Friday, December 29, 2017

A Year of Quilts

 I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. I sure enjoyed having all my children home. I love that they are all friends and enjoy spending time together. Makes for lots of fun and many fond memories. The new year is almost here. A time to look back on the old and forward to the future. I had fun looking back through my blog on all the quilts that were made this year. Once again so many happy memories. Let me share.
Floating Boxes



Slash of Color

Yarn Bomb Trees

Stars and Stripes Runner


Scrappy Logs

A Bushel & A Peck

T-shirt Quilt for a friend


Floating nine patches

Who Wants to Play
More Scrappy Logs

Rhythm & Blues

Nine Patch Stretch
It sure has been a good year! Wishing you lots of creative quilting time in the new.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Pretty Patchwork Ornaments And Circling Lives

My friend, Suzy, says we were circling each other long before we met. Let me explain. She used to frequent my grandpa's bakery when I was a little girl. She didn't know it was me that she remembers napping in my grandpa's office. Not until I mentioned going to his bakery did we make that connection. As a teenager I used to clean my dad's office. One day I went to drop something off at her home and we realize that she lived right across from my dad's office when I was there cleaning. 
Finally the stars aligned and we met when a friend took me to my first guild meeting and Suzy was the president of that guild. We've been friends ever since. And thanks to Suzy taking me under her wing my quilting skills have grown. 
 I have many patchwork ornaments I have received from Suzy over the years. These are my newest two. The first is from leftovers from the Bear Scraps quilt I taught at our guild recently.
This cutie is because Suzy likes red and the number nine. I feel so blessed to have Suzy as a friend and I'm grateful that our circles finally met. Our 20 year friendship has been a great blessing in my life.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Moving It Forward

This week I cut into this lovely layer cake of Jen Kingwell's Beach Road.
 It made the cutest, scrappy little Ohs.
 That I am putting into staggered rows. I still need to sew the sashing between the rows, but I'm loving how they are coming together.
Now it's your turn. Are you busy Christmas sewing or barely finding time to get to your machine with all your holiday activities? A little or a sneak peek if it's Christmas related. We'd love to see. Link up and show us your progress.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Scrap Happy

It's been a scrap happy week in my sewing room. All my pineapple blocks are on the design wall waiting to get sewn together. Their leftover bits are tucked into rail fence blocks and squeezed in beside their momma blocks. All that scrappy goodness was joined by my newly basted wonky log cabin. It was some great eye candy while I exercised. 
Though difficult I did get in my workout before finishing up the quilting on the log cabin.
 I'm so pleased with the results.
 I looks so happy in the gray that has become my winter yard. I really like it next to the little bit of snow we have.
In addition I've been busy making soap. I didn't realize as I gave it away a gifts for friends and neighbors during the year that I was advertising. Many have come shopping in my home for Christmas presents.  I still have a little and if you order in the next couple of days I can still get it to you in time for Christmas. 
My Etsy Shop
As my daughter says, "Everyone uses soap, or at least you hope they do."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Moving It Forward

I'm having a hard time putting my scraps away. I have several pressing projects that I should be working on but still I play in my scraps. I've promised myself that soon I will start working on what really needs to get done but for the weekend any way I played in my scraps. I sewed up these little units.
I also worked on my pineapple blocks. They are mostly done, but I thought you might be tiring of seeing them. So I'll wait until they are a flimsy.  Instead here are the rail fence blocks I'm making from the little leftovers from the pineapple blocks. I've changed the blocks a little. I felt the others were too busy. I'm toying with layout but I'm thinking of starting with the lightest and filtering down to the darkest, maybe in a diagonal kind of way, somewhat as shown. But it is not set in stone.
Being Monday it's time for you to share your progress. Looking forward to seeing how you are moving your projects forward. Link up and share.  Can't wait to see your progress.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Rhythm & Blues a Wrap

I'm so happy to be able to share a finished Rhythm & Blues with you. I'm thrilled with the results as is the drummer boy. I showed it to him this weekend when he came to work on his car in my garage.
I originally had thought I would just quilt wavy organic lines through it. But when it came to choosing a thread that would work with the blues and white I had problems. So when I found  flowing water and ice on Lori Kennedy's site I knew I was onto something. Not only could I change the thread for the different areas I felt it went with the quilt, and was not to feminine for the drummer boy. 
I've made this into a pattern. It is layer cake friendly, and goes together quickly thanks to strip piecing and a little trick with a 10" square.
 You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Moving It Forward

