Monday, December 30, 2013


This is a shop sample using a gorgeous piece of peacock fabric and it's friends.
And since it is blue, I don't know where it will eventually live, but the fabric is really pretty!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


is a wedding gift--not my idea of a wedding quilt, but what the happy couple like, and after all, that's what it's all about---THEM, not me!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013


This is a Dear Jane Spring Fling 2004 swap that I finally put together. This is my first attempt at a scalloped border and it came out perfectly! This one is for me!!

Thursday, December 5, 2013


I know...#s 18 and 19 are not photographed yet, so... But here's #20...! It's now in the shop.

Thursday, November 28, 2013


These were delivered yesterday--DH is working and he always gets me flowers on my birthday! I had to email this photo to him so he could see how good he did!
I am going to friends for Thanksgiving dinner. I hope your day is good and you take time to thank God for all His blessings!!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Quilt finish #17

This has been a completed top since March 2012....but I have a few tops waiting to be completed!! Usually it is piecing the backs that derails the process, but sometimes it's not knowing what pattern to quilt. This fabric was gifted to me by my friend and employer and is from the book 6 halves make a whole. As you can tell by the title, there are 6 different half yard fabrics in this one plus the border.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Quilt finish # 16

This is the Dancing 9 patch on Bonnie Hunter's blog under the free pattern tab. I have been making 9 patches as leaders and enders and still have enough for at least 2 more quilts this size!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Design Wall Monday

This is all that's on my wall: two quilts are in the process of being bound and wonder of all wonders: 2 backs are pieced and ready to go!!!
These are leftover triangles from snowball blocks from one I'm binding now--we will see how big it grows!

Quilt finish #15

This is a jelly roll race with borders, and very bright! Becca gifted me with this jelly roll and since I have been itching to try this pattern (and I was at a retreat where I have been known to mess up the cutting of a Yellow Brick Road!!! (head hung in shame))I decided even I couldn't mess this up--and if I did, no one would know! And voila--it came out perfect! Of course I had to quilt it with hearts and there is even the word "Love" quilted on it!
I warned you it was bright!!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Quilt finish #14

Here is the housewarming gift for my sister's friend. It was his house we were staining boards for!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Still here

No. I'm not dead--just lazy! Will only show this picture of one of my Minnesota adventures (which happened quite a few times!)
The other two beauties are my sister and her daughter. We stained millions of feet of tongue and groove--the house will be beautiful!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Quilt Fair ribbons

Entered four quilt items in the Ninilchik Fair. My colorful rainbow purse took a blue ribbon, as did my tablerunner and placemat set.  These were over the top for table items that will be used and abused--I custom quilted them and bound them all, but that's what got me the blue! Here are the placemats and napkins--no photo of the runner yet.

  I also got 2 seconds--one for the hexagon shaped topper and one for this:

I wasn't gonna enter it, but my sister talked me into it--glad she did!
This was finish #13.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Fun with Bonnie Hunter

I was in a class today with Bonnie Hunter-what a fabulous time!  We were working on Bow-Dacious and learning much!

Tonight we were treated to her trunk show--very entertaining and informative!

After her presentation those of us who had done her quilts got to show them---here are a few "Easy Street"s:

Tomorrow is "Love Shack" !!!!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Persistent Visitor

Bullwinkle has been hanging around--he will be long gone when moose hunting season rolls around--even though he's not legal!!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


This Martha Washington geranium is sitting on my front porch on the west side.  She started out on the south and wasn't doing too well.  Look at her now!!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Design Wall Monday

It's back up--Scrappy Trip Around the World from Bonnie Hunter's pattern that started life as 46 Ugly FQs.  Had to make another block--and I don't think it will play well with the group.  It is still here in the house, not on the wall.  Here's hoping!  I would like to get this put together and quilted in this life time!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Gift Package in the mail!!

This came in the mail:

Rats!!  I hate it when the photo loads sideways!!!!

Anyway, Becca sent me 3, THREE!!  episodes of Downton Abbey, a small purse mirror with green zebra on the back :) , a green crystal key chain, a fabric bundle to make a binkie blanket, and a ??.  Can you guess what the white item is?!?

Thanks, Becca--you made my day---and the coveted gift bag is back in my possession!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Birds and bears and....oh, my!

Our little neighborhood is on bear watch...I check around before closing the door and getting too exposed before dashing to the studio!  Last week a mama brown bear and two large cubs were helping them selves to my neighbors trash bags.

Of course I have no bear pictures, but this teenage robin was very cooperative.

Our weather has been wonderful, so yesterday a motorcycle trip was taken to Princess Lodge in Cooper Landing--I love their KPL salad!  Then friends from church invited us to dinner--sushi and fellowship were both great.  Hmmm.  I wasn't in the kitchen yesterday.....

This lovely was found in the "back 40" and transplanted to my flower bed.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Design Wall Monday

This is on my wall--and there are two more rows of blocks finished that won't fit--it is a queen size BQ quilt from Maple Island.  I need another quilt for my bed like I need another hole in my head, but I fell in love with this huge poppy print and "had" to have it!  DH loved it too, (which helped--he's my enabler!)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Instead of Quilting

I've been doing a lot of this!!  But up here, you make hay while the sun shines...and has it ever been shining!!

