Monday, March 11, 2019

New Fabrics and some WIPs

Hello All,

We are finally getting some sun today, it looks so nice! As much as we needed alllll that rain and snow we got, it's nice to see the sun after weeks of it. I hope March is a sunnier/warmer month, as April and May are usually quiet wet.

I've got a little bit of fabric therapy in :) My middle son has always been an animal and nature lover. And as he is 5'10" already, he has outgrown his old quilts and is in need of a new one.



I let him pick out the colors, I was pretty sure what they would be and figured they would go along with the wildlife panel I had picked out. And I was right :) These are all Shadow play by Maywood. I got them at a decent price at Somewhere Sewing. The wildlife panel is by Robert Kaufman.

I am making lots of geese with these fabrics, using the 4 geese at a time method. The Spruce Crafts have a nice chart, so that you know what size squares to use.

Take a large square, put two smaller squares on top, right sides together. Mark a diagonal line thru the smaller squares and sew a quarter inch on both sides of the line. Cut apart between the 2 sew lines. Instead of marking a line, I just fold my smaller squares on the diagonal and finger press. Makes a nice line that goes away without a wash.



Open up the triangles and add another square. Again, mark a line along the diagonal, sew on either side of it, cut on the line.



Open up, and you have your geese. Full instructions here.



I also got some backing fabric for my Bear quilt. A bear needs to roam in the woods :)



I got a great price on it at Thousands of Bolts (love this store). This quilt is a gift, so I need to get it quilted.

I've also been working on my embroidery wall hanging. This is my March project, so I work on it a little bit everyday. I added the blocks from this post as a border (Marcia calls them Golden Gate blocks.), then put in a second border. I decided not to use the log cabins. 



I have plenty to keep me busy in the sewing room :) Hope you are keeping busy and enjoying some warmer, or cooler, weather.

Have a great day!

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Log cabins and ?

Hello All,

 I've just kept on playing with my scraps. I see these little pieces of favorite fabrics and just have to do something with them.

 I have these log cabin blocks.


And here is a few that are smaller.



Then I did these blocks. I took a Greek Cross and added an extra bar to it. Not sure if these have a name or not.


And here is some in pink.


I really like these blocks. They are 4.25", so you know I used some small pieces.

I have scraps out for making 4 more of these blocks. I am going to surround a piece of embroidery with them and then make another round using the log cabins. Not sure if I am going to make more log cabins, or do something different and use the big ones in the corners. We'll see when I get there.

We've had snow, rain, sun and more snow. It's been an interesting February for us. But the mountains are getting a great snow pack, and that is so important to get us thru the hot summer.

Have a great day!


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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

more scraps and chains

Hello All,

We have had such lovely weather lately. It's been nice after all the rain we got, with more to come this weekend. This time of year is typically sunny and warm, but we really need the rain, so I am glad we've been having it.

I have been playing with scraps more. I dumped out my scrap box and started sorting and trimming. I love the pile of trimmings :)




Here is what I ended up with. 



LOTS of 2" and 2.5" squares!



I sorted thru the 2.5" pile, getting out 8 different colors (it's for a boy quilt, so I wanted specific colors).




 So that I  can make the quilt below.


That quilt is made by  Deanna, at Wedding Dress Blues. She has a LOT of great tutorials for scraps. 

For some reason, I couldn't throw away this pile of little's.  Mostly scraps that are between 1/2" and 1" wide. I just love them!  Some little squares I'll figure out something to do with...


And you know what?? Deanna has a tutorial for them too! For this spools quilt.



AND, when I want to play with more scraps, she has a great Irish Chain star quilt I want to do!! 

Thank you Deanna, for all the lovely tutorials!! I'll be sure to keep cutting up my scraps into, mostly, squares. I DO have a baggy of triangles to use in that star quilt too ;)

I love chain quilts. I recently finished this Irish chain top. I'm not sure if I'll do a border or not.



And on my quilt forum, we were doing a mystery quilt, and turns out it was a chain quilt too! Here are my blocks for that.


Yes, another pink quilt. I do like pink :) I need to get off the computer and start putting these into a top.

Have a great day ya'all!

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Monday, January 14, 2019

The Irish Chain

Hi Folks,

Chain quilts are my very favorite type of quilt pattern. And the Irish chain is my favorite chain quilt. Here is one I made and gifted to my Aunt. I love this one :)




So, I had a 10" layer cake of  Butterflies and Berries by Riley Blake designs.
  and I thought it would make a darling Irish chain quilt. Here is what the fabrics look like. I love the heart butterflies :)

                     Petite Butterflies & Berries 10" Stacker The RBD Designers for ...

