Monday, May 25, 2015

All But One

Happy Memorial Day! 

Almost caught up with the Time Warp Stars from Barbara Brackman. I just need the overdyed green solid to be up to date.

Annie kept trying to get in the photo. When I placed the first star on the carpet, there she was snuggling right up next to it. I had to relocate her several times before I got them all laid out.

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times here.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Holiday Week-end

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day week-end. We are staying home with no particular schedule to follow. There is a plan for bar-b-qued ribs one day.

When Barbara Brackman started posting her Time Warp Stars, I was on board and made the first one using Turkey Red fabric. Then somehow the needed fabrics for the stars were recorded on paper and not stitched. The other day I saw Kyle's progress with her stars and it motivated me to get back to them. Thank you! My sister, Connie and I are both catching up now.

I have cut out the backgrounds for the nineteen stars and am sewing as I find the right fabrics needed for each week. So far, I have turkey red, purple, double pink, Prussian blue, green calico, cheddar and conversation prints. If I find a better choice later, I can always sew a second star as they are quick and easy.

I'm linking up with Show Off Saturday here.

Sunday, May 17, 2015


Spent a little time outside today in my flowers (weeds), but it became hot very quickly.  So it was kind of a lazy Sunday most of the day. The lilacs are in full bloom and I love their fragrance.

Tonight I worked on a little mug rug to take to the guild meeting for our tea party. Finished it just as the Tigers were losing the game to St. Louis.

I'm linking up with Kathy and her Slow Stitching Sunday and also with SuperMomNoCape here.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Last week

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day last Sunday. It was a bit rainy here, but I enjoyed a nice visit from my two sons and daughter-in-law. Flowers arrived from Wisconsin from daughter and family and also came with my guests. Then there was this raspberry cream puff pie to consume!

Last week at the Sleep At Home Retreat, we had a class to make this little duffle. The pattern actually includes instructions for four sizes which can all be made from a half yard of fabric.

And finally, I was able to finish the little quilt for our next Whatsnot Club. This mini measures 10 1/2" x 11 1/2". The HSTs finish at one inch.

Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation here.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Slow Stitching Sunday

The sun is shining and warm breezes are drifting through the open windows.  It's a beautiful day! I am enjoying the Tigers' ballgame as I work on some hand stitching from The Red Button Company called Little Red Nine.

Linking up with Kathy for Slow Stitching Sunday.

And the Tigers win!

P.S. I finished binding this Whatnots quilt in April so that lets me link up with Julie here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

More Projects

I've been working on several smaller projects while I was avoiding General Jack. Here are some pillowcases made for the children's hospital in Ann Arbor.

My local quilt shop is offering Kim Diehl's Whatnots Club. Here are my first two little quilts. These are so much fun to make and I love the fabrics. So far, I'm up to date, too.

The annual Habitat for Humanity Quilt Show and Auction was another huge success. My friends started this fund raiser at their church fourteen years ago and have raised $148,499 to date.These were my donations this year: Frozen pillowcases, needle keeps and a little purse.

Covered an old office chair for my sewing room. It's amazing how the sewing themed fabric transformed an ugly chair into one I'm happy to have in my room.

Linking up with Freemotion By The River!
Still working on the picture problem....

Friday, April 24, 2015

Success at last!

I didn't want to do another post until my General Jack quilt was pieced. Well, that turned out to be a tad longer than I would have liked. But, it is now a flimsy! Not the best picture, but you can see it is in one piece. It's about 44" square.

This little zipper bag was made in a class from a local quilt shop. It was intensive, but not difficult. I hope to make more before I forget how to do it.

Lots to catch up on. I won't wait so long for my next post!

p.s. My photos seem to be off. Will have to explore what happened. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Getting There

This General Jack quilt is taking much longer than I had anticipated. The pieces have been sewn into blocks or sections. Just can't seem to get them all into a top form. This is the center section.

Here's one problem I have been having with getting the little stars sewn into border form.

He's very persistent! When he wants attention, he means NOW! Notice he is sticking his tongue out at me. Well, actually, he was in the middle of a bath.

This is sort of what the quilt will look like one of these days. There are a couple of borders in between the center section and the star borders. If Jasper cooperates, I may get this one together yet.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

More Little Stars

Still working with those 1 1/2" half square triangle units in order to make my little stars. Getting really close now. I think I only need three or four more.

These finish at four inches and there are forty of them that create the borders for this quilt.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Retreat Week-end

This is where I spent the first week-end of 2015! We had a wonderful time and sewed hundreds of half square triangle units for our General Jack quilts. There were17 in our group. Meals are divided up between us. We eat very well and are responsible for just one meal.

This is my progress so far. The corners will have a star within a star block and then it will have a border of little star blocks. HSTs are done and will become stars soon.

Happy New Year everyone!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Goodbye 2014

No, I didn't get lost in Shipshewana! It's been awhile since my last post. I swear the days go by quicker and quicker as each year passes. We had eight deaths in our church family in a ten week period. I was ill for almost two weeks and then I sliced my right eyelid and needed six stitches just a few days before Christmas. I was so fortunate that my eye wasn't damaged. I haven't done much of anything sewing related, but I sure hope to change that with the new year.

