Thursday, March 23, 2017


"Studio Time" is the name of last week's Solstice Quilt block by Pat Sloan.
She has been re-doing her studio.  She removed everything, moved in new Koala furniture and re-organized.

I've been sort of doing the same thing, but not at such a frenetic pace.

I sold my Ettan press to make room for my new longarm coming soon.  I have a strong desire to downsize and declutter, but it is so difficult.  I don't even know where to start.
I've gotten rid of a few books and some bookshelves.
I need to reorganize and make some tough decisions.
Come on!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


One of the Splendid Sampler blocks has tiny little hexagons - 1/2" on a side.

I was worried it would be very difficult, but I'm happy to say it wasn't.

I'm having fun!

Got one done, need to make six.

Monday, March 20, 2017


Happy Vernal Equinox!

This Little Clover block is the perfect block to make today.

I also had time to make the Lemonade block for The Splendid Sampler.  I'm surprised the curves turned out as nice as they did.  I put alot of pins in that little curve.  It took a while to make.  But it was worth it.

Sunday, March 19, 2017


I just finished up the Splendid Sampler block #35, The Wishful Garden.

I had made the block at least a week ago, and I've been embroidering on it, off and on.

I've taken out almost as much as I've put on.  I had to change some of the pattern - I don't like French Knots.

I'm not very good at embroidery, and I don't seem to be getting any better.

Again, these are all paisley fabrics.

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Pincushion Love is the name of this little 6" block, designed by Pat Sloan for the Splendid Sampler Quilt-along.  I'm using just paisleys for mine.

Got this one done today (at work...shhhh).

I love this block!

Sunday, March 12, 2017


After the press went away, I made a block that needs some embroidery, which I will work on this next week - so I'm not posting a picture of it, yet.

Then I made a paper-pieced block:


In preparation for my coming longarm, I put my Ettan press for sale on craigslist to create more room in my studio.

A wonderful man came and bought it this morning.

It kind of breaks my heart...

This means it's the end of an era - I won't be making prints like that again.

And I hate letting go of such a beautiful, finely crafted piece of machinery.

Goodbye, I will miss you.  I hope you are happier in your new home where hopefully you'll actually be making art instead of collecting dust.

He also got the custom made cart my talented husband made for it.

Saturday, March 11, 2017


I was making the next block for the Solstice series and had three fabrics picked out, a light, a medium and a dark.  Then I was invaded by a little girl who came with her dad to visit my husband downstairs in his shop.

So, I'm going to blame it on her.  I accidentally cut the pieces out from just two fabrics.  Since I am very limited on the amount of fabrics I have, I had to go with what I cut out.

It turned out okay.

Years and years ago, my sister Sue and I made a beautiful quilt with the Jacobs Ladder block.  I wonder where it is now...


Didn't make much progress on the Splendid Sampler this week.