I finished the blocks I was chaining through last week. Here is what my pineapple quilt is looking like so far. It measures 48" x 60". I'd like to make it a little bigger.
 So I've started 10 more blocks. That should make a good sized throw at 60" x 72". I might even make it through all those cut strips. Never though that would happen.
 In addition to making my scrappy pineapples I finished quilting Rhythm and Blues. I was hoping to show it finished last Friday. But between shopping with DD and visiting my grandma I ran out of time and it wasn't quite finished. Still needs the binding. It will happen soon and hopefully I can show it this Friday instead.
In the mean time link up and show me your progress. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's holiday sewing.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Moving It Forward

As promised here is the progress on my pineapple blocks. I've only finished one more. With holiday travel I wasn't able to finish any more. Just add a few more rounds so that they are a little closer to being done.
I was however able to finish these sock I've been knitting. I'm not really a knitter. In fact I've only knitted one other time over twenty years ago. It was a project we did with the young women at church. We all knitted a hat and then wore them sledding. Thanks to YouTube I refreshed my skills and learned a few more. Though my socks are not perfect, I'm pretty pleased. I see more socks in my future. 
Now it's your turn. Link up and show us what you've moved forward this week.

Friday, November 24, 2017


It seems fitting with Thanksgiving happening yesterday to express a little gratitude. I am truly blessed. Eighteen years ago I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease that attacks my blood. Now many would think that tragic. I guess in some ways it is. But in many ways it's been a blessing. Through my treatments, that took place in chemo labs, I have met many wonderful people. One of whom inspired me to start Quilty Hugs. 
 My ITP is inactive now, for the first time in 17 years my blood counts are normal. Thankfully Quilty Hugs lives on. I'm thankful for all the wonderful quilters that give so generously to help those fighting cancer. The quilt above was made one of those giving quilters. A tutorial on how to make it can be found here.
This one was also done at one of my sew ins. Still need to get it quilted. In addition to my sewing angels. I'd like to thank Sarah for her push each year through Hands2Help. Also the many quilters that send so many wonderful quilts at that time. And Kristi who sends me boxes of  beautiful quilts year round. All these quilts bring so much comfort. I appreciate everyone's help so alleviate some of the suffering that goes with this terrible disease. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

What's New

I had a little brain child in the middle of the night a few weeks ago. Does this happen to anyone else? Your sleeping soundly and a little idea begins to form. It grows until it wakes you begging for attention. Then you spend the rest of the night nursing it. I don't know why these ideas can't come at more reasonable hours. But just like my children they think they need to be born in the middle of the night. 
 This idea came just before our last boutique. It said it would be a great idea to spend the next few days making cute little drawstring bags and terry cloth bath mitts. That they would make great gift and sell well. Which fortunately they did. I'd been a little upset if I'd lost sleep and had nothing to show for it. Yes I do love my sleep.
 I decided to do two different gift bags. One with three mini sampler bars and the other with two full sized bars. I've made a few more bags and have added them to my Etsy Shop.
 I've also been working on my pineapple blocks.  I keep ending up with these little bits. They are too cute to throw away so I had to come up with a home for them in these little rail fence blocks.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Moving It Forward

Monday's here and it's time to share what we've been moving forward in our sewing rooms.

I had a little excitement while pulling these scraps. I was sitting happily on the ground with my scrap bin and a laundry basket. (My preferred container when sorting scraps.) When one of my backing bins slipped from it's place under my cutting table and slid onto my foot pedal for my sewing machine. My machine was screaming. Trying to unfold myself and get up to stop the chaos I'm sure was quite a sight. My son came running afraid I had hurt myself. Apparently I had joined my machine in the screaming.  
 Finally I was able to dislodge the bin and all order was restored. Well, as much order as can be expected in my sewing room. And I went back to sorting my scraps.  These blocks were my original idea for these scraps.
 But I found I had larger light pieces and smaller dark pieces while cutting into my scraps. So I thought I would just reverse the darks and lights
 But I'm not sure I'm thrilled with the snowball style dark block. I might have to play with it for a while once I get a few more blocks made. I'm not sewing the darker ones together yet, so I can do a little more experimenting.
Now it's your turn to share your progress. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been up to.