Saturday, November 26, 2016

There must be a name for my condition

So, in my last post I showed you several projects in various stages of completion.  Any sane person would be happy to keep working on that and maybe even – oh I don’t know – actually complete some of them!

But any sane person is not me!  While I have been working on the afore mentioned projects, I had to start two new ones.  Of course I had to!  They called to me and I could not resist!

christmas nov26

First up is an embroidery project I picked up on a Shop Hop awhile ago.  It’s by Barri Sue Gaudet of Bareroots.  When I took a class on “twilling” I knew exactly how I would do this piece.  I had the squares assembled and fabrics fused in a single afternoon.  The twilling is the heavier lines in the letters and a few of the details.  You will be seeing more about twilling in the near future.


The second new project is Lucy Boston’s Patchwork of the Cross.  I’ve been seeing pictures of this pattern on various web sites for quite some time.  On the same Shop Hop trip I mentioned above, I finally found the book and some elongated hexies.  It took a little while to pick some fabrics and read up on the project.  But I’m ready – why not start now?  This one will be a long-term project, probably reserved for TV time.  I love how the stripe fabrics come out in these blocks.  I also am looking forward to some fussy cutting for other pattern matching.

Lest you think I have abandoned my other projects, here are some updates.

Forest quad A

Here is the first quadrant of Fancy Forest all assembled.  Just three more of these and I’ll have a finished top!  This piece is about 30x43, so the finished quilt will be pretty big!


And here’s a finish!  Stars and Hourglass was all from my scraps and I’m pleased with the way it turned out – even if it did present some challenges.  For some reason I could not calculate how many red squares I needed.  At first I came up short by more than two rows.  After making some more hourglass blocks, I now have quite a few left over!!  But I lucked out on the borders – there was about 3” left of the blue when I finished.  Whew!  This will go to Quilts of Valor.  I can probably use those extra hourglasses on the pillowcase!

I have some more blocks done on Farmer’s Wife, but no photos yet.  I need to dig out my cutting table so I can get some more projects done.  Or maybe it’s the other way around!

I’m going to try to resist starting anything new for awhile.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

WIPs, PHDs, and some Finishes

Wow!  When I decided to let the blog go silent, I had NO intention of being gone for NINE MONTHS!!  As you can imagine, things just got in the way, and then something else, and pretty soon you are out of the habit.  Don’t think that means I haven’t been doing anything worth showing.  Not at all.  So let’s see what’s been happening.

Works in Progress (WIPs)

This is a quilt I am working on right now.  Pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman and the “critters” are all standard piecing – rectangles, squares, and half-square triangles – so it is going pretty fast.  I loved the owl eyes laid out on my ironing board!

Another quilt project (yes, I usually work on several projects at a time.  Can’t be getting bored, you know!) is this Stars & Hourglass.  I hope to get this one finished for Quilts of Valor next year.  The blocks are all done, just need to finish assembling rows.


This is a (crooked) shot of the first three blocks from The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s style – a Block of the Month from my local quilt shop.  Actually, it’s eight blocks every month, but they are small!  They’re also foundation paper-pieced, so tiny pieces are not tooooo stressful.


Annnnd. . . . here is the “test” block for a Stack ’n Whack project.  The fabric is something I inherited from my Mom.  I haven’t the least idea why she would have yards of Finding Nemo fabric, and I struggled to come up with a design to use it in.  Stay tuned to see how it works out.

Since I have a lot of fabric that was acquired without a project in mind, I’ve been trying to pick some interesting patterns and match them up with fabric for future reference.   Anytime I have all the fabric for a quilt, I make up these “kits.”  When I finish a quilt I just grab the next kit and start cutting.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have made much of a dent in the stash!

One thing that does help in reducing stash, however, is cutting all my leftovers into 5” squares.  There are tons of patterns out there that start with a 5” square (Stars & Hourglass above is one) and you can see how fast they stack up. 

Projects Half-Done (P.H.D.s)

I classify these as a project that came to a stop and shows little signs of getting started back up.  Most of these were class or club projects and they are stuck in the state from the end of the class.  There may be no hope for these projects, but I’ve gathered them together so I can see what is what.

Here you can see two dolls and a row of doll heads.  Club projects waiting patiently for the grand finish.  Also some postcards – just need the backing or maybe a few more stitches – and a Stump work project that came to a halt when I realized I haven’t made enough flower petals!  The ribbon and lace to the side is actually a future project, but it’s also a club project so probably won’t make it to finished either!


While it may appear that my working habits are in disarray, I have managed to finish a few things.  What else would I be doing instead of blogging?

I went to Florida again this spring and took another class from Deb Wood.  This Dryad was our project and the other students were people I knew from previous classes.  It was a wonderful week and I am feeling so much more confident in my sculpting skills.

This is Puck – that mischievous imp from A Midsummer’s Night Dream, among other stories.  I made his head a long time ago and you’ve probably seen it before,  I decided that it was time to test what I learned from all these classes.  I think he turned out pretty well!

You might recall I was working on an Alice in Wonderland quilt when I last blogged (more on the quilt in a moment).  My doll club did several shows this year and picked Wonderland as our theme.  My character was the caterpillar.  Fortunately Suzette Rugolo has done several patterns from the story so I did not have to start from scratch.  This doll is BIG!

This is the quilt made from patterns available on  I made it to hang behind our dolls displays at shows.  Yes, it was a lot of work, but since I was laid up with a broken foot there wasn’t much of anything else I could do!

There have been several quilt tops finished as well.  Some have even been quilted and bound – others still waiting to be quilted (I’ll have to photograph the pile of Waiting!)  Here are some of them, in no particular order.


And last – but definitely not least! - - - -
My contribution to our club charity project – One Million Pillowcases.  I made 28 and I think I can safely say I am a whizz at making pillowcases!

There you go – nine months neatly packaged in one post!  Now I am adding Blog to my ToDo list so maybe there will be more for you to see in shorter bursts.  At least I’ll try!