Saturday, March 25, 2017


I got up and got around and did start on the quilt--
the first step was squaring up these blocks--
then laid out the piles of pieces--
this quilt is put together on 'point'--
my least 'favorite' way to put a quilt top together--
very quickly --
I had to move to the bed in the bedroom to lay out the quilt--
and I had a problem part way through--
I thought I was off by '3' more of the 9 patch blocks--
I found more done out here in the dinning room--
that was a big relief--
but then I was having trouble with the corner pieces--
and things were not matching up right--
a 'light-bulb' moment--there is '4' corners on a quilt--
and they take a different direction triangle for that--
then things progressed nicely--
these little 'abc' pins came to the rescue too--
only could not find the 'a'--so used 'xyz' buttons--
it really made it easier to know what to sew to what
once I brought the pieces out here to sew!!
I am getting there--just the middle '2' rows to go--
( they were the ones that wanted to be 'different'!!)
and at around 3pm this afternoon--
I was ready to square up the quilt--
and here she is--
One rather large top for me--is done--
this measures--52" wide by 66" long--
if I had more of the light blue flower print--I would make nice wide borders
and this one would easily fit my twin bed--
but this line is old enough that I know I won't find any more of it--
for now I am finished with this one--
I was only going to finish the rest of the 12 blocks for this top--
but now I have a whole quilt top--amazing!!!

And I have decided I am going to take the next week off--
from much sewing that is--
I need to do some serious spring cleaning around here--
so that is the plan!!!!!


Friday, March 24, 2017


I decided today that I must not be able to count--anymore!!!
This quilt is driving me crazy--
every time I think  I have cut the right number of pieces--
or the correct sizes--I am off--
But I won't let this one get the best of me--
Here is the 12 blocks now-
they will all go on 'point' in the quilt--
( I cut part of the corner pieces with 5 inch squares instead of 5 1/2" blocks--
guess what--5" don't work!!!!)
and finally here is all the little 9 patches--
--that once again miss counted on--so had to make a stack more!!
and then with background pieces of 3 1/2" blocks I made them into--
In to '20' 9 1/2" blocks--
these are not pressed or squared up yet--
that is tomorrows job--
I worked alllll day on this quilt--
and I can only hope--
only hope that I can finish this quilt with what I have left--
so tomorrow should be interesting!!!!

And remember me saying that I was working on the last--
wool project that I had prepped--

well--this is the start of that project--
it seemed to take forever go get all this stitching done--
to this point--
here is the pattern--
Oh my--I haven't really even started this project yet--
look at all that stitching--???????
whose idea was it for me to make this???????


Tuesday, March 21, 2017


I had one more block to do on the old ufo --Pick 16--to make--
and I looked and looked and finally decided on a basket block--
the little one with 4 baskets on it--
and in making that block this morning--
all I could think about was--
"I am going to be my own 'basket case' by the time--
I figure this one and get it stitched!!!!"
But it is finally done and added to the other 12 blocks--
and here is block 11 that I made yesterday--

and I only need 12 blocks for what I am doing with this quilt--
Here is all 12 blocks now--
and here is my pile of the 9-patches so far--
I might be half way done with these--
these have been good leaders and enders while sewing the other blocks--
The next step is making the 12 blocks larger --
and trying to figure out which fabrics to use to do that --
as I can't get any more of this line--????????

I also got the wool block finished for the row by row--
these blocks look simple--but there is alot of detail stitching on them--

And remember the little pile of 4 patches that I did with the mini charm packs--
that I also had used as leaders and enders??
well--they are now all sewed together into a top--
now to decide how I want to finish this one?????

Soooo--I have been busy--
I even got  a whole book read and half of another one this week--
now that is really good for me!!!

I am on 'duty' this week as the Night Angel--so that does take some time up for me--
but--luckily--it is  only one week, a month--and guess who gets Easter week end to work???

Me--that's who (wait a minute--didn't I do Christmas??!!!)

Ohhhhh--would I love some pizza tonight!!!!!

