Monday, September 25, 2023

Wheel Quilt completed

I completed my Wheels quilt.  It's hard to see because it is hanging in my hall and the lighting is very poor.  But, it looks terrific.  The wheels are a little wonky with less than perfect circles and uncentered centers.  But, I wanted it to look kind of folksy.

This is before the quilt was quilted but the colors are truer than the previous picture

I big stitched around the pieces in the wheel.  And at the edge you can see the shadow of the turned under portion of the cheddar fabric.  I didn't like the look. . . 

So, I decided to do red cross stitches all the way around the each circle to cover it up.

I think it turned out really cute and adds another layer of interest to the quilt.  I wanted a quilt to hang in this specific spot last year and all I got done was the top.  But, it's done in time for this year's display and I will enjoy it all fall.

I was aware of all the Kawandi creations made in the last few years.  I decided to research it so I could make a small one.  I first looked for a "How To" video and found this one; Dees Saturday Sampler
It's a little slow at first but very thorough so I was glad I watched the whole hour.

I also watched the Joe Cunningham (Joe the Quilter) video about Margaret Fabrizio and her Kawandi journey.  She's quite eccentric which makes this video very fun to watch.  Here 

A Kawandi is quilted from the outside in, placing the scrap of fabric down as you need to fill in a space.   

I finished this little quilt (17" X 20") including phulas, the flowers on each corner.  

It was a fun to learn this new technique created by the Siddi people of India.  I'm not sure I would want to make a full size quilt using this method but I've got a big bag of scraps so anything is possible.

The garden is slowing down which means the canning is also.  The apples are finally ripe and will be harvested soon.  We have a Golden Delicious tree and a Granny Smith tree.  The Golden was drastically pruned back last year to build a treehouse so the apple harvest will be minimal.  The Granny Smith tree is a dwarf so it hasn't produced an overabundance either.  It's just right for my DH and I.

Enjoy your Autumn wherever you live,


Monday, September 18, 2023

S'mores is done

This picture shows the quilt top with cloudy skies.  It doesn't really show off how pretty it is.    I like how the beige sashing brightens things up.  The original sashing in the pattern was dark gray. 

It looks so pretty here with my pie safe.  Jo Morton has a way with fabrics and colors that make all her fabrics look so pretty together.  The small quilt to the right is also one of her patterns made in Little Women 11.

The pictures above and below are taken in full sun which both washes and brightens the colors in the blocks.

I'm enjoying the September weather and slant of the sun.  Autumn is my favorite time of year because things slow down and the colors outside are so vibrant.  You can almost feel the trees breathe a sigh of relief as the temperatures decrease. 

I also even love the shorter days, it makes me feel cozy.  And, you'll think this is crazy but I love wearing sweatshirts and sweaters and jackets.  


Oh, and I love soup weather!!!

Thursday, August 17, 2023

My kitchen table this morning

This is what my kitchen table looks like this morning.  I'm continuing to sew squares together with the sashing.  The unfinished row in the front is the middle row so I'm almost half done assembling this quilt top. You can see the stack of quilt blocks in the lower left that are the other half.

 This is another view of the table with my four quarts of tomatoes.  I don't get enough tomatoes at a time to fill the canner so I figure four full quarts is better than no quarts at all. 

 The quilt has been spread out on my table all week.  I just sew a few rows at a time. This morning I sewed two rows with the long sashing.  Now, it's time for my shower.

It is already good and hot so a shower will feel so good.


Monday, August 14, 2023

It's coming together

I finished the last of the 113 (4 1/2") blocks for the S'mores quilt this morning.  I'm working on the corner and setting triangles and have renewed my friendship with the seam ripper this morning.  Sigh~

The original quilt in the February 2013 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting has a darker gray sashing fabric which is delightful.  But, I'm trying to use of my stash of Jo Morton fabrics so I using what I have.  I think the lighter brighter fabric for the sashing will work out just fine.  

