A Pillow Finish and other Works In Progress

Hello Everyone! Hope you had a great weekend! Ours was gray and rainy, but I least we didn’t get the snow! It’s still gray here today, but I’m looking forward to a little sunshine soon. I also want to thank everyone for your kind thoughts on the Save the Bees Mini quilt. The Giveaway is now closed and my winner is Lisa Marie from Kentucky. 

Before I start with the WIPs, I want to tell you that Jacquelynne Steves is opening her The Art of Home Club for new members on Tuesday, December 11. You can find all the details on her site, but I did want to let you know that she will also be offering a yearly plan which will give you two free months with an annual membership. You do need to be on her sign up list in order to receive the information and invitation to sign up. I am designing two collections next year and have been working on the first one already.

These are a couple of the blocks and the red will have some applique pieces on it. I hope to have the quilt top finished by the first of the year, but I think it will be April or May’s collection. 

Now for my pillow finish.

I started the applique candy canes in a guild workshop with Sandy Fitzpatrick of Hissyfitz Designs in October. The pattern is a table runner with three of the candy cane blocks, but the pillow will go with my Christmas décor so much easier.

Even though I have done plenty of machine applique, I still picked up some new tips from Sandy in the workshop. The applique stitch is a small machine blanket stitch and I used Heat N Bond Lite as the fusible. The green fabric is Moda Grunge and the red is Moda Marble. I’ve had the white candy cane fabric in my stash for so long, but I think you can still get it. The black plaid border is Juniperberry by BasicGrey for Moda. I’ve gotten a lot of use from the Juniperberry line from several years ago. I used Aurifil 50 wt cotton for the applique, piecing, and quilting.

I chose the colors for the pillow to match the Swell quilt and used some fabric from Swell by Urban Chiks for the back. I really like the little holly print.

I love this pillow and had fun making it!

Since we’re talking about the Swell quilt…

… I did finish quilting it, but ended up picking out some of the quilting. I’ll have more details in my final Swell post. I just have to sew the binding down and wait for a sunny day to take pictures.

As soon as I finished quilting Swell, I started quilting Winterville!

I worked on the quilting plan using my new technique of making a faded color copy of the quilt, then selected the Aurifil thread to use for the quilting. I only have the small spool of the green and my local quilt shop didn’t have a big spool, so I had to order it and I’m waiting for it to get here. 

This shows some of the quilting details. I’m using my Westalee Ruler foot and straight ruler on the houses and windows and on the door, I’m using Angela Walters Squiqqy ruler by Creative Grids. I have finished all the colors except the green and blue. My thread should be here today so I can finish up the ruler work tomorrow. Then I’ll take the ruler foot off and put on the free motion foot and quilt away on the background. I really want to have this finished in time for my guild meeting next Monday.

In an earlier post, I shared that I have discovered Flosstube on YouTube! It defiantly has gotten me in the mood to cross-stitch. I finished a small ornament that I haven’t done anything with yet, then started this..

These are two ornaments by Lucie Heaton from the December 2018 issue of Just Cross-Stitch Christmas Ornaments Magazine.

This is what I’m doing with them. I think I’m going to make a small pillow with the finished piece. I’m working this on a 28 ct Stony Point. I decided to use some Aurifloss just to see how it did. I like using it, but I needed to use 3 strands instead of two and in the long run, I think it will be too expensive to use in cross-stitch. There is a lot more yardage on DMC or Cosmos. I’ve found a vinyl project bag tutorial and will make a few bags for new cross-stitch and embroidery projects, too.

The quilting has taken up most of my sewing time these past few weeks, but this afternoon (while I’m waiting for thread) I’m going to start on my ornament for an exchange we are doing at the guild next week.

I’m going to choose one of these ornaments to make from Thimblossoms Vintage Holiday Mini pattern using Vintage Holiday fabric. I’ll put a backing on it and stuff it so it can hang on a tree.

