Monday, December 31, 2012

Last finish of 2012

So here is my finished Sparkle Plenty!  I had planned to finish this before Christmas but at least I finished it this year.  I'm claiming this as my third Thimble in the Craft Olympics.  I've got two other projects I would like to do, even though today is that last day of the challenge.  I still plan to try the needle felting and the punch needle.  Maybe even before I go back to work next week!

Friday, December 28, 2012

After Christmas

I've been sick since the week before Christmas so I haven't finished any of the projects I planned to do.  I took a week vacation so I could finish some quilts and so far-nothing!  Ah well, the boyos had a great Christmas.  Santa brought plenty of Legos!  I'm still not feeling great but I am much better than I was last week.  So, for the rest of my vacation, I'm hoping to get the binding and hanging sleeve on Sparkle Plenty.  Surely I will be able to do that!  I tried to get Aunt Cindy to come down from north Texas to do it for me LOL.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

One gift finished

Here is my gift for my Aunt Cindy.  I started this over Thanksgiving, stitching it at the lake on our camping trip.  It was just the perfect project to do, all by hand, chatting with The Poppas.   This pattern is from Cath's Pennies Designs, The Melt.  Candle from Bath & Body works-peppermint!

 I had to practise my stem stitch for the sticks-my first efforts were horrible.
And I ended up changing from floss to perle cotton for the snowflakes.  I love these little cardinals but I think my favorite things are the carrot noses!

Monday, November 26, 2012


My sister on her birthday with the Photosynthesis sampler I made for her.  (Sampler available from the Floss Box).

Monday, November 19, 2012

nearly there

I'm nearly finished with this penny rug.  I need to applique on the double circles that are outlined in yellow and the star, embroider on details to all the faces, and then blanket stitch the backing.  So close!

Saturday, November 03, 2012

My first Craft Olympics medal!

I made this basket today at the International Quilt Festival.  And by made I mean I wove it from a bunch of reeds!  My DH was very impressed and my hands and wrists are aching.

This is the only class I was able to take this year.  I was hoping to get in a class with Cindy Blackberg--a wonderful handpiecer.  Maybe next year.

Monday, August 20, 2012


Finally!  I started this in June for AYOS.  It started out as the Leap Year Schnibble but I got tired of making the 36 patch blocks after 13.  So I thought I would try my hand at a log cabin block-and it measured the same size!  So off I went to make 15 of each.  This is American Jane's Happy Campers line.  I used a honey bun and 2 yards of the brown basket weave.  I'm not sure how much of the landscape fabric I used for the border.  I'm happy to have finished this one!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Border tryout

Hmmmmmmm.  Wondering about this border.  I think I will need to bind this quilt in red.

Monday, August 13, 2012

an evening's work

 Here is the finished body of the Leap Year plus Log Cabins quilt.

Below it is shown with a sample of the border fabric.  I wanted to get that done tonight too but I'm too tired to do it properly.

slowly, slowly . . .

I started this quilt in June-the Leap Year Schnibble.  The 36 sq blocks are from that pattern.  I got tired of making those so started the log cabin ones.  I finally finished the 30 blocks that I need yesterday.  After I get them all sewn together I will put on a border of some Happy Campers fabric-my favorite line from American Jane.  The blocks are all made from a Happy Camper Honeybun. I think this quilt will finish somewhere around 55x64.  We'll see!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

In and out of the stash

How's this for progress?  I  bought this at Heavenly Threads last Friday and I sewed it up Sunday!  It will be part of a present for Sister.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Making with Magpie

Magpie needed a case for her kindle fire and needed to document a project for her speech class.  Ergo, auntie got sweet-talked into sewing.  This is a nice tutorial at Charm Stitch.

Monday, June 25, 2012

more pajamas

 Found this adorable camping flannel at JoAnn's on Saturday.  Boyos are thrilled with their new pajamas.
And I ordered this Star Wars fabric as soon as I saw it.  Pajamas for me!!!!!!!

Sunday, June 17, 2012


I started the new AYOS Schnibble Leap Year before we went up to the lake.  I'm using my honey bun of Happy Campers by American Jane.  I can't believe I actually cut it up!  I may work on it this evening after Mass but I really want to sew up a new pair of pjs too.

Monday, June 11, 2012


I saw a red gingham pinwheel quilt in a magazine around Christmas time.  I started this on Christmas break, I think, and put it away.  Boy did it go together fast on my new Horizon!  Which, by the way, the boyos have decided I should call Mr. Jeremy Fisher!

Here is a full pic-I'm still wondering if I should add a white border.  The pinwheel fabric is from Sew Cherry.  It is great red!

