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I have been busy clearing out old files, photos and other stuff from my blog the past few days.  Now it is semi-clutter free and a little easier to navigate around.  You will notice that a lot of the older mystery quilts have been deleted.  This is mainly due to problems with the pictures or other writing issues that I found.  If there is no picture to go along with the quilt, then it isn’t of much use.  Some of them were never completed due to life circumstances or loss of interest or the pattern didn’t go together as it should have.  

BUT NEVER FEAR!  I have made printed copies of all the mystery quilts that I ever designed, started and finished, so maybe one day they may reappear again at a later date.  Some of them are already in PDF format and others are in the process of being rewritten.  AND there is no charge for any of the patterns, all are available in the public domain and can be found at different sites.  

I hope that you like the new look and will tell your friends to drop by and  visit!  Everyone is welcome.   


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Hello Everyone!

My apologies for dropping the ball on the Mystery Quilt or Donna’s Delight.  My eyes have been a mess and I haven’t been able to read much less sew for the past week. On a positive note, I will be posting directions for the first block tomorrow, April 10.


Thank you for understanding!

I will be posting the patterns later this afternoon.

Estimated fabric needed: 
Blue, dark 1 yard
Blue, light 1 yard
Gold, 1/2 yard
Green, dark 1 yard
Rust (red-orange) 1 yard
Cream or off white for background 2 yards
Five coordinating small prints FQ, your choice
Black 1/2 yard

I am overestimating the amount you may need as sometimes a block doesn’t always work out right and I would rather have too much than too little to work with. Have fun shopping!

First clue will be posted on March 31, cutting instructions for the first block.   

March 31, 2018

Believe it or  not, I do not have a quilt big enough for our bed, and I have made a lot of quilts over the years, mainly for charity or as gifts.   This will be a fairly large quilt, not sure of size yet, but probably a queen sized.   Hence, the name change of the mystery to Donna’s Delight!  The blocks are fairly simple, but the way they go together is going to be awesome.  All the blocks can be found on public domain and I will provide links to tutorials as needed.


3 INCH BLOCKS:  1.5  inches.  Remember. to calculate, just divide your finished block size (say 6 inches) by 3 and then add 1.5 inch for your seam allowance.  This is because you have 3 equal squares across the block.

Now, on to the first section.  There will be 48 blocks total, with 12 blocks having the same center block, 12 having different centers, and so on.  Let’s start with the first set of centers, a simple Pinwheel. 

PINWHEEL BLOCK:  You will need to make 12 3.5 inch pinwheel blocks.  Using cream/white, dark green, rust, and dark blue, make 4 pinwheel blocks from each color.    Here is a link on how to make super easy pinwheels on youtube.com.  Missouri Star Quilts puts out a great tutorial that is very fast and easy.  I will be posting mine soon as I can get my camera working.

Here are my 12 Pinwheel Blocks.  I decided to go with red instead of rust, much richer color that matches well with the green and blue.

LINK:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekYpJzHoW6E&t=20s

Now that you have your pinwheels made, set them aside.  These will be used later.

SQUARE IN A SQUARE BLOCKS:  Using your FQ with the small prints, make 12 3.5 inch blocks.  Here is a tutorial available showing how to make the block 2 different ways,  you can choose which is easiest for you.  Once you are done, they can be put aside.

I will be out of town this weekend, and plan to have the next clue ready for you next Tuesday, April 17.

If you are wondering why the blocks are being put aside, they will be used as centers for other blocks to come.

Best laid plans.  This has been a very busy and tiring week.  Spent most of the weekend cleaning out my dad’s trailer and then bringing some of it home and going through it yet again.  The third clue will be posted on Saturday, April 22.


Here is a video showing how to make 8 half square triangles all at once.   You will need 48 half square triangles, using your rust, green, blue and cream fabrics.  You will also need contrasting colors for the center of the block.  You will also need 48 cream/white squares for the corners.  Make 4 from  each color.  Set aside.

OR:  This video is helpful also:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cVlL5E3EBM.  Just copy and paste into your browser to watch.


SIZE CHART FOR CUTTING:  3 INCH BLOCKS:  1.5  inches.  Remember. to calculate, just divide your finished block size (say 6 inches) by 3 and then add 1.5 inch for your seam allowance.  This is because you have 3 equal squares across the block.  

A tutorial for Friendship Star blocks:  https://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/friendship-star-quilt-block.html has the size chart available for 3 inch blocks.  Just copy and paste into the browser and it should come up.

Or you can watch this video:

Will be back Tuesday with the final center block set to make and then we will be putting the blocks together.

Will post more on Donna’s Delight Mystery quilt later today. Been feeling a little dizzy and drained, so not much sewing yesterday. Hope to get some sewing and sorting done today.

APRIL 26, 2018

CLUE 4:  FINAL  CENTER BLOCK:  The final center block is the popular Churn Dash in miniature!  This block will be 3.5 inches finished.   Using gold/yellow, light or medium blue, green and red, you will again need to make 12 blocks, 4 of each color.  Here is a good tutorial that will walk you through the process.  https://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/churn-dash-quilt-block.html.  You then need to click on Churn Dash that is underlined to take you to the actual directions.  Just copy and paste into the browser.

Am still working on the layout of the blocks.  Will post more next Wednesday. May 2. 


We are going to start with the first set of blocks, the pinwheel.  The Pinwheel will be the center block and using the hourglass unit for the outside borders.  Match your green, blue and red blocks, using gold and white.  These should measure 3.5 inches.  The gold will be on the bottom with the white/cream facing outside.  You should have 3 colors altogether for the Hourglass units.  Remember, when you use this method, you will need to add one and 1/4 (1 and 1/4)  inch to the block for it to come out to the correct size.  You will need to make 48 units.  For now.  

