Sunday, February 12, 2017


This past week I finished DH's "Vintage Tin" quilt!  It was a year's worth of work on the embroidery in secret and then making the pieced blocks and the border in secret as well.  It was kind of fun surprising him for his special birthday.  This picture doesn't show up the embroidered blocks very well, but they are in another post here in case you haven't seen them before.  It measures 68" x 62".

I usually have a pile of string blocks that I work on from time to time and I got this string block donation quilt finished this week as well.  I do love these type of quilts.  This one measures approximately 67" x 52".

Here's the backing for the donation quilt.  I got this strange looking fabric at the LQS for $4.00/yard! I had originally planned to use it on a queen size quilt, but changed my mind and used something different.  I think I have enough of this for another donation quilt.

Guess what!  I have another new project!  This is a T-shirt quilt that has been commissioned by the SIL of a friend.  The T-shirts are here, and I bought a lot of wonder under for them.  These fabrics will be borders for the T-shirts.  School colors are navy blue and gold.  I plan to get started on it this week.

Are you starting any new projects this week?  Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Congratulations to the winners of my give away!  An email has been sent to first place winner, Chantel L.  of At the corner of scraps and quilts and 2nd place winner, Marsha of Grandma's Quilts (Marsha and I have been APQ blogging buddies almost since the beginning).  I will send out their prizes as soon as I hear from them.

I had gotten behind on making the blocks from Barbara Brackman's "Westering Women" 2016 BOM, but now I'm caught up.  You can still find these 12" blocks on the Civil War blog.  Barbara also gives you lots of amazing information about the civil war.

Here are all 12 blocks finished.  I want to put them into a queen size quilt and am not sure how I will do that.  I will probably put them on point with an alternating block (non-pieced) in between.  Any ideas will be welcome.

These are a larger picture of the 4 blocks that I just finished.

Thanks to all those who entered my give away!  I wouldn't be doing this if it wasn't for all of you!

Friday, February 3, 2017


I have been busy quilting DH's Vintage Tin quilt.  On most of the embroidered panels I am quilting cross hatching.  I mark the quit with my Clover hera marker.  While I don't like marking quilts, it has to be done sometimes.  Especially on straight lines.  The hera marker puts a dent in the fabric without putting a colored mark on it.  You can see the dent in the picture below.

This shows more of the cross hatch quilting already done on the second embroidered panel.  Now, I'm working on the outer border of flying geese.

At one point where I had to stop for either putting in a new bobbin or some other reason, I couldn't find one of my quilting gloves.  I was quilting along and noticed that the quilt seemed thicker in one spot and thought I better see what was going on.  My glove got quilted onto the back of the quilt!  That is one of the "joys" of quilting.

Now for important things!  I'm having a GIVE-AWAY to celebrate my 700th post!!!  I started blogging in 2008 and have had a lot of fun with it.  I've learned so much from other bloggers, gotten encouragement, ideas and fun!  Seeing what other quilters are doing is amazing.  So, I want to have the give-away to express my appreciation to my readers.  I remember the first comment I got and also how excited when I received a comment from outside our country!  Quilters are the best!

The prize that someone will win is a 24" square of labels and 2 yards of fabric from my Etsy shop.  You can go to my Etsy shop by clicking on it in my sidebar and see the fabrics that I have for sale there in the "fabrics" section.  I don't have a huge selection, but maybe there is something that you can use.  

I will have the giveaway open for 5 days and will select the winner on Feb. 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM Pacific time.  A second winner will get a panel of the labels.  Just leave a comment on this post and tell me approximately how long you have been blogging and just one thing you have enjoyed the most from other bloggers.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Oh, yes!  Lori of Humble Quilts had a QAL (quilt a long) with this quilt last year - or was it the year before? - and I bought the book, but had other projects to work on so I didn't participate then.  So, last month, I started looking at this pattern again, and besides the eagle in the middle, it looked pretty easy - and I'm all about easy.

This is the whole quilt.

So, I thought I would get started with some of the easiest blocks.

Before I knew it, I had 12 blocks finished!!  All from my stash.  Of course, I'm machine appliquéing them, so that makes it a lot faster too.  So, what will I do when I get all the blocks finished except the middle one?  There's that eagle.  And he's a rather strange looking one at that!

My next post is my 700th!!!  I think I'll have a give-a-way to celebrate!  So be sure to check back in a few days.

Thursday, January 26, 2017


I am working on the backing for the "Vintage Tin" quilt top that I made for DH.  BTW, this pattern was designed by Crab Apple Hill Studio.  Here are some pictures of some of the embroidery panels.

These are the top panels.  I personalized the top panel and another panel by changing the pattern's license plates.  The one in this top panel has our old Texas license plate number instead the number that was in the pattern.

This is the backing fabric.  It covers most of the back, but I will still need to do some piecing.  I found this in the "sale basement" of my LQS and I bought all that was on the bolt.

