Thursday, October 23, 2014


I wrote about receiving this bundle of "Miss Kate" and the backing yardage back about 2 weeks ago.  This was an unexpected gift and I couldn't wait to cut into it.  I threw all the fabric in the wash immediately and started planning where to go with it.  I KNEW I'd use a Schnibbles pattern...that was a given since Carrie Nelson herself had gifted me the fabric.  I went with "Lincoln" and all I changed up was adding 1 extra row to make it a little longer.  Anyone that knows me knows I'm not a fan of square quilts  :)                                  By the time the weekend was over I had all the star blocks made.  Over the next week I made all the rail fence units and got the center of the quilt finished.
And then it sat............  Moving day came and went, baby shower day came and went, then I had to clean....seriously, I need a cleaning lady :)
BUT, yesterday I decided it was time to get it off the design wall and ready for the quilting.
I cut all the piano key borders and attached them to the white skinny borders.....

And, voile  by 8:00 last night I had the quilt finished and the backing made.  
I'll be taking this beauty out to post office today for it's trip to NY.

I'll post a better picture when it comes back from the quilter and when the sun comes out...if it ever comes back out.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Few Finishes

     I have a few finishes to show here today too.....

     Harvey is finished. quilted and bound.  He's ready for "The Parade"

I love how my quilter Sarah did the loop design on him.  I can't wait to see all the other versions of Harvey.

Once this was done I was out of binding so I picked up an old embroidery project called "Hocuspocusville" and worked on that.  I started this block while I was on my cruise back in June so now it's finished and I have started on the next block.  It needs to be pressed but you get the picture....

Then I saw that "Little Quilts" was running a BOM called "Women of the Bible" which intrigued me. They put out the first 2 blocks last week and then 2 more will be out on the 28th.  
I pulled out some of my hoarded Fig Tree fabrics and decided to go with the red, green and blue color way using the Fig Tree neutrals as the background.  Here's some of the fabrics i'm using..

Here are the first 2 blocks.......

The Week in Review

     Today was the first morning in WEEKS that I didn't have to get up at the crack of dawn to either let a painter in or run somewhere so I thought I'd post a few pictures of what's been going on real quick then it's time to get cracking on sewing.

     My youngest painted a pumpkin for her office to be judged for creativity....
I think she did a great job!

     Then we had our son move to his new apartment.
We have a 900 sq ft apartment over our garage that he's ben living in for about 4 years but his job is over an hours drive and then he's going to school 2 nights a week another 30 minutes from work, he decided that he needed to move closer so he got a truck from a friend and off he went on Saturday with a little help from the friend, BIL, dad and I.....
Sunday we had a baby shower for my oldest daughter, and that was a HUGE success.

She got beautiful gifts, her sister and cousin had the hall decorated beautifully and the food was good.

The hall overlooked the water and Sunday was a beautiful day so SUCCESS!!!

This is a picture of my girls after the gifts were opened.........

Only about 3-1/2 weeks till Baby will be here.  I can't wait!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Grand Illusion

     Bonnie Hunter's new Quiltville Mystery for 2014 is called "Grand Illusion".  She got her inspiration for the colors from her trip earlier this year to the Grand Hotel on Macinac Island in Michigan......someplace I've always wanted to go since I saw the movie "Somewhere in Time" with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.


I do love the colors she picked so here are just a few of the fabrics I'm using.  I did a little shopping this morning at Mouse Creek Quilts where they'd done some bolt pulling yesterday for their customers who are doing the mystery.  The only hard part I had was finding a yellow that pleased me.  I did buy 2, one darker than the other and a solid and the lighter one is a muted dot.  I think in the end, the darker yellow will be the one I use but I liked the other one too so I'll have that for my stash :)   I'll pull my neutrals and blacks this week and then it's just a waiting game for the clues......

Saturday, October 11, 2014


     I wish I could have seen my face when my husband brought me a USPS box from Carrie at Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.  In truth, I'd seen a shipping notice the other day that made me curious but with so much work going on in the house, I'd totally put it out of my mind.  Then THE box came.
How sweet was Carrie to send me this box of goodies?  A fat eighth bundle of Miss Kate, yardage for the backing, pins, mini charms, a seam ripper and awl!!!  I've wanted Miss Kate for a while but since I'd never done anything with my last bundle of April Showers, I put off buying some.

I immediately broke into the bundle and took the reds and blues down to the washing machine and started drooling over the others while the others washed.

I grabbed my binder of individual Schnibbles patterns and the pulled out my 2 Schnibbles books and got to pouring over patterns to decide what I'll use the bundle with  :)

These 4 patterns are the front runners..........

