Friday, December 26, 2014

Grammy is done for another year...

The three quilts made it done in time (barely.) Two machines in the shop before Christmas is NOT a good thing, Wore the motor out of my 1471,,,and the 2170--well can we say buyers remorse and my next machine will NOT be a Pfaff! Leaning Janome...

So the three quilts were for my three grand kids (duh). For the 5 month old grandaughter:

The back is all the pink floral

For the 5 year old granddaughter-front:

Back-with sections for tea parties:-)

Ir has already served tent duty:

For the 2.5 year old grandson -front:


All were from the "Take Five" pattern by The Teachers Pet. It is one of my favorite patterns.

Nothing is a good as seeing the faces with new quilts :-)

How was your Christmas--hope it was a good.

Happy sewing.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

And Christmas IS almost here

I have one and a half more quilts to finish, two shark trinket carriers, and a toy fish to finish, 2 machines in the shop (yes - with about 8 hours of sewing the Pfaff 2140 (Eliza - I hope she turns into a lady soon!) ) is back I the shop  - yes I took it someplace else this time for repair. My good old faithful Pfaff 1471 (Matilda) had a part meant to last for 25 years - that us now over 29 years old that broke - I am thinking my next machine will be a Janome as there is too much plastic in the newer Pfaffs and they in my experience are just not as well made anymore.

Besides Christmas I have been working on some germ catchers - it is that time of year

Of course dollies need some too  (this is atop my iPad)v

 I made one smaller for the smaller baby,m but didn't get  picture before it was "needed"

And those nifty flannel squares turned into this not a nine patch quilt, made for a very dear friend

I wish you all the best of luck in finishing all your Christmas gifts, and a very Merry Christmas to you and your families!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Busy, busy, busy...and Christmas is way too close!

So besides playing with the grand kids, I have actually gotten some sewing & quilting done. Some is super-secret Christmas stuff (yes I have been working on Christmas presents since June)I have made decision boards-for those not familiar used for communications for non-verbal autistic children, Alzheimer patients and stroke victims. Made in several portable, washable versions. They are made from flannel, very stiff interfacing and that wonder stuff velcro!


I also did a Wooster Booster (local High School) Quilt that was silent auctioned for a fund raiser. It is a combination of machine and hand quilting--those are horseshoe imprints-so they can STOMP the competition :

This is the quilt I am working on now:

Much more Christmas to finish which will be my only real focus after this quilt -except to make a weighted blanket and a couple of weighted lap-pad. Waiting for more plastic pellets to arrive.

What have you been working on?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New Grand Baby means....

Lots of cuddle time - with all three. They are so cute as newborns. Tabitha was born 7/17 - hard to believe she is almost 2 months old already!

So I have been working on those mystery projects- the ones nobody can see until after they are gifted - and sometimes not even then. And yes, I have been working on Christmas presents - it will be here sooner than you think.

My girlfriend in Canada had snow very near today - crazy!

I did finish Abi's (5 yr old grand daughter) Bible cover. She picked the fabrics - she loves it - took it to Sunday school - makes us both very happy! (My Bible is inside it--hers is a little bigger-this pic was before she got it) The clear pocket is for her Memory Verse to go into, the two smiley face ribbons are permanently attached bookmarks.

So what have you been working on?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

This morning's work...

and early afternoon -for miss Tabitha who is coming any day...

and a few new hankies for big sister Abi!

I like rounded corners on receiving blankets and use this ruler (it has been discontinued) but there is another (I have not personally used it) but it looks close to the same: Creative Grids Non Slip Curved Corner Cutter Ruler

Time to take a break now from the machine and go work on what in the hoop (it might be a gift so you don't get to see until its given or decided not to.)

What are you sewing today?

Friday, July 11, 2014

And just where us all my time going?...

I cannot believe that July is almost half over already. I have already started cutting Christmas presents!

