Sunday Summary: June 5

I’m wondering if I’m Going Crazy?

Last week, on Monday, I was teaching at Essem and we were looking at walking foot quilting. My machine wouldn’t work with the walking foot on it. Dang! I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. The class participants were stellar and so I didn’t need to demonstrate on my machine. When I came home, I pulled the machine out and it worked like a charm. I was relieved that it wouldn’t need to go to the machine doctor or have a spa appointment!

Fast forward to Friday. I went to a Quilt-as-you-Go workshop. When I got there, I set up my machine. I put the extension table in place, with the slip slide thing taped in place. Turned on my machine. The walking foot wouldn’t work! WHAT???? Knowing that I needed it, or at the very least, I wanted to use it, I sat and stared (maybe GLARED) at it. I did not swear – promise! 🤪

The feed dogs were not working. WHY? The feed dogs were not lowered. I checked that! What is wrong???

I stared glared some more … and then it hit me! DUH!!! DUH!!! DUH!!! The slip slide thingy is good for free motion, but it does cover up the feed dogs. As soon as I removed it, the walking foot worked like a charm!

Yup, sometimes I think I’m going crazy!

Classic Cars: Monthly Colour Challenge

May’s Classic Car colour is Grey …. Visit Patterns by Jen HERE for your free download of this month’s block …

Here’s my May block, followed by the January, February, March, April and May blocks … I know that I ‘stretched’ the grey colour a bit, but I’m trying to use up my bits and pieces of Island Batik scraps and this seemed to fit the bill!

One Gift a Month

May’s gift is Soup Bowl Cozies. You can go to Days Filled With Joy for information and links to several different on-line tutorials.

So far for the One Gift a Month, I have made January’s, February’s, and April’s gifts.

Yes, I will be making Soup Bowl Cozies … soon, it obviously won’t be in May! Here is the fabric for my bowl cozy … These are 10″ squares from a stack of Island Batik “Pumpkin Spice” that I had. Now to get some cotton batting that doesn’t have scrim on it! …

Stitching Stuff

Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

  • January – May:  147 /150
  • June:  4/ 4
  • Total: 151 / 154
  • Percentage: 98%

Stash Report

Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

I saw this meme on a friends blog (Brenda) and it just cracked me up! “I’m not a Hoarder … I’m the Curator of an Extensive Private Fabric collection.” And with the chicken holding all the extra fabric, it’s perfect. You can see this at Songbird Designs HERE.

This meme is very appropriate for me!

So, as I mentioned, I took a workshop making a Quilt-as-you-Go quilt. It was a LOT of fun!!! Thanks to Dawn and Nora for organizing and teaching. This quilt used 3 yards of fabric from my extensive stash collection, plus about 1/2 yard for binding and Hobbs 80/20 batting from left-over pieces. It will be donated to the guild’s baby quilt charity!

No shopping. No fabric added!

Yearly Tally:

  • Fabric Used the last week: 3.5 yards
  • Fabric Used in 2023:    111 yards  from non-IB: 50
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:    12.5 yards 
  • Net Fabric used:             98.5 yards 

Just an FYI: I do not count any fabric that is given to me (Island Batik), but this year, I am going to count it as fabric used.

To Do Tuesday

Carol from Quilt Schmilt is hosting “To Do” every week.

The To Do list from last week: 

  1. Finish Mystery Quilt (making and writing). Partially done. I have the quilt quilted and just need to bind it. The border portion needs to be written.
  2. X’s & O’s #1 & #2: bind √   DONE #2 is bound, but I need to do a photo shoot and then I can show it to you.
  3. Finish “When Pigs Fly” project √   DONE … you’ll see this on June 19!
  4. Finish the Secret Project for Kelly Young’s new book – I’ll be telling you all about it in June! Partially done. It’s still a work in progress
  5. Lone Star Left-overs – get it to a flimsy stage. … Partially done. I’m still webbing the top
  6. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! √   DONE
  7. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes. √   DONE

This week’s list:

  1. Finish Mystery Quilt (making and writing).
  2. Make the Crazy quilt with Decorative stitches for Essem … I’m teaching this class in a few weeks.
  3. Finish the Secret Project #1 for Kelly Young’s new book – I’ll be telling you all about it later this month!
  4. Finish the Secret Project #2 for Kelly Young’s new book
  5. Lone Star Left-overs – get it to a flimsy stage
  6. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  7. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes.

Design Wall

Judy, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week.

Piecing projects:

  1. #1 Secret Project for Kelly Young’s new book (mostly the purples and greens from the Island Batik Napa Valley collection)
  2. #2 Secret Project for Kelly Young’s new book. (Island Batik, “Wild Blooms”)
  3. Crazy Quilt for Essem using Grunge and other fabric
  4. Some blocks ready for webbing from Lone-Star Left-overs (Island Batik “Naturescape”)

Yup … it’s official, I am crazy … working on 4 projects at once!!! I know I often work on at least 2, along with a leader and ender … but 4??? Actually 6 … I don’t have a picture of the back for Secret Project #1 … it’s also in progress, as is the back for the Lone-Star Left-overs. YIKES!!!!

Quilting: These are all sandwiched and ready to quilt …

  • Nutcracker
  • Bird Panel

Upcoming Blog Hops

Moose Stash Quilting: Sew It – Show It: When Pigs Fly (My day is June 19)

Just Let Me Quilt: Sew It – Show It: Picnic Party. (My day is July 20)

Moose Stash Quilting: Sew It – Show It: Call Me Crazy


One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

Linking to:

Monday Moments: April 24, 2023

Trunk Show

I did a trunk show in Hope B.C. It was a lovely group of ladies!!! It was fun to meet them! My husband helped hold up the quilts, so I didn’t get any pictures of the actual trunk show. Thank you HOPE for inviting me!

One of the ladies at the meeting had participated in the Stay at Home Round Robin and brought her quilt for me to see! So fun! It was fantastic to see it in person! And so much bigger than I had thought! I loved looking at all the different fabrics that she used! Thanks, Charlene!

One Gift a Month

This month’s gift is a Drawstring Gift Bag with a Divider. You can go to Days Filled With Joy for information and the link on this cute bag. I’ll definitely be making one!

I’ve picked out the fabric … just need to start cutting … I might make 2 … without the divider.

Stitching Stuff

Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

I missed 2 days this week because I was travelling.

  • January – March:  90 / 90
  • April: 20 / 22
  • Total: 110 / 112
  • Percentage: 98%

Stash Report

Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

This week’s finishes include:

  • What Happens : 2.5 yards
  • Chilhowie: 13.5 yards. (Island Batik, Hobbs batting, Wild Quilting with Aurifil)

  • Fabric Used the past week:  16 yards
  • Fabric Used in 2023:        74 yards  from non-IB: 28
  • Fabric Bought this week:   yards
  • Fabric Added this year:     8.5 yards 
  • Net Fabric used:              49.5 yards 

Just an FYI: I do not count any fabric that is given to me (Island Batik), but this year, I am going to count it as fabric used.

To Do Tuesday

Carol from Quilt Schmilt is hosting “To Do” every week.

The To Do list from last week: I didn’t get a lot ticked off on my list … maybe this next week!

  1. Sort through quilts and organize for the Hope in-person Trunk Show. √   DONE
  2. Sandwich, Quilt & Bind: IB Catalogue Quilt Not done
  3. Work on May IB Challenge. √   DONE
  4. Finish Mystery Quilt (making and writing). Not done
  5. X’s & O’s: Add Border, Quilt & Bind Not done
  6. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! √   DONE
  7. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes. √   DONE

This week’s list:

  1. Work on a couple of quilt tops for my sister
  2. Work on May IB Challenge
  3. Finish Mystery Quilt (making and writing).
  4. X’s & O’s: Add Border, Quilt & Bind
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes.

Design Wall

Judy, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week.

