Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WIP wednesday

Hello Everyone,

I've been working on my dd's quilt. I have all the quilt blocks sewn together, so now I just need to add a border.

Funny story... I designed this quilt in EQ, on my older computer. When we bought a new computer I saved some of the quilt designs so I can transfer them into my new computer and wouldn't lose them.

Well, for some reason, I never saved the design for this particular quilt. So I wasn't sure if I had designed it in a 5 x 5 grid, or a 4 x 6.

So I got out some paper real quick and made me a pattern up in the 5 x 5 grid. Just a quick sketch so I can put the blocks in the right spot. Then I sewed it up.

The funny part is... before I got out that paper to make my quick sketch.. I had decided on doing a 4 x 6 grid... lol, so I don't know why a 5 x 5 grid was sketched up.

But thats' ok, I really like it this way.

Especially the middle part here. With the girls surrounding the middle windmill.

I'm going to put a wide border on the top and bottom to make the quilt longer, and just a slim border on the sides to have it all come together.

Today I'm linking up with Lee. And with Lorna at SewFreshQuilts and her Bee Social Wednesdays. Thanks Ladies!

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!!!! and goal setting

 A very Happy New Year to you all! I hope it's a wonderful year for you. Full of all manners of good stuff, and lots of creativity.

Shanna and Melissa are at it again. In for another Lovely Year of Finishes.

A Lovely Year of Finishes

For my first finish, I want to get my dd's quilt top completed.

I just need to iron and trim, then I can put these all together.

So I think I can get that much done!

Do you make New Year's resolutions? I don't really. But I would like to see about getting more time to sew and blog this year. My little guy is going to be 3 soon, so he is enjoying playing with the big kids a lot more. But that also means he is deciding he doesn't need a nap! He will nap maybe 3 or 4 days out of the week. He sleeps good at night though :)

So, we shall see what the new year brings.

Have a wonderful day! Thanks for sticking around thru my quiet times.

Linking up with Melissa and Shanna.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

A few quilting books

Good morning All,

Did you get some fun, quilty things for Christmas?  I did!

Not only did I get a bit of fabric to add to my stash :) But I also got a few quilt related books.

The first one I've been wanting for a little while now. My regular readers know I am trying to improve my free motion quilting, so any free motion quilting books I want to read and absorb.

My Sweetie got this one for me:


Molly seems to be a down to earth Gal. She says in her book " I would rather be fishing than shopping." My kind of gal :) Her book is rather like two books in one. You get some great tips and tricks, plus a few free motion quilting designs. And then you get projects.

She practices on small pieces, 12 x 15, 16 x 18 and such, and then turns those pieces into bags, runners, mats, etc.

A great book to add to your collection.

I enjoy reading stories about homesteading, opening up the West, prairie living, mountain living, etc. (As well as other genre's.)

This is the second book my sweetie got me:

 A book about her life on the prairie in the late 1800's.... she becomes a very proficient quilter :)
 Here's part of what it says on Amazon:

No Time on My Hands is a remarkable chronicle of the sod house era and of Grace Snyder’s married life on a ranch in Nebraska’s sandhills. From there she finally flies above the clouds to exhibits where her quilts contribute to a worldwide revival of quiltmaking. Mrs. Snyder lived twenty years after the publication of these memoirs in 1963, to the age of one hundred. Her daughter, Nellie Snyder Yost, who helped to write No Time on My Hands, has added an epilogue to this Bison edition.

So far, it's a nice read.

Hope you got some nice things too.

Have a great day!

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Friday, December 26, 2014

The dino quilt

Hello All,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas day.

A few days ago, I put the last stitches on my middle son's Dino quilt. Yah! It's finally done.

I pieced this quilt LAST year! and have just got around to quilting it up. Here's the back.

Thankfully, it's large enough that he can still use it ;)

When he was looking at it, the toddler decided it was his and he kept trying to take it from Carson. LOL, too funny. Isaiah  finally asked where his quilt was and he went to his room to get it.

So another one to check off the list!

I tried a variety of different fmqing designs. Practice, practice... one day I might be better at it. I like to practice on my quilts, instead of on little pieces of cloth. Although I got a wonderful book for Christmas, that uses those pieces of of practice work for bags and such. More on that in a few days.

Have a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

A bit of Christmas sewing

Hello, hello everyone!

Have you been getting any Christmas sewing done? I have done a little bit. Sewing just isn't something I am doing a lot of right now. But I had to make more of these sew together bags!

Earlier in the month, I posted some pictures of one I had already made and two more that were cut out.

Here are those two, done.

