A Little This and That

Hello everyone, hope you’ve had a happy, productive week. I just have a few things to share today. I’ve been busy quilting Maggie’s First Dance BOM by Jacquelynne Steve’s so that has taken up most of my quilting time this week.


This is how I quilted around all the embroidery. I’m now working on the inner border, but you’ll have to wait until November’s blog hop to see the rest. I still need to quilt the applique version, too, so I won’t be working on much else until these are done.

The only exception will be my Blocks on the Go for Quilts that Grow. We are going camping next week and I plan on taking those with me. I do have September’s all finished now.

We have numbers 35, 36, 37, and 38. I really am hoping to have October’s finished by the end of this month.

Some other exciting news is that I won this month’s Minis and Mores giveaway hosted by Sherri and Michele.


I received this book, Mini Marvels, and two mini charm packs of Desert Bloom, Sherri’s and Chelsi’s newest fabric line. There are 15 cute mini quilts by different Moda designers. I already have a couple picked out that I would like to make. Sherri’s quilt is in the lower right corner of the cover.

Our local quilt shops have a mini shop hop going on this weekend called the Corn Maze. I went to 5 shops yesterday and plan on going to the 6th one today. It’s near the mountains so I’m taking my husband along and we are going to picnic at Amicalola Falls State Park. It should be a pretty ride across the mountain.

I hope you have a happy weekend and thanks for stopping by.


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Bag Week

Hello everyone, happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week and have fun plans for the weekend. I’m going to the Georgia Tech football game with my friend Lydia, whose boss gave her box seat tickets. It should be lots of fun. My team, Virginia Tech, has been playing really well this year. “Go Hokies!”

I’ve been busy making a couple of bags this week and started quilting Maggie’s First Dance, the embroidered version. First though, I want to announce my winner for October.


Ann of California, is going to receive this great pack of patterns from Christa Quilts. I especially like the String of Pearls pattern. It would be great to showcase your fabrics.



The first bag I want to show you is from Sherri of A Quilting Life. This is our Minis and More project for October. It’s a very quick bag to put together. This a free tutorial from Sherri. You have the option of doing the 2 1/2 inch squares on the front only with a solid back or using the 2 1/2 squares for both front and back. Check it out and join our parade the first of November.




I chose to use a mini charm pack of Valley by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda. No cutting necessary. The lining is the light aqua dot from Sherri and Chelsi’s Bright Sun fabric line.

I layered the front and back with fusible fleece, then quilted 1/4 inch from the seams. I did not make my handles as long as Sherri’s because I wanted to conserve my handle fabric, so I cut the width of fabric and then cut the strip in half.



I can use this bag for small knitting projects, such as socks, or to put lotions in for travel. It would also make a great gift filled with goodies.

The next bag to show you is the Sew Together Bag by Michelle of  SewDemented.


I have seen this bag all over the quilting blogs for the past few years.  A few weeks ago, my quilt guild, The Silver Comet Stitchers, posted that a Sew Together Class would be held at Stitch’n Quilt, a LQS, so I signed up. Since I had my Valley fabrics out, I decided to go ahead and use them for this bag also.

The class was taught by Renae of @thesouthernbobbin. The bag went together pretty easily until you got to all the layers. It was good to make it in the class the first time because Renae gave us some good tips on the contruction that weren’t in the pattern.


Even though there are four zippers, they were easy to put in because the construction is flat. After the 3 zippers are in for the pockets, you have one long piece.


These are the outside pocket panels and below are the pocket lining.


Then you pinched the pieces up and sewed to get the interior of the bag.



I see all kinds of sewing tools going in this bag when I take my sewing on the go, which is frequently.

Well, that’s it for now. I’ve started quilting Maggie’s First Dance so I’ll be working on those for the next couple of weeks. I’ll share some pictures along the way. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.


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FAL Q3 Update and Other Things

Hello everyone! Happy Friday. I hope and pray that those of you in the path of Matthew will be safe and not suffer too much property damage. One of our favorite places, St Simmons Island, GA, is going to be affected. It will be the first time in over 100 years that it will be directly in the path of a hurricane.

I wanted to give you an update on the 3rd Quarter Finish-A-Long. You can see my original list here.

I had listed 11 things on my list and I finished 6.

I also finished the Mini Teal Swap quilt and 16 Blocks on the Go for Quilts that Grow.

These are blocks 31,32,33, and 34 from August.  They are all made with Bonnie and Camille fabrics for Moda. The top two are from the newest line Handmade. There’s quite a few fabrics in that line that are great for fussy cutting.


