Craftsy’s Best of 2014 Sale


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Goodies from The Quilt Bear

Just so you know, this is not an advertisement for The Quilt Bear! Honest! My next post is an advertisement for Craftsy, but this is just a raving post about the wonderful service I have enjoyed from this company!

The Quilt Bear had a Stuff Your Stocking event during which a different bundle was offered each day for 12 days. I managed to hold off for the first 11 days but by the 12th day (which was a  grab bag of items worth at least $100 for $50), they got me! So I ordered that day’s stocking stuffing. It arrived earlier this week. When I pulled it out of the box it looked like this:


Each item in this lovely bag was wrapped separately like a Christmas gift, so I had a great time opening all the items. (I apologize for the less than perfect pictures. I was more excited about opening the gifts than about taking perfect pictures.)

First came this gorgeous apron kit.


Next up was this magnetic pin cushion. I’ve been looking at these but not buying for a couple of years now, so I was tickled to open it. IMG_2459

Next came this cuddle fabric! It is soooo soft!


Then there was this note pad.


Here is a close up of the quilty picture at the bottom.


Bag patterns which will come in handy as I am hoping to start making some bags soon.


I am not exactly sure what wine shades are (well, I have a pretty good idea now that I’ve seen this pattern sheet), but I can make them now!


I had to take this picture of the wrapping on one of the gifts. It’s such pretty paper!


And this was inside it! I’m guessing a review of this will be forthcoming in the New Year.


Here is a Mystery Quilt pattern. Can I keep myself from looking at the whole thing before I start it?


Here is a box of metal bobbins. This is the only thing in the package that I can’t use since my Brother has its own ideas about the bobbins it requires.


And some 28 weight Aurifil! I am anxious to use this for some hand quilting to see how I like it.


And finally at the bottom of the bag, I got really lucky and found this! Inside is a $50 gift certificate for The Quilt Bear. Here comes the fun!


Thanks for bearing with me on this!

Quilt on!

Quilting Catch-Up

I will just show you what little quilting related stuff has been happening around here lately. Then in a future post, I will show you all my goodies from The Quilt Bear Day 12 Stuff Your Stocking package. Otherwise this post will be way too long.

The first Friday in December is usually our church’s Christmas auction in which we auction off the Lottie Moon (AKA church) quilt.


Due to the many changes happening at church right now, no one knew what to expect from the auction. The quilt went for less than one would hope, but it went to some of my very favorite people so I can’t complain. (The husband of the couple is a landscape architect so this was a fitting quilt for them.) The entire auction brought in about half of what it did 2 years ago, but not having an auction last year may have contributed to that.

And I have been squeezing in a few moments of quilting here and there. I have been cutting sashing for the Big Monkey. I still hope to complete at least the top of that quilt before year’s end.

I also put together an entire quilt top! I wanted to work with something Christmasy, so I pulled out my Winter’s Grandeur jelly roll.


As we all know, the quickest way to complete a quilt using a jelly roll is to make a Jelly Roll Race quilt.


But I didn’t want to use it just as a Jelly Roll Race so I dug up some of my blocks from the 120 Blocks project to add to the quilt. I cut the top 12″ from the right hand side and added the blocks (with some extra gold strips in between to make them the right size).


The blocks are (from top to bottom with links to the post describing their finish): Candlelight, Chain of Squares, Broken Star, Birds in the Air (fake as I call it, Blazing Star, and Castles in Spain (which really looks like a star block to me).

I didn’t think this needed a border and the Twilters agreed so this is a finished top! If only I’d had backing, I could have gotten it off to the longarmer this week. Sigh. But I didn’t. So I didn’t.

By the way, I spent significant time tagging and organizing the posts here, so you can now easily find BOM and 120 Blocks Project posts. (Jaye, that is for you mostly!)

Quilt on!


Personal Catch Up

You cannot imagine how out of the loop I feel these days! I can’t seem to keep up with social media of any form and I haven’t been able to write a blog post in forever! At least, that is how it feels. If you are a person looking for a book review or quilty talk, this isn’t the post to read right now! I hope by tomorrow to post some kind of quilty progress on something, but I make no guarantees. This post is basically to let you know why I haven’t been posting.

Back in October, my MIL fell in her apartment at the assisted living facility where she had been living. She was taken to the hospital where it was found that nothing had been broken. Her dementia, however, seemed to have progressed to a point where her living arrangement was no longer the safest for her. While she was spending six weeks in rehab, my husband found a beautiful (and very close to us) memory care facility.

We got her stuff mostly packed up in a one day marathon with my BIL and SIL. We got our house rearranged in order to store what things of hers wouldn’t fit in the new place. The movers came and moved the big stuff. We spent the better part of a week unpacking and arranging and hanging pictures (and, yes, decorating for Christmas) so that all would be ready for her to move in last Monday when she was released from rehab.

She was released and she and my DH ate a lunch on the way to her doctor’s office for her post rehab check and to get hard copies of her prescriptions for the new place. While there, her glucose level was discovered to be 600. Back to the hospital she went and now she is in a different rehab facility until they can get everything balanced out.

