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I'm a wife, mom, grandmother and great grandmother. I try to be creative - sometimes it works, most times it doesn't. I'm my own worst critic! I'm self taught in a lot of my crafts, but have taken quilting classes and most recently a beginner's rug hooking class. I enjoy both crafts tremendously. I'd like to learn to be a better gardener.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

So, this is part of what I've been up to....

Hmmm....pieces of this and pieces of that....oh what will it be?   Stay tuned for the series final...  :)

This is a quilt top that I've made for my daughter.   She loves purple and many, many years ago - like 10 or more - I bought this fabric with her in mind and began searching for a pattern that would look good with the variety of greens and purples and had no luck.   Then last December or January I got one of my McCall's magazines and it had a six part series of a quilt called Cottage Romance.   It used lots of floral fabrics but in reds and pinks.   Then I had an "Aha!" moment and realized I could make it using the above fabric.   But I knew I didn't want to make the whole quilt - I just wanted to make a lap size so I did the first three parts of the pattern and added a border.   The size is about 55 x 55.   Now I just need to hand quilt it, bind it, wash it and give it to my daughter.   I really struggled with those pinwheel blocks but after much ripping and cutting new fabric and re sewing and ripping and cutting new fabric I finally am satisfied with them.   The sad news...I still have a ton of the purple floral fabric and some of the greens left so I'm going to make a rag wreath for their bedroom wall.

Couldn't remember if I'd posted a picture of my spring rag wreath.   I have butterflies to glue on the lighter part.   But meanwhile I have a patriotic rag wreath hanging where this one was.  But just realized I don't have a picture of it so I'll need to take one and post the picture of that.   I plan to make one for the fall and then a Christmasy one.

I've also finished a Lorain Lighthouse just need to frame it and am working on another small cross stitch that I've almost finished.   I can't show pics of that because it's a gift.   And I'm working on a punchneedle project and of course, can't forget my slow, painful progress on the Jane Harris sampler.

And last but not least....   I bought a new car today.   I've been researching and pricing and checking Kelley Blue Book for the value of my old car (2008 Mercury Sable with 114,000 miles on it).   Then decided how much I could afford for a monthly payment and then went to the dealership.   I hate buying cars and always get so tense.   Well, this was effortless and I ended up paying $8.00 more per month than I had originally planned but I can live with that.  I bought a 2016 Ford Fusion in Ruby Red.   Here it is....

Thanks for stopping by!   I'm going to try to get better about posting pictures and just updates on what I've been up to....  Hahahahaha!   Like I said - I'll try!   It just takes so darn long to upload these pictures and it seems I'm always in a hurry.   LOL!



  1. You have been busy with that gorgeous quilt and other needlework. You did a fantastic job.
    You will sure be noticed in that shiny red car. Wish mine was that shiny.
    I hope your summer went well. Mine has been super busy.


    1. Hi Julia, Thanks for dropping in! I've been busy doing a lot more and thought I had pictures of them so I need to get the pictures made and posted. I have enjoyed my summer but it was a busy one. I had one granddaughter graduate from college (unfortunately we weren't able to go to Florida for it) and another granddaughter graduate from high school. Two graduation parties and then the usual yard work, house work, etc. I see on your blog that you have been one very busy person....as usual! I don't know how you do it!


  2. I love your rag wreath! How do you make them??x

    1. Kezzie, Thanks for stopping by. The rag wreath is really simple. Go to a craft store and buy a wire wreath "frame" - mine was 14 inches. You'll need about 4-5 yards of fabric of your choice. Then you rip or cut it into 1 1/2 inch strips, then cut those 7 inches long. Tie them on the wreath frame one row and one section at a time until it's as full as you can get, then add a little more. Then move on to the next section. You can embelish your wreath any way you'd like or just leave it plain. Check out rag wreaths on You Tube for more help.