Monthly Archives: September 2016

Is it Really September 24th?

Where has the year gone?  We are almost 3/4ths thru the year and I am miserably behind on my UFO list.  The good news is I keep plugging away and eventually something gets removed from the list.  Just not as quickly as I had hoped this year but progress non the less.

I have been concentrating on A Boy and A Girl by Kim McLean.  I am still hand appliqueing the blocks.  Lots of thread changing.  Beautifully printed fabrics require me to change the thread in my needle often as seen below.  But the end result is very satisfying.


Not sure how much I’ll get done today I still have yard work to finish but I’m hoping to wrap up Block # 2 by the end of the month so I can start # 3 for October.  I really like working on this quilt.

I did get my Saturday Sampler Block finished and am good to go for our meeting October 1st.   The UFO Basket quilt has been relegated to the back burner as I am frustrated with it. I have gotten 6 blocks completed so I am not going to beat myself up over shoving it aside.  The blocks are still hanging on the design wall a constant reminder of “Hey, I’m still here, patiently waiting to be completed”.  I’ll get there just not today.

Happy stitches everyone!



Sisterly Love

My sister has a friend who keeps bees.  Needless to say she is bee crazy.  Whenever, we are out shopping and happen to come across anything bee related we have to get it for future gift giving.

I belong to a group on Facebook, Quilt A Long with Pat Sloan.  Pat took up the challenge from Kimberly  Jolly  of the fat quarter shop to design something to go with their Zipper Pouch pattern using moda’s mini charm pack.  She designed a darling pouch using a bee applique.  Well, that certainly falls in the realm of gifts to give for my sister’s friend.  so guess who got recruited to make the pouch.  Yep, me.

To be honest I did practice on two others before tackling the bee pouch.  The other two were gifted to friends at work.  My sister gets these two to give to her friend.  You have to really love your sister to put aside your current project and shop for supplies and make the bee pouch.  Luckily I do!   So the photos below are the result of the bee mania surrounding my sister.

The first bag I made I placed the bee on the back side framed in black, no buttons.


The second bag, I placed the bee on the front side but added the buttons as Pat Sloan had on her bag.



Did you notice my helper in the background?  I have to admit I am not totally up to speed with my Bernina and I had to fall back into my comfort zone and use my Pfaff to sew on the buttons.  I know how to do that on the Pfaff with ease.

Now, back to my current project, A Boy and A Girl Block 2.

Have a blessed day and happy stitches.



What’s Under Your Needle?

This is an expression I have been seeing more and more online.  I have come to really like the use of it.  So whomever coined it kudos to you.

Here we go…. under my needle today is:  ta da drum roll…..


Block 2 of A boy and a Girl by Kim McLean. I finished prepping the whole block!  Oh Yeah… this girl is on fire.   What’s vacation time for anyway?   This is an awesome pattern and great use of Kaffe Fassett fabrics. So vibrant.  Having fun with this quilt.  The true challenge is the thread changing constantly.  I am hand appliqueing the blocks using the freezer paper spray starch method.

Always multi-tasking…. next under  the needle  is a zipper pouch free pattern by the Fat Quarter Shop.  You use those adorable mini moda charm packs.  I’ve made two so far and hope to get two more made tonight.  We’ll see.

I’ve had 2 days of vacation and have really been enjoying myself.  I’ve gotten so much accomplished.    Was in Springfield today for lab work.  But found a little time to stop into the quilt shop.  Back again tomorrow to Springfield for our Saturday Sampler Group.   This is my finished block:


The setting with be  1/2 log cabin blocks.   Looking forward to getting to that stage.  Soon, very soon.

I haven’t put my to do list to pencil and paper yet for September.  The ideas are rolling around in my head of  what I would like to get accomplished.    Will work on that tonight.

The weather has been beautiful with no humidity.  AC off windows open fabulous day!  I think the grass has finally stopped growing.  Hopefully no more mowing the lawn.   It totally feels like autumn is in the air.  I love autumn!!

Happy Stitches.  p.s.  “What’s under your needle?”





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