Sunday, October 31, 2010



Any Witch Way is the name of this quilt, which is one of my favorites. I made it last fall from a pattern in Quiltmaker Magazine.

Have a safe and scary day!
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Micki, over at Irish Muses blog, has been posting about all the fun she's been having using her new AccuQuilt. And now she has one for a giveaway! Wow! Who wouldn't love to be the lucky winner? Be sure to check out her blog here to see how to enter.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


I received this lovely siggie from Saskia, from the Netherlands. She used the same autumn design on the siggie and in her letter. Very nice!

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Lady Dancing

Lord a Leaping

Pipers Piping

Drummer Drumming

Here's Part 4 of Esther Aliu's 12 Days of Christmas mystery BOW. These were very fun to work on! Now that I have this itty bitty applique down, I almost hate to move on to the final two parts of the quilt, which are not applique, LOL! Remember my whining during Part 2?

It's a glorious day here. We are having our first snow. It's not sticking, but what started as little spits this morning, is now big fluffy flakes! Very pretty!

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Tonight I finished Part 3 of Esther's 12 Days of Christmas mystery. This is a 6 week BOW, so I must be half way there. It feels good to be keeping up!

Maid a Milking

Swan a Swimming

Goose a Laying

Golden Ring

I'm sticking with fusible applique and then doing all the stitching by hand. My Maid's face/hair is a button, as is my diamond. The ring is some braid I found in my drawer. Thanks for the fun patterns, Esther. I love taking your super patterns and then tweaking them to make them 'my own.'

Friday, October 15, 2010


Several siggies have arrived recently. This adorable Dutch girl came from The Netherlands.

And these two siggies came from sisters, who live on the same street!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Partridge in a Pear Tree

Turtle Dove

French Hen

Calling Bird

These are photos of my baubles from Esther Aliu's 12 Days of Christmas BOW. This is Part 2, just in time, as Part 3 comes out tomorrow. Well actually it's already up a day early. I am really trying to keep up here, for a change!

The applique pieces are very tiny. I redid my first two baubles. I'm now using fusible applique with Steam a Seam 2 Light. That way I can place the pieces and stick them down, but still reposition them if needed, before the final adhesion. Some of the tiny ones (like beaks and eyes, I'm placing with tweezers. All of the stitching is by hand, using DMC floss. This first batch took forever, especially with the redoes, but now that I have my products and methods down, I think Week 3, which is 4 more baubles, will go faster.

You can find a link to this project in my sidebar on the left.

Monday, October 11, 2010


These are the rest of my Christmas Cottages, ready for the swap. Seems that house blocks are everywhere just now.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


I had so much fun making Christmas Cottages. The fabric with Santa in his sleigh was part of my DJ secret pal gift. It was perfect for this swap. In the one set Santa is already in the house, and he's flying by in the other set. I have more sets done also, that I'll share later.

Saturday, October 9, 2010


Thought I'd share this funny photo of me. DH took the pic in our yard today. I've been having some eye trouble, and it is majorly exacerbated by sunshine, so I bought this new Tilley hat yesterday. Tilleys are made in Canada, and I've been paying more attention to where things are coming from lately. Canada is good!

It works! I wore it this morning walking Tahquamenon Falls in bright sunshine. Lots of 'Go Green' and 'Go Blue' being said there! Off to watch the Michigan State vs. Michigan game. You can tell which team I'm for! Go Spartans!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010






These terrific blocks from the local houses swap have arrived! In this swap, we all used the same pattern, but used fabrics, etc., that reflect where we live and our interests. I LOVE how they turned out! I took individual photos so that you could see all the detail gals put in. I'm debating between making a wall quilt for my sewing room with them, or a cuddle quilt so I can hug my on-line quilty friends. Either way, it's a great neighborhood, and a great way to get to know each other better.
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Dear Jane Oct. gift

Here's what my secret sister sent this month. Another lovely DJ block and chatty letter. Also a mini lint roller, note pads for the fridge, and yummy chocolate! She is such a sweetie!
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Sunday, October 3, 2010


This afternoon, I finished up Step 1, of Esther Aliu's 12 Days of Christmas BOW, 12 foundation pieced diamonds. It is a 6-week BOW, with the next step posted on Wednesdays. Surely even I can keep up for just 6 weeks, LOL! Fingers crossed.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


No year of liberated blocks on Block Lotto would be complete without liberated stars. I learned to make these at a retreat with Gwen Marsten a couple years ago, so these were quick and easy to do.

No, I didn't win last month, on the houses. So perhaps I'll just have to sew up some more for myself, LOL!