WhiteBoard Wednesday



This week’s WhiteBoard requires a bit of explanation….

WhiteBoard Wednesday 7/30/14
WhiteBoard Wednesday 7/30/14

You will notice a couple of the items on my list (#3 & #9) are marked off but they were changed. I didn’t have what was needed to finish the capri pants so I did a couple of other mending jobs in my pile. I am very pleased with all I got done in the month of July.

Since I had a few extra minutes last night I decided to work on my list for August…

WhiteBoard 8/1/14
WhiteBoard 8/1/14

There are two other MAJOR jobs that are not on this list….move Kaylah back to school (8/15/14) and update my blog reading list so I can get back to that. Over time it has gotten WAY out of hand and I just can’t keep up so it has become overwhelming; causing me not to read any of my favorites. That is very disappointing and I miss them!

Now you know what is in store for me this upcoming month…well sort of!

Happy Stitching….


A New Skirt for KayKay

I swayed a bit from the WhiteBoard this past weekend. My beautiful daughter asked me to make her a new skirt. Since she is starting a new job this year during her sophomore year at ETSU as a tutor for America Reads, she will need some work clothes, I felt compelled to comply! I mean just look at my girl (this pic gives you a glimpse into who she is as a human):


This is my girl....in a nutshell!!!
This is my girl….in a nutshell!!!

Kaylah is going to school to be a Special Education Teacher (not sure where she gets that from – certainly NOT me). But I digress….we are here to talk about her skirt.

She asked me to make her a skirt based off this Pinterest Pin (clicking photo will take you to the tutorial):


This Big Oak Tree: High Waisted Sash Skirt Tutorial
Click photo to go to tutorial

It seemed simple enough at first glance….am I the only one who glances at a tutorial and/or pattern and agrees to things?!

Regardless…I agreed! I had some Robert Kaufman Metro Living Circles in Navy (about 3 yards) that I had bought for another skirt project and never made – I know, imagine that !! So….I started pressing and cutting and forging ahead!

And then…it hit me! I am a quilter, not a seamstress. I did finish this skirt and will probably make more skirts in the future but I am NOT a seamstress!!!! There were many times when I thought “what did that say?” so I re-read it, and read it again, and then read it one more time….and then did it the way I thought it should be done because I know how to wear a skirt or how to zip a zipper….LOL!

Well here you have the end results:


Originally there was a bow that matched the skirt (like in the tutorial) but we decided there needed to be a white bow in addition to the patterned one so that she could switch them out as she seen fit. Here is an upclose of the bow:


Did you notice I used navy thread to outline the bow? Oh….

While we were photographing the skirt, we noticed her nails matched it – polka dots and all….


Oh, and just in case you are wondering why you can’t see her face….well, of course because her make up wasn’t done….LOL

Thanks for being here today…and happy stitching!!!


#swoon2013 – part 3

In case you are new here you can see this quilts humble beginnings here:

#swoon2013 – part 1

#swoon2013 – part 2

I have finally finished the last of the blocks and am ready to start thinking about the quilting.

These are the last five blocks I made:

swoon 25 swoon 24 swoon 21 swoon 22 swoon 23

I cannot wait until this quilt is done. Every time I work on this quilt I get more and more excited to see it finished. Look at the blocks all together:

swoon 25 collage

They are almost as pretty in their bin:

swoon 25 stack
Not really…..Just Kidding!!!!!

Due to the size of this quilt (more than 120″ square), I plan on quilting this in a quilt-as-you-go manner. What I can’t decide on is HOW!  I have browsed and browsed and browsed and browsed and browsed. My options seem to be this:

  1. outline the blocks (but outlining which portion?)
  2. straight line
  3. all over meander (or some other pattern other than straight line)
  4. or mix and match

Here are a few pictures I have pulled from the World Wide Web:

swoon quilting ideas
TL: http://sarah.lidbom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_0399.jpg, TR: http://quiltingismytherapy.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/swoonchevron.jpg, BL: http://quiltingismytherapy.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/img_9720.jpg, BR: http://piecedgoods.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/swoonquilted1.jpg

So…..do y’all have any ideas, thoughts? I would love to have your input! I am going to start putting the Hero Quilts together this weekend. In the meantime I would love to hear your thoughts on how to quilt this lovely lady!!!

Happy Stitching (and creative thoughts on quilting #swoon2013)


Super Hero/Americana Progress

I am finally ready to start sewing the tops together on these quilts. I started these quilt way back in February I started piecing these D9P blocks for these 4 boys:

4 Handsome Grands
4 Handsome Grands

You can read the full beginning story of these four quilts here. I trimmed almost all 140 blocks this past weekend – see latest WhiteBoard Wednesday post.

