Friday, November 03, 2017


The back for Dandy Flowers went a little bit easier.  I only had one time I had to use my seam ripper, but it was a long seam.

I was in a hurry to get the top and bottom panels attached to the center before I left for an appointment and ended up putting the top panel on upside down.  I started to pick out the threads and realized I wouldn't be  able to get it done before I had to leave, so I took it with me.  I figured there would be waiting time at the eye doctors.  And there was.

After the nurse did the preliminary questions and tests, she left me in the exam room and said the doctor would be in shortly.  I was able to pick out that 40 inch seam before he showed up.

This is how everything looked after they dilated my eyes.

The back for Dandy Flowers, with Tula Pink's Disco Kitties and leftover fabrics from the front.

Once I got home, I got the rest of the panels onto the back, even with my aching eyes.

Thursday, November 02, 2017


I thought I could whip out the back for the Floral Trails quilt and get it loaded onto Eduard (my longarm).  Boy, was I wrong.  It's taken all day to piece this back together and I am totally fed up with this quilt.

I got a lot of use out of my seam ripper today.

I got the back made eventually.  By that time I was disgusted with the whole project, so I folded it all up, put it into a plastic bag and back into the project box for later.

Then it was on to a back for Dandy Flowers.  This one should be simpler - I hope.

The morning walk with the dogs was grayer than it has been, but still pleasant and very colorful.

A park bench in Lincoln park.

The small maple tree in our front yard.

There's something joyful about walking in all of these fallen leaves.

Jax is a good dog.

Monday, October 30, 2017


Mom had some leftover pink fabric.  It was just enough for me to make bias binding for the Pink Elephant quilt.  I put it on entirely by machine for the first time.  And it worked out great!

I sewed it down to the back first, then used my wooden seam presser to press it over.  I clipped it down with my wonder-clips.

Then I sewed it down on the front, being very careful to get it right over the sew-down line of stitching.
The fall colors have been stunning this fall.  We are seeing spectacular trees everywhere - and I don't remember it ever being so colorful.

Lincoln Park ridge trail

This is the grove of trees I've been taking pictures of all year and posting on Instagram.

They cut down one of my trees!  It's changed now.

Jelly and Jax have really been enjoying this weather, too.

Walk, walk, walk, walk, sniff, walk, walk.

I saw this Monkey Puzzle tree and was struck by the angles. 

Friday, October 27, 2017


I whipped together the back for Children's Library today, after our walk in the park.

Our pond with a net over it to catch the falling leaves.
At Lincoln Park on the ridge trail.

At Lincoln Park 

I have always loved this view 
The back for Children's Library Quilt

 I got it loaded onto Eduard and got a pantograph set up and a couple of rows quilted, too.

Friday, October 20, 2017


Wow, I was really hating this quilt top and just wanted to finish it and get it off my wall.  It looked very disjointed and lacking.

I knew it needed a border, but I did not have enough of one of the fabrics to make even a narrow border.  So, I went with a scrappy one -and-a-half-inch-squares border.  I cut up a bunch of squares from all of the fabrics I used in the quilt top - except for the whites.  

I think it really improved it.  Its not one of my favorites and has really turned me off to this kind of quilt - a mystery sew along.  I would have done a few things differently if I knew what it was going to look like from the beginning.

Here it is:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


I made the last block for the quilt along - Children's Library.

I got the whole thing mostly done, I need to add a border.

Monday, October 16, 2017


I started putting together the smaller of the leaf blocks.   There's 28 of them and 12 big blocks.