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Moving...time to hand sew

Wow, has it really been over 6 months since I last wrote a post?  This year has just flown by, and now it's time to up stakes and move.  Over my life time I've moved 14 times and it seems they have all been different in some way or another.  If you're wondering, yes, I married a military man.  Today has been a long exhausting day as it is the eve of our scheduled pack-out.  Exhausted because for the last few weeks I've been setting aside everything I need for the next 6 weeks including…


Added by Sandra Paananen on December 7, 2017 at 6:02pm — 5 Comments

Sapphires quilt is done!

Yesterday I had a couple of hours in my studio and finished it.  I'm happy with the outcome and my son has already expressed his opinion with "FABULOUS".   That makes me feel good.  The quilt is fairly square so the question is, which end should be up?  When I was in the design wall phase, the winding path was meant to be on  the left.  However, I am liking the path horizontal.  What do you think?  …


Added by Sandra Paananen on June 16, 2017 at 7:29am — 10 Comments

Half Over

Oh my gosh!  Where has the first half of the year gone?  I haven't blogged in ages and I feel like since the weather has gotten better all my time is spent doing those jobs outdoors.  Not just gardening either.  We had to fix some facing coming off our house and patio walls.  Though not a hard thing to do, just time consuming.  The other big project was moving wagon loads of rock from the back yard to the front yard, replacing bark chips  ( I hate bark, it blows...everywhere) with the rock.…


Added by Sandra Paananen on June 5, 2017 at 12:22pm — 3 Comments

Charity Project time

Haven't blogged in a while, but that doesn't mean I've been lax on the work in the studio.  My DH had a Birthday early April so when our DS came for a visit we combined his Birthday, our 35th Anniversary and Easter together as all these celebrations were only separated by a couple days.  It was so good to see him and spend some time together.  

I've been spending my studio time making charity kennel quilts and MorsBags.  Seems like the scrap bin is getting bigger with smaller scraps…


Added by Sandra Paananen on April 19, 2017 at 10:16am — 2 Comments

Out of the Blue -UFO

I'm working on another UFO.  This one has been in my basket for about 3 years.  It was a challenge piece in that the circles had to be as perfect as possible and pieced, then appliqued onto a whole cloth background.  The pathway is also a challenge as it was pieced together with strippy pieces in differing widths and cut to meander down the side of the whole cloth background.  It sat in my basket up to the sandwich stage.  So, I've again committed to working on it for at least 1 hour…


Added by Sandra Paananen on March 3, 2017 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

One UFO finish

Making a commitment to sew at least an hour everyday has paid off with the completion of this quilt top.  It has been kicking around in my UFO basket for at least 8 years as cut pieces to make pinwheel blocks.  It feels good to be done with the top and to move on to something else.  


I like to crochet, so I made a couple of mop covers from…


Added by Sandra Paananen on February 20, 2017 at 11:43am — 8 Comments

Feeling like a CLOD

It's slow going in the New Year.  By the way, HAPPY NEW YEAR to all, sorry I'm a little late to the party!  HAha, as always.   Getting back to my opening sentence... I have had the same pile of fabrics on my cutting table since November.  That's a big mistake.  Every time I  go in the studio, it's there staring at me.  I set down my coffee, and immediately get feeling guilty, so I cut even more charity quilt tops and Art Abandonment pieces.  What I should be doing is picking a UFO out to…


Added by Sandra Paananen on January 10, 2017 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Fall Clean-out

   Stack #1 - for MorsBags

Stack #2 - for MorsBags & Charity

Ok, so, I am a fabric hoarder and I admit it. Now,  I limit myself to purchases that are necessary and I do not go to a quilt shop to "browse".  That's very dangerous.…


Added by Sandra Paananen on November 12, 2016 at 5:39pm — 6 Comments


My DH and I love books!  We've moved so many times over the years, I can hardly count.  But, one thing we never get rid of are our books.  We can sift through everything else to lighten our load, no problem,…


Added by Sandra Paananen on October 11, 2016 at 9:33am — 6 Comments

Progress and Brain Storming

Well, I've made slow progress on my UFO's.  I finished #2 blue jean strip rag rug and is now by the back door and looks amazing.  After cleaning my machine of all the jean threads and dust/lint, I swiftly moved on to the next, improv strips (meaning cut with scissors and no ruler) from my scrap bag which are cut into 60 degree triangles and resewn into rows.  This will be a…


Added by Sandra Paananen on October 1, 2016 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments


OK, I've had a hiatus and absolutely must get back to it...quilting that is.  I've been laid up the last two days with a broken toe, yes this is the third time I've smashed the same toe in a year.  Pretty clumsy of me.  This time I was awoken by a noise, got out of bed, peeked out the window and made my way back and smacked the toe on our bed post which is a huge claw footed mahogany sleigh bed.  My DH calls me a cat as I can see more in the dark than he, but on this night I guess I just…


Added by Sandra Paananen on September 9, 2016 at 6:34pm — 12 Comments

Stalled or Stalling?

