Back to the sewing room

I’ve been away from the sewing room for a while. Vacations to Maine, appointments, meetings, lawn parties, and road trips have been fun, but it’s time to get back to quilting. Two quilts are basted and ready to quilt. A quilt has been loaded onto the Grace frame and is ready to quilt. I can go into the sewing room with the fan and the little air conditioner and be comfortable with this heat.

Fortunately, my wonderful long arm quilter has finished some of my tops. The quilts are bound. Now, I have to decide what to do with them.

The first quilt used lots of my precut blocks. It will go into my gift pile. I’ll decide who gets it by Christmas time. Maybe someone in my family will claim it before then.

The second quilt has been sitting on a shelf for years. I had a class with Bethany Reynolds at the Vermont Quilt Festival years ago. She taught the Stack and Wack procedure. Everyone else in the class used beautiful floral fabric. I used a scenic print of golfers from the 1930s. This was the only class that I ever took in Vermont where I finished the project in class. The others held up their lovely floral beauties and I had to hold up “body parts”. When you stack and wack people, there are body parts going around in a circle. It was a lesson learned and the quilt top has set on a shelf for years.

I was tired of looking at it and decided to send it to my long arm quilter. She did wonders with this quilt. From a distance, it is a lovely Christmas Star quilt. Then you come in close and see the body parts. I’ve been told that I have to rename this quilt, but it will always be “Body Parts” to me.

Miss Molly is pointing out her favorite block.

Little arms going around in a circle
Headless ladies.

This one is not bad.

I’m going to keep this one and hang it on the wall at Christmastime. The message is that broken lives can be pieced together into something beautiful with God’s help.

Have a great day and happy quilting.


I did have plans. All the doll and community quilt tops that I made from the leftover bin were finished. After I counted them, I thought that if I quilted one doll quilt and one community quilt a week, they would be complete by the end of September. I could also quilt at least one of the larger quilts every month. It was a great plan. If only, I had stayed with it. Quilting doll quilts was quick and easy. Instead of alternating with the community quilts, I quilted all the doll quilts. They have all been bound.

The community quilts take longer to baste. Some don’t seem large enough and are asking for another border. The sewing room is not calling me right now. I may set the community quilts aside for a while and then go back to them later. Maybe, I’ll just baste them on the basting frame while sitting in the shade in the back yard. Then, they will be ready when the mood hits.

Some of the doll quilts.

I found The Colorblind Quilter blog. It is an awesome blog. Last March, Tom started a Series of videos on “This is How You Quilt.” The older videos are still available. He teaches walking foot quilting. Our lessons are on 10″ squares. Later on, we will bind them and put them in a book. It starts simple and, probably will be more complex as we do our lessons. He not only shows you how to quilt a piece, but also shows quilts using the quilting pattern. His video on procrastination was informative.

#1 straight lines


#2 shattered glass

#3 starburst

I thought that it would be fun to quilt a small piece with every new design. I had made a small easy peasy mystery quilt and quilted it with disign #1.

The gardens need work. Some of my perennials didn’t make it through the winter. Others need pruning. The raspberries look good this year. I spent a few days at York Beach and the weeds grew fast while I was gone. York Beach is one of my favorite places. I love poking around in the stores. Saltwater Taffy from the Goldenrod is a must.

It’s time to go outside into the gardens, so—

have a great day and happy quilting.

Back to quilting

It is so good to be back to sewing and quilting. There wasn’t time in the day to be in the sewing room for the last few weeks. I did do some sewing though. My sewing machine was on the dining room table along with friend’s machines. We worked on the guild raffle quilt, The top is finished, and it is stunning. After it is quilted, I’ll get it back to sew the binding around the edge. Then we’ll have a sewing bee to hand tack it down. It’s fun to quilt with others.

Then, there were meetings, a cookout, coffee and doughnuts at the office parking lot and lots of other activities that took time. The gardens are finally in order and doing well. They just need maintaining with a little weeding now and again.

The flowers are beautiful this year.

