Monday, September 14, 2020


I recently finished the machine quilting as well as the binding on this quilt, Pineapple nine patch that I showed in my July 11 post (when I finished the top).  This is a quilt that I started about 5 years ago after seeing some quilts of this same pattern made by Nana Girl.  She teaches this quilt in Pensacola, Florida.  When I saw the quilts she made with this pattern, I was inspired to make one - too bad it took me so long to do it!

It really doesn't look like a nine-patch, does it?  Well, it is a very complicated nine-patch and maybe you can see the block in this picture.  The center of the 9-patch is the hour glass block.  Each of the side blocks have 4 rows of strips and the 4 corners contain one of the triangles that make up the pin wheel.  So each pinwheel is part of a different 9-patch block.  If that doesn't make any sense to you, don't worry about it.  Each of the 9-patch blocks contains 80 pieces of fabric!

Some other projects that I have finished is this apron made with Loralie's Happy Nurse fabric.  I found some of Loralie's fabric at a thrift shop and will be making a few items to sell from it.

This table runner is based on the Cabin Corner pattern from Jo Morton's book.  The pattern in the book is for a square quilt and I changed it a little to make it into a table runner.

Since my friend and I have at least Holiday 2 craft shows lined up, I am also making a few table runners to sell - and to use up the left-over Christmas fabric from last year.

I'm sorry that I haven't been posting much lately, but I have been very busy sewing.  I think I better keep sewing as long as I am in the mood!  Plus, I'm getting ready for the craft shows.  And I also sell things on Etsy and occasionally on Ebay.  I do want to use up the fabric that I have.  The problem is that in the process of making things, it is necessary to buy more fabric because the fabric that I have on hand 
doesn't always match what I'm working on.  Do you ever have that problem?

Last week I went with 2 of my friends to Sherwood, Oregon to shop at the new Hobby Lobby.  Our town doesn't have very many stores and this is a store that I do miss (in Texas I lived pretty close to one).  On the way home from there, we noticed that the sky was looking smokey and kind of reddish.  Ultimately, we learned about the wild fires burning out of control in Oregon.  We have had smoke where I live since then.  Fortunately, we have not been in any danger from the fires.  I hope and pray that they will be totally stopped soon.  There is a fire still burning near Newberg, OR, which isn't very far from us but some of the people who had to be evacuated have been able to go home.  

Last night DH saw on the weather channel that Portland has the worst air quality in the whole world!!  I hope it's not that bad in McMinnville, but we decided not to walk this morning.

Thanks for the sweet comments on my last post!  I do appreciate them.


Tuesday, August 25, 2020


 I finished the "Liberty" table topper from Kim Diehl's book "Simple Seasons."  I am happy I made it and it fits on my dining room table.

Here's a close up of one section.

This week I started quilting the Pineapple Nine Patch quilt.  I'm using the fan stencil from Barb.  I love this stencil and I also used in on a table runner that is lower in this post.

I mark my quilt lines with the hera marker instead of using a marking pen.  I was going to try that, but then I forgot and I already had it all basted, so I marked it this way, which I am used to.

The hera marker makes a dent in the fabric (you can see it in this next picture).  I only mark one or two fans at a time because the dent can disappear with time.

I also made and finished this table runner "Nordic Stars" designed by Bev Getschel.  It was kind of tedious to get all the pieces lined up properly, but I really like it.  The pattern was in the McCall's Quilting Magazine, the November/December 2017 issue.

Here's a close up of the center part.

I also made this table runner out of a charm pack.  This makes a pretty long one!

A close-up of the quilting with the fan.

The back of this table runner.

Since my last post, DH and I also celebrated our 58th wedding anniversary!  My DGD came over to sew one day last week.  She used my Janome machine and I got out my Featherweight for me to sew with.  We had a good time sewing and talking!  I'm so happy that her hubby is now out of the Navy and they are living nearby!

My co-crafting friend and I haven't had any craft shows yet this year, but it looks like we will have two of them coming up.  One is in October and the other one is the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. We are very happy because with all the sewing we have been doing, we have many things to sell!  We're hoping that the Handmade Holiday craft show at the local museum will take place too, but we haven't heard about that one yet.

I hope you and your families are well.  We haven't come in contact with any people with covid - and hope it stays that way.  

Wednesday, August 5, 2020


I love Kim Diehl's designs and have several of her books, but really haven't made many things from them yet.  However, I was recently browsing and came across this table topper in her "Simple Seasons" book and decided to finally make it (the name of it is "Liberty")!  This is a picture from the book.  I had originally been intimidated by the design, but having more experience with appliqué during the intervening years, it didn't look as daunting!  So, I decided to make it!  