And all ready for gift giving :)

I've found that I really like these made with interfacing, instead of quilting the outer piece. It's a bit more stiff with interfacing, not so squishy.

We've been getting some much needed rain. Had a few days of clouds, and are going to get more rain this week. Looks like it will be a wet winter :) Which is a really good thing!! So, pictures are dark and dreary...sorry about that.

Other than that. I've been doing a bit of quilting on son #2's Dino quilt. I'm about 3/4 done, so might even get it finished in time for Christmas giving :)

Today I want to pull the decorations out and get some lights and such up.

What have you been up to?

Have a great day!

I'm linking up with Jennie at Porch Swing Quilts today. She is having a great sewing for Christmas linky party going on. Thanks Jennie!

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you all.....

               Safe travels.....

                       Good food.....

                                 Good company.....

                       Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you all, my readers, for stopping by and seeing what I'm up to. Thank you for your lovely comments and your friendship.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tis the night before blog hop

Hello All,

Welcome to my part of blogging land. Thanks for dropping in to see what a lovely gift I received. And a bit of talk on easy gifts to make.

Thank you Samm for putting together this very fun blog hop! And to Marlene for being a great hostess.

My beautiful gift came from Margie at Threading my needles blog.

She said she couldn't decide which pincushion to give me, so she sent me both :)

Aren't they lovely?!

Thank you so much Margie. You do such lovely work.


One of my favorite things to make is bags. Purses, tote bags, hand bags, lots of different shapes and sizes. They can be short and quick, or take 3 or 4 hrs.

Mostly I make up my own pattern. But this year, when I saw the Sew Together bag by Sew Demented (click on the link to buy the pattern), I knew it would make the perfect gifts for some of my quilting friends. And it was the perfect excuse to buy a pattern ;)

I've made 2 so far, and really enjoy making them. I have 2 more  cut and ready to make, they are addicting. lol (You'll see the first one I made tomorrow, on Cindy's blog.)

They can be soft and sweet.

Bright and colorful.

Or just plain fun.

You can quilt the outer piece or use interfacing, use a variety of colors, or all the same. What a great pattern.

I hope you are enjoying the other blogs in this hop. You can find the full schedule over at Marlene's. This is who I hopped with today.

Just Let Me Quilt
Bumbleberry Cottage
A Reformed Heath’n
Coeur D’Alene
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Threading My Needles
Ridge Top Quilts (you are here)

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Black Cat crossing winner

Hello All,

A quick note to say thank you one and all for the lovely comments on my Black cat crossing blog hop.

And to announce the winner of my bag. I used Random generator, the lucky number is 96, which belongs to...

Congratulations to Theresa of Bumble berry cottage, she is my winner!! An email has been sent Theresa.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

My Day, Black Cat Crossing blog hop

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to my blog. And my day on the hop. Thank you Samm, Wendy and  Maywood Fabrics for a fun theme for our hop.

We are not big Halloween people, the kids and I. When my third child was just a little guy, we took them all trick or treating, this being Carson's first time. Carson is quite the shy boy and he was not able to go up to the houses and knock on the door. I think he managed a few houses that day, but that was it.

So, from then on we started just having fun and games at home. My big kids are teens now, and they still enjoy playing games, eating carmel apples and getting some candy treats.

Which all means, that I don't decorate for Halloween. Except for a few paper crafts the kids enjoy doing.

But, I just love Maywood fabrics and knew I wanted to play around with these cute ones. I picked the panel and a few of the prints.

This is Blackjack, hanging out in the trees, admiring the Fall foliage.

Blackjack is unique,

 his tail comes off!

What?! why does his tail come off....

Well, to play pin the tail on the kitty of course :) One of our favorite Halloween games (actually, we usually make a very simple drawing of a witches head and a removable hat and play pin the hat on the witch. LOL.)

If you look closely, you can see I fmqed a face on Blackjack :)

But this is so much nicer! We have a bit of Halloween decor as well as a fun game to play.

Blackjack wishes you all a fun Halloween!

Another project I made, this trick or treat bag that one of you could win. (side one)

Yup, my VERY FIRST giveaway here on the blog! It makes the perfect trick or treat bag, or if you want to keep it for yourself, it will hold a few books from the library, or any other little thing you want to use it for. (here's side 2)

Pumpkin Spice, the kitty (really, that's her name), was checking it out, making sure everything was good do go :)

Just make a comment, and make sure if you are a no-reply blogger, that I have your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner. International's welcome :) I will draw a winner on Thursday, Oct 30th. Yes, too late to use this year, but you can keep it around for next year.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Make sure you visit these other lovely Ladies to see what they have made.

                                 Monday, October 27                                     

You can find the full schedule on Wendy's blog.

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