Sunday, December 23, 2012

What's On Your Design Wall?

It's raining, it's pouring, and has been for the last five hours!  Non-stop!  As most of you know, I'm not a winter woman, I actually dislike just about everything winter has to offer, except for a little extra sewing time.  Maybe!  My husband is home this week and it's a good thing, because I think we need to get that ark out, and have it ready!

Two days before the big guy in red shows up, and I'm in my sewing room sewing!  No shopping for me!  I decided to get that "Civil War Chronicles" quilt out, and put the big corners together so I can finish up this quilt.  That would be as soon as I complete the rest of those charming little red blocks, that are the borders.  You know the ones we've chatted about in earlier posts.  LOL :-) is a picture for you.  This is what's on my design wall.  What's on yours two days before Christmas?

Happy Quilting Everyone, Everywhere

Friday, December 21, 2012

Oh my!  I haven't even had time to blog this past week.  You probably think that means that I've been finishing those horrid little red blocks.  Wrong!  I've only finished 35 of them.  Of course, this means I'm not making that goal, I made in my last blog.  Busy time of year seems like a good excuse.  LOL :-)  I'm still hoping to get that quilt done by the end of the year!

Since I don't really have anything new to show you, I'll left you with a couple more Block of The Week blocks for you to gander at!  Happy Holidays to all of you!  May you make new, and wonderful memories with your family, and friends!!

Happy Quilting Everyone, Everywhere

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Civil War Chronicles Blocks by Homestead Hearth, 2010
Sew, sew, sew!!  Remember those 1/2 square triangles, I blogged about several blogs back?  Here is a picture of a few of them put together.  My goal is to make 10 of these blocks a day, and then at the end of a week, I will have finished the 68 needed to complete the border blocks for this quilt.  I don't know about all of you, but this is not my favorite type of quilting.  I get bored easily sewing the same block together so many times.  Even when using chain piecing methods, it just doesn't hold my interest. With that said, let's see how doing ten a day works for me!!  Maybe I really will finish this UFO by the end of the year.

Happy Quilting Everyone, Everywhere

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Quilter's Prerogative

Sew... if these blocks look familiar to you, they should.  I've showed them to you with a  different background color.  After 14 weeks of Barbara Brackman's BOW, you know the one, "Grandmother's Choice", I decided I just didn't like my first choice of background color.  I like this one so much better, so I've spent the last couple of sewing hours redoing the blocks.  I started with the seam ripper, but decided so many little pieces just not worth it!!  This is known as a quilter's prerogative, isn't it?  Oh well, it's pouring down rain, and seems like a good thing to do on a dark, wet day!

Happy Quilting Everyone, Everywhere!!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Susan's Folly by Susan Claire for Gourmet Quilter
Interesting weather for this time of year here in Northern California.  It's been raining since early last evening, and I mean raining, not just a drizzle!  Great day to spend time in the sewing room getting some work done.

I signed up for "Susan's Folly" BOM with Common Threads Quilt Store  I have done a couple of projects with them in the past, and I have to tell you, they are the very best!!  Working with them is fun and easy.  I cut the border fabric (in the picture here) wrong, and when I called they were so wonderful.  I received a 3" x 42" piece of fabric when all I needed was a 1" x 4-1/2" strip!!  Add them to your bookmarks!  They have so many wonderful reproduction fabrics, kits, and BOM's!  Anywho, I've finished this month's blocks.  Aren't they cute!?

I still have lots of projects going here, so I'm off to work on a few more!

Happy Quilting Everyone, Everywhere

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I thought I'd give you a peek at a couple more of my "Grandmother's Choice" blocks.  These are the little school house blocks.  They look a little out of kilter in this picture, but no fear they are fine.  Of course at this point I'm a little behind on these weekly babies.   This is how it goes.  I catch up on few things, finish a project, and then run right into more than one project at a time.  I'm still working on my "Birdseye" blocks, and my "Scattered Stars" blocks, (remember those) and of course a new BOM has arrived in the mail.  More on that later.  I certainly don't have to worry about running out of quilting projects, do I? Ok, so on to a few hours of quilt time!

Happy Quilting Everyone, Everywhere!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

First Birdseye Block

My gosh!  Where is the timing flying to?  First thing I want to say is, Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!  I hope this holiday is filled with family, friends, and fun!  I'm going to have, my side of the family, here again this turkey day, and I can't wait!!  We all share in the cooking so there is not a lot of stress and worry.

