Monday, December 11, 2017


I've been working on the back for Fancy Forest.  There were a lot of leftover pieces of fabric from making the front.  I've been piecing them together all along.  But there are a lot of pieces!

I thought I'd try a VFW type of panel - I had to learn a few things the hard way.

This is how it looked at the end of the day.

Friday, December 08, 2017


Quiltworks NW called me on Wednesday and said my machine was done!  I ran over there after work and picked it up, so I was all set for my day off to finish the binding on Zola II.

Saturday, December 02, 2017


I finished the quilting on Zola II and started to put the binding on.  

I got a little sewn on when something went wrong and I had to take the bobbin case out to clear a nest of threads.  Oh, no!  The plastic keeper part I've been nursing for a while finally came apart.  I couldn't put it back together.  It's going to have to go to the shop to be fixed.  How will I survive without my sewing machine!?

 Here are both Zolas, the one on the left has binding only on the left side.

I talked to several Bernina repair places.  The one with the quickest turn around was Quiltworks NW in Bellevue.  I hate going to Bellevue, but they said they'd been only one week or so.  I have to work next week anyway, so we took it to Bellevue.

Friday, December 01, 2017


I loaded Zola II onto the machine and started in on it.  Last night I had gone to a ruler class at Quality Sew & Vacuum in Tukwila.  I've been going to these ruler classes monthly for the last several months.  They introduce us to a new ruler and show us the things that can be done with it, and how to use it.  You have the option to buy or not.  I bought this little oval ruler last night and thought I should use it on this quilt, in the sashing.  The sashings are 1-1/2" by 6", the oval is 1-1/2" by 2-1/2", so I put a little free motion circle in the middle of the two ovals.  I used the circle ruler I bought two months ago for the corner stones.  It's going pretty quickly and I'm mostly pleased with the design.

I put the binding on Zola I - it looks great!

I sewed the binding on by machine, front and back.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


I finished quilting Zola I.  It was an easy one, I got it everything ready on Monday afternoon, had it on the machine and mostly done yesterday, and finished it up early today.

I used King Tut thread, a variegated blue and green that I thought would work for both quilts.  I'm not too sure I'm liking it in those pink sashings.  The back looks pretty cool though.  I used a Kona solid, Cypress,  that I had a lot of because they made me buy a minimum of three yards (it was on sale) and the quilting shows up very nicely.

Monday, November 27, 2017


We went with Darrell to Port Townsend.  We dropped him off at Edensaw, so he could pick out hardwoods for upcoming projects.  The dogs and I headed to Fort Worden for a quick walk around.  It was a beautiful morning, seems like it's been a while since I've seen the sun.

I put them up on this concrete wall to take a picture of us three - its impossible to get everyone looking the same direction at the same time.  I gave up.

Friday, November 24, 2017


I didn't work today, the day after Thanksgiving.  I promised myself I'd never work on this day again.  It has always been the most miserable day of the year because no one wants to work and we end up being extremely short-handed and we get way behind.  I know -- my not being there just exacerbates the problem.  But, I've put in my time - and I don't care anymore.

I took the dogs for a walk in the park in the morning, did some housework and then went up to the studio to wait for the phone call from the guys delivering our new washing machine (we are completely out of towels).

They called with my 30 minute warning just as I was finishing up the back for the Autumn Leaves quilt.  Perfect timing.

I used up a lot of the leftover pieces.