Piecing projects:

  1. May IB challenge : Sandelwood and the Wedge Star tool
  2. June IB challenge (The luscious teal and green 10″ stack)
  3. Xs & Os. #1 & #2. – cut with Accuquilt dies

Quilting: These are all sandwiched and ready to quilt …

  • IB Catalogue Quilt (not shown)
  • Nutcracker
  • Bird Panel

Upcoming Blog Hops

Island Batik Blog Hop: My day is May 9

Just Let Me Quilt: Sew It – Show It: Rose Colored Glasses (My day is May 16)

Moose Stash Quilting: Sew It – Show It: When Pigs Fly (My day is June 9)

Just Let Me Quilt: Sew It – Show It: Picnic Party

Moose Stash Quilting: Sew It – Show It: Call Me Crazy


One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

Linking to:

Monday Moments: April 9, 2023

More Retreat Pictures

Judy sent me her pictures from the retreat! The first ones are the view from the house, the house, and a garden down the road. The next is an example of the yummy food we had … and of course, pictures of quilts in the making!

Stitching Stuff

Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

  • January – February: 59/ 59
  • March: 31 /31
  • April: 9 / 9
  • Percentage: 100%

Stash Report

Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

Well, I was at a retreat at Over the Rainbow last week and that’s just plain dangerous as far as fabric purchases go. I bought 5 yards of Island Batik fabric … a solid white and that yummy fan fabric. Plus I bought a panel that I’ll quilt in the near future (you’ve got a peek view of it at the top of the picture).

Nothing was finished this week, but LOTS of things in progress!

  • Fabric Used the past week:  0 yards
  • Fabric Used in 2023:        51.5 yards from non-IB: 20
  • Fabric Bought this week:   5.5 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:     8.5 yards 
  • Net Fabric used:              43 yards 

Just an FYI: I do not count any fabric that is given to me (Island Batik), but this year, I am going to count it as fabric used.

To Do Tuesday

Carol from Quilt Schmilt is hosting “To Do” every week.

The To Do list from last week: I didn’t get a lot ticked off on my list … maybe this next week!

  1. Quilt Melodic Mystery. Not Done partially done. Binding is ready
  2. Quilt Gardenia. Not Done partially done
  3. Bind Chilhowie Not Done binding is cut
  4. Quilt Bird Panels. Not Done
  5. Quilt Nutcracker Not Done
  6. Finish April IB project. √   DONE. If it ever quits raining, I’ll take some pictures!!!!
  7. Finish Mystery Quilt (making and writing). Not Done
  8. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! √   DONE
  9. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes. √   DONE

This week’s list:

  1. Sandwich, Quilt & Bind: IB Catalogue Quilt
  2. Quilt Melodic Mystery. finish quilting and bind
  3. Quilt Gardenia. This will be finished after I teach the class. It’s now hanging at Essem.
  4. Bind Chilhowie
  5. Finish Mystery Quilt (making and writing).
  6. X’s & O’s: Add Border, Quilt & Bind
  7. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  8. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes.

Design Wall

Judy, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week.

Lots of Piecing projects:

  1. May IB challenge : can’t show you the fabric yet – and it’s not started yet!
  2. June IB challenge (The luscious teal and green 10″ stack)
  3. Baby Stars #2
  4. Xs & Os. #1 & #2. – cut with Accuquilt dies

Quilting: These are all sandwiched and ready to quilt …

  • Melodic Mystery – in progress
  • Gardenia – in progress
  • Nutcracker
  • Bird Panel

Upcoming Blog Hops

Moose Stash Quilting: Sew It – Show It: Say What? (my day is April 19)

Just Let Me Quilt: Sew It – Show It: Rose Colored Glasses (My day is May 16)

Moose Stash Quilting: Sew It – Show It: When Pigs Fly

Just Let Me Quilt: Sew It – Show It: Picnic Party

Moose Stash Quilting: Sew It – Show It: Call Me Crazy


One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

Linking to:

Sunday Summation: March 26

SAHRR winners

Roseanne (top left), Anja (bottom left), me (top right) and Emily (bottom right) got together by zoom to choose the winners. We had the list of participants, the linky parties they joined, the list of prizes and a random number generator! It was fast, fun and great to “meet” each other!

      Not all winners have responded to me (I contacted them either in their email, blog comments or IG accounts) and they have until Monday evening to do so. If we haven’t heard from them by then, then we will be drawing for more winners. Here is who I’m waiting to hear from: (please email me at quiltinggail@yahoo.ca). Thank you! All other winners have been notified.

      • Janice from Sing Read Sew.com
      • Laura Kate – Daily Fiber Fun
      • Diann at Little Penguin Quilts

      If you know Janice, Laura Kate or Diann, please tell them to contact me! Thank you!

      One Gift a Month Challenge

      Days Filled with Joy is hosting this challenge. March’s gift is a Round Quilted Pot Holders. See HERE for the tutorial. And no, I haven’t started to think about what fabric I’m going to use!

      Now that March is almost over … I’m sort-of wondering if I’ll make this gift? I made 2 in February – so does that count? LOL!!!

      Stitching Stuff

      Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

      • January – February: 59/ 59
      • March: 26 /26
      • Percentage: 100%

      Stash Report

      Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

      In the last 2 weeks, I’ve used 6 yards for the bargello quilt, 12.5 yards for the free motion ruler quilting quilt. and 2 yards for the “Little Green Apples”

      No further fabric purchases since my last report;

      • Fabric Used the past 2 weeks:  20.5 yards
      • Fabric Used in 2023:        51.5 yards from non-IB: 20
      • Fabric Bought this week:   0 yards
      • Fabric Added this year:     3 yards 
      • Net Fabric used:              48.5 yards 

      Just an FYI: I do not count any fabric that is given to me (Island Batik), but this year, I am going to count it as fabric used.

      To Do Tuesday

      Carol from Quilt Schmilt is hosting “To Do” every week.

      The To Do list from last week: I didn’t get a lot ticked off on my list … maybe this next week!

      1. Quilt Melodic Mystery. Not Done
      2. Quilt Gardenia. Not Done
      3. Quilt Chilhowie Not Done I started this – did a short demo of wild quilting at a guild function.
      4. Quilt Bird Panels. Not Done
      5. Quilt Nutcracker Not Done
      6. Start April IB project. √   DONE
      7. Finish Mystery Quilt (making and writing). Not Done
      8. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE
      9. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE

      This week’s list:

      The purple text items are my priority. If I get beyond those, I’ll be extremely happy!

      1. Pack for the upcoming retreat!
      2. Quilt Melodic Mystery.
      3. Quilt Gardenia.
      4. Quilt Chilhowie
      5. Quilt Bird Panels.
      6. Quilt Nutcracker
      7. Finish April IB project.
      8. Finish Mystery Quilt (making and writing).
      9. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
      10. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

      Design Wall

      Judy, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week.

      Piecing:

      1. April IB project. in progress …
      2. ??? Maybe start May IB challenge
      3. ??? Maybe start June IB challenge (The fabric in the last photo)

      Quilting: These are all sandwiched and ready to quilt …

      • Melodic Mystery
      • Gardenia
      • Chilhowie – started
      • Nutcracker
      • Bird Panel

      Upcoming Blog Hops

      Moose Stash Quilting: Sew It – Show It: Say What? (my day is April 19)

      Island Batik May Challenge

      Just Let Me Quilt: Rose Colored Glasses (May)


      One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

      Happy Quilting! 
      Gail 

      Linking to:

      Sunday Summation: March 5 ’23

      SAHRR

      Have you been following the Stay At Home Round Robin? Last week was Round #6: Pinwheels. I’m using fabric collection “Baby Bloomers”  (by Kathy Engle for Karen Overton). I absolutely LOVE the fabrics in this collection! On March 13, we will have a parade of all the SAHRR quilts! It’ll be fun to see all the different ones!

      One Gift a Month Challenge

      Days Filled with Joy is hosting this challenge. March’s gift is a Round Quilted Pot Holders. See HERE for the tutorial.