I've been working on the UFO's I've mentioned to you, but the pile seems to get deeper and wider!  No I haven't finished all of the HST yet, but I'm working on it.  Seriously 680!  Give me a break!  I am however, working on the "Birdseye" quilt, and here is a picture of one of the first two blocks.  These are fun to plan, and sew.  I'm making a block and then making the reverse of that block, with nine patch insides all different.  Off for a couple of hours of sewing!

Happy Quilting Everyone, Everywhere

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Half Square Triangles Everywhere

Oh my goodness, I'm dreaming of half square triangles!  I pulled out, yet another, UFO to work on.  This one was a 2010 BOM from Homestead Hearth.  As you can see from my pic, it's the Civil War Chronicles patterns. (a little blurry)  I have just this last month to do, but it includes the 68, yes, 68 blocks for the border!!  There a total of 680, one and one half inch finished HST's!!  Too many for one month in a BOM if you ask me, but I'm almost done preparing to sew them.  This is one place I love to use "Thangles", by Mary Hayes.  I'll let you know when I finally finish sewing them all.  This is a project I can take with me to sew with friends.  No thinking, just sew, sew, sew, and sew some more!!

Happy Quilting Everyone, Everywhere

Monday, November 5, 2012

A Story of a UFO

Birdeye by Carrie Nelson 2009
Good Monday morning from sunny California!  I really do mean sunny.  It's supposed to be a good 83 degrees today!  You all know I love my summer like weather.  It does get cold at night, but this week the days are going to be short, but yummy warm!

I visited a local quilt shop last week and admired a kit sample, made up for the pattern pictured here.  I was very sure I had the pattern.  I went home and looked everywhere, checked on line to see if it was still available, and then decided to look through a couple of those tubs, that hold my lovely UFO's.  Had the pattern, and 52 of the 121 nine patches already made.  It was a kit I had bought several years ago!!  I decided to change a bit of the colorway to make it into a dark, fall color quilt.  Samples will be coming soon!  Stay tuned!

Happy Quilting Everyone, Everywhere!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Not a Goddess?

BOW Weeks 8 and 9!
Ok! Sew......I've finished my Dear Jane Quilt, and have been told by one Goddess, that I'm not a Goddess.  To be a Goddess my quilt must be quilted and bound.  I'm working on getting that done now! my mind I'm a Goddess!  So there!!

Here's a picture of the last couple of weeks of Grandmother Choice BOW blocks!  I've taken out  a couple of UFO's,  and I'm looking at the fabric and deciding what I want to do with them, and what I should work on next.  It's funny, now that I have more sewing time, I  can't really decide on what to work on next.  I'm sure I'll figure that out soon.  Stay tuned to see what that might be!!

Happy Quilting to Everyone, Everywhere!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I'm Now a DJ Goddess!

Janie Dearest Completed 10/27/2012
I have officially completed my journey, having finished my Dear Jane quilt at 8:32 pm last evening!  Some of you may know that if you complete a DJ of your own you become a DJ Goddess.  It's has been a long journey, and one that has gotten me through some very hard times, and some very good times!  If my mother had lived a bit longer she would have enjoyed seeing the end.  Sew... I'm dedicating this quilt to her, for she is the one, who instilled in me the joy of color and art!  I'm pleased how well it all came together, and happy she is done!!

Happy Quilting Everyone, Everywhere!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Final Corner Kite Done!!

Bottom Right Corner

Wooohooooo!!!!!  Here it is, the final corner kite on Janie Dearest!!  I've done it!  I'm done making all the blocks, triangles, and corners!!! I've also put the right side triangle border together!  I can't even begin to explain what this feels like.  I'm going to spend a good part of my weekend putting the quilt together.  Stay tuned for the next post.  It will be a finished quilt!

Happy Quilting to Everyone, Everywhere

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Couple More Weekly Blocks

I've been out of touch for the last week.  I've had a friend visiting from New York, and of course we had to take a trip south to San Diego for a visit.  She was born in Coronado so off we went.  She's not a quilter, so I haven't gotten in sewing time this week, but here's a picture of the last two Grandmother's Choice blocks I've completed.  I'm a week behind so I will have to get back to my sewing room soon!

Happy Quilting to Everyone, Everywhere!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

One More To Go!!

Bottom Left Corner
I think I'm really going to make my goal, of finishing Janie Dearest by the end of October.  Here is a pic of my third corner.  It's a little crooked, but it's done.  Now only one to go!!  I'm going to prepare the applique portion on the last one and hope to finish it this coming weekend.  They turned out to be a bit easier than I thought they would be.  I'm so close!  Stay tuned for more on my progress.

