Never Again

I recently finished three quilts that I started over 2 years ago. As I was finishing the binding on the last one, I paused to admire my craftsmanship and promised myself that I would never make any of these patterns again!

And not so much because they were difficult, but more so the time consumption. Honestly, I cannot even say that because most quilt making is time-consuming.  I guess I just dreaded the process of these three more than any others I’ve made thus far.

Sparkle Punch is an Elizabeth Hartman tutorial. The stars are actually onomatopoeias, “those “Pow!” and “Bam!” shapes that happen when cartoon characters punch each other”. I dubbed my quilt, Merry Sparkle Punch because I made it with Christmassy prints.


I wanted to make this next one in the worst way after I saw my friend Greta’s, Nigata Traveler better known as Arkansas Traveler.  Soon after,  she sent me all the beautiful lozenges I needed to make my own. I used a combo of her tutorial and this tutorial which includes a paper pieced template to construct my blocks. I named my quilt, Autumn Arkansas Traveler because of the saturated colors of Fall it contains.


Lastly is the Spider Web quilt I named Halloween Scrappy Webs. I used this tutorial.  It was supposed to be twice the size it is, but after a while, I just couldn’t bring myself to make one more block, and the fabric waste was incredible!


I love love love, how each of these finished up.  And I’m so glad I persisted and had the sticktoitiveness to get them finished, but on my honor, cross my heart, I will never make any of these patterns again!

Is there a pattern that you would NEVER make again? Do tell!

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Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. –Heb 10:23-25

Settling In

Welp, I’ve been living in KCMO for a whole month now.  It flew by but it also feels like I’ve been here forever if that makes any sense.



My eldest son flew w/me to help carry-on my pets BUT my pets ended up not being able to fly w/us because I purchased hard carriers instead of soft and they were too tall to fit under the seat of the AA plane.  Long story short, my sis and nephew flew them out to me a few weeks later and visited for a couple of days.  It rained the entire time they were here but I still showed her around the city and introduced her to delicious burnt ends at Joe’s Kansas City.


The pets are now settled in. Moe really enjoys the big yard but Inka hasn’t ventured out yet. I’m sure she will soon.


The only thing I don’t like about the Midwest so far is the creepy, crawlin’ Charlottes. That’s what I call spiders. This cute little house must’ve been empty and untreated for several months because Charlotte’s webs were covering all the bushes and shrubs outside and all over in the garage. I promptly ordered pest control because I can’t stand creepy, crawlin’ Charlottes! I ONLY like spiders and webs as quilt designs! If you look closely at this next pic you can see Charlotte’s Web in the trees. I gotta be real careful where I walk here.


I saved setting up my sewing room until 2 days after the pest control guy came out to ensure I wouldn’t see any half-dying Charlottes trying to escape their inevitable death down in the basement.


Work is everything I knew it would be and it keeps me super busy but I have managed to bind two quilts; my Halloween Scrappy Webs and Autumn Arkansas Traveler.  I had them both quilted by Linda Powell @itsallaboutthequilt (IG) before I left AZ.


Oh yeah…I found a church! I have visited several but have settled on and enjoy attending Relevant Church and I’m looking forward to starting the Priscilla Shirer’s Armor of God Bible Study next week.

Until next time, Happy Stitchin’ and God Bless!

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WHOOMP There IT Is! #24 – Award Winner

WHOOMP There IT Is!  Gossamer got Honorable Mention in the pictorial category at the Arizona Quilters Guild Quilt Show 2016!

Not too bad for my first ever show entry! Thank you Janeen for the wonderful pattern! AND thank you Sue for your thorough and patient instruction!  You can read about the making of Gossamer here.  Needless to say, I’m ecstatic!

Ugh! I could not get this centered! 

And in other news…

Last week’s craft sale was pretty much a bust. There wasn’t much traffic at all.  I sold 3 bibs all day. We were out there from 8a – 1p.  I came home and listed everything in My Etsy Shop.

Besides the bibs, I’d made several belly bands for small dogs. I decided to give my bands a name; Mr. PeePotty.  I’ve always heard that baby and dog items sell the best. I sure hope it’s true!

I did manage to get another spiderweb block finished. I’m starting to see webs form!

I had a minor mishap though. On one section I cut off the web strings instead of my guide.  It was an easy fix, but I did want to cry when it happened.

There are several patterns/tutorials for the spiderweb quilt.   I chose to go w/ this tutorial because I found it the simplest.  The blocks measure 11.5″, so I figure to have a decent size lap quilt I need 42 blocks (6 across, 7 down), which means my 1st block will definitely be in this quilt!

This scrappy Jelly Roll Race quilt is basted and I’m hoping to finish it this weekend to get it sent off on Monday. Then I’ll get started on my next commission for 2 baby quilts w/custom labels.

And lastly, for the past few years I’ve volunteered at the AQG Quilt Show. If I’ve had a name tag, it’s been a sticker but this year I have a real badge! Thanks Sue!

If you are local or just visiting this weekend, come see the 300+ quilts made by amazing Arizona quilters!  I hope I see you there!

And one more pic of  me & Gossamer for good measure. =)

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