Monthly Archives: May 2015

Passing the Torch


Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to spend the evening with my sons fiancé helping her start her first quilt.  She has chosen to make a t-shirt quilt using her old high school t-shirts.  So far we have put a very light weight stabilizer on the backs and last night she cut them.  She is choosing to make various sizes and then we will sash them.  image

We need to audition different  sashing fabrics to see what color she wants.  I am trying my best to not influence her taste and style, so I was ecstatic when I asked her if she wanted one constant fabric as the sashing or many, and she answered many.  I love working with scrappy, and apparently so does she!  It is wonderful that she wants to work with me and I have hopes that just maybe she will get bitten with the quilt bug as deeply as me!


Badger Boys Quilt Finish


So far this year, all of the quilts I have finished have been special. My Grandson Jackson received the first quilt finish this year. I used great care to pack the baby quilt so it would never leave my hands or presence. It went in my carry on and made the journey to California with me. I cuddled with that adorable little man under that quilt . So special!


My two other finishes were very personal goals. One quilt was special in that my thriftiness came to light in using a whole bunch of tiny scraps. It was designed by me in a process that I have only come to a very comfortable place with in the last year or so. No Pattern!! The second quilt is dedicated to my Mom. Old scraps, new scraps, memories and a great deal of meaning. More than that I have special plans for both of these quilts that I will reveal more about later. Exciting news for sure!

And now this most recent finish had been talked about before. The recipient has only been sent a small snap shot, and he was pleased! I cant wait for that final reveal. It is great to do a quilt for someone when they excitedly request it.


Adding the binding! Almost done!


Label added and and through the wash with a color catcher. 


More photos soon!


Block Swap


One of the groups I am a member of is hosting a friendship star block.  There was talk of it quite a while ago, and it was finally posted last week.  There are several different color ways a person could sign up for, batiks, solids, scrappy and Christmas.  I decided to do the Christmas one.  I have plenty of Christmas fabrics in my stash to at least get me a start.  We only have to send in seven blocks a month for nine months, not too much of a commitment, right?  I really like doing swaps, it helps me to really pay attention and make sure I am doing my best work.  I really want to send in blocks that are just right.  It’s fun to wait and receive squishy envelopes in the mail every month.  Here is a picture of the blocks I will be sending in this June.image


Pretty easy huh?  I think it will be easy to keep up with this one.  My goal will be to have it done and quilted by Christmas 2016.

For my other projects I still have the appliqué out and ready to work on some more, but I am really wanting to get back to the machine quilting.  I’m so glad  the machine I had to take in to the repair shop is fixed and picked up!😃.  Now if I could put a few more hours in the day so I could quilt more!



In the Thick of It! Just a Project or Three!


In the basement. .. we have this going on:


This is the Badger Boys State quilt promised to a son, and I am just below midway on the big star.





This is a Janome  1600P sewing machine on a New Joy quilting frame.  There has been a bit of a learning curve with this.  It is a Midarm machine. I am currently having issues with the thread breaking and have tried the whole re threading, checking the bobbin, changing the needle scenario.  I finally just walked away yesterday to take a break.  Perhaps the tension is to tight on my fabric or the whole project is too high or not level on the frame. I will try those options later.  No giving up.  This is a quilt with a deadline!

And upstairs we have this activity:


40 blocks done and a mere 75 to go!

Coming Soon. .. (hopefully), there will be a non quilty project being started.  This one will take me a bit out of my comfort zone!  Stay tuned!


Weekend Project


Happy Mothers Day!  It has been a whirlwind weekend.  After getting the shopping done for Mothers Day, which I am hosting at my house, I was able to spend some time at my sewing machine.  At the quilt show we went to recently I found a pattern for a purse.  I love making purses, I already have patterns that I have not yet sewn, but they always call out to me at shows.  This purse was a quick and easy one to put together.  I worked on it a little Friday night and finished it up in about half a day on Saturday. imageI loved the spring like colors.  The pattern is called Barbados Bag by Pink Sand Beach Designs and really was quite simple to make.  The instructions were written well with lots of pictures to follow.  Now, what to work on next!


A Gadget Cushion, Talk of Gadgets and Chocolate Chip Cookies!


Just a few highlights from yesterday!

At the quilt show we attended on Sunday, I had picked up a nifty little kit for a Gadget Cushion. I LOVE GADGETS! So, a nifty little item to maybe hold a gadget or two is all good in my book!  The Gadget Cushion Pattern can found Here. A website that I certainly want to spend more time looking at:

The pattern and directions are basically printed on fusible interfacing. You cut out the pattern, fuse to the back of your chosen fabric and follow the directions to create this cushion.



