Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Welcome to all! It's a pin cushion frenzy here. I am having so much fun making them. How many pin cushions are too many? That I haven't decided. I have another couple patterns that I am waiting to arrive in the mail as I intend to make a few more. I need to shop for a basket to display them in. And some wool in a navy blue like the American flag. My navy wool is almost black.

I have made nine more Civil War blocks. Some were easy and some were a bear to piece. I was sure glad to get the middle one in the third row over with. It doesn't look like it would be all that hard but it was. The stars in the bottom right hand block are teensy tiny. I think they end up being a two inch square. I thought I would have a mess for sure but the block went quite well. The two inch blocks would be cute in a doll quilt.
Speaking of doll quilts, look what Amazon delivered to me today. It's always fun to get quilty kind of stuff in the mail. I kept seeing little quilts on different blogs and decided I need to make a couple myself. "Prairie Children and Their Quilts" was the book most often mentioned so I ordered it. The author is Kathleen Tracy. Well, to get free shipping, I needed to order another book. I picked "American Doll Quilts", also by Kathleen Tracy. I am pleased with both books. I don't know how soon I will be making one. Also, I don't have a doll bed or a doll to display them on or with. Sounds like another purchase, huh?

Nothing else exciting to report at the moment. I still need to take more pictures of quilts in the cabinets but that will need to wait for another day. Thanks for stopping by.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008


Happy Thursday to all! For those of you that have jobs outside the home, it's almost Friday! I well remember the days of waiting for Friday afternoon to arrive so that the weekend would get here. I have been retired for almost ten months. The joy of not having to get up and get to work by 8 AM is still an excitement. Only thing is, there still aren't enough hours in the day to accomplish all that I want to do.

I am posting a picture of all my Civil War blocks in a group as requested. When I first found out that a request was made for the Sew Many Blocks group members to do this, I was in a panic. I thought that I only had four blocks to show. Then I found a fifth that had fallen to the floor. Still not enough when I saw some members having made so many. I got a later start on the project than some but still should have accomplished more. I also started with harder blocks which are slower to make up. I decided I needed to have seven to show. Where I came up with that magical number, I don't know. So I switched to making some easier blocks and made the two. Still not enough. I should have two rows of four each. Then the two rows did not seem to be enough. I could have three rows of three each if I made one more block. Well, you get the picture. Once you get going, it's hard to stop. I ended up with eighteen for the photo. It helps to have them all displayed together where you can see them. It gives me an idea of whether I am using too much of one color or too many darks, etc. I am looking forward to visiting the different blogs to see everyone's blocks.

Now back to showing you pictures of quilts from the quilt cabinets. The red & black quilt with all the spikes was made as a shop sample. The shop owner asked me to use some muslin panels she had in stock where you sew on the preprinted lines instead of using paper. She had a whole bolt and no one was buying them. I made the sample for her and she ended up selling out of the panels and ordered another bolt. Sewing on the muslin foundation was not a lot of fun for me. I did not like the additional bulk it added to the quilt. It does make a striking design, though.

The next quilt was also done as a shop sample for Carol (Brown Quilts). Carol is retired now but her shop was a favorite of mine. Her whole shop was my style of fabrics and patterns. I was sad to see her close the shop but everyone deserves to retire when the time comes. The pattern is "Country Crossroads" and is a Jo Morton pattern. The quilt was made in 2000. It is machine pieced and hand quilted.

The last picture is a churn dash block and set together using Sharyn Craig's Twist & Turn method. The quilt was made in 1997. It is machine pieced and machine quilted.

Glad you stopped by a visit. Your comments are much appreciated!


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Monday, April 21, 2008


The pin cushion bug has grabbed hold of me. I have made two more and have more patterns to choose from for a plethora of pin cushions. I am using wool for all I have made so far. I used crushed English walnut shells for filling the two in the photo today. I made one more but can't show it to you as it is for a pin cushion trade. I don't want to spoil the surprise of which one I chose to make. I ordered a couple more patterns. I hope I don't run out of steam before I get them made up.

