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.

Friday, September 30, 2016


 A quick post as I'm getting ready to go to "QUILTOPIA" in Salem, OR this morning.

I finished 2 more triangles for my Dear Jane quilt.  These are numbers 3 and 4 for the right side.  I really like them both, but I love #4 as it was very easy.  #3, not so much.  You can probably see that I machine appliquéd the diamond shapes as well as the small point in the middle bottom area.  But I did hand appliqué the circle.

If it weren't for this blog about how to make each of the DJ blocks, I would really not have any hair!    These would be impossible for my pea brain to figure out.  Jane must have been a genius!

Right side 3 and 4

The trees are turning and this is the view from our patio.  Our next door neighbor has a huge maple tree plus a Japanese maple with beautiful leaves.  The bad part is that about half of the leaves will land in our yard soon.  They are already starting to fall.

Have a great day and come back soon.  I will post some pictures from the quilt show!

Monday, September 26, 2016


 Last week I kept busy making 3 purses.  The first 2 below are with the french fabric that I got at a garage sale.  I used 2 different brown fabrics for the bottom and trim.  I really like how these purses turned out.

Here's the back view with the Eiffel Tower.

This back view is a little different with the map of France and of course the Eiffel Tower again.

I made one Batik purse with a charm pack and some brown Batik yardage.

Other side.

There are pockets all around the inside of the purses.

I think I will keep the green purse and try to sell the other two.   I have enough of the French fabric to make a couple more purses.

Today I decided I needed to work on my Dear Jane quilt some more.  I got these 2 finished and the last one for the top row needs some hand work.  I also picked out some fabric to continue with the triangles.  Hopefully, I will finish DJ some time next year.

Top Border 11 and 12
I have some appliqué and knitting to work on during the debate tonight.  

Monday, September 19, 2016


 These are the broken dishes blocks to send to Barb here for the block swap.  They measure 4 1/2" square and there are 40 of 2 different fabrics.

I will be receiving 80 different blocks in exchange!  Lots of fun!

I just finished 2 doll quilts that will be put into my Etsy shop.  I love pink and brown together!

I bought this tote bag pattern at BJs quilt shop in Cloverdale, OR in August and decided to make 2 bags; one is with a charm pack that I also got there.

 Here's the front panel with the green charm pack squares sewn together and a brown batik which will be on the bottom of the bag.  I'm also making one with he Paris fabric.  Now I'm trying to find some fabric to use for the lining - I don't want to use just muslin, although maybe I will.

Have a nice week everyone!  The weather here is getting cooler!!

Saturday, September 10, 2016


I've been making HSTs day in and day out lately and just finished 40 broken dishes blocks measuring 4 1/2" unfinished.  

Now I will start on 40 more in a different red fabric.

design wall with almost 40 broken dish  blocks underneath my DJ triangles & 1st row.
 In the mean time, I decided to make a couple baby quilts to donate at my quilt guild meeting on Monday.  When I went to a quilt show last month I bought a grab bag for $1.00 and in it was a collection of 6" charm squares.  I put them together into 2 baby quilt tops with borders.

The backings were either free or purchased at a garage sale.

Speaking of garage sales, as many of you know, I love to go to them to see what bargains I can find.  Here's one bargain I found recently - over 2 yards of Timeless Treasures "Paris" fabric for $3.00!  I wonder what I will do with this?

I have an idea, so be sure to come back to see if I get something made soon.