Sunday, May 28, 2017


Yea!  I'm all caught up with my Block Heads blocks!

Block 12
 I hand appliques this block.
Block 10
 This block from "Flags of the American Revolution" took all afternoon yesterday.  I machine appliqu├ęd this one!

Here's my design wall with just some of the other blocks from the "Flags" quilt.  I did mostly easy ones first.

DH put up our flag pole yesterday just in time for Memorial Day.

Let's remember all those who served and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice on this Memorial Day weekend.

Thursday, May 25, 2017


This week started out recuperating from a craft show that was over the weekend.  But it didn't take long to get started doing some sewing.

I finished Block Heads block #11.  I still haven't done #10 and #12 just posted yesterday, so I've got 2 to do this week and I will be caught up.

Block Heads #11
 Then I decided to get back to my Dear Jane Quilt.  I was just looking in the book and realized that I finished all the square blocks June 7, 2016.  How can it be that long ago?

Anyway, I made 6 bottom row triangles this week, #7, 9, 10, 11,12 and 13.

That means that the bottom row triangles are finished!

Bottom row Triangles with #1 starting at around 8:00 on the circle (slanted stripes) and going around clockwise.

I will continue working on them and if I keep up the pace, I might get the left side triangles finished and can move on to the corners.  Then I will start putting it together!  My goal is to get the top all put together this year - at least.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


On May 12, I attended the Festival of Quilts in Portland, Oregon and I am finally getting around to sharing some photos from it.  I entered 2 of my quilt into the show.

This quilt, The Eagle, was made for my DS because he is a pilot.  Actually, I made 2 of these quilts because I also have another son who is a pilot.  Talk about a glutton for punishment!  You really can't see it here, but the alternating blocks each have an eagle hand embroidered on them.  

Here are some close-up photos of the quilt that show more detail for those who have never seen it before.  There are 10 eagles per quilt and I embroidered 20 of them before I started any piecing.

Close-up of eagle and airplane 
 The border words are the call letters that pilots use to identify their airplane's number.  I used the book "Word Play Quilts" by Tonya Ricucci for making the letters.  I don't think I could have done it without that book.

Close-up showing how the words around the border were pieced.

The second quilt that I entered in the show was "Baskets of Blue" which you can see in the center of my header picture.

So, now, on to some of the many gorgeous quilts in the show!

 This is a T-shirt quilt that I just loved!  The T-shirts are from various national parks and I love the animal pictures on them.

Selvedge outfit.
I tried to get pictures of all the tags on each quilt, but unfortunately, a lot of those were blurry so I didn't include the attribution.

See how the hexes have been fussy cut?  All of them in the middle row of each block are like that!!

Multnomah Falls, OR

Kind of blurry, but it was so bright it's almost like it is lit up!

This is an antique pickle dish quilt made in 1870 that I just loved!

Of course, there were lots more and I didn't have time to take pictures of all of them, but this gives you an idea!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


At my last quilt guild meeting, after Lori gave her presentation,  the round robins were passed out as this was our last meeting until September.  I didn't get pictures of all of them, but below are a few.  We are always amazed at how good they turn out.  The person who made the medallion in the center gets the finished top back.


This last one is mine.  I made the center medallion with CW reproduction fabric and included some of the same fabrics in the bag.  So now all I have to do is quilt it!

I've been busy working on some craft show items, but in between that and other household chores, I made 2 of the Moda Block Head blocks.

Week 8

Week 9
I also made one triangle for my Dear Jane quilt as I had the fabric already picked out and it was ready to go.


Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Yesterday, Lori from Humble Quilts came to give a presentation on seasonal quilts at my quilt guild, Piecemakers, in McMinnville, OR!  We were thrilled to have her there!

Lori DeJarnatt
I first became acquainted with Lori through blogging, probably followed a link from someone else's blog and this was about around 2009 or so.  I arranged to meet her in 2010 when we were visiting my BIL, who lives close to her.  I also have seen her a couple times at the Sisters Quilt Show and at Aurora Colony in Aurora, OR.

Lori explained why her blog is called Humble Quilts - it's because she loves antique quilts and especially loves how women "made do" with what they had, which meant that they had to use different fabrics because they ran out of the one they were using or a panel was too long, so they just chopped it off in the middle of a block, etc.  Mistakes were left in giving it more character and you don't have to be ashamed of them.

Her trunk show was awesome as you will see below:

Made to commemorate her trip to Denmark

She got the pattern from American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine

Designed by Joined at the Hip

Designed by Country Threads

Flags of the American Revolution designed by Jan Patek (I'm making one of these)

Panel of George Washington was a gift from a friend.

The back of George Washington's quilt has a Martha Washington block on it.

Lori designed this Jubilee quilt for her 50th birthday.
Doesn't this just make you want to get busy sewing?  It does for me.  Lori had a story behind each quilt and some of the pictures didn't turn out, so I couldn't post them - there were quite a few more than this.  I'm trying to decide which one is my favorite, but would have to pick at least 5 or 6 "favorites."

Another bonus was some visitors that came, two of whom told me that they follow my blog!  One of them even won a giveaway I had a while back!  It was such a treat to meet them!  One visitor came from Pendleton, OR!

Thank you so much, Lori!