What I’m Watching

Everything I’ve been watching as of late has been from Acorn Television.

I’ve enjoyed this show.  There are 8 episodes in season 1.  At first I was frustrated with the show but soon got over it.  Here’s the problem.  I was watching while I was cross stitching and I like shows that I can follow along with but not “see” every part of the show.  Well part of the time during the show they speak Welsh.  Well when they do, I have to look up and read the dialog through the subtitles.

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I soon got into the show and didn’t care that I wasn’t getting so much cross stitch time.  Like with all Acorn television shows, I love the scenery and seeing a different way of life.  I recommend the show if you like cop shows.

Here’s the synopsis:
When a young woman’s body turns up with evidence that she had been held prisoner, the investigation leads DI Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams, Requiem) to a string of disappearances in a remote yet striking corner of Wales. This noir thriller from the team behind Hinterland is a gripping mystery with “superb performances all-round” (KillingTimes.tv).

The good news is that another season is being shot.  YAHOO!!

Another show I watched was… Continue reading

A Quilt Finish: That Block of the Month

Well I have another quilt finish for you.  I’m not going to write about it much now as I have another quilt EXACTLY like it that I also need to finish.  It’s currently in the stack of “to be quilted” quilts.

Instead I thought I’d photo bomb you with a series of photos Kalissa took while I was showing the family my finished quilt.

I started out holding it up and Gannon quickly jumped on the quilt.

Then we took his bottle away…

Then we sat him down and tried to get a good picture…
That didn’t work…

and then it all got crazy with wild antics because then Georgia joined in too…see? Continue reading

Moda Bake Shop: Peanut Butter and Kelli

As many of you know, Kelli and I did a lot of quilts for Moda Bake Shop several years ago.  Some of the things you likely don’t know is that Moda Bake Shop isn’t ran quite the way it used to run.  The site has been reworked and can now be found through www.modafabrics.com.  Well through all of this, Kelli and I have been overwhelmed by questions from interested parties wanting the patterns for specific quilts as some of the patterns have been “lost in the archives”.  Well, to be honest, we are wanting to avoid all those emails and requests so we are going to be featuring one of our old Moda Bake Shop quilt or projects each week until all of them are posted here on our blog so we can readily find them and have access to them whenever we wantThese quilts will be archived here on the blog in the free patterns section on the right column.

Here’s what you need:

1 fat quarter bundle PB & J
4 yards neutral print (We used ½ yard of each of the 8 neutral prints)
1 yard neutral (border)1 yard
dark print (binding)
2.5 yards dark solid (borders, block outline)
8 yards for backing

From each of 32 colored fat quarters, cut the following:
-1- 3.75” x 21” strip (stars)
-2- 3” x 21” strips (sashing)
-2- 1.75” x 21” strips (sashing, pieced border)

From each of 8 lighter fat quarters, cut the following:
-3- 3.75” strips (stars)

From neutral border cut 10- 3”strips

From binding fabric, cut 10- 2.5” strips

From dark solid, cut the following:
-27- 1.5” strips (star outline)
-6- 1.75” strips (pieced border)
-10- 3” strips (border)

Making Star Blocks:

From 32- 3.75”  colored strips, cut 1- 5” rectangle and 2- 3.75” squares.  A total of 32- 5” rectangles and 64- 3.75” squares.

From 24- 3.75” lighter strips, cut 8 (1 of each print) into 4- 5” segments from each to yield a total on 24- 5” segments.  Using the remaining 16- 3.75” neutral strips, cut a total of 64- 3.75” squares.

  1.  Pair 1 colored 5” segment with 1 neutral 5” segment.  With right sides together, use an easy angle ruler to cut 2 half square triangles.  Sew together using a ¼ inch seam.  Press to the colored print. Continue with all of hte 5″ segments.  It you haven’t used an Easy Angle ruler before,here’s a great tutorial Bonnie Hunter didshowing you how.
  2. Assemble star by first sewing the dark square together into a four patch.

-Then sew the half square triangles together as shown.

-Sew two to the side of the four patch.

-Sew a light colored square to each end of the remaining start points.