      Here’s my January and February gifts:

      Stitching Stuff

      Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

      • January – February: 59/ 59
      • March: 5 / 5
      • Percentage: 100%

      Stash Report

      Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

      In the last 2 weeks, I’ve used 6 yards for the star quilt, 1/2 yard for the heart pouches and 2 yards for the bags …

      I’d be lying if this meme was still true! I needed backing. I knew exactly what I needed an my husband went and picked it up … so (maybe) I could technically say I haven’t bought any fabric yet this year … but in reality, I did send my husband to the store for it!

      • Fabric Used this week:     8.5 yards
      • Fabric Used in 2023:        18.5 yards from non-IB: 14.5
      • Fabric Bought this week:   3 yards
      • Fabric Added this year:     3 yards 
      • Net Fabric used:              24 yards 

      Just an FYI: I do not count any fabric that is given to me (Island Batik), but this year, I am going to count it as fabric used.

      To Do Tuesday

      Carol from Quilt Schmilt is now hosting “To Do” every week.

      The To Do list from last week:

      1. Finish Gardenia to flimsy stage. √   DONE
      2. Melodic Mystery: Finish top. √   DONE
      3. Chilhowie: start quilting. Not Done
      4. Quilt Bird Panels Not Done
      5. Quilt Nutcracker Not Done
      6. Start March Island Batik Challenge. √   DONE
      7. Start Dust off a Quilt Book project. √   DONE. and blog post written
      8. Work on Little Green Apples blog hop project. √   DONE
      9. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE
      10. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE

      This week’s list:

      For me, this list is big … it’s what’s on my To Do list, but the ones with purple text are my priority. If I get beyond those, I’ll be extremely happy!

      1. Sandwhich Gardenia
      2. Melodic Mystery: Sandwhich
      3. Chilhowie: start quilting.
      4. Quilt Bird Panels
      5. Quilt Nutcracker
      6. Finish March Island Batik Challenge.
      7. Work on Little Green Apples blog hop project.
      8. Finish Mystery Quilt (making and writing)
      9. Bind SAHRR ’23
      10. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
      11. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

      Design Wall

      Judy, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week.

      Piecing:

      1. Little Green Apples blog hop project
      2. March Island Batik project.

      Quilting:

      • Chilhowie
      • Nutcracker is ready to quilt
      • Bird Panel is ready to quilt

      Upcoming Blog Hops

      Beaquilter: Dust off a Quilt Book (Mar 7)

      Just Let Me Quilt: Little Green Apples (March)

      Moose Stash Quilting: Sew It – Show It: Say What? (my day is April 19)


      One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

      Happy Quilting! 
      Gail 

      Linking to:

      Sunday Summation: February 19 ’23

      SAHRR

      Have you been following the Stay At Home Round Robin? Last week was Round #4: Flying Geese! I’m using fabric collection “Baby Bloomers”  (by Kathy Engle for Karen Overton). I absolutely LOVE the fabrics in this collection! As you can see from the picture below, there’s a range of colours! Each one is SEW pretty!

      Come back tomorrow and see what the latest prompt is!

      One Gift a Month Challenge

      Days Filled with Joy is hosting this challenge. February’s gift is a Heart Shaped Zipper Pouch. See HERE for the tutorial.

      At first, I thought this little pouch is too small, and then I spotted my ear buds, lying there, the connecting wires spread here and there … they need somewhere safe to live! So I’m going to be making one for me! I think I’ll make 2.

      Since, it calls for 5″ squares, I went to my Island Batik stash and found some beautiful heart prints from a stash builder roll! Perfect! Hearts for a Heart Shaped pouch! Aren’t these pretty fabrics?

      Stitching Stuff

      Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

      • January: 31 / 31
      • February: 19 / 19
      • Percentage: 100%

      Stash Report

      Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

      Lots of fabric used since last time I posted about my stash. The Lone Star Quilt Used 7.5 yards of fabric and the Puff Quilt used 6 yards

      I can still brag … ! I’ve made it one month and a bit … can I make it for 2 months?

      • Fabric Used this week:     13.5 yards
      • Fabric Used in 2023:        18.5 yards from non-IB: 9 yards
      • Fabric Bought this week:   0 yards
      • Fabric Added this year:     0 yards 
      • Net Fabric used:              18.5 yards 

      Just an FYI: I do not count any fabric that is given to me (Island Batik), but this year, I am going to count it as fabric used.

      To Do Tuesday

      Carol from Quilt Schmilt is now hosting “To Do” every week.

      The To Do list from a few weeks ago:

      of course, having 2 weeks, makes it easier to ‘get er done – grin!!!

      1. Quilt Bird Panels not done
      2. Quilt Naturescape Lone Star √   DONE. and posted!
      3. Work on Gardenia. √   DONE
      4. Work on Melodic Mystery: January’s clue √   DONE
      5. Sandwich Chilhowie √   DONE
      6. Work on February Sweet on You Blog Hop project. √   DONE
      7. Sandwich Nutcracker √   DONE
      8. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE
      9. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE

      This week’s list:

      For me, this list is big … it’s what’s on my To Do list, but the ones with purple text are my priority. If I get beyond those, I’ll be extremely happy!

      1. Finish Gardenia to flimsy stage
      2. Melodic Mystery: Finish top
      3. Chilhowie: start quilting
      4. Quilt Bird Panels
      5. Quilt Nutcracker
      6. Start March Island Batik Challenge
      7. Start Dust off a Quilt Book project
      8. Work on Little Green Apples blog hop project
      9. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
      10. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

      Design Wall

      Judy, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week.

      Piecing:

      1. Melodic Mystery – finish top (left picture)
      2. Gardenia – finish top (centre picture)
      3. March Island Batik project (right picture)

      Quilting:

      • Chilhowie
      • Nutcracker is ready to quilt
      • Bird Panel is ready to quilt

      Upcoming Blog Hops

      Moose Stash Quilting: Sew It – Show It: Sweet on You (my day is February 22) – this week!!!

      Beaquilter: Dust off a Quilt Book (Mar 7)

      Just Let Me Quilt: Sew It – Show It: Little Green Apples (March)

      Moose Stash Quilting: Sew It – Show It: Say What? (April 19)


      Current Blog Hop

      Week 3 starts Monday!

      Take a look at the following snapshots of some of the fabrics in each collection. Which is your favourite?

      Week 3:

      February 20:

      Brittany Fisher @ Bobbin’ with Brittany

      Lisa Pickering @ Lisa’s Quilting Passion

      February 21:

      Mania Hatziioannidi @ Mania for Quilts

      Victoria Johnson @ Forever Quilting 4 You

      February 22:

      Pamela Boatright @ Pamela Quilts

      Lana Russel @ Lana Quilts

      February 23:

      Jennifer Thomas @ Curlicue Creations

      Maryellen McAuliffe @ Mary Mack Made Mine

      February 24:

      (Island Batik: Blog Hop Week 3 Round Up + giveaway)

      Week 4:

      February 27:

      Connie Kauffman @ Kauffman Designs

      Leah Malasky @ Quilted Delights

      Sweet on You

      There promises to be a lot of wonderful projects with this hop! Many of my blogging friends are participating and I know they do awesome work! Come and join in the fun and be inspired!

      Monday Feb 20

      Tuesday Feb 21

      Wednesday Feb 22

      Thursday Feb 23

      One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

      Happy Quilting! 
      Gail 

      Linking to:

      Sunday Summation: Jan 29 ’23

      Island Batik Unboxing Videos

      Island Batik ambassadors have been posting their Unboxing Videos on their blogs and social media! It’s a great way to “meet” the ambassador’s and see all the awesome fabric and goodies they have received from Island Batik and the industry partners. My day to post is tomorrow … so stay tuned!

      Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
      Renee Atkinson ~ Pink Tulip Quilting
      Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
      Susan Deshensky ~ Lady Blue Quilts
      Brittany Fisher ~ Bobbin with Brittany

      Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
      Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
      Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
      Victoria Johnson ~ Forever Quilting for You
      Randi Jones ~ Randi’s Roost

      Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
      Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
      Denise Looney ~ Quiltery – For The Love Of Geese
      Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
      Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine

      Anorina Morris ~ sameliasmum.com
      Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
      Sarah Pitcher ~ Pitcher’s Boutique
      Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
      Lana Russel ~ Lana Quilts

      Elita Sharpe ~ Busy Needle
      Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
      Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
      Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
      Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt


      Has started!!! Be sure to come back and see all the wonders that are happening!!! If you need some incentive to join in the fun, we have a lot of wonderful sponsors!!! and you could win some fantastic quilting goodies! You can see the beginning posts linked below.

      Please note that I will be posting this week’s SAHRR on Tuesday!

      One Gift a Month Challenge

      Have you heard of this challenge? I’m a sucker for challenges and blog hops … they all keep my creative juices flowing and they also keep me busy in my quilting studio. OK, I admit it, sometimes they keep me TOO busy!

      However, as quilters, we sometimes need to have small gifts on hand … those secret gift exchanges … something little to show someone they are loved … you get the idea.

      Days Filled with Joy is hosting this challenge. This month it’s a little basket that Pink Penguin has a tutorial for (See HERE). Since I just found out about this challenge last week, I’m not sure I’ll get this basket done before the end of the month … but it might be done in February! However, I have started it! The fabric is cut out and I started sewing the little blocks together. The fabric is Island Batik from the Deco Revival collection.

      Are you going to join me in this challenge????

      Stitching Stuff

      Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

      • January: 29 / 29
      • Percentage: 100%

      Stash Report

      Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

      I did finish 3 table toppers … They used Island Batik fabrics, Hobbs 80/20 batting and Aurifil thread #2600 (Dove Grey) for the piecing, quilting and binding.

      I can still brag … !

      • Fabric Used this week:    yards
      • Fabric Used in 2023:       4 yards
      • Fabric Bought this week:  0 yards
      • Fabric Added this year:    0 yards 
      • Net Fabric used:               4 yards 

      Just an FYI: I do not count any fabric that is given to me (Island Batik), but this year, I am going to count it as fabric used.

      To Do Tuesday

      Carol from Quilt Schmilt is now hosting “To Do” every week.

      The To Do list from a last week:

      1. Finish the sashing and borders Clue #7 Chilhowie √   DONE
      2. Classic Cars Colour Challenge BOM – Sept / Oct. in progress. (Just a note, I am working ahead on this so that the finished quilt is done in time for the final reveal. )
      3. More Nutcracker colouring. in progress
      4. Continue working on Island Batik February project in progress
      5. Sandwich Bird Panels not done
      6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE
      7. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  not done I started the One Gift a Month challenge.

      This week’s list:

      1. Sandwich Bird Panels
      2. Sandwich Chilhowie
      3. Work on February Sweet on You Blog Hop project
      4. Bind Island Batik’s February project
      5. Finish colouring Nutcracker
      6. Finish “One Gift a Month” project
      7. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
      8. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

      Design Wall

      Judy, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week.

      Piecing:

      1. Classic Cars Colour Challenge BOM. (sorry no picture)
      2. February Sweet on You Blog Hop project
      3. One Gift a Month

      Quilting:

      Naturescape Lone Star is ready to quilt

      Binding:

      Island Batik’s February project … Sorry, just a glimpse of the fabric … you’ll have to wait until February 13 to see the whole quilt.

      Upcoming Blog Hops

      Island Batik: February Blog Hop! (My day is February 13)

      Moose Stash Quilting: Sew It – Show It: Sweet on You (my day is February 22)

      Beaquilter: Dust off a Quilt Book (Mar 7)

      Just Let Me Quilt: Little Green Apples (March)

      One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

      Happy Quilting! 
      Gail 

      Linking to:

      Sunday Summation Jan. 22 ’23

      Has started!!! Be sure to come back and see all the wonders that are happening!!! If you need some incentive to join in the fun, we have a lot of wonderful sponsors!!! and you could win some fantastic quilting goodies!

      Classic Car BOM

      The colour for January is pink. I used scraps of Island Batik to make this beautiful block. Visit Patterns by Jen to download the pattern this month. It’s free until the end of the month. She also has a video to help you make the funky flying geese!

      Stitching Stuff

      Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

      • January: 22 / 22
      • Percentage: 100%

      Stash Report

      Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

      I did finish this little wall hanging … and used 1 yard of fabric!

      Actually, I could brag … it was a bit hard to resist going shopping with other retreaters … but I resisted!

      • Fabric Used this week:    yards
      • Fabric Used in 2023:       1 yards
      • Fabric Bought this week:  0 yards
      • Fabric Added this year:    0 yards 
      • Net Fabric used:               1 yards 

      Just an FYI: I do not count any fabric that is given to me (Island Batik), but this year, I am going to count it as fabric used.

      To Do Tuesday

      Carol from Quilt Schmilt is now hosting “To Do” every week.

      The To Do list from a last week:

      1. Finish the sashing and borders Clue #7 Chilhowie. in progress
      2. Classic Cars Colour Challenge BOM – Sept / Oct in progress – blocks are cut
      3. More Nutcracker colouring. in progress
      4. Sandwich Naturescape Lone Star. √   DONE
      5. Work on Shades of Blue Blog Hop project in progress
      6. Continue working on Island Batik February project in progress
      7. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE
      8. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE

      This week’s list:

      1. Finish the sashing and borders Clue #7 Chilhowie
      2. Classic Cars Colour Challenge BOM – Sept / Oct
      3. More Nutcracker colouring.
      4. Finish Shades of Blue Blog Hop project – I post on the 26th!
      5. Continue working on Island Batik February project
      6. Sandwich Bird Panels
      7. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
      8. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

      Design Wall

      Judy, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week. Piecing:

      1. Classic Cars Colour Challenge BOM – Sept / Oct
      2. Chilhowie – Clue #7, sashing and borders picture shows most of the sashing blocks ready to sew … still in progress
      3. Island Batik February project – isn’t the fabric beautiful?
      4. Shades of Blue Blog Hop project – need to ‘get er done!’

      Quilting:

      Naturescape Lone Star is ready to quilt

      The bird panels are ready for sandwiching.

      Current Blog Hop

      Shades of Blue

      This blog hop starts Monday, hosted by Creatin’ in the Sticks: here are the links to all the participants:

      Monday, January 23rd

      Tuesday, January 24th

      Wednesday, January 25th

      Thursday, January 26th

      Upcoming Blog Hops

      Moose Stash Quilting: Sew It – Show It: Sweet on You (February 22)

      Island Batik: February Blog Hop!

      Beaquilter: Dust off a Quilt Book (Mar 7)

      Just Let Me Quilt: Little Green Apples (March)

      One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

      Happy Quilting! 
      Gail 

      Linking to:

      Sunday Summation: January 15, ’23

      Starts tomorrow!!! Be sure to come back and see all the wonders that are happening!!! If you need some incentive to join in the fun, we have a lot of wonderful sponsors!!! and you could win some fantastic quilting goodies!

      Stitching Stuff

      Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

      • January: 15 / 15
      • Percentage: 100%

      Stash Report

      Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

      In 2023, I haven’t finished any projects, so haven’t used any fabric, but I haven’t bought any either!

      • Fabric Used this week:    yards
      • Fabric Used in 2023:       0 yards
      • Fabric Bought this week:  0 yards
      • Fabric Added this year:    0 yards 
      • Net Fabric used:                0 yards 

      Just an FYI: I do not count any fabric that is given to me (Island Batik), but this year, I am going to count it as fabric used.

      To Do Tuesday

      Carol from Quilt Schmilt is now hosting “To Do” every week.

