Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Work In Progress---Christmas edition

Making progress on Mother-in-Love's quilt.  Top is finished, back is pieced and ready.  This will be the first time to use flannel.  I wanted it to be warm.  Did you know that even if you sweep before working with navy flannel, it really doesn't matter.  Every piece of lint within a mile comes for a nice long visit.

This will also be my first time working with wool batting.  I will let you know how that goes.  Just wanted it to be warm, super warm!!

This is what polyester batting looks like after 10+ years.  Our picnic quilt was made some time ago, before I would have thought to call myself a quilter.  This was the last time I ever used poly batting.  Thought it would be good to share the lesson!!  ;0) 
After years of heavy use, it is just done.  I was trying to glean some of the denim for the next picnic quilt.  I don't know what I was thinking.  These were worn out jeans that got ten more years of heavy use out of them.  Not much worth using again!!

The little pile of denim scraps are all that was worth keeping of the original quilt.  The drooly pile are scraps that I am going to cut up and use.  Peeking out is the little container started blocks.

This is the little stack of blocks that are already done.  I had a pair of jeans bite the dust a couple of weeks ago.  These fabrics are left-over charm squares from other projects.

So WIP update:

1.  Treasure's Quilt---FINISHED!!

2.  Mother-in-Love's Quilt---Much progress.

3.  Peacock quilt---Haven't touched it.

4.  Picnic Quilt---Started, and collecting more denim.

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Christmas Blessings,


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sew & Tell...( and soft squeals of delight)

If you want to see more of my finished quilt you will have to go to Amy's where I am the guest poster.  Hence, the squeals of delight (but soft ones 'cause my throat is still sore)!

She has got a great giveaway going, so pop on over and link along!



Saturday, November 26, 2011

Alive and Still Stitching

I will have some finishes to share soon. Treasure needs to go back to work for one of them to be photographed. ;0)

Speaking of which, my camera is suffering from "zoom error". I thought I would be able to spare you the terrible iPod pictures, but alas, we will suffer together.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am having a too-much-fun rebound cold! One more excuse to sit on the recliner and bind this quilt.

Christmas shopping almost done. Mother-in-love's Christmas quilt...not so much.



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Works in Progress

Got my computer back last night, so I polished off the real camera and grabbed some pictures of Treasure's quilt.  I used my walking foot to go around the corner squares.  Now I am on to the loopy FMQ.  I really goes so much faster than trying to turn all those corners!

(Gratuitous under the sewing machine shot)
I am abandoning my selfish WIP list for the time being.  I need to get much done for Christmas.  Hopefully I can get Treasure's Quilt finished by this weekend.

Then I will have to get back to this simple quilt for my Mother-in-Love for Christmas.  She doesn't use a computer EVER so I finally have a Christmas present that I can share!  I have flannel for the back, and the wool batting is on the way.  Hope it will keep her cozy.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011


Just finished basting Treasure's quilt. Hoping to start the "freeing" process. Is it weird that I feel like I am unchaining the quilt as I can take out the pins?

Hopefully I will get my computer back soon. Then I can quit torturing you with horrible iPod pictures!!!



Friday, October 28, 2011

Quilt Back Finish

Here is a sneaky peek at the back I finished for Treasure's quilt.

Here is the picture of the top that I finished back in August. I had hoped to give him the finished quilt for his birthday....this past Sunday.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to decide how to quilt it. It better tell me soon how it wants to be! I am determined to get this finished. The top is about 71"x104" so I guess I'll be moving some furniture to get this baby basted!

Also made this cute pink cowl for my cold self. My scarf was looking pretty worn, and I was in need of a quick fix. The scarf on the right is made with Merino wool scraps from scarves I made as gifts. This will be a Christmas gift for Treasure after I get some more chocolate brown to finish it off.

I also worked on another Christmas gift, but it must be hush, hush. (She is a reader.)

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Coasting to a Finish

Finished up moments ago. Will mail partners coasters for swap tomorrow. The others are saved for little Christmas gifts.

Been battling migraine headaches, so sewing has been almost non-existent, but at least these will be on time!



Thursday, October 13, 2011

Friday Coaster Finish

Well, almost. Going to be gone most of Friday, so I wanted to get this up early. I will try to update, but just as sure as I promise, the day will be nuts-o!

All but the purple coasters are finished. My hope is to do them Friday evening. Just stitch & flip, quilting & closing left. Then I will have four cute sets of six rainbow coasters. My plan was that people only had to remember their color to know which glass or cup was theirs!

One set is for a secret Potholders Pass Partner, the other three sets will be tucked away for various Christmas gifts.

Above is what is left on my cutting table. The purple bin is full of ROY G. BIV strips that should join nicely with some scrap gray and sewing themed scraps for some mug rug love. Yup, I am thinking Christmas goodies! And just so you know I am honest, I was going to make myself a set of rainbow coasters. That is what the blocks on the right are. At the last minute I chose to save them back for a wall hanging.

The little white milk glass cradle is holding some small scraps for a ticker tape quilt. Maybe also a Christmas gift!

Am I the only one that loves seeing the colors in my little trash bin? Having a hard time throwing such sun-shiny goodness away!