Here is a great tutorial from Fons and Porter on making really quick Hourglass blocks:

The four outside corners will be set with gold/yellow which should bridge with the other blocks.

Hope to post more pictures this weekend.

Hello again!  I am still working on getting all of my units made and trying to get ahead of everything as the next few steps are going to  go together very quickly after this.  I will have the rest of Donna’s Delight ready on Monday, May 14.

Went to my UFO class today, had a great time but came home with a headache.  Will post tomorrow.  I have had a migraine all day, hope it passes soon.



Thank you for playing!



HURRY!  Time is running out!  Sign up before May 31!

Email me privately at luv2cutfab@gmail.com with your name and address to enter!

MAIL OUT DATE: June 1, 2018


YIKES! I accidentally opened the dungeon door just to check on them and they escaped! I had them under lock and key to keep them from breeding and they took over my good fabric and now they are threatening to take over my sewing room! It’s not a pretty sight! Now, it’s time for them to leave! Um, I mean, go to another home. You see, some are just not as pretty as others and some have a reputation for just not playing well with others, and that is why I had them hidden away.

My challenge, should you dare to accept, is that I send you two (2) 10 inch pieces, sight unseen, for you to play with. Let’s see what you can make with these “beauties” using just 2 other pieces of fabric. I will take sign-ups until May 31 and then mail out on June 1. Remember, once you get them, they are YOURS! No givebacks! You will have until September 15 to finish. Once you finish, post pictures and we will vote on them for a prize. You do not have to send it to anyone, you get to keep your creation!

PICTURE AND VOTING RULES: To enter, take a before and after picture of the pieces and email me with your name and address and LU CHALLENGE in the subject line. This will ensure that all entries will be private. DO NOT POST THE PICTURES TO THE GROUP! We want to shock, oops, I mean surprise everyone with your entries. I will have a list of entries just to keep it in order. When the voting is finished, the entries will be posted online with the fabrics and their creation. The group as a whole will decide the winners and that will be announced on September 30. Each category will have a first and second place and prizes will be announced and awarded closer to the deadline. I will be sending out the prizes after the voting.

1. Most original
2. Best camouflaged
3. Craziest idea

From the two 10 inch pieces let’s see what you can create. All items must be finished, quilted and binding added. No limit on size, design, or project that you make, but it must be quilted. You have 2 options. You can use both pieces together and create something or just use one piece, but 60% must be in the project and you can only use 2 other fabrics.

This is not a swap, it is a challenge. They are yours to keep and to do with as you please.
Have fun creating!

These are some of last year’s entries!


Does your stash have its own room?
Is it spreading into other rooms?
Do you have to move your stash to another room when company comes to visit? 

I seriously need to cut back on buying fabric! That is a picture of my small walk-in closet from a few years ago, but the stash has continued to grow! Under my table that my hubby made for me a few years ago is full of my UFO projects in boxes, more bins and on one side is another cubby hole full of bins with more fabric in it!

I am more of a collector of fabric than a serious user. I admit it, I love to fondle fabric and I am not ashamed to admit it! My problem is that I have so much of it, plenty of projects, but am I really seriously going to use it all up in my lifetime? Maybe, maybe not. Depends on if I stop buying and starting sewing like crazy!

Would you like to join me in a challenge for one year? Hopefully it will last that long. 😀 My challenge is to NOT BUY ANY MORE FABRIC, GADGETS, OR KITS for one year. My goal is to use what I have, make a dent in my stash, and get my UFOs under control. Of course, swaps and gifts don’t count, but you have to use them. Are you brave enough to join me?

Let’s be accountable to one another. Just post pictures of your stash, list, if you dare, the UFOs that need to be finished. You know, the ones that are as old as your children, the ones that we put aside for something else, or put off, or just plain old forgot about it. And let’s encourage each other NOT TO BUY!

And, most importantly, let’s share when we have a finish and use up some of our fabric! We can also share ideas on how to use it up, give it away, or other ideas.

You can jump in any time, just a little support for all of us who love to buy!

Well, it’s done. I cleared off the 3 shelves in my closet that were loaded down with fabric, transferred about half into bins, and the rest is in bags that are going to new homes. Even after purging my fabric, I still have more than enough for two lifetimes. AND that doesn’t include my scraps that were in 14 bins. That includes FQ, strips, noodles, charms and whatever else. Still need to go through that. That should keep me busy for a while. No more buying fabric for me for a long time. Feels good!! 😊

I decided to go ahead and take some of my stash to the guild meeting last week. Took 4 big bags of fabric, books and a pattern in my little wagon. Came back with just my box for the BOM, my wagon and purse! I saw a friend who asked about one of the bags, told her it was free fabric to good home. She went through the bag and took half of it home with her. Arranged the remaining fabric on the table, still a good amount of yardage. That was gone, except for a few pieces, by the end of the night. Gave that to the guild. Dropped the other bag off for the stash, had another bag for our baskets committee for the guild show and dropped those off. Saw another friend and gave her the remaining bag. Feels good to see it go to new homes. Still have 3 more big bags to find new homes for. 

Crazy part is that I still have an abundance of it left at my home. How did that happen? 🤔 Will try again next month. Rather give it to friends than have to sell it. Oh, and this was all yardage, 1 yard up to 3 or 4 yards. No scraps.


This is what my room looks like now.  This is where my solids are stored.  I folded my yardage into thirds, put a piece of cardboard on top and then have more room that way.

The table next to my sewing table, stacked with small bins for my thread.  Underneath that is an old dresser where I keep my scissors, rotary cutters and other tools.

This is my work table that hubby built for me many years ago.



My sewing space, extra machines, etc.  If you look under the table, there are 2 small rolling bins and a larger one, all full of fabric.

