Friday, August 18, 2017

What's in the Queue

This is something I started last weekend.

I'm participating with a group on IG that are 
making this Tone It Down 2017 

Since I always wanted to make it...
I thought I would join a group to keep me motivated.

I have five done... and as daunting as they seem...
with 97 pieces in each block... 

they are addicting!

I don't even want to chain piece. 
I like watching each one unfold; 
much like turning from caterpillar 
to butterfly!

But even though I started a new project,
I was able to finish a project!

This was made from the Lella Boutique
Do Si Doe pattern.
using the Minick and Simpson
winter fabric group.
(with an addition of a couple of other fabrics)

But I am already looking forward to making a...
a Minick and Simpson, new pattern...

On the Plus Side!

I saw this photo on Instagram...
and I had to jump at it!

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I gathered up my reds and an assortment of backgrounds
but that's where I will remain until
I get some more of the Tone It Down 2017 blocks finished.

In the mail this week I 
found a package with Sherri Falls' new
Tablerunner Bliss!
It is way too cute!
Lots of quick table runners to make...
or even change up a little to make a small wall hanging...
or even a pillow or two! 
I am super excited about this book! 
I don't really have any table runners... so it's perfect for that too!

Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

July... the Month that Came... and Went!

I was just thinking about entering in a couple of quilts
into our county fair.
It is held over Labor Day weekend.
I couldn't really think of anything I have made 
And then an idea hit me!
I could look at my blog!

Obviously, a very neglected blog.

I was discouraged to see that I haven't even made one
post for the month of July!

So, let me take care of that!

The month started off with my Uncle passing away.
He was 92 and a larger than life, happy and
 compassionate human being!
I am sure that the earth itself mourns this loss.

I made a trip to Portland for the services but also
had a little simple sight 
seeing included in the trip.

I even had a selfie with Henry Huggins!

This is the Beverly Cleary Elementary School.
She is from Portland and is 102 right now. 
The books name the streets in this neighborhood...
and the park has Bronze statues of not only Henry, but Ramona 
and Ribsy too!

And a little indulgence was needed...
I am so thrilled to have been 
able to step foot 
in this adorable quilt shop!

And I found some fabric to adopt!

That week ended too quickly.

I have been back home catching up...

including time with these gran littles!

I have been receiving my Bees Knees Quilting Bee
blocks in the mail! 
They are all looking so cute!
The pattern is from the Snapshots Quilt Along by Fat Quarter Shop.
You can find a link here.

And I caught up on a long overdue block for 
one of the Bees!

I made this fun quilt over this last week too.

The pattern is Chandelier. 
I think I'm going to make just about every
 single pattern in Vanessa's book!
It's like Simply Retro. 
Just a great project book!!!

I have also been helping still at the local quilt shop...
spending some lunch hours there from my other job.
Squeezing in time at night etc. trying to keep caught up on the 
books and ordering... all the not so fun stuff!
The owner, and my friend,
 is still in the hospital...
and this is the start
 of her 4th month and her battle continues.
Bless her heart. 

No wonder the month has slipped by...

oh, and I did find a few quilts to register for the County Fair!
I will save those for another post!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me here!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

And Summer Sewing Begins!

The time was now or never... so over the weekend I dug into my red
white and blue stash and made a couple of little 
I have been wanting to making these since last year... 
and I am so happy that I got them done!

I got them done before July too!!!

Another little project
was some place mats made from fabric panels.

I am trying to lend a hand  with some book keeping and 
ordering etc for our local quilt shop. The owner has
been in the hospital... what was suppose to be for 3 weeks has 
now been well over 2 months.

Tomorrow kicks of the Row by Row
On the Go for 2017... 
and I ordered these license plates
for the event! We also created a cute
vertical row for the RxR.

Since our town is located just before the south 
entrance to Yosemite... it seemed 
like this year's theme was perfect for us!

I also made a new summer sling bag using my
favorite pattern! I still love the old purse... especially since
the lace trim on it was hand made and purchased in Italy.
This year I simplified the purse and just used 
the fishy fabric... perfect for the lake! 

Here is my entry table... decorated for the 4th!

Happy first day of summer!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Jelly Roll Railway with the Fat Quarter Shop

Today is 
F riday
which means
F un day
and by fun... I mean
F at Quarter Shop 
kind of fun!

Today they are sharing the Jelly Roll Railway!

This is a 
F ast
which means
F un 
that you can enjoy playing
with... all you need is a couple dozen 
jelly roll strips!

I was ever so kindly
asked to play along today... 
and I thought I certainly
I gave my new group 
of low-volume fabrics
a try.

Modern Low Volume Half Yard BundleRobert Kaufman Fabrics

Fat Quarter Shop  has a few little groups of low-volume fabrics
that you might like!

