.....it all began with one thread....

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Heart's Desire

This portion of Heart's Desire has the  same block repeated three times.  Here's my first one:
And a little bit closer:

Friday, April 29, 2011


Finished another block for Patriots in Petticoats (PIP)...this was one I had set aside.  Now here it is:

There are a few little "fussy cut" flower in this block.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Night Before Christmas

It seems funny to be posting something that has to do with Christmas this time of year, doesn't it?  I (finally) redid my Block 2 for Night Before Christmas BOM.  I had majorly messed up my first attempt....don't ask. :)

Good news is,  it is done,  and I am currently caught up with at least one of my BOM's. It is a bit difficult to get a nice flat picture when our fan is blowing the block around!

Block 2 Night Before Christmas
                                      A  lot  of  work!  But - I am pretty happy with how it turned out (this time). ;)
Especially (this is for you - Anne Marieke!)  the little mouse's hands and ears!

Saturday, April 23, 2011


Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

more pretties

You know how it is....you only need one thing from the quilt store.....but those aisles and aisles of luscious new fabrics each call out to you to be included in that one special project....(OK...maybe I am the only one that "listens" to fabrics calling my name...LOL!)  What do you do?  What do you do?  Well, take some of them home with you, of course!

These little pretties are for yet another future project...In My Garden by Hatched and Patched Designs.

Monday, April 18, 2011

The sheep's in the meadow

OMG!  Look at her fat, round little body!  Too much!  This little pincushion took a bit longer than the bon-bon one.  Her little bunny ears are removable; once Easter is over, she can still be displayed.

I also completed the first block for Lynette Anderson's new freebie BOM, Christmas Fun. You do have to sign up at a participating shop for this one.  You pay for the cute, wooden buttons and receive the chart with it.
(It does lay flat, I just didn't realize that it was sitting a bit odd until after the picture.)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Heart's Desire

Block 2:
Finally...lot more work here, than I originally thought.  The bird is supposed to be "similar" (and I stress - similar) to a Baltimore oriole.  I am working within a specific range of colors, so the colors of the bird are a bit more subdued .

Now to work on Block 3, which is really three blocks of the same thing.  Those blocks will go with Block 2 without a bird, but with some added flowers.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Don't they look good enough to eat? :))  Yummy little bon-bon pincushions made out of wool felt and buttons from Just Another Button Company (JABC). 

JABC has a variety of new wool pincushion kits available.  Guess what the latest one is?  A little Sheep!  The kits are a bit pricey.  You do get everything to make the pincushion(s).  The only thing I needed to make these little treats were a needle, some sewing thread and a bit of glue.  You get all the wool pieces, the specialty thread, the JABC buttons and stickpins, as well as wool roving for the stuffing.  This one included the little heart-shaped box.  It is only about 6 inches across.  The little 'candies' are about the size of a chocolate truffle you might buy.  Very easy to make...only took me about an hour and a half, from start to finish!  Love it, love it....yum!

**oh, and no, I don't have a vested interest in the company...just happen to really love my little treats!**

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

a little birdie

This is a bit of my bird for the Heart's Desire free BOM by Esther Aliu.  I was trying to make him look like an oriole, but within the confines of the fabrics I had chosen for this project.  Why an oriole?..Our state bird is the oriole, as well as the baseball team.  He's not as bright as the real thing, but his colors will work well with the other portions of the quilt.

This is a test...only a test....:)) my little tryout for the first border in the same quilt.  There are four of the half circles in a set of four borders. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A red Christmas tree?

Yes!  A pretty, red Christmas tree!  This is Block 4 for Night Before Christmas by Bunny Hill Designs.  It has been the simplest block to complete,so far.

Monday, April 11, 2011

And now red

Henrietta Whisker, Block 4.  Well, the little squirrel is not in this month's block, but Sophie and friend are here.  With the exception of Sophie's necklace, the block is done.  Once again, another fun one and quick to do.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Pink & Blue

Block 4 for Bunny Hill's freebie Henrietta Whiskers.  I think the pink one may eventually get a button or two on the pumpkins.
I do like the blue one, which seemed to take forever to choose the fabrics and the wools this time.  I probably changed things around about four or five times.  On the right-hand side, there should be six blocks.  I chose to combine two into one longer block to be able to use the portion of the stripe fabric I had selected.
All in all, another fun block from Bunny Hill Designs!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Seeing Red

....pretty red fabrics, that is!  I was looking for a few darker reds and look what I found:

To be used in a future project...:) Isn't there always another one? ;p

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Heart's Desire

A free Block of the Month, here: http://www.estheraliu.com/.  Lots of beautiful quilts with gorgeous machine quilting!

Here's my first block...

I really like the blocks that have been released, so far.  Lots of bias binding, however in the second and third blocks...
Can you tell he doesn' like getting his picture taken?  Look at those ears...pulled way back...normally they stand up all cute and perky....Rusty just got a new haircut and I was trying to get a picture of how cute he looks and this is the face he kept giving me.:))

Friday, April 1, 2011

April 1

Hope everyone has a safe and fun day!

Just a little note (and those who know me, know this is true!) today is my wedding anniversary.  Yep!  ....and the funny thing is it has been 33 years!  ...and "they" said it wouldn't last!  I guess the joke is on "them!." :))