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One Monthly Goal – October 2021

Friday, October 1st, 2021

For October I have two more little quilt tops to finish for charity.

In this first quilt I used a panel called Serengeti Reflections.

I cut apart and rearranged the animal blocks, adding the blue batik from my stash for sashing and border. The giraffe print used for the corners and in the sashing was from the panel. This needs to be sandwiched, quilted & bound.

The next quilt top was also a panel. I think it was called Color Ways or Waves, don’t hold me to either, as I’m not sure.

All I did was add a black border. Again, this needs to be sandwiched, quilted & bound.

Once these are completed, I have some little gifts to make for some members of my two quilting groups. Both groups only have 4 gals each, and I’m one of them, so really only 6 little gifts to make in a year. There are birthdays coming up in November, December and January. I like to make a little homemade gift for my friends, because I know they appreciate it!

My OMG for October is to sandwich, quilt, and bind the two quilt tops pictured above.

If time allows, I’ll get going on birthday gifts. Getting a few completed will be a bonus!

Linking to One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty of Elm Street Quilts.



One Monthly Goal – September 2021 Finish!

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

My goal for September was to quilt and bind three UFO quilts that I’m donating to charity.

The first quilt is Topographical, designed by Sandy of Upstairs Hobby Room.

This quilt is 32″ square, quilted with my first attempt at using circle rulers.

Next is Diamond Path, also designed by Sandy of Upstairs Hobby Room.

For this quilt I did an all over meander with loops in the center of the quilt and stars in the outer border.

Diamond Path is 38″ square.

Next up is a simple zigzag pieced top with a polar bear back.

I forgot to get a picture of the finished quilt before sending it off!

It went to a sweet gal and her stuffed polar bear named Bingo. Because of her group living arrangements, I decided to stitch their names into the top of the quilt so it is obvious  to whom the quilt belongs. The quilt measures 38″ x 44 1/2″ quilted with a large meander with loops.

I’m happy to have met my goal for this month!

Plus I finished a few other little projects. A friend who is no longer quilting gave me a box full of pieced blocks she said I could use to make charity quilts.

Friendship Star made of 30s like prints.

The quilt is 38″ x 49″ quilted in a diagonal undulating stitch.

Churn Dash made with the same 30 style prints.

This quilt is also 38″ x 49″ and stitched diagonally across the quilt.

And one more, another Churn Dash.

This one I quilted stitch-in-the-ditch.

This has been a good month for finishing up some UFOs!

Linking to OMG hosted by Patty of Elm Street Quilts.

Hello Again! One Monthly Goal – September 2021

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

I’ve been quiet since April. While absent from my blog, I have accomplished some little bits of sewing – mostly charity quilts. It’s time to get things moving again! So why not get reacquainted by setting a goal for September?

I’ve pulled three UFOs (unfinished objects) all small quilts, from my closet. The tops are all pieced, all three have backs ready, two have batting cut, and one has fabric pulled for binding. Let’s see if I can get these quilted and bound this month. I’ll set my goal for just two completed quilts, but if I get to the third, all the better!

This quilt top is 32″ square. It is called Topographical from Upstairs Hobby Room One Block Wonders QAL June 2016! It’s an oldie! A border has been added, not photoed. Now to quilt and bind.

Diamond Path, 38″ square, was April 2016 One Block Wonder QAL design. I do love the colorful fabrics in this one.

This is a simple zigzag quilt top I made in 2014! Goodness! Why don’t I just finish what I start!?  There is a polar bear print waiting for the back which will liven it up a bit and making it a nice quilt to donate.

September goal – finish up as least 2 long neglected quilt tops.

Linking to One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty of Elm Street Quilts.

Happy Quilting All for the month of September!


One Last Clam Shell

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

The last Clam Shell – finally – stitched in place!

Making and stitching the Clam Shells for this quilt was definitely the section that took the longest to complete. I didn’t think I would ever see the end of Clam Shells! Actually, the next step will be to sandwich the four sections of this outer border, and then quilt the Clam Shells. So I’m not done with them yet! I’m hoping quilting will go a lot faster than blanket stitching them in place.

Moving on to some piecing, I made one section of Wave, which is the next block in Sew Kind of Wonderful’s Rock the Block QAL.

Here are all the blocks so far -

I’m not making multiple of the blocks yet. But might as this QAL builds.

Spring in my yard -

Grape Hyacinths! I love these little flowers.

Plus we have the large Hyacinths blooming in three colors.

And my first vegetable of the year -

Asparagus fresh from the garden.

How does you garden grow?

Last Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Finish appliquéing clam shells.  ✔️ Finally! Completed appliquéing all the clam shells!
  2. Next block of Rock the Block.  ✔️

This Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Sandwich Clam Shell Borders.
  2. Next block of Rock the Block QAL.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday on a Wednesday!

