Sunday, February 26, 2017

My squirrel

Ok so I admit I never had heard of these squirrel moments until I stumbled upon Sandra's blog a few years back. She kept talking about having those Squirrel's and once I learned what she was talking about, I realized I have them all the time, LOL. I just never knew they had a name!

So here is my squirrel or DrEAMI! moment for February.  Cheerful is a pattern by A Bright Corner that I had been admiring for quite some time.  One day earlier this month I was wandering around my sewing room, maybe doing a bit more cleaning up, and my eyes landed upon the fat quarter set I bought from Connecting Threads last November. I decided right then and there to go get the pattern and start in on it. Two days later I had the top sewn up!!  BTW the fabric is Amanda Jean's Good Neighbors line.

check out the other Dr EAMI moments at 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

I started another

Another RSC17 that is.  I knew I wanted another back in January and I couldn't quite put my finger on what it was going to be. And then two weeks ago I decided. Promptly gettint to work and making the purple for January, to catch up, and also the aqua/mint ones for February.  Then I got sick and wasn't up to taking the pic or blogging about it.  Feeling much better now;)

These are Pat Sloan's Solstice Day into Night block.  I just liked this particular block from the first time I saw a bunch of them floating around cyber space. 

Linking up with Scrap Happy Saturday

Friday, February 24, 2017

Working my way through two projects

You might have noticed a new button on the top left side bar. Jan and Jen are having a quilt along from a pattern Jen designed called Laundry Day. I am participating and my day to blog my finished mini will be March 10th. So be sure to come back. There are several of us in the blog hop and I know you will want to check out all the inspiration!

My second project is my OMG for February. I was beginning to think I wouldn't make it. But yesterday I felt good enough to get the backing squared up and loaded on the frame.  Then I thought oh I might as well do just a little quilting...I actually got 3 hours worth done!  Today I will be able to finish the interior of the quilt and get the borders started perhaps;)

Linking with Fabric Fort Worth  and Finished or Not

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Quilts for our furry friends

During February we Island Batik Ambassadors, had a second challenge. That was to create some
Kennel Quilts for furry friends somewhere, either local, or to send to Louisiana as they are in need after the storms that have rolled through there.  That is where my two will go.

 In 2016, Island Batik joined forces with an existing group of industry partners and supporters of the Petfinder Foundation to create the Piece for Shelter Pets (PFSP) initiative.  The initative supports the Petfinder Foundation, a "Public Charity" that works to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets by assisting animal shelters and rescue groups across North America through financial contributions made possible by the sale of fabric, thread, and other quilting related products.  PFSP sponsors include "The Quilt Magazine, Island Batik, Aurfifil Threads, QuiltyBox, Benartex, and Hancocks' of Paducah."

The TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team is a volunteer organization sponsored by "The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) that springs into action(or should we say "Stitches" into action?) when disasters strike, sewing small kennel quilts for animals in need while they are separated from their humans and possibly injured.  Creating kennel quilts is a way for quilters to help our animal friends in times of need by doing what we love.  TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team supplies kennel quilts to shelters across the United States. 

There are guidelines to follow HERE if you would care to make some also.  I picked out 3 strips from my Island Batik stash builder packs and got busy making a couple of Kennel quilts that measure 12"x18".

 They both have the same backing with cute little kitties romping all over.
I hope these two little quilts will bring a couple pets some comfort while they are going through a tough time. It sure made me remember good times with our Cocker Spaniel.  I also hope this post makes sense, you see I have been sick with some awful crud since last Thursday. My DH had it first, it literally was the worse we remember as we felt so horrible for 3-4 days straight. All you could do was stay in bed.  I am still not over it, the sinus's are still under attack which affected my ear and so I am a little light headed yet.

Linking with FreeMotion by the River

Monday, February 13, 2017

Galentine's Day

No that is not a misprint in the title, it is a real holiday! It is the day before Valentine's Day and it is to celebrate your gal pals.

Our challenge this month as an Island Batik Ambassador was to make something to give a gal pal. I had to decide who to make it for, and this past week a friend, who has been a customer of mine also, called to see if I would like some fabric that was leftover from a couple runners I made for her last fall. The fabric is purples and she is not a purple person and wanted to know if I could use it-well yes of course as I love purple!!!  So to say thank you to her I am giving her one of these little Valentine wall hangings I made for Galentine's Day.  The other will hang on my front door.  They are about 14"x8".

