A Lovely Year of Finishes: November Completions

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It’s time to check in and see how my November went as far as completely my ‘A Lovely Year of Finishes’ goals…

Goal 1.

First.  My main goal is to make and finish a quilt for the Double Wedding Ring Challenge.

Which I COMPLETED! I even have a few hours left to spare…I ended up making six Double Wedding Ring blocks and I named my quilt 'Little Boxes’.

Goal 2.

I want to keep up with the Tula Pink City Sampler Quilt Along.  Ideally, I want to speed right ahead, finish all my blocks and have the top pieced by the end of the month…

All 100 bocks

Well…I definitely kept up with the quilt along – I even finished all 100 blocks.  I did not, however, piece the top together.  I think I know what I’m going to do but now it’s just a matter of finding that pesky thing called ‘time’.

Goal 3.

Project QUILTING.  I LOVE the challenge I came up with ‘Color MERCEDI’ and I have a great idea for it BUT with everything happening in November I didn’t get to it.  Since it’s my challenge and there are no prizes…I extended the deadline by a week..so hopefully I can get it done this coming week!  I

Goal 4.

Create the sketch for the quilt along I’m planning for 2014.  It has to do with thread is the only hint I’m going to give you at this point. Oh – and of course, it’s going to be amazing! – NOT FINISHED.  Still working on this but during all my ‘thinking’ time I did come up with another great idea for 2014 and my blog!  Stay tuned!  I have some buttons to make!

Little Boxes–Double Wedding Ring Challenge Quilt

This summer I met Victoria Findlay Wolfe and took an amazing day long class from her.  She mentioned that the New York Modern Quilt Guild would be putting out a challenge in August.  Well…I can’t say no to a challenge…even if it’s a Double Wedding Ring Challenge.  I actually had my idea for the project right away – I just didn’t have the time until after apple season was over.  I knew I would have November to start and finish the challenge to make the December 1st deadline. I had seen one of the infamous ‘Swoon’ blocks made into houses and just loved it.  When I was looking at different double wedding ring (DWR) quilts I soon saw in my mind that I could make my DWR quilt into a ‘subdivision’.   In the midst of the process of this quilt I had an epiphany that this was extremely fitting of a quilt for me since I used to design subdivisions as a civil engineer.  None were as cool looking as this so since all these curves would be ridiculous to actually construct in real life. 

Anyway…This was the first block I made (I added all the roofs later by raw edge appliqueing the wonky triangles to each ‘home’).  This is ‘Butterfly Lane’ – each ring has it’s own subdivision name.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to make more than one block or not.  This was my very first attempt at the elicit Double Wedding Ring Block. I finally decided that I would only make five rings.
Which ended up being six…  Also – I did not do a typical layout of the rings.  The ‘black’ strips are roads that create an ‘apple core’ effect which is also fitting since I have an apple orchard.  My dreams were designing subdivisions with

“Birds of a Feather Way”

’Octopus Circle’ – I needed some Tula in there…

”Fairy Dust Drive”

”Flower Garden Trail”

”Orange Daisy Court”

I free motion quilted different designs in each 'subdivision'  and then outlined wonkily around each house making a door and driveway.  I wanted to maintain a whimsical feel with the quilting.

I named my quilt after the theme song from the show ‘Weeds’

Little Boxes

Notes: words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1962 Schroder Music Company, renewed 1990. Malvina and her husband were on their way from where they lived in Berkeley, through San Francisco and down the peninsula to La Honda where she was to sing at a meeting of the Friends’ Committee on Legislation (not the PTA, as Pete Seeger says in the documentary about Malvina, “Love It Like a Fool”). As she drove through Daly City, she said “Bud, take the wheel. I feel a song coming on.”

Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky,1
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And the people in the houses
All went to the university,
Where they were put in boxes
And they came out all the same,
And there's doctors and lawyers,
And business executives,
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And they all play on the golf course
And drink their martinis dry,
And they all have pretty children
And the children go to school,
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university,
Where they are put in boxes
And they come out all the same.

And the boys go into business
And marry and raise a family
In boxes made of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

Happy Thanksgiving and a Giveaway Winner

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful day.  I know that I and my family did – lots of good food and good company!

Before I go to bed (yup…early for once!) I figured I’d better share with you all the winner of my giveaway…

For this giveaway one lucky person will win a bundle of six hand-dyed fat quarters of these fun yellow to pink color family fabrics (I dyed myself…)!

hand dyed

(the fabric will be nicely pressed before I send it to you!  I just haven’t retaken the picture yet…sorry!)