Saturday, March 18, 2017


I was kinda of surprised--
for some reason--
that everyone--voted to keep the 'paws' --
on the cat blocks--
I studied the pattern closer--
and carefully cut out more paw shapes--
and set about redoing the paws--
and then I even did the black toe stitching--
I did repick out new fabricS for the this cat's paws--
this cat--
and did do red ones on the new red cat--
and with doing the black toe stitching--
I am happier now--
(I was going to wait until all  12 blocks were done and then do all the toe stitching at once--
but have decided that if I do it one cat at a time--then that is just one more step that is done--)

Friday, March 17, 2017


We had our corn beef dinner at the daughter's house last night--
she is a really good cook--

That is if you drink 'green beer' here is a pretty cat to help you--
I think a green milk shake at one of the fast food places would taste gooddd--
though I have never had one--
maybe today--will be different--
time will tell---????????????


Thursday, March 16, 2017


Well--at least the rest of the blocks --
from the Patchwork series--
Got the 5" blocks done for pattern #3
and I did manage to figure how to make the 10" block for this set too--
So now this bom is all caught up--yea---
but there is more to this story--
Yesterday when I had all the blocks out--
I kept hearing a 'racket' coming from the first '2' 10" blocks I had made--
finally the 'noise' go so bad this morning that I had to investigate--
and discovered it was this block making all the noise--
Ok--little bunnies what is the problem here??
so they showed me that too many of them were upside down and they were getting faint--
so I took a closer look at the block and had to agree with them--
out came the seam ripper and I went to work--
and now look--
all my bunnies are heads up --and are now quiet as they are happy little bunnies--
silly guys--


Wednesday, March 15, 2017


 the Temperature here in Florida????
our high was only about 62 degrees today--
with a cold strong wind--gonna be chilly tonight!!!!

I stayed warm with the sewing machine 'buzzin' right along today--
First I got the next block to the Christmas bom done--
I wanted to add a bit of blue in my quilt -
so decided this block was a good as any to do that with--
What --did you say???
my 'flames' are different--
you know me--gotta be different--
I sewed a yellow and orange strip together and then made an oval shape on freezer paper--
and ironed it  on the strip, then cut and appliqued them to the tops of the candles--
(and yes--I goofed with the placements of the candles--but then decided I liked how they looked this way--so left them!!!)

and I got the first 6 blocks done on the Patchwork bom--
so here is rows 1 & 2 now--and I have all the pieces cut for row 3--!!!

and now for a report on the "Pie"--

This has to have been the BEST pie I have ever eaten--
seriously--the crust was thin but flavorful--
lots of apples and just the right texture--
not too sweet--so you could actually taste the apples--
I ate half of it last night--
wonder when I will eat the rest of the pie!!??????

I did read that back in NY--my area had about 18" snow as of this morning--
and I think they were planning on more during the day--

That is alot for that area --it usually's north, south, or east of us there that gets that much!!

My feet are cold--gotta go find my socks!!!


Tuesday, March 14, 2017


But first--some work--
I did get 2 blocks done today--
for the color 'red'--
Here is my cat block and the log cabin block for that quilt--
But I have a question for you!!!
Here is the other 2 colors so far this  year--
do you see on the teal and purple ones I added these paws that the pattern shows--
but I don't know if I like them--
what do you think--which looks better--with the paws or without?????

I also got 2 other blocks of the bom's  prepped--
the wool one--
Will work on this one later tonight--
and this one--for the Christmas bom--

Ok I have made you wait long enough for the FUNNY story--
My DD picked me up about 3pm today to go to the Library--
after we came out--
I told her about a Pie shop that I had heard about--in that area--
she had wanted a Cherry pie and the grocery store didn't have one--
so off we went--
we did find the little shop--
and it is called Joan's Perfect Pie--
I wanted a Lemon one--but those are only special order--
and I wasn't really crazy about the selection so had pretty much decided not to get one--
but DD got her Cherry one--
then they started talking about it being National 'Pie' day--
so I decided I had to have one after allll--
so got me an apple one--
how cute looking is this????
the clerk was telling us that they had sold out within an hour today and they all had to work hard
to get more pies made--
this little individual pie cost me $6.95--
when I got home I was emailing Sunny and telling her about my Pie adventure--
and then she emails me back and says that today is "Pi" day not Pie day--
National pie day was back in January!!!!
Sooo--I guess alot of people eat 'pie' on National Pi day--crazy people!!!

            Enjoy the moments, diane 

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