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…

still plugging along

I’ve learned a really important lesson from this particular quilting project.  Do not quilt a vertical  pattern on a quilt that needs to be continuous.  I suppose I could’ve done a series of feathers inside each section but since I started off working on one of the horizontal rows I didn’t think this through like…

feathers everywhere

I should start off with a non-quilted story.  We changed insurance a few weeks ago and – wow! That was not a seamless transition.  With exactly 0 days of medication left for our son, I got the call this morning that everything was set up.  I made phone calls to the doctor and the pharmacy,…

Every Direction

So here’s the scoop. That block layout from yesterday was the entire quilt – aka mini (12″ quilt).  The other day I saw that Amy Ellis was starting a new venture called Curated Quilts and the challenge was put forth to make a mini quilt, 10-16″ square, using specific colors from their palette.  I had…

Write the Formula

I feel like I’m constantly saying things to our son like “show your work” for math class.  They recently were working on figuring out the volume of spheres, cubes, pyramids, etc. which involves knowing a lot of different formulas.  As a result, the teacher was telling them at school what I’ve been saying at home…

Spring pillow for spring

I love these pillows because they’re such a quick finish.  Yesterday I ironed all the pieces into place and stitched around them.  That’s actually the part that takes the longest.  I think I’ve officially decided a straight, short stitch about 1/16″ from the edge is the way to go on these.  With some really tiny…

The Splendid Sampler – complete!

Kathy, thank you for being the “kick in the pants” to get me back on the blog again.  I did indeed finally finish The Splendid Sampler quilt and yes, that finger that was sewn through was a huge factor in why it’s taken me so long.  That hurt.  It still hurts.  Anything that involves using…

bordering the Splendid Sampler

Shiver me timbers!  An arctic freeze passed through our fair town today and temps were in the 50’s this morning. As I was picking up a few things in the backyard I came across one of many sights of spring. I don’t recall what this is called, but it ends up making enormous leaves and…

finished quilting the blocks

I had 2 rows to go by the time I picked this up this evening and decided one way or the other I was going to finish the blocks tonight.  I still have the borders to go but I’ve drawn something out that I’m hoping to use.  I can’t believe I quilted all of that…

still quilting the Splendid Sampler

I went to a machine quilting bee this evening – my first time there – and it was a lot of fun! There were quilters who quilt on a domestic machine, sit-down, and long arms.  Some who quilt for themselves, some who get paid or even make a profession of it, some who have quilts…

more Splendid Sampler quilting

I am officially halfway finished with quilting the Splendid Sampler.  Needless to say, I haven’t been sewing at all.  I’ve been trying to come up with some different quilting designs in as many blocks as I can.  Just as I shut down tonight, I realized I haven’t even done some easy ones, like meandering circles….

sampler quilting on the Splendid Sampler

2017 has been off to a crazy start. I’m going to my second funeral of the month in 2 days and we have a new car after a teen driver didn’t see our SUV and totaled our car – hers doesn’t look much better.  Instead of sewing, it seems like I’ve spent all my free…