Thursday, November 14, 2019

Stitch It & Gift It Blog Hop

Today is my day to share with you the project I made for the Stitch It & Gift It Blog Hop hosted by Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks.  I don't know how she does it, but Carla thinks up some of the most fun themes for our hops.  Thank you, Carla, for hosting yet another spectacular hop!

My Stitch It & Gift It project is a princess quilt for a special little girl.  She is my neighbor's daughter's niece.  Her name is Lynnlee Rose.  Her birthday was Sunday, November 10th, and she turned 6 years old.

Lynnlee was born with microencephaly, hydraenecephaly, and lissencephaly with agenesis of the corpus callosum.  Her cerebrum is smooth without the normal convolutions of the brain, and the brain's cerebral hemispheres are absent to a great degree.  The left side of her brain is unable to communicate with the right side.  Because of her disorder, some of the conditions she suffers from include seizures, lack of growth, breathing and digestion problems, vision problems, and intellectual disability. 

Despite all this, Lynnlee is a happy, sweet child, and she loves the Disney princesses.  She is unable to move much on her own, so she is exercised daily.  Now she can exercise on her own princess quilt.

This was a simple quilt to make and, because the princess are not filled in, it went together fairly quickly.  The princesses are from a pattern pack I bought on Etsy (LynniePinnie Embroidery).

I did some quilting in the ditch around the squares and bound it with the same fabric as the alternating squares.  The overall size is approximately 42" x 62".

I love making quilts and if my ability to piece together a quilt can bring someone joy, I'm good with that.  We should always do what we can to brighten someone's day. 

Be sure to visit the other sites listed below!

Friday, November 15th

And be sure to visit Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks for a chance to win a gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Stitch It & Gift It Blog Hop Starts Today

Today begins the Stitch It and Gift It Blog Hop.  

Have you ever made a quilt and given it away?  Of course you have!  That's what this blog hop is all about -- stitching asomething lovely and giving it away for whatever reason or occasion.  Join in the fun and be inspired by the generosity of these talented bloggers.

Stitch It and Gift It Blog Hop Schedule


Sunday, October 27, 2019

Spooky Box from the Fat Quarter Shop

Did anyone treat themselves to the Spooky Box from the Fat Quarter Shop? 

This year I treated myself to the 2019 Special Edition Spooky Box from the Fat Quarter Shop, and I'm so glad I did!  There were no tricks in this box, just lots of wonderful treats for quilters. 

Included in this year's box: 

KCats, Bats, & Jacks fat quarter bundle, a Spooky Box exclusive

KA Binding Bat ruler

KDriving Me Batty tablerunner runner

KHalloween bats mini foldable box

KDrive Me Batty fusible quilt label 

It's always so much fun to get mystery boxes in the mail.  I was especially intrigued by this offering because Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I'll be sure to reserve my box next year for this little box of de-FRIGHT-ful Halloween fun.   

   Time to get SPOOKY!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Harvest Shop Hop

Along with the shorter days, cooler weather, and falling leaves comes the Harvest Shop Hop in Kern County.  Fabric shops in Porterville, Tehachapi and Bakersfield take part and put on charming displays of fall and winter projects.  This is a small hop, but loads of fun just the same.  Rhea and I are always game for a road trip.   

There are 5 fabric shops that usually participate, but this year Cherry Berry Quilts was involved in a horrific fire and was unable to join in the fun.  I've been told they have secured a new building and are working hard to return to business as usual.

First stop was at Dunkin' Donuts to plan out our day over a cup of coffee and a yummy doughnut. 

Next was 5 Heart Quilts & Fabric where we started the hop.  We have our cards stamped, register for the gift basket they are giving away to one lucky winner, and mosey around the store looking for bargains and inspiration.

Next door to 5 Heart Quilts & Fabric is the Tehachapi Valley Arts Association, Inc. Galley 'N' Gifts shop.  Although not part of the hop, they are a fun shop to visit, and Rhea and i stop there wach year.  Tehachapi is home to a large group of talented artists who display and sell their work in the shop.  This year what caught my eye was a witch's hat covered with autumn foliage.   

 These lovely ladies are 2 of the artists from the community and they volunteer at the shop. 

 Next stop was Debbie's Fabrics.  I could not believe we spent nearly TWO hours in this shop!  I won't say how much money we spent, but I will say we had a great time!!

