Tuesday, April 7, 2020


I can't believe it's almost 3 weeks since we came home from Hawaii.  I've been isolated since then, except 2 trips to the grocery store and one trip to the post office.  But, somehow, I've been able to stay busy!!

This is the 3rd puzzle that we have completed - not to mention it was the hardest.  I have 2 more puzzles waiting to be made and then I may just have to get a new one.

I broke down and started making some face masks.  I made some for us and family members and donated a few.  I'm not sure if I will make more or not.  If I do, I'll need to make them with tie straps because I'm out of elastic.

In the mean time, I entered a drawing that Janet had on her blog for National quilters' day and I won this pattern!  I love all things designed by Kim Diehl, so I decided to start on it right away.

These squares are the start of the background.  Next, I will need to figure out how to make the Half-Hexies which will then be appliquéd on top of these blocks.  It looks interesting and is something different.

Call me crazy, but I also decided to start this Jo Morton pattern (Nine Patch Chain) from her "Jo's Little Favorites II" book.   I plan to make it a little larger than the pattern calls for by increasing the size of the blocks from 2 3/4" to 3" finished.  Not much of an increase, but I might add more blocks too.

Here are some strips sewn together to make into 9-patches.

I finished quilting my Barn quilt a couple days ago and decided to make a scrappy binding.  I thought I would see what I could find in my "leftover binding" drawer.  I was surprised to see how much was in that drawer.  It seems that I put leftover binding in there a lot, but rarely take any out.  This time I only wanted civil war reproduction fabrics and I got enough from the drawer to bind about half of the quilt, so I did need to cut some more fabrics.

This is the pile of binding ready to go.

I agree with Janet, that even though I'm staying home more, it doesn't really seem like I have more time available.  I have been spending some time working puzzles and probably have watched a few movies.  Other than having a little "cabin fever" I'm doing OK and hope you are too.


  1. Cabin fever...yeah, just knowing you're not supposed to go out is causing a little of that in all of us. A LOT in others, by the look of some friends via Facebook! But time seems to be passing just as quickly as before to me. Some are claiming March had 653 days, but I guess my life didn't change enough to make the data drag on so long. And binding, like scraps, multiples when you are not looking! I'm excited to see the final project!

  2. I haven't accomplished anything really since all this started, except that the fire quilt is finally, totally finished! I basted on the hanging sleeve today; basted it so that if the winner doesn't want to hang it, it can be easily removed. I've really just been wasting time, but the "shelter in place" doesn't bother me that much, because I've been doing that since October most of the time. Maybe I'll get some mo-jo from your little projects. Have fun; stay safe! ---"Love"

  3. I was sure that the beautiful Kim Diehl quilt was made with the English Paper Piecing method. I'm surprised it's applique. Looks like you found some beautiful new quilts to work on. Enjoy! ;^)

  4. It is strange isn't it that time is just standing still these days, we're at home but unable to focus on anything much. Just waiting for an end to this weirdly unsettled feeling. You have begun some great new projects! Looking forward to seeing your Barn quilt when it's finished.

  5. What a great puzzle. good challenge.
    Looks like you're doing your best to keep busy. I wonder how many home sewn masks have been made. I've made some too of course.
    Take Care

  6. Well, I'm glad you are staying in and staying well! Looks like you are getting quite a bit accomplished.

  7. You really have been staying busy. Lots of pretty quilts, including new ones and masks as well. I hadn't realized that the Diehl quilt was applique. That's quite interesting. I am glad you are doing well.

  8. You make such wonderful projects Ruth. The Kim Diehl pattern, the Jo Morton and the quilting on your Barn Quilt - fab!

  9. Glad to hear you are still doing well. Staying in is not too much fun but it is working. Looks like you have several nice projects to keep you busy, the kittie puzzle is so pretty!