Before I announce the winner I just wanted to thank everyone for sharing their wonderful family traditions with me.  I definitely got some good ideas for my family to try out.  Okay…I won’t make you wait any longer….

I plugged 221 into Random.org and…

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Comment 188 WON!

Congrats to Peggy Gibbs!  The family tradition she shared was:

We enjoy sipping hot chocolate by the tree and listening to Christmas music.


Thanks again to all for joining in a little giveaway fun!

Double Wedding Ring Challenge Dilemma

Somehow I’ve managed to get to the point that my quilt for the Double Wedding Ring Challenge is actually piece AND quilted!  It is a very awkward final shape though so I need your thoughts and advice…ASAP!



Very quick ‘story’ behind my quilt…it is a subdivision with houses on one of the rings and the other rings making up the roads…

I need your advice! how would you finish this quilt off?

Ideal Option:

Trisha Priewe Frankland suggested facing the quilt which I think would be ideal but I also feel like it would be slightly impossible. Unless anyone has suggestions to make this easier…it doesn’t look too bad on a square quilt…I’m just thinking all these points and curves could get super complicated…

Alternative Option 1:

I'm sort of thinking pillowcasing but that never seems to finish very nicely for me.

Alternative Option 2:


Alternative Option 3:

Create a stiff background base (ie cardboard or board of some sort) and then wrap the quilt around it.  This would be difficult getting the exact size…I would have to trace the quilt and then cut a quarter inch in from that…

Final Option:

So...I'm back to a standard binding...what color? I was sort of thinking a grey or blue to imitate sky/edge of the world.... Or it was suggest to pull out the reds... would love your thoughts!


I need to finish this ASAP for the New York Modern Quilt Guild challenge!  And…I would love to get the binding on tonight so I can work on handwork tomorrow while we’re watching the game….

The Hand Crafted Hoedown–All Set Up

The shop has been officially converted into a Holiday Heaven!  Seriously – I can guarantee that you will find one or more, many more, perfect Holiday Gifts for this upcoming season! Check out pictures of items that are available so you can start strategizing for your visit today or Saturday NOW!

IMG_3408What does the Fox Say?  - I’m heading to Lapacek’s Orchard of course!

IMG_3494Burlap wreaths, wreath stands, quilted goods…

IMG_3415adorable onesies!

IMG_3420eye masks



What does the Giraffe say?  …I LOVE the Hoedown!


Chicken wire frame and utensil necklaces

IMG_3444Holiday signs

IMG_3447Yes – the infamous upcylced felt wool sweater mittens!

IMG_3405Lots of NEW Hearts for Susie Heart Earrings – A Portion of the proceeds goes to the American Heart Association!

IMG_3450Ornaments…ornaments and more ornaments!


Beautiful hand crafted cutting boards

IMG_3468Pillowcases with pockets and a worry doll!

IMG_3472Wood turned bowls and home accessories

IMG_3473Olive Forks with an Attitude


Holiday hair accessories

IMG_3483Felted wool slippers

IMG_3486Adorable skirts for your little ones


IMG_3488Dolls and aprons


IMG_3440Alpaca products – scarves, yarn, felted soap, roving, socks, blanket and more!

IMG_3504Card/picture holders

IMG_3508Bottle openers, quilts, cake stands, and ornaments

IMG_3511holiday décor

IMG_3513Baskets, bags, bookmarkers, signsIMG_3526Turkey’s!

IMG_3529Paper crafts – great stocking stuffers!

IMG_3533Christmas trees, cards, jewelry, hair accessories…

IMG_3535Lanyards and key fobs – ‘Made by Ilyana; 7 years old and full of crafts!"’

IMG_3536Hair bows

IMG_3539Rulers – by the foot –

IMG_3543Crocheted hatsIMG_3547home décor

IMG_3551Terrariums!IMG_3554Wool felted ornaments

IMG_3563Ornaments from ‘Cedi & Moose’ – mostly Moose (aka Capri)

IMG_3565Chalkboard bottomed wine glasses


Upcycled sweaters, scarves, arm warmers and hats!IMG_3492

Hats…Stained Glass…


AND this is not all!  These are just a FEW examples of all the amazing things we have all in one apple shop!  Stop by today from 9 to 6 or Saturday from 9 to 5!  Oh…and of course we have some apple cider donuts – we made them fresh early this morning…
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