A Busy Day in the Sewing Room

Bird Brain, Handful of Scraps, Round We Go, Tumalo Trails

Been busy cutting birds for the last 15 blocks of Bird Brain – the day started with 15 stacks of bird parts

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Then the white background pieces were all cut and added to the stacks – birds are now ready to be stitched again.  Stacked up neatly so they do not take up a lot of room.  After this photo I stacked all the stacks on top of each other in one pile


This is going to be the backing for the bird quilt – I bought it last year on a sale from Hancocks of Paducah for about $3.50 a yard.


The next quilt to go on the quilting frame is Tumalo Trails I didn’t have any backing fabric for it so I ordered using my Craftsy $25 gift code and paying about $15 more I got 10 yards of a clearance fabric it is a Boundless Lily and Loom fabric in purple.   With my coupon I paid about a dollar and fifty cents a yard for it – not bad by a long shot (and free shipping) – that $25 came in handy the fabric was marked down to $4 a yard.  I thought I would use it for batting but after looking through my supplies I saw I have a king size batting for this quilt and I have pieces I can put together for the birds.  I needed it for backing more.


Like I say I will need to sew or fuse three pieces together for the birds, but it will use up more of the large scraps of batting – I still have several small bags of batting to piece together for other small quilts that will come up.


The area on Handful of Scraps quilted on Friday night.


A different angle.


Still putting together the second circle star from Block #4 pattern of Round We Go – For Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy I plan to get this circle finished and work more on my quilting.  I am also linking up to Quilting is More Fun Than Housework  .


Leftover parts of the bird fabric – I will cut what I can into usable pre-cut squares and put away in my fabric boxes – I don’t save anything smaller than a 1.5 inch square – this treasure chest well then be used for another project.    How is your weekend going and what do you plan to do for a lazy Sunday?



Playing with Fabric

Bird Brain, Craftsy, Handful of Scraps

Yesterday I had to get done with some housework before I could even think about playtime!!  The house was vacuumed, kitchen floor washed and the bathroom cleaned by 10:30 – I was meeting Melanie for lunch at 12:30 so really had to get stuff done!   Are you like me – you have a fairly clean house (I think a lot of us are down to two people in the house so it stays ok) but it needs to be vacuumed and washed now and then doesn’t it.

The plan was to start cutting out more birds so I can get more bird blocks made and the quilt finished soon.  I will machine quilt this quilt.  It will be an ok size for that and maybe I will have picked out a decorative stitch to do some of the work by then.


15 bird body’s cut out – these are mostly all batik so I can reverse birds to face opposite direction without a problem.  I will work on the backgrounds and the pieces that need to be reverse I will watch for and make sure to add in some.


For some reason I have not gotten into the Olympics as much as I used to and have not actually watched that much of it.  On Thursday night I quilted –I finished this side and was ready to roll it down again –


Getting closer and closer to an end!!  I am linking to Sarah Did It – (link to hexies or EPP today) —



I want to give you another review and info on Craftsy Unlimited as special offers are coming to an end at the end of February I believe – so here is more info and I give this program an A+ for me I have just about literally gotten almost all of my investment for the year back in two months.

Craftsy Unlimited – for a limited time (end of February) with the Annual Membership you get 4 – $25 gift codes – one every 3 months for a total of $100 – the annual membership fee is $120  – this also included free shipping on purchases made throughout the year.  I must say this is one of the best deals I have gotten in on.  I paid my year membership.  I received my first $25 code just the other day and it is good until the end of March – I can see ordering some batting!  I have watched several classes from start to finish that had nothing to do with quilting!! one was a cooking class and one was a gardening class  I wouldn’t have even thought to order either of these as I am mainly a quilter after all.  I have watched several of their interview shows and started several quilting classes.  The good thing about this is you do not have to buy the individual classes – you can watch all of them.  If you are not sure a class is what you want you can begin to watch it and then say no this one isn’t what I want and go on to another.  I placed one order so far that was for thread and there was no shipping cost – order what you want when you want it and it is free shipping.  I feel like I have gotten my annual membership back already! – oh and another benefit about once a month so far I have been sent a link to pick out some free patterns – these range from quilt patterns, knitting (shawls and hats I think it was) zipper bags etc – I think I have saved at least 6 patterns so far.

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Prices vary for outside of the US, you can find all the information at the above links and new link to Craftsy Unlimited is now on the side bar on the right hand side of the upper part of the blog.


Such a Beautiful Day

Handful of Scraps, Life in General, quilts, Round We Go

February 15th felt like middle of spring for sure – we had a high of 75 degrees!!  Can you believe I spent a good part of it outside!  In the morning I took a walk around the property it was 64 degrees already at 9:30 by time I got done with 5 laps around and back to the house I was ready to change from my sweatshirt to a long sleeve T-shirt.  By lunch time I was changing to a 3/4 length T-shirt and by afternoon it was a short sleeve shirt – it just kept get nicer as the day went by – sunny too.  Of course a cold front is coming through and it is supposed to be about 45 today LOL But it sure was nice while it lasted.!!


I worked outside cleaning up brush – collecting branches that always fall off our trees – one area I do not do often so I was collecting half rotten branches too.  I had all of this in a pile where we burn things.

