Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Last week I drew the January scrap challenge paper out of the jar and got "Do something with men's shirts bin."  That was not the one I wanted for January, but being the obedient follower that I am, I dug into the bin of men's shirts.  And, first I tried to come up with an easy way to use them.  I decided to cut 6 1/2" squares because that is how wide my ruler is.  Then I cut them on the diagonal so I could make HSTs.

Here is what I have left after I put together a quilt top measuring 44" x 55".  I will probably border it with larger 6 1/2" by whatever blocks to make a lap quilt or maybe a picnic quilt or I could use them as a backing for another quilt.  At least I have something going with the shirt fabric.  I will probably keep some of the triangles handy to stitch together between other projects and maybe I can use them all up.  I will NOT be getting any more shirts!!

I also quilted my Palmateer Point quilt with Baptist fans.

I've been sick with a cold/sinus infection since Friday and am going stir crazy.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


 I admit that I have a scrap problem.  As you can see, I have joined the "SCRAP ATTACK" group started by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Since I had already decided that I needed to use up a lot of scraps this year, I decided to join.  I had to put 12 goals on individual pieces of paper, one for each month, and then draw one each month.  I just drew the one for January and its - "Use men's shirt scraps and plaids to make a donation quilt.  Uh Oh!  That's not the one I wanted to work on this month.  But I could at least come up with an idea and start it.

12 goals for using scraps

Here are some photos of my "problems."  This is embarrassing!

Bag of triangle scraps

3 drawers full of strips

3 more drawers full of strips

A bin with 1" and 1 1/2" reproduction scraps

box of selvedges

3 more drawers full of scraps

4-patch scraps to make into a donation quilt

5" squares that I bought (!) for $1.00
I didn't even take a picture of the large bin full of men's shirts and I'm sure there are others as well.

I also have a list of UFO GOALS:

1.  Abby's Bodacious Quilt - I want to get this finished for Christmas 2018.  I have about 10 blocks done.

2.  American Cross Roads (blocks are done).
3.  Merry Trails Wall Hanging (Quilt Mania).
4.  Moda Block Heads - finish and put together.
5.  Pineapple 9-Patch
6.  Blocks my Grandma made in the 40's - put together, quilt and bind.
7.  Cat quilt - pieces are cut.
8.  Verandah Views, which was a block of the month from Willowberry Designs, 2009.  All the embroidery blocks are done and need to be put together into a quilt.
9.  Grandma's Flower Garden that I started at least 10 years ago.  After making several blocks, I decided to turn it into a lap quilt.  It wasn't working out very well, so I stopped working on it.  I want to get it finished one way or another.

10.  Another block of the month, which I can't find, was basket blocks for each month.  It's really cute and I finished about 8 or 9 of them.  I would like to get the rest finished.

Do you think that is enough?  If not, I may be able to come up with a few more.  Ugh!!

My design wall has some log cabin blocks on it that I want to make into a table runner.  The blocks measure 5 1/4" unfinished.  They aren't sewn together yet.

Well, please wish me luck with these projects.  I plan to use scraps in my UFO projects, so I might reduce my stash some if I only purchase fabric that is absolutely necessary to finish a project.

Have you made any goals or joined any group for 2018?  Let's all work together to use up scraps and stash!!

Thursday, December 28, 2017


Yesterday we celebrated our granddaughter's 9th birthday with a party at the "Sky Zone."  Abby had 4 guests there along with parents, grandparents (us) and my sister (great aunt).

Making a wish.

Cute, but tired, friends!

I have done some more sewing since we arrived in Pensacola.  First, I finished the table runner and place mats for my DIL in Kansas.

The table runner has 4 sections and on each end there is a part that will hang down on either end of the table with 3 smaller sections.

I made 6 place mats - with no batting in them - that's the way she wanted them.

Then, in my spare time (mostly early in the morning) I continued working on some projects that I had brought with me.

