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Minous Minute..Textiles in all their creativity!

Updated: 2018-04-17T10:45:41.714-06:00


This week:16-22 April


This week is going to be spent 
at home doing two major chores:

1.Cleaning out closets and Studio

2.Working on many small projects

I am in the process of losing weight
and cleaned out my closet of loose
and multiple piece clothing. 

How many pairs of sweat pants
do I really need to work out in?
How many pair of shorts do I 
really need to wear over my
swimming suit  in the pool?

Four bags of far!

Next up, cleaning out my sewing-
quilting-knitting projects...on my!

On my design wall....

I will be sewing the April star block
from my LQS Block of the Month.
The finished quilt will be part
of a fundraiser in November for
our local Women-children shelter.

I have decided to step away from
Facebook, so I will be posting here
a little more over the next few weeks.

Besides Ted Talks, do you have a
informative-positive online source
you can recommend to me?

This weeks design wall


My Design Wall is currently
under  construction. It has been
sheet rocked and taped, but not
painted, so photos are from
my couch.

This week, I am going to finish
hand sewing my 
Trip Around the World project.

I am down to the last 22 squares 
of the double red border.

This has been a four year project
that I originally began with the
Bridgitte Giblin Facebook group. 

My Traditional Quilt Guild is having
a sew-in all day tomorrow at the
local Rec Center, so I am taking
this project with me, along with
maybe another one or two projects.

I am linking up with

Slow Stitch Sunday


 I enjoygoing thrifting, but havenot been doing it lately,since we have beencleaning out our Home. I did not want to addto the piles.Husband and I went thislast Saturday and I founda few goodies.First, I found a copy ofthe pattern my Mom usedto make my Prom dress,back in the day. I still havemy original pattern and dress. I also found some sweet little girl patterns. With 7 granddaughters from toddler to teen, I can alwaysuse a new fun pattern to sew.I am signed up for theKids Clothes Week Challenge.It has be a couple of years since I did the challenge.It runs the last week ofApril for Spring-Summer sewing.We have had many days ofrain, so I have spent some timeinside knitting. This is the beginningof my first sweater. The pattern is called Mallard.I am knitting it up in a color called Tidal....blues, greensand a grayish brown.. I ama slow knitter, so hopefully itwill be done by Winter time!For my Slow Sunday StitchingI am down to hand sewing mylast 20 squares on myTrip Around the World top.I am SO close to finishing....What are you sewing today?[...]

Slow Stitch Sunday


Happy Easter to you and yours!For my Slow Sunday StitchingI am returning to myTrip Around the World projectI have been working on it offand on for nearly four years.I started it as part of a groupproject on Facebook.It has been a relaxing take along project to doin between other big projectsI had planned to have the topfinished so I could handquilt it this last Winter, butyou know how plans change!What are you stitching today?[...]



For April, I have chosen 
to work on my Vintage
quilt top.

I have about 2/3 of the blocks
finished. The other third are ones that
are pieced with applique added.

I am not setting a specific goal
of how many blocks I will finish,
but just that I make some 
progress on it during April.

I will be linking up to

March 2018 UFO finished!


It's finished


Scrappy stars with
alternating squares of brown.

It has now taken it's place in
the donation-comfort quilt pile.

Linking up to
Elm Street Quilts and

Monday Design Wall-26 Mar 2018


I need to finish my March
UFO project and get
it off my design wall....

I need to decide

1.What type of border(s) am I going to add, and

2.If I going to keep this quilt or pass it on.

My design wall has a wire strung across
the top, where I hang project.
Over the Spring Break, my 
Husband wants to finish the wall
by sheet rocking and painting.

Sounds good to me....

Love, comfort and Service


I was raised to give comfort
and service to those around me.

My parents were wonderful
examples of always looking
out for others.

I contribute to a different
charity group each month with
my sewing or knitting.

For April, I have found 

I am going to contribute a 
finished quilt to the 

which is based in Utah.

There are other service groups 
through the Challenge to
sew for too.

Are you ready to take the Challenge?

