Hi Everyone, I know I’ve been a bit absent on the blog for the last month or so. Like many people, I have kept my sewing machine busy making masks. I’ll be honest when I say that I didn’t really think I was going to make any masks at all, but then I got to thinking about how my family is going to need them, Frank’s family, and even a few friends, then I saw a charity that was looking for volunteers, so I went to the task of making masks. I made a few for people who work with Frank and in all made about 50 masks, and let me just say… Gosh, they are time-consuming. Not the sewing part, but just the cutting, marking the pleats, then ironing it all. The sewing took far less time. Of course, there were still the doctor visits and now they’ve set up home care so that I wouldn’t have to go on every other week because it’s so hard for me to get on the base to take Frank to work and pick him up. In fact, I haven’t been able to get on the base at all for the last month or so as they have made it very difficult. I get it tho, they are just trying to protect there own also.
Today I have a fun release for you, a botm announcement, and a blog hop announcement, so let’s get to it…
I have been a fan of Sindy at FatCat Patterns for many years now. Each year I look forward to the new block of the month she will be offering. She’s changed how she does things now but a few dollars you can get a full quilt pattern. As you know I don’t advertise paid botm’s on my blog, but today by sheer accident I saw she had started a BOTM in her FB group.
Sindy first offered Dog Days back in 2013. At the time I was just barely back into quilting and was only just finding my way around to the different botms. When this quilt was first Continue reading
It’s a busy day here in the Pena household… I’ve been planning to release Sue/Sam in New Jersey for several days, but so many things kept getting in my way. Then today, I was writing an email to someone when I had to give her my blog address and I realized today is my 7th year blog anniversary. I’ve owned this domain for 18 years, but as I’ve noted before in various posts that the first 11 years of this domain were related to being a web developer. The last 7 now as a blog.
Its been a really great experience being a blogger, I can still remember the day where I thought blogging was silly back when I was developing websites for others, but I saw how much fun my customers were having and when I decided to get back into quilting it was an easy choice to open a blog and see where it went. I never thought I’d enjoy the experience as much as I have, nor that I’d make such wonderful friends along the way. I know this blog is the reason I’ve made such wonderful friends.
Today I have for you a new Quilt Along and I promise you this isn’t an event you will want to miss, I also have for you, Sue and Sam In New Jersey being released… Continue reading
Hi Everyone, I’m posting today because my internet was down all day yesterday and drove me nuts trying to get back online. Xfinity couldn’t figure out what was wrong either although they’d been to my neighborhood yesterday morning and had fixed an issue. For me, it turned out to be an internet setting that I needed to change. It was odd, it took me until 5 pm in the afternoon to check my laptop and see if the internet was working on it and it turned out it was. I wish I’d thought to check it earlier in the day but no, it just never occurred to me. Most of the time I sat around waiting and waiting and waiting for Xfinity to call me back. That was annoying. Either or, my apologies to Beatrice, I had told her in an email I’d get this posted for yesterday and then didn’t well couldn’t get it done. So my sincerest apologies Beatrice.
Today when browsing one of my FB groups, I found another botm that has started so I’m posting both here for you on yes, a Saturday but I promise you, Saturday’s are not going to become a regular posting habit for me also. 🙂
Both of these, of course, have also been added to my Block of the Month 2020 page. Continue reading
I had mentioned in an earlier post that this Sew Along from The Red Boot Quilt Company would be starting soon, but I didn’t know when it was starting only that the theme of it was to be Paper Dolls. It officially started February 21 and thanks to Nan who reminded me it in a comment she left for me.
Paper Dolls is an every two-week release pattern update. There are 35 total blocks in this one and you can download the patterns all year long There are three different download spots on the web available to you. You can join the Facebook group which is the one place you might like to do anyway simply because you can see what others are doing with there blocks and how they are coming along… Lots of inspiration in that group.
Second, The Thermoweb blog. They have always posted The Red Boot Quilt Companies patterns so this is the one place you can always count on them to be at also especially if your not a social media person.
Third, the Red Boot Quilt Company website itself has also created a page for the Paper Dolls Sew Along… On my Around The Web BOTMs page for this blog, I have it listed for this page also.
Each year with sheer anticipation I look forward to various designers and their block of the months. I just know they have planned something special for us that year. I am always saddened when they decide to take a break or stop for a year or so, but I totally get it also. The sheer amount of work that goes into a block of the month for free or for purchase is unbelievable. You can’t even imagine unless you’ve done one for yourself. At the same time, if you’re creating that quilt I know you look forward to getting it pieced or appliqued to go into your planned project so it has to be a let down when the designer is late, such as my current botms.
Today I was doing my normal trip around the web Continue reading
I love my followers, ya’ll are so wonderful about letting me know about new BOTM’s, or events going on the web… it allows me to help share with the rest of you. A Huge Thank You to Marge, she wrote to me yesterday about a new BOTM she found and thought I’d like to post it on my blog.
Each month a free new pattern. This is adorable, a Sunbonnet Sue Christmas botm. I have added it to my botm page for the Around The Web BOTMs. The January block is up and will be up until February 29, 2020. I do not know if the blocks will still be free after February 29, 2020, or not, so be sure you get to there website to download. They have precut kits also available to purchase if you want to make it quick and easy.
A little oops, I forgot to post the url on this post yesterday when I wrote it, so have linked it on the image above.
Since we are now in February, be sure to be on the lookout, most Continue reading