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.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Jelly Roll Day--Not!

I knew yesterday was National Jelly Roll Day, but when I sat down to my machine, I was on a mission: to quilt this wall hanging for Denice, our quilter friend who moved away from our midst. I quilted flowers here and there over the surface and quilted around each heart.

Then I quilted loops in the borders. I had never tried that before, but I think it was simple and effective. Now I need to label and bind it, and it will be ready to go to Denice when Jo visits her next month.

My next quilting project is "Oh, My Stars," a pattern from Pat Sloan. It is now sandwiched and ready to put under my needle, as soon as I figure out how I want to quilt it.

I have spent a lot of time at my husband's 50th HS class reunion this weekend, and we're not done yet. They are gathering yet today. It has been fun. (I know most of them from living here for 45 years now, but I met a few new ones.)

Monday, September 9, 2019

Frond Designs

I am in love with Frond Designs' fabrics. This is a panel that Stephanie Brandenburg (owner & designer) created. I used her fabrics in the borders too, cutting the big leaves from a large leaf print.
I used several different colored threads and did different FMQ, depending on what I was quilting--thread painting on the white flowers, leaf shapes around the little leaves and in that area, straight lines in the background. 
I didn't take a close up of the outer border, but I used Lori Kennedy's rose FMQ for it.
Even though it's really too big for me to use as a wall hanging, I will hang it somewhere in the spring.
Thanks, Stephanie, for your lovely fabrics!

Saturday, September 7, 2019


Our last Cerro Gordo Quilters lesson was string piecing. I taught the lesson using 5" squares for the background and adding strings on each side. Four squares make a "star."
For my sample, I also made the back by string piecing. Takes awhile but uses some strings...
the problem is, I can't tell any got used! And that's with some of the quilters taking strings too.
Anyway, these are fun projects! Try it sometime!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Accidental Landscapes

The picture needs cropped, I know, but it took me long enough to find it, let alone edit it. :) Anyway, last year I did this desert scene, thanks to Karen Eckmeier and her book Accidental Landscapes. Also thanks to the now closed 3 Dudes Quilt Shop for the fabrics. (Ok, so it was a year after I got the fabrics before I made the landscape...)

I decided to teach an accidental landscape lesson to our quilt group, Cerro Gordo Quilters, so I needed to make another, and here is the mountain scene that resulted.

In order to have a work in process, I started this beach one for our lesson night. 
It's finished now. I didn't realize this photo was so dark until just now...

Last week was the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference. Congregations are asked to send in quilt blocks and the wall hanging tops are put together prior to conference and hand quilted AT conference. Then they are auctioned off with the proceeds going to hunger relief. These are the 5 lovely wall hangings for 2019.
I love the sunblock in this one--from Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren in Scottsdale, AZ. 

I made the purple violets for our congregation in Cerro Gordo, IL. I make the same one every year.
I really like the star in the upper left corner, but I forget which congregation it is from. 
The tulip in the upper left corner of this green one is gorgeous. Again, I forget where it is from. 
And there's an accidental landscape in this wall hanging!
Two of these were purchased and donated back twice--that means they were sold 3 times. Almost all of them brought good prices and over $7400 was raised.
Many, many congregations did not send a block--this needs to be promoted more, and I'll be doing that in Illinois for 2020!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Busy Spring

We've been busy--really we have! A 4th birthday party...

Porchfest in St. Louis, at which our son-in-law Todd played & sang...

Harper's first violin concert...

I did finish this Santa that I started 10+ years ago with that gridded interfacing. I didn't like it then and I like it less now, but Santa's done.
Band concerts--that's Connor in the middle before the Middle School concert started...

Hailey on the far right in her elementary school concert...

making zipper pillow covers with Hailey...

and one for Connor too...
keeping the granddaughters...

watching dance recital pieces at lessons...

helping with strawberry festival at church...

Yum!! great strawberry pies!

and our county fair--I'm treasurer so live there during the fair.
Getting a little time to sew now. Working on some "accidental landscapes," based on the book by Karen Eckmeier. There should have been a picture on my phone but I'm not finding it. Another post, I guess...

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Log Cabin Finish

I really have been working of a bunch of stuff but sometimes real life takes priority.
We spent Easter at daughter Natalie's. Daughter Sarah and family came too so we had all 5 grandkids with us (and their parents too). This is Easter morning.

I made jewelry travel bags for the older 2 granddaughters since they both had their ears pierced several months ago. 

I made a block for our congregation for our Church of the Brethren Annual Conference this summer.
Several wall hanging tops will be piece from donated blocks prior to conference and hand quilted at conference. They will be auctioned off at the end of the conference. 

My big finish this month is my log cabin quilt--the one for which my aunt Harriette and cousin Lynette and I make all the blocks 4 about 4 1/2 years ago. I've had it put together for a long time, even cut out the appliques with my Go! Baby after I decided I wanted to applique in the light parts, but couldn't get motivated to finish until I went to the International Quilt Fest near Chicago.
Here's the center with appliques ironed on.

Whole thing on my design wall (which is a flannel sheet tacked to the wall at the top). 

AND... quilted! I used my quilting to tack down the appliques so I didn't have to stitch around each flower, leave, stem... 

Since I had 2 extra blocks, one became my label. I'm not sure why the picture decided to turn upside down... 

Our quilt group has to say good-bye to one of our members who is moving away from us so we got a couple pictures of most of our bunch. 

Lastly I made a small wall hanging to donate to Parables Community, one of our new congregations in Lombard, IL. They have a fundraiser each year (3rd anniversary this time) and this is my 2nd year making something for them. This is hand quilted with a long stitch and I added beads to the wavy blue line for some bling. 

Guess I could have cropped some of these photos, but you get the idea anyway...