Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Aprons, Aprons, Aprons

The aprons I made were well used.

I love my son making cookies with his boys.

Turns out I wore mine to breakfast.
I enjoyed it very much.
(The family breakfast and the apron)

I love that my family knows what to give a quilter for Christmas.
I am excited to make a new row quilt. 
And I needed a new rotary cutter.

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 17, 2017


On a visit to California this summer 
I talked to a niece about how to finish a hand quilted quilt.
Because, let's face it, they are big and it is easy to get discouraged.

I told her to set a daily or weekly goal.
1 row-
Move the hoop 2 times-
4 inches-
Just something doable. 

When I got home, I knew I needed to follow my own advise.
This has taken about forever,
but I realized this week I only have 3 more rows and a border.
The end is in sight.

And here is one of those cute aprons in use.

They are to fun.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Does Life Get any Busier

I have been so busy.
I am always cutting something for my Kindergarten Class.
It's what a quilter does,
We cut
and then
we put it back together
and it looks

I have cut out 40 hand prints this week.
These should be cute.

Fingerprint Christmas Tree Handprint Christmas Card

I'm so grateful for all the cute ideas out there.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

In the Groove

This summer, we were in line at the Merc
in Pawhaska, Oklahoma, when
I found the cutest quilt shop called

I purchased this fabric for a friend who has three girls and was having a boy.


I'm not sure what took me so long,
but it is tied up and ready to deliver.

I did some more machine quilting this week.
This is a little one,
and it needs some binding,
but I finally feel like I'm getting back in the grove.

I hate to say this, 
but the blue in this quilt kinda makes my stomach turn.
It is done!

I need a thank you gift for a foster grandma who works in my classroom.

I had this block sitting on my sewing table.

I made this much more difficult than it needed to be,
but it is ready to be presented to a very 
sweet, helpful and lovely lady.

Happy Sewing 

Sunday, November 12, 2017


I finished this quilt.
I will take a picture of it this week.
It is a give away.

I love this apron.
I made the first of four.
I went together fast and I hope my kids like it!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

It Happened

I'm not sure exactly when,

I ran out of thread while quilting this quilt.
I realized that I have the middle done.
I don't think it happened then.

Unfortunatel, I had to go to the only fabric store around here that sells Gutermann thread.
I am not a huge fan of this store,
so I don't think it happened there.

I also bought fabric to line the aprons I need to make.
I don't think it happened then either.

But at some point the other day,
I had a desire to sew.

It has a been a while.

I hate it when it happens.

I know it will come back,
I don't know when.

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, October 29, 2017


We have had some delightful weather this week in Southern Idaho.

I don't think I ever get tired of fall colors.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Baby Steps

I promised myself some sewing time this weekend.

It was close, but I cleaned off the sewing table.
And threaded the sewing machine.

And then I put this back together.

It is ready to quilt.

Baby Steps.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Disappearing Sewing Time

I have a camera problem.

Let's face it,
I have a sewing problem.

I just don't have enough time right now
to sew.

I have finished 4 rows of this quilt.

And  I finished the little cowboy quilt.
I have 2 now.

Now I need to find my 1 sewing hour on Saturday afternoons.

I need it.

Doesn't everyone need  Sewing Time?

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Cross Stitch

My cross stitch project is almost done.

I just found this in some stuff my mom gave me,
but I have really enjoyed it.

I guess I'll have to find a new project to work on.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

How did I do that?

When I made the first Cowboy quilt,
I cut out the second one.

It was my intention to make both quilt tops before I went back to work.

Well, that didn't happen.

Yesterday, I carved out a couple of hours to sew.

For the life of me,
I could not remember what to do.

I started slow.
I figured it out.

I hope to finish the quilt top tomorrow.

And then?

I'm not sure.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Cross Stitch

Have I ever mentioned that I love cross stitch?

It can be so addicting.

I found this cross stitch in some things my mother gave me.
I have been working on it when I haven't been hand quilting.

Boy, was I happy to see it this week.

I do feel like I need to work on this quilt.

So I made a deal with myself.
First work on this quilt..for a half hour,

Then I can cross.

