Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Christmas in July 2021

 Hi and welcome to my day of the Christmas in July blog hop.    This hop is hosted by the wonderful Sarah  

 It has been so hot here, so thinking about Christmas maybe makes it a bit cooler in your mind, at least.   But, as you know, we need to start early on holiday gifts and decorations if we are going to get them done. 

Today I am sharing a fun table runner.    It is not done yet, as I have had some health issues and by the time I get off of work, I am totally drained. 

I am going to share with you how I made this runner.   It is so easy.   

For today's tutorial, I am using a pack of 2 1/2" strips.   

Cut your 2 1/2" strips into 8 1/2" strips.    The number depends on how long you want to make your runner.  

From a solid, cut 2 1/2" squares, again number depends on how many strips you do.   On my Christmas one I did 16 and it measures about 52 inches long.     Cut 1  9 1/2 in square and cut in half diagonally to get your starting and ending triangles.   You will cut 3 1/2 inch borders the length of your runner. 

To start, 

Separate your strips into 2 piles.    One pile will be short strips, and the second pile will have a square sewn to one end so it will be long. 

Take 1 short strip and sew along one short side of starting  triangle.   

 Sew a long strip onto the other short side of triangle.    

Repeat with sewing one short strip to the side you previously you sewed the first one to.    And the long strip to the other side.

   Your strips will not be the same length, but you will trim at the end. 

After it is to the length you want it, trim the edges even and add borders.    Trim, and make a quilt sandwich, I like my backing and batting to be a couple of inches bigger all around, and then I trim after quilting.   

The strips give you so many fun options for quilting.   Great place to practice a lot of designs. This is a quilt I quilted for a friend, with a similar kind of pattern, just to show you 2 ideas for quilting. 

Please check out all the bloggers and see what great ideas they shared.   We can all use great ideas right?   And it is never too late to start working on the quilt Sarah has designed to share with us.  

Wednesday, July 14th

Thursday, July 15th

Friday, July 16th
Jamie of L'Fair Quilts

Saturday, July 17th

Sunday, July 18th

Monday, July 19th

Tuesday, July 20th

Wednesday, July 21st

Thursday, July 22nd
Sandra of MMM Quilts

Friday, July 23rd

Saturday, July 24th
Joanne of Everyone Deserves a Quilt (Part 2)

Sunday, July 25th

Enjoy.   And as always I love to read your comments.    

Stat tuned as I am going to make a quilt using this pattern, and I will write up a quilt pattern and let you know when it is ready. 

Friday, June 25, 2021

Wow!!!! 2 finishes this week.

 Wow!!!! The world must be coming to an end.    Nor really, but I had 2 finishes this week.

Finish #1 YELLOW Brick Road this is a fun quilt to do.    

I did this quilt as a store sample for my local quilt shop for our beginning quilting class.  

I also taught it to my granddaughters, ages 10 and 8 via video chat thanks to all of the covid stuff.  

I have taught this class 2 times and have more classes scheduled.   

Pattern:. Yellow Brick Road by Atkinson designs. Fabric:. Waverly-.  Found this in a fat quarter bundle at Walmart.

Quilting:.  Done by me.    The body is a free motion meander and the borders were feathers inside an arc.  

Thread:. Isacord color 0170

Batting:. Warm and Natural.

2nd finish:

Corn Maze by Poppie Cotton

This is also a sample for my local quilt shop.    I will be teaching this one in August and September.  

This is a really fun quilt to make and I love the open areas for some fun quilting designs.     This quilt has various quilting designs, showing just how much fun you can have with it.    The background areas has feathers all over the place.    

The fabrics are a variety from my local quilt shop and thread is Isacord color 0170 and batting is Warm and Natural.   

Thank you for taking time to visit me today.    I hope to have another finish before the weekend is over.  

Friday, April 30, 2021

Monthly color challenge - 2021 - May


Welcome to the wonderful month of May.    Here in my neck of the woods, it is beginning to warm up.    Spring is always crazy it seems like.  We have nice day and then we get cold.    

With a new month comes a new monthly color challenge.   This month is brown.   I don't have a lot of brown in my stash.  But I did find some.

I appreciate Jen and the work that she puts into the patterns for these blocks.     To get this pattern visit her at  it is free all month long. 

This block is very easy to make.    I whipped it up very quickly.   

A couple of tips:

When the pattern tells you to press seams a certain way, do so.   It makes it so much easier to put the quilt together and to quilt it. 

I love to do a final pressing using best press.   It makes the block lay very nice. 

As you may know for this year, all of the patterns are based on foods.   This months food is potatoes.  I love potatoes.    Here is a recipe I thought I would share.  Thank you to my daughter for sharing this recipe.   She makes donuts quite often.   These are really good. 