View from the turn out at the top of Homer hill.  This was last week.
We started toward Seward today, but could really smell rain at Sunrise, so turned back into the sunshine.  (We are fair weather bikers!!)

Monday, June 24, 2013

12th Finish

for this year.  But I must confess, they have not all been quilts.  There have been placemat sets with napkins (I counted the whole set as one, not eight!!!) and tote bags included in the count, but, hey!, they ARE a finish. (And quilted--the placemats were customed, too!)

This wallhanging is the pattern "Oh Henry" and used a panel--very easy. I quilted it with Parrot Highlights thread from Superior in the top and a purple bottomline in the bobbin.  The binding was done in the car to and from Anchorage--in between photos and admiring the scenery!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Road trip

Made a quick trip to Anchorage to pick up a scroll saw DH scored on Craig's list--and had lunch with the DIL.  The weather was great til we hit town--sorry the pics are thru the car window while moving, but you get the idea!!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Quilt for Uncle Wayne

is done--just needs to be put in the washer.

Whenever I gave  a quilt to a new baby at church he'd ask where his was, so here it is!!  I decided to quilt it using Omni thread by Superior and the panto " Chantilly Lace"                                       

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Shop sample

in the window.  This is using the comma fabric line from Moda.  Remember me belly aching about the 18 60 degree mitered corners??  Well, they turned out great.  Kathy, a long arm quilting friend wanted to quilt it for me.  I was hesitant 'cuz I didn't know how flat it would lay (and I didn't want her to think I was a rotten piecer!!) but she said it was good--only one side was a little friendly!

Pat is in Portland at Quilt Market, so I'm holding down the fort and making executive decisions!  Actually, I'm rearranging, shuffling, and having fun!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

At the end of Easy Street!

It is finished, washed and hanging on the deck railing.  This lovely is done!!!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Close to the finish line!!

I'm working on the binding of Easy Street!!  (It's 105 inches square, so I'll be at it awhile.)

I'm anxious to put it on my bed.  (DH: "How many quilts do we need for our bed?")   Silly question!!!!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Design Wall Monday

This is on my wall:

It started life as the 46 Ugly FQ bargello quilt.  And then it sat, all in strips til I saw Bonnie Hunter's scrappy trip blocks.  So it morphed into these blocks--still have a bunch to put together.  I was working on this at the crafter's retreat and ladies were trying to be polite and say something positive about them, but when I said they were 'sposed to be ugly fabrics, the relief on their faces was comical!  I purchased 100 FQ sight unseen for $100.00 way back when I first started quilting----won't do that again!!  DH thought the whole thing was ugly, but it reminds me of something our grandmothers would have done from their scrapbags!

Friday, May 3, 2013


Look what I won!!  This T shirt was tie dyed by Vicki and she gave it away!!
( DH likes the fish!)

Her Etsy shop is full of her hand dyed fabric (which I couldn't resist). Since I'm computer challenged, the easiest way for me to direct you to her is: go to Vicki under My Blog List .  She has tutorials and all kinds of fun and interesting things on her blog.

Thanks again, Vicki!

Monday, April 29, 2013


I was at a crafters retreat last week.  I got lots of quilting done and a sweet young friend made me this!  She sits on my sewing machine to keep me smiling.

(I have to keep turning Leo--he's 'sposed to be watching me, not Annie!  But he is mesmerized by her beauty....oh, well....)

Just noticed the feet--some were not sewing but crocheting in comfort!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Design Wall Monday

I was at work yesterday, so, as usual, this is a day late.  But that's better than being 7 years late---yep, that's when this was started and everything was done but the borders.  Then 3 borders were added 2 years ago, and finally, Sunday afternoon, the last border was sewn on and all four corners mitered.  Now, I ask you "WHAT took so long?!?"

I was gonna applique big flowers on the border as per the pattern, but have finally decided on a recipient for this one, and Uncle Wayne won't care if they aren't there!! (He will also get it a lot sooner!!) Now I have to figure out a quilting pattern.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Aaaak! It's started!

This is the view I saw after arriving home from my Bible study:

My bathroom renovation.  My walk in closet door is in this room, so a sheet is nailed over the opening to hopefully keep all the nasty dust out, and DH is running a fan to blow it out the window (theoretically) !
I am so envious of Vicki!  Hers is done!!  This tiled soaking tub will be replaced with a shower, and our tiny corner shower will be replaced with a sink and vanity for DH.  That means I won't have to share the one you see on the right,  which will also be replaced.  Oofta!  Am not looking forward to the work, but will be great when finished.  Thank goodness we have another bathroom!.This may take awhile with DH doing the work and his work schedule being what it is.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Design Wall Monday

The background fabric came in!

And two of the six sides of the inner border are on--5 miters to go!  Also got the outer border today--6 more miters.  I should have the 60 degree mitered corners down by the time this is done.....and then there is the binding!!!!  That makes 18!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Finished quilt

This one has been a PIG for a long time.

And I like the back almost as much as the front.  This is the first time I have not had fabric left over--only partial strips!!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Design Wall Monday

This is on my wall--am waiting for the background fabric, so I don't know how long it will be there.  But I do have this photo to use to get it back up in the right order if necessary....

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Charm tote

Here's a photo of the tote on display at the shop--I really like this one.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Design Wall Monday

one day late---

The tote (on the right) is done--photo to follow- and the quilt top is at the border stage.