Monday, September 29, 2014


I'm quilting lines through some pretty hexagons today!

Last week I was looking for motivation.
This week I found some. ;)

I moved my machine into the dining room and got to work!!
The change in scenery is good.
The dining room table is big enough to hold the bulk of this big queen sized quilt!

Wish me luck as I wrestle with the "deep blue sea". ;)

Friday, September 26, 2014


The leaves are turning color here....
but the weather has YET to cooperate!
The leaves say FALL.
The weather says SUMMER.

I decided to listen to the leaves
and do a little Christmas sewing.
(Christmas tree skirt)
There's one thing I know about myself.
I like to TWEAK patterns...
OR better yet...
use NO pattern.
But I was kind of surprised I would do it to a pattern
Instead of quilting this and adding binding
like the pattern instructs...
I made it PILLOWcase fashion.

Added some swirly lines.....for interest....

and in another TRUE to FORM move....
I used some old curtains for the back!
My middle name.

Here it is BEFORE the swirly stitching.
I kind of like it this way too!
Too late.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

little jobs

When there are BIG jobs waiting to be done....
I choose the LITTLE ones.
Every. Time.

This little table mat
includes all those great flying geese
sent to me last year when I collected orphan blocks.
Someone else's Leftovers
became a LOVELY project for me!
This is the first of 12 table mats
I'll be making for a springtime auction.
I don't know though....
I just might KEEP this one!!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Deep Blue Sea

My quilt top is complete.
All I needed to do was to sit down and DO IT!  The thought of appliquéing the edges of all the hexagons onto the white border was bigger in my HEAd than the reality!
I was able to appliqué all around this afternoon !  

Does anyone else like to appliqué on a table? 
After sewing a basting stitch through the middle of the outside hexagons...attaching it to the border.....I needle turned the edges under.

Now I need to get some motivation from somewhere......and quilt this thing. It's HUGE!

Ooooh! I love all that color!
Hoping to quilt some hexagons in the white border.  Wish me luck! 
Anyone have some extra motivation laying around they're not using?
I'm running short.

The post about how I made this quilt is HERE .

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Almost perfect

Nothing is absolutely perfect.
I'm sure you know that already.  Wink. wink.
Sometimes, though, something comes awfully close!
As I put this little bag together I kept's almost perfect!!
There's patchwork.  What could be more perfect than that?
There's a lovely lining full of tiny hearts from my stash.
I love making things without shopping!
Little tiny pieces of red on each end of zipper PLUS.....that black and white ribbon!
I was also happy to have a white zipper (long enough) on hand!
Like I said.......the word perfect kept coming to mind!

I squared the bottom.
Hey! Even the white on white fabric with chevrons you can barely see are all going the "right" way!
Oh NO they're not!! SEE??  It's ALMOST perfect.

I will admire it for two more days.....
Then I will give this little piece of perfection (or almost perfection) to my friend!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Too small?

Are some scraps just TOO small to save?

I don't think so. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

I was invited by the lovely Mrs. Moen to add a post to this wonderful blog hop. I think it all began with Debbie at A Quilters Table.

I googled "Around the World blog hop" and found LOTS of blogs participating and ran into so many exciting NEW-to-me blogs.  ;)

1. What I'm working on.

This week I will attempt to begin
attaching this hexagon quilt to a white border.
How will I do it????
That's what I've been asking myself!
I think I'm going to BASTE the edge onto the white border
with my inch or so away from the edge.
I will sit down and begin needleturning the edge under
ALL the way AROUND!
After that...
I'll remove the basting stitch.
This one is for my daughter and new son-in-law.
It's late.
What's new?
2. How is my work Different than others?
I'm not sure it is!
CRAZY quilts!
3. Why do I create?

Because I LOVE giving my quilts AWAY!
4. How does my process work?

I PILE up a BIG bunch of scraps...
and I sew them TOGETHER!!!
As simple as that.
I'd love for you to visit one of  MY favorite bloggers.....
She inspires me whenever she sits down at her sewing machine....
Picks up her knitting needles....
Pulls out her loom!

Friday, September 12, 2014


Sometimes it's fun to give yourself a challenge.
Today I gave myself the finish it up on Friday challenge. ;)
aka...crazy mom quilt link up and Sarah's whoop whoop link up on fridays.
I had lots of other things to do......
But challenges are FUN!

In my orphan drawer I had the borders shown here....thinking I'd use them column style in a baby quilt.
There they sat.

I made a nice big square and surrounded it with the long strips of pre-sewn scraps!

Happy scraps!
Yeah for a finish!

I also have a knitting project going and have learned something about myself.

I'm a quilter at heart.

Choosing just ONE yarn to make a sweater does NoT come easy. 
Throwing LOTS of scraps together does!

Anyone else have that problem?

I told my friend after yarn shopping recently that I really need PRACTICE buying yarn! 
Think hubby will go along with that one?
hAh hah!

I have a great knitting book I've been enjoying. She loves knitting like I love quilting. ;)

What a treasure of a book!

Have a great weekend friends! 
Maybe it will include sewing, knitting, reading......OR.....all three!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bags And more bags

I have lots of bags....
But it seems there's always a need for another one!
Hubby needed one for headphones he was traveling with.

I made a couple more......out of....
An old pair of pants.  ;)

Then I needed one for my morning walk.

This one is little and stretchy.
I tucked my phone inside and slung it over my shoulder with headphones attached.  I love listening to music while I walk! It's lightweight and comfortable!

For this little bag I used an old pair of leggings from daughter and some tshirt yarn.
Yes. I save things. Fabric things!
Don't you?
Here's the basket of tshirt yarn waiting for inspiration!

Then....this week....I went to the fabric store with my little helper.

We walked out with fabric from the movie frozen! And.....a bag was born!
I had entered the store to buy muslin. ;)
I think my helper is happy we bought something besides WHITE!

Monday, September 8, 2014

A celebration....of sorts

School is now in session.

Scraps can now come out to play!

I took two 2" strips a bit longer than 10".
Joined them and made some little 2" segments.

Laid them out right next to me......

Then I added lots of 2" squares.
I DO have a lot of those!

The red gives this quilt pizzazz.
Yeah for play time!
Inch by other words....two inches by two inches...It'll ONE DAY be a QUILT.  ;)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Little kitchen helpers


I used to crochet these little dishcloths before I learned to knit.  They are a great way to practice stitching!

Just wondering if my friends in blog-land have a preference?

Do you like them knit?
Or crocheted?

I think I like mine knit!
I'm very tempted to UN-crochet the ones I have finished and RE-Do them with some knitting needles.
Don't let me influence your vote!

I added a wooden spoon (decorated a bit with my wood burning tool) and am giving this to my neighbor for being a GOOD neighbor!
Just a little tiny something to say "thank you!"