Tuesday, September 30, 2014

relaxing robin start

ok, here is all I got done this weekend on the relaxing robin
I took some UFO blocks
(both dresdans and crumb blocks)
I sewed the 8 crumb blocks and this will be the size of my rows
first row done-
next is to add a border that has a color not in the blocks
that would be the background fabric which is kind of a putty gray color.
I cant describe it any other way

yep Mom. it looks like putty gray to me!
I will be "cheating" and using the dresdans as my applique row
I know, I am one of THOSE people who loves applique
I figure if I am not going to try a technique I certainly cant expect to master it right?
no quilt police here
sent them all to someone elses house LOL

and here is breakfast to help me get going
some banana bread and coffee
love the fall
and baking comfort foods
I am thinking of putting ,maybe a small black border between rows to set them off
it needs "something" don't cha think?
but I like this "free" way of quilting that makes this quilt all mine

how is YOUR relaxing robin coming along?
link up below so we can all see
don't be shy

more relaxing fun

1. choose a block from your UFO pile to work with. If you wanted to, you could make the center larger by sewing some together, two, three, four etc. have fun! if you sewed 3 for example runner style then you could make the finished quilt rectangular instead of square.

my first row is the crumb blocks row.

found more UFO blocks........GO ME!!!!!
I love these drunkard path blocks sewn like this-
it looks like floating circles
I was trying out some pink that I have.
not sure if I will go with pink in between  the rows or 
maybe a darker color or black  

but I also like the dresdans with the circles the same
color as the background
I may need a couple more and I have them so will 
be working on appliqueing them down-
both the dresdans and the circles-
by hand
it will give me the opportunity to sew them
while watching TV with hubs

2. add a small border     simple. could be a plain border, pieced, appliqued etc but make it small. try and use a color not used in your block for added fun later on

I found the drunkards circles and made two rows, one for now one for later

I know Phoebe. I still have the pins in
they are not stitched down yet LOL

sorry these are blurry
but I am liking the look so far

3. Add applique. could be to the small border, could be to the inner block, or could be an applique border itself. again, try out options and have fun

my applique row will be a row of dresdans
I still have lots of them :-)

and scrappy suits me just fine

I am liking that I am using up a lot of UFO stalled projects in this
whoot whoot!  this takes care of three UFO projects
and I am thinking the extras may end up on the back
I will join my rows a little later in the process to make sure they look ok sizewise

I am a little ahead in the process because I have a lot of applique to do and I wanted to not fall behind

I am hooking up with Judy of patchwork times.  look at what others have on 
their quilt wall for inspiration

how is your relaxing robin coming?

improvements around here

Dunkin signed up for yoga
he is getting pretty good at some of the poses.
this one is the pretzel

this one is the airplane

I have been "improved" too
Miss Clairol washed that gray right outta my hair
and I got it cut
amazing what hairdressers can do

Dunkin is tired from all that exercise

Phoebe never even woke up during the whole thing!
she too is exercising...........
her right to SLEEP! LOL

Monday, September 29, 2014

everythings coming up roses

I picked some of these yesterday........ the plants have started to bloom less
and I needed some petals to make this:

a recipe I thought was interesting
found it online
my roses have not been sprayed with anything
so you can use them

look how pretty they are! 
3 cups of petals
yielded 8 little jars of jelly
so pretty for gifts
I tried a little bit of the leftover
I like it! a very mild Springy flavor
I also read you can make jelly out of
dandelions, lilacs, and queen annes lace
who knew?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Babs from wont to be quilter tagged me for the Around the World Blog Hop.

It is a way to have others check out blogs that you enjoy and to get to visit more blogs in blogland.

I am not sure if I will have others to tag but here goes............


well that is always a tough question. I am not one of those quilters who can start a project and see it until it is done and THEN start another one. I am a typical Aries, flitting from one project to another. It makes me happy and they do eventually get finished. Sometimes the idea has to stew for a bit.

