Friday, October 19, 2018


Here is a recap of this week.......
Sat spent time with Dad and brother
(I KNOW This  was last week)

Sun got caught up on house chores
Groceries....laundry etc

Mon fought on phone with mortgage company about flood insurance . Had a mouse run in but we won. Cats 2.....mouse zero

Tues made Halloween buckets for my favorite kiddos

Wed mailed out check to pay off mortgage
YES I WILL BE MORTGAGE FREE SOON....paying off a 12 yr morygage in 5
When I paid off my car I put that payment toward principle on house. Made it come down fast. Hence the fight with the bank. They were playing around with the flood insurance premium and overpaid 700 from my escrow. Yeah.....nightmare bank. Legal crooks so I AM DONE  my insurance company sent me checks for the 700 back. And on a fixed mortgage my bank insisted my payment would need to go up to pay the higher escrow needed. I said how much is it short she goes 150 so I sent a check for 200 labeled for escrow account. They STILL went up on a fixed mortgage. I called and said isnt this illegal? I PAID YOU the extra amount and you want to charge me almost 7 percent and add it to my mortgage payment. Um nope.......not happening

Thurs checked with bank about overnighted check with signature requirement so they cant say they didnt get it...I dont trust them....and rightfully so. I called..asked if the check arrived. It did. She goes this amt was applied. I said I sent THIS amount which was higher. She goes I can only see this amount. I said I want to speak with your supervisor. She goes hold on. Comes back and says we will refund you the difference once the paperwork comes back which takes 10 to 15 days. I said I WILL BE CALLING YOU BACK until I receive that. OMG  I cant wait to be done with these people. If I had never called would they keep the difference? What about the money they are sending to the flood insurance company who says it is paid up and not needed to the tune of almost 100 bucks.

Now I need to babysit till all my money comes back to me....and I will.

Fri hope to deliver Halloween treats and get my living room back

Sat. SUN hope to make some apple jam......


I will leave you with a cute ornament idea of felt
I want to make some hopefully this year
Isnt he cute?
Heart background and snowman on top
Then use buttonhole stitch to attach and all around edge

Easy peasy and adorable

Thursday, October 18, 2018

October around here

No sewing getting done here
I made 6 of these for special kiddos
3 will be mailed out to my grandsons

3 will be delivered to Landon Quincy and Christmas ornament making kids. 

I am not sure which is more fun. Me making them or them receiving them

There are pencils and cotton candy and candy bracelets, candy fingers, regular mini candy bars, honey sticks of real honey, sticker books, halloween plates and cups, a Halloween card and other fun things. 

Hoping hubs will mail these for me
And i will try and deliver the other 3

Meanwhile seeing strings on blogs has me yearning to make something like this

Gotta get that yarn going at night and sewing in the am again

What have you been up to?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Some of the gifts I can show

This is a huge tote
And if you bought it
You could get either
A matching zippy bag
Or a 3 pk of lotion

I got one tote and the zippy bag
And then got 2 pkg of 3 on the lotion
But paid for those
I have 5 stockings so needed 5

The shopping is coming along
For Christmas

Now that I have thread again maybe
The sewing will move along 

I made my list a lot smaller.......
Landons quilt
Brothers deer
2 baby quilts and bibs and burp cloths

After all there are only something like 9
Weekends until Christmas
When you work that is how you think
At least I do. After getting up early and working all day I dont feel like shopping till I drop during the week

How are your projects coming along?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Hickory dickory dock

Hickory dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock
Dunkin and Phoebe played tag
Till the mouses tail wouldnt wag

While Rich and I were asleep
We didnt hear narry a peep
The body was dropped on the bed
And was found in the morning quite dead.

When I screamed and woke up the hubs
He used his cane to pound him like a club
Again I screamed, NO BLOOD
So in the loo he was flushed in a flood

That was our story on Monday
You could say it was a fun day
Excitement was in the house
In the form of a little field mouse.

Monday, October 15, 2018

My 89 dollar thread

One of my readers.......
Whose name I wont mention
Said I could not go and just get thread 
And I said yes I can 
I dont need any more fabric
So I innocently go into Joanns
And another friend emails me the super duper coupons
Yeah. Great great sales......
How can a gal resist?
I did NOT buy fabric
And I did get some Christmas gifts too

I got this quilt as you go book

A knitting magazine with an adorable raccoon bag kit

And a table toppers book.

Yeah cause I NEED them right?
You use up the fabric I have

So 89 dollars later...........
And I used a coupon too

Oh boy

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Craft fairs are fun

I went to my brothers house. He had some apples, a squirrel feeder,pinecones and canning jars for me. Yeah, I know. He treats me well.
On the way to get groceries, there was a craft show so I went.

It was raining and vendors were outside so under plastic and it was tough for them to sell.
Look at this cool leaf plate I got.she made it out of cement and a leaf from her garden.

I love it

He got me half bushel of apples favorite 

This is a wooden layered bowl I bought for Rich

A different view

The inside
So cool

A bracelet for me
So purty

So when I went for groceries I got a few things for my brother. He and Dad was talking about making a dump cake so got him a cake mix and pie filling. Also got Dad some cook pudding. His store only has instant which he hates.
He was surprised when I brought it all to him........
Then I did the unthinkable.......I showed my brother PINTEREST. LOL

Plenty of inspiration everywhere

Are you getting all kinds of catalogs this time of year?
Nancys notions
Annies attic
Connecting threads 

I love my cuppa tea and a catalog for some ideas

I saw these cute spools. Maybe after the holidays.....