And by the way,

I swam in a Masters Swim Meet last Sunday at Georgia Tech and this is what I came home with. My husband laid these out for more me and said I needed a picture. I was really pleased with my swims, especially the 200 meter freestyle and backstroke. I had been “training” for those during the past two months. The snow globe is for being the high scorer in my age group, and this time there were five women. Anyway, it was lots of fun and I think my next meet will be at Auburn University in February.

I hope you get some quilting time in over the next few weeks and don’t get overwhelmed during this busy season. Thanks for stopping by!

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December Minis and More

Hello Everyone! Today is Minis and More Parade day and Sherri and Michele picked a fun mini for this month! Be sure to visit them to see the rest of the parade. If you are looking for the “Save the Bees” final Post, scroll through this one or you can go here.

This month’s mini is by Camile Roskelley of Thimbleblossoms.

When I first saw the cutting directions, I felt a little overwhelmed. There were so many little pieces! 

But Camille’s instructions were very clear and told you how to lay out each different unit for sewing. I actually sewed the machine together in an afternoon.

I had to have my cute Aurifil thread on top of the machine, too. I haven’t done it yet, but I might embroider a couple of pins in the pincushion or stick real ones in once I get it hung up. 

For the quilting, I used free motion wavy lines in the sewing machine and everywhere else used a straight ruler and ruler foot on my Pfaff domestic. 

The machine fabric is from the Midsummer Collection by Connecting Threads that I used in “Save the Bees”. The navy pieces are from the Sunday Drive collection by Pat Sloan for Moda and the other pieces on the machine are from scraps, mostly Bonnie and Camille. I’m not sure what the red border is. I’ve had it for a while and didn’t have the info on the selvage. The background is Spotted by Zen Chic for Moda. I have fallen in love with this fabric line for use as backgrounds. It will definitely compete with Moda Grunge for this purpose. I bought some yardage in the neutral colors to use for backgrounds and embroidery.

I found this piece of fabric in my stash. I think I was going to use it for a sewing machine cover but never got around to it. 

I have finished quilting my Swell quilt and hope to start binding it tomorrow, so I should be back soon with that finish. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

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Save the Bees Finish and Giveaway

Hello Everyone and welcome to the final Save the Bees blog hop and Giveaway. I love my finished Save the Bees Mini!

If you’ve signed up for the BOM, you’ve received the final instructions for adding the borders and finishing the quilt. If you’re making the mini with me, you can find the revised information for the borders here. Be sure to visit Jacquelynne for tips and information about the borders. Also, read to the bottom of this post for information on this month’s Giveaway from sponsor Sarah J.Maxwell

Adding the borders was very straight forward including making the quarter square triangle units in the outside border. 

I really like the dark blue print that I used on the second border. All the fabric is from the  Midsummer Meadow collection by Connecting Threads. I thought about stopping with that border, but decided to add the outside borders and am glad I did. If you want to add the words “Save the Bees” on your bottom border of the mini, I would suggest that that you embroider them. You could reduce the letters in the applique by 50% and use those, too.

I had fun quilting this one. I free motion quilted the blocks, sashing and print border. 

I especially had fun quilting the bee.

Because the blue border print was so busy, I didn’t want to add any fancy quilting so I did some outline quilting of the motifs and added in swirls here and there to fill in. This is a technique I’ve used before on busy borders. For the last border, I used my ruler foot and a curved ruler to create the design.

I always like how the quilting looks on the back of the, too.

I would like to thank Jacquelynne for another great Block of the Month and for asking me to participate in the blog hops for Save the Bees. And in January, Jacquelynne will be having a Grand Prize Giveaway on her site to wrap things up. I’ll be sure to let you know when you can enter. 

Now for this month’s Giveaway. 

This month, we have a separate prize for US readers and International readers. US Winners will receive a fat quarter bundle of “Prettiful Posies” by Sarah J. Maxwell for Studio 37. The International Winners will receive a pattern collection by Sarah.

