Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy NY

Happy New Year to all my blogging friends. Hope you all have a great time tonight. We are going to the movies... Passengers. I thought we should see an adult movie this time.
Working on my Granddaughter's Wedding Quilt again. I think the event is in May... I'll show some pictures soon.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


OMG!  I am so glad to get this Tom to show up, finally!  You don't know the computer hassles it took to get this bird here. I'm going to say he's on his side because he's resting up for thanksgiving... just turn your head to the left. (He is part of a bird quilt I made a few years before I blogged, and I had to ask my daughter in law to take the pictures because I didn't even have them on this computer.) I'll show those pictures another time. For now, I'm going to share this on Val's blog - subject for today is Turkeys - see the side bar.

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Paper Piecing Again

Working on a table topper for a fellow Harry Potter fan. It'll be 5 Mimbulus Mimbletonias.

The red flowers with the green - it's going to look quite Christmassy.

Thank you to all the Veterans for their service... This is a holiday we should be celebrating every day.

Have a lovely sewing weekend.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Some Halloween Pictures and some quilt blocks

The candy is in the back (left) of this picture in a large plant pot.

 Kids took a plant if they wanted one. We had lots of different ones this year, but the most popular were the Pearl Plants made up by my friend, Paulette White.

 I had my new Hedwig (owl) from my sister, Barbara Zeidl hanging up and the Spell Book that howls and laughs and vibrates on the table where the kids could touch  it. More plants and some free seeds on the table, too.

 Lots of lighting this year, and webbing done by the Hubster = Harry Potter.


 Some pictures that turn into ghouls as you walk by (from the $1 store)...

and a tiny Hogwarts banner that I paper pieced.

 Here's the banner, a pumpkin and the mandrake I finished today... you can't see his beady little black eyes.  He was fun to make.
So that's it for Halloween this year. Now to start some more plants for next year.
Hope you all had as much fun as I did.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

This year's crop of little plants for Halloween

This is my dining room table until tomorrow night.  We gathered them there from around the house.  These plants will be going to Trick or Treaters. In the front right a couple of Begonias...

3 African Violets and some evergreen bush from my yard

Hen & Chicks and Hoyas

An Avocado tree started from a pit

A whole bunch of Pearl Plants from my friend Paulette - Thanks Paulette!

Some Christmas Cactus, Wandering Jew, and a couple plants I can't identify.  There are also little blue Orchids.... didn't get into the pictures.

So we are almost ready... Making seed packets tonight. I've got some rhubarb seeds this year! Come on over, follow the spiders to our garage and pick out a plant. Don't forget the candy!

Happy Halloween

Friday, October 21, 2016

Little Houses this week

Six roofs in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge colors...

And these 11 roofed with other colored scraps... Still have scraps!

I like the pink ones best. 

Have a wonderful weekend.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Nine More Little Houses

Five have Rainbow Scrap Challenge  roofs.

And I made some pink and a purple roof, too.
I'm linking up to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.
Hope your weekend is going great.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Found Some

I started one of the little houses without enough of that particular blue print for sky...

 That piece on the right will do one side of the piece, but not the other... I had to look through all my snippets (tiny scraps). I'm lucky - I found some....

Probably enough for the sky on six more blocks! 
Good way to start the weekend. Hope yours starts out this well.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Scrap Project

I was working on little houses and I ran out of background. I looked first in the light blue fabric box, but none like it.  Then I got the "brilliant" idea to check out my scraps... page down please....

This is two more unsorted grocery shopping bags full of snippets and scraps - page down please

This is what I am doing with my snippets. This represents the previous 3 shopping bags already sorted. There is a drawer for cool fabrics and one for warm colors, a small drawer for white, black, grey and browns and a small drawer for blocks already made that I'll save for a scrap quilt like the last one. Oh and here's a box of more snippets to sort - see below.

Hopefully out of the box and two bags left to sort I'll find enough of the print I already started to use on one of the houses... If not, I may just use some other blue... or I'll have to rip - NOOOOOOOOOO!
So at the present that is my Scrap Project. 
Grandson is okay in FL... He let me know via Facebook.)
Linking to Oh Scrap!
Have a lovely Sunday.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Working on Little Houses Just for Fun

You know I'm compelled to paper piece....
This week I'm working on these again.

For the Rainbow Scrap Challenge orange and yellow roofs

Those on the right are made a couple of years ago and sewn together. For the building part I'm using some fabric I used to make tops for two of my grandgirls... 17 or 18 years ago.  It's a pattern from a blog, and I always have trouble getting them to the correct size unless I'm paper piecing. So I made this simple pattern into a paper piecing pattern, and they turn out just right each time.
Now to link up to the RSC here.

Hope you are having a dry and safe weekend. My Grandson #1 lives in Jacksonville FL... he decided to stay. 


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

New Fabric

from my friend, Paulette White. She found some at a rummage sale and thought of me.... 12 yards!

The pink on the left is a scrap, but the right side is 12+ yards. What a good friend!

Thanks Paulette!


Friday, September 30, 2016

Scratched the Itch

Paper piecing calls to me... I just felt compelled to make some more butterflies. Here are the recently made.

See the one in the upper left of the picture?  It should be yellow with lighter yellow dots. Where does the camera get the idea that it's orange with yellow dots?  (The pink didn't show up very well, so I made a close up of it. See below.)

The lilac colored one has white from the backing of my granddaughter, Ashleigh's wedding quilt backing.  I think about her every time I use some of those scraps.

