Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Oh I missed the last one!

I missed the last Design Wall Monday post of the year by a day and a half. I have been working on all those bazillion pieces to the RRCB quilt on Bonnie Hunter's site. I'm all caught up with getting them to the point they need to be for the Friday step 7 post. I am dying to find out how to put these together!
Between working on RRBC, I also am doing the Christmas Lights Bonnie Hunter pattern. I started by using it as a leader/ender project, but now I have alot of the parts done to start putting together. Hopefully I'll have something on my wall by next Monday!
God's Blessings in the coming New Year!


Monday, December 13, 2010

Design Wall Monday-12/13/10

Good Morning!
This has been a busy week with various projects needing time spent on each one. I have four quilts in progress that are either series quilts, or BOM's, or the RRCB mystery! I never have a lack of things to work on, just have to make a decision on what to work on! LOL!
Here's the latest block on the Carol Doak BOM-Simply Radiant:

Here's the latest on Meet me at the Manor-the Quiltmaker series I'm doing.I think this is the last of the block instructions, next magazine it will be putting it all together! I'm glad, because McCall's Quilting mag came out with a new series! I want to finish this one before starting a new one! Is there a pattern here? I really like doing quilts this way, and it goes with my style of quilts with alot of fabrics and a variety of blocks. That is really the kind of quilts I love to do!

I just finished 70 of those little pinwheel blocks-they are one of the borders. Then I have 4 more other kinds of blocks to do, but not that many of each. I think the most is 8.

When I'm not quilting, I have been working on these cotton dishcloths. I'm going to give them as gifts this Christmas. I'm not sure who will get them, but I love making them! They are so easy! I'm thinking they would make great face cloths too.

I don't think I ever showed a photo of the little Sunbonnet quilt we found at one of the many antiquing places we went to on our vacation last Sept. It is probably circ. 1970's or so. The quilting is not the greatest, but it still is cute! We try to add at least a small quilt to our antique collection each year.

I also am up to date on the RRCB mystery quilt. This ine is really a great mystery, as the sections we have made so far are so different! Bonnie is good...she can sure make a great mystery! I anticipate every Friday because the next clue comes out!
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God bless

Monday, December 6, 2010

Design Wall Monday, 12/6/10

How is everyone this lovely cold day? I came home from work today not feeling real well, so I think I'm going to call off tonight! Sometimes one needs a break! I think it is winter blahs...but winter is just starting!

Quilting always does cheer me up, even if I don't have much time during my work week. I did finish my Asterisks quilt...the one above on my blog header. I listed it on etsy a couple days ago. Here's a photo (above) of the finished quilt. It was a lovely sunny day (but cold), so I took a few shots outside!

All the sewing I have gotten done this past week has been on the RRCB Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt. This quilt is going to be interesting! I have no idea where it is going, but I'm having fun! That is part of the fun of mystery quilts...the anticipation of the next clue, and guessing what is going to go with what! This week we are making "neutral" string blocks. Well, as you can see, they are not what is commonly thought of as neutrals! Bonnie's intructions said go wild! Use up anything that has more background than print. It is fun!

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Hope your all doing well and God Bless!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Happy Post Thanksgiving! And DWM!

We had out TG on Saturday, as everyone in my household worked over the actual holiday. This is something we are used to. We were able to gather some family together and have a nice dinner and visit, so I am thankful! I am also thankful to be employed with a very good job!
I thought about going out to shop on Black Friday AM after work, but I was so exhausted...no way! That early morning rush is not really for me anyway! If I do much shopping, it will be on etsy, or I'll make stuff myself!
I have a few things I am working on. I got these little blocks out tonight to sew some more of them. They are 4" Bowtie blocks. The pattern can be found here
I am making the blocks and playing with settings right now. It is a new to me technique of making the bowtie block. Kind of fun, because you get a little bit of dimention in the center of the block. I found it fun to unfold them and see how the center folds out. I'm easily entertained. LOL!
Here's one of the blocks:

And here's a setting I was playing with:

I am making the new Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt. I finished step 2 tonight. I quilted the quilt that is pictured on my header of this blog. I will show a photo when it is bound. I love days when I can sew and quilt without other demands on my time! Don't we all!

