Monday, October 11, 2021


It's been a while again.  I have been very busy and it won't be slowing down until the end of the year.  I have several craft shows scheduled from now until a couple weeks before Christmas so a lot of my time gets used up preparing for those.  

This week I noticed that my grandson keeps wearing the same mask that I made him several months ago and when I asked him about it, it said he had lost a few.  So I decided I better make him a few more.  While I was at it, I made some other ones for DH, myself (although I don't really need more) and friends.   I noticed some plaids in the closet and thought that would be good for men.

Top one is the more dressy one and there
was also a red plaid one that he took.

Lining for the men's masks

Ladies and Girls sizes (not all finished)

Lining for the ladies/girls masks

I also got  Lori's quilt-a-long instructions for this week.  So far, I am keeping up with it.  I'm not sure how long it will continue.  Here's what I have so far.

I hope it's not too scrappy!  It's hard to know what arrangement to do when you don't know what it is going to look like when it's finished.

Now, I will be working on a quilt that my granddaughter helped me with when we visited in Florida.  She said she wants it, so I will be sending it to her for her birthday.  I'm getting ready to put the borders on and will post it soon.

Happy Fall!!


Saturday, September 25, 2021

Some Projects Finished

I promised my grandson that I would make a "jacket" for their dog, Olaf, so here it is.

Luckily, it fits and he doesn't seem to mind having it on.

Lori, from is having a quilt-a-long with a theme of "Land that I love" and I decided to join in!  It has been a few years since I have done it I think.  The assignment for the first week was to make 24 HSTs.

This week, I just need to cut 36 2" squares - I think I can manage that! 

I decided to make another cat lap quilt and the top is basted.   

I also got the scrappy strip quilt finished - I showed you the top in my August 4 post.  This will be a donation quilt.  I had to hang it sideways or it would drag on the ground.

Thanks to all that commented on my last post.   I was having trouble with my email and nothing was coming in.  I thought I had sent some replies, but they didn't show up in "Sent" so I doubt they actually went out.   Luckily, DH figured out how to fix it and I didn't have to call Apple.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, September 9, 2021

It's Been Almost a Whole Month!!

 I'm so sorry that I haven't posted for so long!  I truly don't know where the time goes.  A couple days ago I got caught up on some of my favorite blogs and I need to do that more often.

Some of the things that have been happening:

We went to Newport, Oregon to celebrate our 59th anniversary!  We just spent one night, but had time on 2 days to see some of the sights.  We've driven through this town several times and I even went to a quilt show there several years ago, but had never really looked around.  Here are a few highlights.

Watching the waves come in at Nye Beach

Yaquina Head Lighthouse

We found a great restaurant to eat where we had a perfect view of the Pacific Ocean!  Of course, a quilt shop had to be visited too.  Plus we went to the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

Another event was an outdoor craft sale at the Yamhill County Heritage Museum, which is about 10 minutes from our house.  It was a perfect day and the main event there was "Harvest Fest" where they harvest the old fashioned way with horses.

Since I'm looking forward to fall arriving soon, I actually decorated our front porch a little.  An old chair, with a silly looking doll hanging on it and an orange and black quilt hanging on the chair.  The doll even has a matching skirt!

All I have to do after Thanksgiving is turn the quilt around and it will be ready for Christmas!  By that time, I will make a skirt for the doll that will match the Christmas quilt.

Right now, I am in the process of making a table runner - Double Dutch Stars.  It is ready to be basted.  Designed by Kim Diehl.

This pumpkin wall hanging just needs the border put on and then I can baste and quilt it.  It is in the book "Alphabet Soup" that I have had for years and I have wanted to make this for quite some time.  


This year my marigolds have done very well (the ones that weren't eaten by slugs, that is).  The good thing is the deer don't like them so no nibbling by them.  

I think I figured out how to keep the slugs away, so maybe next year I will have a longer row of them.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, August 14, 2021


 This was hanging in my closet for years and I finally finished the cross stitching on it!  I started this at least 11 years ago and due to the thickness of the area where the cross stitching was done, it was not fun to work on, so it went in the closet.  But NOW it is DONE!!  What is it?  It's a denim shirt with an eagle on the back. 

Another finish is this quilt named "Betsy" that I made for a customer in Indiana.  I returned the book to her and didn't write down the name of the designer.  All the fabrics were found in the civil war reproduction section of the quilt shop and that's why I asked the question about how to determine if the fabric is actually a reproduction.  However, some of the fabrics just worked with the pattern and I don't really know if they are repros.

This close up shows some of the fabrics better.

The backing color didn't turn out very well and the sunlight makes it look weird, but it is a Jo Morton fabric and is a darker brown .

Other news is that I entered a couple quilts in the Yamhill County Fair and won 2 ribbons.

2nd place

Pineapple Nine Patch - Blue Ribbon

That's about all the news I have today.  It has been very hot this week and got above 100º a couple days.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021


 In my June 2 post, I talked about making strip blocks and told you about my LQS's special 25% off for quilter's birthday week.  I finished the strip block top and it is now ready to baste.

This will be a twin size donation quilt that I will keep until it is needed.  The border is 4" wide.

