Friday, December 14, 2018

Friday Finish Baby Quilt

I just quilted in the ditch of the blocks. Here is the backing fabric with the blue binding,  I had to hand sew the binding... I forgot to sew it onto the back first and then sew it onto the front with the sewing machine.....!  Next time I'll remember, I hope.

I love the binding fabric. It goes quite well with this little quilt.

So I'm done, and now I need an address to send it off.

Happy Weekend to you all,

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Finally a Finished Flimsy

I've been working on this baby quilt for a while now. I showed it last time. You commenters convinced me to rearrange the blocks. I did and I like this arrangement better. Thank you so much.

I like this better... it looks more organized.  Do you think it needs a border?  It's 35 X 42 now.

While I'm working on it, it seemed  like a group of Rorschach tests . What do you make of the  block below?

I think it represents flames on the planet Mars.  What do you think?
So it's only Tuesday... Hump day tomorrow. Doesn't mean a thing to me though. I'm retired.  Have a great rest of your week.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Bright Baby Quilt

Blocks are all done, and pinned into temporary placement.  I'll be looking for something I don't like about it... If you see something amiss, let me know.

Used some of my favorite prints. It didn't hurt that I found the 5" blocks already cut and hiding in my stash.  I was probably planning another Jazzy Snowball. I like to make those.  I have made one like this before (with the partial borders). Give me a minute to look up a picture .....

Here it is.... an "I Spy" made with the same "pattern" from out of my head.  I found it under Project Linus.  I don't know when I made it, but I blogged about it  July 31, 2010. Seems like a lifetime ago.

So thanks for stopping in. It's Friday tomorrow, so have a lovely weekend.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Family Thanksgiving - so much fun

We went to my sister's for Thanksgiving.  Thank you Barb and Sons. (She was packing to move on Friday.) Dinner was mostly made by Ben, her middle son (seen in the foreground, next is the youngest son Joe, the little guy is Ben's girlfriend's son, and then my sis).  The blonde in black is Kelly, Rob's new bride.

 On the bottom right my hubby showing his best side...LOL
 Barb and her 3 sons.  Ben in the back, Joe is the youngest, and in the front is Rob. He is the oldest.

 Barb and I. - I already miss her.  She's moved to Florida.  I need your address, girl..

These are some blocks I made to start a baby (1 year old) quilt.  I found the 5" wild print blocks in my stash, so they work great with 2 -  2"border strips.  I've got a bunch more made, but I'm not going to show them all so soon. I'll show some more tomorrow.

We had rain this morning, snow is falling now.

Hope you had fun this weekend.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanks and Mug Rugs

First of all,  Happy Thanksgiving. Hope all of you have a great day with family and friends. I'll be at my sister, Barbara's.  It'll the last time we will see her for a while. She moves to Florida tomorrow.

She requested 25 mug rugs made from some of my paper pieced squares.  I only got 19 finished. Here they are.

 Here's the stack - ready to go.

 6 autumn leaves.

 2 ladybugs.

 4 Drunkard's Path squares
 4 -  4 patch
Oops!  The top two apple cores are upside down. 
I hope she likes them - there are so many mistakes.

Have a  wonderful weekend.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Tiny Mug Rugs

My younger sister, Barbara, ordered some mug rugs from me!  They still need squaring up, batting and binding.  So here are the ones I've got done so far.

She wanted 25, but I made more. I hope she will pass judgment  on these.  Give me a call Barb.  (I did find a cute little turkey to make, but there is embroidery to do on them, so I didn't make any of those. Maybe you'd like to do the embroidery. I'm really not that good at it.)

Happy Friday to you all. Have a great weekend.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Finally I finished something!

The frond or palm leaf I finished a couple of weeks ago. It went together quite fast, and I'm thinking about a whole quilt of them... all green with different color backgrounds.  Sort of a color study.

Then my sister, Barbara, gave me a booklet of 24 paper pieced flower patterns.  (Drool)  They are beautiful.  I just had to make one right away.  You know me, I made every mistake you can make... some I left as is, but there was a bunch of unsewing and mild cursing and resewing. It's just par for the course for me. I used some sparkly pink to give it a wet look and I like it, so I'm going to make a few more.  They are big blocks... 

Since both of these blocks have some green in them I'm going to add them to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge tomorrow.

Have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Extendable Ear Finished

Phew!  That was a hard one.  (Pattern from Fandom In Stitches/Harry Potter)
You can't tell from the front, but there are lots of minute pieces.  I like my choice of background.  Isn't that the quintessential wallpaper in the Black family home? 

So now that the Ear is finished I'm going to paper piece a water lily  from a new booklet my Sister brought me this week.  All kinds of flowers.  It'll be fun to work with some bright colors.

And we had guests from England this week. So nice to see Stephan and Allan again.  Allan is my hubby's brother. 

We had a grand time with them. 

We might get snow tomorrow!  I'm like a kid- I like snow.

So that is the news from here.   Have  a wonderful weekend where you are.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Lots of Little Miracles

Here's a story of one of the smallest  miracles. 