Rock the Block Quilt Along

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

Squirrels! It’s Spring and so many are running around! The animal type, and the quilting type – quilt alongs! I decided to go ahead and play along with Sew Kind of Wonderful’s Rock the Block quilt along. Every Thursday they are showing a new free block with a video. We have completed three weeks.

Week one: Mesmerized.

14 1/2″ square

Week two: Links

7 1/2″ x 14 1/2″

Week three: Crown Flower

7 1/2 x 11″

There will be 9 blocks in all, and then sashing. Instructions list how many of each block to make. Right now I’m only making one of each. I don’t need another large quilt, so I’ll see as this QAL progresses if one each will work for a small quilt. If not, I can always go back and make more blocks. As you can see Sew Kind of Wonderful loves curved piecing! They have created three rulers for curved piecing. I happen to own them all and have used them all – I like curved piecing too. Which is why I jumped in on the QAL.

Clam Shells! I now have three sides of the clam shell border completed. And first row of fourth border pinned.

Not sure if I have enough thread on that spool to finish, but here is hoping. My LQS did not have a matching thread. After stitching the final fourth side it will be time to sandwich and quilt.

Spring flowers continue to bloom!

Daffodils! Two varieties so far. There are a few more varieties yet to open up.

Happy Easter all! I pray you know God’s blessings.

Last Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Clam Shells – keep multiplying! ✔️3 sides completed!
  2. Maybe follow a squirrel … Sew Kind of Wonderful QAL  ✔️ 3 blocks made

This Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Finish appliquéing clam shells.
  2. Next block of Rock the Block.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday.

Project Quilting 12.6

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

Ab Intra – Last challenge for this season!

I’m not going very deep on this one. Actually, just below the surface. In jest, I’m puzzling why we still live in Indiana after 32 years! I’m a mountain loving girl! Having moved from the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, I miss the mountains and waterfalls.

So I give you Indiana Puzzle.

Yes, this is a re-visit to Snail Trail, our PQ12.4 challenge, but with a twist.

After our PQ 12.4 challenge had passed, quilter Joan of Hummingbird Highway shared how she used Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool (mini) to make a Snail Trail block.  She first posted about it on February 25, calling her variation Swirl.

My little brain just kept going back to how she used the Pineapple Trim Tool to make a Snail Trail! I own that tool, and was itching to give it a try.

I followed Joan’s instructions, purchased for just 3$. And instead of a traditional Pineapple block, I created a Swirl, or Snail Trail, or Monkey’s Wrench, or Indiana Puzzle.

This little bound block is just 4 1/2″ square. Guess I have a new mug rug.

If you are waiting for more depth, sorry to disappoint!

I love how many of you PQ 12′ers are digging deep into your souls for this last challenge. I’m just skimming the surface here! Hope you enjoy this little piece. I’m tickled with how it turned out!

When I told my hubby about my Puzzle, he laughed! He’s a good natured guy! And we do travel, so I do get my mountain and waterfall fix.

Linking to Project Quilting 12.6

Two Good Companies

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

Recently I’ve purchased some poor quality products. Happily though, when I contacted the companies they corrected the problems. Since I’m very happy with how both companies responded to my inquiries, I want to recommend and praise them for their great service.

First is The Warm Company. They make batting and supplies and advertise their cotton as grown and processed here in the USA. I bought a twin size Warm & White. When I took it out the the package to use, I found it full of hard little bits.

Once emailing the company, I heard back within 24 hours with an explanation that they had a bad run of cotton and thought they had caught it all before it went out to quilt shops. Oops. At least one slipped through and I happened to buy it. The rep offered to replace the batting. Later I got a tracking number from her and she said she slipped a few more things into the box.

A few things! Look at all the goodies she so kindly sent to me! The rep sent Insul-Bright, Baby Size 100 Warm, Baby Size 80/20 Warm, a package of Lite Steam-A-Seam 2, a package of printed letters, numbers & shapes of Lite Steam-A-Seam 2,  a sample folder of their products, and the Warm & White twin size replacement! Needless to say, I recommend this USA based company.

Next is The Featherweight Shop. Hubs bought a 1951 Vintage Singer Featherweight sewing machine for me off Ebay several years ago. When I learned about The Featherweight Shop, I started buying parts from them. They have parts so you can free motion quilt on the Featherweight! Since I take, or at least used to take before Covid, the Featherweight with me to my group sewing days, I thought it would be great to have the ability to FMQ with my little machine.

While setting up my machine, I discovered one of the parts was warped.

See the long black spool pin on top of the machine? It should be parallel to the top of the machine. I sent an email with the above photo to The Featherweight Shop and I heard back that it was indeed bent out of shape and they would send a new part.

New spool pin. Doesn’t that look better?

The Featherweight Shop sells more than just parts for the vintage machines. Go check them out for fabrics, notions and gifts!