On Monday I went to my LQS, Boersma's, for my birthday shopping trip.  Here are some pictures of the fabric that I bought.

The first three on the left above will be for the quilt I'm making with 18" blocks that I worked on in Florida.  It was pictured a few blogs ago.

The fabric on the left above will be used in a queen sized quilt.

Some of the fabrics I bought are needed to finish quilt tops.  I also purchased 3 yards of white and some white grunge, which you can see in one of the pictures.  I got some good advice from one of the workers at the shop.  She is excellent for helping me pick out fabrics to go with other fabrics.  I love the colorful leaves and will be making some zippered pouches with them.  

Right now, I need to get busy and do some basting.  Besides the strip quilt I have a BOM lap quilt to baste and another lap size quilt.  

I have a question about civil war reproduction fabric.  This is my favorite type of fabric and most quilt shops have a section set aside just for this category.  How do we know that the fabrics in that section are actually a reproduction of some civil war era fabric (or any other year repro)  when it doesn't say anything on the fabric?  Is there a way to find out for sure? 

Tomorrow, I will be going to the Yamhill County Fair to see if my quilt entries have won anything and to see all the other quilts that were entered.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, July 25, 2021

More Trip Photos

We've been home 2 weeks now and I think I am finally getting organized (somewhat)!  I got all my photos transferred to my computer and want to share a few more.  The first week we went to Kansas to visit DS#3 and his family.  We specifically went for his retirement "ceremony" from the Air Force.  He had retired last year, but because of covid there was no official ceremony, so his colonel had one this June in his home - very casual.  Here is a picture of the cake:

We had fun with our 2 grandsons and went to numerous baseball games and swimming events.  Below is our 10 year old DGS practicing pitching.

I really messed up and didn't get very many good pictures of our 13 year old DGS.

 They also have a dog who is very friendly and has adopted me as his "grandma."  I get up early in the mornings and was sitting near the patio door reading (in the walk out basement) when Olaf was let out into the back yard.  When he saw me sitting near the window he pestered me until I let him inside for a bit.  He likes to get close and thinks he fits in my lap, but that wasn't really possible.

My latest "wild life" pictures are below:

The moth picture was taken in Kansas (he was about 3" long),

and the frog (who was only 1 1/4" long) was taken in Florida under the outside grill.

This little guy was seen this last week on one of my morning walks.  This is only the 2nd time I have seen a raccoon in my neighborhood.

And yes, I have been sewing, but mostly trying to get the sewing room organized as well as making list of what I need to get when I do my birthday shop at the LQS.  Not much to show except these panels of selvedges that I have sewn together.  I didn't know what project to work on, so I just started sewing these together as I do want to make a couple table runners out of them.  I have a lot more sewn together and was trying to sew pieces that were approximately the same length together as well as making separate ones for Christmas fabrics, reproduction fabrics, etc.  I am going to appliqué sun flowers on a table runner and for a Christmas one, I plan to appliqué a santa on each end of a table runner.  I also want to make some other things with the selvedge fabrics but haven't quite made up my mind exactly what yet,  Probably bags and maybe zip pouches.  I still have 2 more bins full of these - I have been saving them for years.  Do you save yours to make things with?  And if so, what do you make?

Hope you are staying cool (or comfortable if you are down under) and able to work on your quilting projects!

Monday, July 12, 2021


I had some hand work ready for the long drive from Oregon to Kansas and Florida - and for the long drive home!  I had received this book for my birthday from my sister a few years ago and decided to make the baby quilt pictured on the cover.  My favorite movie is "Miss Potter" so I was excited to get something that has her drawings to use to make something.  I had cut the hexagons before we left and traced the pictures onto the fabric.  I'm lucky to have a DH who looks for quilt shop signs along the road and the first shop that we stopped at was in Wyoming - in a small town in the middle of nowhere!

The shop, Valley Fabric Shop, Urie, Wyoming (population 262 in 2020), was amazing and I could have spent a much longer time perusing their wonderful displays.


I wanted to find fabrics to use for the Peter Rabbit quilt and I found the fabrics in the picture below.  

This is some of the embroidery that I did while riding down the highways.  I haven't finished all the stitching - especially the eyes on some of them.

After leaving Kansas we were on our way to Florida.  I think I was reading and I felt the car turning around.  I asked DH why he was doing that and he said he wanted to get some coffee - we were in Missouri at the time.  He did get coffee after he dropped me off at this quilt shop.  Look at the caption under the name of the quilt shop.  I did not scream because I didn't see the sign that he saw.

They were having a sale on patterns, panels and books.  I found 2 patterns.  The apron looks easy to make, but the Diamond Log Cabin looks very hard.  It is a 26 1/2" square wall hanging (and there was one hanging in the shop).  That's what I saw and I loved it.  It's all paper pieced, but I'm pretty sure I have enough scraps to make it.  Blue Top Quilt Shop in Lamar, MO is also a wonderful shop with a large variety of fabrics and quilting supplies.

This is the panel I bought.

I got this fabric to make the apron.

And got this fabric just because I liked it.

I will close with this picture of me with Abby, my granddaughter (age 12) and my DIL, Vizo.

 We had a wonderful time on our trip, but are very happy to be back home!  Thanks for visiting!