The inner recesses of my closet.  This is where I keep my odds and ends.

My shelves that are still a work in process.  See the picture at top of post for what it looked like before.  Under the big black bag is another hamper full of scraps.  The bag on top is full of noodles from a now empty bin.  Deciding how to do my scraps and have a place for my larger tools.

I’m in the process of going through my scraps, sorting by color and size and will go from there.  I have shoe boxes that I will use for smaller scraps, and then 3 small rolling bins full of scraps, and then another larger one full of even more fabric.  Once I get this figured out, then I will decide where to put  my tools.

And so concludes the 2 cents tour of my room.  Thank you for visiting!

Or as I like to call it, reorganizing my closet.  What a HUGE job this has turned out to be!

If you have been following along, you saw what my closet looked like before and also how it is turning out.  I have decided to go with clear shoe boxes for my small scraps and a little large clear box for my bigger pieces and FQ.  I plan to put the FQ in with the bigger pieces so I can find them easily.  Still a work in progress.

As you can see, I have emptied one large hamper and have one more hamper to go.  Well, actually, I sorted through about half of the first hamper, put the small scraps into 10 shoe boxes, and ran out of boxes.  Hubby has gone to Dollar Tree to get more shoe boxes for me, what a sweetie he is!  The bins next to the shoe boxes are full of larger scraps waiting for boxes of their own.  I found that these green and blue bins are great for sorting but since they have no lids, you can’t stack them nicely.  I also found that the shoe boxes are great for smaller scraps, but I need more of them!  I’m going to have to sort by dark and light colors and have 2 boxes for each color for that to work out.  Or I just have way too much scrap stash!   And that doesn’t include my floral, novelty, Asian, etc!  This will be an ongoing project for at least another couple of months!  But to me, it looks a lot better than before!

Here is my closet now!

Thank you for following along!

And now for the final reveal of my sewing room closet!  But first a look from Bandit, my supervisor!

I now have 30 clear plastic shoe boxes full of small scraps on the top shelf.  Underneath that are 12 blue stackable bins full of larger cuts of fabric.  Almost looks like I’ve been canning the way they are stacked.  But now I can tell at a glance where my scraps are as they are labeled!

Underneath are 4 larger bins.  The first one is Annalee’s fabric in pink with the letter A.  Next to that is a bin full of pre-quilted fabric, noodles of various sizes and the last one is full of FQ.  On the floor, underneath the shelf, are bags of batting, and a large hamper full of UFOs waiting to be quilted.  Then, in front is a large 3 drawer rollable bin that has templates, rulers, my glue gun and other tools that didn’t fit into other drawers very well.

It feels so good to finally have it organized, very liberating.  But I still have more fabric for one lifetime.  Guess that means I have to get sewing a lot faster!

Thanks for dropping by!

Well, I bought fabric today. Five FQs and 3.5 yards of flannel to finish the quilt for my Dad, Emerald. But nothing else, these were necessary purchases. How is everyone else doing?

I finally did it!  I got to the bottom of my hamper, cleaned it out, dumped it into a smaller box and sorted it.  At least some of it.  When I got to the box that I transferred it into, I decided OKAY!  ENOUGH!  I have more than enough scraps to last me several lifetimes!  I am going to bag it for now, the whole lot and sell it at the Guild’s Yard Sale in July!  I will wash it and get it ready to go later and then label the bags “Grab Bags” Scraps for $3.00 a bag.  I’m tired of sorting and then cleaning up again and then trying to find a piece to match.  Did you know that I went and bought 20 more of those clear plastic shoe boxes to store the scraps in?  Well, once they are put away and on the shelf, that is the end of it.  If I can’t find what I need in those, then I will go to my larger pieces and then yardage!

I am feeling so proud of myself for letting go of this and feel so much better now that I have decided to do this!




Let’s give a big round of applause for all of our participants! They all did a fantastic job! Their names and prizes are listed under the picture.

First Place: A new quilting book (will be mailed on Monday)
Second Place: Coordinating FQ pack of 5 colors to play with (will be mailed on Monday)
Third Place: A free pattern from Craftsy.com (will be emailed today)

First Place: Karen McCulloch
Second Place: Linda Grobis
Third Place: Lillie Sunby​

First Place: Lillie Sunby
Second Place: Brenda Sunby
Third Place: Ellen Upchurch​

First Place: Lillie Sunby
Second Place: Karen McCulloch
Third Place: Ellen Upchurch


Good Morning Everyone!   WOW!  These past 8 weeks have been very stressful for me but now I can actually relax!  Hubby is doing very well after his stroke and is back to his normal loving self.  The DMV and doctor have cleared him to start driving again.  No driving or written tests, they said that if the doctor said he was okay to drive then they agreed with the doctor, and that means I don’t have to ferry him around.  He can drive and he won’t be driving me crazy!  I feel very blessed that he is okay and back to normal, and that he is doing a lot better with controlling his blood pressure and sugars!

I plan to do some sewing today after not doing much for so long.  I sure hope I remember how to!  😀  I have  a block to design for the BOM next month for the guild and some quilting that needs to be finished.  Not sure of what else needs to be done at the moment, need to take inventory.  Well, now to finish my coffee and get started!

Have a blessed, safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!



