Friday, December 31, 2021

Whoop! Whoop! 12.31.2021

Seems like Jack got a wonderful work out today! I must have ripped this 'flimsy' about a million times...but, hey, who's counting?! (besides me?!)

Can you spot the mistake?

I had decided NOT to put cornerstones in the inner border. All fixed!

Here is a close up of the puppy.

The 'real' puppy. I believe she is a rescue so they are not really sure of the bred. All I know is that she didn't have a lot of contrasting color. The first photo was texted to me. The second one I lifted off FB. Shhh! Don't tell!


pattern credit: Billie Lauder's There's a Dog on My Quilt

One last thing...

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

WIP Wednesday 12.29.2021

I made a few more 9 patches in light blue and cream. I thought I would do the next step and add the sashing in order to free up space on the design wall.  I planned to use white for the sashing and the light blue for cornerstones but guess what? I needed to wash the white. *Please don't hate me* I'm a washer* So I grabbed the whites from my friend's estate sale and to the washer, I went. Luckily, the washing coincided with lunch. LOL

After I continue with the sashing for the upper portion of the quilt, it will be time to figure out the dog.

pattern credit: Billie Lauder's There's a Dog on My Quilt!

Monday, December 27, 2021

Design Wall Monday 12.27.2021

Merry Belated Christmas, Friends!

My Executive Chef contracted Covid the Monday before Christmas and went into quarantine. That meant I was instantly promoted to the upper position in the kitchen for my three parties...oh boy! Luckily I had many different family members at all parties that pitched in to help. I only had one 'simmer down' moment and a few forgotten items from the buffet. All in all, I'm pretty happy about the parties! Now I have 42 weeks before the worry starts again with Thanksgiving 2022! Time to sew and quilt again!!!

Last week I did eek in a little sew time. I made 9 inch 9 patches, the start of another quilt. 😍

I happy to say that I did indeed find the lost quilt for the Gift Exchange! The lucky draw was from my second brother. He promptly unwrapped it, wrapped himself in it and spun around!

Unlucky for him, the next person in the draw stole picture as my nephew immediately gave it to his GF. This party was her first with the family, so I was trying to be respectful. LOL

pattern credit: Debby Brown's Back to the Garden in RWB

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

WIP Wednesday 12.22.2021

Can I Whoop! Whoop! on a WIP Wednesday?

I finished my Christmas placemats. I made the lot slighter smaller since I need to fit quite a few around the tables. 

First I tried a green accent:

Next I tried a red accent:

Next I made a few with brown accent:

Then I tried beige accent:

Next up was a dark grey accent:

Winner! Winner! I made the balance with this color combination. They all got the same backing fabric. I think I brought this for my bed quilt then went in a different direction. After 26 placemats, I still have a little left over. LOL

pattern credit: not sure where I first saw this placemat configuration.

I also wanted tp update DS's GF's stocking.

Here is the old one, it's not bad just not really her personality.

The new one! Purple is a favorite color!

pattern credit: Twice turned Christmas stocking by Canuck Quilter

I also made a few gift card holders. I had all the others tagged when I remembered to take the picture. This was the extra one!

pattern  credit: Hello Sewing gift card holder

Linking up with Susan at MidWeek Makers

Monday, December 20, 2021

Design Wall Monday 12.20.2021

and where have I been?

Well, I've been attending to neglected health issues. I went to the eye doctor and needed new glasses. I went for my annual physical to get a re-up on my chronic meds. While there, I showed my doctor a sore spot on my right calf. Since there is pain, I have an ultrasound scheduled this week to get a better look at the lump. I also discovered that DH only Christmas shopped for ONE child! That left ONE child with no gifts...guess who is trying to pick up the slack? Along with planning, shopping and hosting three parties...yikes! 

Very little sewing to end 2021 but here's what I have...

...I took the lining of the 'mondo bag' that I thought was wrong and figured out the diagonal sewing. So, I made it into a sewing bag for me! Did I tell you that I've been wrapping gifts as I buy them?! This empty gift wrap tube worked out as a pretty good bag holder! LOL

pattern credit: Mondo bag - using a panel instead of pieced fabric

I also cut for a few (like 24!) Christmas placemats. I was a little distressed as I was for sure, I brought Santa fabric but I could not find it! I did go to JAF to buy more...

That brings y'all up-to-date...

Linking up with Judy at Design Wall Monday

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

WIP Wednesday 12.8.2021

I dug into my bags of crumbs and pulled out blocks for a fun and bright quilt. My hope is to donate it to Quilts Beyond Borders when finished. QBB requested size ie 40-45 x 48-69 a very do-able quilt, here is the post about the project.

pattern credit: crumb blocks, public domain

Linking up with Susan at MidWeek Makers

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

A Couple More Foster Bags

I made two more Foster Bags. These will be donated to a group that puts together gifts for Foster Care children. The goal was to gift 30 bags from the guild. I didn't hear a count at the meeting last night but will probably hear after the due date of 12-11. My fusible fleece was old and wasn't sticking well so I brought more and used my 50% off coupon. Always happy when I am able to use that paper coupon! If you don't use your paper flyer end up being dropped from the mailer list. Just a FYI...

Bag 1 is a mitten print. I have a ton of this print. I think I was originally going to back my queen Christmas quilt with it then changed my mind. I was happy to use about a yard of it. The peachy mittens were a little feminine so...

