Friday, June 24, 2016

Retreat Fun

This past weekend two friends, my sister and I had some Retreat fun at Log Cabin Quilting in Exira,Iowa.

I was able to finish this top, "Quiltin' til the Cows Come Home".  The pattern is another Villa Rosa Design.

This stash fabric has been around in my stash for a long time.  Not sure why I bought all the cow fabrics other than I love them.  I guess no other reason is needed sometimes.  Not sure what I'm going to do with it, but the right person will come along.

I also got the borders on "Red White and True", pattern by Jean on Craftsy.  Link is here.

I did this as a quilt along last summer and I did so well until the last border.  But it's all sewn together and ready for a backing.

My sister finished a quilt top for her son.  All of his favorite things.  So nice to get things to this point.  Love the colors.

How's your summer so far?

Monday, June 13, 2016

A Fun Weekend

It's been a fun weekend.  It all started on Friday when a few of us took Nancy's Featherweight class.  We learned how to clean, grease and oil our machines.  I took this class last year and again this year.  It's amazing how much better and quieter my machine runs. Maybe after a few more times I'll remember how to do it.

Our challenge this month from Cut Up and Quilt is a pattern from Villa Rosa Designs called "Arctic Flame".  June is also the "All Iowa Shop Hop" and the pattern was made into a kit using the shop hop fabric.  So I bought the kit and am working on it.

I'm squaring up the HST blocks.  Not one of my favorite things to do, but a necessary job for a nice quilt.  I have a second one going, out of stash.  Need to use up that stash!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


I know, I've been gone forever!  Sad excuses, but here they are:

I've been having trouble with my Dropbox.
I have not finished anything for months, lots of starts though.

I did go to the American Quilts Expo in Des Moines, Iowa May 28th.  My friend Jean had a quilt displayed in the "Be Creative!" quilt challenge.  It's called 'Shortcut".  I love the modern look of it.

Over the weekend I made about 30 bookmarks for the kids in the classroom I work in.  I found the tutorial here.  I loved how they turned out and the kids loved them too.

I used my 2.5 inch stirps and leftover scraps of interfacing from making bags.  Perfect way to use up the scraps of interfacing.