Monday, December 23, 2013

My family and I wish you and yours a very
Jolly and Merry Christmas!
In Friendship

Monday, December 16, 2013

Advent Stocking Fun

In the weeks before Thanksgiving I'd been thinking about making advent calendars for Seth, Eli, Shaye and Audrey.  I simply couldn't decide on a pattern or idea. 
Very frustrating for this Nana.
And then I spotted these fabulous stockings! 
 It's red and white velvet with delectable fur and bells to trim the cuff.  30" long with pockets on the front for goodies and treats to help count down the days until Christmas. After the countdown has come to an end it's a huge regular stocking for Santa to stuff on Christmas Eve. 
It didn't take me long to order four stockings with personalization and have them shipped directly to my daughter's house. 
My grandchildren absolutely love them. 

Wouldn't it be fun to have a stocking like this for yourself???
I'd love to have all the pockets filled with chocolates - YUM.
And, on Christmas morning it would be fun to find all sorts of quilting/sewing/stitching doo-dahs just for ME.  LOL
What would you want to find in the pockets and the stocking itself?
I hope you've enjoyed some pieceful days.
In Friendship!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Decorating for Christmas

 Is there Christmas decorating going on at your house? 
 Or have you finished and now you're sitting back enjoying your Christmas treasures?

What do you prefer when you decorate; a specific theme i.e. snowmen or do you mix it up?

My friend, Wendy, likes to decorate with snowmen and trees. 
If you visit her blog you'll enjoy a sweet array of snowmen and trees vignettes.
The picture is from her blog with one of the adorable vignettes. 

Maybe you prefer to decorate with Santas everywhere. 
 I used to collect Santas.  I don't have as many as I used to but I still enjoy using them here and there.  This was at my house several years ago.

My favorite thing to do is to decorate my kitchen with Gingebread boys and girls. 
I found this large cup with the accessories about seven years ago and it always graces our kitchen table. 
I haven't done much decorating this year but I did pick up a couple of new snowmen. 
Snowmen and Santas are available in abundance but the G-Men (gingerbread men) are elusive. 
That makes me a bit sad :-(
I'd love it if you would share your thoughts and ideas about Christmas decorating.
In Friendship!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving from me and mine.
Enjoy your blessings!
In Friendship

Monday, November 04, 2013

She's Here!

She's here!

Audrey Isabella
Saturday, Nov 2, 2013
6 lbs, 13 oz
21" long

Welcomed by Mommy(Kristie), Daddy (Gino), Big Brother (Seth), Big Brother (Eli) and Big Sister (Shaye)

Shaye's first words when she saw her Baby Sister: "Awww, she's cute". 
Brought this Nana to tears.  :-)

We're an excited but very exhausted family.  :-) 

Enjoy your day!

In Friendship!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Baby Sister's Nursery Start

My daughter, Kris decided to use Wrens and Friends by Gina Martin for Moda for Baby Sister's nursery. 
 Lots of flowers,birds and butterflies. 
 Yardage is not yet available.  AAACCCKKK
We're hoping it'll be available before Baby Sister arrives.
(keeping our fingers crossed)
We've made fabric decisions for everything. 
As soon as it's available I'll be sewing like a crazed woman.

Have you seen this wonderful, wonderful book by Cindy Lammon aka Hyacinth Designs
If you don't already own this book trust me when I say you must add it to your quilt book library.
Yes, it's Christmas themed however different fabrics will work for everyday quilts.

I used the Snowball Games pattern to make Baby Sister's first quilt.
Bold and vibrant colors used to make a scrappy quilt.
More to come.  :-)

Softer prints will be used to make the accessories for her nursery. 
Baby Sister's nursery is well underway however she's still nameless. 
Thank you for stopping by.
Are you enjoying pieceful days?
In Friendship 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Got UFO's? (quilting)

edited to add the correct question for #5

Hello Friends,

Life at my house has been a bit boring. 
 I'm not ignoring you but I haven't had anything to blog about.  Sigh :-) 
Yes, we're on Baby Sister watch (still no name and nursery is in the works)  :-)

