Tuesday, January 15, 2019


I finished quilting this jungle wall hanging today, but it's still not finished.  I need to bind it and will get to that later.  I wanted to share something that I think is really exciting.

I joined the American Quilter Society a couple years ago and have been receiving their magazine 6 times per year (I think).  It is a great magazine and one of my favorite parts is Lori Kennedy's "My Line" article.  If you haven't seen her quilting designs, you need to check out her blog here.

Her article in the January 2019 issue caught my attention because it was a fish design.  I've used some of her designs before (I don't remember if I had told you all about who invented them or not).  It is amazing to me how easy they are to follow.  She shows what to do for each step.

I decided to quilt the fish around the border.  You can't see them very well because of the colored strips, but I took some close up pictures.  They aren't perfect, but I like them a lot.  These first 2 pictures show how I quilted the panel.  I quilted around the animals and along lines of other things, like the leaves and anything that I could follow lines on.  I didn't quilt on everything - that would have taken forever!

Maybe you can see where I quilted along the outside of the elephant and more on his ear.  Also the sea weed above and below his trunk.

 Here's a close up of a fish in the top corner of the border.

Another close-up.

The view from the back.

I hope if you are doing your own quilting, that this might give you some ideas and that you will check out Lori's blog.  

I still haven't made my goal list, but I'm thinking about it.  Maybe this week I will take a few minutes to write down a list of my UFOs.  Thanks for visiting!

Friday, January 4, 2019


My sister gave me this panel for Christmas.  Isn't it cute?  

I'm making it into a wall hanging.  I have a quilt rack that hangs on the wall and has enough width for this wall hanging - once I finish it.  So far I have 3 borders sewn on.

I have a friend that I visit every so often.  She is older than I am and uses a walker.  Now her heart is starting to fail.  A couple months ago she showed me the blocks she had embroidered of the 50 state birds and flowers.  She didn't know what to do with them.  I offered to put them together for her and found a layout on-line that would work and had the exact same bird/flower designs.  My sister was visiting and I showed her the blocks and she helped me get them organized  so it will be put together just like the layout that I found.  We went to the LQS and I purchased blue fabric for the sashing and yesterday I started sewing the sashing onto the blocks.  I want to take them to show her and will probably do that on Monday.

She is a really sweet lady and we just hit it off because we have a lot in common.  She loves dolls and making doll clothes - like I do.  She also loves quilts.  Also loves to go to garage sales (she used to anyway), and we never lack for subjects to talk about.

Here are the blocks that I have up on my design wall so far.  Her embroidery is superb!

I hope I can get this finished soon!

I'm thinking about my goals for 2019 and might make a list.  I want to get some projects finished - of course!  Have you made a list yet?


Tuesday, January 1, 2019


With family members visiting for Christmas from out of state, we decided to go to Multnomah Falls, which is about an hour drive from our home.  It is located along the Columbia River east of Portland, Oregon.  It was raining and cloudy, but it didn't keep raining all the time.  We couldn't even see the top of the waterfall because of the clouds.  Multnomah Falls is the 2nd highest year round waterfall in the United States (620 feet).  All the younger family members climbed up to the top of the falls, but I just went up to the bridge.  We had been to see it years ago, but not since we moved here 4 years ago.

 Another outing was to visit the Pittock Mansion in Portland that we had never seen before.  This house was built in 1914 by the man who started the Oregonian newspaper in Portland.

It's located in a forest park within the city.  And it was also foggy when we went there.

 This picture was taken at about 11:30 AM after we had toured the home.

The house was decorated for Christmas and I took a few pictures inside.  This one is a tower of tea cups glued together.

Quilting and painting was featured in this sleeping porch.

Here are a couple of the Christmas trees that were on display.

There were 2 men playing the piano that is original to the house.

We have had a wonderful time with our family.  Soon things will return to normal and I will start sewing again.  I have a special project that I will be working on for a friend and will share that with you next time.

Happy New Year to all!

Monday, December 17, 2018



I came across this pattern while flipping through a Quiltmania magazine for Nov/Dec 2015 that was marked down at the LQS.  When I saw this pattern, I knew I had to make it.  We never had this kind of trailer, but we had a couple different campers (a slide in truck camper and a fifth wheel) that we used for several years.  We loved traveling around the USA and visiting national parks as well as visiting our sons and their families so this is perfect for us.

I had planned to finish it before Christmas 2017, but then we decided to spend last Christmas in Florida, so I didn't have to have it finished then.  I just put the binding on a week ago and now it is hanging in the living room!

Yesterday was the "Lessons and Carols" service at church with lots of music.  I sang in the choir and my grandson played the piano and accordion.  Pictures taken with my phone aren't always the best but here they are.

Now on to do some baking.  In case I don't do another post before Christmas, I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and blessings in the New Year!

Thursday, December 13, 2018


Well, fellow bloggers, I have to say that again I am shocked that I haven't posted for about 3 weeks!  And have hardly had time to even read other posts.  My excuse is that I had 3 craft shows, beginning the 2 days after Thanksgiving and continuing for the next 2 weekends.  Then, I needed to try to get caught up.  I am somewhat caught up, but until Dec. 21, I will be franticly trying to get things done before our 3rd son and family arrive for Christmas (as well as my sister, who will arrive late on Christmas day), cleaning and baking, wrapping gifts, as I know you will probably be doing as well.

