Monday, July 10, 2017

Back to Sew

I am going Literary for the

My fabrics are from my treasured stash of

of which I am

Literary (ly) Paper Obsessed. 

For the background I am going dark.

This is a leap in faith for me.

I am making it a free fall by adding the large border print fabric 
on the right into the challenge.

I will have to figure out how this story ends as I go along.

I have been taking a hiatus from blogging and from sewing for the last month.

I had a fun trip to the Pacific Northwest to visit my daughter and grand-darling
while my son in law was in the field and when I got back I did not even open my computer
except to check email for the past two weeks.

I have mostly been gardening, reading, and enjoying summer.

I did hand stitch a couple of Patchwork of the Cross blocks.
I will post about that later.

Hope all is well with my quilty blogging friends.

Til next time ... piece out .... :-)  Pat

Monday, June 5, 2017

Pack and Go

Then kits for my June blocks from

for my 30's POTC BOM  have arrived!'

Just in time for me to pack them as I am heading west to visit
my grand-darling!

This hand work shall keep me busy while traveling and during quiet times.

Be back at the end of June.

Happy Stitching! 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Mmmmmm ... warm sweet cornbread!

Scrapatch Sweet Cornbread 

It is a cool and misty Memorial Day here.

A good day to bake a favorite comfort food.

This is my go-to recipe: 

4 eggs, separated
3/4 cup melted butter, cooled
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup sour cream 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
2 cups flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 and 1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

I use a seasoned stoneware sheet pan and I do not grease it.

Melt butter and set to cool.

Combine dry ingredients and set aside for adding later.

Separate egg yolks and whites.  

Beat the whites until stiff peaks form.

In large separate bowl, using same beater, 
mix eggs, vanilla, milk and sour cream until frothy.
Mix in cooled melted butter.

In two additions, mix in dry ingredients just until combined.
Do not over mix.

Fold in beaten egg whites. 

Spread evenly in baking pan.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until tests done.

Serve warm with soft butter or honey.


This recipe is very sweet.
Reduce sugar if you do not like your cornbread as sweet as I do. 


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

30's POTC Block 14

 POTC Block 14 done!

After several days of lovely sunshine,
it has been cool and rainy here today.

A good day to stay in and sew.

I tired a new piecing method that a friend shared online for this block.

My friend likes to sew the corners into "wings" and then sew them to the center.

This method did not feel comfortable to me.
The block felt too large and awkward when I was sewing the corners on.
I also had to set more "anchors" at the intersecting points to keep the pieces aligned.

Back to the method that is fast becoming "tried and true" for me ...

I usually sew the center,
then add the next four.
then sew the pairs,
then sew the pairs around the center,
as I did in this earlier block.

I think that everyone who sews these blocks must find a method and a rhythm
that works best for them.

I do like to try new ideas though.

Do you have a preferred way of sewing these blocks?

I love to try new things.

Katniss helped and checked my work.

I think Katniss would rather have been outside sewing again today, though.

Maybe tomorrow, Katniss.

We have to make some more connecting units and start the corner units.

More soon!

Sweet quilty dreams!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sew Sampling

My May Sew Sampler Box has arrived!!

Warning:  Spoiler Photos Below!

If you have subscribed 

and have not received your box yet,

click off this post now

so you can enjoy 

all the fun surprises inside

when your box arrives.

This happened to me last month when I opened 

Instagram and

without warning

the photo at the top of my feed

showed all the goodies

in the April box.

I tried closing my eyes.

It mostly worked.

My box arrived later that day.




I like surprises.



This spring I decided to treat my quilty addiction.

One box a month.

I have signed up for the monthly









Here is is!

Hello, May Box!

I really enjoy slowly opening and unpacking

all the lovely surprises

in this cute little box. 

A box full of quilty happiness!

That lovely little  bundle of color is

The pattern is just right for this bundle.

All I need to add is background fabric to create the flimsy.

It even includes the  small specialty ruler to help sew the blocks.

I love it!!

Looking forward to next month's box already.


Friday, May 19, 2017

13 POTC Blocks

Block 13 done
for my

This is layout choice D in the previous post,
which was the most popular pick.

Three of these are kit fabrics,
although the plaid was in another block kit.

The lambs are from my 10" squares stash.

Time for more slow stitching this weekend.

What are your plans for the weekend?

Have a happy, quilty one.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

12 Patchwork of the Crosses Blocks Done!

Block 12 for my 30's POTC BOM done!

Time to go play with the fabrics to layout a new block.

I am trying to layout the blocks one at a time as I go along now,
so I do not have too many blocks laid out ahead of me.

