Wednesday, December 6, 2017


We went to the Frontier Tribute Trail Museum at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas a couple days ago and it was very interesting. This is where the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails began.  It has been an active fort since 1827.

I love this flag and didn't know for sure if the stars had ever really been arranged that way, but, yes, they had!

The displays were very life like.  The one on the right is really alive - my DH!

This is the Command and General Staff College.

Behind the stone marker below is the pathway that the wagon trains followed as they came across the Missouri River (behind me).  Can you see the indentation?

There are many military graves from various wars

When my DIL and I were getting the Christmas tree out, there was a tree left by the former owners of the house.  It is in good shape and is about 10' tall, so she decided to put it up.  I saw a box inside the tree box and when I picked it up a partial quilt top fell out.  I think they may have used it around the bottom of the tree and it is very old.  It's not finished and is an odd shape, but it's hand pieced and the fabrics look very old.  She's going to call the realtor (who is the daughter of the owners) to see if they want it.  If not, it will be mine.

Any ideas about the fabrics?

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Two grandsons will be receiving quilts for Christmas - both of them are from Bonnie Hunter's design or free pattern and are made mostly with men's shirts;  Virginia Bound and Majestic Mountains.  They are ready to go!

 I put each quilt in a Christmas pillowcase.

Here's a peek inside the pillowcases.  You can see pictures of the quilt on the left here.  Pictures of the quilt on the right (top) are here.

Since I have finished some quilts recently, I thought I would start a scrap quilt and start using up some left-over fabric.  The first one is this sawtooth star pattern that uses 5" charm pack pieces.  I had a lot of those left over from other projects and cut some more from scraps.  I used the pattern from Moda that I found here.  Each block measures 13 1/2' square.  So far I have 11 blocks finished and several more ready to sew.

I also wanted to try another scrap quilt pattern that I found here.  The corner block is 3 1/2" square and I am using left-overs from the Majestic Mountain quilt backing.  The blocks measure 6 1/2" square.

Here's a couple Christmas decorations that I put up.  This was a block of the month (BOM) from several years ago designed by Gail Pan and I finished it in 2012.

I made this cross stitch ornament many years ago and it has been hanging up in the hall since last year!  It's one of my favorite projects.

This tree next door has been hanging on to it's leaves, but they are now starting to fall,  So gorgeous!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 12, 2017


Last year, when my 7 year old granddaughter was here for Christmas, she liked my moose that I use for decoration during the Christmas season.  So, when I saw the exact same panel at a garage sale for 
$1.00 I had to get it!  Here she is all finished.  I know she is a girl moose with a dress on and it isn't my fault that she has antlers (when only boy moose are supposed to have them) as they were printed on the panel, I do love her anyway.  

Here's a side view.

Here is the finished Majestic Mountains quilt that I made for my youngest grandson.  He and his brother will both receive a quilt this Christmas.

I got the backing fabric at an estate sale and it was the perfect amount for this quilt.  I really didn't know if I would like the quilt once it was finished, but I do!  I still have a bin full of men's shirts though.  It seems like I didn't use any at all.

Here are 2 of the Block 36 for the Mode Block Heads block of the week.  I still haven't made the second one of Block 35.  I'm afraid I'm petering out somewhat.  

Stay warm this weekend!  Good time to keep on quilting.

Thursday, November 9, 2017


As many of you know, my local quilt shop is Boersmas!  It's about a mile from my home and it's the best shop in the Willamette Valley, IMHO.  Recently they had a quilt hanging that was made by one of their customers and I asked them if they would be interested in hanging my Vintage Tin quilt there, since they have the pattern for sale.  They said yes and I took it over last week.  I asked if I could take pictures of the other quilts that they have hanging and was given approval.  

My quilt - given to my DH.

The have lots of quilts hanging inside and lots more in their window display.

You can get many ideas from the quilts that they hang.

Look at the antique sewing machines on display!!

Halloween fabrics are on sale.

