Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Yes, I'm Making Some Progress

Making good progress on my current projects during the summer is slow but steady.  Having to do garden kitchen duty can take up a lot of time.  Fresh yummy veggies for supper time is so worth it though.

I did finish the bride block on my Civil War Bride quilt.  I think she turned out pretty good.  I didn't want the quilt to be too bright OR too dull in color.  I'm happy with how it is starting out.

Can you believe this is going to be THE GROOM block!

This is how I usually audition fabrics and such for whatever I'm working on.  I pin and poke, roll and smoosh fat quarters and such to my design wall.  Stand back and stare, make some changes if needed.
Stand back and stare some more.  I do this until "I think" I'm satisfied.  Of course I always reserve the right to make MORE changes in the end.  I think this Groom block is headed in the right direction.

This is another block from the Civil War Bride quilt I started.  I'll work on this one while I still play and audition fabrics for the Groom block.  I really like the blue fabric.  Wish I had bought more of it.

I'm still plugging along on my Friends of Baltimore too.  Starting on a new block with this cute little cornucopia.  Working on more than one project at a time keeps it interesting for me.  I think it's need for long term projects.....at least that's the way I roll anyway.

As for Goober....my little helper

It's just another day at the office for him.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Civil War Bride and Friends of Baltimore

I've been piddling on getting this one started for a while now, thinking this one would give me a little break occasionally from my FRIENDS OF BALTIMORE which has SO MANY tiny pieces.  I decided to start with the bride block first so her fabrics and colors would set the tone for the rest of the
quilt.  I must admit, starting from scratch with choosing your own choice of fabrics and colors doesn't come easy for me.  It takes me forever to get it straight in my head, pulling tons of fabrics out to audition only to make a big mess…….well, if I make her dress pink…..OR, maybe it should be yellow…..should I use just Civil War fabrics……and I don't want to use the same colors as my Friends of Baltimore quilt…and on it goes.  I'm hoping a lot of you out there get the picture and I'm not alone in my struggles.  I'm embarrassed to say how long it has taken me to get this far……BUT……here is a peek into where it is headed.

…….and for those of you who are thinking I should make those green striped buds all go the same direction, well, I probable agree but I'm NOT doing them over.  The stripes are the 3rd fabric I've traded out.  My bride also looks like she's been hit in the forehead with something.  Maybe that's the reason there wasn't a groom in the original quilt….lol.  I've also been blogging for 8 yrs. this week.  How 'bout that!

A recent Friends of Baltimore finished block.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!

We have a winner for the Build A Barn book drawing!

Annie O said:
Stunning, just stunning! What a lovely tribute to the "barn that was" and your neighbor. Love the windmill and party decor!

Congrats Annie and THANKS to you and all the other entries for your kind
and thoughtful comments about my barn!

This barn really existed.
It belonged to Mildred and Marvin.  

We used to sit out on her brick patio and gaze out at her barn 
while listening to the exciting stories she told us
of parties and barn dances she and Marvin used to put on.  

We heard stories of friends, neighbors, politicians, 
and all kinds of important people who attended their events.  

Mildred LOVED this barn and kept it updated, 
including a whole new roof, 
but after she and Marvin died, the land was sold.

My husband and I watched 
on the day the new landowners bulldozed 
this fabulous barn down along with Mildred’s house.  
The new owners wanted cleared land they could put a large crop sprinkler system on.

It was especially sad because 
Mildred had been raised in an orphanage 
and hubby and I both knew how very important her homestead had been to her. 

This quilt is my interpretation of Mildred’s big red barn all decked out for the holidays.

These great photos of my barn quilt were taken by Julie Sefton and her hubby.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

There's Still Time To Sign Up For The Giveaway

Quick!  Quick!
There's still time to sign up for the Build A Barn book giveaway.  Go to my previous post and leave a comment and you will be entered.  You must at least leave your
email address in the comment to be contacted if you win.

I will draw the winner by 10:00 tonight!

