Sunday, August 24, 2014


No quilting going on here, unfortunately.  We have been working on the house daily.  The painting is finished and we are unpacking boxes, so everything is a mess.  As I unpack, when I'm not sure where I'm going to put things, I just put them on a shelf in a closet or cupboard for now.  There are 3 "linen" closets in the hallway and one of these will be devoted to sewing supplies.  Of the other two, one will be mostly linens (if not all of it) and the other one will be shelves possibly dedicated to large kitchen items that aren't used very often, mailing supplies for my Etsy business, games & puzzles, etc.

I found a dresser at a garage sale that I'm going to fix up as an ironing station in my sewing room.  It has 9 drawers.  I got some good ideas from a friend in Texas from her sewing room.  I would love a large armoire where I could display quilts, so I will keep my eye out for that.  I also might want to get a larger bookcase.

I like to take walks in the mornings and this is what I saw at one house.  McMinnville, OR is right in the middle of wine growing country, so there are vineyards all around the town, as well as wine tasting rooms.  We are not "into" the wine scene, so I don't really know anything about it.  But the vineyards are pretty.

Our next door neighbor has a grape vine with the cutest little green grapes and she said we could help ourselves to it.  The funny thing is, she moved here from Texas (not far from where we lived) about the same time we did!  I was talking to her on Saturday, and mentioned that I was a quilter.  Her eyes lit up and she said she has always wanted to learn to quilt!  So, once we get settled, we will see what we can do about that.

When we were eating lunch 2 small deer walked past our window!  Our neighbor said they like to eat her roses.

I'm hoping to start sleeping in our house soon, now that the paint is dry and our bed is set up.  I spread out a few quilts on the bed to try to get the fold lines out of them.  I will take a few pictures soon as we make progress.  Oh!  Both bathrooms are cleaned now and the shower in the master bath has been tested.  I love it!  It's way more roomy than the one at our old house.

Today the church where our GS plays the organ is having a going away party for him after the service. He leaves for college in Minnesota on Thursday!  :-(

Monday, August 18, 2014


I'm not going to show you pictures of lots of relatives, but I did go to a family reunion of my mother's branch of the family.  It's the first time I have ever been to it and it celebrated the 150th anniversary of those ancestors arrival in the USA from Norway.  Naturally, they settled in Minnesota and I have very fond memories of our visits to the farms of my Mom's 12 aunts and uncles in and around the Albert Lea  and Emmons, MN area.

The reunion was held at "Farming of Yesteryear."  The church pictured below is the church where my Grandparents were married at on July 1, 1899.

A quilt barn at the park.

I had to add the water tower just because I like them.  :-)

A highlight of our weekend was visiting two of my Mom's cousins.  I had never met them before (that I know of), but my sister and cousin had.  We went to visit these 2 special ladies on Saturday at their respective homes.  Berdine is 95, lives alone in her house, and has 9 children, 25 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.  Cora is also 95, lives alone in an efficiency apartment in a retirement/assisted living center, cooks her own meals, bakes cookies, continues to embroider (she can't stand to not be doing something) and has 9 children, over 30 grandchildren, over 30 great grandchildren (she lost count) and 8 great great grandchildren!  Cora had this darling quilt on her bed that one of her daughters made for her.  It is hand embroidered and machine quilted by her daughter.  I'm sorry the pictures are so poor, but I took the picture with my cell phone and it was kind of dim in the room.  I just loved this quilt!

It was a fun weekend spent with my sister, 2 cousins and the daughter of one cousin (plus the long suffering DH of one cousin).  It's good to be back home so we can continue moving in!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


I have been following Ann Hermes' blog ever since I started blogging on in 2008 (or sometime around then).  She and a group of other bloggers are still blogging and reading each others blogs, so I feel like I know her, even though we have never met in person.

Her book, Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases and Other Small Treasures, has just been published and I just received my copy!  I have barely cracked it open for a short peek and decided I had to blog about it.  I can't wait to read it all!  It's available from Ann or on

Front cover

Back Cover
After just flipping through a few pages, I can tell it will be very interesting and informative.  I'm going on a trip to Minnesota for a family reunion and will take it to read on my flights!

If you visit Ann's blog, you will see the many quilts and vintage fabrics she has made and/or collected as well as other items she makes from the fabrics.  She is definitely a multitalented woman!

In between moving, etc. I managed to make 32 flying geese for this pattern by Crabapple Hill.  I think I worked on the embroidery panels for at least a couple years, so now, I would like to finish it before Thanksgiving, if possible.  I need 32 more flying geese for the border, then I just have to make the blocks in the middle sections!