I took the pin cushion photo with them propped up against the back of a pillow on the sofa. Thought I might as well photograph the front and show the pillow.
I took time this morning to make another CW block. The block is called "Sad Fate". I see I didn't get the block smoothed out very well for the photo. I faux paper pieced the center of the block and then switched to regular machine piecing for the rest. I found that the EQ pattern discs do not always break the block down enough for paper piecing. I am wondering if others have found this to be true or maybe I am doing something wrong.
On to a few more pictures taken at the Seaside Piecemakers quilt show I attended earlier this month. Enjoy! The first quilt is from a pattern that I have partially appliqued and set aside. I need to get back to mine and finish it. I just have too many irons in the fire.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. As always, your comments are much appreciated or just say "hi" to let me know you were by for a look.


Friday, April 18, 2008


Thanks for stopping by for a visit. It has been a beautiful day. High of about 79 and sunny.

I am posting some photos that I want to share with you. The first is of a Civil War block that I finished. Again, I used the faux paper piecing method to make it and I am pleased. This block pattern is "Lost Dispatches, Letters, and Papers".
In a previous post, I asked for suggestions for filling in pin cushions. I wanted something heavier than a poly fiber stuffing. Thanks to some very helpful bloggers, I got the answers I needed. The first one I made is the beehive. I used crushed English walnut shells for the filling. I found it at a pet store in the reptile section. You get a fair sized bag for not a lot of money. The sheep pin cushion has decorator sand with some lavender seeds added. The sand makes a heavier pin cushion. I had a suggestion to use lavender seeds. They are light weight so I decided just to add some in with the sand. I think I like the crushed walnut shells the best. I think price per cushion would be less using the shells. I will use whichever is readily available when I make one. I am starting a collection of pin cushions. I wonder how many people will want to be on my Christmas list this year when I start making extras?
I attended a quilt show earlier this month put on by the Seaside Piecemakers. The quilt pictures are from that show. I have a few more to post but got an error while trying to download them. I will try again on another post. I don't have much info on these quilts but they are interesting. I do know that the cat quilt is a Buggy Barn pattern. Enjoy!

Your comments are always appreciated. I love hearing from you.


Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Hello to all! We had a wonderful week with our "oldest & dearest" friends. They arrived on April 5th and left yesterday. We did some of our traditional things that we always seem to do and a few new things. One of the new things was a trip to Gatorland Zoo. Gatorland has been around for many, many years. I had not been there since we first moved to Florida about 22 years ago. It was very interesting seeing all the gators and other wildlife. The gator wrestling show was good. The man banded one of the gator's mouth and then let anyone who wanted to sit on it's back and have a picture taken. Not something any of us wanted to do. There were two other shows that we saw. Worth a visit if you have the time and any money left after visiting Disney World and Universal Studios. We also went to two different wetland areas and saw gators in the wild. The weather was picture perfect most of the week. Our friends enjoyed the beach and sunning by our pool. The pool water was warm enough that we all got in and floated around. We sure miss our friends now that they have gone home but we will be visiting them this summer.

I made another Civil War block. This one was done using the faux paper piecing method. My first attempt doing the "faux" method and I am pleased with the result. Thank you Judy (Quilting With Ragdolls). The block pattern is "Harassment". By the way, I hang the quilts that I can on my design wall. I have what is called "Block Butler" on the wall. It is somewhat sticky and threads are always stuck to it so that is what you see around the blocks or quilts when I photograph them. Next I will share with you a few more pictures of quilts in the quilt cabinets. The first quilt is a small one and is titled "Wild Goose Chase". I was inspired by a Smithsonian quilt made in the late 19th century. I made it in 1997 for my guild's miniature auction. It is what is called a silent auction. I have a funny story for you. I donated it to the auction and then bought it back because I liked it so well and did not want to make another. I had to pay $65.00 for it because a fellow guild member kept bidding on it. I learned a lesson to just make a miniature, donate it, and forget about bidding on it to get it back! The quilt is machine pieced and hand quilted.

