Monday, October 22, 2018

No. 10

This photo is a little washed out but here's block number ten.  I haven't made the 30's block yet. Two blocks yet to go!

Monday, October 01, 2018

And other projects. . .

So I'm working out some sizing issues on my Goose Chase quilt.

And I have made a good start on my scarecrow quilt.  I actually fused everything down Saturday afternoon and took it to embroider on at my mom's for movie night.  This picture was taken before I started stitching.  After I get a little farther I'm post a better pic.

More Ramonas

My September blocks.  I knocked these out yesterday so I will be ready for our Ramona group this upcoming Saturday.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Springtime Showers

I can't remember when I started this but I love the fabrics.  The pattern is the Springtime Showers Mini quilt from Polka Dot Chair.  I've had the focus fabric forever-like ten years and never found the right project for it.  I'd like to make one for my sister as well using this fabric:
 I love it so much!!!!  I kinda want to make something with it for me too!!!!

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Chocolatier update

 I like to keep myself motivated and realized I haven't touched this project in ages!  I got sidetracked by my nephew's eagle quilt-or maybe it was the Ramonas.  Anyway I made these blocks in February and never posted them.  I also cut out more blocks and they've been sitting on my cutting table ever since!  I need to just knock them out so I can finish this darn BOM. So to encourage myself I've made another checkoff jpg to keep me going.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

goose chase

As I am finishing up the binding on my nephew's eagle quilt, his sister has been talking more about her graduation quilt!  My Magpie will be graduating in December and she's really excited about her quilt.  I'm going to use this pattern, Goose Chase by Mark Lipinski.  This was published in Quilty magazine (July/August 2013).  Magpie has always liked flying geese blocks so this is the perfect quilt for her.

We went shopping yesterday (Labor Day sales) and bought seven  or eight different turquoise fabrics.  I'll sub turquoise for the black and red for the pink.  She also asked that I use a white on white text fabric instead of flat white.  Boy, that girl really knows what she wants!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Love me some 30s!

I just love me some Thirties!  This brown print with the little girl ironing is one of my very favorite fabrics ever!
Each month I make one block out of the Civil War repros that come with the BOM and then another with my thirties.

They are going to be so sweet together when I finish the BOM.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Basket BOM

 This is a better picture of the Basket BOM quilt plus a picture of my completed Ramonas crossed out. Only four to go!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Block #8 for my Ramonas.  I have made one of block 13 but neglected a picture!

Friday, August 03, 2018


 This is Ramona block number seven.  Tomorrow morning is our block day so I had to knock this one out pretty quickly.  I was really busy in the beginning of July and planned to make this block during my vacation.  But instead I had a car accident and did absolutely no sewing.  I still need to make my 30's block.  Maybe tomorrow after the meeting.
I thought it would be fun to start marking off the blocks in the quilt.  This is a horrid cell phone photo but it will do! This is a monthly block program but you can see there are thirteen blocks in the quilt.  The final block will come with the finishing kit.

Monday, July 30, 2018

sneak peak

My quilter sent me a sneak peek of the Eagle quilt for my nephew.  It should be here tomorrow!  Unfortunately, my nephew is shipping out to Air Force basic training first thing in the morning! Oh well, it gives me plenty of time to make the binding and have it ready for his first leave home.

I really can't wait to see the whole thing-it looks gorgeous!

Monday, June 11, 2018


 I've been working on this shawl lately.  I didn't get as much sewing finished over the weekend as I wanted to finish the colorwork on the shawl.  Plus I just felt really knitty.
This poor photo shows my additions to the quilt.  I got the blue and white stripes on and started cutting out star blocks.  I need 28 star blocks!

Monday, June 04, 2018

two borders down

My goal for the weekend was to get these two borders on.  Then last evening I started cutting blue and white fabric for the stripes. Most of the fabric I'm using for this project is from my Jo Morton stash.  I'll keep doing that tonight.  Maybe even start sewing them together if I'm not too tired. . .

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Eagle. . .

I finally got started on my nephew's quilt that I promised I would make him when he finished his Eagle Scout.  I'm combining two quilt patterns and I was really intimidated by this Eagle applique.  I did go back and add another layer of white fabric for the tail feathers and the head.  I felt like the backing was showing through too much.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Thirties Ramonas

Aren't these blocks adorable?  I think I like them better than the Civil War repro baskets.  New block next Saturday . . .

Monday, May 21, 2018

Anniversary Socks

Finally finished DH's anniversary socks.  It took forever to knit these!  I started a new shawl immediately after I stitched up the second toe.
I'll post a pic of that after I get a little farther on it.

Monday, May 14, 2018

more Ramona

These are my April and May Ramona blocks.  I really am enjoying these baskets.  We have another Ramona day on Saturday so I will be making another block them for June.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Blue Ramona

This is my second 30's basket block.  I made this yesterday and really enjoyed it.  I've need to remember to be careful how I cut the basketweave fabric.  I think I only have a yard of it.

