Wednesday, June 26, 2019


I saw the American Crossroads quilt about 10 years ago and decided I wanted to make it.  It was published in the Fall/Winter 2005 Quilt Sampler magazine.  I didn't start it until 2016 and finally finished the top in January of this year.

I basted it (as you can see below) earlier this month.

I spent about 11 1/4 hours quilting it on my Janome 6600 sewing machine and  finished it last week.  My clothes line isn't high enough for it not to hang on the ground. The quilt measures about 100" x 90".

Here are some close up pictures showing that most of the fabrics are civil war reproduction fabrics. 

This picture shows the quilting best.  First I stitched in the ditch of all the blocks and then I quilted a flower shape on top of each 4-patch.  In the border I quilted "Swirl Scroll" from Angela Walters "Free Motion Quilting" book.

Today I also started working on another UFO, a small quilt with embroidered blocks - I'll show this one in another post.  It's feeling good to get some of these old UFOs finished!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019


 It seems like I have been so busy lately, between sewing a lot and just living.  Last week I had to have oral surgery done for the second time on the same tooth root.  I don't think I did much sewing for a couple days.  I had to return to the dentist the next day (in Salem) and was feeling pretty good, so I went to the thrift shop that is right across the street from the dentist's office.

I saw a doll cradle there for just $5.00 and with Wednesday's 25% discount for senior citizens, it only cost me $3.75.  It didn't come with a mattress, pillow or quilt though, so I had to make those.  Apparently, a lady that lives somewhere on the coast decorated this vintage doll bed by pasting fabric flowers onto it.  She made a lot of other items that were decorated the same way and donated to the shop.  (The thrift store supports a cat shelter).

When "shop hopping" a couple weeks ago I saw this John Deere fabric and bought one yard and one yard of the yellow fabric.  In July, I am a vendor at the Great Oregon Steam-Up held at Powerland Heritage Park.  At the park is a John Deere Museum, so I thought I would make at least a table runner pertaining to that.

Also made an apron.

This doll outfit was a panel of fabric.  It fits an 18" doll.

Thanks for visiting!  What's going on with you?  BTW, the weather has been perfect here!  Today it's 68ยบ!!