MAIL OUT DATE: June 1, 2017
YIKES! I accidentally opened the dungeon door just to check on them and they escaped! I had them under lock and key to keep them from breeding and they took over my good fabric and now they are threatening to take over my sewing room! It’s not a pretty sight! Now, it’s time for them to leave! Um, I mean, go to another home. You see, some are just not as pretty as others and some have a reputation for just not playing well with others, and it is, I guess, why I had them hidden away.
My challenge, should you dare to accept, is that I send you two (2) 10 inch pieces, sight unseen, for you to play with. But this time there is a twist to this year’s challenge, they are polka dots of different colors. Let’s see what you can make with these “beauties” using just 2 other pieces of fabric.
I will take sign-ups until May 31 and then mail out on June 1. Remember, once you get them, they are YOURS! No givebacks! You will have until September 15 to finish. Once you finish, post pictures to my email only and we will vote on them for a prize. You do not have to send it to anyone, you get to keep your creation!
PICTURE AND VOTING RULES: To enter, take a before and after picture of the pieces and email me with your name and address and LU CHALLENGE  2017 in the subject line. This will ensure that all entries will be private.
DO NOT POST THE PICTURES TO THE GROUP! We want to shock, oops, I mean surprise everyone with your entries. I will have a list of entries just to keep it in order. When the voting is finished, the entries will be posted online with the fabrics and their creation. The group as a whole will decide the winners and that will be announced on September 30. Each category will have a first, second and third place and the prizes will be announced and awarded after the voting. I will be sending out the prizes after the voting is complete.
1. Most original
2. Best camouflaged
3. Craziest idea
From the two 10 inch pieces let’s see what you can create. All items must be finished, quilted and binding added. No limit on size, design, or project that you make, but it must be quilted. You have 2 options. You can use both pieces together and create something or just use one piece, but 60% must be in the project and you can only use 2 other fabrics.
This is not a swap, it is a challenge. They are yours to keep and to do with as you please.
Have fun creating!

Quilters’ Paradise Parking Lot Sale

Date: Sunday, April 9, 2017 

Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Stroll our parking lot for a great selection of quilting items, jewelry, crafts and handmade gifts.

Gerry and I will be there and have a lot of handmade items to sell. I have several boxes full of fabric, patterns and other goodies that need a new home at low prices. Hope you will stop by and look around.

Quilters’ Paradise
339 Pollasky Avenue
Clovis, CA 93612

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A quilt made by fellow quilters.


HOW TO SIGN UP: Please sign up by emailing me at luv2cutfab@gmail.com with RR2017 in the subject line, your name, address, phone number, and email. When the swap is filled, then I will PM everyone along with a list. You will be always sending to the same person until finished. The list will be posted after the swap closes.

SIGN UP DEADLINE: February 28, 2017


WHAT IS A ROUND ROBIN? A round robin is usually a 12 inch block that is sent to a set number of people who then take turns adding borders to the block. It is then sent back to the owner as a finished top. This is a chance to be creative by using different techniques, such as borders, blocks, appliqué, etc.

DUE DATE FOR BORDERS: To be announced after we have at least 5-7 signups. From there on, quilt tops will be due on the first of the month and you will have two (2) months to complete your round. Hopefully, the tops will be finished within a year but do understand that things do happen that can delay it. When you finish your center block, please post a picture as we love to share and also for insurance reasons in case of problems.


1. Each quilt top should start with a 12.5 square block. It can be any style or color you would like, it’s your choice. Please include scraps and a vision of what you want to see your top become. Please include a journal for others to write in as it is fun to see where it has traveled and its transformation. Please post photos as we go along.

2. It is up to the person receiving the top to decide on an appropriate border to go around the center block. Please make sure that it complements the colors the maker has chosen and styles that will match. There will be as many rounds as there are players so that everyone has a chance to create.

3. When sending the quilt top along, please make sure that it is INSURED AND THAT THERE IS TRACKING ON THE PACKAGE, as we don’t want anything to happen to our creations. Also make sure it is Flat rate shipping. Please send on the first of the month. MAKE SURE THAT YOU POST TO THE GROUP YOUR TRACKING NUMBER, YOUR NAME, WHO IT WAS SENT TO, AND DATE SENT.

4. If you find that you are having problems keeping up with the rounds, please let me know so that we can help you keep up. If we do have problems, the date can be pushed back to help, but you have to let me know ASAP! Remember, we cannot help you unless you ask for help. IF YOU BACK OUT OR DROP OUT AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SWAP, OR DO NOT RESPOND WHEN CONTACTED AFTER 3 ATTEMPTS, AND WITHOUT LETTING ME OR ANYONE ELSE KNOW, YOU WILL BE BANNED FROM SWAPPING!

5. Please keep pets and smoking to a minimum as we do have members that have allergies. Use only good quality cotton and your best sewing techniques. Be creative and have fun with the quilt but make sure that it complements the quilt.

Thank you for playing along!


Welcome to Scrappy Quilters! We are growing very quickly and I am hoping that we can better meet the needs of our members by offering a variety of swaps throughout the year.


What do we have to offer, you ask?

·        Original mystery quilts

·        Quick and easy projects

·        Challenges

·        Swaps and retreats

·        Encouragement and friendship

As we have grown very quickly and there are a lot of questions from new members, I feel it is necessary to set up a few rules that do need to be amended a little with so many people.

We ask that there be no flaming, rudeness, politics, religion or bad behavior or language. Please remember to treat each other as you would want to be treated, with respect.   I realize that postings can be misread and might be hurtful to others as it is written and not in a tone that you would hear when actually speaking to someone on the phone, as an example. Please think through what you are saying before posting.

ADVERTISING:  You can post an ad for a quilt that you made or patterns here, but please have any interested buyers send the information to you privately and not on the group page.   Please ask me first for permission.  NO t-shirt ads, giveaways, mugs or other ads, no matter how cute, are allowed, as  we have been burned by a few people earlier on that just wanted to sell junk here and it turned out they were scamming others.  Please do not advertise for any companies that make or sell other products as I will remove you from the group without notice and you will be banned from Scrappy Quilters.  


