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Sunday, May 09, 2021

Foursies and Ninesies

I made more progress on my batik quilt.  
I just need to make 10 more framed 9-patches. I have plenty of fabric left, so no worries. Here is the stack of 2 1/2" squares
And 8 of the 10 frames. I will need to cut 2 more.
Lastly, my buddy joined me in the basement tonight. She chose the pillows on the loveseat to be tonight's cozy spot.

I probably won't get to sew tomorrow but hope to finish the framed 9-patches sometime this week - maybe some lunch break sewing?
Have a great night all!

Friday, May 07, 2021

Another Friday night

Finally settled on a design for the batik quilt I started a few weeks ago. I am going to make a few more 4-patches and then use some jelly roll strips and other scraps to make framed 9-patches.  I was able to make 3 blocks and put them on the design wall.

Close up of one of the 9-patches

And some of the 2 1/2" squares for the 9-patches.  I have some other scraps to cut so there will be a nice variety.  

The frames will be mainly light to medium neutrals. Some will be repeated while others will be pulled from the two jelly rolls I am using.

It's been an exhausting week at work so I am not staying up late sewing tonight. I do hope to do some sewing tomorrow. I need to make 5 more 4-patches and a bunch more 9-patches.  Sunday I will be headed over to my sister's for Mother's Day.


Saturday, May 01, 2021

More Friday night sewing

I was able to spend the evening sewing with a quilt shop's "Virtual Friday Night Sew In". I joined them last week as well.  The owner is fantastic and I love when she comes on FB live during the evening.  Here's what I got done:
A baby top flimsy 

5 9-patch blocks that I had assembled before I realized I cut them too small 🤦‍♀️
and a pillowcase for a friend that donates them to a couple local groups. I plan to get a few made and then send them to her to add to the pile.
I hope to have time tomorrow to baste the baby quilt and also jump back to the batik project I started recently. 

Have a great night all!

Saturday, April 24, 2021

A Sew-Sew Saturday

I spent a lot of today sewing - the first Saturday in probably forever.  First up, I made 3 more blocks for my friend's charity project, for a total of 5. I was able to drop them off at the post office so they are headed hee way.

And I finished putting together a design wall. It is 5 garage door insulation panels, taped together, with paint sticks over the seams to stabilize it, and covered by an old flannel sheet. I may need to add a long piece of wood or two as a better stabilizer but this works for now. 

I also worked on some 4-patch blocks made of charm squares. A good portion of these came from a pair of charm packs and the rest I cut from my stash.

And look who joined me while I was sewing this evening. She found the winter comforter that I took off the bed a few weeks ago.  She was utterly unhappy when her cozy blankie disappeared that day. 🤣

How was your Saturday?


Friday, April 23, 2021

Another Friday night spent sewing

 I was able to sew again this Friday!  Yay, me!

First up - I made 2 blocks for a friend in my FaceBook quilting group.  She is coordinating a charity quilt and requested bright primary colored, kid friendly blocks in this block from the Sewcialites series at Fat Quarter Shop.

I also got the hanging sleeve on the Christmas wallhanging.  I finished the binding earlier in the week.

Have a great night all!


Saturday, April 17, 2021


Long time no blog. I recently got to thinking about the Friday Night Sew In's I used to participate in and that made me think about my blog. I realized that I haven't posted in over 7 years. A lot has happened in those 7 years. I accepted a new position and moved back to my hometown. I bought a townhouse. My sweet and adorable nephews are now an ornery teen and tween. And I became a dog momma to this little cutie. I foster failed her last year after the pandemic began.

