Sunday, October 29, 2017


I felt like the frugal quilter a couple of weeks ago.  I had a shopping bag of batting scraps in my sewing room. 

I started sewing these bit and pieces together to make 10.5 inch squares to use in a new rag quilt I want to make.  I have a bunch of flannel that goes together and I want a new king-size quilt for our bed.  

I used a zigzag stitch with the pieces butted together.  I caught the two pieces of batting with the stitch.  You can also overlap the pieces slightly and stitch them together.  I had enough scraps in the shopping bag to make all the batting squares I needed, 144!  I'm pretty excited I didn't just throw those pieces away.  Some of the pieces were big enough I didn't need to sew them, just cut the size I needed, but most were pieced.  

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Wings Of Hope

For about the last 10 years I have helped my friend Patti make items for Wings Of Hope.  This group provides support for women who are having treatment or have had treatment for breast cancer.  We make these items to give to the guests at the Survivors Dinner in October.

This year we made fabric boxes.  I made 15 total using this YouTube video by Laura Ann Coia of "Sew Very Easy."  Laura's instructions are very easy to follow and the boxes come together fast!  Here are the ones I made.

Have a great day!

Saturday, October 14, 2017


Hello!   I've been sewing and taking pictures, you just wouldn't know it by what's on my blog.  First up, my 100-Patch quilt.

I finished my 100 patch quilt!  The tutorial is here, at Wedding Dress Blue.  A big thank you to Wedding Dress Blue for this great tutorial.  I love this quilt.  It did use up a ton of my 2 inch squares, but the basket is starting to get full again.  

I started this quilt in 2015 by sorting my squares for the 100-patch blocks into bags.  I tried to get only one fabric of a kind, but a couple of blocks received some duplicates.  I used any holiday fabrics, old fabrics that have been in my stash since the beginning of my quilting journey and new fabrics. I pieced this as a leader/ender until the blocks were finished.  Then I started to seriously put it together.

This quilt is going to be my Retreat quilt, the one I take in case I need an extra covering.  

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sunday Strings and More

So 2 more Sunday String blocks were completed.

Plus more progress on Lozenge blocks.

I've been spending time taking care of produce.  We canned 4 quarts of tomatoes, the first of the season.  Last year I discovered that you can freeze potatoes.  It seemed like our potatoes were early this year, which works out for me.  Potatoes are all in the freezer ready for use this winter.

Monday, August 7, 2017


The end of July found me Retreating.  Some friends and I stayed at Log Cabin quilt Shop in Exira, Iowa.  So much fun!

I worked hard at this....

I ended up having wonky problems, so spent some time bonding with my seam ripper.  Ugh!

But I did get something accomplished,  I made 2 pillowcases out of Rudolph fabric.

So nice to have a Christmas project done!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Some Finishes

I had some finishes on Sunday.  I did do my Sunday Strings block.

Then I made a pillowcase from some fabric a friend gave me.  It's going to be my Retreat pillowcase.  I used a pattern like this one from Missouri Star Quilt Company, but I finished it with french seams on the sides.  That way all the seams are enclosed.

And last, but not least, I made a sleep mask.  I have been using one for a while and I really sleep better with one.  This was fun to make.  I'm going to be making more of these!

The pattern I used was a freebie I found on Marcus Brothers fabrics website in 2009.  I did try to locate it, but I think it's gone.  I did Google "free sleep mask pattern" and there were a number that showed up. Craftsy has a pattern that was just like the one I used.  Craftsy has some great tips too, especially for getting it to come out even.  Mine is a little wonky, but it's for me and it's the first one I made, so I'm sure the next one will come out better!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Still Working

I'm still working on Lozenges.  The white ones are all done and I am working on a batch of black corners.

I'm ready to chain piece.