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Friday, November 27, 2015

Week 3

Three more blocks in the Moda Sampler Block Shuffle.  Actually it was four blocks if you count the one that I made twice!  Designs this week by Primitive Gatherings, Little Miss Shabby, and Jen Kingwell Designs.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Feeling Cocky

One of this week's blocks for the Moda Sampler Block Shuffle was a simple pinwheel block.  I thought to myself that it would be easy and I could whip it out in no time.  I cut the pieces to size, stitched the tiny half squares, and put the block together, but when it was finished it was much larger than it should have been.  What in the world did I do wrong?  Well I got cocky and didn't read the instructions, so I missed the line that said to trim the half square triangles to size.  I wonder if I will ever learn how to read all of the directions and not just look at the pictures?

Monday, November 23, 2015

Warm Fuzzies All Around

A friend and I spent a good portion of our summer making fleece blankets for the local Head Start classes.  We made 34 blankets in all!  They were handed out to the children last week and you see by the photos that they were well received!  Warm fuzzies all around!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Week Two

Three more blocks this week in the Moda Sampler Block Shuffle.  Designs by V and Co., Kathy Schmitz Studios, and American Jane.  Another batch of easy to stitch blocks!  I am really enjoying putting these blocks together.  It's like going back to my quilting roots!

Monday, November 16, 2015

On The Needles

This skein of Sockotta yarn was a gift from my daughter-in-law quite a few years ago.  I started a pair of socks with it, but didn't care for how they were turning out, so I frogged it and put the yarn away.  I came across the yarn the other day and thought I should really make something with it, so started a simple Baktus Scarf.  It's a great project to work on while watching TV...just knit, knit, knit and increase one every 4th row.  It doesn't get much easier than that and it's going to be the perfect scarf for the cold weather that's coming!

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Last week I stopped at the local thrift store hoping to find a nice second hand sewing machine for a new quilter.  I don't normally look twice at an old sewing machine unless it is a Singer, but this lonely Kenmore was the only one in the shop.  The gal working at the front counter had no idea if it worked or not, so she said I could take it home and try it and if it worked I could come back and make a donation for it.  Deal!  I cleaned it all up, gave it a few drops of oil, put in a new needle and that was all it took to get it stitching.  I couldn't get the zigzag stitches to work because of a stripped gear, but it has a beautiful straight stitch and really that's all it takes to make a quilt.  I even put it to the test and pieced a Quick Strippie quilt top with it in a little bit of no time!  It may be old, but it still has a lot of get up and go!  I think it will do nicely for a starter machine.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Week 1

There were three blocks in week 1 of the Moda Sampler Block Shuffle.  Designs by Pat Sloan, Me & My Sister Designs, and Sandy Gervais.  All of the blocks went together easily and I love how they turned out!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Moda Sampler Block Shuffle

Have you heard about the Moda Sampler Block Shuffle that started this week?  Each week there will be 2-3 free quilt block patterns available for download and at the finish you will have 30 blocks for a quilt.  I think it will be a good way be able to stitch a little bit each day without committing to a big project during the holiday season.  One of my favorite local quilt shops, O'Susannah's Quilt Shop, is stitching along and posting YouTube videos of the process.  Watch the video below for more details...


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

While The Internet Was Out

I may not have been posting, but that doesn't mean that I haven't been quilting.  I was recently asked to make this quilt for a military couple that will be getting married this month, so I have been busy sewing to make sure it was finished in time for the wedding.  (Maybe it's a good thing that the internet wasn't working right!)  The quilt finished at 60x77, so it's a nice throw size that will be perfect for the sofa or 4th of July picnics.  The pattern is Star Bright Quilt and is available for free from Swim Bike Quilt.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Finally...Really...I Hope!

I think we finally have the problems with our internet worked out.  Even with the new line and a higher speed our internet was still dropping.  All signs pointed to the router as the culprit, which was one of the first things we replaced in August, so I was hesitant to follow the tech's advice to purchase another new router of a different brand, but I did just that last Thursday and so far everything is working great.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the new router has really fixed the problem, so I can get back to blogging as usual!

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