Tuesday, August 14, 2018


 I finished picking out my Lexington quilt - there are threads all over the house.

The doggos and I went for a walk in Lincoln Park.  Today was the first day that the smoke from the BC fires was coming down to Seattle.  The air was a strange tint of orange.

The trees have ejected their leaves very early.  

We haven't had any rain in months.

Very interesting light.

Smoke on the water.

Afterwards, I finally finished the Frolic quilt and got it off the machine.  

The dogs had to rest up after the walk.

I also got the binding on.
 Then I even had time to make a couple more City Sampler blocks.

And this finishes off the stripes chapter.

Monday, August 13, 2018


Not a good day for production.

I was determined to finish the Frolic quilt and get it off the machine.  I just had about half of the last row to do.

So, after lunch I started in.

There were just six corner motifs to do.  On the third, I ran out of bobbin.  Okay.

On the fourth, I forgot to resize the pattern. So, when I turned it on and walked away it stitched the whole pattern oversized, going off into the wrong areas.  That meant the whole thing needed to be picked out.

It took 2 hours and 5 minutes.

This is the whole oversized motif - it needs to go.

Picking, picking, picking.  OMG

Sunday, August 12, 2018


After our trip to the grocery store and a trip to the hardware store to buy a potato fork, Darrell dug up about half of our potatoes and picked some green beans.  We'll be eating potatoes for a while now.

We took the dogs to Lincoln Park for a nice walk.

Jelly loves hanging out the window.

In the afternoon, I worked on making a few City Sampler blocks.

After I took this photo, I realized I had the strips in the wrong order.  I picked it apart and fixed it.

Here's the correct version - this kind of stuff seems to happen more frequently lately.  

Saturday, August 11, 2018


In the morning, I went with Darrell to a meeting of the Contemporary QuiltArt Guild, where he gave a speech called, "From Pike Place Market to the World Wide Web".

When  I got home I joined the guild.  They look very interesting.


There was this huge spider on a lily pad in the pond.  It had to be 2-1/2" across it's legs.

I don't like spiders.  I appreciate that their job is to eat bugs, but I don't like spiders.

I usually don't kill them though.

So I was conflicted about this guy.  He got himself into this predicament, I didn't think I was obligated to help.  But, I eventually felt guilty not rescuing it, but I don't like spiders.

I put a shoe string down so he/she could climb out.  Hopefully, he/she can walk across the net without falling in again.  

UPDATE:  the next morning he/she was not on the lily pads - no sign of it.  Hopefully, good karma will keep me from encountering it again.

Thursday, August 09, 2018


This week's Splendid Sampler 2 block is a paper-pieced tree.

I love paper piecing.  

This one is great.

It's called Flowering Tree, but I made it in autumn colors.  I love autumn.



On Wednesday, I made the twenty little half square triangle squares for this block and sewed them together.  Then I realized that half of them were sewn in the wrong direction.  

I gave up for the day.

This afternoon I unsewed them and put them together right.

It's a nice block.  It's called Duck and Ducklings by Jo Morton.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018


I sat down determined to finish the last row on the Frolic quilt and get it off the machine.


When I rolled it down, I discovered the top was longer than the back.  OMG!

I've seen video on how to fix this, but jeez, what a pain.

So, I set about fixing it.

I unrolled the finished part and cut off the excess from the sides and sewed a bunch of pieces together to get a 3-1/2" strip.  It's only about an inch short, but just to be sure.

The shortage.

Here it is with the extra strip pinned up underneath.  A good suggestion on the video was to use the clamps as extra hands.

I used my wooden iron to press open the seams.  As you can see, I took about an inch of seam allowance (inadvertantly) on the new strip, which caused it to be just barely long enough.  At first, I thought I might have to rip it out and redo it.  I lucked out.  Lesson learned:  don't skimp on the backing and don't skimp on the repair and watch where you pin it together.

Monday, August 06, 2018


I only had a few blocks left to make, so making them was the plan for the day.

Then I thought, instead of doing something else, I just finished the top!

It's horrible having a hot steamy iron right next to you when the temperature outside goes up over 80 degrees.  But one must.

Blocks all done and up on the wall.

I love these numbered pins.  They help me keep the blocks in order when I sew them together.

All done.
Now on to the backing....and quilting....and binding.