Monday, November 29, 2021


With Thanks Giving behind me, most of the left overs either eaten or in the freezer for future use, it is time to think about some Christmas baking and finishing some of the one or two Christmas gift items in the sewing room.

I have spent this past week finishing the quilting on my Christmas Red Bird mini wall hanging, but in-between moved back to working on my Flower Garden quilt top.  I have the final side lattice cut and then can get the top and bottom on too.  I spent some time considering a larger appliquéd border, but have decided I am done.  It will be bound in the black and white print I used for the stems for the blooms.  I hope to have it off to the quilter in the next week or so.

I keep a stash of baby quilts for my daughters.  They have over the years often stopped by for a baby shower gift for this friend or that co-worker.  This past month they have pretty much cleaned me out.  So I figured I had better get busy and replace some of them.  The fabric in the center has been in the closet for years.  It was just too pretty to cut up.  I decided that the best use of it was just to use it in the middle of the quilt with a block border around it.  I think once quilted it will look very pretty.  

Obviously I am a real fan of appliqué projects.  In October while at Pacific International Quilt Show in Santa Clara, California I came upon these two patterns and fabric kits.  I purchased the first smaller kits, but ended up coming back to the vendor and buying the second larger kits too.  I just could not resist them.  So the plan is to finish up some of my UFO's that are screaming at me for attention and start one of these new projects. 


Monday, November 22, 2021


It was finish it up week here.  Just have to get back to my Flower Garden project, and see if I can clear the mess off the floor and return the sewing room to some sort of order.  

The red bird improv mini is finished.  I hung it up in my sewing room above my sewing machine.  So many comments on them being Christmas birds.  That made me realize I had some really lovely Christmas neutral fabrics.  Maybe I should have done the entire quilt improv in them instead.  So yes, I have decided to remake the quilt as a truly Christmas project.

So I managed the four corner blocks.  I did make the pieces a bit larger to simplify the process.  Now to get the Christmas birds in the center section done. 

My Alex Anderson project is finished.  I did consider quilting it myself, but the sewing room is loaded with a number of UFO's that are suffering neglect and crying out for being finished.  So this little one is headed to the quilter for finishing.



Monday, November 15, 2021


This past week has just been spent working on my improv mini quilt project.  I don't usually work so continuously on one project at a time, but this one has really ended up being just so much fun to do.
I am up to quilting it with a very dense serpintine stitch diagonally across the quilt in the two different directions of the birds positions.  I did try something I had never done before.  Normally I use large straight pins or spray baste to hold the top, batting, and back together while I quilt.  Spray baste has to be done outside, too cold right now and the patio table is too dusty and dirty to bother with cleaning it up.  I kept gouging myself with the pins as I quilted it and feared bleeding on it.  So I decided to breakout my quilting safety pins.  I had never used them or even given them a try.  Makes one wonder why I even had them stashed away.  Well, my close friend, Brooke, uses them all the time and I figured well let's just give them a try.  Goes to show you can still teach an old dog new tricks.  Works great!
Yes, lots and lots of quilting and I used red thread with the same quilting pattern on the birds.  
I managed to get three sides of the border on my Alex Anderson project.  I am still amazed at how well this pieces has fit together.  However, I have run out of Foundation Paper.  I like the Carol Doak's paper, which I order from Amazon.  It has the consistancy of newspaper print.  I do have a few of the translucent type paper, but find the ink from the printer tends to smear off on my hands as I work on the paper piecing.  It had not appeared to transfer to the fabric, but I do worry about that.  Getting the smears off my fingers takes a bit of vigerous scrubbing, not sure if it got on the fabric it would come out.  Guess, best to order Carol's and wait for it to arrive. 


Monday, November 8, 2021


After getting my Covid Insanity quilt finished I decided to really get busy and see if I could get my Alex Anderson's paper pieced project finished up and move on the getting the Flower Garden going again.

I have been surprised at how well this piece has gone together.  All those points that I hoped to not cut off and get all those blocks to match up was expected to be a real trial.  The top went together without a hitch.  Now for lots and lots of flying geese for the outside border.  

Now I know that I should be getting back to finishing my Flower Garden quilt, but this new book I bought was calling me to indulge in a little Mini quilt.

I have a hard time resisting birds.  This project was just too interesting to pass up.

Now improv piecing is something I have a bit of an issue with.  My brain doesn't work that way.  The top right and left of the quilt's blocks and the bottom left and right of the quilt blocks are pieced improv separately.  Then one works on the birds blocks.  Each block was a different size.  Only way I could manage it was to make myself a pattern for each one.  I know crazy, but it works for me.  

So I managed the first 4.5 by 12.5 block with no problems at all.

And the 7.5 by 12.5 block and the 6.5 by 12.5 block are done as well.  Just the final one at 9.5 by 12.5 to go.  

Yes, it does make for a bit of a mess to put away once done.  But I will need these plus either red or dark blues fabric pieces for the birds.  I have not quite made up my mind what color I would like them to be.  





Monday, November 1, 2021


Company kept me busy this past week.  Our oldest daughter and her husband arrived on Sunday the 17th and left  for home on Thursday the 21st.  It was a nice visit, packed with all sorts of extra family for dinners and even party and cake for our daughter's birthday.  I didn't make it into the sewing room for the entire time.  Had a great time and wonderful visit, but also nice to get back to a calmer home after all the company left.

Confetti is done!!!!!!!  Just under 2,000 pieces of fabric.  There are 64 eight inch paper pieced blocks, however each block was made up of 2 four by eight inch blocks.  I usually do not put labels on quilts and rarely name them, but this one will get a label and name.  I can only blame the insanity of making something like this on our Covid lock down for 18 months from March 2020 until September 2021.  No guild meetings, no sew group gathers, in fact no outside actives at all, unless you consider grocery shopping an exciting event.  Thus it is named very aptly Covid Insanity.

I finished my Pineapple and Pinwheel blocks on my Alex Anderson paper pieced project.  I was surprised at how easily the Pinwheel blocks went together and they actually lay flat.

On to the Flying Geese borders and the four Baltimore Beauty blocks. I am not a fan at all with the Baltimore blocks, they are a pain to make.  I considered only making two instead of the four, but hated to give in.  

I finally this last two day talked myself into getting the last two done.  I can move on to Flying Geese now, as they are easy.  They are paper pieced and come four geese on the paper pieced pattern.  I think I need 18 paper patterns.  I have 2 done so have a ways to go.  

Our little dog Zoey loves her bones.  She is just about a week from being 8 months old.  The little darling has gone through a good 4 or 5 ver large braided Bully Sticks.  For a little 7 pound dog they seem really big.  However, we bought smaller ones and she chewed one up in one afternoon.  Must say that it has saved her teething on our furniture.  She runs around the house with them in her mouth.  She is probably looking for a sofa cushion or throw blanket to hid it under.  She looks like she has a cigar hanging out of her mouth.  Makes us laugh!