Sunday, September 14, 2014


    "PURGE" has been a word I've been using a lot of since January.  It's come into play both in my sewing room and other parts of my life.  I'm purging clothes that don't fit, food we don't eat and even the garage has not been left alone.  I've been in this house a little over 20 years and I had a couple boxes that I never opened from the previous move!  

     I've been going thru sewing room cabinets, taking fabrics out and either cutting them up to use, sell them, give away or make something from them.  This week I had had enough of  kicking and moving a pop up bin in my room....enough!  I sat on Saturday morning and dumped the pile of fabric out and started to make piles.  I had some fabrics that I decided to sell (and did), some that I cut up into useable scraps, and I even took a pile of 1 and 1-1/2 yard pieces of fabric and cut them into pillowcase kits.  I had 21-1/2 yards of fabric!  
I was able to assemble 15 pillowcases from that bundle.   I used some fabrics for both the body and the leftover I used for the accent strip.  
I'm going to contact my LQS this week and see if they're collecting for the million pillowcase challenge and then bring them over to her.  The only one that won't go is the Union Jack/blue polka dot.  That one I made for my daughter and her obsession with Union Jack's.....

What amazes me about this process is that it barely made a dent in my stash!  

All in all a nice PURGE weekend......

Friday, September 12, 2014

Modern Building Blocks

     Are you doing the Moda Modern Building Blocks?  There are a lot of shops doing it in a variety of fabrics but I wanted to do mine in the original Moda Bella Solids.  I received my kit in the mail last week and I was thrilled with the fabric colors!    The finished quilt will finish up at 84 X 96 and with all the solids I am thinking I'll have to find something interesting for the back.

     The kit came in a nice box which will come in handy for holding all the fabric, the block cards and a color chart so we use the right colors for each block, and don't run out because of an "oopsie".

       I finally opened the box and took out the fabric and labeled each of the 21 pieces and decided I NEEDED to cut at least one block out yesterday.

      Block #1 is 36 X 36 and to give you some insight into the actual size of the block, here's a picture of the star points....
That star point is next to a table topper where the geese are 1-1/2 X 2 inches...that behemoth measures 9 X 18-1/2!   The corners of the star are 9-1/2 X 9-1/2....That's the size of a lot of the blocks I make for quilts!!   CRAZY huh?

I enjoyed the whole process of block #1 and I'm thinking that I'll do a block every week or so and just take my time with this project.  

Here is Block # 1 in all it's glory!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Good Afternoon Wednesday

     I just thought I'd check in with a few updates today on some small projects I've been working on this week.

     Lets start with my "A YEAR OF SCHNIBBLES" project called Whit.  I started cutting this project out last week but had a busy weekend moving our daughter to her new house so I didn't get much done on it.

Carrie Nelson the "Schnibbles" designer has you make your geese a little larger than you actually need and then trim them down so you accumulate a small pile of scraps but it's ok as far as I'm concerned since I got some nice geese.  This project will end up being a tabletopper for my new kitchen once we remodel in January.   How do you like the little pop of red?  I thought it needed something and was going to add green but I had some urging to do red and I'm glad I is more "me" than lime green.

The next project is called "Red Letter Day" and it's by Camille Roskelly.

I've had this pattern for a while....I just couldn't decide what fabric to use.  I finally decided that I'd just use the April Showers bundle I got for Mother's Day from hubby since it's Camille's pattern and her fabric.  Each of these blocks measure up to 22-1/2 inches which is huge!  I'm going to do these like I did my SWOON blocks, one a month.

The next project is called "Little Letters" and it's by Temecula Quilt Co.  

 With a new grandbaby coming in November I knew I wanted to make this one as soon as I saw it advertised.  Temecula did offer a kit but I had this black pin dot on white and this big bundle of solids that needed using so I opted to just do it from my stash.  Each letter is 4 inches and let me tell you, they work up super fast!   I would say with the cutting, sewing and pressing, maybe 30 minutes for both.  Not bad.....

They put the cutting and sewing directions on their blog on Sunday and Wednesday.  If you have a little one on the way or just want something for charity, this is a nice project.

