Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange

Even though I'm not much of a baker, I look so forward to this hop every year.   I work very hard at finding a dessert recipe of some sort that I can literally whip together for pictures for the hop. I have skipped altogether a couple of times and always regret it.

This year I tripped over a wonderful apple spice cake recipe by Michelle at Weekend Craft.  The recipe calls for just 3 items.  Cake mix, canned pie filling and 3 eggs baked in a 9 x 13 pan.  Right up my alley.

I tried the recipe, as written, for a pot luck, it was a major success, not a crumb left. Next I tried swapping out the apple filling for peach filling, wonderful.

A friend decided that if I could change the filling she could change the cake mix.  For this Christmas Exchange I'll be using her choices,

I was taking dessert to a friends for dinner for 4. I just didn't think I needed to take a cake 9 x 12 cake so I tried some glass pie plates. (cause I don't own 2 small cake pans, when absolutely needed I buy the throw away aluminum kind at the $ Store)

I even went out and picked up some powdered sugar for kicks and giggles

I never thought of icing but I can put whipped cream on just about everything

Apparently I thought the outcome was just delicious.

Onto Christmas sewing.  The following is from last Christmas but I felt they were worth sharing this year.

My sister thought it would be great to have some indoor type snowballs to play with her grandchildren.
Not sure which one of us came up with the idea that I should make them.  Probably hers.

I found an embroidery design and then went to town

I knocked out a dozen for them to play with.  Yea they were to cute to play with.  They will look just like this at her house, no one will dare touch them.  I'm not sure if that makes my happy or sad.

While I was at it I made a couple as ornaments for a friend

Having grown up with the name Selina I never could find things with my name on it. My friends little girls name is Samara which is slowing getting popular but still nothing out there with that name on it.
Well I fixed that issue by adding names to the back of the ornament version.

She was very happy.

Well I guess that's it from my end. It is time for me to get into my Christmas projects for this year.
But first let me thank Carol for coordinating yet another great Christmas exchange of ideas.

Please check out all of the other participants and give them a little cheer for their exchangeable ideas.
I'm listing them one and all for your convience.

Thanks for stopping by throughout the year. 
Wishing you and yours a very 

and a 
Happy and Healthy

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Turkey Trot Blog Hop

 Ideas for this hop turned out to be way more difficult then I ever imagined.  I guess I'm not that much of a Thanksgiving person so ideas just weren't happening.  I usually have my post ready several days before my scheduled day.  I am writing this last night.

Well my first idea is more of a fall thing not a Turkey thing.  I tripped over this idea somewhere on the great internet several weeks ago.  At first I didn't have it in mind for this hop but as a gift for the folks who are graciously feeding us on Thanksgiving.  

When I saw the design I had a plan to make the bottom section scrappy but when I went to pull fabric I found these 2 fat quarters that were perfect.  I used a double layer of tinsulate so they can be used as pot holders or hot pads.  The only trouble I had was that I left the stem top open for turning and it was a bear to fit 2 layers of fabric and 2 layers of tinuslate through that tiny space. I succeeded after much tugging and swearing.

My original plan when I was cutting them out was to make one orange and the other green. Once I started to pin them together I thought it would be a good idea to make them reversible.

Yes deep down I know I didn't have to have a turkey to participate in this hop but once my brain locks onto  a concept much  like that a Turkey Trot hop should have a turkey I have a problem redirecting.  I spent a ridiculous  amount of time hunting down something just a little different.  I found a couple of ideas on Creative Fabrica and decided that this one was perfect for my table.  

Can't you just see it on my table surrounded with the leftovers I will be bringing home with me from our friends?

A couple of weeks ago I attended a mini retreat for Cricut users where one of our projects was etching this glass pie plate.  While this dish is not a quilting project it has been photographed with a quilt back as its background (that counts, right?) and it does express my feelings about this holiday season.  

It also expresses my feelings for all of you, my blogging buddies.  Wishing you all a Happy and Food Filled holiday.

Below is the list of all of the participants in this Turkey Trot.  I know you will be thankful if you stop by and visit each of them and leave a little note of thanks.

Thanks also to Joan and Carol for taking these hops on and for keeping the fun happening for next year.

Monday November 13



Words & Stitches

The Morning Latte

Quilting Gail

The Life Of Grammy


Tuesday November 14

Karrin’s Crazy World

Just Because Quilts

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Domestic Felicity

Nettie Sews and Lucky Quilts


Wednesday November 15

Selina Quilts  (you are here)

Quilt Doodle Designs


MS P Designs USA


Thursday November 16

Just Let Me Quilt


Quilted Snail

Songbird Designs


Monday, October 23, 2023

Monster Mash Hop

 I love Halloween most of all.

Welcome to Day 1 of the Monster Mash Hop

There was no doubt in my mind that I would be participating in this hop from day 1 back in January.

As I unboxed my Halloween goodies this year I found some interesting items such as this unfinished mini wall hanging which I did finish but forgot to take a starting photo.  It only needed to  be quilted and bound.

And then there was this piece which I think I stitched last year with no real goal.  Still no goal but maybe a jumping off point for next years Hop.

Then I found a black work table runner that I did last year or the year before and decided that I would really like a couple of black work hand towels from a couple of my favorite designs used in the table runner. 

