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WIP Wednesday, finally


It’s a quilt!  Waiting for binding!

(And after this picture, it got it’s binding….now to hand-finish)

And to make pillowcases!

And to help the recipient’s Mom cover a lampshade with the star fabric!

I’ll post close-ups of the quilting tomorrow — it was too late and dark to get good photos.  You can kind of see what I ended up doing for borders.

I’ve been thinking it’s past due time for a gratuitous puppy picture, so I had a photo-shoot with my assistant this morning.  She spent most of the time with one of those “Will you get that out of my face?” looks.





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Workin’ on a UFO


After spending part of the day working on an altered book (I’m so far behind in my round robin project, oy….), I decided to spend this evening resurrecting an old UFO.  I don’t even really remember when I started this.  Or why.  Well, I know why:  it was for a baby, but I got this far and decided that it was too much work for a baby girl that wasn’t related to me, so I shoved it all in a bag and it’s been sitting, just waiting for the perfect opportunity….

I have enough of the fairy fabric to have 35 squares, plus the starry sashing will make it about 35 by 47.  I usually like to make baby quilts big enough to be toddler quilts, too, but this one might stay on the smallish size, and when it’s outgrown it can be a biggish doll quilt.  Oooo — doll quilts!  They are all the rage right now, aren’t they?

Tomorrow is packed full of football fun — I have to take a turn in the concession stand for 2 hours before the boys’ game — it’s the last game of the season!



p.s.  Have I mentioned that my SISTER is expecting??  NOT ME.  Don’t even think about it.  Twin boys is more than enough for me….

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My sister and her family headed home yesterday but got stuck in Chicago due to weather delays at their destination.  They ended up spending about 5 hours on the plane for a flight that only takes about 1.5 hours.  With a not-quite-2 year old.  Ugh.  I know how antsy and crabby *I* would have been, I can’t even imagine doing it with a toddler.  Poor kid.

I’ve got the body of my niece’s quilt put together, now I’m working on the borders.

I don’t have enough of any one orange to do an orange border, so I’d do the orange with alternating prints if I put the orange in.  I think I like the look of Option C the best, but:  In order to have the math work out right, it really needs to either be no inner border or the wider border which is why A and B have the lime green plaid stuck in.  Or I need to think of something else entirely.  I thought about using the stars in a narrow border, but I’m not sure I like the idea either.

I ended up going to a quilt shop to get some more blues in order to do the scrappy pieced blue border.


Any opinions, or ideas for something else I haven’t thought about yet?

We had our first run through of Grease last night — start to finish.  Sort of.  It was choppy as some of the kids were finding out about blocking and things for the first time.   We have about 4 weeks until dress rehearsals.  One of the directors said she wasn’t nervous yet.  Really?  Not yet?  Cause I sure am….

Have a  great Wednesday!


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If you don’t like the weather….

It’s often a joke about Iowa weather (or other places I’m told) that if you don’t like the weather, you should just wait 5 minutes.

This evening: it was literally true. We went from an absolute downpour 1 minute to a blue, blue sky the next minute.

It happened while we were eating supper — and the boys hopped up to go look and see if there was a rainbow. Sure enough:


The rainbow picture was taken from my front door facing northeast. You can still see the greyness of the rainy sky. I turned around and took a picture of the sky to the south/southwest:

I don’t have any quilt pictures (or quilt part pictures yet), but I did discover in my camera a photo of the fabric I’m using for the quilt I’m making my niece.


The star fabric at the bottom is something I had purchased for the back of a quilt — my SIL saw it and said she thought my niece might like it. Within the next few days they happened to stop by my house and the fabric happened to be sitting out where my niece could see it — and she adored it….

Her favorite color is orange, but I think that blue often vies for that top spot. Her room is blue, so I decided to go with mostly blues — and I’ve since added even more than what is pictured here.  Throw in some orange, a dash of lime green, a 2nd light/backgroundy print that I fell in love with, and voila!  I’ve got pieces and parts up on my design wall and I’m really liking how things are shaping up.  It’ll be bright and cheerful, but not little-girlish.

I hope you are all having a great week, I’ll babble at you some more tomorrow!


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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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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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