Friday, May 5, 2017


Our guild met this past Thursday to have a sew day to make weighted blankets for Autistic Children.  We had our meeting first and our Show & Tell.  Wow - A beautiful Carpenters Star Quilt, a Quilted Project bag and a Variation of a Log Cabin Quilt were presented in our show and tell.  We discussed our "Red, White & Blue" Challange Quilt to make for the 2018 Quilt Show and we chose a Pattern - Those who choose to take part of the Challange Quilt will be making Star Blocks in Red, White & Blue" to be made into a beautiful quilt our guild will enter in the quilt show 2018  We also discussed our Road Trip in June to the East Tennesse Quilt Shop Hop. We met at "Mom & Meg's" Quilt Shop in Dandridge TN, Thanks Glenda for making the sewing room available to us. 

Our service project this year was to make several Weighted Blankets for Autistic Children.  Some of us Ladies brought our sewing machines and others helped mark and put the beads in the blanket channels.  Sewing was a 2 person Job to Thanks to all those who stood and held the blankets while they were sewn.  We were able to finish about 5 - 6 blankets to be made available to those in the community who could use them.

Marge's Project Bag.  
A beautiful Log Cabin Varieable Quilt 
A Wedding Ring Quilt

 Here are some pictures from the last months meeting of Show N Tell - I thought you would enjoy seeing

A Baby Quilt
A Log Cabin

A Wall Hanging 

A Quilt Bag

A Table Runner

Appliqued Quilt

A butterfly Log Cabin Quilt

Thursday, April 6, 2017

SPRING! Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Spring in Newport Tennessee April 2017! I took a series of three of these photos trying to capture the buds just opening up on my neighbor's Tree.  I got the Barn in the pasture next door in this photo. 
This is what Spring looked like a week ago.  Today it's a rainy cold day! it's in the 40's out there, Chilly and windy with a wind chill in the high 30's   Brrrrrrrrrrrr  Oh well - It's said April Showers bring May Flowers - Really? Cant wait till the weekend when the temps are back in the 70's. 
I'm listening to the news about the storm that Blew thru last night. Straight line winds did a lot of damage in Knoxville, blowing off roofs and downing trees but not tornados noted Thankfully!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

My Etsy Shop

My Large Fabric Basket - 6" square x 5" tall 

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Add a handle to make an Easter Basket

Today I uploaded a new item in my Etsy Shop.  My Cute Fabric Basket  the large one with the Lamb, pig and cow print.  Just adorable and just in time for Easter.  so do check out  My Etsy Shop.  It was fun to do the listing.  I'll be putting up more items up soon.

holds a generous amount of treasures in the 5" deep basket

Here it is under my needle

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Signs of Spring - "Springing Up!" This Morning I woke to a lovely Springish day.  With a warm and wet spring rain outside..... A promise to be a good day today! I  looked around to see spring showing up in a lot of places.... when I went to my mailbox this afternoon the daffodils and violets were Peaking Thru.  The Pear Tree in my front yard had flower blossoms blooming this morning from the bottom.... Yesterday the buds were still closed.

Yesterday I went to my Womens Bible Study and a few of the Cherry Trees were in full bloom.  I just had to take a picture... as I was driving toward my home my neighbor Pat's Garden was abloom with Daffodils and this morning her Magnolia tree was starting to blossom too.
Daffodils and Violets under my mailbox
A Cherry Tree in full bloom at church on Tuesday Morning.
Signs of spring are beginning to show up everywhere.  

My neighbor Pat's garden abloom with daffodils
This Morning the pear tree is starting to bloom. from the bottom up. Just yesterday the buds were not even open.  
My neighbor Pat's Magnolia tree is starting to bloom today  I tried to upload a close up to show the Magnolia blossoms but I was not able to.  

Monday, February 20, 2017

Under my Needle - Currents projects I am working on.

Today I am enjoying the warmth of the sunshine while I am writing on my blog... I haven't been here in a while and it is nice to be back.... I am making fabric baskets to help with organizing my Quilt & Sewing Studio.... also I want to make some baskets for my Grands and Greats (over 22 of them young enough) for Easter.... I stopped over at my LQS "Mom & Meg's" in Dandridge last week and picked up so cute fabrics to use for this project...  Check out these finds.  Below under my needle yesterday was the large sheep basket.  I finished it up this morning and decided to put ties on the side.  I just need to finish it up by tacking down the flaps, choosing a cute decorative button and deciding if I want to make a handle for this one. The pattern is a simple one I got from Pinterest.  You can check it out my Fabric Baskets Board here.  Here is the Fabric Baskets Tutorial I liked to use. It just takes 2 pieces of fabric & batting of the same measurment.  I used a 16" square for the Xtr large basket as shown below.  14" made the Large Basket, 12" make the medium and a 10" square made the small basket.  

here is my Xtra Large Basket.  I had fun quilting this one.   below are my other baskets waiting to be finished.  

This is my smallest basket using a 10" square of fabric
3 sizes small (Floral), Medium (Lavender) & Large (big Floral) 

Friday, October 7, 2016

A Summer full of Friends, Family, Fun times and great Memories.....

A Summer full of Friends, Family, Fun times and great Memories.....

Wow! I have had a full summer.  2016 has been the year for family fun times... In May I went down to Georgia for 2 weeks to visit with my Daughters Nancy and Beth.  Beth had a week off and flew down to GA to check out the Pharmacy Schools in the area. I enjoyed visiting with Nan, Thomas & Zuri. Elizabeth and Zuri drove into Atlanta for a day of fun in the museums while Nan and I relaxed at home.  I was glad I was able to drive down to Nan's for Elizabeth's visit.  On the drive down I was able to stop by local Quilt Shop "The Stitchery" in Rome Ga. Below is some of the Goodies I picked up there. 

