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

Monday, November 15, 2021

Design Wall Monday 11.15.2021

 Another day and another Squirrel Project in the sewing room!

I have a list of about 10 items to make but wouldn't you know, another Squirrel Project caught my fancy. A friend and fellow guild member recently passed unexpectedly and her family was settling her estate and selling her stash. I purchased this panel and thought I would make some asterisks or snowflakes (mine are wonky... lol) to compliment it.

pattern credit: asterisks from DarcyQuilts (one of many on the web)

My SIL asked if I would make her niece a quilt. Her niece has had a tough medical year with complications from her Crohn's Disease. I happily showed her all my rainbow flimsies, my sailboat and a couple of finished quilts. 

None were working for her. Oh boy....

SIL: she really likes baby blue and cream and her dog Titan and the periodic table symbol of Titanium.
Me: oh, really. ok.
SIL: could you make her something? 
Me: Christmas?
SIL: Whenever you can get to it?
Me: (reading between the lines)
Me: ok. 

I made my brother (her husband) the Billie Lauder's There's a Dog on my Quilt when I first started quilting about 20 years ago. I know I have the to locate it. I've moved from Michigan to Texas to Wisconsin and back to Michigan in the years since I made that quilt. Oh boy...

pattern credit: Billie Lauder's There's a Dog on my Quilt...pattern out of print.
                            photo from Pinterest.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

SoScrappy Saturday 11.13.2021

Today is the second Saturday of November of the month of Assembly.

Time for my Pinwheels! I decided to have the rainbow traverse opposite of the Mary's Rectangles, blogged last week. 

pattern credit: pinwheels...public domain.

I think if I had more of these blocks, I might try a Trip Around the World set.

Linking up with Angela at SoScrappy Saturday.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Whoop! Whoop! 11.12.2021


It's a finish worth whooping about!

Here is the back with the baby's initials. I was trying to offset it, but it started smack dab in the center! You know, if I wanted the initials to start at the would be offset! 

Here are a few of my favorite blocks.

pattern credit: *slanty novelties: I used a 6.5 inch (unfinished) novelty and sewed 
                         oversize frames. I then turn the ruler left and some right and squared 
                         to 9.5 inches unfinished
                       *pieced letters: free 2006 downland from Tonya Ricucci on
                         Bonnie Hunter Quiltville website - no longer available 

panto credit: serpenpentine

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

WIP Wednesday 11.10.2021

The baby gift took it's turn on the long arm. I asked DH to pick out a flimsy and he chose one of the 'slanty novelties'. His pick was a surprise as I thought he might 'go with' the more traditional sailboat flimsy.

 pattern credit: I actually sewed oversized frames onto the 6.5 inch novelty, turned
                         some left and some right and squared to 9.5 inches unfinished.

panto credit: serpentine

I was also able to work on the binding!

Monday, November 8, 2021

Design Wall Monday 11.8.2021

The new baby arrived Friday before Halloween (my niece's second son) so time to quilt down the baby quilt. I usually wait until after the baby is born because I like to piece the baby's initials and include them on the back. I also wanted to send along a couple of books for the older brother, I went to a couple of stores but they didn't have the books I wanted on the shelf. I sure do miss going to a brick and mortar store to make a purchase. In any event, I ordered the books online and they should be here sometime this week. 

Here are the initial letters I made. I used Tonya's Alphabet that was a free download in 2006 from Bonnie of Quiltville fame. Google 'Word Play Quilts by Tonya Ricucci' to see her book. It was published in 2010 and might be available as a e-book download...I did make some modifications on the letters to make them more block style.

Linking up with Judy at Design Wall Monday

Saturday, November 6, 2021

SoScrappy Saturday 11.6.2021

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

In keeping with my schedule, I worked on my Mary's Rectangles first. RSC2021 is the first year that I stuck with making blocks every month. Looking at this quilt now, I'm learning lots about value! and that's a good thing!

pattern credit: Mary's Rectangles

Linking up with SoScrappy Saturday 

Friday, November 5, 2021

Whoop! Whoop! 11.5.2021

My squirrel project is finished and ready to be enjoyed in the sewing room! I even had a present from DS to DD that I was in charge of wrapping and gifting...

I'm happy to report that the long arm is making a better backwards stitch. I've been trolling a few forums and started playing with the tension AND inserted a new needle. Works so much better! So happy to spend pennies rather than big $$!!


pattern  inspiration: found here

block credit: hearts from Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew
                        in 8.5 inch unfinished, 8 inch finished

                     sawtooth star: found here
                        in 8.5 inch unfinished, 8 inch finished

panto credit: Crescent Stars

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

WIP Wednesday 11.3.2021


I arranged my hearts in an ascending locking heart order! Complete with a star on top and a tree trunk!!


pattern inspiration found here.

heart block pattern: Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew
star block pattern: 8 inch Sawtooth Star Here's a size chart for reference.

Monday, November 1, 2021

Design Wall Monday 11.1.2021

I made a few more hearts yesterday after the Halloween festivities.

Check back on Wednesday to 'see' how I am going to set these hearts! I think y'all will be pleasantly surprised!! <wink, wink>

                        size: 8.5 inch unfinished