 My door is steel so I put magnets in little pockets on the back to hang it with. If you look closely at the backing you will see where I appliqued my hearts on after I did the quilting. I like doing it this was because your background fabric is so much more stable for machine appliqueing. It is also much easier to quilt to quilt without going around your applique.  

The gorgeous Valentine Fabrics from Island Batik which are always a pleasure to work with. 

Here is a list of all of the 2017 Island Batik Ambassadors so you can follow along each month to see what fun projects we each are making. It is so fun to see how everyone interprets our challenge.

Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Anna from Ark Angel Creations
Kathy from Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Connie from Freemotion by the River
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Sharon from Yellow Cat Quilt Desgins
Tina from Quilting Affection Designs
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Sally from Sally’s Quilting Corner
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Joan from Moosestash Quilting
Bernadine from Needle and Foot
Bea from Beaquilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marian from Seams to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Linda from Inspired Layers
Vicki from Vicki’s Crafts and Quiltling(me)
Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Terri from Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Suzy from Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction
Janet from Whispers of Yore

This week's Linky linkups for me...MCM, Linky Tuesday and Valentine Linky

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Strings are a thing

The RSC17 project that I have started is using from my string bin. I now have January purple blocks and February aqua blocks for the string quilt. I have no plans on the exact size this will be as it will be a donation one so this will fit whomever.

If you have been following me you might remember these are pieced on phone book pages that are 6" wide. I taped two together to make the rectangle which I believe is 15" long. These are so fun to make although it makes a big mess when working with strings, but, digging through and finding fabrics you forgot you have is fun!  Notice the diamond  pattern forming because I made some blocks slant left and some slant right. Because these blocks are so long I won't get all of the RSC colors of the year into one quilt.  All of the colors will get made and then divide between two quilts and I am OK with that.  The name of the game for me is to use many scraps!

Have a great weekend.

Friday, February 10, 2017

A box of fabric!

A box of Island Batik fabric that is. Yesterday was my happy day as my second year of being an Island Batik ambassador officially started!!  I am so happy and excited that I got accepted again. It's going to be a very fun year, I mean how could it not as you look at all this wonderful fabric!  And you know that I loved playing with these fabrics and being able to share my projects with all of you this past year.

A gorgeous Coastal Mist 5" stamp pack, a Valentines bundle, a Dotalicious 10" Stack and coordinates, the rolls are their Stash Builders, some blenders, neutrals and a big secret bundle. Island Batik--thank you so much for your generosity!!

And that's not all folks- Aurifil and Superior Threads were also generous and included all these threads to match the fabrics!  Thank you so very much.

I should have a few more posts with Island Batik projects this month so stay tuned!

Linking with Sarah and Myra

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

My one February goal

I will be joining in with several other quilters over at Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal this month.  This quilt was pieced in 2013-14, it's waited patiently for me to pull it out and get it quilted and bound. That is my goal for February.  Do you see the little pink paper pinned to the top border-I even left myself a little note that I wanted to do Suzies Magic binding with the leftover scraps from the little twister shapes! Good thing I did leave that note as I wouldn't have even thought about it!   I guess I better get in gear and get a quilting plan put together.

Linking with OMG

Monday, February 6, 2017

New cutting table

My old cutting table, which is nothing but a 2'x4' folding table with height adjustment, served me well for many years.  The hubster even fashioned some leg extensions to get it at the perfect height for me.   But, after seeing so many wonderful cutting tables made using cubes that had so much wonderful storage, a week ago we went to the local home improvement store to see what I could get to suit my needs.  The old table was 35 1/4" off the floor, perfect for my 5'4" height.  They didn't have all the cubes I needed in the store at the time, but were expecting a truck in a few days. I was so disappointed I had to wait!!

On Thursday they got them in and we went out that night and got them. I put them together on Friday while DH was at work. They are easy peasy to put together, plus I worked at a trailer house factory when I was 21 and put cabinets together-a little tidbit you didn't know about me!  Did I like it-no, but, it was a paycheck!!

