Sunday, August 13, 2023

Summer time projects

 Hello All,

It's been awhile I know. I have not been sewing a lot, but still spending a bit of time in the sewing room. Mostly working on UFO's.

I saw these blocks over at Jos Country Junction. It's a Bonnie Hunter pattern called Garlic Knots.

As I had quite a few black squares and strips in my stash, I thought a darker quilt would be interesting and out of the box for me. I put 4 of the blocks together like this.

Then added sashing. The border is more of the same blocks, ones that I didn't have 4 of to make a block.

Sigh, when I sewed my rows together, I did notice that I put one row on the wrong end of the quilt, so my bright yellow + blocks in the sashing don't match. So I put it aside and went out of the sewing room. When I went back in a day or two later, I forgot about the mistake and put the border on....So now I have to spend some time frogging.


This top started out as a swap on QATW. We sent our partner a panel or 2 or 4... depending on the size of the panel and what you wanted done with them. You could have table mats, wall hanging, full sized quilt, whatever. I sent my panels to Candice and asked for a wall hanging. This is what she made me.

The day I received this back, I had these blocks on my table.

And when I put the two next to each other, I figured it was Fate. The colors match so perfectly. 

So, I got all the split 9 patches put together in a small quilt. I cut on both diagnals. Then sewed them onto the sides of the panel quilt.

Now I need to figure out what to put on these sides, to turn it back so that my sewing machines are sitting upright. I had intended this to be a wall hanging. But when I saw what a great job Candice did with the panels, I decided I wanted it as a bed quilt where it would actually been seen sometimes (I don't have any wall space! LOL)


This next quilt I am calling Jewels. It is a Corey Yoder pattern, well the blocks are her's. She calls it an 8 point star block and she made it in a pillow. The pattern is in the Fall 2018 Quilts and More magazine. But the setting is all mine. 

They look like sparkling jewels to me. Since I had black on my table with the Garlic knots, I thought what about black as the setting triangles here, then I also needed an alternative block. Most of the HST pieces are leftover bits from doing stitch and flip corners on a quilt. I don't usually do stitch and flip, as I hate wasting these little triangles. So I kept all these and made this pattern. The HSTs are 1.5", so tiny. But after making the 8 point star blocks, I still had some leftover, so I came up with this alternative block. 
I think it worked out well. I am not sure if I'll put a border on or not, it's on the back burner 'stewing'. 

And that is what I've been up to the past 3 or 4 months :) Just getting a bit done here and there, and pretty soon I had some pretty tops. Now maybe the quilting fairy will show up and make them into quilts for me :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Panel swap fun

 Hello out there,

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the change of season. We had a lovely, wet, cold winter. And now are having a nice, fairly wet, cool Spring. Lots of lovely flowers are blooming. My favorite is the Redbud, which is in full bloom right now. I love their purply-pink color.

In the sewing room, some friends and I on the QATW forum, decided to do a panel swap. I sent Candis this fun panel of sewing machines.

She cut them apart, added some pieces, and made me this lovely wall hanging.

So cute! Candis did a fabulous job.

Verla sent this pretty panel to me.

Verla requested a bed quilt (I had asked for a wall hanging, thats why the difference in sizes). So I had a lot of fun making different flower type blocks. I made two of these posie blocks.

And I made two of these pretty rose blocks.

Then some windmill/sunflower blocks and some tulips. Put it all together....

The green and blue blocks are pathways, in my imagination, lol. I've never made a quilt with various sized blocks, fitting them in here and there to make everything line up. So I had a lot of fun making this. 

And after we made the panels into quilty things, we sent them back to the panel owner. This was my first panel swap, as panel aren't something I normally buy. But I had my sewing machines tucked away, a gift from big Sis :) and thought it would be a fun challenge. 


I'm just playing with scraps right now. I want to get some quilt tops quilted this summer, but have to wait till next month to buy some backings. So playing with scraps keeps me busy, but it's also easy to just set aside and do something else, or just choose not to go in the sewing room.

Have a lovely afternoon all, and thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, March 11, 2023

It's snowy outside....

But sunny inside... at least in my sewing room...

 Hello All,

Our February and into March was very snowy. We haven't seen this much snow in quite a few years. But now the rain has come and the snow is starting to melt. We had close to 2 ft at one time. Now we have a bunch of mud.

These fabrics are some of my very favorite, Sunkissed and Spring Chicken, both by Sweetwater. I just love the cheerfulness of the lines, the sherberty goodness :)

Those swirls are my favorite.

I'm also working on some sweet hearts.

The fabrics for the hearts comes from a jelly roll. The fabrics are vibrant in real life, more of a jeweled tone. The quilt is going to be a chain quilt.

And I'm working on this scrappy table runner.

Using a few of those jelly roll strips as sashing and border.

