Saturday, July 21, 2018

Old Glory 

I’m still working on my One Block Wonder but in between I’ve started Old Glory. This is the first mini quilt from Kim Diehl Simple Whatknots collection 7. 

This little flag is 6.5" by 8.5".  

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Lunch hour sewing 

After spending all morning working on spreadsheets and invoices, I took my lunch break at the sewing machine.  That's a benefit of working from home.  Two more vertical rows have now been added to One Block Wonder, plus I have another ready to attach.

The borders are now on the Patriotic Lone Star.  A blue with big white stars was waiting in my stash for just the right project.  I even found a great backing in the stash so now it's ready to quilt.  I love how this one is turning out and can picture it hanging above my piano.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Our oldest grandchild, Mason, just spent a couple of days with us. Yesterday morning he went golfing with grandpa while I worked, and then I received this picture asking if they could bring home a pet.  It must be a boy thing - this fascination with snakes. This was a dead bull snake they found on the course.  And I hear that grandpa had to pull him away while reaching into the snake den where they saw baby bull snakes disappear.  He said he just wanted to touch them. Bull snakes do bite although they are not poisonous. But this whole thing just made me shudder!!

After taking Mason home late in the afternoon and spending a little time with his siblings Olivia and Jonah, we then went granddaughter Sophia's t-ball game.  Her league is for 4-6 year olds, and each team has a mix of boys and girls.  They play 3 innings where every kids hits once and no "outs" are called so the kids get to run the bases.  It was the last game of the season so they all got medals for participating.  Next year she moves up to "coach pitch" level where they learn to hit a pitched ball instead of a ball sitting on a tee, and she'll be on a team with just girls.  Little brother Jack just turned 3 and was more interested in the snacks that mom brought.  Sophia is 6 and missing both front teeth. Love that toothless grin!

Sometime next week we'll have Olivia for a couple of days of alone time, without her brothers.  And then it will be Jonah's turn to spend time with us.  I love all of my grandkids, but will admit that I'm not very good at entertaining little boys.  So thankfully grandpa can take them on snake adventures.    

Monday, July 16, 2018

Sew Vintage 

I forgot to post a photo of this little project for our Sew Vintage group challenge.  We were challenged last month to do something with the camper block from Lori Holt's Spelling Bee book.  These blocks are each 6.5" and I added a 2.5" border around them.  The camper needs a little embroidery to connect the step and to add a doorknob.  Adding a family name or some other words below would make a cute little wall hanging for someone's camper.

We aren't a camping household. Years ago when our kids were in elementary school, we rented a very small camper and spent a couple of nights in the Black Hills. The girls and I thought it was fun, but my husband hated every minute of it.  He hated that he had to sleep katty-korner across the little bed. He hated that the shower was too small for him to hardly turn around in. It just wasn't his idea of fun. 

On a sad note, our Sew Vintage group lost a beloved member yesterday.  Dorla was a lovely person who was a pleasure to have part of any group. Her quilting knowledge and experience was really valued.  All of her "quilting community" friends join her family in mourning her loss but will celebrate having known her.  She would have turned 84 in about a week.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Patriotic Lone Star

Wednesday night is league golf for my husband, so my house was quiet and I decided to sew.  I have the Lone Star part done after less than 3 hours of sewing time.  This could be a lovely wall hanging if I add a simple border all around.  Currently it’s 28" square, so maybe a 3" border would be perfect.

The other crazy thought I had is to put a border on it and then add Garlic Knot blocks all around it, making a Quilt of Valor.  Either choice gives me some options to play with. This was definitely a pattern I will try again.

And now - back to work on my One Block Wonder, while finishing ideas percolate through my brain.

Easily distracted

Can you guess what has distracted me today?  It's a Lone Star quilt pattern done with jelly roll strips.

Last night I was looking at random quilt ideas online and I saw this easy Lone Star pattern.  Bonus - it was FREE.  The Lone Star has been on my "someday" list for a long time.  And when I needed a break from the computer screen and invoices this afternoon I went into my sewing room to see if I had any possible jelly roll strips - with evening sewing in mind.  However, once I found these patriotic strips, I thought - "just sew one strip set" to see how easy it goes together.

You know what happened next.  One strip set became 3, then I just had to cut the 45 degree sections, and next thing I knew an hour had flown by.  One diamond unit is sewn and the other 7 are all ready to go. Maybe this evening I'll find a cream background in my stash. 

I need to get back to work or I'll never get these invoices out and the project budgets updated!! 

Check out the free pattern at the link below:

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Almost halfway . . .

I've only spent short amounts of time sewing this past week although with the weather super hot and humid, that is exactly where I should be.  Instead I've spent time catching up with my online students, and processing invoices for my husband's company. 

So only 6 vertical rows are sewn together so far - out of 16.  I do have 2 more rows ready to add, so my OBW is nearly halfway. It's interesting to watch the full hexie shapes emerge as the rows come together.  I've been taking my time to make sure I have them aligned correctly before sewing.