Happy Quilting to Everyone, Everywhere

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Spent the morning at the Pacific International Quilt Festival.  Here's a peek at a few items I bought.  I know I don't really need any of it, but you all know how that goes.  I really liked these antique pillow cases.  I came across them in the Indigo Booth, and just had to have a few more of the Jordan, log cabin, pre-cut kits.  They are so fun to do when you just want to do some mindless piecing.

Happy Quilting to Everyone, Everywhere!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Only Two to Go!

Wow!  I think I'm really going to finish Janie Dearest!  Last night I stayed up a little late and finished this corner block.  I seemed to have used a different piece of muslin on this one.  It's a little thinner, and I don't like it.  I'm sure it will be ok when it's quilted. I have two more corners and I'm done.  I'm hoping to have time to put the left side triangles together later today or tomorrow.  I'm so excited!  Stay tuned for more progress.  I'm on a role now!

Happy Quilting to Everyone Everywhere!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

UFO's Everywhere!

I'm going to continue this week with the same theme from last week, and that is to finish some of these UFO's.  I have prepared two more of the Dear Jane corners leaving only one more.  I will post the finished corners this week as I complete them.  I'm so excited because I'm so close to finishing!!

I've posted a picture here of what I've been working on this weekend.  You may remember from an earlier post, that I was starting the "Scattered Stars" quilt from the Better Homes and Garden Quilt Sampler, Fall/Winter 2011, designed by Susan Deegan and Kim Nimtz.  This is a labor intensive quilt, but fun to work on.

Stay tuned for more of this week's progress!

Happy Quilting to Everyone. Everywhere

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Forgot Picture

Grandmother Choice BOW Week #5
 I told you yesterday that I had finished this week's BOW, but I didn't show them to you.  Here's the pic of those two blocks.  Not much sewing time today.  This is usually a sewing day with a couple of friends, but today we're going to a tea luncheon instead.  Sounds fun!

Happy Quilting to Everyone, Everywhere!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Progress Update!

Left Top Corner of Dear Jane Quilt
It seems that once I make up my mind to do something, I do it!!  Yesterday I completed putting the right side triangles together for Janey Dearest, and made these two "Grandmother's Choice" blocks for this week.
Even more exciting is that today, I spent the morning running all those silly errands we all have to do now and then, and finished the first corner of Janey Dearest!!  I'm doing the happy dance over and over!!  Stay tuned for more progress.

Happy Quilting to Everyone, Everywhere!

Monday, October 1, 2012


Another finished quilt project!!  I just finished the binding on this Bouillabaise quilt.  It's funny I actually love this quilt!  I made it as a sample for the class I told you about in earlier blogs.  I liked it, but now that it's done, I really love looking at all the colors!

It looks like I'm going to have time this week to get some real sewing done.  We'll see.  Keep checking back for my progress.  I'll post what I'm working on.

Happy Quilting to Everyone, Everywhere!!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

What's This?

The first three triangles on the right side of the quilt.
 Here's a little peek so you can see what I'm working on this weekend.  Yes, I'm actually putting together the triangles for my Janey Dearest quilt!  I'm also working on the corners.  I'm really moving on it now.  My goal is to finish it by the end of October.  I also want to finish a couple of other UFO's before the end of 2012.  I'll keep you posted on my progress.

Happy Quilting to Everyone Everywhere!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

More Grandmother's Choice Blocks of the Week

As you can see from my picture, I'm going to go ahead and stay with the purple and green floral background for this year's Block of the Week.  It's feels cheery and warm to me.  These are the blocks from week 2 and 3.  What a fun time to be making this quilt with an election just around the corner!  We women have the right to vote.  Let's make sure we all do!  Our ancestors worked so hard to get us this right.

I'm already missing summer.  Fall has arrived with a real chill in the air around here.  It's time to start putting out all the Fall decorations, and to think about pumpkins and more pumpkins.  Hmmm, I feel a Civil War orange, brown, and maybe some black in a new quilt coming on!!

Happy Stitching to One and All Everywhere

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Women's Rights Block of the Week

It was such a busy weekend, I forgot to do my first Block of the Week.  Check out the for patterns.  This week's pattern is "Grandmother's Choice".  Each Saturday we receive a "Saturday Morning Post" with the block for that week, and some history on women gaining the right to vote.  I chose to use the purple and green format.  I'm thinking of using the same background all the way through, and I'm making two of each block.  One in reverse of the other.  This way I can make the quilt bigger, and or, substitute for a block I may choose not to use.  Time will tell.