Here are the choices ...





Since they both have the fussy cut lamb fabric,
this a  "companion block" for ...

Block 6

So,  I am leaning toward

Layout C

as it is the most different.

I think I like Layout D the best.

Hmmmmm ...

Decisions ... decisions.

I am always interested in reader's opinions though.

 I learn a lot about design that way .

So thanks for your help ... :-)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Slowly Stitching ~ Another Block Done!

Block 11 for my 

Block 12 begun!

It has been a slow, slow stitching week.

Hope to make more quilty progress soon.

May all of you have a lovely weekend!


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Another Block Done and One More Begun!

Here is Block 10
for my 

Here is the layout for the next block.

I love slow stitching these blocks!

I have not had as much time lately as the yard needs work
and I am also machine piecing a quilt.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Linking up with 

What are you working on this weekend?

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

1-2-3 as Easy as A-B-C

As Easy As ABC,
My Grand-darling is turning three!

Everly is going to be 
starting pre-school next month!

Where did the time fly?

Everly is also getting a big girl bed. 

Grammy has to make a quilt to mark the occasions.

I am using the quilt kit pictured above.
30's Repros 
Looks like the old alphabet book
that I had as a child.

I shall be visiting next month
and plan to bring this little quilt with me. 

For May, my goal is to complete the quilt top.

Linking up today with the

When not at my machine, I also plan to slow stitch  more POTC blocks.

What are your goals this month?

Have a Happy May!

Friday, April 28, 2017

POTC Obsession

Block 9 is done!

Every block I hand stitch becomes "my favorite block."

I keep telling myself that I am going to "just finish this one block"
and then I will get back to the 
stack of projects waiting by my machine. 

Until the block is done and the bee starts buzzing in my ear ...

... that the honeycombs need fussy cutting ...

... and glue basting ...

and the next thing I know is that I have another layout decision to make ...

Layout A


Layout B


This fabrics are sew cute.

I shall start sewing the center and the pairs while I decide.

Opinions always welcome ... :-)

My method for sewing Patchwork of the Crosses 
blocks tutorial coming soon. 

Updated: Sunday, April 30th:

In response to a question ...

I have completed nine main Patchwork of the Crosses blocks and two connecting units
since I started these blocks
You can see some of my previous attempts to start a POTC quilt in that post.

In March, a quilt blogging friend opened up this

30's POTC BOM Group

and I signed up.
I rarely do Block of the Month programs,
but the 30's reproduction fabrics really appealed to me.

I am really enjoying being in this group of very inspiring and supportive stitching friends where we share our progress and tips and tricks in a private Facebook group.
It is just the help I needed to learn and grow.

On Saturday, my hubby and I attended a nearby quilt guild show
we always enjoy and I found some more fabrics for my blocks ...

like this floral stripe from the Back Porch collection from Kaye England.

I took this one home and had to start fussy cutting and ...

I have another block layout to sew.

I love making these blocks!

Linking up with ...

Have a happy quilty weekend !

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Every Day is a Slow Stitching Day

One More Block Done ...

... and one ready to sew!

... until ...

This lovely envelope of fabrics arrived!

Jan @ Sew and Sow Farm

put together "remake" kits for new member of the

30's POTC BOM group

and had some extras,
sew of course,
I wanted one.

I got (easily) distracted by the pretty new fabrics

 ... and laid out another block.

This is the one I have been working on
and it is almost done.

I have enjoyed that I can take this work outside on the sunny days.

It is now rainy and cold here again,
so no sitting outside and sewing today,
or tomorrow,
or the day after,
or the day after that maybe.

That is okay.

It is a good night to stay in and stitch.

Linking up today with all the lovely work in progress

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WIP Wednesday @ The Needle and Thread Network

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

OMG ~ April is Accomplished!

Block 5

This is my favorite block so far.
This one will be called the Easter Block in my quilt 
as I took it with me and stiched as I visited
and it will remind me of the lovely weekend I had with my family

 Block 6

Block 4

Two Scrappy Connecting Units

which means

I have completed my


I decided to make

 3 Main POTC blocks 

and 2 connecting units.

I have actually completed four main blocks as

this one was in process when I posted my goal.

I am loving playing with the pieces to the 

I have a small tin of ready to sew honeycombs 
that I made from the BOM kit fabrics and 
my stash fabrics that I have auditioned previously and saved.
These are waiting for the "right block."

The cute turtles called my name today and  I have two layouts in progress,
one I have started stitching, but I have not chosen the fabrics for the
outer honeycombs.  This is sew fun ... :)

Lots of beautiful inspiration in the links!