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Friday, December 8, 2017


So last week i showed a picture of the quilt i am making for a lady at work and that i had gotten a ruler foot and template.  Well my machines didn't like the ruler foot, i could not get the bobbin thread to stay tethered and i didn't have time to mess around with settings.  So i went to my green gal got her set up to see how she would handle this.  beautifully she did  now i didn't use the ruler foot but didn't need to she eased into the curve gently.  i am still an amateur with the knee pedal as you can hear in the video.  all my squares with this motif are done just going to echo around the colored squares.

i picked her up about a year an half ago  20.00  i almost didn't go, but when i saw how much room it has on the bed and how high i knew i wouldn't have to struggle pulling a big quilt through her.  this one is definitely a keeper.

as always thanks for stopping by,  anna

Friday, December 1, 2017

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Ok so everything  is back to normal, time to get caught up.  I have been working on this quilt for a lady at work.  It needs to be done for Christmas.  I have received all the supplies needed to finish it up and a few extras for myself.  All black Friday sales. Yay
I bought myself a ruler foot and template hope to practice and learn the curve so I can use it on this quilt.
Attended a free class today, at the LQS.  Serger projects  I purchased one about two months ago and I haven't done anything with it until yesterday.  I used it to keep the flannel backing from fraying in the wash.  It will be used in the above quilt. It came out of the wash/dryer wonderfully. So today at the shop it was baby mittens, baby hats, receiving blanket , a zippered pouch a drawstring pouch and then a scarf. HMM  she made it out of fleece, I walked around and saw what I wanted to make with the lessons learned today.  Minky scarves for my three nieces.  took me about an hour an a half because one of my threads got loose  OKAY don't panic I tell myself get the manual out and figure it out from the pictures, this was my fear with sergers as with most, the dreaded threading,  took me 10 minutes to get that thread back in that tiny hole! ugh  everything back in order now to finish the last one.  I will play with the serger some more, maybe lounge pants.  the minky is cute fabric geo shape, elephants, and goofy characters

Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Holiday here in the states.
Thanks for stopping by,  anna

Monday, October 30, 2017

LeMoyne Magic

I have started a new quilt.  I like watching Cozy Quilt Designs on you tube. I can figure out how the pattern goes just by watching.  I don't use the special ruler either.  This one is called Lemoyne Magic. and it will be a queen size. I did start the second block but did not like the color I chose. so I just continued making the star blocks. I need a total of 30 stars. I have half completed already.

Really testing my Half Square Triangles skills.
Thanks for stopping by, anna

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Tidepool

Well, it's been awhile.  Been too busy but not busy ENOUGH in the sewing room these past months.
This is what I have managed to put together recently,
This is for my grandson, it is his Big Boy Quilt since he will be 5 this December.  I do have another in the making for his two and a half year old sister, only need to put on the sashing, quilt and bind that one.  Oh I almost forgot I went shopping in Lancaster Pa two weeks ago its only about an hour away traveling all back country roads, I just needed a change of scenery and what better time of year then the fall.  The 14 year old granddaughter came along for the ride too.

Thanks for taking a look,

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Microwave Bowl Coozies

I have gotten some sewing done this summer.  I couple of weeks ago  I followed the 12 days of Christmas blogs at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Amy at Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen posted about these Microwave Bowl Coozies.  I have made a few so far 10 have already gone out the door and I have these to go.  Eight more done.   I have made them in both sizes.
I couple more to go to give out at Christmas.  

Thursday, June 29, 2017

no finishes

I am not getting to much done these days.  I loaded the string quilt up on the frame to get to quilting, but had some real issues with the Juki, I finally just took it to the shop.  They say it is showing signs of wear, still skipping stitches.  While I was there I played with the Babylock Coronet, nice machine 16 inch throat, stitch regulator, sits on a smaller frame.  Then I asked how much $$ about 6000 which isn't bad just can't do it right now.  Been looking around on the internet to find another midarm machine can't decide if that is really what I want need.
if I get another mid arm I would upgrade the carriage another 150.00, stitch regulator 499.00 and then the cost of a machine so around 2000.00.  I will wait on making this decision for the moment.

