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February-July 2012

I had the pleasure of a visit to Napa, California this past February.  It was absolutely beautiful!  We enjoyed the countryside, Pride Mountain Vineyards (I survived the drive to Pride Mountain) and Reguschi  wineries (love the wine so much I had to join the wine club and now I receive a bottle or two a few times a year) and a lovely meal at Fume Bistro and Bar with local friends.

YOU KNOW I had to check out the local quilt shop “Quiltmaker” and make a purchase. Elephants is the theme of my grandchild’s nursery so I’m always on the lookout for elephant fabric now.

I’m sad to say that the Quiltmaker website tells me that they CLOSED in early June.

 I continue to work on “A Little Porch Time” BOM from the class I was taking with Rose at Fat Quarters Quilt Shop in Vista. The class ended and I missed a few classes to attend the baby and bridal showers and other important events. I’m enjoying watching it grow and I still have access to Rose as I’m continue to take classes with her.

 I’m taking another BOM class with Rose called “Girl Gang” by Jan Patek.  Here are the first 3 blocks.

Girl Gang Block 3

Girl Gang Blocks 1 & 2

I made this “Dad Bag” from the Handmade Beginnings book by Anna Maria Horner.  The book was a gift from my son and daughter-in-law that they purchased from The Top Stitch.  Oh how I’d love to have that quilt shop nearer to me.  I’d hoped to have completed it by Fathers Day but things got a little busy around here and I was just able to finish it.  It’s off in the mail and I hope it will be enjoyed.

The 2012 Southern California Quilt Run was held in June.  I’d never been to the shops in area one so when my wonderful hubby agreed to drive we took off one day and filled the trunk with lots of wonderful “finds.”  On the way we HAD to stop in Tustin at Flying Geese Fabric .  This little gem of a shop was discovered the year we explored Area Two.   While in Area One I found that I truly enjoyed New Moon Textiles in Pasadena.  Of course I had to make a few stops at my favorite Area Four shops too. (Fat Quarters Quilt Shop in Vista, Quilters Coop in Temecula (sadly closing in Dec.), and Quilt in a Day in San Marcos.

I always enjoy visits from one of my best friends when I’m creating on my sewing porch.  This little Romeo, always looking for new places to make his own, never ceases to surprise and tickle my senses. 🙂  (Rancho Coastal Humane Society)

  I have a little more to share, but I can’t wait to get started sewing so it will have to wait until next time.  As you can tell by now I’m pretty predictable in my sewing and posting patterns.  You should have noticed that I’m most active during school holidays and since we are already at the end of July I NEED to get back to my sewing porch.  I’ll be in touch after the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach.  I’m going on Friday.


A Wedding

A WeddingI experienced the joy of my daughters wedding this year in June.  It was a beautiful and wonderful experience.  Our family grows.

First Grandchild

First GrandchildI experience the birth of my first grandchild this year in March.  I didn’t understand the great joy and love a grandchild brings to your life.  I was told, but I didn’t get it.  NOW I DO!!!.  Born in March and the greatest love.  The hat and quilt were made by the other grandma.  Beautiful treasures stitched with love.

New Years

Oh, by the way, santa delivered a new portable sewing machine to take to class. It’s the Janome DC 1050.

Sewing Machines Plus off Nordal Rd in San Marcos had a great offer on this machine.

I tried it out yesterday and made this Tossed Nine Patch table runner.

                 I used two FLORA charm packs from Moda and finished it right about midnight on December 31, 2011 and I put it on the table this morning.  🙂

I spent a few hours today enjoying the warmth on my sewing porch and working on a few UFO’s.  I  enjoyed the progress I was making on each one and stayed fresh and inspired by switching projects so that I quilted, then pieced, appliquéd and planned. While I sewed I enjoyed listening to a book on CD I’d checked out from the local library.

Christmas 2011

This year, as with most years, we celebrated with a handmade Christmas. We invited all of our guest to participate with their own handmade creations.

 My daughter made and packaged her signature chocolate chip banana muffins, which were devoured on the spot.  No need to even carry the cute little take-out boxes home.  

They didn’t even last long enough to take a photo!

My little grand-nephew, age 3, made hand painted ornaments and sponge wreaths for each of us.  His excitement was so contagious.  It’s been a while since we had a little one around our house.


My sister brought hand made and molded soaps, each one unique with it’s raised design and pleasingly packaged in it’s own cellophane bag.

We also had the pleasure of receiving home made fudge from Grandma that I’m rationing out to make it last and the ever loved, beautiful hand painted ornaments from my husband’s sister.

I sewed felt tree ornament/gift card holders (kits I picked up at Fat Quarters Quilt shop in Vista) and attached them to wrapped rice filled microwavable heating pads.  

I also borrowed from the BOM class I’m taking at Fat Quarters Quilt shop in vista and

recreated a sunflower block and a beehive block into two   pillows.  (“A little Porch  Time” by  Linda Hall taught by Rose.)

Then I designed one other pillow using my nephews dog, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, as the inspiration.  