I had decided I wanted to make a table runner with some log cabin blocks that measure 5 1/4", so I started on those.

I also made some more of these 13 1/2" sawtooth star blocks out of scrappy pieces and 5" charm pack left-overs.

Have you ever had a picture taken with a pelican?  I did today! 

Happy New Year everyone!  I probably won't post again until 2018 and then I will try to have a list of my 12 scrappy projects that I will do to try to use up at least some of my scraps.  See confessions of a fabric addict.

Saturday, December 16, 2017


We spent some time with DS#3 and family (who doesn't want pictures published of them) and we had a wonderful visit.  I had time to do some sewing and after finding this fabric at a thrift store, my DIL desided to purchase it.  I started to make a table runner and some placemats for her, but my Featherweight bobbin tension was off - way too loose.  I couldn't tighten the tiny screws in the bobbin case, so I decided to try my DIL's sewing machine (which is in the sewing cabinet that my Featherweight is sitting on).  She has never used it, but had it serviced a few years ago. 

Unfortunately, I couldn't get it to work right either so I had to put the sewing project away.

This is the fabric we found at the thrift store - about 6 yards of 56" wide fabric for $10!!

These are some other fabrics I got there for a very low price.

 The good news is that I get to keep the antique partial quilt top.  Below is a picture of the whole piece. 

While visiting, we saw another historic site in Kansas City, MO.

This is DH and I at a restaurant.

We have now moved on to visit another son - this time in Pensacola, FL.  The above 2 photos were taken from the balcony of the condo that we are staying in.  You might be able to see the gulf between the buildings - we are very close!

Christmas is rapidly approaching and we are looking forward to this visit here in Florida.  Are you travelling for Christmas?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


We went to the Frontier Tribute Trail Museum at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas a couple days ago and it was very interesting. This is where the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails began.  It has been an active fort since 1827.

I love this flag and didn't know for sure if the stars had ever really been arranged that way, but, yes, they had!

The displays were very life like.  The one on the right is really alive - my DH!

This is the Command and General Staff College.

Behind the stone marker below is the pathway that the wagon trains followed as they came across the Missouri River (behind me).  Can you see the indentation?

There are many military graves from various wars

When my DIL and I were getting the Christmas tree out, there was a tree left by the former owners of the house.  It is in good shape and is about 10' tall, so she decided to put it up.  I saw a box inside the tree box and when I picked it up a partial quilt top fell out.  I think they may have used it around the bottom of the tree and it is very old.  It's not finished and is an odd shape, but it's hand pieced and the fabrics look very old.  She's going to call the realtor (who is the daughter of the owners) to see if they want it.  If not, it will be mine.

Any ideas about the fabrics?

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Two grandsons will be receiving quilts for Christmas - both of them are from Bonnie Hunter's design or free pattern and are made mostly with men's shirts;  Virginia Bound and Majestic Mountains.  They are ready to go!

 I put each quilt in a Christmas pillowcase.

Here's a peek inside the pillowcases.  You can see pictures of the quilt on the left here.  Pictures of the quilt on the right (top) are here.

Since I have finished some quilts recently, I thought I would start a scrap quilt and start using up some left-over fabric.  The first one is this sawtooth star pattern that uses 5" charm pack pieces.  I had a lot of those left over from other projects and cut some more from scraps.  I used the pattern from Moda that I found here.  Each block measures 13 1/2' square.  So far I have 11 blocks finished and several more ready to sew.

I also wanted to try another scrap quilt pattern that I found here.  The corner block is 3 1/2" square and I am using left-overs from the Majestic Mountain quilt backing.  The blocks measure 6 1/2" square.

Here's a couple Christmas decorations that I put up.  This was a block of the month (BOM) from several years ago designed by Gail Pan and I finished it in 2012.

I made this cross stitch ornament many years ago and it has been hanging up in the hall since last year!  It's one of my favorite projects.

This tree next door has been hanging on to it's leaves, but they are now starting to fall,  So gorgeous!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!