Since I don't have anything to share I'd take a few minutes to tell you about Deb @

I don't know if she found me or I found her but either way we've had some fun e-mail conversations.  I've watched Deb work her way through quite a few UFOs with lots of dedication.  Actually, I've been in awe.  Rather than try to tell you about Deb, I asked Deb to answer a few questions.  If you have a few minutes please visit Deb - you'll be in awe, as well. 
I tried to add a picture from Deb's blog but sadly I failed. 
You'll find lots of wonderful pictures when you visit her blog.  :-)

1.  How long have you been quilting?
I took a beginning class in 2002 - so taking out my 3 year hiatus it's been 8 years.

2.  How long ago did you stop quilting and when did you come back to it? 
I fell off a step ladder while stripping wallpaper in September 2009 (4 years ago tomorrow actually!) and badly broke my right leg. Ironically that was going to be my 1st quilting room.  I had surgery and spent 6 days in the hospital followed by 12 weeks of no weight bearing, a blood clot and months of physical therapy.  All of my crafty mo-jo vanished and I didn't sew one stitch until I started quilting again in late September 2012.

3.  How many UFO's did you discover when you returned to quilting?
My 1st count last October was 88... but I found 13 more later for a total of 101.

4.  Have you worked only on UFO's or have you thrown in a new project or two?
I've finished 65 projects since 10/1/2012 and 56 have been UFOs - so yes I have thrown in a few new projects but they have been mostly table topper size or smaller!  My UFO Reward System gives me a new large project after I finish 10 UFOs and I give myself some leeway on small projects as long as I finish them!  I know it sounds strict but it seems silly to work so hard at finishing while creating more at the same time.  At the the start of 2013 I decided to take this year and really focus on UFOs.  My word for the year is FINISH. I've struggled with procrastination and finishing things my whole life so this has really been life changing for me.

  5.  What have you discovered you missed about quilting?
This is a great question Darlene!  I've done many different crafts over the years because I grew up in a creative family.  My Mom sewed most of our clothes and taught me to sew in my early teens. I went to college to be an architect and ended up being a CPA - it seems like I try to shut down my creative side at times and no good comes from that! I love to play with colors, patterns and have always loved fabric so quilting really hits home for me. I think it is wonderful therapy too. Simply said - doing something creative just makes me a happier person. 

6. What do you do with all your completed UFO's.
Here comes the accountant side of me (lol!).  33 of my 56 finished UFOs have been donated to Project Linus or other charity groups.  I love making bright quilts with fun novelty fabrics for kids.  I get to try new color combinations, new patterns and new techniques so it's a total win win situation.  I've given 8 away as gifts and the remaining 15 are here with me. It makes me so happy to finally see quilts being used in my home.

Forgot to add - my Dad's craft was woodworking.  I have beautiful pieces of furniture and other items he has made throughout my home.  He has kind of given it up as he's gotten older and that is sad. I really should do a blog post about it!

Please visit the creative spot in her home where all the magic happens.

Don't forget to tell Deb I sent you.  :-)

 I appreciate your visit. 
I'll be back when I have something to share.  :-)
In Friendship!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I'm Shaye, Darlene's granddaughter, I hope you remember me.  :-)

My momma, Kristie and nana, Darlene need your help, please.  My little sister will be here soon and they need help with a couple of things
They need to get busy on her nursery but my mom can't decide on fabric. 
They've looked at Moda & Riley Blake collections. 
The one Moda collection she is crazy about won't be available in yardage until the end of October.  That's really cutting close to my sister's anticipated arrival cuz my mom never carries full term. 
Do you have suggestions - help us please!  :-)

Bear in mind that my mom doesn't always use typical nursery prints. 
For instance, she did my room in Bliss by Bonnie & Camille.

And, my sister doesn't have a name yet because my mom and dad can't seem to agree. 
 I've suggested Elmo and Mickey but they don't like either one. 
I don't understand.  :-)

So we need nursery and name suggestions. 

Big Hugs and Kisses,

Sunday, September 01, 2013

First Class, Air Mail or Priority Mail Postage Stamps

None of the above ... thank you! 
The only postage stamps I need are all in my
postage stamp quilt. 
Can I get a

I started this quilt with a certain size in mind. 
After I laid it on our bed I decided it had to be bigger.