Little bits and pieces to finish


Today, my Slow Sunday Stitchingwill be finishing out a list ofquick handwork I have put offfor way too long.First up, sewing down the hanging sleeve on myFebruary UFO Butterfly HangingI messed up the quiltingon the back,which required me to pull outthe quilting, re-quilting an areafrom the back and nowre-attaching the hanging sleeve.Next...binding off my currentknitting project,Lake Edge ScarfI started it for a Christmas gift,but it turned into a knit a little here,knit a little there project. Afterbinding off, I will block it.Lastly, the ongoing embroideryquilt blocks. I want to finish the cross-stitchborders around each of the 12blocks (9 done with 3 to go)then move onto the leaf borders.I also want to post a photo of mynew hair cut. No before photo...I had long grey hair, soI cut off about 8 inches andwent short and dyed brown.It is going to be nice for thewarmer weather months, ifthe weather ever gets warm.What are you Slow Stitching today?[...]

Design Wall 12 Mar 2018


After yesterdays crazy day of
broken water pipes and
cold bottled water hair washing,
I think I need a day of sewing.

I am going to sew the March
BOM star block from my
local quilting store

What is on your design wall?

Linking up to Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Slow Sunday Stitch


The day started out with the
surprise that we did not have
any water in the house pipes.

There was a break by our 
Pond and the City had to
shut down the surrounding
water system.

Huh...wash hair with bottled will work.
Whoa...very "refreshing"
(translate: COLD!)

We have attended Church
(where we could not
use the drinking fountains
or restrooms for the first while)

Onto an afternoon of stitching...

I am back to working on the
cross-stitch quilt blocks. 

I attended a Vintage Quilt show
and felt inspired to finish my own
hand embroidered quilt. 

The quilts were all amazing and
had wonderful stories with each
one displayed.

I am linking up to Kathy's Quilts

Three generation of creating


I am a member of hand quilters
on Facebook. Each week, the
administrator lists a theme 
for our post. This week is 
the Dresden Plate pattern.

Here is my Dresden Plate.

 This wall hanging was begun by
my Grandmother in the 1950's.

She passed on the partial sewn blocks
to my Mom in the 1980's. My Mom
was a fabulous seamstress, but did not
enjoy quilting, so I inherited the
blocks in the 1990's.

I finished sewing the blocks, then 
hand quilted the hanging. It was
gifted to my Mom for her 
70th birthday. 

I inherited it when my Mom
passed on. It hangs in my
Family room.

Monday Design wall and plans


On my design wall, or rather...
on the floor....

I laid out my solid fabric (brown) to see
if it is what I want to use to finish my
scrappy stars March UFO project.

After some reviewing, and taking in
the opinion of Devil Kitty, I think it 
is going to finish out nicely.

This week's goals:

1.Cut solid squares and sew
together scrappy star quilt top

2.Get top to quilter for finishing

3.Applique more flowers to pieced
blocks for 1930's quilt top.

What is on your Monday Design Wall?

Snow Sunday Stitching


For days, the Weatherman has said
we were going to get buried in Snow.
Each day, they would move the Storm
to another day.

This arrived!

Snow = stay inside and stitch

I am appliqueing flowers and leaves
to various pieced quilt blocks.

 The blocks are part of a UFO project
I was going to do for another month, 
but decided to start doing the hand
work on Sundays.

I am using 30's-50's prints for this project.
I love Vintage colors and patterns.

I have sewn all the pieced blocks.
Now to finish piecing and appliqueing.

What are you Slow Stitching?

March UFO Project


I looked at my list and
have decided to do my
star block project

I think I have enough blocks to make
a small quilt top. I do not know
what I will do with it, once it is
finished. Maybe keep it....maybe
donate it for a comfort quilt.

What are you working on for March?

Linking up to

February UFO Finish!


Here is my February finish for
my 2018 UFO project.

The butterfly block is a test
block from Cynthia England book,
Picture Piecing.

I tried the block to learn Miss England's
technique for landscape quilts. I 
recommend trying it...very easy with
wonderful results.

I have quite a few UFO's that only
need quilting and binding, so I am
using each project to practice my
machine quilting.

I enjoyed finishing the blocks into
a wall hanging of my own design.

I am linking up to 

Design Wall for this week 26 Feb-04 Mar


On my design wall 
is my butterfly wall hanging,
which is also my February 
UFO Project. 

I have sewn and re-sewn this
project multiple times.

The butterfly block is the
test block from Cynthia England book,
"Picture Piecing"

I put the top together by my
own design using 12 blocks.

I will be finish the quilting
and add binding, hopefully
before the end of the month.

What is on your design wall?

And February is almost gone....