      The To Do list from a last week:

      1. Start Clue #7 Chilhowie. √   DONE
      2. Classic Cars Colour Challenge BOM – July / Aug √   DONE
      3. Start colouring Nutcracker. √   DONE
      4. Work on Naturescape Lone Star. √   DONE
      5. Start Island Batik February project
      6. Pack for retreat! √   DONE
      7. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE
      8. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE

      This week’s list:

      1. Finish the sashing and borders fClue #7 Chilhowie
      2. Classic Cars Colour Challenge BOM – Sept / Oct
      3. More Nutcracker colouring.
      4. Sandwich Naturescape Lone Star.
      5. Work on Shades of Blue Blog Hop project
      6. Continue working on Island Batik February project
      7. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
      8. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

      Design Wall

      Judy, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week. Piecing:

      1. Classic Cars Colour Challenge BOM
      2. Chilhowie – Clue #7, sashing and borders picture shows most of the sashing blocks ready to sew …
      3. Island Batik February project – isn’t the fabric beautiful?
      4. Shades of Blue Blog Hop project

      Quilting:

      Nothing … I need to colour the Nutcracker before I can start quilting!

      Naturescape Lone Star is ready for sandwiching …

      Maybe I’ll get Chilhowie to the flimsy stage!

      The Quilt More just needs to be trimmed and bound.

      The bird panels are ready for sandwiching.

      Upcoming Blog Hops

      Creatin’ in the Sticks: Sew It – Show It: Shades of Blue (January) My day is January 26!

      Moose Stash Quilting: Sew It – Show It: Sweet on You (February)

      Island Batik: February Blog Hop!

      Just Let Me Quilt: Little Green Apples (March)

      Plans for 2023

      There are a few things I’m planning for 2023. More details in the coming weeks.

      • PHD in 2023 – come and join us! It’s a great way to decrease your UFOs!
      • 2023 SAHRR – starts January 16!!! TOMORROW!! And we have some fantastic sponsors!
      • 2023 Appliqué  BOM (I bet this surprises a LOT of people!) – This will start later in January … I’m still working out the details!
      • Winter 2023 Mystery Quilt – probably start in February or early March

      One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

      Happy Quilting! 
      Gail 

      Linking to:

      Sunday Summation – Jan 8 ’23

      I’ve been busy, but don’t have much to show for it!

      I’m going to a 4 day retreat tomorrow and hope to get a LOT done! Well … you know how that goes … I take a dozen projects to work on and finish one or 2! LOL!!!

      Here’s my list of what I’m taking:

      • Birds panel (ufo)
      • Wallet #1 (ufo)
      • Wallet #2 (ufo)
      • Colour BOM (ufo)
      • MSQ wall hanging (Quilt More, Worry Less)
      • Chilhowie
      • Shades of Blue project
      • Nutcracker and Inktense pencils

      Stitching Stuff

      Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

      2022 Stitching!

      • Total:  318 / 365
      • Percentage = 87% 

      2023 Stitching

      • January: 8 / 8
      • Percentage: 100%

      Stash Report

      Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

      In 2022, I used a net total of 76.5 yards of fabric.

      • Fabric Used since the last report    yards
      • Fabric Used this year:       109.5 yards
      • Fabric Bought this week:  0 yards
      • Fabric Added this year:    33 yards 
      • Net Fabric used:                76.5 yards 

      In 2023, I haven’t finished any projects, so haven’t used any fabric, but I haven’t bought any either!

      To Do Tuesday

      Carol from Quilt Schmilt is now hosting “To Do” every week.

      The To Do list from a last week:

      1. Start Clue #6 Chilhowie. √   DONE
      2. Classic Cars Colour Challenge BOM – May / June √   DONE
      3. Re-do Nutcracker. … when I went to start colouring the Nutcracker, I realized that many of the black lines had run … well, duh, Helen said to use UNWASHED calico … and Batik has been washed a zillion times … √   DONE
      4. Work on Naturescape Lone Star. √   DONE
      5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE
      6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE

      This week’s list:

      1. Start Clue #7 Chilhowie
      2. Classic Cars Colour Challenge BOM – July / Aug
      3. Start colouring Nutcracker.
      4. Work on Naturescape Lone Star
      5. Start Island Batik February project.
      6. Pack for retreat!
      7. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
      8. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

      Design Wall

      Judy, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week. Piecing:

      1. Classic Cars Colour Challenge BOM
      2. Chilhowie – Clue #7, sashing and borders
      3. Naturescape Lone Star …. after making the Lone Star for the December Island Batik challenge, I fell in LOVE with Lone Stars!!! I just happened to have an Island Batik 2 1/2” strip pack of Naturescape with coordinating green and so I started sewing and cutting! Yes, there is a LOT of matching of seams … every. single. one. But the end result is great – even if I can’t sew at 100 miles an hour!

      Quilting:

      Nothing … I need to colour the Nutcracker before I can start quilting!

      And maybe I’ll get the Naturescape Lone Star top ready for sandwhiching …

      And maybe I’ll get Chilhowie to the flimsy stage!

      Upcoming Blog Hops

      Creatin’ in the Sticks: Sew It – Show It: Shades of Blue (January)

      Moose Stash Quilting: Sew It – Show It: Sweet on You (February)

      Island Batik: February Blog Hop!

      Just Let Me Quilt: Little Green Apples (March)

      Plans for 2023

      There are a few things I’m planning for 2023. More details in the coming weeks.

      • PHD in 2023 – come and join us! It’s a great way to decrease your UFOs!
      • 2023 SAHRR – starts January 16!!! In just over a week!! And we have some fantastic sponsors!
      • 2023 Appliqué  BOM (I bet this surprises a LOT of people!) – This will start later in January … I’m still working out the details!
      • Winter 2023 Mystery Quilt – probably start in February or early March

      One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

      Happy Quilting! 
      Gail 

      Linking to:

      Tuesday’s Thoughts

      I hope that everyone had a pleasant Christmas – if you celebrate! I know there were lots of changes in travel plans because of the weather across Canada and the USA. So, hopefully, you were able to celebrate with your loved ones!

      A Dog Quilt

      My daughter has been complaining that her beloved dog did not have a quilt of her own … so I decided I’d make one for Christmas for her. I went to my “dog” fabric bin and found this panel! Viola! A simple dog quilt. I quilted it with Silly Moon’s Cupid ruler. So fun to have hearts all over it! I think she loves her quilt!

      Stitching Stuff

      Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

      Lots of stitching in the past week!

      • January – November: 288 / 333
      • Dec:  24 / 25
      • Total:  324 / 358
      • Percentage = 87% 

      Stash Report

      Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

      The dog’s quilt used 2.5 yards of fabric for the front, back and binding!

      My goal each year is to have a net fabric of 100 yards used. I didn’t make it this year! But at least I used more than I bought!

      • Fabric Used since the last report   2.5  yards
      • Fabric Used this year:       112 yards
      • Fabric Bought this week:  0 yards
      • Fabric Added this year:    33 yards 
      • Net Fabric used:                79 yards 

      To Do

      Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is hosting “To Do” every week.

      The To Do list from last week:

      1. Finish Clue #4 Chilhowie. √   DONE,
      2. Start Classic Cars Colour Challenge BOM – Jan / Feb. √   DONE,
      3. Start colouring the Nutcracker not done
      4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE
      5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE

      This week’s list:

      1. Start Clue #5 Chilhowie
      2. Classic Cars Colour Challenge BOM – Mar / Apr
      3. Re-do Nutcracker. … when I went to start colouring the Nutcracker, I realized that many of the black lines had run … well, duh, Helen said to use UNWASHED calico … and Batik has been washed a zillion times … so I need to re-trace it on some unwashed fabric!
      4. Work on Naturescape Lone Star
      5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
      6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

      Design Wall

      Judy, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week. Piecing:

      1. Classic Cars Colour Challenge BOM
      2. Chilhowie – Clue #5 When I went to start the block assembly, I realized that I had missed part of Clue #1 … so I’m currently catching up and finishing Clue #1!
      3. Naturescape Lone Star …. after making the Lone Star for the December Island Batik challenge, I fell in LOVE with Lone Stars!!! I just happened to have an Island Batik 2 1/2” strip pack of Naturescape with coordinating green and so I started sewing and cutting! Yes, there is a LOT of matching of seams … every. single. one. But the end result is great – even if I can’t sew at 100 miles an hour!

      Quilting:

      Nothing … I need to re-trace the Nutcracker before I can start colouring and then quilting!