So while the rains come and go and the ground gets muddy and wet, I'll be in my sewing room, enjoying the Spring colors and flowers :)

Thank you for stopping by,

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Things I'm working on

Hello Everyone,

I hope your January has gone well. Can you believe it's over already? The days are flying by. Our January was very wet, and we have lots of lovely snow on the mountain tops. So that is good news! Hopefully it will help keep things a little less dry this summer.

I have 3 different projects I'm working on right now. The first is this cute little mystery quilt we did on the QATW forum. It called for 3 fabrics, light, medium and dark. I chose these 3.

I've finished the top. It's only around 40 inches square. A fun little mystery. I do like chain quilts :)

As I did on the previous mystery from Cheryl at Meadow Mist designs, this next mystery I also saved the clues and then took them out a few weeks ago and started putting it together (Cheryl starts the mystery in the summer and it goes till the following Spring). This is the Melodic mystery. The layout clue comes out on Thursday, can't wait to see how this goes together :)

I've been wanting to use this beautiful rose fabric for awhile now. I know the pink is a little light, but I really wanted to use it and the blue. Its' a little subtle, but nice I think. I hope that Red isn't going to be overpowering.

And lastly, I pulled out a charm pack of my favorite line ever, Sunkissed by Sweetwater. My best quilty buddy, Pat at the Scrapatch, sent me a charm pack. She and I both love this line. 

I was very happy when Sweetwater came out with their line Spring chicken. As it uses the same beautiful sherbert colors as Sunkissed, along with the lovely gray. So I took out an almost full fat eighth
bundle of it. Along with some yardage and bits and pieces of Sunkissed.

I cut up everything I could into 5" squares, and then had to cut up some into 2.5" squares. So that I can make another Pat's Gems quilt. It's a pattern I designed to use up charm packs. This version I am making I am changing up just slightly, like I did for the one I made last year. You can see that version HERE.

I can't wait to see this one pieced. Those  cheery colors just make my day :)

So I am keeping myself busy, what with snow outside and cold wind blowing, it's best to stay indoors ;) 

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, January 1, 2023

A New Year... and some finishes

 A Happy New Year to everyone! I hope this year is a wonderful one for you all.

I just squeezed in one finish for last year. This star quilt I quilted up in late summer. Then I set it aside to start on the next quilt, without binding it. I actually pieced this quilt about 13 yrs ago! It's been sitting long enough.

I don't know why I did that, I'm usually so good at getting the binding done right away. 
But, I wanted to get it finished, so spent some time on Fri and Sat getting it bound. 

It's called With this Ring, and the pattern is found in the book "Beeni Harper's quilt albumn". I love the stars in the corners.

I quilted it with varigated brown and blue thread. Making flowers and leaves all throughout.

This was going to be a gift, but I made so many mistakes with it, I would be embarrassed to gift it, so I'll keep it. I do love the varigated thread though. I've never used it before, but I think it looks so nice.

I wanted to get these twin baby quilts finished too, but I ran out of steam and didn't get them done on Saturday. But I did finish them on Sunday! They only needed to be trimmed and bound.

When my friend first told me she was pregnant, she didn't know she was carrying twins. A mutual friend of ours is also making quilts for the babies. Kelly showed me a picture of the cute mushrooms and leaves that she was going to put in her quilt, and it made me think of a squirrel quilt I saw at Lorna's shop. So I decided to make it. But then when I was looking at her shop, I saw these adorable baby animals, and decided to do them instead.

These animals are pieced using the flip and sew method. Lorna has great directions. I came up with the setting. It started with this adorable fabric line, Little Fawn Celebration by Dear Stella. I thought that was perfect for welcoming some twins into the world.

I bought a FQ bundle of the fabric and started putting these animals together. 

About half way thru the quilt, my friend told me she was expecting twins, I am so excited for her! But, that means I needed to make another quilt. So I bought the panel that goes with this line and used 4 of the animals to make another quilt.

One quilt I quilted butterflies and flowers, and one quilt I quilted stars and butterflies.

Alike yet different, just like the twins are going to be :) The babies are girls and I hope they get a lot of enjoyment out of these quilts.

Take care, and have a lovely day!


Friday, December 23, 2022


 Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. 

A the happiest of New Years.

Thank you all for popping in to see what I'm up too. Sorry I have been more quiet this past year. 


Friday, October 21, 2022

I didn't mean to be gone so long..

Hello Everyone,

I didn't mean to be gone so long. For the months of Aug and Sept it was quite warm here (as usual) and I just didn't get too much done in the sewing room. I did some sewing, just not everyday. Let's see...

I finished quilting my Lone star/wedding ring quilt! I still have to attach the binding, then I'll show it off. 

I did a fun swap with the Gals on QATW . We call it the 3 yrd swap. Whomever wants to play mails 1 yrd of fabric to someone, we all had partners chosen for us. Then the partner would add 2 yrds of fabric to that 1 and make a quilt top, which she would then send back to the person who sent her the original 1 yrd.

