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Catching Up

Wow – I can’t believe how much time has passed since I lasted posted in my journal!

I spent most of January trying to stay warm, organizing my fabric and identifying UFO’s. When we made the big move last year I packed all of my jelly rolls, layer cakes, charms pack and a few fat quarters in 22 Hefty storage containers! I spent the first half of January going through the containers documenting what I have. In my previous life I was a cost accountant and Excel was my BFF so I quickly created a spreadsheet with all the necessary fabric info – labeled all of the containers.  Going forward I’m hoping/praying this will help me tremendously 🙂

I did manage to get some sewing done! I have spot in my entryway where I can display wall hangings that I make.

Winter Blues – 36 x 36.  I used various blue snowflake prints.  My quilt is a smaller version  inspired by Patchwork Posse tutorial found here.

winter blues quilt 2018









I also finished my February entryway display.

Feb 2018 entry way

The heart quilt is 36 x 36.  I used scrap red batiks for the heart and in the background I used the Star Flower white yardage from Natalie Barnes Maker’s Home Fabric Line. I sew love that fabric line it has a great mix of black and whites and bright colors.  I sketched out the heart pattern on paper – I knew the finished size had to be 36 inches square or smaller.  The heart is a 32 inch square with borders.

The runner and pillow also made with scraps.  Pillow tutorial by Lindsey Weight with Fort Worth Fabric Studio you can find tutorial here.

XOXO table runner inspired from a Shabby Fabrics video on Youtube.


All 3 items were super easy and quick to make. I’m really happy with how they turned out.  Over the past few weeks I’ve seen more cute Valentine projects for me to make for next year.


I had to have a new table runner for February also!  When Project Red by Sweetwater came out I thought it was perfect for a Valentine’s table runner the prints are beautiful reds and taupe.  I bought a charm pack and a couple of fat quarters to make this table runner.

I used the Flirty pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Company.

flirty project red 1

flirty TR


I love the backing I used from my stash! Big florals make the best backings — do you agree?

flirty project red 4

flirty TR back


I used the scrap half square triangles to make coasters.


Lastly a  couple of heart felt mug rugs for hubby and me!

heart mug rugs 2018

heart mug rugs 2018

I hope you all have a happy and wonderful Valentine’s Day!












Of course I had to have a new table runner for February 🙂

When the Project Red fabric line from Sweetwater

Pieceful Weekend

Happy Monday!

I had this past weekend entirely free – no catching up on orders – no rush requests. Believe me it doesn’t happen often.

The cold and windy forecast made it easy to stay inside and sew. 🙂

On the first of February I pulled out my quilty home decor items used to celebrate the month of love. I was surprised to find out I didn’t have a quilted table runner designated for February! Needless to say I had to make something quickly.

Last year I made this 18 inch XO pillow using a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company.


I used yardage instead of a charm pack as shown in the video tutorial. The name of the quilt block is “Road To Tennessee” which is a very easy and beginner friendly. When you combine 4 quilt blocks it forms the “X” and the secondary pattern is the “O” — the hourglass design is the center of the “O”.

I decided to use the same design for my table topper but wanted the X and O to stand out individually.

I used pink and gray  fabrics from my stash. One of the pink prints is tie dyed and and looks kinda funny in the pictures.  The topper is 34 x 34 inch square.


My other February quilty projects from last year.


Jan 2016 UFO-Paper Hearts

The heart quilt was a kit from the Fat Quarter Shop using French General fabrics.


I created this mini quilt with the half square triangle scraps from the heart quilt.


Jan 2016 paper hearts hst scraps


I love my door banner!


February Door Banner


Lastly a good friend will be bringing home her son tomorrow.  He’s a preemie and I made a little quilt for him.


XO baby quilt



XO baby cu


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