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Thursday, September 13, 2018

SHP update

I am not sure that there has ever been a charity that has touched my heart more that the Sleep in Heavenly Peace organization. Having a nice warm bed to sleep in every night is something that most of us don't even think about. We take so much for granted. I mean I know I need a new mattress but I still have one and of course lots of quilts to sleep under. So having this need in our own community is not only surprising but it is heart breaking. I am sure there are lots of reasons why families get in this situation but that is not what is important to me, truthfully it is none of my business. What is important is doing what I can to rectify the situation, and making quilts to go with the beds is something I can do. Really you know I am going to be quilting on something anyway so why not just make sure that  it fits a twin bed. This is a stack of 7 quilts waiting to be picked up by the founders of the local chapter.

This one was made by Donna from recycled shirts.

This one was also made by Donna using 4 patches from an exchange we did with the Somerville Stitch group.

This one was made by Janet.

This one is Janet's as well. She is a fairly new quilter but she does an excellent job .

These two were originally one huge top made by Ivy. She split it and made 2 twin size from it.

And lastly from the stack is one I pieced from some blocks I had finish probably a year ago. I had intended to make a larger quilt but after I got involved with this group I decided to use just what I needed for a twin size top. I still have a few blocks left over and one day I make them into a runner or a baby quilt. I did all the quilting of these 7 and most of the binding so that has kept me pretty busy, but when they post pictures of the happy kids with their own bed it just makes my heart happy.

The way I see it this is a win win situation so if you would like that feeling too, get involved in something in your area.

Happy Stitching,


Friday, July 27, 2018


There is a charitable organization called Sleep in Heavenly Peace, that makes bunk beds for children that otherwise are having to sleep on the floor. It is a national organization and a very nice couple have started a chapter in our area. It was brought up at our June 1st meeting and this was a project that just spoke to me. I contacted the local couple and volunteered some quilts to them when they got everything up and running. So far they have delivered 12 beds and have another build day planned for Saturday to build another 10 beds. Between other members of the guild and myself we have donated  13 quilts to them so far and have 7 more ready to go.

Donna gave me two wal-mart sacks full of 2.5 inch strips. I have made this dancing nine patch from those strips and have not put a dent in them. I sashed it in the black and was afraid that might be a little dark so I put a bright green back and then quilted it in green. I know you can't really tell that is this photo, but I like how it turned out.

Quilts number 4,5,6 and 7 in the batiks from previous post have been donated as well. I have several other projects for this organization in the works. I will try to do a better job of sharing in the future.

Happy Stitching,


Friday, June 22, 2018

7th Heaven

If you are like me, you never cut exactly the right number of strips or blocks when making a quilt. There are always left over scraps or pieces. Number 7 here is made from left overs from the previous batik quilts I have made this year. I finally used up enough of the scraps to call it an end to the batik quilt tops for a while. I had two fairly deep drawers of batiks and I have made 7 quilts from it and still don't think it is reduced enough to combine the drawers. I have even given away several pieces that I had yardage of but didn't think I would use the color. Most of one drawer was half yard pieces and when you are doing a scrap quilt that goes a long way. The bigger yardage I have used for borders and binding. This one uses 2.5 inch squares in a 16 patch with a 4.5 x 8.5 white between the blocks. On the alternate row start with  4  2.5 squares in a row connected to the white, then add blocks and white ending with another strip of 4 squares to alternate the blocks. I have got to get some of these quilted. I am finally caught up with quilting for others so maybe I can quilt some of these in the next few days.

Happy Stitching,


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Number 6

I am still playing in those two drawers of batiks, who would have thought I would have gotten so hung up on these wild fabrics. This is number six, it is also twin size. This was a super simple pattern, but a fun one. One night as I was sewing all these strip sets together, Johnny came in the sewing room and said I had that machine really humming. Yes it is really easy to put the hammer down when sewing longer seams. It went together super quick but of course I over estimated the number of strip sets so I had left overs and yes that means I have number 7 in the works. Check back in a few days to see that pattern.

Happy Stitching,


Sunday, June 3, 2018

From March to June

My last post was in March and now it is June, I am not sure what happened. I have been sewing a lot but really haven't finished anything with the exception of this little pillow. This was made from scraps of a quilt top I am calling Civil Quarters and it has been moved out to the quilt shack without getting a picture. I know I have been doing a good bit of quilting for others but that still doesn't explain the amount of time that has passed since my last post. I will try to do better in the future.

This is a twin size top made from the HST's  that were cut offs from The Spinners quilt. I saw this pattern on Pinterest done in 30's and thought it would be a good way to use the left overs from both Spinners and Mosaic. Of course this did not use up all the HST's so I found another project for them.

It is called a Depression Block but done in these bright batiks, there is nothing depressing about it. However I only had enough half square triangles left to make a few blocks so I ended up back in the Batik box and making more, a bunch more. I have bought yardage of a wide back and plan to load these two sideways and quilt both on the same back. I have the binding ready for both, now if I can just get them quilted. I have a lot going this week so it probably won't happen.

