Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

I want to wish everyone and their families a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!!


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday Stash and Monday Crush - Quilting Inspirations

Late yesterday afternoon a package from Amazon came to the door.

I know this has become a very popular activity for adults, especially for those who love creativity. I am beginning to create some of my own designs. And I sometimes I get a block. So, I thought I'd give this a try.

I'm really happy that there are quilt related coloring books. Tula Pink has come out with a coloring book. And Cotton + Steel is about to come out with one too.

I read an article or blog, and can't remember who wrote it. I will reference it if I figure that out. These markers were recommended in both sizes. Later this afternoon I will do some coloring, and am really looking forward to it.

So today I am linking up with Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash. I think this qualifies as Sunday Stash, because it is quilting related. And tomorrow I will be linking up with Cooking Up Quilts Main Crush Monday.

Happy Quilting and Coloring!! I love your comments and will respond to each of them by e-mail.

My thoughts and prayers are with those in Paris, and all those effected. May our world somehow find a path to peace and harmony.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The winners of the Colonial Needle Packs are lucky numbers 1. Iris@CrazyDutchquilts, and 5. Claire H. Please e-mail me at with you snail mail addresses, and your preference of which Pack would prefer.

My hearts and prayers are with those in Paris. I am so shaken by this, I have literally have no words at this moment. I am sending personal prayers and positive thoughts that good will prevail. And, at some point all those adversely effected will heal, and move forward stronger, and in a positive way.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Hand Needle Pack and Machine Needle Pack by Colonial Needle - Product Review

I recently tried two new products that were introduced at the International Quilt Market, this fall by Colonial Needle, which I'm really excited to share with you. 

One is the Hand Needle Pack II, and the other is the Machine Needle Pack II. Both help to make sewing portable and more convenient. If you don't have a lot of space for quilting and sewing, these packs are a great solution. Ideal for on-the-go sewers, or for quick and easy storage. 

They are also perfect for travelling with your needles, such as; taking to retreats/classes, sewing days with your guild, or sewing at the pool or beach. I could keep going, but I'd rather show you photos of the products, and you can see for yourself!!

Hand Needle Pack II in Black

Machine Needle Pack II in Navy Blue

Hand Needle Pack II - Inside

I love the way it keeps everything organized by type of needle, and size. And you can get a few needles in any square. Four size 9 sharps fit in that spot. 

And the same is true for that universal needle, shown above. You can also put pins in these packs. (See the area below the last machine needle that reads "Multi-Point").

Each pack measures 6.75" X 5". They open and close easily with Velcro, and are machine washable and air dry very quickly. (I gave it a try).

The bottom of each has pockets. The Hand Pack has two long pockets at the bottom that can hold; items up to 6.75" X 4" in the upper pocket, and a lower pocket that is 6.75" X 2.5". Love that :)

The Machine Needle Pack II has eight small pockets, Approximately 1.5" X 1.5".

I put a bobbin in each. What a great feature.

Colonial Needle has generously offered to give-a-way one Hand Needle Pack II and one Machine Needle Pack II.

All you need to do is leave a comment in the comment box below, letting us know which is your favorite of the two and why. 

Or you can tell us what you would use them for. 

Or you can just leave a comment. 

But please leave your e-mail address if you are a no-reply blogger so I can reach you if you win. I do not give anyone's e-mail address to anyone for any reason. Promise.

I will be announcing the winners on this blog Saturday, November 14th, EST. 

I love reading all your comments and respond by e-mail. Sometimes I am not able to do that during a give-a-way, but if you have a question, I will respond. 

Have a great week!! 

Special wishes of gratitude and thanks to all our Veterans and their families this week. Thank you for helping protect us and our freedoms.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Little Quilts Store Closing - A Big Thank You and Good Luck

For several years I have been shopping long distance at a great brick and mortar store, Little Quilts, in Marietta, GA. Mary Ellen, the owner and her staff have been so helpful over the years. I loved receiving their newsletter every two weeks, which was so inspirational. I am sad to see them close, and after 17 years in business, many others must be too.

They are having a big closing and retirement sale. If you are in the area, stop by, pick up some bargains, and wish everyone well.

Good luck in your future endeavors Mary Ellen and the Staff of Little Quilts!!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Fabulous Finish Nautical Baby Quilt

This was a great weekend. It began with putting the finishing touches on the Nautical baby quilt. 

My friend's daughter, who is the mother to be, wanted these anchors added to the quilt.  I sewed three on  squares I used from her Grandfather's yellow shirt, which I incorporated into the quilt. The navy checkered squares are from one of his shirts, and the blue oxford shirt is from her Great Uncle. This quilt has a lot of love in it, that's for sure.

When sewing these on, it's like hand applique. You have to hide your knots. I made a french knot with just one knot in it, not two, because the weave of the shirt is high and  that means tight.  I wouldn't have been able to pull it through if it were two knots.

So I got two of them on Friday night and finished the third on Saturday, just as my favorite trick or treaters came by; The Minions.

These are the cutest Minions, Ever!! Glad our friends Hailey and Adam came by with their boys!! We were ready with their favorite M & M's.

Just as I finished sewing on the last anchor. And we have a great finish!!

And this special baby quilt comes with a book about learning colors and it's about a brother - sister pirate team.

Eventually, this quilt will have pockets sewn in the back, with colored banadas in them. In about a year or two, when he's a bit older!!

Three weeks to go before their little boy will be welcomed into the world my many family members and friends who can't wait.

I really love reading your comments and respond to each one by e-mail. Today I am linking up with Cooking Up Quilts, Main Crush Monday!!

Happy Quilting!!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Midnight Mystery Quilts - QAL

Some sewing did happen today. Not as much as I would like. However, last night I finished the binding on the nautical baby quilt. I will photograph it over the weekend. It has a few surprises that I am excited to share. They will be added to the quilt after the baby is born though.

I have nothing to show relating to the bathroom renovation. I do feel as though I'm in an episode of "Love it, Or List It," or "The Property Brothers, Buying and Selling," on HGTV. 

A mistake was made and one of the tiled walls had to be ripped out and re-done, because the shower knob handle was put in the wrong place. And a lot, and I mean A LOT, of dust lands all over the house during a renovation. As I am getting on the other side of this repository flu, as a reaction from the flu shot, that dust intensifies my coughing. (Sorry if I sound like I'm complaining. It actually seems a bit comical to me now that I broke my fever, and I'm generally feeling a little better and more energetic).

I got the first of the four triangles on the 34 squares. Tonight I will either do another set or hand sew anchors on the nautical baby quilt.

Chain sewing away this afternoon.

And, one of my feline champions, Biscuit sat behind the sewing machine while I sewed them together. When I was ready to photograph the finished squares, he wanted his photo op - and it's almost impossible for me to say no to Biscuit or Emma for that matter.

Happy Quilting!! 

I love reading your comments and read all of them. I respond to each by e-mail.