Sunday, October 30, 2022


This coming month is stacking up to be really busy.  Beginning on the 7th of November I will be teaching Beginning Quilting at our local quilt store.  A total of four classes, on Mondays, with a final results of a sampler quilt with 30 blocks and two borders.  Nice and easy blocks, like Rail Fence, Nine Patch, Square Dance and several varieties of Log Cabins.  Depending on how the ladies do we may substitute Hour Glass and Friendship Star in place of some of the Log Cabins.  

I am finally getting these baskets completed.  At the beginning of the week I had just these six done, with 30 more to go.  I have found that if I increased the cutting direction by just 1/8th of an inch I get a better quarter inch on the 4 points areas when I sew these blocks to their other coordinating blocks.  So this first set of 6 were a bit of nail bitting to get done. 
As the week ended I managed to get all 36 done, I developed a bit of an assembly line process and it went well.  I have decided on this layout rather than all four with the basket bottoms in the center.  Lazy actually as then I do not have to match the seams when joining them.  I guess I had enough fun with them.
The neutral quilt came back from the quilter this week.  I got what seemed like yards and yards of bias binding cut and sewn on and the handwork is done.  I am really pleased with this quilt. 
In particular the rounded corners are perfect.  The original pattern has the bias vines continuously around the corners.  I just did not like how they seemed to be so crowded so decided to wing it and stop it before the corners of the quilt.  However, leaving the corners squared off just did not look right either, so I decided to round them off.  I really like how that worked out.
Once again my quilter did a wonderful job.  Tracey the owner and quilter at Blossom Quilting in Oakdale, California is a true artist. 
This is our oldest daughter's English Mastiff Loki.  He is 9 months old and right around 160 pounds now, he will as an adult be in the 200 to 220 pound range.  For some reason he prefers to nap with his head in the closet, in fact insists that is his preferred position.  Not sure if it is her scent, or the laundry soap smell.  Doesn't look all that comfortable, but seems to be just exactly where he wants to be. 



Sunday, October 23, 2022


Fall has arrived here, must cooler weather no 110 to 115 degrees days, now seeing just some very nice high 80's in the late afternoons and even 50's first thing in the mornings.

I just finished the 10th month of the Garden Party Down Under BOM this last week.  I only have another panel to add to the left side.  That panel will be very similar to the one on the right and the two upper and lower blocks are done except for two vase blocks in the middle like the red and tan ones.  It should have a diamond border, but I have elected not put it on.  I would want to hang this on the wall, and the borders would just make it too big.  So by the end of this coming month it will be off to the quilters.
On the 13th of this month I took a bus trip to Santa Clara, Ca to attend the Pacific International Quilt Festival.  That's me far right next to that planter in the blue jacket.  Had a wonderful time looking at the quilts and of course doing some shopping at the vendors too.  
Naturally one has to do some serious shopping.  I purchased the 2 fat quarter bundles on the lower right to go with my Alex Anderson baskets project, but also stumbled on to the other prints.  They are Benartex fabric, just really soft and lovely prints and they went well with the Kaffe Fassett fabrics and at $7.35 a yard I purchased the 3 yard limit on 3 of them and the last yard on the 4th one.
I just could not resist these half yards, so cute for a child's quilt.
And, just some odds and ends of fabrics to stash in with my neutrals.
The only other purchase was this pattern.  It is not a large piece just 33 by 42, but after reading the directions it is a completely different process than I have ever done.  Plus I am going to need to do some serious fabric shopping for it. 


Sunday, October 16, 2022


This week finished up completely two projects; they are quilted and binding sewn on.  I promised last week to show them off.

The Flower Pot quilt, started in November of 2019, stashed it away until just early this year.  It has a place above my buffet in the dining room this spring.

Posy also finished up.  This was a fast project, I think it will be a Christmas gift for my youngest granddaughter.  

I love the quilting on this quilt.  That thread my quilter used and the pattern are just perfect.

This was a one day project for my grandson's girlfriend Kaitlyn.  My daughter called and said Kaitlyn has two jobs.  One at Starbucks and one at a local burger restaurant, could I make her a couple fun aprons.  The pattern I purchased was a nightmare, the directions were nearly none existent, but I struggled through it, and now have some easy modification to make the whole thing easier.  On to one in Christmas fabric. 

Since I have finished several quilts it is time to start something new.  Alex Anderson is doing an online class that started last week.  So I have all my fabric together and ready to go.
I purchased the pattern and fabric kit.  And yes added some additional fabrics from my Pacific International Quilt Show purchases.  On to that adventure on next week's post. 
Step one getting those basket handles done.  The first 12 of 36 needed.  Easy process and they do go pretty fast too.

Sunday, October 9, 2022


 Sometimes it seems like you are never going to get anything completed.  I almost always have multiple project going on all at once and it seems like I really am never going to finish anything.  All of a sudden I have just finished multiple projects.  I have two quilts on the back of my chair in the family room that I am finishing off the hand sewing on the bindings, and it looks like I really need to look for another project to get started now.  I know I have several sitting around somewhere under the cutting table.

Posy came back from the quilter on Thursday last week.  I love the quilting Hollie did on this quilt.  The binding is machined on and just the hand work to finish.  Stay tuned next Sunday for that finish. 

The quilter also finished The Flower Pot quilt.  It only have a small bit more of hand work to do on it.

The quilting on this is absolutely wonderful.  Tracey at Blossom Quilting in Oakdale, CA did this.  I just hand a quilt over to her, she picks the pattern and thread.  I have never been disappointed.  

I have two blocks to finish for October on my Garden Party Down Under BOM.  These small ones go together really fast.

This second one just needs a ton of little circles appliquéd to it.  They really do go pretty fast, but a bit boring to do.  

While on vacation in July I purchased this pattern along with the fabric kit.  Since things seem to be well on their way to finished I thought I would get it out and see what is involved in making it.  Oh my, a ton of cutting those triangles, like 170 of them plus another 70 four inch squares that took 3 afternoons.  The direction looked somewhat scary.

Block one done.  Interesting and yes starting out very scary, but the directions are awesome and that center lays FLAT and the points MATCH.  Only 34 more to go.  Yes, they take time, they are not a rush job,, but I am really looking forward to working on them. 




Sunday, October 2, 2022


This past week was super busy.  I taught a fall runner class at my local quilt shop.  Fun event and the ladies finished their runners all pinned and ready to quilt at home.  The remaining of the week I spent a good deal of time preparing to teach a Beginning Quilters class.  Managed to finally get it done and turned in and ready to schedule for four classes on Wednesdays in November.

This weekend I found myself with nothing in the sewing room I wanted to bother with.  On a whim I decided to make a Christmas table topper for Sarah the lady that cuts my hair.  Not as Christmas looking as I thought it would be, but really pretty fabric with lots of gold accents.  This piece went together in one afternoon, a wonderful quick pattern. 

My oldest grandson's fire engine quilt is quilted and bound.  It really does look like a fire engine too.  I was not too sure how this project would come out, as I only created it from a picture off the internet.

The back is perfect for it.  I ordered it from an Etsy site believing it would arrive within a week to ten days.  Within a few days I was notified that it was coming from the Ukraine.  Oh dear, that was worrisome, but it did arrive safely and with a very welcome surprise too.  I ordered 4 yards believing I would need to seam two pieces together for the quilt.  It came 62 inches wide so was able to quilt it with just one single pieces on the back.  The quilter thought the pattern she used looked like flames, I agree. 

My husband thought a pillow case should go with it when he saw this fabric in the quilt store with me.  

It is time to work on blocks Month 10 of my Garden Party Down Under BOM.  So I am back to appliqué again.