Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Christmas Day DS had to work at the hospital, so we had our DIL and GD Abby over to the camper for lunch.  We had celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve.  

Abby lining up the tiny wise men and shepherds.

Reading Abby's favorite book about Vera being sick.

I worked on my 4 3/4" log cabin blocks.

32 blocks added to the ones I have at home.  I think I have about 200 of them.
Tomorrow is a big day for Abby - her 4th birthday.  She is very excited!  We plan to go to the zoo and then have a little family party.  Hopefully, it won't be too cold.

Have you had any time to sew this week?

Saturday, December 22, 2012


Did anyone read the Civil War Quilts blog  by Barbara Brackman today?  Well, I got up early as usual and was reading some blogs and CWQ came up with a new post, so I was reading along, and Country Log Cabin was mentioned!!  I looked more closely and there was my block on one of the pages of the book.  Yes, a picture of one of the blocks that I made!  She said that she mailed a free book to each of the people whose block appeared in the book, but I haven't received it yet.  I don't know if she even has my address.

If you scroll down on that blog to the paragraph that starts with "Amazingly enough" my block is in the picture right above that and mine is the block on top.  You can see where I blogged about that block here.

Today we continue on our journey to our designation where Abby will be waiting.

Friday, December 21, 2012


My oldest GS likes to wear bow ties (he's 17) and I made him one last month to see how he liked it and what other colors he might like.  When I went to a fabric outlet, I bought some red and green silk.  Here is the red silk with the tie pattern pinned onto it.  That is all I have in the way of pictures - I forgot to take a picture of the finished tie before I mailed it off to him as I was in a hurry to get it in the mail in case  he wanted to wear it during the Christmas season.

As to my short list.  I have completed all but one of the items and the one I didn't complete is almost there, so I'm pretty happy with what I accomplished.  Number 6 is the culprit - the applique top for my DIL.  I decided I needed to double check with her about the size before I sew it all together.  I have most of the appliqué done, but will still need to add a few more flowers and quite a few more leaves.  I'm doing the appliqué by machine.

We will be visiting 2 of our sons and their families over the holidays.  I hope most of you will be able to spend time with family during this special season where we celebrate the birth of our Savior and Lord.

Saturday, December 15, 2012


I just finished my Australian Quilt - so named because I received the fabrics from Leanne in Tasmania, Australia.  I think it was a few years ago and I Finally got around to making a quilt with them.  It is a good sized lap quilt and I plan to use it on the couch of our camper when we go out, but will keep it at home when we are home.

The green on the backing does not correspond to the borders on the front, but I think you can see the quilting better.

I actually had fun quilting the borders!!  Now there's only one thing on my short list!

My quilting guild had a pot luck on Monday night along with an ornament exchange.  I was the lucky one to win this unique pincushion, which I think is actually a doorknob hanger.  The lady is wearing a pincushion!   I love her knees and hair.
Blogger made this picture revert to the uncropped and sideways version.
Well, we're getting closer and closer to Christmas and I need to get some more baking done.  DH and I are going to Love's this afternoon to see her decorations.  Tomorrow is a pot luck at church and then I will devote myself to finishing up Christmas preparations. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012


I finished two more items from my short list.  I like crossing things off my list!

Ornaments for Jonah, Eli and Abby.

Stuffed Batik fish for Eli and Jonah.

Ornaments for older grandchildren and sons/DILs.  
The sawtooth star ornaments are double sided so when the twist, you will still see a star.  Each side is different, though.

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Today is the Quilter's Christmas Party put on by SewCalGal and we are supposed to tell something about ourselves.  I have been blogging about quilting for 5 years now and my blog has been mostly about that, because that's what I started it for.  But, lately I have been lucky enough to become involved in a very special family.

First, I will backtrack a little.  Years ago my DH and I were missionaries in Colombia, South America and our boys had a particular science teacher while we were there.  That science teacher and his wife had a little girl named Carrie.  Carrie grew up and married Gavin Jones.  They became missionaries in New Guinea, where Gavin is a helicopter pilot and Carrie is a public health worker.

About six months ago, another friend of mine asked me if I had heard that the Jones couple were expecting quintuplets and I hadn't, so she directed me to their blog.  I started following their blog and when they asked for volunteers to help with the babies, and since I love babies, I sent in my name.  (Besides, I'm a grandma with no baby to rock as they live too far away!)  The Jones'  live just 5 minutes from me and I am going there once a week to help with the babies.  For me, it is fun and I'm very happy to be able to help in a small way.

You can visit their blog to find out all about them.  The quintuplets have an older brother who is 8 years old, so they went from 1 boy to 4 boys and 2 girls!  Can you imagine???

Gavin and Carrie holding 4 of the babies.  One baby, Seth, is still in the hospital.

David and Will

Seth - he needs extra treatment for his lungs.
Marcie and Grace
 If you go visit their blog, you can find out more about their work and the daily life of a family with quintuplets.  It is quite a challenge and they need our prayers for strength in the every day challenges that most parents face - times 5!

One last picture of Grace that is so cute:

Gracie showing off her head bow and her cannula: "This is my cannula and I am not ashamed!"
She had an excellent pulmonologist report, praise God, and we are starting to decrease her time on oxygen each day.
One of my favorite Christmas traditions started when I was a child.  My grandmother and aunt would make lefse every year - a Norwegian potato pancake that you put butter and sugar on and roll up.  I got the recipe from them when I was in high school.  When I got married, I started making it myself and although I can't say that I made it every year, I probably did make it the majority of them.  I have already made some and it is safely in the freezer for Christmas Eve.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and remember the One whose birth we are commemorating.

