Saturday, July 25, 2020


 I love holly hocks and have been trying to get them to grow.  Maybe I have a black thumb, but I thought that everything was supposed to grow easily in Oregon.  Well, I finally have a holly hock plant that has actually gotten about 2 feet high and has several gorgeous blooms on it - double blooms!!  I am seriously going to plant more seeds so I can get more of them growing.  I just love them.

When I get a project finished (or at least basted), I like to switch to something else for at least a couple days.  I have had some panels of doll clothes for years and I decided to get some of them sewn up.  This first one is a camping outfit.  The hat is too big for her head, but maybe on another doll it will fit better.

She even has a back pack!

The next outfit is a pajama and robe set with an overnight bag.  Please ignore her hair.  I use this doll to try on the clothes only.

I like to get scraps from a chest at my LQS and sometimes the scraps are pretty big.  Recently, I found these 4 pictures of bears there and thought they would be perfect for a baby quilt.  All the fabrics on the front are from the scrap chest, except for the border.  This is a donation quilt, so the binding is sewn on for more sturdiness.

And finally, this one is from Jo Morton's book, Jo's Little Favorites.  I had been looking at this pattern for a while and finally decided to make it.  The pattern calls for strips of one inch, but I increased the size to 1 1/4 inch, so it measures 21 1/4" square.  If I made it with one inch strips, it would measure 14 3/4" square, which is pretty small.
Cabin Corners
I just love this quilt!  On the back I put a panel commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence that I had from some former projects.  It had been cut down for making wall hangings and I just added it the way it was with a border to make it big enough.

Now I'm in the mood to make some more log cabin blocks and might make this same pattern, only longer for a table runner.  I have plenty of fabrics to make all the blocks different.

I don't know where the week went!  Here it it Saturday already - time to do some house cleaning.

I noticed that Barb was the guest for a quilt guild via Zoom.  I really miss having our guild meetings in person and having them via Zoom would be better than nothing.  Are any of your guilds doing that?  If this pandemic continues much longer, we should definitely do this.  The monthly meeting and going to quilt shows are some things that I really miss a lot!!

Take care and stay healthy! 

Saturday, July 11, 2020


A couple weeks ago I showed you some of the blocks for this scrappy string quilt and now it is finished!

This will be a donation quilt.  I quilted it with what Kim Diehl calls cinnamon rolls - a super easy way to quilt that turns out looking pretty good!  You can see how it looks in these two close up sections.

I finished the Pineapple Nine-Patch top that I showed you in my last post.  I'm glad I made it and also glad is it finished.  It measures 70" square.  I'm not sure if I will ever make another one, but I have seen some lovely ones in different colors.  It is very tempting!

This is what each block looks like.

I like how the lighter colored sections look like a circle when they are put together.  I made it mostly from stash.  The dark colored fabrics are mostly batiks and the lighter colors are not.  I will need to purchase fabric for backing.  I'll probably get it from the "sale" basement of my LQS.  

The backing is on my list for when I go to my LQS for my birthday shopping spree later this month!  The week of your birthday, they give you 25% off all regular priced items.  So, we smart shoppers, save up our punch cards from the shop, which are worth $25 of free merchandise per card (we get it punched for every dollar spent on regular priced items).  I have 2 punch cards finished, so that is $50 right there.  I also have some pennies saved up from a couple items I sold recently.  Can't wait!!

Friday, July 3, 2020


I have been very delinquent with blogging lately!  I can't go very many places and stay home a lot, so you would think that I would have more time for blogging, wouldn't you?  

Well, here is something that has been keeping me busy (among other things).  This is Pineapple Nine Patch from the Geometric Gems book by Cathy Wierzbicki.  I started this five years ago and posted 2 blocks that I had made in 2015.  Since then I had made 4 more blocks for a total of 6 and this week I made 10 more blocks and that is all I'm going to make.  However, I will make border with triangles so that all around the edge there will be the pinwheels.  And then an outer border.

Uh Oh!  I just spotted a wonkey triangle and I know there are 2 other mistakes needing fixing.  Maybe I'll fix those today - and then maybe I won't.  I just might want to take a few days break before I make the borders and fix the mistakes.  But I do want to get it finished soon.  It will measure 56" square without the outer border, which I will decide on later.

I hope all of my friends in the USA will have a peaceful and happy 4th!