Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Fairy Tales Blog Hop

Once upon a time . . . 

Hello & welcome!  Today is my day to share with you my project for the Fairy Tales Blog Hop, the brain child of Joan at Moosetash Quilting.  When Joan first announced she was going to host a hop with a theme of Fairy Tales, I jumped at the chance to sign up.  I love fairy tales!   

It didn't take me long to decide what I wanted to make.  I have been wanting to create a Mary Poppins quilt for some time but just never had the right incentive.  Joan's blog hop was just the impetus I needed. 

Of course the first step was getting a design on paper.  This is where I always start, usually with a pencil and grid paper and a big eraser.    

Once I had an idea of how many blocks there would be, I drew the images I would cut from fabric and made templates.  

There were 10 blocks in all of various sizes and alternating backgrounds of yellow and aqua.  I used tiny dots of glue to hold my pieces in place.  I used the raw applique method for this project and sewed around my pieces 2-3 times in black thread on the sewing machine.  The quotes are embroidered with 2 strands of black embroidery floss.  

To make the blocks stand out, I added black lattice strips.  The finished quilt is approximately 46" x 68".  

The most challenging block was the word "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."  Trying to get all those 3" letters to fit on a piece of fabric 42" long was difficult.  Another drawback to sewing that block was that the song by the same name got stuck in my head.  LOL 

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my process and my finished Fairy Tale quilt. Thank you so much, Joan, for this fun blog hop.  We can always count on you to think of something special to make us smile!

Be sure to visit all the other Fairy Tale Creations from these talented makers!

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Born to Be Wild Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Born to be Wild Blog Hop hosted by the fabulous Carol of Just Let Me Quilt .  Today is my day to reveal my project, and I am so excited to show you what I have created. 

I took my inspiration from Shabby Fabrics and their treatment of Safari Life by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda.  This is the cutest line.  In addition to its fabrics depicting wildlife, it has 2 panels, one for making stuffed animals and one for making a quiet book.  

In my first quilt, I made a simple 4-patch pattern of 4 1/2" squares with 2 1/2" lattice strips defining each, then made a 3 1/2" border.  Following Shabby Fabrics' example, I used the stuffed animals panel for embellishment.   

The animals are easy to sew together and stitch to the top of the finished quilt.  The ears and manes of the animals are not sewn down, the tails, however, I did sew down at the ends to keep them straight.  This quilt measures approximately 40" x 50" -- perfect for kids or couch potatoes like me. 

All of my grandchildren are too old for a quiet book, so I turned that panel into a little throw quilt.  From the panel, I cut the pages free, then added strips of different widths of coordinating fabric between the pictures.  This little quilt went together very quickly, and measures about 40" square.  

If you would like to take advantage of the free pattern and tutorial at Shabby Fabrics, go to their website at  https://www.shabbyfabrics.com/ and click on Free Downloads at the very bottom of the page.  Scroll down until you find Double Cross Quilt Pattern.  

Thank you, Carol, for hosting such a great blog hop.  Where do you come up with all these ideas???   This has been such great fun!

Look who else is Born to be Wild:

 May 17th

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Virtual Cookie Exchange and Christmas Blog Hop

 Ho Ho Ho

Who doesn't love cookies?

Can you believe it is already December 1st?  Where has the time gone?  We have been through many trials and tribulations this year, some of them devastating, but we are here today in each other's company, enjoying a bit of seasonal fun.  Well done, us!  I'm sure I'm not the only one who is appreciative of all our fellow quilters and artists who have contributed so much of their time and self  to bring us a little comfort and joy during difficult times.  Thank you, sister quilters, and thank you, Carol and Carla, for hosting these hops this past year, and for helping to keep our hands, hearts, and minds busy.  God Bless You All.

And now to share my contribution to the Virtual Cookie Exchange and Christmas Blog Hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt

I'm sure Santa won't be able to resist these delicious chocolate chip cookies when he stops by this Christmas Eve.  This recipe comes from my lettering teacher, Lindsay Ostrom, Creator of Cuteness.  These are basically oatmeal cookies chock full of yummy goodness like Rice Krispies, milk chocolate chips, and chopped nuts.  Your kitchen will smell heavenly while these are baking in the oven!  The recipe makes a boatload of cookies to share, but you will want to make a second batch just for you.


