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Archive for the month “November, 2018”

Throwback Thursday

Hello and Happy Thursday!

We had a great time visiting  family last week.  The drive up north was absolutely beautiful — fall was definitely in the air, the colors of the leaves was breath taking. I just love driving through the mountains!

It was my grand daughter’s first birthday – she was overwhelmed with so many faces!

I got her dressed for the party —

Evelyn BD

Later — after the smash cake, with her dad and my two other kids!

Evelyn kids


Today I pulled out the last of my Autumn decor — oldies but goodies! Both wall quilts feature the maple leaf quilt block.

Autumn throwback thursday maple 2

Maple Plus Wall Quilt

The wall quilt below was made with a charm pack!

Autumn throwback Thursday maple

Maple Star Embroidery

I really do love fall….


Until next time – Happy Sewing 🙂










Pick A Pumpkin Blog Hop

Thanks for joining me today for the Pick A Pumpkin Blog Hop sponsored by Carla Henton from Creatin in the Sticks.

Button for November smaller

This is my first time participating in a blog hop. I’ve been sewing for more than 50 years but started my quilting journey in 2010. The hop started on Monday and all of the projects I’ve seen have been amazing!
I absolutely adore all things fall, it is my favorite time of the year! I had several pumpkin related projects on my to do list so I was super excited when I saw Carla’s post about the  Pick A Pumpkin Blog Hop – the only requirement was to include a pumpkin somewhere in our project. – YAY!! 🙂
Before I introduce you to my hop project I’d like to share a few other pumpkin goodies  I’ve made.
pumpkin - batik topper

pumpkin batik table runner

patchwork pumpkin tr 3

patchwork pumpkin tr 3

pumpkin - wonky star mini

pumpkin – wonky star mini

November 2017 wall hanging

November 2017 wall hanging

I participated in Carole’s From My Carolina Home  2018 Autumn Jubliee. I’ve got the quilt top finished….
autumn jubliee QAL borders

Autumn 2018 Jubliee QAL borders

My favorite quilt block is the log cabin block so for the blog hop I made both a pumpkin potholder (8 x 9 inches) and a mug rug ( 7 x 9 inches) — items I use daily :). Potholder has a pocket in the back.
I started with a 6 inch log cabin block, rounded the corners with 1.5 inch squares. Added stem, pieced leaf and finally borders. I enjoy sketching out designs, figuring the math and using fabric to bring the design to life — this time my plan worked 🙂
Fall 2018 Pick A Pumpkin Finish

Fall 2018 Pick A Pumpkin Finish

I’d like to thank Carla  for hosting this festive event! Today is the last day of the blog hop.  Stop by the bloggers listed below to see their pumpkin goodies!

WIP – Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

Yesterday I was pulling strips from my scrap container to make string blocks for the Hurricane Michael String Quilt Drive hosted by That Fabric Feeling, and found a bundle of  red and green Riley Blake Fat Quarters inside — what a joy 🙂

While making the string blocks I was dreaming of what to make with my new found goodies. After debating with myself I chose a modern cross quilt block.  Although the prints in the fabric aren’t “Christmas” the colors most definitely are,  so the Greek cross quilt block seemed appropriate.

I love big and easy quilt blocks – this block is 15 x 15 inches. No pattern I sketched the block out myself.

The bundle included 12 fat quarters which will make a decent lap throw.

My layout twelve blocks later :

Christmas 2018 Mod Cross WIP

Modern Cross WIP


I took the scraps and made strip sets for my second project in Roseanne & Sue’s from Home Sewn By Us no stress quilt along the Triangle Quilt.

Christmas 2018 Mod Cross Scraps

Modern Cross Scraps


This was my first attempt at working with equilateral triangles.  I’m hoping to make a wall hanging with one star block.

Christmas 2018 Mod Cross Scrap Star

Scrap Star Layout


Until next time – Happy Sewing!

PS — I made 10 string blocks for the Hurricane Michael String Quilt Drive and got them in the mail yesterday!  Please visit the link here if you would like to help out!

Weekend Finishes – Gift One Done

Happy Monday!

We had a quiet weekend, hubby played golf and I spent time in my sewing room.

Hubby’s daughter is an artist – a very talented painter.  One of her popular items is personalizing/painting glass including stemware. Below is a couple of wine glasses she gifted me a few years ago – my son played for the New York Giants and wine is my favorite beverage 🙂

November Giants Wine Glasses

NY Giants Wine Glasses

I chose Jenny Doan’s Tumbler quilt pattern, the shape reminds me of of many of the glasses my step daughter decorates.

The tumbler quilt was easy to assemble. I used a Moda layer cake – Mixologie by Studio M. I love the modern prints and colors, especially the coral and yellow.

I used my walking foot for quilting, simply echoing the seam lines. I backed the quilt with a gray Minky – it is super soft!

The quilt measures 55 x 78 inches – perfect for snuggling!

Until next time Happy Sewing!

Friday Finishes

Happy Friday!

We had a few scary moments earlier this afternoon when a tornado touchdown near our city here in Florida.  Thankfully no damage!

I spent most of the week relaxing and making travel plans.  After reading Wendy’s post DrEAMi ( Drop Everything and Make It) I realized I needed a tote bag for our road trip next week.

I made two test bags, one with batting and one with heavy interfacing.  I added pockets to each bag and made a matching phone cover for the one made with batting.  I’ll need to purchase buttons this weekend to finish them.  So far I prefer the one with batting it stands on its own and seems to be quite sturdy.

Library Bag Monogram

Library Bag Monogram


Library Bag Phone Cover

Library Bag and I Phone Cover


I didn’t use a pattern or a tutorial for either – What’s your favorite tote bag pattern or tutorial?

Until next time – Happy Sewing!

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