Sunday, December 31, 2017

Monday Making in the New Year

I'm going to begin the new year with 
a simple 4 patch quilt.

The 3" squares were READY to GO
in my little 3" square drawer.

I DID cut some purples
for the purple lover who will receive this one!

I have a nice stack started
and look forward to adding to it this week!

May YOUR new year hold
LOTS and LOTS of
scrappy HAPPY

Link up and share what you're up to this week!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Handmade holidays

I gave a few little handmade goodies away this year.

It was SO nice to see them being used
RIGHT away!!!
Made this MAKERs heart
very happy.
This shows that my MAKING might be catching!
A little knitting bag from my granddaughter.

Here's my instagram BEST NINE for 2017.

I look forward to scraps and family time
in the year to come!!

We had a miracle this year.
EVERYONE was home!!!

My MOTHER's heart was happy about THAT.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone!
Thanks to all who participated in the Christmas quilt show!
Wasn't that fun??

The presents are under the tree.
The kids are all here.
The cookies have been dipped
and sprinkled.

The block print tree came home this week in a backpack.
It is SUCH a miracle that it is so perfect.
No wrinkles or stains.
I LOVE it.
Probably one of my all time favorite
SCHOOL art projects.

The vintage winter scene is on my wall.
I love the snow, the birds, the sled.

I am going to SOAK in the time spent with family.

May the Peace that Christ brings
be with you!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Christmas Quilt Show


I have just a few quilts that I like to pull out at
Christmas time.

This quilt incorporates paper pieced stars
PLUS a little applique.

This is a calendar quilt I designed a few years ago.
 Each month has a special chair.

This is for December.
Cookies and milk for Santa. 
This is a quilt I like to hang on the wall.

And then there are the quilts that STILL
need to be quilted!
I love the vintage pictures on this scrappy quilt!

Now it's YOUR TURN!

Please link up and share YOUR Christmas quilts!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Last minute

If you're scurrying around
trying to figure out WHAT to MAKE...???
Look no further!

We all want to make SOMETHING!!!
But it's hard to come up with
QUICK and EASY sometimes, right?

This gift is so practical
and ANYONE with a kitchen will appreciate it!!

I am hoping to pull out my wood burner
and add a decorated wooden spoon to this gift.
We'll see if TIME allows.

I was GIFTED this fun fabric recently.
It is the PERFECT kind of accent
for the inexpensive bar towels I bought at walmart!!!
You might want to step it up on the quality of towel.

I cut SIX strips 2 1/2"
sewed the strips together
and then cut 3 1/2" segments.

I turned under the edges with my iron
 and top stitched them to the towels.
SO. simple.

I just wish I had purchased MORE TOWELS!!!!

Good luck to YOU on those last minute projects
you want to make and GIVE!


Please stop by tomorrow and add 
YOUR CHIRISTMAS QUILT(s) to the SHOW I will be hosting here!!

Linky for Christmas quilt show
will be open December 17-24.

We look forward to seeing those holiday QUILTS!!!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas Quilt Show

I hope you will join me THIS SUNDAY

Post about any Christmas quilt
(or quilts)
and LINK UP!!!

Linky will be open
Dec. 17-24

A whole WEEK of quilty FUN!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Monday Making

I'm hanging my little feather tree quilt....

and a family needlepoint
that has been in the family for ages.

I LOVE using these sentimental Christmas decorations.
Of course there's LOTS of  GIFT making going on too!

Handwork and baking continue to keep me on my TOES!

What are YOU making???

Next week I hope to have a link up of  Christmas quilts.
Get those pictures ready Quilters!!!
 It will be a WHOLE week of quilts this time.
Links will be open December  17- 24

Friday, December 8, 2017

December is here

As our family grows....
the stocking supply needs to be expanded.

I made these stockings with an old
chenille-like bedspread, felt and some stitching.
They kind of go along with the vintage knit ones
we already have.
At least they don't CLASH with them!
I"m so proud to be doing this
BEFORE Christmas eve!

