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A Day Trip

Saturday was Road Trip Day.  Earlier in the week I found a sewing table for a fantastic price on Facebook Marketplace up in Ashland, Nebraska. Ashland is between Lincoln and Omaha, so since we were headed north, Ted checked Craigslist and FBM for things he was looking for as well. He found a couple of things he wanted, so it was going to be a full day. We were out of the house by 7:30 AM.

First stop the Target parking lot in St  Joseph, Missouri where we picked up a mandolin.

On the way to Lincoln, I looked up the exhibits at the International Quilt Study Center. There were some interesting ones, but it would mean circling back to Lincoln after we picked up the sewing table and we wanted to go on to Omaha.  We didn’t make it that far on our March 2017 road trip to Nebraska. We decided to wait to make our decision.

Then it was to Lincoln where we picked up this music stand.  A fun coincidence — the woman we bought this from is a Delta State University graduate, our alma mater.

At this point I checked my watch and the GPS and knew we had to head to Ashland to get the table.  As we drove through downtown Ashland, we knew we wanted to get out an walk a bit after we picked up the table. Naturally I took pictures of quilting ideas.

We stopped in a couple of shops and I found a couple of quilting coasters – nothing music related though.

It’s past lunch time now so we ate at the local pizza place and asked about things to see in the area. They mentioned the Air & Space museum.  It was about 1:30 now and we had a choice to make. Go back to Lincoln to see the quilt center which closed at 4  and stop in at Cosmic Cow which was open until 5 or go on to Omaha.  The woman I bought the table from suggested Lincoln given that Omaha was really out of the way to Kansas City.  So we headed back to Lincoln. But we took a different route to the interstate and passed this:

That’s a B-1A. Naturally we had to stop and take pictures.  Turns out we were at the Strategic Air Command Air & Space museum.

We did not take the tour, but did go into the gift shop where I purchased a book:

Astronaut Clayton Anderson is from Ashland, Nebraska. It’s really a cute book.

We  finally got on the interstate and made our way back to Lincoln around 4. I stopped in at Cosmic Cow as they were open until 5. How can you  NOT stop in at a quilt shop with a name like that. A couple of FQs came home with me.

We took the scenic route home, zigzaging across southeast Nebraska.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen roads so straight in my life. Once we got close to the Missouri River the roads started following the river.  We pulled over at White Cloud, Kansas.  The river was maybe 10 feet from the road.

We missed our turn to cross the Missouri River at St Joseph, so we ended up in Atchison, Kansas a little before 8. They have a beautiful river front park. Our phones were telling us it was 86 degrees, but it seemed much cooler. The temperature was perfect.

We finally got home and unloaded the truck. The sewing table is now sitting in MY garage. I’ve got to take down my current table to make room for it, but at 10 PM I was exhausted.  It was a fun day. I think if we are ever going to get to Omaha it is going to have to be THE destination instead of part of a longer trip.


Ripping and Sewing

This afternoon I walked through the dining room and found both cats on the quilt. They do not look pleased with my progress from the previous night. I can’t say that I was either.  But ripping quilting out is not as fast as putting it in.  Tonight after 2 1/2 hours I managed to get about 1/3 of 1 pass of quilting ripped out.

There are either 8 or 9 passes.  Clearly this is not going to get quilted next weekend.

After being hunched over the quilt that long, I decided I needed to see some forward progress. So, I finished the smaller pastel plaid top.

the smaller top is 40″ x 48″. I’ll back it with the peach fabric i found in my stash. The larger one is 48 x 64 and will get the flannel cowboy fabric.

I’ll probably quilt these two next weekend.

And Plans Change



Yes, this is my new current project.  Ripping out the quilting from my Christmas version of En Provence.  I started quilting it back in December and only got halfway though it. The plan was to eventually go back and finish the quilting, but I simply haven’t made the effort (there’s been a lot going on around here this spring and summer). But my sister is taking delivery on a computerized long-arm machine next week. Guess who is showing up the following Saturday to quilt?

I’ve discovered the panto that I purchased is also available as a digital download.  In theory we could line it up and pick up where I stopped. But it wasn’t my best work –  it was the first quilt I had quilted in about a year, and  I was having issues with thread breakage.  So, I’m ripping with the assistance of Butterscotch and Gracie.  The project is so big they are taking turns.

Meanwhile, instead of going to the Guild sew day this Saturday, my husband and I are driving up to Nebraska to pick up a new sewing table for me. I know I said I had no money for the sewing room remodel, but I couldn’t pass up the deal I got on this table.


The woman I’m buying it from just got a new sewing machine and it won’t fit in the 12″ x 23 1/2″ opening.  My machine will easily fit as the opening on my table is only 10 1/2″ x 19 1/2″ and there is room to spare.

All of this means that the pastel shirt quilt is temporarily on hold while I rip and rearrange.  Although I may try to sneak a few minutes in since it’s so close.