I sent the leafy fabric in this quilt top to Bonita, she added the vibrant orange and cream and made me this fun quilt top.

I can't show you the quilt top I made yet, as the owner hasn't recieved it just yet. But I'll post that in a couple days when she gets it.

After that, I started working on a friends baby quilt. I just found out she is expecting TWINS! So now I need to get going so that I can make her 2 quilts. She's due in late March, so I have time. Here are two of the blocks that will be in her quilts. The pattern is called "B is for Baby animals", and you can get it from Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.

Aren't these guys cute?! I have a chipmunk and mouse to make as well.

I am thinking about getting some Christmas pot holders and such made, but we'll see if I succeed or not :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, July 31, 2022

A Fun Project

Hello All,

I didn't mean to be gone so long. After making the last few quilt tops, I joined up for a fun project on my quilt forum, QATW.

Jann offered to send whomever wanted to join some fabric. The challenge was to take the fabric she sent (you had to use 75% of it), add 2 yrds of backing and any other fabric, and make something with it. The project had to be quilted and bound by today.

Here is the fabric Jann sent. All of the pieces are between 1/4 and 3/4 yrds. I added the dark red tone on tone on the bottom.

I decided to make a variation of my Pats' Gem's quilt. (I also added the slightly darker shade of aqua triangles here.)

 I had a lot of fun making this quilt. The mini-charm pack went into the border. It's a simple quilt, using 4 squares and HST blocks.

I had to buy the backing and the 2 yrds of background fabric, as I just didn't have anything that I liked to go with Jann's fabric. I rarely use a white or cream as the background, but felt it was a good choice for these fabrics.

I think it turned out pretty good. But that has what's been keeping me busy for most of July. And it's summertime, which means it's hot.  So not a lot of sewing going on. Also I really want to get this quilt top quilted.

So I haven't let myself start anything else, I jumped right from quilting the challenge quilt to quilting the star quilt. It's going very slowly though, just too hot to be moving a quilt around a table.

Well, I hope I wont be gone so long this next time. This is mostly just a quilting blog though, so if I am not quilting/piecing much, then I don't have anything to show :)

This was a fun challenge, thanks Jann!

I'm linking up with Ms Pat today, thank you Pat :)

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Some tops

 Hello All,

I didn't mean to be go for so long. Sewing has been up and down, following the weather patterns we've been having. I get cold easily now a days and when we've had cold, rainy weather, I stay in the living room near the fire. Our Spring has been going from the warm upper 70s down to the low 30's, back and forth. 

I have managed to get a few tops finished though. This table runner is completely finished and already at it's new home. I just forgot to take a photo of it all quilted and bound.

This one was a mystery quilt on my forum. Heather is often doing quilt mysteries with us, always so fun. Mine didn't come out as well as others, as I used to many shades of green and then the two different whitish colors. 

I had chosen this hedgehog fabric as the main focus, so chose colors to go with it. The white with butterflies matches perfectly (the colors of the butterflies), but it wasn't the right project for them.

And here is the cute, colorful irish chain top. I got the borders on and hopefully will get some backing soon and get it quilted up.

I need to turn to quilting, as I have lots of tops that need finishing. But quilting is much harder on me than piecing, and more fun too :)

Linking up with the sweet Ms Pat this week, thank you Pat.

Thank you for stopping by, have a great day!


Thursday, March 31, 2022

Another Irish Chain

 Hello All,

Spring is here, and it's not a very wet one. I have a feeling we are in for a long, dry summer :( We usually get much of our water in the months between March and May, but not this year.

I had a bunch of 2" and 2 1/2" strips laying around. Some of them were WOF long from jelly rolls, others were partial strips, anything from 10" to 30". I made sure they were all 2" wide and then sewed them together in strips sets like this.

You can just see the green strip that has two strips sewn together. As some of my strips weren't long enough, I sewed them end to end until all my strips were at least 40" long. Then I cut them into 2" segments and sewed them together into the chain blocks.

Making sure that the blue was constant throughout the quilt, making the large X in each chain block. You can see some of the squares are two toned, from sewing the ends of strips together. (See them circled below).  But that's ok, I think it adds charm.

I was originally going to put wildflowers in the alternate blocks, but when I saw how colorful this was turning out, I decided to use these fun animal prints instead, and make a kid quilt.  I cut these fabrics into squares and then sewed a 2" wide strip of yellow on either side of a square.

Then I sewed strips together like so.

And cut them into 2" wide segments.

And put them together like this.

Put them all together, and you have a really cute and colorful Irish chain quilt :)

I still need to all a fun border, I'll use more leftover strips, and then I'll quilt it up, as I think I have a backing for it.

I'm sharing with Pat and her stitch and share link again today, thank you Pat for your linky.

Thanks for stopping by.



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