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Sunday, January 17, 2016

A mini Irish Chain Quilt

Here is my latest finish. This is a baby quilt made from the leftover blocks of my current work in progress quilt. The pattern is Irish Chain, a very simple Irish Chain! I used a Paula Barnes Companions jelly roll and my "solid" is Miniature Gatherings Flower Vines Pie Crust Raisin. My backing fabric is a Windham Fabrics 108' Mini Leaf pattern in tan. I used leftover pieces of the jelly roll to make a nice scrappy binding.

I totally forgot to measure it before or after washing but it is around 50 by 65 inches. I quilted it in straight lines diagonally through the centers of the colored squares. Easily done on my little Juki, Fern.

The big one will look just like this, only twice as big. That one I am keeping for myself. This miniature version was given to a dear friend and his wife, who are foster-parenting an infant girl. Everything is ready to be quilted on the big one, I just need to get it going...very little free time and too many aches and pains have slowed my progress!

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Happy First Totally Useless New Year!

Today is our first Totally Useless Stitch A Long update of 2016! If you haven't "signed up" for this year you can click the link below.

I've been Totally Uselessly cleaning up my sewing room. Everything is sorted out and put away. I even have a cleared-off desk to update my blog on. My ORTs from last month's update are dumped and I started anew:

Inside my wooden leaf bowl are bits from piecing together the binding on my latest quilt, bits from cutting 2 inch squares from scraps to use as leaders and enders and quite a few long jiggly threads from unsewing some unused blocks. I've been straighten up, I said! It doesn't always look this neat! Do you see my flower frog tool holder? I found it when cleaning and when I saw it had a solid base I decided it would be perfect to hold my sewing tools. Handy!


Now it is YOUR turn...we want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your January TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Totally Useless Stitch A Long 2016

The 2016 TUSAL is launched! 

Get to stitching and save those ORTs!

What is an ORT? ORT or ort ~ Capitalized, it stands for Old Ratty Threads. These are the cast-off thread ends a needleworker cuts away. These ends are often saved in clear jars as a decorative object. The word, "ort" does appear in the dictionary, meaning: a bit of something left over; usually concerning food. 

Why would you save ORTs and why on earth post a picture on your blog? Not everyone saves them. Some stitchers just toss them in the trash or let them decorate the sofa and floor. Sometimes this inadvertent decorating draws ire from those living with us. Saving these clippings in one place creates a random tangle of lovely colored thread. Posting a photo of this pile is "progress" of a sort and thus, the Totally Useless Stitch A Long was born. 

If you would like to join the Stitch-A-Long:

1. Comment on this post.

2. Get a glass jar or other container and save your thread clippings. Some stitchers include fabric trimmings, thread bands, empty spools or any other stitching cast-offs they gather. You may continue filling this jar throughout the year OR you may empty the jar and start over each month ~ no firm rules here!

3. On (or about) each New Moon take a picture of the ORTs in your jar and post it to your blog. This is a blog game so YES, you MUST have a blog to be included.

4. Yes, you can use your current ORT jar or jars. This is no contest...the stitcher with the most ORTs doesn't win!

5. You should post a picture each New Moon, even if there has been no "progress" to show. We are aiming for "once a month" here...no whippings for being late, early or absent!

6. When you have posted the picture of your ORTs visit my blog and comment on my ORT report for that month's TUSAL. If I have a Totally Useless Giveaway these comments give you an extra entry. Make sure you comment on the right post, a few comments seem to sneak onto other posts!

We follow the Lunar Cycle so every year these dates change! Some years they are very evenly spaced, one New Moon each month and some years have 2 New Moons one month and skip a calender month altogether!

The New Moon dates for 2016 are:

January 10
February 8
March 9
April 7
May 6
June 5
July 4
August 2
September 1
October 1
October 30November 29
December 29

In years past, I have made up a "guest list" by adding a blog link list for everyone that joined ~however~ this year I probably will not do that. It takes hours and hours and hours of visiting blogs, editing the post, checking links, editing the post, correcting mistakes, editing the post. I'd much rather be stitching or visiting your blog on a recreational basis. Therefore, consider your comment to be your entry. Make sure either your profile is set to "open" so people can visit your blog or leave a link to your blog in your comment.

