Saturday, April 14, 2018


I didn't mention that we were going to Minnesota, but we drove here to attend our grandson's senior organ recital.  No problem getting here, but after arriving, the weather turned!  It is blizzard conditions and last night when we were picking our son up at the airport, we saw at least 6 cars in the ditch.

But on a more positive note, yesterday morning we were looking for a car wash (long story short) because we got the car very muddy looking for my relatives farm, and we saw a quilt shop.  So, we stopped to ask someone if there was one in town.  It turns out they were very helpful - as they always are in quilt shops!! 

The shop is CALICO HUTCH, in Hayward, MN and believe me, this shop is amazing!  I asked if I could take some pictures, so here they are:

This room was way in the back!

A whole room just for wool!

It's way bigger than it looks!!
I just bought a couple items because I didn't have much time to look around as we had to get back on the road.  If you are near Hayward, MN or ever visit that area, be sure to stop in.  It's worth it!  Even if you just need directions!

Sunday, April 8, 2018


 Yesterday I was a vendor at Farm Fest which took place at the Yamhill County Historical Museum in my town - just about 2 miles from my home.  It was the 52nd consecutive plowing competition and the only plowing competition on the west coast.  I had never heard of such a thing until we moved here!

I was very impressed and amazed with all the horses and mules that were here.  It was a very windy and rainy day, but lots of people came anyway!  It is a pretty big deal around here.

Here is a picture of the Scrappy Star quilt that I made - all quilted and bound.  It was a beautiful day when I took this photo!!

Here's the back view with the sun shining through from the front.

Happy quilting, everyone!

Friday, March 30, 2018


The challenge for March was to make a strip quilt.  I have oodles of strips saved and need to use them up, so I thought this would be a good idea.  I already had 32 strip blocks done and I made 61 more for a total of 93.  As you can see in the photo, I make blocks according to color.  I haven't put the top together yet, but will sew it together in rows of colors.  I've made this type before and I really like how it turns out.  I have 9 colors and I usually have 8 blocks per row.  They measure 7 1/2" finished, so the finished quilt will measure 60" x 67 1/2" and might add a border to it.

My scrap challenge for April is to work on a scrappy quilt for my granddaughter.  I have already started it and it's a Bonnie Hunter design - Bowdacious.  April will be a busy month, so I might not get much accomplished.

I also decided to add an additional row to the side and bottom of this scrap quilt top that I made in January.

I still have more triangles to sew together as leader/enders for another future quilt like this one.

In addition, I made 2 sets of place mats to sell in a craft show coming up April 7.  The photos are wonky, but they look better in person.

Happy Easter, everyone!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


I spent the last week quilting and binding this twin size Scrappy Star quilt.  It is a Moda Bake Shop pattern, but I couldn't find it so I could link to it.  It is made with 5" charm squares, 8 of them are colored and the middle one is white.  I had a lot of left over charm pack squares, so I decided to make it a few months ago.  Where did all those left over 5" squares come from?  I'm not sure, but the seemed to grow in the bottom drawer of my sewing chest.  I still have a lot left.


One of my favorite blocks

Quilted but not bound yet.
 Below is another favorite block.  Do you see the 2 frogs, fish in upper left and octopus in the lower right square?  These blocks were fun to make and they measure 13" square, so it goes pretty fast.

Backing fabric was found at an estate sale.

All finished.  I will take a better picture when I can hang it on the clothesline outside.

It always feels good to finish a quilt!

Monday, March 19, 2018


 About a month ago I posted a picture of some churn dash blocks (6 1/2") that I was getting ready to send in for a swap.  I had 22 black ones and 44 pink ones - all Civil War reproduction fabrics.

Well, last week I received 66 blocks of all different colors in the mail!  They were packaged in 2 baggies.

I am amazed that there were no duplicate fabrics among the 66 blocks!  And many of the fabrics were totally new to me.  How great is that?

What a wonderful variety!

Here they are all stacked up.  Now, I just need to decide what I will do with them.  I can't wait to see what some of the other swappers come up with.

I'm sorry, but I'm not one of those who will instantly start putting them together.   I'll think on it a while and see what ideas I get and then think about it some more.  Thanks Barb!

