Friday, May 17, 2019

I Love Home

This design first came on my radar in 2017, probably fairly early so we can get excited and start shopping fabrics. And in my case it was my stash. 

Anyone that knows me knows I love designs that show case houses and this one does. Jacquelynne Steves does an amazing job designing and writing the instructions. There are measurements and photos every step of the way. There are choices . . . We could just piece all the blocks or we could applique the central focal  block or we could do embroidery. I chose to embroidery my four blocks.


I was moving along and keeping up. All four houses were stitched.

The first two blocks were pieced and assembled, the third just needed one last seam sewn to complete the block. The fourth needed complete assembly.

Not sure what took my attention away from finishing this project, but it got put away and became a UFO.

It was added to my "12 things" list, which is basically a to do list for this year, not necessarily UFOs. I just knew I wanted to get it done.

I sewed the last seam on number three, and finally put number four together.

I spent the rest of the afternoon figuring out how I wanted to put the top together and finish it. I really liked some of the components Jacquelynne used but wanted the quilt bigger than lap or throw size. I wanted queen size for my bed.

This is what I came up with.

It takes a little time, but I like having some direction. It's always subject to change. I feel like my quilts talk to me as we go along and if things need to changed, they let me know.

Next step was putting all four of the blocks together.

First border . . . 

Alternating 2.5 inch squares. Some color to compensate for all the white.

Next border . . . 

The bright blue turquoise adds a nice punch of color.

And the final border . . . 

I couldn't find the original small raspberry print, so I compromised with this large raspberry print. Same color family but the larger print works in this larger border.

And the top is finished. I need to come up with some backing, batting is ready and waiting. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23 NIVUK

Sunday, May 5, 2019


It has been a busy three weeks, since April 14. My monthly goals keep me busy. I spend as much time behind the sewing machine during the day as I can and then do my hand work in the evenings after dinner and dishes are done. Now that the weather is a little warmer, if not drier, Rocky and I have begun walking too.

Quiet, evening hours are meant to catch up on missed or recommended movies and television shows and hand work.

One of my goals for April was to work on a collection of blocks from JoAnn Fabrics. These go back to 1996, when I still worked there. They published two new "quilts" every year and I think they still do.

This particular set has a lot of hand applique. This is the only one of completed since the HQAL report. These are to represent African violets, just in case you can't tell :)

My other big goals was Crabapple Hill's Girls Getaway 

I joined a group long distance that was doing this. So my blocks are mailed to me while others attend a "meeting" to get their next installment. We had two months to work on this before the next installment. It is finally all stitched. These photos are rough since it still needed a good pressing.

The finished panel. Is measures 38 inches long by 18 high. So it was a big piece to stitch over the two months.

It was challenging to blend the colors and choose colors that didn't make the piece feel too green heavy, or blue heavy or turquoise heavy. I feel like I did okay. I'm sure there is plenty of room for improvement, but that's okay too.

I want to thank our hostess, Kathy of Sewing, Etc. If you are interested in becoming part of our group just contact her through the comments section on her blog and she will get you set up. And while you are there follow the links for the other lovely participants and see what they got accomplished.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12 NIVUK

Thursday, May 2, 2019

May Goals

Let's see what I can get accomplished in the month of May.

1.  UFO Challenge #2

Holly Cottage
Began August, 2018

2. 12 Things Challenge #2

Originally this listed my donations, but since I've not had any issues keeping up with them I'm going to continue working on I LOVE HOME from April.

3.  "Believe" Block #4

Applique the pieces

4. "Girls Getaway"

 block 3

5. Baby Quilt

- choose fabric
-make quilt
-mail finished quilts to Jack's Basket

6. Doll Quilt/Gown
Make one more of each

7. "Gingerbread Village"

Stitch/assemble block #3

8. Sweet Land of Liberty (SLOL) QAL

- assemble first unit

9. JoAnn's BOM 
- assemble next block

10. 15 minute stitch challenge

That should keep me plenty busy for the month :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2 NIVUK

April Goals - End of Month Report

I had some pretty big goals, let's see what I got accomplished in the month of April.

1. 12 Things Challenge #11 - JoAnn's 1996 BOM

This is one of my oldest UFOs. That was the main reason for putting it on the list for this year.

To start, none of the blocks were assembled as I thought, so I had to start from scratch. I was hoping just to have the top assembled by the end of the month. I quickly discovered that wasn't going to happen because there was a lot of handwork on these blocks, as in applique on almost all of them. 

I also kept having to remind myself that the purpose of the challenge isn't necessarily to get a UFO finished, but to make some progress on it regardless of how much progress you make. I feel like I made good progress because I have seven of the twelve blocks assembled and number eight has been begun.