The last update for today is this tumbler quilt project found in a fairly old SEW SCRAPPY magazine.  I just loved how it looked in the picture and I knew I had the pattern somewhere so I went in search of it and actually realized late last night that I'd taken that issue of the magazine apart and kitted up 4 projects from it, the tumbler wasn't one of them so I went online and ordered the computer version and printed off the pattern pages just for reference.

I happen to have the GO cutter in both 3 and 6 inch size as well as templates in both sizes so i'm going to keep the GO set up on a table in my sewing room and as I get a scrap strip that will work I'm going to cut some and use them as a leader/ender project.
I actually did a few passes last night to see how easy they come out and I think I'm hooked!
I'll show some progress as I go along.

OH...and an interesting fact....the designer of this quilt happens to live in New Jersey as well and if you want to see some more of her quilts, just pop over to Inspired by Antique Quilts and say hello to Kathie.   I think you will be inspired by her quilts!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Happy 26th Birthday Sarah

What can I say?  You were the cutest little baby and grew into a gorgeous young lady!!!  Look at these pictures of you from different times in your life......
Your sister's wedding last year with me and Shannon your best friend and cousin.

Here you were on a boat ride in Florida with I can only think is a sleeve of crackers?  LOL

 Here you are with Gram......
 Another boat ride with Dad, Uncle Richie, Jen and Dan.....

Dress up!  You loved dressing up....

This picture was always a favorite...You and Shannon on your first Christmas

 You and Grandpa Dave
 You and Dan, Jen and Eeyore at Disney.....
 And this is how you always were when you were that little green dress with bare feet....You loved to dance around the kitchen!

I hope you have a great 26th year!!!!

Love, MOM

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Another Year of Schnibbles- the 2014-2015 Version

     I posted my Schnibbles parade a few days ago and when I woke up this morning I found Sinta at Pink Pincushion had also posted some of the other girls pictures too so if you'd like to see what it's all about, head on over and have a peek.

     The next parade will be October 1st (or thereabouts) and the next pattern picked was "WHIT".  The pattern has 3 versions and we can pick any one of the 3 to do.  At first I was leaning towards the top pinwheels and then my eye was drawn to the dark background with the criss cross geese, and then of course the white strips of geese......
I'm still not sure which one I'll pick yet but I'll be looking thru my stash later today and making a final decision so I can get started on it!

     Sinta was also nice enough to let us know what the October project will be.  "Harvey"....and he's a biggie, that's why we get advance notice....
I LOVE Harvey and I'm thinking I'll make mine exactly like Carrie did....I'm going to look for a nice dark grey/black and pull all the "low volume" fabrics from my stash and I'll be good to go.
I'll keep you updated....

As I sign off I want to wish all the teachers out there a great first day!  Schools open in NJ today and this is my first "First Day" in 19 years that I will not be opening.....  Retirement has settled in and I'm a happy gal!    Miss all of you!!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Magazine Clean Out

     What do you do with your quilting magazines after you've gone thru them?    In the past I kept them on a book shelf by magazine.  I had all the Quick Quilts together, BH&G, Fons & Porter etc.....

     A couple of months ago I realized that there was no more room for another magazine and my room would start looking like one of those hoarders shows so I started to go thru each one and as I found a pattern I liked, I'd rip it out and put it in a plastic sleeve.

     One of those patterns happened to be from the October/November 2010 Mc Call's Quick Quilts magazine and it was called "Saddle Tramp" by Marcie Patch.  I've had the pattern on my bulletin board ever since because I've been trying to do a decent job on PURGING some fabric.

All you have to do is look at this picture and realize that you can really do a decent job of using up some fabrics.  Marcie actually calls it "A Stash Busting Rodeo".

I was thinking yesterday that I'm going to do this project over the month of September.  I can do the 26 blocks a few at a time and with the leftover fabric, I can cut the strips.  The hard part of the whole thing was picking a fabric!  After much looking around, I decided that I am going to do mine with red and blue 30's fabrics with a kona snow as the background for the stars.  

