Wednesday, March 30, 2016

More projects than time...

Received some goodies in the mail today.....

You know that feeling? When you have this great idea for a quilt? and you pick the perfect fabric?

...and you just know this one is going to be awesome!


I've got that.  Can't wait to start on it.  This design has been percolating for a few months now.  It is called White Nights.  I've made a variation that will be published in Fons and Porter's Quilting Quickly this fall., called Sassy Sister. This one is a little more time consuming (smaller pieces) but it has a neat, dramatic visual impact.  And....I am making it for the king size bed I plan to build. So it is a biggie.  More projects than time!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

There is always something to learn.....

I am amazed at the information we have available to us at the touch of a keyboard.  The hubby and I have been entertaining the idea of selling our home and building.  I'm not convinced that is the right thing to do yet, and am trying all I can to make our home as comfortable and efficient as possible.....I am the frugal one in the marriage. Building just doesn't seem too frugal to me.

Anyway, he has been wanting a king size bed.  I mean after all, we have two 17 pound cats that like to sleep with us.  I get it, but I've been reluctant. I didn't think I'd be able to make a quilt big enough on my machine.  Silly reason, I guess.  I did the measuring and I think I can.  I haven't found a bed I like except this one....

(photo courtesy of

This is a DIY by Ana White.  I want to make it so bad.  I am going to try.

Here is our current bedroom with minor changes to make more room for a king.  The bed will come over in front of the windows about 8 inches on either side.  I don't think I'll mind. The room is plenty big for a king, but the windows are perfect for a queen, not king.

All this yapping to say, isn't it amazing that you can get the plans, see how to videos, and read all the comments from folks who have made this bed -- all on the internet?  There is always something to learn. I love learning how to do new stuff......

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tie Quilt

Our little quilting group at church got some publicity recently with the Legacy Tie quilt we made.

We asked for donations of ties from church members and used them in a strip quilt pattern to make the quilt in the picture.  It was hung in the new atrium at our church.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Busy Weekend

It has been a busy couple of days.  I was invited to submit a block to Quiltmaker magazine for one of their next 100 block issues.  I've had fun creating one that I've been thinking about for a few weeks.  It took me three tries but I finally got it the way I want it. I wasn't sure how to make my little arrow heads but rather than youtube it, I just winged it.

They also suggested submitting a quilt made from your block, so I did that too. I learned a few more things in EQ during the process.

Got in a good run today......

Did a little work in my herb garden.  I neglected it last fall and the weeds had taken over everything.  I practically rolled up the weeds to get them out. I think I still need to till it before planting.

Sure enjoyed seeing my little violas, or mini pansies, (whatever they are called) perking up with the warm weather.  They are so happy!

Sunday, March 6, 2016


Finished the quilting on Pixels. I used a new pantograph called Calliope.

Found some stripe in my stash for the binding. The backing is chemistry notations, which I love. I believe that fabric line is Moda's Modern Background.  This one will probably be a donation but could go to a new grandson.  Did I tell my good news??  A new grand baby is on the way!  We don't know if we are having a boy or girl yet.  Even if it is a boy, I may make him something else. This one didn't turn out quite like I planned. I wanted to use the chemistry fabric on a quilt for the new baby because his Daddy has an undergrad degree in Chemistry.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

From Rags to Riches

Well not actually rags to riches, but you know what I mean.  Amazing that you can turn a pile like this.....

into this....

I wouldn't even be confident telling anyone I crochet.  I can only do the single crochet stitch. But I LOVE this rug crocheted from selvages and tiny strips of fabric.  Love it! I made a knitted one a while back but I like this one so much better.  It seems thicker and sturdier...but I'm gonna need some more selvages.  Guess that means I need to buy more fabric.  I can do that.