Hippity Hoppity

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

q117_lrg.jpgOh my goodness, could it be?! I haven’t posted in so many months I was beginning to wonder if I ever would again. Life has been busy – as always. But I did get a banner quilt done. This one isn’t too big, or too hard – well, the letters might be a little time consuming. But I just put the pattern up on my website.

You may notice there’s a little lapse in my numbering system (or maybe not). :) Sugarplums which was the block of the month I did last year will be a pattern shortly. I’ve started quilting it but I’m really trying to step outside my comfort zone in that I want to make it a little more formal. Most times when I have little idea of what I’m going to do, so I just start quilting and whatever just happens. This time I wanted to do something other than my fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants. :) So as soon as it’s done I’ll post it here.

Otherwise, a quilt that I mentioned many, many (many) moons ago is finally all quilted and bound. It’s called Squirrel Nuttiness and I’ve almost finished writing the pattern, just a bit more to go.

Anyway, sorry to be away so long, I’m working and sometimes all the really fun stuff has to take a back seat. I hope to post again soon.

Holly =^..^=

Sugarplums Last blocks and border

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Ok, so this is VERY late. Sometimes the best plans are well…they just don’t happen. Here is the top of the quilt all put together. Please click on the picture to get a bigger view.


This month you’ll get the house block, the tiny star block, the strip above the snowman, the embroidered “Happy Christmas” block, the borders and how to put it all together.

I promise to have a better picture once I’ve quilted it. I also suspect a few more embellishments will find there way in too – some sparkles, some buttons – I will certainly write a post when it’s done.

I really do hope you all enjoyed this quilt. I have to say this is a little different than how I usually work. Most times I need to know what it’s all going to look like before anyone sees it – because I don’t know about you, but I go along and then my mind goes in another direction or I think I should have used a different color for this or that. Anyway, stepping back and seeing the top I really do love it. Again, I’m sorry for not sticking to the monthly schedule at all times.

The last installment of the Tuesday Treadlers will be available to purchase along with these last blocks and finishing instructions from Terri’s website shortly.


Terry’s website: Tales of the Quilt Shop
Holly’s: glue-stick turned applique instructions

Sugarplums Block 7

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

I apologize for the delay in posting. Life has been a bit busy and then my website went down! Never a good thing! The good news – it’s back up, the bad news, it’s only a reprieve. Just like computers it’s only so long until you have to upgrade to the latest version. I’ve been putting it off and can’t any longer.

So back to the good stuff. This month you’ll actually be working on 8 little blocks full of yummy treats. All the blocks are constructed the same way, it’s just the treats that change. Here are all the blocks (just click on the thumbnails to enlarge them):

block7-1.jpg block7-2.jpg block7-3.jpg block7-4.jpg

Here is the quilt:


Only a few more things to go, can you believe it! I’m really excited and I hope you are too.

Be sure to jump on over to Terri’s website to purchase block 7 (the 8 little treats) and this months edition of the Tuesday Treadlers.

Next month we’ll finally be…home.


Terry’s website: Tales of the Quilt Shop
Holly’s: glue-stick turned applique instructions

Sugarplums Block 6

Friday, July 13th, 2012

christmas-bom-block6-sm.jpgWell my oh my, here we are at month number 6. This month a trio of packages have arrived. They are wrapped with lovely big bows – please no shakin’ allowed!

With this block you may have noticed that I changed the layout of the quilt just a wee bit, but it really won’t affect anything as we haven’t gotten to those parts until now. I put the little squares that were previously below the presents, above them. I also moved the bear block up and made the piece beneath one strip instead of pieced. I guess that’s what happens as we work together on this. :)

Here’s how it’s coming together:


Another edition of Tuesday Treadlers and Maizie Jenkins will be featured with this block. To purchase block 6 and Terry’s terrific story, please visit Terri’s website – both should be up shortly.

And a little tidbit about next month…something for your sweet tooth!


Terry’s website: Tales of the Quilt Shop
Holly’s: glue-stick turned applique instructions

Winner of Kay’s book!

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

felicia-and-sparky.jpgThe winner of Kay Mackenzie’s Scrap Appliqué Playground:

Kathy Lancaster
Congratulations!!!Thanks to everyone for taking time to stop by and leave a comment. I hope you all had a great time!


