Thursday, May 18, 2017

Yesterday May 17th

Well yesterday 39 yrs ago I had a son and his birthday is celebrated with his daughter.  My husband and I wished them both a Happy Birthday at different times. Our son is in Wisconsin, but his daughter is here in Texas.  She's no 20 years old. Isn't she a looker?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Busy, busy

Now that Mother's day is passed, I can share the projects I'd whipped up for the moms in my life. It had been a busy week, but much was accomplished.

I had with the help of a special lady in church, created hankie roses for our Church's mother's day.

Made two more of those sewing thread catcher organizers. They went over well.

Made two bigger design boards. Mine is already being put to use for some pixel quilts.

Wanted some number pins to help keep my current row in order. So, made some. Just glued on paper to my button pins and it does the job nicely. Then needed a way to keep it organized since my design wall is in the hall. Looked on Pinterest for some ideas and decided to make my own wrist pincushion. Used a jar lid so I won't go around poking my arm.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day! Have a great day with family and friends.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Secret Drawers

Well here is our next block. Secret drawers. Hmmm yea it's gonna be so secret it's gonna take me awhile.  But at least this is what its suppose to look like.

Getting upset

I'm really getting upset. I use pins to keep corners together but I practice and it looks like I'm getting better but when it comes to a finished block it is always soooooo screwed up.

Arrrrgh! :'(

BUT NOT GIVING UP!

Gretchen Block

I'm like Lisa only my squares and triangles still DON'T match up. See my mistakes. Cutting board again.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Gretchen Block

I thought some of the other blocks were tough, I must of been kidding myself. The Gretchen block is a tough cookie. I tend to look at squares when assembling a block, but this one you need to do as triangles. First sew the strip, add the triangle ( you now have a bigger triangle ), and then sew the triangles together to form four squares. Whoo, but watch out for your center pinwheel. I did have to rip out some seams and I kept going back to my design board to help keep things in order. All in all finished, not perfect, but done. :-D

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Dog Block

Made this cute block out of Half Square Triangles.

This little fellow just needs eyes and a nose.

Half Square Triangles

I've been told my triangles are not connected correctly so I'm practicing.

I only messed up a few.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

First Six of Twelve

Here are the first six completed 12½ inch blocks in the sampler my mom and I have both started. I'm finding the bright colors to be fun, I generally work in muted earth tones. These bright fabrics were too cute to pass and knew I needed to try my hand at something different.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Arrowhead block

Well I did complete my block on time even though I was almost down to the last minute, but I did get it done. Yes, actually I completed it on Monday and as I took the picture to post on here I noticed I'd made a mistake. (Of course I did) 
(1) So I took it apart and started again. 
(2) Notice the dark spot in the middle on the right side.
(3) Yep I took it apart and turned it around.

Now it's complete and I also took a picture of our first 6 blocks together. Coloring is yellowed but they are done.

Friday Funnies

For all those who feel like all they ever do is undo all their work. For my mom who is calling herself, "The Ripper".

Sewing Helpers

My sewing area is quite small at this time. I do dream of a room with everything in easy reach and plenty of room to move around. Dreams of an exquisite sewing room that gets my mouth to drooling. Some of the pins I've seen on Pinterest are WOW do they really work in that room or is it just for show. I'll keep dreaming till I can create my own room. For now I'll make do with my little corner of the living room.

Hence, my topic for today. Sewing helpers that can make your sewing fun and easy, no matter the space, 'cause how many of us really just work in one spot. Our sewing/craft tends to travel around with us.

The Sewing Chatelaine:
I looked at many pins on Pinterest and even found a few patterns for sale. There were different advantages to each one and I decided I'd try my hand at making my own. Not once, but twice (one was for my mom).  Maybe, in the future I'll try my hand at a tutorial.

Triangular Thread Catcher:
My floor and shirt are usually covered in strings by the time I stop sewing a project. These are so simple and adorable to make and yes another Pinterest find. Here is a tutorial: http://needlingthings.blogspot.com/2011/08/triangular-ort-thread-catcher.html?m=1

Pincushion Thread Catcher Organizer:
This one I just whipped up recently, thanks to Pinterest. I liked the idea of having certain things on hand. I also like the bigger thread catcher, because I can throw fabric scraps in it as well.It was very easy to whip up and Sew Mama Sew did a wonderful tutorial that is easy to follow. Here is her tutorial: http://
www.sewmamasew.com/2009/03/elizabeths-fabric-focus-3/

The Thimble Pip:
These are such fun to make and can be used for an assortment of ideas. My kids are already asking me to make them for them. :-) I plan to use mine to keep my thimble and just maybe I'll keep up with where it is. Another Pinterest find and here is the tutorial: http://madquilter.blogspot.de/2011/07/thimble-pip-tutorial-great-for-stitch.html?m=1

Hope these tutorials will help and inspire you as well. Enjoy!







