About Me

My photo
I am a wife, mama and grandmama getting through life by hanging on to a needle and thread.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Another Finish

Here's another finish for CONCERN, our local foster care program.  What little girl wouldn't be happy with this BRIGHT pink, purple and aqua quilt?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Quiltmaker Shuffle

Forget that crazy zumba stuff...this is a dancercise that I could actually do!

Monday, June 24, 2013


I'll admit that my idea to make my favorite colors block into a zip bag wasn't all that creative, but it sure was practical!  This bag is the perfect size to hold all of my travel sewing supplies! 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Mug Rugs Or Desk Art?

Our two youngest granddaughters spent a couple of days with us this week and being that their mommy's birthday is coming up, we thought that it would be fun to make gifts for her.  I gave the girls some plain white fabric backed with freezer paper and had them draw pictures on it with fabric markers.  All it took after that was a quick heat set with the iron, a little backing, batting and easy grid quilting.  I just don't know if we should call them mug rugs or desk art!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hot Peppers And Tea?

Who doesn't love mug rugs?  I made this one for a pepper loving friend who has a birthday coming up.  Maybe it will help spice up her morning tea!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Another Finish

This I-Spy Disappearing 9-Patch was put together by the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild's charity quilting group.  I quilted it with a simple meander and just finished sewing the binding on.  I love this quilt!  It's so much fun to look at...you'll see fish, cartoon characters, bugs, flames, and even bacon and eggs!  Some young man going into foster care will have a good time exploring this quilt. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Going In Circles

Here is my Going in Circles wall hanging that I started in the workshop with Gyleen X. Fitzgerald last month all finished!  The closet in my sewing room is full of unfinished projects from past workshops that will probably never be completed, so the fact that this one is finished less than a month after the workshop is testament to what a great workshop this was!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Mama Said There Would Be Days Like This

Now I remember why I like quilting on a frame so much...you don't have to worry about the backing folding back on itself and getting caught up in the quilting!  #?darn*!  Mama said there would be days like this...time to break out the seam ripper.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Laser Lines

I was grumbling about trying to cut a straight line while cutting some batting the other evening and my husband suggested using his laser level to mark the fabric.  Let me tell you, once in awhile the old boy comes up with a good idea and this one was one of his best!  This little gadget shot a nice straight beam of light, perfect for cutting batting.  This particular laser level is a Black & Decker 10' Beams and Chalklines Line Generator and sells at Lowes for under $15, but there are lots of models available at your favorite hardware store.  Any laser line would be a great investment for your sewing room!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


I have been doing a little pattern testing this week for my friend, Kathy at the Cotton Cellar.  Kathy designed a pattern for Needles Quilt Shop as part of the PA Row-by-Row Shop Hop and asked if I would be willing to test the pattern.  I jumped at the chance to help her out!  Honestly, I often have trouble with written instructions, so if I can figure out the pattern anyone can.  I breezed through the pattern in no time, without any trouble, and I absolutely love the resulting quilt row!  I can hardly wait for July 1, so I can start collecting more row patterns from all of my favorite quilt shops!

To learn more about the shop hop and the inspiration behind Kathy's pattern visit her blog at http://cottoncellar.blogspot.com-pa-state-shop-hop.html

Monday, June 3, 2013

Favorite Colors

The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild recently formed a Modern Quilt Group.  At our first meeting we did a color study and put together a 25 patch block that contained the colors that we use most in our quilts.  The discussion that followed was quite interesting. We talked about what colors we liked, what colors we didn't use and why, and what colors we should try to use more often. I learned quite a bit about myself and my friends too!  At the end of the meeting we were discussing what we should do with our blocks and this month's assignment was born...make something from your block!  Add to it, take away from it, whatever it takes to turn it into something usable.  Now to see if I can get a little more creative than simply turning my block into a potholder.

Blog Archive