The doll quilts and charity quilts tops have been organized. I had made fourteen of each type from the bin of scraps and leftovers. There is still a small baggie with leftovers including the flamingo fabric. I’ll get to that after all the tops are quilted. The doll quilts will be quicker to finish, so I’ve been working on them first.

These are ready to sew the bindings down.

The Guild had a quilt retreat in May. Everyone worked on their own project. It was a time of fellowship and good food. I really didn’t need to start another bed quilt, but I did. I had the pattern for years and finally decided to make it. It was either that or put together all the 1 1/2″ squares that I’ve accumulated. I’ll save that for another time. Originally, I was going to make the quilt with Japanese fabric, but I changed my mind and used some of the Jinny Beyer fabric that I bought on her final sale. It is almost finished. I’m making a piano key border with leftover pieces. It should be ready to go to the long arm quilter soon.

The long arm quilter has finished a quilt. It’s ready to bind. I have enough hand work for a while.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

Still going on

I’m still working on the big bin of scraps and pieces. It never seems to end. Then, when I thought that I had everything under control, I found another bin on a shelf. That bin was full of precuts. I had followed another bloggers advice and cut all the quilt leftovers into different sized squares. They were supposed to be on hand when I needed squares for a project. That would have worked if they were not on the top shelf and out of sight. I will not precut again.

I have no idea how many tops I’ve made. There are doll quilts, baby quilts, community quilts and some bed size quilts. I did cut bindings and have backings for most of the quilts. Also bought enough batting to last a while.

There are still five piles of pieces on the sewing table. That adds up to five more doll and/or community quilts. Then, I’ll get busy and do some quilting.

A doll bed quilt from a stack of four patches.
another doll bed quilt
A larger quilt.
I found this under a quilt that needed binding. It was missing a border. One of the easiest to finish.

The pinwheel blocks came from another quilter’s sewing room. There were two flying geese blocks in the same fabrics for each of the pinwheels. I sewed them on two sides of the pinwheels and added white strips to square the block. The blocks were placed horizontal and vertical in a diagonal setting. This is one of my favorite quilts from this project.

This project has taken a long time, but it has been fun to figure out how to use bits and pieces.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

Still Piecing

Here are a few quilts that didn’t make the #10 list.

Noah’s Arc. Now is with my 3 great grandsons in Utah.
Autumn Leaves. Made for an article that I wrote for the local newspaper.
Rose. A Pam Bono design.
Hunter Star. Made with Deb Tucker Hunter Star ruler.
Temperature Quilt. Each flying geese color is according to the warmest and coolest part of each day of the year.
One of my favorite patterns. Very easy to make. All straight sewing.

I have been working on bits and pieces from the leftover bin. So far, I have made 22 place mats for Meals On Wheels. They are all ready to go. Also, several doll quilt tops, several community quilt tops, and three waste not, want not quilt tops. There are still more quilts in this bin. After I finish the three tops that are on my sewing table, I should start quilting them. Then, they would be ready to move on and out of my sewing room.

The waste not, want not quilt tops take longer to make than an ordinary pattern. Every block has to be squared up. Filler strips have to be added to allow for another block that is a different size. The quilt top has to lay flat when finished. It’s like putting a puzzle together.

coordinating colors are chosen for each quilt top.
Adding strips that go between the blocks help clear out the scrap bin,
Some of the blocks were inherited from another quilter’s sewing room. They fit in with mine.
A corner that shows how the pieces are put together.

I needed a wall-hanging to be a showcase for the Dorset Buttons. There was a scrap piece of flowered fabric in my stash. I didn’t buy it. I have no idea where it came from, but it had great flowers for fusing. Fusing is not my favorite thing to do. I would rather needle turn applique. This wall hanging will never be washed, so I decided to fuse everything down. It would be quicker. I fused a vase with fabric that also came from somewhere else. Then, I added flowers, stems, and leaves. The Dorset buttons are the finishing touch. The wall hanging is a bit dark. There is not much contrast in it, but I like it. And most of the fabric was free.

before Dorset buttons added.