To win this giveaway, leave a comment below and tell me if the “Save the Bees” is your first free BOM pattern that you’ve received from Jacquelynne. If you didn’t sign up for the BOM, there is still time and you can sign up here

To enter a comment, find the Leave a Reply box.  You must keep scrolling to the bottom of all the comments on the page to find the box. If the comments are not shown below the post (which will happen if you are scrolling from or linking from a different post) find “Comments” in the Tags line at the bottom of the post. Click on “Comments” and that will open the comments, then scroll to the bottom of the page to find the Leave a Reply box. I hope this helps.

  • There is ONE prize per person per month.
  • Make sure that you leave your email so I can contact you if you win.
  • You have until the end of day on Sunday, December 9 to leave your comment.
  • Once I contact the winner for your information, you have 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Be sure you visit the other bloggers for 7 more chances to win and to see how everyone finished their Save the Bees Quilt.

Post your finished blocks on social media using:

#SaveTheBeesQuilt and #SaveTheBeesBOM

You can also post pictures on the Sew Quilty Friends FB group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewQuiltyFriends.JacquelynneSteves/.

Thanks for stopping by and am looking forward to seeing your Save the Bees!


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Works in Progress Update

Hello Everyone! I hope all my American readers had a Happy Thanksgiving. We had a very pleasant visit with our daughter home from college for a few days. Only three more weeks until she’s back again for Christmas. We can’t wait. While she was home, we were hoping to do a North Georgia mountain town visit, but the weather didn’t cooperate at the end of the week. But, we had a beautiful beginning of the week.


This is a picture of my backyard this past Wednesday. The leaves were beautiful on our afternoon walk.


Earlier, on Monday, the temperatures were pleasant enough to sit on the deck and do a little binding on the Stitched with Love Mini. The mini is all finished and I’ll share the details about it next week.

I have a few WIPs to show you today.

A few weeks ago on a Friday, I started these three Swoon blocks and finished them on Monday. That was quick for me. I am making the Sweet 16 Swoon blocks by Thimbleblossom. They are 16″ blocks and in the original pattern, there are 16 blocks. I am making 20 blocks and only have 5 more to go! Yea! I started this quilt in January 2017, so maybe I’ll have all the blocks made by the end of January 2019.

I also finished three more Cheddar and Indigo blocks. I’m really going to have to name my quilt, Cheddar and Indigo (C & I) is the name of the fabric line. I have perfected working on the Swoon and C & I blocks together. They both contain very specific units for each block. I chain piece part of the Swoon blocks, then the C & I, then back to the Swoon, etc. This keeps the units separated for each block and helps keep each block separated from each other since the colors are so similar in each group.

I also finished free motion quilting the Moda Blockheads quilt blocks about a week and half ago. I only have the sashing and borders to finish. I decided to put this one aside for now because I want to get the Swell quilt and Winterville quilted as soon as possible. I have marked the sashing, so that will help when I pick it up again.

Speaking of the Swell quilt (another quilt that needs a name), I began quilting this early on Thanksgiving Day before it got too busy. I spent a few hours on it yesterday and today and really like how it’s turning out. I’m using my ruler foot and rulers on my Pfaff domestic to quilt parts of it. It’s much slower than FMQ, but I do like the consistency of it. I hope I’ll be able to share the finished quilt in less than two weeks with you. 

I’ve also been working on some embroidery and cross-stitch, but don’t have pictures of any of my pieces. I have discovered FlossTube on YouTube which I guess are all cross-stitch videos.

I saw a design someone was working on called Farmhouse Christmas by Little House Needleworks. This is a nine part series and I ordered all nine and the fabric. If you click the link, you’ll see a picture of all nine as one piece which is what I plan to do. I’m going to start on it in January and my goal will be to make one a month at least. Something new to look forward too.

My plans this week are to continue to quilt the Swell quilt, work on the cross-stitch piece and do a little re-design on the center block for the Cabin Collection for Jacquelynne Steves The Art of Home Club. Jacquelynne has also started a new free video workshop series on Creativity, Embroidery and EPP. You can sign up here if you are interested in them. Oh, and I’m going to be swimming in my second swim meet next Sunday at GA Tech! I’m excited about that, too.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

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Embroidered Journal Cover

Hello Everyone! I hope you have had a good week. We had hoped to go camping one more time this week, but it has been rainy and cold here all week. It will probably be early spring before we get out again.

