20140510_8  is now finished.   Happy is the fifth DPPAS block I’ve finished.  Let’s see, I’ve got Weaver, Cricket and Jowles to make and I’ll be caught up — if I can get them done before it’s time to do the June blocks.

But before I can move on I need to trace more freezer paper templates and then go digging through the batiks again to pick fabrics.


No I didn’t find rats in those two cases but nothing too exciting either.

I thought the smaller one was full of civil war repros and the other one I couldn’t remember what it held.  I knew there was also a bunch of Halloween prints in one of them.

I opened the larger one – that’s where the civil war repros and Halloween fabric were. – Luckily the suitcase was not jam-packed but there was still more than I thought.  The civil war repros got stacked in a milk crate until I finish the project I need them for and then they are out of here.


The Halloween fabrics I dumped in the washer – they had so many wrinkles in them they would have never pressed out.  I love Halloween fabrics and recently set aside some of my Halloween swap blocks I wanted to set together so I’ll have freshly laundered fabrics.

As soon as I opened up the larger suitcase I remembered what was stored in the smaller one  and why I haven’t opened it in a very long time….



20140510_4Scraps!  And since I don’t do scrap quilting – I haven’t dug in it in ages.

However – one of these days I’ll dig through it because I see golf ball and golf tee fabric on top – I knew there was some left from prior golf auction quilts.

I’ll give it a going over to see if there’s anything I need to keep in there or not.  I sometimes keep smaller pieces (to me “smaller is like about a fat eight”) pieces of tone on tones for applique and I usually keep smaller pieces of batiks but not much else.  It will be interesting to see what I find in here.

But gosh I can’t believe it’s 8:00 p.m.! — and that explains why I’m starving – no one has made dinner here!

But before I go get a smoothie going, here’s my progress so far.


This is the center of the closet, when both closet doors are fully open you see about a foot of space to each side of that shelving unit but the closets extend well back beyond the open doors.  The stuff on the top shelf (bag – which I think also has scraps), lamp etc haven’t been dealt with yet.  But the shelves were stocked to the top of each and at the moment I have open ones so that’s good.  One shelf will be a place to put the VHS tapes since I can only watch those in the sewing room so I need to go pull the rest out from the shelves of the  living room tv stand.




To the right of the center shelves, quilt tops on hangers, knit blocking mats above, boxes of Christmas ornaments on the shelf.  Below the quilts was where the big Christmas tree box was so I’ve definitely gains some floor space to put something.


And to the left of the center shelves, first row of tubs is yarn, second row of tubs are more quilt tops, swap blocks and other partially completed  quilting things and packages of batting.   On shelf above the civil war repros, a layered quilt that has been layered for years but I don’t really feel like it as is which is why I haven’t finished it so it may finally hit the donation pile (after I pull my safety pins out of it).

Course the rest of my sewing room still looks scary with little piles of this here and there that I need to organize but I’m done for tonight.

I hope to have another dog blog appliqued to show you tomorrow.


Mystery bags

I finally decided to clean out the sewing room closet (since I had pulled out all the tubs of quilts tops and swap blocks and other WIP when I was searching for some binding I thought I had made).  This of course means I’ve wrecked the whole sewing room again (well not all but it’s a bit tricky to walk around in) with all the stuff I  pulled out so I could vacuum the carpet, woodwork, dusty cobwebs in the upper corners of the closet.

Since I was able to store more stuff under my bed with the addition of the new bed risers, that has cleared up storage areas in other places so the huge tub that holds my x-mas tree no longer needs to stay in the sewing room closet.  More room for other things!

Out of the back of the sewing room closet I pulled these…

20140510_2  I had to laugh at those airline stickers still on the large suitcase — the orange one warns it is “heavy”.  That’s an understatement –that stick was put on the last time I took a quilty vacation with friends to a cabin in Arkansas (2009 I think) and 40 yards of fabric was added to that suitcase for the trip home. LOL  Oh yes, it was definitely heavy and cost me extra money to bring home.