I have completely finished one for September, 35. I have 3 others pieced and am working on the 5th one. I also have two cut out for October. My goal is to get caught up by the end of October. Depending on the number of pieces, it takes about 6-7 hours to complete one block. That’s why I’ve decided not to hand piece the blocks together. I think I’m going to use a feathered joining stitch on my machine to connect the blocks then machine quilt it. It would probably take me another year if I were to do it by hand.



I also made this cute little cross stitch treat bag. I bought it as a kit and the pattern is by Teri Richards.


My daughter wanted a few of her Halloween decorations, so I took these to her when we went to the swim meet at Alabama. I made this table topper about 5 years ago. It’s “Amanda” from the book 3 Times the Charm by Me and My Sisters Designs. I made it mostly with a charm pack, but don’t have the information on it anymore.


Of course, I’ve been working on two versions of Maggie’s First Dance by Jacquelynne Steves. I’ve added the borders and the backing is pieced. My banisters are a great place to hang the large pieces after I’ve pressed them (although it looks like I still have a few creases in the backing pieces). I hope to start quilting this weekend. I’ve been playing with a few designs and reviewing some Craftsy classes that I have in preparation for quilting.

I’ve had a couple of questions about the quilt in my header.


It’s from the American Patchwork and Quilting calendar 2014. The name of the pattern is Autumn Glow by Avis Shirer. The original quilt is 40 x 40, but I changed from 8″ blocks to 6″ blocks and it is 29 x 29.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend.


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Maggie’s First Dance, Setting Blocks

Hello everyone! It’s the first Monday of the month and that means it’s time for another installment of Maggie’s First Dance Free BOM by Jacquelynne Steves. If you are looking for the Minis and More September post, go here then come back and read about Maggie’s Dance.

First, I want to introduce this month’s sponsor and guest blogger, Christa Quilts. Christa Watson designs modern quilts and she has also written a couple of books for quilting on your domestic machine, Machine Quilting With Style  and The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting with Angela Walters.


The prize this month is this awesome pack of patterns by Christa. Be sure to read to the bottom to learn how you can win.

Now onto this month’s block. It’s the setting block for Maggie’s Dance.There are five blocks, but don’t worry, they went together very quickly. Jacquelynne’s instructions are very easy to follow.


First up is my embroidered version. I decided that since there was going to be a lot more white space in the embroidered block, I would use a print in the center of this block.


I’m using Bright Sun by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda.


Here it is all together. I’m really pleased with it. The blue dot is a little bright here, but I’ll let you in on a secret, I already have the borders on and I think it looks great.


For my hand appliqued version, I went with the neutral center. I’m already thinking of ways to FMQ this.


I did a little sketching of what might go in the center. Please forgive the roughness of the design. This was the first time I played with the drawing tool on my computer. I had a Samsung Note 14.1 that I could draw on, but I dropped it and broke the screen and they don’t make them anymore and it was almost as expensive to fix it as buy something new.  If you have a feature like that on something though, it’s a great way to audition different designs.


When you put all the blocks together, the corner triangles makes a great secondary design. Something else that will be fun to quilt.




Now, for your chance to win Christa Quilts great pattern pack:

Leave a comment to tell me if fall has come to your part of the country. We are supposed to be in the mid 80’s in Georgia this week. I seems like cooler weather and fall just are not coming this year. Please leave your comments by 11:59 on October 10.


Make sure you visit all the other bloggers and leave a comment for your chance to win and see all the creative goodness that is going on with Maggie’s setting blocks.

Christa Quilts https://christaquilts.com/







https://thequiltingnook.wordpress.com  (That’s me)

It’s always so interesting to see how everyone completes their blocks, so be sure to share your completed blocks at the following places:

Thanks for stopping by.



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Minis and More and Last FAL, Q3

Hello everyone, happy weekend! It’s time for September’s Minis and More and it’s also the last Finish-A-Long for this quarter. You can find my Q3 list here.


This is Scrappy Fall Leaves made from Sherri’s (A Quilting Life) pattern Scrappy Fall Place Mats. The leaves haven’t really started turning here, but I have a tree that starts dropping it’s leaves in August so it made a nice backdrop.

The fabrics are all from my stash. Over 50% of them are from Sandy Gervais.


The mini is 15″ x 15″. I quilted it using this gold Aurifil 50 wt thread. I used my ruler foot and 4″ arc template, both from Westalee, to quilt the pumpkin seeds in the squares. Then I stitched in the ditch in the center of the maple leaf blocks and stitched a diagonal line in the squares of the leaves using my Westalee straight template. I used a cream Aurifil 50 wt (2000) to stitch in the ditch in the background around the leaves.


The backing fabric is also by Sandy Gervais. I love her fall fabrics. I even remembered to get my label sewn in.


