Been a Bit Busy Lately

Posted 10/25/2017 by soozspeak
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I’ve been making baby stuff, buying baby stuff, dreaming about baby stuff, etc. for a few months now.  In about 3 months, I’ll actually get to meet my new grandson.  I am beyond excited, thrilled and ecstatic.  I have a few things made and will post pictures after they are given to my daughter-in-law and son. I’ve also been getting a few things here and there, some of which I’ve already given them, and some that are stashed away for baby showers.

Two of the things I’ve given to them are some onesies a friend of mine made for him.  The little fellow moves a lot (like his father who is never still) and thus makes it difficult for the techs at the doctor’s office to get a good  sonogram of him so we’ve  nicknamed him Flash.  His father also posted on Facebook one day that he hopes his son will be a nerd (like there is any chance he won’t). So, I asked Amber if she could make a couple of specific onesies, and she did.

Baby onesies

When not obsessing over my grandson, I have been doing a bit of quilting.  I’m working on two quilt-alongs: a Christmas themed one and a paper-piecing one.

The Christmas one is called I Wish You A Merry Quilt-Along and has a series of blocks by various designers; one or two released each week for a total of twelve.  They are done in different techniques – applique, paper piecing, traditional piecing – and I thought it would give me the opportunity to hone some skills I’ve neglected. Well, I believe the group is on Block 9 now and I’ve gotten behind.  I only gave 4 blocks done.  I hope to catch up over the next couple of weeks.  Here are my blocks so far:

The second quilt-along is Rainbow Cascade designed by Jennifer Ofenstein at  I am in love with this quilt.  It took me a while to get going with it, but I am now caught up and I think it is going to be stunning if I do say so myself!  The quilt will be 4 X 5 blocks (10″ blocks). Here’s what I have done so far:


The next diagonal rows will be green, blue, purple, violet, red.

Meanwhile, I got a bit overwhelmed with the quilt-alongs and decided I needed to make something quick and easy so I made a quilt top from layer cakes (42 10″ cuts from a line of fabric).  This little quilt top came together in less than 2 days.  The quilt measures 51″ x 59″ before I add a border. It will either be a 5″ or 6″ border.  So here’s the quilt with no border:


I sure do get a lot of shots of my long-suffering hubby’s hands and feet!

That’s it for now.

Obnoxious Nana

Posted 09/05/2017 by soozspeak
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That’s me!  And the baby hasn’t even been born yet. But I didn’t think this was ever going to happen so I think I have a right to be extremely excited and a little obnoxious!

He’s due January 21, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he didn’t show up a little earlier. I’d be fine with that – as long as it’s not too early. I’m really forward to meeting our Li’l Dude. He has hit the jackpot in the Mom and Dad department, and he will definitely get plenty of unconditional love from his Grandpop, Nana and Grandma. He’s the only grandbaby on both sides!

Tim (my hubby) and I were in a little diner last week and the waitress came over to take our order. But before she asked what we wanted, she said, “Here’s your daily dose of cuteness” as she pulled out pics of her grandson. I can totally see me walking up to strangers and doing the same thing.

I have been told by my daughter-in-law that I can’t make but one quilt for the babe, so I chose to make a Harry Potter bookcase quilt – designed by Jennifer Ofenstein at Fandom In Stitches. This will be a little wall-hanging for his room. I finished the top and my friend Rainey made the incredibly generous offer to custom quilt it for me. Tim and I took it to her  a week ago and told her there was no rush and she had free-reign on however she wanted to quilt it.  I know it is in good hands!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I have still been a bit busy making baby stuff.  I made a 2-zipper wet bag to carry in the diaper bag and put soiled diapers and wipes in when out and about with the babe. I’ve made 5 burp pads, 6 drool bibs, 2 infant to toddler bibs and 23 flannel wipes – so far.

I have so many ideas swirling around in my brain but I know I need to calm down a bit. But how does a Nana do that? I’ll keep you posted on whether or not this Nana can.


A Couple of Small Quilts Completed

Posted 09/01/2017 by soozspeak
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These are two I hadn’t planned on making.  They are small quilts for a couple of children at a shelter in Houston.  I should have pressed the pink & white blankey before taking the picture.  The top is pieced but the back is fleece; I’m hoping it will keep a toddler girl warm.  The stripey quilt is a quilt-as-you-go using a jelly roll and is baby-sized.

Met My 2017 Goals with 5 months to go!

