Friday, February 22, 2019


Today is my day to share, for the dust off an old book hop hosted by Bea @  I was excited to see this hop as i have a collection of books and magazines I want to make things from.

I am actually going to share 2 projects.  The first is 1 from a book called Curiosities and Mischief by Nancy Halvorsen @  I love Nancy's  books.  She has so many fun ideas.  When I first saw this book, I knew I had to get it, because the grandkids that she features in it, just so happens to live around the corner from me, and I love them.  Good reason to buy a book, right?  That is a reason, but I loved the projects in this book.

The project I am working on is a butterfly.  She has it on a pillow,  but I am going to use it as a wall hanging.   I had planned to get it all done, but I got kind of busy this month, with doing things in the basement, almost finished with the remodel, and I was sick and in bed for the first week of the month, and then crazy overtime at work.  Not complaining, just saying life happens.
I am doing hand applique, which I really love to do.  When I get this done, I want to make some more and turn it into a fun butterfly quilt.

The 2nd project is quilting.  I have this book called 501 quilting motifs.  It is a fun book and for this quilt , I found some fun quilting designs that I used. This one is loopy stars.  Not great at it, but I will keep practicing.

Please check out all the other bloggers who have posted this week.  Next month I have 2 more blog hops, and I will make sure those projects are complete.

Monday Feb 18th
Turid at densyendehimmel
Pamela at Pamelaquilts
Selina at Selinaquilts
Kathleen at Kathleenmcmusing

Tuesday Feb 19th
Jennifer at curlicuecreations
Stephanie at stephjacobsondesigns
Kathy at Kathysquilts
Shasta at high road quilter
Theresa at bumbleberrystitches

Wednesday Feb 20th
Sharon at Vrooman’s quilts
Suzy at Websterquilt
Nancy at patchworkbreeze
Karrin at karrinscrazyworld
Denise at craftraditions

Thursday Feb 21st
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Jennifer at Dizzyquilter
Lee Anne at Podunk Pretties
Lyndsey at Sew Many Yarns

Friday Feb 22nd
Bea at Beaquilter
Barbara at Bejweledquilts
Marian at seams to be sew
Brenda at songbirddesigns

Monday, February 18, 2019

Show your wings blog hop

As soon as I heard what the theme was for the Show Your Wings blog hop, hosted by Carol at, I knew what I wanted to do.  I love flying geese.  I always have bigger plans than I really have time for, and this time was no different, but I had almost a week where I did nothing as I was down in bed.  I am feeling better now.

I love mini quilts, but I really prefer bed size quilts, as does my hubby.  So I looked at 2 patterns I wanted to do.  Both were in quiltmaker magazine and both were ones I wanted to do.  I have decided to combine the two. 

One was Sew Many Geese and the other was Garden Geese.

I got all my pieces for the geese cut,  and started putting them together and I realized that I cut them wrong.  I had mixed up my pieces.  Oh well.  It happens and thank goodness I see Canadian geese a lot, so they are Canadian geese as they are white.

I love to go outside and watch the geese flying over.

Because of time restraints I made the throw pillow first.

 With all of my quilts, depending on size, I want to do a throw pillow, pillow shams and a quilt.

I do have pieces cut for the quilt, and I will share that as soon as it is done.   So, what I will be doing on the quilt, is long rows of geese, and on my sashing strips, I will do the flowers.
Stack of geese ready for the quilt

Marking and cutting bias strips for the stems for the quilt

One day, I will make both of these quilts, but for now I will combine the 2.

I would love for you to visit the other bloggers on this hop as well.  And thank you Carol for such a fun hop.  Now to get my project done for Friday's hop and work on the ones for next month.

Check out all the amazing bloggers who will be participating:

February 18

February 19

February 20

February 21

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Learn how to English Paper Piece part 2 - A fun wall habging

Last week, I shared about a new book on English Paper Piecing.  You can read that here

I enjoy English Paper Piecing  and I hope you will give it a try.

I needed a fun gift for a swap that I was participating in, and the partner I was given likes EPP. So, I thought why not make her something with EPP.   As I was  going through things, I found some hexies, that I had thread basted and had started sewing together.  Just a note, when you start going through quilting and sewing stuff, you don't always know what you will find.

I really liked the Grandmother's Flower patch quilt that Carolina shared in her book.  I decided it would be fun to make 1 block from that quilt and make it a throw pillow.   Well, it became a wall hanging instead.  I got carried away, was excited to quilt, and forgot to make marks as to where to stop quilting.  However, it turned into a very fun wall hanging.

So, I made the one block and pressed and starched it.  Then I put quilting adhesive on the back, just a little to stick it in place.  I then used my blanket stitch on my Lily 550 to applique it.  I needed to get it done fast, otherwise, I would do a blanket stitch by hand.

Then for quilting I decided to do feathers and curls.   I should have probably done some fillers between the feathers to make them pop.  I will do that next time.    It feels great to have another finished project.

Linking up with:
Finished or Not Friday @
Can I get a whoop whoop
And TGIFFriday at

Monday, February 11, 2019

Make a list Monday 2 -11-19

Wow, is it really Monday?  It is, and it is also my sweet father in laws birthday.  Dad I love you and I miss you.  I can't believe you have been gone almost 8 years.  Mom has been gone 2 years this coming Saturday.  I love and miss you both.

