Friday, September 23, 2011

Finished Or Not

Isn't this little guy cute?  He followed my daughter home from England in June.  He's intended to be a cell phone charm but we both agreed he's too fragile for that so I like to hang him from the side of my sewing machine.  Maybe I'll start a new trend.
As promised this is the Christmas quilt I made using the Twisted Sisters template and pattern.  It's sewn together using partial seams.  The fabric is mainly from the Countdown to Christmas line and it's leftovers from a prior quilt.  My motivation was the small amount of leftover green paisley that makes up the center square of the spoke.  I can't decide if it needs a border.  Any ideas?
I also signed up for the Designer Block of the Month at The Fat Quarter Shop using the Strawberry Fields line by Joanna Figueroa early this year.  It was a real splurge for me as I'm on the thrifty side!  The fabric is so beautiful.  I love it.
This is block 4 that came last week.  I like to take it out of the package and just keep it nearby for a few days until I cut into it.  Have I said I love it?!
Here's block 1,
and block 2,
and block 3.
The directions are so clear and the fabric cuts so generous,  I think you could make two blocks every month with what you receive in each packet. Have a nice weekend and see you soon!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Being Koi

Hey everyone!  It's certainly been awhile.  Remember me?  If there was an award for procrastination, I would win, or at least be nominated.  Thank you for the occasional email asking if I was alright!  And no, I have not given up blogging!  I have no good solid excuses for my hiatus.
I see that Blogger has an updated interface that I will try but first wanted to get a post up before I confuse myself any more than I already am.
I think I'll work backwards with my updates,
I sewed a few pillowcases to donate to my LQS who will donate to ConKerr.
And did the Strip Club at same LQS.  The club meets once a month with the fabric choices revealed but the pattern a mystery.  All we know is the pattern comes from Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts book.  The fabric used was Sophie with just a bit of Just Wing It for the star points.  This is not mine, but the shop's sample. 
And I tried something new!  I can't remember when I bought the Twisted Sisters booklet but thought it was time to try it.
It comes with a template but once you get the hang of sewing it together it is a lot of fun.  Ami Simms even has a tutorial on her website which is very helpful.  Here's my first block made from my scrap basket.
I had to take it apart so many times to get the outer edges right.  More pictures tomorrow of my Christmas version.
That's it for today.  Thank you for your patience.  I'm glad you've come for a visit.  And welcome back to those of you who have stuck with me!  I think I'm back on track.

Monday, July 4, 2011

July Fourth

A Happy 4th of July everyone!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Finishing Up: Blockapalooza

I've been trying to squeeze in some sewing the past several days.  Here are the last two quilt blocks I made following along with the Blockapalooza sponsored by Quilt Dad,
And after agonizing needlessly over various fabric combinations from my stash and being so pround that I did not break down and buy fabric for the borders, here's the finished top,
For the sashing I used a relatively new addition to my stash, a pretty beige stripe and then repeated a pink from the quilt proper for the cornerstones.  The borders are a Jenny Beyer believe it or not.  I was never a big fan of her fabric,  I always associate them with dark geometrics, but this pastel lilac seemed to be just the trick.  I did not have enough of any of the other fabrics.  All in all, considering I wasn't a fan of the collection I used, I am happy with the results.   You can check out the others' at
I was playing around with some leftover fabric and ended up making another block substitution, here's that block,
The color's off a bit as I forgot the flash, :(

Moda Bake Shop started having a monthly contest.  The March contest involved making one of the recipes posted that uses charm squares.  I just finished my entry a few days ago and will post photos next time.  I'm off for a caffeine fix, a new med I started gives me the worst headaches.
Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Friday, March 11, 2011


