Saturday, December 31, 2011


I completed a second block of "Millennium Garden" last evening but it is really part three.  Part two was making three of the star blocks.  One of which went into making the part three block.
What are you doing for New Year's Eve?  I will be sewing.  We learned long ago that being out on the roads on New Year's Eve is not the safest time.  And restaurants are crowded.  If you are out and about this evening, drive safely!

Thursday, December 29, 2011


We had our Christmas celebration a few days early so, while the rest of you were busy with family and friends, I was working on applique projects.  You will notice a change in the header picture.  It is a snowman wall hanging flimsy that I finished early last week.  I wanted to keep my Nativity quilt up through Christmas, so I am just now sharing the top with you.
The pattern for the snowman quilt is from "The Winter Book" by Jan Patek.  The pattern is called "The Winter Garden".  I am in a mood for snowman quilts.  No way are we going to have snow here in our part of Florida, so this is the only way I can build a snowman.  I hope to quilt it soon.  All the fabrics are from stash.

Next is the first applique block from a pattern set by Jan Patek and Alma Allen called "MillenNium Garden.
The pattern set has been out quite a while.  I was looking for a pattern idea that would use a fat quarter bundle of fabrics I have and decided to use them for this quilt.  I was able to find additional yardage online and am pulling some pieces from stash to add in also.

Next is a flimsy I completed that is a holiday design.  The pattern is called "Winter Wishes" and is from the book "Seasons Stitchin's" by Paula Stoddard.  I used the fusible applique method with machine stitched edges.  The patterns in the book are designed to be done that way.  A fast project.  All the fabrics were from stash.
Next up is a small wall hanging flimsy made from a pattern by Cheri Saffiote-Payne called "Sew Good".  I just realized that I did not add the embroidered words so will need to do that.
The pattern has three different quilts which makes it a bargain.  I already made one of the basket patterns in 2010.  You can see it here.  All fabrics used on the heart piece are from stash.

And last up is another flimsy I completed from a book by Jan Patek called "Homespun  Hearth".  The pattern I used is called "Partridge in a Pear Tree".  With a name like that, you would think of it as a Christmas design but it is not.  Cherie Ralston played a part in the design.
And now to answer your question.  Yes, I do sleep though not well at times.  These are smaller quilts and not complicated applique designs.  The stitching has gone fast for me.  Enjoy the pictures.  I hope to get the quilting done soon but I seem to bog down at that point.

Back to the sewing room.


Thursday, December 22, 2011


I changed the header again to another Nativity quilt I made a couple years ago.  The quilt pattern is from a Red Wagon book called "Christmas Or Not".  The pattern does not specifically list the designer but Jan Patek, Linda Brannock, and Gerry Kimmel are the designers for the book.
I started to prepare another of Nativity wall hanging from the same pattern.  None of the appliques are stitched yet.  They will be done by machine with a buttonhole stitch.  The quilt will be an after Christmas gift for a friend.
There was a gift I forgot to take a picture of for my previous post.  It was not sitting on the counter with the other gifts.  My friend Jean gave me a little wool pillow with an angel applique.  The stuffing is pine needles from a Christmas tree.  She is continuing the tradition an old friend of hers started by making  a Christmas remembrance.  It smells so good.  It would be rather hard for me to do that as we have an artificial tree.  But those of you with a live Christmas tree could certainly do that.  It is something you could tuck in a basket.
I think any holiday themed applique could be used.  A pine tree shape would be a good one to do or a little Nativity scene.  Get creative.


Thursday, December 15, 2011


Another header picture change.  I finished the small quilt yesterday evening.
The pattern I used is called "Comfort and Joy" and is by Cheri Saffiote-Payne.  It went together quickly and I think it will make a nice holiday quilt.

I received a package from Mary of "Quilt Hollow" yesterday.  A surprise gift for the holiday season.
I am delighted with the little quilt.  It has vintage look fabrics and my style!  I think it is something that I can display year round and I plan on doing that.  I plan on putting it on an end table by the sofa in the family room.    Mary did a really nice quilting design on the quilt.  She is the so good at picking an appropriate machine quilting design and executing it on her quilts.  I am so thankful to have her as such a good friend even though we have never met in person.  Mary enclosed a cute, cute snowman card which I forgot to take a picture of.  And two packages I can't open until January.

I hope you have a wonderful day.  I plan on doing some sewing.  So much to choose from but you can bet it will be something with a holiday theme.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Another header picture change.  This time I am using one of my older Christmas quilts.  A Mariner's Compass quilt with an old-fashioned Christmas scene background.