As I figure out what I have done with myself the last two months I will post some updates. I do have a couple of other projects started, yea where is the surprise in that.

I am going to see if I remember how to link with some other blogs.

Oh Scrap!
Slow Stitch Sunday
Making Monday
Design Wall Monday
Main Crush Monday
Moving if Forward

Happy Stitching,


Wednesday, March 28, 2018


This is the one that got it all started working with batiks. It is a free pattern from Quilted Twins. They have a lot of really nice scrappy quilt patterns that are free to download. I am not sure what really drew me to this pattern of all they offered but it just did. I knew I had some batiks that I had not used in years, just didn't realize how many I really had. It is simple enough cutting, the bricks are 2 by 3.5 inches, using a 2 inch square to start and end every other row. There are 7 different row constructions, one and seven are not repeated but 2-6 are repeated backwards to make rows 8-12. I say backwards but I guess I mean inverted, example row 2 instructions are the same for row 12 and row 3 is the same for row 11. I pieced the first 12 rows and assembled them one row at a time

This was very time consuming and frustrating because it felt like it would take forever. This is probably why I ended up setting this one aside and doing the checkerboard one.

  It was easy to convince myself since I already had the batiks out and was still cutting the bricks for Mosaic that I could just as easily cut some one and a half inch strips to piece this one. And because I was able to put this one together in blocks which is something I am more comfortable with, it went together very quickly.

Batiks are still out on the cutting table when the Quiltmaker magazine came out featuring this one in batiks so you know how that story went. I even came up with a block to make from the cutoff of these spinning pinwheels.
Not to let this Mosaic pattern beat me I had to come up with some way of moving it along quicker. I realized that each row is not that hard it was just changing it every time, so repetition was the answer. The pattern is 5 and a half repeats of the first 12 rows, so since I had one section done I new I needed  4 and a half more repeats. So since row 1 was not repeated I would only need 5 more of them and making 5 in a row of the same thing went a lot faster since I didn't have to think so much about it. Now row 2 and 12 were the same so I would need 9 repeats of that instruction. This really sped things up. I would put each group of the same row in their own container.

I now have all the individual rows finished, waiting to be assembled. However I am again going to have to set these aside to make a baby quilt for a customer, but when I am able to get back to it, it should go together quickly.

Happy Stitching,

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

March Update

March is coming to an end and I am just now getting back to the sewing room. The last week of February my Daddy was in the hospital and then moved to rehab. He says he just slid out of bed but then couldn't get back up. One hip just didn't want to work and he ended up spending the night in the floor. Thankfully nothing was broken but we did have a battle with pneumonia.  With the time in the hospital and rehab he was away from home 25 days, and that was pretty much the same for me. Things have settled back down and I have been trying to catch up on some things. First I had to take care of a few things for customers and then I got back onto some of my projects.

I finished the Spinners to the flimsy stage. This is the cover quilt from the March/April issue of Quiltmaker magazine. I reduced the size of mine to 6 blocks by 7 blocks, the original pattern was 8 blocks by 8 blocks making it 96 inches square. Mine will be 72 by 84 inches. This was not on either of my to do lists for the year but it was one that just spoke to me and since I was already working in bakiks, what the heck, just go for it. I am still looking for a back and am not sure about the binding. Thinking about binding it in the same white background rather than choosing one color since it is so colorful, but I know the white would get so dirty. What do you think?

I was also able to get my Ringo Lake finished. The night before Daddy's little episode I had put the top and bottom borders on and had planned to add the side borders the next day, well that didn't happen. It was a month later when I got back to it.

As you can see I didn't finish mine per the instructions. I tried the sashing on the design wall and just couldn't make it work for me, so skipped that part and set it together block to block and used the sashing parts for the border. I am happy with it

12 for 12 WIP list

1.Rick Rack Nines
2. Jacob's Ladder
3. Jamestown Landing
4. Ringo Lake-----------------------March finish
5.  Mosaic
6. Split Rail
7. Rainbow Challenge 2017
8.  Master Checkerboard-----------February Finish
9. Garden Party
10. Floral Log Cabin
11. Alabama
12. Red and Cream
 12 for 12 Quilted list

To be Quilted list
1 Scrapy Trip
2. Boxy Stars
3. Civil war stars
4. Sisters Choice---------------------------------January Finish
5.Brown and gold runner
6. Blue and Yellow backroads
7. Christmas Ribbons
8. Blue All Around
9. yellow/orange brick road
10. Double nine patch
11. Bowties
12. 30's dancing nine patch

I am hard at work on Mosaic, it is more of a challenge than I thought. Of course Spinners was a challenge as well with the way the blocks had to connect with the alternate spinner. I'll try to get back here sooner with the latest from the sewing room and the quilt shack.

Happy Stitching,