Block #42 is called Turnstile by Carrie Nelson from Moda Fabrics. I changed the pattern a little by adding my chicken block in the center instead of the pieced block that Carrie used. We only have six more blocks to go in this quilt along. It has been a fun project. I have learned a lot of new things and met a lot of new people.
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Mom, you know I am black, right? You know it is really dark at 6:00 in the morning when you take me outside to pee, right? You know you cannot see me, right? You know our yard is fenced in and I cannot get out, right? Then why do you start to yell for me at the top of your voice waking the neighbor and they start blinking their lights—then you blame me!
OK. That is behind us. We will not do that again and remember, Santa is still watching. I have been very good, REMEMBER that. The little boys next door tell me that all the time. The guys that pick up the garbage tell me that too. I will be back next week with another report on how good I’ve been and how bad my mom has been. Thanks for visiting with me.
Merry Christmas everyone and thank you for visiting with me and mom.
All I can say is Sami has her brother and sister-in-law fooled to think she has been a good girl this year. They got her a subscription to Bark Box for Christmas and she LOVES it.
I am always getting deliveries of fabrics, etc., and Sami never barks or acknowledges the mail carrier. The carrier even leaves her a doggy treat on packages and she still does nothing….until today. It was Bark Box day! This was the second Bark Box delivery but the first was the day after Thanksgiving when we were away from home. Today the mail carrier left the box at the door and Sami went wild..
As you will notice I only got two pictures. My camera will not take high speed pictures. All I got after the first two were blurs. 🙂
It is safe to say she really likes her Bark Box gift. The boxes come with three healthy food treats and two or three toys. Sami is a VERY aggressive dog with toys and she destroyed the toys in the first box in five seconds. My dad would have said she could tear up an anvil with a tooth pick. LOL
After contacting Bark Box they said they could send toys with rubber inserts. This box worked much better for Sami and we are very happy with the customer service department.
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In between other projects I have been working on these scrappy blocks. I am using old, very thin bed sheets cut into 12″ squares as the foundation to sew assorted widths of scrappy strips. I didn’t want to use paper as the foundation because I am too lazy to tear the paper off after sewing the strips. 🙂 To have a little continuity each block has a white strip in the center. At this point none of the blocks are attached together so they can be moved. As you can see I only have 21 blocks now but I would like to have enough for a queen size bed. With all my scraps that should not be a problem.
I am hoping a design inspiration will come to me as it progresses because it sure looks pitiful now. If you have any suggestions, feel free to offer them.
I think this is my last Christmas item I will make for this year. The inspiration for this quilt came from the cute fabric called Winter Reindeer by Sue Schlabach for David Textiles. It was just too pretty to cut into little pieces so I cut 8″ strips and bordered them in Poppy Red Waverly fabric. I had the gray and white dotted fabric in my stash, along with the solid white for the 16 patch blocks.
This lap quilt measures 49″x65″ before quilting. I have gray and white flannel for the backing.
Sami decided it was about time to have her picture posted. She matches the quilt. 🙂
Blockheads #41 is from Lisa Bongean and it is named Pinwheel Star. As anyone that has read my blog on a regular basis knows, I love star blocks in quilts. This was an easy block and I am so glad I am doing 12 1/2″ blocks. I think the 6 1/2″ blocks would have driven me over the edge. 🙂 With only seven blocks left I am looking forward to putting this quilt together.
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My dear cousin, Tomalee, has been sewing yo-yos for many years. These are not your typical yo-yos, they are tiny-about 1″ finished. She takes them everywhere she goes so when she is stuck waiting she brings out her yo-yos and starts sewing. They are a great conversation starter and she had met many people while sewing in doctor offices.
I found the tutorial on You Tube but I cannot give credit to the maker as I lost the information. I think Sami ate it. I will continue to search and will post an update when/if I find it. This pouch measures approximately 10″x10″ when folded and 10″x20″ unfolded. It has pockets inside on each end that I made with clear vinyl to store her little pieces of fabric, completed yo-yos, and other things. I added a piece of felt for pins and needles and a piece of ribbon to tie on small scissors. EDIT: I found the information and Sami was not guilty. It is on You Tube and called Quilted Sewing Organizer by Stitch Lovely Things and designed by Kea Bee.
An added note: I LOVE when people have their names (watermark?) on posts of pictures. This is great for me as I get some wonderful ideas from posts and I want to give credit. You will notice my pictures do not have my name….because I do not know how to do it. 🙂
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Grandma’s Kitchen quilt is all pieced and ready for quilting. It was difficult to get a picture as it is 80″x100″. The picture looks like two different quilts but it isn’t, it is just the angle. I added white sashing between the rows and both white and blue floral borders all around.
Grandma’s Kitchen at I Love To Make Quilts
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Grandma’s Kitchen QAL block #25 is the final block and it is called Famous Cookies. This has been a fun project and I was so excited about getting the block instructions early that I finished it, attached it to the previous block, and added the borders before I remembered to take a picture. If all goes well I should be able to finish putting the quilt top together and posting it tonight.
I have no memories of either of my mammaws nor my aunts making cookies. They did make wonderful fruit cobblers, pies, and cakes. I remember a special German Chocolate cake one of my aunts made that took an extremely long time and would melt in your mouth. Aunt Mary did everything by hand to include grating the coconut and gathering, hulling, and chopping the walnuts. If you are not familiar with hulling walnuts it is not a fun experience and if you got the walnut stain on your hands it would last months. We were lucky to have a couple of huge walnut trees in the yard that produced lots of walnuts.
Back to my sewing room to finish this quilt top.
Grandma’s Kitchen link
Front and back of cushions
Stuffing the cushions
Making the pillow inserts
Attaching binding to front
Quilting the little blocks
Warning: Lots of pictures.
Based on a pattern called Piece A Tree, Spread Some Joy from My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shoppe I completed four cute little Christmas tree cushions. It is really hard to tell from the pictures (I really do need to either get a good camera or learn how to take pictures) but the background fabric around the tree is a red and tan checked and the border is black with white mini dots. This was a quick and easy project and as you can tell the cushion covers were made like a mini quilt and the backing, which opens to allow for the pillow insert to be added, is attached as the binding is sewn. If you roll over the pictures the captions pop up.
As always I took a few liberties with the pattern and changed a couple of things: I used three 2 1/2″ strips for the trees instead of four 2″ strips as I had the three strips already sewn together left over from a previous project. I also made the cushions a little bigger: 10″x12″ as opposed to the 5 1/2″x8 1/2″ the pattern stated.
If someone was not lazy like me it would be cute to have different holiday covers to change out as they came along…..Another time, another life.
Now if I can just get Sami to leave them alone and not claim them as hers, they just might survive the holidays.
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