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WIP Wednesday

AKA  More things to get you in the mood for Christmas

The Snowman Row quilt is hanging on my design wall, waiting for binding and a decision on whether or not I’ll be sewing buttons on the vests.

Meanwhile,  the heat and humidity has decided to sock it to us again, and it’s so bad today that the school is sending the kids home early.  Most of the school is NOT air conditioned, so it gets pretty miserable in there.  I think the heat index has to hit 105 before they’ll decide to dismiss.  Yuck.

And here in my cool house my WIP is yet another unfinished wintry/Christmasy project.  This particular quilt was a block of the month from Joann’s, from way back in 1999/2000.   I started quilting it on my Gammill, somewhere in 2002.  I was unhappy with some things, and took it off the frame.  It has been ignored ever since.

I did decide to do some frogging — the red borders were partially quilted with a feather, and there was no possible way I was going to be able to recreate the feather and have it look the same.  My style (and skill) are vastly different than they were back when I was a newbie.

In an effort to get this DONE, I’ve decided that even though the top and bottom wide borders are quilted with a certain design, the side borders are going to be different.  I would never do that for a customer, but this is mine, and it is just the way it is going to be.


I pretty much just have parts of the various borders to finish, plus about 1 or 2 of the blocks to do.  We should be sleeping under this one by Christmas time for sure!

I wonder what song this one will have me singing this afternoon?




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Another song for you

I always seem to have SOME song running in my head — and I’m so happy to be able to share these with you, so that I’m not the only one suffering.

For a lot of this weekend it was Frosty the Snowman.




This particular quilt top has been put together for….a long time….(i.e. YEARS).

Each fabric got a different quilted texture. Some of them are better than others: the key is that it is done. Well, done except for the binding….which happens to be cut and waiting for me to sew together and attach it. At least I know where it is!

Have a great day!


thumpety-thump-thump, look at Frosty go…..

edited to add: WordPress is apparently having trouble with photos today. They weren’t showing up a few minutes ago, and now all but one is appearing. Not sure why, or what’s wrong….hopefully the bugs will get worked out quickly….

edited later to add: I meant to look for the pattern information before posting, but then I got excited because it was FINISHED.  Plus, I wasn’t exactly sure what the pattern was called (duh, it’s actually called….Snowman Row Quilt….) and I’m pretty sure I have no idea where my copy of the pattern is at this point.

Well, I just received an e-mail from the designer, and now that I’ve been reminded of who designed it, I wanted to give credit and send you to her website, because I’ve just discovered that she has several other cute Row Quilts, plus a ton of other quilt patterns. The quilt was designed by Carolyn Beam, Colorado Quilt Designs.  Thanks, Carolyn!

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A sneak peek

Just pulled another UFO off the quilting machine frame — it’s too dark for too many pictures, but thought I’d provide a sneak peek:


Not much else to report tonight.  I’ve pretty much spent the entire day — weekend really — quilting.  Oh, and napping…

And I think it must be about time for bed…



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Another baby quilt, done!

Mark brought home an official announcement from a coworker about the baby boy that he and his wife adopted this summer.  He asked me if I was going to make something for the new little guy.

Well, of course!

Wasn’t sure what, or when, but sure!   I love making baby quilts.

I was moving some stuff around in the studio, and there, in one of the piles, was a little boy quilt I had made as a sample for my 2nd book.  Perfect!

Needed to bind it (zipped it on by machine) and I decided to make a matching pillowcase (hey!  I like making these cases!), threw it in the wash, and voila!


Isn’t that Spider Frog fabric cute???

I’ve spent most of the weekend messing around in the studio.  Decided to put yet another one of my UFOs on the frame.  It’s taking me awhile — lots of stops and starts and thread changes.  Hopefully I’ll have it done tomorrow, though!

Just got home from watching the movie Hairspray — I love having a theater in our little town!  Great movie, lots of catchy music.

That’s all I’ve got for now!



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Crossing things off a list

A week or so ago Vicki posted a list of the things she was going to do over the weekend.  And then she proceeded to do them, and showed off her crossed off list on her blog.

I e-mailed her and asked if it was legal to make a list of the things I’d been doing and then crossing them off, just for the sheer pleasure of crossing them off.  She gave me permission, but I never actually managed to do it.