      Upcoming Blog Hops

      Creatin’ in the Sticks: Sew It – Show It: Shades of Blue (January)

      Moose Stash Quilting: Sew It – Show It: Sweet on You (February)

      Plans for 2023

      There are a few things I’m planning for 2023. More details in the coming weeks.

      • PHD in 2023
      • 2023 SAHRR
      • 2023 Appliqué  BOM (I bet this surprises a LOT of people!)
      • Winter 2023 Mystery Quilt

      One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

      Happy Quilting! 
      Gail 

      Linking to:

      Monday Moments: Dec 19 ’22

      The Mystery Quilt is done!!!

      If you missed the parade, it’s worth taking a look! See THIS POST.

      Lone Star Blog Hop: Week 3

      This blog hop is pretty fantastic!!!! Lots and lots of eye candy !!!! Make sure you visit each of the bloggers to see their wonderful creations!

      December 19:

      Mania Hatziioannidi

      Michelle Roberts


      December 20:

      Pamela Boatright

      Connie Kauffman

      Sandra Stanfield


      December 21:

      Jane Hauprich

      Lisa Pickering


      December 22:

      Brianna Roberts


      Elizabeth DeCroos

      Anorina Morris

      December 23:

      Visit Island Batik’s Blog for your opportunity to win!

      Another Finished Branches Table Runner

      I decided that I needed another table runner for the top of my piano. I chose a beautiful dark blue Island Batik fabric called “Ravine” and paired it with “Rice. This was also a DREMI: DRop Everything And Make It. This is the result:

      Another DREAMI

      I received a lovely charm pack and pattern from Missouri Star Quilting … and I just had to make it! Yup, it was a DRop Everything And Make It project! Such a fun project.

      Another UFO Finish

      The Spicy Colour Challenge quilt was started last December and I finally got it finished this month! You can read about it HERE. That makes 12 UFOs that I’ve finished this year. SEW … I will be getting my PHD in 2022. However, I still have a list of UFOs that need to be finished, so I will be having PHD in 2023!

      • Island Batik Fabric
      • Hobbs 80/20 on the inside
      • Aurifil thread (to piece and quilt)

      Stitching Stuff

      Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

      Lots of stitching in the past week!

      • January – November: 288 / 333
      • Dec:  18 / 18
      • Total:  306 / 351
      • Percentage = 87% 

      Stash Report

      Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

      However, this week, I went out to Chilliwack to Cozy Cotton Quilting to pick up some quilts, deliver patterns and give her another quilt for display. Angela had recently received a lot of Island Batik bolts (mostly from the Pumpkin Spice collection) and I just couldn’t resist … so I had 3 fabrics cut for me! Aren’t they beautiful ???? I will definitely be making the trip out to Cozy Cotton just to buy Island Batik fabric!!!

      The Spicy BOM used 4.5 yards of fabric. The newest branches table runner used 1 yard. And the mugs / snowflake used 1.5 yards

      • Fabric Used since the last report    yards
      • Fabric Used this year:       109.5 yards
      • Fabric Bought this week:  3.5 yards
      • Fabric Added this year:    33 yards 
      • Net Fabric used:                76.5 yards 

      To Do

      Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is hosting “To Do” every week.

      The To Do list from last week:

      1. Finish my Winter Branches Table runner. √   DONE,
      2. Work on and Finish a UFO (a wallet). √   DONE,
      3. Finish Clue #3 Chilhowie. √   DONE,
      4. Write blog post : Spicy BOM. √   DONE,
      5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE
      6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE

      This week’s list:

      1. Finish Clue #4 Chilhowie
      2. Start Classic Cars Colour Challenge BOM – Jan / Feb
      3. Start colouring the Nutcracker
      4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
      5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

      Design Wall

      Judy, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week. I must apologize, I’ve been calling Judy by the wrong name !!! I’m so glad that she let me know and now I’m calling her by the correct name!

      Piecing:

      1. Classic Cars Colour Challenge BOM
      2. Chilhowie – Clue #4 in progress

      Quilting:

      Once I do some colouring with Inktense pencils, I’ll start quilting the Nutcracker. Here he is on my window for tracing.

      Upcoming & Current Blog Hops

      Island Batik‘s December’s Lone Star Blog Hop. Week #3 is started! LOTS and LOTS of fabulous quilts!

      Creatin’ in the Sticks: Sew It – Show It: Shades of Blue (January)

      Moose Stash Quilting: Sew It – Show It: Sweet on You (February)

      Plans for 2023

      There are a few things I’m planning for 2023. More details in the coming weeks.

      • PHD in 2023
      • 2023 SAHRR (with some wonderful sponsors this year!)
      • 2023 Appliqué  BOM (I bet this surprises a LOT of people!)
      • Winter 2023 Mystery Quilt

      One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

      Happy Quilting! 
      Gail 

      Linking to:

      Sunday Summation: December 11 ’23

      My Finished Branches Table Runner

      I taught the “Winter Branches” Table runner at Essem and I worked on my own table runner, but didn’t get it finished in class. But, it’s finished now!  I used an Island Batik fabric from the Napa Valley collection along with Custard. There is Hobbs 80/20 on the inside and I quilted the straight lines with a walking foot and Aurifil #2311 (Muslin).

      A UFO Finish

      I finally finished this wallet! The outside is Cork and the inside is Island Batik fabric from the Napa Valley collection. The pattern is “The Necessary Clutch” by Emmaline Bags. For the twist clasp, the pattern said to follow manufacture’s directions. HUH!!! There were none!!! A friend of mine, Irene, told me to look at Spenser Ogg’s tutorial, How to Apply a Twist Lock. Spenser is brilliant. Her tutorial is great! This wallet would have been thrown in the trash if I hadn’t been able to do the twist lock. Thanks, Irene!!!

      Now I can finally use this wallet! The cork on my current Necessary Clutch is falling apart. I’ve sprayed the new wallet’s cork with leather conditioner, so hopefully it will last longer than the first one. But really, 5 years isn’t too bad!

      This is the wallet I made in 2018 … almost 5 years ago! And how it looks today. You can see how the cork is wearing at the edges and some of it is peeling off.

      The Mystery Quilt is done!!!

      This is a super simple mystery quilt! It is my own design. I designed it for the Boundary Bay Quilt Guild, but I’ve shared it with YOU as well!

      The Parade is on Tuesday, Dec. 13, so be sure to come and see the wonderful quilts!

      Here are 8 clues.

      • Oct 18: Clue #1: Fabric Requirements and Cutting HERE
      • Oct 25: Clue #2: HERE
      • Nov 1: Clue #3 HERE
      • Nov 8: Clue #4 HERE
      • Nov 15: Clue #5 This Post
      • Nov 22: Clue #6 HERE
      • Nov 29: Clue #7 this post
      • Dec 6: Clue #8. – HERE
      • Dec 13: Mystery Quilt Parade

      Stitching Stuff

      Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

      Lots of stitching in the past week!

      • January – November: 288 / 333
      • Dec:  11 / 11
      • Total:  299 / 344
      • Percentage = 86% 

      Stash Report

      Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

      • Back of Lone Star Quilt – 4 yards
      • Back of Fall Mystery Quilt – 3.5 yards
      • Back of Left-over from Lone Star 3.5 yards
      • Back of Branches Table Runner – 1 yard
      • Fabric Used since the last report   12  yards
      • Fabric Used this year:       102.5 yards
      • Fabric Bought this week:  0 yards
      • Fabric Added this year:    29.5 yards 
      • Net Fabric used:                73 yards 

      To Do

      Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is hosting “To Do” every week.

      The To Do list from last week:

      1. Finish my Winter Branches Table runner. √   DONE,
      2. Work on and Finish a UFO (a wallet). √   DONE,
      3. Work on Melodic Mystery Quilt finish fixing all the mistakes! √   DONE,
      4. Finish Clue #2 Chilhowie  √   DONE
      5. Write blog post : Spicy BOM in progress
      6. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE
      7. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE

      This week’s list:

      1. Start colouring the Nutcracker
      2. Finish Clue #3 Chilhowie
      3. Write blog post : Spicy BOM
      4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
      5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

      Design Wall

      Donna, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week.

