Monday, August 29, 2016


This week I spent my sewing time on small projects.

I had a request for a couple of car trash bags. These are fun to make by customizing them for the person’s car.

Next I made a rather fun wristlet using Australian fabric. I made it with pockets inside. I don’t think pockets add anything to the bag, so I won’t be adding them to any future ones I make.

My granddaughter, Noelle, wanted a new pencil case. She had one similar to this in size and with the vinyl front. She liked it except for the fabric. So, via camera photos, she selected these two fabrics. I decided to make two in the event she finds more uses.

These vinyl cases are so versatile, I decided I needed a project bag.

Yes I know a red zipper would have been better; but, I didn’t have one. And, this is a pretty cool zipper. So, it will just have to work.

All of these items (except for my project bag) are in the mail and will probably find their new homes sometime today.

Hope you have a good week and

Quilt happy,


Monday, August 22, 2016


What a couple of weeks. My computer died. Yes, it just plain died. But, I have a new one and after the pains of getting everything installed, it’s up and running. There are always a few hiccups along the way; but, for the most part, it’s all good. Now, my tablet is acting up. I’m not even sure I will replace it. However, I like using it as a reader.

There hasn’t been much sewing. But, there has been a fair amount of company. Summer is usually a busy time for me with out-of-town company and this has not proved to be much different.

First, a girlfriend stopped off for a few days before she left for the Philippines. I hear she had a great time.

My Granddaughter, Rachel and her beau spent a few days. They had their own car and managed to find their way around on their own. We did take in Medieval Times, which is a family favorite.
Then family from Idaho, Utah, and Florida all visited. Usually, we mostly hang out around here. But, this time I decided my 18-year old granddaughter might be interested in some Los Angeles history.

Philippe’s, in downtown Los Angeles, was first on the list. Philippe’s opened its doors in 1908 and is credited with inventing the French Dip Sandwich.

Next stop was Union Station which opened in 1939. My grandfather worked there as an Engineer for the Southern Pacific Railroad. I remember my family mostly using trains for travel.

Then we walked across the street to Olvera Street. Olvera Street is known as the “birthplace of Los Angeles” and it was created as a marketplace in 1930. I still enjoy visiting Olvera Street, more so in the fall and winter when it is less crowded. Philippe’s and Union Station are always busy,

My granddaughter from Florida stayed on for an additional six days, and, we explored Medieval Times, Catalina Island, Retro Row in Long Beach, and took in a couple of movies.

I’m back to normal now. I even managed to sew something I have wanted to try for a while.  It’s a Goody Goody Binding Kit. Of course you could probably find other ways to use it. But, for now, I’m going with a Binding Bag.

Hope you have a good week and

Quilt happy,


Monday, August 1, 2016

ALL ABOUT THE QUILT SHOW (Well almost all)

You have all had to put up with my blather about the Garden Grove Quilters Guild quilt show that is now behind us. Oh my, what a job; but, what a fun couple of days.

It really does take a village to get ready for such an event. Here are a very few pictures to pay tribute to the show.

Here we are 

Hanging quilts

Opportunity Baskets (we had 11 magnificent baskets)

Our great boutique 


Memorial for one of our members who passed this year. We miss you Linda.

Quilters enjoying viewing the quilts

Robin Gallagher, our Featured Quilter

One of our favorite vendors, Shawn of Rusty Crow Quilt Shop

Carol, Robin and Marilyn (it's all about the friends)

A huge thank you to the entire village that made this happen!

Have a good week and

Quilt happy,