Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Lincoln Museum Quilt

My Lincoln quilt is on the road to the quilters!
The pattern came from Barbara Brackman and so did some of the fabric. Please read about the quilt on her blog here.  It has only been a little over a year since I won the pattern and fabric so I am right on my normal schedule! I opted to make my blocks 8" instead of 12, so I made a few more. My finished quilt size is approx 64x 72. 

I had some of this awesome Lincoln fabric from my friend Jill and couldn't think of a more appropriate quilt to use it on. 

And I added some homespuns, one which had this slice in it I noticed while ironing the completed backing. I used some fusible and the same fabric and fused it closed from the opposite side.

I'm sending it off to Diane, Butterfly Threads Quilting to do baptist fans for me.  I knew this quilt would need a simple all over pattern. I'll be adding this quilt to my "Reruns; Quilts Inspired by the Past" lecture!! 

I hope you all are having a terrific week.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Quilt Retreat

The second weekend in February my girlfriend, Christy and I made plans for a mini sewing retreat in Sisters, Oregon. This was a great chance to sew uninterrupted and get a few projects completed.

On Saturday we made a trip to the Stitchin' Post. I don't get to Sisters very often so it is nice to see what's going on in the local quilt world.

This little quilt was darling! In a few photos down you can see a larger version hanging on the wall.

 What a gorgeous display. The employee told me Val is a huge fan of blue and white. I chose one of these prints for my binding on the eagle orphan block quilt.
As knitting gains popularity so does their space for yarn. 

Beautiful wool.  Interesting table runner . 

The first night Christy had a bit of trouble and kept the seam ripper close by! AArgh!!

But, she did manage to get lots of blocks complete. These are flower blocks for Cecile and Bea's quiltalong.
Christy got this top together too! Sorry, the black and white was the only one I had on my phone. It's scrappy blues and whites with red centers. 

Backing and binding for the eagle orphan block quilt.

I feel like I got quite a bit done but am saving the photos because they are quiltalong blocks! The Feb stringalong linkup will be February 25th and the  Spencer Quilt Museum link up is going to be February 27. (guess what I worked on!?)

I got a bunch of these completed too! I need to get a cont and a layout. 

Dark chocolate and wine is always a good way to unwind at the end of the day. 

Happy Presidents Day!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Memories of France and Book Sale Inquiry

I was going to do a bit of machine and hand quilting on this little Sajou Too, but I was on a roll at our Sisters retreat and just went with it!

 I did add that awesome French General binding when I got home. 
The backing was a map of Paris. 

French General label too!

I went to Portland and finally was able to see the new-to-her salon she moved to almost 2 months ago. It is in a cool historic building above Voo-Doo donuts.

 Champagne chandelier??? LOL
 When the weather is nice there is a little balcony very similar to a few places we've stayed in Europe. It was rainy the day I went so I only took a sneak peak.
As is our tradition to go to lunch after my hair appointment. This is where I gave her the little quilt for Valentine's Day.

Thank you so much for purchasing the books! I just have a handful left and if you want to take a final peak you can do it HERE.
I'm still waiting to hear from White Eagle, and Linda Z. Please contact me with your mailing address at and I'll get these in the mail to you!

My Instagram feed for the week!

Have a fantastic weekend friends!!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentines Day Friends!

Thank you all for your love, support, encouragement in so many ways!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Consolidated book list

Here is the consolidated list of books that are not sold yet! If you see something you want feel free to make me an offer! Just remember it is a fundraiser.

I have the list of books from your comments and will be contacting you for your mailing address. If you are done purchasing and requested a book (s) please send me your mailing address to

If you have already sent your address to the gmail that one is fine too- no  need to send it again. Just remember I do have a job outside of the home and will get to these before the weekend. Thank you all so much!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Fickle Friday

A little of this and that today-
***For some unknown reason I stopped receiving comments in my email on Monday. I really thought nobody liked the French General little quilt! LOL Which would have been completely okay. I quilt for myself and what I like. But I was happy to see there were comments on that post! I  think Google did some updating, and once I went to settings, email, and added my email address to comment notification email and confirmed the email, I was back in business! If you have noticed the same thing, that's how it can be remedied.

***I showed a close up on Facebook of the orphan quilt top border so I thought I'd share it here. It is from my late friend Jill's stash. Thank you for your sweet comments on that quilt! I really enjoyed making it, but doubt my design abilities.

***I have heard from several of you that you are unable to leave comments. Sometimes that happens to me as well and these are few things I try and do. Make sure I'm logged into Google or hit preview first, see if your comment is there, then hit publish. I had this problem more with my phone than with my desktop. If all else fails, feel free to email me your comment.

I got a backing made for a quilt to send to CA. 

The dark green plaid is a bit heavier- flannel? I hope it quilts up with the other pieces. As usual, I didn't have enough of one fabric. 

It is for this quilt that I made from Diane Knott's book. 

I made the binding too so all will be ready to quilt and finish. 

More hand written backing projections..... Anybody else do this? With adding 8" to length and width for machine quilting my backing needed to be 58x68. If you scroll back up you can see the backing is like my sketch. Always good when it works out! 

Here's a bit of what I'm doing if I'm not at work:
Trying to stay warm (not like many of you had with high winds and below zero temps) Not sure why  winter waited until February to show itself!

Elsa doesn't seem to mind. 

Please go outside with me!

 And play with this frozen tennis ball!
Sometimes Porter likes it, but his age is showing and sometimes he just wants to stay in, 

When the sun is shining they both like to soak up a few rays.
My Instagram feed for the past week! A real mixed bag!

Have a wonderful weekend!! 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Orphan Block Top

Some time ago I was given a package of orphan blocks as I had a plan to make a whole orphan quilt with them. I guess I had a hard time wrapping my head around that, but recently I was going through a drawer and had a great idea to use these blocks for a CA fire survivor quilt. This was the progression of the top this week. (mostly on Superbowl Sunday)

The eagle was already sewn to 4 blocks so I found some others the right size.

Then I only had to make one to fit in the corner! Whoop! Whoop! I was off to a start. 

Here it is on the floor with me trying to figure out how to get some size on it. 

 I'm not a big fan of really wide borders, but I thought the stars looked okay. Look at the cute corner blocks! Those and the 4 patches were in my orphan block pile. My math wasn't terrific so I had to make an adjustment, but I have a hunch only the quilter will notice it.
Tada! It feels a little convoluted  but if you aren't a quilter I think someone will love it- I hope so! Thanks goes to my dear friend Jill (RIP girlfriend) for the chimney sweep blocks and the lovely patriotic border fabric. 
I'm hoping to get the backing and binding made this weekend and have it ready to send off to CA next week. I'm so thrilled to have used them for this quilt.

Yep, still use graph paper at times like this!

I hope you all are having a terrific week! We had our first real snow of the winter and I don't think it's over yet.



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