Sunday, September 28, 2014

And the winner is ….

First, let me say thank you for the wonderful ideas and I will try to address them all in the near future.  We had nine entries and I wrote each name on a leaf and put in a bag. 


Geff pulled out the winning name …. drum roll please

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Burlap coffee sacks

I am spoiled when it comes to fresh coffee in the morning.  Geff gets the coffee beans green and roasts them in small batches.  He grinds it right before making it and has it ready for me in the morning!  Here is what coffee beans look like green before they are roasted:


Friday, September 26, 2014

More Fall sewing projects

I made this Fall wall quilt way back in October of 2001.   I used leftover fabric from a Fall quilt I made below.   


This quilt was made of 12” maple leaf blocks and is 70 x 85.  It was made back in 2001 also.   That seems sooo long ago.  I think this is one of the last quilts I made that wasn’t patriotic at the time due to  9/11 was that year.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fall Door Hanging ** GIVEAWAY ** ends 9/28/14

Autumn Equidecorātus 

both fall doorhangings

Tomorrow evening (Sept 22) is the first day of Fall, the autumnal equinox.   The day and night will be nearly 12 hours each all over the world.    The word equinox comes from the Latin words for "equal night."    From this point on, daylight in the Northern Hemisphere will gradually grow shorter until the winter solstice, which occurs on Dec. 21, 2014.   To celebrate the Autumnal equinox, I am giving away one of my Fall door hangings to a lucky reader.

Details for entering 

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post (See comment link at bottom) with a suggestion of something sewing related you would like to see on my blog.   Include your name (at least first name and last initial).  The deadline is next Sun night  9/28/14 at 6 pm EST.   note:  I changed comment submittals so that it doesn't require a Google account (just pick Anonymous). 

I will randomly draw a name and announce the winner Sunday night (9/28).   Good luck!  and feel free to share this with your friends/family.   I know, I know – that is reducing your chances of winning but you’re just that nice a person.


“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”  

- Albert Camus

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fall Quilted Door Hanging

Kim Christopherson of designed a door hanging for each quarter of 2014 Quilts and More magazine.  I just completed the Fall version and really like the way it turned out.   In fact, I liked it so much  I made two versions, one is a little darker than the other.  I think I will give one away on my blog …  stay tuned for details. 

Version 1 Version 2
fall wallhanging 1

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pumpkin pincushion -- alternately titled “Lookee Karen – another pincushion!”

I got my pumpkin pincushion out that I made last fall.   I made it using a free pattern from Sentimental Stitches and it can be found here

I figured sewing with a spring flower pincushion after Labor Day would be oh so gauche, can’t have it.  The lovely ladies of Bags and Hags might disown me. 


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Chattanooga AQS Quilt Show– starts tomorrow!


The AQS Quilt show starts tomorrow! and  is being held at the Chattanooga Convention Center thru Saturday

QuiltWeek HoursWed.–Fri., 9:00am – 6:00pmSat., 9:00am – 5:00pm

Convention Center;
1150 Carter St
Chattanooga, TN,  37402

 about 1 hour and 45 minutes


Some Parking Options if the Convention center is full

Parking /Shuttles:

Downtown: CARTA operates the Downtown FREE Electric Shuttle. You can park in any of the Republic Parking or CARTA parking lots and garages, and hop on the free electric shuttle. The Downtown Shuttle runs daily, about every 7 minute. 
Shuttle hours
Monday – Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Finley Stadium to QuiltWeek Show:
 Park at Finley Stadium for $5.00 to attend the show and ride the free shuttle to the convention center. Shuttle service is available transporting attendees from Finley Stadium to the Convention Center on Wednesday – Saturday.  

North Shore  -The North Shore Shuttle begins at Shuttle Park North and runs every 30 minutes Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Baby Quilts for Jaxson

 A quilt for little Jaxson from me

My cousin Catherine (Cat) and her husband Justin had their first baby in July and of course I wanted to make him a quilt.   His name is Jaxson but they call him Jax.  Cat had a couple of baby showers in June and received 15 homemade quilts, blankets, and afghans for Jaxson!  What a blessed baby and parents.  The number of homemade gifts speaks volumes of how loved Cat and Justin are and how excited their family is for them to welcome their first child.


I gave Cat the baby quilts I made her at one of her showers, however when I went to visit last week she sent one back!  No, not because it was defective ;- ) but because she wants to hang it in Jax’s room and wanted me to add a hanging sleeve.  She also gave me one that Justin’s 81 year old grandmother made to add a sleeve to as well. 


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Karen’s quilt

My friend and quilting buddy Karen Ryan made this gorgeous baby quilt for her niece.  Her niece is overseas so she has to mail it soon but I talked her into getting some pictures before she mails it Friday.  It is so cute I had to get pictures of it on my blog. 


Her niece wanted greys and yellows in the quilt and choose the center fabric.  Karen picked out all the coordinating yellow and greys, many of them during a recent quilt shop hop.  She did an excellent job with all the yellows, it isn’t easy to get so many complimentary yellows.  I really like the combination of the greys and yellows and think I’ll make a quilt with similar colors.

Wild Goose Run

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September East Tennessee Quilt happenings

Sept 10-13 AQS (American Quilters Society) Quiltweek

Chattanooga Convention Center – 1150 Carter St, Chattanooga, TN

QuiltWeek HoursWed.–Fri., 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sat., 9:00am – 5:00pm

More information at  

Sept 17 Tennessee Regional Quilt Study Group Meeting 

Wednesday, September 17, 10 am to about 3 pm

McMinn County Living Heritage Museum, 522 W. Madison Avenue, Athens TN
10 am: Introductions 10:30 Presenters: Mary Alton & Suzanne McDowell "A Baker's Dozen: Documenting Monroe County, TN Quilts" 12 noon - Lunch Bring a bag lunch or order a box lunch (See info below). Drinks provided. 1:00 Show & Tell
Sept 27 Mystery Quilt with Sue Jones Pappy’s Quilting Place
Cost: $120.00 includes class fee, cutting, & fabric Sat Sep 27  9am – 5pm

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lunch bags by Rascal

I made lunch bags for Jennifer and myself.  They are insulated with Insul-fleece to keep food cold.  I also lined the inside of Jennifer’s with PUL (Polyurethane Laminate) a fabric that is water repellant so if she spills something it will wipe up easily.  Jennifer’s is the blue dandelion fabric and mine is the black flowers.  

The zipper tags hang over a couple of inches on the sides so that the bag can open wide and you can place a food storage container straight down in the bag and it will sit flat.  It is a handy design, they are quite roomy.  I like the look of the zipper tabs even though it took some getting used to.  I used a purse zipper so that it has two zipper pulls that can be pulled either direction. 


I packed a lunch in Jennifer’s new lunch bag for her road trip home.  I wish I could just pack her up in mine and keep her here.