Back to the FNSI - I worked on this cute Christmas wallhanging. The top is a flimsy I purchased off the internet years ago. A few weeks back, I pulled it out, basted it, and quilted the center. Tonight I added some simple quilting in the border and got partway through binding it. I should have time the next few days to finish the binding and add a hanging sleeve - then it will be all ready for next Christmas 

Oh, and check out the price on this thread.  It must have been in the stuff I kept after cleaning out my mom's sewing room.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Design Wall Monday - Happy Scrappy Monsters

I am working on my Happy Scrappy Monsters for Judy's January Scrappy Challenge. I hope to get 16 blocks done to make a baby quilt.  I am making my blocks 7.5".  As you can see, I have 7 done and the fabric cut for an 8th block.  I plan on sashing with black fabric and bright colored cornerstones (the small squares in the corner) and using the black novelty fabric as the border.

Here is a close up of 6 of the ones I have done.  You can see that I fussy-cut the monsters to be in the center(ish) of each square.  You can also see the bottom center that not all of the "same color" in the block is the same fabric - I used 4 different yellows for the flying geese wings :-)  Some of the blocks even have multiple whites in them.  Everything but the novelty fabric is from my scraps.  The novelty was a clearance ($3.99/yd) New Year's Eve sale purchase a few weeks ago.

Check out what others are working on here at Judy's Design Wall Monday page for January 13, 2014.

Have a great evening folks!


Thursday, January 09, 2014

Judy's Scrappy Challenge

I've been working on Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice, but decided to take a break for a few days.  I saw Judy's Scrappy Challenge on her blog and decided that would be a perfect project to work on instead.

A few weeks ago I picked up this fun print at a clearance sale.  Here's the fabrics I pulled from my scrap basket to go with it - a variety of blues, purples, greens, yellows, oranges, and whites.

It works great as the center of January's block.  I fussy cut each center block.  I will be making 16 blocks, in a 4 x 4 layout.  I resized the block to be 7 1/2" finished.  I'm tentatively planning a 1" sashing so I don't have to worry about matching seams between blocks.  The outer border will be the print as well.

And here is a sample block!

Have a happy sewing night!


Friday, October 18, 2013

Long time no post!

Wowsers, I've really been gone a long time.  I'm hoping to get back in the swing of things tonight.  I've got supper planned with a friend, but should still have plenty of time to work on something small for the Friday Night Sew-In.  For more information on the Friday Night Sew-In, head over to Sugarlane Quilts.  She is hosting it for a few months.  Look back tomorrow morning and I hope to have a picture of something worked on :-).

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Got a flimsy made last night!

Yeah, I had enough time last night to finish the piecing on "Some Bunny Loves Me."  It's now in the pile with the 2 baby boy tops to be basted this weekend.  However, I was looking in my UFO pile and came across THIS quilt that just needs the binding finished.  It's perfect (IMO :-)) for one of the baby boys coming in August, so I'm going to finish binding it this weekend and prep the label (I don't know the baby's name yet) so it will be ready come August.  I think I'll use the construction trucks for the other August baby and put aside the trains for a future boy.

I also made plans to have a sewing night with a friend this Friday.  Her daughter has a teen activity with the youth group at church, so her hubby's going to have a boys night with the two boys, which leaves her free to hang with me :-).  Or maybe I should reverse that - she's hanging with me so that leaves the boys and daddy on their own :-).  As long as I have my camera batteries charged, I should be able to get some pics.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Virtual Quilt Day

This coming Sunday is Virtual Quilt Day over on  I'm looking forward to getting a lot done since I don't have the boys this weekend.  I've babysat or had other family activities the last several weekends, so it'll be nice to be child-free for the weekend.

Weekend Sewing Plans (Thursday - Sunday :-))
  • Assemble "Some Bunny Loves Me"
  • Baste "Some Bunny Loves Me", construction trucks baby quilt, and trains baby quilt (next 3 babies on the calendar for church - 2 boys in August & a girl in October)
  • Finish QST for book challenge quilt (a local show's challenge theme is to depict a book (or specific scene) in a wallhanging to bed-size quilt.  I'm doing an applique center with several borders - one is QST and another will be hand embroidered w/ phrases from the scene)
  • Finish Steelers fleece throw (I think I just need to fold the fleece down for a binding, may need some more quilting)
  • Design a stitch 'n' slash wallhanging (a method shown to me from a fellow camper this past May - would like to make a stained-glass cross out of the technique)
  • Start quilting the church babies pile of basted quilts

I still need to work on organizing my sewing room, so here's that list of stuff:
  • Buy another thread holder & organize threads
  • Move remaining flannel to fabric corner
  • Go through at least 1 tote (I've got about 6 or 7 to go through :-().
Looks like I'll be a busy girl this weekend, but I'm going to enjoy it.  I've got both boys the following weekend as well as a Sunday School activity.

