Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Turning Twenty Monday!!

 Well, there is a story behind this block!  I was working away on my Turning Twenty block...so proud that I was on top of it all!!  AND!  I made the wrong block!  LOL!!  So I made the right blocks, and here is my 12 inch one, above.  Scrappy red, white and blue!!

See the Turning Twenty blog here!!!

See the Turning Twenty website here!!!!

See Tricia's face book page here!!!

This is part of the Seeing Stars Mystery Quiltalong!!

 I let life interfere with my fun lately, (work has been seriously crazy busy!)  and let TWO months slip by without a Binding Blitz gift!!  So this month, work on your bindings, and any quilt binding you have finished the last two months as well counts too.  The prize is the above fat quarter bundle!!  I could not get a good picture, but this is a whole bunch of Batiks, in autumn colors!  Chocolate and cheddar and orange and just pretty colors for a fall time quilt.
It is from Island Batiks, and I hope you love it as much as I do!

So ready, set, go!!  We will have show and tell at the end of the month, and a drawing for these fat quarters!!

Have a great day, dear friends!!!!


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fall Time!!

 Karen from the Log Cabin Quilter showed her autumn quilts in a recent post, so I thought I would share some of mine too.  I think the above pattern is a Fons and Porter quilt pattern.  Karen made a big quilt of this pattern, and I made this smaller one.
 This is a Payne quilt pattern...but I set it my way.  It still needs a binding!!
 This one, I believe, is a Bonnie Hunter quilt.  I like the oranges!!  and the plaids!!!
 Another view...
 And Celtic Solstice!!  I just love this quilt, a mystery by Bonnie Hunter...and I would make another one in a heart beat.
I did not choose to make this one scrappy!!  Weird, huh, for a Bonnie/Julie quilt, but I selected all plaids and away I went!!

Happy Fall!!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Border is on!! (at least the first one...)

I have made more progress on this quilt.
The pinwheels are now extended out into the borders!
I just need some outer borders, and will call it a day...or a quilt!
I had a day off yesterday, so made apple pies...it is fall time!  Except it is still 90 + degrees here...how about where you are?!

Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Jacob's ladder progress!

 I have finished 48 blocks toward finishing this quilt!  This is not the final layout, but I wanted to take a picture before Rosie the poodle got on the blocks, because I know that is what will happen as soon as she sees them all laid out!  She wants to help and be in the middle of whatever I am doing.
 I still have the next border to make, which will finish up the pinwheel shapes.  Those pieces are all cut and ready to sew.
 I had a great walk yesterday, and found a yard sale in the neighborhood.  A lady was selling these bears...for two dollars.  TWO DOLLARS!!  I bought this one. I normally don't like to see vintage quilts cut up to make other items, but it was obvious that this quilt was just worn out.  The bear is quite large; about two feet tall.  The original quilt looks like it is a crazy quilt, and hand quilted in a Baptist fan pattern.
She also has this little Singer sewing machine.  It is a 185J.  It was manufactured in Canada, and weighs a ton.  I bought her too.  She is most definitely a female sewing machine, and she sews just like a dream.  It is about the size of a featherweight, but oh, so much heavier.  I loved her on sight!  $50.00 for her.

Turns out that this lady goes to estate sales, and buys things that are quilting and sewing related.  I am so glad to know her...she has two Janome sewing machines, and is a quilter!  So it is great fun to know that she is close and in the neighborhood!!  She is downsizing and moving to a condo soon.

Have a great day, everyone!!


Monday, September 21, 2015

Turning Twenty Monday!!!

 Seeing Stars quilt in progress here!!  Here is my 12 inch block for this Monday.  I loved making this one!!  Please see the Turning Twenty websites here:

See the Turning Twenty blog here!!!

See the Turning Twenty website here!!!!

See Tricia's face book page here!!!

Rosie is looking over a little bit of shopping I happened to do...I just could not resist!!  A while back, I was drooling over the Turning Twenty website...and I happened, just so happened to purchase these patterns!!  I admire them, and I plot and plan...and soon?  I will start in working on these!!!!!

Have a great Monday, everyone!  I plan to sew a little, and do a little home blessing too...which means CLEANING!!!


Friday, September 18, 2015

Rainbow progress...at least a little bit!

 I decided to prepare all the string pieced centers for these rainbow blocks, then I can add the colors for each month.
Still three months behind, but I think I can safely say this quilt will be a flimsy this year!  whoohoo!!!

Have a great day!


Monday, September 14, 2015

Day Off on Monday!

