Friday, December 31, 2010

New Years Eve in the garden

here in southeast Texas, we never know what fall and winter weather will bring
this is our garden on 12/31/2010
the only pumpkin that has made it so far tomatoes
more tomaotes

a few more tomatoes

cherry tomatoes

more cherry tomatoes

the broccoli has bloomed, the bees love it
my mother-in-law thinks it's the prettiest flower she has ever seen

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


I guess it's always busy like this in December. I haven't been able to keep up with my Christmas decorating. I hope to have pictures to post in a few days!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

December 2nd

Today, I put out the 2nd Christmas quilt. This is a twin sizes quilt that I made for our oldest grandsons bed here. This quilt was made with the kids Christmas prints I had collected over the years. I made 3 smaller baby/child sized Christmas quilts with the leftover squares.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December 1st-Christmas decorating begins

I had this quilt top quilted a few years ago (by Monta Horner) and I recently found the label for it in my sewing room. It's a reminder to me that I need to get labels on all my quilts.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

rice mitts

This is a pair of rice mitts without rice bags in them. The mitt on the right was folded so you can see the 2 pockets. The picture below is of 1 finished mitt and the saucer I used to make the curved edge end of the mitt.

This is one mitt unit after being stitched, turned and the opening top stitched. The opening is marked by 2 red butterfly pins in the picture. It's in the lower right hand corner of the picture. Pockets are on the upper end of the mitt unit.

These mitts are made with flannel woven fabric. Each side of the mitt is one piece with the lining. There are 2 pockets, 1 on each side of the mitt.

1 mitt (sized for ladies)

From flannel

cut 2 pieces 7" by 25" (mitt & lining)

cut 2 pieces 7" by 9" ( pockets)

turn under 3/8" of 1 pocket edge on each pocket and sew that 3/8" down with a zig-zag stitch

use a saucer to mark a curves for the mitt and pockets

lay 1 mitt & lining piece of flannel right side up on the table (each end should have a curved end)

lay 1 pocket right side up and curved edges matching on left end of mitt & lining piece

lay 1 pocket right side down and on top of other pocket on left end of mitt & lining piece

lay last mitt & lining piece right side down on the other 3 pieces

pin all layers together

sew a 3/8" seam starting at the lining end of the mitt (no pockets on that end)

leave an opening (about 3") for turning

clip curves

turn mitt (1 pocket should be on each side of the mitt)

top stitch opening closed

slip hand in lining end and work the lining into the mitt

next make rice bags for pocket(s)

if you want to have 1 rice bag in the center of the mitt and slip your hands in the pockets

make 1 rice bage about the size of the finished pocket with about 1 1/2 cups of rice in it

if you want to have a mitt for each hand and you want heat on both sides of the hand

you will need to make 2 rice bags for the outside pockets of the mitt

we put 3/4 cup of rice in each of those bags

those bags are also made about the size of the finished pocket

be very careful with the rice bags
do not over heat
some microwaves have different heat settings
for our tests we heated them 1 minute (2 small or 1 large)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

where has the time gone?

I don't know where the time has gone. I got out of the habit of blogging and I miss it. There have been a lot of distractions here this summer. Fall is on it's way and I'm looking forward to being busy with sewing, piecing and quilting again!
Caleb (our newest grandson) has a jungle theme and I made 2 sheets for the play pen that we have for him here. They were really easy to make and the fabric is really cute!

Sunday, July 4, 2010


I made some progress on the quilt top this afternoon and evening. I'm also working on the blocks for the bonus quilt (the quilt that will be made from the leftover fabric from the first quilt).


Millie's August Pie from the August 2010 Family Circle Magazine page 17.
We thoroughly enjoyed this fresh fruit pie.
It was quick and easy to make.
We had a great time this afternoon with our family!

Happy 4th of JULY!

This is a section of my patriotic quilt top. I started it last night. I've really enjoyed piecing these fabrics! I hope everyone has a happy holiday!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Quick Baby Quilt for Caleb

This was a fun quilt to make. I bought an end of bolt some years ago and decided to use it for a quilt for Caleb (a quilt to have at our house for him). I really like making the blocks. These blocks are the same blocks that I made for Noah's quilt. I quilted the top with white thread and used a cute fabric with anchors on it for the backing. All the fabrics used in this quilt came from my fabric stash!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Community Service Quilt Finished

