Saturday, February 16, 2019

2/16/18–Test Blog Post

I’m having a problem posting my current blog post.  Sorry for the test blog. 


Monday, January 14, 2019

Design Wall Monday–January 14, 2019

As I’ve mentioned before, I am participating in Pat Sloan’s block of the week which comes out every Wednesday.  While poking around her website I spent some time looking at her block of the month “Out of this World”,  It just started the beginning of January and looks like a lot of fun.  I’m not 100% sure I will do the entire BOM but I decided to make the first block.IMG_0515It’s a nice big 16” block.  I’m thinking I will try to use the bright floral throughout the year in each block, but we will see.

Have a great week.  It’s raining here and is suppose to continue off and on all week.  For those of us in Southern California this is very unusual.  We need the rain but we are terrible drivers in it. 

Stay safe.



Sunday, January 6, 2019

And Now For The Hard Part



I mentioned the other day that a request (one that I couldn’t say no to) was made of me to make a flannel rag quilt using Day of the Dead fabric.  After searching the internet and my local fabric store (M & L), I realized if Day of the Dead flannel exists it’s doing a very good job of hiding.  So it was time to go to plan “B” (remember this is one I can’t say no to). 

What is plan “B” you ask?  I have lots of Day of the Dead regular cotton fabric so I decided to put it on one side.  The back of it is black flannel and then each square has a colored piece of flannel as the middle layer that will hopefully show better once it’s clipped, washed and dried.  The blocks are cut at 10” but using 1/2” seams they should measure 9” before it is washed and dried.  Who knows how much it will shrink up but it’s starting out 72” x 90”.  Nice and big to nap on the couch with while snuggling with the doggies.

Tonight is family dinner night, guess what we’re doing after we eat…………..clip, clip, clip, the hard part. 



Saturday, January 5, 2019

Block 1–Pat Sloan’s Block of the Week–Flower Bouquet

If you’re a fan of Pat Sloan you probably already know about her new block of the week that just started this last Wednesday. 

I’m not sure I love my fabric but I made my first block anyway. 


You can check out Pat’s instructions here



Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Welcome–2019–I’m looking forward to fun and hard work!

Blog picture.

This year my sewing room is going to be shown as part of the Orange Grove Quilter’s Guild quilt room tour and luncheon  I am looking forward to a fantastic year of being creative but because I’m just a little (or a lot messy), I have my work cut out for me.  Hopefully, everyday I can make a small dent in getting it presentable. 

Of course while this happens, several things are on my list that I really need to get accomplished.  First things first.  My step daughter recently got married.  Although they have been together for 11 years they surprised us with getting married suddenly a few weeks ago.  So of course I need to make them a wedding quilt.  I’ve started it but it will take me a while.  The plan is a double wedding ring (sort of) using the Metro Ring pattern along with their curved ruler. 

But, isn’t there always a but?  In the mean time I they want an old fashioned flannel rag quilt with Day of the Dead fabric.  Sounds simple enough except for the life of me I can not find flannel Day of the Dead fabric.  So my backup plan is to use regular cotton Day of the Dead fabric along with a bright colored flannel in the center and black on the back.  Thank goodness my entire family will help with the clipping but in the mean time I am sewing away. 


Have a great year and stay with me for the journey of cleaning my messy sewing room.



P.S.  I have until June 22 to get ready for the tour.  Wish me luck and send prayers and empty boxes!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Am I seeing double???

As usual on a quiet Sunday morning I am sitting here checking my email and visiting Facebook to see what everyone is up to.  Today is tamale making day at my house so it’s about to get crazy.  Yesterday was tamale making day for my cousins in San Diego and of course they posted pictures. 

So why am I seeing double???

This is a quilt that I have hanging on my wall in my living room.  It was made by Frances Moore (I love Frances) and I purchased it during a quilt auction many years ago.  According to the label it was made back in 1999.  Every Christmas I pull it out and display it. 


So what a shock it was when I saw this picture on my cousin Stephanie Landa’s Facebook page this morning.

stephanie Landa

Now I bet you are seeing double. 



Friday, December 7, 2018

Five of a Kind - 2018

A while back I shared the the 5 travel cases I made for the “Five of a Kind” Christmas gift exchange that I participate in each years.  Once again, here’s what I made. 

IMG_0486Today was the day for our exchange and luncheon.  Want to see what I received????? I did good.  I’m very pleased. 

Here we go.


First up, this darling little wall hanging made by Justine Gentile.  It will look great on my front door in February. 


Another wall hanging but this one is made from wool.  See that big bell on his hat?  This was made by Lynette Ashton.


A beautiful hand stitch eye glass case (or maybe a case for my rotary cutter) was made by Christi Kolisnyk.


Pat Adair made this wonderful wall hanging to celebrate St. Patrick’s day.  This one may be a little large for my front door but I will definitely find a place to hang it in March.  Love the label Pat. 

Last but certainly not least is a candle holder with a battery operated candle.  Nancy Post made this using the bottom of clay pots for the base and the top told.  I guess she glued them in place before painting the entire this.  It is really well made. 


I guess that it until next year.  I’ll start thinking about that after we get through the holidays. 



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