Noah’s Ark with Pinwheels

    I haven’t really quilted that much lately, but I got into Joann’s the other day and got some batting. It’s a necessity, and I was completely down to scraps. Now, it’s just time to finish up some projects.

  1. Noah’s Ark 2 Quilt
  2. Zigzag may be awhile
  3. Coffee Placemats
  4. Hanging some Wall Art
I did complete the Noah’s Ark Quilt top. Something is better than nothing. New use for the ping pong table too.

    After making this list, I got that quilt top done.
    We all got some electronics around here. The kids got Nabi2 which they love. The hubby got a kindle fire that he loves. I got a laptop that is totally awesome. Now, I can bring it in the den with me. It really makes blogging more fun. Because I can sit or lay on the couch and work on it without being uncomfortable. The sewing den is now being shared with a ping pong/air hockey table. My shoulder is already killing me.
         I am trying to change my eating habits for the better. I tried a Hawaiian Turkey burger that is really awesome. You should try this recipe. Yummy! Hubby was going to turn up his nose, but he loved it too. He said those burgers were better than the turkey burger that he had at Ruby Tuesdays. So, that’s saying something.
         I will have plenty of time to sew because hubby is taking a trip to the Philippines for work. I wish I could go. I was sick before his plane took off. Thanks to my sweetheart, Kenzie. Who I may add is feeling fine now. I got some medicine from the doc.  Hopefully, I can call this cold history. Blog at ya later.



         I am really excited to start a New Year. I have been behind the scenes working on a huge surprise. I have started my very own online shop. I have been inspired by numerous people around me to sell my projects. I ‘ve taken it all into consideration, and decided that this is the best thing that I’ve ever done. It makes sense to me, and it’s worth the risk. It is a scary thing to put yourself out there in the world, but I’m doing it.
         I have been in the sewing room for days. Planning,sewing, and organizing. I want to shout out to my friend Ayna Nixon, for her expertise on the business cards. They are amazing. She is the technical one.
       As of January 14th, my  little online shop is live. This is the link and it’s on the side of the page as well. I am still going to be working on new things for my blog and shop. I enjoy sharing what’s going on in my life and sewing world and putting it all here. So, that will not change.

    Today, I am going to make some pinwheels and I am going to share that with you. I really think that pinwheels are just the cutest thing ever.  I have a section of 23*23 left of the Noah Ark panel. So, I am going to make a 40*40 baby blanket. Then, I am going to put it in the shop. Hehehe..I love that. I am being silly.

    Fist I am going to cut out 2 fabrics strips to 4 1/4″.

     Then, cut 4 1/4″ blocks.

    Now, place them right sides together.

    Stack them. Now, we can take them to sew.

    We are going to sew a 1/4″ seam all the way around the block.

    When you get a 1/4″ from the corner. Stop with needle down.

    Lift presser foot and turn.

    Foot down and go.

    Once sewn on all sides. I am going to cut an X.

    I pressed these open with the seam going to the darker fabric. Then, I nipped off the edges that were poking out.

    Here the pieces need to be set nearby. I have a little pull out tray. I also have a tv tray. If your space is big enough, you can just set it next to the machine.

    I flipped the left onto the right top piece. Pin where you are going to sew the seam. The seam goes where my thumb is at.

    Do that with the bottom as well.

    Now, I am going to sew the top and bottom together. Lay the top with right sides together.

    Sew the seam where I am pointing.

    Open and press. I squared it up to 4 1/2 inches. It’s a 1/4″ larger than what I needed. I just want to make sure that all blocks are nice and square. I thought this was super simple. It didn’t take long at all. I’ll be working on this and show you the progress when I am done. I’ll blog at ya later.

    Noah’s Ark Quilt

    I worked on the Noah’s Ark quilt today off and on. The quilting is all done. Still have to do the binding. I usually use the longarm on a frame. That’s my favorite way for sure. I actually used my little Brother’s machine. So, it’s possible to do it on any machine. It was a bear though. I wanted to spit nails and all. It’s very hard pushing and pulling all that fabric around under the machine. Even using the table to rest the fabric, I still get sore. I iced my shoulder. I took a few breaks. Really, it wasn’t necessary to push through it, but I was in the zone. It’s that special place where the quilting is going and the time is flying. I looked up and it was dinner time. 
    I’ll be binding tomorrow. Blog at ya later.

