Friday, June 24, 2016

Cute Stick Horse

Cute Stick horse

I had a challenge some time ago from our group in a club that I belonged to. Each member was to make a stick horse or pony.
I went on line and found a pattern to make the above.  As usual I got some ideas from my 
daughter, Sandra.  I think he turned out really cute.  I have named him many different names and really don't remember what his original name was, lol  I found him tucked in the corner of a closet, brought him out for some fresh air.

I have six quilt tops ready for quilting,  I will bind them, do the hand sewing and then I will be donating them to Project Linus.  I hope they will make six children feel happy.  I will post them as I finish them.  

Have a great week.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Remembering Joe

My dearest friend Helen asked me to make a small quilt using her late husbands shirts.  This was such a special request so I looked around for just the right design.  Sandra led me to Bonnie Hunter's Scrappy Majestic Mountains design.  (It's FREE on

I started off by taking apart each of the shirts to get yardage.  I was so surprised by how much fabric one can get from shirts.  Sandra had a good background fabric to use in her stash.  Once the blocks were sewn together the dilemma came in selecting the right arrangement.  Which one do you like?
Zig Zag Mountains
I decided on the Zig Zag Mountains, but made the blocks more scattered then in pairs. A red border was added to complete it.  I just know she's going to love it!

This wasn't a request, but I put together this block that will be framed.  It may be around a bit longer than the quilt since the shirts were such loving worn.  I'm thinking about a black frame.  The log cabin signifies "home" and the red center signifies "the heart".

Until next time, be safe and kind to everyone.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Adventures in California Part 2

Dropping in to show and tell the rest of my adventures.  Sandra had to work a couple of days, so while she was away I raided her garage stash (she has two stashes of fabric, her best fabric is in her sewing studio).  I turned on the sewing machine and finished up the backs.  Amazing how you can get things done without any interruptions.

Star Top for the Veterans Home
Circus Top for Project Linus
Found a back for this panel
made for Project Linus
Patriotic Top made by Joanne Simmons
Check out the back that I found; it
will make some young at heart guy happy
at the Veterans Home
Fussy cut hearts
This is my last project, I took the extra section of the back from the Star Top and added some white and red blocks to make another Project Linus donation.  Yea, two for the price of one. This is still to be finished.

I had a super grand time with my Daughter, She has treated me like A queen.  We just don't get enough time together.  I love her to the moon and back.  Thank you San for everything.....  I also thank Tim for all the great BBQ and taking us out to dinners.

See you all next time, I will be home and  writing from Maryland.

Adventures in California!

Hi Friends!
I have had the best of times visiting my daughter Sandra.  Sure seems like yesterday that I arrived, but Southwest will have me as a passenger tomorrow :(.

My adventures were many.  They started with a visit to the San Diego Zoo.  We walked the pathways that were up and down, up and down until our legs were noodles!  We ate lunch in a tree house that we reached via elevator not a rope ladder LOL.      
Next day we rested.  My legs were not ready for the beach scene that Sandra planned quite yet.  Saturday we met up with Sandra's best friend Kerry for the afternoon.  I saw all of her quilting projects along with several of Sandra's waiting to be quilted.  We had lunch and a trip to Costco, fun day!

Preparing for our quilting retreat at Vina de Lestonnac in Temecula took priority.  Some last minute purchases at Beverly's and lots of cutting.  This place was great.
My seat was just next to Lisa (on the right) and in front of Candi (on the left).  Sandra sat on the other side of me.  We had large 8' tables to spread out on and I took every bit of it LOL.  It was a fun and productive retreat.  These are some of the quilts that will either go to Project Linus.

There were a few others that were finished that you will need to come back and check on!  I finished one of Joanne Simmons patriotic quilts.  Wait until you see the back on this one "ooh la la"!  A male veteran will love it no doubt.

I have also had fun at Pechanga Resort & Casino.  We stayed the night in an upgraded room, a suite on the 12th floor (what a view), with several hours at the penny slots and a bingo session.  Sandra was lucky with a BINGO during the early bird portion of the evening.  I came close many times, but no cigars for me.

There will be more on a future post.  Do come back!