Friday, December 30, 2011

Paper Piecing

I think I've got paper piecing down pat.
I was worried about trying this technique.
 this was my first attempt at paper piecing
 this flower is my second attempt
 this house was my 3rd attempt, I love the perfect-ness of the lines, it just makes me smile
 this is my 4th attempt at paper piecing
I'd say I've got it down pat, would you?
close up,
the mittens each have 17 pieces, WOW
I was worried about this pattern,
I thought it was bigger when I got it, I didn't pay attention to size.
This hat-scarf-mittens hanging will go to live in San Jose, CA
It looks a bit wonky on it's right side, but it's not.

I think now that i've learned paper piecing, I'll do my Farmer's Wife blocks paper pieced.
Now I'm just worried about curved pieces in those blocks.  eeekkkk

Monday, December 26, 2011

Ok Y'all....

Christmas is over and it's time to move on.
Easy for me to say, I didn't decorate a thing...
wait, I did put a wreath on the door.  It's down now though.
I think all the presents and boxes all have a home now and out of the
living room floor.

I got a gift certificate to Amazon and below is one of my purchases....
I'll need your help on this one.
I've googled and googled and used all I can.
I didn't find what I wanted to know.
I even left a few comments on several blogs and NO ONE got back to me.

My questions, and actually I thought once I get the book it might even
answer these questions for me.
Maybe I should wait and see.
Oh heck, let's go ahead.

**Do you use your scraps with these blocks?
**I know there are 111 blocks, how do you know how much fabric you use if you decide not to use scraps?
**Would you use one line of fabric?
**Or would you mix it up?
**I've seen examples of very modern fabric and for some reason I was thinking you would use Civil war era prints or something reproduced?

Any help you all can provide is much appreciated.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Thank You

thank you all for all the thoughts and prayers for our family this holiday season
we're enjoying a few days with E
we had a team meeting wednesday with everyone involved
and they say he's making progress
and i can tell at home as well

i stitched up this little stitchery for him to take back and hang on his wall
he loves it

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Turtles-Show & Tell

we moved our babies (not babies, 8 years old) into a bigger home this week
we had them in a 30 gallon tank
only one get dry their shell at a time and they would fit over the 1 landing
as you can see all 3 drying off, and on the other side, their is 1 all by himself drying off
it's good to let their shells dry out as they want them too
 he's not even the biggest one
Dale is the biggest and he's much bigger than my hand

see the little guy over to the far left barely with his head out of water?
the females are bigger, so really our "dale" is a girl, oh well

normally turtles like this will never out grow their space
so, we're a bit concerned they'll grow
that's not our intention for the bigger tank, lol
our plan for the bigger tank is to mate them
we want to make a higher landing and place sand up there
they will only lay eggs in dry sand
it will be a work in progress
we've not read all we can about it yet, so we'll wait till we know all we need to know.
also, we'll have to have a plan for the babies (hmmmm)
yeah, we need to plan this out more

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Love these......

i've been looking for something like this for a while
i'm loving these.....

here's where I got the tags

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Makeover in E's Room

soooooo, we're in the process of an extreme makeover in E's room
and I mean extreme..
thankfully, i had already painted all his furniture black
oops....except for the bed, i'll get right on that

i've struggled with what the decor will be
i wanted all black (with some white)
he wants black and orange (the colors of our local high school football team)

i'm back to black
and i've just had a brilliant idea (well, i think so)
how about i put these different sayings on his wall?
not all of them, just a select few
and in black self adhesive lettering

and one that says "i love you" -mom

Sunday, December 11, 2011


so cute.....i saw something "like" this on Pinterest
this is my take on it......

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Tutorial Coming Soon

crocheted ear bud cords
they will never tangle again
to us, in this house, that's a big deal

i've ordered some ear buds and am working on a tutorial
look for it next week

p.s. thanks to you all for your thoughts and prayers and emails, i appreciate you all

Sunday, December 4, 2011


Well, it's all going down tomorrow......
I've spent the weekend doing loads and loads of his laundry.
I've only ever did his laundry about once a month, that's how many clothes he has.
It's crazy!
It's good though, I needed to go through his clothes and this is the perfect time.

So, please remember our little family tomorrow as we dropped our beloved son off.
It's nearly a 2 hr drive, so down there and back will be long.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Moda Twill Tape Key Fob

i love these, simply made

two made from fabric and webbing, not MODA

Monday, November 28, 2011

I'm featured Again......

I love it when someone thinks my project is just as great as I do.

Check out my latest feature at

(click to see link)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

a fabric wreath for the front door

i've opted out of Christmas decorations this year
i never thought i'd ever say "i'm not putting up a tree this year"
it's just to hard
no little one here to enjoy it and i don't want a reminder

however; i did make this wreath for the front door
at least the neighbors won't think we're SCROOGE 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Do You Pinterest?

found this on there it

Friday, November 18, 2011

Yo Yo Quilt Completed

Go here and see my completed Yo Yo Quilt.

