Sunday, August 30, 2015

Another Slow Stitching Sunday

Somehow a whole month almost slipped by between my posts. How does that happen? I may have been negligent with my posting, but I have been working on projects.

Today I finished the binding on my alphabet quilt from Moda's Spell It With Fabric Designer blog hop last year. I used a jelly roll to make the letters and a bold alphabet print for the backing.

During the last Sleep At Home retreat I finished another patriotic top. While trying to fix a couple of misplaced blocks, I had all kinds of help from Jasper.
After relocating him to his own chair next to mine, I was able to complete the top. It just needs a couple of borders now.

I've been sewing Time Warp Stars, too, and really need to lay them all out for another group picture. There is one star to do and I'll be up to date.

Spent a couple of days at the AQS Show in Grand Rapids. It's always fun to see friends, all of the amazing quilts and vendors (did I mention vendors).

We were fortunate to be in Chicago taking in two Tigers/Cubs games at Wrigley Field. And we won them both! It's been a brutal season, but a faithful
fan sticks with the team through the good and the bad.

Linking up with Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Slow Stitching Sunday

One more block hand pieced so that makes six - halfway there! They are getting a bit more challenging.

I also sewed a little nine patch quilt for Kathleen Tracy's July small quilt challenge. Nine patches are my favorite blocks so I couldn't pass up this opportunity. My quilt has 1 1/2" nine patches and finishes 10 1/2" x 12 1/2".

Linking up with Kathy for her Slow Stitching Sunday.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

More Slow Stitching

Those fabric pieces from last Sunday are now sewn together to make blocks for April and May. Getting June and July prepped now.

Then I needed borders for my patriotic quilt from here. It took longer to press this top afterwards than it did to sew it. (or so it seemed)

Jim and I visited the Castle Museum in Saginaw to see a Lego display depicting buildings from Saginaw. It was amazing! I can't imagine how many hours and the skill involved in this undertaking.

Linking up with Kathy for her Slow Stitching Sunday. Have a great week!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Some Hand Piecing

I was sorting through several piles of projects (and I have plenty of them to go through) and found a BOTM project from 1997. Three blocks had been finished before it was put "in the pile" for whatever reason. The blocks were hand pieced. It was either get rid of or finish, so today I prepared the April and May blocks and will try to finish this UFO before 2016 rolls around.  The fabrics will take you on a trip down memory lane!

Also finished the first five rows for the Temecula Quilts Summer Sampler. Half way done now! Several friends and I are doing the blocks as they were in the original quilt.

Linking up with Kathy for her Slow Stitching Sunday.

Saturday, July 11, 2015


I've been playing catch-up with the Temecula Quilt blog summer sew along. The fifth week was given on Monday and I'm one block shy of finishing row 4.

Also made more Time Warp Stars to catch me up on those blocks. Don't know where that shadow came from on the first photo.

            And finally, my little Hen Pecked quilt is big stitched and bound!

              Hope you all find some time to stitch or sew this week-end!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

                                     Happy 4th of July everyone!

June was a whirlwind month of activity. We had a graduation, a wedding, a trip to Ohio and Kentucky and a surgery. Looking forward to a slower pace in July.

A couple of Time Warp Stars were added to my pile.

This is my brother, Jim with his beautiful daughter, Amy. She had an outdoor wedding with Lake Michigan as the backdrop.

On the way to the wedding, we passed this building which had us both laughing. Love the cow print awnings over the windows!

I hope everyone enjoys the holiday week-end!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Graduation in Wisconsin and more

Last Sunday we were fortunate to be in Wisconsin to watch our grandson, Ian graduate from high school. He was also one of his class speakers and did an awesome job. He will leave at the end of the month for basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. The years went by so quickly and we are so proud of him.

On our ride home, we managed to hook up with a storm heading east, also. It got so bad at one point that we took the next exit to wait it out. We couldn't see anything, but the semi trucks seemed to have no problem as they continued to whiz by. It was so good to get home.

When we reached home, there were new blooms greeting us in the yard.

Annie immediately climbed on top of Jim's suitcase as if to say, this isn't leaving home again without me.

On Wednesday and Thursday, I was sewing at the June Sleep At Home Retreat. This month several of us made cases to hold a pincushion and bobbin donuts. This pic shows my sister, Connie's on the left and mine is on the right.

I also finished the June challenge for the small quilt group led by Kathleen Tracy. Mine is a bit smaller than the one shown in the book as I used the leftover triangle units from the patriotic quilt I just finished. My blocks finish up at four inches. It was fun and quick to make.

Random four patch blocks sewn from scrap strips cut 1 1/2" wide and below
are my first four blocks for the Summer Sampler quilt that is on the Temecula Quilts blog.

So you can see, it's been a busy week with more of the same coming up!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

June already?

Doesn't it seem like the year is flipping through its calendar pages a little too quickly? Or maybe I'm getting slower each year?

Here's my June quilt for Kathleen Tracy's small quilt challenge. My blocks were made with the leftover 1 1/2" triangle units from the patriotic quilt top I just finished. Therefore, the blocks finished at 4". I had to adjust the rail pieces a bit, but it all worked out. It felt good to find a use for some of the little pieces so quickly.

I also finished the latest Time Warp Star from Barbara Brackman. This one uses stripes.

Linking up with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation here.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Slow Stitching

I'm doing some big stitch quilting on my "Hen Pecked" little quilt for the Whatsnot Club. It's a good project to pick up while watching a little television.

                Linking up with Kathy and her Slow Stitching Sunday here.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Patriotic Stars

Although I'm caught up with the Time Warp Stars, I have been sewing together patriotic stars. Most of these blocks were sewn at The Jane Stickle Retreat in Shipshewana last month. Now I need to find a border and get this one quilted and bound. The blocks measure 8 inches finished and were made from fabrics in my stash.

The addition of these two fabrics has me smiling from ear to ear. So many possibilities.

I'm linking up with Show Off Saturday here.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Twenty Stars

I'm caught up with my Time Warp Stars! I didn't have an overdyed green solid that fit the bill, so found a print that I thought was close. The second one is my star using an excentric print. Now I have an even twenty!

The next picture is the mystery quilt from last month's Quilted Cottage University. The fabrics were definitely out of my comfort zone, but it was fun to follow the instructions each month. We had no idea where this mystery was going until the very end.

Linking up with Quilt Infatuation here!

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.