Friday, August 11, 2017

Magnolia Mystery Quilt

Wow, it has been a long break from blogging.  We have been busy with our move into our new space in the lower level of our house.  I just got back to working with my sewing projects.  One of the projects I wanted to participate in it the Magnolia Mystery Quilt sponsored by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs.

I chose my fabric.

Then I cut out the pieces as directed in the August instructions.

Stay tuned to see what happens next month.

I have spent some time working on the cutting of fabric for three other stitch along projects.  I hope to share the finished blocks very soon.

I will also share a few pictures of our new space.  
I hope you are having a great summer.  We have had many above average hot days here in the Pacific Northwest.  I am not complaining but would not mind if we have some rain soon.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

June Finish Goal

It has been difficult lately to get to any of my sewing or embroidery projects.  We are working on our downsizing and preparing to move to our new space downstairs.  I posted a goal in April that I did not get to and did not even post a goal for May.  Well, here it is June and I thought I would post something reasonable that I might complete.  My Maple Leaf quilt has been pieced and quilted, the binding is ready to put on the quilt.  This will be a fun quilt to have around when we are in our new space.

This is the quilt I made using fabrics from Henry Glass for the Desire to Inspire Challenge.

I think it will help to set a simple goal so that I have a better chance of checking this one of my list.  I will be linking with "One Monthly Goal" at Elm Street Quilts.
Happy Stitching! 


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Little Lambkin Pillows

It is always fun to make something special for a little one having a birthday.  I saw this pattern when a blogger friend posted pictures of her pillow on her blog, A Quilting Sheep.  I followed the link she shared and purchased the pattern right away here at Ellis and Higgs.

I have two granddaughter with birthdays a week or so apart so I made two pillows, one for each of them.  They were pretty simple and fun to put together.

This pillow is for Mollie, she is now 5.

This pillow is for Emalynn, she will be 5 in a couple of days.

We will celebrate with both of them tomorrow, time to get the pillows wrapped up and ready for the party.  It was fun to do a little sewing and it may be a while before I get another chance. I am slowly moving all of my sewing stuff to my new sewing room.  So much sorting and organizing, so little time.

Monday, April 3, 2017

April Finish Goal

 I am taking this project from my list of goals I created for the UFO Challenge 2017 at  I will be linking with One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts.  The number chosen for April is 11 and the means I will be working on my "Holiday in London Duffle Bag."  I purchased the fabric and the other things necessary for completing the bag and had intended to follow along with the tutorial Bari J posted on her blog.  Things happened and needless to say I have not started the project.  It has been a couple of years.  I feel like this may be a challenge to complete this month but who doesn't need a challenge.  I will do my best and see what happens.

Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring Petals Table Topper - March Goal Complete

It feels great to complete a project.  I am going to start using this right away.  This was the 2015 Spring Petals QAL at The Crafty Quilter.  I kept up with the quilt along until it came to the quilting and binding.  I am happy to say that I did some quilting around each petal and finished the binding using Julie's tutorial here.

This was #12 on my list of goals for the year and the third project completed from my list.  I will be linking this finish with One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts.
Now on to plan my goal for April.


Saturday, March 4, 2017

So Many Fun Block of the Month Projects

Last year I really tried to focus on finishes so I did not join in of any of the fun block of the month projects I saw others doing.  This year is different.  I still want to finish  up some projects this year but could not resist a few Block of the Month and Sew Along projects.

The first one is The Quilting Life Block of the month.  Sherri at A Quilting life is sponsoring this one.  I have always enjoyed following her blog.

January block

February block

January and February blocks

I will be using my scraps from my Let the Sunshine quilt for this block of the month.

The next block of the month I am joining with is Pat Sloan's Free Mystery Club 2017.  It is called "The Children's Library".  This was hard to resist as I have worked with children in the library for over 25 years.  Books in general are a big part of my life and I love children's books.

January - Mother Goose Rhymes

February - Curious George

January and February

This quilt will be made using what is left of my Daysail fat quarters with the gray for sashing and borders.  The March block, Curious George, is cut and ready to stitch together.  I think I will get to that right after finishing this post.

Next up is the Have a Jolly Little Christmas stitch along at Sewfreshquilts.

The first four blocks complete.  I am using my Little Ruby fabric with a few other fabrics added in for this project.

I have a couple of more projects I am working on but will save that for another post.  We are busy sorting through our home and downsizing a bit so I must get to that a little each day.

My first load of bags to be donated.  Much of this came from my sewing room.  This will be the first room we move to our new space.  We are staying in the same house but rearranging the space a little.  More on that later.  Have a wonderful weekend and don't miss the blessings.


OMG - March One Monthly Goal

I have been choosing my goals from my 2017 UFO Challenge list.  This month the number 12 was chosen as the goal which means I will be quilting and binding my table topper.  This was started when Julie at The Crafty Quilter shared a stitch-along.  I am excited to have a plan to get this project completed.

This cheerful table topper will be perfect for spring!

I will link up with One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts.  Visit and see all of the project finishes planned for March.

Happy Stitching!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

"Let the Sunshine" Quilt - February Goal

 I am excited to have  my  "Let the Sunshine" quilt top completed.  I had the privilege of attending the Best Friends Quilt Retreat this past week and one of the projects I completed was this quilt top.  I had selected it as my February goal.  I love this cheerful quilt.  The pictures are not the best because they were taken inside.  The weather was cold, with a little rain and snow mixed in so we did not drag the quilt outside for pictures.

I am so excited to have this quilt this far in the process and hope to have it quilted, not by me of course, and ready to use some time this summer.

