What I’m Working On….


I thought I would take a snap shot of my sewing room so you could see what I’m working on….

In the foreground at the bottom left is a quilt you can barely see.  It has a little burgundy in it.  That is something we’re putting together and will soon be submitting with the hope a magazine will pick it up.  There is a pink Bonnie Hunter Zuckerwatte quilt near the white Phaff machine.  That just got off the quilting frame and there’s another exactly like it on the ironing board that is going on next.  I want these done for Christmas so I need to keep going.

In the machine is my Cheddar Bowties quilt…You can also see the pieces to that across the room near the window.  On the ironing board is Charlotte’s Baskets.  In a clear tote on the right of the machine is another quilt waiting to be sewn.  On the ice box is a quilt for the fireman’s benefit.  It is waiting to get a pieced backing.  Also on the ice box is Fair and Square.  I pieced a backing but it needs to be ironed.  I’ll do that one evening when one of the kids call.  I save things like that for that very reason.


YEP.  I work like this ALL OF THE TIME!  I love it.  I do what the mood strikes me to do or what works into my life.

Here’s a close up of the Zuckerwatte quilt.


This is what I decided for Charlotte’s baskets.  It’s all cut out.  I know many of you will be sad that I didn’t pick the sunflower fabric.  LouAnn encouraged me to “go out of my box”.  The green is out of my box.  I rarely use green as a main color.  I hope I end up liking it.  Like many of you suggested, there wasn’t a wrong color combo in the mix I let you choose from.


I forgot to tell you but this was on the cutting table waiting to get it’s turn at the machine. [Read more...]

Stash Report


I told you that Kelli and I went to Forest Mills Quilt Shop by Postville.  We love the ladies that own the store.  They are totally our kind of girls.  Kelli and I don’t get over there nearly as often as we’d like but when we do go…we break the bank.  This is my haul.


Check out this fireman fabric.  I’m not sure what I’m doing with it but I think it will be a quilt for the firemen’s benefit here in town.  I’m also thinking of being really cheesy and making pillowcases with it for Hubby.  Whatever happens with it, it’s sure to be fun!!


Remember a bit ago I got it in head to make all of the quilts in one of Bonnie Hunter’s books….well I got fabric to complete the ones I haven’t done yet….this is for Daylilies….


This is for Tulip Fields…. [Read more...]

UFO Challenge: Cheddar Bow Ties


Last week I told you that my Fair and Square quilt was a quilt top.  That means it’s time for me to move on to the next UFO….I don’t know if I am going to stay with this UFO but I did pull out Cheddar Bow Ties.

I started working on these long ago back when Bonnie Hunter first started these as a leader and ender challenge.  I made quite a few and then decided to wait it out and see how she was going to put these together in a quilt…well I waited and waited.


I had 273 done.  I thought I had done so well…that is a lot of stinking little bow ties.  BUT the pattern came out and I wasn’t even anywhere close to how many I needed. I was in shock to think I wasn’t even half way finished.  I ended out cutting out a lot more…


At this point I don’t know if I have enough cut out for the quilt, if I need to cut out more, if I planned to make it larger….I have no clue.  All I know is I have a lot more bow ties to make.

So…I started making them….Here’s how many I’m ready to add. [Read more...]

The Retreat and Play


You might remember that last week I told you that I was having a girls weekend.  Kelli, Connie and my niece Jody were all going to come and hang out for the weekend for a sewing getaway.  I took Friday off of childcare and slowly the quilters started showing up.  Here Connie was working on Garden Party, a Bonnie Hunter quilt.


Kelli was the last to come.  She had worked the overnight shift Thursday into Friday….she was tired.


Jody was working on a Cathedral Window denim quilt.  She cut LOTS of denim circles.


Her plan was to use a batik bundle and cut squares for the inside.  Here are her first two rows.


Connie worked on this fun gray, white and black quilt.  She got all of the blocks for it done.  Sadly Connie had to spend a little time with the seam ripper.


Kelli was working on Bonnie Hunter’s quilt Garlic Knots…in batiks.  It seems the batik bug has caught around here!!


Me…I worked on a few things.  Here I was working on Cheddar Bow Ties.  I’ll tell and show you some of the other things I worked on in future posts.

Friday night by midnight, we wrapped it up and were up by 7:30am sewing again.  We sewed until about 11am and then it was time to head out to the play.  We had tickets for an afternoon viewing of Dirty Dancing in Cedar Falls.  It’s a bit less than an hour drive…and there was a quilt shop along the way.  (more on that later)

Here we are at the play……in order, me, Kalissa, Connie, Jody and Kelli.




It’s so fun…the girls now refer to Connie as Aunt Connie.  Truly, she’s the sweetest…or most awesome!

The play was good and fun.  We don’t often do anything like this so it was a real treat.

Once back home we were back to sewing….sewing until the wee hours of the morning…I think we all had the mentality of wanting to sew our extra hour as the time changed from day light savings time.  Check out my alarm as I went to bed on Saturday night… [Read more...]