What I’m Working On…


Wednesday, Thursday and Friday hit me like a bus.  Honest.  I felt horrible.  It’s the worst I’ve felt in a long time…it was definitely the worst I’ve felt throughout my whole ordeal.  I thought I was ready for an upswing so it hit even harder.  Thankfully I had a few blog posts already in place because I was not well at all.  I ended up at the doctor twice over that time period.  More on all of that in tomorrow’s post.  Just know for now, I’m on the uptake.  Sunday I finally started feeling like a person and not a bag of side effects.  I am so thankful.

Anyway, I did VERY little over the weekend.  Kayla came home and we hung out.  She was helpful…cooking and taking care of me.  Then Sunday Kalissa invited us over for supper.  I finally felt better on Sunday….The “bus” of tired and crazy problems left and FINALLY the me and the me I love is coming back.

I did finish up my string blocks.  I have the star blocks sewn together.  I couldn’t find a good place to lay them out.

Try as might I couldn’t get Ruby to not sit on the blocks.  She’s yet to learn that she only needs to sit on finished quilts.  She thinks it’s her duty to sit on anything that’s on the floor.  Silly dog.

I need some advice…. [Read more...]

Old Problem Revisited…and a live AUCTION starting NOW!


In January I wrote to you about a charity quilt donation that came in and how worried I was about how to correctly handle the donation.  After I wrote the post the quilt got put on the shelf in my sewing room and got left.  As I’ve been cleaning out things while I’ve been sick I decided it was time to make a decision about this quilt. Below is the original post.  Read through it and then see what you think of the conclusion I’ve come to…..

Here’s the original post.

A bit ago I got an 
email that read:  “How are you? I hope this finds you well and warm and enjoying a  lovely holiday. I’m writing because I did a Google search regarding where to donate quilt tops and your page came up. We cleaned out my  late mother’s house this past summer, ( a hard and awful job) and were able to find good homes for most of the items….everything except an antique quilt top that must have belonged to a great aunt. My guess is it would fit a twin or maybe even a full sized bed. Nobody in the family has any interest in it and none of us here in the San Francisco area know any quilters. Clearly so much love and care has gone into making it that it would break my heart to see it go to waste. May I send it to you? It’s in pretty good shape, having never been used. Can you use it? I’m happy to mail it to you. If not you, is there some other person or organization you can recommend? ( I’ve looked around a bit and, to be honest, the various websites are so difficult to navigate and the organizations have so many rules it was off-putting). Feel free to email me a yes or a no.”

Well I said -YES and waited for a package to arrive.A week or so later this came….AntiqueQuiltTop-1
I was flabbergasted.   It’s beautiful.  It is entirely hand pieced and the work is great.

Dana sent a note saying it was made in North Dakota in the 40′s.  It was sent to California in the 70′s and is now back to the Midwest in Iowa. [Read more...]

Quilt Finish: My Scrappy Heaven


I am marching along with more quilt finishes….

Up today is Kelli’s quilt My Blue Heaven…Yes, I know it’s not blue…let me explain.  This is a Bonnie Hunter pattern.  If you haven’t discovered this pattern yet, good news for you.  It’s in the free pattern section on Bonnie’s site.  You can find it here.

Kelli started the quilt when we went to Storm Lake to see Bonnie Hunter.  At the time, Kelli had no idea why I was so excited about going.  After all, it’s not like me at all to want to do something like drive across the state and go to a retreat.  I was pretty determined to go and for the most part had planned to go myself if she wouldn’t go.  It’s always been my opinion that Kelli mostly went with to “keep me safe” from the unknown quilter ladies.


Making the quilt scrappy really gives it a different look.


I thought my personal preference would be that this quilt doesn’t look as good totally scrappy as it does going with two colors.  I thought the pattern almost gets lost.


Even as a flimsy (finished top) I thought that.  Now that it’s done and finished, I don’t feel that way anyway.  I think the inner border and binding really do good work to bring is all together.


It’s a fine beautiful quilt though…Having all the colors to choose from did make picking a binding fabric really easy.

I finished up my version quite awhile ago.  Here a link back to see mine.

Here’s a picture from the day we started the quilts….That’s from July 2011.


We had so much fun.   It makes me want to go to a retreat again!!

Now Kelli and I have finished both of our quilts we started at the retreat as the other one we did that weekend was Pineapple Blossom….here’s Kelli’s and here’s mine.

So if you made the quilt, what color scheme would you go with??

Quilt Finish: First Monday


I’ve been at the quilting machine.

I’m legal to work on anything that can be washed after I’ve gotten it all full of my germs.  That means any quilt I can quilt as long as I am going to bind it and then it get washed.  That means I can work on quilts that are mine or Kelli’s.

Up today on the frame is Kelli’s quilt.  It’s a Miss Rosie’s Pattern called First Monday.


Kelli opted for a dark background and honestly, I like it better that way.  Here’s what the original pattern looked like…. [Read more...]