Tuesday, August 25, 2020


 I finished the "Liberty" table topper from Kim Diehl's book "Simple Seasons."  I am happy I made it and it fits on my dining room table.

Here's a close up of one section.

This week I started quilting the Pineapple Nine Patch quilt.  I'm using the fan stencil from Barb.  I love this stencil and I also used in on a table runner that is lower in this post.

I mark my quilt lines with the hera marker instead of using a marking pen.  I was going to try that, but then I forgot and I already had it all basted, so I marked it this way, which I am used to.

The hera marker makes a dent in the fabric (you can see it in this next picture).  I only mark one or two fans at a time because the dent can disappear with time.

I also made and finished this table runner "Nordic Stars" designed by Bev Getschel.  It was kind of tedious to get all the pieces lined up properly, but I really like it.  The pattern was in the McCall's Quilting Magazine, the November/December 2017 issue.

Here's a close up of the center part.

I also made this table runner out of a charm pack.  This makes a pretty long one!

A close-up of the quilting with the fan.

The back of this table runner.

Since my last post, DH and I also celebrated our 58th wedding anniversary!  My DGD came over to sew one day last week.  She used my Janome machine and I got out my Featherweight for me to sew with.  We had a good time sewing and talking!  I'm so happy that her hubby is now out of the Navy and they are living nearby!

My co-crafting friend and I haven't had any craft shows yet this year, but it looks like we will have two of them coming up.  One is in October and the other one is the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. We are very happy because with all the sewing we have been doing, we have many things to sell!  We're hoping that the Handmade Holiday craft show at the local museum will take place too, but we haven't heard about that one yet.

I hope you and your families are well.  We haven't come in contact with any people with covid - and hope it stays that way.  

Wednesday, August 5, 2020


I love Kim Diehl's designs and have several of her books, but really haven't made many things from them yet.  However, I was recently browsing and came across this table topper in her "Simple Seasons" book and decided to finally make it (the name of it is "Liberty")!  This is a picture from the book.  I had originally been intimidated by the design, but having more experience with appliqué during the intervening years, it didn't look as daunting!  So, I decided to make it!  

When I went on my birthday shopping trip, finding some fabrics for this quilt was on my list.  The shop (Boersma's) is located about a mile from my house.  The local quilt shop (LQS) in McMinnville, OR gives their customers a 25% discount on regular priced items for their birthday, so last week I went there for my shopping trip.  I had 2 punch cards filled up which gave me a $25 credit for each card - in other words, $50 off my bill!  So here are the fabrics that I bought.

First, I bought 3 navy blue fabrics (which will be used for the eagles on the table topper).  I already have a good blue for one eagle and each eagle will be different.  The color didn't come out very good but they are all a nice navy.

I needed some reds and couldn't resist some Christmas fabric as well.

Actually, when I picked out the background fabric for "Liberty" I picked out the one below that is cream colored.  I didn't notice at first that the fabric is also by Kim Diehl!  And since the same fabric came in red also, I got some of that too.

I needed a couple light blues and a good Christmas background fabric.

And here's a couple more Christmas fabrics.  I got a great variety of fabrics!

For my birthday, we went out to eat with DS, DGS and DGD, then came to the house for cake.  I might as well tell you how old I am - 77!  How did that happen?

Then we played a game of Aggravation on the board that DH made!

Now everything  back to normal and I have started on my "Liberty" table topper.  

Hope you are all well.  Thanks for visiting!