Sunday, January 8, 2017

Keeping Up With The 182 Day Solstice Challenge

So far, so good, in keeping up with Pat Sloan's 182 Day Solstice Challenge blocks.
It's a miracle! 
Maybe I shouldn't pat myself on the back too much since it only just started, but Pat's instructions 
make these so, so easy to put together I'm remaining hopeful I will keep up and make them all.

Block 1


Block 2


Block 3


I'm putting the In My Garden blocks together and hope to have the quilt top finished in a few days.
With it being cold outside I spent lots of time inside. I sewed, I watched five movies on TV,
 read two books, and enjoyed holding and petting  my two little bratty dogs.
They loved it and so did I!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

In Our Garden Block Of The Month #23 And #24

This is it! The last two blocks of the In Our Garden Block Of The Month.
You can find the patterns and giveaways for this month's blocks at Sew Incredibly Crazy.

I got to test the pattern a couple days early...lucky me!

My applique block #23
Oh my gosh! I love that turtle! Since I "painted" the nails red,
it seemed appropriate to add a bow to her head. Sweet!


My pieced block #24
Amy calls this one "My Garden Cabin"


These are all the blocks I made with fabrics from Riley Blake Designs.

February
You can find Amy's Block #1 and Block #2 HERE
March
Carol – Just Let Me Quilt 
You can find my Block #3 and Block #4 HERE.
April
You can find Doris' Block #5 and Block #6 HERE.

May
You can find Carla's Block #7 and Block #8 HERE.


June
Susan – Super Mom No Cape

You can find Susan's Block #9 and Block #10 HERE.


July
You can find Joan's Block #11 and Block #12 HERE.

August
You can find Kris' Block #13 and Block #14 HERE.

September
Pat – Life in the Scrapatch
You can find Pat's Block #15 and Block #16 HERE.



October

You can find Vicki's Block #17 and Block #18 HERE.


November
Lana – It Seams to be Sew
You can find Lana's Block #15 and Block #16 HERE.

December
You Can find Jan's block HERE.

January
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy– Final Blocks and wrap up

You can find Amy's blocks HERE.


Next step is sew these all together into a quilt...fun!
This has been a great BOM, Amy. Thank you!

There's a Facebook page, too! 
Share your blocks and/or see what everyone else is making.
CLICK HERE

There's a new Block of the Month coming up in January. I can't wait!

Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM


Let the creating begin for 2017!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Plans For 2017 With Block Of The Month And A Solstice Challenge

I'm the worst at sticking to Block of the Month or quilt along type challenges.
I usually make one or two blocks and then my attention heads in a different direction.

With attention problems and love of shiny objects/fabrics/BOM's that distract me,
I decided I would limit or set goals on what I plan to jump into in 2017.
The words "limit" and "goals" aren't in my vocabulary so this will be interesting.

The In My Garden BOM is one of my few successes...I've sewn all the blocks so far!
The new blocks come out tomorrow so it will soon be time to sew it all together.
I've loved all the Riley Blake Designs fabric I used for it!


February will be a fun start with a new BOM at Sew Incredibly Crazy...Sun, Sand, and Sea.
The first day of each month will have a new block from different designers.
I'll be designing a couple of those blocks and will be sewing them all together for a fun quilt.


This is a fat quarter bundle I was lucky enough to rescue out of my sister's get-rid-of pile.
It's by Moda and it's called Renewal. I have no idea how long she had it, but the colors are nice.


I'll be using it to sew Pat's Sloan's 182 Day Solstice Challenge blocks.
I'm blaming Sharon of Vroomans Quilts for me doing this one. She blamed her friend, Barbara.
Somebody has to take the blame for me adding this to my list of things to sew.

I've made one block...yay! One more to sew and then I'm caught up.


I'm still staring at my Moda Color Daze batiks. I'm sure it will be a Storm At Sea design,
but I've not started cutting into it the batiks yet. Soon, though. Or maybe I'll find another BOM...


I'm excited to start another year with Therm O Web. Lots of ideas swimming in my head!
Because I love to applique, this is one of my favorite products.
The Heat n Bond EZ Print Lite printer sheets run through my inkjet printer so there's
no tracing and drawing the pattern pieces..easy and quick! I love easy!


Soooo....
What BOM, sew along, whatever are you jumping into in 2017?
If you tell me, I might have to blame you for making me start something new, but that's okay.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Christmas Pillow

In November 2012 I played along in a blog hop hosted by Madame Samm using a Christmas pillow
pattern, Holiday Lane, by Jill Finley of Jillily Studios. It was such a fun pattern to sew!


You can still find Jill's pattern HERE.

In 2012 there were only four Monkey Boys posing on this pillow.


Now there are five...you can't even see the pillow!


This guy was the baby in the first picture. He looked a lot more peaceful then.


Awww, much better!


I really wanted this adorable English Bulldog puppy, but I'm glad she went to a good home.
Once she got big she wouldn't have fit through my doggy door!

That face...love it!


It's time to get ready for 2017.
I can't wait to be inspired by what everyone is quilting and sewing!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas To All My Favorite Quilty Friends!

I feel so lucky to have quilty friends like you who inspire and encourage me to keep on quilting.
Thank you!
 May you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends!


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Let It Snow With Lots Of Love

The whole time I was sewing this quilt "Let It Snow" was singing through my head.
Thank goodness I love that song!

That sweet little bunny is trying so hard to get the snow lady's attention.
Hopefully she'll notice the sweet red heart he is holding up for her.


Using Therm O Web products to put it together made it easy!
Head over to the Therm O Web Blog today for info on this quilt.

You can find the pattern at Just Carol's Craftsy Store.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Thinking About A Batik Quilt

I've spent the last few days thinking about making a batik quilt because thanks to 
 Soma at Whims & Fancies, I now have a beautiful bundle of batiks, plus other goodies.

Seriously, I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was.
It was an amazing early Christmas present!
Thank you Soma, Aurifil, and Moda! I feel like I won the lottery.
This is what I won...isn't it incredible!

Prize Package 1

Moda Color Daze 25 pieces of fat quarter fabric
A box of Aurifil thread
4 individual patterns by Whims And Fancies
Now I just have to figure out what to do with the batiks.
The Moda Color Daze Batiks by Laundry Basket Quilts


I kind of like the Storm at Sea pattern style, but I'm not sure.
Maybe something simple or maybe paper piecing the patterns I won from Soma.
I just can't decide. The choices are endless!

I guess I'll just make cookies today while I dream of batiks and what to do with them.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Wait! How Many Days Until Christmas?

Seriously...there's not enough days until Christmas.
I haven't mailed out all my Christmas cards or 
finished shopping...yikes!



The four-year-old monkey stayed with us for a week. He's busy, busy, busy, but I loved it.
We did a little shopping and sweet treat creating, too.



I drove him home and then spent five days with family and the rest of the Monkey Boys. 
Sleeping arrangements for me included one bedroom, two twin beds, 
one mattress on the floor, and four boys. It was the best long slumber party ever.
Sleeping with the four-year-old in the twin bed wasn't bad at all...loved it!

We had our annual gingerbread making night with some interesting results.
This is my it-has-to-be-perfect daughter with Monkey Baby.
He didn't care if it was perfect...he just wanted to eat the candy.


My SIL always brings something unusual to add to the decorations.
Usually it's dinosaurs, but this year he brought toy vehicles.


My son's vehicle was a helicopter. He put it to good use when his house collapsed.
He can be a little twisted sometimes which shows in the "blood" on the gingerbread man.
He definitely keeps us laughing!


I came home yesterday to some fun Christmas mail that made me smile.
One card included lots and lots of glitter...you know who you are! LOL
I think there was more glitter on my table than on the card. 

Look at this beautiful snowflake by Sherry from Createology. 
I never knew what tatting looked like up close...this is amazing!


Now that I'm home I'm going to sew. I found 16 nine-patch blocks in my stash.
I think I started something last year...or the year before...but I'm not sure what my plan was.
So, the plan is to make it into something else today. 

Should be a great sewing day!
I hope you have time to be creative today, too.