I made a tea caddy for my friend Leslie as a hostess gift. It was very well received, and I am happy to say that the fabric, notions and tea all came from stash.



The caddy hold 6 teas of choice, folds up to protect the tea, and closes with a snap or magnetic closure. I know I’ll be making more of these.





In prepping for the giant quilt of Halloween, and to scratch the inspiration itch, I’ve been trying out different blocks and then making them into small place mats or “mug rugs” and giving them to friends. All of these mug rugs are machine pieced and hand quilted, with cotton flannel for batting, measure 6 inches by 12 inches, and are completely from stash. I even made my own binding!

The flying geese was for my friend V, who loves colors. I made the blocks using this tutorial from Lori Holt at Bee In My Bonnett.

flying geese

flying geese back


This 1/2 Dresden plate went to my friend Laurie, just because.

I used the template from Elizabeth Hartman’s post on Sew Mama Sew. I really enjoyed sewing this one, and am looking forward to making a full Dresden plate something in the future.


1/2 dresden plate


The kimonos are for M – she loves orange and blue and things Japanese.

I used the basic construction idea from Kona Bay’s Tranquility quilt, and sized down to fit the mug rug size.



kimono back

WIP Wednesday

I’m embarking on my first big quilting project: a king sized wonky star quilt, using Halloween fabric for the prints and black as the background.

wonky start with left overs – one of the practice blocks

I spent a year or so picking up Halloween fabric that I liked when it was on sale, and bought 7 yards of black Kona when it was on sale and had a coupon. I picked up a black and orange stripe to make the binding.

Over the course of a few afternoons, I cut all of the fabric needed for the stars, and some of the sashing blocks.

wonky practice – I love the polka dots

I ran out of black fabric. URG. I’m going to buy more when it’s on sale again, and hope for the best. I’m still not sure what I want to do for the back. I was watching a video on youtube about quilting and how to pick fabric for it, and since I’m going to hand quilt this thing (it should end up about 110 inches square when I’m done), I’ll either do a solid back, or a heavily and small patterned back.

I want to get the top pieced first before I make the decision.

When I was at Maryland Sheep and Wool two weeks ago, I priced out wool batting from a local company. I have a feeling I’m going to be working on this one for a long time.