Thursday, April 27, 2017


I had to take today off from work to make a decision about tile for our kitchen remodel and get it ordered.
I had a very busy day.
I got a little sewing in first thing in the morning. 
I made the latest Solstice Challenge block.
It's called "Board Games" and was designed as a 24" block.  I have a finite amount of fabric and haven't been able to find any to add to my group.  So, I had made the decision early on to just make 12" blocks instead, and then sash them in a simple setting.

I pared this block down to the basics and made it 12" instead.

After that I took the dogs for a walk in Lincoln Park.  They were so excited!  We haven't been to the park for a while because of my schedule lately.

I took the dogs home and then headed down to the area around the Seattle Design Center and went to several tile dealers.
I thought I had narrowed it down to the one I wanted, but I found another I like even better.  I got a sample and filled out an application to be able to buy from them.

I came home for lunch with the DH, he likes this new tile better also.  After lunch I realized that the quarterly taxes are due on Monday.  So, I sat down and got that taken care of.

I had about an hour and a half until I had to get dinner started so I went back upstairs to start on a new project.

Yes, I said 'new' project.  [What is wrong with me?!]

Hard as it is to believe, I actually bought a kit.  Yes, a prepackaged kit with fabric and pattern.  This is first for me.  It looked so fun I couldn't help myself.

I prewashed the fabrics yesterday.  I ironed some of them and got them organized and then cut out and sewed together the first block today.

It's called Wallflower.

There are two blocks, this is the simple one.  They are 18" blocks.

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.  

Tuesday, April 04, 2017


After a trip to the fabric store, where I bought way more fabric than I needed, plus some thread and other stuff, I remade the Alice in Wonderland block for the Mystery Children's Library BOM.

I didn't notice that the print was directional until I took this picture.  Now I'm thinking I should take it apart and get them lined up...later.

Here are the four blocks all together.
I'm going to have to add more blue in the upcoming blocks.  
We still don't know the setting for these.

Monday, April 03, 2017


The next block in the Mystery Children's Library BOM came out on the first of the month.  This is number 4, "Alice in Wonderland", which is fun because I'm using Alice fabric as my main fabric.
I made my fabric choices and started putting it together.  I realized that the fabric I had chosen for the corner blocks wasn't going to work.
I went through my stash and came up with a few different choices, but I don't like any of them.

These dark red were my original choice.

I tried this blue, but thought it was still too dark.

I pulled this out of my stash, a lighter fabric with blue, but its still not right.

Time to go to the fabric store.

Sunday, April 02, 2017


I finished sewing the hexagons onto their backing fabric.  There' s supposed to be a smaller hexagon sewn onto the top of the middle one. 
I'm not sure I like it there.
It looks fine without it.
This fabric is too light.
Maybe I'll try it with a darker fabric... or leave it.

Saturday, April 01, 2017


This is block 14 of the Solstice Challenge.

I finished the applique while at work on this rainy, drizzly day.

Friday, March 31, 2017


Here is block 41 Sew South from the Splendid Sampler.

I wanted to fussy cut the motif for each hexie, so I made a little window using the large hexie.
I traced around the medium hexie and cut out the hole.  Using part of a Ziploc baggie, I taped the plastic to the large hexie over the cutout.

Then I arranged it over the motif, using a pen, I traced the pattern onto the plastic, then traced around the outside of the large hexie - which would be the cut lines.
I then lined up my tracery onto the next motif and traced around for the cut out lines.  I did that six times.


Now I just need to applique the parts to the background fabric and I'll be done!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Splendid Sampler number 36 is Inchy Hexie Club has hexagons that are only 1/2 inch on a side.  It was designed by Jane Davidson, QuiltJane.

I was a little intimidated by this at first, but boy, was it fun!

This is one of my favorites so far.   I love it!

I finished appliqueing it down at work today.

The finished block will be a 6" square and all the fabrics are paisleys.

Monday, March 27, 2017


I had to go buy some rick rack for this block.

I remember when it used to be in everyone's sewing basket, mine included.

Where did it all go?

It's a work day...

Sunday, March 26, 2017


I got some things cleaned up in the studio and threw out some stuff.

I got a project mostly cut out and found a project box for it.

Then I still had some time so I made another Splendid Sampler block.

This is number 37, Dashing by Chocolate.

And of course, they are all paisleys.

Saturday, March 25, 2017


I think I've done a lot of posts with that title - Top Done, but I need to do more.

I was putting the last of the borders on the Floral Trails quilt top and I figured I was going to run out of bobbin thread.  It always happens to me when I'm sewing a really long seam, and I get to the end and realize the bobbin thread ran out two miles back.  AAARRGH!

So since this one was pinned so precisely, I was paying attention and checking it regularly.

I was completely taken aback when I got to the end and went to snip the bobbin thread and there was none.  It had ended precisely one quarter inch after I had back stitched and ended.

Hallelujah!  I promptly went out and bought a lottery ticket because I knew the gods were smiling on me today!

That has never happened and I'm sure it will never happen again.

Too big for my wall

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.