Monday, February 19, 2018

Family visits...

We had Marks nephew and his family come to visit. They traveled all the way from Connecticut. This was there 1st time to California and I think they had a great time with us. 
We had beautiful weather. They traveled to Calico ghost town, Joshua Tree, Julian.. just to name a few places. They love the outdoors so we showed them Santa Rosa Plateau.

It was just a gorgeous few days and they had a blast with us. We even got to visit family that they never met. You made Aunt Margie’s day!
Jordan, Jen, Ella... come visit us in Texas and we’ll show you another state you have never seen before. Have fun at Disneyland and the all the beach sites this week. Hope you don’t freeze!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Feathered star....

Did a sample block for a feathered star quilt I’m gonna be doing.
Here is the name of the pattern...
Here is what it’s gonna look like...
Here is the practice block I did...
It KICKED MY BUTT! I know how to do paper piecing. I’ve done a at least 4 quilts that way. I have no idea why this was so difficult. Took me almost 4 hours to do this one block! I believe this finishes at 12”. Not sure of what colors I’m going to do this quilt up as, I will have to see what I have the most of in my stash. 
I have a friend who lives out of state, her and I are going to do this together. Maybe a block every 2-3 weeks or so. I sure hope they get easier as I go.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


While packing, I came across a hand project that I started many, many years ago. Perfect timing.. I was looking for a hand project to do at night.
Thinking back... this was my FIRST hand stitch project to my knowledge. I only know that because the first block I found, needs to be redone. I took it to the “wool shop” in Temecula where I bought it and showed her and I remember asking her... what in the heck did I do wrong”? I believe her name was Rose... that shop has been closed about 3 years now.
There are a couple that could use a re-do, but I don’t have any more of the sticky stuff to print on.
It’s really neat stuff. You just put it in copier and it print the pattern on it. No more tracing. Then, when done, washes off with HOT water. I don’t want to buy a new package just for 1 square.
Here’s the square I’m working on now.
Here’s the ones I finished..
Don’t look too close, the ones that need to be re-done are on top and up close.
2 more to do..
And then there is one on ironing board ready to be pressed. Accomplished to finish a UFO that I didn’t know I had. That is the only one. I have MANY kits to do, but they don’t count as a  UFO because I haven’t even started them yet.
I have a new project to do after this, “Vintage Tin”, I just need to order some antique muslin. Maybe I need to make a trip to Primitive Gatherings.  darn!
I am also looking for yo-yo’s. I am planning on doing a quilt called “yoyoville” and it calls for a lot of yo-yo’s. Like 100’s! I have made some, but don’t want to make that many.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Lost one...

I found this in my pictures and realized I never posted it.

It is hanging on the railing upsatiars, just pulled it from the dryer and still a little damp. It was a popular pattern a year ago, couldn’t tell you the name off the top of my head. Packed all my patterns away already. Pattern came from a book I do know that.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Here is the 2nd one all quilted up.

This one has a different pantograph quilted on it.
Still has the same fabrics. My Dad, father in law, goodwill, and my stash. Then the back....

You can really see the pattern. Now off to binding.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Here is another one that just got quilted.

This is 1 of 2 quilts that I made the same with left over shirt scraps from different things. Few of my Dad’s shirts, my father in law shirts, goodwill, and then just some homespuns I had collected over the years. I believe I have just about used up a very good portion of the shirt scraps.

These 2 pictures are of the same quilt. The 2nd one isn’t quilted yet. The binding is next in line.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

On Ringo Lake...

Bonnie Hunter’s mystery blocks. I was all good, keeping up with all the clues, then she slammed us with like 4 clues in 1 week. Overwhelming. I know I didn’t have to do it all at once, I knew I could take my time, but wow! Not me.. had to go with it. I like to do scrappy quilts every once in a while just to keep my scraps under control. I didn’t buy any of the fabric in this quilt, used what I had. And I don’t have a lot of fabric at all. Very little compared to what other quilters I know have. I was scrounging at the end. Big time. 
Here is my version..
I am so done with it! Those stupid sashing’s! They killed me. I know there are a lot not going the right way, but I wasn’t gonna undo them. 
Then the cornerstones. For some reason some came out the right size and then others, the wrong size. I ran out of some of the colors and had to add colors just to fill in.
Then since I was running short on fabric choices, I had to make it smaller. It’s 60x76. I used the extra blocks I made in the backing. Again, used what I had and it pieced up quite nice. I’ll wait to show you the back till it’s quilted. It’s pretty cute. At least it was as 10:30 last night.
When cleaning up, I discovered my box of red and white/tan scraps are overflowing. So, I’m thinking my next scrap quilt is going to be a scrappy, red, white/tan snowball quilt from Temecula Valley quilt shop. She has a sew along going on and I’m gonna go for it. That should knock those scraps out real good!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Vintage Farm Girl...

Finished piecing this Lori Holt pattern this past summer...just now quilted her up, gave her binding and a good wash.

I had actually started putting the blocks together myself and got bored. Then a friend asked if I wanted to do a block a week with her, I said sure. Then it was 2, 3, 4 blocks and before we knew it we were done. It’s always fun to share your blocks as you go along with someone.
Added some Ric-rac to the sew on binding that I do every once in a while.
Hint.... purchase the ric-rac in 1 piece. Don’t buy the packages. Tricky trying to piece them together to make a perfect fit.

Did a fun piecing of fabrics on the back so I didn’t have to purchase extra fabric. All the blocks were done with scrap fabric. I was able to do it because blocks are small and pieces even smaller.

Thursday, January 25, 2018


Ms Ava got some new tat’s today...

Love them! Just an extra little bit of fancy.