I had a day off from work today, and I have just loved it.   I have cut out more blocks for this one...loving the diagonals here!!  And the bonus pinwheels are so much fun to me!
 I have been collecting heart shaped rocks for a long time...here is my collection so far.  I would love suggestions about how to frame this collection?  I just put them all out on a piece of batting.  Like love...none of them are perfect hearts, but I enjoy them just the same!  Every walk, I look for heart rocks, and have for many years.
I received the best ever package from Kyle!!  She sent some of the prettiest pieces, already cut, to go in my postage stamp quilt!  Thank you so much, Kyle!!  Click HERE!!  One of these days...I will show you a finished quilt...LOL!

Hope you all are enjoying your Monday!!!


Monday, September 7, 2015

Turning Twenty Monday!!!

 Woohoo!!!  I am a Turning Twenty girl today...working on my "Seeing Stars" mystery quilt!!  Here is my progress so far.  I have two little six inch blocks cut out and not sewn yet, so today is the day!!
 Here are the blocks for today.   You know the blocks you just love, and think, "I need to make a whole quilt out of those blocks!"  This is one of those blocks.   Hurry and go download them if you are signed up!!

Please see Tricia's Turning Twenty websites here:

See the Turning Twenty blog here!!!

See the Turning Twenty website here!!!!

See Tricia's face book page here!!!

Tricia and I met at the hospital, and we have been great friends since then...take a look and have fun!!

 This is an older quilt of mine, but I unearthed it and was just admiring the funky flowers...I love flowers!!  Speaking of beautiful applique, please see Karen's blog HERE.  She blogs at the Log Cabin Quilter and just has the most beautiful applique going on...I love each and every block!
The old crazy quilt that was maybe headed for the trash?  It is finding a bit of new life! I added a vine, and am in the process of appliqueing it down.   The more I do on it, the more I like it.  Have you ever had that experience with a quilt project?

Happy Labor Day, everyone!  I am off work, having worked the weekend.  It has been a quiet day, and I even napped a little!

Happy Quilting,


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Rainbow progress

 Not much progress on these blocks...although I love them!  Four blocks behind...
But I am caught up on these Rainbow blocks!  Yahoo!!

Hope you all are having a wonderful Wednesday...Hump Day!!!


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Slow Stitching Sunday

 Hand quilting!  That is what I have been slow stitching on today.  Above is a little crumby quilt top that I had stashed in the closet. Over the last few days, I hand quilted in each little scrap.  It was fun!  And I am glad I just did not throw this one away, which was the immediate urge when I took it out of the closet.  I am thinking of a tiny vine applique around the edge.
 Another heart quilt...I must have made a metric ton of these.  I still have to clip threads on everything!  Just keeping it all real here.
 I hand appliqued all the circles down on this table runner...still more work to go on this one.
 I put a binding on this quilt!  I chose the blue, and added a flange.  The whole thing is by machine, and took some time, but I like it...'cause it is done!!
 Another pic...dear husband commandeered this quilt, and it is in use on the bed already!
 I made some Gorp (trail mix) for work...I always pick out the M and M's and eat them first!  Just a kid still, I think...
And more progress on the postage stamp.  It is a vendetta, now, to finish this up!!  LOL!!  Each square is one inch finished.  I used my rotary cutter, but I remember my grandmother's postage stamp quilt was made by cutting each piece out with dressmaker's shears, after tracing around the square with pencil, using a cut out square, cardboard template from a cereal box!!  I am down right spoiled!!

Have a great day, everyone!


Tuesday, August 18, 2015


 Tada!!  It is quilted!!  I still need to add circles, which I will...or not.  Dear husband did not like the circles, so I may leave them off.  But I like them...
But it is quilted!!!  And that is just so cool.  One of my big wishes in life is for a long arm quilter of my very own.  But for now??  I just have to wait!!!

Now, dear friends...what is your suggestion for a binding color???

Have a super Tuesday!


Monday, August 17, 2015

Turning Twenty Monday!!!

The Turning Twenty mystery quilt is shaping up!!!  It is great fun to make these blocks...Please see Tricia's sites here!!

See the Turning Twenty blog here!!!

See the Turning Twenty website here!!!!

See Tricia's face book page here!!!

Have a wonderful Monday!!!


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Postage Stamp Progress

 Cleaning up projects!!  That is what I am trying to do.  This is a BIG job, though!!  8000 little squares...no strip piecing.  Just 8000 little squares, asking to be one big quilt!!
At one inch finished, this will be an 80x100 inch quilt.    This is about 25% done at this point, maybe a little more.  I am trying to be very accurate, and actually PINNING some!!  Whoda thunk it!!!  Hope each of you is doing wonderfully today!

Have a great day, everyone!!!


