Tuesday, November 30, 2010


A few weeks ago, I purchased a Layer Cake and fell in love with the colors of these two plaids:

They're not colors I normally work with but I wanted to do something with them.  I chose some other blocks from the layer cake in similar colors and put them up on the design wall.  This is what I had.

It was interesting but not what I wanted.  So this is what I did:

I haven't finished stitching around the hearts and need to think of something to give some contrast to the hearts.  Some of the fabrics are close to the background color.  I'm also thinking about sashing and/or applique to spice it up.  Stay tuned.

I entered my Star Pillow in Paula's Sewing Challenge - the challenge is 'Anything Goes'.  Have a look.  Maybe even enter something for a chance to win.

Hope you have a good day.  Happy Quilting!

-- Pat --

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Pincushions and such

I made two new pincushions today ( it's always fun to have something new).  One replaces this tomato and the other replaces one I made about 10 years ago.  These new ones are very simple.  Two 4 inch squares of crumb fabric sewn together and stuffed with leftover batting (cut up).  I made sure to put extra stuffing so that the pins wouldn't poke through the bottom.  I kept the tomato.

 I thought I saw on someone's blog that she collects tomato pincushions.  I'll hang on to this one for a couple of weeks, in case the blogger sees this post and wants it, otherwise out it goes.

I also made two snowman pillowcases for my bed.  The pattern calls for 23 in. x width of fabric.  I didn't take into account the directional pattern of the fabric.  If I had cut it the other way, the snowman pattern would be up and down instead of sideways on the pillow.  Oh well.  I like them anyway.

Hope you had a good day.  Happy Quilting!

--  Pat --

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Who knew ...

that one quilt block could be so difficult?  I never did find an easy way to assemble the Feathered Star in Star block.  I just had to buckle down and do it.  I sewed and unsewed many seams but in the end, it didn't turn out too bad.  It didn't lay completely flat but I managed to quilt it out.  Toward the end, I was beginning to get the hang of the angles and plan to try another feathered block soon.  This block is part of a BOM and I was planning to save it for the quilt, but I liked it so well that I made it into a pillow to enjoy now.  I couldn't wait to show you all. So....without further ado... here it is...my first feathered star:

Hope you had a good day.  (we had some snow!)   Happy Quilting!

--  Pat --

Foto Finish - Food

Today is the first time I'm participating in Foto Finish at Cat Patches.  Let me start off by saying that I'm not a photographer.  I don't have a fancy camera with all the gadgets and focus 'stuff'.  I take my pictures with the Sony Cyber-shot I bought this past summer.  As a rule, I don't retouch the photos but use them as they come out of the camera.

This week's theme is 'Food'.  I thought about it all week but really couldn't come up with anything special.  I didn't have a traditional Thanksgiving meal so what photo I might have taken (turkey, marshmallow sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce) wasn't available.  So I took pictures of my Thanksgiving meals instead.


Lunch & Dinner

Like I said -- Not your traditional Thanksgiving Dinner -- but it was yummy.  However I will say that after such a junk food day, last night's meal of chicken, potatoes and beets sure tasted good.

Hope you have a great day!  Happy Quilting!

--  Pat  --

Friday, November 26, 2010

Feathered Star in Star

I've learned enough about scanning fabric into EQ7 to use in my Feathered Star in Star block.  It's pretty accurate and gives a good idea how the block will look after sewing.  I've tried to figure out the best way to construct the block but am having some problems.  As you can see in the photo, I've marked the easier parts but I need to figure out how to do the middle without a lot of funky seams.  I may be able to figure it out by looking at the numbering and order used in EQ7 if it were a foundation pieced block.  I'm sure there are a lot of helpful things still to be learned.

partial construction plan

I've started laying out and sewing some of the pieces.  I'm so glad I have the fabric colored 'plan'.  It makes it so much easier to visualize and check for accuracy.  Here's what I have so far.  You'll notice I've ignored the middle.

in progress

It also shows that I need to make a bigger 'design' board so that I can lay out all the pieces without having them pinned over the edge.  It makes it really hard to visualize.