Here are some of the projects I am currently working on....
The lozenge challenge....My friend JulieRose was marking squares on her blog and I had seen some here and there and thought I can do that so here it is so far.

just a lot of cutting and decision making going on. I think I will make it in cool colors of blues, greens and maybe throw in a purple now and then. the bright green in the corners I have just so much of and was thinking when it is gone, the quilt is done. we will see how it progresses.
right now it is in the cutting stage only.

I am still making little 9 patches for this relaxing robin that will be mine. I love it so far.
so much that I am starting another with more of the blue and pink dresdans
and I am going to challenge myself this time to make a row robin with it.
cant wait to play with my friends Lynne of never too hot to stitch
and maybe even Sunny of quilting Dreams. it is fun to see the same "directions" interpreted by different quilters and made into a whole that reflects their personalities.
fun fun!

this is an easy question for me. I beat to a different drummer and like to put my own spin on things. ever since I was born. In Jr High Home Ec, (remember home Ec?) the class made patch pillows. I made a quilt. yeah, thats me!
I am not one to buy a kit.......EVER....... unless I like the pattern and will use the fabric and pieces somewhere else. I don't want a quilt like someone else. I want MY quilt.

I made a quilt for my mother in law many years ago of her life and I guarantee there are no other quilts like it. I used my drawings and coloring book pages and whatever I could find to make the individual squares and it came out great. she loved it!
see? check it out! Phoebe is checking........


this is an easy one too. kind of like climbing the mountain because it is there. As a young child I was lucky enough to have a creative family. My Mom sewed and crocheted, my Gram crocheted, my Dad made many things, my Aunts knitted and painted and created so I was exposed to all of that early on and I loved it. so I am what you call a Jack of All Trades Master of None. I just keep practicing on them all and enjoy the process.

My Dad made this for my new house. no pattern. just saw one and took a few measurements. he amazes me.

this is a slate in progress. I liked this lighthouse on a card and 
painted it. now have to do the landscaping on it
so we can put it outside as a welcome

my Aunt Jo loves to paint. she used to paint with Bob Ross on tv. you should see some of the
beautiful paintings she has done. very nice

so there you have it! everything you never cared to know about me LOL
I wont "tag" 3 people but if you wanted to participate, you can. 
go visit the talented quilters out there
get to "meet them" thru their blogs
and make new friends!
go on......

Thursday, September 25, 2014

motorcycle diaper cake

I made this diaper "cake" 3 years ago for my niece
she was having a boy (my construction cake kid!)
isnt it cute?  
the ingredients were:
2 large boxes of diapers 92 count I think
7 receiving blankets
a large tub wipes
a small travel wipes container
2 bibs (fenders)
pair socks
4- wee wee wig wams (or tee pee pee pees)
search internet to see I used them as the lights
hint: they are for boys only
baby bottle (light in front)
2 small brown fleece blankets for tires
basket to hold baby's things
key rattle toy

it was so much fun to make
I had seen some on the internet 
and yep
you guessed it
I had to put my own spin on it

with all the babies I am hearing about
again maybe it is time to start stocking up!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

relaxing robin round two

these are the dresdans I am working with on my relaxing robin.
I am thinking maybe 4 across? we will see how that looks
I chose a beigy gray background fabric and I am thinking I may do the center circles this
same color for a different look. an open look

found some crumb blocks that may be my first border bringing in colors not in my blocks

and a pile of blues for my lozenge quilt
at least I have some of the decision making done
now to just get down and do it!
see you in the sewing room!

fifth dog toy for your favorite pooch

How to Make Dog Toys


this pattern uses up scraps, something we ALL have
and allows us to make something special for that faithful dog in our life

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Christmas ideas for now

this was last years gingerbread house. I was last minute making it and was not happy
because I could do better.
it was a tough year with losing my mother in law on Dec 10th and 
trying to make amends with daughter and family
and getting ready for the holidays with unexpected
guests etc

this year I want to be more prepared
and I want to help you too

that is why I am doing the twelve weeks of gifts (every Thurs my posting is about a gift to make)