I hope to post pictures of my progress as the weekend goes on.  Stay tuned!


Thursday, June 07, 2012

Meet Dorothy!

Last week I was browsing Craig's List while waiting for a program to finish at work.  I came across an ad for a warehouse sale at a local estate sale/auction house.  I decided to check out the photos they had posted and saw a beautiful machine.  At quick glance I thought it was a featherweight and made plans to be first in line when the sale started the next day.  Later that night I realized that it was not a featherweight, but a 301 or the big brother to the feather weight.  Excited I went to the estate sale, found the machine, and purchased it!

So, without further delay, here's Dorothy, my newest machine:

According to what I can find online about 301's, Dorothy was made around 1954.


Saturday, June 02, 2012

Done Just in Time

Last night I got an email about a church baby shower for one of the three ladies expecting a little blessing this summer.  The shower was today from 2 - 4!!!  Nothing makes you run faster to your machine than needing a gift last minute, lol.  Thankfully I had already finished all 3 tops for the summer babies and even had this one basted and ready to quilt.  So I did the stitch-in-the-ditch and X's as I had planned (though I did have to take a quick break and run to the Walmart across the street to get the yellow-orange thread as I didn't have any that worked - not my place of choice to shop for anything, but after 9 pm, when the quilt is needed the next day, it will do, lol.).  I got the binding made before calling it quits for the night and then attached the binding and label this morning.  As you can see, it fits her theme of "Jungle Animals" for the nursery.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Some Bunny Loves Me

Once again I've gone ages without posting.  Most of that time I also was not doing any sewing or quilting, but I did misplace my camera, so I'll use that excuse for the last couple of weeks.  I've been to quilt camp again :-) and had a wonderful time.  Now that I've found my camera I'll need to take pics of the projects I worked on, but for now I'll share a pic of the hand embroidery that I just finished.  Way back whenever I kitted up this baby quilt, I managed to miscut the green.  I was supposed to have 6 large squares to make 12 QST with the white and 12 rectangles to make the flying geese along the border.  Somehow I managed to have 5 squares and 14 rectangles.  I salvaged one of the QST out of the extra 2 rectangles, but needed to do something for that last square since any extra green I would have had is long gone.  I decided to take one of the bunnies in the print, enlarge it, and try my hand at embroidery.  Don't look too closely, but I think it worked out very well.  I'm going to embroider another block in hopes that it will be a little better second time around, but my practice block looks pretty good.  I'm going to call this quilt "Some Bunny Loves Me" in honor of the focus fabric and embroidered square.

The top isn't done yet - it will have a darker purple (about the shade of the embroidery floss if you can make that out) probably about 3" or so.

~QB :-)

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Tuesday Sewing

I finished getting the baby quilt pieced. I should have it basted and possibly start quilting by Thursday. My goal is to have it finished and mailed sometime next week.

I liked this pattern. It went together really quick. I made use a similar pattern for more quilts.


4 Patches 4 Hope

This is my friend Regina. She lost her mother earlier this year after a hard-fought battle with cancer. To honor her mom and help raise funds for the fight against cancer, she has come up with "4 Patches 4 Hope". The concept is simple. Make a 4-patch block & send it to Regina. She'll take the 4-patches and assemble them into comfort quilts in honor of her mom and donate it to 2 different medical facilities (I believe one is local to her and the other treated her mom, but don't quote me).

