Saturday, December 29, 2007

Quiltville Mystery Step 4

Yahoo!!! I finished Step 4 of Bonnie's Mystery Quilt before Step 5 is posted. I must say, working with bias triangles is not my fave thing to do, but these tiny pieces were really easy to deal with.

Ok, step 5...... bring it on!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

If you don't talk to you cats about catnip..... who will?

Well so much for lazy and calm. My mother-in-law brought over a gift for Smokey and Violet. They each received a little pouch of catnip and well, you guessed it.....they are hooked. Does anyone know of a kitty rehab program???

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Lazy Cat Award

I couldn't resist taking this picture of Violet. She is allllllllllllllll cat and when she stops, she flops. Oh to have such an uncomplicated life.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

My 'To Do' List

I took the time today to come up with a 'to do' list and posted it on the blog. Am I out of my mind or what????? I'm trying to think positively about this............ maybe seeing this list on my blog AND in my sewing room will actually get me to working on this stuff. Some of it has been on the list for a while. Do any of you make a 'to do' list?? Does it help? I can use all the good karma I can get.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Carolina Crossroads Part 3

Well........... Bonnie just posted this yesterday and graciously is giving us plenty of time to make them, but, I figured since next week will be baking week, I had better get them done now. I can't wait to see what this mystery turns out to be.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Ice, Ice, Baby

Today was ice day (and you thought it was Thursday). I don't think we got the ice they thought we were going to get, but it was enough to keep the kids home from school. So, the twins and I just vegged around, watching movies and sewing.

Here are a couple of pictures I took out the back door. Thankfully it was no where near as icy as out in the central plains. It is supposed to warm up tomorrow and then get messy again Saturday night. Winter is here!!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Quiltville Mystery Part 2

The Carolina Crossroads mystery from Bonnie Hunter is moving along well. The second step is to make 100 ninepatch blocks using three colors. My quilt is being done in black, white, and red. The ninepatch blocks are only 3.5 inches square. These were fun to make. I wonder what Part 3 will bring??

Monday, December 10, 2007

Penguin Bucket Tote

My oldest daughter, who is now 21, loves Penguins and has loved Penguins since she was almost three. We visited Sea World in Ohio and all she wanted out of the entire park was a stuffed Penguin - she named him Peanut Butter and he went to college with her.

With the help of my friend Beth, I made this Bucket Tote for her. The tutorial can be found on the Welsh Quilter's blog. The instructions are very easy to follow and only takes a day to make it.
I would highly recommend the use of your walking foot. When you put the pieces together and sew through all the batting, it really helps.

Mid-Atlantic Quilters' Web Ring

I got the idea today to create a web-ring for the quilters in the mid-atlantic area. The thought popped into my head after surfing other quilting rings this morning. I know, like I need another thing to do on my list LOL.

Anyway, if you are a quilter, and you live in New York, New Jersey, Deleware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia or North Carolina you are welcome to hop on the ring. Nothing is more fun than seeing what other quilters are doing and gaining inspiration and motivation from each other.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

My Grinchy name

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of those shows I have to watch every year. So when Beth told me I could find out my Grinch name I couldn't wait. Needless to say I was surprised..... Crabbycrab Fussyhead.

Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt

If you haven't had the chance to visit Bonnie Hunter's Web page or her blog, you are missing something special. She is the queen of stashbusting.... using scraps like you wouldn't believe. The latest project has turned into a mystery quilt, Carolina Crossroads. I am making mine with black/white/red fabrics. Here are my 100 rail fence...... now for the second step.............. 100 little 3.5 inch nine patches with a red square in the corner.

Black and White Churn Dash Blocks

I am a member of the Blockswappers yahoo group and we are doing a black and white churn dash swap. We swapped out 12 inch blocks last month. In January we are swapping out 9 inch blocks and in February 6 inch blocks. The 3-inch blocks are a possibility. This is going to look really cool when it is finished.

Monday, December 3, 2007


I cannot continue posting to my blog without including a picture of my BFF (Best Friends Forever). Beth and I have decided that she and I are long lost sisters. I actually lived in Maryland when she was born. Of course I was 11 when that happened, so she is my long lost baby sister.

Anyway, here she is, using her cute little pink iron at retreat. Every once in a while I threw something on her little board 'cause I was too darn lazy to work my way through the maze of chairs to get to the big board.

Love you BFF!!!

92 Coasters Later..............

Well, once I got started I kept going. So, all in all, I made 92 coasters. They are divided and tied into groups of four each. Some will be gifts, and some will be saved for the boutique table at our guild quilt show.

These are sooooooooooo easy. But next time I think I'll start with 5-inch squares instead of 4.5-inch.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Coasting into Christmas

I started working on these Criss-Cross coasters today while I was on the phone with my BFF Beth for two hours. Thank goodness she has unlimited long distance calling LOL. Calling from Maryland to PA can get a bit pricey.

