Dec 4, 2022

"Christmas Time is Here" quilt

 I bought this Riley Blake panel at my local quilt shop before Christmas last year. It reminded me so much of my Christmases growing up as a child. So.....much.....snow! When everything is covered with a fresh coat of a foot or more of snow, it's so peaceful.

The pop of color on the white/gray background is so stunning!

I watched Camille Roskelly's trunk show on the Fat Quarter Shop's you tube about a month ago. I found it very inspiring. One of things that I noticed is that her favorite pattern for machine quilting her quilts is the crosshatch and Baptist fan. I can machine quilt some of my quilts in the crosshatch design :)

This is my first Christmas quilt that I'm quilting for myself.

This Riley Blake panel is called "Christmas Time is Here" and it's very soft!

I think it looks great right here!

Or maybe slung across a chair like this....

I wanted some red pinky for the back, it looks so soft and inviting.

This is what the four cornerstones look like up close. 

 Twas the night before Christmas.

Have a great week!

Nov 27, 2022

Christmas Sewing

I posted about the cute stable and manger people last week on my blog, you can see it here. I made it for these cute grand daughters. 
Reagan is 12, Paisley is 8, Taylor is  and Riley is 4.
I hope they have lots of fun with it this holiday season :)

I also made them these Santa pillowcases using the burrito method.
Have you tried it? It's so easy and pretty fast to put together.
It adds a nice cuff with trim too, pretty fancy!
The tutorial is by Lovely Little Handmades. I use it all the time!  You can find the tutorial  here.

I'm hoping to get a quilt quilted this week, happy quilting to you ❤️


Nov 20, 2022

Joyful, Joyful Stable panel

 I love anything that Stay Iest Hsu creates.  This season she has a darling fabric line called Joyful Joyful. She has included a panel of the nativity. I bought two of them! I made one this season for my son's family and I'm saving the other for a gift for next year.

I just love them!  Here are the 3 wise men and the shepherd and the angel Gabriel.

The lamb, the camel and the donkey.

On the back of each little person is their name, how cute!

The 3 wisemen.

On the outside of the stable, Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus are in one of the windows.

The velcro closures work really well.  I had to go to Walmart to buy my velcro, it was my only option at the time. They only had the self stick version which I did not like at all.  When I sewed it, the needle became sticky and there was lots of glue residue everywhere. In the future, I'll only but the sew on velcro that is sold by the yard.

On the bottom of the stable is a label to personalize your gift.

Here's the whole gang.  Baby Jesus has his own little cradle that you can put him in. I think Stacy did a wonderful job with her new creation.  It will make a lot of children happy! ❤️

Happy American Thanksgiving!

We all have so much to be grateful for :)

Nov 13, 2022

Crosley Pouch

I really love this Crosley Pouch by Centerstreet Quilts. I love it so much, that I've made approximately 26 of them! 


I made a Little Red Riding Hood pouch and a cute little hedge hog one. They both have little polka dot toadstool zipper pulls.

I made a Southwestern themed pouch with a converse running shoe zipper pull and a cupcake pouch with a red m&m zipper pull.

Lastly, I made a Christmas pouch out of Christmas Morning fabric by Lella Boutique. 

I buy my zippers from YKK zippers on Etsy. They always include a free zipper pull like the one I have on the Christmas pouch.

I won't be sewing much the next couple of weeks, as I have family coming to visit us for Thanksgiving.  

Family time is even better than sewing time. ❤️

Nov 6, 2022

Red Sampler quilt

This was a sew along on Lori Holt's blog Some of the blocks are 12" and others are 6". There were two or three blocks introduced every week for a year. The patterns came from four of Lori's books. Farm Girl Vintage, Farm Girl Vintage 2, Vintage Christmas and Great Granny Squared. I had to buy a few extra pieces of red but other than that, I used fabric from my Lori Holt scrap baskets.  I didn't have enough scrappy backgrounds, so I used a red Swiss dot that I had yardage of and it worked perfectly.

The quilt fits perfectly on the queen bed in my guest room.

The quilt is large enough that I sometimes fold the quilt back at the top to show off the beautiful background.

I love the all over flower quilting!

Here are a couple of closeups of the blocks.

I've always wanted to make a red sampler and this one is so interesting with all of Lori's happy blocks.

I bought this wideback print for the backing.

My quilt wouldn't be complete without one of 
Lori's cute labels on the back.

Oct 31, 2022

Jolly Bar 4 Quilt Along

 I'm participating in the Jolly Bar 4 Quilt Along,,sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop.

The Jolly Bar 4 book has 84 pages of 20 full color quilt patterns, designed just for Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Bar precuts.

A Jolly Bar is half of a layer cake, measuring 5"X10".  There are usually 42 prints in the collection.  

The quilt along runs from January to March 2023.  There will be a few blocks to sew every week.  Here is the cute quilt for the sew along, made from all the blocks in the book.

I have narrowed my fabric line choices down to 5 Jolly Bars.  I am hoping that you can tell me decide which Jolly Bar will work the best!

The first Jolly Bar is "Stitch" by Lori Holt.  The colors are pure and vibrant.  I love everything Lori Holt designs!

The next Jolly Bar is "Holly Jolly" by Urban Chiks.  I have loved every single line that Urban Chiks has printed but have never had one of their Christmas fabric!

The next Jolly Bar is "Midnight Magic II" by April Rosenthal.  I also love her fabric and wouldn't it be cute to have a Halloween theme!

The next Jolly Bar is "Smoke & Rust" by Lella Boutique.  This color scheme would be so different and very modern.  For me, it would be thinking outside o the box!

Last but not least is "Kitty Corn" by Urban Chiks.  I love the vintage black cats, and the cute Halloween designs.

Please, please leave a comment and tell me which Jolly Bar I should choose for the Jolly Bar 4 QAL.  

I don't think I'll be able to choose! ­čśę

Oct 24, 2022

Cabin Chills quilt

 There are a few quilts that I'm working on, but I finally have a finish!

I made J. Wecker Frisch's Cabin Chills in her Old Made line from Riley Blake.  Instead of the white background, I chose a gray from Fig Tree fabrics.  I wanted mine to look a little spookier.

I bought the kit from Pine Needles in West Jordan, Utah, after Halloween last year. My goal was to make it for this Halloween.  I even machine quilted it with spider webs and spiders.  

I used a variegated thread, Aurifil 4670.  It looks equally good on the white and black fabrics and doesn't show up too much on the background fabric.

The fabric is all sewing related.  Do you notice that the fabric for the roofs is snaps?

Each character has a sewing name, like Mrs. Sharp, the needle keeper.

Old Made instead of Old Maid :)

In my opinion, the lady below is the ugliest ­čśé

The backing fabric is called Midnight Magic 2 by April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass patterns for Moda. 
The selvage says "The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper." - Yeates

I'm going away for the weekend and am taking this quilt with me to keep me warm during the crisp Halloween nights.