Monday, July 24, 2017

Emily’s Graduation Quilt

Back on May 25th my granddaughter Emily graduation from college.  As her gift we are taking her with us on a trip to New York the end of September.  I had thought about making her a quilt but nothing jumped out at me until I remembered a quilt kit I had purchased a year ago from City Quilter in NYC.  When I heard they were closing I had purchased the kit and put it away.  So with a New York City trip planned, I decided to make the City Quilter kit for her. 

The top was finished and gifted for her graduation but it still needed to be quilted and the binding added.  As of this morning, it is complete and waiting for her to pick it up.


It’s hard to see the fabric but it depicts the various NYC sites, Empire State Building, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, etc.  Here’s a close-up.  IMG_7746

And here is the label that Bear’s Quilt Shop embroidered on the back. 




Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Grandma’s Kitchen–Block 4/25

Pat Sloan posted block 4 this morning.  I was anxious to get it made but I had another commitment so I didn’t get to it until this afternoon.


Here are all 4 blocks.


I’m really enjoying this process.  If you’d like to play along, head over to Pat’s website



Monday, July 17, 2017

Design Wall Monday–July 17, 2017

I returned on Saturday from a wonderful week of sewing with friends in Las Vegas.  We started off Monday morning at 9:00 and finished up Friday afternoon.  On Tuesday I taught my Sassy Scrappy Log Cabin and on Wednesday I shared a couple of small projects.  In between teaching and visiting I managed to work on a couple of things and thought I’d share them this morning.


This is a cute little table runner that is made using a free pattern of Bonnie Hunters.  Many of the gals were making full sized quilts but I had a few fat quarters that I had picked up either at Walmart or Tuesday morning so decided to make this little cutie.


On Tuesday I taught my Sassy, Scrappy Log cabin.  This is my sample and here are some of the blocks made by others.  Just like a traditional log cabin, these blocks can be made many different ways.  Here’s just a few.


There were more but this gives you a pretty good idea. 

One of the small projects was a table runner made using 1 charm pack.  I purchased this winter themed one and made this. 

IMG_3727I really liked how simple this was to make.  I see more of these in my future. 

I also worked on what I thought was going to be a Wedding quilt.  That is until I went to a fabulous quilt shop in Henderson, NV, Quiltique. but more about it later.

Here are some of the blocks that I’ve made.  You’ll see that the top two have been trimmed the others are waiting their turn.


I’m sure I spent time working on a few other things but that’s enough for now.

Enjoy your week!!!!!


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Grandma’s Kitchen–3/25

I’m in Las Vegas sewing with friends and various projects that I will share later but in the mean time I thought I’d share my block 3 of Pat Sloan’s, Grandma’s Kitchen weekly sew along.


If you’d like to join Pat and participate check it out here

Until next time,



Thursday, July 6, 2017

Grandma’s Kitchen–Block 2/25

Yesterday was the day that Pat Sloan posted the second block of her Grandma’s Kitchen weekly quilt along.  It’s a fairly simple block, but I like it. 


Here’s a link to the info Pat provides. 

Wonder what next week’s block will be? 



Monday, July 3, 2017

Grandma’s Kitchen–Block 1

I decided to play along with Pat Sloan and make her Grandma’s Kitchen quilt blocks.  It just started last week and as I understand it there will be a total of 25 blocks.  She will be releasing 1 block a week.  The 1st one is a 12” finished block but she has said they all may or may not all be the same size.  So we’ll see as we go along.  You can read more about it here

In the mean time, I made my first block.

Block 1



Thursday, June 29, 2017

Using Up Scraps

I still have a bunch of this very old pieced blue fabric that I made many years ago.  I think I originally was going to make a jacket out of it but that never happened.  Every once in a while I pull it out and use if for something.  A few years ago I make a shopping basket using it and when I stumbled across it again this week I decided why not make a Cell Phone/Tablet stand out of it.  In order to use up some smaller pieces I pieced it together so it has an extra seam in it but what the heck it’s just a Cell Phone/Tablet stand, who says it needs to be perfect.
Here it is with my mini-iPad sitting on it. 
Don’t forget I have a link to the tutorial over there on the right.  Check it out.  It doesn’t take long to make one for yourself, friends or family. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Design Wall Monday–June 26, 2017

This is what I’ve been working on, a tutorial for a cell phone/table holder.  If you’d like to make one (and you know you do), I have the tutorial available here

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

Today was a wonderful day spent visiting 5 quilter’s homes and quilt rooms as part of the Orange Grove Quilt Guild’s fund raiser.  It certainly inspired me to come home and take a good look at my messy, disorganized quilt room.  I guess it’s time for another cleanup and reorganization.