On another subject:
I realized I had not shared about our new dog Charly and the reason we have her! It has been about 2 months since our Akita, named Boxer (Bubby for a nickname) got very sick one day and we took him to the pet emergancy clinic, but it was too late! I don't want to say too much, as it still hurts to write about it, but he had a Gastric Torsion. His stomach got twisted. This is a life threatening condition. Bubby had been vomiting for several hours and we were talking about taking him to the vet on Monday-it was Sunday. Then I noticed his abdomin was hard and distended, and I know something was very wrong, so we took him to emergency. The vet said he could not do anything for him, but put him down. We were kind of shocked to loose him like that! It took awhile for us to want to adopt another dog, but we felt Walter needed a companion, and we missed having two dogs.
This is Walter:

And Here is our new dog Charly:

She is a Bull dog and possibly a Pitbull cross. She is loving and playful, protective and a handful! She does keep us hopping! Lately she has been trying to "talk" to us when she wants attention or is bored and wants to go out to play. We got her from the local animal shelter-SCRAPS. She is 2 yrs old.
So it is bitter-sweet. We have this great new dog, but lost a dear old friend.

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God bless! May we all be thankful for the blessings in our lives!

Monday, November 15, 2010


I've been busy sewing and knitting and I finally took some photos so I can share!
Over my last four days off, I have worked on a variety of things. I needed to make a dent in the string drawers. They are getting full again! It has only been 6 months since I cleaned all my scraps up! So I made a Heartstrings top using blue strings. It has been awhile since I made one of these! They are so fun and easy, I need to keep a pile of foundations handy!

I also have been working on developing a new product fo my etsy shop. I make alot of the knitted dish cloths, and thought why not make some smaller for coasters? Then I thought, why not make something to store them in? So I made fabric boxes for them. On the bigger ones, I left them plain, but the smaller ones I wove fabric strips through the holes around the edge. I think it dresses them up a bit! The coasters are knit from cotton yarn, and are machine washable. The fabric boxes are made with a stiff interfacing-Peltex. If anyone has a comment, please feel free to critique! The photos need alot of help, I know!

Last, but not least is the two quilts I quilted and plan to bind today. The tulips one I worked on last summer, and the Angel one I made recently. I wanted to get some quick small quilts made for Christmas...I sold the others I had! I have this one with the angels almost and another with a snowman panel still to quilt.

Hope everyone is having a great Design Wall Monday!
God Bless

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Sunday, October 31, 2010


Hi All! I have my DWM post ready, but for some reason, I can't get into Patchwork Times! It has just been in the last couple of days that it opens, but there is nothing in the window that opens!
Well, here is what I've been working on:
The blocks below are from the quilt called Country Wedding in Quiltlover's Favorites-vol 8 I think. I only put up a few of the 42 blocks. I am in the process of sewing the blocks and sashings together. It will be a large quilt when done.

I also am making slow progress on my Quiltmaker series quilt "Meet me at the Manor". I love the fabrics I'm using in this quilt. Many of them are Moda fabrics in lovely peach, green, and yellow pastels. The blocks shown are not in the order they will be in the quilt, but I wanted to show the ones I have done. The part I am on now is making 42 sawtooth stars. I think I have about 18 to go! This quilt starts in the Sept/Oct issue. I am working from the Nov/Dec issue-the second part of the series. There are quite a few pieced blocks in this part!

That's all for now. Remember to look up Bonnie Hunter's blog and get in on the new mystery quilt-Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll. Catchy name Huh?

God Bless

Thursday, October 28, 2010

ACLS Done!