The only drawback for me was that it was a bit hard to read on the interfacing. For my own purposes, I copied the directions section onto white paper so my aging eyes could make out the print!

Have a leftover Layer Cake Square? That will put this little guy together!

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This was filled with Crushed Walnut Shells, which is supposed to keep the pins sharp.

This would also be a great spot to put the cell phone. At this time it was the gadget I was using to take the pictures!

Gadget Talk

I was scolded the other day for not telling Luanne about my seam ripper! Then to add to it.. my own sister gave me the what for about it!! So, I then shared with her one of my other favorite seam rippers. It is a Havel’s Seam Ripper. This is held like a pencil when you use it. It is a very sharp blade that cuts through the thread like butter I tell ya! Did I mention that it is very sharp? Great care when using is required. So wait until you have had some coffee before using.. but not too much!wpid-20150506_171627.jpg

The other item we discussed was a Sewing Machine Seam Guide. We got on the subject of accuracy, (sister and me)  and knowing when you really had a 1/4 inch seam allowance. I had recommend this item to her.


This can be found on Bonnie Hunters website, but I am have seen others that carry it. I use this tool in conjunction with this technique for a seam guide. Great patterns, blog, books, tutorials and more can be found at

Lastly… we have cookies!

Chocolate Chip! Gluten Free! My sweet husband went in search of a Kitchenaid Mixer for me last weekend. He was successful in finding a new in the box red Kitchenaid 600P. It is a lot of mixer. As I eat gluten free, my options for breads and any other baked goods are somewhat limited. Almost all of the breads that are found at the grocery are frozen. This will expand my being able to eat fresher, and maybe a little cheaper gluten free items. I could not ignore his request for chocolate chip cookies using his Grandma’s recipe, after he was so kind as to bring this mixer home!


Make it a good one!


Quilt Show!


What a wonderful day yesterday was. The weather is finally getting warm, leaves are opening on the trees and there was a spring quilt show to go to!  Pam and I met for some much needed girl time just to get away from everything that presses us at our homes.  It was a small show, put on by a local quilt guild, but the quilts were wonderful!  I wish I could post a picture of the quilt that won best of show!  Pam and I were going up and down the rows and were admiring this particular quilt, wondering why we did not see a ribbon on it.  The quilting was fantastic and we were admiring it as close as we dared get without touching.  Then we found, if you went around the corner, we had been looking at the back of the quilt!!  I could not believe how wonderful this quilt was!

We wandered through the merchant mall, making purchases here and there and making friends with some of the vendors.  We tend to be outgoing and love talking with everyone. here is one little fun thing I found.wpid-20150503_161359.jpgIt is a fan that folds down real small to tuck into my purse. We discussed that it would be good to have during ones “power surges” aka hot flashes.  Or I can use it as a frisbee with with my grand kids in the house!  Here is another treasure I came across at another booth..image

This little beauty is called seam-fix.  It is a seam ripper with an end that gets out all those bothersome little pieces of thread left behind after you unsew a seam. Where has this little gadget been all my life?!  Apparently it has been around for a while, I just never learned about it till yesterday.  I am glad to have it, just not so excited about having to use it as that will mean I have made a mistake that needs fixing.  I do love gadgets!


Quilt show from Pam!

It is May already and this is the first quilt show that we have been able to attend this year. It was a small and local show which made it easy to get away for.

We did have a great time as we most usually do. I did get to catch up with my friend Elizabeth who has an online quilting site called Holliehocks. She sells online and at quilt shows. It was great to finally see her wares! She features precuts, sewing cases, buddy cases, notions, books and more.

As Luanne mentioned, we strolled the quilt show. There were all levels of quilts. I would say that there were more traditional quilts featured than Art or Contemporary/modern quilts. I was most taken by the fine quilting that was done by some of these artists! AMAZING!

I was scolded by Luanne for not telling her about the seam ripper she bought at the show. I am sure I did. The selling point for me was that at the end of the cap, there is a soft like eraser. It is  great for pulling out the tiny threads that are left after you rip a seam. It gets used at my house!

My find of the day was a little kit to make a phone or gadget stand. Imagine a fabric wedge filled with crushed walnut shells. I will make it up and get it posted. My phone is always with me at my sewing desk and it would be great to have a spot for it!

All for now!