Friday, May 17, 2019

Last minute project

My sister-in-law asked me a year ago if I would finish this quilt for her.  A person she knows was going through her mother's things and didn't want the unfinished quilts.  She was going to throw them out or give them to Goodwill.  She didn't have any use for them and didn't value them at all.

My sister-in-law talked her out of this one.

When I first saw it I noticed it had been stitched in "Big Stitch" and thought it wouldn't take much to finish it.  So, I agreed to do it.

Well. . . my sister-in-law is coming next week for the reunion and I realized I hadn't done a thing to the quilt.  I hadn't even taken it out of the bag since it was shown to me last year.  GASP!!!

I got it out Monday and began quilting.  Much to my surprise, I wasn't just finishing up a quilt that was mostly quilted - I was finishing up a top that just got started with the quilting.  I have been quilting about 5 hours a day to try and finish it.  I've only got 11 more rosettes to go and then the binding.  I think it's do-able, she won't be here till next Thursday.

Wish me luck,

Friday, May 10, 2019


The winner of the May 5th giveaway is Patty who said;

"Put me in please. I have fallen in a big way for crayon tint embroidery and would love this pattern."

I'll send it out right away.


Friday, May 3, 2019


It would make me so happy if someone wanted these things.

Calendula Patterdrip's Cottage pattern by Crabapple Hill.  The pattern sells for $24-27.00.

The pattern calls for 20 skeins -of Cosmo "Seasons" Embroidery Floss #8041.  I have 18 full and 2 partial skeins.  This would cost $34.00 if you bought it online.

The pattern calls for brown Pima Pens.

And I even have a very fat white crayon to go in the mix for use with this pattern.

This is an example of one of the blocks tinted with crayon and embroidered.

This is  two more blocks from My Life's a Stitch Blog.  You'll have to search Deb's blog for this particular post.  She does lovely work.

If you are interested in winning this giveaway please leave a comment.  I will choose a winner next Friday the 3rd of May.  If you are a no reply blogger please include your email address so I can contact you.

I was mentally reviewing my list of UFOs last night and came to the realization that I probably would never make this cute fancy quilt.  I have only made the top row of crows so I have not invested much time or energy in this project.  It's time to pass it along to someone who will enjoy it.

That will bring my UFO list down to "8" and I've only got two more blocks to replace the cheddar squares within so I can soon put them together for another completed UFO.



Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Just a quick post

Years ago when the Florence Peto quilts first became the rage, my friend Marlena and I decided to do a block exchange and make our own version of FPs quilt.

We decided to exchange two 6 1/2" appliqued blocks and two 9-patch blocks each month for 6 months.  We did great the first few months and then we slowed down.  I think our big gardens and canning season had something to do with it. 

Anyway, she eventually gave me 11 pairs and I gave her 9.  I made a birthday cake block (very wonky) to exchange and I'm thinking the birthday was a significant one.  I turned 60 in 2011 so that tells you how long ago it was. 

I made and gave her another pair of blocks over a year ago.  Saturday I decided I didn't want this to be a UFO anymore and so I made another pair of blocks for each of us and sewed this little quilt together.  It measures 47 inches square.

I'm going to use one of her blocks for my label and one of my blocks won't get used, another weird one . . .

So I have officially finished another UFO to the quilt top stage.  That makes 7 tops completed from my list of 16 UFOs that I made last August.  The original list was 15 but, alas, I found another one to add.  That means I have 9 more to go.  Again, nine sounds a lot better than 16.

I was in a hurry to get this put together.  The bobbin above proves that when I hurry I always make mistakes.

Slow down Robin

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Just a little groggy~

Sometimes sleep is so elusive.  Tuesdays always finds me waking up numerous times during the night because I have to get up early and my body wants to make sure I don't sleep in.  Not only do I not sleep in but I don't sleep.  Frustrating to say the least.

At least today I'll have some extra time to work on my hand quilting before I have to leave.  I'm using the baptist fan template from Barb Vedder's Etsy store for the background of the applique.  I didn't want to do a grid again and this is fun to do.

This is a picture of the side border.  Progress is slow but anything worthwhile takes time.

Hope you're all sleeping while I write this and will enjoy a peaceful day when you wake up refreshed.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

An older cheddar project

I'm working on the Cheddarback SAL on Setimental Stitches blog but I'll comment more on that at the end of this post.

I have been slowly replacing the squares in the quilt above.

I unpicked all the alternating white squares because there was just too much white.  I originally wanted to use cheddar fabric for the squares but I couldn't find any.  I settled on gold and then some fabric I thought looked like cheddar but it was just orange and some honey colored fabric.

It looks 100% better with the cheddar squares but that's 100 little pieces I'm having to replace.

I've come up with a new mantra. . . "Do not remake a finished quilt top".

I seem to age my tops for a few years before quilting them (having 20 tops waiting to be quilted might have something to do with it) and when I get them out again they get a labor intensive makeover.  Crazy, I'm just crazy!

I gave this quilt to my DIL but she liked another one better so we traded and this quilt went to one of my grandson's (top left).

Some mornings it just pays to get up early!

I'm working away at the handquilting on this quilt.  No name yet.  The whole quilt can be seen on my sidebar.

We've got another storm coming in.  In fact, it's already started to rain.  The snow is due tomorrow.  Hopefully the apricot blossoms can withstand the cooler temps.

And here is my Cheddarback progress.  I love the way the first set of blocks turned out.  I would smile at them every time I walked by my design wall.  But, this second set has given me fits, both with color placement and unpicking.  I made the center pinwheel too small in the block on the lower left and so I had to add a little border.  The jury is still out on whether to leave that stripe fabric in the corners.

Going clockwise - I kept cutting the backgrounds out backwards for the black block.  Argh!  The basket went together fairly well, thank goodness.  The lower right block has been made twice and I finally just decided to leave it.  And then I used the extra block that Gay gave the facebook group instead of a pinwheel block and I really like it.

Hopefully next month I'll be more focused so I can do these blocks in one day instead of three.

Skipping quiltfully along,

Friday, March 29, 2019

I don't usually make

quilts using such bright spring colors.  I'm more of a dark and deep color quilter.  But, it's spring.  At least that is what the calendar says and I wanted something cheerful to put on the wall for the Easter season.

I machine appliqued this in 2014.  After finishing my Christmas quilt during the Christmas season I thought it would be fun to hand quilt another project appropriate to the next holiday.  Although I have a Valentine colored quilt top

that I could have chosen, I wanted to work on something that would only take a month to quilt and not three.

I hand quilted little swirls to give the bunny fur more texture.  I then cross hatched the basket.

This basket got a little scallop treatment.  It doesn't necessarily look woven but I like the texture the scallops give.

This picture is a little dark but I want to show that the little pink basket got a zig-zag treatment.

I just did echo quilting for the cat.  It might of been nice to give him a face but I didn't think it would show up.

I think my wing placement is a little off for these ducks/chickens but it's a folk art type pattern so anatomical accuracy is not the main focus.

A little swirl on the tail

and more scallops around the border and it's done.  AND, it's still four weeks till Easter so the little quilt will be hanging a little while.

And while we are talking spring I thought I'd give you readers who live in the midwest and east a heads up.  This is what I woke up to this morning and it's headed your way.

Happy Spring!

I'm linking up with Kathy at Slow Sunday Stitching.

Last minute project

My sister-in-law asked me a year ago if I would finish this quilt for her.  A person she knows was going through her mother's things...