I will share more about what I worked on at the retreat soon but was excited that my February goal was part of this fun very long weekend.
I will be linking this post to the One Monthly Goal Link Up at Elm Street Quilts.

Happy stitching!


Friday, February 3, 2017

One February Goal

I filled out my list for the allpeoplequilt UFO Challenge 2017.  Each month they select a number from the list.  This month it is the number 8 which is my Let the Sunshine quilt.  This quilt needs borders and backing prepared and made ready to be sent to the quilter.  

I really like the way the quilt looks so far and I know I will like it even more once I add the borders.  "One Monthly Goal" at Elm Street Quilts is the perfect motivation to get this one project completed.

It is a short month, packed with many things on the calendar but I am going to make every effort to move this quilt along so that it can be enjoyed soon.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Snapshots Quilt Complete

We spent a few days at the beach and some quiet time in the house while it rained pretty hard.  We spent our time watching movies, enjoying the fire, working a puzzle and of course a little sewing,  I stitched the binding on by machine and finished the hand sewing while watching Murdoch Mysteries.  My Snapshots quilt is complete.  I just need to soften it up in the washer and put it to use.

Sewing was not the only therapy I had while at Ocean Shores.  I was able to spend a little time enjoying the beach.

I was also able to get a little fabric therapy.  I stopped by Beach Thyme Quilts and picked up a few fat quarters and a Hansel and Gretel Panel.

My Snapshots quilt was my finish goal for January and I will be linking up with One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts.  Visit here and see all of the other finishes for January.


Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 Fun - The Cookbook Quilt Along

I have decided to join in on a few block of the month and quilt along projects this year.  I will share them all with you soon but first I will share my blocks for The Cookbook Quilt Along.  When I read about The Cookbook Quilt Along I though I might try to follow along.  I checked out the book from the library to see if I thought it would be something that would work for me.  After looking through the book and reading Amy Gibson's blog post about the quilt along I decided to give it a try.  Each week Amy Gibson, the author of the book, shares a tutorial on her blog to help with putting your blocks together.   

I gathered the Denise Schmidt fabrics I had collected over time at Joann fabrics, washed and pressed them and I was ready to go.

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

It is time to start block 4, Amy's blog post is here. I don't think I will be able to get to it right away.
I have enjoyed making these block and using these fabrics so far.  I am not certain about my fabric combinations, especially in block 1.  I will just keep at it and see how far I can go.  I will remind myself to enjoy the process and to keep learning new things with each block.  I will not fail if I don't complete every block in the book.  Happy Stitching!


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Reading Pillows for Christmas

I really love to make gifts for people and sometimes I find something fun to make for all of my grandchildren for Christmas.  This year I was having trouble coming up with an idea.

And then I was reminded that I saw this tutorial at The Polka Dot Chair and made a decision that this is what I would be making for our grandchildren for Christmas.

I managed to make ten reading pillows this year.  It was so much fun and I have a few more to make throughout the year ahead.

I added their names with simple embroidery on my machine and machine appliqued something I cut out from the fabrics.

Many of the books were purchased at a library book sale held conveniently at my place of work.

The kids were pretty excited to receive their pillows and books.

I had the chance to sew all of these fun pillows while spending a few days at the ocean on a cold and wet weekend, which was an added bonus for me.

It is great to be able to use ideas shared by others to create something fun.  Thank you Melissa at The Polka Dot Chair for sharing this project.  I should start thinking about next years project  but for now I do have a few more pillows to make.


Saturday, January 7, 2017

2017 UFO's - Just for Fun!

I have created a list of UFO's again this year but have not limited myself to working on these alone.  I just think it will be great to mark things off my list.  This also helps motivate me to take the time to get things organized and know where these projects are.  I used the allpeoplequilt list again this year and I will link up each month with Elm Street Quilts, One Monthly Goal.  I have a One Monthly Goal button on my sidebar. has a list you can print and fill in.  Each month a number is chosen and that will be the project you focus on.  I think I completed 7 of the 12 last year.  This month is number 6 which I am excited about because I plan to finish my Snapshots quilt.  It is pieced, quilted and ready for binding.  I love sewing the binding but sometimes I need a little push.

This quilt was fun to put together.  I remember doing all of the cutting for the blocks while down at the ocean on a relaxing weekend.  This quilt is one we plan to keep, so far, and I have a feeling that it will be used at the house by the beach.

The quilting Kathy did is perfect!  I want to start on the binding now.   
Thank you Patty at Elm Street Quilts for your One Monthly Goal link up and encouragement to finish a project a month.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Last Finish for 2016

I started out the year making plans to complete many projects and to try to start just a few new ones.  This UFO Challenge from allpeoplequilt's was a good source of inspiration.  I filled out the list at the beginning of the year and each month checked the website to see which number had been chosen.  I did pretty well keeping up for the first few months.  My progress was slowing down in the summer and came to a stop in the fall.  As I look at this picture I noticed that I did not note that I did complete my August project, my Adornit quilt top.  Front and back are complete and waiting to be quilted.

I am excited that I was able to get back to a project just after Christmas, number 8 on my list and I have now completed my "Vintage" quilt from the Simply Retro book by Camille Roskelley.

This quilt was really fun to put together and I think this is one I will have to try again.  If I fill in my Adornit quilt top finish on my list I will have completed 7 out of 12.  Looking at the rest of the items on the list, I will have to transfer them to my 2017 finish goals.  

I will be linking to Julie's Hello 2016 Goodbye UFO's December post.  Thank you Julie for all of your inspiration and encouragement.

Happy New Year!