Shipshewana was another wonderful retreat with 120 quilters attending from around the world. The weather outside was frightful, but the sewing room was delightful. Rosemary made another Smile Box of photos from Show and Tell. You can see it here.

Several of us worked on our Woodlands Quilt. This was a free pattern online using Jo Morton fabrics. I have the blocks all together, but need to add the borders. This was a fun quilt to sew, but there sure were lots of half square triangles.

Next project waiting to sew is called General Jack. I bought this kit at Caroline's in Rome, IN, about a year ago. There will be several of us sewing this quilt at the retreat in Chesaning this week-end. Isn't being at a retreat a great way to begin the new year!

As with every previous January, I have high expectations for a fabulous new year and kept resolutions. Have to have hope!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year! May your sewing machine and needles get
lots of use. I look forward to seeing the results.

p.s. Thanks, Tracy!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Brrrrr. It's November!

My Prairie Rose was quilted and waiting for me at The Cottage last week. Now it's binding time! I'm really happy to have this almost done. Here is my friend, Sisley, trying it out. I used a wool batt and with the cooler weather coming, we'll need this on our bed.

I added a few more scrappy lozenges to my pile at the retreat last week. These are so fun to make.

Most of my retreat time was spent cutting out the fabrics for Woodlands. Next week is the Dear Jane retreat in Shipshewana, IN. Woodlands will be my project.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

                         Happy Halloween from my house to yours!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Last Friday was the Halloween party at The Quilted Cottage. We had a smaller turnout this year, but it was still a fun day. I decided to work on the next quilt due for Jo Morton Club. That meant I needed 41 little nine patches in different blues. I had cut my strips beforehand, so I was ready to go. When I reached the 36 finished nine patches mark, I suddenly realized that I had done them wrong. Yikes! Here's a sample of the mistakes and one correct block.

The nine patches were to be set alternately with different 2 3/4" squares of the blues used in the blocks. I had carefully read how wide and how many strips of backgrounds and blues, but then proceeded to sew. After all, I know how to make a nine patch! However, a nine patch can have light corners or dark corners and this quilt was meant to have light corners.

Time for a plan B! Found this Andover print at the shop and decided I liked the
look of the little print with the dark blue niners.

I will have a show and tell at the club's next get-together. Mine will be a variation of the one shown.

I'm linking up with Connie at Freemotion by the River today.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Rainbow Scrappy Saturday Blocks

I sewed a few little brown blocks for soscrappy's monthly color challenge. This block was shown on her blog here. I did turn the HST units by accident and decided to leave them that way. These blocks will finish at four inches. I will have fun playing with the secondary patterns. I'm linking with soscrappy today.

Jim has been picking lots of apples from our two trees.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Slow Stitching Sunday

Today I am working on a stitchery kit that I bought a couple of weeks ago at a quilt show. Kits are great to pick up and work on when you don't want or don't have the time to put items together for a pattern. I'm also linking up with Kathy for her Slow Stitching Sunday.

The burning bush is turning red and the leaves are falling from the trees. Won't be long now until I start my countdown for spring.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mid October

This is my pile of fifteen double churn dash blocks made with scrappy reds and blues. It is an exchange in our guild this year. Every other month we will have a different block with specific colors to make. They will be swapped out and we'll get a variety of blocks back. I spent almost three days at the last retreat making these!

My Marcus Brothers Friends and Companions Mystery blocks are now a top! I was surprised that nine little 8" blocks became a 60 1/2" square quilt! This was a wonderful sew along.

The latest "homework" for QCU next week. When Moda University ended, our shop started its own school of higher learning. Quilted Cottage University meets once a month with different 'professors' giving a presentation each meeting. We are currently working on a mystery quilt. This is the current block.

And because she looks so cute, here's a pic of Annie.

                       Off to catch up on my Austen Family Album blocks.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fantastic Fall

The weather has just been fantastic this past week ! Sunshine and mid seventies temps. Perfect weather to finish out the regular baseball season, too. And the Tigers did finally win their fourth divisional title! They waited until the very last day, but who doesn't need a little drama!

I made the last block for the Marcus Brothers Friends and Companions Designers Mystery. This Friday we will be given the put together how to. These blocks were fun to sew and I love the colors.

My daughter-in-law's mom and nephew came over from Germany to visit. We had them here for dinner and a day in Frankenmuth. She doesn't speak any English and I don't speak German, but we had three good translators. I was gifted with this beautiful table runner. She does beautiful knitting and crochet work.

My hibiscus had more blooms this year than other years. Must have been the rain and cooler temps at just the right time.

My brother, Paul and his wife, Kelly came to Michigan to see their new grandson! This is a family pic taken last Saturday. My mom and dad, brothers and sisters, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law hoping to celebrate the Tigers clinching the American League Central title for the fourth straight year. The Tigers waited until Sunday, but we had a wonderful time together anyway.

In July, Rosemary Youngs came to the sleep at home retreat at The Cottage! We like to work on similar projects or even the same project, at times. Here is Helen, Connie, Rosemary and me with our Market Days tops. Somewhere I have a picture of the smaller size quilt, too. I'll keep looking.