Sunday, October 14, 2018

Log Cabin Loonies

Yay - I made some progress  on my scrappy Log Cabins

I started them and then drew a blank as to the way I should do the colors of the scraps, and if I would have enough, and it set me into a panic -I needed chocolate STAT....

after a teeny little bit of chocolate .. I figured it out.

Just DO IT and see what happens


Here is where I am:

There are 20 blocks I believe... or maybe not - but that is what I counted pre chocolate ;-)

On Wednesday over at Julie K Quilt blog she will host a link up to a lot of other quilters making the coolest Log Cabin quilts - and it is fun to go get inspired - so just do it  - ha ha ha

Also linking up to
Love Laugh Quilt: Monday Making
Oh Scrap at Quilting is more fun than housework

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Throwback Thursday and catching up

 I might have taken a trip - and I might still be a little behind the curve - but you all understand right? 

I was cleaning out photos, and uploading new ones ( from my trip) and I found these on my phone:

and you know - I think I have enough strings and 9 patches to make another......

this was on my phone too
but now it looks way different
I made ( forced really) my boys to help me rearrange
I took just a little more space ( ha ha)

and I found this one - one of my favorite scrappy quilts. and funny story - it was on the rocker, and a boy was goofing around - when he opened his soda - it exploded all over.... and hit my quilt.  A lot of my quilt..... but guess what? It washed out just wonderfully and now we are snuggling again.

Alright  now back to downloading photos and prepping for next weeks Mystery MOSAIC Clue... hope you are following along and having fun!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Clue #5
Grab your leftover strips cut from the last clue and

LIGHT 2 ½ inch strips:
Cut 24 : 2 ½ x 6 ½ inch pieces
Cut 24 : 2 ½ x 8 ½ inch pieces

Dark #2 ( Blue in my example)
Cut  24 :  2 ½ x 4 ½ inch pieces
Cut 24  : 2 ½ x 6 ½ inch pieces
Cut 24  : 2 ½  x 8 ½ inch pieces
Cut 24  : 2 ½ x 10 ½ inch pieces

Take your 4 1/2 inch piece from Clue #4 and we will add to it as so:

You will then create 10 ½ inch Quarter Log Cabins Sewing just like the diagram

You will have 24 of these blocks – they should measure 10 ½ x 10 ½ inches

 Now on to the next clue!

today is a travel day for me - so I will pray that the Pdf file gets uploaded to Craftsy first thing - but... if not - keep checking - it will be there when I am in wi-fi range ;-)

Here is the direct Link:
Clue #5

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Mystery A8 MOSAIC Clue #4

Clue #4
Cutting Instructions:

Dark #1  ( Red in my Example) Cut 5 -  2 ½ inch Strips Width of Fabric (wof)
Light ( White in my example) Cut 11  - 2 ½ inch strips wof
Dark #2 ( Navy in my example) Cut 18 – 2 ½ inch strips wof

 Step 1:

*Take 2 of your light strips and cut 24 – 2 ½ inch Squares – set the rest aside – you will need it ;-)

Step 2:
*Take 2 of your Dark #1 ( RED) Strips and cut 24 – 2 ½ inch Squares

*Use the leftovers and remaining strips cut  24   - 2 ½ x 4 ½ inch pieces

Step 3:
Sew your 2 ½ inch Light square to your 2 ½ inch Dark #1 Square

I put my light on the left, and the dark on the right to stitch. The piece will measure 2 ½ x 4 ½ inches

 Step 4: Add  your 2 ½ in x 4 ½ inch dark #1 piece to the top

Clue #4 is now finished – this piece should measure 4 ½ x 4 ½ inches Square 

 Save the other strips you cut – they will be used in the next clue ;-)

I will again have a pdf at the Craftsy site

Monday, October 01, 2018

Log Cabin Loonies.... I am giving in

Oh I am just giving in... ha ha!!

Julie over at JulieKQuilts  started a log Cabin Loonies project - and I have been watching, and seeing all the quilts that others are working on.... and dreaming....

and then I started a little bit of organizing. Just a little bit, I don't want to get carried away!!
and I found a bage of scraps that had been gifted to me

I sorted and pulled the colors

 and now this pile:

Is turning into this pile:

and if time goes my way - I will start some log cabin blocks for fall!

Didn't want you to think I was playing too much Hooky and goofing off in the mountains. ;-)

Happy October!!!

