Friday, February 20, 2009


UFO from 2005 has been lying in a basket right in my field of vision long enough. I started this from scraps leftover from one of my first quilts. I had some blocks already cut and this pattern lent itself to the fabric beautifully. The pattern is called pumpkin patchwork and is found in American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine of October 2005. I've got the main bulk done now in these center pieces and the two rows of scrappy pinwheel blocks for the top and the bottom done. Now I need to sew a lot of 1 3/4 inch strips together and then cut them on a diagonal to piece around all this. I'm still working on my writing and so sewing is relegated to spare time. Won't be working on it this weekend in most likelihood. Need to do the BOM for Bedazzled next week as it is the last week of the month! So where did February go???

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


I think I'll call this Colour Challenge Dropout. It started as a colour challenge on a yahoo group, and I thought I had all the specifications down--but no! I had in trying to get everything, left out one part and was politely *grin* brought to attention of the "rules". Not to worry! I knew what I wanted, I just needed more fabric. So---when my fabric came it was a different color so I added it as a square in a square. The completed wall hanging is even better than I had hoped for. Now I can hardly wait to quilt it! The colors are:
P--Pumpkin Skin
A--Apricot
T--Teal
and the pattern is A= http://www.quilterscache.com/A/AbstractionBlock.html

Monday, February 9, 2009


Crumbs and Crumbs. I was trying to fill a box to send to Bev and it wasn't quite full so I sewed the crumbs that I had into a quilt. Since it was late Sunday night, and not being able to go to the store I bordered it with a bright coral which doesn't show too well in the photo, but it looks great in person as the coral complements the purples and doesn't fight with the bright pinks that are in the crumbs.













Color is only one consideration. Some things work and some don't. These are donated fabrics and I thought because of the colors they'd work, but the type of print with the calico type print even though I'd "auditioned" it, just doesn't seem to work for me. This is a disappearing nine patch for donation to Sunshine Yahoo Group for Rotary.

All in all, I've completed six quilt tops this week for Sunshine and finished one more that was started. Some were stray blocks I put together and some were things that I just hadn't started for one reason or another. So, I've got a box of seven tops ready to go to Bev in Alaska for her to quilt for either Wrap Them in Love or Wrap A Smile--either way I'm not fussy where they go. I just want to give some of my quilting away! I'm still looking at my stash as if nothing has left! These quilts aren't my take lots of time quilts--they are born out of a need to quilt, yet sometimes I get caught up in producing things quickly and I'm hoping that that doesn't make the quilts seem less valuable. I remember when we used to just do sandwich quilts in the 80's--these were quilts with two pieces of fabric--one for the top and one for the bottom and then sandwiched with batting and tied. They serviced my growing family quite well.

One time, I remember when we took in a foster boy, we needed a quilt for his bed and our church had one in storage that I was able to access. I was so appreciative of that quilt that now, I'm just trying to quilt to "Play it Forward".

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Finally got this one bound and ready to go to the Family Connections Center! It's a block that is called Jacob's Ladder which is a very traditional block, but it's done in very non-traditional colors. They're bright and I hope a teenager gets this quilt. The magenta/purple/black was a donation fabric.


Crumbs in a Swirl Design for Sunshine. I love putting the crumb 6 1/2 inch squares in this design as I can make the crumb squares go farther.










This is how I blocked out the swirl patches. I got the instructions from Sunshine Yahoo group, but I changed them a bit and blocked it out so that I could do it again and again. I still had to pick out some seams as I am a bit dyslexic and can't often see a mistake until it's in sewn in.

Saturday, February 7, 2009


New York Block from class I took Wednesday night. It is paper pieced and I plan on doing one a week in an unhurried fashion--paper piecing isn't my favorite method of making a block, but the precision is really fun.





















Bricks and Stepping-Stones from donated woven homespun fabrics is ready to quilt. I started this Thursday afternoon and just finished it. I used some of the rectangles I'd cut for the border and used up all the four squares in the border. The pattern is from
http://quiltville.com/bricksandstonespf.html





Wednesday, February 4, 2009



Okay! I'm off coffee for awhile. After I got going this morning, I kept finding one more thing and then one more thing. Ended up finishing this Split Nine Patch in Brights with a border. I put together the following quilts and added borders. I think I can rest from donation quilts for awhile.

I have a quilt class tonight on New York Beauty Blocks.

Quite a productive day!















I found these while looking for I Spy squares and decided I could sew them together today!

















I knew I could sew these together really fast! Had enough of the fabric left for a border!










I woke up this morning at 3 a.m. and couldn't sleep. I knew I had some I spy blocks somewhere. After about a half hour, I got up and started looking. Finally found them and put this together.

Monday, February 2, 2009





Like I need another challenge! But this one is Bedazzled from http://www.claudiasquiltshoppe.com/freebom.htm

I just loved the block and I told myself if I could find the fabric in my stash to do it, I would! Found some fabric that fit the requirements so I'm on my way. Got this done Saturday morning and now there are new directions for February.

It's been a busy week as I also got about 20 blocks ready for a birthday swap for the year. I just need to change maybe one of them and then do a couple more and stored away neatly in a pizza box are the blocks for the year!!









Finished five blocks for the Sunshine Quilt Lotto for Wrap them in Love. Below the red and white blocks are some black and red blocks that I think I'll do square in a square in plain black--another thing added to my UFO list!