Monday, December 11, 2017


Quiltville's Quips & Snips
I tried to resist, but just had to jump in.....
Yes, I'm sewing up the clues to Bonnie Hunter's latest mystery, On Ringo Lake. 
The last couple years, I passed on the mystery sew alongs only because I had several that were still unfinished. Now that I'm all caught up, I figured I may as well do a little stash burning--lol!
This is Clue One--Nine Patches. 

Clue Two was Flying Geese.  

Of course, I had to try to solve the mystery--pretty sure this isn't it.
But after laying these out I realized these were the exact same colors I had used to make a previous mystery, Easy Street

So...back to sewing machine.
Thankfully I hadn't made very many red geese. I'm not making the full amount of units as I want a smaller, possibly throw size quilt. My very scientific formula is to divide the amount of units in Bonnie's requirements by 5 and then multiply by 3. Don't ask me how I came up with that plan---I have no clue.
It's a mystery! 

Clue Three is complete (according to my formula!). I may need to make more of each of the units, or I may end up with extras.
 We'll see when the mystery is solved!

You can still catch up with the Clues by visiting Bonnie's blog HERE.
Today is the Clue Three link up HERE--it's fun to see how some are trying to figure out the mystery--check it out! 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Slow Stitching and a December Goal

I have kind of a different One Monthly Goal in December. Since it's so busy around the holidays, this won't get quilted, bound and labeled. My goal will be to get the last two borders on my Primitive Garden top.
I've been working on this project all year thanks to a sew along on Facebook, and this month we are working on the top border. 

This is the November block (border). Several people in the group added their pet dog or cat to some of the blocks. Since I don't have any pets right now, but have lots of squirrels around my bird feeders, I decided to add a couple to this border. I changed up the roof of the feeder and made it into a copper dome just for fun. 

My final border is all prepped and I will be doing some relaxing Slow Sunday Stitching today. I'm so excited to get to the end of this project!

Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE
and Slow Sunday Stitching HERE
Take me to the OMG Link-upSlow Sunday Stitching

Sunday, November 26, 2017

OMG and SSS!

My One Monthly Goal for November has been finished for a couple weeks. I hand quilted Palmateer Point with a clamshell design. It went pretty fast! 

After reading this post at Completely Cauchy (warning--some of her posts are not for the faint of heart!), I'm embracing my quilt stitches and will not call them big stitches or utility stitches--they are what they are.  The gold binding was just for fun. And since I finished my goal so early, I was able to get one new project squeezed in...

...a cute table runner from Cotton Tales called Autumn Gatherings. I picked up the kit at our guild "garage sale" this summer and have had it on my cutting table in hopes of getting it done for this fall. I'm going to go ahead and get it quilted so it's ready for next year---lol! 

Today I'm chilling out in front of the television and doing some Slow Sunday Stitching: basting hexies. I'm totally wrapped up in the Weeds marathon on Showtime and haven't accomplished a thing all weekend. Good thing today is the last day!

Linking with Elm Street Quilts HERE and Kathy's Quilts HERE
Take me to the OMG Link-upSlow Sunday Stitching

Sunday, November 19, 2017


It's really all about the little things for me this week. After climbing the walls for 14 days (and averaging 4 or 5 hours of sleep each night) I am finally at the end of my Prednisone nightmare--lol! 
I wish I could share the aroma of the tea I am drinking right now--TAZO Butterscotch Blondie! Mmmmm...not my usual brand, but sure is good!
I have lots of Slow Sunday Stitching today. I'm finishing up my third Primitive Garden border by adding a little embroidery detailing.....

My November UFO will be finished as soon as I get this label written out and sewn in place....

And then I hope to get some eyes on these little guys. I was going to do tiny buttons, but I think maybe beads will look better. We'll see. 

