Posted in fabric stash, friendship, Life with Sami, Quilt Along, Quilting, Regatta quilt, sewing

Regatta Project Completed – and I’m Still Kicking, Just Not Too High

Believe it or not, this was an easy quilt and normally would be a fast project to complete in a weekend. I have stretched it out for weeks due to one thing after another but it is now finished. You would think I was working for the government! I love the fleece lining and with the simple wavy line quilting it is just enough to keep it soft and snuggly for the couch and a good book….oh yes, that reminds me. I knew I had been reading way too many mysteries when I read my grocery list and I had ‘DB’ listed. I cannot imagine what in the world ‘DB’ stood for other than ‘dead body’…..see what I mean…too many mystery books. I know I wasn’t supposed to pick up a dead body at the grocery. Not even Walmart has that on the clearance shelf. ūüôā ¬† ¬† (Still do not know what ‘db’ means. Guess I will find out when I go to the pantry to get it and find out I have none.)


I am not 100% well yet, but I am happy to be here. I am slowly getting back into my sweatshop to sew a little each day and with Sami’s help we will start producing again. I know the fabric industry has noticed my absence and I am sure their stocks have gone down. LOL



Posted in craft sewing, fabric stash, sewing

Cute Little Fabric Baskets



I’m sure most of you have made these little baskets at one time or another. I believe I made the red one back in the 1980s and I know I sold a bunch of them at craft sales¬† I attended at our local city’s arts and crafts festivals in the 1990s. I honestly do not know when I found the time to do those things back then as I was working full time, taking up to 17 credit hours per semester at college, and hitting every craft festival I could for the extra money. Thank goodness I was younger then.

I think I got the idea for these little baskets from Crafts magazine. Back then we didn’t have Pinterest, Facebook, or blogs to share all the wonderful ideas we do now.


I found the red basket full of sewing machine attachments and decided I would make a few. I cut two pieces of coordinating pieces of fabric at 8 1/2″ sq.¬†and a piece of light weight batting at 8 1/4″ sq.¬†(I used Hobbs 80/20). The handle cut from the same fabrics at 2 1/2″¬† x 8 1/2″. The sewing is pretty self explanatory by looking at it, but if you have any questions, please just ask and I’ll help. (Sew wrong sides together with batting and handle placed and leave opening for turning. No batting in the handle.) I used (4) 1/4″ ribbons cut at 16″ long leaving a 4″ tail hanging over on each side, and I sewed them 2″¬†in from¬†each side. Be careful¬†to sew under the handle and not over it.

I hope this makes sense. Not really meant to be a beginners tutorial, but I will be glad to walk anyone through the steps if help is needed. I am so bad at giving directions without waving my hands. LOL

DSCN1424You could make these little cuties any size by adjusting your measurements. I love that they lay flat when you are not using just by untying the corners.

Would love to see yours if you decide to make any.

Another thought I would like to share: If you want a laugh for the day, go to You Tube and do a search for Jeanne Robertson. She is a Southern motivational speaker and her motto is to handle stressful situations with humor instead of anger. I think you will enjoy it.



Posted in Moda, Quilt Along, Quilting, Regatta quilt, sewing

Regatta Quilt Along Progress

The Regatta was an easy quilt to put it together, although it took me quite a while to get it together. ūüôā I think choosing the fabric was the hardest thing to do, then I had some medical issues and could only sew a little at a time, BUT I love the end result. I used a Jelly Roll of Moda Solids in the blue shades and supplemented the colors with a few strips of colors from Artist’s Club fabrics from my stash. I used the Kona White for the white strips and other than struggling with the raveling edges of the Kona it went together very easily. I plan on using a pretty multi color leaf design fleece fabric as shown in the second picture for the backing. Even though the blues and whites make me think of summer and the beach, the cold spell we are having right now¬†is making me think “I need something to keep my feet warm while I’m watching TV.”¬†Y’all know I have no other quilts around my house to use. ūüôā

The quilt pattern is a free download from block M Quilts  and the Quilt Along is the brain child of Roseanne of  Home Sewn by Us.

I am so glad to be back in my sewing room, even if it is for a few minutes at a time.





Posted in friendship, Moda, Quilt Along, Quilting, Regatta quilt, sewing

Regatta Quilt Along – Bringing Up The Rear


Well, here it is, after the New Years and not only have I not¬†started sewing, I have not made the decision on which color. I have narrowed it down between the two blues. ¬†I am¬†saving the¬†1.5″¬†Kona Dusty strips for a log cabin and I have cut the white strips and squares.¬† I purchased the yardage fabric at Artist’s Club, the Bella Solids Jelly Roll from Missouri Star, and the Kona Mini strips from Tuesday Morning.

This is going to be a fun quilt along brought to us by Roseanne from Home Sewn by Us. Roseanne pointed me to the free pattern at BlockM Quilts to download. It looks like it will be an easy pattern with a striking design. This is not a race and we go at our own pace.

Due to my health issues I have been unable to be any use to Roseanne in the roll of co-host. (sorry Roseanne). But I will be back in my sewing room soon and my machine will be humming as fast as ever.

Happy New Year everyone.


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.