    Other quilts and projects I am working on

    I have been working on some quilts for my friend and neighbor Joanne to send to her relatives.  She is paying for my time. Which is awesome. It’s a great feeling when people appreciate your work. 
     This is Noah’s Ark. It was a panel that was 28 x 44. So, I am going to just move it around and make it work. I think that I will be adding another row onto the right side. I am still in the middle of the creative process. I haven’t decided yet if I am going to do a basic binding or not on this baby quilt. I may try something a little more fun. That always gets.. interesting.

    This is another one fabric wonder that I am making for a Christmas present for someone…Isn’t the clarity on these photos brilliant. 
    These pictures are perfect. The detail isn’t lost at all. You may actually see what is going on when I am trying to show you how to do something. No more blur. I mean, really, what is the world coming to? Hahaha.  Maybe, I won’t have to take so many pictures to get the best one. All due to my awesome hubby. 
    Gotta go sew. Christmas is right around the corner. I’ll blog at ya later.

    Rail Fence or Zigzag Quilt Tutorial


         This is the rail fence or zigzag quilt. It’s my work in progress. I decided to just share what I have done at this point. It’s simple and yet pretty boring. It isn’t holding my attention very well. I decided to do this in two colors, but you can do as many as you like. I think this would be a great beginner’s quilt.

         Blogging has become a bit more difficult. I don’t have the laptop anymore.  It was the victim in the break-in.  No one was hurt. So, we were lucky there. We are borrowing  a desktop for now, and it can get really uncomfortable to sit here. I was using the kitchen chair. Pooie on that, I got hubby to move the sewing/office chair in the living room.  Also, my camera finally bit the dust. I am never ever ever.. buying a cheap camera agian…my ode to Taylor Swift (my son loves that song). I have worked on several quilts since the last posting. There are pictures of them in this post.

     I cut out each of my 3 inch strips from each fabric width. Placed them right sides together.
     I sewed them together with the 1/4 inch seam. Open it up and press.
    I used the seam to square up the end and take off the selvage to the right of the ruler. I am only cutting one strip here, but you can layer these strips and cut. Total time saver. 
    I flip it around and lay the ruler down lining it up with the middle seam and cut out 5 1/2 inch sections. Follow your seam the best you can. I can be prone to veering off a little. It’s okay. Perfection is a dream.

     Next, I place the blocks in sequence. Sew them right sides together. Open it and press. Then, continue as shown above making it the size you prefer.
    Once the blocks are sewn together, pin each seam to line up.
    Pin it at every seam.
    It will look like this. Take and sew down the side and continue from the beginning. I will continue my efforts to keep pushing through the boredom.

    Here, I used a giant sized coloring book and copied to white fabric with a sharpie in medium and fine.  Then, I just colored it. I used regular crayon. Once they were colored, I took some fabric that you don’t care about lay it on your ironing surface. Then, placed the  picture side down and iron. Moving the iron slowly. This is setting the crayon. You will see the crayon almost come through the back. It was fun. I really enjoyed making these two.


    It was fun. I really enjoyed making these two.
    I did Tinkerbell too.
    I got a Dresden template with pattern. This is the mock up to see how hard it will be to get it together. It’s not that hard, but I think I have worked out the kinks. I will also make a tutorial on this one too. These were scraps that were leftover from the table runner on point. I’m glad that I saved them. Fabric can always be put to good use.

