Monday, October 7, 2019


Hi everyone!  In the "Yay, I'm Finished!" category today, we have ... Christmas In The City!!!


I really had fun with this one.  That fabric ... I just can't thank my friend Donna enough for giving me her VERY cool retro "scraps"!!! I love the bright, cheery fabs paired up with the city map fabric - I'm very pleased with how it came out! (... except maybe for having some rows "off", but that's another story altogether!)

I ended up sewing the binding by hand; I'm really happy with how it came out!  I'm still working on my machine binding skills, but ... I need work!

Here's a look at the back; you can get a good look at the quilting this way:


I had a swingin', groovin', retro-coolin' time making this quilt! Thanks again to Donna for the awesome fabrics!

Thanks for reading!

PS:  Maggie likes it, too.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Storage Cube

Hi everyone!  I thought I'd give you a couple updates today!

Remember the not-a-Kira quilt?  I finally pieced a backing for that!  I have it all basted and ready to be quilted.  Now I just need some time.  And to decide how I'm going to quilt it.  I keep changing my mind on that!  One of my friends suggested the name "Kaleidoscope" and I really like that!  I think I'm running with it!

And the Hunter's Star?  That massive quilt is now in the hands of a professional long-armer.  I'm SUPER excited!  More details to come on that!

The only other project I've tackled lately is a toy box for my girls!


I used Soft and Stable to help the box hold its shape.  I heard in another video that using Wonder Clips can help "train" the foam to go the way you want it to go, so after I hit the top seam with an iron, I Wonder Clipped the top before doing the top-stitching.  It worked out very well!

It was tricky sewing a cube (the "Y" seams at the bottom corners), but I followed a tutorial by Debby Shore. I found her directions to be clear and easy to follow. I've just "discovered" her videos and am really enjoying them!

Speaking of enjoying things ...


Both Cam and Maggie are enjoying their new toy box!

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Wrapping It Up

Hi everyone!  I have two more little fabric baskets to show you today - made from the same tutorial from Pink Penguin that I've used many, many times.  I love the size and shape of this basket; we have a few here at the house and they are so handy!

A couple weeks ago, I showed you two I made recently - the one in colonial/early American type fabrics was for my mom and the denim/homespun one was for the owners of the cabin we stayed in on our trip out to see her.  Just a little "thank you" -- especially since they had no problem with our pups staying there.  I made two others, and they wrap up all the "making them for the trip" projects!

First up was this one:


Pumpkins, acorns, leaves, sunflowers ... a lot of fun Fall fabrics!  I wanted to leave something with my mom to give to my sister-in-law.  (She and my brother live close to where my mom is, but they weren't home when we visited.). I thought it was adorable!

Next, a variation on a theme:


Sunflowers, crows, birdhouses, lots of garden motifs.  I didn't piece the top of the outer part; I just wanted those sunflowers to shine!  I gave it to my neighbor as a "thank you" for taking our mail in and watching the house a bit while we were gone.  She grows sunflowers, like the good Kansan that she is - and has a veggie garden.  She really seemed to like it; I loved giving it to her!

That's a wrap of the "trip" projects!  As always, thank you so much for reading!