Thank you all for your kind words on my last post!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It's personal.........

the next 6-12 months will be the longest of my life
after months and months of planning, psych visits, therapy, rehab and many meetings
we've made the decision along with all his dr's to get E some extensive inpatient therapy
i won't go into details, cause's personal
when he hears me talking on the phone to my mom, before he knows it's my mom, he gets really 
angry that i'm telling people, honor my sweet E, i won't go into details on the "internet"
who knows if i'll blog or if i'll lay in bed and cry all day...who knows?
you might remember awhile back i was making a t-shirt quilt from his shirts
well, that was for me while he was away, then of course i'd give it to him when he returned home's all jacked up and i'm not sure i can fix it before he goes....i'm actually discourage with the quilt as this point.
he still has one of his baby blankets, i will be taking that while he's away
i wish i wouldn't have messed up the t-shirt quilt
it is what it is...........
so......i'm not sure what the next 6-12 months will be like, other than LONELY
pop in and check on me every now and then

Monday, November 14, 2011


to read about our 2nd Project Linus sew in day success

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Christmas SAL Banner Completed

please forgive the horrible picture

I used twine to "banner" mine.
Why?  Cause I can.
I love twine.  
I love this.
Just wish I had a mantle to hang it from.

Friday, November 11, 2011


I asked DH to pick a number between 1-15, then another number

Winner of the string quilt book:

# 9
Sarah Craig said...

I'd love to win the String Quilting book - it looks so interesting!

and winner of the quilt start to finish:

# 4
Tainted Fibers said...

Either. I am so not picky. But I doubt that a book will help me make a quilt. I can dream!

 ladies, email me your snail addy's and I'll get these books off

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Post 575

Nancy, from DRG is so kind to me.  Too kind actually.
She sends me copies of all the latest quilting books that come out.
You might remember I gave one away a few weeks back. 

This is the one that was up for grabs when I also gave away the felt.
The felt winner contacted me, the winner of this book did not.

now, I have two books to give away. The string quilt book above, and the "learn how to make a quilt".

Simple entry, just let me know which book you would like to win.  I'll draw a winner on Friday.

FYI: this is my 575th post.  WOOHOO

Monday, November 7, 2011

Accuquilt Die Applique-A tutorial of sorts, Kinda

i made this from two dies
♥ round flower
♥ feathers

even the vase came from the round flower die 
you can see that tutorial here

this won't be a step by step tutorial
but I think if I show you what die i cut each piece with
you can put it together fairly quickly

 i'm sure y'all could figure it out
but i'll give you some help
the flower petals are made from the blue feathers on the die

the flower stems are made from the stem, of course ;)
the vase is made from the stem as well, see tutorial link above
the leaf, from the left part of the die
and the center of the flower that i have as yellow
is made from the bigger circle

it was super easy to make and with my BABY GO
so much easier

now all you have to do is blanket stitch around it all

Sunday, November 6, 2011

It's what i'm doing today......

and if you are my FB friend, you saw that i'm in my most favorite winter outfit
flannel night gown to the floor
knit pants on under that
thick socks and I know it.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Binding Love.....

binding I made for my SAL stitchery blocks
i just love making my own binding

Monday, October 31, 2011

All caught up.......

 this did say "xmas", i changed it to say Christmas
a new stitchery will come out this friday
yahhh.....i'm current

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I got a Baby GO

remember a week or so back I wanted to sell my GO
so I could buy a BABY GO

well, I made a trade with a blogging buddy
it worked out perfectly
she knew mine was worth more and made up the difference
i'm so happy with this trade

isn't it cute
those are the dies i had with my big GO that will fit the baby
i sent her the ones that won't fit the baby

thanks for the trade
you know who you are!


lately i've noticed less comments on my blog from my regular readers
i'm getting emails from several of those people saying they can't leave comments, blogger won't let them
i haven't changed any settings
does anyone know of anything i can check and see what's going on?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Christmas SAL Blocks

ok, i'm hooked on stitching right now
you all know, i dabble in everything crafty
and i often get hung up on one thing or another
right now it just happens to be stitchery

i found the Christmas SAL via Nola's blog

there are 5 blocks out right now and i'm done with 2
3 more to go to be current and by then another one will be out
it's one a week for 8 weeks

you know how i don't like to follow the rules, i'm a rebel of sorts, i guess
she's doing all her's in red
since it's for Christmas and i love GREEN
i'm doing red and green
she put batting behind her block for a quilted look
i didn't
she also put french knots on the ends of the letters
i hate french knots....ugghhh
i should say, i hate my french knots
i'm sure there is a easier way to do them than what i'm doing
i'm loving these blocks

Monday, October 24, 2011

Just a pretty picture.....

not to mention all my hard work that went into this