Friday, December 30, 2016


I have this friend Judie. We met 15 years ago at real estate school, we were the only two women in the room. we immediately hit it off and within the first hour we found out that we both quilt! What are the chances of that happening? The very next day we both brought in show and tell for the lunch break.
Since that time we have become the best of friends and feel like we have known each other forever. Our paths should have crossed many times because of all the people we knew but they never did until that day.
She knows me well! These are two presents I got for my birthday (we usually celebrate my birthday and Christmas at the same time) and I can't wait to read them.

Judie also fell in love with the Tula Pink fabrics and bought these for me!

Is this not a great idea for my old eyes?? Lighted and a magnifying glass! Hopefully I won't be needing it much......

Another book that santa brought me and it's wonderful. She has a great technique for facing your quilts (not using a binding) that is worth it alone!

I am sure many of you are scratching you head wondering what this is doing on my blog???? The Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild challenged us for January to dig out a UFO, finish it and bring it to our meeting. Obviously this was made a long, long time ago. I am thinking the early 1990's.
I spent a lot of time on the star and wanted to at least finish it even if it wasn't my colors anymore.

I ripped off the two applique blocks.....

and added a reproduction fabric I had in my stash.....I am not sure why it was there. I had just enough to cut out the squares and triangles, it was meant to be. This picture was taken at night and the colors work very well together. I don't know that I will get it quilted before Tuesday but I will still bring it. Thank you to everyone who gave me advice on Y seams, they weren't hard at all.

I joined in a swap with the Modern Quilt Guild. The quilt was to be no larger than 24 x 24. I love that I have become so comfortable doing curves, it opens many more design possibilities. I needed to get this done early because the mailing date is right around the time my daughter is due to have her baby.

I did an easy curved quilting pattern which is fun and no stopping or starting.

For small quilts this easy triangle corners technique works very well and is simple to do.

As much as I love all the red that is Christmas, I am ready for it all to be put away. Everything needs a good cleaning. We have a dinner tonight, a party tomorrow during the day and one at night so I don't think it will be happening this weekend. Sunday will truly be a day of rest!

And this girl loves a list! I am planning a deep deep cleaning/purging/organizing of my entire house this coming year. We have been here 31 years, kids have come and gone so it's time.
I don't do resolutions but I am going to try and do some things different in the upcoming year. How about you?



  1. You received some very amazing gifts. I admire your cleaning resolution and will watch with interest.

  2. Amazing gifts and interesting post. I'm going to google that seam ripper . . . I could certainly use one of those. At the moment I am getting cataracts, but they have to develop more before I can have surgery. I find that ripping seams and threading needles has become much harder. Thanks for showing us this, I'd never seen one before.

  3. I'm also planning "Operation Clean Sweep" this year. It's actually a continuation from last year when I cleared my kids' rooms in preparation for new flooring. I'll look forward to hearing about your progress!

  4. Lovely gifts! Your big star deserves some love! Glad you're going to finish it even though it's not your colors anymore. That's a lot of work! The major house cleaning/organization/purge sounds like a great idea. We did that after the fire 2 yrs ago and it really feels good. Lighter. Of course, we've already brought a bazillion things into the house to take the place of what we threw out, so it'll need it again!

  5. Cleaning/ purging/ organizing sounds like just the ticket for my newly empty nest too. Thanks for the encouragement, Kelly. Happy New Year!

  6. WOOHOO! Talk about a book haul! Lucky you, put on the coffee and have an inspirational read. I've got a Purge-Surge going myself.

  7. What's the purpose behind the triangle corner?

  8. Nice presents and great quilts. How good to get an old one (nearly) finished. Enjoy the parties (put away our Xmas stuff yesterday).

  9. What nice books and gifts!
    Your star looks great on the printed fabric - congrats on a UFO finish goal.
    I am planning to do things differently. I love new Years

  10. All 3 books look very interesting. I will remeber them. Good of you to finish this old top!
    We hope to sell our home (condo) this year finally and move to a smaller home with a small garden...... and most important live a more simple life, enjoy it.
    Always love bringing a visit to your blog and/or see you on Instagram.

  11. Xin hỏi ở nước các bạn sao nhiều người làm nghề này vậy?


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