Tuesday, May 22, 2018


I have been visiting in Minnesota with one of my favorite friends and quilters Brooke for this past few days.  Working on someone else's projects is such a nice break from your own.  Brooke has an order from her sister-in-law for 25 mini placements to give her co-workers at Christmas time.  Yes, I know Christmas is months and months away, but we thought to get started. 
I love to fussy cut various fabric prints when they lend themselves to a fun project.  
And this Into The Deep fabric was a perfect one to do it with.
These little mini placemats are 8.5 by 11 inches.  So cute!
While here we also were able to take road trips to two wonderful quilt stores.  I snapped this photo of this cute three fabric table runner to try at home.
 One can make it easily wider or longer as desired.  Sometimes finding a pattern that only uses two or three fabrics is a challenge.  This one works so well.
Yes I did do a good deal of shopping while here.  I'll give a peek on Friday's Blog of that shopping spree.

Friday, May 18, 2018


Why is it that someone else's projects always look so much more interesting than our own.  I am visiting my VBF Brooke
 at Silly Mama Quilts this week.  I took a minute to take a look at her design wall.  Oh my, so many interesting ideas.  
I love this gold color combination.  I am not a fan of butterflies normally, but these guys are sure interesting.  It is a new print by Carrie Bloomston called Wonder.  
I really like this star burst look with the curved piecing, 
I think this might be one of Maureen Cracknell's first blocks project. I see some Alison Glass and Tula Pink fabrics in it.  
Cork, I have not tried it yet.  This one has a wonderful metallic gold in it.  Brooke has made a wonderful bag with it using the cork for the bottom of the bag and the straps.  Mixed with some fun prints it is really pretty.  
So our week together begins with a shopping trip to see what fun fabrics are out there to add to the fun.

Friday, May 11, 2018


Things are in a bit of a muddle here.  I am getting ready to take a week off and visit my VBF Brooke of Silly Mama Quilts and I have so many projects in the process that right now things just seem out of control.  
This week I took a detour and pulled some baby fabric out of my stash for some relief of making Dresden and Geese blocks.  I have not used this fabric, a left over from my grandson Noah's baby quilt, in 12 years.  Yes, he was 12 in April.  Still cute as ever, the fabric and the grandson. 
I have some pieces all cut and ready to make into star blocks with my Tilda Lemon Tree fabrics.  
This mess is all the strips cut to add to do my braided quilt blocks.  This project sort of got set aside while I moved on to others.  
More partially made Geese.  I have all I need cut and I am making good headway on finishing them off.  
Well at least a bit of progress has been made.  Three more Dresden blocks ready for just the centers sewn down, and 16 of the 24 Geese I need complete.  Some progress was made in this rather disjointed week.

Friday, May 4, 2018


I have been working on a Dresden plates quilt for a few weeks now.  One size for the entire quilt of 30 blocks seemed boring, so I mixed it up and added a larger size, and then a smaller size with fewer blades.  Somehow there was still something missing.  Maybe the idea of making 30 of them, although I hate to admit that.  Never the less, I have decided to add flying geese blocks.  
 This is my new smaller Dresden block, paired up with two of the new flying geese blocks.  These might not set next to each other on the final quilt, but it began to make me interesting in continuing making some more geese to start with anyway.  
And another Dresden with these flying geese.  
So are the first five flying geese blocks I have made are beginning to look pretty good, and the idea seems to be taking shape.
Just to break up the Dresden and Geese dilemma, our Yorkie Ginger got a new doggy scarf.  At lease one project got done this week.  

