Sunday, November 9, 2014

Rollercoaster Ride

Since the last post, things have been like a roller coaster ride, kind of crazy.

This month at our Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Western Iowa meeting we had a speaker, Connie Sue Haidle who gave us some great tips.  One of the tips was to be sure that your quilt corners are square.  I had never thought about that.  And such an easy way to do it.  Check it out.

This was the Moon Dance pattern I had made and I just finished quilting it.  Using my 12.5 square ruler,  I could keep the corner square.  How great is that?

Friday, October 10, 2014


Inspiration comes from so many places.  One that I found at Quilt Retreat was this:

It is a little hard to tell from the picture, but the leaf is a burgundy red with lime green veins.  I never had thought of this combination, but now, I'm thinking I need to make something using it.

Where do you find inspiration?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

More Retreat

I have a some more to tell on the Retreat.  As the theme was Quiltaholic Retreat, I made some table decorations following along that line.  I totally forgot to take pictures, but as I was starting to disassemble them, I took a picture to share. 

There were six jars in total.  I had a saying on each jar with like items in the jar.  The sayings on the jars were:

You may have a Quilt Addiction if you save salvages. ( example,: jar contained salvages.)

You may have a Quilt Addiction if you take little pieces of fabric scraps and make new fabric.

You may have a Quilt Addiction if you save the cut off triangles from making other blocks.

You may have a Quilt Addiction if you decorate you gift bags with scrap strings.

You may have a Quilt Addiction if you save narrow strings (3/4 to 1 1/4 to make string blocks.

You may have a Quilt Addiction if you put fabric in canning jars and call it a decoration.

This was the view from the Retreat window.  What a wonderful place to be.  When I look at this picture, it takes me back and I feel so relaxed!

Sunday, October 5, 2014


Hello!  I've made it back.  Last weekend I went on Retreat with Quilts From The Bluffs.  What a great time!

Our theme was Quiltaholic as you can see from the picture.  Our ice breaker for the first evening was to introduce ourselves and tell what part of quilting we are addicted to.  It was so interesting to hear and to know at one time you were addicted to that same part or that you are on your way to being addicted to something listed.  Such as precuts, scraps, batiks, lime green fabric..  The list goes on!

I made these little pouches.

Twenty one in all.
They are very easy and so much fun!  These pouches are for the Wings of Hope Survivor Dinner the end of October.  Every year my friend Patti and I make little gifts for the Survivors.

 I also finished 10 more blocks for "Hard Tack and Coffee" and finished 2 pillow cases.  It doesn't seem like much, but we has so much fun!

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Wow, has it been busy!  Started back to work and the garden came on in abundance!  Been canning and freezing veggies and doing my 15 minutes of sewing, but not blogging.  Sorry!

I have a Retreat this weekend at Camp of the Good Shepard.  Looking forward to the fun and I will take pictures to share with you, I promise!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Four Patches

I've been working on four patches for Celtic Solstice.  For some reason I went back and read through the directions again for this step and discovered I needed to twirl my patches.  (Link explaining how to twirl.)

There are over 100 four patches I am having to go back and twirl.  BUT, progress is being made!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Back Burner

School started this week and I'm back to work so quilting is going to the back burner.  I had the wonderful big push last weekend to keep me inspired.

It was rainy every day this week and it made it hard to get out to garden.  Finally we were able to pick produce and oh my goodness!  Lots of beans, tomatoes and basil.  I was going to stop making pesto but, I guess not.  The garden has kind of put a crimp in my sewing time.  But I did do some.

I did decide it was time to head back to Celtic Solstice since Bonnie has been talking about how she is working on this year's Mystery Quilt.  I'm so excited.  Really would like to have this quilt top done before she announces this years.  I am on Step 4, making green and orange 4-patch blocks.  I have 10 done, only 290 left to go.

I've been trying to use greens and oranges that I have in my stash, plus the few that Jeanine gave me from Quilts From The Bluffs stash.  This quilt is going to QFTBs when it's completed.  Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  I'm still off work today for Labor Day.  Back to work tomorrow.