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Friday, December 31, 2010

Mystery Quilt

Today the "Loose Threads" got together to do an on-line Mystery Quilt. Some of us have done this for years. Our two new members to the Mystery were Carolyn and Jeannie.

You can see in the photo some of our sewing stations.

We had a blast and a wonderful lunch. We had way to much food, lots of laughs, some un-sewing and a great time.

We were all able to complete at least one block.
Diane's is not pictured here as she had to leave early and I forgot to get a photo of her block before she left.

We all had our fabrics cut and ready to go when we got there. You started with a focus fabric, a background fabric, a pop fabric and a medium fabric.

Jeannie's Block

I love her pop fabric. It does pop. The colors are really much prettier than the photo.

Brenda's block is done in Kaffe fabrics. Again look at her pop fabric. Love purple.

Carolyn's block was not quite sewn together before I had to leave but I took a photo anyway.

Here is mine. I am doing a child's quilt so my fabrics are more muted. My pop is the large polka dots. I think I am going to like it.

I did get four blocks finished so will try to take a photo tomorrow so you can see the secondary patterns.
I am tired and have to get ready for our NEW YEARS CELEBRATION.
Happy New Year to everyone and hope 2011 is a healthy prosperous year for you.
Thanks for dropping by. Happy Quilting, Paula

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Parts and Piecies

Have you ever pieced a quilt and had all of your pieces ready to sew together then......have to put it away because of other obligations (Christmas got in the way). You pull it back out to finish it and find a square is missing. You search and search and can't find it and want to get it finished take a row away.
That is what I had happen with this quilt. I used three of the blocks and made a little wall hanging so not all was lost.
I added two borders (larger than originally planned) to make it the size I needed. I framed this quilt in red then went with a green print with Santa all over it to finish it off. Now to find a cute Christmas print for the back
Oh, before I forget. I want to thank Barbara Sindlinger for taking the time to let me watch over her shoulder while she made feathers. I am practicing Barbara and want to thank you again. I will watch over your shoulder any time you will let me. Thanks.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

How many times........

How many times have you been blissfully sewing along and really proud of how much you have been getting completed only to find out that you just spent all that time for naught. I sewed two colors in reversed and now have to take it all apart and redo to make the pattern work. Oh well, isn't the first time and won't be the last. Happy Quilting, Paula

Monday, December 20, 2010


Last Thursday Night was the Orange Blossom Quilt Guild Christmas Party.
We had a silent auction and this Halloween Quilt was one of the things I won.
Isn't it just to darn cute! I just had to share with all of you.
Thanks for dropping by. Happy Quilting, Paula

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Crunch Time

I don't know about all of you in blog land but it is crunch time around my house. I am trying to get some last minute gifts finished and wrapped.
My Granddaughter Kristina wanted a new purse for Christmas. She said her last one I made her was getting pretty faded from all the washings.
So. I pulled out the ole material and went to work. Here is her new Christmas purse. You really can't tell from the photo but the dark color is really Navy.
Thanks for dropping by. Happy Quilting, Paula

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Wall Hangings.

I am trying to get a few of my Christmas gifts completed and wrapped. Thought you might like to see them before they go out the door.

This small wall hanging Christmas Tree was decorated with little beads. I tried a few different things but this is what I settled on. I attached the beads using monofilament thread so the thread would not show. It took me about eight hours to attach all the little beads. Each little section has five beads even thought you can't really tell from the photo. I won't tell you how many beads I lost in the carpet. If I ever do this again, I will set at a table where the beads won't roll off.

This tree is the same pattern as the one above but no beads. I just used Christmas fabric for the tree itself. I actually made several of these for gifts. Two are this same fabric and two others are different Christmas fabric but they are already wrapped and under the tree.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Quilting, Paula

Friday, December 3, 2010

Another Project Finished.

I don't know about all of you but......when I finally finish a quilt I feel "MARVELOUS" as the old saying goes.

For some reason the name of this pattern escapes me right now.

It was nice to get another project completed.

Now back to the 29 others that need to be finished.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Quilting, Paula

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Table Runners

While in Arizona I was able to make these two table runners.

The class was a basic class that is easy for beginners. What is more fun that to work with beginners or to do an easy project that you don't have to think about. I love small projects that you can finish in just a few hours, and this is one of them.

I did two different versions. The first is random. Pull your material out of a paper bag. The only rule is don't put the same color next to each other. It needs to be random so no cheating.

The second tablerunner was controlled scrappy.
Eight colors used and rotated each row.

Both super easy and the top can be completed in just a couple of hours from cutting to quilting. The binding does take a little more time but I can do that while keeping hubby company watching t.v.

