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Accommodating Life

As I have said before,  I really like my lists and use them to keep me focused and on track of fulfilling goals.  Well, for some reason Life has intervened and my List has become blurred.  I have been busy surviving a very uncomfortable case of sumac rash.  I can pull poison ivy and oak all day long and it not affect me.  But recently someone decided to dump a litter a tiny kittens on the property by our mail boxes.  I live on a country gravel road that has wild brush, cow pastures, creeks and hay fields.  People can be so insensitive.  Dumped like trash were these kittens, and terribly scared.  They appeared to be around 4 weeks old.  My sister discovered them when she went to pick up the mail from the mail boxes.  They retreated deep into the brush when she tried to get to them which caused her to recruit my help with the kitten wrangling.  We are not very good wranglers I guess since we were unsuccessful at capturing the terrified kittens.   However the good news was sometime during the night they ventured up our .10 mile driveway and found refuge in our garage/shop building.  I discovered them the next morning.  They won the kitty lottery by my sister finding them.  They are now inside kitties and are enjoying a very luxurious life.

I had no idea I would get a reaction to the sumac we were tromping in while trying to retrieve the kittens.  But boy were we hit hard with the terrible rash and itchiness.  My poor sister has had 2 shots and a series of medications.  I am trying to get by with that pink stuff.  I did see the doctor yesterday and was offered medications but I am hopeful I am on the upside now.  I do not like to take pills. However, my arms and legs look horrible and I hope no one mistakes me for a meth addict.  I know I’m not supposed to scratch, but I am human and it does itch.  So there you go.  I itched it.  It’s been 2 weeks and per the internet the rash lasts 1-3 weeks.  Hoping I am on the last week. Did I say it was miserable.  Well, it’s miserable.   Not getting good sleep.  Keep waking at odd hours and unable to go back to sleep.  This morning it was 3:30 a.m.  Sounds like I will be taking a nap today at some point.

While not sewing I did manage to get my kitchen center island installed.  What an accomplishment for me.


I am hoping to get some sewing done this weekend.  No outside interference allowed!  I would like to prepare my label for the A Boy and A Girl quilt, I would like to prep month 6 of Bed of Roses, and make my Saturday Sampler Block for next week end.  The temperatures are estimated to have a heat index of triple digits today and tomorrow.  This safely assures that I will find quality time in my sewing room.  Yippee!!!!

My nephew sent copies of photos taken while he and his wife and 2 adorable kiddos visited in April.  He brought along the quilts I had made and we took pictures with each.  I had such a wonderful time going to the Natures of Wildlife Aquarium and spending time with them.  A very special day for me.  Here are the photos:

Stay cool everyone!

Sissy Malone





Paperwork and Updates

Quilt Show  and Fair season is fast approaching.   First I had to decide if I would enter and what shows and fairs I would enter.  Laclede County Fair is first.  Entries have to be delivered July 7th.  Paperwork is filled out at time of drop off.  I will be entering and machine pieced and quilted sampler from our Saturday Sampler Group  2016 version.  It was a little late getting finished on time to enter for last year so it’s this years entry.  This is the only time this will be entered in a Fair or Quilt Show.  It will be delivered to the gift recipient after the show.

I have decided that A Boy and A Girl quilt pattern by Kim McLean , but I’m calling it Altered Perception of Album Quilt, will be entered in the Laclede County Fair, the Ozark Empire Fair, and the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild Show.  This was a big decision for me.  The Ozark Fair and the Quilt Guild Show are judged by certified judges.  I have been encouraged by friends to enter my work.  I have not always been certain that my work was good enough.  It’s my passion and I love applique but to be judged on execution is a little intimidating.  Because as in life, we all have good days and not so good days.  Sometimes my sewing is exceptional and some days, well you know, not so good.  It’s a big deal for me to put myself out there to be critiqued.  Vickie Clancy, my awesome quilter, has been posting works in progress on Instagram.  I get giddy each time I see a new one.  After all I did spend 2 years 3 months making this quilt.  She is doing an awesome job, as always.  Here is a photo.  To say the least I am very excited about my quilt.  The paperwork has been completed for entry.  Each show has different categories, it gets confusing what to choose when filling out the forms.  Big sigh.  34782975_10156304408948608_1773081152555319296_n34398670_10156304409508608_3190583483093221376_n

Onward and upward now.  Here is a photo of my flower bed I completed this year.


