Friday, February 24, 2023

Winter is Still Here

I can't believe it's 22ยบ here this morning!!  We rarely have it below freezing.  Yesterday we got at least 3" of snow, maybe more.  This picture was taken before it had snowed a lot.  I went out in the afternoon and the roads were fine.

A friend of mine has asked me to make a Christmas quilt that she saw in the window of our local quilt shop.  She purchased the fabrics and I got the pattern - Plaid Pines by Lori Holt.  I haven't done much on it yet because I'm now waiting for the shop to get the ruler in that will make it a lot easier to cut the pieces properly.  

In the mean time I have been quite busy as I am involved with 2 quilt guilds, and I'm secretary of one of those.  That involves being very involved with all their activities, taking minutes of each meeting, as well as sending out a newsletter every month.  I have figured out how to make the newsletter somewhat interesting, but it is still a chore.

Last week I was looking at Pinterest and got inspired to make some zipper bags.  I went through some of my patterns and decided to make this bag.  It called for a charm pack - which I just happened to have in a drawer!  Since I had enough I decided to make 4 while I was at it.  I just have to put the zipper in one and they will be all done.  The main problem with these is the hand sewing of the zippers and bindings on top and the bottom.  The pattern is "button bag" from This & That Patterns.  They measure approximately 9" x 11".

Last month at the quilt show in Salem, I purchased some fabrics from Lori ( and I made this little quilt to hang on a chair by the front door.  Some of the pieces I got had pictures of presidents and I put them in this little quilt.  George Washington is in the middle and the other ones are miscellaneous presidents put in the order of their service.

Here's a closer up view.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, February 3, 2023

More Quilts from the Oregon Quilt Festival

This post is picture heavy of quilts from the quilt show last week.  So many wonderful quilts!  Enjoy!


The pattern for this one  (Songbird by Laura Heine) was published in the American Quilter Magazine from May, 2019.  I wanted to make it and worked on it some, but just didn't know what to do so it has been sitting in a bin.  Now, however, my quilt guild is having a workshop to make another one of Laura's collage quilts.  Hopefully, I will learn something and be able to finish this one.

I love this one and think it deserved a ribbon!

If you got to the bottom, thanks for visiting!

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Day 3 of the Oregon Quilt Festival

I entered 4 quilts in the quilt show.  My Dear Jane quilt won a 3rd place ribbon.

My Baskets of Blue quilt won a 2nd place "Red" ribbon

This quilt, "Stars all Around" was hanging in a very nice place, as was my "Uncle Henry's Barn" quilt that I posted about yesterday.  So I am a very happy camper!


I also sold a quilt, my "Pineapple Nine Patch" quilt.

It was a lot of fun having a booth at the show, even though people thought we had a real shop somewhere and kept asking where it was.  We explained that we didn't sell fabric or patterns, just things that we made.  I had a "cat quilt" hanging there, hoping that someone would buy it, and it got lots of attention, but didn't sell.  I'm not worried about that as I'm sure it will sell sometime.  They wanted the pattern for it, etc. etc.

Of course, I had to buy some items - that's half the fun of a quilt show!  It took me a while to decide what to buy.  I got this "My Country" panel designed by Kathy Schmitz who had a booth.  I visited her booth several times before deciding to buy this panel.  This will make 6 patriotic pillows to put in a basket or bowl and can be embroidered or not.

I also purchased this panel of birds that will be made into a banner.  The designer of the banner had a booth, but I don't know her name - it's not on the banner package.  I've seen her books before, but can't remember who she is.

I also bought some more fabrics from Lori as she was the only one who had 1800s reproductions.  This was a bundle of small pieces that I plan to make into a couple small quilts, probably doll quilt size.

I was almost out of cheddars so now I have some!  It's amazing that most of Lori's fabrics were ones I had never seen before!

Here are a few pictures from the show.  I will post more tomorrow.

This one won a blue ribbon and was made by Peggy
Gelbrich, president of the Willamette Valley Quilters (I belong to
that guild)

This is the table of Gone to Pieces Quilt Guild
(where I am secretary).  They raffled off baskets of fabrics, etc.

I will post the rest of my pictures tomorrow.  I don't want to overwhelm anyone.  My goal (hope) is that I will take more time to read and sent out blog posts in 2023.  

Happy quilting!


Saturday, January 28, 2023

Oregon Quilt Festival, day 2

Two days down and one to go!.  It has been fun and we have sold a lot of items.  I have 4 quilts hanging in the show.  Here is one of them, named "Uncle Henry's Barn."  I'm quite sure I have shown this quilt on the blog before, but I never had a chance to take the picture while it is hanging up spread out like this before.

Uncle Henry's Barn

I named it Uncle Henry's Barn because we used to go visit my Mom's relatives in Minnesota and we always stayed at Uncle Henry's farm.  These were very special days for me - a girl born in Chicago and growing up in the Chicago suburbs.

Lori, from Humble Quilts also has a booth at the quilt show and she is very close to my booth.  I couldn't help getting a few reproduction fabrics and a book from her.  I think her booth is the only one there that has reproductions.  These are my purchases.  I am seriously trying to decide what else I might get at the show today.  

I didn't take many pictures, but I will take more today to post.  Here is one that I just loved and wondered why it didn't have a ribbon.  Isn't it amazing?

If you live near Salem, I hope you will come to the show - and stop to see me.


Thursday, January 26, 2023


Today is the first day of the Oregon Quilt Festival and I will have a booth there with my friend (see picture of our booth below).  When we were setting up yesterday we got to see some of the amazing quilts as they were putting them up.  Can't wait to see all of them!  I will have 5 quilts in the show.  

Salem is about a 35 minute drive from my house and it's a very pleasant drive through the countryside.  If you are anywhere near Salem, I hope you will come to the show.  It will be worth it!

Happy quilting!!


Tuesday, January 10, 2023


 I have been very bad lately, and I'm blaming it on the holidays.  Things didn't go as planned due to the Portland Airport being closed, so we had our Christmas dinner on New Years Day.

My grandson, Jakob.

My granddaughter, Angela

Angela with the "horse" pincushion that my sister gave her

Angela is my first grandchild and Jakob is her brother.  They are my oldest son's children and they live nearby, except now Jakob is going to Notre Dame for a master's degree.

I will be a vendor at this quilt show in 2 weeks.  If you are in the area, I hope you will come to the show!

I made a few Tool Caddies to sell at the show.  It holds some supplies that you will need at a retreat or workshop.

I made them out of a few different fabrics.

I also finished a 50" square quilt that is made with 9-patches that I received from a block swap arranged by Barb (Fun with Barb) in Connecticut.  I've had these blocks sitting in a bin for several years and finally decided to do something with them.  

I did show the top before, but now it is quilted and bound.  I used Barb's Large Single Baptist Fan Stencil for the quilting on this quilt.  I love the stencil and have used it on a lot of quilts.  Her Etsy shop is Fun With Barb if you want to check it out.

I couldn't resist getting this mug for Angela for Christmas.  She loves to sew, so it was perfect for her, even if she probably didn't need another mug.

Here's what is on the back of the mug.

Here's hoping that I can get another post done soon.  I should at least be able to send pictures of quilts from the quilt show!