"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says...."Oh crap! She's up!" Unknown

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

A Problem...

I am at a loss as to what to do about this problem
I am having with people following me on blogger.
Somehow, and I have no idea how,
porn sites and the like follow me on blogger
and then people can access their sites through mine.
My page views have increased tremendously
and I wish they were all looking at my blog!
My followers up close to 200 and I bet less than 100 are legit.

I have looked to see if I can block this from happening
and there doesn't seem to be a way to do this.
It drives me crazy to think that people are able to do this
through my quilting blog!

Does anyone else have this problem?  

Here's a photo of the lower falls at Yellowstone
so this isn't just a text post.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Jacob's Ladder

For a while now I've wanted to make a quilt using the
Jacob's Ladder block.
I've been drawn to this block, but have never made it.

In my cleaning frenzy that happened at the beginning of
the isolation, I found a bag of four patches I had made years ago
from left overs of a water color quilt.
They are in my favorite colors....
turquoise and aqua blues with some darker blues thrown in,
along with some greens and purples.
In addition to finding the four patches,
I found some dark blue batik scraps left over from the backing
of a quilt.  There was enough of this to cut the HST's.
I pulled a lighter batik from my stash and started making the HST's.

After a couple hours of playing, this is what I have...

The dark blue batik isn't quite as dark as it's shown in the photos,
but I love this combination.


I can't believe I am making another scrappy quilt!


Once this top is finished, it will be donated.
Another pile of parts used up and out of my hidey hole!

Happy "Sew"cial isolating everyone!

Be safe and be well.

Monday, April 27, 2020

35 Years Ago Today

It's so hard to believe that 35 years ago today I
married my best friend.
These 35 years have been packed with many good times and
not as many tough times, thank God.
It has passed in a blink of an eye.
The best thing is.... we would both do it all over again.

Our big anniversary outing was going to the grocery store.
Who would have ever thought we would be needing masks
to grocery shop! Never in the 35 years had we thought about this.
We still have each other, though.

And, boy, do we need haircuts!

Be safe and be well!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Irish Chain Top Finished

Back in the winter I participated in an
Irish Chain quilt along.
I have to say....
I loved making this quilt!
Out came my box of red fabrics I had collected to make another
quilt that I did not enjoy making, so stopped.

The Irish Chain is ready to be dropped off at my LAQ tomorrow!

This is a queen size quilt and will go on my bed once it's finished.


The subtle changes in color with the scrappy reds makes it sparkle, I think.


The backing is wild! No photos of that yet,
but I put several pieces of reds together,
along with the quilt parts I started originally with these red fabrics.
I'm using what I have here!

Happy Quilting!
Be safe and be well.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Turquoise Farm Girl

Back in February of 2019
I started making some of the blocks from the book
Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt,
using the scraps left over from this quilt.

This is one of my all time favorite quilts and it lives on the back of my couch.
Turquoise and aqua are my favorite colors
and when placed with gray....wow!

at the time I belonged to a quilt group that was making these blocks
from 30's prints, but I didn't have many and don't really like the 30's prints.
I did what a quilter would have done back then...
used what I had.

Out came the box of scraps.
I made a few blocks and then had to stop attending the group
and progress stalled on this new quilt.

Fast forward to the Pandemic 2020.
Now I have time to finish some of these forgotten projects
and out came this box of scraps and blocks.

The color is off in these photos due to it being a
dark and dreary day, but these just sing to me!
I don't know why I waited so long to finish these.
My blocks are 6 1/2" unfinished and I've added a 1 1/2" sashing.

Sampler quilts are not my thing,
but I really like this one.
Each block was fun to make and some were a little
bit of a challenge.

This block is my favorite.
(I see I need to repress this one!)
The funny thing is.... I made it wrong!

It was nice to revisit the fabrics that I chose for the first quilt
and make something totally different with them.

I had to order some border fabric because I don't
have a large enough piece in my stash that will work.

The top will be sewn together today and once the border fabric arrives,
this little quilt will be finished.
It will make a nice baby quilt for someone special.

I am linking to Design Wall Monday.

Happy Quilting!
Be safe and be well.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Placemats and Napkins

Last year a friend of mine gave me a package of fusible
placemat forms and some cork fabric.
I thought and thought about what I was going to do with
both of these and then it came to me this week.
A couple of years ago I bought a 144" long tablecloth at
Crate and Barrel for $15!  I loved the fabric and wanted to make napkins with it.

I'm finding that I need to have small projects to do in between
the big quilts.  Some days I can focus on the quilts,
but other days I need mindless things to do.
Mindless was what happened starting on Monday.
Out came the tablecloth and cutting began.

I cut a bunch of napkins and had some pieces leftover that were
too small for napkins.
Then I remembered the placemat forms.

Out they came, along with the cork and the fun began.

The placemats went together so quickly.
I traced the shape of the form onto the cork and cut it out.
Then ironed the fabric to the top and the cork to the bottom.
Once that was done, I trimmed the fabric to the shape of the form.


I had the navy blue batik in my stash and cut bias binding from that.


