Friday, July 18, 2014

Colorado Vacation

Hello All!
 I have actually been back for some time now, but I have been having a really hard time getting back into the swing of things!
But just so you all don't forget me completely
 I decided to share some vacation photos with you.
I know...
Well hopefully not, but bear with me as I try to get back into
"the groove"!!
A hilltop outside of Denver.

These are the beautiful cliff dwellings located at Mesa Verde National Park.
This is a trail in Mesa Verde-one of the coolest hiking trails I have ever been on!
This is a castle rock located in either Colorado or New Mexico (I can't remember which!) in the Four Corners region.
After getting back I have been so tired! We did A LOT of driving this time, stopping in Kansas to visit a college for Isabel on the way back to Chicago. I've been very slow to get back to work, but I did do a little baking!
I made an apple crisp from some fresh organic apples...yum!
What have you been doing with your summer?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

On Vacation

Taking a break for a couple of weeks!
I'll be out in the fields gathering berries for a fresh blueberry pie!
(or something like that!)
I will be back on
July 7, 2014
See you then!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer block of the week

I am participating in Jenny of Elefantz free summer block of the week stitchery quilt. Even tho for Jenny, I guess it would be a winter BOW, since she lives in Australia.
Here is my first stitchery and block:
I finished this stitchery in one night while watching the Fifa World Cup.(we are BIG futbol fans around here, as all of my kids have played/or do play soccer).
Isn't it pretty! Here is the whole block:
I am currently working on block 2 which was released this week. Every Monday a new FREE block will be released. If you would like to stitch-along click on the button in my sidebar and go to Jenny's blog for all of the details.
Last Sunday we celebrated my little granddaughter Amy's first birthday! I cannot believe how fast this year has gone. It has been so fun watching her grow, and watching my daughter and her husband grow into being parents. They are just the sweetest little family unit, with the Lord at the center of their lives. They are doing a wonderful job, and Amy is thriving!
She is the joy of my life these days!
Amy Ren 1st Birthday

Are you working on any special projects this summer?

Monday, June 16, 2014

This month at PFATT Marketplace

Here is my wall hanging with the pickets!

Home Sampler
A few more close ups of this one:

I really love the way it turned out. The pickets were done with a Bonnie and Camille charm pack. The colors are fantastic, don't you think?
And then I also have this little cushion:
Bird on a Strawberry Cushion
This is made of wool and woolies flannel. It is adapted from a design by Maggie Bonanami.  Great little cushion to tuck anywhere you need a little cheer!
Here are some more shots:

For more details on these pieces and to order click here to go to PFATT Marketplace.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, June 6, 2014

What I did with the Pickets...

Home Sampler Wall Hanging
Coming soon to PFATT Marketplace.
Stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pin cushion crazy!

I've been making pincushions lately.

I have just been playing around with some different designs.
I tried a circle flower applique:
Then I tried it with a wool background:

Then I tried a hexie:

 I learned how to make pickets out of a honeybun pre-cut.
 I'm doing something with these pickets and a wallhanging:
I'll show you this later this week...
And I finished this super cute little wall hanging for my girlfriend's birthday. This is an applique from Lori Holt's pattern Grandma's Kitchen Quilt. I love just about everything she designs! I'm really happy with the way this turned out. I'm thinking about making one for myself!
I also received some new stash and a few notions from Fat Quarter Shop:
I ordered a fat quarter bundle of woolies flannel. I really like this to mix in with wool applique. Its so much easier to sew with, since wool stretches so much.  The woolies flannel colors and textures just blend right in with wool so well. It's especially great for the backgrounds.
I also got a little charm pack of overdyed wool, a package of alphabitties (for marking my quilt pieces to keep them in order as I sew~I REALLY need these! I have been known to forget what I'm doing between the cutting table and the sewing machine! LOL!)
 And some Poke-A-Dots, which are basically sticky thimbles.
I LOVE these for hand applique!
What have you been working on?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

This month on PFATT Marketplace

Original 26" Folk Doll

This wonderful folk doll is hand made with so much attention to detail! She is made from my Ruby and Opal pattern. Here is a close up of her face:

When making folk dolls I love painting the faces, and I love adding special details to the clothes. I used vintage pink ribbon on Lydia's bonnet. And I trimmed the neckline of her dress with my favorite cluny lace. (This is becoming hard to find for me in my area.) She also has a cool vintage button brooch!
Hop on over to PFATT Marketplace to read about all the details regarding Lydia.
Here is the link:

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Hexie Quilt

I am doing this baby by hand!
l'll probably be working on it until I die!! LOL!
I'm planning to make a twin size.
 It IS really fun to work on! I usually take it with me when Isabel has physical therapy for her knee; and work on it in the car. She is usually in there for at least an hour and a half, so I can get quite a bit of sewing done.
It is slow work...
but very therapeutic!
I enjoy it!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

OH! I am in L*O*V*E!!!!!

