Category Archives: needle turn applique

In a Snap….. Not So Much.

UFO work continues.  Believe it or not I am still working on January’s to do list.  Arghhhh.  I just can’t seem to put a realistic time from  on my hand applique work.  I always seem to underestimate just how long it will take.   That in its self is a work in progress.  So to see what I did get accomplished I did finish piecing the 2016 Saturday Sampler quilt top and got it delivered to Vickie for quilting.   Big round of applause and I take my bow.  That also took more time than I had anticipated.  Those pesky log cabin blocks were a challenge and approached differently than I had previously made them.  P.S.  I like my way better.  But at least I tried something new and different.   005

The cute woodland baby quilt got finished and I delivered it.

I finished block 6 of the Boy  & Girl quilt


I am now no longer procrastinating on the yellow and green quilt.  I am actually working on month 5.  I thought once I got the set in y seam sections added it would be a breeze.  Not so much.  I forgot I had to make the bias strips for the corner ribbons and make like 50 stars and applique them all on.  that is what I am working on now.

Then there is Block 7 of a Boy and a Girl quilt to prep and applique which will complete January’s to do list.  Not bad considering today is March 5th.  I’m on it though.

Went to Saturday Sampler yesterday saw more beautiful fabrics and quilts to inspire me.  I truly believe I need to be in fabrics anonymous because I see beautiful fabric and greed takes over and I just want it.   It doesn’t matter that I have a room full of beautiful fabric it seems I just want more.  Feed the beast!  Anyway, I controlled my self and didn’t buy any new fabric just touched it a bit.  I didn’t even drool on it.    Although I have to admit, reluctantly, I did purchase 2 yards Friday and the quilt shop in Rolla when I was there working.  They were pieces that would work well in the Friends of Baltimore quilt that is on my list for next year.  I’m currently collecting fabrics for that project.

I have a muse.  I drive by this adorable barn everyday on my way to work and I fantasize about converting this into living quarters with a quilting studio on top.  I know it crazy, but it’s fun to think about.  Isn’t it wonderful.  I know, I’m crazy.


Happy March everyone.  I’m heading back into my sewing room to work on ribbons and stars.




Winter Weather Advisory :(

Here we go again.  Winter Weather Advisory for 1/4 to 1/2″ ice storm.  The experts are already comparing this storm to the 2007 ice storm in this area.

I did not have power for 8 days.  Yikes what a nightmare that was.  I remember standing in the front yard and listening to trees crash in the woods.  Devastation was everywhere.  I also remember being able to see for miles due to tree tops no longer there.   This is just crazy because last Saturday it was – 2 degrees here when I went to Saturday Sampler.  Yesterday it was 73 degrees.  What a yo-yo.  Scary.  The good news is I had already planned on taking Friday and Monday off work for vacation days.  I had planned on spending that time in my sewing room.  Now I am concerned I won’t have electricity.  I have got to get my hand work ready to go or cutting the strips for 2016 Saturday Sampler.  I would have thought I would have been better prepared but it seems not so much.  Isn’t it amazing how much we rely on our conveniences, like electricity. 🙂  I certainly take them for granted.

So much for grousing about the weather.  This is what is under my needle right now…..

I finished hand appliqueing the 7 Sisters block, the last block for the 2016 Saturday Sampler.  I can now start setting that quilt top together so it does not become a UFO.  009

I have a baby quilt for a friend to make this month.  The panels I ordered have arrived.  They are quite larger than I had anticipated so I am rethinking how I had planned on putting them together.  The back ground fabric I ordered did not disappoint.  It was exactly what I wanted.  Hopefully I will keep electricity and can blissfully sew while the weather is doing its thing.

Lastly,  there was an awesome full moon last night.  My camera is a good one but I do not know how to take nighttime photos, so here is the best I can do.  That little  white dot is the full moon that was beautiful.  The broken limb on the oak tree is a remnant of the ice storm from 2007.


Unfortunately, I have not gotten the next 2 blocks of A Boy and A Girl prepped.  Can’t get to that until 2016 Sat Sampler is completed and Baby Quilt completed.  Let’s pray that this predicted storm is not so severe.

Be safe everyone and happy stitches.


P.S.  I have been saddened this week with the passing of Sue Garman.  I so admired her work and the quilt patterns she designed.  I did finish one of her patterns Autumn Joy and plan on beginning my journey into the Baltimore Album realm in January 2018 with her pattern Friends of Baltimore.  Rest in peace we will miss you dearly.




Reviewed – Satisfied- Looking Forward

I have reviewed my work for 2016.  I admit to straying from my list of goals with profound satisfaction.  No regrets!  I got started on my A Boy and A Girl BOM and am thoroughly enjoying  myself in each step of the process  of each block.

I am satisfied with the projects I completed this year.  I have learned to set realistic goals.  No more pie in the sky.  I ask myself, is this doable, if not, scale back expectations.

Now, I am looking forward to 2017 with my eye on finishing more old UFO’s and my beloved A Boy and A Girl BOM.

My year in photos:


And also a round of applause for my helpers.  They kept urging me on when I stumbled.

Happy New Year everyone.  My wish is that everyone’s hopes and dreams come true in 2017.

I am finishing up 2016 by cleaning and organizing my sewing room so I can start the new year in an inspiring place.  Fingers crossed I get it completed today.  Sadly, there is much work to be done.  🙂 But what a wonderful day to be able to spend it in my happy place.

