This and That Tuesday

I recently won a giveaway from Lori at Humble Quilts . It was in connection with the string quilt along that she hosted. How fun is this? The book was a fascinating read.

And check out these tiny fabric bolts? They will be perfect for my dollhouses!

I visited my mom last week and that lovely package was waiting for me when I returned home. Thank you, Lori!

Crossing the Mackinaw Bridge is always a milestone in the trip.

While I was home, we put up my mom’s Christmas decorations.

The pups were so cold! But they were fantastic little travelers.

On the way home, I had to stop and snap a few photos along Lake Michigan. The beauty of God’s creation is breathtaking.

I stopped in to Sew Creative in my hometown, Rhinelander, WI. They are closing their local store and had everything 25% off. I picked up these one yard pieces as well as some things for Friday, my long arm. They are great people and will be opening a long arm studio in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. I highly recommend them if you are in the market for a long arm or classes.

It was a great trip, but we were pretty tired when we got home!

Have a great day!

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DWMonday ~ Christmas Quilt

I’ve had these scraps sitting in a box for almost two years.

They were left over from making this quilt for Daughter #1.

There is someone that admired this quilt, and I’d like to surprise her with aChristmas quilt of her own. So I got out this die.

And started chopping.

I set this piece aside for binding.

I also used this die when the scraps were too small for the rectangle die.

I pulled a bit of yardage from my stash to supplement, but I think I’m all set to sew now. That pile on the lower right is all I have left of the scraps.

I love working on surprises! Have a great day!

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Slow Stitching Sunday

I’m making progress on my Dutch Hexies! I got a bit of sewing done while visiting my mom last week. Here is where it is at now.

I was feeling really good when I realized I only had this much left to add:

And then I unearthed this.

Oh, bother. I guess I have more planning to do.

Have a great day!

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MCM Dollhouse Chronicles ~ Kitchen

I’ve been working on the kitchen! First up, appliances. I created these from solid blocks of wood. I sawed grooves to look like the edges of the doors. I used buttons for stove burners, and I cut the pull handles out of wood. The knobs on the stove are slices of dowel.

I planned to do a wooden countertop, but I ran across this scrap of vinyl tile that I used on the big house. It made for a perfect marble top instead. The handles are made from beads. I still need to figure out a sink.

It took a bit of math to get the scale right.

I still need to make a dining table to go with the chairs from Shasta, and a sink and then I can accessorize.

Have a great weekend!

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Finish It Up Friday ~ Never Enough Time

I started this quilt in January of this year. Lori at Humble Quilts hosted a ten month quilt along making string blocks. That was the push I needed to get started.

I made quilt for my mom out of my dad’s shirts for the first Christmas after he moved to heaven. You can see it here.

Cutting those shirts was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. But I had help. You can read about that here.

The following February I made quilts for each of my siblings.

Now I’ve used the scraps to make one for me.

This is a picture of my dad arriving in Arizona in February of 2016. I had the best week with him! We did a lot of sightseeing and it was a trip I will never forget. See the shirt he is wearing?

Here are pieces of it in my quilt.

This tiny Willys Jeep bit is not from Dad, but his nickname was Little Willy.

I quilted every half inch. Aesthetically, it might have been better at one inch. But I think I wasn’t ready to be done with it.

I even stretched out the hand stitching on the binding longer than necessary.

There is never enough time.

Have a great weekend.

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VA Quilts

My friends, Donna and Pam, pieced these tops for veterans at our local VA hospital. I got to quilt them.

Donna is a veteran and Pam’s husband is as well. Now they are serving others who have served.

All of these pantographs are available from Urban Elementz .

Have a great day!

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My Dutch UFO

This is currently my oldest UFO. I cut my hexies from fabrics I purchased on a visit to Amsterdam in 1999. I think I started this in 1999 or 2000. I finally got this far about five years ago.

But it was long and narrow and I could never figure out how to fix it. Fast forward to January of this year, and I decided to take it all apart and rework it. I got this far and stopped.

I needed a handwork project for a trip and pulled this out last weekend. I’m now at this point.

Progress! I want this finished this year! We shall see how much I get done while visiting my mom this week.

Have a great day!

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