Sunday, April 28, 2013

Baby Star Quilt

I think I've made around 20 of these little quilts. I am teaching a class at our church beginning this Thursday night on how to make this pattern. We decided in order to have a quilting ministry, those interested needed to be taught some piecing and quilting skills.

I thought it might be good to make up one top, so they can see the size of it. I had some really cute Riley Blake fabric leftovers that worked pretty well. When completed this one will be a gift or a donation.


What Fabric Line?

Do any of you quilters out there know what fabric line this is?

I bought a charm pack several years ago and started making some colorful placemats. Never finished them. When I saw this cute baby boy quilt in Heather Mulder Peterson's newest book, Little Quilts 4 Little Kids, I thought this line would be great. I'd like to purchase some yardage for the border and backing but I don't know the manufacturer or name of this line.


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Rainy Day Goodness

There is something wonderful about a cool, rainy, spring day. At home today taking it easy. No quilts on the agenda for today, maybe some cooking, piddling around in the quilting room, a little internetting......

The hubby and I did go pick up a couple more herbs for my little garden, thyme and peppermint, and some tomato plants and hanging baskets. I put the herbs out and put one tomato plant in a bucket. Yes, in the rain.

Now I need to figure out what to use for weed control in the herb bed. I can see there are already some little weeds trying to come up.

Thank you Lord for this nice, rainy day.


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Being Frugal with Jeans

Jim had torn a big hole in one pair of his jeans. He was going to throw them out but I had a better idea. I had saved some Levi's pockets from old jeans when I cut them up for a quilt. My problem was having a machine that could get inside the leg to sew the pocket on over the big hole.....hmmm...what to do?

Anyone ever use their long arm machine to try to sew inside a jeans leg??? It doesn't work too well. I thought of a better idea. They were headed for the trash anyway, so I cut up the inside of the leg, sewed the pocket on and then resewed the leg. Lookie here!

Good thing he has skinny legs.....the right pant leg is about a half inch slimmer than the he has an extra pocket for his cell phone, reading glasses, etc. We laughed about us being frugal in preparation for retirement and fixed income. He may not wear them out anywhere but he said they would be fine for fishing.


Baby Blocks


I used a cloud pantograph on this one. Not fond of it.

Leftovers for the backing. I really like a pieced backing. The hubby's twin sister's two oldest children are both having boys this summer. This will go to one of them.


Lobster madras plaid

An unusual combination of prints maybe, but I was trying to match the Alligator Green/Red Lobster/Madras Plaid of the Pottery Barn baby bedding the hubby's niece picked out.

Quilted with Happy Times pantograph.

...and used the leftover pieces for the backing and binding.

Some of these are from a Going Coastal fabric line.


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Husband & Wife Fishing Tournament

Our church hosts a husband/wife fishing tournament a couple of times a year.  It is a lot of fun.  It was freezing this morning.....
...but there was a pretty good turn out.

I think we had 17 boats in all.  Even though it was very cold, it was still a beautiful morning.

The only thing that would have made it better.......was if we had caught some fish!  We skunked!  None.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Hemming jeans the boutique way

A few months ago I purchased some designer jeans. They were a bit long so the store hemmed them for me. They did it in a way that preserved the white stitching and the worn edges (you know the style). I had a couple more pairs of jeans that were fine for the winter with heeled boots, but too long for summer flats. I decided to hem them like the boutique did.

If they are an inch too long, you fold over the edge above the hem, one half inch and pin.

Then you sew the fold down on the top side. I used monofilament thread, which was perfect because it disappeared against the jean fabric.


When finished, you have a little fold on the inside of your jeans but the outside looks great and the fold is not visible. The white stitching and worn edges are preserved.


Herb Garden

This is exciting. A permanent herb garden. I love to use fresh herbs in my cooking. I've been doing herbs in pots for a few years now and have wanted to make a permanent herb garden. I know I've got a lot to learn but I am excited about having them close to the house in the ground.

I've got rosemary, lemon basil, oregano, sweet basil, and parsley. I'd like to also get some thyme, chives, cilantro and lavender. Maybe I'll have room for a tomato vine or two, or maybe a sweet pepper plant.

I hired a guy to build this for me. I think if I had the time I could have done it myself. I've already decided that when I retire, I plan to make another one all the way across the back deck to grow other garden vegetables. I'll just have to figure out a way to keep the deer out of it. I'm hoping with the herbs so close to the house, they won't venture up to eat them. We'll see.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wednesday work day

Today I decided to hang around here after my morning run. Power washed all the wicker (7 chairs and a table), all the outside cushions, and both porches. Got it all done before it rained. The cushions still aren't totally dry yet, but I did get them under roof.

My morning run was pretty slow. It was so hot and humid, I allowed myself to take longer walk breaks so my total time was back up to 35:51. I just have to keep telling my "goal oriented" self that is ok. Don't want to hurt anything. I just hope come race day on May 4th, I have a good, fast run.

The hubby and I were going to go fishing this evening, but I don't know now, with the clouds and rain. I'm not big on fishing in the rain.

Maybe I'll do some sewing......don't have to cook tonight, cause we have yummy leftovers from last night.....ravioli with mushroom basil cream sauce. One of my favourites.


Thought I'd add a little to this post. The hubby did decide to go on fishing, but I am not really into night fishing, at least when there is quilting to do. Got both of the baby quilts ready for the machine.

The quilt on the left is called The Road Trip Quilt and I found the free pattern on Cluck, Cluck, Sew blog. Very fast and easy. I added another block for each row to make it a bit bigger than the original 36x40. Mine measures 40x40. I only spent a few hours this evening on it. The one on the right was a free pattern from the Moda website called, Building Blocks Baby Quilt. It was easy too. Both of these hopefully will blend with the Pottery Barn bedding the mothers have picked out.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013


This is a cute fabric line. I found a simple baby quilt pattern that uses a layer cake pre-cut. Here is my progress so far....

The hubby and I are taking a few days off from work this week. This may turn out to be one of our most expensive am planning several update projects around the house and he is eyeing a new boat. Guess we can't retire yet, although I could definitely get used to being home everyday.


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Batik Toddler Quilt

This is a pattern we found on the Missouri Quilt Company website.  I think it is by Three Dudes. 

 It is one my friend started and then we worked out a deal.  I finished it, and she worked on beautifying my front yard.  Good deal to me!
I purchased some new thread that I used in the quilting.  I like to use Signature 100% cotton thread.  This is Moon Rock.  I nice taupey gray.  It is for my friend's youngest granddaughter.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Split Decision Finished

I hope the young bride likes this. You never know. I like it.



I used the Lithe pantograph.

I just loved this picture with the widow pane.


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Saturday sewing

Got this baby on the machine. Now just waiting on the thread to arrive...

And have this one all put together. Hope to get the back and batting cut, so when the pink/purple one is done, it will be ready to load.

I am really happy with this one. So cute and made from cast off strips. My plan is to make a nice label with the couple's picture. I'll have to see if I can pull one in from Facebook. I think this is neat for a couple, the way the positive and negative work together, like a man and woman.....