4-Patch Exchange

July 12, 2015

I had misplaced my bag of 4-patches. I knew they were around somewhere! I found them in the corner of the bedroom on the MAN side of the room buried under a sleep apnea machine and supplies (which never gets used – and should!!!!!) I got to playing this morning immediately with a layout. The quilt is supposed to be finished for a quilt shop show/display in November.IMG_3040

I quickly went into layout mode this morning. I was thinking if I made the alternate block white I could use up some of the white fabrics I have. I don’t think there is enough contrast. I think I will make a trip to the quilt store and get some gray fabric for a  layout like Deb Bear’s inspiration quilt I fell in love with the moment I laid eyes on it.  Deb blogged about her quilt here.


I drafted the butterfly block and made a few blocks. A few weeks later I was making another butterfly block and I realized I missed putting the light fabric in the bottom corners.

6 hours of dilly dallying

On April 15th I had completed my set of 4 patches and was anxious for the big exchange.

A proud moment


A Quilt Top Finish!

February 22, 2015

I am so excited to say I have finished the top to my SCRAP ATTACK quilt!

15963640424_57028dca93_o (1)I thought I was finished a month ago when I posted a photo on Flickr of the quilt on my son’s bed. I was very excited to find out the photo made EXPLORE!
35 blocks sewn together
The photo has over 7000 views and has 48 favs! That is a first for me.
I decided to add another vertical row on the right side after the Explore photo. The quilt needed to be a little wider.
Now I have to decide what I will do for the back of the quilt.
IMG_2093For now I will use it as a backdrop for a photo of my Valentine’s present from my LUV and our son. Our son was nice enough to hold it up for me so I could take this shot! Color is how we stay warm when it is a 20plus below zero wind chill outside. COLD COLD COLD. Luckily we have a basement here and we can close the upstair door and the door out of the Tv room and turn on the electric fireplace and it gets nice and toasty warm. The only thing is then I get sleepy!

Finishing the way I started

January 17, 2015

This project is going to come to an end soon. I played all week with the design boards. Last night I tried to sew and sat there staring five times as long as sewing. This morning I looked at the last boards with fresh eyes.

This is my original fabric.

The block above this one is green. I am working to blend some of the green into the alternate block below it.


I cut into another one of those vintage fabric scraps I have had for a lifetime.


The squirrel was disigned for a blue square but didn’t make it.


This will be a brown block when finished.


Another yellow and cream background block.


I am thinking the final darker block with be pink. Seriously I do not have many pinks in my stash!


Here is my attempt to find more pinks! Invasion of the mancave again. You have no idea what goes on inside my head when I do this because my man hates hates hates a mess! This is part of my creative process! Ha. He is used to it. He told me last night he is inviting his dad over to watch a game today. That is his nice way of saying “please pick up this space”. It works.

Today I hope to put away Christmas. It is time for the tree to come down. I enjoy the lights so much and my decorations I find it hard to take it down. Those pinks though will go in my string heart quilt as well. It is time for hearts which will motivate me to get the tree down. Enjoy the day!

Attacking My Scraps

January 11, 2015

The year 2014 I focused on     my Scrap Attack quilt kept my attention. I was able to get the top sewn together and set it on my son’s bed and came up with this photo…

35 blocks sewn together

To my surprise it made explore and in the first day had over 6,000 views and 48 favorites. If I had know that I would have cleared off the stand next to my son’s bed! Ha!!!!

I decided it will be best to add another vertical row on the right side of the quilt.
This week each day I took 5 minutes to cut a few 1 1/2 inch squares and set them on my design board. (A piece of Styrofoam that I can easily stick pins into)

Those of you who quilt will know how often we move pieces around to get it just right.


This is my version of just right!


I have had this little scrap of green fabric with the couple under an umbrella. I have had it for years – over 40 years. This week I cut it in half, squared it up and put it in this quilt. I didn’t realize until after I took the photo that it is two couples. Mary Poppins in one picture and her twin sister in the other!


See! The one on the bottom left would be me. A little wider, softer, fuller!


