Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Just a couple of goodies to show you today. 
The first is a package of Pinmoors that I won from Kristy at Quiet Play.  I haven't used the Pinmoors yet, but I'm thinking they will be a great hand saver for basting quilts.  Instead of safety pins, you use a regular straight pin and stab it into the Pinmoor to secure the pin.  Easy in and easy out.  I have pretty severe arthritis in my hands and anchoring safety pins is always a painful task.  If you go to Pinmoor's web site.... you can see a short video using Pinmoors.  Thanks so much to Kristy for hosting this giveaway and giving me the chance to test drive these Pinmoors!
The second gadget is for a Seam-Fix seam ripper.  It's your basic seam ripper except the end has a rubberized tip that is used to clean up your seams after you have clipped the threads and have little snippets to pick out.  The rubber tip makes easy work of gathering the snippets instead of using tweezers or your fingers to pull out all of the strays.  Another simple idea that really does the trick.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The birds were bathing in here yesterday....
 today, they are renting skis!
Happy Spring in Indiana!

We only got about 2" last night and most of it has already melted.  Nothing stuck at all to the sidewalks and streets so it was just a pretty snow with no hassle.

(Don't let the snow distract you from getting those taxes in the mail!)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

And look..... here's the Fat Quarter Shop's Designer Mystery Block for April.... block #11 out of 12.  One more month and I can finish both of my BOM series.

I haven't signed up for any more BOM series for the time being.  I have so many other things that should be worked on that I decided to skip a year of BOMs.  I leave this decision "subject to change" if a really great series comes along!

Friday, April 11, 2014

I know I'm not late with these blocks for a change!  Here are April's BOMs from Sew Lux Fabrics.  This is Block #11, so this series is coming to an end with the next block.  Right now, I'm thinking that I'll combine both fabric lines into one quilt, maybe eliminating a couple of blocks that weren't my favorites. 
Same block, different fabrics.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Early or Late?

I've been working on a little quilt for my table stand.  I had planned to make this for Valentine's Day, but that ship has sailed for this year.  However, I'm 10 months ahead of things for next year.  I'm going with that!
I took a picture of each heart before I sewed the tiny pieces together.  I was afraid that I'd get them in the wrong spots and two of the same fabrics would be next to each other.  This let me refer back for placement.
Here's one of the hearts after it was sewn together.  I want to point out that theses fabric are hot pink, not a muted red.  I played around with the pictures and never did get a hot pink version.  Just use your imagination!

And here's the final little quilt.  Since I didn't put "Happy Valentine's Day" or similar on it, this can be used for several occasions.  A heart is good any day of the year, isn't it?

Remember.....think Hot Pink!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Rain, rain....go away!

It's raining at least one cat at my house today!  I've never seen this much rain since I've lived here..... 16 years.  The streets are flooded, which is expected, but so is my yard.  The flower beds are flowing over their borders and the low lying areas could be stocked with fish!  The problem isn't the amount of rain, it's that the ground is saturated (and still frozen except for the top few inches) and can't accept any more moisture. 

As soon as I got home, Oliver claimed the umbrella and is now napping in it as I write this.  Rain is expected most of the day tomorrow too, so it will be interesting to see if there is much area flooding.  Even with this much water at my house, I should be fine.  I'm on a slab and the most water is pooling on the side of the house without a door.  And, hey..... imagine if this were snow.... Noooooooooo!

**Update**..... a few hours later, the water has absorbed into the ground.... at least on my property, the streets may tell another story.  I couldn't believe the difference a few hours made.  I suspect tomorrow's rain will bring the same effect..... flooding, followed by absorption.  April showers have certainly arrived!

