Saturday, April 21, 2018

Weekly Progress 4/15-4/20/18

I have made some progress on granddaughter Kyleigh's graduation quilt.  I have the center section together.  

To take this picture, I moved the side blocks off to the side stacked on top of one another so I know where I had them placed.  Somehow in the process I have misplaced 2 blocks.  They hadn't been moved from the dining room floor, but they have disappeared overnight.  So I have to search more or make more blocks.  

I am participating  in Buttermilk Basin's  3 day A Tisket, A Tasket stich and sew-a-long and finished yesterdays block.  

I am off to pick up 2 grandsons who are going to help me with my yard work and visit with Papa. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

2018 Finish-A-Long -Quarter 2

Well it has been 4 years and 2 months since my last post.  The last years I was working out of the home were just too much for me to blog too.  I have since retired last year, and am back to reading blogs and am going to participate in the 2018 FAL (Finish-A-Long) to finish up some of my UFO's.
My list is going to tend on the small side as I have the care of my disabled husband.

My list of projects for Quarter II includes the following

1)    Granddaughter Kyleigh's graduation quilt.  I can't even hazard a guess as to how old this UFO is.   This consists of swap blocks made from Laurel Burch Jungle Songs fabric and a Laurel Burch mermaid panel from Ocean Songs.  I have been working on making additional blocks to make this a decent sized quilt.  I need to get this put together and quilted by the end of May.

2)   Yellow Peony Quilt.  This has been a UFO since 10/06.  It just needs to be quilted and then I will be gifting it to one of Kyleigh's friends who is also graduating this year.

3)  Angel Wreath wall hanging and pillow.  This is one of my oldest UFO's, from when I first started quilting in 1998.  I started out hand quilting shortly after I finished it.  I have kept setting it aside, and a lot of the time it gets  hidden or things stacked on top, so I forget about it.  It is probably 1/2 quilted.  The borders need to be finished.  There is also a matching pillow top that has been quilted.  I just need to assemble the pillow.  I really want to finish this by Christmas.

4)  Make a new Boho bag.  This is one of my crazy quilting projects.  I pieced the front top of the bag about 2 years ago, and gathered together my embellishments, but never got around to embellishing it.  I want to finish this by the end of June as a challenge on a crazy quilt group I am on.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Shawn's Cell Phone Case

I recently finished up and delivered a new cell phone case to one of my coworkers.  This is the third one she has had me make.  This is the second one for her, and she had me make one for her mother too.  She likes to have a long chain on it and she wears it over her shoulder like a purse.

My pictures don't do the case justice, and you can't see my stitching at all.  I will have to use a different
camera the next time and see if I can do better.  The little picture on it was of a Peacock.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

My Beautiful Mermaid Block

A number of months ago I was chatting with Nicki Lee on Words with Friends and we decided to swap crazy quilting blocks and embellish each others.  Mine arrived first embellished because Nicki Lee forgot to send her block to me, and sent it with my finished block.  And when it arrived, I was so excited because it was exactly what I had in mind.  It is absolutely gorgeous
and I look at it every day, deciding how I am going to use it.  

Granddaughter Kyleigh was here on New Year's Eve, and we are working on a new Boho bag for her.  And we were looking at my mermaid block for inspiration.  Kyleigh's new Boho is going
to be an underwater scene and it has a whale in it.  Kyleigh was doing an excellent job.  I told her she needed to sew tiny stitches on the embellishments or else things would start falling off or coming undone.  She did just as I said.  I am going to finish the front up.  We watched 3 "chick flicks that night" and had a wonderful evening.  This was after she helped me for 5 hours putting the Christmas decorations away and up in the attic again!

Well I guess I had better get my laundry started and some more things up in the attic, so I can watch my taped Downton Abbey!


I have been gone for awhile, not really doing any crazy quilting, sort of in a funk, lost my mojo somewhere.  But I am trying desperately to get it back.  

In the meantime, we have a new addition to our family, granddaughter  Klara Marin, born October 29th, 8 pounds, 8 ounces.  She is a sweetheart, and we love her to pieces.   She joins her brother 3-year-old brother John to complete my youngest daughter's family, and she was the granddaughter we have been waiting for.   My oldest granddaughter Kyleigh is 13 this year and has 11-year-old brother Jaeger, and 7-year-old brother Keaton.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


In the Spring issue of  Pat Winter's Crazy Quilt Gatherings I noticed a contest sponsored by Flights of Fancy Boutique.  You had to use at least 6 items out of one of their monthly Trim and Treasure Club packets in your finished project.

I used February's Trim and Treasure Club pack 

These were the 7 pieces I used out of it

I was working on this Boho Bag at the time for a friend at work

This was the back of the bag.  

I discovered in the Autumn issue of Crazy Quilt Gatherings I had won the Beaded Beauties pack from Flights of Fancy, and my prize came in yesterday's mail.  

I so look forward to my Trim and Treasure Packs each month from Flights of Fancy and they are the first things I reach for when working on my projects.  

Thanks so much Pat, and Flights of Fancy for sponsoring this contest, and congratulations to the First place winner Terri Melby!

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Slowly getting back to stitching after a long hiatus.  I just completed this cell phone case for a friend at work. I had made her one several months ago, and she asked me to make one for her mother too.  So I am delivering this one today.  Her mother loves butterflies so I tried to get in as many as I could.  The back of the case also has a little pocket with a butterfly attached.

Now I have to get to work on a baby quilt for our 5th grandchild, a girl due in less than 2 months.   I pulled out some blocks I had started for her big brother 3-1/2 years ago when I decided what I was doing was "too girly" even though it involved frogs and a princess kissing a frog.  I just need to embroider the princess and the frog, and make the center section and I can start putting it together.

Today is off to work again, and I am working the Labor Day Holiday all day.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Recent Classes

The past several months I have participated in several classes on Artful Gatherings.  I was thrilled to be able to participated in an Artful Photoshop class with Pamela Huntington in June and July, and also The Spoken Soul with Mary Jane Chadbourne.

I had always wanted to learn more about Photoshop, and the Artful Photoshop with Pamela Huntington went beyond my expectations.  I look forward to doing more collages using the techniques I learned in class.  This was a card for my son-in-law Jeffrey, who happens to own a used car lot.

In The Spoken Soul Class with Mary Jane Chadbourne we altered playing cards, by painting, adding graphics, and quotes.  I haven't finished up many of my cards yet but these are a few.  I used my granddaughter's Halloween picture as a fairy in the last one.

In session 2, I took Lovely Sea Maiden with Judy Johnson, in which I am still needle-felting a mermaid. Class is just about over and I will have to finish this one up this fall.

I also took House of Cards with Mary Jane Chadbourne, where we decorated houses to put our cards in.  I had wanted to do one with an Alice-in-Wonderland theme for my granddaughter Kyleigh's 13th birthday.  

This was actually the first house I made.  This started out as the Alice house, but by the time I got through
collaging, painting, and crackling the outside of the house it had turned dark, and looked like a fall house.

I had a great time with all of these classes, and have so much more I want to do.  Today is daughter Katie's BD so I actually got a Saturday off to take her to lunch.  I also have a commissioned cell-phone case I need to work on so am going to take advantage of the time I have this morning to work on that a bit.