Happy Stitches.




High Hopes

I’m on a roll.  I finished prepping Block # 4.


I belong to a Hand Applique Group on Facebook and posted a photo of WIP of this block.  I had a question asked how I placed my pieces so I decided to illustrate in photos a step by step.

The squares for this pattern are cut 24″ and will later be trimmed to 20.5″.  I place my ruler along one side and mark 12″ from the edge with a water soluable pen.  I then rotate the block 90 degrees and do the same.  I then take it to my sewing machine and using a 4.0 stitch length stitch the lines.  This creates a center placement guide


I tape my pattern to my light box  Right Side Up.


Then using my stiching lines I match them to the pattern centering lines and tape my background fabric to my light box.


I then trace the pattern to my block background using a blue water soluable pen.

I generally reverse the pattern on the light box and trace my patterns on my freezer paper with the dull side up on the freezer paper.  Some people just leave the pattern Right Side Up and trace their pattern with the shiny side of the freezer paper up.  Either way works just fine.  I typically iron a second layer of freezer paper to my traced patterns for more stability.

Then the fun begins…. cutting out all those patterns.


And then I find out I had a senior moment while tracing.  I have 2 number 40’s and no number 22.  Oh well, back to the drawing board.009

Progress so far..

I have to put away my play things right now and get ready to head to Branson, MO to see the theatrical production of Moses.  I have been so looking forward to seeing this.

Happy Stitches Everyone


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!


August UFO is Done!

Whenever I think of August I think of sunshine and sunflowers.  I was raised in Arkansas where the summers are hot and humid.   We did not have air conditioning but an awesome attic fan that sucked air through every window in the house and shot it out through the attic vents.  We spent out time harvesting the garden my grandmother had planted.  Picking tomatoes, butter beans, purple hull peas, corn, okra and anything else she decided the plant that year.  For a kid it seemed like hard work, but we sure enjoyed those canned and frozen veggies come wintertime.  I remember playing hopscotch in the dust  and eating ice chilled sweet watermelon.  Those long ago memories become a motion picture in my head as I work on my blocks for Autumn Joy and I am thankful to have central air and the luxury of spending my free time doing what I love most and that is quilting.

The number chosen for August’s UFO is 3.  On my list that is piecing 200 4.5″ log cabin blocks.  Well that was completed months ago.  I get a big check mark for that!!!   I have chosen to work on Autumn Joy by Sue Garman.

Today, I accomplished mocking up four blocks.  They are prepped and ready to hand applique.  The nice thing about applique is that you can modify the original pattern at any time.  Like when I screw up and forget to reverse the pattern.  Who knows that but me, right! 🙂  Or I totally redesign a house because I sewed something in the wrong place and don’t want to rip it out.  It just a little remodel that’s all.

This particular pattern was a 12 month BOM.  I have completed 7 of them and am starting on # 8.   Hopefully will have them all prepped by the end of the month with most of them actually appliqued.  So my 12 months,12 projects will be 8 of 12 with four to go!  Wooooooooie!!!    I have even put together my UFO list for 2016…  Now that is optimistic!



Plodding along with purpose.

This past week wasn’t very productive sewing wise.  But then yesterday was very productive.  I finished hand appliquéing Mr. Funny Bunny block from Sue Garman’s Autumn Joy pattern.   I am now ready to start appliquéing the second block.  I have it prepped (spray starch and freezer paper method).  I have really fallen in love with this technique.  Previously I was in the needle turn camp.  Nice to have that in my tool box when necessary, but will be using freezer paper/starch method going forward.

I also  prepped two floral appliqué blocks that finish making up what will either be a wall hanging or a table topper.  I was surprised that it took the complete day but there it is.  I just got lost in my work and really never noticed the time passing until I was finished and realized there was no more day left.  Wow, been a while since I’ve done that.



Friday night was a surprise.  It was so hot and terribly humid all day Friday.  By the time I got home from work it was absolutely oppressive.  Then the sky got black and started rumbling and the lightning appeared, the rain came down in torrents, the wind was wrecking havoc with the trees and my poor fur babies were totally terrorized.  Poor Katie couldn’t find a suitable place to hide and kept going from one end of the house to the other and alternately following me around when I was checking the status of the storm.  Those deploring eyes of hers saying, “make it stop mom”.   I was helpless so I just sat letting her put her head in my lap and petted her trying to reassure her she would be okay.  I was thankful I have gotten in the habit of unplugging my dream machine (my Bernina) when not in use as we had a power surge and lost power for a few seconds.

I did receive a very nice gift from a friend this week.  I was given a copy of a magazine I had never heard of before, “Primitive Quilts and Projects”.  It covers not only quilting but wool projects and highlighted special projects by notable names in the quilting world such as Lynette Anderson, Jan Patek, as well as   designers from Blackbird Designs and many others.  I don’t consider myself a primitive style quilter although I do admire the work.  I recognized a particular design in the magazine that was used in part in a book “Birds of a Feather” by Blackbird Designs.  I have seen several quilts made from this book and the fabrics used were not what you would classify as primitive but more light and airy feeling.  I enjoyed seeing a variation using those birds.  It’s a combination of piecing and appliqué blocks, what I like to term “folkart”.  This is one of my personal favorites in quilting to combine to two.

UFO group tomorrow, looking forward to seeing everyone’s projects.

Happy Quilting



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