Thursday, November 20, 2014


How sad it is that today is the last day of the Twas the Night Blog Hop but how sweet it has been showcasing all the fabulous quick and easy Christmas gifts.  This hop is all about making quick and easy gifts at the last minute (okay some of you won't make them at the last minute but I will).  I have so many ideas dancing around in my head, kinda like visions of sugar plums.

Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt in her kerchief and Marlene at Stitching by The Lake in her cap had just settle down for a long winters nap; especially after coordinating this awesome hop and cheering us on.

But over in my sewing room there arose such a clatter, you'll spring from your chair to see what was the matter.

Away to the mailbox I flew like a flash and ripped open the package and pullout out my stash... from Gramama Jane.  I knew in a moment she must be St. Nick.

Jane knew exactly what I would like.  A new Christmas table runner that I LOVE!  The King even commented how nice it was.  I love the quilts in each of the panels.

And the red gingham plastic bag holder.  A much needed improvement over my previous bag holder!

The  pincushion (from Rush Hour fabrics) and the tissue holder are just a cute as can be.  Oh and who wouldn't want more fabric for their stash; a fat quarter and the wrapping around all the gifts.

Now, back to Twas The Night....

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;  maybe he should have had one of these garment bags.

They're great for men, women, teens... just about everyone.  You can use pre-quilted fabric to make it go together faster too.  And oilcloth, laminates, corduroy, denim, all durable fabrics to make them out of.  Wouldn't it be cute with a ruffle too.  Okay, maybe not on this one for the King but with different fabrics.  They were quick and easy.  The hardest thing was finding a 30" zipper in our little town.  You can find the tutorial here.

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back, .... ok maybe just a bundle of wood in this firewood tote.   Super fast!  Maybe 30 minutes!  You can find the tutorial here.

And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow; .... like this towel. (No pattern but I'll give you measurements in a couple of days.)  Again, super quick and easy; 30 mintues to 1 hour

He had a broad face and a little round belly.... like these placemats and pot holders (again no pattern).  I quilted my own fabric but you could buy red placements (especially this time of year; I noticed Big Lots has them for $2.50 each.)

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,..... he's been drinking the wine... (wink, wink) (no pattern for this one either)

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,... at the other quilting blogs up for today.  Go visit them and see all their goodies filling santa's sleigh.

And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Quilty Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Santa left a nice giveaway under my tree....  An extra Santa Belly Hand Towel just for you.  Leave me a comment and tell me if you've started your Christmas shopping.  I'll use random number generator to pick a winner.  It's open to everyone, I'll ship internationally too.  Make sure you're not a no-reply blogger.  I can't give you something if I can't contact you.  

Santa also brought me a new toy... a new Beam & Read Light.  It's awesome!  It's perfect for handwork; lightweight, bright LED light, magnifying lense, easy to use....  I can't wait to tell you more about it but this post is getting really long so I'll save it for next time.



There are not one, but TWO blog tours going on right now that I'm participating in.  And both of them have GIVEAWAYS!  I really hope you're checking them out! 

The first one is TWAS THE NIGHT blog hop

It's focus is on quick and easy Christmas Gifts that you can make in an evening or a couple of hours or less.  There is a whole lot of inspiration going on with this one!  My day to post is tomorrow.

And then there's Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 10 Blog Tour.  Selected block designers showcase their block and give you tips, assembly hints, color ways, and settings to use their block.  I'm in awe at the talent!  My day was on Monday but you can go back and catch up.  Oh and my block is on page 44 of the magazine. You'll want to get your copy of the magazine available on news stands this week.    

Now, Hop on over and check them out!  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Ruby and her mom have been at it again with their string quilts.  This one is for Kristen.  

I quilted Deb's Swirl pattern in black thread.

Ruby had me quilt Kristen's name in the sashing.

Delia made this quilt for her daughter.  She requested no flower in the fabrics.

I quilted Wind Swirls in Kiwi thread.

Anita's house quilt.

Check out the houses, they are string pieced.

Beautiful applique.  I quilted meandering feathers in Prickly Pear green thread.

Rose made this quilt for her elderly friend in the nursing home.  She loves gardening.

I quilted lady bugs in Kiwi thread

Donna made 4 of these snowman quilts for her 4 grandkids.  

Snowflakes of course on a snowman quilt.

Monday, November 17, 2014


Welcome to my blog and Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 10 Blog Tour.  This is my third blog tour with Quiltmaker.  This time around I decided to throw in some Patriotic Flair (for those who know me I bet you were so surprised.... right?)   I called my block American Pride.  I did it with the intention of making a quilt for Quilts of Valor.

I put my block together just a little different than the instructions in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 10 Magazine (mine is on page 44).  I cut all three of my strips the same width of 2".  I then sub cut the strip set into 5" squares.  Paired them with a 5" cream background square.  Drew a diagonal line and sewed on each side of the drawn line, 1/4" from the drawn line.  Cut them apart, pressed to the background triangle, and then squared them up to 4 1/2".  Either method will work so you can pick your favorite.

Here is the quilt I submitted to Quiltmaker to hang in their gallary.  

I didn't want to applique USA in every block; I thought that might be a bit much,  so I quilted a flag in every other block instead.

Now for all you eagle eye readers out there, there is a flaw in my quilt.  Can you find it?  If you'll look closely, you will notice a change in the design of the block.  That's what happens when you don't look back at your photo of the block submitted 6 months ago and try to re-create it from memory.  So here is a quilt I designed in EQ using the "real" block submitted to Quiltmaker... you know... the one in the magazine.  The one that it's suppose to look like.  I can say however, I like my "new block" too.

Here is another color way of the "new" block.  I substituted the USA applique for a fussy cut flower applique from the focus fabric.  The point is, you don't have to go Americana with this block.  The possibilities are endless.  Just substitute any applique for the USA applique.

I hope you enjoyed the visit to see my block and my "new block".  Quiltmaker is giving away a copy of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 10 magazine to one lucky winner.  Just leave me a comment, anything you'd like to say.  I'll use random number generator to pick one lucky winner when the blog tour is over.  Be sure to visit Quiltmaker's Quilty Pleasures Blog to see the complete schedule of the blog tour this week.  

Friday, November 14, 2014


It's been a long time since I've done a FREEBIE FRIDAY!  So let's take care of that and give something away.

How about this signed book I got at Market.  I had the hardest time trying to decide which book to give away.  I really liked it, but it was my intention to give it away to some lucky blog reader when I got it signed.  (sigh)

Heather was a delight to meet.

Isn't it funny that inspiration comes for the most ordinary things.

This one was probably my favorite.... I'm not a martini drinker so maybe because it reminds me of margarita glasses...   :)

Just leave me a comment and tell me what gives you inspiration?   I'll use the random number generator to pick a winner next Saturday,  November 21st.  It's open to anyone, I'll even ship internationally.

If you see my baby sister Jacque, tell her Happy Birthday!  Today is her birthday.  I won't tell you how old she is but I will tell you she's 8 years younger than I am.  HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACQUE!  Here's to many more!