Friday, February 09, 2018


Here is February's block for the BOM at my LQS.  Our leader's name is Ramona so I've taken to calling my blocks Ramonas.  One thing I need to remind myself each month is that Ramona only adds 3/8" when cutting out for her HSTs.  I prefer to add 7/8" so I have extra room for trimming.

I'm hoping to make my 30's block this weekend.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

BOMing along

Two more blocks from the Chocolatier Quilt.  These feel so tiny after making all of the PA Dutch blocks.  I did remake the pinwheel block as the center was about an eighth of an inch off.  It was really bugging me.

I also bought a new pressing stick at the Saturday sampler at my LQS.  This one is only nine inches instead of my 18 inch one.  It's easier to use on this small blocks.

I've already started on the next set of blocks.  And my unfortuate Arrowhead block is going to be remade-again!  This is what it looked like before:

Friday, January 26, 2018

Keeping on. . .

These are the four blocks for the corners of the Chocolatier quilt.  I had trouble getting the tip of the flying geese to line up properly with the four patch HSTs.  I ended up pressing the seams open on the four patch and stitching about seven stitches over the intersections of the seams and then checking to see if they lined up properly.  I had to do it over and over to get it right but it was worth it.  I think they look pretty good.
This is the first block from Month #3.  The kit included only strips of fabric so I didn't think I could use my Fit to Be Geese rulers. So I tried to make a flying goose (?) using the instructions in the pattern.  Nope.  Not even close.  So I finagled the fabric to use my FTBG ruler and made my flying geese properly.  I don't like how the intersection of the block is a little off-about an eighth off.  So I ripped the seam out and will redo it tonight or this weekend.  I had hoped to sew it last night (just one seam!) but we had a pack meeting and Red had a math worksheet he was struggling with.

Monday, January 22, 2018

on the other BOM. . .

So now I'm working on BOM #2.  This one isn't nearly as old-this is from 2017!  I blithely made one block and then (as usual) I got stuck on the next one.

I don't remember the name of this one but it was fairly easy to sew.

This block is the arrowhead.  I had a tough time (obviously) with this one.  I still didn't get it right but decided to move on.  My sister recommended I try to make the block with some other fabric just to check it out.  The base for the arrowhead is 2 x 2.5 inches.  I bet I am sewing it together with the wrong orientation.  I hope I can try it out tonight but I have a cub scout committee meeting.  I started on the corner blocks this weekend and finished one.  I'll try to take some pics tonight.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Back at work

I'm back at work today and the boyos are back at school.  It was downright chilly though.  I couldn't believe the size of these icicles.  This is very unusual for us.
I kept slogging away at my blocks yesterday and I am happy to say that I completed all of the blocks for this BOM. This was my penultimate block called Journey's end.  I had to re-stitch one of the corner triangle sets repeatedly though.  I just couldn't get it right.  It's still not perfect but it will do. 

And this cottage block.  I had thought it would be the most difficult block and I was right.  Part of it was that I wasn't very accurate in my cutting back in the day and part of it was that the top of the cottage and the chimneys didn't fit together properly.  It took a lot of trimming, resewing, trimming, resewing to get it looking like this.  I'm really proud and happy that I finished all of the blocks.  Below is a really bad cell phone picture of all the blocks. Next up I need to do the sashing which is such a snoozer!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


So we have another day off!  It is literally freezing outside with leftover ice from yesterday so the schools called it off for another day.  In actuality it is a beautiful, if cold, day with clear blue skies and bright sun.  My toes are freezing in my slippers!

So I have two blocks left to make. The little house was already cut out.  I'll have to double check and make sure it was cut out correctly before I sew.  And last night before calling it quits I cut out block number twelve!  I would like to finish these two blocks today.  I really want to do a quick quilt kit but I should at least do the sashing before moving on.  Otherwise I risk this being an UFO for even  longer!

an icy day off. . .

So the boyos' schools were closed and mine was too-so we had an unexpected day off.  I kept on sewing blocks. I started with the one from yesterday. I made the mistake of leaving too many pieces on my cutting table and had a few bad moments when my math looked off.  Then I realized that I had the wrong pieces in my hands and shoved them into the bag of extra fabric.  Happily I finished the block.  And took a photo to send my sister.  Hmmmmmm.

Something looked off.  I never noticed it!
So a quick correction was in order. ;-)

Then I moved to the next block.  I had fun trying the pieces in different ways.  Any of these three would make a great block.

And this one is called Crossroads.  I actually reversed the red and blue colors when I first made it-and it spiraled the wrong way. So I cut it out again and made it properly.  


 It's a top!  My goal for my two week vacation was to get this to a top and here it is!