January Christmas block

For my One Monthly Goal, hosted by Elm Street Quilts, I wanted to make a Christmas block each month, with the idea that by the end of the year, I would have enough blocks for a quilt.  This month was a success!

Santa’s Hat! I got 3 of them done and they are adorable!

The pattern is from Cotton Way called Christmas Cheer, a cute row quilt of Christmas blocks.  Truly adorable.  I am not sure how many blocks I will end up with, but I intend to enjoy the process!  Check out the other goals met – Elmstreetquilts.com

First goal of 2020

Last year I saw so many adorable Christmas quilt Samplers – Fig Tree, Cotton Way, Lori Holt, Moda Bake Shop, etc.  The last couple of years I haven’t been able to get much sewing done the last third of the year, so this year I am hoping to do a few blocks each month.  This month I want to start with the Santa Hat!  Check out #OneMonthlyGoal or https://www.elmstreetquilts.com/2020/01/one-monthly-goal-january-link-up.html to see what others are working on this month!


It’s a Finish!

I finished my #onemonthlygoal! The label uses the fabric from the English Garden line that matched the candy bar wrapper, but I didn’t use it in the quilt. I was originally thinking of using it for the binding, but in the end I didn’t like the look & went with the floral. So happy with how it turned out! And so glad to have it on my bed!

To check out more, here is the link, https://www.elmstreetquilts.com/2019/12/one-monthly-goal-december-link-up.html?m=1

Maybe this month…

So I didn’t get my goal met for November, so maybe this month I can get my challenge quilt finished, still needs the label and binding to be completed.  I didn’t decide until December 1st how I want to do the label.  So a better chance this time, even though it will be another week before I will get to work on it again.  But I do intend on getting it done!


If you go to Elm Street Quilts or #onemonthlygoal, you can see what others are working on this month.

I did get a quilt top completed in November, that I had started the previous November.  It was the Secret Santa sew along from Temecula Quilt Company, back in 2018.  But I am glad to have the top finished and maybe I can hand quilt it over the winter, at least that’s the plan.


I do like how it turned out – it looks much better in person.  🙂

One Monthly Goal

While reading other blogs, I recently found One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts.  What a great idea to keep you motivated!  This month I am going to try and join in.  Only one needs to be listed and I decided to focus on finishing the challenge quilt.

Jeanette has finished the quilting, over a month ago, and I just need to bind it – that has been cut and pieced already also.  It’s the labeling that stalls me.  I try to remind myself that I don’t need to write a novel, just stick to the facts.  So let’s hope I can get it done!


Follow the link and check out other projects in the works as well!

The Farm

img_3070This is the farm where I grew up.  My Mother moved here when she was 10 and we bought it from my grandparents when I was 4.  It has seen many changes over the years.  In the late ’50’s, indoor plumbing and an addition was added to the house.  In the ’70’s the hog barn was taken down and the feeding floor was put in, which you can’t see for ALL THE TREES! The machine shed was added and the grainery  has been taken down.  The bins were sold and removed and at the beginning of this month, the barn and silos were taken down.  There have been several aerial photos taken over the years.  The first one was really big, taken in the 70’s.  You can actually see my Grandpa in it testing the fence.  In this one, I think taken around 2008, my Mom and I are in the garden.

The pictures are nice, but my favorite rendition was made by my cousin, Susan.


I am not sure when she made it.  But I love all the details she included.  It hangs at my aunt’s house and I admire it every time I visit.  It is so true to my grandparents farm.  The weeping willow tree south of the house – my cousin, David, hid in it during a night time game of Kick the Can.  We raised Guernsey cows, except for two Holsteins named Black and Decker.  Grandma always had a big garden opposite the house, across the driveway.

She was able to use one of Grandpa’s shirts for him on the tractor.  I love the milk cans too.  Grandpa delivered milk when our parents were young.  The fencing around the yard and the calf barn, the straight furrows (quilting) of the fields, the tool shed in the middle of the circle… I love all the details!  She did such a great job!  I could not begin to make such a beautiful tribute to our heritage.

Challenge quilt

At my Litchfield quilt guild, I am on the planning committee. Towards the end of summer I challenged the others to create something based on a childrens Golden Book of their choice. We were to have it done by April so that we could show them at the meeting and encourage the members to participate in a guild challenge. I chose the book Old MacDonald, the song every child learned in grade school. I had ideas of making a center barn and a fence type border and appliqués of different farm animals. But time got away and it didn’t happen. I found fabric with all different animal sounds printed on it and thought I was on the right track. At a sew Saturday, we found a farm panel that wouldn’t work for pillow cases but matched my theme!

  • And that is what I ended up using. Finished in a hurry. Very lightly machine quilted. But it was finished. I showed mine first because knowing the other ladies, mine would be the least impressive.
  • I cut the alphabet panel apart and sewed colored squares in between. The letters are cute “B” is for Barn, “C” is for Cow and so on. Used the farm panel top and bottom, the animal sounds fabric for a border and simple outline quilting.
  • Presentation was a success! And I was right, the others did a great job! Mary Alice had 101 Dalmations and made a bag using polka dot fabric representing the dogs, ombre fabric for the pocket for Cruella, flowewd lining for the meadow. It was great! Michele had Pup in the Pumpkin patch and made a pillow! A beautiful pumpkin on the front in squares of well blended oranges, puppy buttons for embellishment, and a pocket on the back to put the story book! Barb’s book was about Pussywillows. She made a framed 12″ block of frogs and pussywillows that was adorable. RaeAnn made a lap quilt wih a panel as well from The Jungle book.
  • Our next challenge for the guild is easier. Everyone drew from a bag a candybar! We have util August to make our projects. I am so excited I already have my fabric!
  • Can’t wait to see what everyone makes!