After buttons are added.

This baby quilt was fun to make.

The blocks were won at a Teacup raffle. Joann bom from 1998. The bom’s were all cut out. I just had to piece them. Thanks, Shirley for your leftovers,

There are still a few quilts to make from the bin. I don’t know how I accumulated all this stuff. This is a great way to clean out the sewing room. Or to make an attempt. I still have a long way to go.

Have a great day and happy quilting.


I have finished the stay at home round robin. It is a small art quilt.

The center is an embroidery that a friend gave me years ago. All the fabric is hand dyed. The colors are taken from the colors in the center. The pattern for the next to the last row was a rail fence. Because it was an art quilt and I had a rail fence embroidery, I used the embroidery instead of piecing a rail fence.

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Ten Day Challenge

I had been nominated to show 10 quilts in 10 days with 0 comments on Facebook. The goal was to promote positivity, passion, and attention to what we love. Choosing which quilts to show was hard. I collected pictures of 20 quilts and chose which ones to use one by one. The ten that made the cut are below with explanations.

Day 1

Amish Thistle – In 1985, I found a small picture of a thistle surrounded with Amish colors. I enlarged the picture for the center. The only quilt book that I had at the time was “Make a Medalion.” Several pieced borders were added, separated by black fabric. It is hand quilted and finally finished this year. It was the oldest and largest ufo in the closet.

Day 2

Autumn Madness – The name was changed from Weekend In September. The pattern was like a cross stitch pattern. It was difficult to keep the pieces in the right order. All fabric is hand dyed, except for the black. It is hand quilted.

Day 3

Melissas Quilt – This was made in a class with Sue Pelland. It is fusible applique and machine quilted. We learned how to use Misty Fuse and how to line up with a chalk line in this class.

Day 4

Redwork Flowers – Hand embroidered and hand quilted. It took a long time to finish this one.

Day 5

Miss Molly’s Bad Day – Made from a pattern called Bad Hare Day by Java House Quilts. The original quilt had a rabbit running away with the stolen block. Miss Molly doesn’t run away with stolen items. She stands, stares at you and dares you to take it away from her. I designed Miss Molly from a picture of a Wire Hair Fox Terrier that I found on the Internet.

Day 6

Stetson Meeting House Window. My son took a picture of the window at a quilt show that was held in the Stetson Meeting House. He suggested that I make a quilt like the window. At the next quilt show, the quilt was hung so viewers could see both at once. The fabric is hand dyed to look like stained glass.

Day 7

Christmas quilt – The six small blocks are a different coloration of the center of the larger blocks. The border is made of quarter square triangles and plain squares.

Day 8

Log Cabin – This is a mini 21′ X 21″. It is paper pieced. The original quilt pattern was for a much larger quilt. The pattern had small pictures of the blocks with the colors listed. I used the small diagrams to resize the quilt.

Day 9

Canadian Women 150 – This quilt was designed to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada. We received 3 block patterns a week for 50 weeks. With the patterns were storied of awesome Canadian women who made a difference. The quilt was supposed to be red and white, but I chose to make mine blue and white with a touch of green. I hand quilted each row as I finished piecing it. Each row was sewn together in the quilt as you go method.

Day 10

Puzzle Quilt – There are ten blocks, but only five patterns. To solve the puzzle, you have to find the blocks that have the same pattern. This is one of my favorite quilts to make.

After showing the quilts for ten days, I nominated a friend to continue with ten of her quilts.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing the ten quilts chosen for this challenge. Next week, I’ll show the ten that didn’t make the cut.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

More UFOs finished

I’ve finished more ufos this week than I’ve finished in a long time. Of course, some were quilted by checkbook.

There is a bin in the sewing room with leftover pieces, partially pieced quilts and a lot of other stuff. most of it is in baggies, just waiting their turn to be finished.

I usually keep its out of sight but decided to pull it out and work on the baggies from top to bottom. I don’t know how long this burst of energy will be. Maybe, I can use a smaller bin someday.