Now to my To-Do Tuesday list -

I’m moving forward with the Clam Shells, and will share photos when I feel like I have something more exciting than just the rows of clam shells.

I posted about the You’re Crazy Project Quilting 12.5 challenge here.

Crazy Thistle, my You’re Crazy entry for this past week.

Last week I shared the Winter Aconite blooming. This week Snowdrops have opened!

This is one of many patches in our yard. See the bee? Even the bees are happy to have fresh flowers blooming!

I hope you have a great week and time to check out The Warm Company products and The Featherweight Shop!

Last Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Oh those Clam Shells, keep plugging along. ✔️ Row prepping.
  2. Project Quilting 12.5 “You’re Crazy” Challenge.  ✔️ Finished and posted.

This Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Clam Shells – stitch stitch stitch!

Linking to To-Do Tuesday hosted by Chris Knits.

Project Quilting 12.5

Friday, March 5th, 2021

Project Quilting 12.5 Challenge this week is You’re Crazy. Crazy Quilt challenge!

I own the Creative Grids Scrap Crazy 8″ templates. It would have been easy to use those for a traditional Crazy quilt block.

Creative Grids Scrap Crazy 8″ Templates

I decided to go just a little bit more crazy.

My husband and I just recieved our Ancestry results. Big surprise, I found out I’m 43% Scottish! I didn’t know that! I’ve always heard that I’m English and Pennsylvania Dutch. My ancestors came over the big pond early. 1600s & 1700s.

With this new family history in mind, I did a quick search of things Scottish. I was determined to some how use it in this week’s challenge.

I landed on the country’s flower, the Thistle.

I purchased this paper pieced pattern on Etsy with the plan to crazy quilt the flower and leaves. Instead of paper piecing I used the flower design as appliqué.

I got so busy pulling fabric and sewing, forgetting to take pictures along the way.

I CraZy  StiTcHed three sections of greens and one of purples and used them for the Thistle. I fused the 4 Thistle parts to the background and got busy decorative stitching.

Close up of Thistle flower.

Close up of Thistle leaf.

I had so much fun changing out the stitches that I forgot to change out the threads I selected.

Thread plan gone wrong. LOL

All stitched, and I’m happy with the results.

The finished CraZy QuiLt. My nod to my Scottish heritage. Finished at 16″ square.

Linking to Project Quilting.

Thicket Baby Quilt

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

This week I finished a quilt! Using Moda’s Thicket panel, I cut the four animals down to 8 1/2″ square.

Next, I did just a little bit of piecing around them.

Set them in a row.

Sandwiched and quilted with intersecting arches.





For the back I used a white with black dots print. Bound with one of the prints used in piecing.

Labeled (not shown), washed, and packaged to ship.

Shipping is slow, the tracking number originally said it should have arrived March 1st. Today I got a message that it will arrive late. Hmmm. Hopefully it will arrive today. I told my nephew and niece to be on the lookout for it yesterday.

The quilt measures 48″ x 56″ Pieced and quilted with Aurifil Thread 50 weight, color #2021 Natural White. I used a walking foot for quilting on my Janome 8900.

The 12″ or so of snow melted enough this past week bringing on our first Spring Flowers! These popped up Sunday February 28.

Winter Aconite.

Last Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Finish and mail baby quilt. ✔️ Finished and shipped.
  2. Get back to Clam Shell quilt. ✔️Background prepped.

This Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Oh those Clam Shells, keep plugging along.
  2. Project Quilting 12.5 “You’re Crazy” Challenge.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday hosted by Chrisknits.

Oh Baby!

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

This week I focused on making a baby quilt for a new great nephew.

I cut 4 animals from a panel to measure 8 1/2″ square. Moda panel, Thicket.

Excuse the poor lighting. I did just a bit of piecing around the animals making 16″ finished blocks.

Then pieced 20″ of white fabric on the left side, and 10″ on the right side of the pieced blocks.

Aren’t those cute animals? Owl, Bunny, Fox and Bear.

My niece requested no colors in the baby quilt. She is decorating in woodland animals in grays, so I hope this quilt will be well received!

Quilting started using  a walking foot, curves set 1 1/2″ apart. I’m using Aurifil 50 weight thread, Natural White color #2021.

I’ll bind the quilt in the black and white print used in the pieced owl block.

I was hoping to finish by today, but other things happened. And tomorrow is looking full too. So I’ll just keep moving along as time allows.

I did not touch the Clam Shell quilt. Hopefully I’ll get to it this coming week!

How are you plans working out so far this year?

Last Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Need to make a baby quilt.  ✔️ Working on it!
  2. Layout Clam Shells on background (which needs to be cut) and start stitching in place.  ✗  Oops, didn’t get to it this week.

This Week’s To-Do List:

  1. Finish and mail baby quilt.
  2. Get back to Clam Shell quilt.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday hosted by ChrisKnits.