Thursday, September 27, 2018


I might have played hooky yesterday and headed up to the Top of the Rockies

and again - I might have taken a million photos

But I will start with these - because you need to drink this in....

and know that it was SO quiet your ears were searching for noise

and it was SO peaceful you wanted to tippy toe to not scare anything

And those mountains in the distance?

we hiked until we were even with them

it was AWESOME

Linking to:
Wandering Camera

Wednesday, September 26, 2018


From your Dark #2 ( Blue in my example) we will cut the following:
Cut:   8   - 1 ¾ inch strips Width of Fabric
Sub Cut into:
12 – 8 inch x 1 ¾ pieces
24 – 6 ¾ x 1 ¾ inch pieces
12 – 5 ½ x 1 ¾ inch pieces

You will need these – plus the Dark #1 strips you cut in Clue #2

Grab the blocks you made in Clue # 2 and add your Dark #2  - 5 ½ inch piece to one side of it
You are then going to go around the block adding the Dark #2 layer just like you did in Clue #2

                              The Dark #2 round will measure 8 inches Square.

Now we will add the Dark #1 strips that you cut in Clue #2 – same way as we added these – just like a log cabin.
Start with your 8 inch red strips

You should now have 12 of these blocks measuring 10 ½ inches

Pat your self on the back!! See you for Clue #4

Again this clue will be in PDF form in my Craftsy store - And I will link it as soon as I can!

Monday, September 24, 2018

A little Sew in

Our QOV group got together yesterday

Bernie and Charlene did all the prep work and these are the two tops that just need borders!

It was a fun day!!

The blocks were fun - they used 6 1/2 inch centers and 3 1/2 inch strips!
Too Cute!!!

Enjoy your Monday!!
and see you Wednesday for!!


can you believe it???

Saturday, September 22, 2018

More on the Train Hike

are you ready for another picture laden post?
Some of you said - share more from your train hike
You may not have known what you were saying - we might have taken 700 or so photos...

jusy sayin'

Here we are --- 4/5ths of us getting ready to start our hike

We hiked along the river for a bit

then we hiked up the tailing trail
So! When they mined the mountains they had waste called tailings and it just piled up
but they had to get the silver to the wagons to load it out - and some of the tailings were starting to make mountains - we are standing on a tailing mountain
and those tracks? That's what they sent the carts down to load out the wagons

It was pretty steep!


and thru the trees you could see the Train going around the Loop

This is an old mine just left on the hill
When they showed us pictures of it working in the late 1800;s early 1900's 
The trees were completely gone 
the land had been clear cut

and now look at the size of those trees!

I got up close and a little too personal with the train going over a bridge@

The trail

Beavers are all over the place
and this is proof

and the beaver dam

We stopped and did a little gold mining
I mean! We were in mining country
I found a little

AND!!  this is a BIG AND
I went into a mine
( me who is pretty claustrophobic - really  I DID It!!)

and so did the boys
and the husband , but he was the one taking the photos
and encouraging his wife to breathe

Inside the mine

and look!! My  new work crew
They were fixing the tracks and I asked if I could help
the guy in the middle promptly gave me a shovel!!

and here we are - on the train going back up the mountain

I'm just saying how smart we were
we hiked DOWN the mountain and rode up

we are no dummies
Ha ha!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Clue #2
For this clue you will need your Dark #1 – Red in my Example and your Light – White in mine

From your Dark #1 Cut
1 – 3 inch strip Width of Fabric ( WOF)
                Sub Cut into 12  - 3 inch squares
12 – 1 ¾ inch Strips
                Sub cut into: 12  1 ¾ x 8 inch strips
                                   :  24 1 ¾ x 9 ¼ inch strips
                                                                                                                : 12  1 3/4 x 10 ½ inch strips

I don’t like to waste fabric – so on 3 strips I cut the 4 - 8 inch strips – and the leftover was 10 ½ inches – but check your strip length to make the  best use of your fabrics.

From your Light Cut:
5 – 1 ¾ inch width of fabric strips
                Subcut into:     12  - 1 ¾ x 5 ½ inch strips
                                             24   - 1 ¾ inch x 4 ¼ inch strips
                                                12 – 1 ¾ inch by 3 inch strips
I started with the 5 ½ inch sizes and worked my way down. If you original wof strip is smaller you may need 6 strips

Sew a 1 ¾ inch  x 3 inch Light strip to your 3 inch Dark #1 – Press
I press to the dark side



Sew a 1 ¾ inch x 4 inch Light to the piece you made in Step #1


Sew 1 ¾ inch x 4 inch to  the  piece you made in Step 2.

STEP #4  -
Sew the 1 ¾ inch by 5 ½ inch piece to the final edge:

And your final for this clue should look like:

Save the other red Strips – I promise you will need them soon!!

THE PDF's will be in my Craftsy Store - Look for Clue #2