Thursday, May 4, 2017

Arrowhead Block

Here it is Thursday again and another block done. The Arrowhead block is a fun block with 9 patch corners and an interesting triangle design between. Just make sure you don't turn them the wrong way. I know I almost did turn one wrong, but caught myself. Starting to wonder if my mom is starting to rub off on me. Love ya, mums!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Been Busy

Well, finally cut out my paper hexies and my fabric. I have a good pile ready to get basted and then stitched into diamonds.

I finished another baby blanket. I just love how the colors look. Of course, my daughter is saying she wants it, but she is too big (age) to have it. Might have to go back and buy some more. Just might try making flannel blankets. Not this year- my to do pile is as long as my husband's honey to do list. Lol

Special Day Goodies

Well, my special day has come and gone. Yes, I survived another year to advance my age. Of course, sad to say I was physically under the weather as well as my family. Not much celebration, but some wonderful goodies.



Sunday, April 30, 2017

SDQ Block #1

I've finally started this challenge and the first block is done.
But to be honest...I had to take a four square off and turn it and re sew it back on. I told my daughter it wouldn't be the same if I didn't have to rip something apart. I guess if I do that then I know it's mine.....lol.
Here is the block:

Sewing Machine Song

https://youtu.be/999ph8iRT4oO





Snowy Day Quilt

It's getting cold here in Texas with the temperature fluctuating and if you live here you better be ready.  So it's cold and I sure hope no snow comes in April/May....but you never know? ? ?

This is a challenge I found on National Quilters by Andrea Smith. You can find her creations @HappyCloudCreations.
I'll try to post pictures of the nine blocks as I get them done.

Wish me luck.  :-)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Boo Hoo


I was so hoping to be finishing up my scrappy hexies diamond blanket. It turns out I haven't made enough of those diamond patches. Well, it is a learning project. Never really knew how many I would need to at least cover the top of my bed.

Time to cut out more paper hexies and fabric. Raided my fat quarters as well as my bin of scraps. Lots of work still ahead of me, but I do enjoy it. Just going to take a bit longer to get this quilt top finished and finish it I will. :-) Just not today!


Friday Funnies





Thursday, April 27, 2017

Arrowhead Block cut out

Ok I've jumped ahead and chose my colors but I went a step further and cut them out but I've already laid them out on my design board.  What do you think?

Arrowheads Block

I've drawn my block out and colored it to help me choose my colors. I really could not picture this block with my colors so this is what I came up with to help me out. Now to cut material.

Spider Block #2

Finally finished this one. Plenty of triangles. Fairly easy to do. Mine is crooked but I'm always critical of my own work.

Spider 1 Block


  A quick and easy half square triangle block. Worked up real easy, once I sat down to get it done. Though almost messed it up do to an interuption. Had to do some first aid for one of my active kiddos. Now, to get set up for our next block.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday play

Actually sitting here listening to my favorite Elvis Presley singing How Great Thou Art. Just love his rendition of that beautiful song.
While listening I'm putting together my sample of the spider block. I'll do another in the real colors.

But in the meantime here's the completed sample.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Half way done!

Half way done!

Been making these hexagons for a long while. Started them 5 years ago, been packed away, and just this year I found them and picked it back up. All the hexagons diamonds are put together. Now to stitch them all into a quilt top. Whew, still a lot of work ahead of me.

Friday Funnies

Friday Funnies



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Goobered again.

If you look at my last post ...my picture was NOT correct. Thankfully I had not seen it. Lisa came back to talk to me and after looking at my design board (she made me) she corrected my goober.
Love ya daughter.

Ribbon Quilt Block


Lots of pieces, definitely kept me on my toes. Glad to say it's finished. Of course the next one is simpler. Thought we were doing these from easiest to harder. Guess we did this backwards. Should of done the spider block first, then the ribbon. Oh well, just means we'll be doing the spider much faster since we've accomplished this one.