I am so behind with posting my blocks for the Blockapalooza sew along.  I've been getting the blocks finished just have not been able to take the pictures.  And then I had a totally unexpected visit from my 18 year old niece this week.  So without further ado, here's cringe Block 10 designed  by new author Amy's Creative Side,
Block 11 was designed by the team at Fat Quarterly, I love the way this one looks,
Block 12 was designed by Sugar Stitches.
Here's Block 13 from Camp Follower Bags and Quilts which I ended up changing the center as I knew I would not have been happy with the original design.  It had a nine-patch in the center with an additional strip around it to bring the segment up to 4.5 inches.
And bringing me up-to-date, Block 14 from I'm Just a Guy Who Quilts, I love the size of the large geese!  And it was such an easy block to make.
Be sure to head over to Flickr to see the other participants' blocks.
I've also been working on a new project that I can't reveal yet and oh the problems I've had.  First time working with Layer Cakes {you will notice I did not say first time buying layer cakes!} and I've gotta start reading labels. 
Apparently layer cakes are not as accurately cut as charm packs?  More about my problems next time.  I am so excited, my daughter comes home tomorrow for her term break!!!  I'd say posting might be light but that has been the norm recently. 
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ready Set Sew

Let's see:  I finished the blue and yellow bento box blocks and now need to sew that together, I just love the way it turned out.  I did not run out of the fabrics just got sick of making blocks and I think it's large enough.
I have this thing where I usually sneak in some fabric with a cat on it in whatever quilt I make and it took some serious looking to come up with some that went, I don't like it to be obvious.  Sometimes I do Christmas fabric instead.
Then it was onto Blue Nickel Studios for Block-a-palooza number nine.  I had my fingers crossed it didn't involve applique.  I love what Scott came up with!  {And I also love the way he numbers his posts, wish I'd thought of that!  Sometimes I waste so much time trying to come up with a title}  He says the middle are flying geese but they are really flying goslings! so small, 
 Can you tell I loved every step?!  First time using the light green.  This Romanza line I am using is very odd.  The pinks are such different shades if it weren't for the salvedge I'd swear they were unrelated.
  Here are all the blocks, I think that purple one might need some un-sewing and re-doing at some time.  I started using a Value Finder tool.  It's a red-tinted clear window that you look through just to see the value of the fabric.  It was included in a Block-of-the-month that I bought from Joann's (!) when I was a beginning quilter.  They used to give a little notion something along with the precut fabric in the kit {whatever was I thinking?}  Anyway, it works,  I need to get a blue one that is used when looking at pinks, reds.
Thanks for looking, now it's back to the bento box. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

I Had To Share

Have you ever received one of those emails that you just had to share? I apologize if this is old material that you've already seen,  I got it from a friend recently{thanks, Emily!} and had to pass it along to you my audience my online girlfriends.  I poked around a little and the best I can determine is that National Girlfriend's Day is August 1.    Regardless, I post this for its sheer LOL quality and appreciation for all the people who read my blog.  Plus the fact I have a mighty big birthday coming up this year and am starting to feel like the woman in the picture!

National  Girlfriends Day 
I am  only as strong as the coffee I drink, the  hairspray I use, and  the friends I have. 
To the cool women
 who  have touched my life.    Here's to you!

It is good to be a woman:  
  1.  We got off the Titanic first.  
  2.  We can  scare male bosses with mysterious  gynecological disorder excuses.  
  3.  Taxis  stop for us.  
  4.  We don't look like a frog in  a blender when dancing.  
  5.  No fashion faux pas we make could ever rival the Speedo.  
  6.   We don 't have to pass gas to amuse ourselves.   
  7.  If we forget to shave, no one has to know.
  8.  We can congratulate our teammate  without ever touching her rear end.  

  9.  We  never have to reach down every so often to make  sure our privates are still there. 
10.  We  have the ability to dress ourselves. 
11.  We can talk to the opposite sex without  having to picture them naked. 
12.   If  we marry someone 20 years younger, we are aware  that we will look like an idiot. 
13.   We will  never regret piercing our ears. 
14.  There  are times when chocolate really can solve all  your problems. 
15.  We can make comments about how silly men are in their presence  because they aren't listening 

I am off to sew, talk to you later! 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Never A Bride