This is block #1.  I have 3 more cut out and will work on them this weekend.   I know Marcie's project is mostly in the rust, brown, tan color way, I really want to clear out my 30's bin so that's what I'm going to use.  I think it's going to look very pretty and seriously, who doesn't like a 30's quilt?

Happy Labor Day Weekend.


"Show Us Your Schnibble"

Sinta of "Pink Pincushion" is asking anyone that participated in the YEAR OF SCHNIBBLES   if you would 
show us your Schnibble
on September 1st, to help celebrate the 
new year of 
AYOS . And a Little Bit More, 
please post  all
of the small quilts you made last year!

This was my first year doing the AYOS, starting in February with Jersey Girl.

March brought "Bungalow".  I used some stash fabric called "Hoopla" and really enjoyed making this one.   Look at the backing much fun!  My daughter took this one and gave it to a friend for her first baby girl.

April brought "Morning Joe".

                  I used "Potluck" by American Jane Patterns/Sandy Klop for Moda.
I gave this quilt to a girl I worked with for her first grand baby.

             The next month was "Maker's Choice".  We could make any mini we wanted so I made "Round and Round" by Bonnie & Camille.   I just LOVE how this one and love it's cute squiggly quilting.

       The last quilt we did before the summer break was "X-Rated".  I used a big bundle of Sandi Henderson's "Meadowbrook" for mine.  I think because of the fabric, it was one of my favorite quilts.

So, if you're still reading, go over to Sinta's blog "Pink Pincushion"  and check out what she's got going on....
I'm really looking forward to the next group of Schnibbles challenges.

Happy Labor Day Weekend Everyone!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Just a Few Photos

     Another "finish" for me.....  This is the link to my original post on this quilt
In my attempt to clean up my sewing room, it means finishing the bindings on all the quilts I've had quilted this spring and summer and move them to someplace safe for gift giving....
"It Takes Two" is finished and in the washing machine as we speak......

As you can see, the postman was here yesterday with 4 more to get binding made and attached....

I'll be busy this week......

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Some More Binding

     Just a quick post to show another finish.

     Earlier in the summer I worked on the "Text Me A Quilt" from Kim Brackett and did get it quilted but the binding as usual took a little time.  Well, it is officially done, washed, dried and put away for one lucky recipient.  Here's a few pictures of it.....

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New Project Fabric Pull

I know the "Great Granny Quilt" obsession has left the station, and yes, I did make one a year or two ago when they were all the rage, but having recently purchased Lori Holt's book, I want to make another one for ME!

I've ordered a few pieces of Lori's own fabric line here and there and every time I look at the bin with the fabric and book I just want to start cutting.....but I knew other quilts needed to be done first.
Last night I decided that it was time.  I pressed most of the fat quarters and then finished the rest today.  I'm going to start the cutting process now.   Stay tuned!

Oh, but before you go, here's a picture of the scrappy Great Granny quilt I made previously.

Fabric Obsession

          I'm thinking I may have a serious Denyse Schmidt fabric obsession
I have her "Single Girl" pattern that I'd like to use some of these fabrics in but I'm scared to start.  I'm told that this pattern is not for the faint of heart......  Anyone out there make that quilt and think it was easy?

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Modern Instabee 2014

I've been doing a "Bee" with some girls on Instagram which has been interesting......
It's the first time I've been involved in this type of Bee and I thought it would be fun and interesting :)  We are working from the book "Modern Bee-13 Quilts to Make With Friends".
I love most of the blocks in the book and I kind of hoped that everyone would pick a different block.  So far in the 7 months, we've done 1 blocks twice, 1 block 3 times and 2separate blocks.

I assembled the 9 blocks I received from the girls and then made up 3 to make up for the blocks that a couple girls didn't follow thru with.   As with any swap or bee, there is always one or two that sign up that don't do their share and the rest have to pick up behind them.....I tell myself every time something like this happens that I won't sign up again but then I see something fun and I just "have to".
I can't say that this "Bee" has been a total wash out though.  I met Sarah who has become a friend and also an awesome quilter.  
I thought I had pictures of the first 2 blocks but I can't locate them....i'm thinking they were on my phone before it went in the toilet :)  (long boring story)

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend....