Friday, December 16, 2011

I’m back……

Wow, what a surprise when I checked into the blog and realized it’s been over 3 months since I finished blogged something.  Where did the time go…on yeah, shop hop, freak snow storm, no power, no Halloween, Thanksgiving, Anniversary sale…and not much time in front of my sewing machine.  But just today (and it’s Friday) I actually finished two some things!  When the Grinch fabric came in earlier this year I had great ideas, but that’s as far as it went.  Then I found this really easy quilt…surfing the web.  Mary calls it “My favorite quick donation quilt” or quick-strippie.


I think it should be called “My wicked fast, super easy gift quilt”!  It only takes 3 fabrics, an hour (if that) of sewing.  Then “quilt as desired” stitch in the ditch works…bind and gift!  Of course I haven’t done the quilt and bind part yet, but all in good time.

My second “finish” is quilt-as-you-go placemats.  I needed new placemats in the Christmas theme and I’ve been hooked on the quilt-as-you-go technique.  So I dug around in my stash closet and pulled out reds and  greens and a fun fabric for the back and got to work.  I sort of based it on string quilts where you start in the center and work out.  Then I trimmed them down to the size I wanted…I can see I’ll be making more of these.


I’ll bring one by the shop if you’re interested…as long as I don’t spill dinner on it!!

Until next time…

Friday, September 9, 2011

Bright it is!

I couldn't decide if I'd finish the BRIGHT or WILD project for this Friday...the weeks weather told me to go BRIGHT...and look as I'm writing this I think I see the sun!!  So here it is

Firecracker by Jaybird Quilts

This was fun to do and a little quirky.  It uses the Lazy Angle ruler which makes it go together quite nicely...thanks Janet T. for introducing me to this designer.  We have so many bright tone on tones and the pattern only calls for fat eighths so of course I had to cut a few bundles just in case someone else just HAS to do one too.

Well my Friday friends I have to make this my final "Finish it up Friday" until after Shop Hop.  There are so many quilts running around in my head that I must have ready for our weekend...and of course I want them to be a surprise...that I really should concentrate.  I'm sure though that I'll give you a sneak peek at these projects in progress!!  So check back during the week from time to time.

Enjoy the sunshine this weekend....

Thursday, September 1, 2011

This is either very late or some what early…or both!

Let me begin by saying I really did finish something last week but not by Friday…Saturday, I even have a witness!  Right Maureen?  Tap, tap, Maureen?  Back me up here!  Anyway, if you’re familiar with “Little Golden Books” such as “Saggy Baggy Elephant” or “Pokey Little Puppy” this is from the “Tawny Scrawny Lion”.  The fabric looks just like the books illustrations.  Now the panel came with instructions to make it into a soft book, but alas I was feeling challenged and couldn’t make sense of it.  So I went onto Quilting Treasures website and searched through their free patterns and found this easy pattern using the fabrics!  I made just one slight change in the instructions.  They call for 3 1/2 yards for the outer border…what?!  Well, if you cut it 1/2” narrower and put the green of the strip next to the quilt center (instead of the blue) then 1 2/3 yards works just fine.  So here is was last weeks “Finish up Friday”…


tawny scrawny lion  close up


Now onto this week (tomorrow).  If you’ve been to the shop lately then you’ve seen this runner on display in different fabrics.  It’s similar to a runner seen online called The Ten Minute Runner, but I like this version better…just my opinion!  And, I bet you already have the pattern…if you have the Spring/Summer 2011 Quilt Sampler that is.  Turn to the last page…opposite the back cover…simple, simple, simple!  Don’t have the magazine?  Not to worry -  we have plenty!!

Hey, Gail what do you think?

So, let’s do the math…last week was late finishing by one day and posting by six days.  This week was finished early by four days and posting by one day…I’m guessing that I’m really only two days late!! 


I’ll try to be on time next week…

Friday, August 19, 2011

Halloween cats, spiders, candy corn & bats!

I just had to use this fun fabric with the cats in costumes but really didn’t want to cut it up too much.  So I used an oldie but goodie pattern from Thimbleberries.  Originally it was used with a fabric line that had an all over tree print…thus the name of the pattern “Tree Farm Throw”.  We’ve used this pattern with all sorts of prints ever since (thanks Cheryl)…so I knew it would be perfect for the cats!

halloween cats

Now I think I’ll take it to the shop with me today and if I’m lucky I just might get it quilted!  So drop in and visit if you like and see my fur friends up close!

Friday, August 12, 2011

It’s still Friday…right?