Also, many appologies for the terrible pictures.  (Not that mine are ever that great anyhow!)  But my computer is still in rehab.  Ipod blogging...

I will link this to Sew & Tell in the morning. Be sure to visit all the other lovely finishes by using the updated button on the side bar.  Amylouwho has had some trouble with her domain.   Everyone please be sure to update her links to keep up with the fabulousness on her blog.



Monday, October 10, 2011

Canning Day

3 pints apple butter, 4 half pints lemon curd, and 9 pints barbecue.

Topping it off with a little housework and homemade pizza for supper.
Maybe I will even get to these this evening!



Friday, September 23, 2011

Sew & Tell Friday: Lazy Beach Bum Edition

Okay, please bear with me. I am a lazy beach bum trying to figure out a blogging ap on my ipod!

In the car on the way, I managed to finish February's Birdie Stitches block.

I even finished March. The dorky four-leaf clover are not part of the original design. I just couldn't leave well enough alone!

This morning, while treasure is at the pier fishing, I have managed to prep a couple of blocks for the trip home.

Still don't want to think how far behind I am!

Not yet finished with this!

Or this!

Orange Beach Blessings,


Wednesday, September 14, 2011


I am not sure whether I am yielding to the fact that I am not going to have the Amy Butler Field Bag done for my trip, or if I am yielding to the temptation of a quick finish!

Diggin' the fussy cut!

Either way, I will have these cute little Ditty bags to match my Field Bag.  The pattern is from Keyla Lou Patterns.  I have had the pattern for awhile, and made one other.  Love that it is a pdf download!  If you have a zipper, fabric, and interfacing, you can get right to it! 

Yup, my raindrops are upside down!  Rats!  Now you know I am not perfect!

I had made this, the medium size, before.  The focus fabrics are Erin McMorris, Summersault.

Here is the big one, I think that it will be plenty big for my little dab of makeup.  (I wear only a dab, not because I am already gorgeous, but because I want to look like I at least tried!)

Purposely had three different zippers. 

Each also has a different lining.  Using up those scraps!  This one will hold all those fiddly little things that get lost so easily.  I will say the small one was the hardest to make, but not terribly so.

This blue was some Bella Solid that I is soooooo nice.

This is the large one again, can you get any better than purple AND Sandi Henderson?

In case you were wondering, I finished them up by carrying them with me to "hurry to wait" places Tuesday.  They traveled in this lap-sized round, lined basket. 

My hand quilting kit.

On trips, while Treasure drives, I like to keep busy.  Since our car is a huge many van, I have learned the hard way that dropping certain items---say your black leather thimble---on the black rubberized floor, brings your sewing to an early end.  Hopefully this basket is big enough to prevent such klutziness.

I threw my Birdie Stitches block in a plastic bag to keep it dry.  Wouldn't do to erase those marks too soon!  Yes, I realize that I am still working on the February block.  It's alright though because you already found out I am not perfect!

This little case, from a swap, holds my floss for the blocks.

Field Bag Update:  All 55 pieces cut, fused, and fleeced.  Now to mark them (Step 4).  The only problem?  My marking supplies are all the colors of the bag.  *sigh*

There has been no progress on any other WIP.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bird Litter

Didn't notice the brand of this stuff until I got it home.  :0)

I have no bird, so why would I need litter?

It is all because of this pincushion I made several years ago.  It has had it in for me from the beginning.  I have wanted to love it,  but love shouldn't hurt.  Everytime I reached for it, it drew blood.  The pins reach all the way through.  After pinning and cutting out 55 pieces from my Amy Butler Field Bag pattern, I had enough!!

Let me introduce you to my bigger, badder, better pincushion.  There will be no more poking of fingers in this house!  I used an orphan bitty block that was too small, and some scraps, and well, bird litter.  Now don't freak out on me.  It is just crushed walnut shells!

A little Paganelli on the underside, because, well, I know it's there.

What do you think?  I love it.

My next post will be an update on that bag.

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(sounds like:  KAYTEE)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Just a Start

Have a feeling that the cutting out part takes the longest.

Washed and ready to iron and cut.  Exterior fabrics were a great deal.  Interior fabrics are stash.

Thought that I would cut out what I could while waiting on a good deal on interfacing.  I need a ton!

Happy Saturday!  (We are off to go roller skating!)



Wednesday, August 31, 2011



2. Peasant Blouse!  (Used this tutorial.)

Just wanted to show you a little detail, added the hem band with a little decorative stitching to make me smile.  Also added pockets, one for the cell phone, and one for the ipod!  :0)

3.  Freshcut blocks, three more rows to square up and piece into rows.

(Rows A-F done!)

4.  Baby Quilt--just have to list it on hubby's work classifieds.  Suggestions on price?!

5.  Neptune Kaleidoscope--needs a back, quilting and binding.

6.  Grandma's Peacock--needs me to get some nerve and FMQ it!

7.  Mother-In-Love's Quilt.  (Not enough to show you Sorry no picture yet!)

I have been grateful for WIP Wednesdays to keep my focus.  If you want inspirational motivation, just click on the WIP button on the sidebar for a fun little cyber show and tell!

Back to laundry, and groceries tonight!