Sunday, July 20, 2014

Flying Geese!

I have wanted to make a simple Red and White Quilt for some time.  I can now cross it off of my "bucket list".  I bought the red 5" squares from Quilt Taffy last year.

Before golf this morning, I thought that I would finish cutting the sashing for a quilt that I am making for a friend at work.  It will be a wonderful Christmas present for her daughter.  I SUDDENLY realized that I had cut it all at 2.25" rather than 2.5".  I just had to trim all the finished blocks by a quarter of an inch  and everything will be fine??!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

"Star Table Topper"

I was looking through a stack of quilting magazines and books and found a book with several cute projects. The book is called "Completely Charming" from Whistlepig Creek Productions. So far, I have made three table toppers, one mini and one quilt.  Only one is completely finished but will show you two of three toppers plus the mini!

I think the fabric is by Laundry Basket

Moda "Etchings"

Mini with Moda's "Antique Fair"

Friday, July 11, 2014

"Market Day"

Did you participate in Pam Buda's Sew Along "Market Day".  I love her sew alongs because they are easy and if you miss a week, it is easy to catch up!  All my pictures are crooked today?!

Sew, my machine and I are zooming along this morning.  I am making a "Disappearing Hourglass", from Missouri Quilt Company.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Vacation you ask?!  You are retiring in 15 working days and you are taking vacation,  YES, I am!  And, I am enjoying it.  Plus, it is good practice for things to come!  I have been off since July 3, 2014.  I stayed home for the 4th and went to Everett on Saturday morning to deliver some quilts to my sister and her friend,  My son and daughter in law met us for lunch and then my sister and I hit some of our favorite shops, including "Aunt Mary's" in Smokey Point,  Aunt Mary is offering a beginning embroidery class on August 9th.  I am thinking of going to get a refresher!

The first finished quilt is called "Lucky Stars" , which can be found on Quilt Story!

The next finish is "True Blue" from Minick and Simpson.

And finally, although a bit late, is my Red, White and Blue Pinwheel.

As usual, I have several projects going and will show you some pics when finished.  Oh, my sewing machine was getting louder and louder, sounding like a thrashing machine.  I took it apart and of course, it was loaded with lint.  I vacuumed and oiled it.  It now hums!

Oops, the pics don't really show the quilting on the first two quilts.  I think that I need close ups!

I re-connected  with some cousins on my mother's side of the family yesterday.  There had been an obituary in the Bellingham paper listing someone with my name and birth day and thought that I had passed away.  I am so happy to have "talked" to them.  Thanks Robin for finding me again.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Play Time!

I finished quilting and binding my "Prill" quilt today.  I was able to do a little experimenting with my quilting.  I have been practicing different techniques and designs that I found on "You tube"!

It isn't perfect, but I am very pleased!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Red, White and Blue!

I have to tell you that I love red, white and blue quilts.  If I have one, I have a dozen, BUT, when a thought crosses my mind, I will add to the collection.  Here is an optical illusion, sort of, for a new pinwheel.  I changed the directions of the pinwheels for each row (turned the red and blue)  I am going to add a red sashing, and then a blue border.  I do need some help on "How do I quilt this darn thing?"

If you have any design suggestions, please leave a comment!

Friday, June 20, 2014


Good morning,  As usual, I have several projects in various stages and have been trying to "catch" up and finish a few of them.  Here is a nice stack waiting to have the binding stitched.

Here are two that need binding, and both minis

And my newest project, called "Braid" and is from the newest Fons and Porter "Scrap Quilts".  I am using scraps from my "Swoon" quilt and most of the fabric is Kate Spain.

Happy fishing and "Catch" you later!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Mini Quilt Day

I have a few mini quilts to show you.  The first one is part of a monthly quilt along on Huckleberry Stitches. We are using Kathleen Tracy's book "Prairie Children and Their Quilts" and the first is "Log Cabin".

Mini using Fig Tree Scraps

Mini using Moda's "Hannah"

Doll Quilt from Kathleen Tracy's "American Doll Quilts"
Now, it is down to the dungeon for a few hours!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Sew, Where Have I Been?

Why, she says, I have been sewing and sewing and quilting.  I will catch you up over the next couple of days. I finished my first Xmas quilt of 2014.  My cousin sent me some green Santa fabric covered with coco cola!  Sew, I made her this quilt and two pillow shams. The backing will be the green Santa/Coke fabric.  I will quilt it with something a little modern or some lines?!

I started another Xmas quilt, a large carpenter star.  But, I didn't like the background fabric, sew I ordered something different.  I will post some more pics tomorrow.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Week-end!

I hope that you had a good memorial weekend.  My dad was a WWII Navy Veteran and former prisoner of war.  Not a day goes by without thinking of him and my mother.   My sister and son usually places flowers on our family's grave sites (Western Washington).  Since I will be retired next year, I plan on joining them!

I have been off work since Wednesday and have to return to work tomorrow for two days and then have my new four day week end!  I got my retirement papers in the mail on Saturday, another step to September!!

I played golf Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and finally, I mean finally,  played a decent round on Sunday.  I made cookies again, Butterfinger cookies and then this afternoon, I made my favorite shortbread cookies.  I put White Chocolate M&Ms in the batter!  I don't know how long that this will last but we will enjoy the homemade cookies while we can.

I finished up my "Lucky Stars" quilt.  I was going to make it a queen size, but having just finished a queen "Swoon", I decided that a lapsize was ok!  I used several collections of Fig Tree and am thinking about putting a border on it.  What do you think?

Friday, May 23, 2014

Special Note!

I interrupted my sewing this morning to bake some Snickerdoodle cookies!  It has been quite some time since I baked (I think Christmas??) and have been craving homemade cookies.  Yummy, right out of the oven (ok, five minutes, sew you don't burn your mouth!)

I worked on my "Market Day" block this morning, cut some rectangles for my cousin's Christmas quilt, did my housekeeping and am now working on a little project that I started some time ago.  It is "Lucky Stars" from a Quilt Story Quilt Along in 2013!  I am trying to use my huge stash of Fig Tree fabric.  Mine will also be a little more scrappy than Megan's!

Have a great Memorial Week-End!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Saturday Fun!

I just got home from playing 18 holes of golf in a brisk breeze, just like it has been all weekend.  Sew, I took some pictures inside of yesterday's flimsies.  I was going to spend the day in the dungeon, but never make it downstairs.  I was up about 4 am and started a second mini "Spool" and then made an "Endless Possibilities".  I gave my sister the last one that I made.  Yes, it was blue!

Mini Spool made with Pheasant Hill

Mini Spool made with stash by Minick and Simpson

Used "Grants Park" and scraps!

Used "Grants Park" and scraps!
Sew, now it is off to the dungeon to quilt and watch the Mariner's game!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Swoon Update--Fini

Good morning dear friends.  I have finished my Swoon and a baby quilt by-product!  The wind is blowing briskly, so I took pictures in the bedroom.  My Swoon is ~100 x 100" and I used Kate Spain's "Daydreams".  If you plan to make Swoon, be very careful when cutting your pieces.  I had to piece a few blocks!!  I know that you can't really see the four rows but when/if the wind dies down today, I will take another picture.

Baby Blankie/Table Topper?
I have a couple of projects on the waiting list but, I don't know which one will be next.  I will let you know later.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Swoon Update

I have been working on my "Swoon" quilt this week.  I am using Kate Spain's "Day Dreams" and have completed six blocks, with the seventh all cut.  In addition, I have twenty little pinwheels cut from my flying geese corners.  When all is said and done, I will have a cute baby quilt to go with my "Swoon"!

It was a little breezy, so I had to use some rocks to hold the blocks down LOL!