Now that the blocks are done I have the freedom to work on the “identical but different” layout. The boys share a room so mom wants the quilts to match but be different. Here is the plan:

Two quilts will be set straight – 1 with sashing and 1 without & two will be set on point – 1 with sashing and 1 without. I snapped some pics as I was crawled around on the floor (phew – that is getting harder and harder):

Straight Set with Sashing & Cornerstones
#1: Straight Set with Sashing & Cornerstones
Close-up of Straight Set with Sashing & Cornerstones
#1: Close-up of Straight Set with Sashing & Cornerstones
Close-up of On Point Setting with Sashing & Cornerstones
#2: Close-up of On Point Setting with Sashing & Cornerstones
On Point Setting with Sashing & Cornerstones
#2: On Point Setting with Sashing & Cornerstones
Close-up of On Point Setting
#3: Close-up of On Point Setting
Set On Point
#3: Set On Point
Close-up of Straight Set
#4: Close-up of Straight Set
Straight Set
#4: Straight Set

The thing you won’t see here are the random placement of names. I have promised to embroider the boys’ names on their quilts. I haven’t decided where I am going to embroider them yet – or maybe I have and don’t want mom to know yet (I suspect she reads this).

Here is a neat pic of all the trimmed blocks trimmed up:


Next order of business – get at least one quilt top done in the month of July (WhiteBoard says so!).

I am curious…am I the only one who still makes old-fashioned hand written notes for her quilts? I do this! Here is one for one of these quilts (and I have one for each of these quilts – I scanned this one):

Handwritten Notes
Handwritten Notes

As the quilt progresses I add things. For example, if the size changes on this or if I decide I need to add borders, I will sit down with a calculator and decide what size, or when I decide where to embroider his name I will make that notation. Additionally, when its time to figure backing, batting and binding I will do so here.

Since this is for a grand, I will save this paper and maybe when they clean out my quilt room some day they will come across it and he will want it some day. OR they will throw it away.

Now you have a sneak peek at the Super Hero/Americana Quilts as well at my weird note-taking ways….am I alone here?



WhiteBoard Wednesday 7/16/14

This past weekend I made a great deal of progress on my WhiteBoard list:

WhiteBoard 7/16/14

The majority of my progress was made on the Super Hero/Americana Quilts. I will be posting some details on my progress tomorrow.

I also made 2 Union Jack Quilt blocks but I can’t give you any details as to why just yet but I can tell you I used the tutorial by the amazing Molli Sparkles (who found my mistakes on IG and I fixed – Thank you!!). You can find the tutorial here. Here are the blocks I made just in case you don’t follow me on IG.

Union Jack blocks

I didn’t mark off the Sew Together bag (pattern by Sew Demented) but I did cut all the pieces out. I had to order the zippers (have you seen the great deals you can get from ZipIt?). Here are all the pieces awaiting their turn under the sewing machine. I used the bundle of Cotton & Steel fabric I won from Imagine Gnats via IG!! Here are the pieces simply hanging out:

Sew Together Bag pieces
Sew Together Bag pieces

Another thing that is not marked off but I started on this week are the last 5 blocks of the #swoon2013 quilt. I hope to have those five blocks finished before the weekend gets here. Organization is key:

Last 5
Last 5

There you have it folks….my week in quilting world…


WhiteBoard Wednesday

If you have been around here for a while then you remember my WhiteBoard Wednesday posts. If not, then let me quickly tell you a bit about them….

The first of every month I update my WhiteBoard and then every Wednesday I update y’all as to the status of what I have completed by posting a new pic of my WhiteBoard. Generally, these posts are wordless but since it had been a while since I had posted a WhiteBoard Wednesday, I thought I would do a quick explanation.

Here you have it….WhiteBoard….

WhiteBoard Wednesday 7-9-14

Let me add this one thought…I am under no illusion all 13 items will be completed in July but I do expect this list to keep me on track (well kinda)…

Oh and can any of my Modern Stitching Bee members guess what #1 is for????

Glad you were here today…..have a stitchy kinda day!


3rd Quarter FAL List

I cannot believe I missed an entire quarter of the Finish A Long but I did! It’s not that big of a deal since I didn’t finish anything!! LOL

BUT I am going into the 3rd quarter with a renewed vengeance!

Here is my 3rd Quarter List:

  1. Batik Nature BOM – Top complete/back done **Bonnie Batik**
  2. Spring Time  – quilting about 3/4 done **Susie Springer**
  3. Red & White – Top & Back Done **Mr Red & Mrs White**
  4. Penquin Quilt – Pieces cut **Peters Penguins**
  5. Row By Row – Top Done, needs borders, back ready **Rowland**
  6. #swoon2013 – 5 blocks to go **#swoon2013**
  7. Sugar Block Club  (had to move it up from the monthlys – time to make a top) **SBC**
  8. Purple/Yellow quilt **Tess the Crash Test Dummie**
  9. Crochet Boot Cuffs  **cuffs**
  10. Super Hero/Americana Quilt #1  **Super Hero/Americana Quilt**
  11. Super Hero/Americana Quilt #2  **Super Hero/Americana Quilt**
  12. Super Hero/Americana Quilt #3  **Super Hero/Americana Quilt**
  13. Super Hero/Americana Quilt #4  **Super Hero/Americana Quilt**
  14. The one I found – the quilt I found when moving (yep, had a UFO tucked away in a suitcase) UGH! **Fredly Found**
  15. Toes in the Sand BOM blocks – ready to be made into a top **Sandy**
  16. Growth Chart Cross Stitch

