Land that I love

June 11, 2014 § 5 Comments









~ A few more photos from our trip.
~ We drove through a lot of rain in South Dakota.
~ It rained in Iowa too.
~ We learned about a radar app for the iPhone that showed the weather we were driving through.
~ We scanned over 1000 slides between my dad’s & my mom’s. (We used this scanner for slides & film)
~ Gary & my brother helped my dad trim some dead branches off one of his trees & split some huge logs he had cut down a couple of years ago.
~ I think I am obsessed with clouds.
~ This might be due to the fact that 90% of the clouds in the Pacific Northwest are a flat marine layer.
~ I love road trips but hate sitting in the car.
~ Knitting keeps me occupied.
~ Except when I knit the pattern wrong & have to knit it three times to get it right.

The road back home

June 9, 2014 § 18 Comments


We traveled back to Minnesota to take care of a few of my mom’s things.  I brought back this project she was working on.  I’m hoping that I will be able to finish it. But I’m not  very good at needle-turn applique.  She had all the fabric & thread in a bag.  We shall see…  The pattern is Reaching Out by Laundry Basket Quilts.


A gravel road separates Minnesota and Iowa.  The State Line – left is Iowa, right is Minnesota.


Here is another quilt top that my mom made.  I’m not sure what she had in mind or what pattern she might have been using. But she loved batiks and this reminds me so much of her.  It looks like a regular Storm at Sea block layout.  It’s only 38″ x 50″.


I wonder if I should find a few more batiks & make it bigger?  Or add a border to make it bigger?  I like it right now without a border, but it’s not a useable size for me.


Trees on my dad’s farm. He lives in Iowa. It was a busy trip.  And it was sad to say good-bye.  But I’m glad I was able to bring home some memories.  I just can’t put it all into words right now.

Before & After

May 28, 2014 § 9 Comments

table before
About a month ago, I found this old sewing machine table on Craig’s List.  The machine was long gone. But that’s okay.  It looks like it was used to hold a vintage industrial machine by the evidence of the belt holes in the upper right side.

So I brought it home and had it repainted at a place that does powder coating.  It’s almost ready for me to use!


A couple of years ago, I cleaned & repaired my grandmother’s old Singer 15-91.  I haven’t sewn on it much since then because I didn’t have a base or table for it.


I’d like to fill in the holes in the table.  And the bed of the sewing machine isn’t quite level. It needs a little lift in the front. And the power cord on the right is pretty tight against the machine. I think it needs some space carved out to give it a little more room.

But overall, I am SO excited to be able to set up my grandmother’s sewing machine and actually sew with it!


And… just because…  Here is the state of my room at the moment.  I started working on my scrappy log cabin blocks again. AND… I pin basted my low volume quilt.  It feels good to get back to these projects again.

Got the Kindle covered

May 17, 2014 § 9 Comments


I made a Kindle cover!  I had some mini charms lurking in my stash and this seemed like a good thing to make with them.  It feels a bit granny. But whatever.  I need to use up what I have.


A couple of weeks ago I stitched the squares together.  And today I decided that I needed to finish one thing. Just one thing!  I’m having such a hard time finishing anything these days.


All I did was trace around this Timbuk2 one that we have.  Blatant copycat, I am.  It works. Why re-invent the wheel?


What I used as the padding is this Soft & Stable that I have had sitting around for quite awhile. At the time, the shop only had it in black. Not the best to use with white fabric. But it’s what I had.  It’s got a little foam in the middle. It’s not as sturdy as the Timbuk2 one, but it’s quite a bit better than plain old batting.

I see that it’s not raining so I’d better go work on the mess in the garden.  The mess in the sewing room will have to wait.

Travel the country with American Made

May 12, 2014 § 4 Comments


In just one week, on May 19,  you can start traveling across the country, state by state, with American Made Brand fabric on the blog tour!  Each day two bloggers will reveal a license plate block for their state. Collect all of the states for your own virtual trip across the country. Along the way, bloggers are giving away free stuff.  And at the end of the tour 50 fat-quarter bundles of 8 colors each (shown below) will go to 50 lucky readers.

American Made Brand solids are not only made in America, but the cotton is grown here as well.  Go check out the blogging schedule to follow along. And come back here on June 16th for the Washington block!


Sharing quilts

May 9, 2014 § 9 Comments

Sometimes our heart & soul are stitched into the quilts we make.  It’s a little bit uncomfortable to share the story behind the quilt. What inspired it. Or what we were thinking about as we were making it.

I have a little mini quilt show hanging at our church at the moment.  My first ever art installation.  And probably my last!  I don’t feel like a quilt artist… more like a quilt maker.   It is kind of exciting, but intimidating at the same time.  I chose some of the more meaningful quilts that I’ve made and it feels weird to be sharing them with the (sort of) public. At least the public/people at my church.  The quilting world feels like a whole other planet sometimes.  It’s hard to explain my quilting to non-quilters.

I’ve been stitching away on my 4-Letter Words quilt but it’s still not done!  Just done enough to hang for a bit.  Then I’ll finish it properly when it comes home again.

How do you feel when you show your quilts to other people?

I finally finished something

May 1, 2014 § 10 Comments


Woohoo! I finished something!  How about that?  On top of that it is an unusually gorgeous day in the Pacific Northwest.  I am getting tired of take photos of quilts on our shed. But I just haven’t found any other location that works as well.  I need an old barn like this for photo shoots.

The blocks were made by the ladies in the Faith Circle of Do.Good.Stitches.  And I assembled them into a quilt.  I asked them to make wonky log cabin blocks similar to those I found in this inspiring quilt.


Then I put three borders around the blocks. The first one is Kona Cotton, color lime, from Robert Kaufman. The second one is Kaffe Fassett’s Spots in China Blue. And the third one is Kaffe Fassett’s Radiation in Pastel.  All of the border fabrics were left over from other projects. Even the binding was a stash fabric.

I decided to straight line quilt it in a diamond grid.  It seemed like a good choice with all of the busy, wonky fabrics in the middle.


Then I had this crazy flamingo fabric that I wanted to included on the back. But there wasn’t enough for the whole back. So I added some Denys Schmidt Chicopee that I found at the shop where I work.  And two more blocks that came in after I had already sewn the front together.


Here’s a shot of the whole back.  The quilts we make in the Faith Circle are all sent to Restore Innocence, an organization that rescues young girls from human trafficking.

Hmm… which unfinished project should I work on next?

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