I also finished a beanie this week.
I used a VERY simple pattern,
Ribbed cap, found in a library book.
I used TWO different colors.
I love the way it turned out!!

When the Christmas Making is done
I want to get back to THIS!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Monday Making

Opportunities to make and GIVE potholders
keep popping up!!!
I am EMBRACING them!

This little pair began with an old quilty experiment.
I found the wavy pieces in my scrap basket.
That meant ALL I had to do was make a little
Potholder "sandwich"
( I used wavy lines)
and then...


Wish ALL my little gifties were that easy.

What are YOU making this week???

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Small finishes

This is the time of year we MAKERS 
do a lot of MAKING!
I've been doing a little bit of this
a little bit of THAT.

I love the colors in this small potholder...
Don't you?

That center spot of color POPS inside the soft blue!

This table runner has been in my MIND 
for quite a while now.

I wanted to merge some silver sparkly yarn
as the warp
and weave SOMETHING into it.

The question was WHAT color??

I finally decided on this soft greenish gray cotton.

It is a simple blend of color.
Soft and serene.

Weaving is sort of like knitting.
Peaceful and contemplative.
Just right during this busy season.

This table runner is now in my etsy shop.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Monday Making

I have been hand quilting NON-stop.
My "H" quilt has taken a back seat
while I work on this one.

I was camping with family over the holiday weekend.
This little quilt was the perfect SIZE to take along
and work on. 

I will continue this week because

What are YOU making this week??
I bet many of you are working on Christmas things.
Link up and share. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Monday Making

Remember my "H" quilt?

I've stalled a few times with this one
as decisions come up.

First there was the border to figure out. to quilt???

The borders are on.
Mustard cotton is from a table cloth
found at the thrift store!

The bigger appliqued circles
are vintage yo-yos given to me a long time ago!

I LOVE re-purposing and using 
someone else's leftovers.

ALL the H's are quilted!
I had a hard time deciding HOW to quilt them...
but once I got going it took less time then I anticipated.

Now I'm working on the border.
It will be QUITE a while before THAT part gets done.
I am mostly ECHO quilting the vine and circles.

What are YOU making this week??

Friday, November 17, 2017

Little Finishes

This week I was able to finish a few small things.

Potholders for new members at my church
were first on the list.
Nothing fancy.
Just plain ol' scraps
and an old (clean) towel for batting.

I did add some fun flowers to the back!

I enjoy giving these little "somethings" away.
I add the church cookbook,
so I hope it feels like a welcome from EVERYONE!

I also finished a small vest I've been working on.
These little baby vests are SO addictive.

They're small, a portable project and CUTE!!
Pattern for this newborn vest is FREE here.
I am tempted to buy a pattern with the larger sizes!

I also made cookies.
I blame pinterest for these RICH cookies!

The picture GRABBED me and I couldn't rest until they were made.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Auction in progress

The nonprofit Quilt Alliance launched it's annual auction this week.
The theme is VOICES
and you can find my quilt,
as well as many others, HERE.

They were ALL on display at the 
a couple of weeks ago.
I would have loved to see the quilts in person!

Help support
Documenting, Preserving
and Sharing the history of QUILTS
and their makers!!!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Monday Making

Every year, about this time, I get to thinking about the graduation quilts
that I traditionally make for high school graduates at my church.

This is what THINKING looks like.  :)

The log cabin-esque blocks are very free form
and have not been trimmed yet.

Making this kind of quilt block is a natural for me.
It requires:
NO pre-planning.
NO special rulers.

Most of the strips were cut with scissors
as I sat at the sewing machine.

This is the "fabric" of choice piled on the floor
and on the table.

Lots of old shirts plus an assortment of scraps
and some striped yardage.

For some ODD reason
I'm saving the cuffs, collars and tags.

I DID make a tag quilt once and dream I might do it again!
But the cuffs and collars???
Ah well.
Maybe I'll be inspired someday.

This is last week's work.
I put ALL the little triangles together
and this is ALL I got.
It's too small at this point.....
 I will let it simmer in the "TO FINISH someday" pile for a while.

What are YOU making???