Email me or the person in charge of the swap with the name of the swap in the subject line. My email address is luv2cutfab@gmail.com.  Send your name, address and other pertinent information in the email before the swap closes.  Once we have 10 swappers or at least 5-7, then the swap will close, and you will receive by email a list of the people you will be sending to. You are responsible for the postage and for sending out on time.

A swap can be closed or cancelled for lack of participation. My hope is that we will have several swaps going onto choose from and lots of swappers. If we have more than 10 swappers, then a second group may be created to accommodate everyone.  All swaps will be one-on-one, no centralized swaps.   When you send the swap out, please email  the tracking number so we can keep track of the swap and so we don’t have to hunt you down to make sure that it is taken care of.  All communication will be through private messaging.

COMMUNICATION:  I feel that this needs to be addressed yet again, and I really hate to nag. In order to be involved in a swap, you have to communicate with everyone especially when you are sending out your swaps and receiving. If you have trouble sending, you must let the coordinator of the swap know. If you do not let us know even after being contacted, you will be banned from swapping. Failure to do so is not only mentioned in the guidelines but it is also rude and unfair to the other players. Please read the guidelines before signing up.


1. If you decide that you are not able to do the swap, please have the courtesy to let me know before the deadline, and it can be arranged.

2.  If something happens during the swap and you’re not able to follow through please let us know and we can possibly help you out. We cannot help if you don’t let us know.

 3. If you decide after the swap has closed that you are not able to do the swap and do not let someone know, you will be banned from swapping.

 4. If you drop from the swap and do not let me or a swap moderator know, that is cause for being banned from the group.


Quilt Show Entries

Here are a few finishes from this month. The first one is Snowman, a BOM from the guild and will be in the show next month.


The second one is a sampler from many years ago from another group. This was going to be in the show, but it had issues with the back and pleats, so I decided against it.


The third one is almost finished, just need to do a little more quilting, binding, sleeve and label. It is a Purse Swap from another group and all blocks are signed with their name and hometown.


The last one is the Round Robin that I just got back and am in the process of deciding how to embellish it. I hope to have it done by the end of the week so that I can work on getting stuff ready for the quilt show. This and the one before will be in the show, too. I am thinking small green ric-a-rac for vines and then appliqueing leaves in between the outside flowers. I found some butterflies to be appliqued in my stash and I decided to use those along the border and in between the flowers. I was pleasantly surprised that they actually matched! What a great find. Not sure if I am going to do a solid border on the outside to finish it off or if I want to repeat the colors in a piano key or small squares and then a solid border. I am going to do dragonflies in a few of the corners and then a meandering stitch with flowers to quilt it.


Anyway, that is what I have been up to here lately. Chat later.


This is a link on how to avoid being attacked.  It’s full of information that may save your life.



The San Joaquin Valley Quilt Guild presents Springtime in The Valley 2016 Quilt Show from March 19-20 at the Golden Palace in Fresno. Please tell your friends. For more information, please feel free to contact sjvqg.org. SJVQ Show

PS: I will be entering 4 of my quilts this year!


I’m proud to call him my father.

Dominic Geroux Spallina
March 8, 1926 – June 15, 2018

Dominic Geroux Spallina was born March 8, 1926, in Lindsay, California, to
Vincent and Leona Spallina, and passed away peacefully in the company of
his daughters in Placerville on the evening of June 15, 2018.
Dom grew up on a citrus ranch with his folks, older brother Ross and
younger sister Vincelle. He enjoyed the freedoms and responsibilities of
country life, loved to work with his hands, and grew to be adept at all
things mechanical and horticultural. Dom was always planning new projects
that were not only very beneficial for his family, but for their many

Dom graduated from Lindsay High School where he met the love of his life,
Lou Mildred Owen, in Home Ec class during her sophomore year. Dom was always
very enterprising, and after graduation in 1943, ran his own trucking
business hauling produce, citrus and gypsum for local farmers. When he
turned 18, he entered the Army Air Force. Fortunately, he was still in the
middle of pilot training when the war ended, and upon his return home, Dom
and Lou married on New Year’s Eve 1946.
The newlyweds began their family in 1948 with the birth of their son Fred
and moved to Porterville where daughters Candis, Tracy and Donna were
born. Dom worked as a salesman and supervisor for Sunbeam Bakery for many
years, driving a delivery route around the Porterville area which allowed
him to keep an eye out for his kids, who were inclined to occasionally
skip afternoon classes. Despite working twelve-hour days, he could often
be found in his workshop or the garage, building a cabinet or fixing one
of his kids’ cars. A great salesman who seemed to know and be able to
shoot the breeze with everyone in town, Dom retired from the bread business
in 1986. Dom and Lou joined the Porterville Church of the Nazarene
in the 1960s and enjoyed many years of friendship, fellowship, love and a
generous dose of good humor with other members of the Lamplighter Sunday
School class. Every New Year’s Eve, they hosted a large Anniversary party
with this wonderful group of lifelong friends. Dom was also a member of
the Ambassadors, a group of volunteers who helped people in need with home
projects like replacing roofs, installing wheelchair ramps, and new

Dom and Lou were close with their families, and the aunts and uncles and
cousins on both sides enjoyed many memorable family gatherings. Uncle Dom
was the favorite of most, due to his Policy of Equal Opportunity, Diverse
and All-Inclusive Teasing. They made sure that the family vacations were a
variety of excursions from camping to the beach to Disneyland and to visiting
relatives all over the state. Prior to moving to Placerville in
2004, Dom and Lou traveled to 47 of the 50 states, cruised to exotic locales
and traveled in Europe. Their favorite vacations, though, were
spending time with their granddaughters, Jenny & Kathy, especially at Pismo

