Wednesday, March 22, 2017

TREASURE SHOPPING - Antique quilt squares

Today I was driving by the local antique shop (junk shop) and saw some benches so I decided to stop.

Didn't buy the benches but get a load of these quilt squares....

There are 24 of them.   Only cost me five dollars.  There was no price tag so the owner of the store tried to call the lady but no answer.  So I left my name and number.

While doing so the lady who owns these squares came in.  Can you believe that?

What luck!!!!

We asked her how much and she kinda scrunched up her face and said....five dollars like that would be too much!!!  I was willing to pay  more but she said she just wanted to get rid of them.  So no, I was not taking advantage of her, (had a comment telling me I was taking advantage of her)

These fabrics are really old, I am guessing around the 1930's with just one square with some age spots.

Can I say SCORE????

Aren't these glasses just the cat's meow???

I had to decide whether I should sneak these glasses in the house or just fess up to it.
Those of you who have read my blog know that I love love love dishes.
Can't get enough of them.

I decided to just come out with it.

Picture husband comes through the door as I am washing them.
I give a faint smile like the cat who ate the canary.
My husband just smirks and rolls his eyes like you have got to be kidding me.

He is really thinking

are you nutzzzzzzz

I can only agree with him.   I will say that I did give a nice set of dishes to my newest daughter in law, so I am thinning things out...HA!!!!! HA!!!!

Saturday, March 11, 2017


Island Batik is sponsoring a "Furry Fridays" on specific Island Batik Ambassador's blogs for seven weeks. " Furry Fridays is to help the Petfinder Foundation adopt out cats and dogs in shelters across the U.S. This week Petfinder Foundation is highlighting two animals that are looking for their forever home." Each Friday for the next seven weeks, we will share pictures of shelter pets that need a home. Now they may not be in your area, however, if you are looking for a pet, you can go to the page, put in your area code plus what type of pet you want and you will find a listing of all the pets needing homes in or near your area. I have taken exerts from several blogs just so you know that I plagiarized begging their forgiveness.

 This week go to:

Saturday, March 4, 2017


I am definitely a bowl cozy (potholder) machine, I am making these puppies like no one's business.

I was told to call them cozy's instead of potholder because you can not use these for taking things out of the oven, for the microwave only.

Right now there are 24 of these, I think I will make six more.  No, I am not selling is a shhhhhhhh  secret!!

If you are interested in my fast easy way to make these, go here:

This truly is a faster way than what I have seen.  If you do try it, let me know.  Actually it makes it kinda fun.

For the last few years I have been a bad blogger, with taking care of my mother and her many ER episodes and hospital stays, grandson, and my own health issues I just have put reading of blogs on the back burner......if you do comment, I will be sure to come by and visit you.  I miss hearing about everyone but sometimes LIFE gets in the way.

Saturday, February 25, 2017


Several months ago a friend emailed me and asked me to do a baby quilt.

She gave me a rough draft of the beach, banana tree, monkey, lion, and wanted me to add a turtle.

The rest was up to me.

Since she lives in Amerika Samoa I felt that you have to have a lot of sun.  If the sun is not shining it is raining.

For me, nothing is better than Island Batik Fabrics for blending and applique so I went to my scrap ben of Island Batik fabrics.

As you can see here I have done a sun with rays.  I used paper piecing for this. 

 Actually I just got a piece of paper about the width I wanted and then started from the middle.

  I worked from the inside out  with the middle strip, then placing right sides together I sewed a 1/4" seam down one side...flipped it over, ironed down....sewed another piece of fabric onto that one and just continued on that way to one side then I repeated the same process on the other side.  I would just cut the strips the way I wanted them.....if it was not slanted enough...I would just cut away.

I auditioned fabrics for the ocean.

Then sand.

If you will noticed the finished product, I cut down the light blue waves, didn't like the look of it so I cut it before I sewed it down.

Here we are auditioning for border fabrics, this is where I let my friend decide on what fabric she wanted for the border (notice the smaller light blue waves).

I went to coloring book pages online...  I would write in monkey coloring book page.  Did the same thing for everything else.

I had two monkeys I was torn between, finally decided on this monkey.
I can draw but there are some things I can not.  If I do take from coloring book pages for a quilt I do not make it a pattern to sell.

Here I am trying to decide on the fabric for the lettering.

