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I managed to finish a baby quilt that I started 2 years ago.  This little boy will finally get his “baby quilt”.

20170521_173248Like I’ve said many times, life does tend to keep you busy with unplanned illnesses or commitments that are unavoidable.

But I’m thinking this little great, great nephew of ours will still be able to enjoy his blanket.

20170521_180549 (2)I chose a Dalmatian print for the backing and binding. Plus I added a dog, that I traced along with a bone for him and machine embroidered them onto the quilt.

I have about 3 more baby quilts, along with one for my oldest daughter, plus one for my youngest daughter,  that would like one for her school fund raiser next year.   I’d  better get busy.



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This is my new project, yes, I started a new project, again.

Please take a good look at the pattern in both pictures. I need help deciding which way to place the pattern.

Normally, it wouldn’t matter, but I would like to place a heart applique in the center of the quilt.

I really would enjoy hearing from any of you out there.

Thank you.♥♥♥♥



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Sometimes you just have to stop working on a project that doesn’t feel right.

Last year I started a quilt for my youngest daughter, but the more I worked on it, the more I grew a dislike for it.

I didn’t want to give her something that I didn’t like, so I’m putting it in the unfinished projects box.

But, a new quilt is coming along, and I’m much happier with this one.

This quilt is so easy, made with strips of the different colors that she used in her wedding. I think she’ll like this one much better.

I really need to finish it soon, because I’m way behind in my sewing.♥♥♥♥

This is the old one, soon to be forgotten.





Today we expecting more heat. Some weathercasters are predicting 109 degrees and others say 108.  Well, it really doesn’t matter because both numbers are hot.

house block

Staying inside today is my plan and I hope to get started on this little house block.  I’ve been wanting to make a block like this for the longest time.  I’m using some fabric from my stash, but I’ll probably change my mind when I get started.

fabric for houseThe house block is in a book that I checked out of the library and has several cute ideas.

quilt bookStay cool❤️❤️❤️❤️


Years ago I watched the movie, Stepmom, with Susan Sarandon.  If you’re familiar with the movie you know that the mom is dying of cancer and she decides to make a memory quilt for her children.  It was quite the tear jerker.

Well, I’m not dying but my wish is to make a quilt for my the grown kids as a remembrance of me, their mom.

I’ve made one for my son and daughter-in-law,  and now I’m working on one for my youngest daughter.


Her color is purple, so I have that down. The design is something I’m having doubts about.

She says she loves it, but I don’t know if she’s just saying that to make me happy.♥


Our tastes in things are miles apart. I like flower prints, she doesn’t, I like frills, she doesn’t, and so on…..

There’s more work to be done on this one, so hopefully at the end I’ll be pleased with it, if not, I will start all over again.

The next one will be for our oldest daughter.♥♥♥♥

Getting stressed.

DSCN0061Now that I am a survivor I seem to be using a lot of pink. I have always liked pink and there is a good reason for making a pink quilt.

A former co-worker and his wife have just had a baby girl and because I have such a stash of pink fabric this is a good time to make good use of it.


The quilt might look something like this, or it may  look totally different depending on how creative I feel when I work on it.



There are times when reality gets overwhelming.

You’re getting too many lemons and you’re getting bloated from drinking all that lemonade.

What works for me is to creat a scene that makes me happy.

I created a panel for a quilt using my favorite colors and thinking like a child.

A child will usually draw a house, a tree and people. That’s what I did.
I’ll be adding more details as I work on it and drink my lemonade



This is what we enjoyed last week. It’s our very first tomato of the season and it was quite tasty.  There’s more to come later.



The gladiola has multiplied from last year so I now have many orange plants coming up and orange is really not my color, but they still look rich and gorgeous.



And because we have hot, dry weather here, a good choice for planting is the moss rose, which gives a small flower, but their colors are bright and cheerful.




My cat quilt has been ignored because I’ve had so many projects lately, but last night I worked on it and I’m afraid my sense of design has taken on a wild side. Not sure if this is even my style but I’m hoping  it will look fine once I finish it.






Well I finally was able to work on my quilt. So here’s a peek at what I have accomplished.

Here’s another view with the grandkids holding it up for me so that I could get the picture taken.

All I need is to sew the binding down, and then the project will be completed.



Last year my granddaughter wanted to learn to sew.

She decided on a quilt, so I made it simple enough for her to try her hand at it.

It was made up of squares.

Many weeks later, she finally finished the quilt top. She did get frustrated at times, but did not give up. We were so proud of her.

Hope this will inspire some of you to give quilting a try.♥♥♥



DSCN3301 Enjoying the view. (birds)

This is my cat that we’ve had for about 12 years. We think he is the one that is causing my wheezing. The other night I woke myself up because I was wheezing so loud.

But I will not give him up. My hubby bought him for me when I was going through a rough time. So he is here to stay!

I’ve had cats my whole life and I love them. I have one daughter that like cats and my other daughter and son don’t care a cat’s whisker for them.

I’m even starting a cat quilt.


This will be done in different shades of pink and gray.

And these cats watch me as I sew in my sewing room.

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Have a 😀 day!

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