I had a jelly roll of Red Simply color by V and Co. I love this line, have a jelly roll of orange too :)


Then I found some red hearts on white background and some greens to go with it all... And my Irish chain quilt is underway.


This is going to make a darling little girl quilt.... now I'll have to find a little girl to give it to :) lol

Have a great day.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Scrappy goodness

Hello All,

We got our first snow of the year :) That makes me happy. It wasn't a lot, but it sure did look pretty coming down. And makes for a great time to be in the warm house, playing with my scraps.

I started this project back in Feb of 2016, it's called Round of Nines Reinvented. (The link for the project no longer works. It's a  Quilting Company pattern, here is a youtube video for it.) I would work on it, the put it away in a drawer for a long while, then work on it a little bit more. It spent most the time in the drawer. But a few months ago I decided to take it out and finish it.

After making all my 9 patch blocks, I laid them out and decided it was way too busy for me. I had to put some sashing in there and slow things down a bit.



Then I used some more scraps, and made this cute border.



Here's where it is so far. It's 58x58, I think I want to add one more sashing/small border to rest the eyes, and then some more scrappy goodness at the top and bottom to make it longer. 


While those ideas are perculating in my head, these scraps called out to me, as I went thru the scrap drawer.


They got to send to me by  my quilty friends who I was doing a round robin with. The are leftover pieces that one person sends along with the row she added, in case others want to use some of the bits and pieces in their row.  This is the round robin we made. 



And this is what I am making with those tiny HST's you see in the picture of these scraps.


These stars are quite small, the HST's are 1.5" unfinished. Not sure what I am doing with these cuties, but I'll figure something out.

I've been having fun playing in my scrap bin! So many lovely things can come out of those little pieces :) 

Have a great day!


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Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Christmas season

Hello Everyone,

I hope everything is going smoothly for your Christmas season. We will be getting our tree in the next few days. But the decorations are up, the yummy treats have been being made, gifts are being boughten or made, and the lovely old traditional songs are playing on the radio.

Most of the world knows about our tragic fires that have been devastating California this year. We are on the edges of two of the very worst. The Carr fire in Redding, and the Camp fire in the Paradise area.

It's tragedies likes these, that show us the true meaning of Christmas. The beautiful towns of Paradise and Magalia have been wiped out. As well as many small communities in both of these areas. There are some buildings, some houses, still standing, but most are now gone. All those people.. many, many who lost their lives..many who lost their homes and businesses..they lost everything they had... and yet,  you should see the outpouring of help and giving and love that is coming from it. It's amazing!

The homeschooling communties are giving books, paper, pencils, games..whatever they can to help the homeschoolers who lost everything.

The quilting community are giving not only quilts to those in need, but fabrics, scissors, needle and thread to the many quilters who have lost everything.

The thrift stores and used clothing stores are giving clothing, boots, shoes and coats. Whatever in their store that is needed. To those who lost everything.

I'm sure there are many others too, giving what they can.  Many I haven't read about. 

There are stories all over the internet and tv about the First responders, fire men and women, friends and neighbors, giving rides, helping those on foot. Drs, nurses, orderlies.. driving their own private vehicles full of patients from the hospital.. the stories are heartbreaking. So very scary and sad.... And yet, thru it all, the people have been giving all they can, to those who lost everything.

It does my heart good, to see so much giving. It drives back all the bad in the world and shows me how wonderful people are, and can be. All it takes is love. And that's what Christmas is all about.

Thank you, everyone... all of you who have given...those who gave their life, those who gave their time to help others, those who are giving: money, food, clothing, shelter.... 

To all of you, and all of those who lost your homes and worldly possessions... May God Bless you and keep you safe, may He give you his strength and His love.

Christian Christmas Wordings

Merry Christmas Everyone.

Dorian

Monday, December 3, 2018

Big Brown..... Big Brown Bear....

Hello Everyone,

Yah, California has gotten some rain!! and some fires put out!! WOOHOO.. and now in my little part of CA, we had frost on the ground this morning and the tail end of the storm yesterday left us a  sprinkling of SNOW :) I love snow :)

But, you are here to see my Big Brown Bear... (anyone read that book to their kids? After 4 kids, I can read it with my eyes shut tight ;) teeheehehe )


The bear paw blocks I made in  a swap with some of my online quilting buddies. The bear is a pattern from Lorna. I tweaked it just a little to fit my blocks...


