Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday Morning!

I have been retired for 11 days now and I thought that I would start sleeping in.  HA!  I was up at 5 am! And, trying to vary my routine and spread out a bit, I did not sit down at my sewing machine.  I had a cup of coffee, read the paper, and then went downstairs and quilted two small table toppers.  Since no one but my sister commented on the last post about my cute backing fabric, I am going to assume that you all loved it too!!

Sew, I saw this quilt on a blog, and don't remember where, but thought that I could piece it without a pattern.  The first thing that I should have done when I ran into trouble was to take it outside and take a picture to know how the screwed up HSTs should have been sewn.  It is pretty obvious in the picture. Anyway, this one will have to stay home and be mine.  If anyone wants it, send me your address to:  If I get more than one person wanting it, I will draw a name!

Yesterday afternoon, I made a double batch of Blueberry Lemon Bread, sew I could take a loaf to one of my golfing buddies!  I am off to the quilt shop for some border fabric.  Sew you later!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

More Fall Table Toppers with a Surprise!

Retired life is a busy life!  Monday = Doctor;  Tuesday = Haircut; Wednesday = Medicare Insurance Lady; Thursday/Friday = Golf!  I did some quilting after my insurance agent left, one for my sister, and two little fall toppers.  I spied the backing fabric in my stash and thought that it would be perfect for the season.  Hee Hee!

I also got some shortbread cookies and a lemon zucchini bread made the other day.  So far, I have cleaned something everyday, including my sewing room twice!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Fall Table Topper

I wore myself out this morning by trying to clean my sewing room.  I bagged up three bags of fabric for friends to pick through and three bags of clothes and stuff for Goodwill!  I was going to make cookies today, but will have to wait until tomorrow.  Sew, here is my first fall quilt.  It is only about 40" but has the beautiful fall colors.

I didn't expect to finish sewing the binding on this topper.  I used Moda's "Sphere".  Love the colors.

My golf partner and I won our match yesterday.  We then had a nice lunch before heading home.  Hope you have a great week end!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Ladies, today is the first day of my retirement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I am SO HAPPY!!!   I promised myself that I would clean something every single day.  I shook out all of the scatter rugs, cleaned the upstairs bathtub (that no one uses and is usually pretty dusty), and threw out questionable food from the refrigerator.

I have a golf tournament tomorrow, sew, I did a little practicing with my chipping.  And then finally, sat down at my sewing machine and made a fall table topper.  It is now loaded on the quilter.

I finished sewing the binding on two quilts.  Here are the pictures.  First is my "Carpenter's Star" and the second is a small quilt made with a pattern from Kaye England.

Did I tell you how HAPPY I am!!!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Am I confused or just totally insane?!

How is your week end going?  No golf this weekend, it has been HOT here and my partner can't stand the heat.  Instead, I have been sitting at my sewing machine for 4 days and have had just about enough for a few days!  I have made a "Transformer" quilt, a Christmas present,  a large "Carpenter Star", with Moda's "Sentiment"  and quilted a fall quilt that I made last year.

I still have to make a transformer pillowcase plus the quilting.  But, not today.  I think that I will go make some cookies or something!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July "Prairie Children and Their Quilts"

I finally finished my "Signature Quilt" from Kathleen Tracy's "Prairie Children and Their Quilts" sew along!  I know, that is a mouthful!  I had the top finished for a couple of weeks but just got around to the quilting last night.  Thank you Tilda from Huckleberry Stitches for hosting this monthly sew along!

I still need to throw it in the wash to remove my markings.  I will find out what our August project is tomorrow!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

It's Beginning to Look alot like Christmas!

I just finished a Christmas quilt for a little girl who loves horses!  I made a matching pillowcase as well,  Most of the fabric is Riley Blake's "Roundup"!

Her little brother is going to get a "Transformer" quilt!

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!