Friday, March 16, 2018


 I'm sorry folks, but I have been so busy lately and have neglected my blog.  I have been reading some other blogs and even leaving a few comments, but not as many as usual.

I finished this scrappy Quarter Log Cabin quilt this past week.  The center square of each block is 3" finished of a blace/grey kind of "snakey" fabric that I had used as a backing on my grandson's majestic mountain quilt.  I had bought some bright colored scraps at a quilt show that I used for the logs to make it a little wild.

It was a nice day yesterday, so I went outside and hung these 2 quilts on my clothesline.  It was nice and sunny!  My quilting was wavy lines with a few swirls thrown in.

Don't you love to see quilts on a clothesline?

This is a round robin quilt top to which I just added the final border.  My quilt guild has been making patriotic round robins this year and at the April meeting we will reveal them all and then take them home to quilt and bind for bringing back to the May meeting where we will donate them to veterans that are in the hospital.  The approximate measurement for them is 48" x 60".

I must get back to my sewing machine.  I have been making more strip blocks and have quite a stack built up.  Here are some of them.  Today I made some blue ones and I need to make some purple ones next.

Last week a friend of mine and I went to a vineyard to see some raptor birds.   Here are a few of them.  It was an educational program and donations were taken to help rehabilitate birds.  They are so interesting!

I love the owls!  There was one in the neighborhood and I heard it hooting one time, but never got to see it.  My DH saw it sitting on our fence once.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


I can't believe that I have only had one other post during February!  I have been busy.  At the beginning of the month, I drew my "scrap challenge" item from the jar and it was to work on the Quarter Log Cabin scrap quilt.  I was able to get that top finished and it measures 50" x 62".  I have the backing fabric picked out and just need to find a piece of batting for it.

Here's a close-up of a few blocks.  The large black/grey piece was from the left-overs of a backing and I still have more of that left.  I think I got it at an estate sale.  Does it look like "snake" scales to you?

 I also finished this top called "Scrappy Stars" that I found on the Moda Bake Shop site.  It measures 70" x 100" and will fit a twin size bed.  Most of the blocks were left overs from charm packs, some of which I bought.  I have the backing and batting ready to go.

I drew my "Scrap Challenge" for March and you can see it below.

I really like this one because I already have some blocks ready and I have plenty of strips to make lots more.  The blocks I have here measure at 8" unfinished.  I use pages from the phone book to sew the strips on, and the phone book was pretty small or I would have cut them larger.

I just made up 2 toddler cloth books because we will be going to visit family in April and I will be taking some gifts for the kids.  There is a new baby and I have a quilt already made for him.

I love the pictures of animals with clothes on.

Sew cute!

We're getting close to spring and some flowers are blooming - daffodils and grape hyacinths.  The trees are starting to bloom as well.  Enjoy!

Saturday, February 10, 2018


I have definitely been busy this week and want to show you some of my finishes.  This first one was kind of fun.  My neighbor (also walking and craft show partner) and I will be participating in more craft shows this year.  She has been sewing up a storm and I have too.  I got an idea in the middle of the night and here is the first one that I made.  The Route 66 wall hanging - for men.  We'll see if anyone wants to buy it.  The sign is hand embroidered.

Place mats are a popular item, so I made a set of four "chicken" themed place mats and have other fabrics set aside for more.

A year or so ago I bought this panel at a quilt show and finally put it together and quilted it.  I like how it turned out and am considering sewing beads on the wreath (not real excited about doing it though).

Here's the back.

Close up of the quilting.  You can't really see the quilting on the large snow flakes, but I quilted over the design in gold thread.  The rest of the quilting is with red thread.

Yesterday I finished the churn dash swap blocks that Barb has organized.   I made 44 pink blocks and 22 black blocks.  I only have 1 black one in the picture because I had already put the batch of 22 in a baggie.

Here's a close up that shows the fabric better.  I'm glad I didn't run out of the pink fabric.  I bought one yard and just barely had enough to make the 44 6 1/2" blocks!  I think this is the 4th block swap that I have done with Barb and I still haven't made anything with 2 of the other swaps.

I love churn dash blocks!  Are any of you participating?  Thanks, Barb, for organizing this!  Have a great weekend everyone.  Try to squeeze in some sewing.