Monday, January 27, 2014


This is block 8, called "Keep It Down!"  I am working on the final block to complete "A Long Time Ago in Bethlehem".  I didn't stitch them in order - I cut the largest pieces of fabric first, to make sure I didn't have a seam anywhere, then cut the rest, making the best use of my background fabric.  My quilt group is going on an "outing" to a shop about 2 hours away on Wednesday, so I hope to find fabric for the sashing between the blocks, so I can assemble the centre of the wall hanging.  I think that the rest will wait until we return north in April, as I'm sure I have lots of fabric in my stash to complete the quilt.  I'm trying to use up my huge stash of Christmas fabrics....
Check out Judy's blog, Patchwork Times, to see all the creativity this week.....

Sunday, January 26, 2014


Used this week  23.625 yards
Used year to date  45 yards
Added this week  0 yards
Added year to date  0 yards
Net used 2014   45 yards

My version of Bonnie Hunter's Smith Mountain Morning has about 6 inches of quilting remaining to finish, so I'm calling it DONE!  I began working on it in November when we arrived at our winter location, but other things kept interfering!  My version is queen size and in pink, white and brown.  I'm calling it Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla, Oh My!
I also completed a baby quilt for my guild's community quilt program, made from a panel.  It was my warm-up quilt, to get my mind and muscles ready to machine quilt!
I love weeks like this, when I can finally report on a big finish....

This Wednesday, some of my quilt group are travelling 2 hours north-west to visit a beautiful quilt shop - I'll take pictures and report on our visit.....  This will damage my great numbers, but I do need some fabric to complete my latest embroidered project.

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

Thursday, January 23, 2014


At this time of year, we start to see some finishes my members of my quilting group.  I'd thought I'd share some candid shots of some of the projects.
This wonderful applique quilt was made by a fairly new quilter, who said that when she began the project, she didn't know enough about quilting to understand how long it would take to complete.  All the appliques were made with the freezer paper method, with turned under seam allowances and then machine satin stitched.  She had it professionally quilted - a work of art!
A close-up picture that shows the quilting better.  I wish I had taken this without the flash, but I was using our old camera, and I didn't remember how to turn it off!
Another fairly new quilter finished this lovely batik log cabin quilt.  She just received it back from the quilter, and was hand stitching the binding.

She chose a quilting design with a dragonfly to echo one of the the fabrics in the top.  Once again my flash washed out the color of the backing fabric. 

This black and white quilt top was having borders added... 

Here is a completed pinwheel stripe table runner, followed by one in progress.

There were many more projects in various states of completion, but since I was helping everyone with their questions, I was unable to photograph them all.

Monday, January 20, 2014


I have completed the stitching on 4 more blocks for the "Long Time Ago in Bethlehem" quilt project.
Block 12 is the smallest - called "Hark"

Block 9 is called "Spotlight Angel"

Block 11 is "Eggsellent Advice"

Block 10 is "Glory of the Lord".  This is the block I saw that MADE ME want to stitch this project!  Every time I look at the sheep, I smile!

I pin-basted a small baby quilt panel, and I've almost finished the quilting, so I should have it completed for next week's report!.

Head over to Judy's blog, Patchwork Times to look at this week's creativity

Sunday, January 19, 2014


Fabric used this week  0 yards
Fabric used  year to date  21.375 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date 0 yards
Net used in 2014  21.375 yards
No finishes this week, but also no new fabric.  I've been working on a wall hanging that has been in the planning stages for 2 or 3 years.  I've also been stitching my "Long Time Ago in Bethlehem" blocks during the evenings.  My sewing room has no heat or air conditioning, and we've been having cold temperatures overnight - almost frost - so I don't sew until my room is a reasonable temperature, which can be as late as 1pm!  It sure cuts down my available time.  I did manage to get my brown, pink and white quilt pin-basted, but discovered an error in one block, so I have to remove the corner unit, and sew it in the correct orientation!
Friday we went to visit friends in their new home near Leesburg FL, travelling with 2 other couples (they had all worked together at Tyndall AFB).  Their community is lovely, as is their home.  They've been redecorating since they moved in, including a new kitchen, tile floors, etc. 
Head over to Judy's blog, Patchwork Times, to see other quilters' progress this week! 

