Monday, October 6, 2014

A blog hop sneak peek

Hello Everyone,

I got in some good sewing over the weekend :) My Black Cat Crossing project just needs some quilting on it.

Here's a sneak peek. You can see the finished project on Oct 27th. 

We start hopping on the 20th.

This fabric is really nice. I love Maywood fabrics, they have such a nice feel to them. And they are thick, so you know they are going to last. This is Black Cat Crossing fabrics, of course ;)

Linking up with Freshly Pieced.

See you soon.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

A little progress

Hello All,

Wow, Sept is really flying! I can't believe it's the end of the month already. And I haven't posted since the beginning of the month.

But not a lot of things have been going on here. I am slowly working on Jess's newest mystery quilt. And THAT'S IT! There are lots of these in the mystery quilt...lots!

I have to get my project for Black Cat Crossing done, I post on Oct 27th, so I need to get my butt in gear.

This little cutie keeps me, and his Dad, pretty busy. If he's not outside 'working', he is inside getting scrubbed with the wash cloth ;) 

 In this picture, Daddy is teaching him something about one of our generators. This kid loves mechanical things, anything with an engine.

So not much going on in my quilty world, just wanted to pop in and say HI.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

My corner of bloggy land

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to my blog. I am participating in the 'Around the world' blog hop that's going around bloggy land. My good friend Pat 'tagged' me.

Pat has a lovely blog. She has some beautiful kitties that help her out, some great projects and beautiful fabrics. I love her 'quilty muse', and the ideas she come up with. Thank you Ms Pat, for tagging me :)

I started quilting way back in 1993, when I was pregnant with my first baby. I had to make him a baby quilt. And oh boy, is it funny to look at now! I then started making quilts for some family members. But I really started taking off in quilting 7 yrs ago when Jess Smith starter her forum, the Quilt and Needle. I've really grown and learned a lot in the past 7 yrs quilting. I started out a hand quilter, and now I am foraging into the free motion quilting world.

On to the questions.

1. What are you working on right now?
I put the next three projects on hold over the weekend so I could do some mystery testing for Jess!  I haven't tested for her in awhile, and really felt the need to have some fun doing it again. These are the fabrics I'm working with.

I have been cutting and piecing on my project for the Black Cat Crossing blog hop coming up in late October. These colors are a bit out of the norm for me. But I love Maywood fabrics.

My girls quilt and my middle son's quilt are both put on the back burner till the previous two are done.

2. How does my work differ from others of it's genre?

Hmm. I consider myself having a foot in both worlds,the traditional one and the modern one. I love mostly traditional blocks, but I use modern fabrics and always put my own spin on a pattern. Rarely do I use an already made pattern.

This is one of my original patterns. It's called Train stop, I made it for my eldest son.
 I enjoy mixing and matching blocks as well as fabrics. Rarely using just one line in  a pattern. Although I love testing patterns, so most of the quilt tops I have, are tops that I tested for Jess. I just love her mystery patterns.

And I sew on vintage machines. This is my White treadle from the late 1800s.  My first sewing machine. I love it.


And this is my Singer 201-2, I do all my free motion quilting with it. I love it too.


3. Why do I write/create what I do?

Over the past 20 odd years, I've dabbled in many different creative pursuits. I have always loved photography. I enjoy writing. I enjoy drawing. And cooking/baking is one of my favorite things to do. I'm not the best at any of these, but I enjoy them all.

Quilting factors in 3 of those pursuits. It's fun to take my projects outside and find just the right spot for a picture session.

These are some of my original patterns, you can find them scrolling thru the archives.

 Pre-baby, I did a lot of tutorial writing. I love teaching a new quilter something, or writing tips to make a certain block easier.

My two most viewed posts are the one on making a Lone Star quilt, and it's companion, set in seams.

 And quilting is just 'drawing with thread', as so many quilters say. So my enjoyment of many creative endeavors are all rolled in one with quilting. And I end up with something warm and comforting to use or giveaway.

4. How does my writing/creative process work?

When I'm looking at fabric, I always buy the ones that I just love. Not only the color, but the design of the fabric too. Or if I am making something for a loved one, I pick fabrics out that I know they will enjoy. Then I start thinking of how these fabrics would look together. What kind of pattern do they want to become? I use pencil and paper, then I move on to EQ when I have an idea down.

This is my girls quilt.

I mix and match blocks, creating the settings that I want and that speak to me. Using EQ is fun, it's so much easier to change the fabrics and turn blocks around/etc.

So that's my creativeness in a nut shell. I hope you enjoyed this stop.

I haven't been able to find any bloggers to continue this blog hopping. If any of you out there wants to do an around the world blog post, please leave me a comment and I'll update this post with links to your blogs. I am supposed to tag 3 of you. You would be posting next Monday.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Laundry List linky party!