A Top, A New Project, Storing Fabric

The top is done, unless it is not.  Let me try to explain.  Originally the plan was to make this quilt at least 56 ” x 68″ and then see how much more fabric I could squeeze out of the remaining pieces of the 5 shirts.  But then when digging through my stash to find a backing, I found this wonderful cowboy print.

I only have a yard and a half of this flannel, so I’m limited to 54″ in width.  So, I removed the last to columns of the quilt making it only 48 inches wide.  Then I didn’t make it quite as long. At the moment it measures 64″ long. I’m contemplating removing one row and putting it in a second quilt.  Since I didn’t make the quilt as big as I planned I’m going to make a 2nd quilt. If I remove the last row of this quilt it will give me an additional 12 units for the 2nd quilt.  Fortunately I do not have to make the final decision today. First I have to stitch up all those units on the left of my sewing machine.

But what’s that over on the right?  It’s my new leader/ender project. Yes, I  have yet another new project cut out. I think we can safely say my Quilt Pox remission is over.

First, I pulled from my 2-1/2″  precut box the neutral squares and bright rectangles.  Then I pulled the same from my 2-1/2″ strip box. Finally I pulled from my fabric stash and cut a strip off of my FQs. This is going to be “Now and Later”. Originally published in the October 2011 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting, I received the pattern when they sent me a subscription renewal. While I was at it I refolded the FQs so they fit in my box better.  One of these days I’m going to have to just stop cutting and sewing and just fold. Eventually I want to get all of my “FQ” boxes folded and then sorted so I can open a lid and see what I have. Right now I have boxes sorted by color, but I still have to dig. Perhaps I need to set aside a few hours each week to work on this.


Too Many Ideas

After not quilting for so long, I’ve got ideas and things I want to do/make and not enough time.


First up, Project Warm Embrace Dream Bags. Let me back up a moment.  Back in June I joined Starlight Quilter Guild. They make quilts for both Project Linus and Project Warm Embrace.  Additionally, the Group Project this year is the Dream Bags.  They are pillowcases with drawstrings given to foster kids so when they are moved they have something to put their possessions in other than a trash bag. Yesterday, I cut kits so I have something quick to finish.

Also pictured are upholstery samples cut to size and kitted up with zippers to make zipper bags.  These will go into the Guild Boutique at the Quilt show in September. I have fabric for more bags, but I need to get more zippers.


While I haven’t finished the quilt top from pastel shirts yet, since I’m going to use the cowboy fabric, I need to make it smaller. So, I’m going to make a smaller quilt with the leftover blocks and the rest of the fabric from the shirts. But I really wanted to make a larger quilt.

This fabric has been kicking (it’s more vivid in real life) around in my sewing room. I also unearthed a free pattern from American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine called “now and later”.  Super simple quilt.  I have just enough of this stripe fabric for the border. So, I’m using it for my inspiration and have pulled bright strips from my precut box.


I plan on using some of the neutrals I bought on the trip to Jackson and of course pull from my stash.  I want this bright and colorful.

Oh — I want to make another rug. I have a stack of Kansas Troubles strips from a couple of partially used jelly rolls. If I can come up with 40 or so strips I may use those.

Of course, I’m planing on quilts for the aforementioned Quilt Show.  I want to finish my En Provence which is partially quilted and the hourglass quilt I’m making from vintage hand pieced hourglasses.

Cascade is now sitting on my cutting table taunting me to finish it up.  The only reason Carolina Chain and On Ringo Lake are not taunting me is I have them contained in project boxes.  One is up on the project shelf, the other is under my sewing table. Winter Wonderland is in the living room by my chair — although I haven’t watched television in a while to need something to work on it.

And didn’t I say I wanted to finish my JT2 by November 2019 and I had a plan? I haven’t done my June or July blocks!


Picking a Backing

I’m not finished with the pastel shirt quilt, but started thinking about backings since I’m about 1/2 to completion.

I have enough blocks cut to make a top 56″ x 68″ and there is more fabric, so I could enlarge it depending on the fabric combinations I need. I’ve even found a 5 yard length of peach fabric to use for the backing. I think Momma had plans to make a quilt for my brother and his wife years ago as I have a couple of coordinating prints in my stash.

But I kept digging in my stash to see if I could find something a bit more masculine and found some vintage flannel that just screams “use me”.

So, now I’m thinking I’ll make a smaller quilt so I can use this fabric. Something in the range of 48″ x 60″. I’ll put the extra blocks into another quilt.

On another note, since before I started this quilt, I’ve been looking for my copy of Open a Can of Worms by Debbie Caffrey. I bought it off the Guild table at the quilt show in Wichita.  I didn’t think it could be too deep since it’s only been a month, but I simply wasn’t finding it.  Would you believe I had more or less put it up? I found it in the magazine bins.  I suspect there wasn’t room on the bookshelf at the time, but I gave my sister-in-law a couple of my quilting books when she was here earlier this month.