I spent the month of June visiting with Nan, Thomas & Zuri and was there for both my Son Earl's visit for a week in Early June and my Son Paul's visit at the end of the month.  I was able to spend some quality time with my granddaughter Zuri.  She and I went to the Quilt Museum there in Carrolton to see their exhibits and She and I drove to Rome GA so I could participate in the Row by Row 2016 experience. 

My Row by Row Goodies I picked up in late June
At "The Stitchery" In Rome GA
I had brought my sewing machine down with me and I was able to stitch up the RxR block while I was visiting and also worked on some other projects while I was there. I am almost done with this Block, Just have to layer and quilt it.  I plan on making it into a wall hanging.
Row X Row Block from "The Stitchery" in Rome GA 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

My French Broad Quilting Guild here in East Tennessee is making a Row by Row Quilt Too.

My Quilting Guild "The French Broads" are making our own Row Quilt This Year.  I've been having fun creating the blocks.  I got a slow start and am only finished a few blocks for each row.  I have been making 4 - 6 blocks for each row but have not joined my rows together yet.  I'm looking forward to making more rows.

Flower Basket Blocks

Heart Blocks

Thread Blocks 

My "Splendid Sampler" Blocks

Recently I've been Following "The Splendid Sampler" FB group that is making a 100 Block  Mystery Quilt "The Splendid Sampler".  Co-authored by Pat Sloan and Jane Shallala.  They release new blocks every Thursday and Sunday.. can't wait to see what today's Block will be.  Each block is created by a different artist using different techniques.  How fun!

 Having joined the group a little late I have only completed 2 blocks # 41 & # 44.  I did download all the previous blocks so I can work on them at my leisure.  

My "Sew South" & "Stitching in the Garden Blocks" Completed

Block # 44 "Stitching in the Garden" is an Embroidery and Applique Block.  I used my pigma pens to draw the block with a combination of raw edge applique and Embroidery.  I keep this block by my favorite chair just in case I want to add a bit more to it...  

Block # 41 "Sew South" is my 1st attempt to do Hexi's.. I did enjoy this block and think  did a good job of it.  

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

RxR block from "The Stitchery" is finished

Row by Row 2016 
Home Grown & Sewn
The Stitchery - Rome Ga

My 1st Block is pieced together - from the Stitchery in Rome Ga.  I enjoyed working on this kit but the Star blocks at each end did not have enough of the proper size hst for the red star points so each block has one point cut from
the border print. the kit pieces came with fusible web backing Applique pieces and I did a blanket stitch n red around the Plate.
I placed several hearts over the States I have lived in. New York is my home State, Then I moved to Minnesota in 1986, Wisconsin in 2008 and Tennessee in 2014. I still need to finish doing an applique stitch around the US and quilting it after I decide if I will make a wall hanging or make it into a quilt.

2016 Row by Row Experience - my 2nd shop.

Yesterday I visited - Mom & Megg Quilt Shop in Dandridge TN.  my 1st "Row by Row 2016" quilt shop here in Tennessee. I't been oppressively hot & humid these past 2 weeks so yesterday I finally broke loose from the comfort of my air conditioned home to venture out.  I had breakfast at Perkins with my Dandridge knitPickers group and afterwards I decided to stop at the new quilt shop in town, "Mom & Megg" to see their block for the 2016 Row by Row.

2016 Row x Row pattern 
My Goodies
I love their pattern "Home in Dandridge TN", how cute, they even have the teabag  tag with their name on it. I chatted for quite a while with Glenda I purchased the kit along with some other goodies.  I enjoyed chatting and looking around the shop. 

 They had a nice display of 30's fabrics and feed sack reproductions plus a book of applique blocks depicting children of the area dressed using feedsack material.  Check them out on FaceBook

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Row by Row 2016 has begun!

This Runner was made for display by the Staff at the Stitchery

Row by Row 2016 has begun! Oh My!  It seems like I've been waiting for this a long time.  I visited my 1st Row x Row shop yesterday #1 - The Stitchery in Rome Ga.  I've been looking forward to driving up the Stitchery in Rome Ga from my daughter's home since I arrived for a visit early June.  My grand daughter Zuri accompanied me which made the visit so much fun.  Their wall displays of this years Row by Row panel was fabulous.  I liked the way they featured their panel in a wall hanging.  They also had a runner sewn for the event...Darn! no pattern was available for that.  Zuri and I got to place pins in their quilted US map, hers for Georgia and mine for Tennessee.  The staff were pleasant and made our visit enjoyable.    

Row by Row visitors map.. 

I got my free pattern and bought a RxR Kit to make that includes the 2016 license plate "HOME GROWN & SEWN". I also purchased a 2nd 2016 license plate to send to my friend Cheryl in Canada.  I picked up some fat 1/4's and triangular 3rds along with a 1/2 yard of green fabric to use in a project i'm working on.   I enjoyed looking at thier lovely fabric displays and I enjoyed the Row x Row wall hanging that featured thier 2016 Row by Row panel.   

I had just visited here in May and took home a cute panel of Sewing ladies to make a sewing machine cover with along with last years license plate "I'M 1/4 INCH CRZY" which I just love and other material, some patterns and a gift baggie of a square of fabric and candy left over from the GA shop hop that I had missed.