      Piecing:

      1. Chilhowie – Clue #3 in progress … and they are on my Prairie Spirit Alpaca/wool pressing mat!!! LOVE the mat!

      Quilting:

      Once I do some colouring with Inktense pencils, I’ll start quilting the Nutcracker. Here he is on my window for tracing.

      Upcoming & Current Blog Hops

      Island Batik‘s December’s Lone Star Blog Hop. Week #1 is done! What a fabulous collection of Lone Stars. Week #2’s schedule is below.

      Creatin’ in the Sticks: Sew It – Show It: Shades of Blue (January)

      Moose Stash Quilting: Sew It – Show It: Sweet on You (February)

      December 12:

      Reed Johnson

      Suzy Webster


      December 13:

      Jennifer Fulton

      Gail Renna


      December 14:

      Denise Looney

      Claudia Porter


      December 15:

      Leah Malasky

      Andi Stanfield

      One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

      Happy Quilting! 
      Gail 

      Linking to:

      Sunday Summation: Nov. 27 ’22

      The Mystery Quilt is well on it’s way!!!

      This is a super simple mystery quilt! It is my own design. I designed it for the Boundary Bay Quilt Guild, but I’m going to be sharing it with YOU as well!

      This quilt will finish at 43″ x 53″

      There are 8 clues. They will all come out on Tuesdays, starting October 18.

      • Oct 18: Clue #1: Fabric Requirements and Cutting HERE
      • Oct 25: Clue #2: HERE
      • Nov 1: Clue #3 HERE
      • Nov 8: Clue #4 HERE
      • Nov 15: Clue #5 This Post
      • Nov 22: Clue #6 HERE
      • Nov 29: Clue #7
      • Dec 6: Clue #8
      • Dec 13: Mystery Quilt Parade

      This week’s class

      I will be teaching this table runner at Essem on Wednesday. I believe there is still room for one more. You can register for it HERE. This table runner will take you into the freeing world of slightly abstract and each table runner will be unique.

      Stitching Stuff

      Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

      Lots of stitching in the past week!

      • January – October: 258 / 303
      • Nov:  27 /27
      • Total:  285 / 331
      • Percentage = 86% 

      Stash Report

      Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

      The backing for this quilt used 4 yards of fabric. You can see details of this quilt HERE.

      Fabric: Island Batik Citified collection, FMQ with Aurifil thread, Hobbs 80/20 batting in the middle!

      But I did go shopping. I stopped in at Castle’s Sewing Centre and just HAD to buy some of their Island Batik fabrics! I bought 1 meter of each! Aren’t they just beautiful???????

      • Fabric Used since the last report    yards
      • Fabric Used this year:       90 yards
      • Fabric Bought this week:  6 yards
      • Fabric Added this year:    29.5 yards 
      • Net Fabric used:                60.5 yards 

      To Do

      Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is hosting “To Do” every week.

      The To Do list from last week ago:

      1. Work on and Finish a UFO (a wallet) not DONE
      2. Work on Melodic Mystery Quilt – and fix all the mistakes! not DONE
      3. Make December Spicy BOM √   DONE
      4. Web Spicy BOM √   DONE
      5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE
      6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE

      This week’s list:

      1. Work on and Finish a UFO (a wallet)
      2. Work on Melodic Mystery Quilt – and fix all the mistakes!
      3. Finish Clue #1 Chilhowie
      4. Quilt Spicy BOM
      5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
      6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

      Design Wall

      Donna, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week.

      Piecing:

      1. Melodic Mystery Quilt: November clue is done … but I still haven’t fixed my previous mistakes. It’s not too late for you to start … the clues are at Meadow Mist Designs.
      2. Chilhowie – Clue #1 in progress
      3. Extra fabric from Citified

      Quilting:

      Spicy BOM is waiting!

      Upcoming Blog Hop

      Creatin’ in the Sticks: Sew It – Show It: Shades of Blue (January)

      Island Batik‘s December’s Lone Star Blog Hop

      Shades of Blue

      Coming in 2023!

      I’ve had a few emails … and yes, Some blogging friends and I will be hosting a Stay at Home Round Robin, starting mid January!

      AND … to help you reduce your UFOs, there will be the PHD in 2023!

      More info on both these events to come in December!

      One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

      Happy Quilting! 
      Gail 

      Linking to:

      Sunday Summation: Nov. 20 ’22

      Spicy BOM

      Patterns by Jen has hosted a Spicy BOM this year. November’s Spice is Cloves. The block on the left is November’s block – with alterations … The photo on the right is all of the blocks so far this year. You can get November’s block FREE – for the rest of the month … HERE. I’ve used scraps of Island Batik fabrics to make these blocks … that’s why some of the pieces are pieced together!

      The Mystery Quilt has started!

      This is a super simple mystery quilt! It is my own design. I designed it for the Boundary Bay Quilt Guild, but I’m going to be sharing it with YOU as well!

      This quilt will finish at 43″ x 53″

      There are 8 clues. They will all come out on Tuesdays, starting October 18.

      • Oct 18: Clue #1: Fabric Requirements and Cutting HERE
      • Oct 25: Clue #2 HERE
      • Nov 1: Clue #3 HERE
      • Nov 8: Clue #4 This Post
      • Nov 15: Clue #5
      • Nov 22: Clue #6
      • Nov 29: Clue #7
      • Dec 6: Clue #8
      • Dec 13: Mystery Quilt Parade

      New Classes

      I will be teaching several classes at Essem in November. You can register for them HERE. This week it will be learning to use an Easy Angle Ruler for perfect Half-Square Triangles and making a scrappy quilt.

      Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

      Lots of stitching in the past week!

      • January – October: 258 / 303
      • Nov:  20 /20
      • Total:  278 / 324
      • Percentage = 85% 

      Stash Report

      Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

      I finished the little zipper pouches for the Music Blog Hop. They used 1.5 yards of fabric. The travel post quilt used 1.5 yards as well.

      But I did go shopping. A fabric store that is closing had wide back fabric for $10/m. I couldn’t resist! I bought 21 meters! That’s gonna hurt my numbers – but at that price, I just HAD to!

      • Fabric Used since the last report    yards
      • Fabric Used this year:       87.5 yards
      • Fabric Bought this week:  21 yards
      • Fabric Added this year:    44.5 yards 
      • Net Fabric used:                43 yards 

      To Do

      Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is hosting “To Do” every week.

      The To Do list from several weeks ago:

      1. Work on and Finish a UFO (a wallet)not DONE
      2. Make the project for the Music Blog Hop √   DONE
      3. Quilt the IB December project√   DONE
      4. Work on Melodic Mystery Quilt – and fix all the mistakes! November donemistakes not fixed
      5. Finish IB November project √   DONE – and blog post HERE.
      6. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE
      7. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE

      This week’s list:

      1. Work on and Finish a UFO (a wallet)
      2. Work on Melodic Mystery Quilt – and fix all the mistakes!
      3. Make December Spicy BOM
      4. Web Spicy BOM
      5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
      6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

      Design Wall

      Donna, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week.

      Piecing:

      1. Melodic Mystery Quilt: November clue is done … but I still haven’t fixed my previous mistakes. It’s not too late if you want to start this mystery … the clues are at Meadow Mist Designs.
      2. Spicy BOM: Dec block
      3. Spicy BOM: web all the blocks into a top
      4. UFO – wallet

      Quilting:

      None in progress

      Upcoming Blog Hop

      Creatin’ in the Sticks: Sew It – Show It: Shades of Blue (January)

      Island Batik‘s December’s Lone Star Blog Hop

      Shades of Blue

      One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

      Happy Quilting! 
      Gail 

      Linking to:

      Sunday Summation: Nov. 13 ’22

      A New Project!