Yesterday I knit a hat for my granddaughter to go with the sweater I gave her a few weeks ago and this morning sewed some 'winter' applique on some onesies for her.  (it's so much fun having a baby again!)

Hope you're having a good day.  Happy Quilting!

-- Pat --

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just finished watching the following YouTube video that I thought you might like.  It had me crying like a baby.


Have a great day!

Monday, November 22, 2010

I am a winner (again)

How cool is that?  I won one of the prizes from  SewCalGal's Christmas Quilt Show 2010.  You can still view the quilt entries if you like.

  Here's what I won:


a copy of Judy Martin's STARS & SETS software, will go home with another lucky winner. (Prize #18)

winner:  Pat (501 Quilt Blocks)

I can't wait to get it - I love stars!

I had another nice surprise today - a package in the mail.  When I first saw it, I wondered, what in the world?  I know I've ordered a lot online lately but I think I've received everything.  It was the fabric I won last week from Linda at Stray Stitches for her 80th Post Giveaway.  Also included was a pattern from Bunny Hill Designs for Jelly Bags #1004 (jelly roll friendly).  A girl can never have too many bags!  Thanks again, Linda.

I got started on the November BOM.  The main block is the Variable Star along with 3 variations.  In previous months I've made all four blocks but I've done the Variable Star and the Ohio Star before.  I pieced the Friendship Star with little hassle but the other variation is the Feathered Star. I used the Feathered Star in Star block from EQ7 as a pattern.  It's beautiful.  (Did I tell you I love stars?)  I only got as far as cutting out the pieces (and that took awhile).  I didn't count how many pieces there are. (I don't really want to know) Most of them are very small.  Here's a couple of pictures:

Friendship Star

Feathered Star in Star
Of course, the star won't be in purples (although I do like those colors - my favorites) but will be in fall colors.  I think it'll look pretty good. (at least it does in my head).  I may scan the fabrics I've chosen into EQ7 and color the block to see what it looks like before I sew it.  It'll be a learning experience for scanning fabrics.  I won't be sewing the block for a few days because I'll be babysitting but I can squeeze in some 'design' time.

Hope you had a good day.  Happy Quilting!

-- Pat -- 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

What is it?

It's finished....but what is it?

A candle mat?

A table topper?

A wallhanging?

It's another entry in the 'Anything Christmas' Challenge at  Paula's Sewing Challenges .  I'm pretty happy with how it came out.  There are a few mistakes but I'm not going to tell you what they are.  I'm just going to try to learn from them.

Since I'm on a roll with 'new things', I wanted to turn your attention to the Foto Finish button on my sidebar.  It's an opportunity to submit a photo each Saturday based on a chosen theme, linking it to Barbara's Cat Patches blog.  Next Saturday's theme is 'Food'.  I'm going to give it a try.  If you're interested, pop on over for details.

Tomorrow, I hope to start on my Eons BOM for November.  I love stars.  We'll see how well it goes.

Hope you had a good weekend.  Happy Quilting!

-- Pat --

Another Challenge

If you're poking around my blog, you'll see in the right hand column a new picture block of a beautiful quilt labeled 'Paula's Sewing Challenges'.  You can click here to go to her blog or click on the picture.  Paula hosts challenges bi-weekly on Mondays.  The current challenge is for 'Anything Christmas'.  If you entered 'SewCalGal's Christmas Quilt Show', you can use that entry for this challenge.  Simple.  Go on over and check it out.  It sounds like fun AND there are prizes but there must be 20 bloggers entered in order to award prizes, so spread the word.  I'm entering my snowman quilt and this current project (after it's finished).  I should be able to finish it today.  The deadline for this challenge is Nov 29th.

Christmas Star

In progress
I also wanted to show you the ornament my 'Secret Santa' sent to me.  Isn't it cute?

Hope you have a great day!  Happy Quilting!

      -- Pat --

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Christmas Quilt Show

I've been checking out SewCalGal's Christmas Quilt Show and seeing a lot of beautiful quilts (over 100).  I'm only halfway through the list and there's only one more day to enter.  And two days until the awards.  I didn't think I had any holiday quilts but then I remembered this snowman quilt I did as part of the '501 Project'.  It's made of scrap fabrics given to me by a friend.  I'm a collector of snowmen so I'm especially fond of this.  I only have one Santa decoration and everything else is snowmen.  I put them out about Dec 10 and take them down around Valentine's Day.  So....always late to the party is my entry.

top left:  Birds in the Air    top right:  Shoofly    middle left:  Ohio Star    middle right:  Homeward Bound    bottom left:  Perkiomen    bottom right:  Cypress

Don't forget to check out the rest of the show.  You're sure to enjoy!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Santa came early

Actually I gave myself a gift.  FABRIC - fat quarters, yardage, layer cakes-- two boxes full.  The fabric is so beautiful, I may have a hard time using it.  (But there's always more where this came from)

I've been busy the past few days - deep cleaning.  I don't do it often so you can just imagine the things I've found in the couch, chair, under the furniture.  I even broke down and called maintenance about my broken garbage disposal.  It's been broken for well over a year but I hardly ever use it so it hasn't been a big deal.  But over the weekend, that sink wouldn't drain...so it was time.  The maintenance man was here, replaced it and on his way within the hour.  Fast service!  I love living here.  I've never had to wait more than a few hours for anything.  So why didn't I call earlier?  I don't know.

I finished sewing the binding on 'the quilt that can't be shown'.  I'm glad it's done.  It's mostly black with some small blocks of pattern.  I realized toward the end of quilting it that it would have been easier if I'd quilted it from the back.

Today, I sewed the final four bags to be used for gifting the quilts.

I just need to sew the labels on the quilts and those gifts will be done.  Yay!  I've enjoyed making the quilts for some of the grandchildren but I'm looking forward to other projects.  Are you that way?  Looking forward to new projects while working on the current one?  I've always got more ideas than time and energy.

Hope you had a good day.  Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I'm a winner!

Can you believe it?  I won something...the perfect gift...Fabric!

Isn't it gorgeous!

Linda at Stray Stitches chose me for her 80th post giveaway.  If you get a chance, pop over to Linda's blog.  She blogs on a variety of topics.  Very interesting posts.  Thanks Linda.  Can't wait to receive the fabric.

A first for me

I had the chance yesterday to have my oldest and youngest granddaughters together at one time.  Very exciting!  Here's a photo of the two of them:  (age 14 1/2 and 10 weeks)

Hope you have a good day.  Happy Quilting!

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Not me...my sewing machine.  My granddaughter has been sewing all day for two days to make a very ruffled skirt for a friend for Christmas.  It's done...and it came out just like she hoped it would.  Here are some photos:

The clouds represent some on the cloak of her friend's favorite character, Itachi.  Here's a couple of photos of him:

(sorry kids-never heard of him)

Needless to say, I haven't done any quilting over the past few days.  Hope you're having a nice weekend.  Happy Quilting!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lookie what I got...

I received a mug rug from my buddy in a mug rug exchange.  Isn't it cute?  Much too nice to use.  I've put it up where I can admire it.  I love the colors and the theme.  You can't go wrong with a coffee mug and hearts.

I've spent the past two days quilting an allover design on 'the quilt that can't be shown'.  The fabric is mostly black and the thread is black and it's tedious to say the least.  I've been coming up with all kinds of excuses to take breaks - clean the bathroom, color my hair, read blogs, hang blocks on the design wall, take pictures, write blog post.  I may even have to run the vacuum cleaner.  Oh no!  Not that!  Actually I really should do that.  Vivi and Jess are coming late tomorrow to stay with me (the rest are going to Grandpa's) until Tuesday while Mom & Dad go away for a few days without children.  That hasn't happened since Dec 2004.  I hope all goes well and they can relax.

Starting January, I'm joining in with a group to finish my UFOs.  As incentive, my name will be entered with others to win fat quarters. What I won't do for more fabric!  These are some blocks waiting to be made into quilts:

I know I also have two quilt tops waiting to be finished.  I only have to finish one UFO per quarter to be eligible.  That should be super easy.

