Sunday, July 12, 2020

Another Warm Sunday

Happy Sunday morning!  Already hot and humid at 10:00 AM.

A bit of catchup.  First today is a hexagon quilt I hand-pieced before the recent unpleasantness.  After things improved a bit, I walking foot machine quilted it.  For those who have the vapors because I machine quilted a hand-pieced top, GET OVER IT!  I cannot hand quilt right now, but I was able to finish it this way.  No shame in doing what works.

Close-up of the quilting.  Love it!

A tablerunner I made for a friend.  All batiks.  Machine pieced.

Close-up of quilting.  Walking foot quilted with lime green thread.

 The back.

Also made for a friend.  Can we just say, when possible I like to cut and add my triangles, NOT use rectangles and squares!


Back, using folded squares as hangars.

The hand stitching of binding is getting easier and my last binding was close to "before the unpleasantness".  The mask making continues.  Also making things for a baby due in August.  

That's it for now.  Wear your masks appropriately (nose, mouth and chin covered).  It's good for us all to be safe.

Distant hugs,

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy July 4, 2020

The corn planted in the field behind my house is definitely more than knee-high today, but we need rain!  Hotter than Hades!  Have been trying to stay in and get more sewing done.  Finished a bunch of new masks.  Trying hard to stay home and out of trouble.  It makes me so angry to see the cavalier attitudes people have in public, so I go out as little as possible so I can not offend people with my expectation that others will wear a mask in public to protect me as I am protecting them.

A picture or two of a recent quilt I made with "help" from Dickens!

May our flag wave over calmer times!

Distant hugs,

Thursday, June 11, 2020

I Think It's Monday--but somehow it's now Thursday

Thought I'd share a few more quilts with you, my own inventions.

First up is a small hanging I made for my mom.  She loves crows and I had a limited amount of the crow fabric left.
Quilted in random straight lines with the walking foot.

Mom had a limited amount of otters in love fabric, so I combined it with some others to make a tablerunner.

Close up of fabrics.
I used an older bird themed fabric for backing (bought while teaching in Pennsylvania) and the binding came from a shop on Etsy from Missouri.
Lots more to come.  Thanks to everyone who commented last time.  Hot enough?

Blissful, at a distance, hugs,

P.S.  Hope everyone is safe and wearing their masks as needed and correctly.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Still Here

Although time has passed quickly, it's been 2.5 years since the stroke.  Still walking with a cane outside. 

 Left hand still impaired.  Am able to machine sew and have started quilting with a walking foot.

 My first quilt about a year ago.  Did not use walking foot for quilting.  Corners meet sporadically.  Great quilting print on back.  I signed it, dated it, said it was my first quilt since the stroke, and moved on.  Could not pin yet.

 A bit later.  Still not quilted with the walking foot, but corners now match, binding betterAble to pin better.

 Close-up of kind of wood grain quilting.

Opps, my area was not cleared off and two scraps of white fabric stuck to the back.  I had finished the quilting when I discovered it and would have had to remove 6 lines of quilting to remove them (not skilled enough at that point to partially remove anything)..It's a cool Easter print on the back, it looks like a rabbit tail, so I chenilled it, and left it.  A funny story for this piece!

I had fussy-cut and machine pieced the top before I got sick, walking foot machine quilted and bound it last year.  Love it!  New and old skills together.

I'm making baby stuff for a shower, have made about 200 and still counting masks that are all over the country, before Covid had started riding lessons, have mowed my own lawn, and have a family of foxes that play on my back porch.  I am well inside the house and do not interact with them, but the four kits are so fun to watch!  Two adults and four kits!

Just off the porch, with my camera phone.

That's it for now.  Hope everyone is well and wearing a mask in public.  Still typing with one finger.  Stay safe!

Blissful, if distant, hugs,

P.S.  Dickens is fine!

Thursday, March 19, 2020


We should have lots of fabric--so join Bonnie Hunter and Gudrun Erla for a Quarantine Quiltalong on Sunday.  Stuff will be available on Facebook Live or on YouTube with a delay.  The pattern has four sizes and is free!  They are planning lots of fun stuff, giveaways and a chance to sew together distantly.

You can find more information here:

Watch the video to see how fun this will be!  I am planning to sew but am not affiliated in any way.  Just thought I would spread the fun!  Hope to "see" you Sunday!

Blissful hugs at a distance,

P.S.  Saw my first bluebird yesterday, and I have snowdrops!