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June 30th, 2024 at 8:16 pm

I See Stars

I purchased this kit at a local discount fabric shop, many years ago.

Every once in awhile I pull it out and work on it a little.  Evey little bit counts on this project.

I have been struggling with how to fill in the outside corners. I tried making a template for the fill in spots = big fail there.

I decided to just continue the 2 1/2″ strips out.  As you can see it is not complete yet, but there is a spot of wonderment that just made me stop and take a breath.

The original pattern had the side points cut off – but I didn’t like that and since they gave enough fabric anyway, I decided to keep it whole and just kept going with it.

The whole reason I am posting this picture here is because of this:






That, my friend, is the center of a 5 point star quilt. I was more that flabbergasted when I turned it over and saw that it as close to perfect as anything I have ever seen on my table.

Sadly this now sets the bar for this quilt. I have the quilting design sketched out, I have a couple corners to fill in and trim this up.  The size is somewhere between 76 & 80 inches square.

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May 16th, 2024 at 6:34 pm

One more baby binky

This one has been gift. they are so so cute in person.

Well, I have enough to make one more, small binky of this material.


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April 14th, 2024 at 6:38 pm

Pink Parade part 2

I have made another version of this quilt with 4 primary colors, this one is smaller and the perfect baby blanket. Simple quilting, just SITD, nothing fancy.  Tried a different binding technique, not sure if I like this one either. But I gotta try the different versions to find the one that works best for me.

Well, on to the next pink one I go.

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April 14th, 2024 at 6:34 pm

Pink Parade

This last month it’s been “All About The Pink” for me.

I have 5 quit tops now down, baby blankets = yes all in pink.

2 I have actually quilted and bound!!!!

I ran out of backing that goes with the other 3 so I have to get that, but I am practicing the quilting patterns that I want to do on them.

The first one that got finished is simply pink squares – nothing fancy about it. The quilting shows up so nicely on the back – so cute the way it came together. I am proud to say that I actually did the quilting on my HQSS – you start the learning curve all over again when you don’t use her for months/years at a time. 

The binding on these one didn’t go so good, I did learn a lot about what not to do with binding.



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March 9th, 2024 at 8:07 pm

In the pink of things

This is not my usual color pallet to work with but this is the project I am working on right now. I am embracing the pink.

What’s even more amazing to me is that 80% of this was in my bins – I only picked up a few extra/new to add to it. So here’s to a stash buster project(s).

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February 25th, 2024 at 7:00 pm

Curling Stone Block Pattern

Well, I’ve gone and done it.  I have created and published a quilt block pattern.

It’s scary, but I feel good about it.  I have 2 more patterns on the drawing board now, hopefully those will go faster than the first one did.

Curling Stone Block Pattern – Available on Etsy:

Also available are a limited supply of the samples used in making the pattern:




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February 22nd, 2024 at 7:33 pm

Beauty in the rears

How can something so memorizing be the “wrong side” of a block?

This is part of a project/set of blocks I am working on and this is the first one of these that I have made. When I turned it over the last time I just couldn’t take my eyes off of it. It’s so beautiful.

Now, do you think I could do this again – No!!!!! All the rest have been a hot mess at best – didn’t even make it to the sample bin – they are, for sure, on the “wall of shame”.

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December 20th, 2023 at 5:00 pm

2023 Holiday gifts

I made a few things for gifts this year – some didn’t turn out exactly like I planned, but others did perfectly.

I was in Joanns, just to get some thread, came out with a yard of this pretty unicorn fleece and a yard of the matching pink (of course).

This blanket was done by sewing the 2 fabrics (right sides facing each other), then turned inside out. Then I pressed the seams/edge out. This is how I sewed the finishign seam on the unicorn blanket and scarf – I used my SITD foot, offset the needle more than usual, then ran around the outside of this blanket.  It gave the whole thing a cute little curve to it.

I didn’t realize just how much fuzz sewing this kind of fabric creates into your sewing machine until I glanced down and saw this:

I also made a couple of these scarfs. 

1 has fleece & flannel – so it’s nice an warm, the other has just flannel and it’s perfect for late fall days (which is all that we have had hear in Minnesota this year.

I put clasps on this one so it’s adjustable to how close you want it wrapped around your.


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December 10th, 2023 at 2:59 pm

Special Birthday Stocking – 2023

So I ran across this quilt block that just meowed to be done into something special for someone special: Peeping Cats The block is super easy and the instructions are great even for first time quilters/piecers.

My coworker has 2 cats and she’s have a special birthday this year in December. So this just screamed “Make Me” when I saw it.

I haven’t done much crafting the past 4 or so months, so I sort of have to make up for that now, I guess.

So I set out to see what I have and what I need to do what was in my head.

I was seriously lacking in Christmas red – so I had to buy a yard of that, but I am sure I will use it somewhere else.

The other colors I need could be scraps since I was making 2 smallish cats. Just to make this a little more sweet, I did find out what her cats looked like. 

I got a pattern for a Christmas stocking from the web, actually I think I downloaded 5 or 6 – because I wasn’t sure what would work out the best. Then I started sewing, and ripping and sewing and ripping and sewing.

With no pattern to go by and just an idea in my head, this was going to be a process. I like having a plan, well I didn’t even have plan, I had a thought in my grey haired covered head. 

I made the Peeping Cats block – then took it apart to make it thinner to fit the stocking a bit better.  At first I was just going to make a flat – non-opened stocking, just to hang on her door. But I just really didn’t like that very much. So I disassembled that and put together the plaid lining which was in the original idea. I watched about a dozen different youTube instructionals about making stockings and combined them all to make what I did. It actually is so so cute, I almost want to just keep it, but I can’t.

Last year I had made some of the girls in the office simple table runners and I had some small pieces of fabric left over, that is where the cuff for this stocking came from – it actually matches her runner (I think 😀 ). The rest of the pieces that I used for the Peeping Cats blocks I pulled out of the scrap bins. 

It was a struggle, and frustrating at times, but I can honestly say it is one of the cutest things I have made in a long time.  As frustrating as it was at times it was also very satisfying when it was completed.

I believe the presentation is very important, here is how her gift will be wrapped and you can see that when you open the box it just looks like a read stocking with the cat fabric for the cuff. However, when she pulls it out and unrolls it she will the have a second surprise.

I do need to say that this is not “quilted” it is pieced however.   I was going to do some FMQ on it, but I got in such a groove when I was putting it together I whizzed right by that part. Probably because I was so distracted by the assembly of this stocking.  They eyes are some scrapbooking embellishments that I have had for years and year – nice to use something in my stash! The whiskers is cross-stitch thread.

And for a side note, not that it was planned this way, at all, it is actually the exact size that a bottle of wine would fit perfectly in it.

Merry Christmas everyone, may your holiday season be purrfect.




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July 9th, 2023 at 4:01 pm

2023 Independence Day

So being that we had made 2 flags already, we decided to make one of our own.  With just a bit of a twist – of course.


We need to tweak the brightness of the lights, but overall pretty happy with it.

Our finished size is 48 x 24 approximately.

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