
It didn't have borders yet and was just waiting to be finished.

Now it is a finished wall hanging.

I really enjoy doing wool applique and do not do it often.
That may need to change.

This was quilted on my new sewing machine.
It doesn't quilt as smoothly as my old one,
but maybe it's operator issues.

I also made a stack of design boards as treats for Quilt Camp.
It's coming up next month and I'm getting excited!!
Happy Quilting!


Thursday, September 28, 2023

MIss O's Quilt

 As I mentioned in my last post,
my daughter and son-in-law
requested quilts for my grandchildren's beds.
Miss O is in a big girl bed already
and has another quilt I made on it.
It isn't quite a twin size,
so they asked for one that is twin size.

This is The Violet Quilt pattern
They wanted it to be bright and colorful,
so out came some of my Kaffe fabrics.

This pattern went together very quickly
and shows off some of these larger prints nicely.
(I don't know why, but I never think to cut the borders
the length of the fabric instead of the width. SMH!)

It is on it's way to Rebecca Grace Quilting
for her to work her magic.
I may have to make this pattern using Christmas fabrics!
Happy quilting!

Monday, September 25, 2023

Mr. M's Quilt

 My daughter and son-in-law asked me to make
quilts for my grandchildren's beds.
Twist my arm!!

I showed them some of the patterns at
and they chose two that they liked.
They are both finished and on their way to

For my grandson, 
they asked for blues and greens to be used.
I had no problem with this,
since I still had a lot of left-over fabric
and scraps from the Pineapple bed quilt I made for my bed.

This is The Ivy Quilt pattern.
It was going along really well
until I decided to skip a row of blocks.
There was some action from my seam ripper needed
and the problem was fixed.

Some fun new fabrics were added to the collection
for this quilt.
These are my favorite colors to use
and I fight myself not to make every quilt with these colors!

This will be a Christmas gift for Mr. M
and will be ready for when he gets his big boy bed.
Happy Quilting!