Monday, June 18, 2018

Coasters and such...

 Well, I have not completed the Machine Quilting on my Irish quilts, but I did work on a few small projects. This bag is the "Open Wide" pattern by "Patterns by Annie". It was a fun bag to make, and I used mesh for the inside pockets.
 I spent the day with my friends, and my friend Debbie had made this cute table topper. So I had to make one too! This pattern is called "Anything Goes Table Topper", and was surpirisingly easier than it looks. This pattern comes in 4 sizes. This is the extra small and finishes about 15 1/2 inches.
 These cute coasters were made from a pattern by @diary of a quilter blog. I love strawberries this time of year, and used scraps from my Fig Tree fabrics.
 And....I tried really hard not to order this kit....but I couldn't help myself. It is so cute! Who doesn't love Christmas in the summer?
I also decided to make a mini "Open Wide" bag with the left over fabric. I thought I would make it in reverse colors. These are great bags for cosmetics or anything else you want to store. The opening is very large and makes it easy to access contents.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Irish Spring...

 I was commissioned to make two quilts with an Irish theme. What better pattern than the Irish chain. These quilts are being made for a friend of my Mothers. She is Irish and wanted to give an Irish gift to her two daughters.
This is a pattern I bought when Strawberry Patches (Bakersfield, Ca) was going out of business. The fabric was a gift I won at a friends Retirement party. This pattern is great for Fat Quarters. The pattern is: Sew Together Bag by @Sew Demented.

 This purse was made taking a class at Thimble Towne in Visalia. It was taught by Ann Hinman, I finally finished it. It is made using cork. It also is a fun pattern. The pattern is: Selena Bag, pattern by Sallie Tomato (

Thursday, April 19, 2018


 I was so honored to win a merit award at our annual Best of the Valley Quilt show. The award was sponsored by Lynn Drennen Guritz. The award: Navy Marine Corps Award of Excellence.
I have not been quilting much this month. We went on vacation to Maui Hawaii. There were flowers in the hotel lobby every day. It rained much of the time we were there, so we were able to spend time enjoying the flowers! It was a much more relaxed vacation for us. Hawaii is always beautiful.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Vinyl pocket pouch

 I made this vinyl pouch to hold my "Bake Sale" templates. I am working on bake sale 2 quilt along. It is a fun applique project. The vinyl pouch was made from a tutorial by Moda fabrics.
 This little wall hanging is something I finished. I am trying to practice my machine quilting before I start on my big quilts. It was a kit by Bunny Hill designs.
 I made this towel from a tutorial by @suzanne_zingg instragram post. I had this one lone towel and some wine fabric, so thought I would try it! It was fun and easy, and I will be making more for our annual boutique in October.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Bake sale 2 quilt along..

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I have been enjoying the Bake Sale 2 quilt along by Lori Holt @beeinmybonnet. I have two rows completed!

This latest project is also an appliqué in the making. I have had this fabric for years, and am happy to finally use it. I was not sure what to do with the log cabins blocks. I came upon a pattern that uses appliqué with the blocks (book: Creative Log Cabin Quilting). I like to leave the ends of my applique stems loose when I am "ad libbing" the layout. When I lay my flowers and stems, I have some wiggle room in which to lay my pieces without having to un-sew.

Thursday, February 8, 2018


 This is one of my UFO's from "at least" five years ago. I used some of my collection of Cherry Wood fabrics. I also enjoy hand appliqué, and this pattern had just a few blocks with applique.
 This quilt was made using Fig Tree fabrics. This is the Fat Quarter Shop "Cross Roads Quilt Along" from 2016. Fat Quarter Shop donated the proceeds from this pattern to St. Jude's Hospital. It still needs binding, but I wanted to get a picture while I was photographing other quilts for the upcoming "Best of the Valley" Quilt show.  This quilt was quilted by Darby Myers @the quilted squid.
This was another quick finish I made for spring. I love making mini quilts for my quilt hanger in my sewing room.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Happy February...

 I finally have a few things to decorate for the month of February. This "Love" pillow was a UFO bought at our local quilt store, Quilters Paradise (that has now closed). Very sad about that. The lettering is Wool fabric and it is hand embroidered. I love the buttons provided in the kit.
 This pillow pattern is from "Carried away quilting". It is called, "Love Notes Pillow".
 I love the little letter blocks, and my Fig Tree Fabric!
This was a January finish, it is bound and living on my sofa. It matches my living room perfectly!