Thursday, May 11, 2017

Retirement Gift and Donation Quilts

I've been a bit lazy about taking pictures, so I went out between rain showers this morning to do it. They aren't as lumpy as they look--the fence I hung them on is overgrown with vines!

The first is a D9P(Disappearing Nine-Patch)--a retirement gift for a friend. Her favorite color is brown. I pieced the back with extra blocks--I always have extras!

D9P--66" x 66"

D9P (pieced backing detail)

D9P (detail)

These two pinwheel quilts will be for donation. Though yellow and orange aren't my favorite colors--they are favorites for others.

Yellow Sashed Pinwheel--60" x 60"

Orange On-Point Pinwheel--58" x 58"

Orange On-Point Pinwheel (detail)

Now to get them washed. My washer and dryer should be delivered this afternoon--YAY!

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 111 at The Quilting Room with Mel and Jo's Country Junction UFO Progress.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


The rain has finally stopped, though everything is still soggy. The yard needs some clean-up, but I wanted to share a few flower pictures--so, pardon the wild overgrowth!

I have a fence covered with Rambler roses--they will get some pretty severe pruning when the blooming is done.

My Asian dogwood is blooming, too.

Some roses (other than the Ramblers) as well.



Night Owl

My peonies are just beginning to bloom. Here are a couple of them.

Our hot water heater is repaired--YAY!  Thursday, we will take delivery of a washer and dryer. We will wait for Memorial Day sales for the deep freeze. The furnace controller will have to wait a bit, but we won't be needing it soon, so that's okay.

The basement still needs a bit more clean-up, but we are making progress. Thanks for all the kind words from readers about the flooding mess--I appreciate you.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Rain, Rain, and More Rain

Southwest Missouri has been deluged the past few days.

What does this have to do with quilting? I store my quilts in a large plastic trash barrel in the basement until I have enough to take to the place I donate them. The basement flooded, and the trash barrel floated, tipping over in the water, and my quilts are soaked! (This is not to mention all the other floating totes that now have to be cleaned out as well). YUK!

We are blessed, however, not to have sustained damage--many aren't so lucky.

I'll be washing and drying things this week--probably all week long!

Edited to add: Washer, dryer, and hot water heater out of commission, so coin laundry is the next step. YUK!

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 109 at The Quilting Room with Mel .

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge--April--Multicolor--Part 2

I'm putting together the multicolor blocks. You can read about them HERE.

There are lots of places to match, but I am making progress. I'm calling this one "Stringing Beads." It reminds me of the beaded curtains that people hang in doorways.

Beaded Doorway Curtain

I'll finish assembling the center of the top, then wait until it tells me what type of borders it needs.

I'm linking to Scrap Happy Saturday at soscrappy, Fiber Tuesday 108 at The Quilting Room with Mel, and Jo's Country Junction UFO Challenge.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge--April--Multicolor

April's rainbow scrap challenge is to use  multicolored scraps.

Because I've been sticking to one color during previous months, and I am planning to use the blocks in a rainbow-type quilt, I decided to do the multicolor blocks for a separate project.

I'd been designing a block in my head, so I tried it out.  I plotted it on EQ7 and then started sewing. While there are lots of multicolor strings in the blocks, I used a constant dark red for the centers, and I added some strings in solids and blenders to tame the confusion!

I have well over a hundred of these made already, so I'll soon be setting them together into a top.

I'm linking with ScrapHappy Saturday at soscrappy and Fiber Tuesday 107 at The Quilting Room with Mel.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Friendship Strings

This quilt is the result of a failed experiment.

You can read about it HERE.

The lesson here is not to give up, but to think of new ways to use what you already have. I am happy with the final design.

Friendship Strings

Fun fabrics--corn, cows, and candy corn...

More fun--sock monkeys and pickles

Friendship Strings (backing and binding detail)

This was a long time in the making, but YAY! for the finish.

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 104 at The Quilting Room with Mel  and Jo's Country Junction UFO Progress.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Crazy Eyeballs

I finished my latest mystery quilt. I don't know the name of the block, but I call the quilt Crazy Eyeballs because of the print fabric.

Previous post about this quilt can be found HERE and HERE

Crazy Eyeballs

Crazy Eyeballs (detail)

Crazy Eyeballs (binding and backing detail)

My thanks to paintmejudy on the QB for another fun mystery quilt.

I'm linking to Fiber Tuesday 101 at The Quilting Room with Mel and Jo's Country Junction UFO Progress.