Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Finishing up a few projects this week

Five Christmas runners

Thirty-one key fobs

Five pans of brownies

One loaf of banana bread

packed one box of china
Homemade tortillas for my sons Birthday

sorry no pictures of the food.

Decided to do a little more quilting on the "Tree of Life" but I am so close that I can taste it.

So this has been a busy week.

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Some of you know that I am moving (AGAIN).....

My husband is retiring and the government does not give you a last move so we are having to move ourselves.

For the last three week-ends my husband and I have been loading the trailer and traveling eight hours to our new destination.  We stay one or two days and then we are on the road again to San antonio. I was trying to give the new home some personality, I hug up a quilt, and little wall hanging and then one of my calendar quilts at the end of the bar... I went to get my camera to show you and guess what....

I would have travel eight hours to get it...hummmmm 

When I was here last week-end I just felt that this house was lacking pizzazz....pop....

no personality but

it does now!!!!

Put a little Barb touch to it.

My son said it is starting to feel like home.

My husband had Jury duty Thursday and afterward we had planned to head out to our new home so while I was waiting I made this snap bags (click it).  Don't you just love the turtle one????

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fiskars Rotary Cutter and Ruler Combo

One of my sons gifted me a gift card for my birthday and this is what I purchased with it.  Jeanette from Inchworm Fabrics  mentioned this to me the other night while we were on yahoo messenger....all it took was a little suggestion.

I know, so sad.....

I trimmed up a candle mat and I will say that it gives you more control and precision.  I think I am going to like it a lot.

Some of you will say..."What about your Go cutter?"

and I say,

"What about it?"  It is a proven fact there is more than one way to cut fabric and this gal doesn't mind having more than one way!!

What is really sad is the state of my sewing room.  I am trying to decide what I can  not live without for two months....

By the way....most of you will probably say "Thank Heavens, we are so sick of hearing about this quilt"

but I am almost done with the Yellow Tree of Life...

Do I get a big pat on the back or what??

Seems I get stumped and just let it sit and mull around in my head...yes...that one little pea rolling around in my head.  Now you know why it has taken me forever.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013


This is using the Accuquilt Go Christmas Medley Die and the Star die. You can easily tell what was done here.

I love it and can't wait to use it this Christmas....if there will be Christmas???? Lots of things going on over here. We are moving ourselves and so the move is happening now and will last till Dec. 31st. We will see how that goes???
For inquiring minds, the candle is just a prop, I would not burn a candle on this unless something was under it.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

FREE PUMPKIN CANDLE MAT OR POT HOLDER PATTERN Using your Accuquilt Go die or your own pumpkin cut out



  • 10" x 10" orange fabric for pumpkins
  • 11" x 11" background fabric
  • Heat N Bond or fabric adhesive of choice
  •   11" x 11" Insul-brite or batting. 
  • 11" x 11" backing
  • Accuquilt Go cutter and fall medley die
  • Binding fabric 2 1/2" X 46" strip


  1. Take your orange fabric and fold in half
2.  Fold in half again like you see here.  You have it in fourths.
3.  Place on the die as you see here with the corner fold at the top lined with the stem and leaving a little peek of the die pumpkin uncovered as you see in the right side of the fabric.
Look closely.  You do not want to cut the pumpkins out all of the way, you want to leave a little sliver showing.
 4.  Here you have your pumpkins.  You can draw you a pumpkin and do the same thing with scissors.
 5.  Center your pumpkins on your background fabric and iron on.
6.  Sandwich your candle mat by having the background fabric, batting or insul-brite, and then your backing fabric.
7.  Blanket stitch or just take a running stitch around the pumpkins.
8.. Cut your project down to 10" x 10". 
9.  Bind and you are done.

EASY  EASY!!!!  Now you have a fun pumpkin decoration.