Monday, December 30, 2013


This is a disappearing 9-patch quilt.  The group finished the top, made of lots of scrap 5 inch squares, and sewn, cut and pressed by many hands at our last quilt day before Christmas.  I brought it home, made the binding and finished it with simple quilting.  I even completed the binding by machine - not my usual method, but since this will be a baby quilt, and hopefully see many washings, I think it is the most secure way to finish the quilt.
 This is the stack of 4 baby quilts that I'll be finishing.  The bottom of the stack is a panel, and has racoons on flannel for the backing.  The mauve one was shown last week, and the yellow backed quilt has a large star layout.  These two quilts were made from donated stash.  I've done the "stitch in the ditch" quilting on them all, and tomorrow I hope to get all the free motion quilting complete as well.

Check out others' creativity at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.


Sunday, December 29, 2013


Fabric used this week  0 yards
Fabric used year to date  184.25 yards
Fabric added this week  10.5 yards
Fabric added year to date  110.875 yards
Net used 2013  73.375 yards
I'm pleased with the amount of fabric I used this year, although I've been doing lots of sewing but no finishing since heading south in late October!  I also gave in to some of the wonderful end of the year sales, including one on Saturday at Quilts on Plum Lane in Dade City.  Most of the yardage bought this week was for backing fabric for my brown, pink and white quilt top - so hopefully I'll get it basted soon so I can begin quilting.  I also have 4 baby quilts ready to be basted/quilted, so my "used" numbers will look good to begin 2014!
Making stash reports each week keeps me aware of how much I am using, and encourages me to "shop my stash" before I head to the fabric store.

Check out Judy's blog, Patchwork Times, to see how everyone's reports.

Thursday, December 26, 2013


DH and I are spending a quiet day at home.  We had a lovely Christmas day, delivering treats to our neighbours and enjoying our friends who joined us for dinner.  (DH and I forgot to serve the dressing!)  We talked and laughed, remembered Christmases past, and had a wonderful time.
Our son in Toronto had his electricity restored at 2am, so he and his wife got their Christmas wish!  Our other son was heading over to his wife's family home to spend the day.
We talked to several friends on Christmas day as well.  It was lovely to hear everyones' voices.

This morning, DH carved the rest of the turkey, and we are making turkey soup.  Our friends mentioned that their only regret about eating out for Christmas was no leftovers, so DH delivered several containers filled with turkey, dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and a plate of goodies too!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


 I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful new year.
DH and I are spending a quiet day with friends. 

 My thoughts are with all those affected by the winter storms.  My DS1 and his wife have been without power and heat for the past 3 days.  My thanks goes to all the linesmen who are working day and night to restore power - their work is under-appreciated!

Sunday, December 22, 2013


Fabric used this week  0 yards
Fabric used year to date  184.25 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  100.375 yards
Net used 2013  83.875 yards
Nothing new and nothing used from MY stash!  I finished 3 baby quilt tops, but all from fabric donated to our group!  I've been doing lots of holiday baking, and I delivered 2 loaves of cinnamon fruit bread to our neighbours, who are expecting lots of family coming to visit over the next week or so! 
Hopefully, I can get busy sewing between Christmas and New Years, so I'll have something to count as finished!!!!!
Check out all the reports at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Friday, December 20, 2013


It looks like I'll finish the top of my hexagon quilt before Christmas!  I just checked my file of photos, and my first picture, showing the beginning of the middle row, was on April 16th.  I began cutting squares for basting just before heading north, at the beginning of April, so I'll have completed the top in 9 months of "spare" time!
All the pieces for the next motif are basted, and partly sewn together, so with luck, I'll finish tonight!  Now what will I do next?

I took my camera to my Wednesday quilt group, but discovered both sets of batteries were dead, so no pictures of the flurry of quilting worker bees making disappearing 9-patch blocks!  Some cut 5 inch squares, others placed them into blocks, 3 were sewing, others pressed the seams, 2 of us cut the blocks apart, and then they were placed into their new blocks to be sewn.  By the end of the 4 hours (with a short break for lunch), we had 3 quilt tops assembled, and enough pieces to make 1 more.  Two of the tops went home with others to be finished.  One came home with me, and I cut and prepared the binding for it - hopefully someone will volunteer to quilt it!
Now I have to get serious about my Christmas baking.  I'm making mincemeat tarts, large and small today, and a coco-krispie roll - chocolate and peanut butter - a favourite with our neighbours' grandchildren, who begin to arrive on Sunday!

Monday, December 16, 2013


I've been sidetracked by Christmas baking and baby quilt making!  A member of my group donated fabric, so I thought I'd make a couple of baby quilts to donate.
When using others' fabric, it is fun to see what you can make - there was "just enough" with a bit of piecing to make this two colour style of quilt.  Easy snowball blocks and framed squares - I've added a white border, and plan to add a darker mauve border as well.
 The white fabric seems to have taken on a bit of colour from the mauve, but I think it was because I was taking the picture late in the day.....

I also cut strips and blocks for a friend to work with.  I machine appliqued butterflies on each of the blocks before I passed it along.  She is busy sewing the top today, so we'll be cutting borders for it soon!  More pictures to come.

Check out what others are stitching at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, December 15, 2013


Fabric used this week  0 yards
Fabric used year to date  184.25 yards
Fabric added this week  15 yards
Fabric added year to date  100.375 yards
Net used 2013  83.875 yards

My Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping finally caught up with me! A large parcel arrived, as well as a visit to my favourite local shop, Quilts on Plum Lane in Dade City FL. (We had to visit after renewing our tags.)  I had already reported the Christmas and Mickey prints, as well as the flannels.

