Monday, January 15, 2018

Romance is in the air

Did the title draw you in?  I just wanted to show you the Valentine panel again now that it is all done.

Last week it was at this stage-

I added pink and brown tiny borders to each of the small blocks.



                                                                                    I added a pink border to the top and right side.

A brown border was added to the left side and bottom. 

And here is how it looks all done!  It's listed in my Etsy shop now.  A few years ago I made one for myself and love putting it in my foyer above my treadle sewing machine.  When I saw a couple panels at a garage fabric sale 2 years ago I snatched them up.  A friend wanted one last year so I made it up for her.  And now this is the last panel.

 Linking with Freemotion by the River and Midweek Makers

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Strings, Valentine, and Northern Woods

You are probably thinking that is a mighty strange title for a post-am I right?  Well it encompasses three projects. 

First project- is the string quilt my grandson has been helping me with on snow days off school.  A year ago we started it and he really loved it so I don't work on it except when he  hangs out with me on those snow days.  Last Thursday was one of those days.   I taught him how to carefully tear off the phone book paper from each block.  We worked on 21 blocks.   After tearing them off I had him arrange the blocks on the design wall and carry them in pairs to me at the sewing machine.  We completed the flimsy, which will become a donation quilt, in short order.  I am so tickled that he likes to be doing a sewing project with me.  He said next time he will help me with the other colors for another quilt.  In case you are wondering he is 6 years old.

The second project- yesterday I decided was a good day to work on a Valentine wall hanging to put in my Etsy shop.  This is how the preprinted panel looked before I cut it apart. 

And here you see I cut all the little blocks apart and rearranged them.  It is now all pieced and waiting it's turn in the quilting line:)  Hopefully I will get to it this week.

 The third project is one of my projects for the Island Batik Four Seasons Blog hop that is going on right now until Feb 1st (which is my day). 

Here is the schedule for the hop-there are giveaways so you will want to hop along with us!



Monday, January 15 – Elementz
Den Syende Himmel  •Inspired Layers



Monday, January 29 – Autumn’s Grace
BeaQuilter  •KISSed Quilts
Tuesday, January 30 – Pumpkin Patch
Ark Angel Creations  •Seams to be Sew
Linking with Oh Scrap!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Regatta progress

This weekend I made progress has been made on my Regatta quilt.  Fellow blog friend, Roseanne from Home sewn by usis having a sew along for it.  The pattern is by Daniela from Block M Quilts.

 I am using an Island Batik strip pack and white solid for mine.  I don't have all the strips sewn together yet, just one colored strip and one white strip paired up so far.

I also finished up a Jelly Roll Waves flimsy.  I hope to get it quilted before the end of January. The pattern is by Myra at Busy Hands Quilts.

 And we had fun watching the birds swarm around the feeder.  There were also lots of birds in two trees waiting there turn at the feeder.  I guess the warmer temp yesterday brought them all out of their nests.

Today's agenda is to quilt another Valentine runner and go to lunch with a friend.  What are you doing today?

Linking with MCMMonday Making and Linky Tuesday

Friday, January 5, 2018

Valentine runner-first finish of 2018

I wanted to create a Valentine table runner for my Etsy shop.  So I looked around on the net and found a cute paper pieced heart by Pieced By Number and asked if I could make it into a table runner to sell, the answer was yes.
After paper piecing five heart blocks I added a 1" spacer of gray to make it a bit longer. before adding the pink and red borders.

 I followed the lines of the fabric in the border to quilt the piano keys.

I had the perfect backing fabric in my stash-well the whole table runner came from my stash. No trip out in the cold 5 degree day to get any of it.

You can find the free pp heart HERE, she also has a bunch more patterns in her Etsy shop.

Linking with Whoop Whoop and Finished or Not.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


YIPEE-yes I am shouting, LOL   I just received word today that I got accepted to be an Island Batik Ambassador for 2018 again!  This will make my 3rd year.  So excited I am:0

I thought it would be fun to show you some of the projects of the past couple years using Island Batiks. 