Blogs are posting quilt show pictures....
So fun
Who doesnt love a quilt show?

Good news on the baby quilts
I guess I had esp because she is having a boy
The boyish neutral one will be great
So I think two little quilts and some burp cloths and bibs will fit the bill for a nice gift 
She is due in Feb so probably a shower around Dec

At least the two tops are done.
I ran out of thread and now have to go to the store
How can that happen? Ugh

Friday, October 12, 2018

Dunkin is happy with my progress

Dunkin looks content
He is happy with my progress

I grabbed my 1.5 barrel and just sewed up some 4 patches
I now have 30 of them
Many more to go to make a quilt
But fun thinking involved
Just sew......

Found another cup i had cut out....
I had to sew it

And the borders  got put on this one

Two tops for baby. Once i batt and back and quilt them.
Are you moving any projects towatds being finished?

My brother gives me too much credit

My brother saw this on the computer
And said Dawn can you make this?
You draw things and I have a dremel

Well I said to him drawing and carving are 2 different dimensions.
And I have never used a dremel.
He is too funny

He says if you want to try I have a small antler

I am flattered he thinks I can make something this beautiful

Brothers.......they sure can be funny
And I love the 3 I have

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Oh baby.....

I went into the sewing room not knowing what I wanted to work on. Dunkin was being a brat and trying to eat threads and got kicked out twice. I  was getting aggravated. 
So decided to clean a corner and see what was in there.
I found a pack of flannel charms and they were yellows and grays.....
so I opened it
And sewed 2 x 2
Then 4x4
And made a quilt 6 blocks by 7 rows to use the whole pack

I like it
The rows were done before work 
And sewn together after work

I will have to buy flannel for the back.
But for now it is a cute little top

What have you found lately in your sewing room?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Some days are like Mondays........ugh

Ever go to use the iron
And this happens?
ONE it is blocked by a certain unnamed cat
And TWO it isnt plugged in
Can there be more than one Monday in a week? Lol

So I diverted my attention to this popcorn tin filled with scraps
Oooo scraps that are slabbed waiting for a project

I really SHOULD do something on the list 
Found this for my pillow backing
Now to decide a few things
Make my own pillow form or buy
Then cover pillowform or make a cover with envelope back that can be taken off.
See how projects get sidelined?
Some mornings I am not up to making decisions like that. 

More slab starts
These will become something 
Some day
Are you sewing?

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Playing in the scraps again

Before my haircut I had a couple minutes so I went in my sewing room to see what I could get done
What? You want me to work on stuff I SHOULD be doing?
What fun is that

These little 1.5 squares I am making a gazillion 4 patches with. I dont like the mixed background with it so when I am ready will buy some white or off white yardage.

Then I grabbed a book and saw these
Great idea
I have scraps and there is a baby due in Feb

Remembered I had some already sewn into strips and added side strips
Found scrap batting

And another  piece and made another mugrug
Love how little scraps add up to make something useful.

My half hour before my haircut produced this cutie
have to trim and bind

Into the box you go my pretty
A cute little "thinking of you" gift

Monday, October 8, 2018

Jacky has been busy

Jacky made this beautiful table topper
One of those "just because " projects 
Isnt it beautiful?
Someone will be a lucky recipient

And she is making sets of microwave bowls, the bowl, and potholders.

Arent they great?
Beautiful gifts and reversible too!

So useful and pretty

She also made sets of chapstick keychains and kleenex holders

And holders for sugar packets so they dont get lost in your purse

Loving this tree runner
What a great gift for someone
Are You making gifts in Santa's workshop?

Sunday, October 7, 2018

A visit with a friend

Yesterday was a busy day. Errands and haircut etc but I was missing my friend so stopped in on the way home. 
She was cutting parts for a tree table runner
So pretty

Love that fabric dont you?

And this was a start to another  project
For the kiddos to get 

How adorable are these?

And she made matching cups 
Too cute

So cute I ordered a set for some kiddos I know

Leave it to Jacky to make some pretty cool stuff.  Told her husband to let me know when she makes the cookies to put on them. Hee hee
M and favorite
How was your Saturday?

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Olaf is moving along......

When I look at these pics
And compare the block placements

I see things I think I will change
See that log cabin kinda block at
The top left bottom picture?

If in this position I feel like I need one
For each corner kinda as a frame
But...... in the top pic it doesn't bother me

Funny how placement matters

I also feel my new additions have more
Greens in them

I like them but wonder if I should stick
More to blues and whites 

I think it is because that blue
Background on Olaf

Not sure 
I dont need this one asap yet
It is a "make it cause I have the parts"
Kinda project with no recipient in mind yet

What brings a project to the top of the list for you?

1. You want it outta your sight already
2. There is an
3. There is a person you think would love it
4. You just love making that pattern and cant stop
5. You recently acquired the perfect fabric for the border,back,etc and want to finish it while you know where they all are

What motivates you to finish a project?

I used to buy all matchy matchy fabrics for a specific project and work on it till it was done. Then when I wanted to learn new techniques I found I was more creative taking ideas and expanding on them.....
You know the what ifs.......
What if I switch the light and darks
What if I use scrappy background
I now kinda half follow a pattern but make it my own
I was on a roll using squares
In my mini granny tabletopper
In my geese migration
Sewing machine mats

Then slabbing caught my fancy 
Using up scraps
Making slab quilts and cat mats and mugrugs

What is your favorite way to quilt?
Are You  a big block girl

A modern quilter

A log cabin kinda gal

Rainbow colors
Teeny blocks 
Civil war colors?

Inquiring minds wanna know.