Here are some of the flying geese that are completed.  I can remember the day when I just dreaded making FGs, but after many years, the task has gotten easier.  That's always nice.  I guess practice does make perfect - just as my old piano teacher used to say!

BTW, we have all our belongings are now in the house, but not in the actual rooms as we are keeping them clear for the carpet to be put down tomorrow.  Our furniture and boxes are in the garage, shed, bathroom and on closet shelves.  The kitchen is taking shape and most of the cabinets have been cleaned, so we are making progress.  The living room has been painted and really looks great!

Thanks for all your good wishes!

Saturday, August 9, 2014


Tuesday, we flew via Southwest Airlines from Portland, OR to Dallas, TX to load all our worldly goods onto a truck to transport to Oregon.  

Wednesday, I had a delightful breakfast with a dear friend, we picked up the truck, and got it loaded - it all fit!  Yea!!  

We had help with the loading.

After everything was on the truck, I made my way over to the local quilt shop in Cedar Hill, TX, Corner Square Quilts.  Some of the members of the guild I have belonged to for about 13 years came there to visit with me.  It was good to see them again after 2 months of being gone.  Be sure to visit this shop if you are ever near Cedar Hill, TX!

That evening another member of the guild invited DH and myself over for supper and we had a wonderful meal and visit with them.  I will sure miss my friends in Texas!

We have traveled about 1500+ miles since Thursday - 3 days - and tonight we're in Nevada.  We should arrive at our new home sometime Sunday or Monday.  The picture below is of a rest stop in Texas.

We're getting new carpet put down on Thursday, so we plan to unload the truck into the garage and I will work on the kitchen and DH will continue painting before Thursday.  Then we will be able to put down the carpet with no furniture in the house.   Things are going as planned!

Happy quilting!

Monday, August 4, 2014


I received some exciting news on August 1!  My civil war quilt has been accepted to hang in the special exhibit Texas Quilt Guilds Award-winning Traditional Quilts 2014 at the International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, TX this coming November!

Here is my post about winning a 3rd place ribbon last March.  You can see a picture of the quilt there.

We got the keys to our new house and today DH will start painting while I go shopping for carpeting.  I won't be blogging for a while as now the major move-in work will be starting and it's going to be crazy!  I'll try to do a post here and there for those of you who might be interested.  Believe me, nothing quilty will be going on unfortunately.

Monday, July 28, 2014


I decided I need to work on some more of my Dear Jane blocks during my last week (hopefully) in the camper.   I strive for - but don't reach - perfection!  Hee Hee!


Yes, an easy double 9-patch in the middle of some very difficult ones!


I really like this next one and it is probably one of the most difficult ones I have done yet.  I didn't get it pressed though.
This first step wasn't too bad - a small reverse appliqué oval.

Sewing the small triangle into the corners had it's challenges.

Uh oh!  I put this one in backwards.  Time to get the seam ripper out.  Good thing it's handy!

These 2 sections now have to be sewn together.

Another Uh oh!  I sewed 2 of the wrong sides together.  Seam ripper time again!

 At least I'm making some progress with Dear Jane.  By the way, if you are working on the DJ quilt, you might want to order baggies of nice scraps from Homestead Hearth.  I ordered 2 bags and got lots of nice fabrics including the ones I used for C-12 and A-10.

Happy stitching and I hope you are staying cool (or warm if you are down under)!

Saturday, July 26, 2014


This first picture isn't very good, but it says "Enjoy Historic Downtown Dallas - Established 1874."  I guess I can't get away from Dallas!  Most people don't even know about Dallas, OR, but that was my first stop on the Shop Hop and it was at Grandma's Attic Quilt Shop.

Dallas OR

Grandma's Attic Quilt Shop

Picture of the give-away block and the table runner they made with it.
I couldn't help taking a bunch of pictures in Grandma's Attic.  It was my kind of shop!  Not that I didn't like the other shops, but this one was just perfect - plus it was my first stop and after this I kind of forgot to take many pictures.

Polk County Courthouse in Dallas, OR
 Next, I drove into Salem and stopped at the Quilted Forest.  This shop was very busy and had lots of interesting and beautiful quilts and fabrics.  But, they were not my type.

Third stop was Quilt'n Stitch in Slayton, OR, east of Salem.  A nice little shop in a small town.

I also went to the Bernina Stretch & Sew Fabrics and The Cotton Patch, both in Keizer, OR and didn't remember to take any pictures.  Sorry about that!