Monday, March 24, 2014


Hi All!  I was the winner of this cute Ruffles pattern from Pauline at Quilt N Queen!  She had a random drawing during the Ruffles blog hop and my comment was drawn.  Lucky me!
Here's the fun part.... Last week, I was working on this little hanging for my table stand.  I was putting on the finishing touches when I found out I had won the Ruffles pattern.  Guess where the cute snowman stitching came from? ...... Yup, Pauline at Quilt n Queen!  I won this snowman in September of 2013 from another of her blog hop giveaways and had not done anything with it until a couple of weeks ago.  I wanted to have it done earlier during the winter weather, but it continued to be put on the back burner for one reason or another.  I bordered it asymmetrically and will probably add some buttons on the left side... maybe some snowflakes.  

So here it is finished.... finally!  It's being displayed right now as we are expecting more snow tomorrow.  Like our last snowfall, this one will be short lived and won't require any shoveling. 

Thanks so much, Pauline, for both of these generous giveaways!  I'll be thinking about you while this cute snowman is making me smile!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Here's a peek of the quilt top that I just finished.  I need to find a place to take a full shot but thought I'd put a little tease up first.
This was a free pattern called "Trade Winds" that came from the Hoffman Fabrics web site.  I went back to give you a link and it is no longer available on their site for free.  I did Google it and it can be purchased in several places.  This must have been one of those patterns that was only free for a limited time.
Anyway, it was made from a batik jelly roll that my friend, Kathy, gave me a couple of years ago.  If you do track down the pattern, you will see that I changed many things, like adding sashing and corner blocks.  I did this because I had some distortion with all of the bias edges and wanted it to be true, flat, and square when finished.  It is. 
I'll blog more about it when I can get a decent picture.  It only has one border right now, but that may change to make it larger.  And, of course, now comes the hard part..... quilting it. 

My assistant is enjoying a rare moment of a clean, cleared off cutting mat.  Don't get too comfortable, Oliver!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It's been a rough winter.... Happy Spring!

The calendar says it's spring... let's hope that
Mother Nature is in agreement!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Here's block #10 in the Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Block of the Month series.  Apparently, the last three blocks will be kind of flowery.  As usual, I just love their block patterns.  Always so unique and creative. 
I've also been working on a new quilt using a bright, batik jelly roll.  The blocks are all finished and I'm ready for the sashing and borders.  It will be nice to get this one completed, as I've had the jelly roll over two years.  It's far from my oldest UFO, but it will still feel wonderful to complete.  Phew....

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
May you find that pot of gold
in everyday blessings!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

National Quilting Day

Happy National Quilting Day!
What did you do to celebrate the occasion?  I went to our 24th Annual Gathering of Quilters.  It's your typical quilt show with lots of quilts, lots of vendors, a catered lunch, and a keynote speaker.  This year, the speaker was Beth Ferrier of Applewood Farm Quilts.  She treated us with a humorous trunk show... lots of eye candy and some of her "true confessions."
I only took a few pictures of the quilts on display. If you click on them, you can get a better view.  (BTW, none of these are Beth's quilts.)  I'm a bat lover and this first quilt really grabbed my eye. 

This one was had the cutest little embroidery motifs all around each of the plain borders.  I just thought it was very clever and made a really simple quilt pattern stand out.  It would be perfect for mini charm packs.

In my opinion, this last one was the show stopper out of hundreds of quilts!  At first, from a distance, I thought it was an embellished quilt panel, but each item on the quilt is individually appliqued.  It was truly amazing and fun to read the book titles and just browse around the quilt.  She said the idea came from the wood grained fabric.  It was a great job, full of her special memories!

And if you can't get to a nearby quilt show, I hope you can grab some quality time with your sewing machine today!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I have been wanting to make an ironing pad to take with me when I go to a class or friend's house.  It seems like I always forget to unplug my iron and have to wait for it to cool a bit before packing it up.  With this little ironing mat, I can just wrap my iron and boogie.  I've seen the iron caddies, but this is more what I had in mind.
I bought some pre-quilted ironing fabric from Joann's.  In hindsight, I wish I would have bought the plain, silver material.  The problem came when I wanted to quilt the cat backing and didn't want to quilt through the already quilted fabric.
I ended up quilting the cat backing to some Insulbright and not through all of the layers.  I think this will be just fine and it makes a nice, thick surface.