 I was looking for unicorn fabric and Rhea was looking for novelty fabric for her kids' pillow project.  We found exactly what we were looking for at Debbie's. 

There are always so many cute things in this shop.  They have a huge selection of panels and wool and the patterns that go with them.  Needless to say, this is one of our favorite shops!

The employees at ThimbleTowne were dressed up like scarecrows.  What fun!  They had a bobbing for apples game where Rhea won a fat quarter and I won a $5 gift certificate.  No losers here!  

After a late lunch, Rhea and I called it a day.  We needed to get home and rest up.  There's another quilt shop hop next month!!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop

Today is my day to share with you what I have been creating for my Haunted Halloween!  A big THANK YOU to Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for hosting this spooktacular Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop!  Carol's blog hops are always so much fun and, judging by the wonderful projects I saw yesterday, this year's hop is going to be a real treat!

Halloween is my favorite holiday!  It is so much fun to play make-believe and dress in costumes.  The candy's not bad either.

This year I made a wall hanging as a tribute to my grandson's favorite book about a monster who
lives under a little boy's bed.  But mine has a twist.

The monster has taken over the bed!  This was a really fun quilt to make.  It is approximately 36" x 45" and is made using the raw-edge applique method.  I started this quilt by making a drawing of my idea on the wrong side of old Christmas wrapping.  When I was happy with the drawing, I traced the pattern pieces and cut them out of fabric.

I don't use fusible web; it makes my pieces too thick and hard to stitch.  Instead I use tiny dots of Elmer's Glue to hold pattern pieces in place.  It also makes it easier to lift up and readjust if I make a mistake.  

Once my picture is the way I want it, I use a straight stitch to anchor the pieces down.  For this quilt I used a zig zag stitch next and stitched around all the pieces to make them stand out.   

I believe this wall hanging would have benefitted from some meandering quilting, but I'm not good at it, so I left it plain.  Something to work on later.

I asked my grandson if he wanted this quilt to hang on his bedroom wall, and he said "No!  No monsters!"  You can't win 'em all.

But that's not all!  I made a second project!

Last year I made 2 door hangings -- one of Dracula and one of Frankenstein.  I enjoyed making them so much because they were small and I could get very detailed with them.  They also looked cute on my doors Halloween night.

This year I decided to add to the collection and made a Fortune Teller Booth complete with gypsy.  Do you remember these?  When I was a kid they were at all the fairs and arcades.  You inserted your money and the mannequin inside came to life and your written fortune dropped out a slot.  Hokey but fun.

There's not much to this door hanging, just the evil eye and the gypsy.  Again I used the raw-edge applique method and it went together very quickly.  

Giving the gypsy personality was the best part.  I used a straight stitch with black thread and stitched several times over her eyes, nose, and mouth.  I did the same thing with gold thread for her earrings.  And of course she had to have make-up!

The booth was easy to decorate.  You can find the 8" x 10" colorful fortune teller print I used at Roxy's Tee Parlor .  I transferred the print to a fabric sheet and sewed it in place.  To finish I added a little fancy stitching to the booth and sewed on the binding.

So that's it for me, but there's plenty more to see.  Check out the treats my fellow bloggers have created for the Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop.

October 8

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Peek-a-Boo Bunny Quilt

A few months back I made a Peek-a-Boo Bunny quilt for a gift.  I liked the fabric I chose for this quilt so much that I had to make one for myself. 

This is one of my own patterns from when I was operating my Quilt du Jour  website.  I can't begin to count how many of these baby quilts I made over the years.  I really like the way the pastel colors pop on the black background.  Although I would hesitate to give this quilt to a boy in these colors, it would certainly look sweet in a little girl's room. 

Now I need to paint/applique/embroider their features (not sure which method I want to use)and quilt and bind to finish. 

Monday, September 9, 2019

My Favorite Block

Hello & welcome to the My Favorite Block Blog Hop, the brainchild of fun-lovin' Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks .  Thank you sew much, Carla, for hosting this great hop!

Today is my day to share with you my favorite block.  It wasn't an easy choice, but in the end I chose the Churn Dash Block.  This is a 9-patch block so named because when pieced it resembles the antique paddles used to churn butter.  I've never churned butter, so I can't attest to that, but it does make an attractive quilting block.

