Monday, November 28, 2016


I finished quilting this car quilt.  The embroidered blocks were a set of partially done blocks that I picked up at an estate sale.  I finished the embroidery and put them together into a baby quilt/wall hanging size quilt.  

When I was trying to figure out what to quilt in the border, I went to a favorite blog for quilting designs, The Inbox Jaunt.  Lori Kennedy has some amazing quilting designs with directions for how to make them by free motion quilting.  I found this race car design and when I read her step by step instructions it look pretty easy.  Below is my first try at it on my practice scrap.    

It seemed easy and I made them all around the border of the quilt.  They aren't perfect, but I like them anyway.    Here are a couple close ups of the cars as quilted in the border.  They aren't real visible because of the plaid fabric, but maybe you can see how they turned out.  No two of them are exactly the same.

I definitely will continue to use Lori's ideas - they are amazing!  

Sunday, November 20, 2016


Quilters Madder is quilted and bound!  Yea!  I really like it and think I will use it as a table topper.

I stitched straight lines in the middle and small feathers in the border,

I also made 2 of these table toppers.  This is the medium sized one and I also made a small one.  It's a pattern from Atkinson Designs, "Happy Holidays" designed by Terry Atkinson.  I have used this pattern before and made other table toppers for different times of the year.

I quilted leaf shapes in some of the spaces.

Yesterday I quilted 3 table runners and I have and have one more table topper left to quilt.  In the mean time, I have other things in the works.   Now, I have 2 more tops ready to baste and will soon have another one.  Some of these will be for gifts and others to sell at a craft fair in 2 weeks.  

Have a happy Thanksgiving - in case I don't post again before then.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Today I basted 7 small quilts.  Some are Christmas table toppers and some are musical table runners.

This first one is from a pattern I have made a few other times - Happy Holidays, designed by Terry Atkinson.  I made 2 Christmas table toppers in the small and medium sizes.  Both have the same fabric layout as in the one below, which is the medium one.

Below are the other quilts folded so you can only see their backings.

The goofy Santa fabric was purchased at a garage sale and I have only used it for backing Christmas quilts as it is rather silly.

I hope to get these quilted soon.  Thanks for visiting!

Friday, November 4, 2016


Today is the link party for the Quilters Madder SAL (sew-a-long) organized by Lori at Humble Quilts.

I have all my blocks placed on my design wall, but not sewn together yet.  I hope to get it finished next week when I will have a little more time.  I'm not sure if I will add the HST border or not.  

Quilters Madder
In case you are wondering, "madder" is a reddish brown color of fabric that was popular in the civil war era - maybe - I'm not exactly sure.  I know it has something to do with dying fabric red.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


I just had to show pictures of my DIL's car that we set up as a doll house for the Trunk and Treat at our church.  My sweet 7 year old GD dressed up as Super Girl.

The doll house idea was just about the only thing I could think of, and I think it was kind of cute.  I couldn't fit as much in as I wanted to.  The doll bed was made for me by my Grandpa around 1950 and the doll in it was my Mom's doll.  I made the cloth doll sitting in the chair on the left and my sister gave me the little sewing machine that is on the desk part of the chair.

Last night we went to DS#2's home to watch the Chicago Cubs beat the Indians!!!  GO, CUBS!!  Since we were both born in Chicago and raised in the area, we have always been Cubs fans - well, mainly DH, but I'm definitely rooting for them to win the World Series.  Tonight we're going back to watch the final game and I'm fixing crock pot beef stew to take over there.

Obviously taken before the end of the game.  Final score was 9-3!

Sorry this is blurry

Monday, October 31, 2016


I received my broken dishes exchange blocks today from Barb!  What a wonderful variety of red civil war reproductions!!  Thanks Barb!  I'm not sure how many I got, but I think it's about 80!  I wonder what I will make with them.

Here are some more items that I've been making for a craft show coming up this weekend.  I just finished one more of the Bow Tucks Tote designed by Penny Sturges.  I got this fabric at my LQS and the colors are so great!  I have another one like it in process.

Back view

Front view
These are some smaller tote bags made from a panel of cat pictures.

Front view

Back view
I've decided I don't really enjoy making tote bags and probably won't make many more of them.  It takes forever to iron on the batting and interfacing!  

Tonight our church is having a Trunk or Treat event for the local children.  I had never heard of this before we moved here.  But, since they desperately needed more trunks, my DIL and I decided to decorate her trunk as a "doll house."  I will try to get some pictures.  Hope it doesn't rain tonight!

Saturday, October 22, 2016


This week I went on a shop hop in the Salem OR area.  My friend and I went to a few shops but didn't make it to all the shops in the hop.  

