Tuesday, September 22, 2020


 I am happy to report that we had a thunder storm Thursday night and it rained all night and most of Friday!  It was such a relief.  The air is now clean and clear!  Even though we weren't in danger from the fires, it was wonderful to get the much needed rain.  I think there is still some fire fighting in parts of the state, though.

I forgot to post this spider web quilt after I finished it, so here it is.  This was a quilt-a-long that Lori of Humble Quilts organized.  I do love this design and might want to make another one.  Guess what?  I still have a lot of scraps left!  LOL!!

I received these 2 mum plants from DS#3/DIL!  It was a surprise!  The first 2 pictures are of the same plant.

This one is on the patio so we can see it from our dining room (and so the deer can't get to it)

                                 This one is in the back yard so I can see it from my sewing room.

Here is the raffle quilt that my guild (Gone to Pieces Quilt Guild) made and will draw a winner for in December.  It measures 95" x 95".  I had no part in the making of it.  If anyone is interested in purchasing tickets, you can email me and I will give you my address for you to send the money.  The tickets are $1.00 per ticket or $5.00 for 6 tickets.  I'll keep track of any people who buy tickets and will  either send you your part of the ticket or keep it with me.  I will then buy your ticket and put the stub in with the rest of them.  If you are the lucky winner, I will let you know.  

                                                                            Purple Batik

Proceeds of the Quilt Raffle support the Quilt Guild and our Charity Projects.

Happy Fall, everyone!

Monday, September 14, 2020


I recently finished the machine quilting as well as the binding on this quilt, Pineapple nine patch that I showed in my July 11 post (when I finished the top).  This is a quilt that I started about 5 years ago after seeing some quilts of this same pattern made by Nana Girl.  She teaches this quilt in Pensacola, Florida.  When I saw the quilts she made with this pattern, I was inspired to make one - too bad it took me so long to do it!

It really doesn't look like a nine-patch, does it?  Well, it is a very complicated nine-patch and maybe you can see the block in this picture.  The center of the 9-patch is the hour glass block.  Each of the side blocks have 4 rows of strips and the 4 corners contain one of the triangles that make up the pin wheel.  So each pinwheel is part of a different 9-patch block.  If that doesn't make any sense to you, don't worry about it.  Each of the 9-patch blocks contains 80 pieces of fabric!

Some other projects that I have finished is this apron made with Loralie's Happy Nurse fabric.  I found some of Loralie's fabric at a thrift shop and will be making a few items to sell from it.

This table runner is based on the Cabin Corner pattern from Jo Morton's book.  The pattern in the book is for a square quilt and I changed it a little to make it into a table runner.

Since my friend and I have at least Holiday 2 craft shows lined up, I am also making a few table runners to sell - and to use up the left-over Christmas fabric from last year.

I'm sorry that I haven't been posting much lately, but I have been very busy sewing.  I think I better keep sewing as long as I am in the mood!  Plus, I'm getting ready for the craft shows.  And I also sell things on Etsy and occasionally on Ebay.  I do want to use up the fabric that I have.  The problem is that in the process of making things, it is necessary to buy more fabric because the fabric that I have on hand 
doesn't always match what I'm working on.  Do you ever have that problem?

Last week I went with 2 of my friends to Sherwood, Oregon to shop at the new Hobby Lobby.  Our town doesn't have very many stores and this is a store that I do miss (in Texas I lived pretty close to one).  On the way home from there, we noticed that the sky was looking smokey and kind of reddish.  Ultimately, we learned about the wild fires burning out of control in Oregon.  We have had smoke where I live since then.  Fortunately, we have not been in any danger from the fires.  I hope and pray that they will be totally stopped soon.  There is a fire still burning near Newberg, OR, which isn't very far from us but some of the people who had to be evacuated have been able to go home.  

Last night DH saw on the weather channel that Portland has the worst air quality in the whole world!!  I hope it's not that bad in McMinnville, but we decided not to walk this morning.

Thanks for the sweet comments on my last post!  I do appreciate them.