This is Sherri’s original Place Mat. The tutorial is free on her website here if you still would like to make it. Thanks to Michele and Sherri for hosting the Minis and More Parade. Check them out on October 1 to see everyone’s minis and place mats.

Thanks for stopping by and have a nice weekend.


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A New Finish-A-Long, Q3 2016


Hello everyone! I hope you are having a pleasant week. We are finally experiencing some cooler weather and I hope it stays this way. I’m tired of 90+ degrees. I wanted to show you a FAL because tomorrow is the last day for this quarter. For the Q3 list, go here.


This is August’s stichery for “a year in the garden” by Jenny of Elefantz.


The border fabric on this one is Chestnut Street by Fig Tree and Co. I liked using this because it had a little gold brown in it. I used two strands of DMC floss for the embroidery.


I free motion quilted it with a light minty green 50 Wt Aurifil thread. I haven’t done much FMQ recently and my swirls are not quite as round as I would like them to be. I’ve got two tops to be quilted so I think I may have to do a little practicing first.


Here it is on the Mini Quilt which is Day Sail by Bonnie and Camille. I may make another background quilt for fall so I can use more browns and golds in the stitchery. I haven’t started September’s so I may put that one aside for now and go onto October.

We are off to Tuscaloosa for my daughter’s first swim meet of the season on Friday. Her Division 2 team is swimming Alabama and Vanderbilt. It will be a good experience for the girls and fun for us. Thanks for stopping by.


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Mini Teal Swap and Quilt Blogger’s Festival

Hello everyone! Today, I want to show you my mini quilt for the Teal Mini Swap 2016 hosted by Beth at EvaPaige Quilt Designs for Ovarian Cancer Research. I’m also going to enter it in the mini category in the Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy of Amy’sCreativeSide.



My swap partner, Melissa of Albuquerque, has received her quilt so I can show it to you now. Melissa is the Editor-in-chief of Generation Q Magazine. Check it out. She is participating in the swap for her friend Earlene. I wanted to participate to support Beth who is one of the Maggie’s First Dance BOM featured bloggers and because I think this is a good cause. Ovarian Cancer is still one of the hardest to detect and I hope that more research can help in this area.


OK, on to the mini. The pattern is Flash Point from Make It Mini: Small Quilts and More 2016 from Better Homes and Gardens. This design is a mini makeover of Sharon Tucker’s “Black, White and Bright.” (Please forgive the exposure on this photo. I’ve tried to correct it, but haven’t been able too and the quilt is gone).


The quilt is 16 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ and the block size is 6″. I deviated from the design by adding the 1/2″ inner border and making the outer border 1 1/2″. The circle fabric is the swap fabric provided by Moda. The blue teal is from Pat Sloan’s Hometown Girl, and the rest are from Sherri and Chelsi’s Valley and Bright Sun, all by Moda. I pieced and quilted this with Aurifil 50 wt cotton.

The construction for this mini is different than what I have done before. You started with a wedge shape that made a circle.



I was very happy that my blocks laid flat. Then, I used a 6 1/2 square ruler to trim the circle and you got these:


I used the teal swap fabric for the centers.

To get the circles nice and round, I drew my circle onto some woven interfacing, then used my open toe foot to sew them together. I cut a hole in the center of the interfacing, turned, then had a nice round circle. Next, I hand appliqued with Aurifil 50 wt.

One of the fun things about this pattern is that you can turn the blocks and get different designs. Here are a few things you can do with it.

Melissa told me that she was making her mini in memory of her friend, Earlene, that lost her battle with Ovarian Cancer. Her friend didn’t quilt, but she did do embroidery. I wanted to include some in the quilt, so I decided to embroider on the label. Jenny of Elefantz provided me with the perfect design. It was part of August’s Stitchery Club, just in time for the quilt.


All the floss is DMC except for the varigated flowers, which is a Sulky 12 wt.

Next up, how was I going to quilt it?


I stitched in the ditch around all the rays, then quilted graduating circles in the background. This was enough to make the rays pop. As you can see, I marked my circles with a purple disappearing pen.


Next came the borders.


I thought is would make the rays stand out even more if I continued those lines into the border. I marked the extension of the lines, but then used my Westalee Ruler foot and ruler to quilt them.


I always like how the back can really show off the quilting.


Here is the back with the label.


Melissa, I hope you enjoy the quilt. It was a lot of fun to make.

To see more of the Mini Teal Swap quilts, visit Beth’s Facebook page. If you like my mini, you can vote for it here starting on September 25 in the mini category of the Bloggers Quilt Festival. Be sure to visit Amy for all the other wonderful quilts in the festival. Thanks for stopping by.


PS  What am I going to do with the leftovers?



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