Sunday, January 12, 2014

Another Finish!

Two in one month. I'm on a roll! Although this one is small I am really excited about it because it is the sample for my hexie class. The book for my class is on back order, so until it arrives I will be making more samples to demonstrate ways to finish hexagon projects. Stay tuned.

Hexagon Class Sample   Jan 2014

Back of hexagon mat

The back is finished with a fused interfacing on a blue fabric because I wanted finished edges. I traced the outside of the finished piece, fused the interfacing to the backing and cut all the inside points. After ironing I was ready to hand stitch the edges. Well, not so was too BIG! I had not taken the paper pieces out yet when I traced it. After removing the paper, ironing and using my Best Press I was ready to start the backing process again. It fit this time.

Some of you might remember this project was supposed to be a quilt but you know how things go!

Upon further inspection of my colorful project I noticed it is not symmetrical! How can that be? The three parts of the whole were all the same but if you count the points on all sides they are not the same. All right you math people out there, how can this happen? I would like to understand this.

Have a great week.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

HAPPY 2014

I never make new years resolutions because I believe all "rules" are made to be broken. I have my goals at this moment to finish some of my unfinished projects. We will see how that goes as the year progresses. 

I found a Small Blog Meet at Lily's Quilts that should be fun. I love finding new bloggers and learning what they are into. 

The last finished project for 2013. I think I started this in 2012, found it again in 2013, finished and had it quilted by Zany Quilter. She does such a wonderful job. She also does a great job on her photo's of the quilting. Check it out.

Snowball 2013

Snowball detail 2013

Snowball detail 2013
I'm supposed to be cleaning my sewing rooms but instead I did a post! Lots more fun. Complete finishes are so few and far between, I get so excited when I have one.

Until next time be happy, healthy and safe.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Sew Fun

I have been having lots of fun lately. I am working a lot and I'm really enjoying it. Quilters are very fun people. 

Valeri Wells Little Wallet and iPhone Wallet patterns are so easy to make. I forgot to take a photo of the back pocket for your iPhone but it's there! 

iPhone Wallet
It is large enough for my friends phone with a large OtterBox case on it. Now that's a proper iPhone wallet. 

iPhone Wallet inside.
Lots of room for cash, credit card and ID.

Saturday, December 14, 2013


I know, I have been busy and the time is just flying by. Working, sewing, sewing, sewing I hardly have time to take pictures, type, edit and such. I know you want to know what I'm up to. I promise I will try to do better.

I think I started this in 2010. I have a long way to go to finish but maybe 2014 will be the finish what you started year.

Paper piece - started 2010

This is about all the decorating I've done so far this year.

Mikes computer tree
Here is the tree I gave Mike last year but he put it somewhere and can't find it.

French Roses 2012
Here is another finish it up project for this year.

Sparky  2012
I was looking through the photos I transferred off my SD card and came across this one of my shadow. Sparky always thinks I want to photograph him. He has such tiny feet!

From Larry, Hawaii  October 2013
This is a lei given to me by a dear friend from Kauai while I was in Hawaii in October. It was so unusual I had to get a photo. I also thought it could be inspiration for a quilt design. I'll think about that.

Red dragon fruit. Hawaii October 2013
Last but not least this is something my son served us at breakfast one morning in Hawaii along with the usual fresh pineapple and papaya. He said it had a wonderful taste and texture. He was right! I have no description except it was sweet and juicy. If you ever have the opportunity to eat dragon fruit, give it a try as there is nothing quite the same.

Lovin' the cold!

Monday, November 11, 2013

After Hawaii

I know I haven't done a post forever but life has been busy. Hawaii for two weeks, came home sick and our local Shop Hop was held this past weekend. I now work Sundays and Monday mornings. Our sew and dine is still on Tuesdays and maybe on Fridays. Life is good! 

Hexie quilt

Getting help from my son on how to place my flower and leaf sections. Planning your quilt edges can be a challenge if you aren't doing a traditional layout.

Quilt edges???

Too much green. I do like the green around the flowers though. I have more flowers done now so I will re-evaluate how to complete the edges. These are so addicting!

Hawaii beach house 2013

My daughter-in-law and me sitting in our usual spots on the porch. She read numerous books and I made flower sections.

Beach house 2013

My work area on the porch with an unbelievable view. Oh so productive!

