Monday, January 20, 2020

Blue Scraps

I know this isn't a very good picture but at least I have one...
Pat Sloan uses leftover squares of fabric to make quilts and stitches these squares together as leaders and enders when she's piecing. I did that with blues and neutrals. Then I put pairs together into 4-patches and 4-patches together to make 16-patches, after which I stitched them all together to make this quilt. I think I have 20 16-patches in here.
I quilted it with a sort of flower design and gave it to our local quilt shop, Stewart's Sewing in Mt. Zion, IL, for their charity quilts.

I am going to start working on another quilt using Pat's free block pattern Traffic Jam. I am going to be completely scrappy and hope to use a significant number of the 2 1/2" squares I have been saving up for too long. I have no time frame for getting it done--will work on it as time allows when I'm doing other projects as well. Wish me luck!

I'm working on some projects for this. You have to wait to see those. 

Monday, December 30, 2019

Christmas reveals

Now I can show the most recent quilt I have made. The jelly roll race below was made in honor of my husband Glen's cousin who died unexpectedly last month. She was only 3 weeks older than Glen and left her only child Katie and family bereft. I felt that I needed to make a quilt for Katie in memory of Wilma, so this is the result. I used all scraps: green for organ donation, strips of other fabrics that reminded me of Wilma, and some other colors. One special strip is a scrap of fabric from a vest that Wilma's mom had made for her many years ago. Katie loved it.

One of our Christmas gifts was a t-shirt for each of us. Mine has the kids' names at the bottom even though that doesn't show in the picture.

I made this ornament from another Geta Gramma pattern. Easy to make with squares of most any size. I think this was with 2 1/2" squares.

Have a great New Year!

Friday, December 20, 2019

Blog Hop

Carol at Just Let Me Quilt is hosting a blog hop in February--and I decided to join in. It's been awhile since I've participated in one, and I think I can manage this, for a change.
I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone creates (including me)! Hee, hee!
I just made this tree from Geta Gramma's pattern--you know how you just have to find out how something is done, and it bugs you every time you look at it? Well, this is why I bought her pattern. I actually got a pattern bundle from her and also made a star from folded squares. Guess I haven't taken a picture of that one yet.
This is gifted already so need to do another for myself--or to give away!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

December finishes

Betty Sue needed some placemats for her new house (ok, I wanted to make her some for a housewarming/Christmas gift) so I used 4 fat quarters and did my own stack and whack. I don't usually bind placemats--I usually just do them envelope-style--but I bound these.

My SIL Denise made a whole bunch of gnomes, so with her inspiration, I made these 4. The pattern is Northern Gnomes by Jennifer Plodzien in Holiday Crafts magazine.


I probably showed these string potholders before, and I made them in November, but I gave them to Denise for a hostess gift.

I working on a jellyroll race quilt right now and have the borders to quilt before it's ready to bind. Won't show it until it's done.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Thursday update

After Carla's (Creatin' in the Sticks) post about her bag kits being available again on Bluprint, I ordered one. It uses a package of 10" squares. There is a pocket on the outside on each side.
This bag is HUGE and will hold a lot of stuff--a good travel bag, I'm thinking.

I used the scrap triangles cut off the sides and bottoms and made 3 additional inside pockets. It was hard to get a photo, but you can see one of them. I put 2 on one side and 1 on the other.

Here is the pattern. My version is the Rhapsody. The blue one has a different name.
Thanks, Carla!! I enjoyed making this bag--there will probably be another one in the future.

I've made a flock (?) of owls, pattern from Caroline of Sew Can She. The little ones are filled with crushed walnut shells for pincushions. The larger ones are stuff with polyfill. They still could be pincushions, I guess.
I think they're pretty cute. Used some of my larger scraps and a few of the gazillion buttons I have.

Another set of placemats using the Take Four pattern--a combo of versions one and two.

Pillow and mug rug I made to go with the wall hanging in my previous post. Don't know why the photo is sideways--you get the idea.

I seriously need to get after quilting some of the 6 or 7 unquilted tops I have ready... having too much fun just putting things together. Later...

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Some finishes

Somebody please tell me where time goes! It's been over a month since I posted???

The below wall hanging is one I made for our District of Illinois & Wisconsin Church of the Brethren Conference. I made something every year, usually a wall hanging to be auctioned off. After much struggle with design, I finally figured out how to put together pieces of this panel and some lovely matching fabric that, amazingly, I had in my stash. This would be great on a door, about 22 x 55".
I was pleased that it sold for $285 and even more pleased that it was bought to give to our Moderator.

The October lesson I gave for our Cerro Gordo Quilters was a Christmas stocking. I tried one with pre-quilted fabric (the one on the left), but I don't like it at all. Maybe if I used 2 layers of that fabric, it would be ok. The 2nd one I made longer and used a fuzzy lining, not minky, but soft. I also used fusible fleece on the outer fabric to give the stocking more substance. The pattern had not called for any batting I forgot to quilt the stocking, but it looks ok anyway.

I was hoping to put on a picture of the owls I made, but that picture on my phone did not show up for me to post. That means another post after it does...
In the meantime, Kathy, Jo, and I did a shop hop a few weeks ago, covering 7 shops in a day. This photo op was at one of the shops. The theme was Quiltstock, so a lot of peace and love, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Kathy and i are in this pic.

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, September 26, 2019


All finished with Denice's quilt. Binding is on, sleeve is on, and it is delivered to the person who will take it to her next month. 

Here's some of the quilting from the back. I like how it turned out. Those l's and e's on the border were fun and quick and look good, if I do say so myself.
I'd love to be there when she opens it up, but will rely on Jo for a report on her reaction.