Sunday, December 31, 2023


Always fun to see someone really happy to get something made for them.  One of my daughter's purchased the football fabric and asked if I would make some pillow cases for a friend of hers.  I had a bit left over and besides two pillowcases I was able to make a table runner as well.                      

With all the holiday projects finished I found I just needed to work on something new.  I dug through my bins and found some fat quarters and a book purchased some time ago and decided I needed to have something that I could work on between an ongoing appliqué project.
Emily Taylor's book is full of easy quilts primarily made with fat quarters.  
I had a number of fat quarters and picked Attic Windows a pattern out of the book.  
Another pile of blocks prepped to sew together.  Not sure how many I can get out of the fabric I have.  Right now I have 18 and enough fabric I think to get another 18 more or so.  Figure just to keep going until I run out of fabric and then figure out how to put them together and come up with throw quilt.  

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Sunday, December 24, 2023


 I should have been done with Christmas projects by this time.  Just could not give up the very last of the Christmas jelly roll scraps.  For some reason it is just too much fun getting into the Christmas spirit and making just a couple more little items. 

Measures about 7 by 7 inches, paper pieced and fast to make.  Hope to finish up a couple more.

It was hard to resist this fee pattern.  I did add an extra inch to the 6" size.  Mades it a little easier to bind.  

I am still in the rut of making placemats.  Our youngest daughter's birthday is coming up in January.  Her decor is Mid Century Modern so neutral colors and prints and a set of 8.

Decided to add a table runner, hot of the machine and ready to hand stitch down the binding. 

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Sunday, December 17, 2023


Christmas is coming fast.  Finished all the baking we intend to do yesterday, but still working on gift shopping.  I should be all done with any Christmas sewing, but at the last minute for some crazy reason I am not.  

My oldest daughter took up quilting this year.  She visited in October and we spent about 10 days working on her projects.  Just this past week this wall hanging arrived in the mail.  Up on the wall immediately, just love it.  

I made a number of Christmas runners earlier this year for my quilt guild's quilt show boutique and this mess of jelly roll leftovers were still hanging around.  I have no idea why I thought I should do something with them at this late date. 

But this pattern was a perfect one to use up some of those 2.5" strips.

I finished the first runner, just sewing down the bindings.  Should be done with it today.  Plan to call my youngest daughter's sister-in-law and tell her to come get a Christmas gift early.   This is the layout for a second one.  Not sure where this one is going but hope to finish it up quickly this week and find someone that wants it.    

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Sunday, December 10, 2023


 I managed to finally finish my Mushroom collage this week and  I was asked by one of our daughters to make a couple of football pillowcases that she wanted to give as a gift to some friends.  Got those done in a couple of days and even made a small table runner to go with them.

All finished and ready to hang in our entry hall after the Christmas season.

I am pleased that I was able to do a fairly good job in collage of these wild mushrooms I photographed on our trip in 2019 to New Zealand.

Plus pillowcases and a table runner done.  

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Sunday, December 3, 2023


At last block 5 of Sweet Tweets is done.  I pretty much have spent the last 2 weeks making placemats.  First for my youngest daughter, 2 sets of 8 and then 2 sets of 4 for myself.  I think I am placemat done.  I did take some time to take down all my fall wall hangings and table runners and Christmas ones replaced them.  Getting into the spirit of the season.

This particular block was a bit of a challenge.  Lots of appliqué work on this one.  I am doing my appliqué by machine with invisible thread, my preferred brand is Quilters Select, and I do a very tiny button hole stitch on my Bernina 750 using a 1.6 width and 2.0 length. 

And my finished second set of Christmas placemats.  I just love this particular fabric and I quilted them with an Aurifil 28wt turquoise variegated thread in a serpentine stitch.  So time to do some Christmas baking now.

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