I thought I would make some great headway today but the peaches are ripe and the tomatoes are ripe.  So, I'll pause and get back to it this afternoon. . . or tomorrow.

Thanks for checkin' in,


Thursday, August 10, 2023

This is for Nancy

I don't pretend to be an expert.  But Nancy asked me; "How do you center the triangles against the square and the next round?  The only way I've found that works is to fold the square in half two ways and press the edge that will be sewn, and do the same with the triangles, and even then they come out crooked.  Is there an easier way?" 

I think the way it was described is the most accurate way to do it.  I  (like you said) usually just eyeball the triangles on either side and do my best to make them the same size.

Then I sew them with the triangle on the top and use the edge of the triangle as the guide for my 1/4" foot. When I get two triangles sewn on top and bottom of the middle square I press the seam.


When I have the two sides sewn on I again just eyeball the next triangle.    Turn it over . . . 

and sew on the long side of the triangle.

I press the seams to the outside and then trim the rabbit ears off.  You can see that the edges aren't perfectly even (top right).  I just trim them straight.


Then I center the next size triangle and line it up with the beginning and ending edges.  You can see that there is a slight curve of the underneath seam on the right of the triangle.  Again, I use the triangle as my guide for the 1/4" foot.

When all the sides are sewn I press it and then trim it to size.  Sometimes I have to use the iron to make it square.  You can see once again the the edge on the right is not even.  

I line up my ruler so there is a 1/4' seam allowance all the way around and the black diagonal line on the ruler (45 degrees) is lined up from corner to corner of the inside square.

The block above had to be slightly repositioned  (with the help of the iron) so the bottom right triangle is big enough to meet the edge of the ruler.

 And this square shows how much I usually trim off.  Now, every block is not perfect so sometimes I trim more on one side than another to get it the 4 1/2" size.  

The key for me is to not be in a hurry because my seam allowances always suffer if I rush.

I hope this helps.  I figured it would be easier to add all the pictures in my blog instead of trying to send them through email.

Happy Sewing.

Thursday, August 3, 2023

Brown Bird by Renee Plains

I just finished quilting this little wall hanging called "Brown Bird".  I bought this pattern years and years ago, it's dated 2000.  It was a delight to make.  But, it has been waiting to be finished for a long time.

I wanted to make it in the same colors as the original but my fabrics didn't look as vintage.  They just looked ugly.  So, I noticed that Wendy Reed of The Constant Quilter fame often used 19th century bright prints instead of the drab ones.  So, that is why this piece looks so bright.  They are all reproduction prints.

This is the next piece to be quilted.  I want to make sure it is available for fall decorating.  The black corduroy border is so soft.  Not exactly sure how I'm going to quilt it. . . 

I'm still working on the S'mores quilt in between all the other things that are going on. I've made 61 small economy blocks so far.

 My downstairs company has gone camping for 3 days and guess what?  I'm absolutely alone today.  My husband is golfing at two different places and will be gone all day.  I don't know why being truly alone fills my cup to the brim.  I can think more clearly, I accomplish a lot more in a shorter space of time,  I feel energetic,  I feel more creative, and I'm just happy.

This is on the counter waiting for me.  I need to bottle some tomatoes.  The berries are done and now it's time to preserve tomatoes.  Preserving what my good husband grows is necessary.  It's not one of my favorite things but I'm always glad for the food during the winter.

We got over 1/2" of rain yesterday.  It was so refreshing.  July was a pretty dry month for us.

Do you remember the book by Louis Lamour called Riders of the Purple Sage?  I always wondered when the sage looked purple because its a low scrubby looking plant  in a dusty green most of the time.   Well, I found out that there are at least two other varieties of sage and here is one of them.

This is the ornamental variety.  I think it's really Salvia but it looks like Purple Sage to me.

My husband had a concert in Logan last Thursday.  It was in the old 1st Ward building.  This is the painting that was at the front of the chapel.  I tried to find out who the artis is but could not.  The architecture of the building is really wonderful.  It was stadium seating with the pews slanted up with each row.  There was a balcony in the back which is unusual in LDS churches.  It was built in 1861.