In the meantime I started two new projects, the first one is this
I had purchased grunge 2 1/2 mini pack added some dark navy blue, and thought about the stars.  I think I like the gray wonky stars better than the white/black ones.

This is the other one.
this month at the LQS they had a clear out sale and on the table were a bunch of scraps you filled a  quart size bag for 6 dollars, i scooped up all the Batiks I could find, this only represents about 1/4 of  the bag.  I separated by value and choose the Curvy Log Cabin for these brights.  I am lucky if I get ten minutes a day in the sewing room during the summer.
I have seen lots of amazing quilts over the past couple of weeks on the Linky Parties. 
ALL of you keep inspiring ME!  Thanks

Monday, May 15, 2017

String Quilt

An update to yesterday's post.  I got the sashing done, but I think I will go around the outside too,
then pick a solid color for final border.
 I also have gotten seven blocks done for Cynthia at Quilting is more fun than housework.
She is helping with the Covered in Love block drive May/June.
As always,
Thanks for stopping by,  anna

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day and a string

Happy Mother's Day Everyone, either human or the furry kind.
Once a month a LQS does a thing they call "Lil' This Lil' That"  they showcase patterns, books, wool kits, and more.  They allow time for show and tell, and some of these ladies are amazing at what they do.  I don't get there every month but I made it yesterday.  I came home with a Moda scrap bag of Larkspur, ran some errands and came home and decided to do a string quilt with the scraps. 
It's our State Employee Charitable Campaign time of year I am thinking donating this. I have 25  6 1/2inch blocks  I am adding that tan sashing with a white corner stone.  that last one i will replace- its too off center, I wasnt going for perfect alignment but that is to different and to obvious.  I am linking up with OH Scrap and since I am in a strip making mood will be sending some orange and red blocks her way.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

something Patriotic

I put this together almost a year ago, the date stamp on my photo says 5/11/2016.
This was a Free download on Craftsy called Fresh Diamonds. 
  I must have rushed thru it because I lost a lot of my points.  I knew I would have to fix it so last night at work I ripped it apart.
I think I will rework it into something Patriotic.  
thanks for stopping by. anna

Monday, May 8, 2017

An Amazing Gifted ton of Fabric and THIS

My oldest sister has three girls and when they were young she made them clothes, she also made curtains for her home and Halloween costumes.  She never did the quilting thing though.  She used to work at Joann's Fabric.  About two weeks ago she was getting rid of fabric, so I took it all.

Specialty fabric
seer sucker?
tons of novelty- I can not possibly use all this fabric if you see something you like leave me a comment.
Then I went to my mother in laws and she had fabric she didn't want anymore, are you still with me? AND THIS. are u kidding me???
this are at least 2yds each. 
I see backing fabric

back to the Migrating North Quilt

I finally got back to sewing this past Saturday,  I am working on the borders for the Migrating North Quilt. see the original post here
I had decided to do Delectable Mountains,  I was doing fine until I was informed that they upgraded to a KING. So I had been winging it on the design from the beginning, I will need to add more strip borders to add more width . I want the mountains to be on the sides not on the top.  I will have to go to my son's house and place it on his bed and see how much more fabric I will need to add.  I have never made a KING size before and I would like to see it on the bed to get a visual of where the design falls.  My length is good to go.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

cool cool water

It is Finished!!  I finished it up this morning  April 30
I went vertical instead, did faux piped binding, and a low volume leaf print for back, quilted the gray fabric again just straight lines.(I am having trouble with my Juki, so I had to use my Singer)

Again this is to be raffled off at a benefit to help cover some medical costs for my cousin's step-daughter,
I LOVE how this turned out.

I am moving right along with this quilt, it helps that I am on vacation.  The pattern was found on you tube by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Co.  It is called Cascade here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cayzw4LEnM  This goes together fast, which was what I was looking for.  I didn't make it as long though.  still have to sew the five rows together and add a border.
It is raining right now, you really can't see the beautiful colors in this,  anna

Friday, April 21, 2017

what's on 1st, who's on 2nd?

OKAY,  yesterday I posted who's on 1st?
WELL  today What's on 1st? and Who's on 2nd?
I had to do a line-up change, while I like my initial choice, I think It comes off to modern and won't appeal to the masses
after all, this is going to be raffled off so I had to change up

who doesn't like BATIKS?  I believe this will draw more attention
I am so glad I decided to start cutting today, so that I  am still ahead in the game.  Any thoughts??  anna

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Who's on 1st?

