Charleston Pavement FINISHED

Charleston Pavement is the first big finish for the year.  YAY!


I love the pattern and am already planning a second quilt using it.


This one (and the next one) is a wedding quilt for a colleague.  She is getting married the first week of April.


I am so pleased at how it turned out.  Thank you, Shelly, for a great design.

New Rotary Cutter

About 9 years ago I took a chance on a “different” rotary cutter:  Martinelli’s.


It has served me well and faithfully, but, after who-knows-how-many-tens-of-thousands-of-cuts, it was just worn out.  I might have been able to get a replacement kit.

DSC01748.JPGBut, then I saw the new ones—BLUE!

And, that is how I got a new rotary cutter.


Charleston Pavement Quilt Top Finished

I was put on “house arrest” last week as weeks of messing around with a cold-sinus infection-laryngitis-cough evolved into pneumonia.  Again.  Sometimes it is hard to be grateful for circumstances.

But, on the bright side, between resting and napping and doing nothing, I did get a lot of sewing time.  I tidied my sewing room and evaluated projects.

Over a year ago, I won the Charleston Pavement pattern from Shelly at Prairie Moon Quilts.  (She is the same one who sponsors the 350 block project.) There was a handy pile of inherited scraps as a starting point.  There WERE a few things to be grateful for.


And the top is a finish!  (Pictures are a little tough right now because we have about 16″ of snow on the ground and it is snowing hard.  But that isn’t important.)


I am so pleased.  I highly recommend the pattern.  It would make a great Quilt of Valor, or wedding quilt (which is what this one is), or even an Eye-Spy.  It can use precut jelly roll (2-1/2″) strips or scraps.  Really, just so versatile.  This is one I will definitely make again.

Go check out Shelly’s store and get yourself a Charleston Pavement pattern.  You’ll be glad you did.

Rice Filled Heating Pads

One of my goals for 2019 is to make a Non-quilty project between quilts.  Here is my first for the year:  Rice Filled Heating Pads.  If you don’t know about these, they are wonderful.  Just rice in a bag, basically, heated briefly in the microwave. Warm, weighty, soothing and non-electrical.DSC01357










Thanks to Sew4Home for this fine tutorial:

I especially like the fill directions.  My first thought was to pour from the side and somehow make it all close up nicely…this is much better.

Two cozy pads of different sizes to fit the need.

If you are not familiar with Sew4Home, consider stopping by for NON-quilting tutorials and projects of all kinds.

Ah, sweet feeling of comfort and…Success!

A Fancy New Project

I bought a pattern.  This is news because it doesn’t happen very often.  But, this was too much to pass up:  Fancy Forest by Elizabeth Hartman. The pattern is available as a PDF or print version.  I got the print version.


Yesterday I started a quilt.  Grandchild #6 is due the first part of July and this is perfect.

No, it isn’t paperpiecing.  That is why I bought it.

Worth every penny!

I can see myself making a lot of these.

Shawl Ya’ll?

A shawl has been on my things-to-try list for a while.  It is time!


This is an simple start.  It is really just half of a giant granny square.


But, I had a good pattern to guide me and it is a start of my shawl ambitions.  I will make another one sometime soon.  This is a gift and I want to have one for me.

Sew Sweet Simplicity Final Blocks

It is hard to believe we are already at the final blocks of the Sew Sweet Simplicity Block of the Month.

I built two copies each of all six blocks.


Here is block 4 and bonus block 2.


And here are all twelve together.

Next comes a setting plan and final assembly of the top.  It is so exciting!  How is yours coming along?  I look forward to seeing all of them.

In the meantime, you can leave a comment here and at the other participating blogs for a chance to win more great prizes.  Jacquelynne is so generous with giveaways.


 Sew Sweet Simplicity Free BOM-January Giveaway

The giveaway will be open until February 2.

See you again next month!

Big Girl Handbag (AKA Cracker Carrier)

Granddaughter Vera needed something to carry things, too, since brother has a tool belt.  They are 2-1/2 years old and, honestly, these will probably contain crackers more than anything else.

So, here is her very fashionable cracker carrier.


It is loosely based on THIS TUTORIAL.


I wish the handle were just  a little longer.  The pattern called for 12″.  I made it 14″.  It would be even better at 16″.


But, that said, I am really happy with this big girl handbag and hope it carries many crackers for a happy child.

Restful Crochet

This afghan has been a work in progress for a while. With all the resting I am doing these days, I was able to finish it up.


I love the pattern and the colors. You can find the tutorial HERE and enjoy making one yourself.  The tutorial is clear and easy to follow and resize for your own purposes.

It doesn’t have a home yet, but I am sure the right occassion will come along.

ps–My thanks again for all the kind words and suggestions for recovery. I am getting better. Slowly. But trying hard to be patient with life and with myself.

pps–Direct link to tutorial if that works better for you: