Nov
18

Quilt Guild Challenge

Posted Sunday, November 18th, 2018 in Quilting | Read More

In 2017 I joined the Common Threads quilt guild. The first year I watched from the sidelines , only joining the Secret Pal swap. I missed a few meetings and was just not feeling connected. This year I decided to participate in some of the swaps, again joined the Secret Pal swap, and signed up for the challenge. I have been taking quilts for Show and Tell and have made a couple quilts for the charity, Moms2Be.

The challenge was to use at least ten “orphan” blocks to make a quilt or “whatever your heart desires”. We were encouraged to bring in any unwanted orphan blocks to share with other members. Going through my box, I found several blocks to share. For my quilt, I chose blocks that were red, blue or both. Some of the blocks were left over from previous quilts and some were test blocks to try out a new die or template. I also challenged myself to make the quilt using only fabrics that I had in my stash. I found a large piece for my background that was backing left from another quilt. I framed some of the blocks with fabric from my scrap bag. The backing fabric was a large piece that I bought at a garage sale years ago. I was saving it for backing and it was just the right color for this quilt.

The November meeting was a chili cook-off and the Challenge Quilt Reveal. After the meal, the quilts were paraded around the room to allow everyone to get a good look at them. They then were placed on tables and the floor for everyone to get up close and choose their favorite quilt. I didn’t win but thoroughly enjoyed the process. I can’t wait to see what the challenge will be for 2019.

This is a picture of my quilt that was taken as it was being shown at the meeting.


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Sep
21

A Halloween Mystery Quilt 2018

Posted Friday, September 21st, 2018 in Quilting, mystery quilt | Read More

I have made quilts and table runners with holiday themes but I never made a Halloween quilt. When I saw the free Halloween quilt-along at Fort Worth Fabric Studio I decided it was time to make one.  I had to go shopping because I did not have any Halloween fabric in my fabric stash. I found some nice Halloween prints of spider webs, glow in the dark eyes, bats, candy corn, pumpkins, and some nice black and orange pin dots. The background fabric has white ghosts printed on the white fabric. This was all purchased before I won the Halloween basket as shown in my previous post. I am sure there will be another Halloween quilt in the future!

The first clue gave the cutting instructions for the entire quilt. I cut it out and labeled the pieces. I made the blocks as the clues were presented.  The last clue gave the instructions for assembling the blocks into a quilt top. This is a wall hanging size quilt, about 38 inches square.

I am trying to decide how I want to quilt it. My thoughts are to quilt pumpkin vines and leaves but am still pondering the design. Do you have a suggestion? Tell me how you would quilt it in the comments section below.


The instructions for the quilt are available here - 2018 Boo to You Halloween Mystery Quilt.

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Sep
19

I won a basket of Halloween quilting goodies!

Posted Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 in Quilting | Read More

I am a member of the the Common Threads Ohio Quilt Guild in Columbus and we had a quilt show yesterday. The show featured quilts from Common Threads Guild members. It was fabulous, so many beautiful and well made quilts! In addition to a display of all the wonderful quilts, we raffled a quilt and several fantastic baskets of quilting items. There was one more basket (bucket) of non quilty items such as duct tape, flashlights, etc., called a man bucket.

I bought six tickets and put two of them in the bowl for the Halloween basket. It had a wool pressing mat that caught my eye. I have been wanting one ever since I saw them mentioned in some blogs I follow. Imagine my delight and surprise when my number was called for that basket!

Let me show you what other items were in my basket! (click on the picture for a closer view.)

I have been working on a mystery Halloween quilt and the final clue was published today. Now I will have to make another Halloween quilt to use all of these wonderful fabrics. What fun and a good excuse to make another quilt.


There are so many yummy candies in the basket. I will have to share them with the grandchildren.


There are two packs of holiday napkins, a pattern and a kit with a pattern. The jar is full of Halloween buttons and embellishments and there is also a candle called pumpkin cupcake. This was so much fun to open and examine each item. There are even more items that I haven’t mentioned. Thank you to the person who put this basket together for the guild raffle. I will enjoy it for a long time.


P.S.  I forgot to include a picture of the cat the was in the basket.

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Aug
6

Sami’s Unicorn Pillow

Posted Monday, August 6th, 2018 in Quilting | Read More

Sami loves unicorns! Of course I had to make this unicorn pillow for her. This is an Elizabeth Hartman pattern called “Lisa the Unicorn”. The fabrics in the mane are from a collection of fat quarters that I have in my fabric stash. The horn is a scrap of sequined fabric that was left from a prom dress that I made for her mom in 1997.  The background fabric is a sparkly piece that Sami chose when we went shopping last week.  She also chose a piece for the pillow back that has unicorns and castles. This will be a 26 inch pillow when finished.

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Jul
30

Summer Quilting

Posted Monday, July 30th, 2018 in Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt | Read More

This summer is going by so quickly! It is hard to believe that July is almost gone!

Since the arrival of my new quilting machine and frame, I haven’t done much piecing.  I literally have a closet full of tops to quilt. My plan was to quilt all my Bonnie Hunter mystery quilts first. I could have quilted them on my old machine/frame but they are almost as long as that frame. It would have involved lots of bobbins of thread and a lot of rolling on the frame. I am happy to announce that all of my Bonnie quilts are finished! I quilted Celtic Solstice, En Provence, Grand Illusion, and the last mystery quilt, On Ringo Lake. I also quilted a top from the workshop taught by Bonnie last summer, Tropical Twist.

I enjoy quilting with the new machine! It has been problem free (knock on wood). One of the nice things is that I don’t have to change bobbins as often. I haven’t done dense quilting and only have had to stop to change the bobbin once on each quilt.

Besides the five quilts I mentioned previously, I have quilted five other quilts. The first was a baby panel that I loaded for a practice quilt. I used flannel on the back and it turned out very well. I donated it to Moms2B through my quilt guild. (I forgot to take a picture.) I finished a small house wall hanging , a paper doll quilt with clothes for the dolls, and a wall hanging made from a Moda Frivol.

I did piece and quilt another baby quilt this month for my new granddaughter who is expected in November. I used the Yellow Brick Road pattern with fat quarters I received last Christmas. I had four blocks left over which I made into a doll quilt for her.

I am sorry for the poor photography. We had a rainy week when it was taken.

This is Tropical Twist. It is made entirely from my scraps. The reason I am enjoying Bonnie Hunter’s patterns is because she is a scrap quilter. I have learned how to choose fabrics from my scraps by following her patterns. Thank you Bonnie!

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May
20

Quilting Again!

Posted Sunday, May 20th, 2018 in Quilting | Read More

Last month I made a huge decision to buy a new quilting machine and frame. I had known for a long time that if I bought a longarm machine, that I wanted a Handi Quilter Simply 16 with a 10 foot frame. One of my concerns was the size and fitting it into my sewing room. My daughter told me to buy it and we would make it fit. She helped me carry everything that was stored under my old machine downstairs to make room for a new frame. Most of it was plastic drawers filled with fat quarters and other sewing notions.

I was able to try out a used machine at our local quilt shop. This machine had all the extras with it and was very nice. I was so temped to buy it until I found a new machine at a shop online for almost the same price. I really wanted to support the local shop but I also had to think of my needs. I also discovered that the price was set by the previous owner of the machine and there was no room for negotiation. Used versus new, for the same price…. I went with the new.

The machine and frame were delivered on a pallet and placed in my garage. My son-in-law carried all the boxes upstairs to my sewing room that evening. Bless his heart, they were so heavy! Now I needed to assemble the frame. My sweet daughter volunteered to put it together for me. But first, we needed to reconfigure my room. She is a planner and a perfectionist. She had planned the original layout of the room for me and now was rearranging the placement of my fabric cabinet, recliner, and cutting table. I was resistant  to changing the location of these items but now I am in love with new arrangement. And the greatest part of it all….I have lots of room for the new frame and machine.

This week Jennifer came over and we moved the furniture in my sewing room to get ready for the new frame. Her hubby was going out of town for the night on Friday, so she and the girls came to stay overnight. Jen and I (mostly Jen) worked upstairs, putting the frame together. On Friday she assembled the table and had half of the tracks finished before we went to bed. On Saturday we finished the frame and put the machine on it. Next was to add the front and rear handles and the accessories to the machine. We ordered pizza for dinner and then it was time to play with the machine. I loaded a baby panel for the top and a piece of flannel for backing. Then we played!

This machine has a stitch regulator which I had to learn. My old machine only had a speed control and I had to regulate how fast to move the machine to obtain even stitches. It didn’t take long to get a feel for the new machine. I’M LOVIN’ IT!!!!!!

Sami and I checking it out before I loaded a practice quilt. She loves moving the machine on the tracks. My future little quilter!

Here is my daughter quilting for the first time. She had never quilted on a frame before this. She made feathers on the duck that look fantastic!

Time to quilt!


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May
9

Women of the Bible – 17 & 18

Posted Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 in QAL, Quilting | Read More

The newest blocks in the Women of the Bible series are quick and easy to sew. I chose to use less busy fabrics in these two blocks because some of the previous blocks are very busy.

Block 17 is named Jael. She and her husband hid a Canaanite military leader in their home. As he was sleeping, she killed him. Jael was declared a heroine for bringing down an enemy of Israel.

The 18th block in the series is Tamar. The story of Tamar can be found in Deuteronomy 25: 5-6.

The stories of some of these women of the Bible are quite shocking. They were heroines in their time but would be considered extremely inappropriate and even criminal by today’s standards.

The patterns for these blocks can be found at Prairie Quilt.

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Apr
21

Women of the Bible – 15 & 16

Posted Saturday, April 21st, 2018 in QAL, Quilt Blocks | Read More

The next two blocks for the Women of the Bible sew-along are Deborah and Miriam. Miriam was the sister of Moses. She hid him in a basket in the river when Pharaoh ordered the death of all male Hebrew babies. The name of the block used to represent Miriam is mosaic.

Deborah was a respected judge of Israel. The name of the block for Deborah is Courthouse steps. I may remake this block as I am not really happy with my fabric choises.

A link to these blocks can be found here.

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Apr
8

Trying out a new template

Posted Sunday, April 8th, 2018 in Quilt Blocks, Scrap Quilts | Read More

I watch the Fons and Porter show that is broadcast on Saturday mornings here in Columbus. A couple of weeks ago they used a template from Fons and Porter to make a quilt called Orange Peel Two-Step. It was also featured in their magazine in the March/April issue. I looked up the pattern in my magazine and then ordered the template. It is curved piecing similar to a Drunkard’s Path block. In the TV show, they pieced strips of fabric before cutting the pieces with the templates. A pieced background is then sewn on both sides of the melon shaped  piece. I loved how the different shades played out in the block. When my templates arrived this week, I had to try it out. I used fabric from my scrap bin and a couple fat quarters.

I enjoy sewing curved pieces and have made several drunkard’s path quilts in the past.

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Apr
8

Women of the Bible – 13 & 14

Posted Sunday, April 8th, 2018 in Quilting | Read More

The Women of the Bible blocks this week are Asenath and Jephtah’s Daughter. Asenath was Joseph’s wife and mother of two sons. Her sons became forefathers of two of the twelve tribes of Israel. Jephtah was the son of a prostitute and was an outcast. He became a strong soldier and leader. While in battle, he made a vow to God that he would sacrifice the first person to come out of his house if he would win the battle. He thought that a servant would be the first to greet him but it was his daughter who ran out to meet him.

I used the same fabrics in these blocks that I used in the block for Jezebel. I like to use the same fabrics at least three blocks in a quilt top.

The next two patterns will be available on May 1 at the Prairie Quilt website.

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Mar
17

Women of the Bible – 11 & 12

Posted Saturday, March 17th, 2018 in Quilting | Read More

The blocks this week are named for Naomi and Judith. These were two quick and easy blocks. I did change the way I made the triangle in a square parts of the Judith block. I used my  Tri-Recs tools  instead of following the pattern instructions. It made cutting and constructing it much simpler.

I wasn’t sure I would get them made this week after being sidelined with illness. I am finally feeling well enough to go up to my sewing room and work a bit today. I am also working on another quilt that has been in the UFO pile for years. I will post more about that quilt later. Here are the Naomi and Judith blocks.

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Mar
5

Women of the Bible Blocks 7-10

Posted Monday, March 5th, 2018 in Quilting | Read More

I made blocks 7 and 8 in February but didn’t take pictures of them until I had completed the next two blocks. Block 7 is Rebekah. The designer of the block said she chose Crosses and Losses to reflect Rebekah’s story. The large light hourglass represents Rebekah, the mother caught between her twin sons, represented by the small dark hourglasses.

Block 8 is Ruth, a loyal daughter -in-law to Naomi.


The next two blocks are Bathsheba and Esther. Bathsheba married King David and was the mother of Solomon. Esther was of Jewish heritage and was chosen Queen of Persia.

The next two patterns will be available on March 15th.

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Feb
4

Women of the Bible – Blocks 5 & 6

Posted Sunday, February 4th, 2018 in Quilting | Read More

The latest  blocks are Hagar and Jezebel. I have added new colors for the Jezebel block. I plan to use all of the colors in my pack of fat quarters which includes pink and more blue and yellow fabric. I am using some plain colors that were originally with my 1930s fabrics.

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Feb
3

On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt

Posted Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 in Quilting, mystery quilt | Read More

I put the last stitch into the quilt top today! Yippee!!! I am so glad to be finished with this one. I hit a rough spot when it came to adding the sashing around the blocks. I was ready to move onto something new but I would’t let myself start a new quilt until this top was finished. This past week I started working on it and it was enjoyable again. Sometimes I just need a break from a large project. I read that there are 3339 pieces in the quilt. I haven’t counted so I will go with that number. It just so happens to be my old house number.

Although I haven’t started a new quilt since I began working on this one, I have made some blocks in two sew alongs this year. I am doing the Women of the Bible (see my first 4 blocks here) and also the 1930s Farmer’s Wife Sampler. Two new blocks for the WOB were posted this week and I cut out and sewed them today after finishing the mystery quilt.

I started blocks for the Farmer’s Wife quilt in 2015 but only made 3 blocks. I broke down and ordered Marti Michell templates to help speed the cutting process for Farmer’s Wife. I am using my 1930s reproduction fabrics for this quilt. I will posted more about this quilt along later.

This is a closer view of the mystery quilt.

Bonnie is having a link up party on her blog. To see the mystery quilts others have made click here.

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Jan
24

Prairie Quilt’s Women of the Bible Sew Along

Posted Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 in Quilting | Read More

I  made the first four blocks in a sew-along that I found online. The blocks are named after women of the Bible. The patterns include cutting and sewing instructions, and a short description of that person. Two new patterns are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and the previous patterns are taken down. You can get these patterns by visiting this site, Prairie Quilt.

I have a bundle of fat quarters that I bought last year with no project in mind. I decided they would be perfect for this sew-along. The bundle has a few large print pieces that will work in the larger blocks. The sizes of the blocks vary. I have made two that are 15 inch blocks and two that are 10 inch blocks. The names of these blocks are Rachel, Noah’s wife, Sarah and Eve.

The finished quilt is 110″ X 125″ with borders. I don’t plan to make my quilt that large (it wouldn’t fit my quilt frame). I probably won’t add all the borders.

There is a closed Facebook group, Prairie Quilt’s Women of the Bible Quilt Group,  for people making the quilt.

I have also started making blocks in a sew-along using the 1930s Farmer’s Wife book and my 30s reproduction fabrics. More about that later!

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Jan
8

The Mystery Quilt Reveal

Posted Monday, January 8th, 2018 in Quilting | Read More


Bonnie Hunter revealed the last step of the mystery quilt on New Year’s Day. I think this is one of the prettiest mystery quilts she has made.

I haven’t had time to make all of my blocks yet but I did put a couple of them together.  I have all the parts of the blocks finished but just need to join them. Bonnie is having a Linky Party on her blog. It is so interesting to see the other colorways that people have used. Some are also using different layouts of the blocks. I am trying to decide if I want to make one larger quilt or divide the blocks into two smaller quilts.  I think I am leaning toward one quilt….we will see…

We are having a snow storm as I write this and I cancelled a Dr. appointment this morning.  I plan to work on my blocks today and hopefully have a finished top by the end of the week.


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Jan
7

Christmas 2017

Posted Sunday, January 7th, 2018 in Sewing and Crafting | Read More

This year we had to delay our Christmas party because of the cold weather. Jeff and Christina had frozen water pipes in their house and had to resolve the problems the weekend we had planned to have our party. We had our party this weekend, opening our gifts on Friday evening and spending the day together on Saturday.

We bought a small Janome sewing machine for Sami. It is a very basic, five pound machine with a carrying case. It has different settings for stitch length and runs at a speed slow enough for a child. It forms perfect stitches and is perfect for Sami to learn how to use a sewing machine.

I think I was as excited to give it to her as she was to get it. After all the activity slowed down on Saturday, Sami and I set it up on the card table to try it out. I had some small squares of fabric cut for her to practice on. I asked her what she wanted to make and she said a backpack for her Barbie doll. We made a very primitive bag and put two straps on the top. She was so pleased with her finished product!

I have a small IKEA table and chairs set in my sewing room for her to put her machine on when she is here. She is only four years old and had to stand up to push the foot pedal when we were at the card table. I am hoping she will love sewing as much as I do. She has shown an interest in sewing when I have been working on quilt blocks. She likes to push the scissors button on my machine to cut the thread. She has also shown a huge interest in fabric. I have a container with monkey fabrics that she has claimed.

I am looking forward to spending time sewing with my granddaughter. I plan to move at whatever pace she sets. I want to make it fun for her.

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