She's also asking that if you send a 4-patch, that you make a small donation ($4) to the American Cancer Society. Of course, you're free to donate more than $4 or donate $4 even if you're not sending a 4-patch.

Please consider helping her. Share this on your blog. Send a block. Make a donation!


Monday, October 03, 2011

Fall Quilt Camp 2011

I went to camp again at Camp Horseshoe in September. As usual, it was fantastic! I completed 6 projects. It was probably the most productive I've ever been at a camp or retreat.

Mystery project. If you creatively fold the towel and add ties, you've got an apron. Helps if you put the applique on right side up for the apron, which is wrong side down for the towel. However, if you put the applique on wrong side up for the apron, it is right side up for a towel, which means less work, since you don't have to sew pockets or ties :-). Okay, that only works if you hadn't already made the ties :-).

Quilt for Kids kit that I picked up last spring at Camp Willson. Quilted and bound it at Camp Horseshoe.

Baby Quilt. One of 3 birthday projects from my mom. She gave me 2 packs each of 3 different charm packs. This set was from an Eleanor Burns line and only had 52 charms total (compared to the 84 in the other two). Original design. Was partially pieced when I arrived at camp. Is bound now :-).

Second of the charm packs. Also an original design. Was cut out, with some of the sashing/cornerstones pieced. Also is now bound.

Welcome Sign for door. Is a PIF for FB 2011 project. One of five ... four to go :-).

Was basted when I arrived at camp. Is a project from last fall. Anne Kessel taught the class.

I also started using a way cool binding technique. It uses a faux piping to allow you to machine stitch the binding! It was such a novel idea that I had to give about 2 dozen impromptu lessons on the technique. I found the tutorial here for the technique. She's got some very good photos to show you how to do it.

Last but not least, isn't this the cutest Christmas tree you've ever seen? It was in the silent auction. Nancy I. made it.

Design Wall Monday - 10/3/2011

Yes, I'm back! and I have a Design Wall Monday! The center blocks are actually a white with a yellow polka dot print. I'm using the focus fabric for the backing on this one. It's one of those "just can't cut it" prints. This is a baby quilt for a friend who just had a baby.

You can check out other design walls at Judy's blog!


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I'm Back!

I've been working on other things and haven't been doing a lot of quilting. But I made it back into my sewing room this weekend :-D. I started a 4-patch posie quilt and worked on a purple quilt. I finished all the posie blocks and hope to get them framed tonight. I also hope to get a set of purple pinwheels done for the purple quilt.

~QB29 :-)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday Night Sew In

Tonight's the night! I'm working on a quilt for my boss. He's retiring in the next month or two. The original date has been pushed back a month already, which is nice for me, because i have more time to work on it!

I'm also finishing up my prep work for my upcoming quilt camp :-D. I've got some cutting left to do (not counting the fabric winging its way to me as we speak, since I miscalculated my yardage!) and HST to sew as prep for the main class I'm taking. I also need to pack up some scraps for the mystery project.

Hope you get a chance to join!


Saturday, March 26, 2011



Sunday, March 20, 2011

I'm a Winner!

Today I fell victim to the (not-so) dreaded Sunday-Afternoon-Nap-Syndrome (SANS). When I woke up, I jumped online for a little bit to check blogs and emails before I have to go back to church. I had a couple of comments on my blog and look what they were congratulating me for ....

Look, what I won:

Yep, I won this month's Friday Night Sew-in sponsored by Heidi over at Handmade by Heidi. Thank you Heidi for hosting this monthly event and thank you Arrow Sewing Cabinets for sponsoring this month's giveaway. I've been wanting a cut 'n' press to take on trips, so this will be perfect. :-)


Saturday, March 19, 2011

FNSI &NQD updates

I've been working on the apron. I used 25 strips from a honey bun to make the apron and lined it with matching fabric. I added trim to the bottom. I just need to add the straps, which will cover the curved edges that are open still.