Monday, October 27, 2014

Black Cat Crossing - My Turn

I had a heck of a time getting my act together for this hop.  I didn't know what I wanted to do so it made it very difficult to order the fabric. As the clock was running down I decided to order some yardage and the panel and hopped for inspiration. Then once I got the fabric I didn't want to cut into it. I could just look and feel this fabric for days, it is so cool.  OK I had to cut into it, after all  I was committed to the hop.  So what could I do and still leave the fabric in good size pieces.  Ta Da Stuff for our bed.

I started with a couple of  pillow cases. Large uncut use of the fabric. The spider webs are perfect for creepy dreams

Ok a tad boring for decorating a King Size bed.

How about a piece of the panel with some black trim thrown in for good measure

Not quite the look I was going for. A King bed is really wide.

Maybe another will make it work

Lets make it 2 more

I think I'm Happy Now,

Yes, Very Happy

This is just an added extra not really part of the hop. Saturday I went to a birthday party for 2 of my nieces, one of whom loves Halloween.

 I had some scraps left over from the pillows so she lucked out and got a Black Cat Crossing purse for her birthday check holder. She was very happy.

I now want to thank Madame Samm and Wendy at Why Knot Kwilt for doing what it is that they do  so well, inspire and cheer us on. 

I also want to thank Maywood Studios for this wonderful fabric line that has inspired so many of us .

Please stop and visit the other wickedly talented ladies who are participating today in this hop. You can find them listed for your convenience right here.

Tuesday, October 28

Selina Quilts  ( you are here)
Thanks for stopping in to visit, wishing you and yours a 
Spooktacular Halloween

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Week ending October 18

Had a very productive week with very little I can show for it.   I am keeping up with the alphabet.

M should arrive around noon today. That will be the half way mark.

And these are my Charm Stars.

I am really pleased with them. I'm going to do some sashing in Black with gray dots and with yellowy gold cornerstones this week and then determine what kind of border I want to do.

I have also been working on items for 2 upcoming blog hops that I can't post about yet and I started to cut fabric for another Christmas quilt for a gift for a very dear friend. A very productive week.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

This weeks Finishes

I finally finished the baby quilt for my assistants first grandchild.  It's going to be a girl.

I so fell in love with it and really didn't want to give it up.

That doesn't usually happen to me.  I make quilts for the sense of accomplishment rarely for me to keep.

But I really, really had a had time handing it over.

And the back is hot pink with white polka dots.

Again with the twisted picture. ....The bag with the circles in the background is mine from the Nancy Drew Hop from a while back.  My friend a relatively new quilter wanted to make one with a little help from me and my leftovers.  We have been talking about this for what seems like forever.  Well yesterday was her birthday and I just had to get this done on my own.  She was so thrilled.  I am not sure  if she was happier that she had the bag in her possession or if she was thrilled to just get an item off her to do list.

I had some scraps left over from the lining so I whipped up a gift card holder.

I also included a couple of REAL Nancy Drew books and a Dunkin Donuts card.

All in all she was pretty happy with her gifts.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fall Postcard Swap

These are the wonderful postcards I was lucky enough to receive in the FALL POSTCARD SWAP  coordinated by Sheila over at

The first card I received was the one with the trees.  The tree tops are made from cormo and alpaca wool. The card came from Judy in Idaho, USA.

The pumpkins made their way to NJ from Saskatchewan, the Canadian Prairie.  I hope you can make out the sparkly stars that Dawn put in the night sky.  Very cool.

It is always such fun to take part in these postcard swaps.  The imagination found in the designs from around the world is amazing.  

This is the card I made to send to Judy and Dawn in case you missed it in my last posting.  I want to thank both Dawn and Judy for swapping with me and special thanks to Sheila for coordinating yet another wonderful event.

Sunday, October 5, 2014


Last week I posted for the Rush Hour Blog Hop but I was  busy working on other projects. These pumpkins are what I swapped in the Fall Post Card Swap coordinated by Sheila at

I have received my beautiful post cards this week and I will post about them mid week.  I think they are so cool that they deserve to have a post to themselves and not get  caught up in this photo heavy posting.

I really don't know why some pictures turn to the right, it is so irritating.

I am keeping current  on the Alphabet QAL being done by Temecula Quilt Company.