I made my Jelly Roll Railway...
I actually used fat quarters and just cut twice the number of 
strip sets needed. 
An easy adjustment!
But then 
I decided I wasn't done playing.

I decided to use my Orange Peel templates from 
Fat Quarter Shop to add a few flower petals
to the quilt.

I also decided on two different background 
fabrics... just to mix it up a little! 

And there you have it!

I think that I need to dig into my holiday fabric and
make another version for a cozy Christmas quilt!

Cozy Christmas 2.5" Rolie PolieLori Holt for Riley Blake Designs

which happens to have 25 strips in the roll.
Isn't that just perfect!?!

Please go to Jolly Jabber and download the pattern on
You Tube!
 You know you always need a fun and quick 
quilt project! 

Tina from One Little Pooh
Cara from Cara Quilts
me/Sinta from Pink Pincushion
Denise from Pieced Brain
Shruti from 13 Woodhouse Road
Jacque from Lilypad Quilting
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Stephanie from Modern Sewciety
Sherri from A Quilting Life
Patty from Elm Street QuiltsTricia from Notes of Sincerity
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilt
Kristen from 3 in the Nest

but hop over and check out these blogs first!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Blue and White

This is a beautiful line of fabric 
that I love right now. 
It seems like Laura and Polly really excel in designing
 blue and cream
along with red
 and sometimes 
even a little bit of yellow 
for a nice 

(all photos by Brent Kane)

I couldn't help but buy their new book

It's a beautiful book...
the pages are filled with rooms filled
with quilts and rugs
that you will drool over!

and as relaxing as the book is to flip through...

it is filled with sweet 

Not to mention,
rooms you want to move

maybe even just for a weekend?!

I hope you look for a copy for yourself.

It's their best book yet!

These two quilts
are particular 
favorites of mine.

I think this is the best version of a log cabin quilt that
I have ever seen.

These two women have been a huge influence 
in my quilting life. 
Martingale Publishing did a wonderful job 
putting this publication together to showcase their talent! 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Sunkissed Picnic Petals!

My LAQ shared a photo of my quilt, Picnic Petals,
 that she just finished! 
Next weekend is our guild's quilt show... so this one will be entered!
I am so excited with her quilting. 
I just told her to do whatever she wanted to do.
I can't wait to get the binding on it... and a sleeve.

 I am playing with another project.

Remember last week or so, when 
I went pattern shopping... and all of them fit perfectly?!

Well, here is my start on one of the Pattern Basket's patterns!
This one is Sunkissed.

This is such a fun block for scraps and
it's completely stress free...
I like that kind of sewing!


Monday, May 8, 2017

Would You Like Some Peppermint Bark?

Good morning!

Fat Quarter Shop has a fun way to start the week! 

This is a new pattern that you can download called

The first thing that comes to mind with the name of peppermint bark is
the Christmas holidays...
but although the pattern looks great in traditional and non-traditional 
holiday fabrics... they asked a few bloggers to put their spin on the pattern!

So of course, I thought I would use soft Spring colors...
no surprise there, right?

What I really love about the pattern is the cross center...
and then the bonus of the pinwheel within the cross.

It also has at swoony looking star... so those elements combined
made for a super fun, super-sized block!

(but not too big)

I added a bicycle border to add to that 
"perfect day for a picnic" or "let's go fly a kite" look!

I think it will make a nice wall hanging or patio table table cloth!

And with all the fun new Christmas fabric starting to arrive in the stores...

I am sure to find something fun and make a larger size 
quilt for fall or next winter!

Couldn't you just see this made up in Fig Tree fabrics??? 
Be sure to take a look at the You Tube video
on the Fat Quarter Shop link and also get a copy of the 
Happy Monday! 
Enjoy the rest of the blog hop...

and I wasn't kidding...

Peppermint Bark (Williams Sonoma Copycat) |

this is the recipe I use for making Peppermint Bark!
You'll love it!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Shopping Leads to Sewing, right?

People who know me 
would find it hard to believe...

that I have been working too much...

and that
is the reason
my absence this month!

But it is true. 

Usually my work week centers around my lunch dates
and impromptu stops into the
local quilt shop.

I haven't even had much of an opportunity 
to quilt on the weekends!

But what I have done...
was to treat myself to some on-line retail therapy!

So I thought I would share some photos 
of my new patterns...

First of all... The Pattern Basket
has revealed a sweet group of new
hot-off-the-press patterns 
that were just a little bit unique and equally sweet.

and I think you will agree!

From Thimble Blossoms..,

I scooped up on Camille's spring cleaning event and got
a few patterns I have been wanting for a long time.
Norway, and Mini Red Letter day

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Turnstyle by Amy Ellis and also Octagon Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou
These have been on my wish list also.

and then there was this one...
the Tic Tac Toe Dress for my grand daughters.

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I think I can do this....

but I just need to find some of
that precious time!