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!


Friday, September 19, 2014

Harvest Pumpkin

 WOW...this kit is from 2009!

I have to preface this post by saying I am NOT a big fan of Halloween.  I dislike the trick or treating part so much that over the years I've been known to lock the doors, shut the lights out and not answer if some overzealous child rang the bell and on at least 2 occasions i've actually planned vacations around this holiday.
I do, however, like to decorate my tabletops and walls with pumpkin-like quilts.

I was talking to my friend Robin the other day and was asking her about an old Thimbleberries Club her and I belonged to and she reminded me that there were quite a few Halloween-like projects the one year so I went in search of them and came across this 24 inch square table topper and proceeded to cut it out and get it assembled this afternoon.  I'm amazed that in under 2 hours I had it cut out and done!!!  Now, the big question here is "WHY" did it take me 5 years to do it?  

     This particular project was 1 of 4 called "Celebrate the Seasons" and it came with a spring basket, summertime star and a candle/log cabin block for the winter.  The kits come with everything including the backs and bindings!!!

     I'm not sure I like the goldish/orange print that was sent for the one pumpkin strip since it's really glaring to me but it's finished and will look nice once I get it quilted.

     If there are any Thimbleberries fans out there and you think you'd like a project, let me know.....I have 3 of those 25 gallon Rubbermaid bins FILLED to the brim with them!
I'd be happy to help you out with a kit  :)

     Onto the quilting...........


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!