With my new sewing machine that is!!
I have been sewing QUILTS!!!
I made this baby quilt using a honey bun, and following the tute from Fat Quarter Shop's, Jolly Jabber! The quilt is part of the "shortcut quilts series" and is called Jelly Roll Jam!
I have also been working on a quilt called Peony Garden. It is actually meant to be a 30's quilt, but I am doing it in modern brights! I am SO excited about this one!!
 It is a design by Nancy Mahoney from a book called Applique Quilt Revival.

I have NEVER had that buttonhole stitch on a sewing machine before! I know a lot of you seasoned quilters have been there and done that, but I have literally PINED for this stitch for years! so now I can finally make this quilt!!! Yay!!
And just for fun, I found a little sewie tute on how to make one of those cute little triangle thread catchers, so I whipped one of those up too! They are perfect for taking to my Quilt Bee when I am sewing with friends!
So I am enjoying my new sewie relationship!
My Quilt Guild is having a show this September, maybe I'll actually have something to contribute this time!!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

My New Love!

Janome DC2012
Couldn't beat the price!
 I am having SO much fun!
It has everything I need!
50 stitches, needle down or up. auto-threader, speed control; everything on it is easier!
I have had the same machine(My Babylock) for so long, its like I now have 25 years of sewing machine innovations all at once!
Love it!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My PFATT Offerings for April

Some quilty goodness in the form of a table mat:
Table mat 16" by 13"
This is a great piece for a primitive home! The lovely confederate blue print dominates, and the patchwork is done in a variety of reproduction prints. It was hand quilted using the primitive "big stitch" method-so cool!
Big stitch method

This is great as a table mat or tucked in with your primitive dolls!
 Next I have a pattern model, Folk Art Flowers.
Folk Art Flowers framed piece, 9" by 6".
This has been professionally framed.
It is the pattern model for my cross stitch chart by the same name. 
There is no glass, as that always interfered with the photo session! LOL!
For more information and to purchase please visit

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sew Something I'm Giving Up OnYou...

I" m sorry that I can't seem to fix you!
 Your tension is off, I've struggled and struggled.
Even hubby (also known as tenacious "G") has tried.
 But after 25 years, you don't seem to have the energy to try and stay on the straight and narrow!
O how sad that I am going to have to give up on you...
I am going to have to start looking around at the other fish in the sea, for I am one of those girls who cannot live without the sewing machine/woman relationship.
I know, I am weak.
 Forgive me!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


So far I am really happy with the way this is coming out!
 I m rusty in my quilt-making, that is for sure, but it is all coming back to me as I go along.
 I forgot how to make vines, for instance, and had to refresh my memory.
I like how they are coming out.
Nice and raised up from the fabric.
There will be a border using the taupe gingham fabric, with more stitchery on it.
Someone at my quilt guild asked if it is a wall-hanging or what?
 I guess it could be, but I am going to use it as a table topper.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Center medallion finished!

I am loving this project. The center motif, which features stitchery and appliqué is complete, and now it will be appliquéd into the middle of the four block quilt. I am adding rick-rack around the circle. Then there will be a wide border which will also feature stitchery and appliqué.

I think I will also do some appliqué flowers and vines over the pieced blocks.  What do you think?


Thursday, March 20, 2014

New Project sneak peek!

This is an original quilt I am working on. It features LOTS of stitchery, as you can see. I am hoping to have it finished in time to put in my quilt guild's quilt show, which is this September. 

I am really excited about this project. It is one of those that has just been flowing out of me. It's the best when that happens!


Monday, March 10, 2014

New Offerings at PFATT Marketplace today!

Here is what I have for the month of March:
Tulip Needlebook

This is actually worked in blue thread. There are 2 wool felt pages inside to park your needles and a special little pin too!


Includes a handmade pin and a pearly corsage pin
A mini Raggedy Annie Angel:
10" Raggedy Annie Angel
And a new little mixed media painting entitled "Sisters":
Sisters, 5" mixed media painting in wooden frame

Hope you have a chance to click over to PFATT and see all the wonderful offerings for March!