Anyway, I adjusted the coaster instructions a little. Instead of using a lining fabric, I used a piece of flannel. And I used my walking foot. These are going together so quickly. I am making sets of four coasters for Christmas gifties. Hope all the folks who receive them enjoy them.

Christmas time is here...............

Happiness and Cheer. Fun for all, the children call, their favorite time of year. (Think Charlie Brown).

I've been busy. I made three of these tablerunners using the Holly Jolly charm pack and the red stripe coordinating fabric from Moda. I love these fabrics!!!! I only wish I had gotten some more of the red stripe..... having a hard time finding it now.

I gave one of the tablerunners to my mother-in-law for the Christmas event auction (see earlier post with the green wreath wallhanging) because I decided to keep the wallhanging for me :o)

Hope everyone else is having success getting their holiday projects done. This is a first for me. Usually it is December 26 and I am saying "If I only had done that earlier.........."

Friday, November 23, 2007

Play Ball!!!

Last spring, four of our school district students (three in the middle school) lost everything to a house fire. We could here the sirens and trucks racing through town that afternoon and by the end of the school day, the email had been sent informing us of what had happened.

The boys are avid baseball fans - the Yankees are their team. With the help of friends donating fabric and my friend Beth quilting them, each of the boys now has their own Turning 20 Baseball Quilt. Their dad was very surprised. I told him that he had raised some very fine sons, and that they didn't ask for what happened to them. Besides...... everyone needs their own special blankie.
This is the first for four quilts. They are all basically the same, just the large baseball panel is in a different place in each quilt.

Friday, November 16, 2007

I am Enlightened!!!

I learned today that I can get comments left on my blog sent to me through email. AHhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! (Heavenly chorus). So, now that I have enabled that little feature I am hoping that it works and I can answer all the questions people leave now...... like what pattern did you use or what fabric was that.

Amazing what you can do when you read the instructions (Hush Beth).

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Retreat!!! Retreat!!!!

Over achievers unite!!! Well I don't think of myself as an over achiever but some do. Anyway, our guild fall retreat was the first weekend of November (we got an extra hour of sleep/sewing time on Saturday night.... thank you G.W.) and with the 'bad' influene of my friend Beth, I stayed up later than usual and got lots more done.

I made a Charm Party tote with my left-over Sunshine charms - we got this done in about 3 hours. I got a Lazy Girl Summer tote done - the kit had been in a drawer for months. I got some guild swap blocks done (Use up those scraps!!!) and of course some major laughing, crying, eating and well, some sleeping.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Ninja Cat

One night just as we were going to bed, Violet discovered the mirror in the hallway AND the 'other' cat in the mirror. It was too funny to watch so hubby got the camera and was able to shoot this picture when she sprang into the air to attack the 'intruder'. Too funny!!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Disappearing Nine Patch

I found this 'pattern' through a discussion on the Stashbusters yahoo list. The gal had the tutorial on her blog. Of course I didn't go back and look at the pictures before I started putting the quartered blocks back together......... why would I do something like that?? (My first grade teacher said I didn't like to follow directions). So I had to take them apart and lay them out the correct way.

This one is very scrappy. I'm sure it would work with some of the charm pack lines. I used 3.5 inch squares to make my ninepatches. What do you think?

Saturday, October 20, 2007

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas.....

Each year my mother-in-law asks me to make something for the annual Newburg Christmas in the Country event raffle. So this year I was good, and dug something out of my stash. This was a 'kit' I found a couple of years ago. The 'dots' and 'holes' were pre-printed. All I had to do was cut them to the right size and then whack the holes/dots into quarters. Then I sewed it all back together. The bow is my first attempt at using an applique pressing sheet... I thought it turned out rather nice. Now the dilemma is how to quilt it.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Latest Accomplishment

I have the opportunity to teach at my LQS (local quilt shop) and after the first of the year I am offering a class based on the One Block Wonder book by Maxine Rosenthal. The shop owner gave me the fabric to make a small shop sample and this is the result. To be honest, I wasn't thrilled with the look of this fabric - I guess it is the smokey-teal background. But after I had it all together and bordered, it looks pretty good. Now to quilt and bind it.........and send it on its way.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Hot Flash

I found this pattern when traveling to the quilt show in Hampton, Virginia last February. I decided to use reds, oranges, and yellows cause I am a red person. Then as it came together I thought considering what age bracket I am in now LOL "Hot Flash" is the perfect title. The pattern is from Fourth and Sixth designs and is called Kinetic Energy. I have 2-3 more patterns from them and have them on the list to make. It is really easy....... just strip piecing. Just make sure you don't square up blocks when you are tired...... and end up with a smaller quilt LOL

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Officially a Member of the Family

Well it only took her a week. Violet has officially moved in, claimed her spot and gotten spoiled. Being a kitten, she stops and she drops....and then gets into the weirdest positions imaginable. She and Smokey are getting along well......... now if I could just convince her that the day doesn't start at 3:30 in the morning.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

The Newest Member of the Family

Well, today I decided to adopt another kitty. Our first cat, Sugar, passed away in April , 2006. Ever since them we have all felt that Smokey needed a friend. We found that to be especially true when we were away on vacation this year. My mother-in-law said she would yowl at the girls' bedroom door and get wrapped around her legs when she came over to feed her.