Hello All!

I'm joining  Kathy  today. She has a great progress report linky thing going on at the end of every month. And she has fun prizes to giveaway!

I've gotten all my blocks done for my dd's quilt. So now it's time to put them together. I had set this project aside so I could quilt my son's dino quilt.

His quilt was my August goal for ALYOF, and I didn't make it. I still have 3/4 of the quilt left to quilt.

But I have to put both those projects aside for now. As I need to start on my Black Cat Crossing project. Here's the lovely fabrics I bought for it.

I think I have my project figured out, now to get the measurements correct and start cutting.

This is what I'll be working on thruout Sept. I have till the end of Oct, but with the small amount of time I have in the sewing room, I need to work on it.

Thanks Kathy for inviting me to join your linky party!

Go see Design originals by KC and check out other participants.

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Hello All!

Another beautiful day here.

My August goal was to get this dino quilt from LAST August quilted. NOT going to happen.


I have started on it, am only about 1/4 the way thru.

I have a hard time doing large motifs. I am finding that I just really like to quilt small ones, all over the place.

I still need A LOT of practice.

It's a good thing I have a huge pile of tops to practice on ;)

Linking up with Lee.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A special request

Hello Everyone,

I have a special request. If you are wanting to buy some fabric, can you please go see Tonya on her Face Book page:

She has some notions, patterns and paper pieced patterns here:

You see, her husband is going thru a LOT of medical issues, and has for the past 2 yrs now. It's not getting any better. Tonya is doing what she does best in order to make some money, and thats buying/selling fabrics and making her hexagon patterns for sale.

If you can help out a fellow quilter, and sweet person to boot, I know she would appreciate it.

If you want to read more about Tonya and her life, she the HillyBilly blogger.

Thanks for reading and helping out if you can. She has great prices.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Finished art tote!

Hello Everyone,

I can't believe it's the middle of August already! Just amazing how quickly time is flying.

So I got Carson's art tote done, yah!

I put a pocket on the outside of his. It can hold his new drawing book, or extra paper.

The inside has a place for paper, a zip pocket and a pocket for pens. The black case you see has 8 different drawing pencils in it, as well as an eraser and a sharpener. I'll let him choose if he wants to keep them in the black case or put them in the pockets.

It zips up too. I decided not to put handles on this one. I sure hope he likes it.

Now I can get started on quilting his quilt. And do some more work on Rachael's quilt.

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Good morning All,

 It's a gorgeous day here today! Only going to be in the upper 70s, which is amazing for August!! I am really enjoying it :)

This week I am working on an art bag for my middle son. He's been requesting one for a few months, and with his birthday next week, I figure it's time to finally do it. Geesh, poor guy. lol

I have his quilt sandwiched too, so am ready to start quilting on it. Here's the backing.

That's whats going on in the sewing room this week.

Linking up with Lee.

Have a great day everyone.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

A few things

Good morning everyone,

The skies are still smoky, the fires still burning, but they are getting contained. Thankfully they are not close enough to us this year to make us be in danger.  But prayers for them being put out is appreciated. If you look at a fire map, it looks like the whole Western side of the US is burning. Pretty scary. Zoom in on Northern California, and you can see all the fires in my area (the gray means it's been put out).

So, onto fun things instead ;)

Blog hop season is starting over at Sew We Quilt. I am not in either of the Sept ones, but I did decide to make a fun Fallish/Halloweeny type one. For the Black Cat Crossing hop in late Oct.

I am not much of a Halloween decorator, but I really like Maywoods fabric lines, this line is called Black Cat Crossing. I can pick fabrics from that line that are more Fallish to me, then Halloween, and it will be a fun quilt to make. Something different for me.

             Haunted Black Cat Crossing Fat Quarter BundleMaywood Studios Fabric     Spooky Black Cat Crossing Fat Quarter BundleMaywood Studios Fabric


I've got most of my blocks done for my DD's quilt.

 Just have a few more windmill blocks to make.

 Now they all need a good ironing and I can start putting things together.

I'm still waiting on backing for my son's quilt.

And I'm still working on my new sewing room. I need to start getting that together. All I have in there so far is my cutting table and sewing machine, plus a few new fabric bins :)

Have a great day all.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

August goal for ALOYF

Hello All,

Hope your Summer is going well. We need rain here in California, anybody care to send some?? Our fire season has already started, and August is usually are hottest, driest some rain would be awesome.

My middle son is turning 10 this month, I thought it fitting that it's his quilt I plan on quilting up for my August goal. The top was pieced back in November 2013! I blogged about it here.

So it's time to get 'er done! I have the backing fabric ordered, so as soon as it gets here, I can get going on it.

Have a great day!

A Lovely Year of Finishes

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