Friday, January 13, 2017


I've been sewing the hexagon blocks for my Cincinnati quilt together when I'm watching TV.  I've got seven out of eleven rows done so far.

I can see the end in sight!

Part of me doesn't want to see this end - at least the sewing by hand part.  I'm enjoying having something constructive to do while relaxing.  I think I'll pull out my old red, white and black hexagon quilt I started years and years ago and finish it!

Thursday, January 12, 2017


I finished the machine quilting and took out all the pins today!

Then I squared it up and even made the binding and sewed it on.  All that's left is to sew the binding down on the back.  

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


I'm working on my Solstice Quilt, made two more blocks out of the plaid flannel:
 Week 3 - Tidal Pools

Week 4 - Cobblestones

And started Pat Sloan's "Children's Library" quilt, too.  I'm using the "Alice Through the Looking Glass" fabrics I purchased years ago, plus some go-withs.   I need to find some better greens - uh, oh - that means a trip to the fabric store!   The 'background' fabric', which is white and has little card-men standing on it, has a definite up and down.  I'll have to think about each piece and orient it properly.  

Monday, January 09, 2017


I couldn't come up with any quilting ideas that I could execute on my machine for this quilt.  So, I resorted to the old standby of the wavy 3/3 stitch on my Bernina.

I got several passes done then quit for the day.

Sunday, January 01, 2017


Got er pinned.

The back, upside down, pulled taut and taped down.
Pinned and ready to trim off excess batting.

Saturday, December 31, 2016


I started piecing the leftovers together for the back for Abracadabra and then decided I wanted a more plain backing.

So, I went to Pacific Fabrics on 4th and looked at every piece of cotton fabric there yesterday.

I started on the flat fold table because they are cheaper and funkier and was shocked that everything was $8.48 a yard.  I guess I haven't been paying attention - that seems expensive to me!

I couldn't find anything, of course, and moved on to the upholstery fabrics and then to the quilting fabrics.

I found one I sorta liked in the upholstery fabrics at $21.48 a yard. But at only 54" wide that seemed very expensive.

So on to the quilting cottons.  Nothing seemed just right, but I settled on a greyish, greenish overall that would work at $12.78 a yard.  Yikes.  I bought 4 yards of that and another 1/2 yard of the plain green to use for binding and a spool of green thread to use for quilting.  The total was over $78 dollars.

What happened to my plan to not buy more fabric and use up my stash?

I made a label and pieced together the back and now it's all ready to pin.

You can see the plain grey allover print in the corners.  I had to add a little bit to make the four yards big enough, so I did use up some of the leftovers.  There's a big cross on the back, with the label where they meet.

Thursday, December 29, 2016


I was intriqued by Pat Sloan's Solistice Quilt Challenge.  I've had this bundle of flannel plaid fat quarters in blues (Moda) for years and years now.  I think they are just perfect for this.  I took them out of their hiding place and washed and ironed them.  And here we go.  Pat is going to post a block each Wednesday between Winter Solistice and Summer Solstice, 26 weeks in all.

There will be 25 blocks and a setting.  I hope I have enough fabric!

First two blocks:

Week 1  - Churn Dash

Week 2 - Day into Night (I love this block!)