Who's on 1st?  I have always liked that skit from Abbott and Costello, gosh I haven't seen any old shows like that in awhile.  But anyway I was supposed to receive some fabric on Tuesday to finish the borders on the Migrating Geese quilt, well it was mis sent to Ohio and not expected to arrive until Saturday now.  Today I received another order I had placed which brings me to the answer  to the question Who's on 1st?
 This is

I have everything needed for the next quilt on hand, yea! 
    My cousin is having a dinner benefit for his step daughter to cover some of her medical cost, I offered to make a quilt so that they could raffle it off at the dinner.  I have until the end of May to complete,  not so bad should be enough time, RIGHT?  Thankfully my vaca starts this Friday night at 1230pm yippee.  And everything else will take a back seat to insure a Finish.  I am sure I will have this all cut up by Sat afternoon.  I will post again once I get some sewing started.  anna

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Garden of Plenty

I am calling this one Garden of Plenty, I was actually thinking at first My Weedfree Garden.  My Perennials in my garden are coming to life accompanied by many WEEDS. I need to get out there and just get to it.  No weeds in this quilt though pretty rose buds, peonys, and mums.  The half square triangles were done in a weekend, i had it arranged in a different way at first but than changed it to this.  Did the quilting this past weekend, will finish binding tonight.  it finished at 52" square.  Started this Jan 27 so this didn't sit around too long.
Until the next quilt, anna

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Peter Cottontail

I saw this the other day and thought I would make it.
I found it at http://thecraftyquilter.com/2014/04/patchwork-peter-rabbit-tutorial/. He is the second one, the first one had a mishap, a cutting mishap.  I didn't make it as big or add the tulips, but I still think he is cute and I even found a pink button in my old sewing box.  He will Welcome guests at the front door,  I added two small loops on back and inserted magnets to affix him to the steel door.  My intent was to do swirls but I haven't FMQ in so long stippling just came naturally.
Thanks for stopping by,  anna

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


I downloaded  this pattern back in 2012 from Moda Bake Shop called Simply Woven. I made all the blocks back in January and I only used 3 different colors, it did not have the bold effect of that in the pattern. So these blocks sat in waiting.
now it's March and i had just watched the free weekend of The Quilt Show, and I caught the episode with Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  Her inspiration was "if you don't like it Cut it up"  So guess what I did next  YEP I cut it up!!

and I like how this turned out, it will finish at 48x48 and bonus I have all that wonderful(not negative) space to practice FMQ.  No Fabric wasted here.  I will do the Simply Woven Quilt again but with more colors. anna

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Cleaning and some Sewing

I haven't had the grandkids in two weeks.  So I have spent my days painting all the trim and baseboards, I have stained the stairs, I put up a vinyl tree motif in the dining room which I also painted.   Whew!!   I did get into the sewing room,  first I cleaned and rearranged it, cleaned and oiled my machine, and got to sewing.  I finished the top of the triangle quilt,  I finished all the migrating geese, and I managed to get started on a memory quilt for my mom who just turned 90 (she only wanted the grands and great grands).  I will have to add color she won't like all that black.  A couple more pictures and hope to have it done by next weekend.  Wishful!!!
these two cuties are the youngest of my grandkids and those three are my boys
although I miss the kids,  Happy to have gotten so much done.    anna

Monday, March 13, 2017

Mini QAL

having fun working on these mini's  got two more done, but 

had to stop and

do some much needed cleaning and oiling on my machine.

quiltshopgal.com  mini QAL
helping me with techniques, check it out.
the friendship star will have to be redone, 
that ONE point but that is okay I'm learning.   
I bought a pattern with these size blocks so this is practice.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Christmas Squares

This one was made as a Christmas present I have three sisters and we did a Pollyanna, so I didn't know who would be receiving it.  This was made in 2011  it was a really nice fabric collection, I might have the selvage to find the name.

Olivia's Lime Quilt

this one is an old one, it was made for one of my boys girlfriend at the time.  Her favorite color
lime green.  This was a Christmas 2011 gift.   scrappy binding and this wild flannel back.