I really haven't been in the mood to do any piecing or quilting lately. Last week while cleaning and sorting in my sewing room the following project was found. I finished the binding tonight. It really feels good to have a project done!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Well, I've been distracted! Our newest grandson was born early! Mom and baby are doing well! I won't be posting pictures of him until I talk to his mom about that. But, I'm posted the latest project I have finished. I made bibs and burp pads for the baby. My other distraction has been the garden. I'm amazed at these cherry tomato plants. I've never had any tomato plants grow that tall before. There are 2 plants in the pot. My husband is 6'2" tall and he's on a step stool. I've decided to top the rest of the tomato plants. The plants need to be a size we can reach easily. I have been thinking about quilting. I just haven't been able to get any piecing or quiting done. I hope to get more done soon.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Play Day

I have been wanting to pick blueberries for a very long time. I heard about Moorehead's years ago and never made it out there. Today we left about 8am and got there about 9am. There are 2 parking areas and I was really amazed to see so many people there. There were about 40 cars in 2 parking areas. We received 2 buckets and started for the orange marker. Below is a picture of the check out area.
There are 20 acres of blueberry plants. There was a group of preschool children there.

There were people of all ages picking blueberries and having a great time.

It's amazing to see all the ripe berries just waiting to be picked.

My husband and our grandson picked a lot of berries.

Our grandson was really proud of his bucket full of blueberries. We ended up with 10 pounds of berries at 1.50 a pound. I plan to freeze half of them right away. I'll be baking blueberry muffins the next couple of days. We had a lot of fun today and we'll have to do this again. Blueberries are ripe here in southeast Texas from late May through the end of July.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Current Project-Scrappy Trips Around the World Quilt

A Scrappy Trips Around the World Quilt. I finished this one last weekend.
There were 60 different fabrics used in the center of this quilt. Each fabric was used twice.

This is the back of the quilt. I'm sorry about the fuzzy images. I was up on a table trying to get far enough from the quilt to get the whole quilt in the picture.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

FISH-speckled trout

My husband went fishing today and limited out! He's currently preparing some of the fish for a fish fry tonight. The skinning pliers are in the picture for scale.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

fabric books for Caleb

I made these books from commercial book panels while waiting for our newest grandson, Caleb. They were fun to make, it has been a few years since I've made any of these. I'm planning to make a few more creative books for Caleb in the near future. I used interfacing in them instead of batting. LR helped me withe the Jungle Babies book.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

9-patches for Caleb

This is the latest quilt I've made for our future grandson. This quilt is similar to one I made a long time ago. I keep this one hid from my son and daughter-in-law. It was really hard to keep it a secret but, I was able to do it. I hand quilted through the 9-patches on the diagonal and I quilted hearts in the plain blocks. The border was a heart border from one of the stencils I collected years ago.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day pictures

The view from our back patio.

Joseph's Coat Rose


Our Garden

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bay Area Guild Quilt Show Donation quilt 2011

My block and connector blocks are done and will be turned in tonight. The theme is a day on the coast. I'm looking forward to seeing all the blocks turned in tonight.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Day on the Coast -blocks

Ok, this is my next deadline. I need to have blocks and connector blocks made with these fabrics by Tuesday night. I plan to decide on at least 1 block tonight. I hope to work on this project daily until it's done. I love seasshells and the beach. I think this is going to be a beautiful donation quilt.

More Bluebonnets!

My bluebonnets are really beautiful this year. It's amazing, our hard winter didn't seem to effect them. If you have never seen a bluebonnet. This picture shows a well defined bonnet shape on a bud that has just started to bloom.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


I love to grow bluebonnets. I've been growing them for years. It look like it's going to be another great year for them. We have gotten plenty of rain all fall and winter. I just need to get motivated to get some ending and quilting done.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

playing with a new technique

I've been wanting to try this technique. I read about it in a book and got pointers from friends. I'm also working with an online group that is trying new techniques. I heavily starched the 2 fabrics and then cut them with a rotary cutter. I wove the pieces together starting at the lower left hand corner. I used a fabric glue stick to secure the edges.
Once the piece was woven I turned it over and fused a piece of white Kona cotton on the back of it. Below you can see that the weaving process changed the look of the lighter fabric. It's a very subtle change. You can see the detail of the stitches in the shot below.

This is a shot of the stitched piece. At this point I don't know what I'm going to do with it. It might end up being the base for a small wall hanging.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Noah's quilt-finished!

This was a fun quilt to make. I thoroughly enjoyed making it. The following is a detail shot. Noah will is expected to be born in May 2010. I had this adorable ark fabric and decided to use it for the focus fabric in his quilt. The ark was fairly large on the fabric and I decided to use this technique. I had read about on the net. The top went together quickly.

Last, is a shot of the label!