I also have some small things in between that make Christmas special
it is not about how big or expensive the gift is
as my nieces will all tell you (they are wise young women)
the things THEY remember are as follows:

making roly poly ice cream in a coffee can
decorating gingerbread houses and the contest of a better idea each year
making Christmas gifts with Auntie and putting them in the Christmas box
making cookies, their favorite snowglobe ornament, Christmas ribbon candy
money in a walnut

these are all inexpensive things that involved time more than money
and they were the best and are the memories they bring to their young families

so here is another "idea" to make a young child's (or young at heart) holiday
take a walnut in a shell
crack the walnut on the seam if you can to keep the two halves whole
(it takes practice )
take out the nut and eat it or use it   mmmmm carrot cake?
take a dollar bill (or higher denomination if you like) and fold it tiny tiny
to fit in the shell
you will put it in the shell and reglue the walnut halves together
then glue on some ribbon to hang on the tree
I used to let the kids glue on the ribbon (after I filled a basket with money filled shells)
they thought they were just walnuts.
then we would say our Christmas wishes of what we wished for
like peace, and a new bike and I would always say a money tree to plant in the back yard
on Christmas morning they were instructed to get the walnuts off the tree and crack them

to their surprise there was MONEY in them! a fun idea for young and old alike
it takes more time than money
hence the "heads up"
you need to crack quite a few walnuts to get the hang of not breaking them LOL
but it is fun
was fun for me and fun for the kids
I plan on doing with my great nephew and grandsons
see if you can make a little Christmas magic this year
I dare ya!  double dog dare ya!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

lozenges anyone

No I am not talking about the throat kind even though in blogland there seems to be a lot of sore throat bugs going around.
I am talking about Bonnies leader and ender challenge. that is Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.
check it out.

I am making my lozenges 3.5 x 6.5  and my corners 2 inch square. I decided since I am a "blue" gal I would take out my blues and greens and see how it would look

what do you think?

I have yardage of that bright green that I can not seem to put anywhere so I thought I would use it here and when it runs out the quilt is done.

I kind of like the look so far. I am mixing everything as long as the colors are greens and blue and purples. this pile I decided to check out and see. I cut pieces for about an hour. not much to show but I can do this every morning before work to make more progress on it. as long as I have the fabric ironed and ready. we will see how it progresses. I am doing this challenge with a neighbor and also my friend Julie Rose. check it out here to see her progress.

I love that everyone puts their own spin on them. so cool to see!

Anyway, I will still be doing the relaxing robin. for those who want to play I will try and post for linky at end of the month ok?  I have I think picked out fabrics for my first part. we will see how that progresses along too. so excited to have some new fabrics to work with. the summer colors are not "fall" enough right now to inspire me.
what are YOU working on?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

relaxing robin you in?

here is my last relaxing robin
as soon as I can catch up a bit around here, I will start the second one
the weekend of the 27th I am thinking I can work on it
but I think the second one using again one or more of the dresdans
I will make different
I was thinking like a row quilt

lynne at never too hot to stitch started this one to play along
see her link below

I kind of like the looks of this type of quilt
and am thinking maybe 3 or 4 dresdans across may do the trick
gotta let the ideas stew for a bit more but that is what I am leaning toward
this time around

seems like everyone in blogland is purging
so it is a PERFECT time to grab those UFO blocks and make something
and in the meantime have fun seeing what others have made to inspire you
what do you say?
ARE YOU IN??????

link up below so we can see your ideas

its Fall y'all

these guys are scurrying carrying nuts 
and digging holes

the last of the tomatoes are ripening

Fall decorations have made their way out of the shed

see? nuts with bite marks   a pretaste so to speak LOL

and these are showing up in all the stores.......
Yep, it's FALL y'all!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

stop and smell the roses

I decided that this year because I have been so fortunate
I would give back and make the world a little nicer

