Sunday, November 30, 2008

Mini Pillow Cases

Well today it was rainy and cold, about 38 degrees so it was a good day to stay in and get some sewing done! I put together the back for my Christmas quilt which I posted on November 9th, made the binding for the Christmas quilt so it is ready when it comes back from the quilt shop. Then I attached the binding to my Fabulous Fall quilt that I picked up from the quilters last week. I hope to have a picture of my Fall quilt and can post it in the next day or so. I'm not very good at getting the binding cut and ready so when a quilt comes back I can just attach it, so that is my new goal, to make sure the binding is done BEFORE the quilt comes back.

I then got working on these 3 travel-size pillow cases for my nephew's. They are very active in sports and spend a lot of time in the car traveling to see family and vacationing, so small pillows for them to take seemed like a good idea. They were fun to make so I'm sure I will be making more in the near future.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend :o)

Saturday, November 29, 2008


Hello! I feel like I've been away from my blog forever!!! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Here is my quit #5. It is The Jelly Maker's Cabin pattern done in a Simplicity jellyroll. I did this in July '08 and it was very fun and easy to do. I haven't had it quilted yet because I can not decide if I want to use cotton fabric for my backing or a soft pink flannel for the backing. I'm leaning towards the flannel.
This pattern is a Kimberly Camou pattern. I have done her Sassy Sixteen pattern also which is my November 5th post. I have also purchased her Twisty Cakes pattern but have not done it yet, so if anyone has, I'd love to hear about it or see a picture of your quilt.
Until next time ... happy sewing!

Sunday, November 23, 2008


There's a great give away going on over at little blue cottage ... it's some of Flea Market Fancy!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Dilemma ... Suggestions Needed

OK, so here's my dilemma...I have always liked this fabric at my local quilt store, but obviously not enough to purchase it for a quilt shop was closing and it was marked down 50%!!!! So now I'm looking for pattern suggestions to make with this material. I am always afraid to start cutting up material because I love it so much that I don't want to screw it up and then end up with a quilt I don't care for. That hasn't happened yet, but I'm sure one day it will. So please give me some pattern suggestions that I could make with this fabric. I have one yard of each and I may even have bought some extra yardage of it just to make sure I didn't run out!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Hourglass Quilt

This is the material for quilt #4, my Hourglass quilt done in June 2008. I was looking for some fun and bright material for this quilt and this material was perfect. It was purchased at The Door Mouse and is from a variety of manufacturers. Next time I go to The Door Mouse I will definitely take my camera. They have so much material it is actually mind-blowing. The first time I walked in I was so amazed that I walked out with 6 fatquarters. Now I go in there with a pattern and a plan and always come out happy :O) I can't even begin to guess on how many bolts of material they is just amazing! This is the finished quilt. I used the tutorial from Crazy Mom Quilts and it was very fun to do. Her tutorials are wonderful! If you haven't checked them out, please do. I will have to see if I can find a better picture of this quilt because the sun seems to wash it out a bit. The weekend here in Ohio was very cold and yesterday it actually snowed. If it isn't 85 degrees and sunny, I want snow! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Time To Make Meatballs

It was finally time to make some meatballs! I have a friend who makes the BEST meatballs so it was time to stop over with my ingredients so she could put them together for me. She doesn't have a recipe so it's just a few sprinkles of this and a few sprinkles of that.

Here is "C" mixing up her batch of meatballs. The top picture is mine...5 lbs. She does the weirdest thing when she makes meatballs though, she takes about 4 or 5 slices of bread and drenches them in water, rings them out and then tears the apart in the's rather gross but they taste WONDERFUL! Here are the meatballs before they go in the hot tub. This is only 4 lbs because I took a pound of the mixture out to freeze so I can make lasagna in the near future. Ta Da!!! Here are the meatballs cooked and uncooked...oh yeah...and a glass of wine :O) It was a wonderful time!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sweet Hydrangea

This is quilt #3 that was completed in May 2008. It is the Turning 20 pattern done with Milk & Honey Hydrangea material. I just love this material and was very happy with how it turned out. Somehow it seems that i "just love" all the material I use for my quilts :O) I had some brown and green material that came with this collection but it just didn't look as pretty with those colors so I took them out.
My plan for this quilt was to give it away but I just couldn't! Does anyone else have that problem? I've made 9 quilts and have only been able to give 1 husband keeps asking what we're going to do with all these quits, but I'm sure we'll come up with something!
I have been wanting an old ladder that I can either stand up against the wall to hang quilts on but then I saw where someone took a ladder and hung it sideways on the wall and hung folded up quilts from it that way and it was beautiful.
Be sure to stop by the Old Red Barn as they are having a giveaway of 3 quilts!!! They are absolutely beautiful so don't miss your chance to win one!
Hope you week is going well!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Christmas Quilt Finished

She's Done! I am so excited about how this quilt turned out. I love the material and the pattern was so quick and easy to do. The material was Splendid Holiday by Benartex and the pattern is called Squares All Around by Tomato Town Quilt Designs.
I decided to add a "peeper" and am very happy with how it turned out. Thank you so much to Peg for her April 8, 2007 post which shows a tutorial on how to add a "peeper". They just add so much to a quilt.
Thanks Gari for the instructions on linking a website/blog to a name. It worked ! I'm sure I'll have more questions in the future.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Jelly Roll Bags

These are two bags I made out of 2 1/2" strips. The material for the bag on the right is Maypole and the black and white bag is just a variety of funky fabric my sister-in-law picked out for her bag. It's a great pattern and is so quick and easy to make. It is called Jelly Bag and the pattern is by Bunny Hill Designs (
Well I finished the Christmas Quilt last night and bought the border material and backing today, so I hope to have the border added tomorrow so I can post it then it's off to the quilt shop for long-arming.
One other thing, if any bloggers out there can help with this that would be GREAT! When I refer to another blog or someone's website when posting, how do I do it so you can just click on their name and it will take you to their link?
Thanks :O)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Christmas Fabric I bought this material back in June not knowing what I was going to do with it, but it was too pretty to just leave at the quilt I held on to it for a while and then came across a pattern about a month or so ago. I started cutting the fabric last weekend and have been doing some piecing here and there this week. Well I finally have my rows together and hope to have it finished this weekend. I don't remember what material this is, but when I go to purchase my backing this weekend I will definitely find out. When I started quilting I decided I wasn't going to have more than one project going at a time and so far I've been pretty good about that...however, I really need to be more focused on not buying too much fabric ahead! It didn't help that my local quilt store went out of business last month and was selling their fabric for 50% off! Hope everyone has a great Friday :O)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Sassy 16 Throw

Today was a great day! It was sunny and warm, in the low 70's which is great for Ohio in November. It's suppose to be beautiful tomorrow also, but then go down hill from there. This quilt was quilt #2 that I did in April '08 and gave to my mom for her birthday. It is the Sassy 16 pattern and I used the great tutorial from Peg's 'Happy In Quilting' blog and added a peeper. The material for this quilt was Kansas Troubles.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

My First Quilt

Here is a picture of my very first quilt. It is Eleanor Burns' pattern, Tossed Nine-Patch. It was very easy to do and I had some great people teaching me at my local quilt shop.

My First Blog

Hello! After looking at so many wonderful blogs for so long I have decided to finally start here it goes!