The designs are from Kreative Kiwi Embroidery  and are free.

As an aside, one of our favorite Halloween events is the annual Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. We go pretty much every year,  Several years ago I made this tee shirt and trick or treat bag just for this event.  

Disney gives you a cute little paper sack and lots of spots for getting treats. I love the trick or treating part of the event the best .  This is a picture of my efforts this year, 7 pounds of candy. 

 I am obsessed with getting my monies worth. The cost of  tickets for this event are ridicules. What's really ridicules is that I'm not much of a candy person.  I have shared some with my neighbors and friends and the bulk of it will be donated  to a local group.

Every year when Reese's comes out with their holiday versions of the peanut butter cup I grab a couple of bags, one for my house and one for my sister. A couple of weeks ago, one of the groups I'm with decided to work on making zip bags from candy bags.  I haven't done one in a couple of years and this hop and the Reese's Halloween pumpkins paired up nicely.

When trimming the bag for sewing you cut off the purple trim.  I took a piece of the purple trim and made it the zipper pull for the Peanut Butter colored zipper.

Last but probably most fun are my ghosts.  

Earlier this month on the Bernina site    nicole daksiewicz     did a tutorial on making these supper simple, supper cute ghosts.  

 I believe they are supposed to be coasters.  Since I was using left over rope from previous projects, my ghosts vary a bit in size as I used up stray pieces of rope. The design makes 2 ghosts at a time and if you have any experience sewing rope you can probably knock a set out in under a half hour.  And if you have no experience maybe the first set will take you 45 minutes.  I think in total I made 7 sets, they were very popular and in demand. 

I really liked mine on my front door with my spider web welcome, but I do have a set handy for my morning coffee.

So Big, Big thanks to Joan for sharing this event with us again this year.  I loved participating and I know I'm going to enjoy each and every thing the members of this group will be sharing and that I will be adding to my To Do list .  I'm listing them all of the participants for your viewing pleasure.  

Have a Spooktacular holiday.


Thursday, September 21, 2023

It's A Dog's Life

If only we had the life my Benny is currently living. Pretty much heaven on earth. Loved by everyone he meets.

Oh you didn't mean we should include photos of the sweetest, cutest dogs you ever met? Tough, this stop is all based on Benny.

For those of you who don't know, Benny is a rescue.  He was found abandoned on the streets of Sarasota, Fl.  Probably abandoned due to medical issues that were mostly resolved before he came to us this past June.

When Benny first arrived we had some miscommunication regarding requests to go out doors.  On the first Sunday evening he was with us he wet his bed.  My quilt group had been making dog beds stuffed with quilt scraps for some time, so I went to the scrap box and knocked out this bed for him.  

 I remember hearing that one of the local rescues didn't want them because they were difficult to wash.  Well when I washed this one I understood the problem.  Once it got wet it beat the daylights out of my washer. dropping from the top of the washer to the bottom every time the washer spun.  Drying was a nightmare. After an hour plus in my dryer it was like I never tried to dry it.  It took 3 days outside in very hot Florida to dry.  

It is here still for emergencies but will be tossed when it needs to be washed again. 

I ZOOM quilt with several people once a month.  Some are local, One is on the west coast and one in Scotland.  Throughout the year we come up with Group To Do's.  Our summer project was to send each of the other members of the group a sewn Post Card. Delivery was tentatively scheduled for early September.

So what do you think? Wouldn't you have loved to find this version of Benny in your mail box?

I finished them in 2 different ways.  2 with stitching around the edges which didn't do anything for me.


and 5 with picture frame edging after a friend said she would frame it if I made her one. 
In total I made 8 of them.  5 for my zoom group, 2 for my friends who have declared themselves Benny's Godmothers and 1 for the couple who fostered him while he recovered from his medical issues and waited for adoption.

If you have never done fabric postcards, the amazing part is that they were mailed just as they were made. No envelopes, no plastic coverings.  I took them to the post office and asked that they be hand cancelled.  They were all received intact with no damage.  I even spoke to the gal in Scotland and hers was fine  on arrival too.

Lastly, when I got the bright idea to use the postcards as a jumping off point for this hop I down loaded several embroidery designs from Creative Fabrica.  My first choice was too large for a post card, and could only be reduced so much, but it was a great size for a tee shirt.

The shirt is a very soft lavender and the embroidery is a medium brown.  Hindsight says it would have been better on a black shirt.  Or if I used black thread but see, Benny is dark brown.

Well A Dogs Life is pretty decent here.

On a more serious note, there are lots of dogs and cats whose lives aren't great.

I made this group of  of 18 x 12 quilts (pretty much like placemats) for the group  Kennel Quilts  who receives  requests from all over the country for these little quilts to put in cages at rescue centers. Usually these requests come in after disasters that displace pets such as Hurricanes, tornadoes, forest fires and the like.  
If you go to the link it explains the what and how.  It also gives patterns if you want to use them.  Me, I just use up scraps and strips I find hanging about after other projects.  

Well it's time to say so long til next month with a great big Thanks to Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt for hosting and coordinating yet again another wonderful creative event.

Here is a list of all of the participants who are sharing their vision of A Dogs Life.  Enjoy