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And I forgot to dump this wheel barrow full – I will need to do that today, and dump the water out of it – rain last night and almost every day for the next week is supposed to rain, light and heavy I guess.  There will be no burning that stack for awhile.


My glue stick refills arrived early and I got to work glue basting on breaks from outside.


Basting done


And sewing started – I see my two reds are blending together more than I thought they would but in this case it really doesn’t matter.

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And I realized while making my Round We Go that one can use either acrylic triangle template to make the pieced triangle unit in the Panama Pyramids quilt – I have been looking at this one for awhile – always too many ideas running through my head!  Either size template would work it would just make small units or larger ones and then you would need to make the larger solid piece with a template of cardboard or something.


I think this large container of dark chocolates is going to last me awhile ( it should) thanks to Mike for stocking up for me.


This section of Handful of Scraps quilted on Wednesday night.  Linking to Confessions of a Fabric AddictFriday Foto Fun (new to me) — Crazy Mom Quilts



Round We Go


No quilting progress to show as I was in the living room the other night with some hand stitching and no quilting got done.  I finished the 1 circle for Block #4 and have one more cut out.

The one that is finished:


This is the next one cut out – I will not get around to working on the newest one though until Friday as I had to order glue stick refills and they come on Friday.  I have no place local to buy glue stick refills would you believe and I ran out.  I tried the school glue stick but find them fat and bulky and hard to use for making thin lines on EPP.  The closest sewing shop that would probably have them is about 80 miles from me and I don’t drive that far just for glue stick refills!!


The only other thing I have to show is a scrap quilt sandwich to try out some of the decorative stitches on my sewing machine.  I wanted to see if I would want to use any of them for machine quilting some of my smaller quilts. – Like Melanie’s Bird Brain quilt when I am done.  I normally would just do straight lines.  But stitch number 27 says it is a stitch that mimics hand quilting so I wanted to try it out.  The stitch I am talking about is the second row from the left.  Now maybe if you use a thread close to the color of the fabric it would look like that but with the white thread I don’t think so – what do you think?  I guess the more narrow stitch in between the thicker ones would blend into the fabric leaving the thicker stitch look like it is by hand?(edited: later in the evening–  I got to looking at the instruction book for the machine about the stitches and read that the stitch that mimics hand quilting is to be used with nylon thread on the top and closely matching thread on the bottom – so that explains that – I do not like nylon thread so doubt I would use that stitch)  I kind of like the wavy line the first line on the left.  The others are just numerous stitches I tried to see what they looked like – the short thick curvy line I like but it is way to thick for quilting I could tell that as soon as I got going but I like it for other things if I did bags or clothing.  (I have a few more stitches to try out still)


I was contacted by one of my readers that she had the pattern I was looking for that I mentioned last week “Afternoon Delight” by Sue Garman and we struck a deal and she is dropping it in the mail today – thank you Diane!!   I have no idea when I will get time to start it as I have a lot going on in the sewing room for all of this year already planned and I’m sure some in my head won’t get started until next year but it is so nice to be able to put out a message on my blog and have someone say “I have that and willing to do a trade or a sale”  If you ever see a pattern or book on my blog that you might want always feel free to contact me and see if I am willing to part with it – I have done deals with other quilters before and you can always ask.  I rarely do patterns more than once other than easy things for old time scrap quilts and those I usually do not even have a pattern for.


Some Quilting

Bird Brain, Handful of Scraps, Round We Go

On Monday night I didn’t watch a lot of the Olympics but quilted for a couple hours instead before watching from about 9-10 PM.  I had skipped a night or two of quilting and I’m determined not to take too much time off from it.

Handful of Scraps – those two photos show what got done.

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I did a little more last night before moving to the living room to watch some more and to finish up my Round We Go circle star –this one with it’s many pieces almost looks like a star within a star doesn’t’ it.


I will be hopping from one project to the next for this week and taking a couple days or the rest of the week off from the birds – I measured my brown fabric and I have enough for two more rows of birds.  I will pull my white fabric back off the shelf that I was using and I will be set to make more.  It doesn’t look like a lot of brown but I am using two inch strips and I will need to piece some strips but it will be enough.

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I hope to start cutting more pieces for the Hertfordshire Quilt soon also.  I am linking to Sew Fresh Quilts Jo’s Country Junction Quilt Fabrication Mama Sparks World My Quilt Infatuation today.

Happy Valentines Day everyone



Six Rows of Birds

Bird Brain, Handful of Scraps, Morning Glory

I think I will not do borders but check and see if I have enough fabric left to do two more rows of birds – I really didn’t want to do more birds but I just can’t think of something that I want for borders and thanks for all the suggestions.  As sick of piecing birds as I have been it will be better to have more birds then a border I do not like.  Right now the quilt is 50 x 62 and all the rows are sewn together – I want it at least 65 width.

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And I tried to capture the quilting close up for Handful of Scraps, some have said they couldn’t see what I was doing in the neutrals.


And here is what I am doing on the diamonds and hexie flowers


I rolled the frame down and this is what is left.


I managed to cut and glue baste one Round We Go block to have some thing different then applique to work on when I am watching the Olympics – this one has a bit more pieces then the ones I have shown and it looks like a mess sitting here on the flannel board but maybe there will be some improvement soon.

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Linking to Esther’s Quilt Blog today.