Monday, January 21, 2019

Design Wall Monday

 Last week I said I was taking time off my Good Fortune Quilt to work on some quilting. 

This baby quilt has been delivered.
The Flintstones tie dye fabric was from childhood curtains that belonged
 to my great niece's dad as a child.
He had them hanging in every home he lived in.
After his death, my niece held on to the curtains to make keepsakes for their daughters.
Both girls with have a quilt made using the fabrics.
It was an emotional journey for me so I can only imagine what my nieces felt when they saw it.
I loved making this quilt.

Since I was in the quilting mood, 
I decided to tackle this UFO from 2010 that was on top of Mt ToBeQuilted.
The backing was with the top so when I cut batting for the baby quilt,
I cut for this quilt and Garden Party.

 Quilting was simple and pretty quick.
When it got time to choose binding, 
I decided to trim up the excess backing and use it.
I love a scrappy binding.

I also pin basted Garden Party but had to unpin and repin.
I had a huge fold in the back
How did that happen! 

I had trimmed up the excess backing and batting to make less bulky
and was quite surprised at how big the fold really was. 
All better now and ready to quilt.
Since I was basting,
I grabbed 3 more off the mountain.
Now there are 2 on the ready to quilt pile with 
2 more ready to pin baste.

So Thank You Julie for the idea to get a few quilts basted for when the mood strikes.
That  should use up most of my pins. 

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Mystery Monday Link Up and Design Wall Monday

What a whirlwind week!
This getting up early and out the door has messed up my head.
We get home about 8:30 from getting the kiddos on the bus and
by the time I get done with the stuff I need to do,
I'm too tired to sew.

But I made myself go in and sit down and 
pretty soon, I was happily doing what I love to do.

All parts of Good Fortune are complete. 
I had to set it aside for a while though.
I have a special baby quilt that needs to be finished 
and in the mail tomorrow. 
That is my focus for today.

Saturday and Sunday were baking days.
I made up a bunch of breakfast muffins and bars to take to the kiddos for the week.
Then I made Ernie a lemon meringue pie. 
It's our favorite pie and I don't make it often.

It felt good to be in baking mode for a bit.
Now back to quilting mode. 😃

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Have a wonderful week.

Monday, January 07, 2019

Wishing You Good Fortune

 I wish I could say I am finished with my Good Fortune Quiltville mystery.
 I  cannot.
I have made great progress and have had a blast with this mystery.

I still have some red and orange blocks to complete.
I think there are 15 more that need the last seam. 

Of course it isn't any fun if you don't get to use your seam ripper.
I didn't see these until I was pressing to make my first block and
saw one of these things is not like the others.
Turns out that one thing was the only right one. 

Before long all the seams were out and 
blocks were sewn correctly.

Then the fun begins.
Which quarters to sew together,
which halves to sew together.

Can I do it without having 2 of the same fabrics in the block.
The answer is no.
It happens, it doesn't bother me.
It happened in the very 1st block.
Of course it did,
why would it be any different now. 
To me this is small stuff and I don't sweat that.

I have 4 left halves of the half square triangle border together.
I sewed one strip set between each section,
starting to use a pair as a leader/ender but got to excited to "see what it will look like".

I'm anxious to head over to Quiltville Mystery Monday Link Up
and see the fabulous progress and reveals. 

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Have a wonderful week.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Mystery Monday Link Up and Design Wall Monday

What do you do after Christmas?
I sew. And sew and sew.
Did you know neutrals are my favorite color? 
How fun to spot my picture as part of Bonnie's collage!!

First I needed to finished clue #5 for Good Fortune.
I really like making this block.
I can't wait to see where it lives in this quilt.

I learned something while removing pages from my phone book.
I didn't knew there was a reverse directory in it. 
I had to look for my own phone number.

Bonnie suggests only working on 2 pages at a time.
I wanted to try 3 just for the heck of it.
It blew up in my face pretty fast.
2 pages sewn together meant the tape and the scalpel seam ripper came out.
That blade wouldn't cut melted butter so it had to be changed.
I love the removable Scotch tape for paper repair.
It doesn't get sticky and gunky when it's ironed.
Of course I don't apply the iron to the tape, 
only to the fabric.  

Like everyone else that is working on Good Fortune,
I cannot wait for the next clue. 

Next up this week will be cutting into some of these lovely sweater knits. 
I figure if I cut it out, it will get sewn up faster.
Pieces have been matched to the patterns.
Crossing my fingers for a new top or 2 this week. 

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

I Like Thursdays #36

I hope your Christmas was magical.
We had a house full of family
so my heart was overfull. 

Monday, I got my fabric order from Knitpop.
Christmas started early for me. 
It has made it out of the package and onto the washer.
Maybe I'll get it inside the washer this week.
Or maybe not.
It's still a pretty full schedule. 

We have a pretty special kids table.
3 of the chairs were my children's chairs,
the 4th is an old school chair I found at Goodwill.
My son built this table in 9th or 10th grade. 
It has been well loved and use. 

After dinner and gifts, the chairs became a fort and then a bed.
Afghans, quilts, table runners and pillows. 
That's how we roll around here.
It was quite funny that they all had new stuff but they went right back to this fun.

Wednesday I work on and finished clue # 5 of the Quiltville mystery.
It wouldn't be any fun if I didn't mess up some cutting.
Nothing serious here,
I just flipped the cut fabrics over and sewed them up.

I have been doing a pretty good job of cutting up the rest of the strips.
If they get down to under 6 inches, they get cut into usable pieces for my 
After taking a class from Bonnie Hunter, 
I've started doing this. 
I love pulling out one of the bins and having pieces ready to use.

