Thursday, December 31, 2020

Monthly color challenge - 2021- January


Welcome to a new year of monthly color challenge hosted by Jen at

Every year when Jen does this monthly color challenge, her inspiration comes from many things. This year it came from fruits and vegetables. This months vegetable is eggplant, so the color is purple.

This is my third year blogging for Jen for color of the month. My name is Kathy. I have been sewing and quilting for 46 years. I started sewing in 4-h, learned hand quilting from my mother, and when I wanted to learn machine quilting I read books and found videos on youtube.

The blocks this year are in two sizes 6 1/2" and 12 1/2". So just think, if you follow along all year and make all the blocks, by the end of the year you will have a quilt! Won't that be awesome!

Here are a couple of tips I would like to share with you on making the blocks.
FABRIC PREPPING: I would highly suggest using starch on your fabric, whether it is best press, niagra, or faultless, or making your own. The reason for this is your bias edges don't stretch and the fabric holds together nicer.

SEWING: I chain piece whenever I can. This might mean that I work on a couple different steps at once but then I can press more pieces at a time. It means that if you have 15 minutes to sew, you can get more done in that time frame.

Be sure to visit these other bloggers and see how they did their blocks.

We have had some wonderful sponsors who are giving away quarterly prizes this year. In order to be entered for the prizes you need to do the monthly color challenge and link up at the end of the month. Make sure you get your pattern during the month it is offered because then it will be free. You can get your free pattern at

Goodie Bag:

$10 Gift Certificate:

PDF Pattern:

Fat Quarter Bundle:

Fabric Bundle and Book:

Mini Monty (Fabric Bundle):

PDF Pattern:
60 x 46 Dream Angel 100% Flame Retardant Fibers, 60 x 46 Dream Wool:

PDF Pattern:

2 PDF Patterns:

55 x 60 batting 80/20:

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

My quilting resolution 2021


Welcome to a day of fun and learning what the resolutions for some quilters are for 2021.

Thank you Carla @ for hosting this hop and letting me join. 

There are 4 words that I am going to focus on for 2021.


If I can learn to do this, I will have a very happy hubby.   I will also have quilts made for all my kids (4) and grandkids (9), if I set realistic goals.   


Continue learning new things about quilting. Learn new techniques.   There are some things I want to try.     One of them is to play with quilting designs in variegated thread.    I think on this quilt, using variegated thread in my petals in the border would be fun.    

I also want to try wool batting.    I like the look it gives a quilt.    I currently have a comforter on my bed that has poly batting in, and I just cannot sleep with that on me.   I get too dang hot.    I usually use cotton.   Just working on getting this quilt done for my bed. 


Share what I have learned and know.   I will do this by teaching classes at a local quilt shop and also with my granddaughters.   I have been doing virtual classes with my granddaughters during 2020.    Can't wait until I can do in person with them.   I will also continue to blog and share on social media. 


Improve on my quilting skills.    Practice new designs.   I have been saving ideas on Pinterest as well as following some quilters who have done some free virtual classes.  


Because I am not always great at planning and follow through, I want to try something new to me.    Each week, on Monday I will share my Make a List, which are things I am going to work on.    I will share a goal of something new I want to learn or try.    Then the following Monday I will share how I did with that goal or over the weekend I will do a post on what I learned.   I would like to ask you to be willing to encourage me throughout the week. 

I would love to hear what your goals are for the new year.   

Here are the other bloggers:

Wednesday, December 30th

Linking up with Yvonne @ for #2021planningparty

Monday, December 28, 2020

Make a List Monday - December 28 2020


 I am going to try to really start things off right with 2021.   One of those things is to be more organized.  I am not a planner kind of person  but I find if I have lists I do better.   So I am going to start making lists and goals for the year. 

I did not get as much done this year as I had hoped.   I tend to procrastinate, and sometimes put more on my plate than I should then feel overwhelmed and procrastinate.

I am doing something different this year, which I need to really be organized for, and that is teaching classes at my local quilt shop.

Onto my list of things to do this week:

1.   Finish a nightgown for my granddaughters 3rd Birthday.  It is started and almost done.   She love unicorns.   I was glad to find this fabric. 

2.  Doll clothes for some of the 3 year old  baby dolls.  She has 5.  She loves to undress them as soon as mommy dresses them.  Her babies take lots of baths.  

