Thursday, November 16, 2017

From The Sewing Room

 Bird block quilt #2 ... an update
The blocks are complete and I managed to sew together
the bottom row.  I'm pleased how festive, wintry and
beautiful this looks.  Next decide on a border fabric.
Close-up of one of the blocks.  These are so simple to make
but a little time consuming.
 I haven't made American Girl doll clothing for so long
I'm actually having fun sewing these.

This is a new skirt pattern I tried.  What I don't like to
do is make tops that match the skirts. 
 Who would believe I ran out of white thread ... 
I would ... because I did!!  I had to stop working on
this dress [and the one below] until I re-stock my thread.
Today is a trip to Salisbury to Home Goods and Hobby Lobby
with a neighbor.  Top of my list [of course] is white thread.
Hopefully when I get back this afternoon I can finish up
the mermaid and sailboat dresses tonight.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

There's a New Westie in the Hood

Meet Laird the new westie in the neighborhood.
Laird's mom {Lesley} moved into a rental home around the
corner from us until the completion of the home being
built in St. Michaels.  Lesley needed a ride to pick up her new bike
so it was a quick trip down the road.  Now back at home Laird
is checking out his new basket.  He looks right at home and
is ready to hit the road for a spin around the hood.
 Here is a little humor since I didn't take photo's of any
current projects ... but will say the blocks for the new bird quilt
are finished and ... I've started working on American Girl clothing 
for my former bosses grand daughter. 
I'm guilty!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday Around The House

 Wilson left early this morning for a board meeting at the
Writers Center in Bethesda so I got much accomplished -
this [in part] is contributed to getting up early.
 A few days ago I mentioned I was working on a quilt I 
named Jungle Love.  That top went together super quick. 
Now I'm using the leftovers [plus another piece I had from that line]
in the top you see Derby walking on.
 I love this photo!  Last night I glued the flat back
pearls and crystals to the quilt my sister wants to give
her mother-in-law.  After all that work I didn't want to fold it
so there she hangs.  The boxes next to Derby hold my
collection of Xmas fabric.  On the shelves are plastic tubs
marked by size.  These are for leftover scraps I cut into
blocks.  This is in preparation for donating to the next
quilt show and boutique sale in 2 years.

 Simple borders around the tree panel.
 The back of the tree panel quilt.
Sample Block 
Yes, I'm starting another bird quilt!  This fabric came from 
my trip to Lancaster.  Will try and get the other sample block
done on Monday.  
 A small part of the bell collection.  The majority of bells
are on the opposite side of the fireplace.
 They are down for the count.
Bottle brush trees are back in style.  I remember them as a kid
but never cared much about collecting them until now. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Lights, Camera, Action!

 There was and still is a lot of action going on in my old
sewing room.  For starters ... here are the photo's of Casey's
birthday quilt which I shipped out to California yesterday
afternoon for a cost of $18.00 priority mail.  No wonder the
post office is in trouble - that's ridiculous and with the
Forever stamps [for me] it's hard to keep up with the
actual costs of postage stamps.  By the way, I'm not
impressed with the selection of Xmas stamps this year.

The completed lap quilt.  
Casey will be totally surprised.
 The walk-through [by Derby].
The back fabric is pretty simple - but if you look closely at the
white fabric I used on the front you can see dancers.
Casey is going down the road of becoming a dancer, singer, actress
or all the above.  That child has serious talent and living in LA 
she's in the perfect place to take full advantage of that career.
Julep: the re-arranger of pillows.
 When I finished the main body of this it wasn't as wide
as I would have liked it to be ... so I added 3" to each side
by using the leftovers after squaring up the main blocks.
The completed top.  I'll put the finishing touches on it
later next week.
 This is the Snowmen/Sock Monkey quilt without the binding.
I finally said to myself last night I'm sick of looking at that 
fabric [you can see it on the left] on the floor ... so I started
to cut out the pieces of what I'm calling the Jungle Love quilt.
Hopefully, I will get that sewn together today since it's
a pretty easy layout and I don't want the westies to run thru it.
That's incentive enough to sew quickly!
Complete with binding and super-simple line quilting.
 The back fabric was another on-sale find from my
trip to Lancaster with my sister.
This is the second star quilt waiting to be finished.
Both small quilts won't be going far ... just 3 houses up from
ours are new neighbors that have 2 very small girls.
I'll deliver them in December.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Petites Maisons De Noel Quilt

 Petites Maisons De Noel is the name of this 
collection by Moda Fabrics.
I can finally share this quilt with you because the person I
sent it to received the box yesterday.  That person would be the very
creative blog friend named Ricki Jill.  Ricki made a comment when I
first started this quilt so I asked her if she would like it when done.
She said yes and it's new home is in Birmingham, AL.
When you get time please visit her blog named ...
The Sketchy Reader at
 This collection of fabric was purchased in a jelly roll.  For
those non-quilters this is simply pre-cut 2-1/2" strips of fabric
 {usually this is made up of the entire line created by the designer}.  
 After completing the quilt I had fabric left over so I did 
two things ... first ... I made tiny prairie points which I
hand sewed tiny green and red buttons onto all the points.  
 The backing fabric for this quilt I found during my last
shopping spree in Lancaster.  It matches beautifully.
 ... the second thing I made with the leftovers was a table runner.
When you pop over to Ricki's blog she loves creating
tablescapes and she loves reading.  I can't wait to see
what she creates around the runner.
 The runner didn't get the points but instead I added 
2-1/2" x 2-1/2" square blocks to the end ... then 
add some small buttons.  
Happy Holidays, Ricki Jill!
I'm happy to report I accomplished everything on my
'to-do' list yesterday which included finishing Casey's
birthday quilt.  I must admit by the time I made it to my
sewing room at 10:00p.m. my vision was a little blurred but 
I was determined to get this done.  The only thing I didn't do
was press it and take a photo which I will do later today
after my dental appointment.   This appointment is the
next step in the implant process which is to take an
x-ray of the area and discuss when the date of the
implant surgery will be.  I'm still on the fence about having 1 or 2
implants because one of the screws [at the last x-ray]
would end up only a millimeter away from my sinus cavity.
Oh, happy days - NoT!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Flowers & Quilts: My 2 Favorite Things

 I love the splash of color winter pansies give this season.
These happen to be in the pots by the front door.  I put in a variety 
of colors but on the back deck I put in yellow a favorite of Wilson.  
 One thing to keep them blooming is to pull off the
dead flower heads before they go to seed which I do.
This is one of the first quilt patterns I sewed for Outreach.
Chris [the fearless leader of Outreach] just happened to 
re-sent this pattern out in an e-mail a few weeks ago.  This 
actually came at a time when I was searching for a pattern
to make with this fabric.  Now I did take liberties from the
original set of instructions ... like adding a strip between
the row of blocks. 
 Who will get this is yet to be determined.
The Camilla is blooming!  This is the plant that our neighbors 
{who moved away recently {Nancy & Larry} gave to Wilson
when his sister passed away.  It's place is in the bed next to the
driveway that once had the river birch.  Since this did so well there
 I went to Lowe's and found two small Camilla's that
bloom at Christmas.  We had one in Bozman and it was beautiful.  
Today on my list of things to do is ...
plant 200 daffodils in the back beds before the weather
turns cold this weekend ... finish Casey's birthday quilt
and get that in the mail ... clean all the stupid silver bells
which is a real pain in the butt ... and maybe if I'm lucky
get the lighted garland hung on the front porch.