Well, enough stalling.  Back to quilting!

Hope you're having a good day.

Monday, November 8, 2010

At last...

It's done.  The dog quilt.  I couldn't figure out how to blur the child's name on the header of the quilt so I placed fabric on top of it.  You get the idea.

Have you ever had a quilt that just didn't click?  This was it for me.  I'm glad it's done.  Now I can move on to  putting together the 'quilt that can't be shown'.  Actually my daughter says 'the child' doesn't read the blog so I may be able to show it.  The top is done.  I just have to put it together and quilt.  Then all I have left to make this family for Christmas are the bags the quilts go in. (into?)

Hope you have a good day.  Happy Quilting!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Major Progress

I made major progress on the 'Dog Quilt' today.  I just need to stitch around the applique, then sandwich and quilt.  I should be able to get most of that done tomorrow.  I don't want to take photos until it's done.  I used EQ7 to create the design.  This quilt was really frustrating for awhile there but I'm happy with it at last.

I also had a chance to use EQ7 to do a few designs for the Heart Block Exchange I'm in.  I don't have all the blocks yet but I did it based on 16 for now.  There are a couple of plain colored blocks.

Here they are:

I love, love, love EQ7.  It's so much fun!

Hope you had a good day.  Happy Quilting!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Here we go....

My name is Pat and I'm a fibber.

I did NOT get back to those quilts for Christmas.  Instead I used my layer cake fabrics and this 10 minute blocks video to create this quilt top.

It still needs some borders and I don't have the color I want so I guess I'll have to put it aside and get back to the quilts for Christmas.  Really?  I really do mean it this time.  Really I do.

Hope you're having a good day.  Happy Quilting!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

So cool!

I've mentioned before, I'm not very good at design.  I check out others' quilts so I can get inspiration but sometimes what's in my head doesn't look the same 'live and in person'.  So I ordered a new tool (toy!) and it arrived today:

After watching a couple of the videos, I thought I'd try creating a Sunbonnet Sue quilt.  It's so much fun to use this software that I may never have to make the quilts to get the satisfaction.  Here's a couple renditions I've came up with so far.

What's so great is that you can get a 'real feel' for what the quilt will look like.  There's even the option to import the fabric I'm using, to get an accurate picture.  There's a lot to learn but it's great fun doing so.  I have a Sunbonnet Sue book I bought two weeks ago so I may use some of those blocks instead of having to duplicate blocks.

I also received my order of fat quarters and layer cakes from Connecting Threads.  Some of the fabrics are going to look great in this quilt.  But I need to get the quilts I started for Christmas done before I start another one.

I tried the sweater I crocheted (size 3-6mos) on Lily yesterday and it is really snug.  I don't think it's so much that she is big for her age (2 mos) but that the pattern is sized small.  I've taken it apart and am crocheting it with a larger hook to increase the size.  I think this will work out much better.

Hope you had a good day.  Happy Quilting!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Space Bags

Last spring I crocheted and knit 17 afghans (couch & bed sizes) to donate to our local shelter but wanted to wait until cool/cold weather to donate them.  I decided to try out space bags for storage and they were amazing.  I was impressed.  I only have two closets in my apartment and those, as well as 5 other bed quilts, take up a lot of space.  Last night, with the weather turning to the cold side, I took out the afghans so I could drop them off this week.  But  they have a distasteful odor about them which I never expected.  They bounced back like they show on TV but I expected since they had been washed before storage that they would still smell nice.  Today, they're hung over my balcony railing (against the rules) hoping that the crisp, cool air will be enough to erase the odor.  Otherwise I'll have to lug them to the laundromat (not cheap).  These are just a few.  Doesn't my balcony look colorful?!

Also, here's the picture of the baby sweater I crocheted over the weekend.

It's sized 3-6 months so I'm anxious to see just how it fits Lily.  I plan to knit a really nice one for Christmas but I need a better size reference.  I don't understand some of the sizing on sweaters.  Most of the knit patterns I've found are 0-3 months or 6-9 months.  What do I make for those in-between sizes?