The Apple Core quilt was made in 1995. I used Sharlene Jorgensen's Apple Core acrylic template to rotary cut all the pieces. It is a fairly easy quilt to piece because the template has gentle curves. I like plaid fabrics and enjoyed making this. The quilt is machine pieced and hand quilted.
The third quilt is one I designed and it is titled "Cumberland Star". I chose that name because a good bit of the fabric is from the Cumberland line of fabric that Fons & Porter designed several years ago. The star blocks are the LeMoyne Star pattern. It was made in 1998 and is machine pieced and hand quilted.
The fourth quilt pictured is a feathered star design that I did for RJR fabrics. The company provided the fabrics, I designed and made the quilt for them to display at market, and then I got it back to keep. It is titled "Devonshire Star". I think Devonshire must have been the name of the fabric line but I don't remember for sure. It is machine pieced and hand quilted. The border with the scallops was fussy cut from a Jinny Beyer border print. They are machine appliqued on to the base fabric.
I have quilt show pictures to share with you but am going to save them for another post. My husband is cooking dinner and maybe I should help just a little. Stayed tuned for more photos.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.


Monday, April 7, 2008


This past Saturday was get-together day for my small group of fellow primitive quilting friends. It was Susan's turn to have us to her home. Susan has wonderful primitive decorations all over her home. I took a few pictures to share with you.
The first two pictures were taken in her main bathroom. She uses a quilt for a shower curtain. It would be easy to change it with the different seasons and holidays. I did not photograph every thing in the bathroom but she has wonderful primitive things placed all around in that room. I just love it.

The third picture is of a spring quilt hanging in her dining room. She changes the quilt for different seasons and holidays. Susan does such beautiful applique! The last picture is of what I would call a floor cloth but she is using it as a table mat. It is probably made with what I call sail cloth that has a base coat painted on it, then it is painted with the design, and finally a sealing coat on top. I have wanted to make one for ages. I never would have thought of putting it on the table instead of the floor. Great idea.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. I will be posting more pictures of my quilts from the cabinets, so stay tuned.


Saturday, April 5, 2008


It's Saturday morning and a beautiful sunny day so far, though there is rain in the forecast for sometime today. I leave in just a bit for a get-together with my quilter friends, Carol (Brown Quilts), Jeanne, & Susan. We will stitch for a while, go out to lunch and then stitch some more. Susan is the host today. She says that we are going to "Squid Lips" for lunch. I have never been there but Susan assures that it is good eating. It is a new seafood restaurant that has opened.

I don't have much time this morning, so I will get on with a description of the quilts I have selected to show you today.

The first quilt has a pieced center and a stenciled border. The border doesn't show all that well in this picture. There are village scenes and each side represents a different season. The fall side is my favorite. The quilt was made in 2000. It is machine pieced and hand quilted.

The second quilt has has stenciling on it. Sometimes when I show this and the person isn't up close, they think it is appliqued. It is a Rose of Sharon design and was made in 2000. It is hand quilted.

The third quilt is a patttern from a Sarah Nephew book and is made using a 60 degree angle ruler that she puts out. It has a somewhat contemporary look but using "country" colors. I used a skyscraper print fabric for the backing on this one. It was not hard to make. I just had to keep track of what went where to get the correct effect. The quilt was made in 1999. It is machine pieced and quilted.

Now to the last quilt. It is called "Hill and Dale" and was made in 1999. I like the setting fabric that I used. It has trees and what looks like mountains in the background. I thought it was a good choice to use with the pieced trees. It is machine pieced and hand quilted.

I need to get myself in gear and get ready for a fun day with friends. Thanks for stopping by.

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Thursday, April 3, 2008


Welcome back! I am posting four more pictures of quilts from the quilt cabinets. Hope you aren't getting tired of this because there are several quilts to go yet.

The first quilt is called "Fala Remembered". The pattern for the dog has been around for quite some time. I understand that it was created in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's dog, Fala. I made the quilt in 1999. It is machine pieced and hand quilted.