Mostly I love the versatility of the Churn Dash Block.  There are all sorts of tutorials and patterns on how you can use it to make different styles of quilts.  My favorite way to use this block is as a "frame."  It is the perfect way to showcase a bit of embroidery, fancy quilting or, in my case, pictures of grandkids for my Christmas table setting.

Since Christmas is just around the corner, I decided to make use of this project to get ready for the holidays.   As Christmas is mostly for the kids in the family, I thought it would be cute to have their sweet faces on a table runner.

To do this I printed pictures of all five of my grandkids on June Tailor Sew-In Colorfast Fabric Sheets for Ink Jet Printers. (The trick to getting great-looking prints is to make sure you set your computer print settings to high.)   I was able to get 2 photos on 1 sheet of fabric, and cut each photo to a 4 1/2" square.  The overall size of one  block measures 12 1/2" (includes seam allowance).   I sewed the 5 blocks together and did some quick "in-the-ditch" quilting.  The completed size for table runner, complete with binding, measures approximately 13" x 61".

I'm sure my little munchkins will be delighted that they are the main feature this Christmas.  I think this little table runner looks quite festive!

Thanks for stopping by.  It's always so nice when you visit.  I hope you've enjoyed seeing my latest creation.  Now go see what everyone else has made with their favorite block.

Tuesday, September 10th

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Monday, July 15, 2019

The 100-Day Project

I have taken a hiatus from quilting and have been drawing lately.  My latest endeavor was drawing a picture a day for The 100-Day Project.  Although most of the people who participate in this journey are artists of some sort (quilters, writers, painters, scrapbookers, etc.), it is not a requirement to do something artsy.  Basically this project challenges participants to DO SOMETHING each day for 100 days.  It could something as simple as brushing your teeth for 100 days, or as complicated as making an elaborate meal.  You just post a picture on Instagram (or Facebook, if you prefer).  That's all there is to it.  There is no reward or prize for completing each day's task, just the satisfaction of knowing that you have committed a few minutes each day to this project.

I like to draw, so I chose to draw occupations.  I picked odd jobs, like chimney sweep, alligator wrestler, the grim reaper, as well as some mundane jobs, like secretary, HVAC man, doctor, etc.  Of course my twisted humor sometimes took over, but that just made it more fun.

Of course I had to include a quilter!

The project started in April and ended in July.  If this sounds like something you think you might want to do, check out their website at  I found it to be great fun and met a lot of nice people through the process. 

Saturday, June 1, 2019

California Central Coast Quilt Shop Hop

Can't delay!
To the Quilt Shop Hop
I'm on my way!

It just doesn't get any better this -- traveling with your best friend to California's coast for a quilt shop hop -- 12 hours of bliss!

Although it wasn't hot here at home quite yet (predicted to be 101 degrees by next week), it was at least 20 degrees cooler and foggy along the coastline.  This did not damper our spirits in any way!  On our list were 6 shops on the hop and 1 more that wasn't.  There were 4 more shops on the hop but they were further down the coast than we cared to travel.  Afterall, we only had the 1 day and there are only so many hours in the day!

First on our list was The Quiltery in Paso Robles where we picked up our "premium passports," for which we paid $7.50 earlier in the month.  Included was an adorable commemorative tote bag and included a collectible enamel pin from each shop we visited.  There were free passports available, too, and every visitor received an embroidered badge from each shop with their unique design.

Second on our list of shops was Birch.  They were not part of the hop, but this a great shop which has a wonderful selection of Charley Harper fabric.  If you can't make it to their shop in Paso Robles, check out their website at

We made our way on down the coast, giving a quick wave to the pier at Pismo, and visited 5 other shops:  Old Towne Quilt Shop, Picking Daisies, Sew Fun, The Cotton Ball, and Quilter's Cupboard.  In each shop we were overloaded with inspiration and awed by beautiful fabric and patterns.  All of the shopkeepers were friendly and helpful, and the quilters we met along the way were having as much fun as we were.

Sadly all things must come to an end.  Our bags full of goodies and purchases, we headed home, with plenty of ideas for sewing projects to fill the long, hot summer days ahead . . .  or almost anyway.    

Hey, Rhea!  When is the next hop?