The first was a small piece. I had started to quilt it and didn’t like the quilting. I spent two nights picking out the quilting and started again. This time it would be finished even if I didn’t like the quilting.

finished is better than perfect

The next one was in the orphan block project and one that I used to practice new machine quilting patterns. It is a Mile a Minute quilt. I put it on the floor to take a picture and Miss Molly insisted on inspecting it. I’m not sure if she likes it.

The next bag held left over pieces from a Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt. I had some pieces left. A Maine friend also made the quilt, and she gave her scraps to me. They have been sitting in the bag for a while.

There are 60 flying geese. I don’t know why there are so many left over. There are also some four patches, half square triangle and some small pieces of fabric.

I’m not sure what the pieced strips were from. They don’t seem to go with the other fabric. The next baggie is full of left-over strips and bindings. Maybe they should go with a strippy quilt.

I found a package of 5″ squares and cut them down to 4 1/2″ for the center. There were cut off muslin strips from the quilts that came back from the longarm quilter. It was just enough for the corner squares. There are 16 star blocks. The remaining flying geese will go on the label. Now, I have to decided how to put the blocks together and what to do with the four patches and half square triangles.

Every center is a different color fabric.

One of the quilts that came back from the longarm quilter is the most elegant mile a minute quilt that I have ever made. I fussy cut cats for the center of the blocks.

The quilting was wonderful.

This quilt is ready for the next baby in the family.

The binding is on and ready to be tacked down on the back.

Another quilt back from the long arm quilter is a Stay-at-home round robin. The quilting made it come alive.

My binding pile is getting bigger. I’m looking forward to grabbing another baggie from the bin after all the bindings and the Bonnie Hunter return quilt are finished. There are two projects on the top. One is the strips and bindings bag and the other contains the flamingo fabric. I don’t know what is in the bag with the flamingo. It should be interesting.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

The Reveal

Our Rip and Tear challenge is over. The reveal was on Wednesday afternoon. This was a fun challenge.

This was the fabrics that we had to work with. We could add one other fabric and a background. These are not the fabrics that I would have put together for a quilt. It took a lot of thinking. I decided to make one of the blocks from a pattern that I bought several years ago and never made.

After checking the amounts of fabric that I had, I found that I could make the dump truck.

I did add the background and the black for the tires. Most of the fabric was used. There was just a handful left. Someone suggested that I give the wall hanging to one of my great grandchildren. He has a little sister. Girls can drive construction equipment too. I made a second piece. It was suggested that I put a little girl in the cab, so I did. She is so cute working construction like the boys.

Actually, I think that it is her construction company, and her brother works for her.

I’ve been making a SAHRR (stay at home round robin). I was behind because I had been working on the construction wall hangings. It’s interesting to see how others interpret the instructions. The first row was curves.

The second row was diamonds. Because the center is an embroidery, I decided to embroider a row of diamonds. I used two different colors for the borders.

The third row is stars. I made six friendship stars and placed them on the top and bottom.

The fourth row is a signature block. Where the top and bottom of the previous row was a double row and the side row was a single, I squared up the piece with six places for signatures.

This will be a small art quilt when it’s finished. If it’s small, I will probably quilt it after I finish the last row. I still have two previous SAHRRs waiting to be quilted.

Now that I’ve made two new pieces and am working on a long-term piece, I have to quilt one of my ufos. Maybe even two. That’s my rule for 2022. Make a new quilt, then quilt a ufo.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

Continuing on

I have done what I said that I would not do. I have so many ufos to finish, I said that I would not start a new block of the month or another long-term project. I follow a blog that is written by the most awesome talented woman. She knits, paints wonderful artwork and quilts. She belongs to a group of women who are making a Stay At Home Round Robin. Her SAHRR center was unusual. I thought about two embroideries that I had in a bin of quilt parts. A friend had made the embroideries and gave them to me. I gave in and decided to join in making a SAHRR using one for the center of an “art” quilt.

