Thursday, January 22, 2015

Weds sew day

Had a great day sewing on Weds with some friends. We try to sew together every 3rd Weds. We do a potluck lunch this week I put some soup in crock pot.  I finished up making the last of four purses to sell in Catherine's Gallery in Sullivan, and put borders on a top that had been sitting from a class 3 years ago.  I also helped 2 friends with their projects, one is making a scrap quilt in vertical rows with black in between so helped her lay out the rows to sew together on the design wall and helped other friend finish a top to make into a shower curtain. All in all a very productive day for all of us. 
This is the quilt I put borders on.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Christmas is finally over at our house

Well this isn't quilty, but finally got the last of the outdoor Christmas decorations taken down and put away. The lights have been turned off since News Years Day  but too cold to take them down. It was a little chilly outside today with the wind, but not bad temps.  They are predicting some snow maybe tomorrow  so glad we got this done today.   Now back to quilting.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

starting the new year with goals

Ok  I haven't been blogging this last year. So 2015 will be the year of blogging for me.  I will try to keep updated on what I am working on . Also 2015 is the year of finishing UFO's, my quilt group has decided to help each other keep on track with our finished. Each of us have made a list of 12 UFO's that we want to finish this year and each month when we meet we need to bring an item that we have finished or at least a progress report.  Hope this accountability will help us keep on track.  I am also going on a no buy campaign this year too.  We will see how this all works out.

Here is my list of projects for 20151
1.  double wedding ring quilt     ( most of blocks are made)
2. garden party quilt-embroidery  ( do the last 3 blocks)
3. hand applique basket quilt ( have 2 blocks left to make)
4. DQG presidents quilt  ( put blocks together and finish)
5. r/w/b Jacob ladder blocks  ( put together and finish )   donating this to the armory
6. serendipity quilt    ( put together and finish)
7. pizza box from Quilts etc. exchange  ( put blocks together and finish)
8. bible stories BOM    ( put together and finish)
9. purple fan quilt  ( quilt)
10. tulip wall hanging   (quilt)
11. back to nature BOM  (finish blocks and put together)
12. evening star quilt   (quilt)

new projects for the year:
1. purple table runner for daughter            DONE
2.  quilt for nephew Logan
3. baby quilt for new great niece #1
4. baby quilt for new great niece #2
5. grandpa's buzz saw quilt  for husband
6. kick the can quilt for daughter

Sunday, February 2, 2014


well I haven't blogged since before Christmas , so will try to post some updates, but for now I will tell you about the retreat I hosted this weekend at my house.   I have 6 quilters  arrive on Friday evening about 4 pm for the weekend.  They bring their projects and supplies and snacks of course.  they set up their machines in my basement and begin to work on their projects  if they get stuck and need help I am here to help them.  We have great company full of laughs and good food.  They sew as late as they want to and get up when they wake up.   comfy clothes. Hubby leaves home and stays with his Mother so no worry about staying in PJ's.    I do the cooking and the cleanup too.    Here is a picture of the group hard at work.     You might want to think about gathering your friends and come sew at my retreat center.   It is for small groups up to 8 people.  

Sunday, September 22, 2013

gifts for Christmas

thanks to the Salt Creek Patchmakers guild in Clinton, Ill. I have learned to new towel project. I went to their guild last Monday night and gave a presentation on "tips and trick"  which I enjoyed their meeting afterwards. Love show and tell.   they had been having a sew day before the meeting and making items for their fundraiser.  They had made some of these towels that look like dresses to hang over an oven door bar or a towel bar.  So they let me trace off the pattern for the top.  Today I decided to try one or two..  Each towel makes two since you cut them in half...    You can decorate them how ever you want to after sewing the top onto the towel..
here are the two that I have made so far.  Just used some pieces of fabric that I had waiting to be put into something. 
I will be making more of these for gifts and will make some for our quilt show in March for our boutique booth.   May write up some directions for these also. 

Friday, August 30, 2013


Monday night we had a program at our guild to make a fast and easy placemat.  Thanks Wanda for showing us this.  Made one that night and Weds has sew day at my house with few friends and made a second one, quilted and bound them.  You can get 2 out of one fat quarter of 3 fabrics and 4 5" squares this includes the back....     here is one of them.  ready for a Christmas gift.

 also on sew day Weds. I found this group of pieces folded up and thought they were ready to make the 60 degree table runner so thought might as well put it together. when unfolded the pieces found out that they were just pieces   either someone's left over pieces or they had been cut wrong  so decided to try to put them together.  Brenda and I decided to recut them and make a square placemat out of the pieces.  this is what they turned out to be...     I bound both projects  using the easy miter binding tool from Sew Biz  it is awesome  your use the backing by bringing to the front. makes great sewn mitered corners.

Happy quilting,

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

bedroom makeover

Well it has been a long time coming, but the our bedroom finally has a new quilt and valance.  The pattern was from a class I took many years ago when Pat Speth came to the Decatur Quilters Guild for a class. It is called Mount Hood.  It is made from 5 inch squares which Pat calls nickels...   
Also hubby hung up a quilt rack above our bed and I hung up a quilt made at Kaye England's quilting college several years ago...    I sure feel like I got something done for a change for me.....
hope you enjoy pictures of the finished project...

now what do I finish next??

Happy quilting