I managed to put a huge dent in the container filled with 2" print squares. 
I used all of the 2" white squares, as well. 

Every line of fabric Bonnie & Camille have designed for Moda is represented in this quilt:
Cotton Blossoms, Simple Abundance, Bliss, Ruby, Vintage Modern, Marmalade, Happy Go Lucky and Scrumptious.
Here it is in all it's glory; big enough for our king size bed. 

The stats in case you want to make one, too. 

84" x 90" finished
1680 - 2" print squares
1680 - 2" white squares
Total - 3360 - 2" squares

When I decided in May that I wanted to make this quilt I was chatting with
 Carol (Brown Quilts 4 Me).
We decided it would be more efficient for me to make 16 patches. 
It was much easier to keep my 2" squares straight (we feared individual rows might bow)

14 - 16 patches per row
15 rows

This quilt was so much fun to make.
I hope you'll make one, too.
Start cutting your 2" squares. 

 Thank you for stopping by to visit with me. 
I've had a couple of very pieceful days - I hope you have, as well.

In Friendship!

Monday, August 19, 2013

I've Been Working on the Railroad

I could use a crew to build this Short Line Railroad
Are YOU available???? 
I am definitely having fun working on this railroad. 
This is my first experience with Moda Honey Buns (1.5" strips). 
I'm glad I have two more planned Honey Bun projects, as I've really enjoyed myself. 
I think Moda has discontinued Honey Buns; much to my chagrin.  :-)

It's time to make more little soldiers.  :-)
I hope you're enjoying lots and lots of pieceful days!
I'll be back to share more progress soon.
I do appreciate your visits and comments.
In Friendship!

Monday, August 12, 2013


I promised I would be back "tomorrow" to share progress on my projects. 
I didn't say which tomorrow.  LOL
The week end was busy so there was little time to spend at the machine.
But...there has been some progress  :-)

Lots of progress on my postage stamp quilt. 
I knew this would be a fun project but I had no idea how much.
 I find myself smiling as I sew, sew and sew. 

This is the beginning of my 'slightly tarnished project' ... Short Line.
Lots and lots of strips! 
Have you started looking through your stash in search of a 'slightly tarnished project'? 

The strips became little soldiers lined up waiting to become blocks. 
I hope to spend more time in my sewing room this week. 
I promise to share as soon as there's something to share.
Are you enjoying pieceful days?
In Friendship!

Friday, August 09, 2013

Slightly Tarnished Project - Found

When I opened the stash closet door I was prepared to spend a few minutes (or longer) searching for my 'slightly tarnished project'. 
Imagine my surprise when I spotted that 'diamond in the rough' - it was sparkling and taunting me.  :-)
I discovered four Honey Buns of Happy Camper by American Jane for Moda. 
 I had enough background fabric so it was obvious to me; it was meant to be. 

Back in 2010 Carrie of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co introduced a pattern called Short Line using these fabrics. 
Who am I to argue? LOL
 I pressed my background fabric and one Honey Bun and got busy. 
I'm sewing miles and miles and I'll be ready to show some progress tomorrow. 
I hope you consider digging through your stash in search of a 'slightly tarnished project'. 

Pieces parts of my Postage Stamp quilt. 
I'll be working on another section this week end, as well. 
One more thing - September is coming - do you know what that means?
I'm off to enjoy another pieceful day - I hope you're doing the same.
In Friendship!

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Time to Ride Again!

Actually, it's Time to Sew Again!!!
I'm ready...
1.  new blade in my Olfa cutter (Splash is hiding - grrr) - check
 I have one blade holder marked "used" and one marked "new".
This way I dispose of the old blade in a safe manner and don't confuse myself at the same time.
2.  new needle in my machine - check
3.  10 bobbins wound - check
After I've used all ten bobbins I know it's time to do some dusting & cleaning
4.  chase the dust bunnies out of my machine - check

Now it's time to find a project.  I find myself getting distracted by the 'shiny things' (new fabric/new patterns). 
I completely dismiss the 'slightly tarnished things' hidden in my stash closet.  Sigh!! 
They once were shiny things I had to have ... why did they lose their appeal? 
 I've decided I need to right that wrong. 
I'm going to dig for a slightly tarnished shiny thing to start working on. 
Hopefully I won't have to dig too deep.
Wish me luck and stay tuned. 
Have your days been pieceful?
In Friendship!

