Wednesday, June 29, 2011


I've been having fun, staying busy and enjoying the sun while its here. I made a quick trip to Moses Lake, WA to visit my dad. My brother from China who I only get to see once or twice a year has been to see us.

I made this little quilt for AAQI. I've been having a bit of internal turmoil watching my mom decline. Making a little quilt for The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative  is my therapy. I'm sure you'll see it again once it is up for sale. The pattern is designed by Tonye Belinda Philips and is used with her permission.

I did a bit of home making and made some strawberry freezer jam. I don't eat much jam, but I had to taste test it and I say it is way better then store bought!!

Enjoy summer!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sunday Muse

I added a link on my sidebar. Have you wanted to learn to do embroidery? How about learning a few new stitches? Maybe you know how but you could use a brush up? I fit into all the categories!
Helen is going to start a Stitched Sunday and today is the first day. If you are interested click the link and see what she has to offer. She is starting with the basics today.

Our dear blogging friend Kaaren (The Painted Quilt) is going through one of  life's rough patches. If you'd like to be a part of cheering her up and showing her some bloggy love please visit Allie at
Allie Oops Sweet Happy Life for a quick and easy way to help out.
We are making a simple square in a square simple indeed that I sewed my corner on the WRONG side of the fabric! I'm getting rusty already! LOL

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bible Quilt and Quilt Winner

 Here is block 6 of Jan Patek's Bible quilt.
Here is all them attached so far. I'm enjoying this quilt.

The winner of Soot & Ashes is

Maureen said...

Would love to be the lucky winner! Thanks for the opportunity - so very generous.

Congratulations Maureen!! Please send me your mailing address and I'll get it off to you.
Thank you to all of those who entered.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Almost Summer Giveaway

Because I felt like summer would never arrive this year and here we are only days away I thought I'd offer up a giveaway.
I knew when I was making this that I would end up giving it away at some point and I guess now is the time.
Cheri did these freebie blocks on her blog and this is my interpretation.  I love that she gives away a little quilt every month from her followers.
I am feeling overwhelmed at the kindness of the people who are reading my blog and this is my way of saying thank you.It is called Soot & Ashes and is approx 25"x34".

So, leave a comment and a way of contacting you and I'll draw a name on Tuesday, the first day of summer.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Oh My!

Yesterday the mail lady delivered a box to my house. When I saw it later I wondered what the heck it was because I had not ordered anything. When I opened it inside a large ziploc bag I saw a quilt. My first thought was "Someone made a mistake and sent me something they should have sent to someone else!" Then I looked closer and gasped! It was for me!! The most adorable signature quilt was made for me!! I am so touched! I forgot to take a photo of the back but the label says "Thank you Lori we love your quilt alongs- 2011.
How sweet is that?! They also sent charms that matched their signature squares.
Thank you seems so inadequate, but what more can say. From the bottom of my heart thank you so much!

For those of you that may not be familiar with my quiltalongs here they are and the links for step 1. PS They are doll size too so you aren't committed to a huge project.

Strawberry Fields

Cheddar Cheese and Crackers

Midnight Stars

Monday, June 13, 2011

Spring has Finally Sprung

When I know I will be in Portland and have a few minutes to stop by the quilt shop, my main foray is the remnant section at Fabric Depot.  Since most of the quilts I make are scrappy this works out perfect for me since generally there is nothing over a yard hanging. Instead of paying $7-10 dollars a yard I'll save my money and spend it on things like the trip to NYC. I don't really have room for tons of fabric anyway.

 Look at these lovely little pieces of fabric I got. All together I bought 1 5/8 yards for less than $7. They are having an outdoor sale going on through out the summer and there are always bargains to be had. I didn't have time to head outside this day.
Now that the nicer weather is here I don't think I'll be blogging as much. I've been spending my time outdoors doing this:
I took a fun class with some other women and we were doing a practice race. I'm sure I'll never be the first one the break the tape! LOL  I've really been enjoying myself and plan on doing more.

It is an excellent way for me to spend time with my kids too. When I turn 50 (In one year) I want to be active, healthy, feeling great and ready to conquer the next decade.
Obviously I still love to quilt and love to blog. I won't be answering comments like I have been in the past, unless you have a question or something that needs a return email. I'm sure you all will understand.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Here is my latest block of Beyond the Cherry Tree. Block 21 was posted today!!

 Here is the center of block 16 which will be in the center of my my own hand!

 Jan Patek Bible BOM. Folk art for sure!!
 Twelve Days of Christmas by Cheri. I got my two birds stitched down and added the pied piper. I am loving the results!!
This was a quick shot on party day for my niece.  We had a lovely weekend and enjoyed our company and the festivities!! Way to go Hannah!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Alzheimer's Quilt

They added more quilts for sale at the The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, including mine, called Almost Amish!!

No bidding, just add to cart.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June 1- Already?!

Here's another blog post with nothing cohesive going on!

I prepped a couple of wool applique pieces for when I have company this weekend. It is so easy to pick up and whip stitch down while visiting.
I did this practice piece a while ago and didn't plan on showing it. I want to put something in the center block of the Beyond the Cherry Tree. I have a poem I'd like to put on but my writing looks terrible. (you can see the start of the poem on the upside down part) Even when I am copying it with the writing underneath it still isn't pleasing to my eye. I do think I will use the simple scroll that is at the top of this practice piece and just sign my name and date. Any suggestions? Ideas? Hints? Tips?
This lovely card and wonderful red, white and blue reproduction fabric came from Dawn at
Collector With A Needle. I met her at the Russian Tea Room in NYC (for the red and white quilt exhibit) and almost directly afterwards she started her blog. I've enjoyed it so much. Thanks Dawn!
The truck was full of bark.Porter didn't want to miss an opportunity to go for a ride so he decided he would get comfy on top of it.
 I mentioned we had been sprucing up the beds in preparation for my niece's graduation party. Company starts to arrive tomorrow, big party and open house on Friday, graduation ceremony on Saturday. It will be fun with lots of people, lots of food and lots of celebrations!!