Friday, October 21, 2016


I attended a major international quilt show this past week in Santa Clara, CA.  I'm not sure what I like best the shopping or the ideas I get from the quilts.  The shopping is very fun.  I love thread, and Wonderful 12 wt. thread is one of my favorites.  I scored these lovely additions to my collect.

These fabrics and pattern were another just for me project.  I do love appliqué, but it is time consuming.  I just could not resist this runner to do for myself.
Last of my shopping spree these yarns.  Not sure what I want to do with them, but I see a nice artsy wall hanging in my future.

Now the inspiration, These are only two of the many pictures I took.  They sure make one want to get in there and create something wonderful.
Well last Sunday finished off this fun adventure for another year so I am linking up with.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


This year I have been using The Quilter's Planner for 2016.  I is pretty much a weekly planner for the whole year.  It does have lots of room for adding in quilting project information.  However, it turned out to be much more of a calendar planner, which I already keep both at work and here at home for all those daily appointments and such.  As I saw 2017 fast approaching I decided to try this Scrappy Project Planner instead, from the Fat Quarter Shop.  I love it.  When it arrived I sat down and started through my stacks of unfinished projects and began to enter them to see if I could get a handle on finishing up some of them.  
This is the first project in my planner.  I had three blocks complete, these two ready to lay out and sew together, and the last four in varied stages of ready to cut out and start lay out. 
 So here is the green set.
And the aqua set.  The fabrics are all Bonnie and Camille, and the pattern Red Letter Day by Thimble Blossom.  I hope that Red Letter Day is a good term to start my process in getting some of these projects done and the this new planner the help I need to organize working on them.
So I am linking up with

Friday, October 14, 2016


I took some time this past week to get my fish ironed on to my placemat backing.  
I also got this guy appliquéd on and the quilting done on the background.  
The pattern called for sewing the appliquéd fish on with several straight stitched rows around the pieces in black.  I decided to use a dark purple thread and a small serpentine stitch.  I have three more placemats to go and each fish will be different.  

I was in Las Vegas for a week earlier this month and many of these fabrics came from a quilt store there, but I can't resist showing a couple more pictures of the wonderful Bellagio fall garden display.  This will get you into the fall season mood.

This pretty well finishes off my first Fish placemat, and the end of my vacationing for the year so I am linking up with.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


I know you have heard me say it in several posts.  I have Cotton and Steel fabric overflowing everywhere.  In an effort to finally rid my self of it I stumbled on a tutorial for a herringbone quilt by Maureen Cracknell this past week.  Perfect I'll cut it up into more   2 1/2 inch strips and go for it.  
I got these three rows complete by Friday, and there might even be hope for getting the next two done before Monday.  They go together really easily.  They are sewn on to the batting.  I cut 9 1/2 inch wide strips by 45 inches long, then marked 45 degree angled lines 2 inches apart across the batting strips.  Then just sewed the fabric strips on and flipped them over and sewed the next ones on from top to bottom of the strips.  I sewed each panel together with the standard quarter inch seam and ironed it open.  So easy, once done I can spray baste them onto a back and quilt myself, or take them to my quilter.  It should end up 45 inches by 45 inches.  A bit small so I may add a border or a smaller herringbone row all away around.  
Still a work in progress, both quilt and using up those Cotton and Steel fabric scraps so I am linking up with.

Friday, October 7, 2016


Its done, well at least the top is done.  After weeks of what seems to be just frustrating stops and starts I have finally accomplished some finishes, well almost finishes.  My creative slump seems to be finally working itself out.  
So I am linking up quickly while it lasts with

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


My husband and I spent this past week in Las Vegas, Nevada.  We are not gamblers, but they do offer all sort of fun show, museums, sight seeing and shopping. 
 One of the big casinos had this wonderful fall garden display.
Isn't this guy cute.
This new attraction gives you a 45 minute view of the entire Las Vegas Casino strip both day or night.
Did I mention shopping.  Oh yes, I picked up these additional pieces to start my new set of placemats.
They got added to these pieces I had set aside for this project.
Now to get going on this project.  They look like they will be fun.
One vacation finished and one new project in progress so I am linking up with

Friday, September 23, 2016


A finish at last.  It is quilted and bound too.  These prints are all, yes more Cotton and Steel.  I also used two different cream tone on tones as well.  I think I have a home for this baby.  My long time hair stylist just bought her first home and this quilt will match her decorative style perfectly.  Nice to find a home for it.  
So glad to at last be able to link this finish with