Friday, March 6, 2020

Dust off an old book blog hop

Today is my day for the dust off an old book blog hop.   I was excited when Bea at posted this.   I started looking through my books and most of those are relatively newer books.  Then I remembered some quilt magazines a friend gave me.   So I looked through those.  I found this one from 1994.  It is called Traditional Quilter. 

I found 2 projects in there that I wanted to do. 

The first was an article called the versatility of the Hexagon.  It takes you through the steps of drawing a hexagon.  I never did learn geometry in high school.  Now I find it would be helpful.    I had a hard time drawing the Hexagon shape for EPP so I was glad I had some I could use.

I liked the little flowers made from hexagon so I decided to make one. 

I now need to applique it on to my background  by hand.   I think this will be a pillow.   The background is a 14 1/2" square.  I am doing a blanket stitch using 3 strands of DMC embroidery floss.  I put spray basting on the back of the Hexagon flowers and out it on the background piece.   Then I safety pinned it for added protection.

The 2nd project was a pattern called Windblown Tulips.

I love tulips and decided to take this pattern and position the tulips in a different way.  I am currently appliquing these in place using a blanket stitch and 2 strands of DMC embroidery floss.   To put these on the background fabric I used heat and bond.  I still need to add my leaves and my stems will be hand embroidered.

As I was trying to get these projects done I got hit with a sinus infection.  All I have wanted to do is sleep.  I guess that is a good thing, but you don't get a lot done.

Be sure to check out Bea's blog post for some fun giveaways. You can find her at

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Color it red blog hop


Welcome to the first day of the color it red blog hop.   This blog hop is hosted by Carol at

When this blog hop was first announced I knew exactly what I was going to do.   I have had this quilt ready for quilting for some time now, and thought it would be perfect.

Some of the ruler quilting I am doing. 

Well, life happens.  Work happens. And I was putting in extra time at work.

I seriously thought about just emailing Carol and telling her I just couldn't do it.  Then I remembered these heart blocks I had made.

 Original plan was to make a wall hanging and machine quilt.  Well, for some strange reason hubby and I had been discussing when we were going to remodel the upstairs.  Some rooms had new carpeting in about 22 years ago, and some have not been upgraded in the 25 years we have lived here.  We ended up going to a home show and because hubby had today off he scheduled a home energy audit.  Dang.  Better get rid of stuff.  I had to ban myself from the sewing room to get things done.

So I decided to hand quilt this.  I worked on it every chance I got.  I had hoped to get binding on it yesterday, but to no avail.  But it will be done this week.

This pattern is a free pattern from Allison at please check out her site as she has some very cute patterns.

As for the dejunking of rooms, closets, etc. I am down to 2 rooms.  1 is my sewing room and 1 is the file/office room, which I currently have some sewing and quilting stuff in.   My sewing room was remodeled about 5 years ago, but I thought if I need to put other things in there, I really only want to organize it once.

So Carol I am sorry I did not get completely finished.  I am really trying to be more organized.  Organization is not my strong point.

I have started working on this one.  I decided feathers on the heart would be fun. Currently my feathers are drawn in and I will start quilting today at lunch time.

Just a quick recap:

Pattern is from Cluck Cluck Sew
Quilting was done by hand with no markings.  I just free handed it all.
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Monday, January 20, 2020

Winter blues blog hop

Welcome to the winter blues blog hop.  This blog hop is hosted by Carla at   when I saw the title of the hop I knew I had to do it.  You see, I have about 5 quilts that I am working on with blue in them.   I thought GREAT!!!! I can get some of these quilts done.  Well, reality set in.  There has been lots of long hours at work and a hubby who has not been in great health and I wasn't getting to my machine as much as I wanted.

When I make quilts, I tend to go with  bed size quilts and they take time to do.

As I said, I have about 5 in progress. 

I have a churn dash I am doing for my son and daughter in law.

A BYU quilt for my hubby. 

A star quilt for a grandson

A  Cinderella wall hanging  for a daughter.

And this one for a daughter and son in law.

Well, the blog hop was fast approaching and I was not getting things done fast.  I wanted a finished project and then I got thinking I could make a doll quilt for a granddaughters birthday.  She just turned 2 and she loves her baby dolls.

  Then I thought a sleeping bag would be fun.

I had so much fun making the sleeping bag.

 As soon as it was done, I ran down to the basement, to the toy box to get the baby doll I had to take a picture.  Then I ran upstairs and showed my hubby.  He thought it was cool.

When we had the birthday party on Sunday, I gave it to her and we showed her how to put her baby in there.  She loved it.

There are requests to make sleeping bags for other dolls, Barbie dolls, and even stuffed animals.  And yes, grandma will do everything in her power to get more done.  These are great scrapbusters.

I love to hear your comments.    In fact, lets do a giveaway.   U.S. only.   I will give away 1 doll sleeping bag and 1 doll quilt.   Tell me what colors you like with blue.  Contest closes on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 10 pm mountain time.  A random winner will be chosen on Monday Jan 27. Please leave an email so I can get in touch with you.

The blog hop goes all week.   Please take time to visit all of the bloggers and see the fun ideas they have.

