Batten Down the Hatches


We spent Thanksgiving holiday with family up in Oregon. Here is Chloe all dressed up for a big turkey dinner. She is standing with Coco my MIL Doberman.


I did manage a little crafting while I was there. I made my first beeswax rolled candles. They are not as easy to make as it looks. I watched a Utube video and they gave me bad instructions. After I rolled a few and they looked like a 2 year old slapped them together, my hubby came over and tried one and of course his was perfect looking. Turns out it is better to be heavy handed then light on your fingers as I was instructed. So I unwrapped the ones I did and re made them to more satisfactory looking candles.

Here are a few pictures from our visit.









My MIL and I were able to sneak away to her local quilt shop Grandmas Attic. I never leave that place empty handed. I came home with two lovely fat quarters, a flying geese ruler, and Eleanor Burns book “Quilts from El’s Kitchen”.

We took the red eye flight home to South Carolina. I had not taken a night flight since my 20’s. I think I am still recovering from the long flight and 3 hour time difference from Oregon to here.


I had been working on my Woodland sampler cross stitch. I am hoping to really pick up the pace and get this done by January.


I have a whole pile of different projects I plan on sewing for the holidays and of course that did not stop me from adding a new one and moving it to the top of the list. I am making this small bunch of fabrics into a advent calendar. I know December already started. At least if I finish it I can use it next year. One too many sugar plums dancing in my head, we will see how much I actually get accomplished this year for Holiday sewing. I do cheat a little because I tend to sew thru January. Always seems like there is way more sewing time for the holidays after the holidays have just passed.


Vintage Schnibbles Hat Trick


I completed the top of my Schnibbles “Hat Trick” pattern. Just in time for the vintage schnibbles parade at the beginning of next month at Sherri’s blog A Quilting Life or at Sinta’s blog Pink Pincushion.

DSCN7862Here is the fabric I started with. I did not end up using the little pink hearts print.

DSCN8004I realize that I could have done this a lot easier if I had cut fabric into strips and made the 9 patch blocks. At the time I was wanting to enjoy the process of cutting up the little squares and sewing them together.

DSCN8007It took a long time to get those mini 9 patch blocks sewn up. Here is the color combos I came up with.

DSCN8989I decided to put the blocks with the brown in the center of each 5 block combo. I wanted to balance it a little and planned to use the brown fabric for my inside border.

DSCN8991For the outside border I sewed together 2 1/2 inch wide strips by 5 inches long. Then I cut this in half for both my top and bottom outside border.

DSCN8997It turned out light bright and perfect for a Spring/Summer table topper. I still need to go thru my stash and see what I will put on the back and also choose a binding fabric. Overall I am happy with how it turned out and am anxious to see what fabric choices others have made in the group. I wonder what Vintage Schnibble pattern will be chosen for May. Tootles.

Made a New Phone Sleeve


I finally got around to making a new phone sleeve. I received a new phone last Christmas and my old sleeve was a bit too small.

DSCN7941I went thru my stash of fabric and pulled out these two lovelies. The owl print is the new Les Amis by Michael Miller titled Sweet Owlies. The inside I used this flower print by Free Spirit’s fabric line In My Room titled Hope Chest.

DSCN7948I attached a small snap for the enclosure. It seems to work good for keeping it shut in my purse and easy to open when I need the phone fast.

DSCN7949 Overall I love how this turned out. I find myself looking around the house to see what other gadgets might need a new sleeve or cozy.