When I went on my birthday shopping trip, finding some fabrics for this quilt was on my list.  The shop (Boersma's) is located about a mile from my house.  The local quilt shop (LQS) in McMinnville, OR gives their customers a 25% discount on regular priced items for their birthday, so last week I went there for my shopping trip.  I had 2 punch cards filled up which gave me a $25 credit for each card - in other words, $50 off my bill!  So here are the fabrics that I bought.

First, I bought 3 navy blue fabrics (which will be used for the eagles on the table topper).  I already have a good blue for one eagle and each eagle will be different.  The color didn't come out very good but they are all a nice navy.

I needed some reds and couldn't resist some Christmas fabric as well.

Actually, when I picked out the background fabric for "Liberty" I picked out the one below that is cream colored.  I didn't notice at first that the fabric is also by Kim Diehl!  And since the same fabric came in red also, I got some of that too.

I needed a couple light blues and a good Christmas background fabric.

And here's a couple more Christmas fabrics.  I got a great variety of fabrics!

For my birthday, we went out to eat with DS, DGS and DGD, then came to the house for cake.  I might as well tell you how old I am - 77!  How did that happen?

Then we played a game of Aggravation on the board that DH made!

Now everything  back to normal and I have started on my "Liberty" table topper.  

Hope you are all well.  Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, July 25, 2020


 I love holly hocks and have been trying to get them to grow.  Maybe I have a black thumb, but I thought that everything was supposed to grow easily in Oregon.  Well, I finally have a holly hock plant that has actually gotten about 2 feet high and has several gorgeous blooms on it - double blooms!!  I am seriously going to plant more seeds so I can get more of them growing.  I just love them.

When I get a project finished (or at least basted), I like to switch to something else for at least a couple days.  I have had some panels of doll clothes for years and I decided to get some of them sewn up.  This first one is a camping outfit.  The hat is too big for her head, but maybe on another doll it will fit better.

She even has a back pack!

The next outfit is a pajama and robe set with an overnight bag.  Please ignore her hair.  I use this doll to try on the clothes only.

I like to get scraps from a chest at my LQS and sometimes the scraps are pretty big.  Recently, I found these 4 pictures of bears there and thought they would be perfect for a baby quilt.  All the fabrics on the front are from the scrap chest, except for the border.  This is a donation quilt, so the binding is sewn on for more sturdiness.

And finally, this one is from Jo Morton's book, Jo's Little Favorites.  I had been looking at this pattern for a while and finally decided to make it.  The pattern calls for strips of one inch, but I increased the size to 1 1/4 inch, so it measures 21 1/4" square.  If I made it with one inch strips, it would measure 14 3/4" square, which is pretty small.
Cabin Corners
I just love this quilt!  On the back I put a panel commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence that I had from some former projects.  It had been cut down for making wall hangings and I just added it the way it was with a border to make it big enough.

Now I'm in the mood to make some more log cabin blocks and might make this same pattern, only longer for a table runner.  I have plenty of fabrics to make all the blocks different.

I don't know where the week went!  Here it it Saturday already - time to do some house cleaning.

I noticed that Barb was the guest for a quilt guild via Zoom.  I really miss having our guild meetings in person and having them via Zoom would be better than nothing.  Are any of your guilds doing that?  If this pandemic continues much longer, we should definitely do this.  The monthly meeting and going to quilt shows are some things that I really miss a lot!!

Take care and stay healthy! 

Saturday, July 11, 2020


A couple weeks ago I showed you some of the blocks for this scrappy string quilt and now it is finished!

This will be a donation quilt.  I quilted it with what Kim Diehl calls cinnamon rolls - a super easy way to quilt that turns out looking pretty good!  You can see how it looks in these two close up sections.

I finished the Pineapple Nine-Patch top that I showed you in my last post.  I'm glad I made it and also glad is it finished.  It measures 70" square.  I'm not sure if I will ever make another one, but I have seen some lovely ones in different colors.  It is very tempting!

This is what each block looks like.

I like how the lighter colored sections look like a circle when they are put together.  I made it mostly from stash.  The dark colored fabrics are mostly batiks and the lighter colors are not.  I will need to purchase fabric for backing.  I'll probably get it from the "sale" basement of my LQS.  

The backing is on my list for when I go to my LQS for my birthday shopping spree later this month!  The week of your birthday, they give you 25% off all regular priced items.  So, we smart shoppers, save up our punch cards from the shop, which are worth $25 of free merchandise per card (we get it punched for every dollar spent on regular priced items).  I have 2 punch cards finished, so that is $50 right there.  I also have some pennies saved up from a couple items I sold recently.  Can't wait!!

Friday, July 3, 2020


I have been very delinquent with blogging lately!  I can't go very many places and stay home a lot, so you would think that I would have more time for blogging, wouldn't you?  

