Thursday, March 31, 2011

Taming Two inches

I've been trying to tame the 2" square over here.
I've finally corralled it into a
64"x82" rectangle.
I'm cheering!!!!

Some of these little guys did not want to
MATCH up though!
I'm just going to have the leave the rebellious little things
where they are!!!
I don't have the patience for that!

Most of them GOT along with me....
But you know.......
There's always a few who just
won't be penned in.....
The ones who don't want to be corralled....
You know...
 the independent type!!!

Only a few more blocks to add...

The END is near!!
I can see it!!!
I can FEEL it!!!!
Woo Hoo!!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Two quilts for JAPAN!!!
All because of

Thank you for supporting this little effort
over here
in this corner of blogland!

I know there's one more quilt top at Linda's house....
and enough blocks for another quilt here at my house!!

See what you AMAZING quilters are accomplishing????


Tuesday, March 29, 2011



This is NOT what your sewing machine should sound like!!!!
Mine did.

I did the ol' dust the lint routine.....
with a toothbrush......

 I even opened the bottom of the machine
and did a thorough cleaning.
I call this a sewing machine OPERATION!!


I did the oil the machine routine in all the approriate places...
I think....Maybe I missed a couple....


oH yeah!!!!!!!

A new NEEDLE!!!!
That's what we need here!

Now when was the last time I changed the needle???
Hmmm.......Can't remember.....
It's TIME!!!!

We're humming along now!!!

Life is GOOD!!!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Soft lavender

My friend, who ordered this for her friend, said....
"It's JUST right."
Oh good!

I struggled a bit with the lavender....
But....she knew what she wanted...
and this is it!!!

I did find the perfect backing and gingham binding....
Don't ya' think??

This quilt will be cuddling soon...
with a Mom who's very ill....
sitting right next to her children...
Reading a book!
I need to speed it on it's way.....

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Quilt for Japan.

Here's OUR first quilt.
Linda (no blog) did some piecing.
I need to do some quilting.
We ALL have to do some cheering!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

musical chairs

Remember the game called Musical chairs??
That's what I've been playing over here...
except it's called

I work on one a little.....
and then work on another one a little....
and on and on it goes.....

This quilt really IS musical!!!
It began with that ONE little piece of fabric in the middle.
Can you see all the instruments???
It's going to be a GREAT
RAFFLE quilt
for a middle school band teacher I'm friends with.

I was even able to add some little tiny stars.
I'm sort of attached to little stars these days!

This one is pieced.....
Ready to be quilted!!!

Then there are your blocks for Japan.
 I sew a little on these...

I quilt some donation quilts for a while...
Next up:
Binding on these guys.

Musical quilts.
I'm humming along as I work!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011


This is yesterday's mail.
Lots of blocks for our quilt to Japan!!!!

This is TODAY's mail!!!
Blocks for our quilt to Japan!!!

I never DREAMed that I would get
such an overwhelming response.
I'm happy.
I'm scared.
I'm excited!!!!

I'd better get going and finish this quilt that's taking up space
on my Design floor....
So that I can make
room for.......
some quilts for Japan!!!
How many quilts do you think we'll get
out of all the blocks coming in????

That's the MILLION dollar question!!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Words on Wednesday

For Tonya.

For Brenda.
Happy birthday!!!

My ADVICE to YOU!!!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lavender Lament.

I spent ALL morning making a very

I didn't realize how hard lavender is to get along with.
Now I know.

After deciding this was way to blah....

I began adding some white to
the leftover scraps.

I made another quilt top.

My friend who ordered this
will now have TWO to choose from!!!

Maybe contrast will help??
It does.
A little.

I still don't love lavender...
and neither does my camera.
It's hard to take pictures of this color!!!

Are there other difficult colors I need to beware of???

Monday, March 21, 2011


My friend asked me to make a quilt for her friend who is ill.
A LAVENDeR quilt.
I've got lots of lavender inspiration in my garden.

It's really my HUSBAND's garden.
I just get to enjoy the Fruit of his labors!!!

I get to look at this outside my kitchen window every morning!!!

Lots of inspiration out there!!!

NOT in my fabric cupboard.
These are pretty....but...
 kind of blah...I think.
There's not a lot of singing going on in this fabric..
IS there???

