Thursday, April 15, 2021

ScrapHappy April

 "ScrapHappy (it's linked so you can head over to Kate's blog to see who else is participating and their projects) is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials. It can be a quilt block, pincushion, bag or what, socks or a sculpture. Anything made of scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn it into something beautiful or useful instead of leaving it to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month? Either e-mail Kate at the address on her Contact Me page, or leave a comment on her Scrap Happy Post. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. We welcome new members. You don’t have to worry about making a long term commitment or even join in every month. Regular contributors receive an email reminder at least three days before the event."

I love that there are so many options and encouragement to use up scraps. I have a ton of them, I'm not ashamed to say :)

I spend a lot of my monthly goals using scraps and sometimes the results are just so happy :)

Calender Girl block of the month.


Doll gons for A Doll Like Me

Doll Quilts also for A Doll Like Me

And finally, my table topper.

Here is an updated list of participants, so you can see what everyone’s been up to since mid-February. Welcome to new participants!

Kate, Gun, Eva, Sue, Lynn, Lynda, Birthe,
Turid, Susan , Cathy, Tracy, Jill,
Claire, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Kerry, Claire93, Jean, Jon, Hayley, Dawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Nancy,
Noreen, Bear, Carol, Edi (me), Preeti

Friday, April 2, 2021

What Am I Reading - February and March Report

 Last year I joined The Good Reads Reading Challenge. I challenged myself to read 52 books, basically one per week. I ended with 54 books. I'm horrible keeping track on line and their logging program isn't very user friendly. I decided to keep a notebook instead to log my progress. For 2021 my goal is 75 book.  Here's what I read in January.

Here's what I read in February:

6. Everything I Never Told You

Celeste Ng

7. One Good Deed

David Baldacci

8. The Four winds

Kristin Hannah

9. Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng

10. The Moroccan Girl

Charles Cummings

And here's what I read in March:

11.Bitter Pill

Fern Michaels

12. Long Road to Mercy

David Baldacci

13. Minute to Midnight

David Baldacci

14. Daylight

David Baldacci

15. The Black Book

James Patterson

16. The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Jamie Ford

17.The Innocent

David Baldacci

18. The Hit

David Baldacci

Have you read anything good lately?
I'm always looking for new authors. Do you have any suggestions? Let me know

April Goals

 March is gone all too quickly, even productively. It's time to think ahead to April.

April's Goals:

 Rainbow Scrap Challenge 

This month's color is bright and light blue.

1. Table Runner

3. Susan's BOM

4. Doll Quilt and Go

5. Baby Quilt

6. Calendar Girl - May

7. Tilda BOM

9. Anything else I can't remember :)

There's a lot of behind the scenes stuff going on here, most not related to sewing, quilting or stitching. 

Newton is getting ready to go into the military, just waiting for said military to get in touch with him.

Honey Do's dad is moving back.

The house hunting has begun, although it hasn't become a full time project just yet. This will involve sorting, purging and packing up non-essentials, but things we are keeping. Lots to keep me busy :)

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Progress Made on Goals for March

 Goals for March:

1. Bind John wayne - DONE

2. Assemble Stitch 52 - not yet

3. Bind table runner, baby and doll quilts - DONE

Table topper

Doll Quilt

Baby Quilt

4.  Calendar Girl - April - DONE

5.  Pillow Cases - make a set of two from leftover panels - no

6.  Riley Blake SAL
Make blocks 1 - 5 - no

Other things:


Ten new doll gowns to correspond with doll quilts already in inventory.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Bridal Hearts

 An opportunity was offered to make make heart blocks to be included in a bridal quilt.

A free pattern was given (link), as well as paint swatches for the colors.

The bride grew up before our eyes on mom's blog and this opportunity allowed us to be part of the celebration and inclusion to the next chapter of her/their life.

This is such a cute, fun pattern. I liked it so much I decided to make some for myself. There are measurements for hearts from 4 to 10 inches. I chose the 4 inch size.


As I made the hearts, there was a bonus block. As I trimmed the corners, I sewed them and made these adorable tiny pinwheels.

I've never made anything this small. They are so cute. Like the hearts, they have no specific plan. So I will just save them until something inspires me. I see more tiny blocks on the horizon.

Have a blessed day.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

John Wayne

 John Wayne is finished!!!

In time, under deadline !!!

I'm very excited !!!



These are the in-progress photos. The leaf print in the upper right is the backing I chose - using what I have.

I saw the panel on another blog a couple of years ago. I used a wave stitch on my domestic machine to do the quilting. It is my go to stitch because it is very forgiving. I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but I do very much.

I used the same stitch to stitch diagonal lines on the borders. Solid browfor the binding.

This is a gift for the father-in-law.