And the winners are…..

allison - 3 kathy - 20









The Random number generator did its thing selecting from 294 comments….

The winners of their own issue of

QMMS-140044-cover_200 Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 9 — Allison, (#3) Kathy (#20) and Martina (#292) whose comments are copied above.  I have emailed you ladies privately to get your mailing information.  Please respond before May 1 or I’ll have to pick new winners.   I’ve already heard back from Martina 🙂  so you won’t be getting her copy. LOL  Thank you to everyone who visited my blog and commented.





Shoulda’ Flown South…

ain’t that the truth after the past winter many of us have endured.  I thought I’d never be warm again and I think that’s how this poor fella is feeling.

First a big thank you to Quiltmaker and everyone there for allowing me to be in Issue 9 and participate in the blog hop.  It is such an honor to be included in this publication! 



He’s donned his hat and matching boots and I  believe he may very well  be walking his way to Florida! 🙂  Thank you to Hoffman California Fabrics for providing me with the fabrics I asked for!

He may look a bit familiar if you normally follow my blog since I was doing a series of free bird projects last year on the blog.  There was an early drawing of a bird in cap and boots and many readers asked when I was going to give them the pattern for it … well I held it back for a reason.  Actually this block ended up being a little different than that prior drawing — this bird is a bit shorter and squatter to fit the 12″ block finished format — but he’s had a long, cold winter and although most things don’t get shorter, the squatter part from being inside all winter long isn’t far off the mark. 😉  It’s an easy block to piece and with just a touch of applique — needleturn, machine applique, satin stitch, buttonhole stitch or raw edge — you pick your poision favorite method of applique.  So what to do with him when he’s done – little framed wallhanging, potholder, pocket on a tote bag?  Here’s just a couple ideas.  How about a  placemats…

placemat shoulda'


or a tabletopper / wallhanging like ….. “At the Crossroads”…..are you one of those birds that shoulda’ flown south?  Which way would you choose to go?



Want to make a few more bird  blocks…… how about “Wandering to And Fro”  – they look like they are pacing….  or make their boots shorter and they’ll look more like they are sleep walking in their nightcaps and slippers.

bluebirds wandering to and fro



or, if you really want to go crazy (I’m actually contemplating hitting my batik stash for this one)… what about Round Robin?



They are fun blocks no matter what colors you choose so I hope you’ll try making one yourself even if you don’t think you “Shoulda’ Flown South.”

Now, let’s not forget the giveaway.  I’ll be drawing three winners who will each get a free issue of 100 Blocks magazine.  Just a few simple rules to follow to be eligible for the drawing:

1) Leave only one comment on this blog post –  just one comment from you because you’d like to join in the fun and have A CHANCE to win an issue (not one comment from every email address everyone in your family has ever had  please).

2)    If you’ve never commented on my blog before, your comment will be held in moderation until I approve it. 

3) Comments received or held in moderation with a time stamp prior to noon CST  tomorrow ( (4/29/14) are eligible for the drawing.  I’m not responsible for comments that never reach me or arrive after the time deadline even tho you emailed them earlier etc, etc.. 🙂   Winners will be announced 4/30/14.  Good Luck  


Check out the Quilty Pleasures blog to find out what blogs are participating in the blog hop this week and find more fun giveaways.

Thanks for stopping by.


More quilting time

The binding is now on the quilt I finished yesterday and since the table was fairly empty, I grabbed the ladybug quilt – which I made for the Komen Golf Outing Auction too – how could it not be with those pink ladybugs — layered that with some pink ribbon fabric left over from one of the past year’s quilts.

20140427_2  So far I have all the horizontal straight line quilting done following the white “plus signs and then stitching straight across the ladybugs as if the white continued.   After I get all the vertical ones done, then I’ll decide what if anything else I’ll add.

The sewing room is now a mess again because I had pulled all kinds of stuff out of the closet looking for the binding I “thought” I had made.   It can stay messy for a few days tho – when I cleaned and reorganized the rest of the room, I didn’t do the closet so since I’ve got a bunch of storage tubs pulled out of it already, might as well clean out the closet and put everything back in organized.  So I’ll work on that a little at a time in the evenings this week I think.  Certainly can’t do it now — it’s time to go throw a potato in the oven and then I think a bit of knitting until dinner is ready. 🙂

Sunday Stashbusting and other happenings

First the stash busting report because miracle of miracles, I have been quilting and I have finished (or finished enough to tally it) a project!  It’s been a while since that happened.   I even turned down an offer of a friend to stop at the quilt shop last Friday night – well if you aren’t doing much sewing it makes it easier to pass up a stop (plus I knew it was too late and they were already closed). LOL

Anyway  Yardage used year to date : 27 yards   Yardage added YTD:  5.75    Used this week: 10.5   Net busted YTD:  21.25


The border is now quilted on this one – got it finished last night.  Thought I had made the binding at the time I made the top but perhaps not — or it’s hidden in one of the places I didn’t look but I was tired of making a mess in the sewing room and – AHA! – found there was still some of the plaid in the stash and that’s what I wanted for the binding anyway.

As I was looking for binding, I came across more Stack ‘n Whack style blocks.  I call them the Mutant Frogs.  20140427_7 Because of the spacing /repeat of the frogs, they don’t make quite as interesting kaleidoscope but they’ll make a fun little boy’s quilt I think.   