Well, here is something that has been keeping me busy (among other things).  This is Pineapple Nine Patch from the Geometric Gems book by Cathy Wierzbicki.  I started this five years ago and posted 2 blocks that I had made in 2015.  Since then I had made 4 more blocks for a total of 6 and this week I made 10 more blocks and that is all I'm going to make.  However, I will make border with triangles so that all around the edge there will be the pinwheels.  And then an outer border.

Uh Oh!  I just spotted a wonkey triangle and I know there are 2 other mistakes needing fixing.  Maybe I'll fix those today - and then maybe I won't.  I just might want to take a few days break before I make the borders and fix the mistakes.  But I do want to get it finished soon.  It will measure 56" square without the outer border, which I will decide on later.

I hope all of my friends in the USA will have a peaceful and happy 4th!  

Monday, June 22, 2020


Two projects finished last week:  The QCR Mini Table Runner is quilted and bound.  I decided to do straight quilting because I really like the way it looks.  I plan to make more of this table runner in other colors.

The Declaration wall hanging is quilted and bound.

And hung above a picture of George Washington praying during the Revolutionary War.

Then I decided I needed a change and I had a few string blocks done a while ago, so I decided to make more so I could sew them into a donation quilt.  What I like to do is have a row of blocks for each color and I need about 8 blocks of each color.  I sew the strips on a piece of paper .

This shows the paper on the bottom of the strips.

Then, I trim them to the size of the paper.

So far, I have 8 blocks of brown, red, blue, yellow, green and 6 orange.  I also am making blocks with a variety of colors.

Mixed colored blocks and blue blocks

Have a great week!

Monday, June 15, 2020


I won a QCR Mini ruler (Sew Kind of Wonderful) from Randy a couple weeks ago!  It's a curved ruler and there was a pattern for a table runner included, so I decided to use it right away and make up the pattern.  I picked out 2 batiks to start with and since I didn't have enough of that fabric, I  picked out 2 more.  It went together very easily and I have the top done!  It is different from my traditional block designs, but it's fun to try something new.  They have some other instructional videos on Youtube that I might try too.  There is at least one book.

This is the mini ruler.   I'm not sure how many patterns are available for this ruler.  I'll have to do some more exploring.  Thanks, Randy!!

Several years ago - at least 10 - I saw this fabric in my favorite quilt shop in Texas, where I was living at the time.  I made a few of these wall hangings; gave a couple away and sold one I think.
I had some of the fabric left over and had always planned to make one for me.  Finally, I came across the fabric and decided this was a good time to make it up.

I changed the design a little because my math skills have deteriorated a lot in the last 10 years.  This is what I came up with.    I have the perfect place to hang it when it is quilted and bound.

Last year, I participated in the scrappy string challenge that Lori held.  Since I didn't finish the spider quil then, I thought it was time to get it done.  I didn't want to make it too big, so it measures 5 feet square for a lap quilt.

Do you see the cat in the lower part of this picture?

I used fabrics that were in my stash and used 2 different fabrics separated by scrappy pieces of fabric for the border.

This challenge was, of course, supposed to be a way to use up (AKA - get rid of) some scraps.  It did use some scraps, but of course, didn't really make a dent in my scraps.  I think I need to start making more string quilts. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020


Sunday I finished sewing the binding to the back of the quilt and Monday I got the label sewn on.  It's all ready to go.  As soon as I know if there will be a retirement ceremony or not.  If there is, I will take it with me and if there isn't, I will send it to him.  

I quilted it all with white thread on the back, but on the top I used different colors:  brown on the eagle feathers, white on the head, etc.  In the border I used grey thread.  I didn't purchase quite enough of the backing fabric, so I added a panel down the middle with some extra blocks and patriotic squares that I had.  I'm happy with the way it turned out.  It measures about 71" square.

This morning I was reading the latest blog from "Love" and she was talking about watching the Memorial Day concert and how she gets tears in her eyes when she hears the National Anthem.  It made me think about the flag that she gave me several years ago that I had hanging in our camper for years.  She wrote these words on the white stripes:  "Oh, say does that star spangled banner yet wave, O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?" by Francis Scott Key, 1779 - 1843.

A few weeks ago, I came across that flag from Love and decided to hang it on my TV cabinet.  It's hanging on the knob that opens the DVD storage shelves.  Under and to the right of the flag I have placed tiny houses made out of wooden blocks and painted to be village stores that I have lined up on the bottom shelf of the cabinet.  I found them at a garage sale and thought they were/are so cute! 

Love's handwriting on the white stripes is perfect!

I'm sure I would have had tears in my eyes too if we had been watching the concert.  I meant to watch it, but then forgot!

I have finished 3 quilts during our time of isolation, and now I want to just work on a few smaller project.  I do have one  smaller wall hanging that is partially quilted, so I think I'll finish it first.
Thanks for visiting and have a good week!