Saturday night, Ernie brought home Chinese food for dinner.
(It was his turn to cook.)
This was my fortune.
He thought it was hilarious
Me, not so much!
(Well it is kind of hilarious.) 

It's always fun when you win the game of bobbin chicken.
Lately I have not been a winner.
Really this time I wasn't either,
I needed to change thread color and found this much left.
I still consider it a win.

I Like Thursdays blog posts are so fun.
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Monday, December 24, 2018

Mystery Monday Link Up & Design Wall Monday

Quiltville Mystery Good Fortune Step 5 
How fun to mix up all the colors!
I love pulling neutrals out of the bin.
I had fun cutting from the orange yardage.
I strip from each piece. 
I'm sure I won't be using all of this.

I am so glad I made sample blocks first.
I used my piecing machine to sew a couple gifts 
and that means taking off the seam guide, 
so when I put it back on, I had it so wrong.
I even questioned myself when I did it.
But it's all fixed now and these blocks are fun!

I finished my string blocks Thursday.
They were so much fun that I made about 20 extra,
I knew part 5 wouldn't happen for me until after Christmas.

I'm excited to check out the link ups this week.


Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Our Christmas Club Block Exchange

Each year at the Christmas Club party, 
we choose a block to exchange each of the member.
The year before we chose to do a 6" calendar block.
One member opted out so I volunteered to make 2 sets of blocks.
Mine are the umbrella for April and the Maple leaf for September. 

I chose to make my little sashings from 1" strips so my sashing sets total 1 1/2" wide.
Skinny little sashings can be a challenge to work with.
I finished my wall hanging earlier in the year and
chose not to reveal until our party.

I still have my 2nd set of blocks.
I plan to put them together for a wall hanging in the motor home.

I'm thrilled with how it turned out.
This year we exchanged 9" Churn Dash blocks.
I cannot wait to work on this project.

This year our block is a barn. 
Any barn, any size.
I'm still thinking about this one. 

Thursday, December 20, 2018

I Like Thursdays #35

It was a fun, busy, exhausting weekend for me.

We started Friday with a band concert at school.
Advanced band from the Middle School plays a little Christmas concert at the Primary School
This year 4 beginner band members were invited.
These girls work so hard,
even practice over the telephone. 😃
It was fun to watch all the younger kiddos watch the bigger kiddos.
It was really fun when the 5th grade girls played and were recognized by their former school mates.
I love watching the audience.

Then I went over to hang out with these 4. 
Mom and Dad had a full weekend selling at a craft festival.
Friday evening was spent devouring homemade pizza.
Then it was time to settle in and laugh ourselves through Elf.

Saturday was no ordinary waffle breakfast.
How fun are Darth Vader waffles!?!?!

I worked on finishing this cute messy bun hat for Clella. 
She loves it so much!

She started this scarf maybe a year or so ago on the Kniffty Knitter Loom.
She told me she thought it was long enough and would I help her finish it. 
You bet. So I help her bind it off and
taught her to make fringe.

Granddog Sadie is hilarious.
I also brought a bigger loom with me and some bulky yarn for her to start a cowl.
She's got quite a bit done already.
I might get that yarn stash used up with her help.

While there, I went stash diving in Crystal's fabric for some orange for my mystery quilt.
My girl needs to seriously up her orange game. 😘
But I'm happy with what I found and they mixed in nicely with my fabrics.

This birthday orchid sits on her counter.
It must be the perfect spot for it because it is thriving!

Finally on Tuesday, I finished up my clue #3 for the mystery.

I have a good start on my orange string blocks for clue 4.
I'll finish the last few this morning 
and then I have to finish getting ready for Christmas.

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I hope your week is filled with all things you like.
Merry Christmas

Monday, December 17, 2018

Mystery Monday Link-Up and Design Wall Monday

No sewing has happened in my house since Tuesday and 
I am not happy about that! 
I plan to make up for it in the next couple of days.
I spent the weekend at my daughter's house with her kiddos.
I asked if I could go stash diving for oranges and yes I could.
My darling daughter needs to up her orange game.
But thank you for a few more orange fabrics.

This is a horrible fluorescent light picture of my orange yardage, 
but how about that texture!
I still need to get out my orange scraps, strings and strips for even more oranges.
I'm pretty excited about this clue. 

But first I will get these finished.
This is where I left off on Tuesday.

I can't wait to fill up this bin.

I'm linking up at


Have a great week!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Get It Done-Week of December 17, 2018

My plans for the week of December 17 include celebrating Granddaughter Clella's 11th birthday Monday. I tried to convince her to be 9 but she isn't falling for it.
We are pretty excited as we await some new baby chicks. We are fostering our friends hens while they are snow birds and we put some of our fertilized eggs under their broody hen. We should have chicks by the weekend.

Sewing Room

  • Catch up on Quiltville mystery. 
  • Gather up a few quilts that I'd like to baste. Do they need backing, binding or batting?


  • Make the menu plans and grocery list for this week and next. 
  • Get ready for Christmas dinner


  • Work on Elliot's hat

How'd I do last week???
My plans for the week of December 10th.

Sewing Room
  • Work on Quiltville mystery.  Haven't sewn a single stitch since Tuesday!

  • Menu plan and grocery list
  • Make big batch of pizza sauce.   I did this at Crystal's house.
  • Wednesday is elk processing day...I'm so happy to have to be doing this even though it's going to be a very long day!  Tuesday and Wednesday were both very long days but we have it done.
  • Work on Mischief quilt  Not one stitch!
  • Finish knitting hat  Finished 2 hats, started a 3rd.