Monday, August 29, 2011

Design Wall Monday–August 29, 2011

I am calling this Sunset in Seal Beach and it’s an oldie but a goodie.  It is now on my design wall waiting to be quilted this week. 


It about about 35” x 35” so it shouldn’t be too overwhelming to quilt.  I’ve got lots of quilting ideas running around in my head, now it’s time to put my head down and just do it.

To see what others have on their design walls, check out Judy’s blog



Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mail Call

Look what the mail carrier delivered today.  Isn’t this package of bright thread just wonderful?  As you can see they came from Connecting Threads.   



I found them while ordering black batting for my log cabin fruits and vegetable quilt.  Each spool has 1200 yards of thread so they should last for awhile.  I can hardly wait to play with them. 




Friday, August 26, 2011

Borders are on–Now what?


Now that the borders are on it’s time to quilt it, but how?  It’s probably my favorite quilt top and I really want to quilt it myself but how is the big question.  I have the backing ready and I’ve ordered black batting for it so I really need to get serious about how to actually do the quilting.  Any suggestions?



Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Easy Peasy Grommet Bag–Now Available

I am very excited to announce that my newest pattern “Easy Peasy Grommet Bag” is now available for retail and wholesale orders.  Retail orders can be placed from my website.  For wholesale orders, please email me

Here’s the cover photo, followed by a few other pictures that I haven’t had a chance to share.

Easy Peasy Front

I made this one just last weekend while at my guild’s retreat.


And these were made while Marilyn and I were enjoying a weekend in Palm Desert, CA checking out one of the locations for two of next years Two Wacky Women retreats.


That’s Marilyn’s on the right and mine on the left. 

I can’t remember if I showed you this picture.  It’s another Easy Peasy that I made a few weeks ago. 




Monday, August 22, 2011

Design Wall Monday–August 22, 2011

I just got back from a 4-day quilting retreat with my guild so I have lot’s to show you, but for now this is what is on my design wall.


These log cabin blocks were started last year at a retreat in Las Vegas and then again at my guild retreat last year.  This weekend I managed to get them sewn on point and started working on the piano key border.  This picture doesn’t do it justice, it is just gorgeous and at this point is probably one of my very favorite quilts I’ve ever made. 

I hope to get it finished and ready for my guild quilt show in October.  BTW it will finish about 62” x 80”. 

I need a name for it (the blocks are fruits and vegetables), any suggestions?





To see what others have on their design walls, visit Judy’s Patchwork Times blog.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Design Wall Monday–8/15/11

My mystery quilt that I pieced while in Vegas is back up on the wall.  I’ve now pieced the border and am getting ready to sew it in place.


I’m going to repeat the polka dot for the binding.  I’m making progress Send a kiss.  Check out Judy’s Patchwork Times for more design walls. 



Thursday, August 11, 2011

Trunk Show Thursday–August 11, 2011

I showed this a few days ago but it is now completely finished, binding and label attached. 


This was started at a guild retreat in 2005.  The top was finished way back then but it didn’t get quilted until a month ago when my friend Sue Salinger quilted it for me.  I finished the binding and added the label yesterday so it’s all ready to take to guild tonight for Show and Tell.  This is also part of my guild UFO challenge that is due at the meeting.  I crossed it off my UFO list on the right and now it’s time to move on to the next one. 


Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Emily and I decided to recover some seat cushions today.  She is the queen of the electric staple gun, so we changed the seats on 4 chairs. 




and after. 

Kinda cute I do believe.  Smile



Monday, August 8, 2011

Design Wall Monday–8/8/11

This week on my design wall is a quilt that was started many years ago.  It was a mystery quilt that I made at a guild retreat and that was probably about about 5 years ago.  My oh my, where does the time go.  It is almost finished, all I have to do is add the binding (already cut and ready to go) and a label then I can cross one more off my UFO guild commitment. 


Here’s a close-up.


Also on this weeks schedule is to finish up the writing of my new “Easy Peasy Bag” pattern.  Here’s just a few of them along with fabric for the next one. 


With any luck at all, the pattern will be done by tomorrow and ready to be tested.  I’m waaaaay behind schedule on this one.  Disappointed smile  In case you missed it, I got sidetracked last week by making a YouTube video and written tutorial for a magic wallet.  Here’s the link in case you missed it.


To see what others are up to visit Judy’s blog



Saturday, August 6, 2011

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Magic Wallet–Video and a Written Tutorial









If you’re like me, when I was a kid (a long, long time ago) I had a magic wallet.  I can’t remember what it was made out of but I clearly remember putting a dollar bill inside, opening it on the other side and all of a sudden the dollar moved behind the ribbon and stayed there.  I was always amazed and wondered how it worked.  While in Vegas at a quilting retreat recently one of the gals had one and I was asked to figure out how to make one, out of fabric of course.  Well, I’m always up for a challenge, so I proceeded to figure out how to make one.  Now I must admit I still don’t really understand how it works but I do know how to make it.   Many of the women at the retreat made them but I was a little sketchy on the instructions. I promised that I would write a tutorial and make a video showing the steps. 

So without further ado, here is the video and the PDF with the written tutorial can be found here.    If you don’t see the magic wallet near the top of the page, you may need to do a refresh.  You can also click on the tab at the top of this page that says Tutorial/Free Patterns and that should also take you there. 

Magic Wallet Demo

Yesterday I received a really cute note in the mail from my friend Aggie.  Aggie was at the Vegas workshop and she made a Magic Wallet.  Here’s what her note said.

A funny story

My Grandson Nick 14 went to scout camp the same week – he received his badge in leather & tooling he made a wallet a magic wallet.  Shelly & I started laughing.  I pulled out mine.  Nick didn’t know what to think, Grandma made the same thing he did, his is leather mine material.  Maybe the generation gap isn’t that big!


So there you go, some things never change but that doesn’t mean they’re not still fun and magical.  Wouldn’t these make a fun check/money holder for someone’s birthday or Christmas gift. They’re quick and easy, it probably takes less than 15 minutes to make one (after the first one of course Rolling on the floor laughing).




P.S.  A big thank you to my talented Granddaughter Emily for once again helping me by videoing, editing and uploading for me.  Love You, Em!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Design Wall Monday–8/1/11

Slowly getting back to normal and I actually have something on my design wall.


This is the center of a Debbie Caffrey mystery quilt that I made while in Vegas a few weeks ago.  The borders are cut and waiting to be put on.  Hopefully that will happen later today.

To see what others have on their design wall, head on of to Judy’s Patchwork Times Blog



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