This piece has many things to look at. There are two horses, a man that appears to have no head. a hand, chain, numbers and lots of other unusual things. Looking at it, I realized that it was made from analogous colors, plus one, the gold, from directly across on the color wheel.

I will pull the fabric with these colors from my hand dyed bin. The first row was curves. They were easy to make. The background is a creamy mottled light brown. It actually is the same color as the brown square in the bottom row. It is mottled and looks as if the purple curve bled over onto it. I’ve decided to embellish each row with embroidery. I sewed a built-in embroidery on the edges of the insert.

The next row is diamonds. I have an idea what I will do. I want to introduce turquoise, or shocking pink. Hopefully, I can make narrow rows as I want this piece to be small. It’s nice to have others plan the rows.

One of my king size quilts has been under the needle for machine quilting. I’m thankful for the Kangaroo Joey table that holds it up, so the quilting is easy. I quilt a little on this quilt several days in the week. It will eventually be done.

Yesterday, my furnace died. I have a small electric heater. I put it in the sewing room and was comfortable in that room until the repairman came. It forced me to sew and quilt. I even had lunch on a TV tray in the sewing room. It was a good sound when the furnace started up. The day was frigid, so it took a long time for the house to come up to the correct temperature.

One of the ufos was finished. It’s a small baby quilt that I started years ago. There are no babies coming in the family, so I will put it aside for a while. Now, I’ll have to choose another ufo to work on.

One down, many to go.

All the blocks for the second Surprise Mystery Quilt are finished. I need to put them together and add the border. I had made one that finished at 44″ x 44″. The second one will finish at 77″ x 77″ I still have to write the directions for the last four blocks and the final instructions of putting the blocks together and adding the border. The instructions are not due for the newsletter until March and April, so I have a little time to complete them.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

Happy New Year

It’s a new year and I have lots of plans for quiltmaking. While looking for my doll clothes patterns, I came across two plastic boxes. One had fabric and a pattern for a quilt that I had wanted to make last year. Maybe it will be on my list of new quilts this year. The second box had two identical small quilt tops that were charity quilt size. One top was finished and the other one had one more seam to sew. I usually don’t make quilts with the same patterns unless I’m making a different color or size. At first, I didn’t remember making them. Why would I make two alike? I vaguely remember combining two piles of blocks from the bin of orphan blocks into the two quilts. I finished the last seam, and the two quilts are in the to-be-quilted pile. Miss Molly has given her approval of the quilt.

I’ve made the first three blocks for the 2022 Mystery Quilt. Later this week, I’ll write the instructions for February and piece the next three or four blocks. The quilt can be made in seven sizes. I’ve already made one that is 44″ x 44′. This quilt will be 77″ x 77″ unless I add an additional border and make it bigger. The size depends on the cut size of the pieces. All the blocks have sixteen pieces that are either squares or half square triangles. The tones are light, light/medium, medium and dark. The alike blocks are a contrast in tone and/or color to the different blocks.

Block 1 There are thirteen blocks with different patterns and twelve alike blocks in this quilt. The different blocks are made with hand dyed fabric that are pastel tones of the colors in the alike blocks.

Block 2 The center was supposed to be half square triangles, but I made it a square in a square because the fabric was a large print. It looks better whole. There are twelve blocks with this this coloration. All the centers and half square triangles are made. I’ll sew one together each time that I make one of the different blocks.

Block 3 All blocks are labeled with their number so I will be able to place them in the correct position when they are all made.

All my pieces are cut out and the half square triangles are made. I will make the blocks a few at a time between making other quilts.

When I cut the pieces of the blocks and had a small amount of the fabric left over, I cut the scraps into 1 1/2″ pieces. They make a very nice doll bed quilt.

It is finished with a flange binding. It’s a quick and easy way to finish a quilt. No hand sewing.

It’s a good start to the new year. One quilt finished. two more ready to quilt.

I did find the doll clothes patterns. They were right where I put them when I decluttered last year.

Have a great day and happy quilting.