Wednesday, February 27, 2013


I put my Case of the Secret Garden pieces and supplies in an Art Bin with dividers for taking along while I travel.  It's very handy!

Monday, February 25, 2013


These are the two 'blocks' I'm stitching by hand for clue 3.

And here's my set up for stitching.  Very handy!

Saturday, February 23, 2013


I just pulled 7 fabrics from my 30's stash for Bea's Quilt Along.  I'm not sure what I'll use where but these are the 7 I've selected.  Probably the stripe green will be the border.  Or the center fabric for border, as that is where the others came from.  We shall see, but a quilter reserves the right to change her mind:)  So I'm ready for the first step in March.  Sort of.

Thursday, February 21, 2013


My friend Bea is hostessing a quilt along.  This one promises to be a skill builder so it's perfect if you are adding to your repertoire of skills.  Hop on over to Bea's blog here to get the details and yardage requirements. 

Bea is so sweet in sharing her skills.  Notice she offers EQ information and help, plus many other great things (including super pictures of her baby, Sonja).

BTW, Bea is not pronounced like a buzzing bee.  It's be a, as in 'be a quilter', hence the name of her blog.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


This week has been filled with doctor appointments, but I have managed to get all the cutting done for the little shapes of the Inklingo mystery.


With Inklingo you print the shapes on the wrong side of your fabric (using an ordinary ink jet printer), so you don't need templates.  Then you cut on the cutting lines.  The cut out shapes still have the seam line showing, as well as cross-hairs at the corners, and match points along the way.

Now on to the sewing part of Clue 3. 

You can find a link to Inklingo and also The Case of the Secret Garden (COTSG) mystery in previous posts as well as on my side bar.

Saturday, February 16, 2013


Meet Borachio, the first block in Sindy R.'s new BOM, 'Whoo Knows?'.  Sindy used browns and greens for hers, but I'm going with brights.

The eyes are a fussy cut from an ugly free FQ on a shop hop.  It's really horrible brown flowers printed on off-white.  I think making eyes out of the flowers proves there are no ugly fabrics, it's all in how you use it, LOL!

Block patterns are free for one month, or you can buy the whole quilt pattern now.  Hop over to Fat Cats to check it out.

Thursday, February 14, 2013


Happy Valentins Day all.  It's a dark and cloudy day here, so it was hard to get a nice picture of this little Patchabilities wall hanging that I made a few years back.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Case of the Secret Garden

Step 2 for any Inklingo project:  test the colors on your fabric.  You can see this really well on my white, but it's printed the same on all of these little 5 x 5 swatches.  You select the color you'll print on the back of the fabric, cutting lines and stitching lines with hatch marks at corners and match points.  You want the lightest color that you can see. 

This is a little tricky on the prints, because what you can see on the lighter parts doesn't necessarily show up on the dark.  These tests are on the back of the fabric because that's where the marks get printed.

So what was Step 1, you ask.  Select your fabrics of course.  Here's what I'm using in the COTSG, right side out.

The quarter is for the size of the print which was important here, because the pieces are small.  Now on to printing the shapes on my fabrics.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


I finished three more blocks for the Around the World Swap.  Here's the most recent 6 I've done.  So now I have 14 done,  6 to go when their FQs arrive.  I think this pattern, Patience Corners from quilterscahche.com would look super for an entire quilt, in coordinating colors of course.


Voting is now open, and I voted for my favorites.  You can too.  Click here to make your choices count and for a chance to win prizes.

Monday, February 11, 2013


I finished another mug rug this morning, this cute little bird house.  Warning: Mug rugs are VERY addicting!

Looks like it will be a busy week:
  • WOB block for Sarah is HARD!  EPPing a myriad of tiny shapes.  OR, make alternate block.
  • Second clue for COTSG (inklingo - see previous post)
  • Borachio, first block in Fat Cats new BOM, Whoo Knows?
  • Keep up with ATW Swap blocks (2 more FQs have arrived)
  • Step one of Contess BOM, IF missing fabric 7 arrives
 Hope you find time to keep busy stitching too.

Saturday, February 9, 2013


Linda and Monkey are up to mischief!  They have created an Inklingo mystery, The Case of the Secret Garden, and it's for gals just like me.

Me?  Why me?  Because I love how Inklingo prints cutting and piecing lines right on your fabric.  Because it's so easy to stitch that way.  Because you don't need to make templates for tough pieces.  Well, that sounds like it would be for anyone.  Why me?

Because I have sewn Inklingo blocks (hexies) that someone else sent me, loved it, ordered it (hey, some of the shapes are free), and shelved it.  Printing on fabric seemed confusing.  It must be hard.  Well, probably not hard, as everyone else seems to do it.  There's even a Yahoo group for Inlingo users, and they are nice -- no dumb questions except the ones you don't ask.  Linda is nice, and answers questions, and she has Monkey to boot.  So why don't I use it?

I don't know.  But, The Case Of The Secret Garden promises to get folks like me going.  All the mystery will be taken out.  It's a small project, no big commitment.  It only takes four fabrics (from stash in my case).  New clues will be posted, and there will be support from others making the same thing at the same time.  Baby steps.

So with encouragement from my online friend Cyn (we must meet one day!), I'm in.  By the way, it is not just for beginner users of Inklingo.  It's for everyone.  This is a new shape in the every-growing collection.

I ordered the one set I needed and didn't have last night.  Sure enough, easy peasey, downloaded on my computer.  It even came with free stuff too!  Why not?  I downloaded the first clue.  Easy.  I'm ready for more.  Bring it on, Monkey!
If you are confused as to what Inklingo is, what the mystery is about, or any of this post, just click on the links in the post.  I'll have a link to the mystery on my sidebar too.

Friday, February 8, 2013


I had fun this week playing with this mug rug.  It was fun to pull the different fabrics and also to play around with the rarely used stitches on my machine.  Only the French knot eyes are by hand, and stitching the back to front binding down.

Thursday, February 7, 2013


Brynwood Needle Works is having a Valentin Give Away.  Click here or on my side bar to find out about it.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


This week, in the Women of the Bible group, we are studying Naomi.  Her quilt block is called Homecoming.

Naomi left her homeland with her husband and two young sons,, looking to get away from famine.  Her husband and sons all died in this foreign land, but not before the sons took foreign wives.  Left alone, with strange daughter's-in-law, in a strange land, with famine there too, Naomi decides to return to her homeland.  But one of the dauther's-in-law decides to go with her, as we will learn next week.

Homecoming is a block with curved piecing and set in seams.  You could applique the melon on the center by hand, but I used curved piecing by machine.  The set-in seams might have been easier to get accurate by hand, but I did those by machine too.

I chose fabrics that remind me of farms and farming, because famine played a big role in Naomi's story.  It's very hard for us today to imagine a land where there really wasn't enough food.

Saturday, February 2, 2013


But more importantly, an opportunity to help build clean water wells in Africa.  But yes, there is a give away iinvolved.  Hop on over to Learning to be Me's blog to learn more.

Friday, February 1, 2013


I've received four blocks back from the Around the World Swap.  These are blocks representing the makers, using my fabric plus theirs.  I love how they've each selected different colors to go with mine.  The yellow looking one, bottom right, is actually is light lime'ish green.

The top left is from an architecht/engineer, representing her skills, top right is Carol's star from Carol, bottom left is Dutchman's puzzle from a Dutch gal, and the other is a shooting star from Colorado.  Fun!

These are 4 out of 20 I'll be receiving.  Already have setting plans spinning through my head:)