Well I was really torn today because there were two things I really wanted to finish.  So which would I do first…the one I should do or the one I wanted to do.  Now don’t get me wrong the “should do” I really wanted to finish, but the “want to” kept creeping in and pushing the “should do” aside.  So I did a bit of both and finished the “should do” before I let myself settle in and finish the “want to”.  Have I got you completely confused yet?
Let me start by saying my favorite season is Autumn and my favorite colors are…you guessed it autumn colors…reds, oranges, greens, golds and browns.  So when all these fabrics start arriving at the shop I’m like a kid hyped up on too much candy.  What will I do?  Which fabrics to choose first?  Will I do a project from a book or a pattern?  A new pattern or an old favorite pattern?  I think you get the picture.  Now last weeks project was the quilt-as-you-go placemats (in fall fabrics) from the book Fast & Furious Holiday.  They were so much fun to do I had to do another one from the same book…take a look.
It’s a table runner with pumpkins…it was also a learning experience.  Best to READ the instructions and not simply LOOK at the pictures and think you know what to do.  I LOOKED at the first picture and I SAW the four background squares on the pumpkin rectangles and thought “Oh yeah, sew corner to corner on the square, trim and flip it out.”  WRONG!!!  This will not give you the nice rounded edges for the pumpkins…good thing I have plenty or fabric!!  Everything goes together much easier once you read all the instructions before taking your rotary cutter in hand…I’m just saying.
So that was my “should do” (that I really did want to do).  So what was my “want to” that kept getting in the way??

I love mysteries but they have to grab my attention right away…this one did…good book!  So now I must get the next one in this series and I think my next project will have this fabric as the main print…

Hoffman halloween
Cute Halloween print....any ideas what I have in mind?!

Friday, August 5, 2011


Last week, if you recall, I was getting ready to try a new charm pack but had to substitute a few charms with fabric from my stash…and got somewhat side tracked!  After my mess reorganization was finally finished and everything put in its proper place (please don’t open THAT closet!) I could start in on my project.  This was so much fun and fast and easy and as of 14 minutes ago…done!  If you’re like me and really need instant gratification try out one of Gudrun Erla’s quilt as you go projects.  As you’re piecing the top you’re quilting it as well…so when you’re done all you need is a binding.

Set the Mood, placemats

The placemats came from the book fast & furious Holiday and I’ve already decided to do the pumpkin runner next.  From her first fast & furious book there is a baby quilt on the back that’s calling to me…I’m all about fast…easy…done!

Now I’m off to make some headway on my churn dash blocks…or should I start that pumpkin runner…hmmmm!?!

So what did you finish this week?

Friday, July 29, 2011

I think this should count…

…as a Finish it up Friday!  Yesterday I picked up this wonderful charm pack that I’d decided to make placemats from.  The pattern is in Fast and Furious Holiday by G.E. Designs.  OK, so I needed 38 charms and the pack came with 40…but you know how some just don’t “talk” to you…well I had to pull out 6.

this sorting is hard work

Next step, find 4 more that would play nicely from my “beside the cutting table stash”.  This is where all the bits of leftovers go after I’ve finished a project and before they make it to the cubbies in the closet.  Without any trouble I found 3 right off the top…and then

one pile down...

I started digging (please note that there was a very large pile to the left and much more on top) and separating.

I need a bigger ironing board!

Still looking for just the right final 5” square!!

ready for more fabric!

Well, since I started this I might as well finish all the piles…it was falling over anyway!  All nicely separated piles by color or type…ready for the cubbies!

good job

So there we were…Rosebud and me…finally found just the perfect square.

Tuckered out Bud!

Are you wondering where this is going or how it should qualify as my Finish it up Friday project?  Well, these piles didn’t make it to the closet until today!  So now I can “Start over Saturday” with those perfectly coordinated charm squares!!  Maybe the placemats will be ready for next week.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Going Green is Good

I found this tutorial on making reusable snack bags last week and knew I had to try it.  Her directions were very good but I did make a few changes.  You can make these bags any size you like and I did use PUL because it’s waterproof (and we happen to have it at the shop :).  I also cut the Velcro (sew in type) 1” shorter rather then 1/2” that she recommends.  Let me show you how easy:

step one

Begin with 1 piece of fabric and 1 piece of PUL cut the same size…for the sandwich bag I cut 8” x 17”.  Put them right sides together and stitch the two short ends.

step one done

Now turn the piece right sides out and press.  Position the Velcro on each end (on the PUL side) and stitch in place…the walking foot is really helpful here because the PUL is fussy to sew.

position Velcro 1/2" from sides sew in place

Next fold the bag in half with the PUL on the outside sew the two sides…trim it a little bit if you like.  Turn right side out and top stitch so no raw edges on the inside and…

Velcro on cute bag done-ready for chips

you have a sandwich-chip-cookie-fruit-snack bag!!  And because I used the PUL (polyurethane laminated knit fabric) inside it’s waterproof and you can throw it in the wash if you need to!