I saw a blog where a woman wanted to teach her
children that to give is better than to receive
so that they would be less greedy at Christmastime

what she did was neat and I want to adopt her idea
and make my spin on it

for the whole month of December up to Dec 24 (Christmas eve)
I will plan on doing a good deed every day
I want to plan out my calendar so that during the busier times of the month  I
have a smaller task
but want to do small deeds for others

an example is:
take some fruit to a nursing home
pay for the guy behind you in line at the drivethru
give someone a hug who looks like they need one
hand out candy canes while on an errand
buy a giftcard and hand it to the next person in line to use

she had some really good ideas. if you google random acts of kindness
you will get a ton of ideas
I have extra fabric that I want to purge so will have a "pillowcase making party"
and cut and sew a bunch of them to deliver to a nursing home
a pretty pillowcase may brighten someones day

what can YOU do to make the world a nicer place?

Monday, September 15, 2014

project four handwarmers


great for your snow loving friends or shoveling buddies.
or for skating buddies too!
hunters would appreciate these as would kids who walk to school

see? lots of people would love them........

Saturday, September 13, 2014

yard sale

remember these?
they were a popular item among the little kids. that and the treasure rocks. it was funny.

we made out great for a slow economy. made more than we ever made before which is nice to know.
all our hard work paid off.

my cat is not speaking to me..............


and I am beat!

Now I can get on with sewing and canning and fun stuff before the winter sets in.


(the only sewing I did was making an apron this morning to hold the money. good thing too. it
came in real handy for sure!

Friday, September 12, 2014

anyone want in ?

this is the start of the relaxing robin for Lynne at

she couldnt participate the last round but wants to finish this up

does anyone want to join us this time or start another?
I'm game.
(listen to me.......I have not finished the other one LOL)
BUT I can do another and see how different I can make them from the same starting point.
FUN eh?

so what do you say?

join us?
below are the rules
and remember
they are "relaxed"
meaning no quilt police will come if you save the applique till the end etc.

choose a block
I am choosing another dresdan
but it will be after the yard sale and after some jelly making
see ya in the sewing room!

here are the "rules" of how we will proceed......

1. choose a block from your UFO pile to work with. If you wanted to, you could make the center larger by sewing some together, two, three, four etc. have fun! if you sewed 3 for example runner style then you could make the finished quilt rectangular instead of square.

2. add a small border     simple. could be a plain border, pieced, appliqued etc but make it small. try and use a color not used in your block for added fun later on

3. Add applique. could be to the small border, could be to the inner block, or could be an applique border itself. again, try out options and have fun

4. add some triangles. this could be flying geese, pinwheels, etc. again, have fun with this. there are many blocks and ideas with triangles.

5. using some of the fabric in the first border make another border of your choice

6. make a border that has squares in it; 4 patch, checkerboards etc would be welcome here. again have fun

7. finish as you wish. this can mean another border or if you think you are done, quilt and bind up the baby.

see? simple. and you know what? if you don't want to do triangle border as step 4 switch it with another round. we don't care.

coming to a yard sale near you

free kittens!

wish bracelets

mug rugs

with cats peeking out

baby bibs

leaf potholders

more free kittens

Fall decorations

piggy banks

Fall table mats

in two sizes

and raffles

hopefully along with the "usual" yard sale stuff
we can sell our crafted ones and make some money
for the Association

I will be so glad when we are done! it is a LOT of work
and not many volunteers

Saturday I will be a busy gal (I am considered a young-un around here)
so think of me as you are sewing in your sewing room

and I will dream of quilting
as I price items
and take money
and delegate someone to get breakfast/lunch for the gang
and park cars off the grass
sell raffle tickets
direct members to help sell
and just generally have fun

If you live in my neck of the woods
stop by for some great deals!
and to say HI