Mellow Yellow Rug


Yes, I’ve jumped on the Jelly Roll Rug bandwagon.  I had been thinking about it since I saw the first class in my area — but it was at the same time as my trip to the MQA June Gathering, so naturally I didn’t sign up for it.

While on the trip I bought a Benartex jelly roll at Tuesday Morning — I had heard fabric could be found there, but personally had not seen any.  Of the 3 or 4 choices I picked Sevilla. I thought the yellow would go in my sewing room and the price was right.

The next step was to get the pattern.  My sister nabbed a pattern at the quilt show we went to in Wichita.

When I bought the batting to recover my ironing board, I decided to use the leftovers for my rug — when I got that far and after I got my own pattern.

But then Creative Hands was doing a class for $30 and it included the pattern and batting.   Sold!

Taught in one day, we started making our ‘rope’ from the center. After about 2 -2 1/2 hours we stopped and started on the rug.  This is NOT the way the pattern lays out the instructions but it worked.

Mine had a “peanut” shape when I brought it home. The thought was it would press out.


But when I straightened it, it waved big time.  So, I ripped all the way back to the first curve.  I started with a seam ripper and realized quickly that was going to take forever.  So,  I got out the eyebrow trimmer that Alison gave me to put with my quilting notions.

Click HERE to see the eyebrow trimmer at work on my rug.

Once I was done ripping, I started again, this time, going around that end differently (no, I’m not sure I can explain it), resulting in a much flatter rug.  I did press it once after a couple of rounds, but after that, I just sewed and the rug is flat!



Thread and Plaid

I ran out of thread this evening working on the new quilt.  This spool of thread lasted me about 22 months 9/9/16 – 7/19/18. Yes, I made a note on the spool when I started it. But then I couldn’t find the spool I purchased in June in anticipation of this day.  Crawled around on the floor under my sewing table since the cats and I are constantly knocking stuff off the table. No luck.  I remembered having it when I was working on my Carolina Chain quilt in the living room, but it wasn’t in that box.  I knew I could make due with another color of thread for my piecing tonight, but I needed to locate the new cone of thread for my class Saturday.  I’m going to make the Jelly Roll Quilt and I understand it takes a LOT of thread.

Naturally, almost instantly after I posted on Facebook that I couldn’t find my thread I turned around and spotted it in another box I had open in the living room last month. Now I have to decide which machine I’m taking to class Saturday. My Husqvarna Quilt Designer or my Singer Genie. In the meantime, I moved forward on the pastel shirt quilt.

This is just shy of 1/4 of the quilt.  It will be 6 more rail blocks wider and 9 more rows longer — if the fabric holds out.



Second Finish of the Month and a New Start

Better lighting is needed, but this in my monochromatic table runner I pieced back in March 2016.  I just finished stitching down the binding.

So naturally I’ve started another quilt.  These are my fabrics.

It’s going to be made with 2-1/2 inch strips and finish at 56″ x 68″. I thought my limitation was the plaid, but it turns out it’s the solid colors. Those were smaller shirts.  This is the current plan.



My Summer Vacation

Well, at least I was off work all week.  Too bad it took me until Thursday afternoon to figure out how to turn off the notifications on my phone for my work email.

My sister-in-law bought us all tickets for a Royal’s game.  They lost, but the fireworks afterwords were awesome.


I’m doing my best to turn her into a quilter.  When I visited with her in June, she showed me some of the fabric she had left over from clothes she’s made over the years. She started cutting 5 inch squares and brought them with her and then we designed a simple quilt based on the number and color of squares she had.

We even found some yardage in my stash that will be a great backing.  I also went through my rulers and found some duplicates which I was able to send home with her.  Then we hit a couple of quilt shops.

At the first one, we found the Christmas Panel. That afternoon we drove to Lawrence for lunch, so naturally we stopped in at the quilt shop there.  That’s where we found the the burgandy, green, and cream to make our wall hangings.

She flew home Tuesday and I stopped at a new to me quilt shop on the way back from the airport. I didn’t get anything this time, but I’ll add it to shop rotation.

Wednesday, I went to an estate sale and came home with a box of ties, Christmas fabric and upholstery samples.

I’ve got the fabric and samples washed and put up, but still need to wash the ties.

Thursday, I decided to swing by another quilt shop. It’s probably been 5 years since I’ve been in it. They’ve doubled their space, are now selling A1 quilting machines and have WAY more fabric than they did on my first visit. Best of all, I think I’ve found a purse/bag pattern similar to the bag I was carrying so I don’t have to figure out how to make it — just follow the instructions.

Finally today I started out at a garage sale where I picked up a couple of patterns, a piece of striped fabric and a new to me printer. Then on the way home we stopped by the book store and I picked up a quilt book on different log cabin quilts.

I’ve also quilted on my monochromatic table runner. I’ve been working on the binding the past couple of nights and should have it done in one more evening.

Tomorrow if it’s not too hot when I get up I’ll go to a quilt show. After that, it will be gearing up to go back to work.