Monday, January 13, 2014


I've kept busy this week finishing projects and doing some machine quilting during the day, and stitching blocks for "A Long Time Ago in Bethlehem" during the evenings.  I love the look of the metallic thread, but it is a bit of a struggle from time to time.  The silver looks wonderful in person, but doesn't photograph well.

I love the humor in each block - the designer did a wonderful job!

This block is titled "Which Way?"
The "Mice Burglars" are having fun with the gold, frankincense in the chest and mhyrr in the silver bottle.....

Check out Judy's blog, Patchwork Times, to see what other quilters are playing with this week.

Sunday, January 12, 2014


Fabric used this week  2.75 yards
Fabric used  year to date  21.375 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date 0 yards
Net used in 2014  21.375 yards

I completed 3 samples that I used for my group.   
First, I finished stitching a set of coasters - to be donated to my guild's boutique or used for a holiday hostess gift next winter.
Then I completed 2 luggage tags,
Then finally I finished the quilting on my stripe pinwheel runner, and added the binding.
Check out all the stash reports at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Pattern Questions Answered

The pattern "A Long Time Ago in Bethlehem" is found in the July 2012 edition of Australian Homespun magazine.
I found an e-edition available at (no affiliation).
After downloading the edition, you can find a link to the remainder of the patterns located on page 63 of the magazine.
The magazine usually has the patterns available for 1 year, but have kept this one, as it is so popular!
You can get the finishing instructions for block 1 in the magazine...

I hope this helps everyone!

This could have been answered privately if people wouldn't add their comments as Anonymous!!!!

Monday, January 6, 2014


  A year or so ago, I saw someone working on this lovely Christmas project.  The pattern is "A Long Time Ago in Bethelehem" and was in the July 2012 issue of Australian Homespun magazine.  After hunting everywhere for a copy, I discovered it was available as an e-magazine download, so I was able to find the original pattern, and the link to the rest of the blocks.  Pardon the wrinkles and folds, as I haven't pressed any of these since they were completed.

 Block 5 is called the Reluctant Donkey.  I love the humour in each of the blocks!
Block 2 is called "Kitchen Sink Camel".  This reminded me of a picture that my Father-in-law took of DH's Grandmother packing after a month visit.  There was so much stuff that he added the old kitchen sink to the pile!  I wish I had a copy of the picture....
Last night I noticed that my bin of leaders and enders was getting full, so I sat, while listening to the end of an audio book, and stitched the "2-patches" into 3's then into 9-patches.

Head over to Judy's blog, Patchwork Times, to see what others are working on this week!

Sunday, January 5, 2014


Fabric used this week  18.625 yards
Fabric used year to date  18.625 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  0 yards
Net used 2014  18.625 yards

I love new beginnings, and especially starting the new year right, by finishing several small projects, that add up to quite a bit of fabric.  I'm enjoying machine quilting on my Bernina 710, finding it quite effortless.  It has handled every thread I've threaded through it, with very little fussing with tension issues etc.

This Christmas door panel seemed to be everywhere on the internet this fall.  DH chose it for our outside front entry, but I didn't get it finished in time.  It will have to make its debut at Christmas 2014!

Now I have to get back to finishing a few more small projects that have been hanging around for a while - not usually the case for me.  I like to make a project from start to finish before beginning a new one!

Check out everyones' start to the new year of stash reports at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.


I finished the hand pieced top just before Christmas, but this is the first chance I had to take a photo etc.  DH is very tall, but his arms weren't quite long enough to stretch it out all the way!  I still plan to add a flat border - I'll applique the outer edge of hexagons, then I'll be able to baste it and prepare for quilting.  I plan to make it large enough to use on our bed!

I won't be claiming the fabric used on my stash report until it is completed!   

Thursday, January 2, 2014


 I have finished quilting, and added the binding to two more baby quilts.  The first one is square, and the colours look much prettier in person.  (I always have problems with my camera - time to look for a new one I think).
The centre was made with 2 sizes of squares, and I have lots of leftover half-square triangle blocks too!
This one almost took more time to cut than to sew.  I work in an assembly line fashion and finished in an afternoon.  I quilted swirly flowers in the snowball blocks.

More sewing tomorrow!