Besides the shop in our home town (Boersma's), our favorite shop is Grandma's Attic in Dallas, OR.  The scrap bin was full of great pieces of fabric and you can stuff a plastic bag full for $4.99 as long as it can close.  Here is my bag.

And here is the contents of the bag spread out.  I stuffed 12 1/2 oz. into it, which makes it a great deal!  As you can see, I got mostly civil war and 30s reproductions.

I couldn't resist purchasing some other yardage and below is what I got.

Just got home from watching the Cubs baseball game and they won!!!  They will be going to the world series next!  Yea, Cubs!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Barrister's Block had a pin cushion exchange and I decided to sign up for it.  This first one is the one I made and sent to Britt.  

I recently received this log cabin pin cushion from Linda along with a gorgeous piece of fabric!  Thank you, Linda!  Of course, I love log cabin blocks!

Thanks Randy for organizing this exchange!

I have also been working on a SAL (sew-a-long) organized by Lori.  You can still join in if you want to by going here to find the instructions.

Here is my group of blocks from Part 3.

I think the final reveal is coming up on Friday with directions on how to put them together.  I have been joining in with Lori's SALs for years and they are always great!  Thanks, Lori!  I can't wait until Friday.

Sunday, October 16, 2016


I just realized that it's been a while since I posted on my blog!  I have been spending less time browsing as well because I have been keeping pretty busy on quilting projects.

This block is the September BOM from Barbara Brackman's Civil War blog.  I haven't done the August one yet.  Both of these have Y-seams, which are not my favorite.  I tried to make mine more like the one Becky Brown made (see Barbara's post).  Also, my friend/neighbor and I have signed up for a craft show in November and I'm working on some projects for that.

In case you didn't know, I love going to garage sales and thrift stores.  I look for fabric and projects that I can use and/or sell from my Etsy shop.

The quilt show that I went to in Salem, OR had a sale section of fabrics, panels, etc. that members of the group donated.  There were some great deals!  Below is a small panel of a dalmatian dog along with some pieces of fabrics to finish it.  I put some of them together, but now I'm thinking of making it into a small quilt.  The top and bottom border pieces aren't sewn on yet and I don't have any more of that fabric.  Right now it measures about 22" x 29".  I was thinking about making a wall hanging, but if I make it into a baby or child's quilt I would need to enlarge it.  Any suggestions?

This Santa place mat/table topper or Santa's cookie and milk mat, was also found at the quilt show.  It was layered and partially quilted.  I just added some more quilting and finished it.

I found this rabbit at a thrift shop and she needed a dress.  The package included a pattern for a dress and I had this fabric on hand.  I made the apron out of a vintage napkin.

I love the old crocheted corner on the napkin.

This table runner was purchased at an estate sale and it was all layered but not quilted yet.  I decided to finish it off and hope to sell it at the craft show.  It looks like a mardi gras design.

This is some of what I have been doing.  The weather has turned rainy, so it was a good time to spend inside sewing.

Friday, October 7, 2016


Lori from Humble Quilts is having a QAL aka quilt-a-long.   I tried for a couple minutes to resist it, but I've done so many of her QALs that it didn't really take too long to decide to do it.  After I saw the first step and how easy it was, plus it's only 24" square,  I figured I could squeeze it in.  Some of her QALs are my very favorite little quilts, after all.  I haven't done any of her bigger QALs.

Here's the first step.  Cut some squares.

Next, sew most of them into 4-patches.  Very easy!

The next step is some HSTs.  I'll get to them next week.

Have a great weekend ladies!

Saturday, October 1, 2016


Yesterday I went to Salem, about 35 minutes south of where I live, to attend Quiltopia!  This is a quilt show that used to be put on by a quilt shop that just went out of business, and now the people that assisted in organizing it are doing it without the sponsorship of Greenbaums.  It was held at a really special place, the Willamette Heritage Center, which was a woolen mill established around 1840 by some missionaries.  The mill is now a museum and is a wonderful place to tour, so we'll have to go back there again.

This farm quilt was my favorite.

 The quilts were hanging up quite high and it was hard to get a straight picture and some might be blurry.  And, of course, I didn't get all the pictures that I would have liked to.

Too bad I couldn't fit this whole quilt in the photo.

This applique quilt was lovely.

A cute halloween quilt!

Here's a special patriotic quilt!

It was a beautiful day for an outing!  Look at that sky!

Abby didn't have school, so she came with us.

There was also a bed turning and this was the top quilt.  It was a millennial quilt and had 2000 different fabrics in it.

Another quilt in the bed turning was this vintage crazy quilt.

Thanks for visiting.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend.