Saturday, April 22, 2017


Today is Earth Day.  There are marches planned all over the country.  We will be participating in the one here in Seattle this afternoon.
In the meantime, I got some sewing time in.
I made the recent Solstice Challenge block, number 18, called "On The Go".

And then I made another Splendid Sampler block.  

This is Flights of Friendship by Barb Groves and Mary Jacobson

The blue block in here gave me fits.  I had to pick out the top and bottom rows because I got the triangles in backwards (you wouldn't think that was even possible).  Then after I got those straightened out, as I was sewing the rows together, I see that I had one of the background squares in wrong side out.  Out came the seam ripper again.   But, it's together and it's done and it's right.  I can check that one off my list.  Yeah!  

Now off we go to the Science March.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Yes, I do have a small case of Spring Fever.  I'm starting the remodel project of our kitchen, but that's another story.
This story is about the next block in the Solstice Challenge.

It is called Spring Fever.

Saturday, April 15, 2017


Splendid Sampler block number 44 is A Stitch in the Garden by Jane Davidson.

I finished it while at work this week.

Friday, April 14, 2017


I know!  I said I'd never again make one of these bags.  But, I saw all the leftover pieces from the first bag and thought about how much money I spent on them.  I hate throwing away money.  

So, I made this smaller bag.

I knew where all the pitfalls were and managed to figure out an easier way to do it.  This bag ended up not being anywhere near as miserable to make.

I'm not real happy with the fabrics, but that's what I had to work with if the plan was to use up the leftovers.

I really like this bag.

Saturday, April 08, 2017


Here are the last two Solstice Challenge blocks.  I'm catching up.

Number 15 is called  Precious Fabric

Number 16 is called Friendship block.


This one was fun, too!
I'm loving these fabric choices.
It is Twirl Time by Sarah Maxwell
6" block using all paisleys.

 PS.  If you look closely you might notice I had to piece together some fabric to have enough.  I'm using little 7" squares of samples I've had since I had a quilt shop, and I used pretty much the whole thing for this background.

Friday, April 07, 2017


Block 39 of the Splendid Sampler is paper pieced, hella paper pieced.  I spent the better part of my afternoon working on this block, "Balls in the Air" designed by Aylin Ozturk.
It has the tiniest little pieces.  I had a hard time figuring out which line to sew on.  But, I did it and I didn't make any mistakes and I didn't have to pick any of it out! 

I spent part of the day organize and rearranging in my studio.  
Out with the old, in with the new!

Wednesday, April 05, 2017


I am amazed.  I actually went through my stash and removed some fabrics I figure I'll never use!  Three bags worth!  They will be donated to the Goodwill tomorrow.  

I almost tossed out a pile of scraps, but I noticed they were an interesting group of fabrics.  So, I pulled them out and sorted them.  There were a lot of 3" squares and strips.  The sad thing is, there were some completed three-sided blocks in  with the scraps and I have a vague memory of making these triangle blocks.  But, I don't remember the quilt or if I even finished it.  And if I did, where is it?  Is it still a top?  Where?  No pictures, either.

I spent the next hour cutting all of the scraps up into 3" squares.  I'll be using these as leaders and enders while I sew other projects.  I'll have a free all squares quilt someday.

I sent away for some Comic book cardboard and cut it down to size to fit into my small drawers and started wrapping my fabrics around them.  Hopefully, it will keep my fabric a little more organized and easier to see.  It's also pretty sad that I bought a package of 100 boards, cut them in half, making 200 and I am going to have to order a whole bunch more if I'm going to do my whole stash.

I noticed on the way into the house the ground cover was blooming.  I think they're called Vinca Minor.