Sunday, October 21, 2018

A Little Update

Just checking in before I leave for my second retreat this month. 

I needed to get a couple Christmas stockings completed before I leave home again. Our guild makes up kits from donated fabric that we can pick up at meetings. After we turn them in, they are filled with goodies and distributed to children in crisis. I was able to get two stockings out of one of my kits with a little tweaking. 

We also make place mats that are given out on Christmas by Meals on Wheels. This one was made from a second stocking kit that I just couldn't figure out how to make without the directional fabric going different directions. So.....I pieced the two fabrics to place mat size and added my own rickrack and binding. 

I also wanted to get the latest Patches of Blue quilt along block, Blue Barn, finished before I forget about it. I'm sure this would have been a challenging block if I hadn't just made all those 6" houses for Town Square. This one is 10"--huge--lol! 
Since Lori of Humble Quilts's latest sew along was a pretty small project (and gave me an excuse to  use some of my French General fabrics) I decided I would make a version of Sanjou. After seeing Lori's inspiration quilt, I think I will keep going on this one for a couple more rounds.  

I've resisted several Temecula Quilt Co. sew along's (except for Summer Circles), so I am joining in on the new Secret Santa quilt . There was almost no cutting for step one since I raided my boxes of scrappy squares. I will work on these at the retreat this coming week. 

I've had this Buttermilk Basin pattern, Twilight,  along with the fabrics, sitting on my cutting table for ages. I got everything cut out last night to take to retreat. I already have several projects still to work on packed in my car from this last week's quilt camp, but I don't want to be in danger of running out of things to do--haha! 

I hope you find some time to do some sewing too! 


  1. Such cute projects. Lucky you, to be heading out for a quilting retreat!

  2. Enjoy your retreat!
    I love the Christmassy placemat...Nice work on all your blocks hugs, Julierose

  3. You sure are doing a lot of good in yoru community. I need to check out our services and see if they have a need. What wonderful projects. Enjoy your retreat!

  4. Always love seeing what you are working on Karen! You have plenty to keep you busy at your retreat and I can't wait to see how you get on!! Beautiful stockings.... what a great idea! Enjoy your retreat! Christine xx

  5. I really love those French General fabrics you chose for the Lori Holt's SAL. I'm looking forward to seeing how you decide to proceed!

  6. Love going to camp with lots of pre cut projects, never ever been and run out of things to do, just the way I like it!

  7. Sweet Christmas give away gifts. It's nice to get those projects done early. I like how you've used the FG fabrics in the SAL. I've been working on it too. Always enjoy seeing what you're doing.

  8. Great guild projects.
    I really like your version of Sanjou!
    So far I have been resisting the Temecula SAL--so far! :)
    Two retreats this month? I am so jealous! LOL
    Good for you. Enjoy!
    I just signed up for my annual retreat in January, and I will just be hanging on by the skin of my teeth (whatever that means), until that comes along. I could sure use one NOW!

  9. Cute little stockings! I'm thinking of joining in on the Temecula sew along too....if the weekend allows time for catch-up for step one....I just might be in! :-) It looks like it will be a goodie!

  10. The charitable projects are both good ones. Many, many years ago, I had a Brownie troop. The different troops were responsibleon a rotating basis for tray favors for a nursing home. I understand that the different handmade favors were quite popular with the patients. A placemat to decorate a tray for a patient is bound to cheer them up and make them feel special.

  11. Just love your Christmas charity projects - how wonderful. They will make several people very happy.