Potato Doughnuts

1 package active dry yeast

1 1/2 cups warm water

2/3 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp salt

2/3 cup shortening

2 eggs

1 cup lukewarm mashed potatoes

6-7 cups flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water in 3-quart bowl. Stir in sugar, salt, shortening, eggs, potatoes and 3 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth. Mix in enough remaining flour to make the dough easy to handle.

Turn dough onto well-floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. PLace in greased bow, turn greased side up. Cover tightly and refrigerate at least 8 hours.

Punch down dough. Pat 3/4” thick on lightly floured surface. Cut with floured 2 1/2” doughnut cutter. Cover; let rise in warm place until indentation remains when touched, 45-60 minutes. 

Heat vegetable oil or shortening (3-4”) to 375 degrees in deep fat fryer or heavy saucepan. Fry doughnuts, turning once, until golden brown, 2-4 minutes; drain on paper. While warm, dip doughnuts in glaze.

Doughnut Glaze

3 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup boiling water

Mix together until smooth.

Please visit the other bloggers for this month:
Crystal Drummond:
Ashli Montgomery:

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

PDF Pattern

PDF Pattern

Book: Monochromatic Quilts Amazing Variety

6 month subscription

Fat Quarter Bundle

Fat Quarter Bundle

60 x 60 Dream Poly

90 x 108 Warm and Plush 100% Cotton

$10 Gift Certificate

Tucker Trimmer 1 Ruler

Gift Certificate

2 PDF Patterns

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

In the kitchen blog hop


I was so excited when Carla aƱnounced this hop.  I had the perfect thing.  I was going to be done early.  Yeah.  Right.   Seems like the best laid plans  don't always happen.   

 The plan was that the table runners and hotpads I had made at Christmas time would finally get quilted.   

I went to quilt my project and it just wasn't working.  For some reason, my machine was skipping stitches and just not cooperating.  I had just quilted with it a couple days ago.   

I changed threads and got part of this one quilted.  I used a light gray thread, but should have used a bit darker for the center square.    After a good night's rest, work and a bike ride, maybe I can try to finish quilting it today.   

After getting frustrated I went to a drawer in my kitchen and found this hot pad that I had made.   It was a while ago, but it was easy and fun to make.  

To make this hotpad I cut a rectangle out of cotton terry cloth  fabric, 2 layers of 100 percent cotton batting  and 1 layer of denim for the back.  I quilted this layer and set it aside.   

Then I cut the square pocket with a layer of terry cloth, 2 layers of batting and a layer of cotton fabric.   I quilted those and put a binding across the top. 

  For the binding I do a double fold binding from a strip that is 2 1/4" wide.   I then put all the layers together and used  the clover clips to hold them in place, and then put binding all the way around the outside edges.  

I like my hotpads to be thick, especially if I know I will be using them for cast iron.   

Thank you for visiting my blog today.    You can visit all the bloggers for the week.  Just click on their links.  They all have some fun ideas to share. 

Monday, April 19th

Tuesday, April 20th

Wednesday, April 21st

Thursday, April 22nd

Monday, March 22, 2021

Salt and Sand blog hop


Welcome to the 2nd day of the Salt and sand blog hop.   Today is my day to share a fun project.   Thank you to Carol @ for hosting this hop.   When Carol posted about this hop, she said it could be anything that reminds us about the beach, the ocean, or even animals in the ocean and water.

I was having a hard time deciding what to make, then I remembered this fabric I had picked up.   

I have grandchildren who love the baby shark song, and thought this would make a cute pillow case.

I used the burrito method to make this, so there are no frayed edges.   I used to serge the edges, until I discovered this method.   It goes together very quickly.   

This is for 1 of my grandsons, and I think I will make a cute quilt using the same fabric.

I need to make more of these pillowcases.  

Thank you for dropping by today.  I love 2 read your comments.   So, please feel free to leave a comment.

Also, please visit my other blogger friends to see what they have to share. 

March 22

Creatin' in the Sticks

Selina Quilts

That Fabric Feeling

Days Filled With Joy

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Karen's Korner

Homespun Hannah's Blog

Crafts and Math


March 23


Life in the Scrapatch

Food for Thought

For The Love Of Geese

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Karrin’s Crazy World

Sew Many Yarns

Kathy's Kwilts and More


March 24

Ms P Designs USA

DayBrook Designs

Vroomans Quilts

Kathleen McMusing

Quilt Schmilt

The Darling Dogwood

Daughters of Dorinda

Annie’s Musings


March 25



Stitchin At Home

The Joyful Quilter


Freckled Fox Quiltery

Quilts Fabric and Thread Tales

Words & Stitches


March 26

Just Let Me Quilt


Quilting Gail

Samelia's Mum

Quilt Fabrication

Little Penguin Quilts

Just Sew Quilter