And then there are the “Monthlys” that are ongoing:

    1. #moderninstabee – July x Aug o Sept o Oct o Nov o Dec o
    2. MSBee Blocks – July o Aug o

I can only imagine you are tired of looking at some of these quilts but the Finish A Long rules state I must show a picture of my started project(s), here they are as each project stands today:

Bonnie Batik
Bonnie Batik – top & back done
Mr Red & Mrs White
Mr Red & Mrs White – not sure if the back is done
(4) Super Hero/Americana Quilt pieces
(4) Super Hero/Americana Quilt pieces – all blocks complete and in process of trimming
#swoon2013 – 5 more blocks to go (they are started)
Rowland - the Row by Row
Rowland – the Row by Row – debating on whether to add borders & back done
Fredly Found
Fredly Found – need to finish tying
SBC blocks to date
SBC  – all blocks done (i think)
Tess the Crash Test Dummy
Tess the Crash Test Dummie – top finished
Susie Springer
Susie Springer – about 3/4 quilted
Peter's Penquins
Peter’s Penquins – cut only (maybe a bit of sewing)
cuffs (well the ONE I have done)
cuffs (well the ONE I have done)
Toes in the Sand - Block 2
This is 1 of the 24 blocks in this quilt (I will photograph them all together soon)

At this point I am not going to worry about getting a pic of the cross stitch because…well…it is 3 foot long and it will be sometime before I get it done – definitely NOT by the end of the 3rd quarter!

Thanks for reading…


I’m back….

It has been FOREVER since I posted….5 months to be exact! Life has thrown me a great deal of curve balls in the last five months. I am going to cover them in a very general way….

As you may remember I moved back in October. We moved about 2 blocks….the new house needed some remodeling but was quite cute. I posted about it just before we moved in. We worked really hard on it through the winter months and then in February (around the time I fell off the blogisphere) we were asked to move (we were renting). I won’t go into detail but let’s just say it was unexpected.

So… we started looking and found another place closer to work. Oh and let me add there was no deal about doing work …the work has been done….all I had to do was move in…

New House - Finally Settled
New House – Finally Settled

I have been on vacation this week. My son, daughter in law, daughter and granddaughter have all been here. I have loved it!! I will post pics and share our adventures soon.

I promised myself I would get back to the blog directly after vacation. I have truly missed communicating with you guys and I hate it when life gets in my way!!!

Well, I am not sure how often I will be posting but I know I will be posting my list for the 3rd Quarter Finish A Long very soon.

I am so glad to be back!!!!


Super Hero/Americana Quilts x4

Yes, You read that right……4 of them…

If you have been a follower for any amount of time or if you were a listener of the podcast (which I have placed on sabbatical) then you are aware of my husband and I’s intermingled family…..a yours, mine and ours sort of situation. Well, somewhere right in the middle of all that is a young lady we took into our home many years ago and love very much. We refer to her as our adopted daughter – aka Perk- even though there were no official papers drawn up (she was a bit old for that). She is now grown with four boys and when we count grands we count her boys in with all the rest and there is a slew of them – 16 at last count including the newest great grand – I told you, a slew! Here is Perk & her family….

Last May
Last May – look at Bug sticking his tongue out – Rotten boy!!!

Well Perk – yes, there is a story behind that nickname but not one we share with the world – has requested 4 identical but different quilts for her boys room. She wants them to be Spiderman colors but no Spiderman on them. I suggested red, white, and blue because that allowed her to change the boys rooms into Americana theme, Superman, or various other SuperHeros without changing the quilts. I mean I love those boys but figure the odds of me doing this again soon…

Her and I talked and decided on D9P (truth be told, I offered suggestions, she decided)…

THE Block
THE Block

Here are some stats:

5×7 layout = 35 blocks each which requires x 4 = 140 blocks @ 11 1/2″:

The makings of 4 quilts or 140 blocks
The makings of 4 quilts or 140 blocks

Each 11 1/2″ block contains a 9-patch cut 4-ways which contained 9-4 1/2″ squares for a total of 1296-4 1/2″ squares:

Pre-Sashing, Post-9Patch
Pre-Sashing, Post-9-Patch

Each of those needed sashing cut at 1 1/2″:

The Lowly Block with Sashing
The Lowly Block with Sashing


There is an old saying “These colors don’t run” … well, after a while your eyes will cross and they do start to intermingle…..hehehe

I can’t wait to get them done….but only because I want to see the boys with them…..yeah, right!!!!

Now you know what I am chipping away at, ever so slowly!!