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There’s nothing like a new grandchild to make you feel good. It’s such a wondrous event.  Maya, my newest granddaughter, arrived on February 8th weighing in around 9 lbs. She’s Lily’s little sister. Lily has held her, kissed her and probably wondered in that head of hers, if she’s going to be going home sometime soon.  But as time passes they will get to know each other well, and life will be about bonding, sister fights, sharing and all the good things that we learn when a sibling comes along.


I’ll have to be content to view pictures for a few more months, as I wait for them to travel from Germany to the US for Maya’s first visit at the end of April.  I’ll take care to hug and love Lily too, as I hold my newest Granddaughter for the very first time.  I can hardly wait!

Now, for my giveaway. Oh that’s right, I didn’t tell you it was a giveaway!  Sorry, I’m such a sneak as some of you know.  Moda sent me some Mistletoe Lane Aurifil Thread Kits to make  your lives a little more fun, and seven of you who left a comment on my last post are going to win one!  I had 13 comments total (one from Margaret came in through email) so I’m going to do the random number generator from 1 to 13 and see what happens.  Are you ready?

Here are the winners!

 #3  Pam

#10  Gayle

#12  Karen

#6  Faye

#4  DeAnna

#2  Hildy

#5  Barb

 You lucky ladies can email me your address through this blog and we’ll get your prize in the mail!   The thread kit includes a Mistletoe Mini Charm, 7 spools of Aurifil thread, and a pattern to make a cute mini ornament quilt.  You are going to have some fun!

Aurifil_Thread Kit

I work for the most generous fabric company around.  Thank you Moda for all you do to make us happy!

Hugs to all of you!


Take 12 Moda designers, add some Moda fabric, ask each designer to design a block and what do you get?  It’s another wonderful, cute,  fabulous Designer Mystery Quilt that you’ll find at The Fat Quarter Shop!

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Rows of houses and snowmen.  It’s such a cute quilt, and I designed one of the blocks for it.  As the mystery unfolds, you’re going to be glad you joined, because the finished quilt is adorable!  You’ll be able to use it the entire winter, and if I were making the quilt I’d be sure to personalize it for my family.  Embroider house numbers, street names, or family names on each block and you’ve got a quilt your family will treasure.

Kimberly asked us to answer a question and I didn’t have to think about it very long.  She wanted to know “Out of all the places you’ve visited, which place is your favorite?”   Just fly into London, rent a car, visit the Cath Kidston shop, and then drive slightly over an hour and you’ll be at my favorite place…the Cotswolds.  It’s like traveling back into another era of time, where life is still romantic, people live the simple life and neighbors all know each other.  I LOVED the Cotswolds.

Bed & Breakfast

This is the bed and breakfast we stayed at.  It’s an area where around every corner…

around every corner…you’ll find another thatched roof house!Thatched RoofThe birds sing the sweetest songs, of course.

Bird on roof copy

And even garbage day is pretty!

Garbage DayYou’re sure to make lots of friends if you visit…

Ba, Ba ____ Sheep copy…and meet some people that have a great sense of humor…

Deaf catsAt the end of a long day, you can soak in a nice hot bath…

Bathroon to relax inHouses are my favorite thing in any part of the world.  If you love them like I do, you’ll love The Fat Quarter Shop’s Designer Mystery for 2015.    You can read all about it on the Jolly Jabber blog today then take their fun quiz to find out what quilt block you are.  I took the quiz and here’s how I answered (hope my hubby isn’t reading number 3):

1. You’re in New York for the first time – yes! Where do you go first?  I said I’d be taking photos in the SoHo neighborhood.

2. Your eccentric next-door neighbor swings by to ask for:  A look at the antique candelabra you just bought.   I love vintage finds so this is definitely me.

3. Your idea of a perfect date is:  My husband watching the big game while I’m sewing with my cats.

4. What’s your favorite thing about sewing?  Everything!

5. What’s your favorite thing hanging on your walls?  A bookcase full of my favorite reads.

Turns out I’m the row house quilt block!  Well I don’t know if it’s true, but it was a cute quiz!  What block are you?  Take the quiz and you’ll find out.

Hop on over to the Fat Quarter Shop blog for some fun!  I love a good mystery, don’t you?


The closer it gets to Christmas, the more overwhelmed we tend to feel.  It’s hard to find time for quilting when Christmas shopping is front and center.  I know you don’t have a minute to spare, but think how great you will feel if you start the New Year with something new to work on.  Making something at the start of the year will show everyone that yes indeed, you are going to use that fabric you bought last year.  Yes indeed, you are going to finish something you started.  Yes, Yes, Yes!   You can do it!

Choose some fabric you love and get ready to sew this quilt!

I’ve graphed out my quilt, picked fabric I’m excited to use, and now I’m going to select a solid to co-ordinate with my fabric.  Using a solid in a quilt is a wonderful way to give your eye a place to “rest” and Moda has lots of Bella solids to choose from.

Selection of Bella

I pulled a few different shades to try, put some of the fabrics on top of the stack and stood back to look.  These all look pretty good so what should I choose?

Fabric meets Bella


Since I want a more “vintage” look to my quilt, I went with the slightly darker shade you see on the bottom of the stack, Bella #9900 13.  It’s really rich looking and I think it will be perfect in the quilt, but the main thing is I love it!

Now that I have a solid, it’s back to my original sketch.  I want to use the solid, but I’m in LOVE with the light cream prints in the fabric line.  The block would be boring without them.  Just look at them waiting for me on the top of the bundle…

Single Block


…I’m a little worried that they’ll be too busy in the block, but I know I can always “calm” everything down by using a simple sashing in-between, so I decide to go for it!


See the solid Bella in the blocks?  I’ll keep it the same in each block and then I’ll use 2 different “light” fabrics in each block. The nine patch in the centers will always be the chestnut color although the fabrics will vary.


 This is going to be so much fun!  I don’t worry too much about how busy a block might look.  I know the fabrics all look good together and the “busier” blocks will add more interest to the quilt.  I use some masking tape and give each block a number so I can remember where I want them in the quilt.  This can easily change as I finish the blocks and move them around.

One more block

Our Moda Lissa used tons of different fabrics to design her beautiful quilt and the result was stunning.   If she can do it, I can walk on the wild side a bit too!  I’m going scrappy in a controlled sort of way.


Tone it down main quilt photo


You’ll find some helpful videos on All People Quilt, to help you square up your fabric and get started cutting.  Remember to iron that fabric before you cut!

I made a copy of the instructions, and inserted each page in a plastic sleeve inside a binder.  It helps keep me organized and makes it easier to follow the directions.  Then I labeled all my strips and placed them in plastic bags.  Keeping everything in my Art Bin container makes this project portable.

Art Bin and Binder

I’m making blocks throughout the next month when time permits.  You’ll find all the posts for this APQ quilt along when you click on “Categories” at the top of my blog, and then click on “Blog Hops”.

I’ll be back soon with some Christmas posts. In January I’ll pick sashing to go in my quilt!

Are you feeling inspired yet?   For more inspiration follow us on Pinterest.  #APQquiltalong


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