Current projects.  As always I have numerous projects going and yes most if not all include applique.  I am still working on Bed of Roses pattern by Sue Garman.  We’ve all heard stories that begin with “on the way to……”   Well…… I was working on a set-in block and decided I did not care for the placement of the leaves on the arc.  I pulled them off and was going to re-glue them and when I squeezed the glue bottle the whole tip spit out and a tablespoon of glue poured onto my block.  YIKES!!!!!  What a mess.  I think I am going to have to remake the leaves.  I cleaned it up as best as I could, but have been too afraid to peak at the damage.  Coward that I am, I have been appliqueing the scallops on the first border, too afraid to look at the block.  I will try to be brave today and take a peak at it and see if the leaves are salvageable.  Just a little set back is all.

I have been prepping the next block and got it all prepped.  Just have to prep the set in block and month five will be ready for appliqueing.


Still using the freezer paper, starch, prepared edge technique.  As you can see lots of circles.  Perfect Circles are my new favorite way to achieve “perfectly round spheres” to applique.  Love love love them.

Then I signed up for a new BOM (block of the month).  This one is Jen Kingwell’s pattern Golden Days.  It is a fun quilt and the best part is I signed up for it from Jen’s own shop in Australia.  I’m getting awesome fabrics chosen by Jen herself for this project and some lovely Liberty of London fabrics thrown in.  So excited.  Here is my first block.  Going to be a fun project.  It will be challenging having curved piecing involved.  I might have to do a little hand piecing.  Haven’t done that since I made a Drunkards Path quilt.


I’m off to enjoy my day with a little yard work and quality sewing room time.  Have a Blessed Day everyone.

Sissy Malone

My UFO Projects…. hmmmmm???

I’m still trying to work on the UFO’s that I have managed to collect over the last 45 years of quilting.  The good news is I am not adding to the list.  I think.  Does signing up for a BOM that you can’t work on right away make it an automatic UFO?  I’m going with a no.

Actually I have not had much time to sew at all for the past 6 weeks.  Be still my heart…. I think I’m going through withdrawals.  I visit my sewing room on occasion and stand there wistfully wishing I had the time to sit down and sew.  The culprit that has taken me away is yard work, flowers, and building a new flower bed.  I do love my flowers.  I have my favorites like my hostas, double impatiens of all colors and just regular impatiens, bleeding hearts, peonies.  Can you tell I am really attracted to shade gardens.  Well, it’s cooler in the shade garden.  I don’t do well with the heat.  I totally believe one of man’s greatest inventions is air conditioning.

Now that I have finally finished with the flowers and am enjoying just looking at them and watering them I can finally get back to the sewing room.

Fair Season is approaching and entries have to be completed, as well as the quilts.  Vickie Clancy, a very talented Long Armer, is working on my A Boy and A Quilt.  She has been posting photos on Facebook of her progress.  My heart goes pitter patter every time I see one.  I am very proud of this quilt.  I’m trying to decide how to display it at home when I get it back.  I’m thinking of getting one of those Ladders that are made specifically to display quilts.  I don’t have wall space to display it.

What’s under my needle now?

I am currently working on a UFO, Country Hearts from the book Hearts Aplenty by Possibilities a Lynda Milligan & Nancy Smith book.  I have also been practicing my machine quilting with an Angela Walters sew along.  I have to admit I am not as intimidated after working on some of these practice pieces.  I still have a long way to go to attain any proficiency but at least I am no longer terrified totry.  With every practice piece I gain more and more confidence in myself.

I am also working on an applique pattern by Sue Garman, Bed of Roses.  It is very relaxing to stitch away on each block.  I’m halfway through the blocks and set-ins.  Maybe it will be finished by January 1.  That’s the goal.  Rumor has it that I am supposed to start a Baltimore Album quilt come January.  Nothing to shy away from.  I got this.   That’s my pep talk.