      Oh ya!!! I started ANOTHER new project. When my cousin, Connie and I were shopping at the Cloth Shop, we saw these super nifty bowls. I fell in love!!! However, they did not have the pattern in stock. But a couple of weeks later, I was at Chitterchatter fabrics and they had the pattern. Of course I had to buy it! There are 7 different sizes included in the pattern. The pattern is “Goodness Bowl” by Jean Paccagnan. There is even a great youtube video to go with the pattern! And BONUS: Jean Paccagnan is a local designer!!!

      I know it’s English Paper Piecing, but if I only sew for about 10 minutes a day, I’ll eventually get it done!

      I decided to use some beautiful blue scraps of Island Batik fabric.

      Continue reading

      Sunday Summation: November 6 ’22

      A Finish!

      My ironing board cover was a disaster! So many dark marks … I was going to change it before I took it to the retreat a few weeks ago … I’m glad I didn’t, because it gained an iron imprint!

      So, I took 2 layers of Hobbs 80/20 batting and some fabric from my stash and made a new cover! It’s so nice and clean, I almost hate to use it!

      Continue reading

      Monday Moments: October 24 ’22

      I finished a project that I started in January … playing with Inktense pencils. I did the quilting while at the retreat last week. Once I was home, I found the perfect dark green fabric for the binding. This project was a free-motion quilt-along by Helen Godden. The design is free and there are youtube tutorials to guide the quilting. You can access the free design HERE. (Christmas 2019)

      My quilting is nowhere near perfect, but I find doing these little projects certainly helps my quilting and I learn lots as I do the projects.

      I used Black Aurifil thread and red, green and yellow Glide thread. Hobbs 80/20 batting is in the center.

      The Mystery has started!

      This is a super simple mystery quilt! It is my own design. I designed it for the Boundary Bay Quilt Guild, but I’m going to be sharing it with YOU as well!

      This quilt will finish at 43″ x 53″

      There will be 8 clues. They will all come out on Tuesdays, starting October 18.

      • Oct 18: Clue #1: Fabric Requirements and Cutting HERE
      • Oct 25: Clue #2
      • Nov 1: Clue #3
      • Nov 8: Clue #4
      • Nov 15: Clue #5
      • Nov 22: Clue #6
      • Nov 29: Clue #7
      • Dec 6: Clue #8
      • Dec 13: Mystery Quilt Parade

      New Classes

      I will be teaching several classes at Essem in November. You can register for them HERE.

      Stitching Time

      Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

      Lots of stitching in the past week!

      • January – September: 234 / 272
      • Oct :  24 / 24
      • Total:  252 / 297
      • Percentage = 84% 

      Stash Report

      Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

      But, I was at a retreat last week … and The Steam Trunk Craftworks had a pop-up shop … I absolutely NEEDED fabric … so 2 yards just happened to come home with me! Along with some snowflake buttons and tassels. Well, I only needed the white with the blue dots … but the other fabric is so pretty, I couldn’t resist!

      However, the project I finished this week (see the top picture) used 1 yard of fabric.

      • Fabric Used since the last report   1  yards
      • Fabric Used this year:       84 yards
      • Fabric Bought this week:   2 yards
      • Fabric Added this year:    22 yards 
      • Net Fabric used:                62 yards 

      To Do

      Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is hosting “To Do” every week.

      The To Do list from last week:

      1. Winter Branches table runner – MUST do √   DONE and delivered to Essem
      2. Work on and Finish a UFO not DONE I worked on my wallet at the retreat, but I needed eyeglass screwdriver to attach the thing-a-ma-jig …
      3. Quilt the Fall Mystery Quilt not DONE
      4. Work on Melodic Mystery Quilt! √   DONE
      5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE
      6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE

      This week’s list:

      1. Work on and Finish a UFO (a wallet)
      2. Quilt the Fall Mystery Quilt
      3. Work on Melodic Mystery Quilt – and fix all the mistakes!
      4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
      5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

      Design Wall

      Donna, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week.

      Piecing:

      1. Melodic Mystery Quilt: I was working on this at the retreat … I was very tired and made a ton of mistakes … I need to fix those and finish the September clue! It’s not too late for you to start … the clues are at Meadow Mist Designs.
      2. Spicy BOM: Nov & Dec blocks

      Quilting:

      Fall Mystery Quilt

      Upcoming Blog Hop

      Creatin’ in the Sticks: Music Blog hop

      One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

      Happy Quilting! 
      Gail :

      Linking to:

      Monday Moments: Sept 5, 2022

      Look at this beautiful Naturescape pre-cut that I received from Island Batik! Along with 2 yards of Glacier and 2 yards of Large Netting-Pineneedle. PLUS, 4 spools of Aurifil Thread:

      • 50 wt: #4250: Variegated Flamingo
      • 50 wt: #2890: Very Dark Grass Green
      • 40 wt: # 2410: Pale Pink
      • 40 wt: # 2770: Very light Delft

      I’m dreaming of what wonderful quilt I can design with these beauties!!!

      And, I also received this stack of fabrics “Positively Pink,” Breast Cancer Awareness with coordinating yardage for the Pinktober Blog Hop.

      Island Batik Tool Time Blog Hop

      Here is this week’s fabric collections and blogs:

      September 6


      September 7

      Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels

      Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations


      September 8

      Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs

      Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter


      September 9

      Visit Island Batik’s blog to see all of this week’s projects in one place!

      You could win!!

      This week, you have an opportunity to win a fat-quarter bundle of “Bee Kind” or “Baroque.” Both collections are absolutely beautiful!

      a Rafflecopter giveaway https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js

      Stitching Time

      Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

      • January – Aug: 209 / 242
      • Sept:  4 / 4
      • Total:  203 / 236
      • Percentage = 86% 

      Stash Report

      Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

      No finishes since my last update! No shopping.

      • Fabric Used since the last report     yards
      • Fabric Used this year:       75 yards
      • Fabric Bought this week:   0 yards
      • Fabric Added this year:    14 yards 
      • Net Fabric used:                61 yards 

      To Do

      Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is hosting “To Do” every week.

      The To Do list from a few weeks ago:

      1. Quilt Island Batik’s September project √   DONE
      2. Finish dealing with scraps from Island Batik’s September project   √   DONE
      3. Work on project for “Get on Board with Sewing” Blog Hop   √   DONE
      4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE
      5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE

      This week’s list:

      1. Complete Island Batik’s September Blog Hop post
      2. Write “Get on Board with Sewing” Blog Hop post
      3. Start Pinktober’s project
      4. Work on “Queen of Gadgets” blog hop project
      5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
      6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

      Design Wall

      Donna, at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, hosts a linky party for “What’s on your Design Wall” every week.

      Piecing:

      1. Working with 10″ squares from Pinktober’s project

      Quilting:

      Nothing being quilted at the moment.

      Upcoming Blog Hops

      One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

      Happy Quilting! 
      Gail 

      Linking to:

      Monday Moments: Aug 29 ’22

      Monthly Colour Challenge

      This month, it’s Cinnamon! I LOVE Cinnamon … And these luscious fabrics from Island Batik just sing Cinnamon!!!

      This pattern is free until the end of the month … so hurry … you can get it HERE: Patterns by Jen.

      Here are all 8 of my blocks:

      I don’t have a lot of “Cinnamon” quilts, but this one, using the Island Batik Evergreen & Pine collection is one that was made for the Island Batik catalogue. You can see it HERE. It’s the Fall/Winter 2021 catalogue & the quilt is called “In the Woods.” It is free motion quilted on my domestic sewing machine with Aurifil Thread and Hobbs Batting 80/20.

      Stitching Time

      Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

      • January – July: 185 / 218
      • August:  28 / 28
      • Total:  199 / 232
      • Percentage = 85% 

      Stash Report

      Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash numbers. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks!

      I finished these projects since the last update:

      • the 3 yard quilt … 3 yards for the front, 3 for the back & half a yard for binding …
      • the retreat bag (for the See ya Later Blog Hop) … used half a yard
      • The left-over Carolina Christmas blocks used 6 yards
      • Fabric Used since the last report    13  yards
      • Fabric