On Saturday put two of the 9 cube units back to back, clamping them into place to hold them while DH screwed them together using metal brackets on the ends of the top and bottom of the units.  The 6 cube unit went on one end and he put in a few screws to hold that to the 9 cube units(I didn't get a pic of that).

After the units were hooked together, DH put caulk adhesive on several areas of the units top. Then we laid the top on.  There were some gaps between the unit tops and the table top so the caulk was to fill in that space.  Here he is screwing up through the cube into the 2'x4' laminate top.  

And it is finished, except for the edge of the top. I don't want to use the laminate strips you can buy as we didn't have good luck with them in the past.  I'll figure something else out.

With 24 cubbies to fill, my Sunday consisted of  emptying out tubs of fabric that had just been sitting on my sewing room floor taking up space. Now they are all organized so I can see what I have, and be able to find and use it more easily. I am hoping this will really help me from over buying. At least it will make me feel more guilty to see a lot of what I have!!   This picture was taken after going through Batiks.  I still need a container to put the batik scraps into before going into the cube.  The other 9 cube unit houses Christmas fabric.  There was a whole lot of petting and folding fabric. I use my 6" ruler to wrap it around.

The end 6 cube unit will house some favorite patterns and quilt books/magazines. And probably some more fabric, LOL  Yes I know I am sick, I have a very bad disease but I am not a hoarder as I did through out a bunch of stuff in the process and picked out a few things to take to guild tonight for the giveaway table.

Can you tell I am in love with my new cutting/storage table!!!!!!!  What an improvement from the old to the new.  I felt like I was working in a fabric store yesterday as I folded and folded!  I did work in one for a short time several years ago, but then quit as I discovered I wasn't getting as much done at home as I would like. 

Linking with Beth, Connie and Lorna

Sunday, February 5, 2017

It's So Very Easy

I ran across this video from  Sew Very Easy last month, and I had one of those days where I had nothing planned so I jumped right in and made this little quilt.  It's 36x45.

Such a simple block, but when put together, it makes a fun pattern.  She also shows in the video many different settings you can do. My 5" squares were all from scraps that I am trying to clean up from the 80's-90's mauve/blue coloration.

 Did you notice I said I made it last month, and here it is all quilted already!!  Aren't you proud of me! I usually do a lot of piecing and then a lot of quilting so this is a rare thing for me to have an all finished project so quickly!  The freehand allover quilting consists of a feather swirl and sometimes a hook feather thrown in.

Linking with Oh Scrap.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Walking on Sunshine

A fellow quilt guild member, Sharon, asked me to custom quilt her modern quilt. It was a pleasure and so much fun to quilt this for her. Thanks Sharon for a well pieced quilt!!  I worked up a couple designs by taking a picture of the quilt into photoshop and using my bamboo tablet to draw them out. After a couple of emails of discussing the design I should use, we decided on this.

As you can see I ended up adding another line 1/4" away from the pebble line. It looked OK the orginal way, but, I thought it needed an extra line to give it more sparkle;)

I used deep yellow, deep aqua, and white Glide thread throughout this 44" x 44" quilt. I love how the quilting formed a secondary diamond right in the middle of the quilt.

Some continuous curve stitching in the pinwheel gave this top movement.

Thanks, Sharon, for allowing me to put this on my blog!  Sharon found this Walking on Sunshine pattern on Esty at

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Winner announced and my very fun afternoon!

Last night I needed to pick a winner from my Island Batik Ambassador blog hop. The winner of a pattern of her choice from my Craftsy store is Sandra of I had my DH pick a number, he picked #49.  I have emailed her, congrats Sandra!  All of us ambassadors had a great hop with many great fabrics to work with, and what super projects we came up with. Sew much fun!!!

I heard from Island Batik that I was accepted as an Ambassador again for 2017, YEAH!!  Can hardly wait until I get the new box of fabrics, it's gonna be another awesome year.