I did get my Sajou quilt finished - quilted and bound!  Thanks, Lori, for the QAL!   It just needs a label.  I used a different black fabric for the binding and quilted it with grey thread in the black inner border and cross hatching the center.  I used a pink/purple variagated thread in the pink and purple sections.

I quilted feathers in the pink triangles.

The backing is some civil war fabric that I love and have had for quite a while.  There is just a tiny bit left of it.

I also made this fall wall hanging for my DGD, who had admired the one I had hanging on the wall.  Mind had a crow in front of the pumpkin, but she wanted a cat instead.  She doesn't read my blog, so I'm sure she will still be surprised when she sees it.

Her brother saw a picture of a pillow with a cat on it and suggested that I make one for his sister (the same DGD that I made the wall hanging for).  I took his advice and after digging around for a fabric to use, I decided on this toile which I purchased at an antique mall last April when I was in Northfield, MN.  I wish I could go back to that store!

That's what I've been up to and hopefully I will squeeze in some blog reading time before Christmas and be able to see what you-all have been doing.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, November 22, 2018


I can't believe it's been almost a month since I posted.  I have some explaining to do!  I took a trip to Florida to get together with some of my cousins, the oldest of which just turned 91.  There were 5 of us and we spent about 5 days talking and reminiscing non-stop!!

Which brings me to the first picture, which is of me and my older brother on a horse named Red at our great-uncle's farm in Minnesota circa 1950.  This picture displays something that the 5 of us cousins had in common as an important remembrance of our childhood.  I grew up in the Chicago area, but in 1950 my grandmother's brothers & sisters were just about all farming in Minnesota and we loved to go there to visit.

The first day of the cousins' visit we went to see the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.

A couple days later we went to the Jupiter Lighthouse.

Cousins at the Jupiter lighthouse
The cousin missing in the Jupiter picture is shown with me below.  We were 2 weeks apart in age, so we were very close as children.  We are in Jupiter and that is the Atlantic Ocean behind us.

After my wonderful visit with cousins, I traveled to Pensacola to visit DS, DIL and DGD Abby.  They now have 15 chickens and Abby loves them.  It was great to have some quality time with Abby!

She will be 10 in December and is into all things girly and blingy!  She loves to polish her fingernails, so we did that one day.

We saw these ducklings on our way to the fabric store one day and had to stop to get some pictures.

A & E Fabric Store in Pensacola, Florida is wonderful!  I went there a few times - it's only about a mile from my son's home.

They have several orange trees in their yard as well as a huge grapefruit tree, so DS is picking some oranges for us to bring home.

We had our Christmas gift exchange and I gave Abby her quilt.

I visited the Pensacola Light House at the Naval Air Station with my DIL and Abby.  Oh, and BTW, I climbed to the top of all three lighthouses!

Since I came home, I have been getting ready for 3 craft shows.  After they are over, I will be getting ready for Christmas, as all of you will be doing.  Our 3rd son and his family will be coming to Oregon for Christmas - for the first time!  We are excited to show them where we live, etc.

Now I better get back to cooking for our Thanksgiving dinner.  We do have so much to be thankful for!

Happy Thanksgiving to your and your families!

Friday, October 26, 2018


Lori at Humble Quilts is having a link party today for people who have participated in her QAL to make the Sajou mini quilt.  I didn't start until yesterday, so I haven't had time to layer and quilt it, but I do have the top finished.

I had set a few fabrics aside over the last week or so and yesterday I decided to at least do the first part of Sajou.  The center fabric was something that I picked up in the scrap chest at my LQS.  I decided to use a lot of black, grey, some pink and the lone green on the top right corner.

After picking a black border, I decided to use another favorite pick from the scrap chest - the pink print.  I just love that fabric!

Oh, why not finish the top while I'm at it!  I picked out another black border, some purple fabrics (maybe you can't see it, but there is some purple in the pink print) and some green in the corners.  And finished it right before supper.

OK!  it's interesting!!  Thanks, Lori!!  I will link this to your link party.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


I first saw this quilt when I attended a workshop in 2013 led by Bonnie Hunter and she showed us some of her quilts.  I loved it and decided to make it one day.  I just finished it and it will be given to my 9 year old GD for Christmas.  It is very scrappy. 

This back view isn't very good due to the dappled shade.

I just love this border fabric - it was a new fabric at my LQS.

Here's a better picture of the backing.  I'm planning on making quilts with bigger pieces for a while.  This quilt has about 53 pieces in each block!  It take a lot longer to make a block with that many pieces, especially when you need to find scraps that look good together.

I've also been very busy making items to sell at Christmas craft shows in Rickreal OR and McMinnville OR.  Between that, I'm working on Christmas gifts as well.  Here it is the middle of October already!!  This is why I haven't been posting as much lately, or reading and commenting on my favorite blogs.  Sorry, ladies!

Happy Fall!

Monday, October 1, 2018


There was a special exhibit of these quilted kimonos.  This is some of them.

A few more quilts that were judged.

This is my favorite quilt from the whole show.  It is very small, but I just love it!

There were 2 little old ladies who were trying to get a picture of this quilt with a flip phone, but didn't know how to do it, so they asked for my help.  I was lucky to be able to figure out how to take the picture, but didn't know how to actually see the picture on the phone to determine if it turned out OK.  I hope it turned out!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you enjoyed the show!