Dom is survived by his much-loved older brother Ross of Reedley, with whom
he spoke every day on the phone, daughters Candis Spallina of Camino, Tracy
Spallina (Jeff Hoyt) of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Donna Coppin (Doug)
of Fresno, grandchildren Kat Pok (An) of Fresno, Jennifer Sandoval (Ariel)
of Norton Shores, Michigan, Ryan Spallina and Loren Spallina of Berkeley,
and great grandchildren Matthew, Samnang, Annalee and Emma. He was preceded
in death by his beloved wife Lou in 2012, his sister Vincelle in 2014,
his son Fred in 2002 and many, many cherished family members and friends.
Dom spent his last three months in the expert and compassionate care of
the very special nurses and CNAs at Gold Country Health Center in Placerville,
among people who knew him well from the time he spent there caring
for Lou, his beloved wife of 65 years. In the five years prior to
Lou’s passing, Dom could be found at Gold Country every day and for every
meal. When Dom moved into the center earlier this year, he was among many
friends. Dom’s daughters thank the staff for their Dad’s excellent care.
Dad was also an esteemed member of The Gold Country Lunch Group, a closeknit
group of friends with shared experiences. Dad truly cherished their
friendship, love and support in his later years.

Dom was known among his admirers as a true gentleman, and he was a loving
and devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a common
sense kind of guy who was happy to pass along to his kids Three Rules to
Live By: Don’t Ride the Clutch; Lefty Loosey, Righty Tighty; and Any Damn
Fool Can Spend Money — It Takes Somebody Smart to Save It. All of us —
Dad’s kids, grandkids and great-grandkids — learned a great deal from him,
especially his values, his faith, how to love one another and how to laugh
at ourselves. We will miss him enormously.

There will be a private graveside service on Thursday, June 28, at the
Lindsay-Strathmore Cemetery, followed by a public memorial service at the
Porterville Church of the Nazarene at 11 a.m. A luncheon open to all family
and friends of Dom will be served. Porterville Funeral & Cremation Center
is handling the funeral arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the charity of one’s


My beloved little black and white cat, Bandit passed away this evening.  He had just turned 14 years old on April 13.  He is survived by his siblings, Missy, Rusty and Racer.  I am really missing him right now.  He was very loving and sought out our attention after dinner each evening, wanting to be petted, stroked, and loved on.  He would run from me to Doug, wanting his ears to be scratched or his little butt rubbed.  Never hurt anyone, very laid back, and always ready for a treat.  Or for a drink from my bowl when I finished my cereal, he loved milk.  He was also a little nut who didn’t want to do what we wanted him to do, like stop scratching the furniture or get down.

We believe that he must have had a heart attack or seizure.  He let out a few unearthly screams, convulsed a little and that was the end of it.  I am going to miss my little love bug.  He always wanted to be as close as he could to me or Doug, and would follow me from room to room                    just to be close to us.  He had never been ill before, except for a flea allergy a long time ago, and then he was fine.

Lift a bowl of milk with me as a tribute to my baby boy, Bandit.  We  miss you and love you, Bandit!

Here are a few of my favorite pictures.




You may have noticed some changes to some of the posts that have been around for a while.  The reason for this change is that, one, I have a lot of stuff floating around and it is hard to find at times and I want to consolidate the mystery quilts and other posts, so that it will be easier to find.  Secondly, some of the posts are no longer relevant to the group, such as swaps and challenges from before 2018 and need to be weeded out.  Third, I want to streamline the blog so that it is easier for everyone to find and read.  I reserve the right to pick and choose what will be published or available on this website.

You will note that some of the mystery quilts will no longer be offered.  Some of the mystery quilts are incomplete due to lack of participation, pattern not working out or changes in my life that caused me to shelf them indefinitely.  Also, when I switched to Windows 10, I lost several photos and can no longer access them.   The ones that will be available will still be on the website and are also available also in PDF format.  You can find those under Challenges and Mysteries and in the drop down section on the left hand side.  I am still in the process of choosing which ones, so it will be some time before I have a complete list ready for you.  If you are looking for one and do not find it, one of the reasons above is probably responsible.

Here is a partial list of what I do plan to put on PDF format and some that will be deleted,  but they are not quite ready yet.  I am consolidating the individual mysteries into larger files instead of several blog pages and that takes some time to do.

HEART OF MINE MYSTERY QUILT 2011:  Now available as a PDF format.

TRIANGLE SOUP  This will be available later this weekend in PDF format.

HOUSEWARMING  This will be available later this weekend in PDF format.

OH, MY STARS  This will be available later this weekend in PDF format.

SUMMER MYSTERY 2014  This will be available later this weekend in PDF format.

JUST TOO TWEET  HAS BEEN DELETED.  It was never finished.






This list is subject to change and updates.  Thank you for your patience and time.






Heart of Mine PDF


You’re just in time for a brand new mystery for Valentine’s Day and I am excited to have you here with me on this fun journey!   I am so excited about this quilt mystery!  This is totally my own design based on some easy free patterns that I have adapted for this quilt.  The quilt is very easy to do and has simple piecing and just a little appliqué for the borders.  The quilt should measure about 43 x 47 and will have 16 blocks measuring 9 inch blocks.

I would post a picture of the quilt, but as it is not finished yet, we will have to wait.  But here is a list of what you will need:

Two different white prints, 1/2 yard each

Assorted red and pink prints, 1/2 yard each or use stash scraps, plus extra for the border blocks

Green light-medium, 1/2 yard for appliqué on borders

Red or deep pink, 1/2 yard for appliqué on borders

Dark red for the inner border, 3/4 yards

Outer border for appliqué, not sure what color yet

Fusible webbing, paper-backed for appliqué

I will post links to the free patterns as we go along, mostly from quilterscache.   I will also post step by step pictures as we go along for the cutting but not for the sewing, and will have pictures of the before block and finished block.  Block patterns may be subject to change as we go along, as this is my first attempt at designing a mystery quilt, and want to allow for errors that may occur as we go along.  All I ask for is a little patience with me.