Thanks for dropping by. Happy Quilting, Paula

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

More from Retreat

I found two of the three missing discs from Retreat.

I will share the photos with you in no particular order.

Barbara in the front, In the black and white is Bobby Adams, In the light green top of Marsha and in the far corner is Patty.,


Working away. Because Sheila was so quiet and kept her nose to the grindstone she got a lot accompolished. Yea, Sheila

Part of Show and Tell
Barbara Graham's Petal Pop Quilt

Pat Erickson betting ready to draw a winning name from Patty's Basket

Patty O'Hare with her nose to the grindstone.

Patty, Pat and Bobbie telling stories? LOL!

Pat (Oh what did I do now?)

Marsha (In a pressing situation)

Marsha, happily sewing along

More show and tell

Barbara's Leaders and enders Irish Chain. This quilt is 134" x 134". Hum.....wonder if she could have made it any bigger? Beautiful scrappy quilt.

Janice quilting away.

She made two beautiful wall hanging on Saturday.

Another show and tell.
Hanging baskets by Barbara Graham.

Diane Mitchell
Hum......wonder what she was thinking. Oh that concentration.

Cheryl Mitchell. (She is in the corner on purpose)
Not really.....But she kept me out of the corner.

Cheryl and Pat. I cut bobby out (not on purpose) I was trying to show you that the gals had on matching shirts.

Carolyn showing off her bag that she completed on Monday.

Pat and Carolyn (its snack time) Carolyn is showing me how not to be messy. I need all the tips I can get. I always spill something.

Carol Todds quilt. She did a great job.

Carol Todd.....Enjoying the view out the windows.

Bobby Adams
Sew Sew Sew - see all those rows sitting beside her.

Bobbie in all her glory. I bet she give great - Grandma Hugs.

Bobbie and Jeannie - hum.....what are they adding to their coffee?

Barbara Sindlinger
Wish I could get as much does as she does.
We also got to see photos of her new grandson "Jack" What a doll.

More of Barbara

Jeannie's star quilt.

Barbara and Debbie Van Fossen

Bobbie and Patty

Carolyn's Quilt for her Brother

Barbara and Carol

Sorry, Not remembering who's this was....I think it was one of the Coalinga girls? Cheryl, Pat,


If I have anyones name wrong or quilts wrong, please forgive me. My mind left along time ago. Without me. Quilting Hugs, Paula

I hate playing catchup

Since I have come home from Vacation I feel like I am meeting myself coming and going. It has just been a whirlwind around here and I just can't get caught up.
This is my Christmas Quilt. It has been a long time in the making. You all know how you get the top finished takes forever to sandwich and quilt. Well that is this quilt. I took it on vacation with me so I could get it quilted. It is almost finished. I still have a few areas on the latice to finish up. I went ahead and started the binding on the way home to help fill up the 7 hour drive home. I really like how this quilt turned out. When you make a stack and whack you just hope you choose the right materials to bring the quilt together. I like this finished project.
Thanks for dropping by. Happy Quilting, Paula

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Retreat has come to an end. What a wonderful time we had.

Saturday we had 15 ladies, Sunday 13 and Monday 8. There were two ladies that could not join us due to illness and scheduling. Sorry we missed them.

I am going to share a few photos with you.....I am still missing two disc's but I have not finished unpacking. Hopefully I will find them because they had some great photos on them.

Here is Pat and Patty pulling a name from the basket for Monday's winner.

Here are the three winners.
Saturday - Pat Erickson
Sunday - Bobby Adams
Monday- Patty O'Hare
Congratulations to all three. They each won a $20.00 gift certificate.

Here is the group winding up Monday night.
We were all tired but had enough fun that the tiredness did not matter.
Left to Right:
Patty O'Hare, Bobby Adams, Sheila Ockey, Pat Erickson, Carolyn Brown, Cheryl Mitchell.
Missing is Jeannie Sisco - She was already resting.

More group photos

Getting started on the wine and cheese

Sheila and Patty

Show and Tell from Day three

Patty's Buck Eye Beauty

One of the Coalinga girls lap quilts. They were all making the same top so I am not sure who's this one was.

Sheila's Blue baby Quilt.
She also worked on a yellow one and a red, white and blue one. Isn't this just wonderful.

Patty preparing her top for quilting. Boy can that girl pin.

Sheila's Pink Baby Quilt. So very soft. You just wanted to curl up with it.

Piecing the Christmas Lap Quilts.

Carol Todd finding the errors (None to be found)

Patty's Myopia quilt top pinned and ready to quilt.

Marsha's Yellow brick road Quilt. Love the black white and grey. Can't wait to see it finished.

Cheryl's Weaver's Fever.

Thanks for dropping by. Happy Quilting, Paula