I have been away from my quilting and blogging for several days due to taking the ACLS-Advanced Cardiac Life Support class and test. I am very happy to say I got through it and am certified now. I don't want to go through that again any time soon, let me tell you! Each person in the class had to demonstrate they could run a code-that is if someone goes into a cardiac arrest situation, that we can show that we know what to do. It is like BLS-Basic Life Support, but advanced. A code is a stressful situation, and so is the code testing! Of course, if you realize your knowledge and ability to use it is life and death for your patient...well, it has to be taken very seriously! Anyway, I am glad to be done with the class for 2 years! I may take the class again in 2 years-instead of just testing out. It would be good to go over all the material again!
I sewed some stars blocks this AM, and it felt like I hadn't sewed for a long time...even though it was just a few days. I was really focused on studying for the ACLS test! I have been knitting dish cloths today, and finished 2 of them. I plan to give those as gifts this year. They are made out of cotton yarn and are great for washing dishes. One could use them as a face wash cloth too. I can knit one in about 2 hours.
I don't really have any new photos, I'm still plugging away on my projects-the BOM from Carol Doak, and the Raggedy Ann quilt. I also am working on the Quiltmaker series quilt. That's the one I am making stars for. The quilt has 42 of them, and I have 18 done. This is going to be a pretty quilt!!! I'll show some photos on design wall Monday...which I haven't participated in for 2 weeks!!! Well, life does get in the way at times!!!
Will post again soon!!!
God Bless

Monday, October 11, 2010


Good Monday AM! How about another House quilt!
I wanted to show my progress on the new Quiltmaker series quilt,"Meet Me at the Manor. I have a bunch of great Moda fabric, and some others from my stash. I have too many projects going right now, but I've been itching to start this one ever since I saw it in the Sept/Oct Quiltmaker! I made my self finish the stuff I'm making for the WSQ quilt show boutique before I started this design!

Here are the three Christmas table runner. I'm still stitching sewn the bindings down on these.

And on the kniiting front...
I've been working on a shawl, the pattern is from the Ravelry. I also am knitting a green and blue scarf out of fun fur and cotton yarn.

Fiber is fun to work with in whatever form it takes!!!

Hope you all out there are having a great Monday!!!

God Bless

Monday, September 27, 2010

Design Wall Monday-9/27

I have a few almost finished items to share. I've missed DWM for a couple of weeks!
I finished my Wonky Town quilt. I think I have a handle on how to do free-pieced letters. They were time intensive, but fun and they look pretty good! I also got a few free-pieced trees in there. This quilt was fun and is OOAK (one of a kind)!

I have 2 of the 4 word borders done on Cupcakes as well. I think this will be a very cute quilt!

Here's the little bag I knitted while we were on vacation. I plan to line it with the fabric sitting there beside it. I tried to felt it, but the yarn I used doesn't felt. Too little wool and too much acrylic fibers guess.

Hope your week goes well and we all get lots done!
God bless

Monday, September 20, 2010

We're home and I've been knitting!

While we were on vacation, I finished the cupcake blocks, the Raggedy and Friends block embroideries, and half of the snowball applique' blocks. I would have finished them all, but I started knitting dishcloths, then knitted a purse. This is just as addicting as quilting! Oh No! So, during the trip, we had to visit yarn stores as well as quilt shops. I came home with some wonderful yarns and fabrics. The day we got home, we decided to have a pajama and movie day, so what did I do? Knitted a scarf! I had fun with embellishments on this one. I used some beads that I have had around for a couple years, and some ribbons. I put it for sale on etsy, but it may just end up being mine if it doesn't sell by the end of this winter!

No DWM for me today, but I did manage to put the crumb blocks together into a top, and the cupcake blocks are organized to put together too. I think I will do an applique'd border of words-sweet treat, that sort of thing, instead of free piecing.

So, that is my quilting (and knitting) world for now!
I only have one day left of freedom, then it is back to work...Wed night! Wee Haw!

God bless

Monday, September 6, 2010

DWM-9/6/2010-and Happy B-day to me!

Yes, it is Labor Day, it's my birthday, and we are on vacation! Lots of things right there to be happy about! I also retreated into the sewing room for a couple hours yesterday, and finished making some more of these fun little houses. I am onlygoing to make 16 of them, then put them together with sashing and I was thinking of a free-pieced letter border that says Wonky Town or something. But as you can see, I need to work on my free-pieced letters! The W below is my first attempt! It turned out wierd, has some raw edges showing, and I think I can do better! So I'll try again...later!