Sunday, May 27, 2012


 I didn't think I liked this Schnibble.  But after seeing so many Docs around blogland it grew on me.  I thought it was too complicated and I wouldn't be able to make it.
 I appreciate folks who showed how to lay it out before sewing.
 It sure helped to keep checking as I went along. 
 Isn't it cool how it goes together?  I can't get over how it works.

I really needed a runner for Gma's china hutch and I definitely wanted one for summer!  So here is my RWB Doc Schnibble!  It is mostly Jo Morton fabrics with one or two scraps of other fabric.


Made two sets of pjs for the boyos.  Two fish and two tools.  They are a little short for Red-his legs grew too fast!  So now I must remember to buy 2.5 yards of fabric if I want to make them each a pair.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Magpie and I made this for my mother for Mother's Day.  I have enough material to make another one for me!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

In a jam

Seven pounds of strawberry jam.  I had lots of help from the short people which has manifested itself in the jam not setting well.  I tried two different pectins- Sure Jell and Bell's Instant. Oh well, the boyos eat jam straight out of the jar and love to put it on yogurt.  Runny jam is still jam to them!

Need to remember 1.5 lbs of strawberries equals one quart!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Schnibbles times two

 This is the Bibelot Schnibble.  I love the daisies.  I really need to get this one quilted so I can enjoy it in my office at work.

 Here is a close up so you can see the daisies better!

And this is my ISTH Schnibble from last month.  I think I may finish this one for my brother when he moves into his new apartment.

Monday, March 26, 2012


I'm using some of my favorite daisy fabric from JoAnn's.  The yellow exactly matches the hearts of the daisies.  I hope this turns out like I am planning.  I would love to hang this in my office!

I made some of the mini design boards that Bee in my Bonnet created. I haven't covered the edges yet-and I really should.  It would make them so cute.  So far I have found these little boards really useful!

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Well, this is how the Schnibble wanted to be! Mostly Jo Morton fabrics. I think I may quilt it as an apartment warming gift for my brother when he moves this summer.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Decisions decisions.

Should I use black for setting?

Should I use tan for setting?

Hmmm.  Black or tan?

I think I'll go with tan.


Can you tell which side has been blocked?  I was tired of the edge rolling up like you see in the top of the photo.  After consulting Ravelry, I steam blocked the acryllic-it's called killing it-and now it is nice and flat!  I also did the blue carnival shawl but I will need to do the edge again-boy does it want to curl up.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

It's a Floosie!

House-elf had the great idea of a Floosie swap-a swap of a fat quarter that you just don't know what to do with or that you no longer like.  Well, if my Floosie from Anne Marie is any example-I want to go sewing at her house!  Look at the lovely goodies she sent me.  The fabric is lovely and I've already put my phone in the little phone case. One the left are two cute little stitcheries that I'm really tempted to just start working on.  The little cake there is lip balm-so cute-and that tiny tin contains a 60" tape measure. What a great idea to keep it tidy.  Anne Marie, you've really spoiled me today! 

Happy Anniversary!

 Last night I finally finished the Timeout Socks for DH in time for our seventh anniversary!  I'm glad they are finished because I am really tired of knitting (and reknitting) them.  I also tucked Rolos inside because he loves those.
Timeout  Socks
Valentine Airplanes

And these are the Valentine's for the boyos.  The airplanes come from a Country Living printable.

And how about these rockets? Aren't they adorable?  Inside each rocket is a roll of Rolos. I had to hunt high and low for those.  I gave these out at work today and Red gave them to the Cub Scouts last night.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

And this is what I ended up with. . .

Which, truthfully, isn't what I planned to make.  And it really isn't that crooked either.  So this is from the Tiny Town version of the Full House Schnibbles.


Started cutting last night-I'm hoping to make the Tiny Town ed of the Full House Schnibbles.  Cut up all these little pieces-and my index finger on my left hand!  At least I didn't bleed on the fabric.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ready for quilting

Final border is on and the binding is made.  Now to quilt this one.  And the Sparkle Plenty.  And the 12 Days of Christmas.

Hmmm.  I have a lot of quilting to do!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Quilt

Well, I could not help myself.  I kept seeing all of the 12 Days of Christmas quilts from the Temecula Quilt Shop blog .  These little quilts are just so cute.  

Originally I had planned to make one using Jo Morton's Crimson Bouquet line-golds, greens, reds so it would be a Christmas quilt.  But instead I decided to use browns and pinks for a more Valentine-y quilt.

Here is my little top.  I just finished it last night.  It's not quilted and it's a little larger than I thought it would be.  There's also some errors in it but who cares?


 It's a top!  My goal for my two week vacation was to get this to a top and here it is!