Cleanliness is next to happiness

Hi everyone!  I’m finishing up my final semester and I’m ending on a really busy note.  Each of my classes has a paper due typically each week.  These can range from 4 to 20 pages each for 3 separate classes and then there are discussion boards and responses which account for another 2 + pages…

2 finishes

A friend called yesterday to remind me that I had this morning blocked off to sew, sew, and sew some more. Our church sends teams to Kenya twice a year (each person pays their own way) and they have eyeglass and dentist clinics where local residents can get fitted for glasses and any dental repairs…

Art Imitating Life

I had an idea about a year or so ago. I thought at some point down the road I could buy a digital laser cutting machine to make custom applique quilts. I looked into several and knew which one I wanted, but filed it under “some day”. I was on the company’s refurbished email list…

Easter basket!

I grew up in a family with several children, and one tradition we had was like many people – we hit every available Easter egg hunt in a 20 mile radius of our house. That may be a slight exaggeration. There was the year I won the golden egg; that was thrilling. Then there was…

The Watcher

I’m still whittling down my 2017 UFO’s. I corrected the blocks that had a rotated piece in them yesterday and was so glad there were only a handful. That’s always a challenge trying to fix something once the whole top is finished.  In the meantime, I had this kit from Libs Elliott which I bought…

a finish and a quilt binder set

Though hers was made from silk and mine is cotton, I liked the way she had hers quilted with just straight lines throughout.  I did decide to mix mine up a bit, varying the widths throughout.  I also sewed 1/4″ border around each of the blocks, and then filled in the middle with a different…

sampler quilt finished

And that’s a wrap – other than clipping a few threads.  I started this one sometime last year; it’s a sampler based off of several different quilts in Amy Ellis’ “Modern Heritage” book. She had a suggested layout and I followed it for the most part although I added in quite a bit of negative…

Eat ’em up Kats!

The latest quilt wasn’t technically in my 2017 UFO pile – because I had bought the kit in 2016 at the quilt festival…and never even started it!  The kit wasn’t cheap; I think it was over $150 and only included enough fabric to make it 40×48. They call it a lap-sized quilt but that’s about…

post-Christmas update

                                        Our quilt guild typically has a featured speaker at each monthly meeting and then the following day is a workshop where either a specific technique is taught, or perhaps we start or even finish a…

Whew! An update!

It’s been a crazy few months.  I’ve been taking classes full-time which quite honestly has kept me absolutely swamped night and day.  A friend called me today and said if that was the case I was probably regretting my decision to go back for another degree. Not at all!  I like a challenge and this…

feathered heart

I’m nearly finished cutting squares out of shirts and am starting to make the first practice block so I can get an idea of how it’s going to look.  There are 2 alternating blocks for a triple Irish quilt (or any Irish quilt for that matter).  Separately, they don’t look like much but the magic…

Feathers – complete!

Another crazy week in our house.  We found a crack in the shower in our bathroom and the short answer is that the best thing to do is to replace it.  We didn’t even get one with all the bells and whistles but home improvement is never cheap.  It will be 8-10 weeks before they’re…