With January being the coldest month of the year and the holiday season just over I added a few metallic pieces and a few snowflakes. I am anxious to work on my String Heart quilt and have pulled out the fabrics so the heart fabric was perfect for this block and helps to motivate me for my Valentine project. I have ongoing projects for just about every season or month of the year. I like to work on a project while in the season or looking forward to the season.


I tried to add fabrics that looked like rain. I hoped the vertical lines achieve that. See the snowballs. It will be 3 months before our snowfalls turn into rain! The dot fabrics…..raindrops or snowballs….take your pick!


I have an entire bin full of plaid fabrics. I pulled the bin out and grabbed a few to go in the next 5 blocks. It will help continue my Scrap Attack theme and keep this quilt as scrappy as can be. I have two other green blocks so I referred to them and added as many different fabrics as possible.


The last piece of fabric grabbed out of the scrap bin was the bright vine type fabric on the upper right. I auditioned at least 10 different fabrics to go with the hexagon pieces. I think this works great! Look at all these different shades of green. I love working with fabric.


more rain. The black dots on the white fabric has a raised surface. I wish I had more fabrics like this. I love texture. It is probably why I enjoy working with 1 1/2 in squares because of all the seams that give the quilt texture.

Block #5 -  Time for Fishing

Here is my block #5 made back in May 2013. I gave it the title “Time For Fishing”.

#21 - Enjoying Winter but Dreaming of Spring

Block #21 made Feb 17, 2014 called “Enjoying Winter but Dreaming of Spring”

I could name this last green block the same thing.

Thank you again for stopping by to read my post. I look forward to a fabulous 2015 and to completing the quilt top.

Happy 2015 everyone!!!!

Merry Christmas 2014

December 28, 2014

I have my first chance of the holiday season to sit down and do a little sewing. I chose to add some Winter fabrics to the block for my Scrap Attack quilt.

This is block #33 for this quilt.

While photographing the finished block I notice the musical staffs are upside down. I will rip that little piece out and turn it around.  I also noticed the tan fabric that looks like snowballs is in the quilt twice. I may take that second set in the middle section out.
I was looking for my white fabric that has trees on it. That little scrap of fabric is always around when I am not looking for it. This may be the last block I need to complete the top – or possibly just one more.
IMG_1798“The Holly and the Ivy”

IMG_1799“Glory to the new born KING”

IMG_1801A little metallic gold fabric
I love in the winter time how the plants pop up from the snow. A sculpture in snow. IMG_1247

IMG_1803“Patches” she was out kitty growing up. IMG_1802This metallic leaf fabric is found throughout the blocks on the quilt.
The stars in the darker golden fabric are metallic as well.
A little sparkle for the season.

There was not snow here Christmas  morning but shortly after waking it started to fall. This morning we have a good 4 inches of fresh white powdery snow on the ground.
Wishing all my friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

November 2nd Thrift Haul

November 15, 2014

I am always excited for Merry Thriftmas at Value Village.  I made it in the afternoon of the first day. My hope was to find a kneehugger but no luck. I put many many items into my cart and then before I went to the checkout I did take half of it out.

IMG_1087Merry Thriftmas

I am happy to have added another Santa Head candleholder to my collection.  He is hard to see in the above photo but he is in blue tones. This one is very different from the others that I have.

IMG_1084I think I need the one with the bald headed Santa but of course I did not purchase it because I wanted to check to see which ones I have already. It is no longer there but……… I know I will find one at some time!
IMG_1085This piece did not come home with me because I have it already but a bowl did.
IMG_1086I kind of wish I would have purchased these three but I have two already. I am fortunate to have purchase one that still has the plastic lid to it. I have only seen the lid once and I grabbed it and quickly purchased it. The scientist who invented corningware glass died this week at 99 years of age.  <a href=”http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/11/07/362226389/scientist-who-invented-corningware-glass-dies-at-99&#8243; rel=”nofollow”>www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/11/07/362226389/scienti…</a>
IMG_1088This container filled with bulbs was so sturdy. The bulbs are not my colors so I ended up not buying it but I thought about it because the box would have been a really nice storage container.
IMG_1089I like both of these so much but….


Pom Pom and Rick Rack LUV!

I just can’t buy everything. Thank goodness for taking pics. I do like collection ideas!!!! I can add pom poms to same dish  towels and rick rack is a favorite of mine!
My sister has given me so many Christmas fabrics I know I could to something like the Santa above.

Temptation - Both my Boys Names Start With K!

Temptation – Both my Boys Names Start With K!



Some day I will make some crazy quilted Christmas stockings like this one.



Christmas Calendars

***** I need to get mine out of storage so I am ready for December 1st!  I really do like these Calendars. I first was introduced to them while traveling in Germany.  I like the idea of counting the days ’til Christmas.



After spending quite a bit of time a one Value Village I headed over to another.

The second one I went to tends to have higher prices.

Opaque Dishes: I have an extensive collection of Pyrex along with a few pieces of Fire King. If the sugar bowl and creamer had been in another pattern I would have purchased them. I have the

Fire King Primrose (Pink and Red flowers)







I see so many of these solid opaque split servers. I have one already. There is no way I would have purchased this server for $4.49. I think I picked mine up for $1.69.


IMG_1102IMG_1103Again – the cups are  too expensive for my tastes.


IMG_1109IMG_1110The black marking is from Unique thrift stores. I purchased the at Value Village and paid even more than what it was prices for at Unique. I hope to have a Christmas tree at some time filled with photo frames. I also want to have a Valentines tree filled with red hearts. The center frame with work for both.

October Thrift Haul

November 1, 2014

On this first day of November I would like to share my items purchased this past month at thrift stores.

IMG_1029Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mitten. Brown paper packages tied up with strings. These are a few of my favorite things!

The bins are always a necessity for me but….. I can no longer move too many of them at one time. I was rearranging my garage and moving storage around to fit the boat into the garage and threw out my back. I have spent the past two weeks recovering and it has not been without a few tears.

Bins large Sterilite $2.99 with no cover

Small bin with lid  .79

These two were actually vintage book store purchases

– Embroidered Torso Stand $3.50

– Fabric Torso Stand $4.25IMG_1037I see a lot of dolls at thrift stores but these two called out to me.

Country Garden Fairy $1.69

IMG_1041Matryoshka doll also known as Russian nesting doll or babushka doll – Uncle Sam.$1.99  It was over by the Christmas items that are just starting to show up at the thrifts.


I found two items for my Pyrex collection – actually five but 3 are not in the above photo.

Corning Ware P-14-B 400ml dish with Pyrex lid $1.49

I could not pass up another red fridgie for .79

IMG_1033If anyone knows how to add luster to them let me know???

I think I now have 4 of these!

I did use them to make Friendship bread a few years ago.


******Christmas * * * * * *

I like to add a candle head Santa each year. I have so many sometimes I do not know if I already have it or not.
This one is so cute and was only 39 cents. I just had to purchase it.

IMG_1038The Christmas ornament is a Scottie Dog 39 cents also that will hopefully some day soon have the name RIO on is for Jane and Mara for their Doggie for Christmas.


Here is little Rio 8 years ago already!


****************Scrapbooking ********************

I also enjoy scrapbooking and purchased ribbon for 39 cents each and the Autumn Stickers for 79 cents which have sunflowers and squirrels.


IMG_1035My final purchases were books

Christmas Memories A Folk Art Celebration  79cents

Christmas Cats Lesley Anne Ivory

Halloween Crafts book called Ghostly Frights for Halloween Nights

and a Spanish/English dictionary 99c


I have been collecting blue glass for years. Two days a clear glass pitcher with a beautiful blue glass handle was bumped off the table and went crashing to the floor. I purchased this pitcher to replace it for $8.99. It is a little more expensive than I would like but … oh well.IMG_1032

You can see the cabinet I have filled with blue glass.  I have wanted to take every piece out and wash the inside shelves…..I finally did it a few days ago while I was recovering from my back. It took a lot longer because I had to move slowly. I got it done and it looks wonderful. I can now turn the inside light on in the evening and feel good about the collection.


This glass does not match anything I have but again it was 39c so I got it. Often the blue glassware is about $1.69 so I did not pass on it. It will get used.

IMG_1042Does this look familiar to anyone? My mom used a sprinkle bottle when she ironed the clothes back in the 60s. A bit of nostalgia for this old gal!

