Friday, February 24, 2017


I finally was able to get a photograph of my "Sarah" version of my "Serita" class. I will be teaching this on March 11th in the morning at the Pie Plate Pattern Super Spring Retreat. I believe that there are still a few spots left in the class.  Always a wonderful retreat!

No Name yet
Alright, I have spent the last half hour trying to get the above photograph uploaded right side up. WHY? does the uploader insist on rotating my photograph? I don't get it.  Does anyone know how to rotate a photograph in blogger?  The straight edge should be up.

I actually finished something!  LOL! It is just a small piece, but it was fun! I had some scraps from another project that I had sewn together. I found some bias tape, cheap, at the local thrift shop and decided to play with it a bit.  I then practiced my FMQ.  I am trying to get better at it. I am getting pretty good at peace signs.  My favorite symbol right now.

I have been making our bread for the last couple of years.  I found an easy, no knead method that works wonderfully! This loaf has some whole wheat, flax seed and poppy seed in it. It was delicious!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Nothing to show, or rather nothing I am allowed to show


I have finished a couple of art quilts recently.  But I am not allowed to show the results yet. First up is for the Inspired by Elvis challenge. I did a piece for the song "Moonlight Swim" from the movie "Blue Hawaii".  I used a Blue Hawaii novelty print for the backing. You can see the trimmings above. I had trouble with this piece, I used a collage technique and I didn't allow enough extra for the shrinkage.  I made a very wide binding.
The other piece is for a challenge, "Dream On". The first thought that came to my mind was the line "Clouds in my Coffee" from the Carly Simon song.  I had this wonderful coffee themed novelty print in my stash, so that is on the back. Of course I had to piece it, it is a directional print and I needed it in the other direction.

I have been trying to organize my new sewing room. It is quite a bit smaller than my previous space. Quite the challenge to get things to fit. I am using a second closet for my half of my fabric stash since the one in my room is about half the size of the previous room. Yesterday Sweetie hung up a couple of shelves on the wall and also put up some of my mini art quilt collection for me.

Shelves and mini quilts
The lower shelf is above my cutting table. I hope it will help me keep some of the clutter off the cutting area.
More mini quilts
The quilt hanging below the shelf is my Pin collector's quilt. I have a bunch of lapel pins which fit nicely in the center squares. Then I started to pin name tags from retreats and such in the borders. The feather duster is my Sweetie's addition.
Mystery Box
I have a lot of mystery items stored. I was sorting out some things that were crammed into the upper shelf in the closet and found this little box. Hmm, wonder what it could be? (I am not famous for labeling boxes)
I forgot about this UFO!
My Frank Lloyd Wright project from a Jackie Robinson class!
Class handout
I had all the parts in the box along with the receipt for the class and the class handout.  I took this class in Sacramento in 2003.
All the wonderful leftovers!
All the leftover parts! I love leftover parts! They turn into new stuff.
Wow! A lot of fabric in that box. Some was used in the quilt top, some not. I am sure that I could have used some of those in other projects over the years. If only I had looked into the mystery box sooner! And what gets me is the color scheme I used for this design! It is so Kanab like! 14 years ago when I took this class I had no idea we would end up in Kanab! I will post more on this project next week, I am really excited to finish it up and get it hung on the wall in the hallway.

What is he doing in that box?
I have no idea what this block is doing in the box or what it was intended. Might have been a sample for a block of the month I did for one of my California guilds. He must have jumped into this box by mistake.

I am linking to Amanda Jean, Nina-Marie, Sarah Myra Emily Judy Beth and Beth

Friday, October 21, 2016

At least one thing is done!

I finished my Sweet Sixteen for March, Fern. I now have 4 of 12 completed. What a stupid idea to start a year long, monthly challenge to myself while in the midst of the longest move ever! I had March started in March. I finished April a while ago, Fern was stewing for a bit.
Fern close-up
The background color is correct in the first photograph. I did a bit of free motion quilting to make the little leaves that unfurl. The rest is quilting with my trusty walking foot.
Fern back
Since this was for March, and it was green, I used some shamrock fabric for the back.
Never ending Grandmother's Flower Garden
I pulled out my hexagon quilt to work on at the local guild's weekly sew day. I prefer not to drag a machine along and since I am trying to meet people it is a good take along project. I have no idea when I started this, but I am pretty sure it has been at least ten years ago. I started off wrapping and basting to papers. I didn't count, just started cutting squares and wrapping. Then I started to put some of the hexagons together into flowers. I am using repro 1800's fabrics and a red print for the centers.
Starting from the center
Once I had a dozen or so flowers together I decided I should figure out a layout.  This is the center of the quilt. I haven't figured out what is next. I am setting these flowers together with black prints in between. It is a slow process and I might never finish it, but it is fun to work on.  Every once in a while.

I am linking to Nina-Marie, Amanda Jean,  Myra, Sarah, Emily, Judy, Beth and Beth

Friday, October 14, 2016

Quilt Fest

We are finally moved into the new house, completely! As with most of this project, our timing went totally crazy.  After a few delays we finally signed the papers. And of course, it was the day I had to drive North for Quilt Fest in Layton. Sweetie drove South to the new house with the puppy dogs. We hooked up again at the family cabin the next weekend. Our trailer was parked there and so we left from there for a post retirement trip to Wyoming. Sweetie is so more relaxed, retirement is going to suit him! He has worked hard for a lot of years and deserves to to it easy. Since we were without internet, I was not able to post about Quilt Fest until now.