After the tour we had a delightful lunch at one of the local golf courses.  One of the activities was a small quilt challenge.  We were given a fat quarter and instructions to make a small quilt, using the fabric and the theme Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer as the inspiration. 

I don’t usually participate but this time I decided to give it a go.  Plus, it would make a nice addition to my front door quilt collection.  So here it is, in all it’s glory.



Monday, June 12, 2017

Design Wall Monday–June 12, 2017

I seem to be busy but for whatever reason I haven’t been busy sewing.  That being said I’ve managed to do a few things.  Just a few minutes ago I saw a very simple pattern for making an eyeglass case.  I just switched back to contacts (from my regular glasses) so of course I had to buy a pair of cute, cheap sunglasses but they came without a case.  So this was perfect.


As long as I had the camera out I thought I’d share a few more Edyta Sitar 8 pointed stars.


The purple one was made by someone in one of my friendship groups.  She had some problems with the assembly but I took it apart and redid it.  It looks fine now.  The other two I made from some scraps that were laying around.  The pink/red one has a few issues.  It had been a while since I’d made one but by the time I made the blue one I was getting much better.  I think I have about 15 of them now but I’d like a bed size quilt so I’ll just keep making them as I come across two fabrics that work well together.  I think I need a few with a print instead of one of the solids. 

This week is our Orange Grove Quilt Guild meeting and Bonnie Hunter is the guest speaker.  I have a few quilts that I’ve made using her patterns so I have them out for Show and Tell.  I’ll post pictures before I put the quilts away again.



Friday, June 2, 2017

A New Design Wall

A while back, Marilyn and I attended a quilt room tour hosted by Flying Geese Quilt Guild.  As you can imagine it was wonderful to see where others create.  It was filled with lots of inspiration from some very talented quilters.  I can’t even begin to tell you how gorgeous all of the homes were. 

One of the things I saw was a design wall that I fell in love with.  It was a new idea to me.  I took some pictures and finally yesterday I created a close replica of the one I saw at Julie Greenspan’s home.


Can you tell it’s a design wall all rolled up?

Here it is down and doing it’s job.


I love how it turned out and it was really very simple. 



Monday, May 22, 2017

Design Wall Monday–May 22, 2017

This week I’m Big Bear Lake attending a retreat with friends.  Therefore my design wall is my workstation and a couch.  First up here’s a project in process.


Not much to see yet but I’m sure it will grow as the day goes on.  Next up, here’s our sewing area.  It’s tiny but it works for us. 


My other project I’m planning on completing is my Bonnie Hunter Texas Rose.  As you can see by the label, it was started a very long time ago.  I finished it last year at this same retreat but I struggled with how to bind it.  I’ve finally figured it out so over the next couple of days it will really, truly be finished and I’ll add a final note to the label. 







Hope you all have a fabulous week doing and working on something you love.



Monday, May 15, 2017

Design Wall Monday–May 15, 2017

Last Thursday I attended a workshop taught by Rami Kim.  If you ever get an opportunity, take it, she is a delight.  In the class we worked on making a purse.  The highlight of the project is making these little folded pieces out of fabric to add detail and decoration to the front and back of the purse.


Here are my pieces waiting to be completed.  Here’s a couple of close-ups of the folded accent pieces.



The folded hexagon is on the left and the folded square is on the right.  They are actually fairly easy to make and sooooooo much fun. 

There are four of us that are getting together tomorrow to finish up our bags.  We figure together we’ll have fun and enjoy the whole process.  I’ll post pictures once it’s competed.

See you soon!



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