Monday, June 8, 2015

Busy - Having Fun - Quilt Retreat

Hello Everyone: You can say busy work, hanging with family, quilting and playing at Disneyland has I guess you can say got in the way of blogging.

Hope everyone is doing great!  Life is good over here!  I went to my first sewing retreat (Sew South) in April in North Carolina and it was such a huge bonus to see my dear next door neighbor who moved there several years ago.  We had so much fun playing, laughing and yup she even took me to the biggest fabric store I have ever seen (Costco size store) Mary Jo's Cloth Store.  Boy oh boy the fabric Whew! The Sew South Retreat was amazing - so much fun - met new friends so many great quilters! Meeting Amy Gibson ( and Jennifer Mathis ( was amazing. I have been following Amy for many years who then shared about Jennifer in her blog years ago! Thanks Amy for teaching me on how to make my first pillow.  They were so much fun to get to know and to learn from them!  Jennifer put on the best retreat especially for me who stepped out of her boundries.  I can't wait to go back to another retreat and to play again with my "Hi De Ho Neighbor" that I miss playing and chatting up a storm (plus her family)! When we were little we would just chat out of our windows to discuss  the plans for the weekend fun.

The other fun thing is that I decided to do was to join a modern quilt guild.  Which has been fun meeting new people, learning new tips and sharing the fun items you make!  

Have a fun summer!  Boy it's hard to believe it summer! 

Here's some photos (wallet and pillow) from Sew South and a baby blanket (Prism Pattern by Amy Gibson).

Off to sewing I go!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Happy Days - Busy Days


I hope everyone is doing terrific!  With work, play, sewing and traveling makes for a busy gal.  But all is going good. 

Here are some projects that I had been working on:

Sugar Block Club (from


Aurifil Block of the Month



July - As I post I just noticed it's time
to seam rip (Mom guess what's
coming your way)
How is it you don't noticed the oops until you go to post?  Good thing for mom's.  My mom is a great seam ripper!! Thanks Mom.  

I really gotta learn how to do the photos on a blog.  Ho hum.

Well guess I'll get to work on the August block of the months.

Hope everyone is having fun and life is good!


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Time Change and Time Flew

Greetings Everyone!
Tonight the time changes which means daylight when I come home from work - Yippee!  I hope Jan and Feb months were good to you.  February was busy with Birthdays.  I was able to accomplish some Block of the Months (BOM), a baby hexi quilt, a Valentine table runner and paper pieced a shamrock that I turned into a mug rug.  All were accomplished in between playing at Disneyland, taking a mini vacation and hanging out with my Mom!

Jan - Sugar Block Club

Feb - Sugar Block Club

Hexi Baby Quilt 

Valentine Table Runner - Front View
Valentine Table Runner - Back View
Shamrock - Pattern from Craftsy
To make the hexi quilt you can get the template from the Missiouri Star Quilt Co.  I took a free motion class to learn some of the basics.  This was the first big quilt that I did the free motion swirls on the quilt.

For the Valentine table runner you can get the pattern from Diary of a Quilter by Amy Smart. It is a really cute and fun to make!

The Shamrock is from Craftsy.  It is paper piecing that is really fun. Plus I used a tracing wheel that was my Grandma's.  You use it on the lines of the paper before you sew. That way it is easier to tear the paper after you sew.  I'm hoping to make a few more of the Shamrocks!  As we are in March this month is full of birthdays too!  So happy birthday to my Mom, my adorable Nephew and my dear friend Ann!  Oh and my dear Pops who I miss so much!

Well, stay tuned for some more BOM and quilts that need to be finished.

Be well and stay healthy!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Cheers to a Fun 2014

Greetings:  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season.  Wishing you a great 2014!  But where did the last few months go?  For me it has been working, taking a sewing class on how to free motion quilt (almost done with the quilt to share in the next post), getting last minute sewing gifts done, playing with friends from Minnesota, friends got married in San Diego, visiting family for Christmas and then traveling to AZ for Christmas and to ring in 2014.

I have completed the blocks for the Sugar Block Club 2013 now I have to sew it all together.  Guess this will be a 2014 goal to complete.  Stay tuned for the 2014 photos of the next Sugar Block Club.
Sugar Block Club 2013 - by Sew Pank
Wishing you a jolly 2014!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Where Did Summer Go?

It was a fun and busy summer doing fun stuff as playing softball, going to Havasu, Yosemite, Baseball Game and Disneyland!  Now summer is gone and fall has arrived.  Well, not really in California it seems that a new hot wave is on its way.  I did enjoy the tiny fall season we had for the last few days.  But I gotta say with the upcoming heat wave means I get to still have fun at the pool, practicing stand up paddle boarding, walking by the beach and going to Disneyland!  Fall at Disneyland is really pretty!  Check out some fun photos!

Havasu - too cute!

Angel Game

Fall at Disneyland
Disney's CA Adventure

In between playing and working - I've been working on some blocks from the Sugar Block Club ( and working on some quilts along with holiday projects!

Camp Out

Lime Sherbet

Lucky Star 
Here is a fun banner that I created for Halloween visit for the pattern.  It is so cute, fun and easy.

Candy Corn Banner

Still getting use to the blogging world and setting up photos etc. "Sew bear with me!"

Hope everyone enjoyed their summer!  Enjoy getting ready for the ghost and goblins!  

Cheers to all,
Sew Pank!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Busy Weekend

It was a busy weekend.  I finished up the BOM for the Sugar Block Club.   I conquered my first clutch purse.  The pattern was designed by Diane Stanley and can find it at  It was pretty fun to make.  Last if you visit you can vote for my block mine is number 44.   Wish me luck.  Well I hope you are enjoying the sunny weather outside!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Summer Sampler Paper Piecing

I've been busy working on the Summer Sampler Series from Ellison Lane  The project was learning how to paper piece.  These little yummy samplers are only 6x6.  Some were really challenging but I got through all nine!   Check it out it is really fun!  Now I'm going to figure a fun way to display all of them.  Cheers!
By Sew Pank