Showing posts from January, 2018

Spittin' Seeds on Ringo Lake Finish and Sweet Land of Liberty Block 1

I got all the clues done for the On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter.  When I tried to put them together it just looked too muddy and the blocks weren't able to shine.  I think I chose the wrong colors of red for the sashing.  It all blended in together without a place for your eye to stop and relax.  So I gave up on the diamond shaped sashing strips.

I decided I wouldn't use any sashing and would just sew them together in a straight set.  But, there were just too many seams to match that weren't pressed opposite each other.  It was not a fun experience so I changed my mind again.

I decided to try some different sashing options.

I tried a red swirl fabric but it made the blocks too dark.

I put in a white with a red dot but it was much to light.  (I'm sounding like Goldilocks here!)

Then I put the blocks on a red check.  Wow!  This was my favorite choice but, alas,  I didn't have enough fabric to go between all 49 blocks.  Boo hoo!

This is the sashing I f…

My first finish of the year

I finally completed the cute little heart wall hanging that Cheri Payne has as a free pattern here on her blog in January 2015.  I pieced it the first year,  I embroidered it last year, and this year I decided to do some ridiculously simple machine quilting so that it would finally become a finish.

I just put it on the back on one of my checkered chairs in the living room to add a little Valentine flair.  I've got another small red & white quilt (Jo Morton Little Women 11) on the other chair.

I thought about binding it with red but when I came across this little gem of a piece with tiny hearts on it - the decision was made.  Too Cute!!!

I'm still working along (rather slowly)  on the right panel of the Roseville Quilt by Kim Mclean.  I've got about 1/3 of the applique done.  This panel is 3 ft. long so it will still be awhile before it's finished.  That bright pink wing in the middle might need a replacement.  I'll wait till I'm all done and see if it stil…

The TALE of the Needles

Gather all 'round while I tell you my tale~

As I am busily working on the quilt below I found that the needle I was using was very bent.  I opened my package of needles to find I only had two left.  Now, no one wants to be in the middle of a project only to find they have to get up and go to the store for a needed notion.  No, no.  I needed to get some new needles NOW before I used up my meager supply.

So I went to my local quilt shop, the place where I always buy these needles, so I could quickly replenish my reserve and skip happily out of the store.

BUT WAIT!  The didn't have any Richard Hemming & Son Betweens size 10 needles on the rack.  GASP!!  Now, what am I going to do?

I went to another quilt store with the same results.

I decided I didn't want to go from store to store (you're saying I could have called first) only to not find any needles of the brand I prefer in the right size.

So, I contacted my faithful friend Amazon and ordered the needles below.

I h…

“Cut my pie into four pieces, I don’t think I could eat eight.” ― Yogi Berra

I made an apple pie this afternoon and have been mesmerized by the steam that is wafting upwards.

So, I though I would share.

Wish you could smell it.  I used Vietnamese cinnamon, a very aromatic cinnamon. 

Waiting for it to cool is both entertaining and exasperating.


January is a fun month

because there is so much time for sewing.  I've been working on the Cheri Payne quilt.  I made the USA strip but it wasn't long enough so I added that extra blue piece (which I don't like and will replace with something else) to make it long enough.  

I spent so o o o o o o long auditioning fabrics for the log cabin block.  It shouldn't be so hard!

I've got the cabin appliqued and am working on the black bird.  Then I'll do the embroidered flag on the right and a vine with flowers on the left.  There are embroidered words at the bottom.

The cabin is supposed to have quite a few windows but I'm wondering if the plaid will compete with the embroidery.  I guess I'll just give it a go and see.

I've also been working on the right panel of the Roseville quilt.  It doesn't look like much in this state but it's progress.

This morning I decided I was tired of all the pieces of the On Ringo Lake Quilt getting in my way as I prepped my applique block…

Quilting as usual and 13th grandchild news

I started the "Sweet Land of Liberty" quilt by Cheri Payne in 2013.  I finished 2 blocks and then we went to Wisconsin for 18 months.  I never got around to finishing it when we got back.  Lori at Humble quilts is having a sew-a-long doing this quilt so I had to jump in.  I completed the basket block last night.  If you don't have the pattern, like I do, Lori gives you dimensions and Cheri's Facebook group has similar patterns you can download and create your personal version.

It's interesting sewing one of Cheri's patterns because when something doesn't turn out exactly as you had planned, you say to yourself, "It's okay, it's supposed to be primitive."  It's very freeing (if that's a word) and I find myself relaxing more as I sew.

We had a very special occurrence on Christmas Eve.  Our newest grandson made an appearance.
We went to see him on snow covered roads (very slick).  He was born in the evening and had to stay 24 hrs. …