Book-A-Round – Scrap Applique Playground (win a copy for yourself!)

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Hi everyone!

My friend Kay Mackenzie recently released a new book, Scrap-Applique Playground and asked if I’d join her Book-A-Round. I can’t begin to tell you how much fun this latest title is.

Just as the name implies, it’s all about scraps. The idea – you can sew scraps together to make your own, individually crafted fabric – and it’s free. Ok, ok, I know, you probably bought the fabric in the first place, but really, what were you going to do with those leftover scraps anyway? But for those of us who finally did start letting go and not feeling separation anxiety anytime we threw some little snippet of something away, darn it if Kay hasn’t now made us think again!

So with all that said, I thought I’d share a little project I created with this new found technique. I knew I wanted to do something bright and cheery, just like the projects in the book. So I got out my scraps, created a little sketch and went to work. Here’s what I came up with:


I can see how this technique could be addicting and am envisioning a number of other projects.

I’m also including a PDF of the pattern if you’d like to try it for yourself.

Just like her other Book-A-Round’s you could win your very own copy of her book!! Isn’t that the best! Please leave a comment by 6 p.m. PST on Friday, June 15 (that should give you all plenty of time). Please make sure your e-mail address is included so that I can reach you if you’re the lucky winner. And sorry about this but the give-away is only for readers in the U.S. and Canada.

Please pop on over to Kay’s blog, All About Applique and follow along with the rest of this whirl-wind tour – I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

Sugarplums Block 5

Sunday, June 10th, 2012


We’re off to the forest with block 5. It features a tree trimmed in rick-rack and two little squirrels. Even though the squirrels in my block just have their paws out, I thought maybe they could be carrying something – a little present, maybe an acorn, whatever you’d like.

whitewash-postcard1.jpgA little note…someone asked about what backgrounds I’ve been using. I’m a Huge (CAPITAL “H”) Lecien fan. I love their soft tone-on-tone prints. In the squirrel block everything except for the yellow star and bottom green of the tree is a Lecien print. I used Whitewashed Postcard (Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Studio for Lecien) for the Visions of Sugarplums, the snowman, the cardinal and the candy cane backgrounds.

As always, here’s what the quilt looks like so far.


I hope you’re all enjoying the Tuesday Treadlers and Maizie Jenkins in between your stitching. To purchase block 5 and Terry’s fabulous next story, please visit Terri’s website – both should be up shortly.

As for next month, something under the tree is coming.


Terry’s website: Tales of the Quilt Shop
Holly’s: glue-stick turned applique instructions

Rebuilding Holly

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

rebuilding-holly.jpgThis week has been a little bit of “one of those weeks”.

Our dog Tucker had to have some minor surgery last week – he’s doing fine, just had to have a bump removed on his hind-quarters. He didn’t seem to care at all. But then Tuesday evening it started bleeding, we thought he ripped one of his stitches out. We put pressure on it and that helped, but it still bled and it wasn’t helping that because it was on his rump, every time he sat we’d have to apply pressure again. Now picture us trying to put a patch of gauze and tape over this…it was just not happening. I took him to the vet in the morning and he said the stitches were healing great and that he thinks there was a small pocket of blood and that’s what came out. Anyway he is totally fine and gets his stitches out early next week.

Next – my husband’s little commuter pick-up truck died – not just knocking on death’s door, but dead. He had it towed over to the mechanic and it’s going to need a new engine. The truck is 13 years old with over 300,000 miles so it’s no spring chicken. But our friend who is a master Toyota mechanic, who’s worked on our vehicles before and we totally trust, took a tumble off his motorcycle a couple weeks ago and while he’s ok (thank goodness) he’s off work for a month. So what to do? (1) Fix the truck but wait until our friend gets back to work, (2) Get a new truck (which isn’t in the budget – good grief, even the base models are expensive), or (3) get the cheapest commuter vehicle with air conditioning being the only must-have accessory.

And then my email suddenly quit and said that it needed to rebuild the database – what?! My account is named “Holly” so when the window showed up on my desktop “Rebuilding Holly” I thought, with a little sigh, if it were only that easy.

So while none of this is earth shattering and we all still have our health and our sanity it’s just been “one of those weeks”. Here’s hoping yours is going a wee bit better. :)


Sugarplums Block 4

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Block 4 is now available and it’s bear-y cute – polar bears with snuggly scarves.