-Then sew the final strip to the outside.

Outlining the Star:

  1. Using 11 of the 1.5” dark solid strips, cut a total of 32- 1.5” x 13.5” strips (3 from each strip).  Sew to opposite sides of each star block.  Press to the dark “frame.”

  1. Using the remaining 16 strips, cut 32- 1.5” x 15.5” rectangles.  Sew to opposite sides of the star.  Press to the dark “frame.”

Making the Sashing Blocks:

  1. From each neutral ½ yard cut, cut a total of 3- 3” strips.  Cut each in half (approximate) to yield a total of 24- 3” x approximately 21” strips.
  2. With right sides together, pair 1 colored 3” x 21” strip with 1 neutral 3” x 21” strip.
  3. Using your easy angle ruler, cut a total of 10 half square triangles from each set.  Sew using a 1/4 “ seam.  Press to the colored half.  Make a total of 448 half square triangles.
  4. Using the colored 1.75” strips, cut a total of 576- 1.75” squares (448 for sashing blocks, 128 for pieced border).
  5. With right sides together, place a colored 1.75” square in the neutral half of the half square triangle.  Sew diagonally from corner to corner.  Trim excess fabric and press to the colored square.  Repeat for each of the 448 sashing blocks.
  6.  Sew the newly created units together as shown creating 16 blocks.
  7.  Sew the blocks together in a 4 x 4 setting as shown.


Making the Pieced Borders:

  1. Subcut the 6- 1.75” strips into 64- 1.75” x 3” rectangles.
  2.  Following the diagram below, using the remaining 128- 1.75” squares, place a colored square on one end of the dark rectangle with right sides together.  Sew diagonally from corner to corner of the colored square.  Trim excess and press to the colored square.
  3. Repeat on opposite end.  Continue making 64 pieced border blocks.

  1. Using the remaining 1.75” colored strips and the remaining 1.75” dark strip, create 4- 1.75” half square triangles using your easy angle ruler.  Press to the dark.
  2.  Sew 16 of the newly created border pieces together.  Make four sets of these border units.  Add a half square triangle to both ends of two of the strips.
  3. Add newly created border as shown.


  1.  Next add the neutral, then dark borders.
  2. Quilt and bind using 2.5” binding strips.PBJ-Binding

    For the quilting I did something made up that I call lassoed stars.


    I do really love this fabric line.  My favorite print of the line is on the back of the quilt.  Isn’t that a fun floral?

    This fabric line was from designer Basic Gray.  I absolutely adore all of the fabric lines created by them.  There is something about the deeper richer colors that I love.

What I’m Working On…

I’ve been busy in the sewing room still.  A lot of quilt folding and more sorting has happened.

On Saturday I felt like sitting and doing nothing…I didn’t though.  I really want to get as far as I can on the sewing room this month.  I’ve promised myself I need to accomplish something every single day this month.  I’ve discovered, it doesn’t happen on it’s own so whether I want to do it or not, I do something.

I told myself if I didn’t feel ambitious, that was okay.  I could sit and watch television but then I’d have to sit at the sewing machine to do it.  So, I looked around the room for something I could get done to clean the sewing room and that could sit at the sewing machine to do so I could still laze a bit and watch TV.

There was a project I’ve been putting off for some time…napping mats.  Some time ago before Covid I was at the thrift store and bought a rainbow striped quilt that was quilted with a big stitch.  I ended up buying it with the intention of cutting it into fours, adding a pillow to them-then adding a binding to the two cut sides to make a napping mat with attached pillow.  I thought it would be quick and then I would have four mats that were all the same…less fighting.

I had gotten this far.  The quilt was cut into fours and I had purchased the fabric.

Then it sat.  Well Saturday was the day to tackle them.

I cut 18″ width of fabric for each pillow.  I sewed around the edge on three sides, trimmed, turned right side out and stuffed them.  Then I sewed the opening shut.

I pinned to the mat
Then I sewed the binding down with my machine just like I do for quilt binding making sure to catch the pillow in the seam as I bound.

This is what they look like all finished…. Continue reading