My Quilt WIPs for 2013


This is the first quilt I ever made. I made this quilt top back in 2003 when I had lost my beloved black cat Pusskins. I had sewn my whole life clothing and stuff for around the house and had always wanted to make quilts but did not have a clue where to start. Back then there was not as much available on the internet as there is now. This quilt I just made up as I went along. I found 2 wooden blocks at a craft store one of a cat and the other of a heart. I used them for my applique part. I went down to Jo Anns fabric and picked out a handful of fabrics I liked and thought would go together. Then piece by piece I made up some blocks and figured out an overall design for the quilt. Some of the things I did with this quilt I have no idea how I could have done them with the skill set I had at the time. Making the quilt was great therapy and helped me thru my grief of loosing my cat. The part I had real troubles with was sandwiching the quilt and doing the quilting. I used real crappy polyester batting and chose a clear nylon thread. After outlining all the blocks I was not happy with how it was going so I folded it up and stuck it in the closet. Ok so last year we moved and I found the quilt while cleaning out my stuff. Now I know so much more about making quilts and I know exactly how to fix this thing. So this quilt is on my wips list for 2013. First I need to pick out all the quilting, OMG! Then I can get some proper cotton batting and go from there.


This is my Pinwheels in the park quilt. I love this quilt top it is so cheery and lovely with the Japanese Lecien Flower Sugar Fabric. I finished this top in 2011 and sandwiched it all up and had it in a roll in the closet. Now I need to un pin it iron it and get this baby sandwiched quilted and bond. This is a great quilt for the summer so putting this one on my list of Quilt wips for 2013.

DSCN7380This is my Christmas table topper I did using a variation of a 9 patch block. I love it. Unfortunately I finished the top right after Christmas of 2011 and lost my holiday mojo to get it quilted up. So this I am putting on the list to finish up so I can use it this holiday year.


These are my Half Square Triangle Blocks from the Block of the month last year. I stalled out after 7 blocks due to moving and what not. So I have 5 blocks to complete and get this puppy in the completed pile. I am using all reproduction 30’s prints, love it.

DSCN7381Last year was my first Quilting Bee. My month was October and I chose this block pattern and wanted everyone to do the same block with their choice of red and white fabric. I have 12 of these blocks and I need to get them all out and ironed. I have already chosen some fabric for sashing and am still drawing up a design for my quilt. I want to get this one done this year and share photos with my lovely Bee members that all helped in making this quilt.

DSCN7864It is impossible for me not to start some new quilt projects due to all the wonderful quilts and fabric I see daily in all the blogs I follow. I am seriously late to the party on this one. I have been wanting to make a granny square quilt every since seeing them pop up everywhere on flickr. Jolene from Blue Elephant Stitches updated her free pattern found at the Moda Bake Shop to be made using a jellyroll I was excited to finally start mine. I had a jelly roll of California Girl in my stash and was able to find a little yardage in the same line for the border fabric and the binding. I will be using Kona Cotton in white for my background. All ready to start cutting into that beautiful fabric.

DSCN7862Last but not least Sinta of Pink Pincushion and Sherri of A Quilting Life  are starting back up with their Another Year of Schnibbles along. Once a month they pick a schnibbles pattern for all of us to make and then at the beginning of the next month they have a parade of quilts on their blog to showcase everyone’s quilts. I put a button on my side bar if you are interested in the details. This month the pattern is Hat Trick. It comes out to a table topper size of 26″ by 32″. The pattern is made up using charm squares, so if you have a bunch of charm packs in your stash these patterns are great for them. My goal is to use only fabric I have in my stash and this is what I pulled out to use.

Well that is what my Quilt WIP list looks like for 2013 or at least the ones I have at highest priority this year.

Quilt Shop San Antonio TX


Last Thursday was Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day. I was not able to go to our local quilt shop but I did visit a quilt shop while we were in San Antonio TX. I went to the Las Colchas shop. Chloe and I walked thru this wonderful shop while Chris sat in the car playing on his smart phone. This shop is so awesome. It use to be a house and now each room is filled with lovely fabrics, books and quilty goodness. I probably walked thru each of the rooms 10 times and still there is probably stuff I did not see. This shop was my favorite part of the whole San Antonio trip. Here is the loot I snatched up.


I am in love with girly flowery prints at the moment. The top row of fabric are 1/3 yard and the next row are fat quarters. On the bottom are 2 bundles of cotton lace. The books are “Rugs From Rags” by Country Threads and “English Paper Piecing” by Vicki Bellino. All lovely additions to my stash. I loved this shop and wish it was my local quilt shop. If you are ever in San Antonio don’t miss out on this quilt shop.