 As you can see, I’m going completely scrappy with this quilt that has anything to do with Valentines such as hearts, flowers, etc.  My goal, for me at least, is to use up as much scrap fabric up from noodles to FQ.   Of course, please feel free to do as you want, but me, I really love the feeling of FINALLY using up bits and pieces that take up space.  And by using them they turn into some of the prettiest quilts ever as they are so scrappy!   Not to mention, it frees up some space in my bins for even more scraps!

The pictures below all have to do with Valentine’s Day in one way or another, from hearts to lips and even Snoopy.  As you can see there is a good range of reds, pinks, lights and some darks.   You will still need your white for background but just a hint:  Some of the background will be red while the other is in white, just like a mirror image or a photo negative.  You’ll get the idea once the patterns come up.   Don’t forget your light to medium green and a solid or small print of deep pink or red for the appliqué, but that will be added on after the blocks are made.

Here are my choices.  Hopefully I will use up most of it as we go along.  I haven’t weeded through all of it yet, and matched it up to see if they play well together yet, but with a scrappy quilt and small pieces, more than likely it will turn out great! 

Now that you have an idea of what to use, have fun stash diving while I get the first block ready.

This is the first block for the quilt and is called a Striped Heart.  It measures 9.5 squared when finished with a border.  Without the border it is 8 inches.  I’m sewing the border on in advance as part of the block itself to coordinate with sashing in between the blocks.  You’ll see as we go along.

Fabric Requirements for this block.  As I said earlier, this can be used with either FQ, yardage or just plain scraps.  I’m using scraps as I believe in using what I have before the scraps take over my sewing room!  I actually used 4 different 6 inch charms and have enough left over for another block, so it doesn’t use much fabric at all.   You will need 4 different red or pink prints for this block.  Here are my choices:

White Fabric, tone or WOW 

4 7/8 x 4 7/8 inch (1) Cut into triangle.  You will use this with Red or Pink Print #1.

2 x 2 inch squared (4)

Red or Pink Print #1    4 7/8 x 4 7/8 (1) Cut into triangle

Red or Pink Print #2    4 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (2)   You will use with #3.

Red or Pink Print #3    4 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (2)    You will use with #2.

Red or Pink Print #4    4 1/2 x 2 inches   These will become your flying geese units with the four from the white fabric.

Just to let you know, the pattern I was using must of have been written and then translated from another language as I had a lot of problems understanding the pattern, so I am rewriting so it’s a little easier to follow.   I also am a visual learner and believe that pictures can tell you more than words can, so my instructions are usually brief and to the point.  In advance, I should let you know it’s easier for me to just go ahead and do the pattern than it is for me to write it, so please be patient with me!    Thank you in advance.

STEP ONE AND TWO:   I combined both steps to make it easier (and I also forgot to take a picture).   Now that we have our fabric chosen and cut, we can get started on the actual sewing. As you can see from the unfinished block, it goes together fairly quickly (once you understand the original directions).   Believe me; I had to do a little frogging to get this done before I was happy with it.  This is a sample block, so please do not judge my work from my sample.  I actually can sew straight!  LOL!!

As you can see above, you will need your red #2 and red #3 pieces.  Sew one red to the other red and repeat.  Then sew both units together.  Doesn’t matter which way as it will work out.

STEP THREE:  This has a few more steps than the first but if you can do a flying geese, you will be okay.

STEP #4:  Now sew the 2 flying geese together and then sew to the top of the block.

STEP #5:   Now take the triangles; sew them together to form 2 squares.

And place them so:

STEP 6:  Then sew together the 2 blocks, and then attach to the bottom part of the block, and you have your first block done!  That is, if you decide to do the border later.  Personally, I like doing the border at the same time.

And here is the finished block!

For the borders, I used 1.5 inch strips, two were 8.5 inches for the top and bottom, and the other two were 10 inches for the sides, making a very simple but pretty frame for this block.

You will need 4 of these blocks in different reds and whites.

Free heart pattern that is very easy to do.  You will need 4 blocks with 1.5 inch borders going around it when the block is finished.  The block without the border will be 8.5 inches, with the border; it will measure at 9.5 unfinished. Here is the link:  http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art19163.asp and is called Heart Piece Quilt Block.

I made the block and found it to be very easy, but here are my instructions.  Unbelievable how fast it is to do and a lot of fun.  If you looked at the pattern on the website, it looked as though they were doing just one color and then the WOW.  Well, just for fun, I went ahead and did the top part of the heart in a contrasting color and the bottom part in a matching fabric.  You can do it either way.  You will need 4 blocks.

Here is the unfinished block:

These are the fabrics that I chose, but you can do it either one color or 2 different colors.  Be creative.   With the exception of a few pieces of yardage (I have limited Valentine fabric) I used mostly just scraps.

Here are the measurements that you will need:   This is if you are using 2 different reds or prints.  Otherwise, skip the second fabric and use.

Fabric 1 Red or Print:  You will need 2.5 x 4.5 rectangles. (2)

Fabric 2 Red or Print:  You will need 6.5 x 8.5 inches rectangle.  (1)

White or background fabric:  You will need 2.5 squares.  (4)  And 4.5 inch squares (2)

Border:  You will need coordinating strips of 1.5 inches in length cut at 8.5 inches and 9.5 inches.  (Two each).  Not in picture.

Step 1:

With the four 2.5 inch WOW pieces, and the 2 Red #1 pieces, make 2 flying geese units:

Now sew them together to make the top part of the heart:

Take the large Fabric Red #2


and iron the centers of the WOW into triangles.  I use the iron as a guide rather than marking the fabric.  Then place them as shown above and sew:

Then trim off the excess.  Sew the top to the bottom and you have your heart!