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Creatin' in the Sticks

The giveaway is now closed.  Thank you.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

The Patchwork baby quilt and first finish of 2020

This quilt was pieced together for probably 5 years.  I was just never sure how I wanted to quilt it.   So it sat there in a pile, got moved a few times and finally I decided to quilt it for a baby shower.

 I did a loopy meander, and found I did a couple of open hearts, wrote the word "love" and even found a few spots that I had cursive "L's" in the quilting.

For the border I did wavy lines.  When I first learned free motion quilting I would try for straight lines and get wavy lines.  Now when I try for wavy I get more straight lines.  I learned this border design through a you tube tutorial by Angela Walters

I hope this quilt is loved by mom and dad and especially little baby.   Quilts are a great comfort.  I make all of my quilts with love and I want them to be used and loved.

Just a recap: 
No pattern was used.   Just 4.5" squares sewn together.  I did do a border at 5" all around. 
Thread for piecing was from and is the essential collection.
Thread for quilting is glide by Filtec at

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Quilting goals for 2020

There are lots of things I want to be able to do in 2020. 

The first is to be organized.   I need to get my quilting and sewing organized.  Make sure I know where things are and clean up after sewing projects.

I want to improve my quilting skills.  Both my hand guided that I use for free motion and my ruler skills.  To do this I have a Pinterest board called quilting designs I want to try.   I will choose 1 design and doodle it on paper and then try it on fabric.  I know that if I practice daily I can do it. And as my boss tells me, I can do anything I put my mind to.

Finish projects.   If I need to put a deadline down for a project to get it done, then so be it.  I need to set aside time each day for my projects.   I will also keep a list of projects that I want to do, then set up a reward program for myself and allow me to start a new project.

Develop lesson plans for beginning quilting classes.  This is so I can teach others quilting techniques.   In doing this I will continue teaching my granddaughters to sew and quilt.

Continue blogging and participate in blog hops each month.  I love blog hops.  This also encourages me to get things down. 

These aren't a lot of goals, but they are things I want to work on.

I hope you have some goals that you will be working on.   I would love to hear what your goals are. 2

Monday, December 30, 2019

Monthly color challenge January 2020

Welcome to the 2020 Monthly color challenge.    This challenge is hosted by Jen of  I am so excited to be one of her bloggers this year.

The color for the block this month is yellow.   The block is done in a dark and light yellow.

 But wait!!!! Jen has a fun surprise for you!!!!!  This year she added a bonus of using a constant background color in either black or white.

My white one is cut.  I will share it in about a week.

I really love all of the backgrounds. 

And she has sponsors for each quarter this year.   So, yes, you can win prizes. 

Here is a list of the prizes you can win:

Quilters Chic PDF Pattern

3rd Story Workshop: Andrea Jackson Book: Gemology

For the Love of Geese PDF Pattern

Quilters Dream Batting Dream Fusible 80/20 - 60" x 60"

Andover Fabrics Fabric Bundle -  Giucy Giuce's DECLASSIFIED

Warm Company Warm and Natural - Needled Cotton Batting 45" x 60"

Make Modern Magazine 6 month subscription

Patterns By Jen Superior Thread S-Fine 50

Patterns By Jen Tucker Trimmer

Those are some awesome prizes.   It makes doing the blocks doubly worth it, right?

This block is very quick and easy to make. Which is a good thing, because I make my quilts in bed sizes, so I know I need to make some extra blocks.

A couple of tips:

First test out to make sure you have the right seam allowance.   Cut just a small strip of 2 colors, run your 1/4" seam allowance and measure.  Having the correct seam allowance is really a big deal. 

2nd:  make sure you cut accurately.   I cut my pieces the size I am instructed to and then once they are sewn, I double check measurements and trim if I need to.   Remember measure twice, cut once. 

I really hope you enjoy the monthly color challenge.

You can get the pattern by going to Jen's blog at

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Joanne @

I can't wait to see what colors you use for your backgrounds.  Be sure to follow along so you know when to link up your blocks.   U

Sunday, December 29, 2019

My PHD list and it is only a partial list

Welcome to my world of PHD's or projects half done.  I knew I had a lot in different stages but until I was cleaning and organizing I really had no clue.

So, why do I share this?   I am trying to turn over a new leaf in 2020 and learning to be organized.   I need to somehow be accountable for what I start and get it finished.   I have never been really organized.   You can walk into my moms home and she has everything totally organized.   For me, 1 or 2 rooms might be organized.   In the last few months I have noticed my brain is really cloudy, you know that feeling at least I hope I am not the only one, and I just wonder if all the clutter is causing it.

I have people who tell me I am amazing, because I do this and that, but I may be amazing at starting projects but I am not amazing at finishing.  So in 2020 I am doing what it takes to finish the projects that I have started.

So, I am following some groups on Facebook that are having challenges to get these projects done.  Each month a number is chosen and you go down the list to that number and that is the project you work on.  My plan is that as soon as that project is done is to choose another one, by counting down that many more projects. 

Will it work?   Only time will tell, but I hope so. I want these quilts done and given to those whom they were made for so they can be loved.

Some were done just for fun and I may try to sell them or donate them.

As I get these done, I will definitely share them with you.  I am pretty sure there are some missing from the list.   But at least this is a start.

I am always open to suggestions on the best way to organize, so please share your favorite tips with me.