Bag 2 is spaced themed! This selvage said 2009! I think this makes a nice masculine looking bag. 😍 I was pleasantly surprised at Saturn's maybe I planned it. Just so you Earth was upside up and one Earth was upside down! LOL 

pattern credit: modified Mondo Bag 

At the guild Christmas party, someone went all out with their dish to share! Hint: It wasn't me! This is on my friend Gladys' plate. I didn't take one as I'm not an olive or raw carrot girl but thought is was really cute! 😍

Linking up with Judy at Design Wall Monday.

Until next time...Happy Sewing!

Friday, December 3, 2021

Blogger problems...

...blogger is NOT being nice to me tonight! It won't upload my current photos...grrr.

A post without pictures is like a day without sewing!

I did finish the Foster Bag but made a few 'design opportunities' along the way. I'm going to try and make another before the Monday guild meeting. We'll see if it happens...

pattern credit: Quilt Smart Mondo Bag

photo credit: here 

THIS IS NOT MY BAG! Simply a picture of one I found online at the previous link.

Edit: Blogger uploaded my bag picture! 

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

WIP Wednesday 12.1.2021

A Call to Action!

My guild put out the SOS that 30 Foster Kid's bags are needed by next Thursday, December 9th! I downloaded the instructions and scratched my head. Oh boy! I'll need my thinking cap. LOL Next came the communication that 'kits' were available as 'porch pick up'. I hurried over to one of the selected porches and retrieved a 'kit'. Here are the parts I'm looking at for my 'kit'. Looks a lot like a Mondo Bag but using fabric panels...ummm...

I snapped the picture with right sides up but the back of the print has fusible fleece on it. Now that I 'see' how the pieces were prepped, it will help with my understanding of the project.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Design Wall Monday 11.29.2021


I realized this morning that I needed to make and send a Santa Gift exchange that I signed up for on my FB Quilts of Valor Working Stars group! 

I then realized that:

1. I wanted to make a pincushion I never made before and
2. I am a little rusty at the grocery bags construction.

So, I decided to make a 'dry run', so to speak. Make it once to hopefully work any kinks out of the construction process.

1. The Pinwheel Pincushion. Ummm, cut off a few points. Need to make a few adjustments...LOL I picked RWB in keeping with the QOV theme. This picture shows the only true point...

2. The Re-usable Grocery Sack. Figures, I cut the liner wrong. This is why I need to practice first! LOL but you would never know!

I'll post again with the actual contents of the Santa Exchange once I know my partner received her gifts!

Friday, November 26, 2021

Whoop! Whoop! 11.26.2021

I'm calling the Thanksgiving 2021 a 'winner'! We had a few mishaps but all in all, I'm pretty happy with the way it all turned out! DD is a very calming presence in the kitchen for me. At one time when I was nervous she simply whispered, "Mom, I've catered events for 500, the family of 15 is a breeze".

Here she is with the turkey, close to a re-enactment of her brother cooking a turkey almost 10 years ago.

Here is DS.

Now onto quilty content:

Earlier in the week, I sewed miles and miles of binding onto the placemats, by machine front and back. Of course! LOL

I also decided to make a few coiled hot pads. After the first colored green one, I abandoned the fabric and just made the trivets natural. I made as many 'natural' hot pads as I had clothesline rope. If I want to make more, I'll have to source out the 100% cotton clothesline. I do have some with the polyester foam center but I'm not to sure about the polyester and heat transfer.

I must have gotten busy because this is the only picture of the table I have and it's only the dining room table and not the kids' table in the kitchen!

Hope all my US friends are enjoying their Thanksgiving weekend and 

my World friends are enjoying their weekend! 😍

Monday, November 22, 2021

Design Wall Monday 11.22.2021

 DH and I are hosting his family for Thanksgiving 2021.

What's a quilter to do? Make more placemats! Here is the first installment...LOL

The leaf and green print was from the stash but I purchased the orange, backing and binding. I originally was making these for a Wheels on Meals donation through the guild but the goal was reached before I finished the placemats. They are a little smaller but will work better on the temporary banquet table we will be using in addition to our dining room table.

Linking up with Judy at Design Wall Monday

Saturday, November 20, 2021

SoScrappy Saturday 11.20.2021

Today is the third Saturday of November of the month of assembly!

Time for my crayons. All the crayons in my box! LOL!

The crayons I decided to use. needs to be a little bigger!

I'm liking it! The crayons were a fun and a different block for the RSC2021!

pattern credit: check out Pinterest for crayon quilts. 😍

Friday, November 19, 2021

Whoop! Whoop! 11.19.2021

...late night edition!

I finished the Deer Friends panel.

pattern inspiration: from FB Panel Quilt Ideas page
panto credit: serpentine

Look! My wonky asterisks made it to the back!

pattern credit: Darcy's Quilts Asterisks

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

WIP Wednesday 11.17.2021

Thanks to Shirley Marlene Beebe from the FB Panel Quilt Ideas, I went in a totally different direction with my Santa and Deer Friends panel. :) 

Does that ever happen to you? 

I wanted the quilt to be a little longer, so I added a little bit to the top and bottom.

It's also taking it's turn on the frame. Yes, I am using sugar skulls as the backing. The sugar skulls are red and the first piece of extra backing that was close to the right size! 

It's hard to see, but I'm quilting with the serpentine panto. Even with the panto, my spacing is still a little more organic than even. LOL

Linking up with Susan at MidWeek Makers