Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Recently I entered 2 of my quilts in the Yamhill County Fair, which is held right here in McMinnville, Oregon. 

I was fortunate enough to win a blue ribbon and a Judge's Choice on each quilt.  I also won "Best of Show" on the Vintage Tin quilt.  

There were several categories, so each of my quilts won a blue ribbon in different categories while both of them were in the "Made by one person" category.  

Vintage Tin was in the sub-category of hand embroidered quilt.

Vintage Tin
 This is the quilt I made for my DH and I finished it early this year.

Oak Leaves and Turkey Feathers was in the sub-category of machine appliqué.

Oak Leaves and Turkey Feathers
 I finished this quilt, which was designed by Jan Patek,  sometime last year.

Thanks for visiting!  It's hard to believe that my younger grandchildren start school this week.  Two are in 4th grade and my youngest is in 1st grade.  They grow so fast!  My 2nd grandchild will be a senior in college this year and his sister, my oldest grandchild, is married and will celebrate their 2nd anniversary this week.  DH and I will celebrate our 55th anniversary this week also!  Time is flying!!

Thursday, August 10, 2017


After taking a break, I'm back to quilting Dear Jane.  I have been agonizing over how to quilt some of the 5" blocks in the middle section.  I quilted a bunch of random blocks that I could make a decision on.  When I took it out this time, I decided to work on the border.  I saw someone's quilt that was quilted with feathers and decided to do that.  First, I had to mark the scallops and I found a bowl just the right size.

If you look closely at the bottom, you can see the printing which says, "Blue Bell Creamery, Handmade in Texas."  It's a perfect ice cream bowl!

So I marked the scallops with a pencil and then I indicated the half-way point at the bottom of the triangles with a dot.

First, I quilted the pieced triangles and I could go from one to the next without stopping and starting, which was great.

The solid fabric triangles are done the same way, but I quilted some short feathers in the scallops and I could also do these triangles without starting and stopping!

Here's what the back looks like.  I am quilting without marking the quilt except for the dot as shown.  The feathers are free hand and you can tell it isn't a professional job since they are irregular and squiggly.  

The bottom of the thread cone looks about right for marking the little extra corner scallop!  And, BTW, I'm using Superior Threads So Fine! #403 for the top and Essential Pro Natural from Connecting Threads for the bobbin.  The colors are pretty close, but I was afraid I wouldn't have enough of the Superior Threads cone to do both top and bottom with it.

So, now, I'm trying to come up with a name for the quilt.  Or should I just call it Dear Jane?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Yes, the Great Oregon Steam-Up is an event held at the Powerland Heritage Park in Brooks, Oregon, and yes, there is a quilt show there.  At this event, antique steam engine tractors are powered up.  Also, a saw mill powered by steam is demonstrated along with many events such as tractor pull contests.  Plus much, much more!  I didn't see much of that part because I was a vendor at the quilt show which was held in the  new Truck Museum (air-conditioned)!  The quilt show was added to the event to have something special for the women who came with their husbands.  

Here are some of the quilts.

Grandmother's Flower Garden pieced in the 1930s.

Disappearing 9-patch

There was a Quilt of Valor booth there too.
Quilt of Valor

Raw Edge Appliqué
Quilts displayed on antique trucks!

Here's a picture of one of the many steam powered pieces of equipment that were on display and demonstrated.

The wood in the back will be burned to produce the steam.
Thousands of people came to this event and some of them came into the quilt show exhibit.  Of course, lots of men are fascinated with the old equipment, but it's intriguing for children and women as well!

Thursday, August 3, 2017


As I was going through my quilting magazines, I came across one that Janet O.  had sent me along with some other things - I think I won her give-a-way.  It was a Miniature Quilts Magazine (of course).  She had also sent me the paper piecing pattern for the flags below which came from that magazine.  When I saw it in the magazine, I got the urge to make a couple.  The stripes are 1/8" and the whole flag measures 4" square.  Of course, I goofed and started with white at the top instead of red, but these were test blocks anyway.  I've never done any PP that had pieces this skinny!  Not even with my DJ quilt!!  I don't know what I'll do with them yet - possibly use them for labels on the back of patriotic lap quilts for veterans.

The latest Mode Blockhead blocks.  The appliqué pieces are ironed on, but not stitched yet.

This is the finished project that I showed part of in the last post.  This is also a "Test" and is a wall hanging.  I have more of the blocks that came in a panel.  Quite a few, in fact, so I am trying to decide how to use them.  I think I'll re-figure it if I make another one.  I do like the flying geese though!

It seems like a lot of my friends have seen that we are having a heat wave and it's supposed to get up to 106º today!  We don't like it that hot at all, but we're thankful that the hot weather doesn't last very long here.

One of the chores that has to be done here due to all the rain that we get, is to clean the moss build up on the roof and we had that done this week.  What a mess!!  You can see it on the driveway.  But it also got all over our flowers, and bushes that are along the front and back of our house.  I even had to wash off each of my geranium leafs individually as they were coated with black stuff.