Today I want to share my  Journal Cover with you that I made using an embroidery design by Jenifer Reynolds of Jenny of Elefantz.



I have been keeping a quilt journal for years and plan to write a post just about that process. I have used several different journals, with the latest being Lori Holt’s Scrappy Project Planner. In October, I only had a few more pages left and needed another one.  I decided to go back to a system that I used before, Staples Arc System, which allows me to add pages as I go. I didn’t really care for the cover, so I thought I could make one.

Let’s start with the embroidery!


I made the “Sewing Circle” in late summer and it has been laying around while I decided what to do with it. The design was one of Jenny’s designs in her monthly Stitchery Club collections.  She made a pin cushion with hers. Do you notice a difference in the picture above and the journal cover?


I didn’t like the “Sewing Circle” for the cover, so I changed it to a simple monogram “B” for Brenda. I used scraps from my Bonnie and Camille fabric bin for the applique and used Bonnie and Camille’s collection of Cosmo floss that I bought several years ago.


The cover fabric is from B & C’s The Good Life collection.

Now for the Cover


This is the original cover and it’s by Martha Stewart. I would have bought it in Aqua, but they didn’t have any when I purchased this one. It’s okay, but I don’t like the “bling”, I’m really not in to shiny things. I watched several YouTube videos on making the covers, this one by Erica Arndt helped the most, and after some trial and error, made what I wanted.


What I wanted were pockets on the inside and didn’t see any like this. I did make notes (in my journal) so I can make another one. If I do, I will write a tutorial for making the pockets. The inside fabrics are also Bonnie and Camille from different collections.

IMG_7639.1There’s room in the pockets to keep pens, pencils, colored pencils, clips, notepad, etc., so I will have everything handy when we travel.



I know I will enjoy using it more now that it is prettied up with Jenny’s embroidery design and Bonnie and Camille’s fabric.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend.


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September and October Finishes and WIPs

Hello Everyone! I wanted to share some of my finishes and WIP (Works in Progress) projects for the past two months and list my goals for November. I never did a post for just September because I worked on a lot of things, but didn’t get much finished.

If you are here for Block 4 of Save the Bees, you might enjoy reading to the bottom of this page to see some of my work or you can go here. Make sure to leave your comment on the Save the Bees post to be part of the OLFA Giveaway.
IMG_7623.1So…you can see from this list, that I only finished three things in September (click the links to read more about each project):

Instead of making a new list for October, I just continued to work off the September list.

  • I made 21 of the Petit Four baskets and filled them with 3 fat eighths for gifts for the retreat goers. I totally forgot to get a picture of them all together at the retreat, but this is what one looks like. This is a free pattern byAnnie.
  • Finished the quilt top for the 2017 Quilting Life BOM at the retreat.
  • Made two pillows using two blocks from Jacquelynne Steves Giving Thanks Mystery quilt that was part of The Art of Home Club patterns.
  • This picture also shows the Twirl Mini (white pillow) for the November Minis and More Parade that I completed.
  • I also worked on the Cheddar and Indigo blocks and the Swoon blocks.
  • I started a new Christmas quilt at the retreat using the Swell fabric by Urban Chiks.
  • I also finished some embroidery pieces and started working on a knitted sweater from last year. October was a productive month and with a camping trip thrown in.
  • For November, my list is not as long as I usually make it.IMG_7624.1
  • First up is the Mini for this month, “Stitched with Love” by Thimbleblossoms.
  • Continue to quilt the 2017 Moda Blockheads Quilt. I’m about half way through with it.
  • Try to finish at least one of these quilts by the end of the month. The top one is the Swell quilt and the bottom is Winterville.
  • And this is finished, a Journal Cover for my quilting journal. I’ll have a whole blog post next week on making this cover.