My Dear Friend and teaching partner, Florence with her wonderful Tulip quilt! Perfect hand applique and machine quilted! For some reason this did not get a ribbon. It should have!
Another Dear Friend, Lisa, with her abstract Hello quilt! She does wonderful free form piecing!
Ruth aka "Mom"
Another Dear Friend, Ruth. She is my substitute Mom and very dear to my heart! 10 years ago while we were at Asilomar, I made this little cake quilt for her. Along with being my Mom, she is also my Dessert Monitor. A position that she takes very seriously! And she does her job well! She had found it recently and brought it along to the conference.
Finished my Emerald Pools!
I did not take any classes this year, with all the moving hubbub I just couldn't get it together to prep for a class. I did buy a table in the retreat area and brought a few projects to work on. I was able to finish the binding on my Emerald Pools! Ta Da! A finish!
Emerald Pools!
The completed quilt. This top was such a UFO. I had sewn it at Bryce years ago. Taught a class on it 2 years ago at Quilt Fest. The in progress to demo quilt from that class was finished soon after the class. It feels good to have it Done!
Class samples
Florence and I taught our Walking Foot Wonders class on Saturday. It went very well. Just a sampling of quilts that we show during class. We each had a suitcase full of quilts to show. Lots of different design ideas for using your walking foot.  Florence is the precision part of our team, I am the wing it part!

I am linking to Nina-Marie, Sarah , Beth, Emily, Judy, Beth and Amanda Jean.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Maple Leaves
Close up
I am entering my Maple Leaves in the Art Quilt Category at Amy's.  It is a little over 20" and made freeform pieced. The maple leaves were cut by a Silhouette machine and fused on. Walking foot and free motion quilting were used.

I am also linking to BethEmily, Judy, Beth, Nina-Marie, Amanda Jean

Friday, September 9, 2016

Last week in Town

We are counting down to the big move! Well, we actually have most of our stuff moved. Just a few things are left, computer desk, bed, an old table (borrowed a couple of folding chairs from a neighbor) and an ironing board.  A few pans and dishes, and clothes in a suitcase.  We hope to sign papers on Friday and then head out of here. Things I will miss:
Wonderful neighbors!
Beautiful mountains!
Only one traffic light in town (new town has 2)
My wonderful quilt guild in Wales!
My Fabulous knitting group in Manti!
Too many things to list.
View from the back porch
We have gorgeous view from the back porch.  It looks out over the valley to the Southwest, so the sunsets are so awesome! We have wonderful views at our new home in Kanab.  Lots of red rock, cactus and pine. Our view of choice there is to the East, so we can watch the sunrise.  I will post photographs from there in a few weeks.

In other news, I had previously mentioned how the mayor in the town where my family's cabin is had stolen our subdivision's gates and declared that our shared driveways were open to the public. Our HOA sued and we won!  It has been a long 3 years of not being able to feel that the properties were secure in the off season. Here is an article about the judge's ruling.

My Quilt was featured in a blog post!  How fun is that? It was nice to know that someone really liked my piece, "Maple Leaves". I have better photographs on this post.

I finished quilting my Emerald Pools.  I have the binding on, just need to get it tacked down.
Emerald Pools

I am linking to Nina-Marie, Amanda Jean, Myra, Sarah, Judy, Emily, Beth and Beth

Friday, September 2, 2016


I did one last dye session last week. As we are in the midst of a  move, I had some leftover dyes that I wanted to use up before the final load. I do know that old dyes lose some of their umph, but sometimes that is a good thing. And I just didn't want to waste it, dyes are expensive.
Mop rag
I always put down a damp soda ashed piece of fabric when mixing my dyes to catch any stray powder. I reuse it several times and then use it to dump the dregs.  I am pleased with this one!
Forest green and yellow
I was surprised how the green looks more blue.I believe that the dye had degraded and the blue held on in the forest green. This was accordion folded and then I poured on the dyes in a ziplock bag.
Purple and yellow twist
If I were a few years older, I could have been a hippie! I love the look of tie dye. This piece was twisted and then tied in a knot before adding the dyes. The deep purple dye also degraded.
Blues dry folded
I used a piece of fabric that had previously been soda ashed and left to dry. I bi folded it and dumped on cobalt, navy blue, and the last of the deep purple.  I think this guy has possibilities of some surface design.
Blue and brown dry 
Another tie dyed look. I folded this piece like you do for Hawaiian applique. I then dumped the dyes on it, in a ziplock bag. Some little bits of black, terracotta and blue (cobalt, maybe?)
Brown and gold dry folded
I folded this accordion style and then accordion folded it in the second direction.  Not sure if you can see it in this photograph, but I had dripped a bit of the deep purple on it by accident. It is about the only spot in the dye session that the purple turned out purple! Terracotta and gold. Maybe it was actually deep yellow.
Another mop rag
Another mop rag.  I also use them to wipe up the table after the dye session (I have the table covered with a plastic table cloth while dyeing)
I finally finished stacked! I took this class at the Bryce Winter retreat, eh? 4 years ago?  My friend, Lisa B. taught it. It was fun!  She is teaching it again this year at the Utah Quilt Guild Quilt Fest in a couple of weeks. I wanted to have it finished so she could have another class sample.
Stacked closeup
So things are happening with our move and hopefully we will be home (200 miles away) in 3 weeks. Right before Quilt Fest! I will head North to the Fest and sweetie and the puppy dogs will head South to our home in Kanab. It has been a long, stressful move.  I will be glad to finally be settled and move on to the next adventure in our lives.

I am linking to BethAmanda Jean, Nina-Marie, Sarah, M-RLorna, Myra, Emily,  Beth Judy