Of course, the rain has many benefits too, which we appreciate.  Amazingly, it doesn't rain during the summer months and we haven't had a drop for the last 2 months at least.  I hope you are all staying cool this summer, or warm if you are down under.

Monday, July 31, 2017


I'm up to date with my Moda Blocks.  I decided to start making 2 of each block and plan to go back and make one more each of the previous blocks because I want to make a larger quilt than I would get with just one of each of the 48 6" blocks.  This way, I will have 96 blocks that I can arrange into a queen size quilt somehow.

The name of the first one here is Devil's Claw.  I'm not particularly fond of that name and was telling DH that.  He suggested I rename it to Hour Glass.  The second 2 blocks with the flying geese is just called Flying Geese Variation. 

All of my blocks until now have been made with Betsy Cutchian's fabric line "Rachel Remembered." The pink and purple block on the right is NOT from Betsy's fabrics except for the background.   I am starting to run out of the FQs that I got of Betsy's fabrics, so from now on will need to use up some of my vast supply of other CW fabrics and scraps.

A while back I bought a yard of this patriotic panel and have been trying to figure out what to do with it.  Finally came up with an idea for a small wall hanging which will incorporate 4 of the pictures from the panel with flying geese in between.  We'll see if I like it or not.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Saturday a friend and fellow quilter texted me about an estate sale that had lots of fabric.  Naturally, I hopped in the car and drove over - just a couple miles from home.  (Amazingly, I hadn't even checked Craigs List for garage sales that day).

There was a table loaded with fabric folded up and taped.  Plus lots of other sewing and knitting supplies.

1st picture:  small bag already sewn, 2 wire quilt hangers for small quilts, bag of scraps for 25⍧ and a June Tailor Point Presser & Clapper ($2).  I had seen wood clappers recommended for pressing down on thick seams, but would never have paid full price for one.  I just looked it up and these things cost about $38!!

2nd picture:  This almost finished chenille jacket was folded up with the pattern and taped around with masking tape.  I couldn't really tell what it was, but decided I would get it if it was inexpensive (cheap) enough.  It cost me $2.  I need to sew on the other sleeve, get a yard of fabric for the binding, and it will be finished.  If it doesn't fit me, I will sell it - I'm vending at a quilt show Aug.  5 & 6 - Powerland, Brooks, OR.

3rd picture:  some yardage and fat quarters, approximately 17 yards and the cost averaged $1.37/yd.

4th picture:  The folded up panel was in a bag marked $1.00 and I paid 50⍧ on the last day.  I was surprised that it contained 4 panels!  I hope to sell these also.

My neighbor (and vending partner) said:  "Why didn't you buy all the FQs when they were 25⍧?  I didn't have a good answer, other than I didn't want DH to have a heart attack.  He's very easy going, but I didn't want to press my luck.

I also got some pretty buttons that I'm listing on Ebay.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


I basted my Dear Jane quilt on a table with clamps......

using up all my pins that I even had to finish basting with thread.....

Now I'm quilting on my Janome sewing machine.....

Working on it slowly, not wanting to "kill" myself.    And needing to think about how to quilt the blocks.

Didn't get too far with the quilting as DH had out-patient surgery and we were at the hospital all day on Tuesday, plus I'm taking care of him - although I don't really have to do much for him.

Thursday, July 13, 2017


My Mother loved to stitch these type of quilt tops, but I don't know how many of them she made.  The first one she made was for our wedding gift in 1962 and it was a different pattern than this one.  I think she made 2 of this pattern which was made by the Paragon quilt company.

The quilting lines are printed on the fabric with blue dots, so I just followed the lines - which isn't really very easy.  I used a walking foot to quilt the straight cross hatching lines and the straight lines around the center part.  Then I switched to a free motion quilting foot for the curved lines and feathers.

I think when these kits were made, most people were hand quilting because the border part with the feathers and then the straight lines on each side of the feathers really doesn't lend itself to machine quilting very well - at least not my style of machine quilting.  I quilted the feathers and then went back around to do the straight lines on each side of the feathers using the free motion quilting foot.

I continuously stitched up and down the lines and had to stitch on top of other stitching when I reached the feathers and or the outer scalloped border.

I'm glad to be finished with the quilting and think it looks pretty good from a distance.  By the way, my Mom usually had a ladies group hand quilt these for her (for $100).  I wonder when long arm quilting machines were invented as I believe she did these before they were around.  I will be basting my Dear Jane quilt soon.  That will be interesting to quilt.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


 This is a baby quilt that I am going to keep "on hand" for future possible needs.  Most of the fabrics for it were either from the scrap chest at my LQS  (polka dots) or from garage sale purchases (backings).

I love the panel that I put on the back.

This one is my Round Robin from my quilt guild last year (Sept, 2016 - May 2017).  I made the center block and then didn't see it until May when we all received our RRs back.  Again, I was amazed at how nice it came out!

The red backing was from a garage sale - perfect size!

Here is a short video of the robins nest with Mrs. Robin and her babies in it.  It took me a few seconds to get them in the right place, but towards the end it is pretty good.


I think the babies are getting ready to fledge any day now.  Hope I get to see them leaving the nest.