For our little guest I used polar fleece in his favorite monkey motif to sew up a soft pillow and blanket for cuddling on the sofa or for napping.  

My biggest sewing project, the baby quilt for my first grandchild who is expected to arrive early in March. The pattern is from Still Crazy for Baby, a Me & My Sister Designs. (The appliqué elephants and giraffe were my own embellishment). The fabric I ordered on line through Amazon.com from fabric.com.  It’s Zoology by Michael Miller Fabrics and the main criteria was an elephant motif.  The soon to be father, my son, had an elephant motif as a baby and I just couldn’t resist making a quilt of elephants for my new granddaughter.  I can barely wait for her arrival.

The hit of this season was my husbands Jultomten, which he cut, sanded, and hand painted.  He also photographed the Juletomtens and created our Christmas card.  Friends and family especially treasured this unusual little gnome inspired by Swedish folklore.

“The Jultomten is often depicted as  portly gnome with a white beard and pointed red cap.  During most of the year this creature hides under the staircase, in the attic, or in any other dark corner of the house.  The Jultomten emerges on Christmas Eve, tucking small gifts into unlikely locations about the house.  Capricious by nature, the Jultomten may reward or punish householders depending on his mood.  Old customs suggest that the family leave offerings of porridge and milk, or even liquor and tobacco, about the house to appease him.”

God jul och gott nytt ar

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Summer 2011

Summer finally arrived at the end of June and boy was I ready to spend time on my porch sewing.

 I began with this “3- hour quilt” Lickety-Split by Mackie.  It’s 50″ x60″  I spotted this quilt on display at Sewing Sisters Quilt Shop in Carlsbad some time ago and purchased one of the last available kits. (Sewing Sisters closed the doors for good a few years back). Now, we all know that a “time it takes to make it” quilt, dress or any other project is not based on real time, don’t we? Or is it just me!

I had lots of company during my summer break, but I wanted so much to sew (SewMuch2Sew) that I encouraged my guests to sew with me.  I set up an extra table, got out my old machine and we had a great time chatting and visiting while we sewed.  Very fun and very productive!

I’d been hearing stories from my daughter about bears visiting her yard.  So I dove into my fabric stash and found some clear blue water, river rock and other complimentary fabrics and sewed this Braid Runner, “Quilt as you go”

“17” x 52″ table runner by G.E. Designs.  If you look closely you will see a bear shadow and bear paw appliqued at one end.  This is quick to make and a fun to watch grow project that I’ve made more than once.  Pattern purchased at Quilters Paradise.

While I was at it I decided to make one for my daughter in law too.  She and my son live in a Craftsman style home and I’d been fortunate to be visiting when they were selecting paint colors so I picked up a copy of the paint samples too. 

 I hit up my stash again then marched off to Quilters Paradise, paint samples in hand to blend the colors for this Braid Runner.  My visitor liked it so much I made one for her too.

Well, I did have to clean the sewing porch and organize  all the fabric and tools before I could even begin to sew this summer.  It was great fun and I found lots of treasures like the Lickety-Split Kit and this 

Twiggy Kit that I bought a few summers ago as I passed by Cindy’s Quilt Shop in Idaho.  I didn’t actually “pass by” Cindy’s Quilt shop obviously.  I stopped.  I went inside.  This was a fun an easy quilt made with Moda fabrics.  The leaves are appliqued.  I machine appliqued the raw edges and left the middle of the leaf  loose without stabilizer.  I wondered if I should have stuffed them a bit, but decided to try this look.

Next I moved away from quilts to make a bag from one of the many bag patterns I received this Christmas.  Once again I visited my stash and found some coordinating purple fabrics.  I selected Project 06 Teardrop Bag from Amy Butler’s Style Stitches.  It sewed up beautifully, don’t you think?

Two projects that I had been working on just needed sandwiching and quilting.  (I say just ;-0) With the help of one of my visitors Lickety-Split, Dog Daze by Kinberly Rado of Starry Night Hollow (shown below) and Candy Cane Lane by Marcia Lasher from Quilt in a Day Christmas at Bear’s Paw Ranch (shown below) all were sandwiched and sit on the sewing porch waiting for quilting.

 Thats All Folks! (for now)

For the Babies

Two Baby Quilts. Aren’t those fabrics just too wonderful.  One quilt went to grand niece Carolina and one to grand niece Rosa.

The bright fabrics of Me & My Sister Designs that I used for Carolina’s quilt I found in a fabric shop while visiting Las Vegas in July and the hedgehog fabric came from The Top Stitch in Spokane.

The pattern for this 36 x 36 Greta quilt by Me & My Sister Designs was included with my Spring Fever fabric purchase. The fabric is shown on the designers website.

The Still Crazy For Baby quilt book published by Leisure Arts has four Me & My Sister Designs.  I made my purchase in the Las Vegas quilt shop also, but I’ve seen it on their website. I used this Hedgehog fabric by Michael Miller to create a quilt inspired by the quilts in that book.

The bag I made up myself and using scraps from Carolina’s baby quilt and I gave it as a Christmas gift.