Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Don't stick a fork in it . . .

. . . but it's done!

Don't you love a finish?

It's almost as great a feeling as when you need a certain color of fabric and you simply MUST play in your stash for a while! (Grin)

This is the lovely border fabric that I used for my "Maggie's First Dance" quilt, of the free BOM from Jacquelynne Steves. And I had enough of that cute green print to make the binding strips. Score!

I like how the green makes a gentle edge . . . sometimes I like a little more contrast, but I really wanted the pieced and the embroidered blocks to be the stars of the show.

I especially love blind stitch on the binding (above). When I started quilting years ago, I did what I think is called whipstitch, and I was not happy with how it looked. Blindstitch videos are available on youtube, so if you are just starting out, check those and you'll be happy with your binding!

This is my system for wall hangings . . . I make rod pockets on both the top and the bottom, and then slip fairly thin dowels through. I like the way the entire top of the quilt is supported, and I also like that the bottom is held down nicely. No ripples or billowing, just a nice, straight project.

And here it is on the wall! Huzzah!

I had originally planned to display this in a different room, but when I realized that the blue half square triangles were a match for the walls in this guest bedroom? It's a no-brainer! This is its new home!

So, don't stick a fork in it, but it's definitely done!

We'll have more quilty merriment soon, so stick around!


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Call going out for helpers!

The folks at Petfinder and at our buddies The Quilt Pattern Magazine are calling for help.....can you give them a hand?

They have received a request for kennel quilts from the Humane Society of Missouri; they are taking care of animals that have been displaced by floods, and they need our help.

Here is a link to show you a pattern for the kennel quilts: click here!

Click here for a form to send along with your completed tiny quilts, and here is the address to send the quilts to:
Humane Society of Missouri
1201 Macklind Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Be sure to spread the word by posting photos on the TQPM Kennel Quilt Facebook page, too!

Want to know more about the project? Check this out!

Be back soon with more quilty stuff!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017


I do love me some jelly rolls.

No, no, not that kind.

Definitely not, since I'm on a low carb diet. (Grin)

The kind that I love don't have ANY calories at all!

See what I mean?

Yummmm....look at this "Baltimore Blues" jelly roll from the Fat Quarter Shop!

And check out this one, called "Bread and Butter" by American Jane for Moda Fabrics!

While you are wiping the drool from your keyboard, head over to our sponsor's site and check out this sale!

The folks at the Fat Quarter Shop are focusing on jelly rolls and there might be a neat project coming soon that we'll tell you about . . . so you might want to have at least one of these lovelies in your stash!

Just sayin . .. . 


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Progress, slowly but surely!

Remember my hand-stitching project?

That cute "Maggie's First Dance" quilt from the pattern by Jacquelynne Steves.

I wanted to show you that I'd made some progress!

The centers of the yellow blocks are getting some freehand stitching that will vary from block to block:

I bumped up the contrast to make it easier to see!

And I'm slowly making my way around the pieced blocks with my colored threads -- love how this looks from the back of the quilt:

This is so relaxing and fun!

When it's all done, I'll have a wall-hanging that I can be proud of!

More merriment and mayhem soon!


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

Hope all of you have a blessed and peaceful Easter!

I hope you'll be rejoicing with me in the fact that He is risen, for all of us!

Happy Easter!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Run, don't walk....

When it's a sale this good, very few words are needed!

Hurry over to our fabulous sponsor, the Fat Quarter Shop, and see the huge sale going on!

Pardon me, I'm hopping over now!


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Yay! A finish!

Last time I posted, I showed you the neat project making placemats with the Soft and Stable product, and some gorgeous batiks . . . 

They're finished just in time for the birthday girl's special day!

You can see I was even auditioning them for my round table . . . no, I'm not keeping them, but I just might make a set for myself!

I'm over the moon happy with how these turned out. I love the Hoffman batiks -- the colors and patterns are just beautiful!

I hope you will try this project, too, and let me know how yours turn out!

Have a lovely weekend!


Friday, March 10, 2017

Fat Quarter Shop blog hop!

Our sponsor, the Fat Quarter Shop, is sponsoring a blog hop today to acquaint you with a Really Cool Product. I'm all about Really Cool Products and gadgets and stuff. (Grin)

If you jumped over here from FQS or one of the other blogs, welcome!!

Lookie here!

This is awesome stuff! Our project was to create placemats using the free pattern on the Soft and Stable package.

I had some lovely batiks left from another project, so I used them for the light, medium, and dark tones mentioned on the pattern. 

It becomes a quilt-as-you-go project, as you "sew and flip" the strips until you have covered the sheet of stabilizer. It's almost like sewing on a sheet of foam, but it's much more forgiving, and easier to handle! 

When you finish the top, just add a piece for backing, and bring the edges around to make a faux binding on your place mat.

You can see I had some issues there....even my walking foot didn't want to cooperate, so I think I shall do a small amount of unsewing and baste it down, then sew.

Now the edge is much better! I basted those bad boys down and stitched them into submission!

I'm sure all of you Lilypad followers will have no trouble -- I was actually scrambling to finish this and head out of town for a meeting! (Grin) One of these days, I'll retire . . . .

Enjoy the other bloggers' posts, check out the Fat Quarter Shop blog, and be sure to try out the Soft and Stable product. Here is a link to find it at the Fat Quarter Shop!

I can see this product making Christmas gifting quick and easy, and there are many other choices of fabrics and occasions. Everyone loves to dress up their table, so get some of the Soft and Stable and try it soon!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Got scraps?

Silly question!

(Photo courtesy of Film in the Fridge)

Of course we have scraps! (Grin)

I have a wonderful way for you to use them!

See these adorable babies sleeping snuggled with a heating pad?

I'll pawse for a moment so you can "Awwwww."

These adorable babies were rescued from a puppy mill in Florida, and the folks at Quilt Pattern Magazine's Small Kennel Quilt Team have asked for everyone that can help, to grab some stash and put the pedal to the metal! These cuties need some small kennel quilts to soften their beds -- they need to be washable and sturdy!

Here is a link to the form that you can print and include with your kennel quilt.
Check out this link for some great instructions, and be sure to photograph your donations and post them on the Facebook page. 
Here is the address to ship your finished small kennel quilts:

Alaqua Animal Refuge
914 Whitfield Road
Freeport, FL 32439

We can all feel good about helping with this effort!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Some fabric and a road map

I won! I won!


I want to show you what I did win, and then give you a map to a destination that you will really like!

The fabrics that I won are "Golden Holiday" by Benartex . . . I won the Benartex "Deck the Halls" giveaway and received these delectable fat quarters!

Thanks, Benartex! They're beautiful!

Aren't they gorgeous? 
Want a closer look? 
You know you do!

Look at the beautiful metallics incorporated into the fabrics . . . 

Now I am thinking of how to work those into a Christmas project!

While I work on that, you should follow this link: Click on this link!

See, I told you I would give you a map -- that will take you to Chris Dodsley's blog, called Made by Chrissie D.

There are so many great tutorials on Chris' blog, from repairing a well-loved quilt to mastering many different types of pillows and cushions!

I'm inspired by Chris' tabletopper (could also be a wall-hanging) for the hop, that I think I will make that with these sparkly fabrics!

Be sure to scoot over and say hello to her -- I know you will find lots to look at there!