Monday, April 16, 2018

Design Wall Monday–April 16, 2018

It’s been a while since I last posted a Design Wall Monday post but I’ve had a variety of excuses.  I was on vacation and then followed that with a retreat with my Wednesday Wacko Friendship group. 

While at the retreat I worked on a project I call “Great Grammy Quilt”.  I will be teaching it in Las Vegas in July. 

I have 28 blocks finished but I think I need 40 for this particular quilt.  Here are the 3 that are on my design wall in my sewing room and then a 2nd picture of some of them hanging on the wall at the retreat center in Temecula.


I need to keep plugging away.  I hope to have all the blocks made so that I can start adding the sashing, sew it together, add the borders and get it ready to be quilted.  NO PRESSURE AT ALL!!!!! Yikes!!!!!

Have a great week. 



Monday, March 12, 2018

Design Wall Monday–March 12, 2018

I am going on vacation soon and I am beyond excited.  I will be checking off one of the things on my bucket list…….Zip Lining.  And no doubt you are wondering what in the world that has to do with sewing or quilting.  Well, as I was reading through the information for our upcoming adventure I realized that a purse just isn’t going to work. What I need is a drawstring backpack.  So I did what everyone should do, I searched google for a drawstring backpack pattern so that I could make one.  What I found was perfect. 

Drawstring Backpack 1

Drawstring Backpack 2

This was meant to be just a sample but as it turns out, I really like it.  The only think I might add in the future is a zipper pocket on the inside.  Other than that, I love it and I think it will work perfectly to hold my stuff when I go zip along. 

You can find the “free” pattern on Craftsy and then simply search for Easy Drawstring Backpack by SewCanShe.  It really is quick and easy. 



Monday, March 5, 2018

Design Wall Monday–March 5, 2018

I have been looking for these blocks for a while now.  I knew I had them somewhere but for the life of me couldn’t figure out where I had put them.  I was cleaning out a drawer of miscellaneous “stuff” and low and behold there they were.  I’m planning/hoping to not lose them again.  IMG_0229

These were given to me by members of the Cotton Patcher friendship group a few years ago.  They’re fairly small but that was the plan.  This will make a very cute new “Front Door Quilt” for next Christmas. 

I think I’m going to sash it with red and possibly some more white.  We shall see.  I’m not sure it’s next on my to-do list but I’ll keep it near the top. 



Monday, February 19, 2018

Design Wall Monday–February 19, 2019

Here’s another little quilt from the retreat I recently attended in Carpinteria.  It was called “It Takes A Village” and was taught by Jean Impey and Freddy Moran.  This method really pushes me out of my comfort zone but I sooooooooooooooo loved it. 

This one still needs to be quilted and bound but you get the idea. 


I love her, I absolutely love her and I can’t wait to add the quilting.  I’m trying to decide what to make next in this style but I’m not sure but something will come to me.

In the mean time, I’m headed to Temecula with friends for another retreat.  I have “serious” stuff to work on while there but when I get home I’ll get back to this and get it quilted. 



Monday, February 12, 2018

Design Wall Monday–February 12, 2018

I am so inspired by the 3 days I spent with Freddy Moran and Jean Impey las week.  I showed a quilt a few days ago that was my first “It Takes a Village” quilt or as Jean named it “Freddy Way”.  My second quilt is now on my design wall and I’m planning on quilting it today.  It is a small birthday quilt that I will hang on my front door to celebrate birthday’s of our friends and family. 


I think I’m getting spoiled when quilting these little fun quilts.  The idea is to use black thread and simply scribble all the edges and designs.  It is very fast and super easy.  However, it certainly doesn’t reinforce any of the technical, free motion, quilting skills I’ve been trying to improve.  You won’t find any nice and neat feathers, pebbles or chalked designs here, but boy is it fun.

Until next time,




Saturday, February 10, 2018

It Takes a Village

This last week I was fortunate to spend 3 full days sewing, creating and learning from Freddy Moran and Jean Impey.  What a joy!  I had an absolutely wonderful time. 

The “Freddy Way” was to rough cut, rough sew, tear and whatever else to create wonderful works of art.  She says we are Quilters but we are also Fiber Artists.  Who knew????  Maybe there’s a little Fiber Artist in me. 

Here’s my first effort.  I created and glued 3 little tops while at the retreat.  Today I quilted and added a facing to my 1st one.  It is now completely finished and ready to hang up somewhere, maybe my front door or I’ll look for an empty spot on one of my walls.


I love, love, love it. 



Monday, January 29, 2018

Design Wall Monday–January 29, 2018

I’ve been missing from blogging lately but I have lot’s of excuses.  I attended Road to California and, and, and………………….well let’s just say, I’ve been busy. 

I actually do have something up on my design wall.  It’s is just miscellaneous pieces from a class I took while at Road. 


I took a class from Cindy Grisdela, called Artful Improve.  I’m not a modern quilter, by any means, but I’d like to give it a real shot. This is a good beginning.  I’m hoping to use some of this to complete a “modern” wall hanging.  Don’t hold your breath but at least it’s a start. 

I also bought a new sewing machine, more about that later.  Have a great week. 



Thursday, January 11, 2018

Guild UFO Challenge–#5 is due up next!

Like many guilds, Orange Grove Quilters Guild has a UFO Challenge every year.  I’ve signed up in the past but I must admit I haven’ been very successful.  This year is going to be different (I think, I hope).   The first one was due this month but we were able to turn it in in December, which I did.  So, so far, so good.  At yesterday’s meeting they announced that the next UFO that is due for completion in March is #5. 

Well it took me a while to find my copy of the sign up sheet but I finally found it and my #5 is “A Compass for All Quilters” by Sharyn Craig.  Originally I think this was suppose to be 12 – 18” blocks but after 3, I decided it would make a great table runner or wall hanging.


This was made in a Road to California class back in, I think 2011.  At the time Sharyn had announced her retirement and I really wanted to take one last class from her.  I guess it’s aged enough now so it’s time to quilt it, bind it, label it and turn it in by the March guild meeting.  Wish me luck!!!!!!



Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Ear Bud Round Case

I made one of these for my daughter, Shelli, many years ago and I of course had completely forgotten about it. But sure enough she uses it all the time to control and keep track of her ear buds in her purse, backpack or wherever.

She likes to make little handmade gifts for her co-workers so this year she wanted to make these. I showed her how to make one, and turned her loose in my sewing room. As she reminded me, picking out the fabric takes way more time than actually making the Ear Bud Round. This is a quick and simple project that requires very little sewing skills.


These are the ones she made for some of her co-workers.  Aren’t they cute?

I decided as long as I was showing her how to make them I might as well make a little tutorial in case anyone else would like to make some.  I’ve posted the tutorial over on my website and I’ll add a link to it on the blog.  Look over there ----> lot’s of free tutorials.

The hardest thing about these little cuties is picking out the fabric.  The rest is easy peasy. 

If you live near me and are a friend of mine, my daughter or for that matter my granddaughter's, you are more than welcome to come on over to the house and like Shelli spend as much time as you need to pick out some fabrics.  I’ll help you sew it so that you too can be the proud owner of a Ear Bud Round thingy. 

Here’s mine, complete with my ear buds poking out.


You could use the same idea to make very cute coasters.  I’d probably make the circle larger, maybe 4” or 4 1/2” but the process would be identical. 

Here’s the direct link to the tutorial.  Click here

Have a great 2018…………………………….



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