Sunday, December 27, 2015

Santa Sack Swap 2015

I joined the Santa Sack Swap for 2015 for the first time and had a great time choosing and making gifts for my partner Sharon. The swap started in July and was to be mailed near the end of November. Each person was to make a stocking, bag or basket with 5 gifts -1 per month - most were to be handmade We both decided to wait until Christmas to open our packages but that meant about a month of looking at the bag, or trying not to look at the bag, and the wrapped gifts inside. The wait was definitely worth it!

This is the outside of the bag- the front and the back- and I am in love with this fabric!

When I took everything out, here is what I had - I was pretty sure that there was a jelly roll in here!

I was right - the jelly roll was by Me and My Sister designs - one of my favorite designers. Great colors!

And then there was this intriguing "folder" tied with a ribbon. Inside I found a great pair of small scissors, a little snap pocket, a place for pins, and pouch pockets along the bottom. What a wonderful way to carry some sewing supplies when I travel! 

There was also a bag of goodies, a wall hanging, and a table runner.

The colors in the hanging and the table runner will work perfectly in my house! Thanks so much Sharon for these wonderful gifts!

I am joining Pat Sloan in her "UFO Busting Plan 2016"  in an effort to finish up some of my projects that are "hanging around".  She has a plan for us to use to get us started. If you want to read more about this and make a dent in your UFO stack, you can read about it on her blog here:  

Along with finishing up some UFOs, I plan to do better in 2016 with keeping up with my blog - so I'll see you more next year!

I hope you had a good Christmas and that 2016 brings you good things.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Where Does the Time Go?

This post was originally written in June and never published. So I'm going to put this one out there so that I can jump start myself ! So this info is old but still valid. I will begin working on a new update and see if I can catch up.

Does it ever just seem that a whole bunch of time has passed and you didn't really notice? Of course you know that time is moving on but sometimes it is hard to believe how quickly. I can't believe that it's already mid June and I have not written a post since April. I've had things to do during these last couple of months but not so much that I couldn't write. I think a lot of it is because blogging is fairly new to me and it's not a habit yet. 
With that said, I'll give an update on what's new with me.

I'm still working on my vacation block of the month with Pat Sloan. May's block is done and June's block is in the planning stages. 
This is the block for May, called Beach Bag.
I've narrowed down the fabrics for June's block but have been busy working on other things so I put it aside for now. When we started this BoM, we numbered our fabric and usually I just use whatever "number" fabric that Pat has used but this time I decided to do it differently. I started my color palette with a FQ pack that I had and added extra fabrics to with those fabrics. When using Pat's set-up with a certain number of each color, I had a few fabrics that didn't really work as well for one reason or another. I decided to pull one of them for the center of this block because they just seem to work well. Now to decide which one! Here is what I'm considering.

I've been working on this one with the fabrics that I showed you last time.

Talk to you again soon - hopefully in a few days.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


I found this post I had started in late April and never finished so I'm posting it today as a preview of the blog I'm working on that show my projects - from these fabrics and others:

I've got several things planned for the near future and this is one I'm really looking forward to.
There's a special little girl who will be 2 in July and guess what (who) she really loves. You're right, it's Minnie Mouse - in red, not pink (a girl after my own heart!).
This little lady is my almost granddaughter - I got to travel with my best friend, her grandmother, from Texas to Marystown in Newfoundland Canada when she was born. Her parents are there for a while for work and will be back in Texas for her birthday. I made a pretty pink quilt when she was born so I'm going to follow it with a cute red, black and white Minnie quilt now that she's getting big. Watch for more later - I designed the quilt in EQ 7.

Speaking of grandchildren . . . .  I'm going to be a GRANDMOTHER in September! I can't 
believe that I haven't shared that before! This is some fabric that my daughter-in-love picked out with her mom to make a quilt for the new one (her mom is one of my quilting friends and will make the simple quilt they picked). It has the colors that she wants to use- gray, teal blue, and lime green - and her theme is zoo animals. She is keeping things generic because they are not finding out if it's a boy or girl.
I bought this striped fabric from the same line to  make a skirt for the crib and the gray for a sheet (maybe).

The last fabric I'm showing today is one for a quilt for a special young man - he's my oldest son. Several years ago when I was just starting to quilt, I made a quilt for my niece and took it to her shower. He was there and said "now I know where I stand: you've never made me a quilt". (That's not true but that's a different story!) Anyway, since then I have been looking for the perfect quilt for a young man in his late 20's. This is the fabric I have collected over the course of a year. 

Look for more about these fabrics in the next post, hopefully soon!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Past Time!

It's way past time to post a new entry for my blog! It doesn't seem like I have done much sewing but I guess I've done more than I realize.

The last several weeks this is the project I've been working on. It's actually a UFO from the fall of 2012. I got the top made and started doing some stitch in the ditch when I realized that I needed to go across each row of squares not in the ditch. So I pulled out my stitches (not too many, fortunately), set it aside and got busy with other things. This is made on the fusible grid interfacing and had the shape drawn on it by the class instructor. We placed all our fabrics on the grid and used a small iron to secure them before we began to sew. We folded between each column of squares (I think they started out at 2") and sewed a 1/4" seam. After sewing them all one direction, we had to clip at each intersection and sew the other way. It was quite a new technique for me but I did enjoy it.

I've had it on my "to do" list since the fall but had an incentive to get it done before the middle of the month. A local church is going to have a quilt show where they drape quilts over the pews for display. I was asked by a friend from that church I if would loan a quilt or two and I thought this would be really different from any other quilt. It did not take much to finish it but now I am looking for the embellishments that I bought for it and just recently put "in a safe place" (I'll send it without if I can't find them in time).
If you look close, you can see things that I consider important, either in Texas: state symbols, professional sports teams or for my family: colleges, occupations, recreation.
I hope you enjoy it - I know I can't wait to put it on the wall after the show. 
Next week I'll give the link to the show in case anyone from around Houston is reading and would like to go.

This is the Block of the Month I'm doing for 2015. I joined Pat Sloan's Vacation Time for this year's project. (There is a link on the right to the supply list and patterns.)  So far I have made 4 blocks - one each month this year, and yes, I have done them during the month they were meant to be done. Somehow, though, I have not shared them before today so here they are!

First is January's block "Down by the Boardwalk"

Next is "Toes in the Sand" which we did in February.

March's block is called "Surf's Up".
 And for April we have "The Penny Arcade".

Here are all the blocks together. 

I'm using a FQ bundle that I had bought for a quilt for my father-in-law. I was debating what to use and decided this would be a good pattern for his quilt. I added in a few more fabrics and the yardage needed for background and borders. 

It's a nice soft but manly palette and I like the way it looks so far. I will be adding in a few extra blocks so that it will fit a twin bed. I plans to have it finished for him for Christmas.

Have a great day!