So I'm working on a Harry Potter pattern, the Extendible Ear.  This is the last piece to make, and I've run out of the brown I was using for the shadow... (I should have known better.)  I have all but five pieces  done.

 Five more pieces from this little bit?

 Not going to happen. I need to find some more.

I looked amongst the stash- nothing.  I checked with the scraps that are separated by color - nothing. I dug out the potholders I was making for house warming gifts to my family - nothing.  I checked the big bin of snippets, the whole thing - nothing.  I still had two places to check.  The stand up bin next to the cutting table- way at the bottom...

These little pieces should get me through. 

I should be able to finish tomorrow.  I'll run it bye you when I do.


Friday, September 14, 2018

What plant is this?

This one grows on the south side of my house... I really don't know what it is, but the leaves  look really familiar.  I think it's some kind of  Hydrangea, but the flowers are all wrong.  They look  like downward facing bell flowers.

Do they ring a bell with you?
So it's Friday!
Have a great weekend.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Finished Hagrid's Hut

I like how this one turned out.  On this version there is a thatched roof and a weedy lawn.

All four of the most recent makes.  Next up is the fairly new pattern for the Extendible Ears.  I just happened to find my flesh colored fabrics recently. 

Hope you are having a great Monday.

Still working on the Hut

Hagrid's Hut, that is.  Not many seams left to do, but try to find some time to sew.

I know you all have the same problem.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Sewing what I want!

You know I love Harry Potter...

Well, right now I haven't got a deadline to meet, so I'm making a few more Harry Potter blocks from Fandom In Stitches.  I like making them. Lately it seems I'm having trouble picking colors. I'm making the castle right now

 Only 2 more seams to sew.  Below, see what I mean about choosing fabrics?  I like the rocks, but it seems more like  a fabric for Hagrid's cottage. I love the sky I chose, magical. With the roof color it seems kind of dark, (it is night time).  I might have to retry this pattern with other colors.  What do you think?
It isn't the easiest pattern.  Making Hagrid's cottage next. Stop by and see.

Sunday, August 19, 2018


Next I made the "Robes" pattern from Harry Potter.

(Paper piecing always brings me out of a funk.)

It's an easy pattern.

Happy Monday.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Here's the Slug Finish

As promised

I usually like to make the subject of the paper pieced pattern a richer color than the background. You can hardly see his antennae. Maybe I should make this block again... I wanted the slug to be yellow like the Banana Slug encountered by my kids when they were at Bible Camp in the 80s in the Santa Cruz  mountains in CA.
The pattern is at Fandom In Stitches or at Eat Slugs in case you want to make one.  LOL
Have a great weekend.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Guess What

This giveaway contest is finished. (8-15-18) Ann won with the answer of a "slug".  Thanks for playing.

I goofed up and forgot to have a giveaway for my 600th post.  Now I'm at 605 and I remembered...
So I'm going to award these 5 witches

 to the one who can identify this block (below) that  I'm paper piecing.

Hint: These are the only pieces, and they are individually complete.  I will sew them together and show them once someone guesses correctly.

Good Luck

Friday, August 10, 2018

Our 50th

Can you believe it... We've been married 50 years.  OMG

Love ya, Honey.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Three Flags for Sue

Here's what I've been doing these past few weeks. They aren't difficult, I just work slowly, and I had to repair some mistakes.

They will be made into quilts by Alycia  at Alycia Quilts, to celebrate Sue's life of  making quilts for Quilts of Valor.  Check it out, you have until Sept. 1. I made three for my three kids.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

On Assignment for my Sister

Bet you thought I fell in the well...LOL
Well, I'm back. 

My sis took me to lunch yesterday and we laughed like crazy - you gotta laugh about some things or you'd cry... we are old enough to know this bit of wisdom. When she got home she asked about a piece of fabric she thought she might have given to me.   I looked, Kid, but I didn't find it..  This is the closest I came, and  it is only about a fat  quarter in size.

But I thank you for giving me the reason to fondle my two boxes of multicolored fabrics - I found so many beautiful pieces that I haven't used yet. Besides fabric there was a good fabric scissors and another rotary cutter I couldn't find.  Here are some pictures.

Some  of the witches I made for Halloween cards years ago.

My special pull of fabrics for Harry Potter blocks.  I haven't made any lately, but I think I'll get back into that. There are lots of new patterns I haven't tried yet.  The 5 or 6 on the right are for Hagrid's Hut, and the yellow dotted ones in the center are saved for Butter beer. The rest just look magical to me.  So happy to have found these.

Above and below are fabrics purchased for clothing, as yet not used.

Another piece for a blouse (now that is an old fashioned word) or top. Fairies and butterflies!
Below my favorite pin cushion that never had a pin in it.

So I'm hoping this cures my quilter's block. I found lots of fabric that needs using, and it sure cheered me right up. 

Love to you all and especially you, Barb.  (I think you just tricked me into fondling all that fabric. Thank you again.)