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.

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...