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Friday, February 1, 2019

February 1st

The first month of the year has already passed, I think at about 90 miles an hour. I got a good bit done and if I can keep the momentum it will be a good year, what is it they say about best laid plans, we will have to just wait and see. On Jan.1st clue of Bonnie Hunter's Good Fortune mystery, she suggested making a list of your unfinished projects as something to work on for the year. I had already been thinking of doing this so this was just the push I needed. Three pages later and I have still not gone through all the drawers and project boxes(reality check), I took a break on the listing and started working. I am writing the finish date to the left of the list in red ink, definitely a red letter day. So for January I have 6 finishes. A few I have shown in earlier post.

This little blue and yellow Oklahoma Backroads had waited patiently for a couple of years but now it is done.

My twin size version of Good Fortune.

I know better to think that I would not start anything new but my plan is to finish anything I start quickly. So that means it needs to be something small like this little heart banner.

So January numbers are 6 finishes of old and one new. Wish I could say that was the only thing I started in January but no I can't. I also quilted and bound one little baby quilt for a friend and got started cutting up the t-shirt for another customer.

Happy Stitching,


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Jamestown Landing

I probably started my Jamestown Landing by Bonnie Hunter over 5 years ago. Here it is on the quilting machine. I took the last stitch in the binding on Jan. 18th, 2019 but apparently I haven't taken a better picture of it. Got to do better with that.

The flying geese and the Tobacco Road quilts were picked up yesterday by Sleep in Heavenly Peace.

I call this one Wonder block and it was picked up too, but unless I have a picture on my phone I didn't get another one of it. The back of it was 10 inch squares. These 3 had not been in the UFO pile too long but I was glad to get them finished this year.

Happy Stitching,


Thursday, January 24, 2019

New Year New Challenge

This new year is already in high gear. It's already the 24th day of the first month and this is my first post of the year. One reason was computer issues but I have those corrected now and have still drug around about posting. I'll keep this first one kind of short just to help ease back into things. This picture is my version of Bonnie Hunter's mystery Good Fortune. I really didn't to start another project at this time but there are several of us who have done the mystery for several years and it's always fun to challenge each other. I knew I didn't want a square quilt and really didn't need a large quilt so I made each step knowing I was going to rearrange it somehow and make it twin size so that I could use it as a charity quilt. Instead of setting the blocks 7 by 7 I put them together 5 by 9. That gave me 2 of each block left over. I also had several green 2 inch half square triangles left over, but I have 2 other projects using that size so I just shifted those to that box. I'm not sure why I was short on the outside blocks but I found a way to make it work and yes I turned these blocks opposite of the way she did. It was one of those happy mistakes.

I'll try to get back soon to tell you about other challenges this year.

Happy Stitching,


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,