Sunday, July 29, 2012

Handwork Sunday

I have threads to weave in and a little hand work to finish this little pouch. The HSTs were given to me at a previous retreat. I didn't have a pattern, but it turned out okay.

One more snowman to go on my table runner. It's really relaxing stitching these guys at night.

Hope you find time for a bit of handwork today, too. I'm linking up with Kathy on her Slow Sunday Stitching post.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Touch of Tuesday

The watermelon table runner is now finished and on my kitchen table. It says summer.

Another retreat project that I finished up yesterday is a soup bowl coozie. You
use it when you warm up a bowl of soup in the microwave. You won't burn your hands on the hot bowl. Could also be used for ice cream when the bowl is too cold to hold.

I'm linking up with Connie at Quilting By The River for her Linky Party Tuesdays.

A huge thank you to Teri at Patchwork Playground for sending me the pattern section for the sunflower templates I need to finish my blue scrappy quilt. No excuses now.

And happy 17th birthday to my beautiful and talented granddaughter, Abby!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Handwork Sunday

I spent Wednesday through Saturday at the July 'Sleep At Home Retreat'. Yesterday a few of us worked on watermelon table runners from All People Quilt. That gave me more handwork for tonight - finishing the binding.

I finished the second snowman in this table runner.

This was a kit bought at The Quilt Festival in Shipshewana last month. The green fabrics just screamed, "buy me".  Connie and Helen each made one, too.

Remember the birthday quilt I finished last month month? There were scraps leftover so I cut pieces for a mini birthday quilt. The mini measures 10" x 11". Today I quilted it and did the hand sewing for the binding. It's going to someone very special this week.

The next Lori Smith quilt square is now quilted and bound. It's my favorite, so far.

Here's the four squares together.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Machine Quilting

Machine quilting is not my forte. But with little quilts I can manage straight
mostly straight lines. The applique center was a different story. I went really slow and ended up pretty pleased with my results. Phew! I'm linking up with piecefullife for her little quilts Monday.

I finished the second Temecula star block but don't have a picture yet.

Look at the pile of new zippers I scored at the resale shop the other day! Thirteen zippers for 20 cents each. Little zippered pouches in my future.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday Hand Work

This was my hand work this afternoon. It's a Bird Brain Design that you can find HERE.It is a tablerunner, so I hooped it to make it more comfortable when I stitched.

Kathy asked  us to show our view as we were stitching. If you know me, you can guess where I was looking.

Miguel Cabrera hitting his 20th homerun of the year in the top of the ninth inning. That's some pretty hand work for Miggy, too. Tigers are winners today.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

More Progress?

The scrappy, blue units are now sewn together into a flimsy! I'm feeling pretty good that I stuck it out this time instead of putting the plastic container away again.

After posting the picture, it's apparent some ripping needs to take place tomorrow to a couple of half blocks. This project also calls for appliqued sunflowers along the bottom. When I went looking through the magazine for the templates, I discovered the pull-out pattern section was missing. This is the magazine:

Anyone have one in their collection that they no longer need? Must have the pull-out pattern section. It's from 2008.

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Here's a UFO from Scrap Quilts magazine back in 2008. I had the squares sewn and all of the pieces cut, but somehow it was put away in a blue case and neglected. I've been working on getting the top together and should have a flimsy shortly. Maybe this would qualify as a blue Rainbow Challenge for July.

I don't think I posted about making this doll quilt. It's from Kathleen Tracy's book "The Civil War Sewing Circle. Today I quilted and bound it. Tomorrow I'll wash it so it gets that soft and cuddly look.

Monday, July 9, 2012


The quilt square we are doing for the next Civil War meeting has an applique center with two pieced borders. I worked on the applique last week.

Last night and today I finished the two pieced borders. The whole square measures 12" when finished. I really like this one.

We have lots of catnip growing outside - it just pops up everywhere. Yesterday, I noticed this little goldfinch enjoying a meal from the plant outside the kitchen window. The pic was taken through the window screen.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Temecula Star Block

At one block a week, I think I can keep up with this sew-along. The most difficult part is usually choosing the fabric.

You can find out more about the sew-along HERE.

Annie was trying to keep cool the other day. This photo was shot from her south end. The second one shows she is aware of the camera and the final shot has her giving me a very meaningful look!

Saturday, July 7, 2012


Today there is a wonderful, refreshing breeze moving through the house. The doors and windows are open and the a/c is off. Life is good.

While watching the Tigers/Royals ballgame last night, I started playing with a box of 1 1/2" HSTs. My original plan was to make a mini zig zag quilt.

I had four rows of ten done before the game was over (which we won).

Notice the box doesn't look like anything was taken from it. These would make a great border on a mini, too. I guess I'll sew until I run out and then decide how to use them.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Cross Stitch & Muffins

Kathy asked for pictures of hand work. I stitched these two little gals last week from a Gloria & Pat pattern. The design area is about 1 1/2" x 3". I'm not sure what I will do with them yet. Any ideas?

Somebody posted about rhubarb muffins recently and shared the recipe. I'm sorry I can't remember who is was, but thank you! They were delicious. Here's my batch.