Monday, December 30, 2019


This past week I finally have the last border appliqués on my Hidden Treasures spool quilt.  The appliqués are fused and the bias vines pinned and ready to sew.
At the beginning of last week I laid the top out on the floor and realized I had finally made it all around to the very last border to get appliqués on.  This has been a challenge as I did not have the pattern for the quilt any longer and I was on my own with the placement of the appliqué pieces.  That is what happens when you stash away a project for years, and years, and years, only to one day discover it buried in the closet.
So I pinned the bias vines on and finished off this last border.  Off to the machine to blanket stitch the appliqués and vines down. 
This is the left over leaves and flowers.  Obviously the original pattern had way more appliqués that should be put on.  At this point once I finish the last border appliqués I plan to go back over the borders and add more leaves and possibly those last two flowers as well.  So I guess I am not as near done as I thought.  But I think it will be easier to pop some additional leaves in here and there and at least utilize some of these leaves and fill in some more of the empty spaces.  As I look at the quilt laid out on the floor I can see a number of areas that can use another leaf or two. 

Monday, December 23, 2019


This past week has been spent finishing up a bit of old projects and newer ones.
I finished up my tree quilt.  Colorful is certainly the statement for it.  60 different background fabrics for those blocks.  Lots of digging around in the stash.  
A bit of a closer look, such happy colors.  
How is this for the back of it?  When our Beverly's Fabrics store closed I purchase LOTS of fabric at wonderful prices.  Many were 4 yard cuts for future quilt backs.  Sometimes that works out well, and sometimes you wait years for the perfect pre-purchased back.  This one is perfect.
At least 3 or 4 years ago I made a runner like this for my grandson Ben's dresser.  He was into everything in the sea.  I started this second one just to finish off the panel blocks.  I got a bit tired of seeing it hanging on the closet door so decided to finish it off.  He no longer is into this decor so it will go to my guild's boutique booth at our next quilt show.  

One of my daughters, I have three, teaches 5th grade at a local elementary school.  She is a little tiny thing not much bigger than her 5th graders.  Every year the staff have her dressed up as the Elf on the Shelf and she is photographed in all sorts of naughty activities in the principal's office.  The photos are plastered all over the school to the delight of all the students.
The best to the end of the week.  By grandson #33 and his high school team just won the state football championship in their division.  Lots to celebrate.   

Monday, December 16, 2019


After making a small house and tree wall hanging a month or two ago I found myself looking for a larger project on that idea.  My January American Quilter magazine arrived with the perfect project.  Curb Appeal  by Wendy Sheppard. Another perfect place as well to use some of my Tilda fabrics.  I belong  to a monthly shipment of them from The Intrepid Thread.
I have learned that when working on projects with a lot of piecing especially with smaller pieces that starch is a must.  I mean heavy duty starch!
This beginnings of a tree is pretty stiff with starch.  I do really love this new turntable too.
So first off I completed one of the fourteen tree blocks.  I think they are really cute.  I am using Moda Grunge Paper White for the background.  
Next finished up were two of the smaller houses. 
Then a larger house completed along with more trees and houses of course in different fabric choses.  

So I am off to a good start.  
It appears that the Christmas season is off to a good start at my daughter's home.  The hope is the tree survives.  
 Her dogs behave a good deal better.  The appliquéd stockings are two out of four I made for each of her children when they were babies.  

Monday, December 9, 2019


I spent a couple days this past week working on making a couple of Christmas Stockings for my granddaughter and her boyfriend.  I ran across a free pattern provided by Bernina's We All Sew.  It actually gives patterns for three different stockings designs.  
The first one had you do a strip set of 7" by 16".  Then cut out these various shapes.
The first decoration was easily made.  The directions are so easy.  
Before I knew it I had them all put together and the stocking front was done.  
And in no time at all, just an afternoon for a couple hours a fully lined, quilted stocking was completed for my granddaughter.  
I decided to try the second stocking in a different pattern with some more manly fabric ideas.  The strip set was 17" by 20" and I had fun putting in some strips with some wording on them.  
The backing like the first one I made is just a cut from a single fabric.  However, I found this backing fabric that I used as one of the strips on the front worked really well.  It is just plain cute.  
I did discover that using invisible tape to hold the pattern on the fabric works so well.  No pinning to ruin the pattern and the tape comes right off the fabric with not problem.  On top of that the tape stays on the paper pattern and provides a nice strength for the pattern edges for future use.  
Both stockings were quilted with a diagonal straight stitch.  I used a Frixon pen to draw lines one inch apart, then the markings iron right off.  The lining is completely separate, so you quilt right on the fabric and batting.  I use thin cotton batting, and there didn't seem to be any problem with the feed dogs on the machine handling the batting against them.  
And stocking number two is done.  Actually the second one went faster than the first as I did not have to do the ornaments.  I think they are both so cute.  They have become somewhat addictive.  Wish I could find someone to make another for.  
For those chicken fans.  Here is Orbey.  The contractors came a couple weeks ago to construct a new chicken yard for him and his family of 26.  It seems he felt it necessary to supervise the construction site.  
My daughter's peacock Fred could care less, he was just too busy showing off.  


Monday, December 2, 2019


I'm not sure why I wait until the last month before Christmas to begin working on some gifts.  Earlier in the year I did complete two, but here I am this past week deciding I need two more.  
My guild has a Christmas dinner the second Tuesday in December. The exchange gift is a $10 item.  Well a gift certificate for JoAnn's seems rather plain and boring, so I made this little Christmas card holder to put it in.  all the fabric was in my stash, so there was no extra cost there.  I got the pattern on the internet for free.  It is so cute I should make one for myself.
The second gift I decided I wanted to work with some of my newer fall fabric stash.  I found a pattern that originally was done in Oriental fabric, but though this might work as well.
I still have the circles to appliqué and the other three sides to add their pieced borders than quilt it with some sort of leaf design and bind.  I like it and think it will finish up nicely.
My daughter's Africian tortious believes her chickens are getting much too much attention on my blog lately.  Her name is Morty, a rather masculine name for a lady.  No one knew she was a girl until my daughter took her to the vet for a check up.  However, the name stuck.  She weighs about 70 or 80 pounds now, and is an excellent lawn mower.  However, she has gotten into the vegetable garden now and again and cucumbers and squashes were on her menu.