Monday, January 23, 2017

Moving it Forward Monday -- Welcome Home Sampler

Today I worked on Cheryl Wall's pattern, The Welcome Home Sampler, from her book, Welcome Home.  I made the house portion of Block #7.


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Happy Mail from The Joyful Quilter

Who doesn't LOVE getting happy mail?  This week I got a fun surprise prize from Joy of The Joyful Quilter.  I got some fun Robert Kaufman fabric "The Cheif's Choice", a scrappy pin cushion (you all know how much I LOVE scraps!, and a sweet card.  Thank you, Joy!

Joy had a surprise giveaway..  She was so excited that one of her posts generated 25 comments.  Check out Joy's blog.  She does beautiful scrappy work.  Right now I know she is starting to play with her Circle Lord swirls giant template board.  I bet she has some pretty finishes coming up in posts soon.

THANK YOU, Joy.  Quilty friends are the best!

Slow Sunday Stitching -- More Vine...

I got a few more pieces of vine done on my Slow Stitching project that is in my to-go bag right now.

But a really fun thing happened while I was stitching one Thursday... I had an adorable admirer in one of the 5th grade classes.  She watched as I made some of my star blocks from my Stars Stripes & Other Things quilt.  She was amazed with the strip pieces in the Homestead Harvest quilt...and the green vines.  She likes to quilt too!  She told me how she loves to cut fabric squares with scissors using a cardboard template and then sew them together.  Be still my heart!  A little later she came back to my desk with this picture that she drew.  I LOVE IT!  I'm framing it and hanging it in my sewing room! (I blocked out her last name...just in case.)  Look how she got the detail of my denim jacket and the green vines!  Sooooo sweet!
I started this project in December, 2016.  Here's a picture of the quilt I'm making.  Should be some fun learning applique for me.
Here's the cover of the book:
Isn't the quilt on the cover spectacular?
I also had time to stitch this little basket and handle for the Pat Sloan Solstice Challenge.
AND exciting news... I FINISHED another WIP.  This started out as a Sunday Slow Stitching project that I threw in my to-go bag (modeled by my helper that is always excited to help cook dinner):

I'm linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  You can see all the other wonderful projects participants are linking here.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

RSC17 and FNSI Results

I had time to play along last night for the FNSI.  I played with my purple scraps and made a few plus blocks and just a few more hourglass blocks:

Linking up at Angela's Blog, SoScrappy, for the RSC17.  Come join the linky party here.
grab button for SoScrappy

Friday, January 20, 2017

Candy Cane Mini -- A Friday Finish #3 for 2017

Today I finished the binding on this Candy Cane Mini.   It measures 10" x 13".  But it also counts as another one of my WIPS finished!  Yep, dust in the wind.

I did some stitch in the ditch quilting on my sewing machine.
It is being modeled by my "chef".  He's patiently waiting another 90 minutes before we can start cooking dinner.  He's such an awesome helper!
For the back I just reached into my "Christmas fabric bin".  You know everybody has one of those...

My neighbor, Karen, gave both of these little projects to me.  They are from By Thy Hands at

Linking up with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday.

Linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.

Linking up with Joining Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

This is also one of my 2017 Q1 FAL projects. 

WIP #3 done for 2017 (out of 91...)


FNSI 1.20.17

FNSI is here.  I will be playing with my purple scraps for the RSC17 (Rainbow Scrap Challenge, 2017).  Each month we play with a different color of scrap and then link up on Saturdays at Angela's blog,

I will most likely be making plus blocks in purple.

USA, Happy Inauguration Day.  Welcome, President Donald Trump!  Let's make America great again! 

Linking up with Wendy at Sugarlane Designs.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pat Sloan Solstice Challenge Block 5

Here's block 5/25 of Pat Sloan's 182 Day Solstice Challenge.  It is called Gramma Anna's Basket.  I used to cringe when I saw something with applique.  Now that I'm part of the Slow Sunday Stitching group at Kathy's Quilts, I enjoy little projects like this to put in my to-go bag.  Here's block #5: