Monday, March 29, 2021

Two Quilts Finished

 Some close up pictures of basting my string quilt.  Notice the cat eyes in the first pictures.  I love that fabric - I bought it in Iowa a couple years ago and I think it's all gone now.

I do my basting on a table in the garage, unless it's too cold out there.  It was chilly, but I stayed in the garage.

Here is the finished quilt on my clothes line (which I put up just for hanging quilts for picture taking).

I was quite windy that day!

BTW, that bush under the quilt is gone.  I decided to put a clematis there instead.

The second quilt that I finished is the cat quilt.  This one was a lot of fun to make.  

I have been busy working in the yard and have gotten a lot done with help from a yard worker.  Our front yard will look a lot better once I get things planted.  Other improvements were made on our small patio and mulch will be put down soon.  I wanted to get it done early.  It rained a lot yesterday so it's too muddy to work in today.  

I'm trying to use up fabric and sewed a bunch of 4-patches together.  The 2 1/2" squares have been cut for quite some time and were left over from a quilt I made for DS#2/DIL and they got married in 2003.  It wasn't a wedding gift, but I think I made it a couple years later.  So it's about time I did something with the scraps from it.  A simple 4-patch will make a nice lap quilt!

Happy Spring!

Friday, March 19, 2021


Believe it or not I've been busy quilting!!  I showed you this string quilt a couple posts ago and I had to buy some backing fabric before I could get it quilted.  So, I took a trip to Joann's, deciding to go their first and if they didn't have anything I liked, I would then go to my LQS.  At first, I didn't see anything at Joann's that I liked, but when I looked a little more, I found something.  Of course, all the fabric in the store was marked down to a sale price, so I couldn't use the 60% coupon that I had.

I finished quilting the string quilt.  This is the backing I bought for the string quilt.

I found this paw print fabric for the cat quilt. 

So I moved on to quilting the cat quilt.  I love this one!  The fabrics were cut out probably over 10 years ago!  What a UFO!  I enjoyed making the blocks so much, that I have already cut out a lot of fabrics for another one.

With the spring almost here, I have been doing a little yard work.  I am old now, so I can't spend too long out there at a time.  I decided to hire someone to help get the yard in order and put down mulch.  But before he comes, I'm trying to clean up the flower beds.  I'm not going to plant any vegetables this year.  It's not worth it to me since there is a farm nearby where I can get fresh veggies for great prices.  I guess I'm getting lazy.  I have always dreaded the summer coming (especially when we lived in Texas) due to the heat and having to do yard work.  At least it isn't so hot here in Oregon!  I am weird, I know.  But during the winter, there's no yard work needed (except mowing the grass a couple times) and it is very cozy inside.  More time to quilt!!

The trees are starting to bloom now and daffodils are blooming all over town!  Happy Spring, everybody!

Sunday, March 7, 2021

I'm a Delinquent!

 I have been really bad lately - when it comes to blogging, that is!  I haven't even been looking at blogs very much.  It seems like I just don't have time!  Is it my imagination, or am I going nuts?  I am doing a lot of sewing, so that part is good.  I don't have much to show you though.  I will get to that down a ways.

Spring is coming and I have some mini daffodils along with the grape hyacinths!  They are so cute!!

My LQS always has quilts in the window and I love these two.  One looks real easy and might be one to keep in mind.  The green one looks a lot harder.

I had this quilt marked in the Quilt Sampler magazine from fall/winter of 2019.  I finally got around to making it.  I think I'll stop at this border - there is supposed to be one more.  It measures about 40" square right now and I plan to bind it with the same brown that that I used in the medallion.  

I love making 4 1/2" saw tooth stars for small items.  I finished some pink ones to use as coasters that I included in birthday cards to some friends.

Sawtooth Coasters

 Then I decided to make some mini quilts and have gotten this far.  Well, a little farther since they are now basted and ready to quilt.  At first I sewed them together without a sashing and then I took them apart to put sashing in - I like that better.

These can be used on a small table or as a toilet tank topper.  I like to have something on top of the tank and have had the same ones for years now.  

I have 2 quilts ready to baste and had planned to get it done, but I had measured wrong and will need to figure it out again.  What a pain!  One is the "cat" quilt that was on my design wall a while back and the other one is a strip quilt that I really like.  I had some backing set aside and now can't find it.  I think I'm either very disorganized or I'm loosing my mind.  

I will try to get better about posting and reading posts.