Saturday, January 23, 2016

Blue Scrappy Saturday

It's Scrappy Saturday over at Angela's blog, So Scrappy.  This month she's chosen blue scraps for us to work with so I pulled just some of my blue scraps and made some more of these 3 1/2 (unfinished) string blocks.

I'm not sure what I will do with these blocks, but a couple of years ago I made these other color blocks as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  

I also made these blue Dresden blades out of some of my 2 1/2" strips.  You can find my tutorial on how I cut these Dresden blades and how I use them to make a table topper here.

I've been making a few string blocks from my scrap bags, too.  I had forgotten how much I like piecing strings.  You can find my string block tutorial here.    There is also a tab under my blog header.

Here are just some of my scraps.  I have a drawer full of 2 1/2" strips, and some 2" strips and a lot of 1 1/2" strips besides the bags in the photo below.  You can see that there are a lot of scrap projects in my future.

The big snow storm went south and east of me.  I hope all of you that are in the storm are safe and warm.

I'm linking up with Angela's Scrap Happy Saturday.  Click on over to see the rest of the blue projects for this week.

Hope you are finding some time to stitch today!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Hexagon Stitching

I've been tidying my sewing room, folding and refolding fabric, and taking stock of the things that I started in 2015 and before. I've been working on some of those projects, especially the ones that have a lot of pieces.  Somehow, I think that if I can get things sewn into one piece then it won't look like I've got so much started.  Sometime I'll show you a photo of my UFO tops that need to be quilted.

This is the center of my Brinton Hall quilt.  The pattern was published in two parts in Quiltmania Magazine #107 and #108.  I started the center back in July of last year, and over the weekend I finished sewing the corner scrappy hexagons onto the center.   You can see close up photos of my center blocks here.    You can see how I made the template to do each of the center hexagons in my post here.  I could see an entire quilt made of just the fussy cut fabrics framed by a hexagon ring and then separated by a path.

After the center above is sewn onto a background fabric, there is a border of hexagons around the outside.  I have 3 of those strips sewn and have the last side basted and ready to sew.

I've also been sewing some scrappy hexagons together.  Again, I'm trying to have less pieces.

Here are the 1" hexagons that I have basted.  You can see that I have a lot more cut in the bottom left corner of the case.  There are enough of some of these that I could make a few flowers.  This case is from JoAnn Fabrics and is nice to just grab and take along to a sewing get together.  I keep extra hexagon paper pieces, my hexagon template, thread, needles, glue stick, and a small pair of scissors in the case so it's always ready to go.

I've also been working on my Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt, Allietare, from last November/December.  I have all of the parts sewn together and just need to sew them into blocks.  Here are a couple that I've done so far.  I love the rusty reds and golds in this quilt.  There's lots of piecing in Bonnie's quilts, but they are well worth it in the end.  I love all of her quilts.

It's supposed to snow tonight and tomorrow, so I plan to spend the day at my sewing machine.

Hope you are finding some time to stitch today!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year Dear Readers

The holidays flew by way too quickly, and I find myself wondering where the time went.  For a change this year, I wasn't up late on Christmas Eve wrapping gifts.  I have been known to have to finish wrapping after coming home from midnight Christmas Eve service.  This year I was done with most everything a week ahead of time so that I could relax and enjoy.

Mass Ave Knits had Saturday Make and Take knit togethers, and my daughter and I went to a couple of them.  I made this snowman cup cozy.  (Yes, that's a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte!)

I also made this tiny scarf inside of a glass ornament at one of the Saturday Make and Take get togethers.

One evening all of the family piled into Grandpa's Highlander, and we went to Garfield Park to see the model train exhibit.  Then we stopped for dinner and drove around different neighborhoods to look at Christmas lights.  My daughter-in-law made delicious peanut butter kiss cookies and brought candy for the ride.  We also made a Starbucks stop on the way.

For Christmas dinner, I decided to do something different.  This is sweet and sour chicken.  I was going to make rice with it, but there was so much food that we all decided to pass on the rice.

We also had carrot souffle'.  I used Paula Deen's recipe, so there was a nice amount of butter.  It is becoming one of our family's favorites.

My daughter made Southern Banana Pudding this year.  I've put the recipe in the Recipe pages under my header.  The little pudding is for Daniel.  I finished the little quilt this year, and that is a knitting needle Christmas tree.  You can see how I made it here.  

I'm still working on taking the decorations down and putting them away for another year.  I still have the family room tree to pack away.

This tree is still sitting in the entryway.  I always hate to see the decorations come down.

This is about 1/4 of the Yes, Kevin I Can Do Scrappy Mystery.  This is going to be a pretty large quilt when it's put together. And, my Allietare mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter is in a lot of pieces.  The mystery has been revealed, and I just love the quilt so I'll keep working on it until I at least have a finished top.

I've been taking stock of the things in my quilt room.  I've sorted through my strips and scraps.  I kind of want to make some string blocks, but don't really have an idea for them yet.

And I'm wondering why in the world anyone would need so many charm packs.  This isn't all of them.  I've found a few more stuck in baggies of projects.  I think I'm going to work on using some of these soon, too.

Thanks for reading my blog and leaving such nice comments.  I hope that you have a healthy, happy New Year.

This was a cross stitch I did years ago.  I bought a frame for it this year so I could get it out of the moving box.  

Hope you are finding some time to stitch today!