Here is a little session I had playing around with another barn idea.  Kind of a Texas version.
Not sure about this one, I had some fabric with a cowgirl, but I just don't know any
I guess I could pretend "I'm" that cute skinny little cowgirl…..hhhmmm, now that's
a good thought…..being a skinny cowgirl, with long brown hair that I can
flip back and forth…..ha!
( hopefully it won't get caught up in that rope I'm twirling about )

Monday, May 30, 2016

Build A Barn Book Review Blog Hop

It's my turn to share my barn and involvement with the new book
Build a Barn
by Julie Sefton

her blog
Me an My Quilts-Exploring The Possibilities

W-a-y back in Dec. 2014 ( yes, it takes a while to create a book ) Julie asked about 14 of us to do a test barn using her notes, photos and instructions on how to Build a Barn using
her no pattern construction method.  We became charter members of the Secret Society of Barn Builders.  Emphasis on the "secret" part!
So~~I finally came up with an idea about a barn that used to be down the road from me.

A quick sorta sketch to get the idea going.

If I dig in my stash long enough I can usually come up with the fabric that will work.

I chose a winter party type scene.  LOOK, music fabric, must be a barn dance taking place.

Using Julie's instructions I began, starting with the barn first.  See, it's done in sections.

Sky and background auditions next.
NO! Yuck sky!

NO!  Sky too plain!
See, at the same time I'm also auditioning some other extras to add like maybe a tree.

Since I didn't have any sky type fabric in my stash I had to create sky by mingling in a variety of different fabrics by cutting them into smaller sizes and then sewing them all back together, yep, that's the definition of quilting isn't it.

Oh Yes…my sky is finally coming together!

Backgrounds can include any extra 'cuteness' you want to add.  Trees, windmills, stars in the sky or animals.  I just keep on auditioning different fabrics and ideas during the whole process.  Julie's book will show you how!
I'll be having a drawing June 5th for a free giveaway of Julie's Barn book.  Be sure to leave a comment on this post before then.

And from here, everything just fell into place ( well, not really, there was more agonizing, standing and staring and switching and swapping…ha…you know how the routine goes ).
Ta Da!
This is the final result I submitted to Julie to go on from here to be quilted by her friend Chris.
Finished quilt measures around 30 inches.

Click HERE to read...MY barn has a true/real life heartfelt story.  See it all quilted and gussied up!

Julie's Build A Barn book is so helpful and makes creating your own little barn SOOO

There is nothing scary about free pieced quilt/block construction.  If fact, it's very freeing!
You can't make any mistakes. Anything goes!

Go HERE and see……read up on everyone's barns.  You don't want to miss out on
some super CUTE fun barns!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I Tried It

……and it WORKED!

This is a backing I'm about to use.

You know those sharp crease and fold marks that glare up at you when you unfold your fabric?

Washing or soaking will take care of those EXCEPT I didn't WANT to wash or soak it just now.

So, I smoothed it out as best as I could.

Got my water spray bottle and sprayed along those crease lines and over any severe wrinkles.

Low and behold I began to see those creases and wrinkles diminish.  Yippee!

Since I didn't get carried away with spraying, it should dry fairly quickly.

I'm so glad I remedied this age old issue I had with quilting through pointy creases
and heavy wrinkles.  Sometimes I don't wash my quilts (if at all) right away
and I like seeing the back all nice and smooth.

It won't completely erase them, but it'll sure soften them.

Try it and see if it works for you.  It was fast and simple to do!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Do you remember that movie Moonstruck?  The one where Cher smacks
Nicolas Cage across the face and screams to him to



That's what I'm trying to do….just snap out of this 'slug' mentality I've had lately.  Even though I've been quiet on the blogging scene, I HAVE been busy…..well, sort of…..at a snail's pace.

Here's some of what's been hanging around on my various make shift design walls upstairs.

Determined to use from my stash I finally chose some dots and stripes to piece together a backing for the quilt top laying there on the ironing board.  Maybe I'll just cut a bunch of big squares and sew them together.

This is my "taking forever and ever" log cabin.  It IS all sewn together… BUT…yep...there's that BUT... there's ALWAYS a BUT with me!  I decided it needed one more row, you know, just to make me TRULY happy with it.
Yesterday I sewed more blocks and all I need is 5 more to have enough.

Here and there with blocks of time I have put together these free pieced little cuties.  I have planned this for a 'real live little cutie'…….hhmmm, I hope she doesn't turn into a 'big' cutie before I get this finished.  I'm constantly mulling over how I want it all to come together.
NO pattern here…..just me and my constant brain churning…..sigh.