Today is my 10 year Blogiversary!I have not been as dedicated to writingon my blog as I have been other years,but I enjoy going back and reading aboutvarious projects and what my life wasa few years ago. Here's to another 10 years!For my Slow Sunday StitchingI am going to resume work onan cross-stitch quilt block project.I am not sure when I began thisstitchery, by I would like tofinish it. I cleaned out my Studio (somewhat)over the snowy weekend and havean entire box of stitchery kits. I never need to purchase another oneas long as I live....I did not finish my shawl for theRavellinics competition at Ravelry.comMy Husband had surgery, which turned out to bemore complicated and taking care of him turnedout to be more complicated than I had planned.He is finally on the mend, thank goodness.Goals for the week:1.Clean out my Studio some more: Organizefabric boxes and books.2.Cross stitch on quilt blocks.3.Knit on shawl pattern.What are you creating today?[...]

I am almost ready to sew


Today is the end of a long
holiday weekend for me.
Normally, I try to get as much
sewing in as possible. 

Yup...not this time....

Husband had foot surgery 
(long story-bite by a snake...
trauma injury that has now ended
in a second surgery)
My Guy is pretty easy-going even when he isn't
feeling so hot, but it has still been
stressful and lots of getting-feeding-
waiting on him for a few days.
Hopefully, this is the last surgery.

I am still trying to finish out my
butterfly wall hanging for February.

The pattern is from Cynthia England's 
landscape book, using her own pattern
on how to piece only using straight lines

I started making blocks to practice, 
without any plan on how I was
going to put it together,

I envision a wreath of butterfly blocks.

I hope I can sew my idea up.

What's on your Design Wall?

Monday Design Wall


I have not posted my 
Monday Design Wall 
for a long time now,
but I am ready to get
back in the swing of things.

This Week:

I need to cut the remaining
red with white dot 
squares (2") to finish the last
two sides of my 
Trip Around the World top

Hopefully, I can finish the top
this month and can move on to
the hand quilting step

2nd project:

This is my UFO project for February.

I need to make at least one more
butterfly block and then sew
the top together. I hope to also
quilt and bind it into a nice
wall hanging.

What is on your design wall?

So close...almost finished


I am down to hand sewing the
last two sides of my
Trip Around the World quilt top.


(Sorry for the blurry photo)

When the top is finished, I need to
decide how to hand quilt it.
Any suggestions?

After cutting more squares, it will
be my Slow Sunday Stitching project

I am also a knitter and began my 
Ravellenics project for the 
Olympics project at Ravelry

I am doing a shawl pattern called
Multnomah by Kate Ray.

It uses sock yarn, which I already
had in my yarn stash. It is
knitting up quickly, though
I have not reached the lace
pattern on the edge yet.
I always slow down when it
comes to lace knitting.

What are you creating today?

Same ole...same ole....


I am continuing my work on my
Trip Around the World top.

I am on the last row (#43).
One side completed...three to go.

I also choose my February UFO project

I am going to finish my Butterfly Hanging.

I have one more block to piece,
add the embroidery,
piece the top, quilt and bind.

I am not sure if it is going to be a 
gift or I am going to keep it for

What are you working on today?

January UFO is finished just in time


Yup, I cut that too close.

Just finished my January UFO project!

I am not sure when I put together the top.

To finish, I machined quilted it
(not one of my strong suits...
I usually hand quilt)
and put on the binding.

I even put on a hanging sleeve.

Tomorrow....I think I need to
seriously clean my Studio.... is kind of scary in there....

(the photo is an old one...I 
can't seem to upload my 
finished photo)

Where did the month of January go?


The month has just flown by....

I still have some quilting and
the binding to do on my
January UFO project.

I think I am going to keep this
wall hanging for myself.

I am working on hand sewing the
final row of my 
Trip Around the World top.

It is row 43 with 172 squares of
the red with white dot fabric. I
think it will look nice to have a 
double row of the red.
When finished, I will move on to
hand quilting it.

What are you creating today?

It's nice to be healthy again!


Two weeks and I have finally beaten
the flu. It was a nasty fight, but I won!

I also won at a blog drawing
(Winner...Winner...Chicken Dinner!)

Thank you to Paul at
for the beautiful weights and color.
I see some beautiful possibilities!

I will be working towards
completing my 
Trip Around The World top.

I have been hand sewing the 2" squares
for a few years now...all leftover scraps.
I plan to hand quilt it too.

What are you creating?