Category Archives: That’s Life

Besides moving my sister and her husband and doing some mending for her, I managed to meet all of my goals and then some.  Whoohoo!

The number one priority goal is the Jacob’s Ladder blocks for the three king size quilts I need to finish this year.  I did reach my goal of 36:


In addition to these blocks, I completed 12 of the quad Log Cabin blocks which is more than I’ve been able to complete in a single month so far:


Then I decided it was high time I finished a set of 7 tea towels I started the first week of December 2016.  I learned a lot about my embroidery machine working on these since the lettering would not fit in my 4 x 4 field.  I used a movable hoop and learned how to mark things and line them up.  I’m pretty new to this embroidery machine game.  LOLIMG_7188


And since I had the embroidery machine stuff strewn all over the place, I decided to make a set of 5 tea towels for one of my granddaughters for her birthday:


After I finished the embroidery, I did a bit of cleaning and straightening in my studio.  While I was whistling while I worked, I had a brainstorm.  My shelving for my fabric stash and other treasures is made from two shuttered bi-fold closet doors and 5 boards.  It dawned on me that those shutters showing on the end could work harder than just holding up 5 boards.  They could also hold my cones of quilting thread.  Here is what my husband and I came up with:


Now isn’t that just handy dandy?

Oh, and I almost forgot about the doll dress I finished.  I did the embroidery whilst all that stuff was out, and then I put the fasteners on the jumper and the tee:


Maggie really likes the bee on her red corduroy jumper.

Then I finished a blanket my youngest granddaughter started about 4 years ago:


And to finish off the month, I took a strip of fabric and folded it just so and sewed it up, added a pair of folding scissors, and then put it with the other stuff I made for one of my sisters for her birthday:


I think that’s it.  Like I said, it’s been a mighty busy and productive month!

Happy Crafting,


With A Teensy Bit of Adjustment

I finished all 36 Jacob’s Ladder blocks that I planned on making this month.  I must admit that I found that my original goal of 45 blocks was too much with all the other things in my life, so I had to adjust down.  My new goal for each month for 6 months is to finish 36 Jacob’s Ladder blocks and work toward finishing one other less time consuming project.  I finished two this month that were in an earlier post (which I noticed has somehow mysteriously disappeared from my blog and so will fix it later).

Since I am making 3 identical blocks, I only used 1 of each set in my picture.


Happy Quilting,


Complete a project for each month of 2017.  That is my goal for this year.  I may not actually complete one project during each month but will be working toward completing twelve projects in 2017.

I have plenty of projects already started to choose from:

  • Four quilt tops waiting to be quilted and bound
  • An 18″ doll pattern that is half written
  • A set of tea towels that are half done
  • The High Tea Crochet Fusion quilt which needs the blocks sewn together and the final crochet edging put on it
  • A pink doll cradle that I’ve started frillying up
  • A Log Cabin quilt that is barely started
  • And I started three Jacob’s Ladder quilts today

And then there are all those kits that I have and all those quilt and doll clothes ideas dancing around in my head.

For January?  Let’s see…  As I stated earlier, I am working on three Jacob’s Ladder quilts.  If I make all three king size, I will need 300 blocks.  I made three blocks today all from the same fabric.  Tomorrow I will make four tiny Log Cabin blocks from the leftovers of that fabric.  So I plan on making 45 Jacob’s Ladder blocks and 60 Log Cabin blocks this month.

And in my spare time, I will work on the pink doll cradle.  I would like to have it completed by the end of January.  And I will get one of those quilt tops loaded on my longarm and at least partially quilted.

Can I do it?  Since my goal for 2016 was to complete twelve quilts which I surpassed, I am confident that I will reach my goal for 2017.

Happy Quilting,



A couple of year’s ago, my husband’s cousin, Sue, fell getting out of the shower and died from her head injury.  Her husband was devastated but being a positive (and very ornery) guy, he began to rebuild his life without her but misses her all the time.

I made him a quilt and presented it to him today.


He is a hunter and an animal lover and had mentioned that Sue’s favorite animal was the moose, so I knew exactly what to include in his quilt.  He loved the quilt, but it was the label that made him cry.


And that is why I quilt (besides loving to create and sew).

Happy Quilting,



I have been so busy the past weeks, that I haven’t written a new post for my blog.  Can’t believe it!  Where does the time go.  I have been busy picking strawberries, making strawberry jam, working on the crocheted sweater pattern, and meeting a May challenge in one of my Yahoo groups.  So here is an update on all of this activity.


I’ve lost count on how many gallons of strawberries my husband and I have picked, but we’ve given away a couple of gallons, and I’ve made 24 half-pints of strawberry jam, froze 3 individual cups of crushed strawberries for making strawberry cakes, and froze 1 quart of crushed strawberries to make another batch of jam later on.  I still have a gallon of strawberries to work.  Our strawberry patch hasn’t produced a gallon total in the past 3 years.  I guess it is making up for that this year.

The Crocheted Sweater Pattern

Progress is slow mainly because I didn’t like how some things were going and have ripped back several times to try another approach.  But it is finally coming together, and the pattern is about half written.  It will still be a number of weeks before the pattern will be released.  After I finish the pattern, it has to go to the testers.  Hopefully we’ll get all the bugs worked out before the pattern is released.

The Yahoo Group May Challenge

I am most pleased with my creation for this challenge.  We were required to use the pattern #1033:  Bonjour, Paris Mini Wardrobe for 18″ Dolls from Lee & Pearl.  The pattern is free when you sign up for their newsletter.  Here is the link:  freepattern

After I finished the top and shorts, I make a hat to go with the outfit.  The hat pattern was also a free download on Freebie Friday from Bonjour Teaspoon at Pixie Faire.  It is now available for sale.  Get it here:  Phoebe Hat 

I found the free purse pattern Create Kids Couture.  Get it here:  Double Ruffle Doll Purse

I even made the shoes!  This was my first attempt at making shoes, and I am quite pleased with them.  This pattern was also a Freebie Friday download from Miche Designs at Pixie Faire.  It is also now available for sale.  Get it here:  Gladiator Sandals

Now for the unveiling of my completed outfit.  Drum roll, please!  Ta! Da!IMG_6240

Nikki loves her new outfit, and so do I.

Happy Creating,

Lana, Nikki, Daisy and Pansy

As more and more people learn that I sew and quilt and have a longarm, I am receiving more and more requests that I make something for them.  I sweetly (well, as sweetly as I am capable of anyway) explain to them that I am retired, and sewing or quilting for hire would be work.  Their response is that I must enjoy sewing and quilting or I wouldn’t be doing it, so I should want to make something for them.  I sweetly (see above) respond that sewing and quilting for hire takes all the fun out of it because I am now responsible to someone else and would feel a lot of pressure to a good job.  But they still don’t get it.  How would you tell them “No” so that they would understand?  Your comments are encouraged and welcome.

Hope you are having a wonderful day,


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