Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dog walking

Look at these dogs!  Far left is Dude, next to him is Tootsie next to her is Daisy(we were dog sitting her for the weekend) then comes Max. Daisy and Max are brother and sister puppies found wandering the streets and picked up by animal control. Joey and Brandi adopted them. 

2011 Christmas strip quilt

 This is a strip roll quilt from the book "STRIP DELIGHT" by Suzanne Mc Neill.  Really fast to put together. Fabric is 12 days of Christmas by Nancy Halvorsen. Got the fabric a few years ago. 

Tree quilt

This tree quilt is dimentional only the sides of each tier is sewn down and the top of the tier is tacked down also, it has interfacing in it to help it stand out. Still need to put the star on it and decorate it.

Target practice

 Went out with husband to warm up my trigger finger.
I killed all the bad guys. This was at an official shooting range.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Grinch Pillowcases

 I made these pillowcases as a gift.  I gave my friend's husband a Grinch doll last Christmas so I found this fabric to go with it. He loved the doll and put it straight on their bed.  Love how they turned out.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Girls Weekend 2011

 My 2 sisters and me. I'm the tall one. I told my accomplice sister to tell everyone to wear a black shirt. It went with the decor.  We all looked great together. Found the rubber gloves at Tuesday Morning also not shown was a zebra rug at the kitchen sink.  Pink scarf and crystals hanging from curtain rod over sink.

Girls Weekend 2011

 My sister Kathy was hosting a girl's weekend at her shore house in Sea Isle City, NJ. It happened to be her birthday the week before so I flew to PA for 5 days.  I drove down the shore and decorated the place up and she was completely surprised.  All the girls loved it.  I used a roll of wrapping paper and a roll of black table covering to cover the windows and tables. I found most of my stuff at Hobby Lobby and Tuesday Morning. I covered the chairs also. Got the pink bead like yarn at Micheal's on sale.  We laughed so much we had sore throats the next day. 

Thursday, October 27, 2011


 Made this wall hanging from a cookie design in an old magazine they were designed by Patrick Lose.  Willeraye ornaments on stick tree from Pottery Barn yrs ago. 
 Witch pattern from American Patchwork and Quilting magazine a few years back.


Some of my Folk art figures. The cat and pumpkin sticks are sticking out of the green can. They are by an artist Greg Gudel got them from Bayberry Cove. online.  The other pieces are from Homegoods over the past couple of years.


This is my entrance, my friend gave me the mirror, it was originally gaudy gold and I spray painted it with flat black leftover paint. Jar full of skulls and another full of mice. Bird cage from an antique shop a few years ago has a rubber glow in the dark skull from Knot's Berry Farm years ago. Bird on skull from HomeGoods. Skeleton hand from Joanne's yrs ago. Book holder and book from antique store. Tall bottles from Tuesday Morning this year.

Saturday, August 27, 2011


Close up of candy. Eye Candy. Yummy!


I LOVE THIS! It is turning out so cool. I am using pearl cotton thread.  It is outlined so far and the checkerboard has an x through each light square. I'm gonna move onto the Halloween Banner at the top and outline it then move onto the pumpkin buckets.  I bought a variagated orange pearl cotton also can't decide what to do with it yet. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Birdie Stitches August

I will finish this tonight also for FNSI it only needs the stem on the flower.      Do you want to hear about my BLOND MOMENT?   I knew you did.  The other day my husband needed a ride to pick up the car at the tire shop.  I jumped in his truck and he drove us up  there while I was tying the little string things on my capri pants, you know, the ones at the bottom?  Well we get there and I go to get out of the truck and my leg was stuck.  I tied my purse handle to my pants!!! Hahaha  Classic idiocy.  We were just laughing.  What is happening here??
See this?  It is freezer paper ironed to a stack of 12 fat quarters. Cut out all at once. This is the fastest quilt I ever put together. See below for finish without borders. Unreal I love it.  I have more flannels so I am going to make a few more of these because I have 4 brothers to gift with a quilt.  My 2 sisters already got some.  I have a slew of nieces and nephews that need some too. I promised my nephew that I would make him one when he got married, that was only 7 years or so ago.  Cut it out, I'm not that far behind. hahaha 
The other day when I was rearranging these blocks I was inadvertantly playing straight pin acrobatics.  I reached up over my head to take a pin out of the block-dropped the pin-it bounced off my head and landed back on the design wall stuck into the batting.  Sometimes I amaze myself!!! hahaha

Cody's Flannel star quilt started Aug 2011

I am putting the starting date on this so I can see how long it takes me to complete.  Some of my friends ask me and I can never give a clear answer.  This is all sewn together just have to put tan borders on it and finish.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


This is the quilt I am making shown below only I'm not putting the circle things on it.  From the book "Frightfully Crazy" by The Buggy Barn.


This is old flannel fabric that I have been saving for the right project and motivation. I made my husband a zigzag flannel quilt some years ago that took me forever to finish because I hand quilted it.  Gave it to him for xmas and my oldest son promptly took possesion of it. He had it on his bed for a few years and now my younger son took it from him.  I told him this is Dad's quilt so he told me to make him one out of flannel, hence this flannel star quilt. The block is the size of a full fat quarter. I cut them stacked all at once and pieced them in a weekend. Now I have to trim them all down to the same size and sash them throw on a border and quilt it add it to the stack of quilts needing quilting.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


This was the first quilt I made with 20 fat quarters of Hunky Dory fabric. I had so much leftover I made 2 more. Scroll down to see the others.

second hunky dory fabric

I used the leftover triangles from the first quilt and made this. I just measured the triangles, cut a white square, sewed 2 triangles to the white square and arranged them like so.  It turned out to be a baby size.  I will machine quilt it with straight lines. Oh yeah it is actually sewn together now but not quilted.

HUNKY DORY Mini wonky star back view

HUNKY DORY Mini wonky star

I used every bit of 20 hunky dory fat quarters for three quilts. The back of this mini star quilt is all the smallest leftover scraps. I just pieced and pieced until it was big enough. I used about 2 bobbins of thread on it.  Front of quilt.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sewing organizer

This is a pocket sewing organizer that I whipped up out of scraps, a bag for threads and pin cushion. And they all match my chair of course.

Sewing organizer

Check out my office chair that I use for sewing! I used 3 dollar fabric and bought new foam and a new electric staple gun to do the assembly. Love how it turned out. Pretty huh?

Reupolstered office chair

May birdie stitches block

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I made some burp cloths and baby mop as I call it(changing pad) for a baby shower gift. I need to make more for a great nephew coming in April. They are so easy to make. Just draw out a dog bone shape on freezer paper and pin to 2 layers of cute flannel right sides together, sew around edge of paper, leave a space for turning and then top stitch closed. Takes about 10 minutes or less. The changing pad has a piece of batting in it and then I quilted a flower shape on it to hold batting in place. Just drew the flower shape with a plate. Simple! Non sewers think they are amazing but have no idea how quick they are. Make some! Oh yeah, got the flannel on sale at Joanne's. Half a yard makes 2, but I usually use 2 fabrics for front and back to mix it up.

burp cloths and changing pad

I used old and new fabric for this christmas quilt. I need to get it to the long-armer. Is that a word?

Christmas quilt with borders

Saturday, February 12, 2011

I am using Cosmo Cricket mostly for the block borders and Kona white solid for center of block. I am using 3 strands of embroidery floss that I have on hand, trying not to buy any more but still want to match colors to borders.

Birdie Stitches

I posted a pic on facebook of the christmas quilt and my sis in law said she would have room in her suitcase when she visits in March. It needs one more border and then quilting. Maybe she will get it after all.

2010 Christmas Quilt