Here’s the quilt so far.


Maizie Jenkins and the Tuesday Treadlers have yet another tale to tell. To purchase this months installment, woosh on over to Terry’s website and get both the Tales of the Quilt Shop and block 4 for just $2.25.

Stayed tuned for next month’s unveiling featuring a little something with a bushy tail!


Terry’s website: Tales of the Quilt Shop
Holly’s: glue-stick turned applique instructions

Sugarplums Block 3 (A trio)

Friday, April 13th, 2012

It’s that time again! YEAH!


Here’s block 3 – or should I say month 3 has 3 blocks! You get to work on a row of holly, a yummy candy cane and a chubby little cardinal sitting on a fence post.

The story continues with Maizie Jenkins and the Tuesday Treadlers!


To purchase this months installment, pop on over to Terry’s website and get both the Tales of the Quilt Shop and block 3 for just $2.25.


Terry’s website: Tales of the Quilt Shop
Holly’s: glue-stick turned applique instructions

Putting the two together

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

I love stamping but was feeling like I wanted to take it a bit further. I took an online workshop with Christy Tomlinson and have been putting what I learned to heart. I’ve wanted something a bit bigger than what I usually create with cards. I also wanted something a little more permanent. So much of what I stamp gets set aside, put in a drawer or even sent away through mail. I wanted something that combined the wild abandonment of what I had learned – paint, paper, ink, fabric – but contained some of the images I had already created.
This is one of the first pieces. I just love it. It has both the collage looking background where anything goes plus one of my images which is a much more controlled drawing.

I’ve purchased a bunch of 12 x 12 canvas boards (as opposed to the stretched canvases) and I really like them a lot better. I like working on a more solid surface plus when I stamp it doesn’t sink in the middle. :) For The Perfect Frog canvas (above) I used all sorts of stuff in the background plus added some real ribbon (around her dress) and some paper flowers. I also was able to use some buttons from my mom’s button jar – I recolored them with Alcohol inks.

Here’s another one…
This one was fun because I don’t know about you but I get a lot of catalogs in the mail. I get one that I really like from Hancocks of Paducah and it’s all these little pictures of fabric. I cut out all the little flags from the little square pictures. For Cupcake the dog’s hat, it’s a little bit hard to tell, but for the top I crumpled up strips of book paper and decoupaged them down. While it was still wet I sprinkled in some glitter.

I don’t know where this will take me, but when I’m out in the garage waiting for stamps to cook I have fun creating these. They give me the outlet I’ve been looking for and leave me feeling so energized thinking about what I’m going to create next!

Stay tuned for more. Oh, and next Friday I’ll be revealing the next month of Sugarplums. It’ll be a group of 3 blocks – wahoo!


Sugarplums Block 2

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Our schedule has changed just a little bit in that we are going to be posting new blocks on the 2nd Friday of the month. Like I mentioned last time we are still working things out.


Here’s block 2 – this time it’s a little snowman on a hill of polka dots. He’s sportin’ a lovely green scarf and has his twig arms outstretched ready to catch some snowflakes.

I wanted to mention that when I use light fabrics I usually back them. I don’t like anything to show through so I lined the white. It wasn’t too bad using a creamy background but if you use something darker it’ll be more noticeable. You can either fuse another piece of fabric to the back and then turn your piece or cut out a piece the same size as the pattern and then using a glue stick, wrap the edges around that piece of fabric. I hope that makes sense.

And another great installment of  Maizie Jenkins and the Tuesday Treadlers!


You can pop on over to Terry’s website to purchase both Tales of the Quilt Shop and block 2 for just $2.25.


Terry’s website:  Tales of the Quilt Shop
Holly’s: glue-stick turned applique instructions

No-sew Home canvas

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Today I’ve written a guest post over at Sew WE Quilt and I wanted to write a companion post to include a project for those who don’t sew. house-detail1.jpgI used fabric for this, but you could also use scrapbook paper or any kind of paper that you had on hand.

You will need:
- 8×10 stretched canvas
- Mod podge
- scraps of fabric
- pen for drawing
- embellishments: buttons, stamps, stamp pad, markers
- pattern (download PDF)

Paint a layer of Mod Podge over your ENTIRE canvas. Lay your fabric over the canvas and with your fingers or a brayer or whatever you have to get any wrinkles or bubbles out. Stretch the fabric over the edges as well.

