Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Saturday I received these blocks and an ornament from Marsha. Thanks for the awesome blocks! This is almost like Christmas!
Today I received a package from Liri. These blocks are gorgeous and I got treats as well. I love the Texas embroidery! I can't wait to see how this quilt is going to come out!
I ran out of thread for the quilt I was quilting on, so I took a break and decided to work on a new purse.
I received the batik fabric in a giveaway from Barbara in American Samoa and added a couple more pieces to it. I love the way it turned out!
I have been wanting to try strip piecing for a while and when I saw that DH had put a phone book in the recycle bin, I decided to start! I saw the instructions on Quiltville. DH cut the pages to 8 1/2" for me. It didn't take long to do two of these 8 1/2" blocks. If I do two per day, I will have lots of blocks in no time and will have used up some scraps! We'll see if I can get a few more finished before we leave for Oregon.
I'm getting some hand work projects ready for our trip so I'll have things to work on while DH drives. I am sewing the handles for these baskets onto the fabric by machine, but they still need to be hand sewn on the other side. There will be 80 baskets and I think I've done about 10, so that is 70 handles to be sewn! Then they can be sewn together to make the baskets.
I had to return to the doctor and am now on another session of antibiotics for my ear infection. This is the first one I have ever had. Aren't I kind of old for one?


  1. Very nice. What part of Oregon are you going to? We live in the Portland area..if you are near here, you should visit some of the quilt shops. There are two in Clackamas, one in West Linn - my favorite, one in Lake Oswego and one in Tigard area. There are some more but I have yet to go to them.


  2. Love the blocks...

    When I was about 30, I had an ear infection and the Dr. said that people that age do not get ear infections......what kind of crack was he on??? I had to suffer in pain until my neighbor who was a nurse gave me something for it...I know it was wrong but what was a gal to do....and I still suffer from nope...not too old in my book...get better soon.

  3. I love all of the blocks and the purse, you are a busy person to have so many project going at one time ... I hope you fell better soon with the ear infection! Happy sewing!

  4. I really like your bag. It was perfect for those fabrics. The baskets look like a lot of work, but the end product is really nice and I suppose if you don't get carsick (unlike kids who grow out of it, I grew into it as an adult) it's a good way to spend time in the car. I look forward to seeing them all done!

  5. You're only as old as you think you are! :-) Have a fun Ore trip. Hope you're feeling better soon.

  6. I really love your blocks from the block exchange. It makes me want to make a bunch, too! I was especially interested in your Indygo Junction bag - I just got done making one, too! What a surprise to see the pattern pictured here! I love your bag - I used a border print hoping to give it the look of strips sewn together. Finally, I glanced over the quilts pictured from the quilt show. I love 'em!! Your tastes an mine are very similar, I do believe! Thanks for sharing all the pics and info!

  7. Ear infections happen when the passages get clogged or bacteria makes its way in. They (the ear infections) know no age limit.
    Love the purse!!!! Looks like something I need to make;)
    The basket blocks are going to be great. Handwork is always a good thing;)
    Happy Quilting!!

  8. You've got all kinds of quilty things going on. Nice job on the purse!!!
    The handles look like they'll be a great travel project.
    When do you leave on your trip?

  9. Wow, you have been busy again! Your purse is so pretty, I really like it! The strip blocks are fantastic, they are going to make a beautiful quilt. All the little baskets are great, too. Yep, lots of handwork, but it will be wonderful when it is done. Have a great trip to Oregon, two of my step kids and their families live in the Portland area. It will be a fun trip! Hope the ear infection clears up soon and you are feeling great.

  10. Lucky you; going to Oregon! Hope you have a fun and safe trip and get lots of handwork done along the way.
    Your strip blocks are so pretty; I've been saving strips and plan to do the same thing someday before too long. ---"Love"

  11. I'm sorry that you have an ear infection and hope you feel better soon. The swap blocks are terrific and it's wonderful that everyone is including other treats. Your strip blocks look fabulous and I really like your baskets. Ann :-)

  12. That purse is gorgeous! The blocks look like they are going to make a lovely quilt. Hope your ear infection heals up soon.

  13. I really like how you strip pieced that purse. It looks so good, I might have to get the pattern.
    Great swap blocks...mine are coming I promice.
    Nice baskets.
    Enjoy your trip. My SIL and family live in Portland. It is beautiful up there.