Then it will be on to the layering and quilting--I'm really happy with how this is coming along. There are lots of adorable versions on the Quilts by Cheri Friendship Group Facebook page. I love how everyone changed things up a bit--so fun!
Have a great day and I hope you have time to do some Slow Sunday Stitching of your own! 
Linking with Slow Sunday Stitching HERE
Slow Sunday Stitching

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday Stitchin'

Today I'll be appliqueing a copper roof (a little change from the original pattern) onto the bird feeder for my Primitive Garden  border three. It's thrilling to be so close to the end of this project. I can hardly wait to see it all together although I am kind of dreading doing the quilting. 

As I was appliqueing the white pumpkin on border 2 last month, I noticed my thread was collecting tiny globs of dark lint. I had just prepped the border, otherwise I would have just figured it was dust from sitting idle like a lot of my other projects--lol! It took a while, but I finally solved the mystery. 

I love using my felted wool mat for pressing my applique and piecing, but while at one of my October retreats, I began to notice I was doing a lot of sneezing. I do have a wool allergy, but as long as I'm not wearing the wool, I am usually okay. Sometimes, if I am doing a lot of wool applique, my eyes get itchy too, but not enough to deter me from my wool-y therapy!
Anyway, yes, my wool mat was the culprit. Upon close inspection, I could see my white pumpkin was covered with wool fibers. Probably all the other applique was too, but it's not so apparent on the darker colors. I had been using a press cloth on my wool mat whenever I would use Best Press or sizing just to keep it clean, but now I have made a little "pillow" case for it--super simple since I used the selvage edge at the opening, so no hemming!  Problem (and mystery) solved.  
Friday I was invited to help present some Quilts of Valor to a group of WWII veterans at the Brainerd High School. A couple of quilts that I had donated for QOV's had been chosen to be given out at the ceremony. so I was extremely honored to be there at the presentation. There's  a short video HERE of some highlights. Marcia Steven's organized the quilt presentation and did an awesome job! If you ever have an opportunity to particate in a QOV presentation, do it! 
Yes, tears were shed! 

I'm hoping my Slow Sunday Stitching today will calm my nerves. I'm pretty hyped up due to a course of Prednisone from an allergic reaction to a laundry detergent switch. My usual brand (that we've used since the early 1970's!) has been taken off the market and it's been a struggle to find a replacement.
 If it's not one thing it's another--yeesh!
Slow Sunday Stitching
Linking with Kathy at Slow Sunday Stitching HERE

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

New Month, New Goal

My One Monthly Goal this month will be to get this little Palmateer Point quilt finished.
I'm toying with the idea of hand quilting--maybe I can handle something this small?

The main reason I want to get that little quilt off the design wall (where it's pinned up to avoid being lost!) is so I can start to play with these Little Boys Britches blocks. I got these made up at the Keepsakes Cabin retreat last month. 

I also got the Mrs. Billings Coverlet Borders 11 and 12 sewn up.
Well, almost.
 Some of the background triangles needed for Border 12 were missing. I was hoping that I would locate them when I got home, but no luck. And apparently no more of the Jo Morton Toast II fabric is to be found either.
I guess I am having another "make do" moment! Sigh. 
This is what I got done at the Green Lake retreat.
I spent the entire time making the hourglass blocks and tiny stars needed for the sashings on my Primitive Garden quilt. A bonus was getting them all sewn together along with the blocks--lots of crazy partial seams, but easier than I expected. Whew!
Finally my Patches of Blue book by Edyta Sitar has arrived--it's beautiful! I pre-ordered it months ago and didn't think it would ever get here--lots of eye candy to drool over.
I couldn't resist showing my new book with some of the lovely gifts I received for my birthday in October: a bundle of gorgeous fabrics from my friend Miriam and a fun Edyta Sitar nail file (it's also a lint remover on the back side!) from my cousin Barb. She also made me the adorable mini Lucy Boston block pin cushion--awesome and adorable!!!

I guess I better get to work on my November goal before I'm distracted by something in my new book--ha-ha!
Check out more One Monthly Goal's for November HERE


Sunday, October 29, 2017

October UFO Finish and a Little Slow Sunday Stitching

I've been a terrible blogger this month--surgery and two retreats--that's my excuse!
My October One Monthly Goal is finally done. Whew!  Again, I was quilting and binding it at the end of the month and wasn't sure I would make it in time--seems to be a hab
it of mine. 
My UFO for October (Temecula Quilt Company's Marvelous Mini Monday) was the result of a Sew Along, and I have been sucked into another one. Actually, I have no self control when it comes to a SAL. it seems! This one is on the  Quilts by Cheri Friendship Group.

