Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Oak Leaves and Turkey Feathers, designed by Jan Patek is finished!  It was an idea that I blogged about here.    It measures 78" square and only took 5 years to get it completed!  I feel so good having this one finished and I'm quite happy with it.  

All the fabrics, except the outer border backgrounds were in my stash at the time I was picking them out.  Well, I think I did buy some orange pieces as I didn't have much of that.

I quilted it totally free hand as I hate marking quilts.  When I started, the only idea I had was to put veins on the large leaves.

I quilted spirals in the center of the flowers and then just made lines around the other section.  All the appliqués were quilted around.

I had no idea how to quilt the triangles in the inner border so I just did lines in the middle triangle and sides.  Then quilted loops in the green ones.

I used a variety of Sulky threads to quilt on the appliqué pieces which were stitched on with zig zags.

For the border background I quilted a variety of things:  feathers, swirls, stippling, etc.  The backing was found in a thrift store not knowing it would be perfect for this quilt.  While I was quilting this I kept track of my time and figured out it took approximately 16 hours to do the quilting. I also used 11 bobbins of cocoa Essential Pro thread from Connecting Threads.

My next project is quilting the round robin from my quilters guild.  I decided to quilt it with a Baptist fan design and I'm using Barb Vedder's  large baptist fan template.

I'm using Superior Threads Fantastico purple variegated thread for the top and white Essential Pro for the bobbin.  This one is going a lot faster than the Oak Leaves quilt because the fan quilting is large.

Two of my grandsons started school in Virginia yesterday and school for Abby starts Sept. 6 here in Oregon.  My oldest GS will be a junior in college.  I'm looking forward to cooler weather, although we have had a more pleasant summer this year than the 2 previous ones.

Happy stitching!

Thursday, August 11, 2016


I hadn't given it any thought whatsoever, but a pregnant friend from my quilt guild asked if I would take her quilt to the Yamhill County Fair for her as her baby was due at the same time and she thought she might be busy!  Well, I decided to enter my Baskets of Blue since I was going there anyway.  It won First Place in the category of appliqué by one person and the Best of Show ribbon!  What a nice surprise!  

This week I got busy and basted a couple wall hangings.  The "Oak Leaves and Turkey Feathers" is one that I started a few years ago and I wanted to get it finished for fall so I could have it as "Fall" decor.  Yesterday I started quilting it.  It is quite big - it just about covered the whole top of my king size bed, but I didn't measure it.

I also basted my round robin from last year and want to get it finished so I can take it to my guild meeting in September.  We have been off for the summer and I plan to hang both of these quilts in the "Treasusres in the Attic" show at the Yamhill County Heritage Museum in September.

This is my first round robin and I have decided that I will do it again this year (after having decided not to do it again).  I think I'm a glutton for punishment!  They can be fun, but they can also be very frustrating - trying to come up with a border for a different RR every month!  Why do I do this?

Sunday, August 7, 2016


More pictures from the quilt show.  This one was my favorite!  So scrappy and a great variety of fabrics!

New York Beauty

After the show, we stopped along the road to take a picture of the ocean - so beautiful!

Somehow, on the way home, I missed a turn and we were talking a lot, so maybe that distracted me.  All of a sudden we were entering a small town and I didn't remember ever seeing this town on the way from Lincoln City to McMinnville.  Luckily, there was a quilt shop there, so we stopped to find out where we were!  We had kept going North and ended up in Cloverdale, OR at BJ's Quilt Shop.  The clerk explained how to get back on track, but we had to do a little shopping!

It turns out that I had been to this shop a few years ago when it was located in a house.  They just moved to this shop recently.  Was that serendipity? or what?

Next door to the quilt shop is one of the best antique shops I have ever been in!  So, if you ever make its to Cloverdale, OR, be sure to stop in both of these stores.

Our day ended up being a lot longer than it should have been, but we all enjoyed it nonetheless.

Saturday, August 6, 2016


Yesterday, my next door neighbor, her mother and I went to Newport OR on the coast to a quilt show and had a great day!  Here are some of my favorite quilts.  I will post more tomorrow.  Some of my pictures aren't real clear, but I wanted to show those quilts anyway, so I hope your eyes don't cross while looking at them.

Paradise in Bloom designed by Judy Niemeyer 

These last 2 are mini quilts that I really loved!

It's always so inspiring to go to a quilt show!  Stay tuned for some more pictures of quilts as well as the story of our day.

Monday, August 1, 2016


I'm up to date on the Westering Women blocks.  The last one was super easy!

I have been working on a UFO lately.  It's a quilt I saw at Lori's home several years ago and liked a lot.  I don't remember when I started it, but I got tired of having it in a box, so I determined to myself that I would at least finish the top.  It appeared in the Fall/Winter 2005 Quilt Sampler magazine and is called "American Crossroads."  I already had 93 blocks finished and needed 63 more to make it into a queen size quilt.  I just finished 24 blocks!  So now I "only" need 39 more.  I'll try to get them made this week.

