Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Up and Down


Yes, our weather has been up and down - and even back and forth!  March is such a fickled month for sure.

Our region was lucky to get this last storm on the 'small' size.  It would snow for a couple of hours, then rain and sleet to ice it over, then a repeat a few times over.  The icing was pretty on the trees, but so it too damaged them and took a lot down over several areas - along with the power.

I find that I rather do bindings completely by machine, but with power loss they were tackled by hand rather than sit.  And you make yourself sweat over 'is that binding long enough' just for giggles.  Geesh, I could have had something with color!  3 black and one dark brown for these grey days BUT they are all done.

Sewingly Yours,


Monday, March 18, 2024

Give It A Whirl


First I'd like to thank CAROL fir organizing this HOP.  The challenge was anything that whirls or spins - use your creativity and imagination.  With March winds, so perfect - and we have had winds here!

Also, at this time our guild's program was about quilting rulers.  Members to bring in a ruler or template and share it's use (good or bad experience) and a project you made from it.

The perfect ruler to cover both venues.  This was one of my first bought rulers many years ago and like all things, it seems to be back in style again.

Some members said they had tryied it, but there was so much fabric waste.  Well, I don't waste and I showed a solution.  *I was luck to have another member bring many of her small projects - so we tag teamed* 

 I happen to have all three size rulers.  The largest for the 10" squares, the medium size for the 5" square fabrics, and the tiniest for the 2.5" squares.  If you cut your largest carefully, you get nice 5" squares to use again, and so with cutting the 5"  carefully (my trusty mini rotary) you get 2.5" squares left for a mini project.  Very little waste and three projects out of one.

This quilt was made using a layer cake (10" squares), some Kona black, and the largest ruler.  I have saved the left overs to play with another time.

They have so many fun pattern layouts for seasonal projects, flags, hearts, and even the popular gnome.

Thank you for visiting  and be sure to 'blow' in on all the hosts:

                                                  MARCH 18  

Friday, March 15, 2024

Wind Blown


As I was preparing my project for the next HOP, this popped up in FaceBook.  So true to our weather the last few weeks.  OH THE WIND - yes it goes with the HOP, but I could do without that blast!  Pinwheels would certainly fly, but I didn't like my shingles all over the place.

 And I have been prepping things for this big show.  347 quilts and 22 vendors - I can't wait as this show has been on hiatis since Covid.  I actually have 6 quilts entered - five for judging and one for display only.  The EQF has been doing a super job in highlighting on  FaceBook - each vendor, past winners in various catagories, and soon each of the host guilds.  Our little quild is one of the hosts and our job was to  make the vendor award ribbons.  Our representatives pulled together the vendor venue and they did a great job.

It's going to be windy and rainy today - a good sewing day and I do have something fun to play with.  Some relaxing, no heavy thinking play time.  I hope you all get some stitch time in on World Wide Quilting Day.

Sewingly Yours,


Monday, February 19, 2024

It Moose Be Love


I hope you are enjoying a very different Hop this month.  The challenge was hearts, or moose , or combo of both.  Thank you JOAN for such a fun and inspirational new Hop.

No hearts on my post, except for the love of my Dad and eldest brother who we've sadly lost too soon.  I made this quilt in their memory for the GUY HOP.  They had an experience with a moose on a hunting trip - goosed the moose with the car and the car paid for it.

I had the honor (gosh back in 2016) of being a guest on the Henry Glass fabric site for their 'Desire to Inspire' project.  They sent me the greatest fabrica.  It really represented our love of the Adirondack Mountains and we camped/fished there often.

And it had the best Salvedge that I used to make some zip pouches.  I thought I would revisit my salvedge jar for a new project for this hop with a quick tutorial.

I pulled the jar and my tote of strings.  You need two 1.5" by size - I'm planning a 12.5' piece - so a bit longer for wiggle room.

 I used a 14" square of backing and 13.5" square of batting.  To help keep your strips running straight, mark a line every 2".

I found a moose on a free clip art site, some fuseable, and piece of black.  Follow the directions of the fuseable you are using - I use Steam A Seam 2.


I put my machine's portable table on to help keep the piece flat while sewing.  You start with the scrap strip, just lay your choice of salvedge on edge (1/8 or 1/4" overlap). and with walking foot stitch close to edge.  Just keep sewing your salvedge strips across the batt/backing sandwich until you get to the end and stitch the second scrap strip to end your piece.

**I always cut my salvedge off with at least 1/2" to 1" fabric print on for using with these types of projects**

Then square up your piece - all quilted for you.  That simple.

Cut out your silouhette and fuse in place.  You can stitch around the edges, but this piece is small and will not get the wear or washing a quilt would.  Use hanging sleeve or corner hangers, binding, and done.  And easy afternoon project.

Be sure to visit todays hosts:

A Quiltery-For the Love of Geese

Quilting Gail

Quilted Delights

Words & Stitches


Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Sewingly Yours,