The lighting wasn't excellent but the music was really good.  My husband plays for the Salt Lake City Letter Carriers band.  No, he's not a letter carrier but they needed more band members so they accepted this accountant and made him treasurer of the organization.


This was the sunset last Thursday as we drove home.  It was taken as we drove through Box Elder county.  You can see the edge of the Great Salt Lake if you look closely  What a splendid explosion of the last rays of the sun for the day.


Friday, July 21, 2023

Roseville Album, Apricots, and Egypt

I finished my Roseville Album quilt top a few years ago.  I didn't do the border from the pattern because I had already spent a year appliqueing  and I was DONE.  I didn't want to do all the monkey hands that the border required.  

It is a beautiful quilt but it never felt finished,  When I was getting to the end of quilting the "Love Letters" quilt I wanted something else to work on when I wasn't at the quilt frames.  I decided to finally work on a border and after searching for ideas on the internet  I decided on scallops - 80 of them.

When I finished the scallops and the corner designs I looked at the overall quilt.  I found this little blue bird on the right that looked like it was absolutely lost among all the other colors.  

I replaced it with this golden feathery fabric.  I've given  all my bright fabrics away and this is what I could find in the stash.  I'm not sure I like it but I like it better than the ghost bird.

This is a picture of one side of the quilt to show the scalloped border.

  It looks finished now.

 I don't have a space to spread it all out and there's no one around to hold it up  The little bird gets lost in the rest of what is going on but you can see it above the chicken and to the left of the cat.

Now I need to figure out how it's going to be quilted.  If I hand quilt it that's another multi-month long project.  AND, after taking six months to quilt the last one I'm not sure I'm ready to dive in to another big quilt right now.  It measures about 92" square.  I have wondered about taking it to a machine quilter but I don't know what pattern I would like.  I know I don't just want echo quilting.  And the amount of quilting it would require would make a heavy quilt.   

Does anybody have any suggestions?  

It summer harvest season at my husband's farm (our yard).  The strawberries have finished, the raspberries have peaked but are continuing to look lovely and taste wonderful.  The apricot tree was full with beautiful orange fruit.

Many of the apricots have been picked in this picture.  But, there's still bushels left to pick.

Last Thursday my husband was picking and sorting and distributing.  The family was here for a dinner and one little guy became my husbands shadow. 

It was so cute to watch him trot back and forth with my husband from the tree to the shed.  Some of the apricots were even low enough for him to reach.  He helped pick up the ones that had fallen to the ground.

Finally he decided to taste one and was smitten.  He's our youngest grandchild and he's just delightful.

It has been hot enough that I put the crockpot outside last week instead of heating up the house all day.  I'm really good in the winter with soups, stews, casseroles, and cooking whole turkey breast etc.  But, when it comes to summer I'm not much of a salad maker so my husband suffers through a hot meal after working out in the 100 degree heat.  He doesn't complain, he's just hungry.

Egyptian blue just fascinates me.  I've been wondering how I could include it in a quilt somehow.  It's an elusive color.  I love to watch all the archeology shows on Egypt and am intrigued by the ancient Egyptian culture.  I love the scarabs too.

A shabti (above) is put in Egyptian tombs as servants for the deceased in the after life.  

A shabti can be 5 - 30cm and commonly made of blue or green glazed Egyptian faience, but can also consist of stone, wood, clay, metal or glass.

The color of Egyptian blue is kind of like "Haint Blue".  There's not one exact shade or color


I got four squares done for the S'Mores quilt by Jo Morton.  I love working with these fabrics.  Is anyone else working on this quilt with me?

I have company coming for a few days and have been doing some deep cleaning.  I sure love a clean house, I wish I would do it more often - ha!

Wheel Quilt completed

I completed my Wheels quilt.  It's hard to see because it is hanging in my hall and the lighting is very poor.  But, it looks terrific. ...