If you’re doing the border as you go along, and then add to all sides, 8.5 x 1.2 inch for the bottom and 9.5 x 1.5 inch for the sides and you’re done.

Very simple and pretty!

Instead of duplicating the block and I’m having trouble finding easy patterns that go together so quickly without having to do paper piecing or appliqué, we will use a simple alternate block.   We will make four 9-patch at the size of 9 inches, your choice of colors that will coordinate with the other blocks.   This will help offset the hearts and make them POP! 

Sew; here is the Happy Hearts Block with my instructions: http://www.projectlinus.org/patterns/pdf/hhblock.pdf

The unfinished block at 9.5 inches.  Remember the same border measurements for the other 2 blocks:

These are the fabrics I chose for this block: 


Fabric Requirements: 

White:  You will need (4) 2.5 inch squares, and (1) 4 inch square.   I know that the pattern says 3 7/8 inch squared, but I prefer to 4 inch and then trim down afterwards.  Hard for me to see the 7/8 inch measurement on the ruler!  

Red or Pink #1:  You will need (2) 3.5 inch squares

Red or Pink #2:  You will need (2) 3.5 inch squares

Step #1: 

Time to make more of the flying geese! 

Step #2:  This is a little trickier.  Nah, not really!  Take #2 red and the white, place right sides together, and draw 2 lines diagonally.   Sew on both of the lines and then after sewing, cut down the middle, like so:


Sorry that the line is so light, but you get the idea.  If you want more detailed instructions, please refer to the link listed above.   I like to simplify my instructions. 

Then,  press open, and trim, sew together as below.

Step #3:   Sew the top and bottom together.

And here is the block without the border.

Now add the borders, you will need coordinating colors, 2 strips of 8.5 and 2 strips of 10.5.

And here is the finished block! 

Block #4:  

You will need to make four 9 inch 9 patches. 

This will give us a total of 16 blocks. Just a hint, since this quilt is designed to use up scraps, make sure you save your small pieces, but no smaller than 2 inches squared.  Just a little suspense……..

I wanted to address a couple of questions.  For the size of the blocks, you will need 16 blocks unfinished at 9.5 inches.  I made a mistake in the link last night (forgive me, I was a little tired).  The second link is the one you want to use, and that will give you the right size.   If you went ahead and made the extra blocks before I posted the update last night, don’t worry.  I’m giving a couple of alternatives here.  If you feel that the 9-patch is not going to work, then you can use them as setting blocks for the border, or you can use the extra blocks as a setting block.  Completely up to you.  Be a little creative!  Either way, they will be used.

  1. Remember the fusible webbing and the green and red/pink fabric?  Get those ready.  You will want a nice medium cream colored fabric.  This will be the inner border.  We will be doing some simple appliqué.  This is where the extra blocks will come in to play.  As soon as I remember where I placed the pattern, I will post the link. The size for the border will be 3.5 inches wide to allow for the appliqué.  Go ahead and measure and get that ready. We will do the appliqué in a bit.
  2. If you were using from stash like me, cutting down from squares or bits and pieces, SAVE them.  We are going to use them for the outer borders.  You don’t need anything smaller than 2.5 x 2.5 inches.  You will need 4 of these strips.  Since the blocks already have borders around them, you will not need sashing. This should measure as a 2.5 inch outer border.  Once you have the inner border measured, then measure this to fit.  BUT DON’T SEW THE INNER BORDER OR THE OUTER BORDER ON YET.  We still have the appliqué to do FIRST!  

I have been searching for that appliqué pattern and still cannot find it.  Sew, instead, I drew it.  I’m not the greatest at drawing, and my cat, Bandit, decided that he wanted to help by walking across my desk every time I tried to draw it.  I was going to do a single rose rambling along the inner borders but decided I liked this better.  I did a heart flower with 1 leaf on either side.  This is just a rough drawing, so please feel free to use it as you wish or if you want, you can draw your own.  As for enlarging the pattern for you, I’m not sure how to enable that on my computer for you, but feel free to modify it or copy it.  It’s just a rough idea and I know there are a lot of clever quilters out there that can figure it out.


Instructions:  You will need your fusible webbing, green fabric, and pink/red fabric, enough to make 8 of each unit.  If you prefer, you can use some of your leftover material to do the flower. There will be 2 of each set on the four inner borders.  I will leave it to you for placement, but what I’m thinking is one up and one down, each facing the setting block on the inner border.  I hope this makes sense, as soon as I get mine together, I will post it.  I have attached my rough drawing for you to view.

Now that you have your inner and outer borders started, go ahead and do the appliqué for the outer borders.  I will leave it to you as to placement.  Once that is taken care of, put on your outer border and you will have the top finished!   I will be posting pictures here fairly soon of what I have done but it may be a bit before I get to the appliqué.

Thank you for joining us!  


Talking about deadlines….

Amazing how a few minutes in time can change your plans for the day. Just found out that my Dad is going to remain in skilled nursing for now and probably will not be going to assisted living, at least not for a while. I am not really surprised by this but at the same time, it’s a shock as he is 92 years old, was in good health and being on his own for so long in his own home. Just brings home the fact that he is getting older and I’m not ready to face that fact just yet. He has never seemed old to me, but always busy, full of life and doing as he pleased.

Was planning to sew today but may put it off until tomorrow. On the bright side, Annalee and Sam came over and helped make banana nut bread with pecans. Sam is my official banana masher and Annalee is learning how to measure ingredients. We had a good time and plan to have some bread after a while.

Maybe I will put a movie in and sort fabric.