Using my Cricut I cut out the letters in cardboard and then drew the letters backwards on the Heat N Bond.  Then ironed onto the backside of the fabric, then cut.

Finally finished.  This process took me about 3 months.  I was stumped for a while and sick.

I wasn't sure about the background so I let it sit hanging from my longarm so I could see it and think.

Lots and Lots of thinking.

My friend wanted a pink turtle for a sibling that was lost before birth.

I hope she likes it.  I do believe thinking is the major part of the process....

Thursday, February 9, 2017



 " In 2016, Island BAtik joined forces with an existing group of industry partners and supporters of the Pedfinder Foundation to create the Piece for Shelter Pets (PFSP) initiative.  The initative supports the Petfinder Foundation, a "Public Charity" that works to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets by assisting animal shelters and rescure groups across North America through financial contributions made possible by the sale of fabric, thread, and other quilting related products.  PFSP sponsors include "The Quilt Magazine, Island Batik, Aurfifil Threads, QuiltyBox, Benartex, and Hancocks' of Paducah."

The TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team is a volunteer organization sponsored by "The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) that springs into action(or should we say "Stitches" into action?) when disasters strike, sewing small kennel quilts for animals in need while they are separated from their humans and possibly injured.  Creating kennel quilts is a way for quilters to help our animal friends in times of need by doing what we love.  TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team supplies kennel quilts to shelters across the United States.  Want to know more go here."

I took that directly off the email that was sent to the ambassadors for Island Batik, didn't want to leave anything out.  So our challenge this month is to make kennel quilts.  I am sending mine to (as soon as I finish washing them:

Bark and Roll Rescue Companions
310 Shadows Lake Drive
Batton Rouge, LA  70816

Wonderful Island Batik Fabrics.  I was just lucky enough to have enough of this cute fun fabric in my stash to make five
little Kennel Quilts.

As soon as they are finished washing and they will go.

There are two other blogs that have posted so far, 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


                                                          I knew the box was coming.

                                                            Just didn't know when.

                                                            The dog was barking!!!

                                                                 Sound of a vehicle!!
                                                                    Image result for cartoon fedex truck

                                                                    still not registering

                        until I heard the door bell ring did my brain come into focus!!!

                         My pluse increased, my mouth went dry just in the anticipation of my box....


                                       Yes, my Island Batik Box
                                                             Here is a peak inside

Oh......what lovelies.....
Oh.......what fun I will have

Oh....did you want to see more?

You will have to come by my blog for the next six months to find out what all was inside.


Friday, January 13, 2017


New Beginnings Blog Hop
Island Batik Ambassadors were asked to do a project with the theme "New Beginnings" for the month of January.  What a perfect theme for this month.

For many people "New Beginnings" is starting over, or the birth of a child, or a new life in a different place but for me it is starting off the New Year doing something I have wanted to do for a long time.

Many years ago I purchased the Accuquilt Go die "Ring of Oak" # 55378.  I have stared at it many a time thinking that one day I am doing to do a quilt using that die.....the days came and went.

So when this "New Beginnings" blog hop came up I thought there you have it.  I am going to start the New Year out doing something I have wanted to do for a long time and stop putting it off.

Using the Fresh Catch can find the whole line of fabrics here:
                                                                                   you can find a store locator here

I love love this quilt and love love these fabric.  This one is 54" x 54"


I did not stop there

I loved these fabrics so much and there were some that I did not want to cut into or at least I wanted to have a large enough square so I could see the cute fish.

I used the book "Sew One and You're Done" by Evelyn Sloppy.

I have to admit that I had to adapt the quilt to the amount of fabric I had.  There were some miscuts ( frustrating).

 I had to rearrange my thinking but I think it turned out pretty good.

                      See the awesome fabric???This one is about the same 54" x 54" as the one above.

So much fun.

Now we have some fun for you.

Two winners will win a Batik bundle just use the rafflecopter below

a Rafflecopter giveaway
If you want to view the line up for this "New Beginnings" Blog hop just click on this sentence.

Now for my part of the giveaway, I am giving away this pattern  "Gecko Invasion"  (actually I had decided to give this pattern away to anyone who says Gecko in their comment.....with their email address).

Just leave a comment for this pattern but do the rafflecopter for the Batik Bundle. This is a pdf pattern and so it will come to you instantly.