3.   Doll clothes wardrobe for 18" dolls for the SWAP (sewing with a plan) I am doing with Avery Lane Designs, due by January 1st.

4.  2 Yellow Brick Road quilts to use for samples for my class.  1 has straight line quilting and 1 free motion. - do this with granddaughters to give practice in teaching.   This is the fabric for the 1st one.   

5.  Lesson plans for class:   accurate cutting, piecing, pressing, color selection, walking foot quilting. 

6.  Block ready for post on Janury 1 for 2021 monthly color challenge. 

7.   Work on project for Hearts on Fire blog hop. 

8.   Finish quilting this quilt and then choose another one to work on. 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Christmas Ornaments - reverse applique

Today I want to share with you some fun Christmas ornaments I am making.   This is a new to me technique called reverse applique.    It is fun to do and really easy to learn.   

The pattern for these are by Margaret at Eye of the Beholder Quilt Design and to get them you can go to her website at

These are the scissors that I like to use for the intricate work.

Want to learn to do this?   You are in luck as Margaret is holding 2 virtual classes in the coming week.   They make great last minute gifts.   One class is Sunday, December 20th 1:00 - 4:30 pm. Mountain time and Tuesday, December 22nd 9:00 - 4:30 pm Mountain time, and this one includes paper piecing these ornaments.    That is next for me to try.  

I changed mine just a bit.   Instead of doing the back just like the front, I just let the back be quilting. 

I hope you will try these ornaments and try this technique of reverse applique.   It really is fun. 

Monday, November 30, 2020

Monthly color challenge December 2020

I can't believe it is already December.  I had so many plans this year.  Oh well.  There is always next year.   This monthly blog hop is hosted by Jen @

This month's color is red. It is inspired by the cardinal.

This block goes together very fast.

Some tips:

One think I did with this block that I wish I had done with the others  is starch the fabric.  By searching, the fabric is a lot crisper and behaves much better.   I usually use best press or the good old Niagra.    I cut the amount of fabric I needed and starched that.  It cut easier and straighter. 

Another thing I did was do as many steps as I could before going back to the cutting board for trimming and before pressing. 

Pinning.  Don't be afraid to stick a pin in to  help hold some of the pieces. 

Doing these steps made my blocks look a whole lot nicer. 

To get your free block pattern, please visit Jen at

A very special thank you to our sponsors during this color challenge. 

The sponsors this quarter are:

Patterns by Jen  2 different prizes:  1 pdf pattern 1 spool of Superior so fine 50 wt thread,

Island Batik - 3 1/2 yards assorted fabrics.  I love their batiks.   They are awesome to work with. 

Quilters  Dream - a 60x60 Dream blend which is 70% cotton 30% poly.   The poly gives it a bit of a poof. 

For the Love of Geese - pdf pattern

P&B Textiles -  fabric Bundle of over 60 fat quarters

Said with Love - pdf pattern

Warm Company -  warm and plush batting 45 x 60

Be sure to visit these other bloggers:

Now I am off to finish the months that I did not do.   Hopefully I will have a finished quilt soon, or maybe 3, as I have been doing with the light background, the white and the black.  

Happy Sewing and/or Quilting!!!!!!!


Sunday, November 15, 2020

Make a list Monday - 10-16-20


 It has been a while since I have made a list, but I find I do much better with one.   

I posted on Saturday, on my sewing blog about sewing with a plan, you can read it here.

So here are the things I want to work on this week:

1.   This quilt I am quilting for a friend.   It is king sized and I am doing it on my Juki tl98q.   It has been lots of fun.   

2.   Cut out these pajamas.   There are 8 of them for grandkids for Christmas. 

3.  Cut out doll clothes.   4 granddaughters. 4 dolls.   Some are even requesting Barbie clothes. 

4.  Work on my fabric pull for a mystery quilt with Bonnie at

5.  Work on these 2 quilts that I am making.  The pattern is Eve by Be a Lee @Https://

6.  Work on this quilt for my bed.  

7.  Work on this quilt.  It has a lot of applique on it.   

8.  Work on quilting this quilt. 

9.   Work on this BYU quilt for my hubby.

There are more things I want and need to work on, but I think this is good for now.  Maybe even start decorating for Christmas.  

Have a great week and I will share progress on Wednesday.  So, what are some of your plans for things you are working on?  I would love to hear from you.