Anyway, I used up all the patterns I printed out, so now I'm making some paper pieced things for my Halloween diorama. I printed out the patterns for  a Mimbulus Mimbletonia, a Mandrake, and a Hogwarts Shield.  We'll see how they work out. I'll frame them.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Here with the Hubby working again a few hours everyday, we will have a regular weekend again.  When you are retired every day runs about the same. (I think we are doing yard work tomorrow... oh yay....

Friday, September 23, 2016

Rainbow Scrap Challenge Butterfly

Remember these?  Well, I found my pattern and made one in September colors.

The navy blue is my ironing board cover.  Scissors for size comparison.
Check in with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at soscrappy on Saturday Sept. 24 to see what others have made from these colors.
Have a great weekend.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

First Day of School

You know how you take the first day of school pictures...

 Here's my hubby (a great grandpa) on his first day of first grade....(LOL)

as a substitute teacher in Superior, WI.  He did sub in the 80s in CA, so he is experienced.

Just thought you'd all like to see this picture of him on a milestone day in his life.  Love you, Honey,


Friday, September 2, 2016

Been on a Vacation

We took a little vacation to see the Minnesota State Fair

 We walked and walked.... bought shirts and (below) we visited with butterflies!

(Yes, those are small blades of a double wedding ring I attached to this shirt to represent my Grandkids.) The butterflies stayed to rest there because of the warmth and quietness of this old lady, and because my hubby kept catching them and depositing them there.

 The next day we went to the Mall of America and walked too much there, too. So we decided to go for a ride to our old haunts in Minnetonka. (We lived there for a couple of years in the 90s)  Here on Minnetonka Lake we enjoyed the lovely 70 degree weather and he fed donut to the edge dwelling fish and ducks.  They put on a great show for us with all the boats going out and coming in. Really was the best part of our trip... and nearly free.

 On the way to all that we stopped at a quilt store in Rush City and I bought some fabric....Surprise!
These are the Dolly Quilts I've been making.  Found a bunch of little blocks and sewed them together. I've got a lot of blocks laying around.... you know, UFO, WIP, whatever you want to call them.
So we are back now, he's mowing the lawn and I'm doing the laundry... samo samo.
Have a wonderful long weekend.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Scrap Quilt or Quilts?

I tried to take a picture of the whole thing, but I can't do it by myself... It's only 54 X 90 but it's on 2 foam core panels and they are hard to move. Anyway I'm thinking it's an odd size so I'm going to cut it in half and border each for 2 - H2H quilts.  Here are some of the specialty pieces I found in my scrap bags and included. (BTW my  scrap bags are just as full as before - how does that happen?)
On the far right is a piece I love... don't know how I got it.
 Some leftover snowballs from grandkid birthday quilts made years ago. Green with light green is probably from Christopher's quilt, and the red with light purple (below) is probably from Rachael's.

 Above is the paper pieced bunny I made, and below a butterfly also paper pieced.

 Above is a potted plant (paper pieced from Quilt Maker Magazine, I think).  Love the little piece of love bird fabric.  Below is a star from a wall hanging I started for my daughter.
 Above:  The little tree (next to the balloon fabric) is also from the wall hanging. She decided she was hating pink at that time, so I set that project aside.  Below is a piece of Drunkard's Path.... There were so many old pieces in the 4 paper grocery bags.

See the bugs on the mid left?  I started a quilt for Project Linus years ago, and it just wasn't turning out right... lots of bulging in the center medallion. These pieces went into the scrap bag. I swear I could make 50 of these quilts. I made no lessening to the scrap bags at all, but I do have a flimsy done.... maybe 2.  Really enjoyed making this.

Got a question about ripping out stitches. What is your preferred method? I know we all hate it. I use several methods. Writing a blog about it ....

See you next time.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hexie Tip

Guess what I found under a bunch of scraps.... New fabrics I bought at Creative Quilter in West Duluth Minnesota. She was getting ready for a shop hop, and there wasn't much of either of these on the bolts, so I got mine quick. I intended to come back and do the shop hop, and I would have in the olden days when we made money. Now we live on a fixed income, so ....No Shop Hops.

 The fabric on the left is variegated! A whole yard of different colors in that feather print.

Here's the Hexie Tip I came up with last night.  I was having so much trouble holding the fabric, plastic template and the needle all at once while folding down the ends.... how did I ever do that before?  Then I thought of my clips!  Just right to hold it all folded while I tack the little bugger.  Works for me.  (I don't know what I'm making with them. I just needed a project while watching TV... otherwise I eat.  On the Slimfast diet... I've lost a few pounds, but I'm so hungry....

Have a wonderful week.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Crumb Quilt Coming Along

I've been making a mess...
As I sewed I also ironed and trimmed. (See said trimmings below.)  I could probably make a dozen of these quilts out of snippets and still have all that stash.

So here are the blocks so far. One block is leftover from a quilt I was making for my oldest son and his wife, but they didn't like it, so I donated it to my favorite quilt charity.  There is a snowball block from my grandson Christopher's quilt, and two paper pieced items (the star, and a lime green tree with a pink background) from a wall hanging I abandoned.

The blocks are all different shapes and sizes.  I really didn't think ahead to how they should go into a quilt. I've just been enjoying the process.

Hope you all are praying for out friend, Debby at Stitchin Therapy. She's been in the hospital, and as I understand, they just figured out what has her hands and feet numb... lack of Vitamin B12. Who would figure that out? Sounds like it is a slow recovery.

Anyway, have a lovely "Hump" day, and enjoy your sewing with Debby in mind.