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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday Strings

I decided last Sunday to make string blocks on Sunday, Sunday Strings.  I made 3 last Sunday and forgot to take a picture.  This morning, I made 4 string blocks.  Ta Da!

These are always fun to make and I love how I don't have to worry about matching seams.  I also love how they use up those bits that don't go anywhere else.  What I don't love, it the mess they make when searching for a string long enough for the 12.5 inch foundation.  😉

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Fabric From The Basement

You may remember me telling you about the fabric that was found in the basement at school.  We used some of the fabric for the making of the Third Grade Quilt.  Well here is how I used some more of that fabric.

  There were 2 of the dog panels and lots of the green pine trees, so I was able to make two of these.  I used some cute dog fleece fabric I had in my stash for the backing.  Now I need to see what else I have in my stash to use for the backing for the other top or see if there is enough of some of the basement fabric to use for backing.

I'm taking these back to school so they can be used by the students when they visit the nurse's office.  The secretary said she would take them home and wash them after they are used so that we aren't spreading germs.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Quilt Along

I decided I am going to do the Irish Stars Quilt Along that is happening over at Wedding Dress Blue.  I'm adding to it, I am only going to use stash.  Which, considering how many 2.5 inch strips I have cut along with that size squares and the bigger chunks of fabric I have, I think I can do it.  I do happen to have some white fabric I bought recently that I can use for the background on the stars.  This is a leader/ender project, so no time frame, which is nice.

Picture is from Wedding Dress Blue blog, used with permission.

Check it out, join in the fun, use up some stash!  You know you want to!