Happy, Happy, Happy

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Yellow Bird Quilt

I have been working on this for most of the summer.
I sat down last Tuesday and finished the quilting on it.

We took it to Canada and delivered it to my newest grand daughter.

We drove home on Monday and I was up and at work on Tuesday.
It has been a crazy week there.

I am hoping for some sewing time soon.
Sewing time makes my day.

Happy Solar Eclipse!
We are 97%  here.
Should be a treat.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Saturday Quilting

 I had some mighty big quilting plans for my Saturday.

But the first thing I did was cut my finger.
I had a hard time getting it to stop bleeding.

But I wrapped  it up
and went to work.

I made this quilt for my daughter.
I love this quilt, but it was falling apart.
As I was mending it, I realized that it needed more quilting.
So I added more quilting lines.

I have to say, that machine quilting is hard on my body, 
but I feel better today.

I dropped by the Farmers Market yesterday.
Sunflowers make me happy.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Big Bag

The big bag is, well, big.

It is also ready for it's first visit back to school.

I have been looking at the cowboy fabric for over a year.
I really wanted to get something put together this summer.

It took some time, but I decided on this.
The 9 patch on point are easy
and I had just enough fabric from the the curtains
to make 2 of these.

I do worry that the old fabric is going to rip.
It is so fragile.  

I love to spend time in my sewing room on a hot summer afternoon.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Projects to Finish

I finished this little Thanksgiving Quilt.
I'm going to take it to my grandchildren in Canada in couple of weeks.

I have another one.
If I get it done this week,
I think I will enter it in the fair.

I found a cute bag pattern, while I was on my road trip.
The bag is huge.

I take a huge bag to work every day, so I purchased the pattern.

Here is my rant.

I often find patterns have poorly written directions.
And boy, did this one. 
From the cutting directions to the last page
I struggled to figure out what it was saying.

I should finish it up today.
And I already have stuff to put in it.

I found some great quilt backs for my scrap quilts this week at Connecting Threads.

I hope to get some sewing done, while I spend a week at home.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Here and There

We have been gone again, 

so I am trying to use my quilting time 

I started machine quilting this one.
When it's done, I will start the other one.

This little quilt is for grand daughter #5.

I sandwiched it on Wednesday
and have been happily quilting it by hand.

I have some other projects planned for this summer.

I found the cutest bag that I want to get started on.

We shall see.

Happy Summer Day!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Road Trip

We have been gone.
Jumped in the car and headed it south.

We have grandchildren that live in North Carolina.

Sometimes we can not help ourselves and 
we get off the main roads.

We had done such a thing.

I had just started driving on a little divided highway in Missouri, 
when I saw a billboard. 

It appeared to be the next town.

My mind went into overload.

Could it be?

Well, sometimes you have a serendipitous experience
and without planning it, you end up in the beautiful 
Hamilton Missouri.

It was after 5 pm, so it was very quiet,
but what a fun adventure for me.

The next day, we got in the car and the first thing I saw was a billboard for:

The National Quilt Museum.

Are you kidding me?

Was I living right?

Of course we stopped.

It was amazing.
I learned something about me.

I am a quilter, 
I really don't want to be 'just' a quilter.

I love being a teacher, mother and grandmother.

I want to be a more accurate quilter,
but I don't want to wake up every morning and
 have quilting be my

That being said,
I loved the museum.
The quilts were lovely, and perfectly made.

We did have to make one more stop in Paducah.

This had to be the best road trip ever.

We did plan a little side trip on the way home.

We made a stop in at The Merc in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

After the long wait to get in, we ordered lemonades.
They were huge!

Lunch was amazing.

I really doubt we will go back,
but it was a great stop.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Week 2

Week 2 of my summer at home:

I just wondered if I could get more towels into a space if they were rolled.

The answer is YeS!

Wednesday I put a quilt together.
I have another that looks about the same.
They need to be finished for this Thanksgiving.

I made 20 little chicks.
Then I had to stitch 40 chicken legs.
It took some time.

Then I got them ready to put in a quilt top.

I really wanted to finish this quilt top,
but I had some other things to do.

I'm going out of town for a couple of weeks,
so it will have to wait.

Happy Summer!

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