Monday, August 05, 2013

Borders, Bindings and Backings

I've had a handful of fun 'pieceful' days.
I hope you have, as well.
And, now it's time to make some borders, bindings and backings decisions.
Remember this one? 
This is Dashing by The Pattern Basket made with Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.
Last time you saw it I needed to add the final border (I selected my binding, as well).
Now, it's time to select my backing. 
Remember the Avalon jelly roll I cut last week? 
This pattern is Hash Tag by Camille Roskelley and designed specifically for a class she's teaching on Craftsy. 
 I already have backing however, I need to select the border and binding.   
Do you have any suggestions?

Last but not least another section of my Postage Stamp quilt.
Wishing you lots of pieceful days.
Thank you for visiting!
In Friendship!

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Something New and More!

August is a new month!

A new project with my Avalon jelly roll by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda.

Remember when I cut 2" squares from scraps of Bliss, Ruby, Vintage Modern, Marmalade & Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille for Moda? 
They took another tumble in the dryer because I added some Scrumptious.  :-)
I have finally started what I'm calling my Postage Stamp project.  There are many definitions of Postage Stamp quilts - in my world - this is a Postage Stamp quilt.  LOL
I'm lovin' it and will share as it grows. 
Recently I had some problems with my e-mail - I could see the icons but couldn't actually see the e-mails.  My Tech Guru (Mr Daze) and I decided I needed to delete everything so he could work on reinstalling stuff.  Everything is working again - whew - so if I missed an e-mail from you please forgive me. 
I appreciate your visit and wish you pieceful days!
In Friendship!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Dealing with fragments and focusing on nothing. 
Not to's all good!  :-)
I've had to deal with some family issues, thankfully not with my immediate family, just the "nuts" on our family tree.  LOL 

I've allowed myself fragments of time to do some sewing.  woohoo!!! 
 At the very last minute I decided to participate in the 2013 Mystery BOM from The Fat Quarter Shop.  woohoo!!! 
I've promised myself that I will assemble each block as soon as the kit arrives so I don't get behind.  You know me and BOM projects.  LOL 
Blocks 1 and 2 - done - woohoo!!!

The Temecula Quilt Co started a challenge ... make a tiny (2" finished) basket block every day between July 1 and August 30. 
I thought it would be fun to participate - gives me a reason to spend some time in my sewing room every day.  I'm sure you've seen versions of this adorable block all over blogland. 
I decided to go back to the 30's for my version.  :-)
Thank you for stopping by to visit with me. 
I hope to be back real soon to share another project or two. 
Enjoy a pieceful day.
In Friendship!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Y'all Ready for This?????

Y'all ready for this?????
I have a new Olfa Splash Rotary Cutter
It's so Purdy it makes me smile!  :-)
 Look at it! 
Are you smiling, too? :-)
I haven't used it yet but now I'm anxious to find a new project or two just so I can use it.
It comes with a brand spanking new shiny, sharp blade. 
I just know it'll cut like buttah!
OMG, I can hardly wait to open the package - yes it's still in the package! 
What do you think...should I come back to show you what project(s) I have decided to cut?
I hope my silly post has made you truly Laugh Out Loud. 
We need more laughs in our lives - it's a crazy world. 
Don't forget to tell me whether or not you're interested in seeing what I cut with my new
 Olfa Splash Rotary Cutter! 
In Friendship!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

I'm so excited...

and I just can't hide it.
I'm about to lose control
and I think I like it!!!

(gotta love the Pointer Sisters) 

In Friendship!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Winner and Thank you!

