Friday, February 27, 2015

39 Years

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband Bob! The 39 years have flown by!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015


I have been bursting with some very exciting news for a couple of months now! My son Colin and his wife Jenny are expecting twins this summer! Our whole family is so excited and looking forward to the blessed event.

 Baby A

Baby B

Isn't amazing what an ultrasound can show you? I love their little legs and teensy tiny feet.

My daughter Caitlin is due in 3 weeks, and with the twins coming in the summer we will have 3 new grandchildren this year! Life is good!

On cloud 9,

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Quilt Retreat

Mix It Up by Lori Holt

Our Penn Oaks Quilt Retreat was last week. We were at a new place this year and it was a hit! Everyone loved it and they were very accomodating. If you are in the Lancaster County area and want to find a nice place to stay, check out the Amish View Inn. It's between Intercourse and Bird In Hand PA.
This block is going to be a mini quilt for the auction, all I have left to do is quilt it.

These are the leftovers that I showed last week, all quilted and it just needs a binding.

Yes another Sew Together Bag! I helped a couple of ladies with the instructions...

My nine patch swap blocks got a start. This is not what I had planned but I am not unsewing them!

All of my maple leaves are sewn but not together.
So I worked on 5 of the 6 projects I brought but did not finish any of them. Next year I need to focus on my packing, I forgot a lot of things and sewed things wrong, every day. We even had more room than we usually do!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bright Scraps

Remember these scraps from yesterday?

These were the blocks I made, I am not sure why the bottom left looks so much smaller...... While I enjoy these blocks, they immediately became tedious. I just don't think I have it in me to make many more. I may be able to squeeze out 5 for a small wallhanging.

So last night I started sewing those scraps together, it started out pretty good. Then I got all "artsy" and added that black, ummmm, no not working. Once again it was at night, when will I learn?

This is much better to my eye. I am going to try and quilt it differently than just straight lines, maybe some curves, stay tuned.

If you have never been in a Quilt Along, you may want to give this easy block called Flower Box  a try. Go over to Lori Holt's blog Bee In My Bonnet She will have all the information you need to make the block. Super easy and fun.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015


I know that no one in New England wants to hear this, but the snow that fell last night {4"} was all beautiful and sparkly this morning. I love the shadows of the trees and how blue the snow looked.

I cut some strips from my hand dyes, why oh why am I hoarding saving them?

Drafted a paper pieced pattern.....sewed a few blocks.....

Then found my self strangely drawn to the scraps....


Monday, February 16, 2015

Weekend Sewing

I totally forgot to post this vintage pin cushion on Saturday. Isn't it sweet? Does it get any better than pink velvet?

I even love the beads, sequins and GOLD ric rac! I am guessing the person that made this loved to sew.

My husband was away this weekend to visit his mom so I sewed late into the night. I found these Work In Progress Bags by Crazy Mom Quilts and thought they would be a nice simple project. The vinyl takes some getting used to but it is a fun project and useful. The above bag is 14" x 18", I have my next Sew Together Bag in there with everything I need ready to sew.

This one did not turn out as well, truth be told, but I was tired and should not have been sewing. It was supposed to be 9" x 12" and I cut it wrong so it is 9" x 9". It still works for my Posey bocks.

Just to keep it real, this is a very badly installed zipper, again I plead tiredness. It is functional though... There are tips in the pattern for sewing with vinyl, save the tissue that comes with the vinyl, it helps! I also used a zipper foot and a walking foot which she does not. I on the other hand need all the help I can get.


Friday, February 13, 2015

Hexie Friday

I couldn't help myself, the hexagons were just sitting on my table, begging me to put them into a quilt!
This is going for the Penn Oaks Quilt Guild mini quilt auction in May. If you are interested in coming to the show you can get the details HERE.
Everyone is working real hard heading down the homestretch. For a small guild we put on a great show!

I love the VW micro mini bus, it adds some fun.

I am enjoying my amaryllis a little late but it's perfect for Valentine's day. I got them at Target in January for $6 complete with a turquoise vase! Those colors are perfect for me.
Enjoy your day with your sweetheart tomorrow!