Friday, April 27, 2018


I promised myself when I cut back my work schedule from three days a week to one and occasionally two per week that I would get more involved in my quilt guilds challenges.  Now by the end of May I am finally completely retiring.  So lots of extra time to get involved.
My guild has a family social and a challenge every year the first Tuesday in August.  This year the challenge is to make a 16 inch square mini quilt. 
Several years ago I made this little wall hanging.  It is too small to use in the challenge, but I liked at the idea.
 So I pulled some batiks out and stated a new vision.
Larger flower petals.  I have increased the pattern size to 200%.
And a nice layout of the pattern.
Once adhered I sewed around all the petals and leaves very close to the edges with closely matching thread colors.
And now for some out lining with 12wt threads on leaves.
And petals.  I do need a very small circle of gold fabric in the center of the petals and lots of thread work to make a fuzzy little center.  After that some quilting, probably straight lines diagonally in both directions on the off white background.  I do have a pretty patterned batiks to use for a small border or maybe a wider binding that will serve as border and binding.  Its not complete, but well on its way in plenty of time for the August event.

Monday, April 23, 2018


After getting all my quilt show boutique items complete I finally had time to get back to my Dresden blocks.  I've been looking at my first five blocks and got to thinking about how boring 30 of them would be without mixing it up a bit.  I decided to try a different size with a larger center to see if that might add some interest to the whole idea.
This was my first one.  I still have to get the center sewn down, but have had to order some 12wt thread.  I tried a dark pink thread idea, but it just blended in and didn't provide any contrast.  So I have order some goldish tan thinking it will provide the accent I want.  
As you can see there is a good size difference.  Maybe something in between these two in size.  I will just have to see how things go as I move along with the different fabric combinations.  
In the mean while I put together another one of the larger blocks.  It needs to sew down the blade ends with a blue thread; I didn't have anything in my thread stash to match well.  A trip to JoAnn's just didn't appeal to me on Sunday afternoon, so it will wait until later today.  I will sew the center down with a 12wt blue to match the flowers and blue blades.

Monday, April 16, 2018


Back in December I started a project making star blocks with my  Tilda Cottage fabric.  I actually got 72 done, but was not sure if I would stop there or make a king size quilt to be used as my summer bed quilt.  I ordered Lemon Tree by Tilda, which arrived in mid March and made the decision to make that king size quilt by incorporating this new Tilda line.
Pulling out of my closet these Cottage stars was so fun.  I just love them.  
These pretty Lemon Tree prints of  pink and rose fabrics will really  compliment the blocks I have already made.  
 I really like the pokadots as well.  
The oranges are a new color addition too.  I can wait to get started on some more star blocks.  I do have to order some Moda grunge for the back grounds so I guess I had better get moving on that.

Monday, April 9, 2018


After many weeks, in fact several months, my Southern Charm quilt top is complete.  The job now will be to get a back together for it and then get it off to the quilter.  I am afraid quilting it will be the real chore.  So many seams, and areas that one probably can not quilt over.  Fortunately I have a wonderful quilter that I know will turn out a master piece.  
This quilt has such a variety of different fabrics.  I am happy to say I pulled it all out of my stash.  My goal of late is not to purchase fabric unless there is no other choice.  I have way too much to start with.  It is also what got me hooked on Dresden plates.  It is a lot larger than I ever thought it would be when starting out as well.  

Tuesday, April 3, 2018


OK, I my obsessed.  These guys grow on you.  However I did have an issue this week with one of them.  

I cut these blades from a fabric I really love, but was unsure of the stripe placements on them.  
I went ahead and put half a plate together and didn't feel any better about the  the stipe fabric.  
So I changed gears and recut new pink blades to replace the stripes.  I still wish I could have made the stripe work, but I just could not get past the stripes placement not being the same on each blade. I did try and it seemed just impossible to manage.  
I did soothe my temporary upset and cut out this block.  I think I will audition my fabrics before I start sewing these things together in the future.  
I also learned a great trick sewing the blades together.  I changed my stitch plate to a single hole plate on my machine.  I was having problems with the sewing machine sucking the fabric into the large hole plate.  That change has improved sewing them a good deal.  
And here we are.  I am all ready to add more plates to their background pieces.  I am on hold for a few days waiting for an order of 12wt thread.  I have a large jar of them, but no pink.  This last Dresden that gave me so much trouble needs a pink thread to sew the center piece on.  I plan to take a break now and get my Southern Charm quilt top sewn together and hopefully get it to the quilter some time this month.  And of course more quilt show boutique placemats and runners.  

