Monthly Archives: November 2014

Quiltmaker’s 10,000 BLOCKS!!

Welcome old and new readers….If you’re new you might not know about our many free patterns that you can find along the right hand column or you might not know about our never ending house remodel…of you might not know that we have our own quilt book coming out in February of 2015.  There is always lots going on here and we’re always sharing.  To stay up to date follow us in Facebook….enough of that though, onto the blog hop.

Have you been hopping around blog land taking part in Quiltmaker’s 10,000 Block Blog Hop???  Well it’s actually the 100 Block blog hop but being this is volume 10…and there’s a 100 blocks in each issue, that makes it 10,000 BLOCKS!!

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Kelli and I are so honored to be part of the fun.  This is our 4th issue that we’ve been featured in. Quite often we do a patriotic block but this time Kelli won out and the block isn’t patriotic.

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I was playing around on the computer and came up with the idea of this block.  Kelli loved it but then she asked what size the pieces were –  I just shrugged and said you can figure that out, right?!?!

Let’s just say she shot me a not too happy face….but she’s a trouper and before long, she had it all figured out.

In the meantime I played on the computer some more and putting blocks together and came up with this design.


The crew at Quiltmaker came up with another design that we like too.  The set their design on point.


We ended up making our quilt only adding more blocks and making it bigger.  We used some really fun fabric from Moda.  It was a Halloween line, Eerie by Basic Grey.


I can’t wait to show it to you live and in person.  It’s really fun.  I quilted big whimsical spiders in the quilting design.  We won’t get this one back until spring so you’ll have to wait to see it then.

You’ll likely want to take a moment to hop over to Quiltmaker’s Quilty Pleasures blog.  Each day of the hop they are giving away wonderful goodies, quilt books, fabric, notions and the like.

We love working with Quiltmaker and were very honored to be asked to be part of this issue.

But before you go Quiltmaker is giving an issue away to one of our readers.  Just leave a comment here in the comment section telling if you have purchased a 100 Block issue before.

Cathy’s Trip for Two

Do you remember our Trip for Two quilt that was featured in Quiltmaker?  Here it was…

Well recently in my in box I got a wonderful surprise….a note from Cathy.

“I only made one of the “Trips” and I love this pattern. I used two Jelly Rolls that I had in my stash and not all the rows are identical fabrics but they were close enough to make my quilt! I can highly recommend this pattern, you get beautiful results, it’s quick and easy to do! Thank you both so much!”

Isn’t it gorgeous??  I love the colors..what I love even more is that is seems like the colors would make an awesome guy quilt.  So often it’s hard to find good guy quilts.

We love your version..and boy were you fast to get it done so quickly Cathy.  That magazine hasn’t been out for that long.  Thanks for sharing you quilt with us all.

House Update

Things have been slow at the house this week.  We are more or less waiting on the electricians.  The weather here turned cold fast and they got called away from our house.  The main floor and the upstairs is done but the basement isn’t.  Because of that the carpenters aren’t in a hurry to finish up the siding besides, it hasn’t been pleasant outdoor working conditions….so we wait for the electricians to finish and then wait for the inspector to check the electrical.  Once that is done we’ll start the sheet rocking.

In the mean time we’re doing odds and ends things.  We cleaned out the moving van that we had used for storage.  That is ready for the owner to pick up.  It will be nice to have that gone.


I’ve done some cleaning in the house again…there is still more to do.   The siding on the east and north sides is done except for the scallops at the top.


I just love how it looks.


I can’t wait until next summer.  I can’t wait to see the house with a few flowers growing and looking a little less plain.

With the weather change Hubby is done with the fall work. They had hoped to have a little more tillage done but are thankful for the time they did get as the harvest is all in.  That means he’ll be a little more available to be back and working on the house.  That’s good news!!

Until we have heat in the house, there’s not much there that I can do…there is stuff I can do here though.  There are trim boards to clean.  Thankfully my wrist is doing pretty good and I’m ready to tackle that job.

Down Sizing: Quilts for Sale

I’ve been doing some cleaning and organizing.  With that comes some decisions…do I really want to move that??  Do I really need that?  Is there a home for that at the new house?  I kept asking myself that as I sorted through quilts on Sunday.

These are hard to part with but it’s time some of these find a new home.  I would like to them to go somewhere where I know they’ll be loved…so am wondering if any of you might like to purchase them for your vintage quilt collection.  I will do my best to represent the quilts as accurately as possible but they are sold as is.

I’d like to be paid through Paypal if possible but can accept a personal check if needed.  If someone purchases more than one quilt, I will work to combine shipping.  All questions and comments please email me at  Once a quilt is sold I will mark it as such.

Here’s what I have….

Quilt #1-This is a  vintage quilt in good shape.  It is completely a beautifully hand quilted.  All of the blocks are the same design and of the same print.  The blocks along the sides are one half blocks.  There are a few spots on it.  I never laundered it while I owned it and never tried to remove the spots. The backing is the same white fabric.  It is light weight.  Size on this is 66″ x 82″.

Asking $50 plus postage of $8.SOLD


Quilt #2-This quilt was bought from the same place as quilt #1.  I am assuming the same person made both of them.  This on is embroidered with pink flowers.  It has yellowing and is more fragile.  The fabric isn’t in as good of shape. Some of the hand quilting has come loose and some of the embroidery stitches as well.  It can easily be folded to hide the flaws.  Size on this is 82″ x 90″.

Asking $25 plus postage of $8.


Quilt #3-This is a nine patch cutter quilt in poor shape.  It is machine stitched-and machine quilted.  The edges on this are badly frayed. Size on this is 71″ x 74″.

Asking $10 plus postage of $7.


Quilt #4-Is a real favorite of mine.  It’s so pretty…It isn’t finished and is only a top.  I bought it with the intention of finishing it but I know I won’t get it done.


The foundation pieces that were used in this quilt are so fun.  I love the strips in it too.


Size on this is 74″ x 74″.  It’s a wonderful mix of wools, satins and velvets.
Asking $60 plus postage of $8.Sold


Quilt #5  This is actually a top in not the best shape.  It’s needs repair.  It is 66″ x 72″.  I loved the block design.  It does have a couple extra blocks that come with it.
Asking $6 plus postage of $4. Sold


Quilt #6 is a WONDERFUL embroidered quilt.  It took my breath away the first time I saw it.  It is 84″ x 97″.  It is completely and beautifully hand quilted.  I can’t find a thing wrong with it.

I am guessing that after it was stitched it was just put away….It’s so pretty.

Asking $110 plus postage of $10.SOLD

Quilt #7 is a Grandmother’s Flower Garden.  It is 68′ x 84″.  It is hand pieced and hand quilted.  The binding is not in the best shape. The backing is pink.

There are spots on it.  I didn’t wash it so I don’t know if they will come out- see to the left.  It could easily be folded and displayed so no stains show.

We loved the border treatments on this…

Asking $40 plus postage of $8. Sold

Quilt #8 is a fun bright one.  It is hand quilted in red big stitch.  It’s full of all sorts of scrappy goodness.  The edging is in need of repair-A couple of the blocks need help too but I do think it is repairable.  It is 86″ x 73″.  The backing is fun too.  I loved that print.

Asking $15 plus postage of $10.Sold


I hate seeing these all go but knowing someone else will love and take care of them is a huge relief.  I’ve always felt guilty about them being here and I didn’t get them repaired or didn’t launder them.

All questions and comments please email me at  Once a quilt is sold I will mark it as such.  All quilts are sold as is…I will answer all questions truthfully.