Of course my MAIN project for the past year has been my FRIENDS OF BALTIMORE hand appliqué blocks…Sue Garman's pattern.  I thumb tacked some flannel up in the hallway so I could admire them as I pass through.  Red bird on the bottom is the current 'in process' one I'm stitching on.
Only 9 more blocks…AND 4 most tedious borders to go.

Speaking of birds, you should go Here and see Lynne's oh so creative birds and quilt
she has sewn.  Yes, go NOW…I'll wait.



I succumbed to THIS TEMPTATION!!
Can you guess which one it is?

Darn it…..I'm so weak and easy…..sigh.

 …..and my little helper who's always close by...IS NEVER impressed.

Now that we're all caught up it's time for me to get back to the sewing machine.  I think I've
'snapped out of it' for a while and I'm quite amazed I could still spell all these words.

p.s.  If you live in Canada you should go HERE and check out this NEW quilting book Brenda is
giving away. It's Julie Sefton's new Build A Barn book….good stuff!

Nancy is having a giveaway too!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Do You Own A Hammer?

Do you have some nails?
If you do, that's super great….


You won't need them in order to do this kind of building!

My friend Julie Sefton's new "how to" on constructing your own CUTE quilty BARN is

Hot Off The Presses! 

She is super excited and so am I!  Yes, I did the happy dance when my specially
autographed copy arrived in the mail.

Clapping! Clapping! Clapping!

GO HERE to read more about it.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Midnight Oil

Sometimes you just have to burn some Midnight Oil…….to get in some
good stitching time.  Peace and quiet.  Alone time!

Tonight I just FINALLY had to get upstairs and have some time to stitch stitch stitch!  With the weather being extra warm here I've been spending a lot of time outside preparing garden space and such.  Oh man, I am SOOOOOO ready for garden goodies!!!

Yellow ovals shown here are reverse appliqué….I dread and usually put off these parts and I don't know why, it doesn't end up being as hard as I think it will be! 
This is block #6 out of 16.

Lucky me…..Erin Brockovich is on for my late night stitch fest.  I LOVE this movie!  I watch it every time it's on.  I know it by heart and can listen more than watch as I stitch away on my Friends of Baltimore blocks.

I prepare parts on some other blocks to take a break from too much stitching.

In another room upstairs where I'm burning the Midnight Oil is all the fabrics I have set aside for this particular Friends of Baltimore appliqué project. I have added MORE fabric selections since I took this photo.  

I DO pre-wash/soak with Synthrapol in HOT water before I cut out any of my appliqué pieces.

And if I stitch into the wee w-e-e hours and dare not disturb Goober dog or Hubby….there is a real comfy quilt adorned bed right behind where I'm stitching away I can slip into when needed…..doesn't happen often but when I do on occasion it does feel as if I'm on vacation!

OK…..my OIL is burning up and I shouldn't be wasteful with it!!!

Hhhmmm, I sure could use a snack…..wondering if I could tippee toe downstairs and snag something good to munch on without being found out…..or heard……

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Hearts, Flowers & Song

I hope everyone is having a nice Valentines Day!

This is one of my completed blocks from my Friends of Baltimore appliqué quilt and I thought it fit in perfectly with the day.   So far I have finished 5 blocks of the 16 and I'm
close to finishing number 6.
I had "lofty" ambitions when I started this project last March.  My plan was to finish one block
per month…..LOL…..well, I accomplished "half" of that goal….
But I'm determined!!!
Life has had priority lately and I've worked on a few UFO projects in between this appliqué
project.  One needs a break from the "tiny" pieces involved on this quilt.

LOTS of Log Cabin paper piecing on a UFO I'm trying to get completed.

I decided today I needed one more row to add to the length and then I'm calling it quits.
11 blocks per row will take me a bit to get sewn up BUT it's nice
 to know I'm so close to a finish on a project I started

Time to stop standing and staring and get to it….right?

Sunday, January 3, 2016


32 totally YUMMY flavors!!!

Just a little closeup sample……now didn't that taste good!?

(I have absolutely NO idea how I am going to use these, I have just loved them from afar lately.)