I’ve got a big weekend planned of quality time in my sewing room.   Yard work done, sewing begun what more can a quilter ask for.  Life is good.

Sorry, no photos today.  Will work on that.

Happy Stitches

Sissy Malone

It’s Supposed To Be Spring, Right?

First off, Happy Easter everyone.  It’s Easter, it’s supposed to be spring.  Well it’s freezing cold outside my front door.  I bought some annuals and a couple of hostas yesterday in the hopes of getting my pots and yard ready for Spring.  It’s just too dang cold.  I had to put my plants and flowers on the covered porch for fear of frost.  I know whine, whine, whine.  I’ll be singing a different story come July/August when it registers triple digits.

The good news is I finished the body of my Long Time Gone quilt top.  Pencil and graph paper are required to figure out what I want for the borders.  Looking forward to designing.  This was so much fun to make.  I used the Bloc-Loc for HST, Folded Corner Clipper for flying geese  and Tri-Recs for 60 degree block.  All of these rulers are so innovative.  I also used paper piecing for the pineapple blocks.  From the Jen Kingwell facebook page some paper pieced the 60 degree blocks.   The bloc-loc ruler also helped me center and square up the Queen’s Cross blocks.


I still am working on Bed of Roses by Sue Garman. I have to have an applique project going at all times.  I am hopeless without handwork available to work on.   A little here a little there and the blocks progress.  This is the block I have almost finished appliqueing .  I need to start prepping the next block so it will be ready to take with me when not at home.  There are so many opportunities to do handwork while waiting.


I’m off today to Springfield to meet up with my nephew and his family to tour Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium and have dinner.  Sooooo looking forward to spending time with them.

I have not gotten back on schedule with my lists.  Hopelessly far behind.  I do not like playing catch-up.  My solution is to revise my lists to be more manageable and less guilt inspiring.  I also have not had time to work on my UFO that is now on the list so reworking the list will get me back to focusing on it.

Everyone have an awesome Easter and give thanks for the sacrifice that Jesus made for you.

Happy Stitches

Sissy Malone

From Applique to Piecing

Now that I have delivered my appliqued quilt top (known as THE quilt) to my wonderful quilter, Vickie Clancy, we have decided the backing I originally purchased just simply does not work well with the quilt and the style of quilting that will be done it.  So, I had to order a new backing.  This time I ordered a Kaffe Fassett backing.  This should work well since the front of the quilt is appliqued in all Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  Fingers crossed!!!

Big shout out to my quilter, Vickie Clancy.  A quilt she quilted has been accepted into the AQS Paducah Spring Quilt Show.  Congrats Vickie.

Now, that THE quilt top is finished I can focus on other projects.  My list this year is

  1. Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell
  2. Block of the Month 2017 batik
  3. Block of the Month 2017 red, white & blue
  4. UFO
  5. 3 quilt tops for Marilyn.

That should keep me busy this year.  I’m sure, I’ll find an applique project to squeeze in at some point.  It is in my blood and my passion.  Simply can’t help it.

So I just completed Section 5 of 6 of Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell.  I have had so much fun working on this quilt.  I have even used some of my scraps from A Boy and A Girl.


I am even planning on quilting this one by myself.  It will be a twin size when finished.  I think I can handle that on my Bernina.  I mean, the reason I had to have this Bernina machine was to learn to machine quilt myself.  I kinda think I might try a Baptist Fan pattern.  I watched a You Tube video on it and think I can manage that design without too much frustration.  Even better is that the backing I purchased for THE quilt that did not work out, well, it actually works great with this one.  Who knew.  I was probably thinking about this one when I ordered it.

Quilting – so I read an article about short arm quilting, and needles, etc.  While at Joann’s scooping up some half price batting and notions,  I purchased some Topstitching needles 90/14 and light gray quilting thread.  Going to give them a try.  Got A Circle Cut Ruler to mark my fan arcs.   I just have to finish the top.  But in the meantime, I cut 20″ squares for practicing my quilting and they are ready for me to attach my BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator).   Good to Go.