Yesterday I picked up my kindergarten grandson from school at noon as it was only a half day of school.  He was pretty excited to be a 'car rider' for the first time. I planned to have him help me sort my bright string bin. We got started with purple, orange and aqua. By having them sorted I thought I would be able to whip through my RSC17 blocks much quicker.  Like I said we started...and then he wanted to know what I was making, how I made it and how the sewing machine worked, inquisitive mind you know:)  So I showed him one of my long string blocks and showed him how I made it. A couple hours later we had these 6 blocks done.  I thought I would work on all aqua ones since February's color is aqua, but he had other ideas, LOL  He wanted one of every color, who am I to stop him, haha. He loved picking out the next string each time, sitting beside me the whole time and watching and asking questions!  Usually the door on my sewing room is closed when the boys are over-too many sharp objects for little hands you know.  So it mostly a mystery to them as to what is behind that closed door!

Here is our accomplishment... six blocks pieced with phone book pages. I taped two of the smaller pages together to get the long block.  He said to me that he wanted to do this again next time he comes over 😊  These will be my RSC17 blocks.

He also made me a Valentine in school that morning!   My own heart was so happy yesterday:-)

Linking with Scrap Happy Saturday this weekend.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

On a Roll-another for me

Yes another quilt quilted and out of the closet and on our couch! And it is a cozy one too, all flannels front and back.  A friend and I went to the AQS show in Des Moines, IA a few years ago and we each bought this flannel kit. It is supposed to have white hand embroidered designs in between each row and each brick. I think we all know we would never see the quilt finished if I did it that way. So done is good in my book.

The quilt was pieced a year ago at retreat and so I thought it was fitting I get it quilted this year.
 Just came off the frame and the lighting was perfect so you can see the freehand feather swirl I quilted on it using my Nolting FunQuilter

 On the front porch

Want to see who's hiding under the quilt!!

 The tan backing.  I love quilting on flannel as the stitches just sink in and leave some awesome texture.

Ready to be snuggled under.

Hope you all are having a great productive week!  I am enjoying piecing some table runners.

Linking with Free Motion by the River and Sew Fresh Quilts-links on the left side bar.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Six years of marinating

This quilt has been marinating in my closet for six years almost exactly! It's been pieced that long and patiently(or impatiently) waiting for me to make up my mind how I wanted to quilt it.  Last week it came out to whisper to me "please quilt me, pretty please", so guess what, I listened!!!  

I had remembered seeing this quilt all quilted prettily by a fellow longarmer. I was sure I had saved her photo on my computer for inspiration, I did, but it took me a couple of days to find it. And I didn't want to copy hers exactly, but to use it for a guideline, which I did.

The pattern is Four Square by Cozy Quilt Design. The fabric was a Kansas Trouble Jelly roll called Autumn Journey.  At 81"x81" it took me a couple days to custom quilt it, but I love how it came out. Here is how I chose to quilt it.

I used an arc ruler to make the spine for the freehand lettuce leaf feather. No backtracking on these feathers which is the way I like it!  I used a tan Mother Goose Signature thread.

Quilters Rule nested circles came in handy for making all the rings in the center design, you follow along the outside edge of the circle with your hopping foot.  The pebble circles  between the rings are freehanded.

The inspiration for the big green border came from fellow blog buddy Beth at Cooking Up Quilts.  As I told Beth I had seen this type of border before but have never tried it, and when she showed hers recently it just grabbed me and said put me on a quilt!  Thanks for the inspiration Beth!   I used a big green template for the spine of the lettuce leaf feather. I used school chalk in a holder to draw on the quilt gently to determine if the scallop repeat would fit nicely on the border and it did, no fudging! School chalk will just wipe off the fabric when you need it to. I stitched the spine corner to corner on one border from left to right and stitched the U turns going back to the left. Then I broke the thread and stitched the second spine from right to left and started the lettuce leaf feathers stitching back to the right. Each green border was stitched in this order on my trusty Nolting Funquilter 17" using stitch regulator when using the templates, but the feathers and U turns are all freehand.

The circles in the red border are made using another Quilters Rule inside nested circles. These you put your hopping foot in the center and go around the circle.

 Thread used-Mother Goose Signature, red Glide, green Molly Polly.  Templates used- Quilters Rule Nested inside circles, Nested Circles, Renae's Amazing Arc, Deloa Jones castle(for SID). And the school chalk in it's yellow holder.   I am not advertising for any one, just sharing what worked for me on this quilt.

Rob's Ruler for making the spine for the feather/U turns.  I have had this ruler a long time and it is my understanding this company is not in business any more.

Linking up with other bloggers for inspiration at some of the linky parties on the left side bar.