There were six forms in the package and I had just enough
left over pieces of fabric to make the placemats.


The cork worked well on the back and makes them reversible.
The only problem I had was joining the binding.
The placemats are too stiff to use my usual method of
connecting binding and I'm not totally happy with
what I did, but they are finished.


We have some nice new napkins and placemats for our kitchen table.
And another thing is checked off of my list!

Happy Quilting!
Be well and be safe!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

2 1/2" Square Scrappy Top Finished

Looking back on things,
I chose the perfect time to make a scrappy quilt.
Sewing together 2 1/2" squares in a somewhat random way
is really mindless.  I didn't have to concentrate on anything, really.

I went back and forth on what to do with the borders of this quilt
and after realizing that I didn't have enough of the white fabric
to do what I had in mind, 
I decided to add three more rows of the scrappy squares.

I love it!!

There are so many fun fabrics in this quilt
and some go way back to the beginning of my quilting days.

There aren't many batiks or Christmas fabrics in the top.
I've saved those fabrics for other things.

It's a little bit of an "I Spy" quilt.
Do you see golf balls, a sneaker, an orange, a pumpkin and a dreidel in the squares above?

I need to get the backing ready and then get this quilted.
I may do it myself by quilting a grid across it.

This quilt top made a huge dent in my bucket of 2 1/2" squares!


I have had several questions about the pattern for this quilt from
No Reply Bloggers.
I did not have a pattern for this quilt.
The design just came to me as I went along making it.

Since we are all at home and not able to go out much,
I've been cooking more.
One of the things I have wanted to make for a long time is pasta.
An order for pasta making attachments was put in and they were
delivered last week.
Easter Sunday Doodlebug and I made homemade fettuccuni with shrimp scampi.

There are things I learned making pasta for the first time.
One thing is that we will be doing it again!!

Coronavirus Cooking.

Happy Quilting!
Be safe and be well.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

2 1/2" Scrappy Squares

My self-imposed ban on blog reading and posting
is over as Lent ends tonight.
I was only posting finishes on my blog,
since this is my way of keeping track of what I've done 
and, more importantly, when.
I missed reading about everyone's quilting adventures,
but it was good for me to stop for a bit.

As with most of us, the mask making continues.
In between making masks,
I worked on this scrappy quilt using 2 1/2" squares.
As those who follow me know,
I do not enjoy making scrappy quilts
and am not a huge fan of how they look, either.

This quilt has been fun to make, though.
I kind of used it as a leader/ender with the masks,
but then just began sewing the blocks so it could move along.

When cleaning my Hidey Hole,
I found a bag of 2 1/2" squares I had cut several years ago.
I dug into my hug bags of scraps and cut more,
adding to the mix.
Then the 16 patches were made.

There are all kinds of fun things to find in this quilt...
butterflies, crabs, fish, whales, flowers, basketballs,
golf clubs and bags, snowmen, shells, the sun, etc.

My favorite though is the fussy cut Snoopy in the photo above.  :)

At least two borders will be added;
one of the cream and then another round of squares.
I may add another round of cream after that, but we shall see.
If I add another round of cream,
I may use a scrappy binding.

Needless to say,
there are A LOT of 2 1/2" squares left.
Maybe another scrappy quilt is in my future.

I have had several questions about the pattern for this quilt from
No Reply Bloggers.
I did not have a pattern for this quilt.
The design just came to me as I went along making it.

Now back to making masks!

Happy Quilting!
Be safe and be well.

Monday, April 6, 2020

A Bunch of Little Finishes

Many, many of us are making masks these days.
I've lost count on how many I've made
and I just received a call for 10 more.

In between making masks I'm getting little projects finished.
These things I've had in my hidey hole for several years
and decided they were perfect mindless projects to work on
when not making masks.

I saw these little guys in a local quilt shop a few years ago
and bought a panel to make them.
Panels are usually not my thing,
but I thought the bunnies were cute.
I love the little bitty bunnies in Mama's pockets!


These animals were all on a panel, too,
and purchased at the same time as the bunnies.
There's a cow in the group, too, but I've run out of
stuffing and am waiting for it to be delivered.
 I might have stuffed them a little too much
as the babies are a bit tight in the pockets.

That's all right... I'm stuffed a little too much, too.  :D


A couple of years ago someone was having a sale on these
Santa Christmas apron panels.
I bought 3, made one up right then and put the other two away.
These two are now finished and will be ready for gift giving!


I finished knitting this shawl over a year ago and then it sat,
waiting and waiting to be blocked.
I HATE blocking things!
Finally, last week, I decided it was time.
If I were to make this shawl again,
I would not use the yarn I chose.
It's super soft, but I'm not wild about the stripes in the shawl.
It's finished and will be ready when cooler weather
comes in the fall.


I love this cable going down the side.

This shawl I finished last month.
While the blocking mats were out,
I blocked this one, too.
Now it won't sit for over a year!

I've been playing with scraps, believe it or not!
Hopefully soon I'll have something to show with those.

Be safe and be well everyone!

Happy Quilting!