I finished applique' stitching my Cupcakes blocks. I am glad I have 2 other projects to take on vacation! Below, I show fabrics I think will be sashing and outer border fabrics. That bright pink is really bright though, so I don't know. If you want to, share an opinion! I was thinking of free-piecing words around this one too for a inner border-like-Sweet treat, delicious, that sort of thing. Maybe if I get better at it!

So, that is my design wall! Have a safe and Happy Labor Day!

God Bless

Friday, September 3, 2010


Today was the first one of our September vacation. So nice to think we won't be working for a little over two weeks! I plan on doing alot of hand applique work. I have three projects linec up for that. I showed them the last couple of design wall Monday posts. I may slip a finished quilt in there somewwhere too.

An update on Shara's condition: She got a cortisone shot directly onto her rt hip joint space. It is amazing how much those injections help! After a couple days, she has about 60% less pain. We are so thankful this worked! At least, it is working for now!

God bless!

Sunday, August 29, 2010


I'm posting this early as I won't have time in the morning! Shara has been suffering from back pain for what seems like forever. I'm taking her to a spine specialist in the am and she is getting some cortisone shots into the area where the pain is coming from. We have great hope that this will help.
I have a new quilt started. It is one of those things where the fabric and pattern just kind of jumped out and said "Make Me!" I'm working on piecing the blocks, and them I'll put the applique's in the middle of each block. It will have a simple heart applique' in the middle. It is called Country Wedding in the book "Quilt Lovers Favorites" vol 7.

I have to get ready for work now, so have a great day!

God bless

Monday, August 23, 2010


Wow! When I did my photos this week, I was amazed at all I got done this week! A little here and a little there adds up.
I had three finishes, the first of which is my little pink and yellow strings quilt. I have not finished a string quilt is a long time! This will go to the Mountain of Quilts at the WSQ show this year.

The next two are for Quilts for Kids. I have had the kit for the Dogfighters quilt since spring! It's about time I got it done and sent!

I blogged about the Raggey Ann and Andy BOM awhile ago. I have two of the blocks in various stages of completion. I am saving them to work on during our upcoming vacation, but I couldn't resist doing some of the red work now! I did mix up 2 of the designs in the block on the right, so I had to adapt it a little! I also am doing a pieced sashing or maybe make more pieced blocks, and leaving off the black sashing.

This is a cute design I found and decided to use as a hand applique' project during vacation. These cupcakes are so cute! I think I'll put a button on top of each cupcake, and then try my hand at free pieced letters to finish it off.

My L&E project is crumb blocks. I have 57 of them made. I plan to stop at 80 of them. They are 6.5" blocks, and I'll put sashing between them when I put them together. Black or red sashing-I'm not sure yet!

And last but not least, my scrappy star top is all sewn together. I am just going to put a simple border on it and call it good!

Well, that's my DWM! Hope your week was productive too!
I also have sold six quilts in the last two weeks! I'm so amazed at the results of doing all those treasuries on etsy! That reminds me, I have not done one in awhile! A quilter's work is never done-Thank God!!!

God bless'

Monday, August 16, 2010


I made a whole bunch of 8" star blocks, as leaders and enders while making the Valiant Eagle. Then I thought those were so fun to make, so I made a bunch of 6" stars! While making the Wonky Roses, I made 3.5 inch 4-patches for L&E. I had about 200 of those by the time I was done with the Wonky roses!! What to do, What to do! I know! I'll put 'em all together and come up with something new! Well...maybe not new, but different!
So here is the beginnings of a Double Four-Patch and Stars quilt top! I ran out of small stars, because it takes two of them in the 12" block I'm doing with them, so now I need to make about 12 more. And I wanted to alternate it with the 8" star block-I had to use 1" spacers to make the 3.5 inch 4-patches play well together and make a 12" block of them.. Anyway-I have another really scrappy and fun quilt going now! These are great to work on during my work week, since they are just fun and I'm not all that precise with them!!!

