Scrap Happy: the Valentine Edition

Having been ill with the walking pneumonia  for a couple of weeks has left me weak and unable (make that scared to go out in public with all the FLU in the air) to get out.

So what to do for a Valentines card for Bob?

Make it.

With what?

Scraps of course!

Digging into my scrap drawer for red, white and black fabric scraps, I cut, sewed and then stitched this together.  I then added a few vintage mother of pearl buttons to it for flair.  I thought it could have been neater, but Bob said it wouldn’t have looked right if I had made it perfect.

Glad he liked it. 🙂

Please visit to see these other fine submissions:

Kate Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn,  Lynda (me),
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChris and  Nancy


Opening the new year with


Christmas this year was Bob installing a new sink faucet in our bathroom and fixing the tank on the toilet in the guest bath.  There were cards, one from me to him and one from him to me.  It was quiet all day.

New Year’s eve, was quiet and ultra cold.  All day.  The chicken’s water froze even with a heated base and I had to go out many times to pour very hot water onto the ice to melt it for them and then use a hammer to crack the ice layer on the goose’s water.

And now, about my last installment on my vacation to see my Auntie.  Well, it has been a very long time of thinking and (most likely) over analyzing why I couldn’t write about it.  This is hard to share, but I think it will be good for me to just say what I have been thinking.

Getting out and traveling over 2,000 miles was good, but in my mind’s eye it was a sham.  Why?  Because for most of the trip I wouldn’t allow myself to stop and enjoy the things I passed on the highway.

Here is my reasoning

Traveling in my truck was like traveling in a box on wheels.  Just like staying inside when I am home.  You may not get this, but I see it as no different when I wouldn’t allow myself the freedom to explore all the historical sites, museums, and just get out and walk in some of the little home town’s I saw from my windshilded, rolling red box.

There is one distinction I give myself, and that is that I went so far while locked inside my little red box and that I was able to go out and do errands for my Auntie, because she needed the help.  Well, really, how different is it to shop the grocers or Wal-Mart in Iowa vs. Alabama?  There was a familiarity, a comfort zone, in that too.

I have pictures for you of Hamilton, Missouri, where inexplicably I felt OK to spend the morning exploring.  Go figure.


In answer to “Where is everybody?”  Well, they’re all inside shopping or hiding in the Man Cave!  😉

And a question:  Does anyone in Missouri know what kind of cricket that is?  I have searched and can’t come up with the answer.

So that’s all of it  🙂


Where did the month go?  I posted for Scrap Happy and suddenly here it is Scrap Happy time again!  Honestly, I have been busy, but I did take a moment upon receipt of Kate’s email reminder early this week to make my next extreme mini block.

And here it is:


That’s not right!  Take it apart and fix it…

OK, the blocks are in order but it is now a bit too small.  😯

To be honest it is just microns short of the 2 inches it was supposed to be and one of the stitched in rows is a bit too narrow (probably causing the sizing error).  It is taking all my resolve not to tear it apart to fix or better to remake the whole block.



Working with very tiny blocks produces very tiny quilts which are suitable for doll quilts, card making, wall hangings, mug rugs, and the list could go on.  However, it is the challenge of producing such minutia that is the draw, well, for me at any rate.  I also think of it as a skill building challenge, and it is this challenge that has me entered into a new quilt along based on Mini quilts!  (*More on that later.  Yes.  Really.)

Want to see some really lovely Scrap Happy work?  Then please visit these fine ladies:

Kate )Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Norma,
Birthe, Turid, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChris, and Nancy!

And as always, thank you Kate for pulling us all together to share our creativity and thriftiness in the use of the scraps we generate with each quilt!


*PLEASE NOTE:  I have also been hot on the job to build furnishings for my new quilting studio and to repurpose our well house for all the bantams I’ve been raising . 

And trust me when I tell you I have outgrown this one I built and finished in December of 2011!

SO, reprising and revising the old saw, “How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.”  I query:

Q How do you tell about eating an elephant?

A:  One post at a time.

I will tell you all about everything.  I just have to stop building furniture and refurbishing chicken digs long enough to find the time…

and the space to blog and quilt again!



Scrap Happy

Well, OK it was actually yesterday but Kate gave us permission to just do it.

So I did!

The block is called  Wedding Star  or  Rolling Stone

Your eyes do not deceive you.  The block is only two inches square.  In the end, to get this nine patch block assembled, I had to resort to placing my blocks onto newsprint to join each block into rows.  The seams were very lumpy and would not go through otherwise.

There are four more mini blocks in this free series from Hope’s Quilt Designs.

Guess what I will be working on for the next four scrap happy editions?

Our other Scrappy participants are:

KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, NormaLynda (me),
Birthe, Turid, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChris, and we have a new member joining us this month.  Welcome, Nancy!

So why have I been so late, you ask?  With everything?  Because I have been making quilt tops like this one which is not entirely done, but very engaging work for me this month!

I’m excited about this one.  🙂