Friday, July 31, 2015


The Retreat quilt is done, but I'm not going to show it yet.  I'm going to show you after it's quilted.  I love how it came out.

Pulled more stash and made another table topper for the Retreat.  

The white fabric I used for the star points will be the border between the corner stones.  I even pulled more fabric for the next 3.  And then I'm done!

I had this kit for some time waiting for me to sew it up.  Since it's the same pattern I'm using I did it along with the one above.  They go together so fast and look so nice.

The bird fabric is the Iowa state bird, the gold finch.  Not sure when this fabric came out, but it's been some time ago.  There wasn't a date on the piece of fabric I had.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Busy Days

I have had some busy days the last few days. Monday and Tuesday were rainy than hot and humid so pretty much stayed inside.  Saturday a couple of friends and I went shopping.  I found this wonderful batik for backing of my Retreat Quilt.

Monday when the directions came out for the Red, White, and True QAL I was able to complete that. Thank you rain.

I love how this is looking.  I picked up some really cute red, white and blue polka dot fabric that I thought would make a nice border, but it was really too busy with the background fabric.   So I need to find a border fabric before next Monday so I can complete this when the directions come out. Have you checked out the Quilt Along?  Go - right now, I'll wait until you come back.

I also have made these 4 table toppers.  They are waiting for a friend who will be doing some embroidery work for the four sashing that go around the toppers.  It's been fun putting my stash fabrics together to make these.

Lots of quilty sewing fun going on during these rainy, hot and humid days!

Friday, July 24, 2015


I have really been in the mood to cut fabric.  Not sure why, but I'm going with it.  (Could be those overflowing drawers of strips.)  Last year when Bonnie Hunter issued the Leader And Ender challenge, Lozenges I started cutting and something else came along and I put it in a shoe box bin and set it on the edge of my cutting table thinking I would get back to it.    So yesterday I did.  I started counting how many Lozenges I had cut and how many more do I need. So cutting more.  One of my fabrics is a golden oldie:

I also finished sewing my "B" blocks between cutting.  This is going to be fun to set out the rows and start sewing!

Switching gears altogether now, I changed thread and I'm working on my Red, White and True QAL.

Go over to Jean's blog and check out the twin size Red, White and True.  So cool!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Look At This

Look at this!  I made a 100 patch block as a leader and ender  (a la Bonnie Hunter ) while sewing my blocks for the Retreat Quilt!  How cool is that!

At the Guild meeting last night, Denise had a great suggestion, use one of the guild Quilts For Comfort kits as your leader and ender. You get 99 - 5 inch squares in a kit and you can use them any way you want.  Fun to see what people come up with.

Back to the sewing machine, I have to get those "B" blocks done!

Monday, July 20, 2015


I feel like I made some progress.  I have half of the blocks done for the Retreat quilt.  Yeah!

All of the "A" blocks are done, on to the "B" blocks.  The "B" blocks are the pile on the right, waiting to be created.  Love when things come together.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Next Step

The next step of  Jean's QAL is finished.  This was super easy!  Just like sewing a nine patch.

Are you sure you don't want to join the fun?????

Clink on the link if you do!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

I Have Been Sewing

I have been sewing.  Last Saturday at Quilt Day, my friend Rachel mentioned that we have only 2 months until the Quilts From The Bluffs Retreat.  ACK!  I promised to make two items using precuts.  So the first one up is an older pattern I had printed off of Moda Bake Shop.  It's called "Avignon Picnic Quilt" by Andrea Harris.  The original post was in May 2010, five years ago!  I love the pattern and I had a batik jelly roll and bought some yardage to make my own black jelly roll.

Ready to start making the blocks.  Hope it looks as good in real life as it does in my head.