Ok, now Here is my closet with my quilt tops wating to be quilted! ARRGGG! I make quilt tops much faster than I get them quilted! About halfway across where the pink quilt is hanging and a little before, are tops I have done this year! I've been on a scrappy quilt top making binge this year! As Jim Carey in the "Mask" says-"Shomebody Shtop Me!" Do I hire a longarmer to help? I don't know! I sent some out to various members of Heartstrings earlier this year! But these are ones I want to finish myself! I just need to focus on quilting for awhile!

Hope your days are full of quilting joy!
God bless

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Wonky Roses quilt top done!

I started making these free pieced roses after seeing them on Block Lottery, and the bug bit me again! I made thirty of them and made this quilt top. I don't know if I'll make some for Block Lottery or not! I always want to move on to something else once I've finished a quilt top. But these were fun to make!

So... should I start something else, or work on the several projects already going? I did pledge 5 Christmas table runners to the quilt show boutique...hmmm... And I am making mini totes and postcards too. Looks like I already know what needs doing for the rest of the week!
A quilter's work is never done!!! Thank God!

God bless,

Thursday, August 12, 2010


I'm so very happy! I got the Hearts and Flowers quilt finished!!! I listed it on etsy this am. (scroll down-the link is on the sidebar).Two of my quilts sold this am too! It is exciting, as sales have been a little sluggish. Here's the finished quilt:

Hope you all have a great weekend! I'm working, so it will be an "interesting" weekend!! LOL!

God bless

PS-Since the Hearts and Flowers is done, I thought I would put a new photo up in my intro-this one is Asterisks. I made it last month.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Design Wall Monday-8/9

I missed two DWM's! I can't believe I did that! This is an important part of my week!
But anyway, I have lots of photos to share.
I started making Rose blocks for the Block Lotto, and have made 25 of them so far, so I have enough for a quilt. I have not decided if I'm going to enter some in the Lotto or not! They are fun and wonky and addictive to make. If you want guidelines to make them and to learn more about Block Lotto, you can find it here

Here are some other things I have been working on the last two weeks:

I have been making fabric postcards for the WSQ quilt show coming up in October. I also exchanged some with a couple ladies from the yahoo group Liberated Quilters. And I have one on my etsy website to sell. These are fun to make and exchange too!

I made the August BOM from the Carol Doak group this week-I love how these are turning out!

And I finished the two tops I blogged about several weeks ago.

Now, all I need to do is get some things quilted! I will quilt at least one quilt today!!!

Hope your week is great!!!
God bless,

Sunday, July 25, 2010

No DWM for me this week!

I don't have our camera this week, as it was lent out to a gal where Shara works to take photos of the employees to send to one of the nurses who moved recently. Shara is going to make an email photo album to send to him. So, I am unable to post my DWM photos for lack of camera to take photos! That's okay, it is for a good cause!
I hope to finish putting together my Valiant Eagle quilt top, and my Bricks and Cobblestones. I also finished the applique' for the Tulips quilt, so might get that together as well. I need a new applique' project soon. I found a Raggedy Ann and Andy project with redwork stiched RA&A here
I'm thinking this might be that project! I can do the piecing and save the redwork for when I need a hand project-such as when watching TV, or riding in the car on Vacation!

I can't wait to see everyone else's DWM tomorrow!
God Bless

Monday, July 19, 2010

Design Wall Monday-7/19

Happy Monday! I have made some progress on my Valiant Eagle. I got two star blocks done. I have the star point parts for the rest of the stars ready to go, so I expect this quilt top to be done by next Monday. It is coming along!

I stopped at a yard sale on the way home from work Saturday morning and found a big bag of fabrics, and patterns. I am not keeping any of the patterns except the Raggedy Ann and Andy one. There was a whole finished doll in the bag and cut fabrics for the clothes but I think I will end up choosing my own fabrics for the clothes! So, I had fun sorting through the fabrics, and there were several solid colored poly-cottons, and some nice cottons. Of course, I will give away the poly's and keep the cottons!
Here's a photo of the poor little naked Raggedy Ann.

Here's a couple photos of some of my RA&A collection! Aren't they cute!

Hope all have a Blessed Week!