Fussy Cutting and a New Year

Sorry I was gone for so long but life got hard and complicated. We did manage to give the grands a wonderful Christmas.

The holidays are over and I am more relaxed and ready to work hard in my studio. AKA the dinning room.

I made a lot of the Christmas gifts we gave this year. Of course most will still be very late in the giving.

I think crafting and blogging are like walking and chewing gum at the same time, easy for some and not for others. Maybe you just have to get in a rhythm.

Yesterday I managed to fussy cut pieces for two caps and a quilt.


This fleece started out looking something like this. I wanted the ducks whole on each panel of the cap crowns. The squares are 6 1/2 inches and will be used for a baby quilt.

And I almost finished this cap for grandson little J.

I hope to get more done today. Just keep on working, working, working, gotta keep on working rawhide. Did I just date myself? Ok, that’s even before my time LOL.

A Little Tease


This Sunday we didn’t have the grands so I planned to get an early start and work on the Halloween outfits.

I got a good start. Cutting out done. First applique’ applied. Then, the thunder rolled and the lightning flashed and the power went out. No air, no sewing machine, no surger, no iron and no fun. It was out for over 4 hours. But I could work on my crochet. My crochet hook is powered by only me, me, me. So I sat on the porch and worked on slipper socks.

I promised to show something special for the grands Halloween but sad to say I’m not done. So I am sending you this little tease and hurrying back to work.


Crocheting Warm Socks for Cool Days

I am very blessed to be able to have my grandchildren here a few times each month. Two of them live in Houston which is about 30 miles from here. The other two live about 5 miles away. I love having them with me.

When they are here I don’t get much sewing time but I can do some simple crochet or knitting. I started these socks this past weekend..


I don’t wear crocheted socks with my shoes. I find them too thick and uncomfortable. I do love them as slippers or what I call house socks. There is nothing better than warm socks on a cold day (not that we get many of those here). I have totally worn out my last pair and my youngest daughter is asking for new ones so I better get busy.

I learned to crochet socks using this book.


I made the “Basic Sock in Sport Weight Yarn” on page 18. I have crocheted several pairs of these. I am using a size US G hook instead of the E called for in the pattern because I crochet tight and to make them slightly larger. (Tall women with big feet.)

I like the sport weight yarn better than worsted. I used “I Love this yarn” sold at Hobby Lobby. The colors are “Sweet Mocha” and “Brown”.

Halloween is coming way too soon so I better get to work on something special for the grands. Another post about my quilt will be coming soon.