The second picture is of a quilt entitled "Wedding Star". It was published in American Patchwork & Quilting. The design was inspired by a quilt pattern designed by Sharlene Jorgenson called "Diamond Double Wedding Ring" I added the star in the center of each ring. The block in the center of each star is formed by four squares fussy cut from matching print design sort of like "Stack & Whack". I individually cut each square separately because the "Stack & Whack" method was not known at the time. The quilt was made in 1994. It is machine pieced and hand quilted. I was part of a group of quilters that were studying design methods under teacher, Cindy Blackberg. Cindy was chosen to take classes at the Houston quilt show at their expense one year. She was then to decide what she wanted to teach to a group that would make quilts for a special exhibit the following year at the Houston show. "Wedding Star" is what I designed and made. It was fun to see it hanging at the show.

The third quilt is the same pattern as the previous one only I did not make the star center square in four pieces. I used a novelty print and fussy cut the cats' heads. It was made in 1996 and is machine pieced and hand quilted.

The last picture is of a scene that I made. I was inspired by a jigsaw puzzle picture. I'm sorry that I don't remember which artist's picture it was. I had to simplify the design and change things a bit. The quilts on the clothesline, the dog, the window scene, fir trees, flowers, and windmill are fussy cut from novelty type prints. I find it fun and interesting to find what can be used in a print when I do one of these scenes. The various parts are fused and then lightly satin stitched by machine. The quilt is machine quilted.

I hope you have enjoyed viewing these quilt pictures. More to come.


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Tuesday, April 1, 2008


As promised, here are more quilts from the cabinets. The first quilt was inspired by a quilt made by Harriet Hargrave. Hers has nine patches and I chose the Friendship Star. I saw a picture of her quilt in a magazine ad at one time. Now you can see it in the book "The Art of Classic Quiltmaking" by Harriet Hargrave and Sharyn Craig. There is no pattern given. I drafted my own. Harriet was inspired by an antique quilt top she has in her collection. I like to use flying geese blocks in my quilts. My quilt was machine pieced and hand quilted in 1999.
Many of you know that I collect chicken items. I want to share with you two chicken quilts. Well, one is still just a top. The red, black, and white one was created from a variety of block patterns or drawings that I did. The chickens are fused and hand button hole stitched. I like the background fabric that I chose. It looks like old time advertising. I machine quilted this one. It was finished in 2002.

The chicken top consists of blocks that were made by several people including myself. I received blocks as a going away gift from guild friends, as birthday blocks, and chicken block trades via the mail. I had many more blocks than are in this quilt top. The setting for the blocks was inspired by a quilt pictured in "Smashing Sets" by Margaret Miller. There was no "map" to go by, just the quilt picture. There used to be a chicken swap group on the internet. I participated a couple times and that was fun. I don't think there has been any activity in that trade group in quite some time since.

The last quilt is a big one. It is called "Oh My Stars". Again those flying geese! The quilt was machine pieced and hand quilted. I used many different fabrics in it. I think it makes a great scrap quilt pattern. The pattern came from an American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine. I made the quilt in 1999. I was living in South Carolina at the time. Two friends from Florida came to visit for a week. I had cut out a large amount of blocks for each of them before they came. I told them ahead of time that we would be sewing. They were to bring some fabric of their own but, other than telling them that the quilt would have a "country" flavor, the project would be a mystery. I cut out the rest of their pieces after they arrived. What a great week we had visiting, sewing, eating out, laughing, etc. My friend Karen was one of the visitors. I think she surprised herself as much as the rest of us as to how much she accomplished on the block sewing during that week. I am a slave driver!

Today my daughter and kids came for a visit. They live about 65 miles away which is not all that far but we don't get to see a lot of them. My daughter is a nurse. She works every weekend, working two 16 hour shifts. She is off during the week so that she can be there to get kids ready for school and be there when they get home. The kids are at school during the week, so it doesn't work out much where we get to see them. Our daughter also keeps a 2 1/2 year old little girl in the mornings, so she can't take off and come over here. Things clicked today as the little girl left early and it is spring break for the grandchildren. They came over and initiated the pool for the first time this season. The pool was 74 degrees today....too cool for me but kids don't care.

I finished hand quilting the "Poppy Ladies" quilt. I need to do the binding and then I will post a finished picture of it.

Glad you stopped by for a visit.

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