My grandsons take 5

It still needs borders, but nice boy quilt :-)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

It is finished

Those of you who follow me know this quilts story. For newcomers, in short, it is the last quilt top my Grammy ever made. 
 I did get it bound, washed and in use. I am happy to report that I the markings that had been done in pencill, and had been there a good many years all washed out. As with all quilts made in this house, feline inspections are required, they were both under (they like to play tent just like the grand kids (preferably with the grand kids) - and they we ended up with one on top chasing the one under. Nice free entertainment. 

I also got one if the three quilts I need to make next done. This one is for baby Tabitha that will join us in July. Abu and Alex will both get new quilts too, fabrics picked, next in line to cut ...

There us another quilt in the hoop awaiting thread to be found....

What are you working on.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

And life goes on.....

Having lost my mom this month to a long illness, has made me really need to finish the last quilt top my Grammy made. She started it when she found out I had never received a quilt she had made. Unfortunately she didn't get to finish it. That honor, and I do consider it an honor, was left to me. It has been a VERY LONG time.

I couldn't work on it for the longest time, because all I did was cry - and it very hard to hand quilt while crying. My  Grammy  and I were very close, she started teaching me to sew when I was 3 - yes -3! Of course, she also taught me to quilt .

After I could work on it, it was always popped out of the hoop for other more pressing needs: prayers shawls, birthday and Christmas gifts, and commission work to help pay the bills. Yes, I only have one lap size quilting hoop. I have one on a floor stand, but it is not practical at this time due to space constraints

I have logged about it often, because thinking about my Grammy always seems to make me verbose. My mothers death made me feel an urgency to finish things - part of the grieving process I would guess; but I am excited because it is close to done.

For those who have not seen it:

Before I quit working on everything else to finish this I did do these:

Finished post card, save the post card stamp - the ink showed up a few days later and I didn't take pics after I stamped them. Most we're gifts, the rest in my for sale bag :-)

Yes, those are appliquĆ© blocks underneath  - done now but pics not taken yet

I've been threading kits of needles- one of my first quilting "jobs" - I was so excited to be helping it didn't matter šŸ˜ƒ

So, what gave you all been up to?

Sunday, April 6, 2014


I am so far behind. But, life happens.But I have gotten some sewing and quilting accomplished, but I gotta get with it and get caught up. I have been working on these paper pieced batik BOM's

Still have the pastel blocks of the same pattern to go...they are cut and next after I finish my fabric postcards-- they are all quilted , trimmed and they all just need edged. That should get done today or tomorrow-yeah-famous last words.

Hopefully my brown ink will show up tomorrow--I ran out :-(

I could Calligraphy the "post card" on-but I think they look way cooler when  stamped.

After the post card and other paper pieced blocks are done--its on to Easter gifts. Those pics after Easter. Then I think I will cut the Coxcomb and then a baby quilt for the new grand-baby, and a quilt for each of the other grand-kids (2). Maybe a few mug rugs here and there.

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

And the Leprechauns let me sew...

Family dinner-check
Corned Beef n Cabbage-check
Grand daughter Birthday celebration (she's five tomorrow morning-very early) -check

This is what I got done today-my blocks of the month are close to being caught up!
(yeah-I get more blocks Sat)

Half Square Triangles

Flying Geese

A Craftsy Class


Trimming with the Tucker Trimmer

2 BOM Blocks

The beginning of another BOM paper pieced

I LOVE my Tucker Trimmer, I also love my little add a quarter ruler for small paper piecing!

Hope you had a great Quilting weekend and a wonderful St Patrick's Day tomorrow!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

National Quilt Day...


Today was ( is for a tad bit longer) National Quilt Day! After grocery shopping (necessary evil) I did this:

And cut these two:

And have them marked for HST and flying geese - maybe they will get sewn tomorrow, maybe not; might depend on the Leprechauns, as we are having the family St Paddy's Day corn beef n cabbage dinner tomorrow. 

I also worked on my Grammy quilt some, this sheeting is tiring on the hands, will be glad to get it done and in use.
Hope you had a great day of quilting