Happy Saturday afternoon!  I do believe spring has arrived here in Florida!  We have so few days where the weather is mild and the humidity is low.  Today is one of them.
All you people in still cold and snowy climes, don't hate me!  Come June, it isn't so great living here.  Ugh. I should fill you in on my jury duty and then we can never mention it again.  I was 1 of 326 potential jurors on Valentine's Day.  Every hour or so, they'd put our names into a random number generator and choose 30.   The non-chosen got to stay in the jury assembly room and listen to a local T.V. station drone on and on loudly.  Double ugh.  [Side note:  I do not watch T.V., don't even own one]  I brought plenty to read, as was suggested beforehand, but could never concentrate over the noise!  Nine hours I and 11 others waited to be called.  Finally at 5:00 we were dismissed.  Onto much more pleasant things, here's my Block 7 of the Block-a-palooza designed by House of a la Mode,
I changed the original arrangement of the four patches more to my liking.  I didn't get to Block 8 until yesterday, and it was the dreaded "a" word!  Applique!  Isn't that against the rules of the quilt along?  haha.  It is against  my rules, I rarely do applique, machine or by hand, so here's my renegade block.  I tried to keep with the gist of flying geese and nine-patches that the other blocks have so far,
And this did not look so much like a swastika before I sewed it together.  I am hoping once it gets sewn into the quilt you will hardly notice!!  You can see the original at Moda Home Mom.
I'll end with a picture of my amaryllis that bloomed on Valentine's Day.  This is the first time I've saved a bulb and got it to re-bloom.  Good timing wouldn't you say?
Talk to you later, giveaway scheduled in the near future!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

On The Design Wall

A little behind here!  I have been keeping up with the Block-A-Palooza Quilt Along just been too preoccupied with another project, more about that later, but first, Block 5 designed by Miss Print.  I love the block and the way it turned out!
The green is from my stash, the others from the Romanza line.
And this is Block 6 from Happy Zombie, love this design too!  Used all Romanza fabric, which I am getting worried about running out before the end.  I have the most of the pale yellow background so I am doing my best to use that wherever possible.  I will not be playing along tomorrow with Block 7 as I was summoned for the dreaded jury duty!  I shouldn't complain:  this is the very first time I have been called and no matter where I have lived I have always registered to vote.  If you can believe this, my daughter was called about one week before she left for college her freshman year!  The judge very kindly excused her, but what a start.
One of my quilting New Year's resolutions besides making a dent in getting my growing pile of quilt tops quilted (resolution #1) was to start making some of the quilt kits (resolution #2) I have collected over the years.  And I have a lot.  I have a history of being a real sucker for those Objects of Desire!   ~ I've started with a kit that somehow became separated from its instructions, here's the fabric along with some from my stash (resolution No. 3:  use stash rather than buy).
So sans any guidance, I started on a Bento Box design, the pictures really don't do it justice,

When I did a doll quilt swap a few years ago, my partner sent several blue/yellow charm squares that I've been able to put in the quilt.  Each Bento Box block (try saying that three times fast!) measures 8 inches finished.  I've been somewhat obsessed with working on it for the past few days, here's my progress so far,
It really reads more blendy in person, exactly what I was trying to achieve.  I hope to get another couple rows done before running out of fabric.
Talk to you later ~

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Gingham Pinwheels Block

Checking in with the latest Block-a-palooza, Block four, this one designed by Cherry House Quilts.  As I mentioned earlier I'm using the Romanza line, and feeling ambivalent about it!  I'm spending way too much time agonizing over what fabrics to choose for each block.  I have to work on that. 
Be sure to check out the other blocks in the quilt-along on Flickr
Talk to you later.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


It's been a while so I'll attempt to update on what I've been up to which doesn't involve sewing :(. Right before my daughter arrived from England for the holidays I developed problems with my right elbow so I spent all of December and 2 weeks of last month going to physical therapy.  Diagnosis was Tennis Elbow not that I've played tennis any nor done anything repetitive to deserve the ailment. This quilt top was left stranded on my design wall since the end of November.  I finally finished it up a few days ago.  I made it from the leftovers from a Moda Scrap Bag (and charm pack) I worked on earlier.

Here's the fabric I am using for the Blockapalooza.  Oh, it took me quite a while to decide what to use.  I was just dying to buy the Sunkissed line that the designers of the blocks are using.  Most of the fat quarters are from the Romanza  line from In The Beginning (2004).  I guess my tastes have changed as for the life of me I cannot fathom why I bought them!

Here's the first block from Quilt Dad,

The second block was designed by Oh,Fransson!.  I wasn't nuts about it so I decided to re-vamp things and came up with another design.  That whole trimming -the-blocks-to-make-it-fit just didn't work for me.  I think what I came up with goes with the others so far,
And finishing up with Block 3,
You can see other participants' pictures at Flickr.  Talk to you not too much later!