A request: I notice there are a lot of bloggers completely in the dark about your Totally Useless posts. They see lots of people posting pictures of ORT jars but they have NO IDEA why. They might want to join in the fun too! Please put a LINK to THIS sign-up page when you make your TUSAL posts. A link in your sidebar is great but ONLY if your readers SEE it and realize what it is.  

If you want to add the TUSAL link gadget to your sidebar (in Blogger): right click on it and save the photo to your computer, go to your blog's layout and choose "add a photo" and put the address to this 2015 TUSAL post in the link option. Upload the photo and save.

A shout-out on your blog to let other stitchers know about the Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long would be greatly appreciated! Plus, please change the links in your sidebar to this new post!


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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Totally Uselessly Completed

The New Moon on Friday marked our last Totally Useless Stitch a Long post of 2015! Did you post a photo for each New Moon? It doesn't matter if you were late, early or right on time! My ORTs added up fast this time! They are all sewing ORTs this go-round.

I've been a very busy bee since our last New Moon. I finished my king-size quilt. No photos to share yet as it's been mailed off to be quilted. I should get it back around the New Year and you can see it in all it's glory. But here is a photo of the ORTs it created:

Yes. I went through nearly five spools of thread sewing this quilt! This pile fills a gallon size zipper bag.

This is the small bundle of fabric and unused blocks I had left over. One of these bits is an entire row because I can't count past five or six before I get confused!

These are the bonus blocks I sewed while working on my king. I keep something under the needle at all times, continually chain piecing. One day, these bonus blocks will be a whole quilt.

After I finished my king quilt top, I was waiting for fabric to arrive for my next quilt. So I dug out the bits I had waiting to create a Christmas Tree skirt and it went together in no time!

Sadly, I miscalculated the amount of backing fabric needed so I need to either purchase more or find something else. This sits unfinished until I make up my mind. Another of those math/counting past five problems!

Then, the fabric I ordered arrived and I got busy on a new quilt! This one is an Irish Chain.

Lots of sewing, ironing, and cutting, and sewing back together involved in this one but it is a super easy design. My bonus blocks grew fast with so much back and forth:

The stack needs ironing to open them up! Can you say...lazy? lol

Here I sit with four quilt projects...1. king size, 2. tree skirt, 3. Irish chain, 4. bonus blocks...and NOTHING to show that is actually finished! I do feel like I've accomplished loads though so don't feel sorry.

Another Totally Useless Stitch a Long year is done. I've so enjoyed stitching with you these past few years! I will have the sign-up post for next year up soon so continue saving those ORTs!


We want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your December TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Cat's Pajamas

I just had to share my new PJ's! Aren't these the most incredibly awesome pajamas ever? EVER?

I probably won't wear these for actual sleeping, I'd overheat. I'm thinking more along the lines of entire weekends holed up at the sewing machine or with cross stitch in my lap watching Netflix and drinking cocoa. Sounds cozy, eh?

You can get yours here at Target.

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Friday, November 13, 2015


It's been a very busy time for me. I wasn't able to post our New Moon update and hardly anything crafty has been accomplished. Not many ORTs can be manufactured this way. You can see how far behind I am on the 12 Days ornaments. BOO! 

See, I haven't even been able to finish the first one! 

My quilt is still mostly just rows, draped all over the room, waiting to be sewn. Hopefully things will even out for me soon. I need to create or I go a little bonkers!


We want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your November TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Snowflake Reindeer

Our little reindeer is back again for 2015. This one is looking back over her shoulder at the first snowflake of the season...and it's a BIG one! Hopefully, this giant flake doesn't foretell a miserable winter! Read below how you can receive a copy of the pattern.

I wanted to get this little guy finished and posted early this year. The next few weeks might be unpredictable for me and I'd hate to not have time. I wish you all, my dear friends, many happy stitching days!


