Any measurable progress is good, right?

June 23, 2017 § 9 Comments

Well, I’ve finished one languishing quilt UFO so far. That’s progress, right?

This started as a Merry Mayhem New Year’s Day Mystery Quilt-along. 2015. I think it might have been Case #138 “Regatta.” The directions included a ton of half-square triangles. When I saw the final outcome I wasn’t all that enamored. So I found a different way of arranging all those half-square triangles.

I think the inspiration for arranging the half-square triangles might have been the block in Thimble Blossom’s quilt called Fireworks. I just made four giant blocks and sashed them with the polka dot fabric. The only fabric I may have purchased was the backing fabric – most likely on sale somewhere – as I was intending to donate this quilt to charity.

At the time that I started this quilt top I was part of a Do.Good.Stitches group and we were donating quilts to an organization that rescues young women from human trafficking. I’m no longer part of the group and the group no longer donates to that organization. I need to find another place that takes quilts without a size restriction!

There is progress in other areas as well. I finished another belated baby gift this week.  Also, sorting and organizing our bookcases felt really good. I found an app called Libib where you can scan the ISBN code (if it has one – or manual enter all the info) and keep track of all your books (and music and movies too!). If you are willing to pay for the pro version you can even keep track of loaning materials to friends.  It’s made me think twice about which books I really want to keep.

Have a great weekend!

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Pinwheels please

June 14, 2017 § 8 Comments

I started this pinwheel baby quilt way back in December before the baby was born but couldn’t get back to it until school ended in May. Meanwhile, the baby was born and is now four months old! The quilt was finished and the package sent last week. They loved it!

My inspiration was a similar quilt I found on Pinterest. I drew up my own version on Electric Quilt and started scrounging through my stash to see what I could find. I wanted it to look like it was for a girl without being too girly, if you know what I mean.  I found some floral prints, plaids and checks that went well together. The background fabric I had to purchase. I can’t remember what it was but it might be Robert Kaufman’s Chambray. I just can’t be sure.  I don’t look at the bolt ends all that much. Sorry.

Slowly but surely I am working my way through my heaping piles of projects. The summer is going by WAY too fast! And I feel like I need to learn how to use my camera all over again. It has been sorely neglected.

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The beginning of a menagerie

June 8, 2017 § 7 Comments


All winter I have been having fun making these cute crocheted animals. I’ve made a few more that aren’t pictured here. They are from the book Edward’s Menagerie by Kerry Lord of Toft Yarn. There are other books as well: a bird book, a monster book, and in the fall there will be a doll book.  So fun!

I have been using Plymouth Encore worsted weight yarn (and leftover wool quilt batting torn up for stuffing) so that they can be washed. With the worsted weight yarn they end up being about 13″ tall, but the book gives approximate measurements for other weights of yarn so you can choose the size. On the Toft Instagram feed, they have been making a giant sized giraffe with many strands of yarn held together! (scroll through to find the many pics of the giraffe parts)

These are all intended to be gifts. Someday, it would be fun to make a zoo for myself. Why I need a zoo of animals… I have no idea.


Bridget the Elephant

Benedict the Chimpanzee

Edmond the Fox

Douglas the Highland Cow

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Hello friends,

May 16, 2017 § 18 Comments

Tap, tap, tap.  Anyone out there? Does anyone read blogs anymore?  I’m just wondering… I haven’t been able to keep up.  School sucked all the energy out of me this last year.

Here it is summer again.  My list of things I want to accomplish is a mile long!  I have missed my sewing machine. You can imagine.

The first thing I did after the semester finished was to design this row called “Tree Farm” for my local quilt shop, Gathering Fabric. The shop is participating in the Row by Row Experience for the third year.  They always have so much fun playing with the themes.  This year’s theme is “On The Move” and reflects the agricultural aspect of Woodinville’s Sammamish Valley.  I hope you get a chance to stop by and participate in the Row by Row Experience.

Slowly, I am getting into a groove and hope to finish a bunch of UFO’s that have been languishing in my closet. This was my design wall last week. Upper left is The Local, a BOM through Intrepid Thread. I think I am more than a year behind!

Below that are some pinwheel blocks that I started over Christmas break. Below that are some U.S. Map blocks using up some scraps from the Deco State fabrics designed by In The Beginning a couple of years ago.