The suspense is already building for us 2018 Ambassadors to see what wonderful fabrics show up on our doorstep for use in our monthly challenges.  I hope you will follow along with the Ambassador Four Seasons blog hop that will begin on Jan 8th thru Feb. 1st.  My day is the last day of the hop.

Linking with Let's Bee Social and Midweek Makers

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Scraps and a jelly roll

Ahhhh, something I could do just because...

So I had started making strip blocks with my red scraps during one of our camping trips last year.  Then set it aside and it got buried kinda deep:0  This past week I found myself with some free time and thought of these and decided to see how many I had gotten done before.  Not many, haha.  So I decided this would be a good first project on my featherweight that I bought a few months ago. I had lots of red strips already cut in 10" lengths of many different widths.  I just grabbed and sewed.  So enjoyable!  Then I trimmed them into 9.5" sqs since I had the 9.5" square ruler.  The corners are 2.5" cut sqs and using the sew, flip and cut method I quickly added those to the red squares.  The sashings are cut 2" wide.  Lots of scraps used up in this 2 color quilt.  So a UFO becomes a flimsy.

And then I gave myself permission to start a whole new quilt using the above 2 jelly rolls.  These have 20 strips in each roll and I got them for $10 each!  Score!  I am loving the look I am getting.  So fun starting a new project, I decided not to be so hard on myself this next year.  Yes I have lots of UFO's but I am giving myself permission to do whatever pleases me this next year.  And if that means starting another new project that's OK!!!   So how about you, what are you going to work on for the New Year? 

Speaking of New Year, I am also starting a new quilt on New Years Day too.  Fellow blog friend, Roseanne, who blogs at Home sewn by us, is having a sew along for the Regatta quilt pattern by Daniela O'Connell from Block M Quilts.  More info on Roseanne's blog.   

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and hoping you will get everything you wanted!
Linking with Cynthia's Oh Scrap

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Holiday fabrics

I was asked if I would like to be a 'social sewer' for Blank Quilting. My answer-Yes please!  Then would I like a snowman theme or a more traditional theme with nativity scene.  Those of you who follow my blog can guess which one I took right!!!  My answer-Snowmen please!

So Blank Quilting provided me with this bundle of beautiful snowman theme fabrics. OMG I just love them!!!  They are from their A Time To Wonder line by Gina Linn.
 Beautiful blues, beautiful reds, snowmen and snow globes.

 And a fun tree and woodland creatures panel also!

I got right to work trimming the panel.  It had the little snow globes as a top and bottom border.  I cut those apart into little blocks thinking I was going to do something with them in a border for the panel like you see above.  Then I pulled some solids from my stash to sash it with.  Hmmm I just wasn't grabbed by the look of my red and green solid with it.  It sat over night on my design wall and the next day I knew I had to do something different.  Sooooo... 

Into the stash I dug and came up with the perfect solid blue to go with it and I was off and running in a different direction with the border.  Off to EQ8 I went and designed this quilt.  Happy am I that I left the red and green hang on the design wall over night!  I love this final wall hanging.  And the fact that it is all done in time to enjoy it this season. 

Hook swirl on the center panel, then straight lines and swirls in the solid blue. The snowflake fabric received U turn quilting and to finish it off  piano key quilting in the border.

But wait I am not done using the blue fabrics yet.  Remember the snow globe blocks, well I had to use them as they are so darn cute!  So I sashed them in solid white and sat down to make this table runner.  I wanted the snow globes facing out to each side, so no matter which side of the table you sat on you would see them right side up.

I needed a little something to put some cookies in to gift a friend as she had a total knee replacement recently and isn't able to get around and do her baking. So I made this little basket.  Easy peasy to follow using Christina's free pattern. 

 I was running out of time but I really wanted to whip up something with the red snow globe fabric too.  And since I have never made one of the microwave bowl cozies I thought I would quickly make myself one. And a matching hexie hot pad.

