Last Minute Christmas Gifts

I reserve the month of December for baking, decorating, and any other Christmas celebrating I choose to do. So no customer quilts to show you today.

I did decide a week before Christmas that I would make my grandson, who is attending App State, a wall hanging of his music fraternity letters. His Mom had sent them to me along with the suggestion. He was truly pleased when he unwrapped his present.

Fused appliquéd letters with swirl background quilting.

Since I made something for him, I had to make something for his sister. So she got a pillow sham that matches the quilt she got last year.

Then I decided my step-daughter, their Mom, should get something handmade too. Everyone can use a zippered pouch.

I had bought something for my son’s girlfriend who would be spending Christmas with the family, but needed something for her kids. Her little girl wanted to buy an apron for Mom, so I thought she might like an apron too. Mom’s had cupcakes on it. I had a piece of fabric with birthday cakes, cupcakes, donuts, and other goodies. I figured that was close enough.

I partially used 2 free patterns I found on the Internet and added my own touch. It is reversible and is sturdy. I really liked how it is made. I need to take notes of what I did before I forget. (It might already be too late.)

Her son likes to do art and was given a sketch pad and colored pencils for a gift. I made him an artist tote for his drawing supplies. He also likes cats.

This was the most frustrating gift I made. I put heavy interfacing in it to help it hold the drawing pad. This kind of project is definitely not my cup of tea. I’d rather do something I need to quilt!

Perhaps one holiday I won’t leave these decisions to the last minute. I can dream can’t I?

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Baby Quilts

I have been sewing just a little bit, making two simple baby quilts.

This small baby quilt, 36×36, is simply snowball blocks using animal alphabet fabric and nine patches that always start with a light square top left. Perhaps there actually is a name for that block. Fabrics were in my stash and needed to be used. It’s quilted with Hearts A Flutter pantograph. It will go to The Children’s Center through my Guild.



The back is leftover white and animal fabric strips.


The flower baby quilt is larger, 40×42. Flower shapes were cut using an Accuquilt Go and machine appliquéd to white fabric. I did a swirl background fill around the flowers and hooked feathers in the flower fabric. I needed to stitch around the flower centers. Don’t know why I didn’t because I always do. Probably just hurrying. This one will be a gift for my next door neighbor.



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Get It Done March

Time to report what I finished for February and set March goals.

February’s List
1. Drunkerd’s Path- this was a carryover from January. NOT DONE. Will be moved to March. My excuses are that my Longarm has been occupied with customer quilts and I don’t know what to quilt on it. No more excuses.
2. Wrenly Quilt – DONE – my granddaughter said she loved it. Now I’m waiting to hear from Mom to see if I need to alter the size. QUILT IT for March.
3. Stepping Stones blocks – DONE See post at
4. Heart Wall Hanging – Finish appliqué, quilt, and bind. DONE

This is just a little wall hanging for Valentines Day. Didn’t finish it until after Valentines Day but I’ve decided that doesn’t matter. I used to set projects aside if I didn’t complete them for a specific holiday. But then, I never finish them. No more. Pattern is from a quilting magazine. Hobbs 80/20 and Quilter’s Dream wool. The hearts are only stitched down the middle.


Close ups of feather background fill. Notice the occasional heart.




March Get It Done List
1. Drunkerd’s Path – Quilt it
2. Wrenly Quilt – Quilt it
3. Wm Morris #1 – Create 9 appliqués
4. Snow Quilt – Complete half of second panel embroidery

Sounds like a lot to do in addition to all the customer quilts!

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Some Lovely Customer Quilts

Time for another mini-show of my customer’s quilts.

Andrea’s cats.

Andrea used a purple fabric pen to color some areas of the cats purple to coordinate with the border.

Diana’s string quilt in vibrant black, white, and fuchsia.

Simplicity pantograph

Jeanne’s Blooming Nine Patch with Whirlygig pantograph.

Mary’s Tennessee Star (I think that’s the name.)  I would love to have this quilt on my bed.

Rosie pantograph.

Lovely border.

The back.

Lastly, Marilyn’s applique quilt with custom quilting-feathers, pebbles, morphing (my kind of McTavishing), and sid.

Glad you stopped by to see these quilts.

Thanksgiving is just 2 days away.  I pray that even if you have challenges  or heartache in your life that you can find at least 5 things/people/situations to be thankful for.

I am Sew Grateful.




Hop To It

My friend Anne does the most beautiful applique.  Here’s her latest quilt called Hop To It.

Isn’t it just beautiful!  Lots of stitch in the ditch around the applique with a background fill of feathers, flowers and curls.  One border has a leaf motif which is repeated in the stitched circle in the large sashing squares.  Outer border has scallop with feathers and double piano keys.  I used Hobbs 80/20 batting with 1/2 thickness of  Hobbs PolyDown and Sew Fine thread.

And the back.

I wish I had more pictures.  I took more closeups of each block, but unfortunately, many of them were blurry.  Who knows what happened?

Thanks for stopping by to visit.  Have a beautiful day.