So that’s my Finish it up Friday for this week…I’ve made 3 already…stay cool and be cool!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Finish for a cause…

Well, since I failed to finish anything last Friday I felt the need to over compensate this week.  As you may or may not know we are collecting unstuffed pillows for “Camp to Belong Massachusetts”.  This is a camp in Western Mass where kids separated from their siblings due to foster care or adoption are brought back together for one week of fun.  During the course of the week the kids choose one of the pillows and then decorate, embellish and write whatever they want on it.  They stuff them and finish the seam before presenting it to their brother/sister.  So with this in mind I decided instead of doing up just a few…I made 21!  That should make up for last week…don’t you think?!  And I’m not the only one this week to finish many pillows…last count we have 54.

pillows ready to go

These are just a few of the ones I did.

So if you’re interested in making some pillows for this wonderful cause just click here and you’ll be transported to our website where you can read all about the camp and get the directions for the pillows.

Now I’m off to my sewing room to try out something new (for me) and if all goes well I’ll share next week…going green!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Drum roll please...

I had this quilt in mind earlier this week.  It's been done and in the shop and then back home, oh about 4 years ago...without borders.  I have a thing about adding borders...least favorite step in the whole process.  Perhaps I should just do "Quilts Without Borders" or start a group "Quilters Without Borders".  So without further ado, I give you "Cosmic Stars" from Cozy Quilt Designs.
I think this was the first time I used Bali Pops....that long ago!

How about the churn dash challenge you ask?  Well I'm not too far behind.  I should have 11 done for today and I have 10...not bad, but I'll let you know how that goes next week!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

How appropriate…

This is going to be a “quick” post as I’m off for a “quick trip” to visit my mother.  Today’s finish up Friday just happens to be Quilt in a Day’s Quick Trip!!  This sweet baby quilt has been done for years without a binding.  Recently a customer was in (Hi Shannon) and we were discussing baby quilts and fusions (by Kaufman) and all of a sudden this quilt came back to me…hmmm what had I done with it!  So I dug it out, made the binding, slapped it on and finished it up!


My brother Bob and s-i-l Cathy are going to be grandparents for the first time in September.  The baby will need something soft when he/she visits so this will go live at their house…now that it’s done!!

So what did you finish this week??

Friday, June 17, 2011

It’s Friday so soon!

With Finish up Friday…the weeks are going by way too fast!  But I’m getting things done and of course starting new projects just as fast it seems.  So the vote on last weeks quilt is no border…hooray!  Now on to this weeks finish.  You might recall the Long Lines quilt I finished a few weeks ago.  It was the one I had color issues with…well, I used the same pattern and much more vivid colors to make the placemat option

Long Lines placemats

which I just love (perfect size).  Today I finished the last of the bindings…there are four placemats, but two are already at the shop.  These two are ready for dinner tonight.  The print, which you really can’t see in this picture, is peppers…orange/red, green and yellow peppers.  I can see me making many more of these.  So, want did you sew this week?

close up view

Friday, June 10, 2011

It’s no wonder…

…that my quilts have a touch of “cat” in them.  There I was, working feverishly on my “finish up Friday” project, when I turn to press and what do I spy

It's all about comfort!

one of my friends in a basket which is on top of another basket (apparently I thought height might discourage this) both filled with scrappy strips.  Perhaps she thought she was helping “press” those strips for me…oh well.

On to Friday.  Earlier this week I was trying to decide on today’s project…I have MANY to choose from don’t ya know…and this one was nagging at me.  I started it back in March for Aprils Saturday Scrap Club.  I couldn’t be at Aprils meeting so this was a teaser of what was to come in May.

what's wrong with this block?

So in May I brought this in

in progress

and there it sat.  I worked on all sorts of other things…you’ve seen some, but I just couldn’t finish those last three blocks (I was going to do six more but let’s just call it done).  Mind you I had all the pieces pieces and parts parts ready to go.  So finally today I finished the top!!  Just in time for Saturday Scrap Club tomorrow…yeh I’m milking this one as long as I can!


This is Bouillabaisse!  I don’t think I want a border on this one…unless…………

So, do you like it?  What did you move along this week??

