Saturday, April 14, 2018

When Life Gives You Lemons….

What do you do when life gives you lemons?
I try really hard to make lemonade.
It's been that kind of week…

I've never been a supporter of pre-washing fabric. Do you pre-wash?

Well, I finally learned my lesson the hard way with a piece of "evil" red fabric that bled really badly after it was in the quilt…and yes it was good quilt shop fabric. Sooo, I decided to do the extreme and wash my ENTIRE stash color by color.


I was actually a bit shocked by the Color Catcher sheets from the wash loads!!!
On the bright side this won’t end up in another quilt.

color catchers

Of course the drama continued while pressing and folding my stash ~ a  cringe worthy photo! The lesson here…it’s dangerous to rush this hobby…stay focused. 


Hands2Help Check In

My longarm was sent back to the factory on Monday for a diagnosis and hopefully repair. In the mean time I’ve been a busy "serial topper".

Four cheerful sock monkey tops for the Hands2Help charities are ready for quilting.

sock monkey quilt


Are you playing along with the Ostrich Round Robin at The Quilt Pattern magazine? Clue #1 and #2 are sewn and clue #3 is ready to be added. It’s been fun watching all the quilts grow.

round robin

My goals for the 2018 Scrap Attack Challenge

1. Make a string project – (March) 3 tops completed for charity – waiting on quilting  
2. Make a strip project
3. Use novelty scraps
4. Use  batik scraps – (January) top completed for H2H charity– waiting on quilting
Free tutorial HERE

5. Use red scraps 
 (February) quilt completed for Bright Hopes Charity
Get my free pattern HERE

6. Use blue scraps
7. Use red, white, and green scraps together Ho,Ho,Ho
8. Use food fabrics
9. Use pink and brown scraps
10. Use black and white scraps
11. Use a rainbow collection of scraps
12. Use scraps with the GO butterfly die
13. Use sock monkey fabric (April) 4 tops completed for H2H charity – waiting on quilting
14. Use dottie scraps
15. Piece backs for UFO tops
16. Use geometric scraps


I hope your sewing week has had less “lemons”
than mine!!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

March Check In…

Fields and fields of amazing Texas wildflowers are popping up everywhere. But wow, March felt like ZOOM gone.


My long arm tension control has been giving me a headache soooo I didn’t get anything quilted….BUT…I did get three string tops finished.
Nix that off my scrap challenge list!

Which is your favorite?

black rainbow

drop rainbow

scrappy drop shadow

This was my first time “stringing along” and it was “ADDICTING”. I tried the Missouri Star 10” papers. Although her video says to tear the paper off after the block is complete, I would recommend waiting until the sashing is put on otherwise the blocks become very stretchy.


My random Scrap Attack goal for April is…
Sock Monkey fabrics. Perfect timing for the Hands2Help Challenge! Hmmm, what will it become?

april card

My goals for the 2018 Scrap Attack Challenge

1. Make a string project – (March) 3 tops completed for charity – waiting on quilting 
2. Make a strip project
3. Use novelty scraps
4. Use  batik scraps – (January) top completed for H2H charity– waiting on quilting
Free tutorial HERE

5. Use red scraps
(February) quilt completed for Bright Hopes Charity
Get my free pattern HERE

6. Use blue scraps
7. Use red, white, and green scraps together Ho,Ho,Ho
8. Use food fabrics
9. Use pink and brown scraps
10. Use black and white scraps
11. Use a rainbow collection of scraps
12. Use scraps with the GO butterfly die
13. Use sock monkey fabric – COMING IN APRIL
14. Use dottie scraps
15. Piece backs for UFO tops
16. Use geometric scraps

Sew something fun this week!!!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Quilt Quazy Queens Blog Hop and 3 Give Aways

Welcome to the Quilt Quazy Queens blog hop day #2.

This year’s theme is UFO’s….


Of course I don’t mean that kind of UFO. I’m talking about what’s hiding in your closet.
Those Unfinished Fabric Objects. Eeeeek!!!

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I group UFO’s into three catagoriesWhich one are you?

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#1 The “Serial Topper”
You work full speed ahead, get the top done,
then poof, nothing. THAT’S ME!

My Tips: The only thing that works for me is to create deadlines with people that I don’t want to let down. I like to join groups like Hands2Help and Quilts for Kids Charities. That gets the quilt finished and somebody to give it to all in one swoop.

UFO-quilts-2_thumb1Current “skeletons in my closet” Ummm, is that a top from 2013? Uggg.


#2 The “Kit Collector”
You love the challenge of hunting for those row by rows, enjoy collecting those block of the months, and are drawn to the pretty packaging of pre-cut kits. You buy them but then they sit in the closet without a plan.

My Tips: Step back and figure out why you purchased them in the first place. Is it something you still want to make? Is there a real plan for it in the future? If not, pass it on to a guild member, sewing bee friend, or sell/ swap them online to somebody that might enjoy finishing the project.

kits-resized_thumb2My Alaska kits that haven’t been put together ~ but will be

#3 The “Orphan Keeper”
You need to give all single blocks a loving home. You stow away quilt leftovers, swap blocks, test samples, technique samples, and grab lonely blocks off the guild freebie table.

My Tips: This is a GREAT category to be in! Plan some fun time every once in while. Play “outside the box” and use your imagination. An “orphan block” can become almost anything and, hey, you’re halfway done sewing before you even start!!!


Turn an “orphan block” into a kennel quilt for the The Quilt Pattern Magazine Small Kennel Quilt Team. Free pattern from Nan Baker.

Project by Nan Baker for TQPM website

Turn an “orphan block” into a quick gift like pot holders, mug rugs, fabric post card, or name tag. The Patchwork Posse blog has 50 quick ideas.


Use an “orphan block” as the focus of a tote bag or pouch. Free patterns for the mat/ruler tote and the love tote.


Make a table topper or wall hanging from an “orphan block”. Play with some fun borders or add some simple “slap happy” borders for a quick finish.

Butterfly pattern can be found HERE

Don’t be afraid to pull a bunch of random blocks together for a sampler quilt and unify them with dark colored borders.


Sooo many ideas to put those “orphan blocks” to good use.

What’s your oldest UFO?

My oldest UFO sat around for 24 years. It moved with us not once, not twice, but three times. In 2012 I finally slapped some bright borders on the applique panel and called it finished.

Pattern started as The Early Bird Quilt by Faye Anderson ©1982

Give Aways Sponsored by Seams To Be Sew

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150.00 Gift Certificate


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Give Away From FunThreads Designs

Open to USA residents only

UFO  Autographed by Eleanor Burns….
wall hanging kit and (1) Quilt Blocks on American Barns book - both autographed
(pattern for finishing the project is in the book) 


This is a previously owned item and will not be autographed to you directly (see photo below).


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Thursday, March 15

Quilting Queen Online 

 Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

 Melva Loves Scraps

 The Quilted Snail

Friday, March 16

FunThreads Designs

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Quilting with Vanda

 Life in the Scrapatch

 Thrift Shop Commando |

Monday, March 19

Just Because Quilts


Pumpkin Patch BC

Quilting Affection Designs

Ms. P Designs USA

Tuesday, March 20

Words & Stitches

Sew Many Yarns

Quiltin’ Grandma’s Blog

Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Wednesday, March 21

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Seacoast Quilter 

Desert Sky Quilting

 Seams To Be Sew