Thank you so much for celebrating my 7th anniversary in blogging! 
I appreciate all your compliments and comments on my blog makeover.
I find myself questioning whether or not I'm on the correct blog when I open it.  LOL
A HUGE thank you to Kimberly and staff at the Fat Quarter Shop for their generous assistance with this awesome prize.  I appreciate it very much! 
The winner of the Baby Jane fat quarter bundle by Eric and Julie Comstock for Moda is:
Congratulation, Abby!!
 I'll e-mail you to get all your information so your prize can be shipped.

Again, thank you so much!
In Friendship!

Sunday, June 09, 2013

7 Year Twitch!

 This giveaway is now closed!  Thank you!
It's time to celebrate my 7th anniversary in blogging!
I was chatting with a dear friend recently about my lack of blog posts and that it was almost time to celebrate 7 years. 
She immediately decided that I've been suffering with the 7 Year Twitch - LOL
I had to laugh for awhile and then readily agreed with her. 
BTW, how do you like my makeover?  Another very dear friend heard that I was very bored with my blog and offered to give it a total makeover. 
I'm in love with my new look (fresher & brighter) and told her over and over that she captured ME. 
Wouldn't you agree?
The timing was perfect because it's another reason to celebrate 7 Years!

I'm keeping it simple this year to give you an opportunity to win this fat quarter bundle of Baby Jane by Eric and Julie Comstock for Moda from The Fat Quarter Shop.
Leave a comment telling me how many years you've been blogging. 
Please be sure I have a way to contact you if you're a winner.
Also, keeping this short and sweet - I'll draw a winner sometime Tuesday, June 11.
My first blog post was on June 11, 2006
 Thank you for celebrating with me!
In Friendship!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Scrap and Fluff

I've been busy, busy, busy with life (grandchildren, etc)
A couple of weeks ago I had an overwhelming desire to sew but didn't have anything prepared and ready to go.  :-(  I had a busy day ahead of me so there was no time to figure out what I wanted to do. 
 Since then I've spent fleeting moments of time cutting from my Bonnie and Camille scraps - Bliss, Vintage Modern, Ruby, Marmalade and Happy Go Lucky.
 My project requires lots of white squares, too.  :-)
Once I cut my scraps I knew I needed to mix them up.  I decided to toss them in my dryer set on "air fluff" for approximately 2 minutes. 

Tossed and ready to go!  :-)

And, the container with my white squares.

Can you guess what I'm prepared to make?

Now when the overwhelming urge to sew happens I'll be ready to sew for as long as I have. 
Can I get a woohoo!!!  LOL

I don't know when I'll be back with another post but I'm sure it'll happen soon.  Please continue to bear with me. 

Keep in mind that my 7th anniversary in blogging is coming up soon (yes 7 years - whew)

I hope you're enjoying many pieceful days. 

In Friendship!

Edit:  I don't know what's happening with the first three pictures but I'll try to fix them.  grrrr

Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Where the heck did April go?  I thought I still had a lot to say and yet it's been two weeks since my last blog post.  Guess I don't have much to say after all.  Sigh!  :-) 
Take a look at the title of my post - LOL.  

Shaye's BIG announcement!
Our 2+ year old granddaughter, Shaye is here to tell you that she's going to be a BIG sister in November.  She and her BIG brothers, Seth & Eli are very excited.  :-)
We have a long wait however I have a feeling November will be here before we know it. 

I have been doing some sewing but nothing worth mentioning.  LOL 

The mailman brought two packages with two fabulous new books!  As you can see I've already precut some super old fabric (it was buried deep, deep, deep in the stash closet) to make a project from "Stash Basket Beauties" by Kim Brackett.  She's the queen of 2.5" strip projects.  :-)  I've flipped through the pages of Camille Roskelley's "Simply Retro" book but haven't settled on a project. 

Hopefully my next post will bring some news about me using a needle and thread.  :-) 

Thanks bunches for popping in to visit - wishing you a very pieceful day.

