Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Stuffed Puppies

Anything lime green  I am all over it....

found this panel at Hancocks....what a fun baby quilt.  

I loved it so much that I went back and brought two more panels.

Started making these little puppies.  This one is made from my favorite muumuu that lost it's luster.

This is my first one....  This pattern is from  March 2014 Sewing World Magazine.

It took me forever (probably because I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer) but took me forever to figure out where to get the actual pattern page.  It comes to you digital and the pattern sheet is not sent with this.  You have to go to Sewing World click on pattern and then at the bottom page three.

Then (boy I have issues)....  I found the patterns but could not figure out what the base was.  So frustrating.  Then....I found the base on pattern insert 3.  Sheweee....  but I finally got it.  So it you are going to order can learn from my time and frustrations.

This is sooooo cute, easy, and fun!!!.  Doesn't take long to make at all.

One thing I will suggest (like you asked for my suggestion)....reinforce your stitches around the neck and around the curve between the two paws and back stitch all of your seams especially where the tail seam is...just saying....will cause you less stress.

Saturday, September 19, 2015


The view from my kitchen window!

So Peaceful!

Here is a little wall hanging I was asked to do by someone on facebook.  She sent me a picture
of what she wanted.

I changed things up a bit.

I loved the ease of having the Accuquilt ribbon die.  Made this task so simple.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Yesterday I woke up with nothing on my to do list..... all I had to do was take a prescription to town for my mother.

Trust me when I tell you this, that these days are few and far between.

So what did I do with all of this new found freedom?

You got it!!!


This  quilt has logged a lot of traveling time from the moment it became a flimsy to a quilt.
Has a history of laying on the quilting machine, to the cutting table, to the stool by the cutting table and then back again.  If I had a penny (let's make it a quarter) for ever time I have moved this from place to place I could probably go on a fantastic shopping spree.

I got brave and tried something different on my quilting machine...

Here is the back of the quilt.  Still in the Honeymoon process but I am getting used to the machine and it's quirks.

Had so much fun that I am digging through my UFO's for another top to put on my frame (the choices are great....and I should be embarrassed)...but NOT!!

Gotta run out this morning but am getting a head start so when I come back this afternoon I can get busy.....

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Winner of Island Batik Charm Squares

The winner of the Summer in the country blog hop is

 Pam Geisel - For Quilts SakeAugust 28, 2015 at 1:22 PM
Love the fabrics!

What a fun hop this was.  The two winners of the batik bundles were announced on the Island Batik Blog

All I need now is your address.....will get those charm square out to on on the double.

This quilt top was done by my mother.  My sister asked me to sandwich it for her and well.....her birthday was the next day so I decided to just go ahead and quilt it for her.  She has a ton of projects just like  some of us (except me of course), smiling here.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Thanks Katie from Island Batik for arranging this fun hop.

It truly has been a hot summer and in the country.  When I think of country I think of Baskets.

My fabric is from the melon grouping.  This round topper shows all the beautiful fabrics.

  I have to confess, I did not like it until I put the binding on.  I have found that a lot of times I feel that way about an item but when that binding goes on....the transformation happens.

Since I started this months ago, it sat unfinished until two night ago.  It was not the fabrics, I love love the fabrics especially the lime green (I know some of you are surprised....smiling)

Here it is at another angle.  Did I tell you how much I love Island Batik Fabrics? 

Did I tell you that baskets are my most favorite thing?

We can't stop there.....  Why not a quilt???  Here it is laying on the floor.  I was so happy that it does not wave.

 Did I tell you I just finished this last night?  Boy, I am full of confessions.  I have had nothing but machine trouble.  Notice the post before this one and you will see why.  The top also was done months ago and just sat around waiting for me to fix my machines.

Here it is on my wall rod.  It is way to long....I am sad, I wanted to leave it up for a spell but it drags the ground and truly is way to big for my wall.  Oh well...there could be worst things in this world.

These pictures do not do the quilt justice.

Here is my little companion on the week-ends, grand dog sitting.  He would just sit and watch me.

I am offering Forty 5" squares.  They will not be these exact squares but they will be a variety of Island Batik Fabrics. Just leave a comment

Now the fun truly begins....Island Batik is giving away two Batik Bundles...just use the rafflecopter below. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


What wonderful answers to "WHAT THIS IS"

I have never in my whole life seen this in a machine.  I always thought it was a fuzz in my machine and have tried for a long time to get it out.

Friday night I was having trouble with my machine thread and figured this fuzz was the reason.
Turned off my machine 



Tried different methods.

Almost screamed

Then out it came....AHHHHH


why was my heart beating like I did something wrong?

I emailed a few people and they had no clue

So the next morning I called a Pfaff dealership.

All I can say is OOOOPPPPPSSS

and are you kidding me...that is suppose to be in my machine???


Well...I ain't neber!!!!

She said to bring it in to her and she would put it back in....that I should not be operating the machine without it.

WHAT!!!!  She is over an hour away.

I don't know how much she was going to charge me but...she wanted 119.00 to 150.00 to clean the machine and she could not guarantee when I could get it back.

Me without my machine is me without chocolate.  Yes, I do have my embroidery machine that sews......but this is my machine.  Oh well...some of you will understand and well..some of you will just roll your eyes.


I am thinking.

I can put it back in

How hard would it be...right????

Get a few tools....don't work (what do I know about tools?)

So....I bat my eyelashes at my husband and what do you know....

He is enlisted in my dirty detail.  Not too happy about it but enlisted non the less.

He finds the right tool and hands it to me.

I am shocked.

He wanted me to open this heart is racing a mile a minute.

Thoughts like.....what if I break it?

What if I touch the wrong thing and mess it all up?

A ton of "What ifs"

So....bat my eyelashes a little more, do a little whinning
and the man is enlisted again.

Once again he is not happy but at least he is taking screws out with my help of course....(smiling here)

Once we get the top open.  He leaves me.....WHAT!!!!!

Oh I look inside, start cleaning with my little brush.

Decide where this little lint catcher was (there are tell tell signs see lint fragments from me ripping it out...ooopsss).  You all understand....I was a gal on a mission and was not going to stop until succeeded.  Oh well..that is water under the bridge.

Get some gorrilla glue.  First I fit it in there to see how it goes.  Then I get the glue...this puppy is not going anywhere.

After much fanagaling it is in....I pat it down with my tweezers (trust me this is not an easy space to work in).  Wait a few minutes to see if it will stay....take a few up and down motions with the needle....  It is still engaged....


Oil the machine.

Close the lid and put the screws back in.

We are back in business!!!!

Crisis Averted!

So Ladies and Gents....if you see this in your machine pfaff creative vision 4.0 DO NOT...I REPEAT...DO NOT PULL IT OUT!!!

Saturday, August 22, 2015


Do any of you know what this is?

Take a wild stab at it.

It came out of my machine.

I will let you all answer and then I will explain my OOOOOPPSSSS