    We are also in the renovation process again. I found an amazing deal on tile for the laundry room. It was dreadful, and the popcorn ceiling was falling down. Part 1 of reno happened last weekend. Me and hubby scraped the ceiling. Bye bye popcorn! We took off the door casings and baseboard. Jason, Daniel (brother-in-law), and Jeremy (family friend and pretty much family) helped with pulling up the linoleum. It really wanted to stay there. That punched it up a notch on the difficulty level. While they were inside doing that, me and Terrie (sister-in-law) were outside sprucing up the accesories. We had two shelves that were wood. We painted those. The brackets were spray painted. The breaker box cover was also spray painted. I was scared of spray paint. Really, it wasn’t that difficult. I made a beginner mistake of putting them on newspaper. Bad idea. Who’s idea was it?? Not me..haha. Cardboard works great. We mudded and sanded the ceiling and walls. We painted the ceiling and walls. This weekend will be part 2 laundry reno.
    Part 2 laundry reno. We took out the hot water tank. Jason had to replace the shutoff valve. I was sad to take out that hot water tank. It’s still in the den. We are clean though. Don’t worry. We laid the tile with Daniel’s assistance. I was in it too. Slapping on the thinset and troweling it out. We placed the tiles and used the spacers. Then, let it sit over night. The next day, back to it again. This time it was the grout we were slapping on and pushing into the cracks. We washed that floor so many times. Hubby says 9. I was thinking 7. He could be right. If we would’ve been better at skimming off the grout, we wouldn’t have had to wash so much. Lesson learned. The baseboard was cut right before dark. We set it in here for the pic. I still have to paint them. I am truly sore. I laid in bed yesterday and today thinking, what part hurts the most? I couldn’t decide. So, I left it at the whole thing hurts. It’s so worth it, though. It really looks great.
    We recently got a new member to the family. This is Roxie our French Bulldog. She is so pretty, and she loves to cuddle. Tinkerbell and her are surprisingly getting along well. I am glad you stopped by to share all this with me. Blog at ya later.

    Birthday Bunting

    Right after I posted the finishing touches on the Block by block quilt, I started the binding on the birthday bunting. I felt so good to complete it. My daughter’s 7th birthday party is going to be this weekend. So, it’s a relief that everything is ready for the party.  These are pretty easy. They are two sided again like the table topper and cake place mat. I used the scraps from those projects to finish here.
    It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. I guess, that’s just life. Well, I am definitely living.

    I took a 6 1/2 inch by 4 inch strip and trimmed it up.
    Then, I just cut from corner to corner.

    Now here the cut is from left to right. Really, this wasn’t the idea. I just happened to cut it this way. I wanted them to be the same. Plus, I didn’t have enough material to redo them. Oh well, just remember to check how you are cutting to make sure that they are going to be uniform or not. 

    Here is a pretty big scrap. I think that this is where I decided to make different sizes. 
    I cut a straight edge. I figured that I already have them hanging differently, why not make them larger too. Sometimes, making it work, really works. Wow.
    Some of the scraps were to small to make the rectangular cuts. So, I used the mat.I lined the straight edge up on the cutting mat,and the ruler on the 30 degree line on my cutting mat.  Another option to using the ruler is making a template out of plastic. You can use double stick tape to secure it to the ruler for cutting. 
    I used the rulers 30 degree line to make the cuts.  Once all the triangles were cut, I sewed the pink and green triangles right sides together. You can go down one side and up the other. Remember to trim off the point of the triangle to make turning. Leave the top open and turn. Do this to all remaining triangles. Then, I made a 1/2″ double bias binding for the top.

    Glad you stopped by…blog at ya later.

    Block by Block is done

    IMAG0695 Yay! It’ done.
    IMAG0697 I am glad that it’s finished.

                 IMAG0699   I think that the quilt came out really good.
    IMAG0700 Not  bad.
    I have no idea what the next project is…I do have a zigzag quilt that I should get done. There’s a shower curtain that needs to be made. Uh…there’s two shirts that need to be finished. Also, a birthday bunting as well. Hmm…I guess I need to start sewing. Blog at ya later.

    Flying Geese Potholder 2

    IMAG0676 Here’s the second potholder.
    I had just a little bit left. So, why not two?  Things are always better in a pair. 

    The colors on these two photos are the most accurate to show the deep red and orange and gold tones of the leaves. They are lovely for fall.

    IMAG0675   Just one more pic.  This was just a quick post to show you  the second one. So, blog at you later.

    Flying Geese Potholder

        I wanted to do a small project. I like doing home décor. Pot holders are pretty easy. I didn’t want to do just plain plain squares. I really like the flying geese.  So, I thought, what the heck.  Here’s what I cut and used.

