Wednesday, October 26, 2016


It's hard to believe that we are in our last week of October.  Before I know it, I'll be thinking about Thanksgiving and all the things I hope to make for Christmas.  Today it's rainy and cold and I have a fire going and a pumpkin spice candle lit.  There is butter on the counter, softening, for cookie making and I'm about to bind a quilt.  This is one of my favorite kind of days.

I finished a quilt last week and delivered it to a sweet girl who graduated from high school this past spring.  The colors of the quilt just speak to me.  As I prepared to take photos of the quilt I realized that the colors speak for most of what I'm making right now.   I love the backing fabric on the quilt.  It is Kaffe Fasset's Button Flowers.  The colors really tie in well with all the sixteen patch blocks.   Currently I am knitting a mystery shawl by Stephen West #westknitskal2016 where instructions come by email weekly.  The pattern can be found on Ravelry.  It's really fun to knit and I like the colors I chose.  Cream sprinkles, pink, aqua and lavender look like a birthday party to me.

The Fatquartershop had their First Blush quilt along and they recently sent the book to me.  It's a lovely book and an equally lovely quilt.  The First Blush fabric is so pretty.  The fabric is due out any day now if you'd like to make the quilt.

Time to get baking!  Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

October Colors


Happy October!  We have just entered one of my most favorite months.  I've started adding fall touches to the house and have been creating fall themed projects in my sewing room.  Last week I hit Trader Joe's for all things pumpkin spice.  I highly recommend the pumpkin waffles and pumpkin seed brittle.  It seems as soon as the first day of fall registered on the calendar, the days got extremely shorter, the trees burst into their party colors and the temps got cooler.  Autumn appeared right on schedule.  I hope it lasts longer than usual and just when we think it's dipping into the frosty night, Indian Summer jumps out in all it's glory!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Jolly Bar Book Vol. 1 & Blog Hop

Today I am part of a blog hop hosted by the Fatquarter Shop to show you their fun new book, The Jolly Bar Book Vol. 1. " A Jolly Bar is a precut bundle of fabric with forty-two  5" x 10" fabric cuts (bars) and is a Fatquarter Shop exclusive precut.  This is a great and affordable way to try out a line of fabric and using their new book, you can whip up a quick quilt in no time. 

I decided to make two quilts using "Daysail" by Bonnie & Camille for Moda (left) and "Sundrops" by Cory Yoder for Moda (right). 

The pattern I used with the gorgeous Sundrops fabric is "Picket Fences Quilt".  What a fun and easy pattern to stitch up.  This quilt measures 45.5" x 56.5"  I love the circular swirls the quilter used on both quilts.

The second quilt I made using "Daysail" and the "Seas the Day Quilt" pattern.  This was equally as fun to make.  I used a soft blue chambray for the background.  This quilt measures "38.5" x 45.5"  Both quilts are good lap and/or baby size and can be easily made larger with the addition of another Jolly Bar.

Head on over to the Fatquarter Shop and grab a book and Jolly Bar and join the fun!  To see more lovely Jolly Bar quilts visit these bloggers below:

Melissa from Happy Quilting
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Afton from Quilting Mod
Andy from A Bright Corner
Angie from Gnome Angel

Monday, August 29, 2016

Summers End

Summers end is not only marked by the shortening of days but also by the kids heading back to their lives.  One to her senior year of nursing school and the other to his internship out west.  The desire to knit becomes greater as soon there will be a nip in the air.  I spot color in trees and also in the garden. I had some company when I was weeding the other day and I sat down on the stoop and watched this frog for awhile, mesmerized by the suction pads and the colors.  While the days are still hot, the nights are cooler, a breeze filling the air.  Change is on the horizon bringing one of my favorite seasons, autumn.