 These are lovely quilts!  We are so lucky to have this shop!  They even have a bargain basement with lots of bolts in it.  I get lots of my fabrics down there.

One interesting fact is that the owner's parents started in business in Chicago during the 1930s - at the same time that my Dad had a grocery store in Chicago.  

Monday, October 30, 2017


 I'm showing you a picture of my ironing table.  On the left is the quilt top for my youngest grandson that I just finished and it is ready to baste.  Backing and batting are under the top.  There's a grocery bag that my granddaughter (oldest) sent me and on the right is the binding rolled up for the quilt top - it's on the end of a Point Presser and Clapper tool.  Also, you can see my Palmateer Point quilt top hanging above the ironing table

Look at all the fabric in the sack!  It was quite heavy.

Here it is spread out.  It is mostly fat quarters and I think they are from a shop where we went to buy fabric when the shop was going out of business.  It seems like she isn't into making quilts now, but she is still sewing.  She is more interested in designing costumes and clothing.

The quilt top is folded inside out, so I turned back one of the corners so you could a little more of it.  I am using the same striped blue fabric for the binding that I used for the inner border.

I love this "frog" conversational fabric that I used in the border!

About a week and a half ago this is what the maple tree next door looked like.

Now it looks like this - or even more bare.  I think I get about half of the leaves in my yard!

 Hope you have a great week!

Monday, October 23, 2017


I have been busy sewing lately (as usual).  I am up to date on the Mode Blockhead Blocks - until Wednesday, that is.  33 accomplished of the 48.  That means 15 more weeks!!!  Now I'm thinking I'll have more than I need for one queen size quilt.  It might help if I figure out exactly how many I will need.  Hee Hee!

Moda #31

Moda #32

Moda #33

I'm also getting ready for a craft sale on Nov. 4.  Some of my recent items are this little wall hanging of a cross stitched cow and pig,  I got the cow and pig cross stitch pictures at a quilt show sale - very reasonably priced.

Another small quilt for a friend.

A Christmas panel with 4 matching place mats.  I quilted around the poinsettias and leaves with the corresponding color.

Here's a close-up.  I don't know if you can see the quilting or not.  The green stripe is the backing fabric,  The border is quilted with gold thread,

I also made another table runner with matching placemats, but I still need to get some binding for it.  More sewing to be accomplished this week.

Sunday, October 15, 2017


I recently finished "Flags of the American Revolution" designed by Jan Patek.  Lori had a Quilt-a-Long a while back (last year or the year before?) and I didn't make it then, but I bought the pattern and made it this year.  The blocks are large and pretty easy - especially since I used machine appliqué for it.  I love the eagle in the middle - so unique. 

Here's some close up photos of sections of the quilt.  The quilting in the center block is echoing the eagle.  The rest of the quilt is quilted with Baptist fans and I blogged about how I did that here.  You might  be able to see some of the yellow powder that I used to mark the fans.  I will get that off soon.  I really love how the fans look on a quilt.

I used antique buttons on this flag, which is the Bennington Flag.    I took Lori's advice and didn't get star buttons for the quilt because they make it very uncomfortable if you decide to take a nap on it.  These buttons aren't all identical and I like that about them also.  (BTW, the flags are replicas of actual flags that were flown in battle during the Revolutionary War.)

Below you can see the whole Bennington Flag.

You can see the quilting better in this photo below.  Pine Tree Flag is on the left sideways.  The pattern for this quilt is in a book and it has the history of each flag across the page from the instructions for each flag.

You can see the quilting on the back here as well as the fabrics on the back.

Here's my question.  Does anybody know the name of the block in this quilt and how to size the triangles? I saw this quilt at a quilt show at the Aurora Colony Museum on Friday and I really love it!  It is made with just 2 different triangles with no curves involved.   I would love to make this (as a long term project).  I have lots of CW reproduction fabric scraps left over from my Dear Jane quilt that I could use in it.

Here's a close-up of a block.  I think you can see the block pretty easily and see that you need 8 triangles in the middle and 4 triangles for the corners.

I'm sure someone out there knows!