Last Christmas I made Bowl Buddies for a couple of the gals I work with.  One of them approached me last week regarding making a couple of sets for her to give as gifts this year.  It is so nice when you get confirmation that a gift you made was really appreciated by someone enough that they want to give it as a gift too.

She said she wanted to give them as gifts for the holidays.  I asked which holiday Thanksgiving  or Christmas.  Her response....both.  So I made 2 sets of the pine cones and 2 sets of the fallen leaves.

She loved them but remembered that I also made her hot pads for the table to match.  This week I will be making hot pads.

I also worked on getting the pink and green baby quilt quilted and managed to finish that today.  Hopefully I will get it bound and photographed by next weekend.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rush Hour

I live in the North East USA.  One of several locations in the US with hideous Rush Hour issues.  I live at exit 8A of the NJ turnpike.  Anyone in the area listening to the evening traffic reports is very familiar with that location.  I literally live and breathe Rush Hour. Pretty much nightly it’s backed up and in the summer it stops completely. Well the time is coming very quickly when I will be leaving this ever so congested area and retiring to  Florida.

Before I go on with this saga I want to take the time to thank both Mdm. Samm and her ever so creative mind for master mining yet another creative adventure and Carol from  for being the event coordinator and chief cheerleader. There is so much behind the scenes work going on and those of us who participate truly appreciate your  efforts.

I now also need to apologize for not sticking 100 % to the guidelines of this hop.    I designed this piece all by myself which was a relatively new adventure for me. I actually heard about this hop and a Brilliant idea formed in my head and then onto the fabric.  I told my mind that this was a red, white, black and gray hop but my mind insisted that I had to have some green thrown in for the proper effect.  I hope you will excuse me.

On with my story… We are retiring to The Villages, Florida sometime next year.  The Villages is something like the 7th largest city in the state.  It is an adult community of over 100,000 residents.  It is also a community of over 70,000 golf carts.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Get the Picture : )

Our new home actually came with a 2 car and 1 golf cart garage.  There is still a rush hour but it’s very, very different.

They rush for Tee times,  for exercise  classes, for pretty much anything you can think of.  They just do most of their rushing in Golf Carts.  The carts are a year round mode of transportation if you want.  They come with various enclosures.  Ours has roll down sides and back that zip shut.  We were there last winter and discovered that even in Florida there is a chill in the air and on the legs.  MJ asked for a quilt for the cart and Mdm Samm and Carol asked for something  for Rush Hour.  Timing is everything. 

So here is my new view of Rush Hour.

We were at the house in late August. I had to have the quilt finished so I could get the photos taken with the proper backdrop.  Left the quilt there and came home to NJ with my pictures.  While looking  them over and choosing several for this post I realized with a chuckle that my golf carts must be state of the art since they are riding down the road without the benefit of a driver (OK there are probably "drivers" mixed in with the clubs, but seriously)

So I hope you can see the need for the green.  I tried to do the roadway without it and it was just a striped quilt with carts.  

Now speaking of a quilt with cars.. Can’t you see this quilt without the golf carts but with a couple of stuffed cars for a great baby quilt gift.    I think I need to find me a pattern for a stuffed car (suggestions are welcome).

Thanks for stopping by and joining the Rush Hour Fun.  Not too often you can put those 3 words together in a sentence.  Please stop by and visit the other participants today as well as yesterday and the days to come. Such talent is not to be missed.  Here are the links to all of the other presenters for this hop:

                                               Tuesday, September 23

Wednesday, September 24

Thursday, September 25

Friday, September 26

Monday, September 29

Tuesday, September 30

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Weekend Finishes

MJ has been away so I have had a little more me time then normal.  I have been watching the Roosevelt Series on PBS while knitting and stitching.

This is the latest Chemo Cap.

I also finished the baby quilt top.  I hope to have it quilted by next weekend.

A local senior group has an annual fund raiser craft sale in November so I have made a few more knitted dish clothes that I will wrap up with wooden kitchen utensils.

And then I made the letter E twice.

In the in between time I also made the front for 3 Fall Postcards for a Postcard swap I'm participating in.  Can't post pictures of them until they get where they are going and I need to finish them before mailing :)  

So what next? Charming Stars, Sandwiching a quilt, finishing the postcards or knitting?

Stop back on Thursday, my day for the Rush Hour Blog Hop.
Have a great week.