Saturday, September 24, 2016

5 minute table runners

I needed a break from binding this afternoon and the result is 3 of the little 5 minute table runners. All of these were kits. I love them and they fit just perfectly on the main shelf of the baker's rack in my kitchen, so I can have several of them to change out seasonally.

I can add these to the 5 I already have: Summer veggies, Christmas, 30s repro print, Easter, and Valentine's Day.  And I have a fall one cut out and ready to make.  But I probably need a Halloween one too now that I think about it. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Border or no border

I'm struggling with whether or not to add a border to this quilt.  If I do add the border it will be a narrow one, maybe 4" or so.  Or maybe I'll just use the red to bind it without borders.
What do you think? Borders - yes or no?

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Yesterday evening I made a little road trip with friend Sylvia and Pam to see this magnificent statue called Dignity.  She stand 50' tall overlooking the Missouri River at Chamberlain - a Native American woman wrapped in a star quilt. You don't need to be a quilter to appreciate this.  My photo does not do justice to this work of art. 

The diamonds in the star quilt move, and allow the wind and light to come through. At night the statue is lit from below and that star quilt is incredible to see from the interstate, but even more so from close up.
This photo was "borrowed" from Facebook and was posted by Jennifer McManus, who I do not know. But it's the best picture I've seen so far of the night time view.
The statue is a gift to the state of South Dakota from a Rapid City business man and his wife, and created by a South Dakota artist. How lucky we are in this state to be able to enjoy this beauty.
Check out the artist's web site to learn more about Dignity.
And read more about it here, with a much better photo.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Stash enhancement

On my weekend road trip to New Ulm I did just a bit of stash enhancement.  First stop - at the Old Alley Quilt Shop in Sherburn MN on my way. It's actually in an old bowling alley and the wood floors are very unique. They have a wonderful selection of fabrics and patterns.

In New Ulm, the first shop we visited was Sewing Seeds. Wow!!  That was a great shop! They had a special sale going on for French General fabrics.  But they also had a huge selection of Kim Diehl, and lots of other things I couldn't resist petting. And OK, I made some purchases.

The Thimble Box in downtown New Ulm was a very friendly shop too. If you want panels or novelty prints this is the shop for you. I've never seen so many panels before and she had some very unique ones, with quite a few samples of ways to use them.

Spinning Spools was our last quilt shop visit and was definitely worth the stop. It's a small shop just past the downtown area with a side door located in a fun - and funky, artistic - garden area. For a small shop they had a lot of eye candy. Lots of bag patterns and samples hung everywhere we looked.

Between the yardage and the fat quarters I picked up 8 yards to add to the stash but already have a plan for some of it. The French General prints are going to become new Sew Along bags. The Minnesota Shop Hop fabric with canoes and mosquitos will become traveling squares for guild. Just a bit of retail therapy will provide hours of entertainment, right?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

UFO #1 is a flimsy

I used all but 1 green block to finish this top. It's about 48 by 60. There is a bit of the orange and black left, and various pieces meant for more blocks that didn't happen.  I cut, stitched, and pressed the binding for this one out of leftover black from the blocks.  And I had enough of a cream, orange, black print in my stash to piece a backing for it.  So, it's ready to be quilted.

This is definitely not what my original vision was, but since I no longer remember what the original plan was - Done is better than perfect, right?  It's big enough for a nice throw and would make a decent donation quilt.   Plus this will be another 7 yards out of the stash once it's done.
Now - on to the next UFO. That will be the red and aqua pieced and applique blocks.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Working on UFOs and WIPs

On Sunday afternoon I pulled out 3 sets of blocks that need to become finished quilt tops.

I finished the last of the floral applique blocks this weekend and now I need to figure out how to use them with the large and small pieced blocks. These are not too old yet - just the 2015 Saturday Sampler blocks. But I don't want them to languish in the UFO pile for too long because they are so pretty.

These 20" rail fence blocks have languished in my UFO pile for several years. Maybe 6 or 7 years? I have no idea. I used a jelly roll and the number of blocks just didn't work out well. There are only 8 of them and they were set aside along with about 3 yards of a brown coordinating fabric because I had no idea how I wanted to arrange them. 

The last set of blocks I pulled out are these X blocks. These were done with the special X ruler. I liked the blocks but got bored with the colors I think. There are only 6 of the green ones and 10 of the rust ones and plenty of leftover fabric. Again - some planning needed in order to get these to the flimsy stage.  I'm not sure of the age of these blocks either but I know I bought the ruler on a guild bus trip to Nebraska, so that would have been either 5 or 7 years ago.  It's time to finish it up.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Road tripping

On Friday morning I set off to meet a cousin for a little girls' weekend. We've tried to meet at least once each summer somewhere between our respective homes - mine in SD and her's in Minneapolis. This time we met in New Ulm, Minnesota. 

New Ulm is famous for it's German culture in the midst of Scandinavian Minnesota. Cousin Julie and I visited the Schell's Brewery. At $3, the tour is one of the best bargains ever. This brewery is the 2nd oldest family owned brewery in the country and has been in business for about 140 years. During Prohibition it bottled root beer, which is still made. The grounds are beautiful even this late in the season, with flowers and peacocks. We only saw one peacock and he was perched above a window.

The beer sampling was fun and probably provided $3 worth of beer. I think we tasted 6 or 7 different brews. And I also sampled the root beer. 

Our whole visit didn't revolve around beer. We ate ribs and spƤtzle at Veigl;s Kaiserhaus, shopped in a variety of interesting shops in downtown New Ulm, visited a bookstore and 3 quilt shops. More about the quilt shops later this week.

And we've already been talking about where to go next time.