Sunday, December 13, 2020

I didn't look at my old posts but I don't think I've shared this one.
It's Bertie's Spring by Bonnie Sullivan. I hand appliqued it all and then decided I should hand quilt it.
So funny! I am NOT a hand quilter!!!!
I did long stitches around each figure and in the triangles. At first I put it in a quilting hoop and worked on it, but I found it to be very cumbersome and slow. I ended up pinning it closely and then I was able to hold it in my lap and work on it that way--sew much faster!
Next on my Bonnie Sullivan list is Here a Chick, There a Chick--all the blocks are appliqued and ready to be put together. Guess I'll hand quilt that one too...???

This is a Maywood Studio Pod kit. All the pieces were precut which made it easy to put together. I have to confess that when I saw the picture on the website, I thought it was a Christmas runner, but it is fall. I love fall, so that is okay.

Carol at Just Let Me Quilt is hosting another hop:

My day is January 20.
Check this one out!

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Virtual Cookie Hop

It's my turn today and I want to share with you my peanut butter meltaways. They are actually a friend's recipe, but she won't mind if I share it.
10 oz of chocolate melting wafers -- I prefer Ghirardeli dark chocolate
10 oz of white (vanilla) melting wafers
15 oz jar peanut butter--I use creamy.

Prepare a gallon ziplock bag in a 4 cup measuring cup (you see it on the right).

Line mini muffin cups with mini cupcake papers (this will make at least 48 candies).

Melt wafers in the microwave at 50% power, stirring every minute or so. 
When melted, add the peanut butter and MW for another minute or so.

Pour mix into gallon ziplock bag and seal.

Cut no more than 1/2 inch out of the bottom corner of the bag and squirt chocolate mixture into the prepared liners. Shake the tray gently to smooth out the top. 
Let them set for several hours and then they are ready to eat!

These will melt in your mouth!

I made a batch of these Golden Orange Cookies from the 2018 Hop--they are SO good, especially with a cup of hot tea. Tracy at It's a T-Sweets Day shared the recipe.
The plate is on a placemat I made (8 of them actually) and behind it is a little triple "thing" I made a few weeks ago.

This Mini Charming Christmas is a free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop.

Hope you enjoy the Hop!
Thanks to Carol at Just Let Me Quilt for hosting!

Here are the rest of the hoppers!

December 1


Thursday, November 12, 2020

Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop

 Just thought I'd put out a little note that I will be participating in Carol Swift's annual Virtual Cookie Exchange and Christmas hop (Just Let Me Quilt).  My day is December 1. I'm looking forward to making some Christmas goodies in the very near future, so you will all get the benefit of seeing photos.

Stay tuned!

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Recent Projects

 Good grief! It has been awhile! 

This is a block from the Northcott Stonehenge "challenge" that some shops participated in during 2019. I have forgotten where I bought this kit. The other one I made was given away before I had a picture of it.

Twirly Skirt bargello by Fabric Therapy at the Quilter's Clinic. 
I bought the kit at spring Paducah 2019. Love it!! My sis-in-law Denise has it now.

One part of a panel (don't have the name--sorry). Given to our pastor and wife on the loss of his father. The wall hanging is faced instead of bound.

I did an attic window on the entire panel for our church's district executive who is leaving after 14 years of service. 

Hot Chocolate Bar pattern, Wilmington Prints. Our local quilt shop, Stewart's Sewing, in Mt. Zion, IL had kitted it and I had to have it. I'm working on some snack mats from parts of the rest of the panel.

Sew, I've been busy. I'm still sewing masks when asked to. Otherwise, I do other things. I have a quilt done that is a gift and after he receives it, I will post it too.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Christmas Then and Now

Today is my turn for Christmas Then and Now, hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. I've seen SEW many wonderful projects. Here are a few of mine.
This peppermint runner was an early kit I purchased. There was enough to do 2 with only a little additional fabric of my own. I don't remember the pattern name.

I made these hot pads for all the teachers I work with one Christmas. Created my own pattern.

This poinsettia wall hanging was a lesson for our Cerro Gordo Quilters several years ago. I've made more for gifts over the years. I also made some sunflower wall hangings based on the same petal idea. It worked! I think this is called "Points and Poinsettias."

One year I taught the quilt group how to make these ornaments.

This is one of my earlier wall hangings. It's a Debbie Mumm pattern.

Below is my very first quilt (I tried to move it to the top of the page but couldn't do it--I'm not sure about this newer blogger format...). I started quilting in 2001 after my aunt showed me machine quilting and made me do some. This quilt was finished in 2002. I collect nativities and inserted my nativity applique figures into panels where other shapes should have gone. The applique figures are from "First Christmas" by Wild Goose Chase. The quilt pattern is "Signs of the Season" from the Jan, 2002 issue of McCall's Quilting Quick Quilts.

This stained glass was fairly early in my quilting life. I made 2 of them; the second went to my SIL who got me started collecting nativities. This one stays on the wall all year (for both of us). This pattern is "Stained Glass Manger Scene" by Edna Trunt of Designs by Edna. I have the patterns for the shepherds and wise men too, but have never felt the need to make them, at 26 x 33" each. Where would I put them???

This is new. I enjoy doing Rachel's kits, and I just finished this one a few months ago. I enjoy doing handwork with wool, and I did long stitch hand quilting on this too.

I just finished these "bowl fillers" by Bonnie Sullivan. I appliqued the wool and embroidered much of the rest of the designs on the pre-printed fabric. The basket is sitting on Take Four placemats (by Cary Flanagan) that I made years ago. I have made several sets over the years and taught these to our quilt group. This is a good pattern, using fat quarters.

Thanks to Carol for planning this hop! It's been fun!
Here are the rest of today's hoppers: