Posted in Boston Terrier, Christmas, family, holidays, Life with Sami

Merry Christmas Everyone-Sami and I Both Fooled Santa This Year


As you can tell from the look on Sami’s face, she knows she pulled one over on Santa this year with all the presents she received. In addition to her wonderful subscription to the monthly Bark Box, she got her all time favorite night-time snack, Pup-Peroni and several chew-aggressive toys. Mom even promised not to make her wear any of the cute clothes that she hates.


Isn’t this the cutest face? No, is isn’t Sami’s but it is on a t-shirt my son and DIL¬† got for Sami to give to me, along with jammie bottoms for Christmas. I just love it and it looks just like you know who. Along with my gift certificates from both of my kids I think I fooled Santa too. ūüôā



Posted in Boston Terrier, Life with Sami, Quilting

The Stinker’s Quilt (guess who that is)

Missouri Star Quilt Company Friday tutorial was for a simple ‘wave’ type quilt that I thought would be perfect for my stinker Sami a new quilt.¬†She hasn’t had one for a while so I thought¬†this pattern would be good for her. Jenny’s pattern showed more of a wavy effect but for some reason I didn’t go as wavy. The next one I do will not be wavy, just straight across.

I¬†purchased a cute pattern called Speak Love recently from¬†Slice Of Pi Quilts Blog Spot¬†that showed the¬†white area used for messages. This is where I got the idea of putting a little message in the this quilt. Check out Laura’s patterns. She is so creative and I always get so many ideas from her blog. I¬†plan on using Speak¬†Love¬†pattern¬†for my new great-grandbaby that is due in June. (Oops…that is a surprise, so Glenda don’t tell)

The letters are not permently attached and only used for the photo op. This way they can be changed as needed. With the new great-grand it can be used as a monthly age progression quilt showing the picture at age one month, two month,  any special occasion, etc.

On Sami’s quilt I used a charm pack in American¬†Basics from Windham Fabrics and Kona White.¬†Of course, I still haven’t quilted it yet.¬†I have added it to my stack of tops to be quilted. I am waiting for the quilt police to haul me away for getting so far behind.

Sami was SO GOOD this time. As you can see when I put the quilt down for the picture she was so eager to jump on it to check it out but she restrained herself, almost. As soon as I said it was OK, she bounced over and sat in her picture posing position.  She is such a diva!





Posted in block of the week, Blockheads, fabric stash, Moda, Quilting, sewing

Moda Blockheads BOW #42 of 48


Block #42 is called Turnstile by Carrie Nelson from Moda Fabrics. I changed the pattern a little by adding my chicken block in the center instead of the pieced block that Carrie used. We only have six more blocks to go in this quilt along. It has been a fun project. I have learned a lot of new things and met a lot of new people.

Thanks for visiting. Merry Christmas everyone.




Posted in Boston Terrier, family, Life with Sami

Sami’s Weekly Update-Sami’s Side Of The Story


Mom, you know I am black, right? You¬†know it is really dark at 6:00 in the morning when you take me outside to pee, right? You know you cannot see me, right? You know our yard is fenced in and I cannot get out, right? Then why do you start to yell for me at the top of your voice waking¬†the neighbor and they start blinking their lights—then you blame me!¬†

OK. That is behind us. We will not do that again and remember, Santa is still watching. I have been very good, REMEMBER that. The little boys next door tell me that all the time. The guys that pick up the garbage tell me that too. I will be back next week with another report on how good I’ve been and how bad my mom has been. Thanks for visiting with me.

Merry Christmas everyone and thank you for visiting with me and mom.


Posted in Boston Terrier, family, holidays, Life with Sami

Sami’s December Bark Box

All I can say is Sami has her brother and sister-in-law fooled to think she has been a good girl this year. They got her a subscription to Bark Box for Christmas and she LOVES it.

I am always getting deliveries of fabrics, etc., and Sami never barks or acknowledges the mail carrier. The carrier even leaves her a doggy treat on packages and she still does nothing….until today.¬† It was Bark Box day! ¬†This was the second Bark¬†Box delivery but the first was the day after Thanksgiving when we were away from home. Today the mail carrier left the box at the door and Sami went wild..

As you will notice I only got two pictures. My camera will not take high speed pictures. All I got after the first two were blurs. ūüôā

It is safe to say she really likes her Bark Box gift. The boxes come with three healthy food treats and two or three toys. Sami is a VERY aggressive dog with toys and she destroyed the toys in the first box in five seconds. My dad would have said she could tear up an anvil with a tooth pick. LOL

After contacting Bark Box they said they could send toys with rubber inserts. This box worked much better for Sami and we are very happy with the customer service department.

Thanks for visiting with us and we hope you all have a happy and healthy holiday season.


Posted in fabric stash, Quilting, sewing

Scrappy In-Between Project In Process


In between other projects¬†I¬†have been working on these scrappy blocks. I am using old, very thin bed sheets cut into 12″ squares as the foundation to sew¬†assorted widths of¬† scrappy strips. I didn’t want to use paper as the foundation because I am too lazy to tear the paper off after sewing the strips. ūüôā To have a little continuity each block has a white strip in the center. At this point none of the blocks are attached together so they can be moved. As you can see I only have 21 blocks¬†now but I would like to have enough for a queen size bed. With all my scraps that should not be a problem.

I am hoping a design inspiration will come to me as it progresses because it sure looks pitiful now. If you have any suggestions, feel free to offer them.

Posted in Christmas, fabric stash, holidays, Life with Sami, Quilting, sewing

Winter Post Cards Quilt


I think this is my last Christmas item I will make¬†for this year. The inspiration for this quilt came from the cute fabric called Winter Reindeer by Sue Schlabach for David Textiles. It was just too pretty to cut into little pieces so I cut 8″ strips and bordered them in Poppy Red Waverly fabric. I had the gray and white dotted fabric in my stash, along with the solid white for the 16 patch blocks.

This lap quilt measures 49″x65″ before quilting. I have gray and white flannel for the backing.

Sami decided it was about time to have her picture posted. She matches the quilt. ūüôā


Posted in block of the week, Blockheads, Moda, Quilting, sewing

Moda Blockheads BOW #41 of 48


Blockheads #41 is from Lisa Bongean¬†and it is named Pinwheel Star. As anyone that has read my blog on a regular basis knows, I love star blocks in quilts. This was an easy block and I am so glad I am doing 12 1/2″ blocks. I think the 6 1/2″ blocks would have driven me over the edge. ūüôā¬† With only seven blocks left I am looking forward to putting this quilt together.

Thanks for visiting with us, and as my aunt would say, “Come back when you can stay longer.”



Posted in family, friendship, Quilting, sewing

Traveling Sewing Pouch

My dear cousin, Tomalee, has been sewing yo-yos for many years. These are not your typical yo-yos, they are tiny-about 1″ finished. She takes them everywhere she goes so when¬†she is stuck waiting she brings out her yo-yos and starts sewing. They are a great conversation starter and she had met many people while sewing in doctor offices.

I found the tutorial on You Tube but I cannot give credit to the maker as I lost the information.¬† I think Sami ate it. I will continue to search and will post an update when/if I find it. This pouch measures approximately 10″x10″ when folded and 10″x20″ unfolded. It has pockets inside on each end that I made with clear vinyl to store her little pieces of fabric, completed yo-yos,¬† and other things. I added a piece of felt for pins and needles and a piece of ribbon to tie on small scissors.¬† EDIT: I found the information and Sami was not guilty. It is on You Tube and called Quilted Sewing Organizer by Stitch Lovely Things and designed by Kea Bee.

An added note: I LOVE when people have their names (watermark?) on posts of pictures. This is great for me as I get some wonderful ideas from posts and I want to give¬†credit. You will notice my pictures do not have my name….because I do not know how to do it. ūüôā

Thank you so much for visiting. We love hearing from you.



Posted in block of the week, Grandma's Kitchen, Quilting, sewing

Grandma’s Kitchen (almost) Finished

Grandma’s Kitchen quilt is all pieced and ready for quilting. It was difficult to get a picture as it is 80″x100″. The picture looks like two different quilts but it isn’t, it is just the angle. I added white sashing between the rows and both¬†white and blue floral borders all around.

Grandma’s Kitchen at I Love To Make Quilts

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