Thursday, November 16, 2017

Grandma’s Kitchen–Block 20 - 25

This week’s block is called Lovely Dishes. 


This block completes the 5th row.  We have 5 blocks to go that will be added to the bottom and become the 6th row. 


I’m still loving the process as well as the quilt.  Can’t wait to see what comes next. 



Monday, November 13, 2017

Design Wall Monday–November 13, 2017

I’ve made progress on my “Five of a Kind” that I’m making for a holiday gift exchange.  As a reminder, there are twelve of us and each make “Five of a Kind” gifts.  When you arrive you are assigned a code name and the names go in a hat.  When it’s your turn you draw out five names (not your own) and those are the five gifts you receive to take home.  It’s a lot of fun and although there are many table runners there are also a variety of other things people make. This is the first time I’ve made a small quilt for the exchange. 


The top one is completed but still needs it’s buttons sewn on.  The next three are completely appliqued to the background but still need to be trimmed, a little additional quilting, binding added and buttons sewn on.  The bottom one still needs to be appliqued down and then completed like the others.  It’s a slow process but I soooooooooo love these little guys.  They seem to take on a personality of their own.  I hope the five friends that receive one, likes it.



Friday, November 10, 2017

Grandma’s Kitchen–Block 19/25

Some blocks I just like better than others and this week I love the block.  It is called Mending Basket.  I really wanted to use a stripe for the spool of thread but I didn’t seem to have one that worked so instead I ended up with this.


This is the block with the filler strips and checker board already added.  And here it is sewn into its row.


Can’t wait to see what’s next.  Thank you Pat Sloan for the great quilt.



Monday, November 6, 2017

Design Wall Monday–November 6, 2017

I am part of a group that does a Christmas gift exchange.  There are 12 participants and each individual makes 5 gifts.  There is a random pick of which 5 gifts you will get in exchange for the ones you made.  It’s a lot of fun with a great group of women. 

I have made various things for the exchange in the past but this year I settled on a table topper (could be a wall hanging).  Before making all 5, I made one from start to finish to make sure I like it.  I’ve done that (and I do like it) now it’s time to complete the remaining 4. 


I still need to added buttons but that will come later.

Hope you have a great week.



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Grandma’s Kitchen–Block 18 of 25

“The Fridge” is this week’s block from Pat Sloan’s Grandma’s Kitchen block of the week.  Here’s mine.


I used kind of funky fabrics this week but I think it’s fun and I like it.  I’m pretty much caught up so I decided to go ahead and add it to its place in row 5.


Check back next week as we get closer to completing this really fun quilt. 



Friday, October 27, 2017

Grandma’s Kitchen–Block 17 of 25

After getting all caught up with the Pat Sloan Grandma’s Kitchen layout, I was able to work on Block 17.  This one is called pantry goods.


Here the block is surrounded by some of the filler pieces that will be used when the next row is added.

I’m still lovin it!



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Grandma’s Kitchen Quilt

Last week Pat Sloan didn’t release block 17 but instead showed us the layout.  We still have 9 blocks to go, however the 1st 4 rows of blocks are done so I went ahead and added the filler pieces.  I love how it is coming together.  IMG_0110

I’ve added a white-on-white, a textured black and a funky grey to the mix. 

I think that we will get the directions for block 17 tomorrow.  There are still 2 rows to go.  YEAH!!!!



Monday, October 23, 2017

Design Wall Monday–October 23, 2017

Last Wednesday Pat Sloan posted the layout for her Grandma’s Kitchen block of the week quilt.  I’ve started working on adding the fillers and sewing the rows together.  So far I only have the first row completed but it’s up on my design wall and hopefully I’ll get more of it completed before the next block gets released on Wednesday.


I’m introducing a new white on white, a textured black and a funky grey to the mix. 

In the mean time I completed a quilt top while at a retreat last week. 


It’s in the process of being quilted so it will be a while before it gets the binding added and ready to be given as a gift.  More about that later.

Hope you have a great week…………………………..until next time,



Saturday, October 14, 2017

Grandma’s Kitchen–Block 16 - 25

This week the block is called Small Change.  It’s not my favorite, but I’m sure I’ll like it once it sewn together with the other blocks. 


Here’s a link to Pat Sloan’s website I Love to Make Quilts.



Monday, October 9, 2017

Design Wall Monday–October 9, 2017

Still working on my Grammy Squares.  I have 14 made and a gazillion to go.


I’m also looking at my Pat Sloan Grandma’s Kitchen and patiently waiting for this weeks block.


Hope you have a great week planned. 