And the other big thing I’ve been working on is a new collection for Jacquelynne Steves The Art of Home Club.

This is part of the applique design I’ve been working on and below is one of the test blocks.

I think this will keep me busy for a while. I hope you have a great rest of your week and thanks for stopping by!


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Save the Bees Block 4 is Here!

Hello Everyone! It’s time for Block 4 of the Free Save the Bees BOM by Jacquelynne Steves. Make sure you visit her site to get all the information about the block. You can also still sign up for the patterns if you haven’t done so. Make sure to read to the bottom of this post to find out how you can enter the giveaway for some great prizes from Olfa.

IMG_6852.1For those following along, you know that I have been making mini (half the size) versions of Jacquelynne’s blocks. Don’t panic on this one! It can be done! Remember, I made a test block before I started the mini and I learned some things and I will be passing those tips on to you. These tips can also be used for the regular size block, too.

For those making the mini size, you’ll need the revised information found on the Save the Bees Mini Revisions page here. Remember, you’ll need the full pattern from Jacquelynne in order to make the block.

Tips and Tricks:

  1. After you decide on your fabric but before you cut it, starch it! This will make it much easier to piece.
  2. Label the diagram on the last page of Jacquelynne’s block instructions like this (I’ve done this for you in the Mini Revisions:
    Bee Labels.2In my revisions page for this block, I have added the label for each piece in the directions. The letters are in the order of the cutting directions; black (A-C), white (D-G), etc.
  3. As you cut out your pieces, add a paper label to them.
    IMG_6250.1Since I don’t have any cute Alphabetties from Fat Quarter Shop, I just used scraps of paper. You can see that some of the pieces are quite small, you don’t want to lose them.
  4. Follow Jacquelynne’s directions very carefully when making the Half Rectangle Units. The sizes that I’ve used for these pieces are very generous, making them easy to sew together. Trim them down to size using this tutuorial by Jacquelynne.
  5. Press your seam allowances according to the directions. This will make the block lay nice and flat.

And now you have a perfect mini bee block!
IMG_6862.1When I took the pictures, I realized I hadn’t made the antennae yet so I drew them in. They are now embroidered on with a dark blue Aurifloss.

IMG_6869.1My bee liked playing in my flowers in late spring. And here are all four blocks together.

IMG_6859.1 Jacquelynne designed such cute blocks as she always does!

Now for the Giveaway

This month our sponsor is OLFA of rotary cutters, cutting mats and ruler fame.
Save the Bees BOM Giveaway November 2018- Jacquelynne Steves - CopyLast year OLFA sent the featured bloggers a fold up cutting mat, a Splash cutter and an endurance blade.

IMG_7620.1This year they sent me the small 28mm cutter and a Frosted ruler, perfect for working with small pieces and curves. So thank you OLFA for treating us so well! Before I received the Splash cutter last year, I was using another brand because I didn’t like the straight handled rotary cutters. After using the Splash cutter for just a little bit, I was converted back to OLFA. The curvy design fits perfectly in my hand. I bought the blue cutter just to have a spare and within a week, I received the pink one in my first Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop. I took the mat to the quilting retreat, and it was the perfect size to have by my machine.

For your chance to win something special from OLFA, tell me are you still into fall (or spring) quilting and crafting or have you started on your holiday projects yet? Leave me your answer in the comment section below by the end of Sunday, November 11 for your chance to win.

  • The giveaway is open to everyone, US and International readers.
  • There is ONE prize per person per month.
  • Make sure that you leave your email so I can contact you if you win.
  • You have until the end of day on Sunday, November 11 to leave your comment.
  • Once I contact the winner for your information, you have 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Be sure you visit the other bloggers for 7 more chances to win and to see how everyone finished their Block 4.

Post your finished blocks on social media using:

#SaveTheBeesQuilt and #SaveTheBeesBOM

You can also post pictures on the Sew Quilty Friends FB group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewQuiltyFriends.JacquelynneSteves/.

I’m looking forward to seeing your finished bee blocks! Thanks for stopping by!


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