I love that bear paw print border... but boy was it tedious!

Anyone getting some Christmas sewing done? I've done just a little, haven't been able to think of quilty gifts to give this year.

Have a great night!

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Virtual cookie exchange

Hello Everyone,

And welcome to the Virtual Cookie Exchange, hosted by our good friend Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. Thank you Carol, this blog hop is always fun :)

I have 4 kids, and even though 2 of them are young adults now, we all still enjoy the same Christmas cookies and candies at this time of year that we have since they were little. The most favorite of all is Chocolate Gingerbread, a recipe I found in this book,  many years ago. Here is the recipe:



  • 2 cups (12-ounce package) chocolate chips, divided
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Frosting of your choice.
  • MICROWAVE 1 1/2 cups morsels in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted. Cool to room temperature. Or melt them over the stove top on low, stirring all the while.

    COMBINE flour, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon in medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in small mixer bowl until creamy; beat in molasses and melted chocolate. Gradually add flour mixture alternately with water, beating until smooth. Cover; refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.

    PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

    ROLL half of dough to ¼-inch thickness on floured surface with floured rolling pin. Cut dough into shapes using cookie cutters or a stencil. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.

    BAKE for 5 to 6 minutes or until edges are set but centers are still slightly soft. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Frost and decorate as desired.
  • They are awfully sweet, so a cup of hot coffee (or tea) with them is perfect.

Ginger snaps are my personal favorite :) But I only  make them at this time of year.

Our favorite Christmas tradition also involves goodies :) The kids look forward to fresh, hot cinnamon rolls when they are done opening gifts. I make the dough and form the rolls the night before, then stick them in the freezer for the night. In the morning, before the kids get up, I take them out of the freezer and pop them into the oven about a half an hour before they get up. Then after opening gifts, we have cinnamon rolls while sitting around enjoying gifts and each other.

I've been busy in the sewing room, making  a few fun table mats. I fussy cut the snowmen and then used scraps to make up the mat. These make great gifts, with a big mug and some cocoa mix :)





Have a blessed Christmas, and thanks for stopping by.

Please don't forget to go and look for more goodies over at these wonderful blogs:





Thank you Carol, for another fun blog hop!!

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Under my needle

Hello Everyone,

I've been busy in the sewing room. First making bear paw blocks, then swapping them out with an online group of fun Ladies. Here is the ten I received back.



I am going to make a quilt out of them and this bear, that I got from Lorna's Bear Paw pattern. I had to change it up just slightly, as I didn't want the sashing and cornerstones in it.


I'm working on the border pieces right now. And there are LOTS of them!!


Each of the bear paw prints are 4.5" unfinished, which means these are tiny pieces! The white is cut at 1" and the brown is cut at .75"! But you cut the strips and sew them together, then subcut them, so it isn't too tedious.


I also got a few table runners finished. My sweet Big Sis sent me these, you can cut all four apart and make place mats with them, but I like to use table runners, so I sewed two together, with some matching fabrics.


I put one facing one way, and one another because there is six of us at the table and we sit on each side of it.


The colors did not come out very good. They are gray and a light aqua color.

And I've started my Christmas gifts! I need to get going, Christmas is going to be here before we know it :)

The weather is beautiful. Cool at night, warm in the afternoon. Crisp and Fall like, with the leaves all turning colors....now we just need some rain!

Hope you are all well and enjoying some sewing time.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Spider web mug rug

Hello Everyone,

I've been busy in my sewing room lately. After putting the first border and part of the second border on Phires Compass, I set that aside to play with some Halloween fabric.

My BFF online quilty buddy, Pat at Life in the Scrapatch, made this fun spider web mat a few years ago.



She has all the instructions here for you, and there is still plenty of time to make it this year.

I have been wanting to make it, but I don't do a lot of decorating for Halloween. This year though, I thought it would make a fun mug rug for a friend. So I mini-ized it! It finishes at about 11" from point to point.


Mine is not nearly as good looking as Pat's. But I think it still turned out pretty cute.

I embroidered the little spider in the middle.


I've also been making Bear Paw blocks. Twenty of them for a swap and a few for me to keep.

These are about done, then I can get back to Phire's Compass.

I've been enjoying the lovely Fall weather we were having.  The temps have gone back up again for a bit, I  can't wait for the first rain!


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