Posted 08/16/2017 by soozspeak
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Strike up the band!!!  Throw the confetti!!!! Let the champagne flow!!!!!  I am so  excited.  I have reached my goal of having 6 UFOs completed in 2017.

However, due to reaching that goal and one major life change I have moved the goal post back a few yards.  There are 2 more quilt tops that I hope to have quilted by the end of the year:  one for my older son’s birthday in October and the other for my very first grandchild due in January.

#4 is the second Paper Pieced Vintage quilt (designed by the fabulous Jennifer Ofenstein at  This one is 12″ blocks in teal, white and black; the first one was 6″ blocks in yellow, blue and white.  (Pardon the blurry picture.  I’ll try to replace it later.)


Here is the UFO #5 for my younger son’s birthday.  These blocks were hand-pieced years ago (one of the first quilt tops I ever made).  I will never hand-piece another one but I am glad I did it once.

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And here is a picture of UFO #6 for my niece, Sarah.  DSCF9007

Now here are the two tops still to be quilted this year. The quilt top on the left is for my son Chris and the one on the right is for Baby Pepper.

So here’s to meeting goals and making new ones!  Cheers!!


Change of Plans

Posted 07/16/2017 by soozspeak
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I set the goal of  completing my 2011 Project of Doom quilt by the end of July.  Unfortunately, I made some bad choices that have set me back a bit – mainly the batting choice.  I decided that quilting row-by-row would be the best way to go with quilting on my domestic machine.  I took the quilt apart by rows and cut batting and backing for each row.  The batting I chose had way too much loft and I am not at all happy with the way the quilting on the first row looks.  I refuse to finish this quilt using this batting; I would just never be happy with it.  So I need to unstitch all the quilting and start all over.  Unstitching will take a while and I just don’t have the heart to start it yet.  I may end up having to re-make a block or two – we’ll see.

Meanwhile, I have a couple of projects to take it’s place.  A couple that I absolutely adore told me they are having a baby around the end of January.  So I’m making a Baby PoD. Mom (a Hufflepuff) and Dad (a Ravenclaw) are also Potter fans.  This quilt will be a wall-hanging in the nursery and a bed quilt when the baby has grown into a youth bed.  A very generous quilter has offered to quilt it for me when I have it completed.  I am overwhelmed by this and she will never know how much I apprecite it.  Here’s the progress I’ve made so far:


The second project is the cleaning and organizing of my sewing/crafting room.  I really want to be able to walk in there without tripping over something.  So this one I am doing in stages:

(1) Clean out the closet to make room for embroidery notions, fabrics and stabilizers (about 70% done thanks to help from a neighbor).

(2) Organize quilting yardage by folding over comic book boards and put in the fabric cabinet (about 95% done).


3) Decide how to organize scraps, pre-cuts and wide backing fabric and put in the cabinet.  (0% done)

4) Organize notions and accessories.  I’ve cleaned out some drawers and need to decide how to arrange things so they will be convenient and, more importantly, I can find them.

I’ll check back in at the end of the month to let you know if I reached these goals.


#3 Done!

Posted 06/22/2017 by soozspeak
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I completed my 3rd UFO for the year and Lilith has decided it is hers.  That’s fine since I had no idea what I was going to do with it.

I believe this is a Carol Doak paper pieced pattern but I would not swear to it.  I made the top over 6 years ago and started quilting it.  It was my first time trying to quilt on my sewing machine and I was so unhappy with it that after I quilted about 1/2 of it, I put it away and forgot it.  But since I am trying to get some UFOs completed, I dug it out today and finished it.  As they say, finished is better than perfect.  Well, that certainly holds true in this case.  I would never give this to anyone; but even though I am still unhappy with the quilting, I am glad that it is done and I am proud that I finished it.  And Lilith really doesn’t care.

I have sent 2 more quilts at the long-arm quilter (Missouri Star Quilt Company) and when they get back in 6 weeks or so, I’ll bind them and have 5 done toward my goal of 6 for the year.  I may need to set a new goal!

Second UFO Done!

Posted 06/14/2017 by soozspeak
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Only 4 to go.  Currently working on the Project of Doom quilt.  After that I hope to work on my sons’ quilts.

So here is #2.  I made this quilt top 5 or 6 years ago but am just now getting it completed. I was sidetracked for a couple of years by a fight with cancer.  I’m 2 1/2 years cancer-free now and glad to be back to doing things I love to do.

This was also quilted by Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I just finished binding it this morning.