Step One
Mix together --
1/2 cups oats (I use 1-Minute)
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
a generous shake of cinnamon

Step Two
Mix together in another bowl --
1 cup unsalted butter (I use salted butter because I prefer it)
2 large eggs
3/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 Tablespoon real Vanilla (Lindsay adds an extra splash)
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice

Step 3
Combine the oats and flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix together.

And the best part
To mixture add
3 cups milk chocolate chips
1 - 2 cups Rice Krispies
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans

Dough can be chilled 2-4 hours before baking if desired.

Drop teaspoon-sized mounds on parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees F for 9-12 minutes.

Serve with ice cold milk.


I love to cook, but I can make the biggest mess imaginable!  For my project I made a Christmas apron.  This was a panel apron called Sugar and Spice.  It was created by Karen Tye Bentley for Northcott fabrics.  

These little panel aprons go together so quickly.  The directions suggest folding back the edges and topstitching, but I actually lined mine for a little more protection.  (Like I said, I am messy!)  

The neck and apron ties can be a little tricky to turn right side out after stitched, so I used an old seamstress trick my mother taught me.  I've made reference to this before and was asked how to do it, so I'm taking this opportunity to share this trick.

Once your ties are sewn, insert a wide straw inside fabric tube as shown. (They actually do make wide cylinders to buy in fabric stores for this purpose.)

Scrunch up tie on straw.

Using a pen or long dowel, begin pushing the scrunched up fabric through the straw.

The tie will come out the other end of the tube right side out, ready to sew to your apron.  

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you will try the Double Doodle cookies.  They really are scrumptious!  

Be sure to visit all the other bloggers in the list below for more yummy treats and inspirational projects.

December 1

Creatin' in the Sticks

Doreen – Just Let Me Quilt Guest

Bumbleberry Stitches

Home Sewn By Us

Quilt Schmilt

Food for Thought

Life in the Scrapatch

Ms P Designs USA

Just Sew Quilter

Cathie's Craftworks

Cynthia's Creating Ark

 December 2


Karen's Korner

Sew Many Yarns

Selina Quilts

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Days Filled With Joy

Words & Stitches

Just Because Quilts


December 3



DayBrook Designs

Karrin’s Crazy World

Samelia's Mum

Songbird Designs

For The Love Of Geese

Stitchin At Home

Dreamworthy Quilts

That Fabric Feeling

 December 4

Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Fabrication

DesertSky Quilting

Seams To Be Sew

Happy Cottage Quilter

Pumpkin Patch Patterns & Quilting

The Darling Dogwood

Kathleen McMusing



I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday.

Merry Christmas!!

Monday, October 26, 2020



Welcome to the second day of the From the Heart Blog Hop, the brainchild of Carol of  Just Let Me Quilt.  Thank you, Carol, for hosting this fun and inspirational hop.

From time to time, we all want to give a little gift to someone who has done us a kindness, and it's always more special if that gift is handmade.  Carol's idea for this hop was to share small projects we can make and give as gifts.  Of course I had to join the fun, but I was so excited to see the great projects made by everyone else!

For my project, I made a Composition Notebook cover.  

I like to keep a stash of these inexpensive booklets.  They are bound and have about 100 pages of either lined or grid paper.  (I personally like the grid paper.)   I keep quilt ideas in one, recipes in another, to-do lists in another -- their uses are endless.  

These are great little notebooks, but they are not very pretty.  My grandkids use these in school for taking class notes, and by the time they reach the last few pages, the books look pretty dogeared.  As my project I thought it would be nice to make some pretty covers for my grandkids' school notebooks.

I made my cover like I would a quilt, with a top, backing, and binding.  There are all sorts of videos on YouTube on how to make these covers, so I won't bore you with how I made this one.  

One of the most important things to remember when you are making one of these is to measure the book you are covering.  They are not all the same size!

I added a pencil holder to the front of my cover and side pockets to the inside flaps.

I did some simple and quick quilting in the ditch to the front of my cover, then placed the backing on top of this and pinned it in place.  I cut my binding strips at 2 1/2" and sewed around the cover.  

Since this is a gift for my granddaughters, I am covering the notebooks with some scrapbooking paper (front and back) and gluing a nice picture to the front.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'm going to pour myself another cup of coffee and go see what great projects the others are doing.  Won't you join me?

October 27


Just Because Quilts (you are here)

Day Brook Designs

Karen's Korner

Quilt Schmilt

Kathy's Kwilts and More

Karrin’s Crazy World

Words & Stitches

Vroomans Quilts

Sew Many Yarns

Songbird Designs

Samelia's Mum