Monday, July 21, 2014

Design Wall Monday - ripping seams

My design wall (floor) this morning was a source of frustration.  I'm working on setting together the top for my Saturday Sampler quilt and was very pleased with myself because I got 2 rows set together yesterday. But then I laid it on the floor this morning and realized - I have blue blocks in the centers of both rows.  GRRRR!!!  This is a scrappy quilt and I need to scatter those colors better,  So I'll be ripping out a couple of seams so I can flip a blue block into a different location.  

I'm linking to Judy's Design Wall Monday at: .  Check out what other quilters are working on this week.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Halloween Blocks

Saturday sewing has all been spent working on 3 block sets for a Halloween Block Swap.  Each set has 4 identical blocks - 1 for me and 3 to swap.  Crab Claws was originally a paper pieced block but I did the math and turned it into a pieced block.  Birds in the Air and Jacob's Ladder are definitely more traditional blocks.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Finish It Up Friday

I have a UFO finish this week - my 60 degree Poppy Fields table runner.  This one is hand quilted and made from fabric I bought last summer on a shop hop bus trip to Minnesota.  I have 2 more 60 degree runners in my UFO pile and I'm determined to get them finished. Check out lots of other Friday Finishes at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday

My regular readers will remember that I recently "found" this lovely doll quilt made for me by my paternal grandmother in about 1958. Does that date make it an antique now? Does that mean that I'm also an antique?

I wasn't sure how to best display it, but for now it is draped over my mother's rocking chair. Somewhere in my family photos is a picture of my mom sitting in this very chair in the l920s in Wisconsin.  My understanding is that her father (a carpenter) made the chair for her.

Now I need to find an old doll to add to this little scene.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Working on some hand quilting and getting close to a UFO finish. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Saturday Sampler progress

The last 2 blocks are done for the current Saturday Sampler, so the next steps will be finding the perfect border fabrics and setting the top together.  Such a fun mix of batik and Civil War reproduction fabrics. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pillowcases are piling up

Last week I posted about the fabric I found in my storage area, and I'm happy to say that I've been busy making pillowcases out of some of that yardage. Most of these will be donated to one of our local organizations.

2 music themed
2 "how to stop his snoring" novelty print
2 butterfly print
2 Laurel Burch cat print - I'm keeping these!

. . . and one with a flame and race car theme from new fabric that was left over from another recent project.

Usually I cut my pillowcase body 28" long and the cuff is cut at 10" (folded to 5"), which makes a nice long pillowcase even with French seams.  But the "snoring" fabric wasn't quite long enough so I cut wider cuffs to add to the 24" body.  I did the same thing with the racing themed one.  

I'm a huge fan of Laurel Burch prints and so I just have to keep the cat pillowcases to use myself.  I love her colors and the whimsical designs.  And I still have about 12" X WOF to use some other way.