Thanks for stopping  by for a visit.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Some Sewing, Knitting and Decorating

I feel like since I got back from our retreat up in Shipshewana, I've hit the ground running.....and I haven't stopped.   I've done some Christmas decorating.  I sort of do that all month just taking my time and enjoying all of the decorations.  I really enjoy all of the homemade things:  the Christmas quilts, crocheted tree skirts and afghans are some of my favorite things.  

I have the stockings hung and another small tree by the fireplace.  Do you remember bubble lights?  The ones in this photo have been around for a lot of years.  You can see Tiki on his purr pad.  He is waiting for someone to give him some fresh snack in his china bowl on the mug rug in front of the fireplace.  I still have to finish quilting his Christmas quilt for in front of the fireplace.  

On Saturday my daughter and I went downtown to Mass Ave Knits for a Christmas make and take.  I made this tiny scarf in a glass ornament.  

This afternoon I finished the gold four patches so I'm caught up with the Bonnie Hunter Aletaire mystery quilt for 2015.

I also finished the last of the nine patches for the Yes Kevin, I Can Do Scrappy mystery quilt done by Ann at Attic Threads & Quilts blog.

This is the tree in my sewing room.  Tiki's box is at the left, and he likes to sit on the stool at the right while I sew.  

I know it's a busy time for everyone, but I hope you take some time out for yourself to do a little stitching or something else you enjoy.  Tomorrow I'm going to sew and have lunch with friends.  I hope to finish the friendship stars so that I can put the Yes Kevin, I Can Do Scrappy mystery quilt top together.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Mystery Quilt Madness

As you probably know, Bonnie Hunter has started her annual Mystery Quilt.  She posts the clues every Friday starting the Friday after Thanksgiving.  This year's quilt is called Allietare and has a rusty red and gold plus black, grey, and neutrals.  I love the finished quilts from her mysteries, and I love the colors she is using this year.  This is my Orca Bay mystery quilt from 2011.  The pattern can be found in Bonnie Hunter's book String Fling.

This is my Roll Roll Cotton Boll, Bonnie's 2010 mystery.  The pattern can also be found in the book, String Fling.  I really love these two quilts with string blocks, and I hope there will be another mystery using strings again soon.

I finished these blocks at the retreat I just attended.  This is (or will be) Easy Street, Bonnie's 2012 Mystery Quilt.  I was hoping to get the other 9 blocks sewn and have the top sewn together before this year's mystery started.  I missed a couple years of mysteries because we were getting ready to move.

Here are the parts of my Allietare mystery so far.  All of my cutting is done, and I hope to find some time to sew everything this week so that I can keep up.  My grey looks like a light blue in this photo for some reason.

I'm also doing the mystery in honor of Kevin the Quilter called Yes, Kevin, I Can Do Scrappy.  This mystery is done by Ann of Attic Threads & Quilts blog.  She has dedicated this mystery quilt to Kevin because he challenges her to get out of her comfort zone and love scrappy quilts.  This quilt is cut from 2 1/2" strips.  I used parts of a couple of Christmas jelly rolls that were in my stash.  I have a lot of Christmas fabric and cut a few strips for this mystery from my stash.  The finale of this quilt should be posted this month so I hope to have the blocks sewn together soon.

Here is Nancy M.'s Grand Illusion mystery quilt from 2014.


This is Trudy's Jamestown Landing.  The pattern can be found in Bonnie's book String Fling.  

This one is Tumalo Trail also done by Trudy.  She finished putting the top together at the retreat.

I've been working on these 3 mystery quilts for awhile now and have been busy decorating for Christmas.  It's not too late for you to get a start on these mystery quilts, too.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today! 

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Retreat Show and Tell

The highlight of our Shipshewana retreat is always Friday night Show and Tell.  I can't keep track of all the quilt makers and still take photos.  I thought I would post some of my favorites from the evening.

This Dear Jane is made of 2 inch finished blocks.  Barb Larson is the maker.

Lori became a Goddess and got to wear the crown to have her photo taken with her first Dear Jane quilt.

Val made this beautiful Dear Jane.  

Patty Harrants made this quilt.  I believe the pattern or something very similar is published in Brigette Giblin's Feathering the Nest book.

Patty's version of Dancing Dollies.

A beautiful applique' quilt made by Deb Rammelsburg.

Barb Larson's beautiful applique.  

Edith Shanholt's Affairs of the Heart quilt.

Nancy Martzolf's applique quilt.  The pattern is by Rosemary Youngs.

I don't know who made this quilt.  This is Antique Sampler pattern by Sue Daley.  

Rosemary Youngs is the maker of this quilt.  I believe it is a reproduction of an antique quilt that she either saw or bought (or both).  The pattern is available from her.  

This is my Antique Sampler quilt based on the Ohio Collection book by Anita Shackleford.  Anita was our guest speaker before show and tell.

My twisted bargello.  It has been a UFO for a good many years, and I finally pulled it from the stack and machine quilted it.  I still need to stitch the binding down.

This is a small hexagon wall hanging that I made as a challenge from Michelle, one of my friends from English Paper Piecing.

This Halloween quilt is from my UFO stack, too.  I would pull it out and add a little to it every October, and then it would go back in the stack.  This year I stitched the binding on and made the executive decision to machine stitch the binding down.  It is just a fun quilt, and I enjoyed having it out for Halloween.  The center redword witch is from Gay at   

If you'd like to see other photos from our retreat, here is the link to my photo albums.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

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