Now I know the blue case has fabric in it — it has been in there since I moved to this apartment – 6, 7, 8 years ago – I can’t remember off the top of my head but clearly I have not missed having it on the shelves.  Actually, I know that’s where the civil war reproduction fabrics are and I’m sort of “over” those.   Not into the dark mucky look any more.  I do have one scrappy quilt in progress that I need some of those for to add borders to yet.  I should just pull that one out and get the borders on it.  I may also piece some of the leftovers together for a backing for that quilt  but after that I think they may  go in the donation bag and out of my sewing room.

The other suitcase – I’m the teensiest bit afraid to open.  It could have clothes stored in it which I’ve forgotten about – like off season sweaters etc, and at one time I had extra quilts/blankets stored in it.  I don’t remember what is currently in there – I’m just hoping it’s not full of fabric too! 🙂   Oh well… time for a soda and then to do some investigating into what these things hold.  I’d really like to get the closet put back in order and all the other clutter put away today but its 4:15 and I’m losing interest……we’ll see……..



Camp Loopy Project 1 – What Movie was it???

Okay – if you read my previous Camp Loopy 1 post I gave three clues (albeit not really good clues but I didn’t want to make it easy) for you go try to guess what movie trilogy is my all time favorite which I will be basing my first Camp project on..  No one guessed the correct movie so if you left a comment on my prior post here and met the other criteria of the giveaway rules, you were included in the random draw for a winner.

So to recap – for the first  Camp Loopy project you need to knit something that reminds you of your favorite book, movie or tv show and you get to interpret “how” it relates to that book,  movie or tv show — whether it’s based on a character, scenes, colors, names – open to so many possibilities.    You also need to use at least 400 yards of yarn.  And the first projected is started and finished in June.

Go to Sheri’s blog for the complete list of all rules/procedures/how it works info – it’s not too late to decide to come to Camp since we don’t start until June 1 and Camp 20% discount week runs another couple of days (or knit from your stash and just join in the fun – again all the info on the options to participate are on Sheri’s blog) and see what fun drawings or prizes you could win/earn.

So back to those three clues:

  •    Clue 1:    there are three movies total to the series  — Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Green Gables, The Sequel (aka Anne of Avonlea on my old vhs tapes) and Anne of Green Gables, The Continuing Story.

  •    Clue 2:  the movie was adapted from a book(s) (there are many books to the series but I’ve never read a one of them – I may have to do that one of these days)

  •     Clue 3:   I was in my mid 20s when I saw the first movie.  (first movie came out in 1985 – I was 25)

20140510_1 All  three movies with Megan Follows and Colleen Dewhurst.  I’ve seen other versions with other actors but no – those just aren’t right for me.   These actors, the music (wonderful) , the scenery, the story line – I love it all.  The third VHS tape is here somewhere but that was taped off the tv, not purchased.    However, I just ordered a new box set of DVDs – it’s one of those movies (and there are very few of them) that I will watch over and over – a favorite to pop in as I’m knitting or sewing and since the VCR only works on the old tv in my sewing room, and since I planned to do a bit of straightening up in the sewing room while I wait for something else I ordered to be delivered later this afternoon so I can finish my current quilting project, I just might have to pop these in as I clean since I haven’t watched them in quite a while.

Now finally on to the drawing winner…… Oh no wait LOL I forgot to tell you what I’ll be knitting based on these movies.  Marilla Cuthbert (Colleen Dewhurst) and her brother Matthew live very simple lives without lots of frills.  So I’m knitting a very simple shawl of the type Marilla would approve of – no frills – just some simple texture and very useful and utilitarian.  So I’ll be making this shawl.   I thought about making it green but seriously I’ve made several green things lately and tho it’s my favorite color – I need to do something else.  Marilla would make it in some very neutral brown, tan, black or grey in a sturdy wool that would go with everything and not a frivolous color.  But as my nod to Matthew, who liked to buy a few frivolous (pretty) things for Anne much to Marilla’s exasperation, I think he would choose this Wisteria yarn with a bit of silk and cashmere – as Anne grows up her hair turns from “carrot” red to a “nice auburn” and I think the color would have looked lovely on her.

So now the winner….yes… finally — there were only 7 guesses (pretty good odds for those ladies) and random generator picked #1 so the winner is Mel Meister.   Congrats Mel! Please email your mailing address (my email is under my photo in the blog sidebar).