Happy Stitches Everyone

Sissy Malone



It’s Done

A Boy and A Girl is done.  Hard to believe 2 years 3 months in the making and it’s done.  I put the final applique stitches in last night and embroidered the eyes and mouths of the Boy and Girl.   I’m a bit at a loss right now.  This quilt has been such an integral part of my daily life for so long it seems odd not to be thinking about what I hope to accomplish today on it.  I’m thrilled I finished such a monumental project.  But there is a “but” hanging there.  I know I have other projects that need attention.  But…. I think I want to savor this finish just a bit.  I had a routine.  I would get up early so I could applique an hour each morning before getting ready for work.  My eyes would be fresh and I felt a sense of accomplishment while heading into work.  It just seemed to start the day on a bright note.  So for today I plan on feeling impressed by myself that I actually completed such a project.  I haven’t taken a final photo yet, but I did get a photo of one of the corners while I was working on it.  27858249_1840285456044863_942727480811019000_n26993914_1821828961223846_1738476110603559250_n

Now to order the backing.  I think I have decided on a purple polka dot.

I had to use a personal day for work today.  I have 1/4″ of ice covering everything.  Too dangerous for this old lady to get out on at this stage of my life.  Years ago I would have considered it a challenge against mother nature to get where I needed to go.  I now value my life more having survived breast cancer.  Each day is a gift.  I will not squander it.

Have a wonderful day.

Katherine Sissy Malone

Taps playing for my mini iron.

Yes, my Dritz Mini Iron went kaput.



I’m right in the middle of prepping a 100″ border.  I almost panicked.  But I managed to keep calm and convinced myself to try using the Rowenta travel iron since it is small.

To replace my mini iron I would need to go to Joann’s either at Lake Ozark or Springfield, MO.   Each are a one hour drive and since I am recuperating from surgery I am not too excited about that.  I could mail order it but the last time I ordered from Joann’s it took FOREVER to reach me.

Walmart at one time carried them in their stores.  I saw one after I had purchased mine.   They no longer carry them in the store.  So I went online and you can order them online from Walmart but it ships from a Third Party.   So I was left with trying to substitute with my Rowenta.

I am pleased to announce that I was able to  work quite well with the Rowenta.  I did have to work slowly to achieve the neat little curves but I am pleased with my work.  So no rush to get to Joanns.

While I was working away on my border, Tink, fell asleep listening to the Oak Ridge Boys.  I don’t know how she does it.


I am working on the final border for A Boy and A Girl. Ta Da.   I am excited that the journey is coming to a close for this project.  I have so enjoyed making this quilt.  I have been challenged.  I have honed my applique skills to the next level.  I have found a new confidence that yes, I can do that.  Overall this has been a wonderful journey.  I have one more applique quilt to complete before I embark on my Baltimore Album journey.  I have the confidence to tackle the Baltimore quilt that I did not have prior to making A Boy and A Girl.  It is a quilt I have been passionate about for over 30 years.  I am now confident that I will be able to add the Baltimore Album quilt to my resume and collection.  Now that’s exciting.

The final border.  Wow!!!!  I have learned so much working on this quilt.

This is what my sewing room looks like while I am sorting and looking for “just the right” fabric .  All those Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  I have quite the pile of scraps.  I was thinking that they would work nicely up in Jen Kingwell’s Long Time Gone.  Something to think about.

You would think I should be embarrassed to show anyone what a mess my sewing area is, but hey, it’s creative clutter and when I am finished it gets cleared and put away.

Today is my birthday.  I am thankful to have made it another year.  I am a breast cancer survivor.  I am four years cancer free.  Time is precious.  Make the most of every day you have.   It took me a couple of years post surgery to realize I was going to live.  Now I have grand ambitions.  Namely, a Baltimore Album quilt.  It has taken me 2 plus years to make A Boy and A Girl.  The Baltimore quilt will probably take me about 3 years to make.   It’s a goal to strive for!!

Happy Birthday to Me.

Happy Stitiches Everyone.

Sissy Malone

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