Friday, October 6, 2017

Grandma’s Kitchen–Blocks 14/25 and 15/25

I recently returned from a fabulous family vacation in New York so yesterday I played catch-up on my Grandma’s Kitchen blocks. 

So without further ado……………………IMG_4091

Block 14


Block 15

I can’t begin to tell you how much fun I am having making these blocks.  It’s been a very long time since I’ve made a sampler and the timing is perfect.  I’ve been wanting to use these fabrics together for quite sometime so it is really fun and satisfying. 



Monday, September 25, 2017

Design Wall Monday–September 25, 2017

I’ve been busy getting ready to leave on vacation but I’ve managed to spend a little bit of time sewing three more of my Grammy Blocks.


They still need to be trimmed but all the pieces are sewn together.  Here’s the next one waiting it’s turn to be sewn. 


And in case you're curious, here’s a sneak peek of my sewing space. 


Have I mentioned lately, I love my Juki. 

Now it’s time to get serious about packing for my upcoming vacation.  Have a great week, I know I will.



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Grandma’s Kitchen–13 - 25

We made it, over half way there.  I’m still loving it as much as when we started.  Thank you Pat Sloan for offering this block of the week. 

This weeks theme is Sunday night dinner.  As I’ve mentioned before I really don’t remember my Grandma Eads and just barely remember my Grandma Ceniceros.  However, we do have Sunday Night dinner just about every week at my house.  It’s rare that at least part of the family isn’t here for Sunday night dinner so thankfully I have very strong feelings and memories of Sunday night dinners where I am the Grammy. 

Here’s my block this week.


This was a chance to bring a little bit of grey back in to the color scheme.  I’m happy with it. 



Monday, September 18, 2017

Design Wall Monday–September 18, 2017

If you’ve followed along with me each week as I post my Pat Sloan Grandma’s Kitchen blocks, you’ve already seen each of these.  Since we’re just about at the half way point, Pat suggested we put the 12 completed blocks up on a design wall, step back and evaluate what we like, don’t like, or want to change.  Well I must say, I love my blocks and wouldn’t change anything.  I do want to add the plaid at least once more and I want to add the grey to a few more blocks.  But so far, so good.


Hope you have a wonderful week, I know I will.



Saturday, September 16, 2017

Books–Real books printed on paper!

Remember back in the old days before we all read e-books on our Kindle or tablet?  Most of us used to ready the old fashioned way when books were printed on real paper.  Although I have lots and lots of books saved on my Kindle app on my iPhone and iPad, I’ve recently become nostalgic and want the feel of holding a book in my hands.  So the last several books I’ve read have been “books”. 

Last night as I was lying in bed (reading my book) I remembered that I used to have several book covers that I had made.  So I got up, opened a drawer on my nightstand and low and behold, there is a book cover I made quite a while ago.


The only problem is it’s for a traditional paperback size book and what I”m reading right now is the larger size paperback.  So what’s a gal to do?  First I laid there pondering my dilemma, but finally I went back to reading and decided to deal with my problem in the morning.  You see I’m going on vacation soon and I certainly don’t want to be seen with a naked book on the plane. 

So after having my coffee this morning I headed into my sewing room.  What should I do?  I finally decided to keep it simple.  So I measured my book, found some left over 2 1/2” strips and started creating.  Success!!!!!  I now have just the right size book cover.IMG_7786




And finally, the book I’m currently reading. 


This was a fun, quick and easy project but it’s nice to have accomplished something bright and early on a Saturday morning. 

Thank goodness it’s a fairly long book so hopefully I won’t finish it before I leave on vacation.



Friday, September 15, 2017

Grandma’s Kitchen–Block 12/25

We are fast approaching the half way mark with Pat Sloan’s block of the week “Grandma’s Kitchen”.  This week the block is called Kitchen Door.

Here’s my finished block. 


Have a great week-end.



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Design Wall Monday turned into Finish Up Tuesday

Yesterday I really did plan to post a Design Wall Monday picture but when I looked at my design wall there wasn’t anything on it.  However that didn’t mean I didn’t have anything in process or quilts that needed to be finished up

So yesterday I finished adding the border on this Quartered Stripes quilt. 


For some reason I felt the need to miter the border so that added a little time to the process.  In any event the top is finished and ready to be quilted.  See you tomorrow Vivs and Russ

Today was the day to add the binding on my first Quartered Stripe quilt that I shared a while back. 


Here’s a close-up of the faux piping binding that’s become my go to binding.  Remember I have a link over there on the right to show you how I make it.  --->


If you’d like to make your own Quartered Stripe quilt, Jenny at Missouri Star has a nice YouTube video that shows you how simple it is. 



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