The first quilt class I ever took was from Cindy Blackberg and it was on how to make a Mariner's Compass quilt block.  Not a beginner's class but the shop owner said it was.  Fortunately, Cindy is a very good teacher.  This is not my first Mariner's Compass quilt but my second.    I got the idea to use the old-fashioned looking all-over scenic print from Cindy.  She used a different color range but had made a quilt like this.  I am pleased with how mine turned out.

I finished two more Bible quilt blocks.  The applique has been done for several weeks.  I still needed to add the embroidered words and finally have taken time to do that.

The last item I have to share with you is the completed Santa ornament I was working on recently.I showed my progress in a previous post.  At that time, almost all of the embroidery was done.  I still needed to assemble the ornament and do the button hole stitch all around the edge.  The kit was from Chickadee Hollow.

Now if someone could tell me what I did with the second Santa ornament kit.  I picked it up at least 25 times when I was working on the first ornament.  I moved it so I would stop mixing it up with the packet I was currently using.  I have moved it so well that I can't find it.
Take time to sew this week!  And stop back again soon for another another peek at my projects.


Saturday, December 10, 2011


A new finish!
The pattern I used is called "Pitcher of Blooms" and is designed by Linda Brannock.  Found in the book "Miss Jump's Memories".  I had a problem with the large yo-yo flowers on the upper right stem.  The circles were large and when gathered yo-yo style, it left a large opening.  The back side of the fabric could be seen in the opening and did not look very good.  I cut circles of the same fabric and stitched them inside of the openings with the right side of the fabric up.  Problem solved.  The yo-yo flowers on the lower right were made from a woven plaid fabric and looked fine as is.  A long wall hanging.
I changed the header picture again.  This time I chose a quilt I finished last year called "The Nativity".  The pattern is by Cheri of "Wednesday's Quilts".

Take time to sew during this busy holiday season and stop back for another visit soon.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Another Christmas quilt completed.  It took me almost two years to get to this point.  The applique blocks are fused pieces with machine stitching around them.  A Jeanna Kimball pattern set was used for the quilt and the pattern set is out of print.  I found a copy of the set on Amazon but  the price is high.  You can see it here but I doubt anyone wants to pay $165.00 for it.  The pattern set does not include instructions on the order of sewing the blocks into sections and getting everything together.  A bit of a challenge to figure it out.  The completed quilt is on its way to my great grand-daughter.  It is about 68 inches long so plenty big enough to cover up with.  I think she will enjoy it.

Take time to sew today!

Monday, December 5, 2011


Hurray!  I finished the "12 Days of Christmas" quilt and in the same year that I started it.
I added a couple elements to the quilt since I last showed the top.  I appliqued my initials in the lower left corner as it needed something there.  And in the top left corner, I embroidered the words "My true love gave to me...".    I embroidered the bucket handle that the maiden has and added drum sticks for the drummer though you can't see them well in the picture.  The pattern I used is by Cheri Saffiote-Payne of Wednesday's Quilts.  Lori of Humble Quilts finished her version of this same quilt a few days ago.  If you haven't already seen it, pay her a visit here.  Lori got a closer picture of her quilt than I did.

I thought my Bernina was sick and took it in for service today.  Turns out that it was not and I am relieved.  But the BSR (balanced stitch regulator) does have a problem.  The part of the housing that attaches the foot to the machine has a crack in it.  It lets the housing slip off when it shouldn't.  I left it to see if the service technician can do anything with it.  More than likely, it will have to go back to the factory and I picture that taking a long time.  And some money.  But a new one costs $800 and I would be foolish to do that unless mine can't be repaired.  The shop owner feels sure that the factory can restore it to new condition.  So, I will not have the stitch regulator for machine quilting and will have to do it the old way for the time being.  That is, if I do any machine quilting.

Enjoy the season!

Saturday, December 3, 2011


I changed my header photo to another of my Christmas quilts.  This one is Santa in his sleigh soaring over the rooftops of a town.  I showed this on my blog quite some time ago.
It was made at some point prior to 1995.  I no longer have the book the pattern came from so I don't have name of the book nor the designer.  If I remember correctly, it was a Canadian designer.  A copy of the book shows up on E-Bay every now and then.  Update:  I received info on the book name and designer from Launa ( a blog reader).  The book name is "Piece on Earth" and is by Harriet M. Wyant.

I received my swap quilt from Andee of "The Modern Diary" blog.  You can pop over to her blog and see how she hung the little quilt I made for her.  Andee made me a Lil" Twister quilt using cheery Christmas fabrics.  The fabrics remind me of the snowman table runner I made a while back.  I am happy to have had her as a swap partner. The quilt she made is one I will be proud to add to my Christmas holiday collection.  Thank you, Andee.  Mary of "My Needle and Thread By Mary" blog organized the swap.  She hopes to start another small quilt swap very soon.  If you are interested, stop by her blog and let her know that you would like more information when it is available.