DH has had a few motorcycles in the past, so he liked this block a lot.

The pattern had a California license plate and I changed it to an Oregon plate!  Same goes for the Illinois license plate, which was an Ohio plate in the pattern.  We both grew up in Illinois and lived there some years after we were married.

Hopefully, I'll get the quilting done in the next couple weeks.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


This is a small quilt that I got out of a "FREE" box at a garage sale.  It was already quilted in the ditch.  I finished quilting it and now it is bound and finished!  Wow!  that was easy!!  It's pretty small, but will do as a lap quilt - 38" x 38".

Monday, January 23, 2017


 This is a better picture of my yo yos and fabrics that I am using to make a valance for my sewing room window.  When we weren't walking around Seaside, OR, shopping, eating or going to restaurants, I was in the motel making more of these.

I also did a little knitting on dish cloths.  I am trying out some new cotton from Knit Picks and thought brown would be good.

Seaside, OR was at the end of the Lewis and Clark trail where they went to get salt to preserve food for their trip back east.

On the way home, we stopped along the coastline and I took this picture of the Pacific Ocean and the sea gull.  He flew to a farther post whenever I got too close.  I am in awe of God's creation!

We also stopped at Munson Falls which is just south of Tillamook, OR.

Trail into the falls.

Lots of mossy trees.

I love this mossy boulder in the creek.

Another mossy boulder farther up,
Munson Falls is the highest waterfall in the Coastal Range of Oregon at 319 feet high.  With the almost constant rain they've been having, there is a lot of water flowing over it.

A good time was had by all, but we are glad to be home again!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Trip to Coast

We are on our way home from a short trip to Seaside, OR for DH's birthday celebration.  We met my BIL and attended a concert of barbershop a cappella groups.  I'm trying to post from my tablet so everything is not working the same as my PC.

My handwork project for the trip is making yo yos which I'm planning to use to make a valance for my sewing room window.  I'm using 30s fabrics. The picture isn't very good because it was dark and I couldn't figure out if the tablet has a flash.

Before we left home I gave DH his gift - a quilt top that I just finished that morning.  It's "Vintage Tin" and I started it a year ago.  I did all that embroidery early in the mornings when DH was still sleeping.  I worked on it every day and skipped a couple of the embroidery blocks and replaced them with pieced blocks.  Here are a few pictures of it that I took with my tablet. I'll post better ones soon.  I plan to quilt it right away and get it finished soon.

Saturday, January 14, 2017


The last couple Christmases, I had wished that I had another Christmas wall hanging that I could hang on my large wall.  Well, I found one in this Quiltmania magazine from November/December 2015 that I got on sale at my LQS (marked down to $7).

Here's the wall hanging, Merry Trails, that I have started making for this coming December!  When I first saw it, I thought it was really cute - the vintage car towing a trailer - since we loved camping.  After thinking about it for several months and looking at it again, I decided that it wouldn't really be that hard to make!  It's designed by Barbara Cherniwchan for Coach House Designs.

So, I thought, why not get it done early!  Here is the base for the appliqué.  I made the "snowball" blocks out of snowflake fabric pieces that I bought from my LQS's "scrap chest."  In fact  most of the Christmas tree fabrics are from their scrap chest also.

So, now I'm ready to start with the appliqué, for which I plan to use iron on backing and then machine stitch down.  It will finish at 42" x 54" so is a fairly good size for a large wall.  

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


When I got up this morning, this is what I saw!  A winter wonderland!  Even better than the last one! The first 2 winters in Oregon, it didn't snow at all.  Now I guess it is making up for it.

School was cancelled again!  This is heaven for kids.

I started working on the Right Side triangles yesterday and today I finished 5 of them.  They are not perfect.  I had a horrible time with RS-9.  I did one section of the paper piecing 3 times before I got it right and then it really isn't perfect.  I did the appliqué by machine, except for the leaf shape in the first one (RS-6).

RS 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
So far, I have 24 of the triangles finished, which means that I have 28 more to make, plus the corner blocks.  I definitely plan to finish it this year!

Friday, January 6, 2017


First, the quick finish.  I found this quilt, partially quilted in the ditch, in a "Free" box at a garage sale.  I'm quilting it and will donate it to a hospice for a lap quilt.  I'm about half way finished with the quilting.  I feel like I'm getting back in the groove!

This is something else that I'm working on, but can't show the whole thing.

Now, on to collections.  Someone (now I can't remember who it was) showed her collections on her blog and I decided to show my collections.

This is my vintage pot holder collection which is hanging on the soffit in my kitchen.  These aren't all of them but are most of the good ones.

Santa Collection
 My chicken on a nest collection began years and years ago when my Grandma gave me the pink one in front.  I didn't start adding more to the collection until more recently.

This front view might be better.

 Close up of the clear ones.  I really like this collection a lot.

And, of course, I have a collection of buttons!

Do you have any collections?