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

Friday, June 25, 2021


 My middle brother loves mechanical things.
He loves to figure out how things work,
why things work the way they do,
and is fascinated by old buildings,
manufacturing plants, etc.
When I saw this quilt pattern I knew I had to make it for him.

He loves the Escher quilts I've made,
but Kaffe is not his thing.
Instead I'm making this quilt in these fabrics.

 Not many pieces or colors, right?
This is going to be one tedious quilt to make!
Each piece has to be in the right spot
and the rows are long.

Thankfully I've started checking the placement each time I
sew pieces together.
Plus, each seam needs to be pressed open and I don't enjoy doing that!

Here are the first four rows.
Only 16 more to go!!

This week I am flying to California to help my daughter pack up their house.
Later in the week we will begin our drive back to Virginia
with a 5 month old and their English Lab.
(She, her husband and daughter are moving to northern VA...
only 2 hours from us!)
It will be and adventure, for sure!
I'm excited about seeing parts of our beautiful country I have not seen
and visiting quilt shops in states I have not been to.
(One of my bucket list items is to visit a quilt shop in each state.
I'm up to 25!)
It's a trip we will remember for a long time, I'm sure.
Obviously, there will not be much quilting done in the next couple of weeks,
but I'll be able to read blogs along the way.
So, until then....
Happy Quilting!

Sunday, June 20, 2021


 One of my daughters' college roommates is due to have her
first baby any time now.
She's having a boy and the nursery theme is the National Parks.
Plus, his name will be Theodore.
I found the PERFECT quilt pattern for this baby!

These guys were so much fun to make!
I had a cutting session
and then sewed them all at once,
so they were finished all at once!

I was very thankful that I didn't make any mistakes cutting
the pieces, because that could have messed up
every single bear.

This pattern is an Elizabeth Hartman pattern...
the second pattern of hers that I've made.
Glasses will be added to one of these guys
and then the top will be finished.
But look at what I found for the backing!!

This is the parents favorite park!
The panel will need to be trimmed, pressed and added to,
but it will make a great backing.
This quilt will be finished soon and given to 
Teddy after he is born.
Happy Quilting!

Sunday, June 13, 2021


 I have a new grand niece.
Her name is Julie Libelle.
Julie is after her grandmother, my sister in law,
and Libelle is German for dragonfly.
Grandma Julie loves dragonflies.
Well, I've had a quilt finished for this little one for a while.
(I haven't unpacked it yet from my move,
but am pretty sure I know where it is!) 
However, several days before she was born,
I was looking through a box of fabrics and found a 
layer cake of fabrics with dragonflies and such.
I told myself that I needed to make something with it
soon, since it was so pretty.

Little did I know that I would have Libelle arrive within days.

I saw this pattern, Emilia, by Robin Pickens on line and knew
it was perfect for these fabrics.

It was a bit fussy to make this from 10" squares,
but it came together and I love the results.

This needs a good pressing before it's quilted.
I love how the design goes out into the borders.

Do you see all of the dragonflies?
I'm looking forward to meeting my niece and
giving her this quilt.
(I think I may have to make her grandmother one, too!)
I am linking to Design Wall Monday today.

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Annual Patriotic Table Topper

 For those who have followed me for a while,
you might remember that annually I make a 
Patriotic Table Topper for my mom and siblings.
My dad died in July years ago and was one of the most
patriotic people I know.
It started in memory of him and I have continued over the last 8 or so years.
This year I felt pressed for time with our move and
not having the sewing mojo (or "Sewjo" as Libby said!).
I decided to make my own "border fabric" and use the
60 degree ruler (which I had finally found in a box!)
to make these.

To make these, I sewed 2 1/2" strips in sets of four
and used the 60 degree ruler to cut the ends of the strip sets.
This tutorial helped get me started.

For some reason the colors of the photos are not accurate.
The fabrics are brighter than shown here.

I quilted them in different ways and 
bound them all with the same fabric.

 They are ready to give to my family this month.

When making the larger runners,
there are leftover triangles that were used
to make these little toppers.
These went together so quickly and are pretty cute!

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Another Quilt Bound

 Before I moved I sent five quilts to a LAQ 
my SIL uses in upstate NY.
I figured I would be picking them up in July
when I go up for quilt camp.
This woman was fast and had them done in March!
Here is the third quilt I've finished from the five.

This pattern is called Junk Jewelry.
A while ago a friend and I cut out a bunch of wedges
from our Kaffe fabrics and each made a quilt.
I had so many wedges left over that I was able
to make a second quilt.
A wedge border was added to use up even more of the pieces.

The black narrow border adds so much to this quilt.
And you know I love the polka dots with the Kaffe!!

The LAQ used royal blue thread and quilted circles and swirls
across it. I love the design.

The backing is one of my favorite Kaffe prints.
This quilt is ready to be gifted.
Happy Quilting!