Monday, August 10, 2015


 Filling in the blanks here!!  This is Texas Tumbleweeds, a Bonnie Hunter pattern.  This represents all the batiks I own...a sampling of every single one. I have a few strips left of each one...but here it is, the whole kit and caboodle!!
A closer view.

Of course, I still need to sew blocks together and find a border...all in due time!!!

De cluttering!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Cosmetics down by at least half.  I do not need blue eye shadow from years ago, which I never wore anyway.

Shoes...down by half...that was harder, but with a deep breath, it is done!!  Donated the nice ones to a lady at work who wears a small size, like I do, tossed the oldies too.

Linen closet!!  Working on that too...sheets and towels are going too, for donation.  I cannot get rid of my mothers and grandmothers hand embroidered linens...sorry, those are staying!!!  I think one set of extra sheets is all I am keeping, and donating all the rest.  


Nurse's notes

I met the most darling man today!!  90 years old...a world war two gunner, who served on a destroyer in the Atlantic Ocean.  He described himself at 17 years old, in charge of a group...and feeling the heat of flak searing close to him and landing on deck.  And him running and humping it back into his gunner's nest!! A round thing, he described, kind of where he lived for a long time...serving our country.  He said the thing he wanted most is to get back home, way back then...and I am so glad he did.  He said he has been married  for over 60 years to an, "older woman," who is 96 years old.  Did not get to meet her yet!

Blue eyed and bright as a button...he says he talks too much, but I was honored to hear his story.  I ignored the phone for a while and just listened to him.  Loved meeting this gentleman!!!  This is what I love about  my job...getting to meet these darling golden oldies!



The binding blitz quilts were amazing, as always, this month!!!  By random number, the winner is Julie Letvin of Me and My Stitches, HERE!!  http://quiltjewelry.blogspot.com/2015/08/finished.html

Thank you so very much, everyone, for entering!!!  I need to take a month off from Binding Blitz with your kind permission.  August is a killer for me at work!!!

ACLS, CPR, TNCC, Skills lab...all of these are really going to take a lot of my time...

So keep on binding, and save them for the September Binding Blitz!!!  An extra special gift is up for grabs!!


Have a great day,


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Texas Tumbleweeds!!

 My dear niece and I have decided to make a Texas Tumbleweed quilt...another Bonnie Hunter quilt.  I found it in the Quilt maker Magazine; here:  http://www.quiltmaker.com/patterns/details.html?idx=14144   I also think it is in her latest book!!
  Here are all the blocks I have made so far.  This are made from the leftover white portion of a backing, and a piece of black treble clef print I had leftover.  I used all but one 2.5 inch strip of the black, and I used the wrong side of the fabric.  Just a hint of those treble clef motifs!!  I am using no new fabric...only stash.

De clutter and Cleaning of the Day!!!

I am working on decluttering, each and every day.  Today, I tossed a whole basket of hotel shampoos and lotions into the donation box.  It is silly for me to save all these...for years...and never use them.  The women's shelter has a need for these...so off they go, at least the good ones, ready to use.!!  Also did the same for all my bathroom cabinets...use it...or it is out the door!!!

I feel lighter already...I am going to do a little each day.

Binding Blitz!!!!

Did you see how many Gorgeous quilts were finished in July!!!  Hurrah for you all!!!  AWESOME  WORK!!!

Have a great day, everyone, and happy sewing!!


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Turning Twenty Monday!!

 Turning Twenty, Block number three!!!  I love this one...I am making my quilt out of all scrappy red, white and blues.  Loving these patterns!!  Thank you, Tricia and all the ladies at Turning Twenty!!

A lot of times, I will make a little something out of little pieces of a current project.  This is what I made out of the same fabrics I used for the Turning Twenty block from this week.  It is 6 inches finished...just a mug rug...but a FINISH! That's my story, and I am stickin' to it!!

See the Turning Twenty blog here!!!


See the Turning Twenty website here!!!!


See Tricia's face book page here!!!


I am working on another Bonnie Hunter quilt...but also?  I am starting in on a house cleaning and purging adventure! At least that is what I am calling it...I want 1/2 of my possessions gone.  It will take a while, but I think I can do it...and I want the room to enjoy life and just have space!!  Wish me luck...I guess I am at that age, huh???

Have a great day, everyone!!


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Binding Blitz!!!!

This is TOP secret...you know, I made a string X quilt before...this one!!   Haha, not really too big a secret, but I don't know if I have showed this before on the blog.   I added flippy corners to the blocks, and it made this design.  Hand quilted through every string!!
And a blue and red border...again!  The latest one in last post had blue and red too, just reversed position.


Please add your link below!!!  A random drawing will be held in five days for the winner of the fabric/quilt kit for July.  Can't wait to see your finishes...thank you so much for participating!!!



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