Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Berry Christmas Fabric by Island Batik (free tutorial wall hanging)

There is an awesome tutorial for a beautiful wall hanging made by Connie from Freemotion by the river .  She is also an ambassador for Island Batik and she has used the Berry Christmas Fabric.

Just love love love it!!!

I love Batiks, as you know, so if you want to go and take a peek at Island Batik's fabric....here is the link

I can't give a post without a picture...so here is what I am working with ....  You will see more in May.

Isn't this weather the best?  Just took a walk to the pond with my main squeeze ......  so nice.
Am I the only one that just ain't got no gumption????

Monday, April 21, 2014


Not really staring at anything....just staring....
Occasionally a car will go by.
The dog will walk by
and so I sit and stare.

In order to justify my desire to sit and stare....I am doing a little machine embroidery.
Oh...I could be doing other stuff....but I really don't want to....

Did this Saturday

Now back to more important things....like staring!!!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Free Quilt Pattern

This is a free quilt pattern, you can find it here

I needed a baby quilt that would be only three colors but well...I added the fourth (white).  I don't think the little gal will complain.  
I so wanted to snazzz it up but from what she has told me this is all she wants.  Okay, I can do that!!!

I do love the colors together.
I took great pains cutting the half square triangles and was getting so excited but no matter...still had issues.

Oh well....I do still like it but not happy with the construction.


Thursday, April 17, 2014


I needed some small Easter Baskets for the ladies I visit each month.  I went on a search and came up with these.  I just love them.

I was going to link to the pattern...or the proto type I used.  I did not use it all and I made it simpler to make and wouldn't you know it, I can't find it.

In the way of quilts, I have four squares left of my Samoan quilt to quilt and I will be ready to bind it...whohoooooooo   Will be so happy when that is over.  There is so much to do.  I started making a list the other day because I keep forgetting what I need to do.  

Saturday, April 12, 2014


I had a friend contact me several weeks ago about a quilt, she showed me a picture and asked if I could help her make it.  So...we discussed the pattern and the amount of fabrics we need.

As I was searching for a Basket pattern (more on that later) I came across the pattern in a notebook of collected patterns.  What luck!!!

So I had a layer cake...added a few fabrics and this is what I came up with.

Now when I say this I don't want to upset anyone but....don't send the fabric police but my layer cake was not cut all the same.  Some squares were lopsided, some not the full 10" (decided not to reveal the name of the layer cake).

Sorry....I am just saying that it made some squares hard.  I know...whaaaaaa poor me. (smiling)

So today I wanted to make some Easter Baskets and that is when I came across the above pattern (yes, got sidetracked)...it is a girls prerogative to change her mind!!!
 Well...I did not want a basket this big so I am in the quest for smaller ones...I just might make my own...I can do that....and that is the prerogative word again.

 I wanted to make an Easter Wall Hanging and so I made me some PEEPS and put them in an unbrella...and what baskets does not like chocolate?  Gotta have Chocolate.

Here is a little mug rug to match!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014


See this Window???

Once again you are going DUH!!!  We know what a window looks like.

Well...notice that it is open?

You can see the handle bars to my gazelle.  This is my view from my computer...slightly over is my sewing machine.

I know...you all are going SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Well...I will  tell you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Notice that the window is open....once again..duhhhhh

I have asked my husband to keep it closed.

Because what if I want to scratch myself or pick something (I am laughing at this one)....and someone comes by and see me doing so or stuffing my face?

I already feel like I am in a fish bowl with the whole side of the room with windows.

The other day I was on my computer and I turned around and a man is looking in my window.  Talk about CREEEEPY.....he said he rang the bell....gosh I didn't hear it.

One day I was exercising and someone peeps in.


....I am not on show here!!!!  There are just some things a girl has to do in private!!!!

My husband likes to have the window open so he can keep a look out on his cute dog...making sure he is still cute.

I must admit....he is awfully cut but a pain in the back side.....

So the will of the window will continue.  I shut it, he opens it....I shut it again and wow...it pops open ....hummmm

That being said....I have plans for this fabric from Island Batik, if I can just get to it.

   The night before last I put a table topper together and yesterday I did a wall hanging...see, they are waiting for me to come and finish them.  They are closed over so if you come by and look in my window you can not see what they are.

Then that piece of fabric they are laying on...that is the backing for that religious quilt I am doing...going to put that together today and get it ready to quilt.

Too much going on over here, you are always welcome to come and see but please...don't look through my window.

Monday, April 7, 2014


See this door?  Of course you do.

Can you guess what is behind that door?  Door #1???

Look at the left bottom corner, that is the top of my computer.  When I am sitting there and the door is open

my husband can see me from his desk, behind the door is his office. You guessed it!

 The view you are seeing is my view from my sewing machine.

Usually the door is open and my husband has full access to seeing everything I do.

I try to block him out.  Most times he is outside but since it has been raining he has been inside.

Trust me when I tell you that he is too young to be retired.  He had many many good years left in him and most people his age are still working.

Why am I telling you this.....because today I was preoccupied with my totes.  I had to measure the corners for the bottom of the totes to square them off.

He was talking to me, I had a ruler in my mouth and a pencil in my hand...I could only grunt at him.

I guess he wanted my full attention .....that is where the door comes in.

Usually it is open...he shut it with the comment....."I won't bother you any more"

I am laughing because all I wanted to do was sew...

.I did not want to go to the store and get him some pepsies...which he wanted me to do in the middle of my sewing.

I did not want to go on a walk right now...I was once again...in the middle of a project.

I did not want to go and see how cute his dog was....I was in the middle of something....

Oh sun...won't you come out, dry up the ground and bring him warmth so he can work outside.

That all being said...I did go on a walk with him and later I did go driving with him to get him some pepsies.....