Thank you Blank Quilting for asking me to do this and providing me with the cute fabric, it was so much fun to dream up what to make!

Are you still making Christmas gifts or something for yourself?  Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season!

Monday, December 11, 2017

It's a blue blue Christmas

I have been teasing you a bit with my blue batiks in the last couple of posts.  The wait is over, my scrappy table topper is done for the Island Batik Ambassador challenge of Table Scraps this month. I used the  gorgeous Alpine Ice Island Batiks(which they supplied) to make this topper.

Aren't these snowflake fabrics just so darn cute!

I am almost at the end of my second year as an Ambassador for Island Batik, I have loved doing the projects each month.  I sure hope I get picked again next year!! 

Be sure to come back in January as we will be doing a blog hop for the big reveal of our projects using the Fall Market 2017 fabrics.  You won't want to miss it as these are some really fantastic fabrics!!!  

I'll be linking with MCMMonday MakingLinky Tuesday and Midweek makers

Friday, December 8, 2017

All done

I am all done with the little 4 snowman wall hanging.  Listed it in my Etsy shop too.  I think I am going to turn into a snowman one of these days-I can't believe how many of the table runners similar to this guy I have made in the last 2 months.  Good thing I like snowmen;)

 A close up

 The back, I see I took the picture before I sewed down the sleeves. 

 And then I had some leftover parts and I thought I would make a couple even littler wall hangings.  I gave one to my mail carrier lady.  She has been so good coming up to the house to pick up my Etsy shipments and I wanted to tell her thank you for that.  She was thrilled to bits, it just made my day to put a smile on her face at the end of her day. The other one I will be gifting to a special friend next week.  

And I made progress on my December Island Batik strips all sewn together.  These blues are so pretty.  I hope to have the whole project done by the end of the weekend.  

So what have you been working on this week.  I did make more snowman runners this week too, but they are the same ones so I won't bore you with them.

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Busy Hands this week.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Something a little different

I have pulled the fabrics for my December Island Batik scrappy table runner challenge. I hope to get at it later this week or early next week.  Island Batik included this coordinating Alpine Ice bundle in the box I received from them in July.  It is one of the newly released fabrics at Fall Market.

I got to thinking I wanted to have a coordinating wall hanging to go with the snowman runners.  He needs to be quilted and faces yet, but it felt really good to do something a little different for a change.  The snowman runners are still going good on Etsy so I continue to make more.  I was at JoAnns over the weekend and helped them empty out a few bolts of gray fabrics.  The favorite clerk says 'What are you doing with all the grays you keep coming in for', so someday I need to take one in for show and tell.  

Linking with Susan for her 100th Midweek Makers linky party!   Won't you come join in the fun!!

Friday, November 24, 2017

A day late

I realize I am a day late posting this, but I wanted to wish all my followers a Happy Thanksgiving!  Time just got away from me, I am sure you have all had that happen to you too.  I appreciate and am thankful for all of you that follow/visit and leave comments on my blog.

A little eating went on at our house yesterday with daughter, boyfriend and our 2 grandsons.  We all wished our son and daughter in law could have been here too.  One of the grandsons enjoyed the turkey leg.

Our daughter made this cute plate of cheese,crackers and salami.

And later on that afternoon, this young buck decided he wanted some pumpkin pie too, but all he found was my fall pumpkin decor on the front porch!   I was looking out the long skinny window right beside the front door when taking this picture.

I even had an Etsy shopper yesterday:)  Which meant all of this type of runner with the snowman with a short hat was sold out.  Luckily I was in the process of quilting up two more.  They were finished and in the shop before bedtime last night.  This time I used striped red/white fabric instead of a checkerboard.  And I also used snowflake buttons instead of stenciling the snowflakes.  Just had to be different ya know.

To fit in with all the sales online I decided to offer free shipping of all lap quilts in my Etsy shop.  So if you need a Christmas gift and don't have time to make one, you could check out my shop HERE.

Linking with Myra and Sarah.