Friday, March 30, 2018


I am still working on these Dresden blocks.  I now have three done, well the third one just needs the blanket stitch around the center.  I have several more cut and ready to go.  
This one for some reason seems to be a favorite from an early post. I must admit I like it a lot as well.
I really like this one.  It still needs the blanket stitch around the center.  I have consulted my color expert (husband) and he thinks the matching blue thread is the way to go over my choice of a deep red.  He is usually right when it comes to color so blue it will be.  I have been using 12wt threads for the center blanket stitch.  I like the way it stands out and the extra texture.    

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


I have been madly sewing placemats and runners for my guild's January Quilt Show Boutique.  I started with placemats, but also am doing runners.  I pretty much have gone through all my left over fabrics and cut 2 1/2 inch strips.  If I can get four strips at least 18 inches long I make sets of four placemats, if I can only get two strips I make a runner.  I have at least a dozen sets of each cut now. They will need many more for sure, but I'll have help from other guild members.
This past week I was able to finish off three runners.  Sewing these guys in-between my Dresden blocks.  A nice transition from mindless sewing to the slow sew precision of Dresden construction.
I love this one, it is hard to not keep it.  The quilt as you go process is so simple, but I think the results is very pretty.  
This one also has a set of four placemats made from the same fabric line.  Left overs of my Dahlia quilt.
My left over Curved Spiral runner fabrics that I made last year with again another set of placemats that I managed to squeeze out to match this runner too.  
My work shop has been busy this week and I have many more to go along with what I have for myself going.  

Friday, March 23, 2018


While working on my Southern Charm quilt the pattern called for several Dresden blocks.  I had not been successful in the past with this block, but decided to buckle down and learn to do them.  It turned out I rather liked the results, although I must admit they are a slow sew project.  
Earlier this past week in cruising through some blogs I found a quilt made almost exclusively of Dresden blocks.  That post just grabbed me up and I almost immediately had my idea of a Romance Dresden Quilt.
I pulled out all my neutral low volume fabrics and then proceeded to dig through my stash for some deep, rich colored florals.  My first block of around 20 or so needed came to life.  I am so happy with it.
So, last night I cut out my next block.  Plus I've pulled several additional fabric selections for several more.  
I think this flower will be the center for this next block too.  And I can't wait to cut and work on some additional color combinations.  

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


This past weekend and the beginnings of this week were so nice to get back to life as usual.  Our New Zealand holiday was wonderful, but it is nice to be home.  Then back to work last week, but instead of my usual one or two days I ended up working the entire week leaving no sewing time.  
I have at last finished off all the blocks I missed and my next task will be to just put the quilt top together.  I hope this week to accomplish that.  I am so pleased with this quilt.  Different than what I usually do.
This was the last Block Set #11.  One single block and two sets of three to make.  I purchased a Quilt in a Day Fussy Cut Rulers set to make these.  I have made this type of block many times, but I must say the new rulers are wonderful.  These blocks came out absolutely perfect.  
The first set of three.
And at last the very last set.  The opportunity to use scraps has been such fun.  
And I'm off with putting this quilt top together.  I can't wait to see the completed top.  

Friday, March 16, 2018


My plan this week was to try to finish up my block unit #10 of my Southern Charm quilt.  Well I usually only work one or two days a week.  But, since I was gone for three weeks all those day's work sat there for me needing done.  No sewing time for me.  I did accomplish last weekend on Sunday a couple more rows of the pieces in unit #10.
Well I now have four of the geese done with three more to go on this unit that has seven geese in it.
The plan today and until I return to work on Wednesday is to get unit #11 done too.  
And here they are.  I will need two of the three block rows and one single block as well.
Now the suggestion was a special ruler to help in their construction.  I love tools, I have dozens of rulers and other quilty tools.  So yes, off to Amazon.com to pick up this new tool.
Quilt in a Day Fussy Cut Rulers.  I see lots of uses for these guys.  
Plus they came in three sizes at a very reasonable price.  So I am off to get some groceries and sew the afternoon away.