Ironing side.

Pretty side.

Little by little, I'm getting some sewing room projects finished.
Today is yet another snow day.  I have shoveled three times today and I still have more to go.  I can only handle about 45 minutes at a time and then I'm just exhausted.  Maybe one more shovel session today and I'll be done.  And I'm hoping I'll be done for the season, but I've wished that before. ;-)

Friday, March 7, 2014


It's a record for me!  My Sew Lux Boms arrived today and I actually finished both of them and put them on the blog..... all in one day.  Yippee! 
Same block, two fabric collections.
 This block is OK but there is very little contrast. 

It's sure nice to be on track with this series!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

I was happy to find that I had enough fabric left to make a matching cover for my extension table.  I wasn't in the mood to get too complicated, so I made a simple, fold over envelope pouch.  Its purpose is to keep the table from getting scratched and this will do the job well.  I only have small scraps left, but there could be a coupon keeper (or something like that) in the future.

Oliver managed to slip in a partial photo bomb. :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Yesterday was a snow day and except for shoveling, I spent the day sewing.  We got pretty lucky with the snow, only about 5" and it was a bit powdery, making it lighter to shovel.  My back is grateful! 
My sewing machine needed a new cover and new mat for underneath the machine.  I have an extension table for my machine and my old table mat was too short for the extension table to sit on top of it.  Plus.... I just needed a change. 
There are eight pockets on the machine cover, six on the front and one on each end.  I like to have these little cubbies to store frequently used (and often lost) items, like my readers.
The table mat has six pockets.  Whenever I'm at a class or a friends home, besides using the pockets for sewing tools, I like to use one of the pockets as a thread catcher.  Sometimes a trash container can be hard to find or far away from where you are sewing.  This lets me be neat and not have to leave my seat.

This is a close up of the fabric.  It's that double sided, pre-quilted fabric.  I really loved this when I saw it and that's what inspired me to make the new cover and mat.  I found this fabric at Joann's and went back to get some more a few days after I bought it.  It was all gone!  The lady said the bolt sold out in less than a week.  They are expecting more, but you never know if that will happen or not.  I have a little bit left over and may see if I can eke out a bag to hold the extension table when it's not on the machine. 

And one last thing.... the binding on the cover and mat is a hot, bright pink.  These pictures (on my monitor) look really washed out.  It's nice and vibrant and really screams "happy" to me!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

A couple of weeks ago (maybe not quite that long) Good Morning America had a Steal & Deal that was for a fleece photo quilt.  You go to the site.... .... upload your photos, arrange them, resize them, whatever you want.... and they print it out on a dense fleece.  There are many different products to choose from, this just happened to be the "deal" that day.  Oh, this throw is 50" x 60."
Overall, I was pleased with the final product.  The photos seem a bit darker than they were on my monitor and the whole quilt is printed a bit off center.  The photos remained pretty crisp, in spite of being printed on fleece.  You can't see it in this picture, but the lower left border is only about an inch, while the other borders are two inches.  I can tell that the fabric wasn't fed evenly into their printer or it shifted toward the end of the printing.  Still though, I thought it turned out pretty nice and will be a sweet keepsake to honor Oliver and Gracie.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Oliver Wins His First Giveaway!

It's true!...... Well, kind of......
Debby had a generous fabric giveaway on February 22nd, Washington's birthday, featuring some great George Washington fabric.  We were just asked to leave a comment telling her what we would make with the fabric, etc.  Well, Oliver's birthday is also February 22nd and because of this, his middle name is Washington.  I told Debby this, and we were picked to get a piece of this GW fabric.  I'm planning to make a small wall hanging with GW in the center and add some kind of border.  We'll see.
I have to give Oliver the credit for this giveaway since it was his birthday that made him a winner!  Thanks Ollie, and of course, thanks to Debby!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Yippee..... My backlog of BOMs are all finished!  It felt really nice to see that stack of BOMs get smaller and smaller.  The March blocks will be here in another week or so I'm happy to be ready for their arrival.
The first two are from Sew Lux Fabrics.  Same block pattern, different fabrics.  The first block has the prettiest combination of fabrics!  I like the unusual version of Flying Geese.