In the upper right is Fly Away Home, a BOM that I designed for Richla of Got Kwilts and Ellen of the Grip & Stitch Discs for free-motion quilting.  The BOM will be ending later this summer and I want to try my hand at self-publishing a booklet. Keep your eyes open for more info on that.

What have you been up to?

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Summer Highlights

September 22, 2016 § 10 Comments

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Well, summer has gone and autumn is in full swing.  Autumn is my favorite time of the year!

Here are some of the highlights from summer.  It looks like I did more knitting than sewing, mainly because it is very mobile. We visited the Grand Canyon, and many of Utah’s state parks along the way, in May. We visited my family in August as well as a camping weekend with friends. I seemed to accomplish more knitting than sewing. But I did finally finish my Merry Merry Snowman quilt and it is in the queue at my long arm quilter.

Above is the night sky at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It took our breath away!

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We took a 3-hour mule ride into the Grand Canyon. We got rained on and were quite sore the next day. But it was fun and worth it!
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We spent our anniversary on Lopez Island, biking around the island. It was heaven! My knitting matched the sea.
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My second 3-Color Cowl matches the color of the grass on my dad’s farm as the sun was setting.  The first one that I knit was pink and was a great road project while driving to the Grand Canyon and back.
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One of my brother’s farm cats and one of my dad’s farm cats. They are such characters! I never thought I would say this, but I miss the quiet of the farm. Maybe we will live on a small farm around here someday.


We had some good lightning shows while visiting my dad. I kind of miss these. We rarely get any sort of lightning out here.
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A peaceful weekend camping at the Lewis & Clark State Park with some friends.
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And really big trees!

Life has it’s ups and downs and I never know how much to say on a public forum. It seems better to just highlight the good stuff. School is giving me a challenge this semester as well as my thyroid. I’ve had Hashimoto’s Hypothyroid for the last 20 years and my doctor has been changing my medication. Ugh.

I sort of miss blogging, but don’t really have much time for that right now. Plus, It feels like everything has already been said in the plethora of blogs out there. What do you like to see in a blog?
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Fly Away Home – Month 1

September 20, 2016 § 2 Comments

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The first month of the Fly Away Home BOM is underway.  My quilty friends, Richla and Ellen, are hosting it.  Richla is a longarm quilter and she has quilted some of my quilts. Ellen is the creator of the Grip & Stitch free-motion quilting disks.  Last spring they asked me to design an exclusive mystery quilt block-of-the-month program for them. This month everyone is making stars and dots!  What could it be?? Well, that is the mystery. You won’t know until the very end.

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The fabric is all from Riley Blake and many of the fabrics are part of the Posy Garden collection by Carina Gardner. If you missed the initial sign-up, never fear! Richla and Ellen don’t want you to miss out. They are making arrangements to add a few more people.  Go to Richla’s blog for more information, or email her directly to sign up. I hear that everyone is having fun making blocks and there will be awesome giveaways to boot.

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The first giveaway is this fantastic kit, Purebred by Erin Michael.  But to win, you have to play.  Be sure to post your progress on Instagram and hashtag your photos with flyawayhomeBOM.

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Holiday Crossing

September 6, 2016 § 4 Comments

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I made this quilt several years ago intending to write a pattern. After awhile, I waffled about finishing the pattern because it seems sort of easy and there are a million patterns out there already.  I had big plans this summer to catch up on so many things. To finish writing patterns was one of my goals. I’ve sort of been moving at a snail’s pace, but maybe that’s okay. Never-the-less, I finally finished the pattern.

The pattern is for sale on Craftsy.

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The 9-patches are made with a Jelly Roll (a package of 40 – 2 1/2″ cut width-of-fabric strips). Most of the fabric manufacturers now offer Jelly Rolls (originally named by Moda) or something of an equivalent. Here’s a blog post that describes all the different pre-cut fabric packages available, in case you were wondering. It can be kind of confusing if you are new to quilting or the quilting world.

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Even though I made this quilt using Christmas fabric, it looks more autumnal to me.  And Autumn has definitely arrived in the Pacific Northwest. We have had several good rains already. The leaves are starting to turn. It sure feels crisp in the morning!

I’m ready! I love sweaters and scarves and crunchy leaves and pumpkin everything. It’s my favorite time of the year!

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