Thursday, November 16, 2017


Yesterday I worked on stitching the red and green strips to these cute Christmas animals. I don't have a pattern - just trying to wing it and make it work.  LOTS of math here. Only the center part is stitched together, but I think this may be the final layout. I know I won't finish this quilt completely by Christmas, but hopefully I'll finish the top by then. My realistic goal is to have THREE Christmas quilts complete by Christmas 2018. This is the first one. The row of Christmas tree I made last week in number two. And On Ringo Lake (Bonnie Hunter's mystery) in Christmas fabrics is number 3. I think it's doable!

I'm not sure what today will bring. I was tired and slept late...still easing into my morning.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Yesterday I set up my Accuquilt and spent the morning cutting strips. Yes, it's red. I know, I don't usually use red fabric in my quilts. But I'm on a Christmas quilt kick and a Christmas quilt must have red, right? I also cut up some green (of course).

This will be a fun quilt to make and I don't think it will take very long. I'll keep you posted!

So what did I decide about making two Bonnie Hunter mystery the same time...???? Well, I'm going for it! BUT the Christmas color way will not be scrappy - that's my one concession - only four different fabrics.

I made a big decision this week - I'm not cooking for Thanksgiving. I ALWAYS cook for Thanksgiving, so this is kind of a big deal. But we have a lot going on and we're going out to eat instead. And I'm rather glad! Woohoo! More time to sew!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Yesterday I basted a quilt! I know...where's the quilt top? I took a photo before I placed it on the batting...secret project, you know.... Anyway, it's ready to be quilted now.

What wrong with this picture? Hahaha! Little Mickey rules the roost!

My shoulder is almost completely well and that is very good news indeed. I'm ready to get back to sewing and stitching.

These days I want to clean up and organize my sewing room, preparing to begin Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt journey. In fact I've been toying with the idea of making TWO mystery quilts in different color ways. Crazy, right? That's probably asking too much of myself. I was thinking I might make one in Christmas colors, too? I'm going to have to think this through first....

Enjoy you day!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Applique Update

Since I didn't sew yesterday and have nothing new to's an update on this appliqué project. Slowly, but surely....

My shoulder is so much better today! I knew it was just a muscle tweak, but I'll baby it again today to make sure it gets back to 100% by the end of the weekend.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, November 9, 2017


Okie dokie! I'm ready for Bonnie Hunter's mystery! Are you? I love these colors...

I did sew a good bit yesterday. I even finished a 'secret project' quilt top. I'll share it here eventually, but it may be a couple of months.

Last night's dinner was a hit. I had never made risotto before - but it's not so hard, just a lot of stirring. It was delicious!

It's a rainy day here - haven't had one of these in quite some time. But I've pulled a muscle in my shoulder so I'm not sure how much (if any) sewing I will do. It may be a TV day instead...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

On a Winning Streak...

After winning the raffle the previous night - homemade cinnamon rolls! - I headed to World Market yesterday morning to do some shopping. Have you heard about their Golden Llama Treasure Hunt? Every day they hide 'golden llamas' around every store. I found one! I received a $50 certificate that I had to spend that day. What fun!

 I bought this big metal container to put at the lake house - I thought it would be good to hold quilts for when they are needed. Or maybe firewood?

And then I headed to Target to shop the Hearth and Hand Collection by Chip and Joanna Gaines. I grabbed a few things, including these dish towels - I plan to make throw pillows with them.

Next I picked up a new friend for lunch. We'd never met (a mutual friend put us together) though we found we have LOTS in common. We're planning some shopping trips together soon.

I only did hand sewing in the evening. Today is another story though! My machine will be humming soon!

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Christmas Quilt Beginning...

After my dentist appointment, I started a Christmas quilt! I've never been one for seasonal quilts - seems like a lot of work for a quilt that will only be 'out' for a few weeks of the year. But I've changed my tune. Now that we live in a much smaller home and I cut WAY back on Christmas decorations, I think a few Christmas quilts would be nice to add to the ambiance during the holiday season.

I didn't use a pattern for these trees - just winging it! Kind of cute, huh?

Last night I attended the neighborhood Ladies Club meeting. There were lots of donated items that were raffled. I was lucky to win a platter of homemade cinnamon rolls! When I came home they went straight into the freezer for a later date when we have family around. I donated a wallhanging quilt and the recipient seems happy with it.

I'm so blessed that we have landed in a neighborhood with so many really wonderful people. We love it here.

Enjoy your day!