The next three blocks are from the Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery BOM.  These blocks have just been a joy to put together as each block is so clever and unique.  The first three blocks in this series were baskets, the next three blocks were stars, and now these three blocks are houses.  The common denominator for all of the blocks has been the navy square near the center of each block.  I can't wait to see what the last three blocks will be!

That's it for today.  We are expecting our next major snow storm to begin Saturday night and I'm planning on getting some sewing done (between shoveling) while waiting it out.  Spring..... where are you?! 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

More BOMs were finished today.  I love the fabrics in this first block ... they are so warm, happy, and spring-like!
   Same block.... different fabric.

  Another block.....

Different fabric.

And here's a generous giveaway that I won last week from Carol at Just Let Me Quilt!  I won a gift certificate from Quilt Taffy and this is what I bought..... a yard of Ghastlie Christmas fabric and a charm pack.  I was a happy camper to have won this.  If you haven't ordered from Quilt Taffy before, give them a visit.  I ordered this fabric on Friday and it arrived on Monday.  Can't get much faster than that!  Many  heartfelt thanks to Carol and Quilt Taffy!

Well, back to the BOM sewing.  I still have 5 blocks to make in order to be ready for the next ones that will arrive in early March..... better plug in the iron and get sewing..... 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I'm still nipping away at my stack of BOMs.  Here are the next ones in line from Sew Lux Fabrics .... again.... same pattern, two different fabric lines.

To be continued.......

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Happy 18th Birthday Oliver!!

I can't believe that I've had 17 precious years (he was 1 when I adopted him) with my little Oliver.  Time certainly slips away.  Oliver has been such a joy with the most gentle, loving personality you could ever ask for.  Even taking this picture.... I was about 2" away from his face and he just snuggled in while I took shot after shot around his face.  He's very patient with me!

Last year on his birthday, I wrote that I didn't know if he'd see his next birthday or not.... I guess I have to say it again, with the hope that he will have a great year ahead of him.  His health issues are serious, but as long as he seems to have a happy, fulfilling life, I'll celebrate each delightful day spent with him! 

Thanks for being my cat, Ollie!      

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I made these blocks yesterday afternoon while the snow was falling.  This is the same block sewn with two different fabric lines.  This BOM series was offered by Sew Lux Fabrics and this is block #4.  Like yesterdays BOM series, I'm very far behind.  I have blocks #5 through #9 piling up in my sewing room.  And this is "times two" since I'm doing the blocks in two color ways. 

I'm done shoveling for the day and now I can focus on more BOMs.  We only got about 5" of snow last night, but it was enough to make shoveling an Olympic event at my house.  I made my first round of shoveling around 6 AM while it was nice and peaceful.  Then I went back out later in the morning to tackle the driveway. 
A warm up is on the way for a few days and no more snow is expected until Sunday.  Of course in Indiana, this is subject to change at the drop of a hat (or snowflake). 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Just checking in with a couple of small projects.  One is my Designer Mystery BOM from Fat Quarter Shop.  This is block #6 and I have #'s 7, 8, and 9 waiting in the wings.  I'm really behind in this series and even more behind in the other BOM series.  I WILL catch up..... I will catch up .....
This is a little pin cushion that started out as a candle that my neighbors gave me.  Once the candle had burned down, I scraped out the residue and made a felted "coffee" insert out of some roving.  I put a quarter in the shot so you could see that the coffee cup is quite tiny.  It was nice to re-purpose it into something that I'll continue to use.

I'm "anxiously" awaiting our next snow storm.  Another 6" is supposed to begin falling within the next hour, continuing through until tomorrow morning.  I may not be thrilled to have to shovel so much snow again, but I am thrilled to think that these snowfalls just have to be over soon.  The good thing is that tomorrow will be another snow day and I'll be working on more of those BOMs.  Hurry up spring!