Friday, March 30, 2018


The challenge for March was to make a strip quilt.  I have oodles of strips saved and need to use them up, so I thought this would be a good idea.  I already had 32 strip blocks done and I made 61 more for a total of 93.  As you can see in the photo, I make blocks according to color.  I haven't put the top together yet, but will sew it together in rows of colors.  I've made this type before and I really like how it turns out.  I have 9 colors and I usually have 8 blocks per row.  They measure 7 1/2" finished, so the finished quilt will measure 60" x 67 1/2" and might add a border to it.

My scrap challenge for April is to work on a scrappy quilt for my granddaughter.  I have already started it and it's a Bonnie Hunter design - Bowdacious.  April will be a busy month, so I might not get much accomplished.

I also decided to add an additional row to the side and bottom of this scrap quilt top that I made in January.

I still have more triangles to sew together as leader/enders for another future quilt like this one.

In addition, I made 2 sets of place mats to sell in a craft show coming up April 7.  The photos are wonky, but they look better in person.

Happy Easter, everyone!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


I spent the last week quilting and binding this twin size Scrappy Star quilt.  It is a Moda Bake Shop pattern, but I couldn't find it so I could link to it.  It is made with 5" charm squares, 8 of them are colored and the middle one is white.  I had a lot of left over charm pack squares, so I decided to make it a few months ago.  Where did all those left over 5" squares come from?  I'm not sure, but the seemed to grow in the bottom drawer of my sewing chest.  I still have a lot left.


One of my favorite blocks

Quilted but not bound yet.
 Below is another favorite block.  Do you see the 2 frogs, fish in upper left and octopus in the lower right square?  These blocks were fun to make and they measure 13" square, so it goes pretty fast.

Backing fabric was found at an estate sale.

All finished.  I will take a better picture when I can hang it on the clothesline outside.

It always feels good to finish a quilt!

Monday, March 19, 2018


 About a month ago I posted a picture of some churn dash blocks (6 1/2") that I was getting ready to send in for a swap.  I had 22 black ones and 44 pink ones - all Civil War reproduction fabrics.

Well, last week I received 66 blocks of all different colors in the mail!  They were packaged in 2 baggies.

I am amazed that there were no duplicate fabrics among the 66 blocks!  And many of the fabrics were totally new to me.  How great is that?

What a wonderful variety!

Here they are all stacked up.  Now, I just need to decide what I will do with them.  I can't wait to see what some of the other swappers come up with.

I'm sorry, but I'm not one of those who will instantly start putting them together.   I'll think on it a while and see what ideas I get and then think about it some more.  Thanks Barb!

Friday, March 16, 2018


 I'm sorry folks, but I have been so busy lately and have neglected my blog.  I have been reading some other blogs and even leaving a few comments, but not as many as usual.

I finished this scrappy Quarter Log Cabin quilt this past week.  The center square of each block is 3" finished of a blace/grey kind of "snakey" fabric that I had used as a backing on my grandson's majestic mountain quilt.  I had bought some bright colored scraps at a quilt show that I used for the logs to make it a little wild.

It was a nice day yesterday, so I went outside and hung these 2 quilts on my clothesline.  It was nice and sunny!  My quilting was wavy lines with a few swirls thrown in.

Don't you love to see quilts on a clothesline?

This is a round robin quilt top to which I just added the final border.  My quilt guild has been making patriotic round robins this year and at the April meeting we will reveal them all and then take them home to quilt and bind for bringing back to the May meeting where we will donate them to veterans that are in the hospital.  The approximate measurement for them is 48" x 60".

I must get back to my sewing machine.  I have been making more strip blocks and have quite a stack built up.  Here are some of them.  Today I made some blue ones and I need to make some purple ones next.

Last week a friend of mine and I went to a vineyard to see some raptor birds.   Here are a few of them.  It was an educational program and donations were taken to help rehabilitate birds.  They are so interesting!

I love the owls!  There was one in the neighborhood and I heard it hooting one time, but never got to see it.  My DH saw it sitting on our fence once.

Have a great weekend!