That's better.
I went shopping and found this.
This fabric is singing MY kind of song!!!


I'm still getting comments with a NO REPLY setting.
That's O.K.....
Unless you need my address to send a quilt block!!! ;)

If you didn't get my address via email...
That means....
You're a NO REPLY blogger.
I couldn't send it to you!!

Great news!!
I think we've got lots of blocks coming in the mail.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Let's Make A QUILT!!!

Have you wondered how you might help Japan?
I Have too.
I want to make a quilt...
I'd like YOU to help me!!!

Group projects are always MORE FUN!!!

Quilter's Newsletter is partnering with
Patchwork Tsushin.
They are collecting quilts of any size
until April 30th.

I'd love to work together with
and make a quilt!!!

Let's DO IT!!

Make two of these four patches
using 2 1/2" squares.
Use Two DARKS and Two Light or Mediums
for each four patch!!!

These squares measure 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"when you're done.

Add Two CREAM squares 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".

Your block should measure 8 1/2" x 8 1/2".

Ta DAH!!!

Sign your name with state/country if you like on the front.

Here are some DARK samples I thought would work...
Just to give you an idea of what I was thinking.
Anything goes if it kind of goes with this!!!
It will be a

Making ONE block is a cinch. Right??
Let me know you'll help.
Leave a comment and I'll send you my address!!

I can't wait to make this quilt and put all this love together!!!

DUE DATE for your block...
April 4, 2011!!!

That probably means you should go make it right now.

Remember: It's National quilting day today!
What a GOOD Day to donate a quilt block!!!

Make sure I can REPLY to your comment with my address!!
Are you a NO REPLY commentor???
Include your email address in your comment
and you can.....
Read this if you're not sure!!!


I have received an overwhelming response to my request!
I'm a little worried about having
before the deadline
established by Quilter's newsletter.

IF you still want to comment and send blocks you MAY
I want you to know that I may not
be able to get ALL of them in
this time!I plan to keep receiving blocks and use them
for a FUTURE quilting opportunity!!!
An opportunity to
GIVE to others.

If you're o.k. with that...
then go ahead and comment and
I'll send you my address!

I am so impressed with this quilting community!!
I am so happy I live in this neighborhood!!!
I'm feeling the love........and so will JAPAN!!!
You're the best!!!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

random stuff on friday

I created this...
with some fabric scraps....

Out of this.
It IS the same sweatshirt.
What a difference lighting makes, huh?

I'm not a fancy dresser.
I like warm and comfortable....
and this sweatshirt (found at the thrift store)
And now...
Long enough to SUIT me.

If I had purchased it NEW.....
I would have been too afraid to cut into it!!
Wouldn't you??
When it only cost a couple of dollars...
I didn't worry.
I chalked up my purchase to:

My table looked normal again.

I gave some cookies to a neighbor
Inspired by this post and ARTICLE!!!
Read Brenda's article and BE INSPIRED!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011


I had a lovely FINISH today!
Isn't it springy??

All those little tiny pieces of fabric can now shine together!!

Can you see my hand quilting?
I used #20 embroidery floss.....
Followed painters tape placed diagonally.
Very. Easy.
Very. Portable.

Here's the back.

And this is why I sometimes make these table toppers small.
It sits in the middle of this
BUSY table.
I may show you what BUSY really looks like!!!
I would have today...
But I had already cleaned it off for company.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

one a day.

I have a few quilts going at one time.
Do you??
Well...these three quilts I have going don't have a deadline....
They have little pieces...
and I want them to grow.

Sometimes thinking about the number of blocks overwhelms me.
And often times other projects with deadlines get in the way.

Guess what my little pea brain realized this past weekend??

"If I make ONE block a day...
The blocks will add up...
and I'll someday have enough for a quilt!""

I know.
LIGHTBULB moment. :0

I've been making about one block a day on all three of these quilts.

I love all of them equally.

So I'm giving them all EQUAL time.

These are the quilts I'm making for me.
Just because.
So....I"ll make just one block a day (or a few more).....
when I'm able.
And someday...
I'll have enough for a quilt.

One a day.
What a concept!