What I’m Working On…


Well since I got the quilting room clean I unearthed a few things that I was playing with before we moved….like this box….


I had sewn a bunch of string rectangles with the intention of making Bonnie Hunter’s Santa Fe String Star quilt from her String Fling book.  Earlier this week I set the stack of sewn pieces out on the kitchen island with the mat and cutter.  As the days went on I trimmed one or two and put them in a pile.  Before long I had a nice little stack of diamonds that needed to get the paper ripped off the back.

It just so happened that over the weekend we had two graduation parties and a wedding to attend.  The graduations were out of state.  One was in southern Minnesota and one in western Wisconsin.  That left me two car trips with time to work on something….I pinned some block pieces together on one trip and I ripped papers on the other.  I love accomplishing something while we travel.

As I worked it reminded me of all the times we went to visit my mother in law while she was at the nursing home.  I always had a project to work on as we traveled back and forth.  There are several quilts that I likely wouldn’t have finished if we didn’t have that travel time.  I know each time I look at my Perkimon Daydreams quilt I always think of her.  All of those blocks were pinned in the car on trips to visit her.

Our Minnesota trip was a quick in and out as we had an wedding scheduled for the same time.  Luckily Hubby was able to get off work in time so we could hurry to Minnesota and still make it back in time to attend the reception.  It’s such a busy time of year.

We have two more graduations yet and three weddings this summer…plus throw in Kalissa’s bridal shower for Craig’s side of the family.  I also have three childcare trainings to go to…several quilt related speaking ventures-one Kansas City way- and the big Bonnie Hunter retreat we are hosting.  I need to sit down and see what the schedules all look like and when I’ll get my next chance to work on a project in the car.  I want to make sure I have something prepped and ready to grab.

Anyone else work on projects while traveling in the car? I know I sure love doing it.

Today we’re hooking up with Patchwork Times.

Blue Skies–FINISHED!


As you all know, I’ve been chasing blue skies all week!  I started it quite a while ago then Bonnie’s latest book came out, but decided that I wanted to use my easy angle and rather than sitting down and thinking about it, just started cutting.  I ended up cutting out the whole quilt on the assumption that it was based on a 2″ square, but I forgot to read the small print…She meant 2″ finished!  Because of that, I ended up having to make more blocks to make it longer rather than just square.  Then I messed up the border.  Then I waited to do the border until the last minute.  Then I didn’t have fabric to use for the border that I liked.  Needless to say, it’s been quite the story, but none of that matters because–IT’S DONE!

Blue Skies 1 (400x218) Blue Skies 2 (210x400)I rigged up a little system so that I’ll be able to hang quilts on my front porch to take pictures of and I’m quite excited about it.

Blue Skies 1 (400x218)I haven’t quite gotten Puppycat trained (and likely won’t ever) to sit on quilts as nicely as Ruby, but I do have a porch now so I can easily lay out a quilt on the grass and take an “aerial” photo of it.

So with that, hat’s off to Sarah, Jason’s cousin, who this quilt is going to.  She is graduating today and will be heading to the University of Iowa in the Fall to major in Communicatons and Political Science.  No matter how hard I tried, she didn’t want to stay around here and commute to the community college with me so I’ll send her off with well wishes and a big hug!  Congrats Sarah!

I’m off to dig out some more UFO’s.  Mom and I are having a sewing day on Monday as she will not have any childcare kids.  I am super excited to have our first sewing day in the new house and I even told her that I’d make lunch–Blizzards from the gas station in town!



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