     I like each pattern for a different reason.  McGuffey reminds me of a Bento Box, Open Season has my geese, Plan C is stars and then we have Lincoln.  Of course Lincoln is done up in Bonnie & Camille's fabrics in Carrie's book so it caught my eye immediately.    I'm also a huge presidential fan so when I saw Lincoln...well, it just grabbed me.

     In the end, Lincoln won out.  I'm planning on starting the cutting process tonight!

     I'm in awe of Carrie's generosity and friendship!!!!  Thank you Carrie!

Little Letters

This early morning post is brought to you by the letters "I" and "J"............

An here they are with the others............

Friday, October 10, 2014

Just Doing a Little Sewing

I'm not doing any major sewing today, just working on some monthly things I have on my Big 3 list.I make a list at the beginning of the month with at least 3 things that I need to finish before months end.  I had "Harvey" on the top of the list but won't check it off until it's quilted and bound.  I posted a picture of that earlier in the week.  Today I caught up with my "Red Letter Day" project, that was
just 1 block but I did 3.  I figured if I was cutting 1 I might as well cut 3.  I have 5 more to go.

Next on the list was 8  X & + blocks.  I did 8 for me and 8 for my friend Jean.  We'll swap them out later in the month.

I need to catch up with this week's Alphabet Blocks with Temecula Quilt Co and 1 Moda Designer block and my list is completed.  Not too bad for it only being the 10th of the month!
I'll do more sewing today but first I think the teapot is calling my name.....

Thursday, October 9, 2014

"Round & Round"

     Back in November 2013 I started a "Round & Round" quilt which was one of the trends at the time.  I think when Bonnie & Camille put out new patterns there is always one that sticks out and has everyone talking.  "Round & Round" was it at the time.

You can see my post of my fabric and pattern there.

     It's not that I didn't like Bonnie's fabrics but I was determined to do another red and white quilt and had so much yardage of a red on white pin dot that I NEEDED to use and some great reds so a red and white Round & Round it is!

     I'd sent it to a quilter who I'd worked with before without asking if she did Baptist Fans so when she suggested another quilter for the job she sent it to her.  I got it back a little after New Year's and then it sat and sat and sat.  About a week ago I just put the binding on and got it tacked down.
I washed and dried it this morning and it came out with the "perfect crinkly" feel.

     Here's a few pictures of the finished top......

I now officially have no hand binding to do at night while I watch TV so before I do too much more today I need to get the binding on the last 2 quilts I received back recently from my girl Sarah.

OH....and did you see this?  

This will be my 3rd mystery with Bonnie Hunter!  I know she's done a few more but I'd never jumped on the bandwagon until 2012.  I'm excited that she put the mystery colors up on her blog this morning before she left for her trip to San Diego.  I may need a little yellow but the remainder of the fabrics will come from my extra large stash bins!!!!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

"Harvey" is a finish

     This was such a fun project to work on.  At first I was a little leery that I wouldn't like this project because I'm not really a "basket" block type of sewer, but as the half square triangles started going together and I started adding the big background pieces,  I really started to like it a lot, and guess what?  After the cutting of the fabric, this quilt went together in about 5-6 hours over 2 days.

     Harvey is now winging his way to my favorite quilter so I can have it back and bound (hopefully) before the AYOS Parade.

     Here are a few pictures of the project.....
Background Fabric

Without the borders

Backing Fabric


Friday, October 3, 2014

"Little Letters"

I'm caught up again this week on these little cuties........

I look forward to Wednesday and Sunday when Temecula Quilt Co. posts the directions for these little blocks.

I was looking around online this week at a few of my favorite quilt shops too and came across this panel.  I think it will be perfect for the back of these blocks once I assemble them!!!

I can add some polka dot borders and it will be perfect!!!

I should do some numbers too, and maybe a star or two.....The possibilities are endless.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Whit & Harvey

     I did blog last week about "Whit" which is a Schnibbles pattern by Miss Rosie's quilt co so I won't go into the whole project again but since today is the "Another Year of Schnibbles" parade, I thought I'd just post a picture of my "Whit" finished and show you the next project.

     This pattern came with a couple of different layouts but since I'd done a few pinwheel projects recently I decided to go with the rows of geese, and I'm thrilled that I did since it really looks awesome as far as I'm concerned!

     The new project for the AYOS is called "Harvey".
Our hostesses Sherri and Sinta gave us a heads up for October as to which project was next because this quilt is a bit larger than what we have been doing lately.
"Harvey" is a large, 72 x 72 quilt.
Miss Rosie made her quilt using an assortment of white background prints and a black chambray from Lecien.  

I had this black/grey swirl fabric called "Essentials" by Wilmington Prints which has a nice heavy feel and then I scoured through my HUGE collection of low volume prints to get the basket made.....