And my second sweater is done – sewed the buttons on last night and if the weather warms up a little I might actually get to wear it (since it’s cold and damp and dreary today – raining raining raining – and it’s supposed to be that way all this coming week!)  Not a great photo since it’s a bathroom selfie and the light in my bathroom is throwing off the color of the sweater but until I get a nice sunny day to take a photo…..

So my Knit the Stash totals – well there’s much more yarn added in so far this year than knit but with this sweater finish, I’ve now knit 7,945 yards so far this year – not bad.


CustomFit Cardipalooza KAL and Loopy Groupie Wollmeise KAL.  Started 3/16/14 finished 4/26/14

CustomFit Cardipalooza KAL and Loopy Groupie Wollmeise KAL. Started 3/16/14 finished 4/26/14


Now, a bit of brunch to find, and then a bit of cleaning, and since it’s such a rainy dreary day,  I think the rest of the day will be spent watching movies and either layering another quilt or knitting or both!

Don’t forget to stop back tomorrow for…..


On the Needles Report – Saturday 4/26/14

I simply couldn’t bring myself to turn on the computer last night – it’s been a long week. 🙂 So I’m a day behind with this post.

But here’s what’s on the needles and off the needles this week.

20140426_2 20140426_5 20140426_7Just quicky bathroom selfphotos – I finished one button band last night and when I woke up at 4:30 a.m. wide away – I decided to get up and do the other.  So now just need to steam block the button bands, stitch on the buttons, and burry a couple ends and it’s done.  My second Customfit sweater rav_link – and first sweater using Wollmeise – which is very very nice to work with indeed.

Second ball has just been started on the Quaker Yarn Stretcher.rav_link


And the Wiggle Wrap rav_linkhas a bit more added from my bus rides this week.  There might have been a little yarn that arrived this week but that will have to wait until the camera has recharged. 🙂




No I couldn’t wait to get started on my Wiggle Wrap.rav_link  (yes I need to go back and finish the Quaker Yarn Stretcher – this weekend hopefully and am waiting for the buttons to arrive – tomorrow hopefully – so I can finish my sweater) but in the meantime I started this the other night and am loving how it looks.  Can’t wait to see how it changes when some of the colors other than gold or black come into play.  It’s a super easy bus riding knitting friendly project as long as I don’t get my yarn tangled. 🙂



A fun mail day

I love getting fun stuff in the mail.  First, at work my latest Box of Fun arrived.

20140421_5 The orange yellow is the Kauni I had but I needed another ball of it to make the Wiggle Wrap  rav_link the size I wanted so that’s what the blue/purple one is – it’s just wound in the reverse color scheme of the orange/yellow one.  And the Black/gray ones are the second yarn for that wrap – the colors alternate bright and dark. Can’t wait to get started on that one.


That package also contained the Broody Bantams – which will become some warm cozy scarf I think.  Oh Lordy, more yarn to add to the very poorly named “Knit from the Stash” report. 😉   But, I nearly have a sweater finished – couple rows on one button band and then the buttonhole side of the band.  I dug through my button bin but nothing good in there to use so I’ll have to do some button shopping.




And then when I got home there was a package of this


Advance copies of the next Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Magazine.


My day of the blog tour is next Monday -the first day of the tour.  So don’t forget to stop back and see what’s going on that day – and maybe win one of these issues for yourself. 🙂

One last Sunday quilting session photo

20140420_1 20140420_3 Whew – it was a long day of quilting but I accomplished a lot.   Just the border to do on the quilt and I have most of the quilting done on this tale runner – just have to decide what final quilting to add to it.  I used a bright variegated King Tut thread to go with all those easter egg looking colors.

Did the quilting elves make you dinner?

I knew I couldn’t count on them so I started dinner earlier – baked potato, Paula Deen’s pineapple casserole (which I revamped to remove as many points as I could but it just wouldn’t be right without that buttery cracker crumb topping on it) and smoked pork chop (since I didn’t want to buy ham and it tastes the same).   Yum might add in some fresh asparagus too.

Anyway, while I’m waiting for that to cook, I managed to get the rest of the center of the quilt done.  Just the wide border remains, which will probably get a big feather design in it but I’m going to wait and start work on that another day.  But the center went much quicker than I expected with not nearly the amount of wrestling with the quilt with this new machine as with my old one.  Those extra inches of space and the extended bed make things so much easier!

I tried taking a photo outside to see if I could get the stitching to show up better but although it’s gotten overcast (looks like it could rain) which usually means the stitching shows up a bit more, it didn’t help a lot but here are the photos anyway.

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But the colors in the photos are true.    I’m also going to have to go on the search for the binding  that I  believe I made back when I made the quilt top – tho I think I actually might just know where it is.


In the meantime, I pulled out a little springy  colored wallhanging I spied hanging on a hanger in the closet.  I think the leftover batting and backing I trimmed of the quilt is just the right side for the table runner so going to get that layered and maybe start a bit of quilting on that.20140420_12

2:00 coffee break

Much quilting progress has been made.  It so nice to actually feel like I’m accomplishing something again and so nice to be able to work in my sewing room without winter’s cold penetrating the room.

I’ve got maybe about half of the quilt center quilted.  I decided to do one sort of larger flower-ish design which basically fills all the space between the larger plaid squares where I did the free motion spiral flower.  I can’t get it to show up real well in the photos in the light I’ve got right now in the sewing room but here’s the back and front of the quilt.  So a cup of coffee and a little treat and I’ll get back at it.

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