Monday, March 19, 2018


 About a month ago I posted a picture of some churn dash blocks (6 1/2") that I was getting ready to send in for a swap.  I had 22 black ones and 44 pink ones - all Civil War reproduction fabrics.

Well, last week I received 66 blocks of all different colors in the mail!  They were packaged in 2 baggies.

I am amazed that there were no duplicate fabrics among the 66 blocks!  And many of the fabrics were totally new to me.  How great is that?

What a wonderful variety!

Here they are all stacked up.  Now, I just need to decide what I will do with them.  I can't wait to see what some of the other swappers come up with.

I'm sorry, but I'm not one of those who will instantly start putting them together.   I'll think on it a while and see what ideas I get and then think about it some more.  Thanks Barb!

Friday, March 16, 2018


 I'm sorry folks, but I have been so busy lately and have neglected my blog.  I have been reading some other blogs and even leaving a few comments, but not as many as usual.

I finished this scrappy Quarter Log Cabin quilt this past week.  The center square of each block is 3" finished of a blace/grey kind of "snakey" fabric that I had used as a backing on my grandson's majestic mountain quilt.  I had bought some bright colored scraps at a quilt show that I used for the logs to make it a little wild.

It was a nice day yesterday, so I went outside and hung these 2 quilts on my clothesline.  It was nice and sunny!  My quilting was wavy lines with a few swirls thrown in.

Don't you love to see quilts on a clothesline?

This is a round robin quilt top to which I just added the final border.  My quilt guild has been making patriotic round robins this year and at the April meeting we will reveal them all and then take them home to quilt and bind for bringing back to the May meeting where we will donate them to veterans that are in the hospital.  The approximate measurement for them is 48" x 60".

I must get back to my sewing machine.  I have been making more strip blocks and have quite a stack built up.  Here are some of them.  Today I made some blue ones and I need to make some purple ones next.

Last week a friend of mine and I went to a vineyard to see some raptor birds.   Here are a few of them.  It was an educational program and donations were taken to help rehabilitate birds.  They are so interesting!

I love the owls!  There was one in the neighborhood and I heard it hooting one time, but never got to see it.  My DH saw it sitting on our fence once.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


I can't believe that I have only had one other post during February!  I have been busy.  At the beginning of the month, I drew my "scrap challenge" item from the jar and it was to work on the Quarter Log Cabin scrap quilt.  I was able to get that top finished and it measures 50" x 62".  I have the backing fabric picked out and just need to find a piece of batting for it.

Here's a close-up of a few blocks.  The large black/grey piece was from the left-overs of a backing and I still have more of that left.  I think I got it at an estate sale.  Does it look like "snake" scales to you?

 I also finished this top called "Scrappy Stars" that I found on the Moda Bake Shop site.  It measures 70" x 100" and will fit a twin size bed.  Most of the blocks were left overs from charm packs, some of which I bought.  I have the backing and batting ready to go.

I drew my "Scrap Challenge" for March and you can see it below.

I really like this one because I already have some blocks ready and I have plenty of strips to make lots more.  The blocks I have here measure at 8" unfinished.  I use pages from the phone book to sew the strips on, and the phone book was pretty small or I would have cut them larger.

I just made up 2 toddler cloth books because we will be going to visit family in April and I will be taking some gifts for the kids.  There is a new baby and I have a quilt already made for him.

I love the pictures of animals with clothes on.

Sew cute!

We're getting close to spring and some flowers are blooming - daffodils and grape hyacinths.  The trees are starting to bloom as well.  Enjoy!

Saturday, February 10, 2018


I have definitely been busy this week and want to show you some of my finishes.  This first one was kind of fun.  My neighbor (also walking and craft show partner) and I will be participating in more craft shows this year.  She has been sewing up a storm and I have too.  I got an idea in the middle of the night and here is the first one that I made.  The Route 66 wall hanging - for men.  We'll see if anyone wants to buy it.  The sign is hand embroidered.

Place mats are a popular item, so I made a set of four "chicken" themed place mats and have other fabrics set aside for more.

A year or so ago I bought this panel at a quilt show and finally put it together and quilted it.  I like how it turned out and am considering sewing beads on the wreath (not real excited about doing it though).

Here's the back.

Close up of the quilting.  You can't really see the quilting on the large snow flakes, but I quilted over the design in gold thread.  The rest of the quilting is with red thread.

Yesterday I finished the churn dash swap blocks that Barb has organized.   I made 44 pink blocks and 22 black blocks.  I only have 1 black one in the picture because I had already put the batch of 22 in a baggie.

Here's a close up that shows the fabric better.  I'm glad I didn't run out of the pink fabric.  I bought one yard and just barely had enough to make the 44 6 1/2" blocks!  I think this is the 4th block swap that I have done with Barb and I still haven't made anything with 2 of the other swaps.