Cut out all of your pieces ahead of time. You can wing it with your placement or you can use the background from the pattern and lay your pieces in the cutout part.

NOTE: Make sure there is no Mod Podge on the canvas when you use the paper as a template otherwise it will stick.

Once you’ve positioned the heart, lift the placement template away. Lift up part of the heart and apply a liberal amount of Mod Podge with a brush. Lay the heart back down. Do this until the entire heart is stuck down. Continue laying down your pieces and Mod Podging them on.

Don’t worry if you go outside the heart with the Mod Podge because in STEP 3 (below) you’ll coat the ENTIRE canvas with a coat.

This is what your canvas will look like – ick. But when it dries, it’s ever so lovely!

Your canvas will need to be COMPLETELY DRY for this step.

Using a pen or marker you can add detail. I cut out the letters H O M E and Mod Podged those on. I drew all of my lines and squiggles and then added stamping, paint and button embellishments.

Some fun products:
Alcohol Inks (Ranger Inc) – All of my buttons were white, but I sponged on Ranger Alcohol Inks to change their color.
Faber-Castell Pitt Big Brush Artist Pens – I use these all the time! I used them for all of the shading and the grass. I like them best OVER a layer of Mod Podge. You can use your finger to blend them or water and a brush. Once they dry they are permanent.
Pilot Permaball - my FAVORITE drawing pen for these types of projects. The tip is a ball so it won’t loose its shape. And if you clog it with paint or Mod Podge you can just scribble on a piece of paper and its fine. I took a workshop with Christy Tomlinson and these are the ones she recommended and they are great.

Once you finish with all your writing, painting, stamping and what-not apply one last coat of Mod Podge over your entire project.


Hope you have fun creating your project!

Sugarplums meet Tales of the Quilt Shop

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

I’m SO excited to announce a new project! I’ve teamed up with author Terri Thayer, actually she’s the one that approached me with the project over a year ago. She’s writing an 8 month series of stories, Tales of the Quilt Shop and I’m creating an applique project to go along with it called Sugarplums.


This is a monthly download in which you will receive a pattern for a quilt block and a story about the Stitches in Time quilt shop. As you work on your quilt, you’ll be able to follow the adventures of Maizie Jenkins, the owner, and the Tuesday Treadlers, five quilts who sew at the shop.


Terri and I have different styles, so you’ll be able to check out each of them. She’s doing fusible applique while I’m doing my favorite glue-stick turned applique. And our color palettes are totally different as well.

Since this is the first time we’ve done something like this we’ll probably be fine tuning things as we go. I’d really appreciate any comments that you have – again this is uncharted territory.

I will try to stay on our current schedule of posting here the first Friday of each month. The cost will be $2.25 per month and you’ll need to go to Terri’s website to make the purchase. This will be in digital format only during the course of the 8 months. At the end of the year I will be releasing the pattern in its entirety (no stories though).

So again, please let me know what you think. Wahoo! So lets get started!


Closer to the next decade

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

metamucil.jpgThis weekend was my birthday weekend. I am now officially closer to the next decade versus the other, younger one. I don’t think I obsess about age, I think the old adage of “you are as young as you feel” tends to hold true. Some days I hop out of bed and feel like I’m 20, other days Betty White and I could be BFF’s at the ripe ol’ age of 90 (this tends to happen when all the pets pile in the bed and I find myself sleeping in some contorted position all night).

So now that I am over the half-way mark do I sit and contemplate life or do I start looking for wrinkle creams, a good “nightly repair” lotion and up the Metamucil intake. I’m starting to see a few more gray hairs – I think I shall call this a “highlighting opportunity”. I am an artist and we take creative licenses all the time, why not with myself?

It was a very nice birthday weekend. I received a box of homemade persimmon cookies from my parents (yum). My husband and I hung out and went to the movies – twice (we haven’t done that in ages) and then we went out to a simple dinner. We topped it off at my favorite store – Barnes and Noble, the magazine section to be specific. The newest issue of Mollie Makes was in so I was happy to peruse the pages with a cup of hot chocolate.

Life is good.