Happy Quilting Everyone Everywhere!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Great Three Day Retreat

Lots of sewing, laughing, and just plain quilting fun was had by all at our Labor Day Three Day Retreat!  The picture here is of Maureen Whelan's version of "Love Letters" by This & That patterns, and designed by Sherry K. Falls.  This was a BOM that I taught as a sampler class.  Sorry the pic is a little blurry, but you can see what a beautiful job she did!

As for me I'm still trying to finish those four DJ corners so I can assembly my quilt, but there are so many other projects to work on, and of course future classes as well.

Have a great rest of your Labor Day, and Happy Quilting to all!

Monday, August 6, 2012

I'm Still Here Quilting Away

Hello quilty friends!  I'm still here, and quilting.  I was off, to upstate New York, for a week visiting an old college buddy.  We had a ball!  Although she is not a quilter, she checked out all the quilting stores in the area.  One of the best was right there in her sweet little town of Owego.  I spent a bit of time chatting with the owner, Bonnie Hall.  What a lovely lady.

A BUTTONI've decided to jump right in and take on Barbara Brackman's Block of the Week again this year.  It starts September 1, 2012.  I'm going to use my purple, greens, and whites as some others are.  Those were the colors chosen in 1908 by the English WSPU.  For more information check out the site at:

Happy Sewing to One and All!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

My Next Project

I think I've made my decision on the next project I want to start.  This is the picture of it.  It's from the Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler, Fall/Winter 2011.  The pattern is "Scattered Stars", by Susan Deegan and Kim Nimtz.  I'm going to make my version more scrappy and use some of 1800's reproductions stash that's in that closet, I showed you all a few days ago.  It's just my kind of quilt making.  A few stars at a time so I can really play with my fabrics!

Happy Quilting to one and all! 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Back to the 1800 Reproductions

Reproduction Closet

Phew!  I've been working on a number of projects in batiks or Moda florals lately, and I'm ready to return to my passion! 1800 reproductions!  Let's hear it for all of you fans of these older lovelies.   Here is a peek into a portion of the reproduction closet.  Just a peek though.

With that said, it is also time to start a new project.  Interesting thing about us quilter's.  We love to start new quilt projects.  We start these projects before we've finished a current project, or even one we've put aside for awhile.  This is how we end up with those UFO thingies.  You all know what I'm talking about.  Sometimes it's one we've recently seen, or sometimes it's one we've had in mind for awhile and just now feel like getting to.  I'll let you know soon what that project is going to be.

Happy Quilting to Everyone Everywhere!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Playing with Color

  Home from a weekend in San Diego, got the morning chores done, and now I can spend a few hours playing with color.

These "Bouillabaisse" blocks, from Pie in the Sky Quilts, are so much fun to make and arrange.  I'm using my leftovers and stash from old quilts.  Of course I've added a few new ones, purchased at our area's recent Shop Hop. Looking forward to teaching this class in August.
Stay cool where ever you are and Happy Quilting!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

It's Janie Dearest!!

Janie without Borders

Happy Father's Day to all of your dear ones who celebrate today.  It is really here this time!  Summer has arrived in Silicon Valley!  Oh happy days for me!  I'm sure you have guessed by now that summer is one of my favorite times of year.

Ok, without further it is..... the completed center portion of my Dear Jane quilt!!  It's her first picture debut, and on line yet.  My oh my, what a great day!  I have also finished, all but two of the triangles, and still have the four corners to do.  I'm going to spend some time today, cutting out my solid border triangles.  I'm so close I can just imagine it!

Happy Quilting Everyone, Everywhere

Sunday, June 10, 2012

What Should I Work on Next...

is the question of the day.  The weather here today is finally a warm one, with much less wind!  What has happened to sunny California?  The summer days seem to come less and less.  I'm not going to complain, because today is my kind of day!

As you can see from today's picture, I'm working with more of my batiks!  The pattern is called Bouillabiasse, by Pie in the Sky Quilts.  I'm going to be teaching this as a class in August.  It's a very fun, and easy quilt to make. For now I'm not going to talk about that other quilt I haven't finished yet, but I will soon.

Happy Quilting Everyone Everywhere!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Need to Get to Some Serious Quilting

It's hard to believe that a month ago yesterday, my dearest mom passed away.  It has been a very hard month.  I not only lost my mom, but a friend, and a wonderful mentor.  She was an awesome woman!
As she would want me to, I must get on to some serious sewing now.  I think I've mentioned that I only have a three tri's left in my Janie Dearest quilt to do, so what's the hold up? Hmmmm!

