Monday, January 26, 2015


I finished Snapshot and it's been given away. 

Deb on the left, me on the right.

 I was making it for my sister, Deb, so she could use it as her chemo quilt.  And she is one of the few people who would enjoy my cat and dog fabric as much as myself.  Most of them we either bought together or bought ourselves and shared a fat quarter with the other.

The backing was flannel and Deb had a collie, so I thought she would like to have her collie with her during her treatments.  I did straight line quilting, since I wanted to get this done fast.  She has her second treatment on Thursday.  I forgot to take a picture of the label, but it does have one!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Leaders And Enders

I have a new Leaders and Enders project.  There was this bin of 4.5 inch squares in my stash. It's a sweater size box/bin.  These are leftovers from a rag quilt I made for our bed.  When we first moved to our acreage we had 3 dogs and 5 cats.  (Yes I love animals and so does my husband.)  I made the rag quilt as an everyday quilt to use on the bed to protect it from animal dirt and fur.  I washed that rag quilt weekly.  It did wear out and most of the animals are now deceased, except for one, and she no longer is able to jump on the bed.

Back to my Leaders and Enders story, I'm making 9 patches!  I have some other yardage and fat quarters that I will make 12 inch blocks from.  This will make a nice "boy" quilt for Children's Square USA.

Saturday, January 17, 2015


Snapshot top is done!

Our LQS, Cut Up & Quilt has a monthly group called CUAQ Therapy (pronounced Quack Therapy).  They meet in the afternoon and again in the evening.  I am showing Snapshot.  (Yes I'm in the middle of talking.)  It's such a fun group!  So inspiring to see what other quilters have worked on.

Now that the top is done, I have a question.  After you make a quilt, how often do you make another one just like it?  I'm thinking I might need to, but there are so many patterns.......

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Nothing To See

"Nothing to see, keep moving."   I forgot to take a picture after I got all the blocks arranged!  I did pin some blocks in the first 2 rows and I'm ready to sew tonight.  Hope I can get it all sewn tonight and tomorrow.  Pictures to be coming...

I am excited about something else.  I signed up for a class with my friend Jean.  It's called  "Highlights Sampler 20 Club" and if you go to Jean's blog you can check it out.  More exciting news is: Jean has a pattern in "America Loves Scrap Quilts" magazine.

The pattern is called "Miss Tess".  I took her class for this pattern last January and I have all the pieces cut out.  Not on the UFO list, what's up with that.  One I do hope to work on this year.  Check out Jean's blog, you'll be glad you did!

Monday, January 12, 2015


The blocks are done!  Now to figure out how to set them together.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Quilt Day!

Saturday was Quilt Day!  I almost finished cutting the bag on the lower right.  It had lots of strips.  I was cutting 2.5 inch squares for our project for this quarter.  Scrap Vomit aka Technicolor Yawn  from Monkey Do blog.  My friend Rachel and I worked on that bag at the December meeting and I did again this meeting.  Any leftover strings I put in another bag to be used for our string quilts.

The group brought in or finished up 21 quilts so far this year!   Way to go!

QFTB quilts 

Friday, January 9, 2015


There is sashing!  All the pieces are cut out and some are even sewn together.  The rest are pinned and ready to be sewn tonight.

So Happy!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Lots Of Progress

I feel like I made lots of progress yesterday on Snapshot.  All the smaller pieces of the block are made.

Even though it was a cold, cold day, the sun was shining which helps me be so much more productive.  And I was!  I did choose a different sashing, I just couldn't cut up the newsprint fabric. Instead I went with a kind of yellowish back ground with tan paw prints.

Now to get the sashing cut and get the bigger blocks made.  (I see I have one of my blocks with the black sashing turned the wrong way.  Good thing this was just the audition.)

Thank you Jean for making me go back and root through my stash again.  That's when I found this piece.  It wasn't in the correct tub of fabric.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Sew Day!

Because of the Chill Index, we don't have school today, so I get a sew day!  More progress made on Snapshot last night.  Took a little over a half an hour to pin all my blocks, but they are ready to sew.

My hope today is to get this sewing done, more pinning and to cut the sashing needed from this fabric.  I love this.  Just cracks me up.

From TImeless Treasures, dated 2006.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pin TIme

I finished cutting the black strips for Snapshot and did the sub cutting.  I also did a little pin time with the smallest squares.  Pinned the little strip to the side of each block so that tonight I can sit down and sew these.  Yay!

Don't let the smallness of the blocks confuse you, there are 60 of this little guys.

Monday, January 5, 2015


In the evening, while watching TV or a movie, I have been working on some chemo caps for my sister.  I have 2 finished and another almost to the finish line.

The color of the top one looks off, it's really a grey, made with "Simply Soft" yarn by Caron.  The bottom one is more of my sister's style, variegated shades of purple.  It's "Mega Brushed" yarn by Premier Yarns.  I picked it up at Hancock Fabrics.  Hope she likes them.  I want to see which yarn she likes better and then I can make some more for her.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

For Patti

This is for Patti!

 This is the pattern I fell in love with.  Enough so that I started pulling fabric from my stash.  It's called Snapshot and was designed by Gudrun Erla.  The quilt was in the Fall 2012 issue of Easy Quilts.
As I'm pulling the stash fabrics, I'm feeling odd.  Some of these fabrics have lived with me for a long time.  I'm equating it to my Retirement fund.  I have been buying/collecting fabric for some time (20 years) for my retirement.  I'm not retired yet, but I won't be penalized for early withdrawal.  After saving for so many years, it's odd to switch the mindset to use it mode.  But I am!  It's just as fun as saving/collecting mode!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

What's Up With This?

I know, what's up with this?  Just 2 string blocks?  What have you been doing????

OK, I went shopping for a new winter coat, no luck. I have something in mind, but there just isn't much to choose from at the local stores. So not sure what I am going to do.  My coat still works, the zipper broke but it can snap shut, so that's what I've been doing.

And STARTITIS hit me big time!!  I saw a pattern in a magazine and fell in love,  So in love that I pulled fabrics and started cutting it.  Not even on my list of things to make.  Which reminds me, I set up a big UFO/Project list.  And as I was thinking about it, I don't even have finish Celtic Solstice or make Grand Illusion on the list.   Again, what's up with this?

So today is going to be a 15 minute kind of day, 15 minutes sewing, 15 minutes putting away Christmas decorations, 15 minutes cutting projects and 15 minutes cleaning.   We will see how it works out.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Gift Of Fabric

Quilts From The Bluffs receives gifts of fabric and scraps, which is so generous of people.  I took these bags home to help sort and get ready for use.  ( I now have renewed respect for our Leader, Jeanine.  It's a lot of work to sort all that out.)

There were 2 bags of strings, scrap and some larger pieces.  The larger pieces were sorted out one evening at Charmed For Charity and cut into 5 inch squares.  The 2 bags of strings and scraps came home with me.  Plus, we had 2 bags of Christmas fabric.  I sorted out the large pieces of Christmas fabric as we can use those for backing for the Charmed For Charity quilts.

On January 23, 2015, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm we are starting a Quilt Marathon,  It will continue the next day, January 24 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Food will be provide for all that come out to help. We will be making the charm quilts using 99 five inch squares.  They go together fast, so we're hoping to get a jump start on quilts for 2015.  Last year we delivered a total of 401 quilts.  Jeanine is hoping we can make the 500 mark this year.  That would be amazing.  So come on out and help.  We'd love to see you!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

More Strings

Finished 5 more string blocks!

I now have a total of 31 blocks and I need 42 blocks in all.  Only 11 more to make!