I'm going to add it to monthly goals as a block of the month and see about getting the rest of the blocks done by the end of the year. It's not a finish, but I calling it a goal met.

2. UFO Challenge #12  - I Love Home

I wasn't sure how old this project was. I did some digging and found that it goes back to 2017. At least it's in the beginning stages of completion. I'm not sure which project side-tracked me from finishing it. The design is from Jacquelynne Steves.

The goal is to get the blocks finished and the top assembled.


I made some good progress on this one. The top is mostly assembled, still needs borders.

I have a planned mapped out on grid paper. I'm calling this goal met.

3.  "Believe" Block #3 

Applique the pieces - DONE

4. "Girls Getaway"

Continue stitching and finish block 2.

Almost made it !! I ran out of time and already have the next block. I'll finish this one first before I move on. All I have left are the flowers in the window box on the camper.

5. Scrap Vortex - in progress

Continue piecing.

Goal met.

6. Baby Quilt - DONE

Choose fabrics
Make #5


I was gifted all the fabric for this one from two different friends. The Care Bears front is cotton and the back is cotton flannel. Donation for Jack's Basket.

7. Doll Quilt/Gown - DONE
Make one more of each 


These will be donations to A Doll Like Me. 

8. "Gingerbread Village"

Stitch/assemble block #3

no progress

This came in toward the end of the month, so I didn't get to it working on other goals. Adding it to May.

9. One Christmas Gift no progress
- February - choose, make 
- March - choose, make
- April, choose, make

10. Sweet Land of Liberty (SLOL) QAL

- assemble first unit no progress

No progress here, except to purchase new fabric. I couldn't resist. All of these are one yard pieces and were $1.00 each. You read that correctly !! :) :) :)

I just couldn't let them go and the fabrics are gorgeous !!!

That kept me plenty busy for this month :) And I'm not disappointed by what didn't get finished because I still made good progress.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Colossians 4:2 NIVUK

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Monthly Goals . . . So Far

Hard as I try, I can't seem to keep up with my blog these days. So, I'll post when I can and hope and pray that things settle down a bit so I can chat a little more often.

Here's what I had planned for April and how I have progressed so far:

1. Believe (link) BOM
- applique all the pieces in place

(This is a picture of the block - it's not been appliqued yet, but I did get that part done.)

2. JoAnn's 1996 BOM
The original post said 1997, but that was incorrect.
- begin assembling blocks. Originally, without checking, I thought these had been started. That too was incorrect. I'm actually starting from scratch. 
Done - blocks 1-5


In progress - blocks 6-7

 - assess progress on this project - Done
Now I need to start working on this one.

The first two blocks were finished. I have one seam on block three and all of block four to assemble, then all I have left to do is assemble the top.

4. Girls Getaway (link)
- continue stitching. Yes - almost finished.


Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with all the things that make and keep you happy.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

Psalm 51:1-2 NIVUK


It's time again for a recap of what we are working on over the last three weeks.  I think I've missed the last two reports, so I have plenty to share this time as I've been staying really busy. 

First, I want to thank our hostess, Kathy of Sewing, Etc. If you are interested in becoming part of our group just contact her through the comments section on her blog and she will get you set up. And while you are there follow the links for the other lovely participants and see what they got accomplished.

This event is to encourage us to just stay creative. Hand work is not required, but most of us share what we've done by hand. Since I post somewhat regularly, I'm focusing on the hand work aspect of my projects. Here's what I've been working on and in some cases finished:

Baby quilts

 These were in conjunction with Tracy's Mystery QAL which posted the end of March.

Doll quilts


These are for A Doll Like Me.

Girls getaway


I started this at the beginning of March. I have two months to stitch until the next block is received at the beginning of May.

Odds and ends


My UFO project for the month - one of 12 blocks.
Many of them require hand applique to finish the block. This represents Lily of the Valley. 

Several years ago, I made these cute wall hangings for my nieces for Christmas. I finally finished one for myself. Embroidery and hand sewing to attached the fur and binding.


I made two. One will be a Christmas gift for a friend. I embellished hers with buttons and beads. Other hand work was the binding.

This doll didn't quite turn out as I had hoped. Her face is hand embroidered.

The year I made these, I made five of them and gave them all away. This one is mine :)

Hand work, besides the binding were the embroidery and button embellishments.

A UFO finish !!!
You guessed it, the binding on this one was done by hand :)

I hope you have all had a productive month. Looking forward to seeing what the rest of the group did.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with the things that make and keep you happy.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

Romans 1:16 NIVUK