"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11 (NIV)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

ScrapHappy June 2018

The past three weeks have been filled with the stress of moving, and of course, with that comes having to pack everything up.  And one of the things I had to do was to get all the bags of scraps back into the two totes where they normally reside.  Several of these had migrated to the sewing area of where I was living where I had left them instead of putting them back after pulling fabrics from them.

Well when I went to put everything away I found that I had more than would fit, so I ended up pulling on bag to work on using over the three weeks.  This particular bag was filled with strips and strings of various sizes, widths and colors.  Here is what the pile looked like before I started sewing with them.

I first sorted them by color, ending with with piles in reds/pinks, blues/purples, greens, cream background prints, and yellows/golds/oranges.

After my sewing over the last 10 days or so I've sewn up all but the latter two groups.  Pinks and reds were first up.

Blues and purples were next up.

The greens were the final color grouping that I was able to get sewn together. 

The yellows/golds/oranges will be my next ones to work with.

I have an idea of what I might do with them, but nothing is set in stone at this point.   And i'm not sure when I'll get to work on them again because I've got several pressing projects coming up.

1. Things are slowly finding a place in the house.

2. I'm slowly finding the things that have seemed to go awol in the move....lol.

June Teddy Bear BOM

The teddy bear is Leah and she is busy sewing up a storm at the quilt retreat with her friends.

The pattern can be made with fusible or hand applique.

With this pattern just a little tweak in where you place the sewing machine will give you a different look to the finished block.

You can find the pattern here in my Craftsy store.  It will be free until I upload the next Teddy Bear pattern in July.

Enjoy the pattern!


1. For the fun that I have in designing new blocks.

2. For others liking what I design

Monday, June 11, 2018

After move pics of the house.....

The move is over but the unpacking and arranging........... here are a few pics of what the place looks like as of last night.    I managed to get more put up this evening while the cable debacle was going on, but no new pics.

 The fabric room....the last one that will be arranged. 
 And yes, I do have enough to stock a quilt store.....
 My catch-all room - most of the smaller totes are in the shelves.   Cross-stitch, beading kits, quilt stuff are all in here, along with cards, batting and gift stuff.
 Other corner of the room.   Batting will be stored in the closet.
 Bedroom......still to go in somewhere is a 4 ft tall bookcase that I'll use to hold clothes that don't get hung up.
 Living room, unpacking progressing in there.
 Sewing corner and where my computer is.
looking towards the kitchen.  Second machine will be on that table where the chair is.  Cutting table moves to where-ever is open for it.


1. I have internet!

2. I work in an air-conditioned building.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Playing with layouts..........

............ furniture layouts that is.     I've learned that moving goes much easier when you know where the furniture is going to fit before it all gets to where ever I'm moving into.

First up is what will be my bedroom.  Still to be placed in here is my cedar chest which will mean that I have to rearrange things a little (turning the bed 90 degrees).

 Then comes bedroom 2 - I've two sets of metal shelves that will go in here, along with most of the umpteen small totes of assorted quilting and crafting things.
 Bedroom 3 - the bulk of my fabric totes and boxes will be in here.
The dining room - where I'll be setting up my sewing machines and cutting table.  It sits next to the kitchen (off to the right side of this picture). 

I'm considering putting up 1 or 2 shelves in this room so that I can display things on the and use my stocking holders.
 And the living room - yes, I'll have one, but that doesn't mean that I'll be able to have company over.  The sofa, 4 different bookcases, and my quilt frame will find a home here. 

And yes, I bought a "Quilt Studio" that just happens to have a bedroom and kitchen in it....lol.

I plan to put up a curtain rod on the wall behind the sofa so that I can hang quilts for display there. 


1. The move is almost here - Yeah!!!

2. The budget is looking good for getting a couple of bills paid off by the end of the year.......wooohooo.......

Friday, June 1, 2018

Making Lemonade from Contrariness

I had been wanting to make myself a 'painting' to help keep me focused as I work to lose weight and get healthier.   A friend from church had made me a wall art stencil that I was going to use on a canvas that I would then embellish...........well things don't always do don't quite work out.....

It ended up with the stencil not wanting to stay attached to the canvas.   So  changed plans....I ended up positioning the words on the canvas and then painted over them with a green acrylic paint. 

Once the paint was dry, I pulled off the words, and was left with the lettering being white. 

Once that was done, I then took a black marker and colored in the words and ended up with this.  I've also finished painting the canvas green.  At some point after I move I'll add flowers to the canvas in the same manner as what I've done for paying off my bills (and now I need a new one for the house!). 

Current progress in paying down the bills......I'm getting closer on some of them!

1. Hives are better with the high dosage of anti-histamines.

2. I move in one week..........yippee!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

UFO Weekend

Made progress on several projects over the long weekend when I wasn't hauling stuff to the new house. 

First project up was finishing off the HST's used in this quilt top and then putting them together.  These were a UFO that I bought from the scrap barrel from my local quilt shop here.  I added a remnant  of a Kona red that I had in my stash and cut the needed triangles and squares.  This is 32" square and still needs a border or two to finish it off.   It will be donated at some point.

I then switched over to working with these rail fence blocks that came from somewhere.   I don't even remember where now.   Fabrics are both batiks.   Blocks are 4" finished, so this is definitely not finished at this point.  I'll need to add multiple borders to this to get it up to a size for donation, but have no idea at this point of what I want to add.   Stash-diving here I come to find something.  =)

And the last project that I worked on this weekend were adding a border of WOW fabric to these blocks.   Made with 30's repro fabrics they are from a long ago swap with online friends.  They will be set with scrappy 30's repro sashing and cornerstones cut form more of the WOW used as block borders. 


1. Between switching back to 100% cotton sheets (from microfiber ones) and antihistamines, the hives rash seems to be well on the way to being routed.

2. I'm glad for almost 2 more weeks to go before the big move is upon me.