Monday, July 20, 2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Time to make Christmas gifts!

Now is the time to start making Christmas gifts at a leisurely pace. No stress here! 
I will do my best to post instructions/ tutorials of a few popular ones . I will strive for one a week . Come back often to check my progress. 
We will be making:
Microwave Bowls
Microwave Potato Bags
Infinity Scarf
Zipper Bag for Cosmetics( or whatever you want!)

You can make anything you want! Want to know how to make something  you saw? Ask me! 

Ok, let's get to it! We are making a Microwave Bowl. This is basically a pot holder for your bowl of oatmeal ( or corn for dinner ) . Instead of grabbing a hot bowl, you lift out a soft warm potholder that your bowl is sitting in!
There will be lots of photos! You never know when this is someone's first project. Be patient . 


You will need :
2 squares of COTTON fabric ,10 1/2"
You could use a Moda Layer Cake��
2 squares of COTTON batting
 ( save those batting scraps!)
COTTON thread to match
Layer one of each fabric square on top of one of each of the batting squares. Draw an X on the back of each batting square , from corner to corner. Sew on this line, to hold your layers together. Now you have 2 quilt sandwiches.
Fold each sandwich in half, right sides together. On the folded edge, mark 3/4" on the open edges and 2 1/2" on the folded edge.Turn it so you can mark the other edge. THEN fold each one in the other direction and mark that fold the same.Do this on both sandwiches, on the batting side. 
Now connect your lines into a curve. Sew on the curve.

Trim the outer portion of the curve to 1/4", to have less bulk.

You now have the two halves of your bowl!

Put them together with right sides facing and batting on the outside. 

Line up the corners and the curves you just sewed. Before you pin the curves together, flip one to the right and one to the left so that they nest together.

You should have no less than 8 pins holding your bowl together.

On one side, between the corner and one curve (dart), mark a 2 inch space where you will not sew. I usually just put two pins together at the beginning and the end of the space. I know that I will not sew past 2 pins together.Do whatever works for you!

Once this is done, sew all around the edge (leaving that 2 inch space open!)

Trim the corners.

Now turn it right side out!

Push the corners out using a chop stick or some blunt tool

Find the opening and press the edges in the form the seam.

Go ahead and give the whole thing a good press.

Sew 1/4" from the edge all the way around

Your bowl is now done!!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Lots of pool time!

I have really been enjoying the pool this summer! I get in every morning (almost) at 9:00 and just swim from one end to the other, back and forth , until I get tired. Then I grab my green noodle and kick from one end to the other . I do this for about an hour. Yes, I'm calling it exercise, hehe! Sometime I get back in the pool in the evening, around 7:00, especially if it was a hectic day. Ya know, sometimes you just have to take a break from the sewing machine! 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Quilt for a retiring principal

This is the quilt commissioned for a retiring principal. Teachers and staff signed blocks for me and they all went into the quilt. A very special keepsake for a very special person. 

Push me to blog!

I have a friend on a quilting FB page who just jumped into blogging. Yippee!! Not only is she blogging , she's pushing me to keep up with mine! Wow ! Thanks Jessica!! I need a push in that direction! 

Although I have not been blogging lately, I have been quilting! I made a quilt for a retiring elementary school principal . I am also in the middle of not one, but two t -shirt quilts!!  Both are for my youngest son , who just graduated from high school and recently became an Eagle
Scout!! Proud momma here!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Embroidery Machine

I recently acquired a small Brother Embroidery Machine. It only has a 4x4 hoop, but that's good for now. I have been doing lots of embroidery. Quilt blocks, pillow covers, Christmas ornaments. There are, surprisingly, oodles of designs out there for a 4x4 hoop! I am a little leery of 'free' designs. However , I have found a few sites that are, so far, very trustworthy for downloading free designs.

 My current favorite is

Theirs is broken in categories. Makes for easier searching for a particular design.
Like this cute one to welcome Japanese! (? I guess it's Japanese!?) Year of the Goat?
Goat free embroidery design 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015


A new year. What will it bring? What do I want it to bring?

I want to travel. I know, I do do travel quite a bit, but , I want to travel with my husband. We plan to go to Las Vegas this year. Hopefully within the next month. We have a new grandbaby due at the end of March, so that sort of puts a kink in any travel plans around that time. I suppose that means I'll be home....sewing!

I really should make a list of all my PHD's and get those knocked off this year. What are PHD's? Well, Projects Half Done, of course. I happen to have more than a few of those.  I'll think about it. Not sure I want to tackle such a big list this year.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Good Bye 2014!

Ok, I have NOT been posting for most of 2014. I was too busy and couldn't even keep up with email, let alone my blog.  I am not happy about that. I will do my best to keep up this year.

Let me give you sort of an update of what I've been up to.
In March 2014 I was the Director of the GSQA 15th Biennial Quilt show. We donated a total of 62 quilts to the local Fire and Police Departments. That's me in the middle.
We also had the honor of displaying some of the awesome, award winning quilts made by the founder of GSQA, Marion Maerke. This was her Humming Birds that won more than one ward in 1984.
This is Marion's daughter, Kathleen. She drew the winner for the opportunity quilt in the background. (I didn't win).
THEN, after a very hectic week of quilt show, I flew to Washington D.C. with my, then 82 year old, Dad. I took him to the Cherry Blossom Festival and it was AWESOME! It was his first trip to D C so we did the normal touristy things: The war monuments, he was a Master Sergeant in the army during the Korean War, the Arlington Cemetery, The white House and The Capital. It was the trip of a lifetime and neither of us will ever forget it

While I was in the area, I did a little shop hopping with a friend who lives there. 

That was in April 2014. Then, in May 2014, my baby became a senior in high school! Time flies when you're having fun!!

Skipping to October, I spent a week in Gulf Shores, Alabama with my sewing buddies. We went to Pensacola, FL for a class with Philippa Naylor from England. It was an awesome class! I also met up with quilty friends, Karen Williamson and Alma Moates. 

Now we are to Christmas, or Christmas sewing! I made 26 candy cane holders for my granddaughter's class. I made a reading tent for her playroom and a teepee for my grandson. For myself I made a table topper. I call it Peppermint Twist. I made it for a guild red and white challenge. I got an Honorable Mention.

So, now! We are up to date on LAST year. 
2015 will be AWESOME!! Let's make it sew!!