Ever since I finished my UFO Valentine quilt a couple of weeks ago, I've lost inspiration to move on to other projects or even start new ones.  Am I just making excuses, am I burned out, is it too hot to work?  Maybe my brain needs a rest?  Just at a loss right now and some of the things I have put in my lineup have deadlines.   Needing some motivation...…


Added by Sandra Paananen on July 21, 2016 at 1:11pm — 12 Comments

The Clemson U quilt

These colors just don't photograph well, it is purple and orange and boy, am I sick of this color combination.  

Been away on vacation visiting my son so had to put this on hold.  Now that I'm back home, I've taken your advice and simply quilted in the ditch and a meander quilt pattern in the borders.   Finally it's ready for the binding which is cut and…


Added by Sandra Paananen on June 15, 2016 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

Clemson U quilt top


I don't know why it's so hard to get a good picture of this quilt.  Maybe it's the colors?  Anyway, here is the completed top.  It's the size of my full size bed with just a little overhang, 60"X80".  I've set it aside for the time being and had to complete something of mine.  A UFO started over 2 years ago, this table runner which by coincidence also has…


Added by Sandra Paananen on May 3, 2016 at 5:23pm — 10 Comments

Seeing Purple...and Orange

No, not talking about Prince, although he's been the topic of discussion these days. Strange how people scurry out of the woodwork to capitalize when tragedy strikes...family or otherwise. 

Anyway, I have once again (somehow) subjected myself to help out (a cousin-in-law this time) with making her daughter a quilt.  I say help, but yes, I am making the entire thing start to finish.  The mom wants to surprise her for her graduation this year from Clemson U.  with this "tail gating…


Added by Sandra Paananen on April 28, 2016 at 1:18pm — 10 Comments

Get back to work

I've been away from home for a month, now that I'm home I feel that I have a lot of work to get back to...housework, yardwork, office work, and most importantly studio work.  Instead of looking at the full scope of it, I've just broken down the list and will take it one task at a time and one day at a time. 

Yesterday, I was able to make from start to finish full length drapes for our bedroom door wall lining and all. …


Added by Sandra Paananen on April 6, 2016 at 12:15pm — 9 Comments

Crosses baby quilt

Found about 2" of snow this morning, but it's melting quickly.  It's still a good reason to stay inside and get some quilting/sewing done.  My DH's nephew and his wife are expecting their second child in June, so I am making them a baby quilt.  Instead of cutting triangles AND squares for this, I cut all squares and actually cheated a little as some are pre-cut charm…


Added by Sandra Paananen on February 23, 2016 at 11:32am — 10 Comments

T-Shirt quilt

Years ago when the t-shirt quilt craze was the thing to do, I thought I would no way ever want to do one for myself or attempt to work on one.  Last week, my cousin called me and asked for my help on a t-shirt quilt she is making for a friend's daughter.  I said I would help, but in the back of my mind I was thinking how the heck I was going to quilt this top?  After receiving it, I just took the bull by the horns and went for it.  Some areas have lines, some have a meander design and some…


Added by Sandra Paananen on January 29, 2016 at 1:43pm — 4 Comments

More on the Improv top

Yesterday I spent a lot of time on this strippy improv as I want to get it to the sandwiched stage and ready to machine quilt.  Today, I've cut my batting and will pin baste it together.  They are predicting snow for tonight and tomorrow, so it's a good time to stay inside and get some quilting done.  In this picture, my triangles on the edges are just pinned, but I have topstitched them down like the seed shapes.  It's funny, I started this strippy thing to try and dwindle my scrap stash…


Added by Sandra Paananen on January 15, 2016 at 11:49am — 5 Comments

Strippy Improv quilt



Ok, the green bricks baby quilt was delivered, they love it and I'm so happy.  Now on to other things.  I've had strips in my scrap bag for ages.  It's long…


Added by Sandra Paananen on January 13, 2016 at 6:30pm — 8 Comments

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