I have a busy October coming up with a baby shower for my daughter and my son moving out of our house, so I decided to get a jump on mine yesterday.

I have all of my black parts cut and ready for assembly along with the 36 print/print and 64 print/black HST's.


I am also one of those quilters that make my half square triangles larger than needed and trim them to size afterward.  I find that works for me.

Here is a picture of the little pile of trimmings....
They'res not a lot and well worth it to get a nice exact block size.

I'll be back hopefully by the end of the week with a finished picture of the top so I can get it out to the quilter over the weekend.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Some X and Plus Blocks

As is normal, every morning while I am boiling my tea water and getting my breakfast ready, I turn on my computer and read a few of my favorite blogs.

I've been following along recently with Krista Stitched on her X & Plus quilt that she's doing with another blogger named Elizabeth.  I don't know either of these girls but they are doing the quilt as a "friendship" type thing and it got me to thinking that I wanted to make a quilt like theirs and cut strictly from my scrap basket.  God knows I could make quite a few quilts from the scrap bin!

This is a portion of Krista's quilt.  She's not done yet but isn't it something??????  I LOVE it!!!

I followed the link from her blog to the pattern and decided after dinner to get to making a sample block to see if I even wanted to do it.
This is my first block............I think I'm hooked!!!

I woke up this morning "thinking" about these blocks.  I wasn't even dressed when I came into my room and started putting pieces up on the design wall for 3 more.  Here's my first 4 side by side.

      I think I'll make 4 a week or 4 a month until I get a nice size top.  If there's anyone out there that wants to do a swap of some blocks drop me a line.....


This is my scrappy Trip Around the World quilt.  It isn't a huge quilt, really just a nice size for throwing over your legs or for a little girl.             I used some Bonnie & Camille flannel from my stash and if you look at the picture of it rolled up, you can see the dot binding........that was left over from another project I did early in the summer.  

This quilt I got back from my quilter Sarah about a week ago.  This is a Great Granny quilt using Lori  Holt's pattern and fabrics.  I used the leftover fabric to make the scrappy binding and then this morning I washed and dried it.  It came out of the dryer so nice and crinkly...Made me want to crawl right under it!!!

Friday, September 26, 2014

My Week

     Well, my week was not much different from last week.....sleeping, coughing and hanging around A  LOT!    This was week 2 of the flu and I'm happy to report that I'm feeling about 90% better, thank God!   There's nothing worse than wanting to do something, anything, and just not being able to.

     After some breakfast today I decided to clean my clothes closet out and now have a nice size bag of Goodwill clothes.  Then I came into my sewing room and organized all my fabric.
Now, this may not look neat to some but I now have fabric all color coded in bins, kits organized into holiday, baby, etc.

In the process of sorting piles and piles of fabric, I came across this Alexander Henry "sewing themed" yardage so I recovered my ironing board.

I love how it looks!

I tend to make quite a mess of my cover so I usually recover it 2-3 times a year.  I'm hoping I'm a little neater and can keep this one on for a while.

Since I haven't gotten a lot done, it's easy to recap....quited and bound my "Whit" quilt and also cut some scraps and made a few churn dash blocks.  No project set for them, they're just my favorite block and felt like making a few.  

     Since it's a gorgeous day here in NJ, I'm going to now sit and work on a few small projects with windows open and the sounds of my neighborhood coming in the windows....


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday Wrap Up

     I've been sick all week with flu like symptoms so there wasn't much going on in the old sewing room.

     I finished my SWOON quilt back in January or February and immediately had it quilted by my new friend and quilter Sarah in NY.  Well, that particular quilt came home with 3-4 others so it was at the bottom of the pile and it proceeded to be the quilt that all others were popped on top of.  I finally made it to the bottom of the pile and decided once and for all to get it bound and in the finished pile.

    I also did my 2 "Little Letters" from Temecula Quilt Co.  This week the letters were C & D, and I swear, with cutting and sewing, they took a whole 10 minutes tops!  I love how they are looking so I'm predicting a super cute quilt when I have all the letters!

   The only other thing I accomplished was taking this strip of apples that I did as a sew long with Lori Holt's blog back about 18-19 months ago, and added a border around them.  I was thinking I'd do the entire sew along except that I don't have a place in my house for this type of quilt so I will make the apples into a table runner for my daughter's coffee bar in her kitchen.

I'm not expecting to get much done today since we're taking our youngest daughter to Newark Airport for her London vacation.  She's got a fun itinerary of all the things she has to see and photograph.  She's going off by herself on this adventure which is BIG in my mind.  I would never do this alone....but then, I raised some independent children who know what they want and will do it alone if they have to~   Happy Travels Sarah!