I'm currently working on the pictured wedding quilt in this picture.  The young couple has been married for three years this month, so I must finish it in the next week!!  I'm teaching a class in August,  and I need to make my sample very soon.  Always so much to sew, so little time.  I promise to post more soon!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I love Spring..

and it looks like it has come to California for the moment!  These are my first Spring flowers from my garden, and I love seeing them all blooming.

I haven't had much time to quilt, or blog recently.  My sweet mom had a fall and shattered her hip.  With the dementia from Alzheimer's, she has been unable to recover from the surgery.  She is in hospice and will be leaving us very soon. 

I've worked on a couple of my last few triangles while sitting with her.  The two in the photo nearly done.  I'm so close to the end of my DJ journey.  I'll be so excited to have it done!

Happy Quilting! 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Great Fun at Camp

Quilt camp was once again, lots of fun!  One of the great things about being a teacher, is watching the results that come of what you have taught.  Here is one picture of a finished quilt.  Yes, I said finished, in two of three days at camp!  Congrats Susan Fergersen on completing her "Outside the Block" quilt, from the book, Fat Quarter Cut-Ups, by Brenda Henning.  She is not the only one who finished all their blocks, but she put hers together as well!  I'm so impressed.  I spend so much time chatting at retreats that I don't get much done, but sure have fun!  Watch for more to come.
Now, for me, onward to those DJ blocks.  Lots of hand sewing to do!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Janie Dearest

Left side 6th from top of Quilt
Here's the last triangle on my DJ, that I have finished.  It's a little surprising to me, that when I get so close to the end of a project, especially one as long as this, I seem to fade a bit.  Is it because I'm tired of working on it?  Is it the current block I need to do that makes me say, "not today"?  I often ponder on these things.  I only have eight triangles on the left side, and the four corners to finish my "Janie Dearest", named by a friend of mine, because of all my continuous complaining about doing applique.  It's been a journey, and for many people it goes on and on.  I've only been at it for 26 months!  Now really, that is not so bad!  Oh well, maybe later today :)

Happy Quilting

Thursday, March 15, 2012

and the Winners are!

All of you who are followers of this site have won a free fq.  Keep your eyes on your snail mail, cause it will come to in the mail soon!  Thank you for joining!  I hope you enjoy my posts and encourage your friends to join as well!

Happy Quilting

Sunday, March 11, 2012

"Outside the Box"

  This quilt is one of our quilt camp projects. It is from Brenda Henning's book "Fat Quarter Cut-Ups".  Now I'm going to have to decide on the border and I'll be done, and on time!  It really is an easy and fun quilt.  Hmmm, I'm liking my batiks again after so many years of the 1800 repros.

I'm offering a free fat quarter to the first ten people who become a member of my blog from today until Wednesday night at midnight.  Let your friends know.  A blog give away, now how fun is this?!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Way Too Long!

I'm back!  I'm sorry I haven't blogged in such a long time, but I've got a couple of updates for you.  Hawaii was great and warm!  A funny thing when you are from California, and think the winter here is cold, and icky.  I have to laugh at myself, but I do love going to the islands for sun and fun during the winter.

Onto quilting news.  I've finished my Civil War Block of the Week.  If you want to do one of these quilts, you still can.  Go to Barbara Brackman's blog for this project.  There are several to look at.  Here's the link,

I had so much with this quilt!  It is entirely made from scraps!  What a good feeling.  I've posted a picture here of the center block.  I thought I was so clever.

Quilt Camp is coming up in two weeks, here at the Quilt House, so I better get busy with the samples for the two classes I'll be teaching.  I promise to write more soon!

Happy Quilting

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A little crooked, but I've started laying out my blocks from Barbara Brackman's Civil War Block of the Week.  It'll take me a couple days, because I move them around, and around before I finally settle on what I like best!  I'm really enjoying looking at all the blocks I made over the year.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sorry I've been so negligent on my blogging.  I've been trying to keep up with my quilty projects, but sometimes life gets in the way.  I'm sewing binding on my Patriots and Petticoats quilt, as well as my version of Bonnie Blue's Greystone quilt.  As you can see in the picture, I had some trouble getting the handwork done.  My little love decided to snuggle up inside the quilt for a couple hours and hold me hostage!  We both needed the rest!