My background is blue homespun bordered by Grunge.
That's as far as I got before leaving for my second retreat.
I'm going to have to get a little more done for Monday's progress report. 

In the meantime, I will be doing some Slow Sunday Stitching on my Mrs. Billings outer border. I may get this project done yet.........!

Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE
and Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching HERE
Slow Sunday Stitching

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October Goals

 Temecula Quilt Company's Marvelous Mini Monday
My list of goals for the month of October is long, but this little quilt will be my One Monthly Goal from the UFO pile. 

I have two retreats this month, so while at quilt camp, I hope to get all the sashing sewn for my Primitive Garden quilt. The PG Facebook group is on to the borders now and they are labor intensive! Julee Prose was kind enough to share her pattern for the flag that I subbed in place of the hose for the right border.
This month we are working on the bottom border--I will be trying to get it set up ASAP, since I waited too long to get started on the September border and didn't finish until October 1st. This border will have some changes as well. I need to add a white pumpkin since I'm a little obsessed with them right now--lol! 

Palmateer Point 
Okay--I've never been able to participate in one of Lori's little SAL's for one reason or another, but this time I already had a drawer full of 4 patches and was compelled to sew! I added a row at the top on bottom to make it into a rectangle. There will be more instructions coming for this little quilt on Friday--we'll see if my rectangle works out! 

Texas Tribute
I posted this little quilt on Instagram a while back.
Moda has been having little monthly contests featuring their designers. I've joined in on a few of them only when I have some of the fabrics in my stash. This little quilt is for the Primitive Gatherings challenge to make a small quilt from PG fabrics. I used all scraps from my stash--and I got in some Big Stitch Quilting practice. 

The stars are super simple wool applique.
I used  Block Base software to size block #3685 Texas Ranger's Badge to four inches.
My friend Brenda P. gifted me with this wondrous pile of plaids. I don't know what the first project will be using them but I have a long list of ideas swirling around in my head. 
There are a few homespun fabrics, but for the most part they are the recycled shirts I've been lusting after--and they are 99.9% blues!!!! Thanks again Brenda--I love them! 
See more OMG's HERE

Thursday, September 28, 2017

September Goal....

What a crazy month! I can't really wrap my brain around summer being over yet.

 We had a pretty bad storm last week and had no power for about 16 hours. This is the only tree that fell across our property. We are so grateful it wasn't worse--almost nothing compared to other weather related damage elsewhere in the world. 
This is just a couple houses away from us--trees down all the way to the lake. 
Most of the damage looks like these trees snapped off in the middle of the trunks, but there were also many uprooted. Apparently this was all caused by straight line winds. 
There are lots of new wood piles ready to dry out for burning. 
I got a chance to gather up some fallen birch. Since my petunias were decimated by the wind, I replaced them with birch cuts (thanks to Mr. Moosebay).
Excuse my plastic garden shed curtains--I've been meaning to take them down for years--lol!
Last night I put in the final binding stitches and added the label to my September UFO Flower Pots. I was seriously worried that I wouldn't get this done by the end of the month. 

Flower Pots is my One Monthly Goal for September.
It was started as a sew along with Annette Plog from her book True Blue Quilts.
I justified joining the sew along because I already had the book--haha! 

Somehow I ended up with an extra block, so it became the quilt label rather than an orphan block--don't need more of those!  

A few days ago, I realized I already had made a "Flower Pot" quilt. It's usually buried under Mr. Moosebay's clothes, so I don't feel too bad that I had forgotten about it. It's from a Miss Rosie Schnibble's pattern. I think it's kind of fun to have a light and dark version! 

Now if I can get my Primitive Garden block done for this month I will be really happy--off to do some hand stitching! 
See more finishes HERE at One Monthly Goal