Thursday, December 14, 2017


I have been cleaning out the garage lately.  There were boxes that were put there when we moved into this house in 2007 (ten years ago!).  Most of the stuff we obviously didn't need so it went to the Goodwill.
In the bottom of the last box today, I found quite a few canvas bags that I had collected when I had a Quilt shop.  They were from fabric manufacturers and Quilt Markets mostly.  But, there was also two bags from my friend Terri's retreats that she would have annually.  I went to a few and sewed all weekend.  They were fun.  I'm keeping this bag, it's a good size and I'll use it.   It reminds me of the good ole' days.

P.S.  I loaded the Fancy Forest onto the machine and basted down the batting and the top of the top.  I'm still conflicted about how to quilt it.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


I got the label made and the back for Fancy Forest all put together today.

In progress

all done!

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.

Sunday, November 19, 2017


I finished the quilting, got it off the machine, made the binding and got that sewn down, all before dinner time.  Yea!

Now I have to get ready for work tomorrow.  I'll be taking it with me to sew the binding down by hand during my spare time.

Saturday, November 18, 2017


I've been putting a lot of time into the Dandy Flowers quilting.  It's coming along.

It's his birthday today, his daughter and granddaughter took us out to lunch at a new Indian restaurant in Burien, Royal Everest.   Excellent food.
Then we jetted over to the Admiral Theatre to see Murder on the Orient Express.  It was good, the sets and costumes were outstanding.  They messed with the story a bit, in an attempt to liven it up.  I don't like what they did.  But, go see the movie and decide for yourself.

Friday, November 17, 2017


I put a load of my clothes into the washing machine this morning.  It stopped at the rinse cycle.  I tried everything to get it to go again, to no avail.  So did the DH.  
It was dead...  and my clothes were sitting in a half a tub of icky water.

I ringed them out and took them to a nearby laundromat - actually, it was the third one I tried.  The first was gone completely, the second was closed for remodeling.  The owner there sent me to this one.  Yuck.  I'm glad I only had to be there for one load.

The timer on the machine said it would take 29 minutes, so I walked the dogs around a couple of blocks of downtown White Center.  Not my favorite place to be.

The outside is the nicest thing about the place.

Thursday, November 16, 2017


I put the rain coats on the dogs for our walk in the park this morning.  So, it didn't rain on us.

I got the top of the Autumn Leaves quilt done.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Another windy rainy walk in the park.  We started out dry, but half way through the walk it started pouring.  Jax was not happy.

I spent quite a bit of time quilting on the Dandy Flowers quilt - I'm really enjoying it.  It's all free-motion and a little ruler work and stitch-in-the-ditch.  Because of the way the blocks are set up, I can only advance the quilt a little at a time.  But, that's okay, it still seems to be going quickly.

And, I got a nice surprise in the mail, I won a gift package from Okan Arts.  Patricia Belyea's new book East Meets West Quilts, a package of Aurifil threads and a yard of yukata cotton.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Wow, we had quite the wind storm yesterday. The dogs and I walked in the park and couldn't believe all the downed pine cones, leaves, branches and trees.  It was an obstacle course.

When we were safely back home and up in the warm and dry studio I put together the Leaf Quilt - made from ombre fabrics.  I love it!

Bentley is generous enough to allow me to use part of the ironing board/cat perch.

Mostly done, just need a few more blocks - I miscounted, I guess!