Thursday, July 17, 2014



 The last time I posted about quilting snow was on the ground and it was so cold. Now in mid summer it is so hot.  And I am back to stitching a quilt.


Amy from Sew Incredibly Crazy published her first quilt pattern and was looking for pattern testers. A new experience for me. Her Watkins Star Quilt is lovely and worked up perfectly. it is available here.

I  choose a FQ bundle full of sunshine colors.

This was a fun pattern to stitch.

What is really neat is seeing how pretty and unique looking a pattern can be when  different fabrics are chosen. Check out Amy's blog to see all the variations.

This quilt has so much potential. I can see it stitched in winter fabrics with a sky blue background. 

Friday, June 6, 2014



Saturday, March 15, 2014



Thursday, March 13, 2014



I think of ruffles as curtains and little girls dresses and flounces on pillows so when Madame Samm announced her blog hop I was not sure what direction I would take.

 I goggled "ruffles" and at the head of the list what should appear but "Ruffles - All Dressed".  Must be ideas for unique clothing I thought. Who would have imagined that Ruffles is a food group. (I hope you noticed that when I did a taste test I choose the HEALTHY lightly salted version.)

 I stitched a new padded cushion for my stool and created a frivolous look with a flower ruffle.

Next came a ruffled pillow case to match a new afghan for my musical niece.

Tea towels for the kitchen. If I was smart I would have made the ruffle match the new stool covers. 

 Last week Kaaren of The Painted Quilt gifted us with her First Friday Freebie pattern for a pincushion stitched in wool.  My idea was to make a pillow with ruffled edge but I thought it would suit me better as a table mat. 

This was a fun stitching project. Choosing the applique fabric and raiding my button collection brought spring closer  banishing thoughts of snow.

Should add a whimsical look to the table for Easter.

 If we use mug rugs for our tea surely St. Patrick deserves his own for the celebratory Irish Coffee on March 17. This design may be found on Pat Sloan's free pattern page:'s 5 o'clock somewhere.

 So choose your favorite beverage and join the other stitchers as we celebrate ruffles.

And thank you Madame Samm and Amy for gathering us all together to stitch creatively.

Irish Coffee
1 shot Irish Whiskey
1 Teaspoon sugar
1 dollop of whipped cream
Strong, hot coffee
Preheat stemmed glass. Add whiskey, sugar & coffee. Top with whipped cream. 
 Enjoy !!

Monday, February 10, 2014



 It must be the endless snowy weather, some attack of new year foolishness or reading too many blogs with good ideas which forced me to begin several BOM's since 2014 began. 

I am stitching the Aurifil BOM exclusively from stash. Each month a different designer creates a block.

 Pat Sloan began a Globetrotting BOM.  Picked black and white for my colors then found a cute FQ with keys. Her blocks are called Washington and Venice and will travel the world of famous cities.

It has been a while since I attempted any paper piecing and  Sew Kitschy looked like a cute project. The first two months oven mitts and a cookie jar (still needing embroidery) are done.

Sew Kitschy Pattern Sketches

And just because it is close to Valentines Day a few girly pinwheels were stitched for a special project.

Sew Happy Stitching ,

Monday, January 27, 2014



Welcome to Day 1 of an exciting blog hop. Thank you to Mdm. Samm (SewWeQuilt ) and to Carla (Creatin' In The Sticks) for inspiring us to expand our imaginations and sew.

A wonderful selection "HANDMAIDS" fabric created by Quilting Treasures made working on these blog projects a pleasure.

                    A perfect little runner for tea time break .

                                           Mug Rugs **

There are so many neat characters in this fabric. I looked at this and saw a Scottish lady. She was calling for tartan.

A ruffled fringe for framing and I have a new cushion.

      And hand-holding Handmaids rule on the pillow back.

                 I created a mini quilt using the gentler colors.  

What started as a small lap quilt grew. The pieced back includes  one of the original panels. I was not supposed to start another quilt but those designs just spoke "quilt". 

Hand quilting will be in this quilt's future. This picture was taken in -22 on a beautiful cold  winter day after a blizzard. 

 Thank you for visiting.  A visit to other sewing rooms will provide more stitching delights.

** Mug Rug pattern -- "Cuppa Coaster" -- may be found in     Quilter's World Winter 2013