So today, we went to the shelter and adopted Violet Rose. She is about one year old and was a stray that someone turned in. Of course, Smokey isn't too sure about all this and has decided to hide.

If they both remember where the litter box is, I'll be happy.

Wish us luck!!!

Monday, August 27, 2007

First Day of School (blues)

Well they are on the bus and headed to school. My twins are in 8th grade now and as much as they drove me nuts over the summer...... I'm teary eyed watching them get on the bus. I even cried when the oldest was a senior in high school. What can I say, I'm a Mom. *sigh* They'll be home in 8 hours............. and I'll hug 'em to death.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Officially a Butterfly Bush

Tonight my husband was outside and noticed a huge (well he thought it was huge) yellow butterfly on our butterfly bush. This is the first time we've ever really seen anything larger than those little yellow or white butterflies on it. Now the quest is to find out what type it is.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

One Block Wonder - Update

Well, I ended up taking the hexagons apart (in half) and putting the halves together in rows. This was much easier than trying to deal with the "Y" seams. So here is the finished project. I think it looks cool and hope to do this again with another floral or oriental print.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Never enough Smokey-cat

I couldn't resist posting this one. When she lies in the sun, she is all over the place. I am amazed at all the positions she contorts herself into. Of course, this sleeping time didn't involve a quilt......... but then, it isn't about the quilt is it LOL.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Work in Progress - the hard way

Well I found this beautiful floral on black print and decided it would be a great stack -n- whack. Then I found the book "One Block Wonder" after I had most of the hexagons put together. So, now I am going to put it together as hexagons instead of rows and have to deal with inset seams, sort of. LOL I never do anything the easy way.

Friday, June 22, 2007

The most "Gooder" cat

Well I have to post a picture of Smokey. Isn't she wonderful? So perfectly grey and sleek and charming. Oh, and every quilt in the house belongs to her of course. She manages to christen every quilt I make...... before, during, and after. What a gooder cat!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

This is really a Double Wedding Ring

Don't let your eyes fool you........ this is really a Double Wedding Ring. Ok, ok............ it isn't; but it was supposed to be. My sister picked out the majority of the fabrics at Keepsake Quilting back in 1998. Of course, all quilters no that fabrics have to age...... like fine wine. I finally admitted to myself, and to her, that a Double Wedding Ring was wayyyyyyyyyy out of my comfort zone and when I showed her my Trip Around the World, she said "Make that!". So I did. This quilt is the result.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Back in Time

My daughter decided to volunteer and help her father at the annual Civil War event in our town this coming weekend. Of course, if you are going to a Civil War event you need a Civil War dress. I 'drafted' a friend of mine to make the dress, with some adjustments to the pattern of course. And after spending the day putting hooks and eyes on, and on again, and on again, it finally came together. Doesn't she look cute?

Penguin Quilt

Well you've probably been wondering why my blog is entitled "Patchwork Penguin". Some of you know me as BearPaw and of course bears and penguins are in no way interchangeable. My oldest daughter loves penguins, and I made this quilt for her. I just think it pops against the black background and the green border makes it just right. My daughter is 20, and now has two penguin quilts; one for her dorm and one for home.

Friday, June 15, 2007

2007 Guild Challenge

Our guild challenge this year was "Name that Tune". I chose to try a new technique using colored pencils and heat setting them with a hot dry iron. I copied the album cover and used an overhead projector at school to trace the picture on a piece of Kona Natural cotton fabric. There happened to be a resource period in the room I was in a the time, and the kids were fascinated by what I was doing.

So here is the result. We had to portray a song without actually using the title in the piece. Can you figure it out???

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Let's see if this works again.......

Ok, here I am making my second post. I haven't had a lot of time to quilt in the past month. As a substitute teacher, May is typically the 'use 'em or lose 'em' time for teachers to use their personal days. So needless to say, I am kept busy.

I have sent a couple of quilts to a friend of mine to get quilted on her HQ16. She does wonderful work and I have no doubt that these two quilts will be beautiful. I am entering them in my guild show this summer, so will be busy putting binding and a hanging sleeve on them when I get them back.

I do have one quilt I need to pin-baste and straight line quilt. It is a block swap quilt from guild this past year. I'll post a picture when I get it finished.

Hope everyone is having some wonderful quilting time.

Hugs for now!!!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Oh Lord what did I get myself into..............

I am not a computer guru....... I am a computer user. So I have a feeling that blogging is way out of my comfort zone. But what the hey, I'll give it a shot.

As you can see by the title of my blog, I'm a quilter. I have been quilting for about 15 years. It is my therapy I guess you could say. My latest 'thing' is stack-n-whack you can see by the Penguins. I love the way the fabrics 'twirl' in the pinwheel and it helps me not feel bad about cutting up the pretty motifs LOL.

Anyway, I hope to post more as time goes on. See you soon!!