Thursday, December 6, 2012


The last lesson in the FMQ challenge is by Patsy Thompson and it is on borders.  This is a really helpful lesson and the video is so good!  We had to practice 5 different borders on a whole cloth.  Below is my practice piece.  Each border  (which are kind of hard to see - sorry) is different and the first 2 from the middle out, are only 1/2" wide.  Then there are 2 one inch borders and the final feather border is 2".

Luckily, I had a quilt ready and it has 3 borders, so it was perfect to use some of the ideas for it.  The yellow and brown borders are each 1 1/2" wide and the final wide border is 4 1/2" wide.  Patsy's video covered the instructions on how to do a feathered border.  She is such a good teacher and it was pretty easy to do.

This picture shows the borders from a different angle as well as some of the blocks.  The center blocks are done in an overall pattern.

Here is a view of the overall pattern on the back.

Another view of the back.

This view of the front shows the yellow border a little better.  I used a variegated thread for the yellow and final border.  The rest of the quilting was done with Essential Pro in Cocoa.  I used Essential Pro Natural on the bottom.  I still have the long sides to quilt and when it is all quilted and bound I will take a picture of the whole quilt.

I am lacking two months of the challenge and I have decided not to make them up due to lack of time.  I do want to thank SewCalGal for hosting the challenge, and all the quilting experts that shared their expertise with us.  It has been a huge help to me.

Sunday, December 2, 2012


Yesterday DH and I went to Clifton for the Norwegian Country Christmas Tour.  The tour included a quilt show, some decorated homes and a historic house and church.  Since my ancestors are from Norway, anything about Norwegians coming to the USA is interesting to me.  My relatives settled in Minnesota and Chicago.

The quilt show was small, but there were some beautiful quilts there.  No names of makers were given, but I especially liked these three.

The Ringness House Museum is a partially restored house built in 1859.
I love the quilt on this bed.

The grandmother's flower garden quilt is over 100 years old.

Fireplace in the Ringness home.

I had to put in the picture of the flags blowing in the wind!

St. Olaf Church, also referred to as the  Rock Church, was built in 1886.

The weather was unseasonable warm and extremely windy, but it was a beautiful day.  No progress on my short list was accomplished yesterday, but it was inspiring to see the homes decorated for Christmas.  It makes me wish I had more decorations put up than I do!  Have you put up your Christmas decorations yet?

Friday, November 30, 2012


I almost gave up on myself this month.  Yes, I almost didn't do my quilting challenge.  It has been a busy month and yesterday I was just plain tired.  

However, today is another day!  So I decided to do it.  I didn't practice as much as I should have.  I don't have any really imaginative quilting like some other people do, but I will say that I really appreciate sewcalgal for hosting the challenge all year.  And I appreciate the expert quilters, like Sarah Vedeler who were willing to share there expertise with us.  The tutorial definitely is helpful in giving us a great method to follow.   So, here are my samples.

In my last post I blogged about the two donation quilts that I finished.  I forgot to mention that I bound them by machine.  Pat Sloan has an excellent tutorial on how to do the machine binding and you can get to it here.  I pretty much followed the directions to a "T".  Except, when I went to put the binding onto the girl's quit, I sewed it to the front instead of the back.  So, since I had followed Pat's directions about ironing the binding down 1/4", I was able to still stitch the blanket stitch from the front while folding under the binding as I went.  Luckily, it turned out OK.  (I was too lazy to take out the stitching since I was over half way before I realized that I had sewn in on the wrong side).
Front view of girl's quilt.

Back view of girl's quilt.

This picture shows both the front view and back view of the boy's quilt.
Thanks for the tutorial, Pat.  It really saved me a lot of time and for a quilt that might get a lot of use, this binding will work fine.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


This morning I finished binding on two donation quilts that I have been working on.  They will go to children's hospital for older kids (one boy and one girl) in the ICU.

Pinwheel quilt for girl made out of leftover HSTs.  The back is a piece of very nice fabric from an estate sale.

Ohio Star quilt for boy - made out of repurposed men's shirts.  The back is men's shirt fabric that I got in a thrift shop.

It always feels good to finish something.  These will be taken to my guild meeting next week and in January or February will be donated  in memory of one of our former members who was a doctor there.  She's the one who got us started making quilts for the ICU and it was a passion of hers.

I'm almost finished with my Christmas ornaments and will be posting them soon.  How are you doing on your short list?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I thought I would write a post today before I get going on the cleaning and food preparation for tomorrow.  I have made some ornaments that I will post after they are given.  Below is the Santa that I am cross stitching for Eli's ornament.  So, the ornaments are close to being finished.

Doll clothes:  2 pair of pajamas and one "formal" dress completed.
Pajamas for Abby's doll.

Pajamas for doll in my doll bed - doll was my mother's when she was a child.  Poor thing has hair problems.  He is a boy doll and has been wearing a dress for years, so I'm sure he is happier now.

Another dress for Abby's doll.
I'm crossing doll clothes off my short list.  I might make one more dress, but that will be after I have finished all other projects.

I finished "A Christmas Wish" which was designed by Gail Pan. 

Backing for Christmas Wish - Moda fabric that I got at an estate sale.  Didn't really like it & didn't know what I would do with it, so it's perfect for a backing.

 I got this lovely 100% wool jacket at a garage sale and I plan to felt it for future wool projects.

I'm off to do my chores for tomorrow.  I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!