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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: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1671174756/curling-stone-block

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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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July 1st, 2023 at 4:01 pm

Baby Lovey Blankets

I’ve never made these before but needed a baby gift.

Of course, I didn’t  have exactly the fabric that I wanted, so had to order some (too much).

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May 30th, 2023 at 6:13 pm

Barn Decorations

Barn’s are not just for quilts – at least that’s my motto.

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May 29th, 2023 at 6:13 pm

A little ditty for Memorial Day

We were asked to donate to 2 organizations this spring, and we were in a patriotic frame of mind so we came up with this:

This is the rough design -yes, I know the stripes are not right, but this is just part of the design phase. This is the completed piece. We choose to paint it.  This one finished size is roughly 18×36.

Two well deserving organizations will be receiving these for their upcoming fund raising silent auctions this coming month.

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May 23rd, 2023 at 6:03 pm

Completed – yes, completed quilt

It’s 100% completed. It’s 45″ square with a lightweight fleece backing.

Quilted, bound and ready to be gifted.  It turned out so, so, so, so cute, I just can’t get over how it looks and feels to have one started and completed in the same year, let alone a month (give or take a week).

 

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May 14th, 2023 at 5:46 pm

Look at all the pretty colors

Look at all the pretty colors that I’ve collected…

I started picking color to do an “Adventureland Quilt” and it’s amazing how many bright colors I have and how many I don’t have.

I have very little yellows and not really enough of any color.

So it was off to the quilt shop to get some more. The situation was that I needed long pieces for this pattern – I have lots of 10″ pieces and lots of 18-21″ pieces. but that only covers the shorts rows for this quilt.   So off I went to get a few (9) long strips to fill in the blank spots in this.

It’s not quite done, I didn’t think about a backing piece for it – very poor planning on my part.

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