This is the May sheep blanket from a pattern by Buttermilk Basin.

Sunday, June 22, 2008


Look what I won! Stina http://kvilstina.blogspot.com/ was having a giveaway for her 100th post. I don't often win things so I was very surprised when she notified me that I had won. It is just the cutest mini quilt. And she also sent some chocolate candy. Who wouldn't like that! The pinwheels are 30's type fabrics. She did nice embroidery on the border. Thank you Stina. My friends that were over yesterday really liked the quilt also. A couple of them were thinking that maybe they could make one similar for the quilt guild mini auction that will be held at the next show. Stina lives way across the ocean from me but I feel like she is a very good friend. The internet brings us quilters together.I had nine guests yesterday for our monthly Saturday get together. We had a really good time. There were seven Bonnet Girl blocks turned in. The bigger block with the blackboard, students, and school teacher still needs a little work. We have to cut Pat a little slack on that as she had more applique to do than anyone else. We decided on a layout for the quilt. The teacher block (and Pat is a high school home ec teacher) will go in the middle. There will be a block above & below it and one on each side. The blocks will be framed with a darker color. The rest of the quilt will be filled in with a pale floral fabric that looks a bit old-fashioned.
Kenyan brought a guest. It was Ann for Oklahoma. Ann is pictured below showing one of the kimono blocks she & Kenyan have been making this past week. Kenyan says she will show the group how to fold the fabric to create the kimono when she hosts the group. She says it is an origami technique. Ann will be moving to Florida south of me in about 1 1/2 years. Her & hubby already have purchased a town home just across the highway and in a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. Ann just retired from being a grade school art teacher. She always does very creative quilts. Kenyan is also a teacher. Well, really she is what we used to call a school librarian but now they are called a more technical term and I have forgotten exactly what it is. Seems like we were surrounded by teachers yesterday.
The next two pictures are of the ladies working on their wool pincushion kits that I had prepared for them. I think everyone enjoyed making them. Two of the ladies worked fast and got their pincushion all stitched. The others took them home to finish.

I had snack stuff ready for the ladies when they arrived. Fresh strawberries with chocolate dipping sauce, bing cherries (I couldn't find any Ranier cherries, Libby.), watermelon, cheese & crackers, Sarah Lee coffee cake, and fresh baked cookies. With all that, you would think we would have all been stuffed and not ready for lunch. But come 1:00 pm, we were off to a local barbecue restaurant. Lunch tasted really good. And darn, it was about four blocks from a quilt shop. We had a real downpour storm just as we were leaving the restaurant. We braced ourselves and got to the cars and off to the quilt shop.
I noticed that the quilt I had left at the shop about two weeks ago is on one of the big quilting machines ready to be stitched. I haven't had a quilt professionally machine quilted in several years. I will post a picture when I get it back. I expect to get a call Monday or Tuesday telling me it is ready.
I bought some black fabric with a little bit of red on it. Need it for two projects. Other than that, I was good. You've seen my stash, so you know I don't need much of anything.
Pat gave me a tote bag she had made. It is so bright & pretty. She said it was made from some pieces of fabric in a jelly roll. She had made herself one & took it to school with her. Came home with orders for several. It has nice pockets inside. I don't know what pattern she used.

I experimented preparing three hexagons for English paper piecing. I am using 1/2" hexagon pieces. I feel very clumsy trying to hold and do what I need to do. Hope it gets easier soon.

Also, I am trying to figure out how to use the Aunt Philly's toothbrush tool for making a rug. It sure is confusing. It looked so easy when I saw it demonstrated last year. What I saw being demonstrated wasn't the starting part, though. I think I need to buy a DVD with instructions I can view.

Time to end today's post. Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Isn't Stina the sweetest? I love your gift, adorable little quilt. And candy too. YUMMY.

  2. What kind of paper are you using for your English paper piecing. I've tried freezer paper, and because it sticks to the fabric it seems to make the holding together less awkward.

  3. Oh you lucky girl. Stina's little quilt is adorable.

  4. Phew, I'm exhausted just reading that! Seems you girls all had a great day.

  5. I´m soo glad you liked it... and I feel very blessed with wonderful friends like you out in the big big world...the internet is fantastic...!!
    And you sure had a wonderful weekend with your friends...
    Take care...

  6. Congratulations on your bloggy win! Stina is so nice and she does beautiful work :o)

    I knew the pincushions would go over great! Glad you had a nice day with your friends.

  7. Love that prize quilt from Stina - you lucky gal! Looks like you had a lot of fun with your ladies. No matter what kind of cherries . . . I wouldn't pass them up *s*

  8. Oh my, those bonnet gals are darling! I love that they are all so different.

    This is my first visit and I KNOW I'm going to love it here!

    ... and that mini quilt ~ I'm swooning!


  9. That is the cutest little quilt from Stina--lucky you!! What a fun day you girls had and those blocks are all absolutely darling--love them! Cute tote bag too and I really love that apple chair it's hanging on!!
    You have been very busy :)