Now on to my list for this week.   This week has me working on projects for some upcoming blog hops.

1.  This is for my blog hop next Monday with Carol at for the Show Your Wings hop.  I have a ton of flying geese to make.

2.  This one is for the Dust Off an old book hop, hosted by Bea @  I share my project on the 22nd.

 I have some quilts I need to get quilted as well.

 3. This one is from the black and white quilt hop.

 4. These 2 are for a charity called heart builders which is a group from

 5. Then I need to work on organizing my sewing stuff.   This will be  never ending job, until I get moved into the sewing room.

6.  Then there will be painting to do.  1 room is painted.  After all the painting is done,  then we need to do flooring, then we can move things in.

7.  My daughter has requested dresses for her daughter.  Maybe I can find time to work on those.

So, it seems like a lot, but my geese I can hand stitch during lunch and work on them after work.  The project I am hand appliqueing, I can also work on at lunch time, and when I want to watch tv with my hubby.

So, I want to know what you are working on this week?

Thursday, February 7, 2019

TGIFFRIDAY 2 - 8 -19

I am not so sure I have grown up, or maybe I am just a kid at heart.  But I am excited to share my latest quilt finish with you.  To do this quilt, I had to go deep into the hundred acre woods.  I had to meet Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Tigger (I love Tigger so much), Christopher Robin,

 but most of all the bear so full of fluff . . .
Winnie the Pooh Tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff He's Winnie the Pooh Winnie the Pooh Willy nilly silly old bear.

Yes, my latest finish is a Winnie The Pooh quilt.

I started this a while ago, and I don't remember the pattern I used. All I can remember is the block came from a magazine. Then I figured out the rest. The binding was done y hand, which is my favorite way to bind.

My grandson who is 4 has now requested a Winnie the Pooh quilt. Guess I need to find fabric.

I would love to see what you are working on. Please link up below.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Learn how to English Paper Piece - review and project and giveaway

Hi readers,

Welcome to all, my regular readers and my new readers.  Today is my turn to share about this great New book by Carolina at  Carolina is a crafter, author, and quilter.  This new book of hers is so fun.

I love to have portable projects.  I take them everywhere with me, and I love to do EPP (English Paper Piecing), so when the opportunity came to review this book on my blog, I jumped at the chance.

Carolina gives you tips on basting, either glue or thread, stitching and how to do diamonds.  Diamonds is one I have not tried yet.  After reading her tips, I am going to try the diamond projects.

In her book she has patterns for 10 projects.
* hexie pillow - my current project
* zippered pouch - my next project
* Mason jar drawstring pouch
* pillowcase dress
* hexie placemats
* Grandmother's Flower patch quilt - a future project
* tech pouch
* diamond tote - a future project
* fussy cut coasters
* Dream Catchers

I want to do all of these projects.  One of the things I like about these projects is that they can be made from scraps.  I cut strips from fat quarters that I had in my stash.  My goal is to use what I can from my stash for the next little while.

I am currently working on the Hexie pillow, and the fabrics are from my stash and are mostly Moda.

This has been a great project for me, as I was recently diagnosed with BPPV, a form of vertigo and I was told I needed to rest.  Now if only I didn't sleep so much.    I will do a blog post of the finished project, so look for "How to EPP part 2."

Are you ready to learn this fun craft?  The book is available through, here is the link for the Book and a starter kit

I would like to thank for supplying the Book for me to review and Carolina at for this opportunity to share her book with you.

You can find all the bloggers here:
Friday, January 25th: Carolina from Always Expect Moore
Saturday, January 26th: Linda from Linda B Creative and Havalah from Sisters, What
Sunday, January 27th: Teresa from Sewn Up, Teresa Down Under and Stephanie from Modern Sewciety
Monday, January 28th: Jen from Faith and Fabric and Alicia from Sew What Alicia
Tuesday, January 29th: Sherry from Powered by Quilting and Marie from Underground Crafter
Wednesday, January 30th: Brooke from Brooklyn Berry Designs and Melody from Two Maker Chicks
Thursday, January 31st: Ali from Home Crafts by Ali and Sarah from Quilted Diary
Friday, February 1st: Bobbie from the Geeky Bobbin and Gemia from Phat Quarters
Saturday, February 2nd: Beth from Garland Girl Quilts and Bobbi from Snowy Days Quilting
Sunday, February 3rd: Kirsty from Bonjour Quilts and Simone from Charmed Life Quilting
Monday, February 4th: Aimee from Things Small and Simple and Mathew from Mister Domestic
Tuesday, February 5th: Kathy from Kathy’s kwilts and more and Kim from Stitched in Purple
Wednesday, February 6th: Audrey from the Cloth Parcel and Anorina from Samelia’s Mum
Thursday, February 7th: Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts and Lauren from Molly and Mama
Friday, February 8th: Sarah from Saroy and Stephanie from Swoodson Says

Now, for the fun part.  I love giveaways, don't you?  So here is a fun giveaway and it is easy.  Just leave a comment about whether you would like to do a hexie project, or a diamond one.   I will choose 1 winner to receive a bag of epp papers.  There may also be other little goodies as well. This is good only for U.S. (due to shipping costs).