Please email me to receive a copy of the design at daffy-cat AT hotmail DOT com. Tell me the name of the design you are requesting. This one is Snowflake Reindeer.

Respect my copyright and do not upload my designs to any website or share with other people. Yes, they are free but I still retain copyright.

My designs are published as PDF. You must have the free Adobe Reader installed on your computer to view/print my patterns ~ or a similar PDF viewer.

As always you can click the cat in my sidebar to see my other designs. They are always available for the asking.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Change of Plans

I finished my little Cardinal stitch. Would you believe I had no trouble placing those branches? The last Victoria Sampler birdie I did was a booger...I think the bits of snow helped me on this one. All these little guys need are beads for their eyes and finish-finishing.

Design- "Love"
Designer - Victoria Sampler
Fabric - 32 count Jobelan, tea dyed by Daffycat
Fiber - DMC

Finishing that, I was free to start Plum Street Samplers' Twelve Days of Christmas series. Here was the fabric I was going to use. A lovely 28 count black Jobelan. Shelly, of An Arizona Stitcher gifted me a 123Stitch gift certificate for guessing the artist of a song she mentioned. I used that to purchase the fabric. Isn't it gorgeous? Carol, of Stitching Dreams often stitches Christmas ornaments on black, and they look amazing. So I was going to pull a "Carol" and stitch these freebies on that dramatic black fabric.

Then, Paulette went and added four blackbirds in the Fourth Day ornament! Noooooo! I'm glad I had to wait to start stitching. Here is my start on "A Partridge in a Pear Tree" on 32 count Daffycat-dyed Jobelan.

This means I need to find more ornaments to stitch, right? I have all that fabric, after all. Thank you so much for the fabric, Shelly!

There are still quilt rows to be sewed. They are not waiting patiently. Sitting there. Staring. At me. It's a lil' creepy...

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Darn It, Paulette!

I know I've been posting a lot of quilting this past year...but I still stitch! The pumpkin pillow in my latest Pumpkin Day post was finished in recent months, I just saved posting about it for that special day. There is a little project going right now:

I adore The Victoria Sampler's birdies. Too cute! The pine branches always seem to get the best of me, I can never get them placed as charted! Never!

I need to get this one finished, yesterday, if possible. Yesterday? Because OMG have you seen Plum Street Samplers new Sunday Mystery Sampler? AS IF I DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH PROJECTS ON THE GO Paulette is gifting the lot of us with the rest of the 12 Days of Christmas designs she started in Just Cross Stitch magazine. Now, I love me some 12 Days and these are just too nice to save for later! I have fabric ordered from 123 Stitch! so as soon as it's here, wahoo! Just kidding about cursing over it...many, many thanks to our dear, generous Paulette!

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Saturday, October 17, 2015


We just aren't going to mention the fact the New Moon was five days ago and I am late again, okay? My ORTs are still being collected in this huge, ugly Ziploc storage bag. There were lots of new triangles added...I miscounted how many setting blocks I needed, wait, let's not mention that either. The large tangle of thread is the bits from bobbin ends, no mentioning of the two times I sewed with no bobbin thread or the one time with no needle thread!

The bag is sitting inside my pretty wooden leaf bowl, if that makes any difference! The little 2 inch squares are my leader-ender blocks. Those blocks will one day be their own quilt, for now they just start and end my chain-piecing.

Some of you have have asked where my cross stitch has gone. I promise, it's just on hiatus while I get some of this quilting bug cured. I started learning to quilt because I wanted a made-by-me quilt for my own bed. 

You wouldn't believe how much fabric and how many rows it takes to cover a king-sized bed!

I have all the rows completed. I think. Unless I have miscounted. I could have miscounted! I'm no great shakes at math and quilting takes so much math!

I've started sewing all the rows together. It won't take long now! This will have to be sent off to be quilted as there is no way I can quilt it myself on my little machine. It's HUGE! I am getting excited about finishing this project.


We want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your October TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!