Sunday, November 29, 2015

Pineapple Grove

Threads That Bind - love their patterns. I finished one yesterday - Pineapple Grove.  It will be in the shop (Spring Water Designs) tomorrow.  There are a few kits!

It's a good size.  It fits quite nicely on top of my dining room table.

Wool and flannel combo with some "big stitch" quilting.

Today we are putting up the Christmas tree!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

More Prepping

A sew day with Starlyn!

Again this year (next week), we will be participating in the Christmas Crafts Night at St. Agnes hospital for the oncology patients.  This is our 3rd year and we're doing another bag.

We spent the day prepping 25 bags ... zippers and side seams.

Our new friends will "box" the corners and make the zipper pull.  It's fun to see some of the reactions - most have never touched a sewing machine.  

They will have a cute bag to store all the things they make at the other crafting stations.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

Today - I prepped ... dessert for tomorrow.

A beautiful pecan pie - My Cute Husband's favorite.

An awesome Upside Down Apple Pie (Taste of Home recipe) - my favorite!

And - a new project ... Pat Sloan's POPS.  It's ready for machine appliqué.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


My friend Lisa (the pug lover!) showed me this ... mark your rulers!  If you take your rulers with you on sewing adventures - retreat, class, sew fun days - you need a way to identify what belongs to YOU.

Use those FREE address labels that are always arriving in your mailbox.  Just cut out your name and stick it on your ruler.

Pick a spot that you won't need - I used the logo - that way, I didn't take up any important real estate on my ruler. I put the label on the back.

The cut-out name is teeny but it's easy to identify these as mine.  Quilter's are fabulous people.  If I lose it, leave it behind, mix it up with someone else ... I have no fear - my ruler will find it's way back home to me.

AND ... I got the center pennies done on my Pineapple Grove.  Next up - stitching the scallops around the outside edge.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Diamond in a Square

AWESOME ruler! 

I love a ruler that allows you to "square-up". I am not a precision sewist and will gladly, happily, use whatever help I can get.  This one is a 3-parter ... 2 for cutting and then the square-up.

Today I made a couple of mug rugs/candle mats/little quilts ... multipurpose fabric things!

This Bloc Loc Ruler ... like ALL of the Bloc Loc Rulers is fabulous!  I see a new quilt in a my future.  I'm thinking scrappy stars and a diamond border.

I'll be at Springwater Designs on Monday and Tuesday afternoon.  Stop by and I'll show you a quick demo.  This is a great scrap buster - you only need a 2.25" strip.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Another Start

Today, I had no sewing commitments.  None. Nothing waiting for some Handiquilter magic. Nothing I HAD to do.  Well, there is still a quilt it that needs binding and it will get binding - someday.

So - I started this ...

Flannel fabrics machine appliquéd on a flannel background.

And, I prepped this ...

all the wool parts to be hand stitched onto that flannel background.

It's called: Pineapple Grove by Threads That Bind. There will be kits available at Springwater Designs right after Thanksgiving.