Friday, June 3, 2011

Instant Gratification

This week for my Finish it up Friday project I went for easy, fun, sweet and “too stinking cute”.  We got some really adorable fabric from Henry Glass Fabrics called Baby and Me in recently.  Included was a panel with 15 different animal “moms” and babies…what to do??  Well one of our all time favorite books at the shop came to mind.


This book is terrific for making fast quilts with a few simple cuts…love, love, love this book!  I had so many choices…which one to do?  I finally decided on Double Attic Windows and with half square triangles in the corners this went together in no time.

Double Attic Windows

There’s a new baby coming in our family this fall maybe he/she might get lucky…if I can part with it!  I still have six blocks that I could make into a wall hanging…hmmm.


Well my friends I hope this finds you and your family safe after our crazy weather here on Wednesday.

Until next time…be well.

Friday, May 27, 2011

What did you finish this week?

Well my “Finish it up Friday” project almost didn’t make it to this post because I didn’t like the end result.  But then I thought hey, it’s a lesson in color choice…maybe…yah, that’s it!  So here is my “finish” for this week.



I’m sure you can tell right away what I mean by color choice.  I should have used a fabric with more contrast where you see the lavender…oh well, we all goof from time to time.  However, I loved this pattern called Long Lines from Maple Island Quilts.  It was very simple to put together so I think today I’ll pick out some more fabric and try…try…again.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Finish it up Friday....continues

So far so good...this makes three weeks that I've actually finished something (sort of)...what a great feeling!  This week my project changed...many, many times.
First I started with this one, nice and small.

But then I thought about this one, scrappy and larger.
Then on Thursday I decided to "really" finish this one since I needed to brighten up the day week from all this rain.

So onto grace it went and before long it was done!!

So now the binding is on and only needs to be hand sewn...which I'll get done this weekend...hopefully!
Pattern is "No Trick Card Trick" by Jean Boyd.
So what did you finish up this week??

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Grinch is here!!

It's here!!  How the Grinch Stole Christmas has arrived and it' so cute!  Perfect for quilts, pillowcases, boxer shorts and there are even 3 pieces in flannel...pj bottoms perhaps.  Wrap it up with a copy of the book...ideal gift!

I've already got a project in mind........:)  how about you!

Friday, May 13, 2011

It’s Friday….

and I’ve “finished up” another project!!!  This one I started on our Getaway Weekend in February and there it sat in it’s cute little bag.


Then last week (late) I decided to free it from its paper home and see exactly how far I had gotten on it.  Well not so bad…I had pieces and parts and strips (oh my!).  So with today in mind (gotta love deadlines) I attacked it with a vengeance determined to show you all that I can finish things up…if I put my mind and machine to it!


Yesterday I was moving along quite well, but there were two strips that just didn’t work (too light).  Now this quilt is done in batiks and I LOVE BATIKS so off to my stash I went to pull out two fabrics that I could substitute.  You would think that wouldn’t be a problem since I LOVE BATIKS…wrong!  Apparently I love them so much I actually use most of them up or simply have the wrong color for this quilt.  Well, after much auditioning I found two that would do.


So here it is…my “Finish it up Friday” project, Strip Tease by G.E. Designs!  Now my question to you is…should I add a border to it?  I’m going to leave it up to all of you to decide…majority rules!!

Friday, May 6, 2011

I’ll show you mine…

So I’ve decided that Friday will now be known as “Finish it up Friday”.  Anyone that knows me knows I will procrastinate about everything!!  So I need deadlines for everything!!  With this in mind I thought I’d make my deadline Friday of each week where I must show you mine…something I’ve finished.  Now don’t get all crazy on me, they may only be the tops that are done but hey it’s something…right?!  And if you’re so inclined you could show me yours.


So this is what I started with and I thought they were quite lovely.


Following the pattern I cut them into BIG squares and put them up on my “design” wall (aka flannel backed vinyl tablecloth)… well, not all that exciting is it.


OK now cut those squares into more squares and sew them into four patches…yup, still not excited.


Then take your handy dandy template and cut these four patches according to directions…well maybe it’s growing on me.


Being very careful not to screw mess up your design, sew the four patches together in diagonal rows…I see possibilities ahead.


Until it looks like this…perhaps when the border is on I’ll really like it.


Again following the directions baste and square the edges…it sure has changed in size.


Add borders according to pattern…NOW THIS I LOVE!!   Japanese Jigsaw pattern by Brookshier Designs…very nice indeed.


So if you follow us on Facebook you can scoot on over there and show me yours!

Hmmmm what will I finish for next week??