Today, though, seems like a good day to do so:

1.  Finish Gage’s Quilt

2. Make a pillowcase to go with Gage’s quilt.

When I was doing a round up of the John Deere fabric I have or have had in the past, I forgot that I had a ton of yardage of a green flannel with tractors on it.  No pictures of the flannel itself, but it’s the same as the green tractor cotton print in the quilt top.  I used the flannel on the back.  I quilted it, bound it (by machine) and washed it the other day:


3.  Quilt Watermelon wallhanging that was buried in the back of one of my closets.

It’s been pieced for more than a year, not sure why it didn’t get quilted yet.  I made a second one for my mother-in-law for Christmas, it did get finished….



4.  Send children to sister-in-law’s for sleepover with their cousin, go out on date with husband.

Well, we called it a date.  Getting groceries is about all we manage for date nights.

5.  Make up a silly list so I can cross things off of it.

Wow.  That was fun.  Will have to do more of it later.  First, I have some more UFOs calling my name.

“Finish me, finish me”

I’ll come back later and let you know which one speaks the loudest.


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What’s that one for?

For a lot of my quilting career I’ve found myself answering the endless question “What’s that one for?” with “I don’t know, I just wanted to make it.” Either that or giving the questioner (i.e my husband) the evil eye.

Many of my quilts have had intended purposes from start to finish, but many more have only found their purpose after being completed. I’ve blogged before about how many quilts I’ve given away, as well as how many I’ve actually kept and use in my home.

I’m reaching a point, though, where I’m starting to wonder the same question as I look at the quilts that are either finished (and not being used) or not finished (and not being used): “What’s that one for?” And I’m starting to wish I had a different answer for some of them. How many bed quilts or lap quilts can one family have before it starts to get ridiculous? I’m sure the line of silliness is different for every person, but I think I’m starting to reach that point in my house. But. Some of the quilts that still aren’t finished aren’t ones that I would be willing to give away: I’m still too attached to them.

How silly is that?

I’m not sure where I’m going with this. I’m not looking for suggestions for places to give away quilts: I know plenty of very deserving service projects, and I’m sure that as time goes on, I’ll be looking at more of them as places to donate.

All of this is to tell you that I finished several quilts over the past few days, all of which have been around in various states of undoneness lately, and I haven’t the faintest clue what I’m going to do with any of them.

First is The Whole Box (of Crayons).  Here are a couple of closeups:



Next is Lynn’s Leftovers.  Again, these blocks have been around forever, but I was inspired the other day to get them sewn together, throw on the border fabric (which is a leftover from my friend Lynn), and quilt it up.  The name of the pattern is Red Hot Leftovers….so the quilt name seemed obvious to me….

Oh for crying out loud.  I just realized that my last blog entry (4 days ago!) was partly about this quilt.  Duh.  Well, you get to see the whole thing this time, so here it is anyway:


Sheesh.  Sorry about that.  That’s what I get for not blogging for a few days, can’t even remember what I was babbling about.

I also quilted my Lone Star.  It still has some blue pen marks.


I marked the spines, and then freehanded the feathers.  I’m happy with how the feathers turned out, I’m a little annoyed with the mitered border, though. Someone didn’t do a very good job of applying it, so the quilt really isn’t quite square.  Have to fire my piecer, I guess.

My point in all of this:  I’ve now got 3 more quilts that are finished (or close to: if the quilting’s done, it’s nearly finished in my book…) that don’t have purposes in life, yet.  But I’m not ready or willing to give any of them away yet, for a number of reasons that I won’t bore you with at this time.  And in rereading what I’ve already written, it seems that I’ve attempted to make that same exact point in about the same way several times.  Are you bored yet?

Well, into the pile they go, while I go work on even more quilts that are partially finished — wonder what I’ll do with all of those?


I’ve got a couple of walls yet that are uncovered.



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Fabric! And a finish (almost…)

just home from quilt shop.  fabric for cousin’s wedding quilt — wedding is in October

the green is much prettier in person.  going to use the corn and beans block, set on point with sashing.


these blocks were pieced months ago.  set them together, added borders and quilting yesterday.  lynn?  recognize the border fabric?  thread is Maxilock swirls, perfect to go with the border fabric…quilting is a freehand allover adaptation of a design from my 2nd book.


i’m trying to type with the unsore fingers.  slow going! lol!



p.s.  first day of school report from the boys:  “it was fine.”

learn anything?  “No.”


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