Bowl Cozy

Need a quick gift for Christmas, or any gift giving occasion? 

These bowl cozies are easy to make and useful, too!

Bowl Cozy

I am giving these to a few people that are special to me.

Bowl Cozy

I will be making more in the near future!

There are a lot of bowl cozy tutorials to be found online.  I used Beth Huntington’s tutorial at eHow.

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December OMG 2017 Goal

The last Patchwork Times unfinished project of the year is number 10.  Judy actually announced number 6, but number 6 was the number for October, so I am going with the only number left for the year…number 10.

My number 10 is a mystery project from 2013.  It is called the Case of the Secret Garden by Linda Franz, the creator of Inklingo.

I found my project wadded up in a basket.  Although the mystery was fun, and the pattern is a good one, I did not like my fabric choices, and therefore, was not motivated to complete the quilt.

The Case of the Secret Garden

Since December is such a busy month, I am keeping my goal for this quilt small. I want to add simple borders (they’ll have to be simple…there isn’t much left of the fabrics used in this project).

Brownie points for me, if I get the top pin-basted into a quilt sandwich, but it isn’t likely. 

I’ll be baking cookies for Christmas!

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG). Click on the link and check out the other goals for December!

Bonnie Hunter On Ringo Lake Mystery

I am loving Bonnie Hunter’s On Ringo Lake mystery!  

This is going to be fun !

I know that I will fall behind, but so long as I print out Bonnie’s clues, I’ll be able to create this quilt.

I’ve been auditioning fabrics.  I am using up scraps, too, but didn’t take a picture of them.

On Ringo Lake

The nine patches from Clue #1 are done!

On Ringo Lake

I’m off to a great beginning!

Thank you, Bonnie!

I am linking up with lots of other Bonnie fans at Quiltville!

November OMG 2017 Goal Update

My OMG/UFO goal for November was the number 2 (drawn by Patchwork Times).

I wanted to turn the Brazilian embroidered piece into a pillow.

Brazilian Embroidery 001

To create texture, I free motion quilted around the embroidery.

Brazilian Embroidery

Brazilian Embroidery

Brazilian Embroidery

I was frustrated when I discovered that some of my threads bled a bit when I removed my blue quilting marks with water.

However, I was able to wash out the bleeding with a good soak in Dawn dishwashing liquid.  (What a relief!)

Brazilian Embroidery

The back of the pillow has a hidden zipper.

Brazilian Embroidery

Brazilian Embroidery

I am happy with how it turned out!

This pillow is destined to be a gift.

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal (OMG) and Patchwork Times . Click on the link and check out the other goals for November!

Tree Skirt 2017

When I asked my Hubby to help me draw a wedge template to make a Christmas tree skirt, he said, “So…you are in a Christmas spirit this year?”

Hmmm…guilty as charged.  The Christmas tree hasn’t been put up and decorated with all the shiny baubles in the last few years.

But the grandbabies are coming on Christmas day this year!

YESSSSSS!!!!!!

I need the Christmas magic around my house this year.  The tree, the baubles, the trimmings, the lights…it is coming out to transform my home into a place of holiday cheer.

I need a tree skirt.  A glittery tree skirt.

Tree Skirt 2017

There are metallic fabrics that have been living in my stash for many a year.

Tree Skirt 2017

Tree Skirt 2017

These fabrics are creating a wonderful skirt to dress up the Christmas tree!

Tree Skirt 2017

Shiny red and green rayon thread is machine quilted on some of the wedges of the skirt.

Tree Skirt 2017

And gold metallic thread on the other wedges.

I had some trouble with that metallic thread, but encouragement from a few friends, and perseverance pays off!

Tree Skirt 2017

I rarely make bias binding, so I referenced one of my favorite patchwork books to refresh my memory on the best way to make it.

Tree Skirt 2017

This neutral fabric with metallic dots wasn’t my first choice for binding, but it was the only fabric in my stash that I had enough of.

Tree Skirt 2017

The binding turned out to be a nice accent.

Tree Skirt 2017

Tree Skirt 2017

Tree Skirt 2017

The free motion quilting gave the skirt great texture!

Tree Skirt 2017

Tree Skirt 2017

There will be cookies this year, too!

A Quick Project

Remember the quick and easy project that I began when the power was out (click here)?

I found a free pattern online called Sugar Town.

Alyssa's Quilt

I am not a sweet pink, baby blue girlie type of gal, but I have a little girl in mind who I think will love this quilt.

I have had fun taking time out to sew this up.

I changed the original pattern just a bit.  I added setting triangles and corners to my version.

Alyssa's Quilt

The quilt top is as big as the garage door.  Ha, ha!

 

Bucks in the Garden

Sunday was a very pleasant and relaxing winter day for Hubby and me.

Hubby enjoyed working on his model projects, and I spent the day working on sewing projects.

And we both enjoyed the view right outside our window.

Deer

Deer

Look carefully; there are two bucks snacking on oak leaves.

Deer

Deer