Getting ready for the Boo Night

It was a beautiful day to take a trip to Tanner’s Orchard.. 30+ miles north of Peoria…

Besides lovely pastries, salsa, syrup and apples, we bought some MUMs.  (flowers- for those who don’t know what MUMs are)


2016-tanners holloween2016mums red-mums yllomumsAnd they are the perfect touch to our out side decorations for this years Trick or Treat perpetrators.    Aren’t the colors this time of year vibrant!!

I did finish a small quilt this past week… the 6 inch Orphan blocks for charity this Christmas.  The quilt is laying on a twin size bed..dscn8366 dscn8367

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octopus pincushions

octopus-1 octopus-2 octopus1a pumkins qulting-fans-illusionqltI finished a couple more pincushions and added my Pumpkins from last year.  Whew, got that bug out of my system.  I hate to admit it, but when I get an idea about something, I drop everything and dive into that project (idea).

I have 3 rows done on my illusion quilt and am loving how it looks.   That Grey thread really does it justice.   Not over whelming either.   I am really anxious to get to the border and binding.

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Still using math…

3patrioticA patriotic block that I want to add to my red, white & blue quilt.   Had a little help from the great Forum Peeps over at Missouri Star Quilt co.    Here is a diagram for it..  Sort of a modified 9 patch.   I’ll get busy tomorrow and cut out some fabric for a test block.    attachment It could also be broken down further into 8ths.. and use some strip pieces.. seems like a lot of seams.  but I’ll play with that idea also.

oct-d-board-patriotic So far this is my design board for my Patriotic quilt.     Looking for  inspiration to start putting it all together.

I finished the 6 inch sampler quilt.   Just needs to be washed & dried before gifting it.    My new machine (Janome 9400)  has the alphabet feature, so I just programed my name and date and let it sew on a label.   LOL.

With cooler temps around here, I started thinking Christmas Gifts for this year.  And so the sewing began… lots of little pincushions made over the week end.

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Owls, elephants, mice and sewing machines…. Then there are 2 “octopus” cushions…  My Gram had one she called the shotgun pincushion since it was full of buck shot.   I used pellets in my 2.    I have to take photos of them so I can show them to you.   DD#2 called them Octopus since they have 8 “legs”.


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side tracked/interuptions

under-needlesept21Doing a straight stitch with my walking foot on this Orphan Block quilt.. 6 inch blocks with 1.5 inch sashing in-between them.  I’m learning with this new machine..  Janome 9400 “big throat”.    What a dream to sew with a new machine that was made for Quilters.

Then I got hooked on making pin cushions   Lots of little critters, owls, elephants, cats, mice and even a sewing machine.   Now I’m finishing a couple of pears.  Looking for apples!!

Hoping to finish marking the illusion quilt, but got the cleaning lady and a window guy coming.   One of our NEW windows won’t close after we open it.

So I’d better get dressed before I’m invaded.    Nice Fall weather with fresh air  coming thru the windows!!

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full day of quilting

I spent today marking the illusion quilt for the quilting process.   I didn’t think it would take me all day, but I did take lots of breaks to rest my back.. Hopefully I’ll be able to get this one done this week.  I did use a regular #2 pencil since I haven’t had any problems with it washing out on a normal wash cycle.   The white pencil is for that dark fabric..   I used the circle template to keep my lines uniformed..(got it from MSQC)     marking-qlt1 marking-qlt2 marking-qlt3Only got half done, with the marking… so tomorrow is another “marking” day.



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Looking in the mirror…..


It seems I have reached another milestone in the aging  process… I tried on my bathing suit and noticed every part of my body has gone crepy.   It’s that thing that lets you know your reaching a phase between  Creepy and Crazy.    It sure creeped me out when I looked down at my legs and thought “what the heII.” “When did that happen.”    Then I just had to check the rest of the body to see how far that wrinkly thing spread.   That drove me Crazy…. it’s everywhere!!

It’s terminal…. It isn’t catching tho.   It only happens to those who reach their Golden Years.   birthdaysOne thing is for sure,  I’m not leaving this earth, til I’ve completely used this ol body up!!


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Illusion quilt…

serenity illusion charmsMy DD#2 wasn’t too sure what I’d do with the charm pack.. it isn’t my usual color choice to work with, but seeing all the grey, I knew exactly how I wanted to put these together.   The original tutorial used 10 inch squares cut in half, but the regular charms (5×5) work just as well.    Thanks Janet L. for the charms…Oh Hum..9 16 The looks I get when I don’t take the little guy out for a walk….  At least he isn’t pouting—or IS he??

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