Wednesday, November 25, 2009


We have much to be thankful for this year, especially our family and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my peeps.
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Thursday, November 19, 2009


My Humbug Bag is featured today on Karen Griska's Selvage Blog.

She's the author of Quilts from the Selvage Edge.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Splinters and Threads quilt shop is collecting 6" signature blocks to make quilts for the families who lost loved ones in the Ft. Hood tragedy. They plan to give the completed quilts to the families for Christmas, so they need the blocks asap. I made four of the pictured block and am mailing them off today. If you are interested in joining this effort click on the shop name or the title of this post to connect to the details. They give a sampling of blocks that might be used, or choose your own. Hopefully they will receive so many blocks that they will be able to continue this project in January, to give quilts to those injured as well. It is one small thing we quilters can do to spread a hug and our appreciation for all the military does for us.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Today, the mail lady brought my Christmas Ornament Swap. Aren't these sweet??? I just love the batik colors, and the tiny, wonderful workmanship. You only had to make one ornament, but I received a set of three. How lucky is that???

Monday, November 16, 2009


Or Humbug Bag I should say!

Here's my little Humbug Bag, all complete. They are called Humbug Bags because they are shaped like the British treat, humbug. Or, humbug also means nonsense, and the tricky shape of the bag is nonsensical. Or the little things you store in it are nonsense. Or, or...........

The inside is a 'quilters' print. And the wrist loop is a repurposed twill from a jelly roll. It had been so long since I put in a zipper that I didn't even recognize my zipper foot! But like riding a bike, it comes right back, and was really pretty easy.

Using normally cast off selvages, it is totally, completely, eco friendly! I think my Humbug Bag will work really well for taking notions to class.


I've been saving selvages for some time, and this weekend decided to get them out and play. This is my first sevage project.

Here's the back side.

I sewed the selvages to the background with a fairly sturdy interfacing in the middle.

You can tell by the ruler on my mat about how big it is. Can anyone guess what I'm making?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009



Today in America we are honoring all of our military, past and present. My "USA" things live in this little display in my family room year around. The flag in the photo is from by Dad's casket. He was in the Navy during WWII. My oldest son made the wooden case for it. I didn't make the table topper, but won it at a quilt retreat. Love the patriotic Mickey & Minnie. Doesn't Minnie look great as Betsy Ross? The little angel ornaments are really Christmas, but I leave then out year round. And the framed "America" I made at a Stampin' Up workshop.

I want to say "Thank You" today, and everyday, to all our military men and women.
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Monday, November 9, 2009

DJ Christmas Swap

The Dear Jane Alternate group is holding its annual Holiday Swap. We make sets of 5 of DJ blocks in holiday fabrics in gold, red, or green, with white or white-on-white backgrounds. These are the regular tiny 4 1/2" finished size Dear Jane blocks.

My first set is block E-5, Rising Sun.

This one, K-7, Rose of Sharing, is done in Christmas With Aunt Grace fabric, and a white on white background. Don't you love that block name?

Two sets done, four to go.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


The other five stockings from my Moda Bake Shop Christmas Stocking Ornament set are done. The little squares on the stockings are 1". The stockings are about 3 1/2" by 9", without the hangers.

This project left me with some really neat "crumbs" to play with later!

And the scraps and crumbs fit neatly in the original box.

Thursday, November 5, 2009



Look what the cute UPS guy in brown shorts brought to my door today! It's Jennifer Chiaverini's newest book, and she is my favorite author. It's a balmy, beautiful, day to go out on the lanai and read in the sunshine and fresh air. I'm a happy camper.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009


There was a squishie in my mail today! Lucky me! Beautiful SBS Christmas Star blocks arrived from Venice (FL). I swapped 10 blocks, and I'm thrilled with the ones I received. I have blocks from Canada, Australia, Ireland, and the USA. Included were blocks from Debbie M. from SBS, Mary Anne, swap hostess, the famous RV Jan, Karen H., from my small swap group, and others. Yippie!!!