There are two items still out in my car. An amazing Nutcracker wooden gate that could go in front of a fireplace when not in use.

I window with quilt pieces in the glass panes. It is older and was 14.99. I like it though. I may freshen it up a bit but I thought it would motivate me to possibly make something similar.

I hope you enjoyed my little thrifting treasures. It makes me happy. If you have thrifted any items similar to these feel free to comment and add a link to your post. HAPPY THRIFTING!

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Autumn and Halloween block for Mary Ann’s Triple Irish Chain

November 1, 2014

Tonight is the first time in 25 years I have not taken one of my boys out Trick or Treating. Today is the last day of the 1st semester of 7th grade for our youngest and he still has homework to submit online before the night is over. He was just nominated for the National Junior Honor Society. We picked up the application today.
I had the day off today so I took a few moments this morning to finish sewing this block. I had everything set up and about half of it done so it didn’t take long. It was a beautiful day today.
I should be working on the alternate blocks to this Triple Irish Chain quilt but I keep running these blocks thru the machine as leaders and enders and just keep making the 49 patches.
Just look how blue the sky looks!
There are not many leaves left on the crab apple tree out the front door.
I have never noticed the Forsythia leaves changing colors before. The bush is almost 5 feet tall. I was wondering if I should trim it down before it gets too spinkdly??? Any suggestions?????
It is a beautiful time of the year.
I was thinking I may set a goal to get this quilt top finished by Christmas.
Isn’t this just the perfect KITTY for Halloween.
I am also hunting for a new job which should be my top priority. I threw my back out 2 weeks ago and it has been a painful recovery. I am at about 80 percent now and feeling so much better. Thank goodness!
I have been enjoying using this spiderweb fabric this month.
I made these a few weeks ago and wanted to share them today – Happy Halloween 2014!

I love jumping in the car and going for a ride

July 25, 2014

We came upon this structure…

Taking a Friday car ride
at first we were not going to get out of the car but we really had to.
It is an amazing piece of art.
In a two year time period it is supposed to be taken down. Noooooooo!  Check out the website listed in this pic for a fantastic blog on the building process of the structure.
I tell you if he gets any bigger he is not going to fit through doorways!
Looking out over the fields
and farmland.
Looking up
It is really an amazing structure. How fun it would have been to see it being built.
Taking a look at the base of the structure
The structure is embedded in the ground. It is fascinating to take a real close up look.


Mom’s Garden

July 20, 2014

I was so happy to see tomatoes and peppers when we returned from vacation.

My first mission once we returned was to go check on mom. She has a stye by her eye that had to be removed surgically. She now has a black eye. Mommy!
I am so amazed by Mom and Kay’s garden.

Mom doesn’t get out to the garden much but on her good days she does like to walk out and take a look.

Kay says every year she is not going to have a garden and look! Look what she has grown this year!!!!!

IMG_6238The cabbage is bigger than ever before. I think those onions look more like leeks! I love cabbage and can not wait to bring one home with me! If anyone has a favorite cabbage recipe please link to it in the comment section!!!!!

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The cucumber are slowly coming along. This is the first year they have had to put a fence around the garden to keep the deer and the rabbits away. It is a mesh fence that my sister put up.


I took photos from the East side of the garden to the West.

IMG_6243  IMG_6244In these photos you can see the hose from the irrigation system and the mesh netting.

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The water is pumped up an embankment from the Mississippi river.

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The last little area at the end is where my big brother dumps the grass clippings. He owns apartment complexes and does all the mowing himself. They used to take the kitchen scraps out to this area but do not do it anymore. It is too hard for Kay to do and I would imagine it would just encourage more critters.

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As I walk along the path out to the garden I always see pieces of ceramic tile embedded in the ground. My dad loved to use tile on the floors in the house. When he reworked the breezeway 45 plus years ago he dumped the scraps along this path. Now many years later the tile pieces are slowly making their way to the surface.

If you know me at all I can not leave them laying there. I collect a large handful and they came home with me. Maybe a mosaic some day!


In memory of my daddy. In memory of the years my parents were together. In memory of gardens passed and my childhood growing up in the country along the Mississippi river. I think these tile would be great in a stepping stone out in my garden.