I love churn dash blocks!  Are any of you participating?  Thanks, Barb, for organizing this!  Have a great weekend everyone.  Try to squeeze in some sewing.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Can't believe it's the last day of January, 2018 already!!  I have a couple more finishes for this month. This first one will be given to a veteran.  It's not the official Quilt of Valor, but a similar program and is lap size.

Here's the backing.

I quilted and bound my log cabin table runner.  It measures 15" x 44".

I quilted feathers swirling back and forth across the quilt.

Here's a close up of one corner folded back so you can see some quilting.

I feel pretty good about my Scrap Attack that I reported on in my January 16 post.  I am continuing to sew triangles of men's shirt fabric together and will work on sewing them into quilts.  I didn't finish the quilt yet, but it's being worked on.  Tomorrow I will draw my Scrap Attack project for February.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


My first finish of 2018 is Palmateer Point!  It was quilted in my last post, but now it is bound.

Today I basted two quilts:  a log cabin table runner and a Christmas wall hanging.  I want to get a head start on December.  This wall hanging was purchased at a quilt show a couple years ago.

I have also been working on Barb's block exchange and have the first 22 6" churn dash blocks finished.  I love these blocks!

I have shown these scrappy blocks before  (Charming Squares Quilt from Moda Bake Shop) and decided to put them up on the design wall so I could see if I have enough.  I decided I need to make one more row of 4 blocks so it will be big enough for a twin size bed.  I will add 2" white sashing and that will make it 88" x 56" without the border.  The blocks use 5" charm squares, which I had an abundance of random ones left over from other projects, and they are fun to make.

I am feeling much better than I was in my last post and think I'm over the "creeping crud."  How is your January going?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Last week I drew the January scrap challenge paper out of the jar and got "Do something with men's shirts bin."  That was not the one I wanted for January, but being the obedient follower that I am, I dug into the bin of men's shirts.  And, first I tried to come up with an easy way to use them.  I decided to cut 6 1/2" squares because that is how wide my ruler is.  Then I cut them on the diagonal so I could make HSTs.

Here is what I have left after I put together a quilt top measuring 44" x 55".  I will probably border it with larger 6 1/2" by whatever blocks to make a lap quilt or maybe a picnic quilt or I could use them as a backing for another quilt.  At least I have something going with the shirt fabric.  I will probably keep some of the triangles handy to stitch together between other projects and maybe I can use them all up.  I will NOT be getting any more shirts!!

I also quilted my Palmateer Point quilt with Baptist fans.

I've been sick with a cold/sinus infection since Friday and am going stir crazy.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


 I admit that I have a scrap problem.  As you can see, I have joined the "SCRAP ATTACK" group started by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Since I had already decided that I needed to use up a lot of scraps this year, I decided to join.  I had to put 12 goals on individual pieces of paper, one for each month, and then draw one each month.  I just drew the one for January and its - "Use men's shirt scraps and plaids to make a donation quilt.  Uh Oh!  That's not the one I wanted to work on this month.  But I could at least come up with an idea and start it.

12 goals for using scraps

Here are some photos of my "problems."  This is embarrassing!

Bag of triangle scraps

3 drawers full of strips

3 more drawers full of strips

A bin with 1" and 1 1/2" reproduction scraps

box of selvedges

3 more drawers full of scraps

4-patch scraps to make into a donation quilt

5" squares that I bought (!) for $1.00
I didn't even take a picture of the large bin full of men's shirts and I'm sure there are others as well.

I also have a list of UFO GOALS:

1.  Abby's Bodacious Quilt - I want to get this finished for Christmas 2018.  I have about 10 blocks done.

2.  American Cross Roads (blocks are done).
3.  Merry Trails Wall Hanging (Quilt Mania).
4.  Moda Block Heads - finish and put together.
5.  Pineapple 9-Patch
6.  Blocks my Grandma made in the 40's - put together, quilt and bind.
7.  Cat quilt - pieces are cut.
8.  Verandah Views, which was a block of the month from Willowberry Designs, 2009.  All the embroidery blocks are done and need to be put together into a quilt.
9.  Grandma's Flower Garden that I started at least 10 years ago.  After making several blocks, I decided to turn it into a lap quilt.  It wasn't working out very well, so I stopped working on it.  I want to get it finished one way or another.

10.  Another block of the month, which I can't find, was basket blocks for each month.  It's really cute and I finished about 8 or 9 of them.  I would like to get the rest finished.

Do you think that is enough?  If not, I may be able to come up with a few more.  Ugh!!

My design wall has some log cabin blocks on it that I want to make into a table runner.  The blocks measure 5 1/4" unfinished.  They aren't sewn together yet.

Well, please wish me luck with these projects.  I plan to use scraps in my UFO projects, so I might reduce my stash some if I only purchase fabric that is absolutely necessary to finish a project.

Have you made any goals or joined any group for 2018?  Let's all work together to use up scraps and stash!!