Friday, December 31, 2021

Monthly color challenge January 2022

 I am so glad to be joining Jen @ for another fun year of the Monthly Color Challenge.     My goal this year is to make at least one of each block, but maybe more, put them together  and use them for Christmas gifts.   

Before I get to talking about the blocks, I want to share some tips with you.   With a new year it is a good time to think about improving your sewing and quilting skills.

1.   Always press your fabric.  I like to use either Best press or Niagra starch as I am pressing.   I prewash my fabrics and I like the feel that the starch gives my fabric.

2.  Make sure you change needles on a regular basis.   I change them with each major project or after 8-10 hours of sewing.   The needles I prefer are schmetz and I tend to use the universal in a size 80/12.

3.  Clip your threads.   So many machines now have a thread cutter.  Use it.  Your projects look so much better when you clip the threads. 

4.  I like to have a lint roller close by.   I tend to get a lot of tiny pieces of threads on my projects, so, I use the lint roller to keep those thread pieces at bay.  

Now on to this months block.  

This months block is really fun and easy to took me less than an hour to cut and sew two blocks up.   I wanted to switch my light and dark oranges around. 

I hope to do a lot more blogging this year.   I have been going through and cleaning and organizing my sewing room and fabrics and found lots of projects I need to finish and then I will be sharing them.   So follow me on Facebook or Instagram so you can see what I am up to.   

Check out the rest of the bloggers.   And remember to visit Jen @ to get a copy of the pattern.   It is free all month long. 

The other bloggers are:

Carolyn @

Andi @

Anja @

Crystal @

Raylee @

Dont forget the link up at the end of the month.  Have a happy and healthy new year. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Ghastly Ghouls blog hop


Hi all,

I am not usually into Halloween.  I was more so when my kids were younger, but now that they are grown, I have decided that I want to decorate a bit more.

For this hop, hosted by Carol, I decided to do some placemats.  I had done these for a class that I taught at witches day out at my local quilt shop, where I work. 

These placemats were easy to do.     They were actually in a panel.   There are four panels for the placemats.   I then chose my backing and I used 100 percent cotton batting by winline.   I love the piece I used for the binding. 

I just did some free motion quilting and I used a Bernina 770 for that.  I really love the BSR that are on the Bernina machines.  

I love the spider web fabric.    I had another little idea I was going to share, unfortunately it didn't get done.   I will share it as soon as I get it done.    

Please follow me on my blog as I have some things I am working on that I will be sharing.

Please check out all the bloggers who have been blogging this week.  There are some great ideas. 

I hope you have found some great ideas.   I will be back with some really fun stuff.    Thanks for joining me today. 

Monday, September 20, 2021

I'm falling for you bloghop


Hi and welcome to my day to share in the I'm falling for you bloghop hosted by Joan   thank you Joan for hosting and allowing me to join and play along.

For my project I am sharing some table runners and napkins.   

These table runners were fun to make, and very easy to do.   They have 1 layer of cotton batting and the quilting was stich in the ditch and some free motion quilting.   

I made these a couple of years ago, and they have been used  a few times.   I love using them on my table for Thanksgiving.  

The napkins are just squares of fabrics that I did a small double fold hem on.   

I hope that you have enjoyed my projects that I shared with you today.   

Please check out the other bloggers for this week.  There are loads of fun ideas. 

Monday September 20

Creatin' in the Sticks

Samelias Mum

Quilting Gail

Vroomans Quilts

Quilt Schmilt


Tuesday September 21

Just Let Me Quilt

Just Sew Quilter

Days filled with Joy

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

The Morning Latte


Wednesday September 22

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs



Selina Quilts

Sew Many Yarns



Thursday September 23

Karrins Crazy World

Words and Stitches

Patchouli Moon Studio

Karen’s Korner

That Fabric Feeling



Friday September 24


Ms P Designs USA

Lianne Makes Stuff

Quilted Delights


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Monthly color challenge - 2021 - September


Hi and welcome to September.    September is a favorite month of mine.    It begins the fall season, my hubby was born in September, and we celebrate our anniversary. 

I want to thank Jen for hosting this monthly color challenge.  It has been fun.   

This months color is yellow.    I really like yellow, but did not have a lot in my stash.

I want to share with you some fun things I like when sewing.    One of those things is the ability to not have to use a foot pedal.    If I am just sewing something really quick, and I don't have my foot pedal attached to my machine (I teach classes and sometimes parts are still in my rolling tote).   

I love the clips from clover.   You can see that I use them to hold my parts together. 

Some of my other favorite things are of course the cutting mat, a 121/2" square ruler, a rotary cutter, seam ripper (sometimes I use it way too much), and my marking tools. 

All of these tools help me create these wonderful blocks. 

Thank you for visiting today. 

Check out the other bloggers for today as well:

Jen Shaffer:
Frances Arnold:
Lisa Ruble:
Raylee Bielenberg:
 Andi Stanfield:
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

$25 gift certificate to Faith and Fabric

Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting
PDF Pattern

$50 gift certificate to their choice of shop

Mini Monty (Fabric Bundle)

Fat Quarter Bundle

60 x 60 Dream Cotton

90 x 60 Soft and Bright Needled Polyester

$10 Gift Certificate

PDF Pattern

PDF Pattern

2 PDF Patterns

Thursday, July 29, 2021

It's a guy thing blog hop

 Never, ever procrastinate is a lesson I hopefully learned this week.    I wasn't sure what I was going to do for this hop, but Tuesday I hadn't thought of anything and thought I will deal with it on Wednesday, since that is my day off.

Instead of spending my day off in the sewing room, I spent it in the ER and having a gall bladder surgery done.  Not fun.     After the surgery we couldn't keep my oxygen level up, so they kept me overnight for observation.    I of course can't sit up for long periods of time. 

So, go visit these other bloggers and see the projects that they have done.   I will hopefully get some finished projects to blog about soon. 

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.