    • 4 rectangles 2 1/2 * 4 1/2 inches  in the dot pattern fabric
    • 8 squares 2 1/2 *2/12 in the red leaf print
    • 2 strips 2 1/2 *8 inches in dot pattern
    • I used 36 inches of single fold binding

    Above on the left is the 2 1/2* 4 1/2  and the 2 1/2 inch square. I like to fold my squares and iron them in half. You can mark them with a marking pen. I just feel like the fold line is easier for me.  In the far right photo, I have folded squares laid on the rectangle.  They aren’t sewn at this point. I just wanted to get an idea of the look.
    IMAG0644IMAG0646IMAG0647IMAG0649 Each photo here shows you what to do with them. The left photo, you can see that I chain pieced them together. This just means that I kept them at the machine and when one was done, I put the other pieces on to sew.  Now, I am just going to sew on the other side and trim.
    Same concept, nothing fancy.
    IMAG0656 I laid them top onto the next one in line. They’re right sides together. Sew on upper edge and then same for the rest.

    IMAG0659  Next, I sewed on the 8 inch strips to each side.
     IMAG0661 I quilted it in the ditch (in the seam).

    You can see the quilting on the back side. I added 1/4 binding. I just need to add a loop to hang it.

    I just thought I would share it. I am happy with it. I think it came out good. I like trying new blocks out. I’ll blog at ya later.

    Borders for Block by Block

    I finally have the borders on the quilt. Yay. Even though, the above photo doesn’t show it. This was the best picture. I really need a better camera.  I was going to do 3 borders, but I decided to stop at  2. The overall size is 59×70. The pink border was cut at 1 1/2 inch and second one at 4 1/2 inch.  I think it will be a cute lap blanket. I do want to advise that the walking foot is very helpful, and I did switch to it. I also used high loft batting. I would’ve preferred to use a low loft. It wouldn’t have been as bulky and difficult to work with on the machine.  I am still happy with the results. It is fun using a new technique.  Without further delay, this is it.  I started doing both sides of the quilt.  Then, top and bottom. I keep the same process on any additional borders.
    In the first photo,place the border right sides together with the quilt edge. Next, I will apply the back border the same with right sides together (shown in photo 2). Now, I add the batting to the bottom of the quilt and pin. Then, you will sew all layers along the edge, and sew batting side down.  The last photo, I am just showing all the layers together.
    When sewn and ironed. It will look like the first photo.  The second and third photo is what it looks like inside.
    This is an alternate option.  Here’s how I ended up pinning borders. This  was more suitable for me. One of the many things about quilting is there are so many ways to do things. Usually, I do find the way that works for me, or I think how can I make this easier. This works out occasionally. I believe this is one of those times.
    As you can see, I started on the back wit the border right sides together with quilt. Then, I put on batting. I pinned in place. I turned the quilt back to the front and pinned the top down. I just felt that it was more stabilized this way. The first border felt a little like awkward with trying to pin all the borders at once.

    Now, The borders are put together with some piecing. I add length to the borders just the same as binding.  

         Lay the fabric right side up. Then, I laid the other strip to be attached right sides down covering the fabric below it. Lining up the top and outer edges.  Turn this to the inside edge,  sew from inside corner to outside corner, cut excess, and press. 
         If I needed to add length, this is the process.  Do not remove the strip when you have sewn across the fabric. I would take the other end of the first strip that I sewed and repeat step 1 to 4. Once all binding is sewn together. Then, I would trim excess  and press.
    Once I have attached the borders. I  can quilt the borders on the machine. I will pin them to stabilize the quilt .
         I am working on putting on the binding right now. Binding will go on as normal.  I wanted to get this out in blog world for everyone who is interested. There are a few things that I like about this project. It was new. I love the one fabric wonder. It is full of surprises. Those are always nice. I enjoyed quilting on the regular machine. I have been wanting to get more acquainted with fmq (free motion quilting) with it. However, I really love using the frame. I guess, I am spoiled. Ha! One of the downfalls was that the back was a lot darker than the front. I just had that fabric on hand. So, I used it. Why not..Anyway, I will choose a lighter color next time to match the front. It will be more forgiving. I had my tension all the way up, and the top white was still coming through the back.  Once the quilt is done, I will post it.  I hope you enjoyed your visit today.  Blog at you later.