Success at Fall Sewing Retreat

We had a great time at the Sew Crazy Sewing Retreat last weekend. Our cabin had a great view. 

Mom and I found a trail that went around the lake. Halfway around we could see the cabins across the lake.  

The food was good, especially Friday night’s roast turkey and mashed potatoes.  

But the highlight of the whole weekend is just the fact that we have hours upon hours to sew and sew and sew.  And also toss out jokes and insults at our friends.  

Earlier in the week I had been looking at a jelly roll that I had,  then grabbed my graph paper and started marking up lines.  I came up with a fairly easy 12×12 inch block.  

After cutting everything out then setting out the pieces for one block,  I made a small change to the upper left two pieces.  

This way all of the B could be sewn to C. Then I just needed to be careful with what side A was attached to. 
I was able to make 16 blocks with one jelly roll,  with some fabric left over. I would love to have four more blocks but I don’t think I have enough left for that. 

Right now it would measure 48×48 if I sewed all the blocks together. I want tomake it bigger though. So it’s time to grab the graph paper again!  

I also made some bowl cozies for us at home and for potential christmas gifts. 

The top middle one is mine!  

And I made a red and white 6.5×6.5 crazy square block for our Fiber Art Junkies group monthly challenge.  I need to finish my block before our meeting on the 21st. I can post a picture after that.  We will find out our next two colors for the next block that night.  

Fall Sewing Retreat – soon

Very soon in fact. In just a couple of days I’ll be going to the Sew Crazy fall sewing retreat and I have nothing planned. NOTHING! I don’t know what I want to work on other than a Christmas gift quilt which is already in the rows and just needs to be sewn together. That shouldn’t take 3 days.

I have no idea what else I want to work on!  Maybe some bowl cozies for Christmas gifts? Pillowcases? I guess I better figure it out asap!

I’m glad they are doing a fall retreat. Normally it’s just a once-a-year retreat in January, where we’re dealing with ice and snow and brrrr cold weather.


I do have one small project I need to work on. Our craft group, Fiber Art Junkies, is doing a monthly challenge with 6″ blocks. Each month we’ll draw two colors out of a baggie, then we need to make a 6″ block with ONLY those two colors. Any shades of those colors but only those colors. They can be embellished, designed, etc. however we want, but must be 6″ finished, or 6 1/2″ unfinished (for future finishing with all the blocks) and only the two colors chosen for the month.

This month? Red and white! I’m debating if I want to do all my monthly blocks as crazy square blocks or if I want to pick a block design and go with that. Our next meeting is the 23rd so I need to have it done by then.



Walk About Quilt #2

Our nephew on my husband’s side just turned 3 so I made him a quilt.  I debated on what to make because 1) he’s a 3-year-old boy but 2) they live in a very small apartment and I wanted to make him something that would kinda flow with everything.   And as we all know, kids do grow super fast and the cartoon or superhero they like today they may hate tomorrow.  Plus, he really, really loves monkeys and I could not find a good monkey print that fit what I pictured.  So instead I made him a Walk About Quilt in blues and greens.  

Sandy at Grapevine Quilting and I talked about the quilting and decided not to do monkeys all over it for the quilting because it wasn’t the right pattern for that.  But she did put a special little monkey on the one corner for him.  

I also made him a fleece pillowcase with some monkey prints. 

They sent me a picture of him holding it up but I can’t share that.   But wow, judging by the picture he’s gotten tall!  He’s holding up the pillowcase and is about the same length as his height.  (Pillowcase is almost 1 yard/3 feet). 

Stitchin’ Kittens – Progress

The kitten outlines are done and I did decide to fill in the bodies. I used long and short split stitch to fill them in.  Two are done and the other two are in progress. 

This first kitten I used ThreadworX #11211. 

The second kitten I used ThreadworX #1036. The variegation is more subtle in this one than the previous kitten. 

Kitten number three I’m using DMC #414. A pretty silvery color.  

Kitten number four is all tuckered out from playing so hard.  I’m using DMC black, #310, and DMC white.  

The yarn they are playing with is a hand dyed thread that I really love. It does not have a brand or number.  

Stitchin’ Kittens

Spending my evening with a kitten on my feet…

…and kittens in the frame.

The outlines are done with stem stitch.  I’ll probably fill them in with split stitch but I haven’t completely decided if I will fill them in.  I still need to add another kitty or two into the picture.

I found the design on Pinterest,  although in a different layout. When I get on the laptop I’ll add the source information.

ETA: The photo on Pinterest says that it is from: allie-oops on Flickr, vintage scans 035.

Just a Little Test Video

Nothing really exciting,  just wanted to test out posting a video so I decided to take one of my machine working hard tonight. Trying to finish up a gift for a friend.  

My machine has gotten a workout today! 

Hopefully this gift and one I did for a very cute kiddo will get in the mail this weekend. Then I can post pictures of the full items! 

Unexpected and Amazing 

Yesterday, there was a box delivered to our house.  We weren’t expecting any deliveries so I wasn’t listening for the doorbell, plus I was working so I probably wouldn’t have heard it anyway.  Mom stopped by to pick me up to go to our craft group’s monthly meeting and she found the box and brought it in. 

I looked at the return address on it and a huge smile broke out on my face and I started pulling at the flaps to open it. It came all the way across the country from my friend Renee at: Living My Dream. She sent me this gorgeous clutch purse that she embroidered and made!

I remember when she was working on the block and I just fell in love with it.  I can’t decide what’s my favorite part but probably the treasure chest followed up by everything.  :) 

She does such amazing work!  Renee is actually who inspired me to really get into crazy quilting embroidery which then led into my love for needle painting embroidery.  

Look at the details!  

Sorry for the shadow on the last picture,  my phone didn’t want to focus in on the tiny fishies. 

I’m just in awe over this wonderful gift.  Thank you,  Renee!! 

Here is the link to her post on the clutch purse: Under the Sea Purse.