Warm & Cozy : Applique and Quilting

After the gas and water line issues on Friday ( previous post ) and it being so very cold outside, I was happy to stay indoors on Saturday. It seemed so peaceful and quiet after hearing the banging and clanging of construction equipment for several days.

With great appreciation for the utility workers who must brave all sorts of weather to provide us with running water and heat, I enjoyed the warmth and coziness of my little bungalow on Saturday.  I settled in to work on some applique and quilting.


On Friday evening, I had prepped some pieces that were initially sketched out on freezer paper. On Saturday I worked on getting a start on those. These will go onto the sides of the flower basket medallion center. The center is from Kim McClean…the rest will be MYdallion :)

These don’t look very pretty right now…just the baskets and a partial on the stems is sewn down.  After this, I will start on one with the other being put away. They can be similar but not the same…I will just play around with birds, berries, and leaves …


I hadn’t planned on this. I had planned on starting the next Elizabeths’ Pride block. I had it traced out on freezer paper. I had planned on appliqueing a few more little baskets…they were already prepped.  If you are a quilter you know how it goes though, sometimes. As the mood strikes and time allows…

Meanwhile, I almost always join in with others at Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching…and whether I am in the mood to applique or not, there is always a quilt in the hoop…


Occasionally Kanga Kitty the inspector comes around.  ” Are you STILL quilting Stars and Spools? I thought that you wanted to finish it in December? You need to get a move on but scratch me first:)


Do you have a helper or inspector in your family? :)

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25 Responses to Warm & Cozy : Applique and Quilting

  1. Lorrie says:

    No helper such as you have! Glad the water problems have been solved. Enjoy your slow stitching.

  2. Karen says:

    Glad you have water and gas back and your house is warm – we get so used to these conveniences that we barely know how to survive 24 hours without them – just think of what our ancestors went through huh – no way would I want to live in there shoes!!

  3. Debi says:

    Glad you had a peaceful, quiet day after your gas and water ordeal.

  4. Gretchen says:

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with for your borders. I jump around from project to project too.

  5. Deb Aylward says:

    So nice you had a quiet day to play yesterday. I know how it goes – things all prepped and you want to do something else! I have two helpers… but only one really interferes with hand work by wanting to be on my lap. The other just needs a pet occasionally. Today is machine quilting and hopefully binding tonight by hand!

  6. Glad your water and gas are back on. Nothing like peace and quiet for some hand stitching. I have a ‘helper’ too. But I use the term loosely. Usually he just sits on my stuff.

  7. Kate says:

    I absolutely love your tree (the one in the middle photo). Your home is so nicely decorated for the season – I really enjoyed my first visit to your place. :)

  8. Your applique project will be so fun to play with!
    The problem with my quilt inspector is that he eats fabric, and will consume any quilted item or fabric…
    he’s dangerous!
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!

  9. You have a beautiful cat! I don’t have a kitty quilt inspector at my house, so always enjoy the photos of people who do. Hope you are warm and enjoying some slow stitching on your beautiful projects today!

  10. Val Reynolds says:

    I love your kitty inspector! So cute!! Glad the heat is back on…brrrrr….I too am enjoying warm and cozy stitching. :) :)

  11. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    I have a new rescue dog, Kylie, who keeps me company in the sewing room. She likes to pick up dropped pins which scares me a lot–I’m being much more careful!

  12. Barb says:

    I like your reminder of spring on the sewing while it’s just the opposite outside! You have a very cute quality control manager.

  13. It is plain COLD here so hope you are nice and toasty inside for your hand sewing. :-)

  14. Love that flower basket medallion! I would have gone crazy with that noise.

  15. CathieJ says:

    I love that you have a quilting helper. We don’t have any pets though I would love a dog. I am somewhat allergic to cats. I love your holiday decor and your applique.

  16. Joyce says:

    Very cold here with LOTS of snow! What a surprise after that extended summer :(
    Your home is so perfectly cozy – a warm nest on a snowy day!
    Helpers? Yes. Six feline. One canine. If it wasn’t for their “help” I’d have twice the amount of sewing done!

  17. Gail says:

    No helpers live with me but my friend has a dog who sometimes supervises us! Looks very cozy at your house now that your heat and water are back on!

  18. Kim says:

    We lost my helpers last year…so sad. I miss the conversation and the furry interruptions. xoxo

  19. Vivian says:

    When the weather outside is frightful,
    quilting inside is delightful,
    it’s great to have no place to go,
    when it’s cold, when it’s cold, when it’s cold!
    Continue to enjoy your stitching!!

  20. Kyle Redente says:

    Your bungalow is so cute especially with your holiday decorations. We all deserve a quiet day now and then. Glad you had yours. I like your idea of a “mydallion”. You just have to play around and work on things when the mood strikes.

  21. Hope you can stay warm and cozy! Cute inspector there. I like seeing everyone’s Christmas decorations and your projects too. My inspectors are constantly trying to get up on the table where I’m working. That’s kitties for you, not yet three months old. They’re just like toddlers, only they move faster! Have a wonderful evening! xo

  22. Kaja says:

    My quilt inspectors like to sit on a quilt, which is not so helpful. I’m glad you are nice and warm, away from the cold and stitching away.

  23. I love the makes you’re showing us today. Between construction and horrid winds, I’m also learning a new appreciation for peace and quiet :-)

  24. Karen Beigh says:

    I think making the basket blocks similar but different is a good idea. I am not always thrilled with making identical blocks. Keeps your interest in stitching the blocks if they are different.

  25. Stephie says:

    And another thing about you Deb, is that you never fail to get me feeling festive! Our decorations are coming out today, woohoo! No quilt inspectors here. When we moved here it was a term on the lease “no pets”. I’m devastated and bereft. I’ve had cats for 32 years, and Lily and Daisy are 13 and 16. They’re living with my son’s dad now, so they’re safe, but very very much missed :(

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