I finally dragged my serger out, and serged all the raw edges, and have been putting loads through the washer and dryer.  I was waiting until I had enough fabric to make the job worthwhile!
I also baked a batch of holiday cookies.  A newer addition to my annual list is a chocolate, chocolate chip cookie with crushed candy cane added into the batter.  These need to be baked on parchment paper, and allowed to cool a bit before removing to a rack to cool completely.  DH's job is to shatter the small candy canes, and to taste test the resultant cookies.

Check out everyones' progress at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Friday, December 13, 2013


I missed posting last Friday, as I was busy removing hexagons from my third border!  I discovered that I didn't have enough fabric to complete the 4th border, so I carefully unstitched the final row of hexagons, and added the swirled fabric to the final row.
I finally got back to stitching the 4th and final border, and I've completed 8 of the 17 units so far!  You can see that I'm reusing the row that I took from border number 3, and it saves time by 4 hexagons each unit.....
I'm getting anxious to complete this project, but I'll also be sad that it is done.  Then the next stage is to figure out how I'll quilt it!!!!

Thursday, December 12, 2013


My southern quilting group shrinks this time of year - people get busy with holidays, visitors, travel etc.  Yesterday, one member of the group brought a gift to share.  She sorted through her stash, and filled a bin with fabrics that she decided she wouldn't use.  There were many pieces of a couple of yards or more, down to some strips and squares leftover from previous projects.
The ladies had fun, sorting through all the treasures.  We saved some to make baby quilts for a local charity - a group is having a luncheon for them on January 19th, so we plan to spend the next few weeks working on baby quilts!
The old saying "One person's trash is another's treasure", is certainly true when in reference to fabric!  I'll be posting pictures of some of the finished projects over the next month!

Monday, December 9, 2013


I don't have a design wall while I am south, so I use my living-room floor instead.  DH helped me move some of the furniture (we have a small home), and I placed all the blocks for my version of Smith Mountain Morning (  I've been making mine in scraps of browns, pinks and white.  I also made it larger than the pattern, making it 8 x 9 blocks.  It was certainly fun seeing them placed in the layout, and seeing the overall pattern emerge, after several weeks of making blocks!  Now I'm in the process of sewing them all together.
Last week I made a set of Christmas coasters and some luggage tags for demo's, so I have to get them completed eventually.  Once I get this top completed, I have to get the new Christmas wall hanging done for the front of our house.  The old one hung outside for over 10 years, but was finally too faded to use.....

We're dog-sitting this week.  Our neighbours are off on a cruise, so Miss Sophie is my quilt assistant for the week.  She comes often enough, that she feels at home with us, but she does listen for the sound of their car or motorcycle!
Check out all the creativity shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, December 8, 2013


Fabric used this week  0 yards
Fabric used year to date  184.25 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  85.375 yards
Net used 2013  98.875 yards 
I can't believe that another week has passed without having finished a project!  I've been making teaching samples for my quilt group, so I have used fabric, but all the parts are in varying stages of completion!
My pink, white and brown quilt, using the Smith Mountain Morning pattern from Quiltville, is getting closer to completion.  I stitched the blocks together in rows, so now just have to sew the rows together.  I have all the parts stitched together for the pieced border as well.
It has been so hot and humid in Florida, that by 11:30 am, it is just too hot to work in my sewing room!  That has been adding to the time I've been stitching hexagons, and I'm working on the final border of half-inch hexagons.  I am hoping to get some projects completed before the end of the year, so I can send my perimeter measurements to my guild to be added to the CQA "Walk to Brock" project. (They are adding all the perimeter measurements of participating guilds' finishes, to cross Canada from Victoria BC, up to Inuvik, and ending in St. Catherines ON for the annual CQA conference and show.)
Check out all the stash + and -'s at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Monday, December 2, 2013


I've been busy working on my brown, pink and white blocks.  I completed the 36 star blocks needed for my quilt, and I've been working on the 36 alternate blocks, to complete the quilt top.
I have one more round to add.  I have the white squares added to one end of the pink strips, but I'll start today by adding a square to the other end.  Then it will be easy to attach the brown strips, then the pinks ones, and give them all a good press.  I've been trying to use different strips in each position, but discovered one that has the same fabric next to each other.  I decided to leave it, and I'll see how many people ever notice!
We went to the Disney area last night to meet our daughter-in-law's sister, her boyfriend, and all his family!  We had a great time, getting to know a bit about everyone.  His mother works in stained glass, and had some pictures of a wonderful window she is making for their home in Maine.

Check out all the creativity at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, December 1, 2013


Fabric used this week  0 yards
Fabric used year to date  184.25 yards
Fabric added this week  13.75 yards
Fabric added year to date  85.375 yards
Net used 2013  98.875 yards

I had to go to Joann's on Friday, as the flannel that I use to back baby quilts was on sale - regularly $6.99/yard for $1.74/yard.  I brought some baby tops south to complete over the winter, so I just bought enough to complete those!
I'm still stitching away on my latest large pieced quilt - a pattern from Bonnie Hunter, so lots of pieces.  I just added the 3rd border to my 1/2 inch hexagon quilt, and I'm adding the final blocks to the corner unit.
My SDIL's sister is in Orlando today, so we're heading in to meet her, her boyfriend and his whole family.  They are leaving on Monday, so this is our only chance to meet everyone.

Check out the stash reports at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.