Category Archives: Sewing

North Platte Hidden Gem

We left Minnesota on Thursday afternoon and I felt like the overcast weather snagged onto our car and followed us. We drove in it all the way to Colorado, with only one break in Lincoln, NE on Friday morning. The next ray of sunshine came, in another form, when we stopped in North Platte, NE.

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Pieceful Monday

It’s Pieceful Monday once again. This weekend was spent with my family, so there was little time spent in my quilt cave, but it was a lovely, peaceful weekend full of conversation, food and naps.

So what’s up for this Pieceful Monday? Well, it will be a little different than last week, and certainly less productive. We are taking a road trip later this week, so I’ll be taking care of things around here and packing. However, I do hope to do some piecing today while I’m making lists of what to bring along.

I could bring my sewing machine along on this trip, and I’m really tempted. It’s good for me to take a break and do something different, so I’ll stay with handwork for this trip. There will be much to see and fun places to go. More about where we are headed in Wednesday’s post.

Here’s what I’ve been working on lately.

Pieceful Monday - Spring Paws (c)

This fabric came to me through one of the Sew Sampler boxes from The Fat Quarter Shop. I thought it was a layer cake rolled up, but it turned out to be fat eighths. The fabric line is Dixie by Alison Harris for Cluck Cluck Sew. One of my all-time favorite blocks is the Bear Paw, so I just started making them. I have no plan, I’ll just make these blocks until I have no more fabric, then go from there. I’ve given them the name of Spring Paws.

What sewing projects are coming along on my trip? Well, I’m not completely sure yet, but here’s a few I’m considering.

  • Madder Quilt – this little quilt top needs to be finished, and I could hand quilt it while on this trip.
  • Wool Project – I enjoy stitching wool projects, especially when traveling.
  • EPP – I decided to give English Paper Piecing a try. This is definitely going along, I just have to choose fabric and get some prep work done. Any recommendations on tutorials would be welcome!
  • Mug Mats – I may do a few of these and have them ready for binding. It would be an easy and transportable project.
Elephant Quilt Information

There were many of you who loved the Elephant Quilt. If you would like the pattern, it’s available at Laundry Basket Quilts. I would encourage you to purchase the stencil as well; it makes tracing the elephants so much easier. It is a really fun project to make.

2017 New Quilt Bloggers – Week 2

This is Week 2 of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. Be sure to stop by the blogs listed and enjoy their posts. You can find them though the co-hosts for this blog hop, Yvonne at QuiltingJetGirl, Beth at Cooking Up Quilts and my hive leader, Leanne at She Can Sew. Don’t forget there are giveaways each week from some fabulous sponsors, so be sure to stop in and meet some new bloggers!

Pieceful Monday - 2017 New Quilt Bloggers

That’s my Pieceful Monday! What are you working on this week? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. I so enjoy each of you who stop by and leave a comment. I reply to each comment, so please do pop in and say hello!

See you Wednesday!




Projects Lineup

I went to a quilt show this weekend in one of the prettiest venues, the Owatonna Arts Center. If you are in the area, stop in and see the beautiful quilts in this setting. They are so inspiring. The show is there until the end of the month. Now that I’ve been inspired, I best get crackin’ on my projects for the week.

Little Mini Quilts

I have these little mini mini quilts waiting for me to finish. So I hope to do that this week. They shouldn’t take too long.

Mini Batik Mug Mat Projects (c) 2017

Mini mini quilts projects (c) 2017

Harmony Table Runner

I have the backing fabric for this now, so I hope to get this done this week. It’s going to a friend of mine, so I’m looking forward to finishing it for her.

Harmony Table Runner project, (c) 2017

Sundrops Quilt

Okay, that’s not the name of the pattern, but it’s what I call this quilt. This is back from Connie, so all I need to do is add the binding. I hope to show you the completed quilt on Friday.

Sundrops Quilt project, (c) 2017

The Elephant Quilt

Do you remember this quilt? I am so excited to have this one done and can’t wait to show you the quilting! This one needs a binding and it’s finished.

Elephant Quilt project, (c) 2017

Commission Quilt

The top is finally done, so I’ll be picking up the backing fabric this week and then taking it over to Connie. So excited to have this top finished! No pictures until it is given to its new owner, so you’ll just have to imagine what it looks like. It has lots of little pointy stars, to give you a hint.

2017 New Bloggers Blog Hop

I have been getting to know a group of new bloggers, like myself, over the past few weeks. This blog hop is hosted by Yvonne of QuiltingJetGirl, Beth at Cooking Up Quilts, and LeAnne at She Can Quilt. The new bloggers are divided into hives, and each of the three hosts are the “hive mamas”. Let’s Bee Quilt’n is the hive I’m in and LeAnne of She Can Quilt is our hive mama. You’ll see a blog post from me popping up on May 8th. In the meantime, hop on over to She Can Quilt and meet some of the other bloggers.

Hope you have a great week in your sewing room too! What are you working on this week?


Northfield Quilt Show Highlights

This past weekend was the 2017 Northfield Quilt Show “Spring Radiance” hosted by our quilt group. I thought I would give you a little peek at some of the quilts in the show. These are just a few that I thought you’d enjoy seeing. I have a difficult time picking favorites. I liked them all.

I’ll show you the quilt first; the label follows last. These ladies are talented! So without much more description from me, I’ll let the quilts do the talking. Enjoy!

Fractal by Jessie Pendergast

I like the color and design of this quilt.

Fractal by Jessie Pendergast, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Fractal by Jessie Pendergast, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Hosanna by Rosie Werner

This block has long been a favorite of mine, one I would like to make someday. I like the use of different colors for the blocks. Rosie’s quilt is a beauty!

Hosanna by Rosie Werner, Norrhfield Quilt Show 2017

Look at the lovely hand quilting.

Hosanna by Rosie Werner, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Hosanna by Rosie Werner, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

French Quarter by Sharon Detert

The colors in this pretty quilt are so bright and cheery. I also like the layout and the curved pieces.

French Quarter by Sharon Detert, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

The machine quilting done by Connie, and a close up of the pretty fabrics in this quilt.

French Quarter by Sharon Detert, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Rhapsody by Mandy Roberts

Mandy showed us her progress as she worked on this quilt. It was such fun to see her work on it. All those little pieces!

Rhapsody by Mandy Roberts, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Here’s a close up.

Rhapsody by Mandy Rpberts, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Rhapsody by Mandy Roberts, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

My Minnesota Memories by Barbara Drentlaw

This quilt is just so much fun. I enjoy looking for all the little details.

My Minnesota Memories by Barbara Drentlaw, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

The only time woodticks are cute . . .

My Minnesota Memories by Barbara Drentlaw, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

And, of course, the skeeter . . .

My Minnesota Memories by Barbara Drentlaw, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

My Minnesota Memories by Barbara Drentlaw, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

I have to show you just one more, a quilt that just amazes me whenever I see it. The quilt is so large I couldn’t get it all in the photo (it was a challenge to hang as well).

Family Legacy by Elaine Strese and Cookie Williams

Look at the beautiful spring colors in this quilt!

Family Legacy by Elaine Strese and Cookie Williams, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Take a peek at the size of those squares . . .

Family Legacy by Elaine Strese and Cookie Williams, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

The quilting is all done by hand. I believe Cookie said it took her over a year.

Family Legacy by Elaine Strese and Cookie Williams, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

These are only a few of the over 100 quilts at the 2017 Northfield Quilt Show. I wish I could show them all. We have a talented bunch of quilters.

In Friday’s post, I’ll show you a few of the Northfield Quilt Show Featured Quilter, Victoria Miller. You need to see her beautiful work. I can’t wait to show you!

Hope this inspires you to do some amazing quilting of your own today! See you Friday!


Lighting – It’s Cool Tool Monday!

Cool Tool Monday – lighting! Today I want to share a little about lighting in my quilt cave. More on that in just a bit.

One of the highlights of last week was meeting Vicky of Vicky’s Crafts and Quilting. We’ve gotten to know one another online through our blogs, and found out we only live an hour apart. We enjoyed a day of shopping and chatting. It was a delightful day. Thanks to Vicky, I have something to share with you for Cool Tool Monday.

I don’t get to IKEA much, so it was fun to stroll through on a quiet Tuesday afternoon. Vicky pointed out this neat little lamp and, for ten bucks, I decided to give it a try. It’s my Cool Tool Monday item.

There is a reason I call my quilt room the quilt cave. The lighting isn’t too bad during a bright sunny day, but on rainy days like we’ve been having, it can be difficult to see. I hadn’t planned on buying any lighting, but this looked like something that would really be helpful.

This little lamp is easy to assemble. The base is nice and hefty, with a nice grip so it doesn’t slide around. The neck on the lamp is a nice length, so it doesn’t get in the way of my sewing projects. The cord is a great length as well, a little over 6 feet.

The beam of the light is nice and bright. It really works well for close-up work, such as ripping out stitches. I can also get it right down by my sewing foot if I need to, for extra light. The neck is long enough that I can get it close to my sewing foot, but it doesn’t get in the way. It also has a handy little on/off switch on the cord.

Here’s a picture of my sewing with the light off.

Cool Tool Monday - lighting

And here’s one with. I purposely took them at night to show the brightness of the lamp.

Cool Tool Monday - lighting

It’s my Cool Tool of the week.

I’m linking up today with Beth from Cooking Up Quilts. Have a great week, everyone!


Pieceful Monday

It’s Pieceful Monday once again, so let me show you what I’ve been up to. I’ve been having fun with some purple batiks, making a mini quilt, and getting down and dusty with my machine.

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Quilt Show Preparation

My schedule changed quite a bit over the weekend, somewhat unexpectedly. I had to cancel some fun outings I had planned with friends and, thankfully, they were graciously understanding. I took a short road trip to help my brother and sister-in-law prepare for a quilt show.

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Churn Dash Mini

Churn Dash blocks are one of my favorite quilt blocks to make. The block goes together so quickly and easily, and yet it is so versatile. With a change of just one color, you can completely change the look of the block. Recently I stumbled across a book with a cute little churn dash mini quilt pattern. I got the book for a song, and already had all the fabric in my stash.

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Handy Bags

I dislike coming home with so many of those plastic shopping bags that cannot be recycled, so I decided to find a pattern to make my own bags. So today I want to share a couple of handy bags I’ve made. Both of these bags have very common purposes and get quite a bit of use in our home and travels.

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