Monday, June 22, 2020


Two projects finished last week:  The QCR Mini Table Runner is quilted and bound.  I decided to do straight quilting because I really like the way it looks.  I plan to make more of this table runner in other colors.

The Declaration wall hanging is quilted and bound.

And hung above a picture of George Washington praying during the Revolutionary War.

Then I decided I needed a change and I had a few string blocks done a while ago, so I decided to make more so I could sew them into a donation quilt.  What I like to do is have a row of blocks for each color and I need about 8 blocks of each color.  I sew the strips on a piece of paper .

This shows the paper on the bottom of the strips.

Then, I trim them to the size of the paper.

So far, I have 8 blocks of brown, red, blue, yellow, green and 6 orange.  I also am making blocks with a variety of colors.

Mixed colored blocks and blue blocks

Have a great week!

Monday, June 15, 2020


I won a QCR Mini ruler (Sew Kind of Wonderful) from Randy a couple weeks ago!  It's a curved ruler and there was a pattern for a table runner included, so I decided to use it right away and make up the pattern.  I picked out 2 batiks to start with and since I didn't have enough of that fabric, I  picked out 2 more.  It went together very easily and I have the top done!  It is different from my traditional block designs, but it's fun to try something new.  They have some other instructional videos on Youtube that I might try too.  There is at least one book.

This is the mini ruler.   I'm not sure how many patterns are available for this ruler.  I'll have to do some more exploring.  Thanks, Randy!!

Several years ago - at least 10 - I saw this fabric in my favorite quilt shop in Texas, where I was living at the time.  I made a few of these wall hangings; gave a couple away and sold one I think.
I had some of the fabric left over and had always planned to make one for me.  Finally, I came across the fabric and decided this was a good time to make it up.

I changed the design a little because my math skills have deteriorated a lot in the last 10 years.  This is what I came up with.    I have the perfect place to hang it when it is quilted and bound.

Last year, I participated in the scrappy string challenge that Lori held.  Since I didn't finish the spider quil then, I thought it was time to get it done.  I didn't want to make it too big, so it measures 5 feet square for a lap quilt.

Do you see the cat in the lower part of this picture?

I used fabrics that were in my stash and used 2 different fabrics separated by scrappy pieces of fabric for the border.

This challenge was, of course, supposed to be a way to use up (AKA - get rid of) some scraps.  It did use some scraps, but of course, didn't really make a dent in my scraps.  I think I need to start making more string quilts.