I am machine quilting my "12 Days of Christmas" quilt today.  Lori of "Humble Quilts" finished hers a couple days ago.  She gave me the push I needed to get busy and finish mine.  Stay tuned for a picture.

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, November 26, 2011


We still have company and are having a good time with them.  But I needed to sit and do some stitching too.  I have this Santa ornament from Chickadee Hollow Designs that I started outlining with embroidery floss yesterday evening.  Still  more needs done to it.
There have several vintage look ornaments to select from.  The stitcheries are printed onto fabric already colored.  You do some simple stitching to outline different parts and fill in lines within the designs.  It is taking longer to stitch than I thought it would.  You layer Warm 'n Natural batting behind the fabric before doing the embroidery.  Then add a backing, cut on the dotted liners, and then do a button hole stitch to finish off the ornament.

I changed my header photo and the blog background today.  I will probably change it again soon as I have several holiday quilts to pick from.  Or maybe I will do a collage of them.

My only Black Friday shopping yesterday was to go to Hobby Lobby for the batting and a marking pen that I needed.  The craft store was not at all busy.  I do not like the craziness of the crowds on the day after our Thanksgiving.  For those of you reading this that lives elsewhere in the world, it is a tradition for stores to have big sales the day after Thanksgiving to kick off the Christmas shopping season.  It is called Black Friday.  So the stores, instead of being in the red in sales numbers, they are in the black or to the money making side of the scale.

Happy Holidays!    

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


You asked to see the sewing room after the clean up, so here goes.
This is as good as I could get the plaid fabrics area.  I took the larger pieces meant for quilt backs off the shelving unit on the left and moved them to the closet shelf.  I put overflows of plaids into plastic crates, turned them on their side and used three shelves of the unit for that.  The plaids in the cubicles got refolded and sorted better by color.  I still have some fabric meant for certain projects in three crates stacked on the floor.  But I can at least walk safely in that area.  The bottom shelf of the unit on the left side of the pictures has two scrap baskets.  One for plaids and the other assorted pieces.
I moved the jar and a tin of perle cottons balls to two high shelves in the cubicles.  The extra cutting board, pressing pad, newsprint and tracing paper for drawing are in the same location as they were previously.
These shelves are now neater looking.  I culled out some fabric pieces I don't think I will be using and they will be going to the church thrift store.
The sewing machine cabinet is fairly empty on top.  Rulers organized underneath and some I will never use going to the thrift store.  You can see that I keep a folding tray with a press pad to the right of the sewing machine.  That way, I can swivel on the office chair and press without getting up.  I do my cutting on a small table that you can see a quilt laying on right now.  I adjusted to using the rotary cutter and ruler sitting down quite some time ago when my back pain started giving me fits.
I wanted you to see that you can see the floor around the sewing machine area.  I took fabric out of crates that were sitting there and worked them onto the shelves.  I put away projects that were waiting for attention and found a home for them.  I hope they see the light of day some time in the future.
The book and pattern area was not a total disaster to start with.  I have removed a few books and patterns for donation.  I sorted all of Cheri Payne's patterns into a basket that is sitting to the right side of the bookcase.  There just was not room on the shelf for them.  I keep an office chair in front of the bookcase so that I can sit in comfort and look through books at leisure.

My sewing room will never be one that you will see in a magazine with wonderful vignettes of quilts and prim style items on display.  I just have too much in that room for that.  I keep thinking I could do that if I used up a bunch of fabric but you know how that goes.  It multiplies when we aren't looking.


Saturday, November 5, 2011


A finish to share with you.  I hand quilted this smaller size quilt and am happy with the results.  It will be a gift.  I am going to let the recipient decide if they want the crinkle look or more flat look.  Myself, I would wash the quilt as I like the little pucker crinkles that result.  Somone else may not.

I am now hand quilting another of the small quilts which you I showed on a recent post.  I have four of the nine blocks quilted.
I did the four blocks yesterday evening so I don't think it will take long to do the remaining five.

I received an elegent little sewing kit from a friend who has a talent for crazy quilting, silk ribbon embroidery, etc.  Here is the front of the kit.

The inside is shown in the following picture.

And the back.  I like the tiny little medallion she put on the back.  A delightful surprise.  I took the pictures on the tile floor so those are the grout lines you are seeing.