So, it seems I am back in the groove!  I also plan to get 2 wall hangings quilted this month.  One is my round robin!

Do you have any goals for August?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


I'm almost finished with the borders for Oak Leaves and Turkey Feathers!  Here's a picture of one corner.  I will sew the last 2 borders on as soon as I get the berries sewn onto them.  5 berries on each border. 

Little by little does the job!

Friday, July 22, 2016


I'm finally getting back to quilting and the first thing I did was quilt this small doll quilt.  I made one of these for a customer and thought, "why not make 2 while I'm at it?"  So this is the 2nd one, which will probably go in my Etsy shop when I get it bound.  I also have one hanging in my sewing room that I made during a Jo Morton Little Women class several years ago in Texas.  I'm keeping that one.

Then the question was, What to work on next?  I decided I needed to finish my Oak Leaves and Turkey Feathers wall hanging designed by Jan Patek that I blogged about here and here.  So, it's only taken me 5 years to get to this point, which is almost finished with the borders.  And I definitely want to get it finished to hang up for fall.

Here's one border.  I have the 4 corner blocks finished and am almost finished with 3 of the borders.  The other one is waiting for the vine to be made and then I can iron down the flowers and leaves.  It shouldn't take too long to get that border finished and then I just have to baste, quilt and bind!  I still have a little appliqué stitching to do on each panel, because I need one more color of thread.

I use Sulky thread for machine appliqué and I made a great garage sale purchase a while ago of this bag of threads.  I was hoping I had enough to finish a certain project, but I still need one new color. 

I think I may have mentioned before that we get a lot of deer walking or running through our neighborhood and yesterday morning I got a picture of 4 of them.  I was out talking to a friend I saw walking by and then we saw these lovelies coming toward us.  They were heading for the ravine that runs through the middle of our town.  This picture is cropped, but if I didn't do that, you would see that I live in a regular neighborhood, not in the middle of the woods.  I cropped it so you could see the deer better.  My GD (and all of us) really enjoy seeing them

Happy quilting, ladies!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


I finished another E Pluribus Unum wall hanging as a gift for my brother's birthday.  His is on the left and the one on the right is hanging in my living room.  I made the original one in February and posted about it here.  All the bow tie blocks are from the block swap last year that Barb at Fun with Barb organized.  I think I have a few of those blocks left over.

DS/DIL/GD have moved into their rent house and I have my sewing room back for the first time in about a month!!!!  I can't wait to get back to quilting again.  They live a couple miles from us so we will be seeing them on a regular basis, which is great.  My DIL is from India and is a fabulous cook!  My DS is now working at the local hospital - he's a RN.  And my GD, Abby, will be going into 3rd grade.  She loves to go to parks and we have been to a number of the parks in town, but maybe not all.  We all have been enjoying seeing the deer that come into our neighborhood regularly.

This is one of the best playgrounds!  We went here on Monday and the temperature was in the 60s - it was delightful!  She wants to go back there again.  They didn't have these kind of playgrounds when I was growing up.

Thanks, dear readers, for your comments.  I just haven't had time to respond to all of them.  Hopefully, I will get organized and start accomplishing something!

Sunday, July 10, 2016


We went into Salem the other day and walked across the Willamette River on this walking bridge, which used to be a train bridge.

Abby and DS looking out at the river.

Looking north at the Willamette River
The doll quilt is finished now.  Below is a picture of Abby quilting it on my Janome 6600 sewing machine.  I decided it would be easier and best for her to use this machine instead of the Featherweight because this one has a stitch speed regulator that I could set so no matter how hard she pressed down on the foot pedal, it would only go to the speed I set it for.  She stitched across each diagonal row to form an X on each block.

The back of the finished quilt.  She picked some fabric with pictures of deer and bears on it, because she has been delighted to see lots of deer around our neighborhood.

The top of the doll quilt!

I folded the back over the front and ironed it down so all she had to do was stitch around it on the sewing machine.  I decided that would be easier for her first quilt.  ALL DONE!

Thursday, July 7, 2016


Our DS and family are staying with us until the rental house is ready on July 19th, and since we have a small house, they are living in my sewing room.  Yesterday I decided to set up my featherweight on the patio since it was such a beautiful day.  I no sooner began sewing than my GD Abby said she wanted to learn how to sew!  

So, I found her some 3" square scraps and she picked out the ones she liked to make a doll quilt.

She is learning to line the fabric up against the 1/4" marker.

The speed of this machine is kind of hard to regulate, but she managed to figure out a way.

Once my Janome is more available, I can let her sew on that and turn the speed down to low, so it will be easier for her.  We don't want any fingers getting sewn!

The top of her doll quilt is done!!

BTW, Abby is 7 years old.  So far she is signed up in the summer reading program at the library and we have been to several parks with play grounds.  I'm sure we will find more to report on.  The house they rented is about 2 miles from our house.  DS starts his job on Monday!

My project will get done, but maybe not in time for my brother's birthday, which is a special one for him.  We might get rain today, so the table might get set up in the garage for sewing.