Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Christmas Blog Hop And It's A Dog's Life

I've been having a Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange since 2013. I can't believe it's been 10 years, but it's been a highlight of my blogging time. I'd love to have you join in!

The challenge is easy:

Christmas recipe (cookies or something else food related)

A favorite Christmas memory

Christmas quilt/project or gift idea

Email me if you want to join in:

This week's blog hop is all about the dogs (and vintage.)

Here's the list of bloggers who are sharing their awesome projects:


Sunday, September 17, 2023

It's A Dogs Life Begins Today

I love a good challenge, including the ones I dish out, but this one threw me for a bit because I kept changing my mind. I'm sure that NEVER happens to anyone else! Luckily, I focused long enough to create my own "It's A Dogs Life" project to kick off this blog hop.

The Challenge:

Sew your project with dog themed fabric or applique/embroidery of dogs.
As an added challenge, if dogs don't ring your bell, think vintage.
Vintage blocks, quilts, fabrics, or whatever old designs makes you happy.

My Project:

It's A Show Dogs Life

I combined a dog theme with vintage, creating my quilt from a 1936-1943 poster. Thanks to EQ8, I was able to enlarge it and create my own pattern. 

I used this challenge to play around with  my free motion quilting. I'm still a work in progress, but I'm getting a little more confident. Some of you have such a gift for quilting and I love seeing your work!

My Charlie loves to supervise all my sewing projects.

Check out the bloggers who have answered this month's challenge:


Friday, September 8, 2023

Flashback Friday Ms Winifred's Closet And Giveaway

My Flashback Friday is about one of my favorite quilts (and best selling pattern), "Ms. Winifred's Closet". It was first shown on August 16, 2018, during a Riley Blake project event. 

Ms. Winifred's Closet

The applique pieces are large enough to make them easy to cut out and blanket stitch around the edges.

 I'm thinking it's time to make another one in different fabrics!
Maybe an extra border to make it bigger? It's 47" x 57".

Would you like to win a free copy of Ms. Winifred's Closet? 
Just leave a comment telling me about your favorite Halloween candy
and I'll pick a winner by midnight September 14th. 


I picked two winners from my blog comments and two from my FB page.

From the blog: Marsha B. and Anita Jackson...Congratulations!

Check out my Etsy store for more patterns, including Ms. Winifred's Closet, HERE.

Thursday, September 7, 2023

Where The Heck Does Time Fly To

I really don't understand how time flies so quickly now that I'm not a kid anymore. Where the heck does it fly to? When I was young, it seemed like a million hours until summer came and school got out. The same thing was true for how long it took to turn 18 and be free to do what I want. Yeah, the "do what I want" part never happened. 

Me on my 18th birthday, ready to be a free woman! LOL

The last few months have been spent mostly traveling back and forth by car and plane to Ohio. My heart broke last year when my youngest daughter, SIL, and grandkids moved way, way, way east to Ohio. After being used to them living close by for so long, it was a shock to my system to have them leave. I'm adjusting, but I'm not happy about it.

Now my oldest daughter is moving there...nooooo! I got to spend eight days with her trying to get settled in a condo. When my youngest grandson saw the condo for the first time, he said, "It's amazing! It looks like a castle!" Yes, it does, sort of. It was built in 1928 as an apartment building, but was converted to condos. It's all very vintage.

This is what you have to use to call up to the rooms. 

This is what is in the room to answer and buzz people up.

Thank goodness for these helpers in setting up the only piece of furniture in the condo. The truck with all her belongings never made it while we were there. We finally got the news that it was next week so we flew home. When we landed, we got news that the truck will arrive in "3 to 5 days" or so they say. Ugh! She'll be flying back without me. 

The couch was comfy, thank goodness, because that's where we slept for five of the eight days. 

Unusual figures of pigs and flowers are stamped in the plaster.

The attic is where the storage units are...way too creepy for  me!
Definitely don't want to go up there at night and alone.

Now that I'm home, I have lots of sewing to catch up on.

First on the list...It's A Dog's Life Blog Hop.

It's going to be so much fun with these bloggers who met the challenge!


Friday, August 25, 2023

Flashback Friday And It's A Dog's Life

I love checking old posts for a flashback of some of my sewing projects. This quilt was from a post in April 2014 that shows almost all the pets I had up until that point. I'm a sucker for stray dogs, which is why my newest baby, Charlie, was a foster fail.

I'm not sure, but I think there is a secret neon sign on my house that says,
"Lost or Stray Pets Welcome Here!"

Using a pattern by Amy Bradley, I made a few modifications to the animals.
The front of the quilt has 11 dogs, 7 cats, a bunny, and an iguana, all made using Dr. Seuss fabrics,
including the Lorax fabrics. Each pet's name is hand embroidered on the appliqued collar. 

Besides the dogs and cats, the quilt includes the names of our snakes, bunnies, hedgehogs and hamsters.

(Only a few hamsters made the list because there was only so much room on my quilt.)
It's a wonderful memory quilt of all our pets (minus the gazillion pet rats we had.)

The back of the quilt has a hedgehog, snake, a hamster, and my label created by my oldest grandson.

Speaking of pets...

There is still time to sign-up for "It's A Dog's Life."

Let me know if you want to play along!

Thursday, August 24, 2023

It's Okay To Call Me Crazy Blog Hop

When Joan at Moosestash Quilting told me her idea for a blog hop, I told her it was perfect for me because I'm already crazy. (It's also perfect for Joan, but don't tell her I said that.) 

Actually, this blog hop isn't about my mental state (or Joan's, or yours, or anybody else for that matter), it's about the challenge Joan came up with for this blog hop.


Have you ever started something that you found yourself asking, 
 am I "Crazy" or what?

Do you have a project or technique, that you are "Crazy" in love with?

Got a "Crazy" story about a project to share?

Over the years I've tried some new sewing techniques that definitely had me saying, "Am I crazy or what?" My plan for this blog hop challenge was to share a technique I'm crazy in love with. If you follow my blog at all, you know that applique is my favorite thing to do. 

All would have been well and good if I had stuck to just a simple applique project. But, no, as I said, I'm crazy and had to pick a pieced pattern that I thought would be fun to add applique to. It drove me crazy!

This is called "Fourteen Squared" by Hunter's Design Studio
You can find it HERE.

This is my version with appliqued stars.

So why did it drive me crazy?

I don't follow pattern directions very well (ask Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks...she KNOWS!)
They have to be easy to read and understand, like for a five year old.
The directions were really good for this, so it was just me.

I went crazy trying to keep same fabrics apart. You know how it is.
Move one and suddenly you have to move five more.

I got confused by the block directions because they were all so different.

The pattern is actually quite nice, but I struggled with all those pieces. 
For those of you who love quilts with a gazillion pieces, more power to you. 
As for me, fewer pieces are better.

I love that fabric, though! I went shopping at Sew Yeah with Carla when she was in town and bought a fat quarter bundle of this unusually colored designs of patriotic fabrics. It is "Stars and Stripes" by Paintbrush Studios.

I'm crazy about any quilt when it's on my machine and ready to quilt.

I am crazy about those appliqued stars in that fabric.

Be sure to check out all the other crazy people/projects happening this week!