I finally was able to make the trip to spend a Saturday with The Sew 'n Sews, my sewing friends who live a distance away from me.  I took three pictures of some quilts that were shared.  I should have taken some more as our hostess showed some that I forgot to take pictures of.  Another time and I will do that.
Beverly completed the Bunny Hill free block of the month.  She is going to give the quilt to a young friend of hers that collects squirrel items.  Beverly  does such nice applique and this quilt is no exception.

Not the best picture but I did want to share with you that several of the stitcheries are blocks that I made.  The patterns are from "Nice People, Nice Things".  I got tired of the project and stopped the embroidery.  My friend Jean took over the project and completed the embroidery and set the blocks into a quilt.  If I have a project that lingers too long and I lose interest, Jean is willing to take over the parts and create something from it.  This is not all the blocks from the pattern set but all that I had traced before giving away the pattern set.
This last quilt is all done in wool applique.  I forget the pattern name but it came from McCall's Quilting magazine several years ago.  It was published in several parts.  A beauty of a quilt.  I have to share with you that I started one from the same pattern.  It was my first experience with wool.  I did the center block and did not like the results at all.  It was too puffy, puckering, and too busy looking.  I donated the rest of the parts I had ready to a charity thrift store and decided that wool applique was not for me.  Well, the story goes that wool applique and me now get along and I have done several projects that I have used wool on.  I don't know why my first attempt was not successful.  I now enjoy the process very much.  I do not have the pattern any longer but if I were to start again, I would leave a bit off the center block to make it less busy looking than mine was.  And use different thread than I did then.  I was using a wool floss and I think that it caused some of my problems with the look I was getting.  Rosy's version shown above turned out beautiful!

The ninth free block from Scrap, Quilt, Stitch is available now.  The blog is in French but you can get the gist of things just by looking or by using Google translation.  It is available here.  And there is a free quilt in the works on a blog written in Spanish here.  It is not necessarily one each month but as the parts are available.  Take a look and see if it interests you.  The blogs are also listed on my side bar if you want to refer back to them later on.
That is all I have to share with you today.  Take time to sew this evening!

Sunday, October 30, 2011


I have been busy, busy stitching.  I want to share with you a picture of "12 Days of Christmas".  It is about ready   for quilting.  The pattern shows some rail fence blocks appliqued down in the lower left corner.  I am thinking about whether I want to add them or leave it blank.  For a refresher, in case you have forgotten, the pattern is by Cheri of Wednesday's Quilts.

Next, I have completed two smaller size wall hangings.  The patterns I used are by Karen of Sew Primitive.  You can visit her blog here.  You can see the patterns she has for sale listed on the right hand side of the blog.  Karen has a very creative mind and has a lot of artistic talent.  Have a look when you have time.
The first one is from her "Berks County 1850" pattern.  The floral fabric in the background is from a line of fabric that Jo Morton designed.

I used the "Album Quilt 1870" pattern for the second quilt.  The album print is also a Jo Morton fabric.  The fabric is the same one Karen used in her sample quilt.  I think it is a very creative use for it.  The needlework piece the girl is holding is made using one of the squares taken from the print.  The square is placed over a cardboard circle which is glued to the background of the quilt.  The edges are loose.

Back to the sewing room.

Saturday, October 29, 2011


A small quilt top finish.  I used a block from the "Birds of a Feather" quilt book by Blackbird Designs.  I don't think I will be making the whole quilt but I did enjoy making one of the blocks.

I did hand applique on this piece.  And I used a dark brown background.  I really like the brownish reds on the dark brown.

I am stitching as fast as my fingers will co-operate and will have more to share very soon.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011


I have been working on applique projects of a smaller size.  In my last post, I showed you two red, green, and yellow applique blocks from a Lori Smith pattern called "Heritage Sampler".  I have completed a total of five applique blocks and four of the nine patch blocks to set in between those.  The quilt top is about 22 inches square.
The block in the upper left hand corner was one I almost put in the reject block basket as I did not like the way it was coming together.  I did have all green leaves and it just looked too green heavy.  I changed the red buds to a different red.  Still I did not like the look.  I left it on the design wall with the first two completed blocks.  In the morning and in fresh perspective, I decided it would work just fine.  I made the nine patch blocks this evening.  My intentions are not to add a border and bind it in one of the greens after quilting.

I finished the applique this evening on another small project from a Lori Smith pattern called "Birds in the Air".  It is from her book called "Fat Quarter Quilting -Twenty-one Terrific 16" x 20" Projects".

This little quilt top has a more folk art look whereas the first one is done with reproduction fabrics.  These bright fabrics came from my stash.  Once quilted, I think I will bind it with a darker green.

I have prepared another small applique project to work on also.  But from a Blackbird Designs pattern this time.  More on that later.

Check back with me soon.