When I returned home I saw that one of my commenters recommended going to the quilt shop in Independence, which I saw was near Dallas, but since the shop wasn't in the shop "hop" I wasn't aware of it until it was too late.  Maybe some other time I can check it out.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


I finished quilting it yesterday and got all the threads trimmed off today.  I'm naming it "Baskets of Blue" which was suggested to me by Rebecca in AK.  Thanks, Rebecca!  I took a bunch of pictures, but only two of them turned out very good.  I'm not very good at "arranging" photos!  

I'm so happy to have this quilt finished (always feel this way when finishing a quilt).  It took 1 1/2 years from start to finish.  I plan to hang it in the living room of our new house.

I'm glad that I did a whole appliquéd quilt and now I feel that I don't need to avoid all appliqué.  I think someday I might want to do something like a Jan Patek quilt (I already have one of her wall hanging as a UFO).

Thanks for all the encouragement as I went through this process.

Last week I attended a quilters' guild meeting and the speaker was Rachel Greco, from Grandma's Attic Quilt Shop in Dallas, OR.  She presented a lecture concerning Isaac Singer and the Singer Sewing Machine Company.  Very interesting!  Rachel loves history and she makes it come alive.  I plan to visit the quilt shop soon to participate in a shop hop of 13 quilt shops around Oregon.  What better way to get to know the area?

Monday, July 21, 2014


I'm keeping on sewing in the camper.  Actually, while living in a camper, you don't have a lot of cleaning to do, no yard work, etc.  so there is more time to sew!  I have made a few little quilts that I plan to use on the back of our dining room chairs (6 of them).  I made this top using the left-over black fabric from my basket quilt and various shirtings.  I used only 2 squares from each shirting and a different one for the inner border.  I really love the black and wanted to use it in something else.  The squares finish at 1".

Here's another one that I showed you before and now it is quilted, but not bound.

I quilted a one sided feather in the border.  I love the hooked feathers and used them for this.  I used a dark grey thread that I am using for my basket quilt.

I'm quilting free motion hooked feathers for the basket quilt border without marking any lines.  First I go up on the right side, then sew a line back down to the bottom and then do the feathers going up on the left side.  I'm doing each side like that and I'm on the second side now.  I'm too lazy I guess to mark anything and since the scallops make it easy to make the feather spine curve, it works for me.

The dark grey thread doesn't really show up very well

Quilting from the back
I like to throw in a curly que feather every once in a while, or a fern looking one.  Sorry the pictures are kind of dark - It was early when I took them.

Soon I will be deciding on the name for my basket quilt.  I have received several good suggestions, so I'll pick one of them and let you know when I do.

Happy sewing this week!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


I drove past our "new home" yesterday and took a picture of the sign of the housing development.  I took it with my cell phone while sitting in the truck across the street from the sign, so the picture isn't very clear.   Kind of a nice name for the area.

My work area in our 5th wheel camper isn't too big and I took a picture of my messy sewing table.  Stuff seems to get piled on the end of the table.  You can see my water bottle, some fabric, a pencil holder with some quilting tools in it, a hair band, bobbin and a vintage Tupperware sugar bowl.  I have 2 of the sugar bowls; one for our house and one for the camper.  But there isn't any sugar in this one.  As I was quilting my basket quilt and taking the pins out, I couldn't find a jar to put the pins in.  I spotted the empty sugar bowl and decided to use it instead.  The pins just fit through the opening.  And if it falls on the floor, they won't all spill out!

Here's a close-up of the sugar bowl.  Maybe you can see a few pins in it.

I'm getting the binding sewn on my basket quilt!  Then I need to quilt the border, put on a label and I'm done!!!!!

BTW, thanks for all the suggestions for a name for my basket quilt!  I think I'll use one of the names suggested, but haven't decided which one yet.  

Monday, July 14, 2014


I'm almost finished with the quilting on my basket quilt.  I need to think up a name for the quilt - any suggestions?

I did echo quilting in the medallion, quilted around each basket and did stippling in between the baskets and in the space that the handles surround.  I haven't decided yet how I will quilt the border, but I decided to do the binding next and I need to make it first.  It has to be bias binding because the edge will be scalloped.

Some close-up pictures….

Barb, at Fun with Barb, asked if anyone wanted to join in on a 9-patch swap and she had lots of response.  So, I am making 100 9-patches, 2 for everyone in the reproduction swap (which is closed, BTW).  I have over half of them made so far - they go pretty fast, especially with the new method.

She had a tutorial here on a new way to make 9-patches and I'm using that method to make them.  I really like it!  You can check it out and try it for yourself.

Have a great week and thanks for visiting!