Since my DH is currently not driving at night (he has some cataracts that need to be taken care of as soon as he gets a chance) and it gets dark very early, I have been doing chauffeur (or is it chauffeuse) duties. In addition to all of the unpacking and decorating. And getting ready to celebrate Christmas with our kids, which we did this past weekend. Yes, it has been a busy season, but I have done a little bit of sewing and quilting which I’ll tell you about in a later post. Hopefully by tomorrow.

Quilt on!


Craftsy Stuff Your Stocking Flash Sale!

I promise I will get a real post up sometime in the near future, but for now, I wanted to let you know about the latest Craftsy sale. Read on for more details!


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Quilt on!

Craftsy’s Pre-Black Friday Sale


Yep, I’m letting you know about another awesome Craftsy sale. Well, not exactly, because it is actually two sales. Let me explain.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Craftsy is having a Pre-Black Friday Sale! You can uncover the Pre-Black Friday Sale: Enjoy Big Savings on Yarn, Fabric & Kits !

Shop now because you won’t want to miss these incredible sales!

Quilt on!

Books on Monday Hiatus

Books on Monday will be taking a break until the first Monday of 2015. Things are a bit hectic with the holidays and moving my precious mother-in-law to a memory care facility. So, I’m sorry, but I promise Books on Monday will be back on January 5, which is my aforementioned mother-in-law’s 91st birthday.

Thanks for your understanding.

I may still be writing other posts during this time as I still hope to have some quilting fun to round out the rest of the year.

Quilt on!

Another Catch Up Day

I feel like I’ve been very absent from blogging and social media lately. Sigh. Somehow life has seemed kind of draining lately. Maybe that is because we seem to have had several major changes going on and the fact that it is crunch time on the church quilt. Sigh. Life.

Anyway, be that as it may, I have been making a bit of progress on the big monkey and the Disappearing Pinwheel blocks.  Here is one Disappearing Pinwheel block and two more from the big monkey.


Here’s a close-up of the Disappearing Pinwheel because I love the fabric.


I also finished Block 7 of the 2011 Designer Mystery BOM.


Then I got impatient with cutting the DPWs to sew together with the big monkey setting triangles as leaders and enders, so I just put the triangles on the last 6 blocks to get it over with.


Next step for the big monkey is cutting the sashing and sashing star pieces. I think life will need to be a little bit less hectic before I tackle that because we all know how much I do not like cutting. Hopefully, that will happen soon and I can get at least the top finished before the end of the year.

What have you been up to?

Quilt on!

Books on Monday – Mini-Mosaic Quilts

Today we are looking at Mini-Mosaic Quilts: 30+ Block Designs 14 Projects Easy Piecing Technique by Paula Doyle. (Warning: the link below is an Amazon Associate link which will help support this blog if you click on it.)

You know how much I like blocks with little pieces? Well, this book scares me. (You did see the word “mini” in the title, right?) Once I have finished up some UFOs and WIPs, I really have to try some of these techniques and patterns. I have not tried these techniques yet, so, although they look good to me, I can’t really attest to how well they work to produce awesome tiny pieces and blocks. However, I plan to try them so I will probably post about it later.

Paula Doyle explains her techniques clearly in her instructions and has tips scattered throughout the book. There are plenty of illustrations accompanying the directions.

I love and hope to make many of the projects in this book! Unfortunately, Amazon does not have a Look Inside for this book, so you can’t see them. I am expecially enamored of the badge holder and hope to make one before my next use of a badge.

Here is what the table of contents contains:

  • Introduction
  • Making the Mini-Mosaic Fabric Tiles
  • Making the Mini-Mosaic
  • Little Tile Mini-Mosaic Projects and Patterns
  • Big Tile Mini-Mosaic Projects and Patterns
  • Projects Continued
  • Afterthoughts
  • About the Author

 Quilt on!

Books on Monday – Holly Jolly

This one isn’t so much a book as it is a collection of patterns – Christmas related, as you may have guessed by the title. It’s Holly Jolly by Sherri K. Falls. (Amazon gives it a subtitle, but I don’t see any evidence of that subtitle on the book itself so I didn’t include it here.)

According to Amazon, there is only one copy available, but I know you can get this book at Connecting Threads if Amazon doesn’t have it. Or you can get it from Sherri K. Falls’s website This & That.

So why am I writing a review of a book that is only a collection of patterns for Christmas? Well, Christmas is coming and some of these patterns are irresistible. (That is how I ended up buying this book in the first place! I fought it for a long time but the cover quilt just pulled me in.)

The book is self-published as far as I can tell and it begins with a set of General Directions. These are good directions, but they are not meant for total rookies. Then the book starts right into the patterns on black and white pages, but there is a four page color section with pictures of the projects. My very favorite is the cover quilt, Sweet Scandinavian. I can also see myself making (maybe – no promises here) the table runners, Chance of Snow and Christmas Bouquet, and the quilts, Winter Winds and Christmas Pines. There is also a hexie Christmas tree skirt called Oh Christmas Tree that I might have considered if I were planning to ever make any more Christmas tree skirts. I count 17 projects in all here, kind of something for everyone.

So if you are looking for some Christmas projects (and who isn’t?), this might be a good choice!

Quilt on!