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!

Monday, April 01, 2013

Hermitting (?)

Is March done? 
Goodness I hope so because it seems I spent the entire month hermitting (not a word but it works LOL)
During the period of hermitting there was nothing happening - absolutely nothing. 
'nuf said  :-)
On to bigger and better things. 
I've been working on my plans and goals for the month of April - we'll see how that goes.  LOL
When I finish it in a bit do you want to see it?  :-)
One of the primary things on my list is a quilt from Simply Charming.  Kathy and I hope you'll join us in April with another sweet small quilt from this 'simply charming' book.  :-)
Take time to visit Kathy's blog because she's finished hers and has the link up post ready to go.
I'll pick mine today and git 'r dun  LOL
Thank you so much for your sweet e-mails asking about if everything was OK.  I appreciate your care and concern - it was nice to be missed. 
Hopefully I'll be around more in the month of April. 
I hope your days have been pieceful with many more to come.
In Friendship!
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