Monday, September 1, 2014


Happy Labor Day!  Summer is officially over and my pumpkin plant is taking over my yard.  
 It has four large pumpkins and several small ones.  My niece, Mary, for whom the Mary's Garden is made in honor of, is very excited to see how big they will get by Halloween.  Every time she comes to visit she goes out to check on them.  You will see her head bobbing up and down as she looks for new pumpkins, hunts for zucchini, and picks all the tomatoes.
 Her next stop at my house is my bin of bits.  Mary love to sew.
 She is only six and is becoming quite proficient with a needle and thread.  She makes little pockets and pillows.  The green little pocket below is her latest creation.  She also helped me weave the place mat.
I have a feeling someday she will be a very talented quilter and gardener.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mary's Garden

First off I want to thank everyone for sounding in on my Love Ida quilt.  I was so happy to have such an unanimous decision.  I was leaning that way but was worried that I might be being lazy.  Glad to hear it is the right design decision and it's the easy one also.  What a bonus.
Also a bonus is my newest finsih.  I can't tell you how thrilled I am to have finished Mary's Garden.  It turned out even better than I imagined.  I love all it's bright, happy scrappiness.
And I must say it looks fabulous on my bed with my double wedding ring quilt and Love pillow.
Makes me smile first thing in the morning and is so welcoming at night.  To celebrate I'm linking up with Sarah's Whoop Whoop.  Make sure you check out what others are whooping about.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Yesterday I started a piano key border for my Love Ida Quilt. I thought it was the way I wanted to finish this quilt.  But the more I got done the busier it got and the less I liked the idea. 
I thought if I continued the green diamonds.  Giving a little more space for the eye to rest that it would be better.  I like it. 
 But I also like it this way.
What are your thoughts?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Low Volume Play

Sometimes you need a little play as a reward for a finishing a tough job.  Every year for the past six years I've been in charge of Jr. High carpool.  This year was especially tough.  I've been blessed with more wonderful youth in my life in recent months.  Love them all and don't want to leave anyone out.  This being the case carpool was a little tricky.  After finally getting everyone's schedule to work for getting 15 kids to and from school.  I popped me some kettle corn and grabbed a pile of scraps.
 Then mindlessly began to sew.  In no time at all I had the beginning of a background.
 A home for a few blue bird dresdens.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Stars At Sea

This month's Scrap Squad quilt was a fun one for me.  I love the illusion of curvy lines and the movement they create. 
Rummaging through my scrap bins to find the right fabrics is always a favorite past time.
 Finding the right color placement as I made the blocks.
 Then playing with the blocks to create the flow and movement I wanted.
 You can read all about my process here, at Quilty Pleasures.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Quilt St. George

Registration has started for Quilt St. George.  I'm excited to be able to go this year.  The weather there will be so much nicer than what it is where I live.  I'm excited to meet new people and make new friends.  I will be teaching the following classes.
 Sunshine on a Cloudy Day.

Mad Dash

and Divine.
Hope to see you there.

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Little Experimental Play

 I think it is great fun to see the many ways you can put the same block together.  You may remember when I was playing with the free four all block here.  Half square triangles and log cabins are a couple of blocks that are fun to do this with.  I've had this quilt on my rocking chair.  The majestic mountain border has been speaking to me.  Telling what fun it would be to play with it's pieces.  So I made a few.
 And started to play,
and play
 and play some more.

 I think I will have to make some more of these blocks.
There seems to be a lot of potential here.