In Friendship!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

A Finish & Another Precut Self Challenge Project

Did you give up on me?
I'm finally here to share my Simply Charming mini.
This is  Teresa's Treasures (18" x 22") made with an Avalon charm pack.  I wasn't sure about the navy blue prints but adding the blue binding adds a nice finish. 
Don't forget to visit my Kathy's blog to add your link for your Simply Charming mini finish.
On Friday after I quilted my Teresa's Treasures mini I decided it was time for my next Moda precut  self challenge project. 
 I had a new fat eighth bundle that was teasing and tempting me.  Sigh! 
It was Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.  Bigger Sigh!
Let the cutting, sewing and trimming begin. 
Here's the result...Dashing by The Pattern Basket. 
Yardage is not available yet however, as soon as it is I'll be running anxiously to purchase my border, binding & backing fabrics. 
 In the mean time I'm thrilled with the result - it's definitely a "Happy Go Lucky" quilt. 

It's time to empty my snippet bucket and rewind the empty bobbins.  Those are the six bobbins I wound last week and I managed to piece the Simply Charming mini, two twister quilts and the Dashing quilt.  That makes me :-)  I'm a happy girl. 

One of my dearest bloggy friends has been checking on me via e-mail to tell me that she's been missing my regular blog posts and my visits around bloggy world. 
I've told her that I haven't been blogging regularly because I haven't had anything to blog about. 
And, while I've popped in to visit each everyone of you I've been oohing and aahhhing  silently.  Today while I was sewing I asked myself if I've run out of things to say - HECK NO!  LOL 
Please don't give up on me I'm going to try harder to post on a more regular basis. 
I hope your days are pieceful.
In Friendship!

Monday, April 08, 2013

Challenging Myself w/Moda Precuts

A few weeks ago while 'hermitting' I was thinking about and planning future quilting projects.  I decided it would be fun to challenge myself to make a project featuring some Moda precuts (i.e. a charm pack, layer cake, jelly roll, honey bun, fat eighth bundle and fat quarter bundle).  I started looking through books, patterns, Pinterest, etc.  It's been a daunting task because there are so many fabulous patterns available for precuts.  Whew!!! 
Since I couldn't decide on patterns for every precut I decided to just get started. 
Doing often leads to inspiration. 
Friday morning I cleaned and oiled my sewing machine; wound a bunch of bobbins and selected a charm pack of Avalon that Carol had given me when we met with Cheryl for lunch in March.  It took me forever to decide on a project.  I chatted with one friend who had tons of suggestions but then I chatted with another friend, Carol and she suggested I use it to make one of the mini quilts from Simply Charming (duh - why didn't I think of that?  LOL)  We went through the book together and found a pattern that would work.  woohoo!!!
I'll show a picture of my mini Simply Charming quilt tomorrow after I quilt it - it'll look much better than it does now.  :-)
That mini quilt didn't take long so I decided to move on to a project using a layer cake. 
I cut 10" squares from my Hometown (by Sweetwater for Moda) fat quarter bundle.  So, is it a project using a layer cake or a project using a fat quarter bundle?  LOL
I made a Twister quilt using the large layer cake template. 
I've made a couple of Twister quilts using the smaller templates and while I had fun making those I never felt comfortable cutting around the templates.  I feared I would cut off the tips of my fingers with my rotary cutter. ACK!!!  Quite frankly, I've grown accustomed to having those finger tips.  LOL
I was instantly smitten with the larger template so I had tons of fun!
Needless to say I love, love, love the quilt top, too.  teehee!
This layer cake of Sunkissed (also by Sweetwater for Moda) like the Hometown fat quarter bundle had been in my closet for a long time.  
When I rolled out of bed this morning I knew exactly what I was going to do today. 
Can you guess? 
 If you guessed another Twister quilt, you're absolutely right!
I'm becoming a pro at these cuties.  LOL
Now I want to dig in my closet and find layer cakes to make more Twister quilts. 
Please don't send the men in the white coats! 
A project with either a jelly roll, honeybun, fat eighth bundle or fat quarter bundle is up next - what to do, what to do? 
I'm glad I decided to do this self challenge with Moda precuts because it's forcing me to look for and use fabric I'd forgotten I had.  So often I get caught up in the latest and newest that I forget about the past latest and newest that I had to have. 
I hope your days have been as pieceful as mine.
In Friendship!
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