Sitting on the porch, doing my hexies, watching the waves has got to be the most relaxing vacation ever. Those little dots out there are surfers.

The gang in Hawaii 2013

Having the family all together was great. They were coming and going just like when they were kids but with cars, surfboards and paddle boards. 

Hawaii 2013

Our last day there it rained and we saw a double rainbow. I have never seen one before so that was a bitter sweet departure for me even though I was sick and ready to be home. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fly Away

I'm off again, Hawaii here we come! This trip includes all the kids, which we haven't done in years. I'm so excited. One week at the Ko'Olina time share from my ever so generous brother-in-law and one week at the beach house on the North Shore. Check out this beautiful spot that has been in my extended family since the 1930's. We are only checking one suitcase between the two of us so lucky we have laundry facilities at both places! I'm taking my hexies and will put together a kit I can put in my carry on. Using one of my new project bags will be fun.I know what my priorities are!

Part of Hawaii sewing kit.  October 2013

I can already picture sitting on the porch at the beach house doing my hand work listening to the waves and catching glances of the turtles coming close to shore to eat the algae off the reef. Enough dreaming, I better get packed. Tomorrow morning will come before I know it. I will return with tons of pictures from my latest Hawaii adventure.

I will be selling the remainder of my Mini duffle bags on eBay after I return, so stay tuned.

Until next time Happy Quilting! 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I'm Back...

I returned yesterday after a two week cat sitting/sewing retreat at my Dad's house in California while he went to see his friend in Florida. Carolyn went with me so I wouldn't get lonely. There is just no easy way to say this... but we had a BLAST! Sammy, the cat was friendly after a few days and loved us by the end. The adventures of an indoor cat is a story in itself. Our adventures were even more fun. Sewing all day every day for two weeks, it's amazing what you can accomplish.

Night Project  September 2013

Lucky for me we don't have cable TV. I became addicted to the show ID on the Oxygen channel. True murder stories. They were kind of scary but interesting. Lots of hexies were made during those hours.

Dad's - September 2013

Just one of my piles of projects. I did a lot of binding at night in front of the TV. Cut and sew on the machine in the day time hours, hand sewing at night.

Carolyn"s quilt  - September 2013

This is Carolyn's Christmas quilt she worked on.

Carolyn's Christmas wall hanging.  September 2013

Carolyn had part of this done before we arrived. She did the blanket stitching, all the gingerbread men squares and the tree with ornaments. It still needs the borders added.

Mouse Blankets

Another of Carolyn's projects. Miniature wall hangings by Mouse Blankets. The buttons are included with the pattern. All you have to have is the fabrics. So cute.

Leftovers  September 2013

Here are the projects using the leftovers cut off the quilt that I made while in California. I will post the quilt later. Did you notice the hexies are made out of the same fabrics as these?

Project Bags  September 2013

Some of these bags were made but needed the binding. Two of them were made of new fabric obtained from nearby quilt stores! 

Busy Bee Quilt Shop

Speaking of quilt stores. When I travel I have to check out any close and not so close quilt stores. This is one of the two we went to. We could have gone to one a day for the entire 14 days if we wanted to hit them all.

Zipper Bags  September 2013

Carolyn made two cool bags on our trip. She requested matching zipper bags. Here are the two I made out of the scraps from each one. We were both pleased with the results.

Zipper bag back
The back is even cool!

Carolyn's bag  September 2013

This bag of Carolyn's has 3 zippers and at least a dozen pockets. I think it is called a Professional Bag.The pattern is not the easiest to understand so that is where the saying, "two heads are better then one" comes in. Carolyn has it down to a science now.

Sammy - September 2013

We could find Sammy sleeping on the guest bed during the day while we were there. She is about 13 pounds and her hair is usually longer but she was shaved some time back to help with the fur balls on her back. She is a Turkish Van so she's not a lap cat that loves to be groomed. Too bad, as her fur is beautiful. She does love the water though.


Her nightly routine in her own master bath sink.

Sammy - September 2013

This is Sammy's nightly routine to wash her face and get a cool drink of water. She loves the water on her head, face and legs! She doesn't seem to worry about the other end!


This post is long enough! Thanks to Carolyn for making the trip with me. It was much more fun than being there with just Sammy. 

Happy Sewing!