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At the quilt retreat last weekend we played Left-Right-Center. After losing all my FQ by the second round, I came out the winner. 21 FQs. I can’t wait to use them.

Radio Silence Is Over


It’s been a long 2 weeks.  I’d love to say the silence was because “I was busy sewing and here’s what I got done” but alas, that’s not the case. It’s been a combination of things – the crud, reading, back out of whack, working, and my hosting server had issues.

Have you ever heard someone say “Could you repeat that? I didn’t have glasses on.” Well apparently for me “My blog and e-mail are down, I can’t sew.”

During this ‘down time’ I’ve read The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins, Started reading Volume 2 of The Outlandish Companion by Diana Gabaldon, and read a ‘stack’ of romance novels — most if not all of them by Grace Burrows on — my phone.

The crud has run its course, the chiropractor re-aligned my back, I couldn’t find anything I wanted to read the other night, and the blog and e-mail are back up since I changed to a new hosting provider.

I’m getting back to the quilting. All of the light squares for the latest Disappearing 9-Patch are cut, and I’ve started cutting the dark squares. Friday evening and Saturday morning I worked on my Star-A-Day quilt and this afternoon/evening I’ve been playing in EQ designing a quilt for the LQS to use as a block of the month.

Up next – get the Disappearing 9-Patch done, work on the instructions for the BOM and get my sewing machine into the shop!  I need it to working to finish up the Cream and Green Swap quilt and the Compass Lone Star. I’ll use my Mini Ultra for the D9P.

Maybe Today…

Maybe tonight I’ll get to sew.

Since I took the Hardware Panel quilt off the long arm Saturday, I haven’t even turned on the sewing machine.

  • Sunday was our 30th wedding anniversary, so we went out to dinner.
  • Monday I ran around after work to see if I could find a backing for the Black and Bright quilt that I liked and was willing to pay for. I object to paying LQS prices at chain stores. When I got home there were some computer classes I had to finish.
  • Tuesday more running around after work looking for the backing, grocery shopping and a stop at the library.
  • Wednesday I thought I’d be smart and run to the LQS during lunch. Score! A fabric on clearance that will work. Sure I’ll have to piece it (2 seams) but it’s a better option than trying to stretch the fabric I originally had picked out. The green is nearly a perfect match in color to the sashing in the quilt top.



But still no quilting after work. Some computer work came in that had to be done – but I did flip through the library books looking for quilting ideas. I have no idea on how I’m going to quilt the quilt. I’ve got until the 19th to figure it out.



Washing Instructions



Would you believe I didn’t touch the sewing machine once last night? I can’t blame baseball, the Royals won the World Series on Sunday!

But all was not lost. I was doing quilting related stuff. A quilt needed to be boxed up and sent off and I needed to include washing instructions. So, I made a hang tag.

In our stash of cardstock, my husband found a folding ‘business’ card. We’ve not used them in part because there is not a template in our word processing software and the website listed on the packaging is defunct. But I figured it out.


Each gift quilt this year will get one of these tags pinned to the corner of the quilt.



Now, if I can remember to weigh the box and use the tare function on my scale in the future. The box and quilt weighed more than my little 5 lb postal scale could handle, so there were two trips to the post office — one to weigh the box and one to drop it off. I saved $12 by coming home to buy and print my postage over what it would have cost at the post office. I could have arranged for pick up, but not knowing which carrier was on our route today, I simply ran it back during lunch.


TBT – Magnolia Wall Hangings

Magnolia Twisting Star 24 diameter

I’m not a big kit buyer, but when my friends and I were on our self-directed Iowa Shop Hop back in 2005, I spotted this wall hanging at Quilting Connections in Ames, Iowa. The pattern is Twisting Star Table Toppers from Quilt Tales. I knew I needed to make it for my mother as she was decorating her new home with magnolias. I finally got it made it in December 2006. This is the 24″ table topper.

Magnolia Twisting Star


A few years later when my first great-nephew was born, my friends and I traveled to Saint Louis to meet him and of course do a shop hop along the way. On that trip I spotted the magnolia and stripe fabric. I called my husband and directed him to the pattern in my sewing room — quite a feat given the state of the sewing room at that time.  He read off the yardage requirements and I bought enough fabric to make 4 more toppers. These went to my sister-in-laws and aunt from Mississippi.

Warm and Natural batting was used and my favorite khaki thread. I created pockets on the side for balsa wood stays and sewed plastic rings to the top corners for hanging.

Candlemat 13 diameter

This is a 13″ candle mat made from the same pattern made after I made Mom’s quilt. If was for a Christmas swap in the quilt club I was in back in 2006.

Linking up to Throwback Thursday over at Krista Quilts.




TBT on Friday

Pastel Pinwheels

Earlier this week I added the Flickr app to my smarter than me phone.  I found all sorts of pictures dating back 2002 when I was still sewing garments and knitting. It also means I found the only picture I  have of the quilt which gave me the Quilt Pox.

Oh sure, my first full size quilt was done back in 1980, and I made a couple of quilts as ‘model garments’ when I was working at Northwest Fabrics & Crafts in 1990-1991, but it wasn’t until I made Pastel Pinwheels for my nephew that I the Quilt Pox took hold.

The pattern is from Quilt it for Kids for 2000. I thought it was a great pattern and collected pastel flanels to make it, but back then I thought you needed to know where a quilt was headed before you could start it. — I’ve gotten over that.  Anyway, the pattern and fabric sat until my nephew was born and then I went shopping for additional fabric.

I started the quilt on 7/28/2003 and finished it 8/2/2003.

Linking up to Throwback Thursday over at Krista Quilts.



Backing Progress



Watched the baseball game instead of quilting — Go Royals!

Sew Scrappy Challenge Quilt


Last week I decided to set aside Tuesdays between now and Thanksgiving to work on my Sew Scrappy quilt as part of Jo’s “finish a UFO before Bonnie’s mystery quilt starts challenge”.  What I didn’t know was that I would decide a quilt toward the bottom of my Crazy Challenge II list would get bumped to the top and I forgot I was attending a school concert.

I squeezed in 20 minutes of quilting just on Sew Scrappy between the end of my work day and leaving for the concert, attaching the modified flying to 20 of the blocks and 20 cornerstones.


When we got home, I spent another 30 minutes or so and finished up the blocks.  I now have all 40 of these blocks done and need to make 38 of the 2nd block.


The 2nd block will take a bit longer to make as I only have the strip sets made.

Hop over to Jo’s Country Junction to see how others are doing on their projects.  My goal for the rest of the week is to get the 2 Disappearing 9-patch quilts basted. Have to finish a quilt back first.


Why is it the simplest of things take the longest?

A friend bought this fabric on a quilt retreat I think in April 2010. A year or so later while her sewing area was ‘under construction’ I got the fabric to quickly put it together. Here we are 5 1/2 years from the purchase.

The top didn’t take me long, but I guess I wasn’t looking forward to mitering the border. I found a solution – skip the miter. Of course it probably took just as long to do the 4 pieced blocks by the time I found enough fabric.

I think this quilt will get a shirting backing with blocks of the border fabric.

Quilt Cabinet


As many quilts as I have given away, I have numerous quilts that I’ve kept. We keep them on the top shelf of the hall closet and it is nearly impossible for me to put them up or pull them down. So, I’ve been looking for something accessible for me to store them in. Oh, but I have to keep in mind, I really don’t have any place to put another piece of furniture.

Well, all of that changed this morning. I’ve been keeping my eye on Craigslist looking for an affordable pie safe and a few weeks ago I saw a stereo cabinet on the free list. I was too late, but I added that to the things I was looking for.  This morning I spotted this cabinet about 40 minutes after it was posted, and sent the link to my husband. Turns out he had spotted it and had already heard back from the guy when I sent the link to him.

I was worried about the dark glass, but I think it’s going to be just fine. Now, to gather up a few more quilts to put in the cabinet.