Quilt Archive

Thursday, October 25, 2018


Hello Blog Friends,

I have a fun little project to share with you.  Last week, I traveled to Portland, Oregon with my daughter, Kristy.  She went there on business and asked me to come along to keep her company while traveling and in the evenings after her work conference.  We went a day early and saw some beautiful sights.  And, the weather was perfect...low to mid 70's and SUN!  We had a very good time!

I wanted a travel bag to carry books, travel pillow, camera, purse, etc.  on the plane.  I have several, but I needed one that was both roomy and had a zip closure.  While hunting through my stash of bags, I found one that I had made Denis a few years before.  With no zipper, it wasn't suitable, but I really liked the pattern, so I dug it out, raided the fabric stash, and here is the end result:

Pattern is called Little Sister by Whistlepeg Designs.  The fabrics used are a variety of prints that I've had in my stash for some time.  The fusible fleece used in the bag was from the stash, too.  The only purchases were some project specific fusible interfacing, a zipper, and the strap hardware.  The pattern doesn't call for a cross-body carrying strap, but I made one that would work.  Finished size is 17" x 12" x 6".  

I'm working on another flannel quilt for another special young lady...more of those details next time.  Til then...

Saturday, October 13, 2018


Hello Blog Friends,

I'm sad to report still no changes to the UFO Project List!  September was a busy month...I attended a scrapbooking retreat in Crivitz, and had a flurry renovation activity here at the house.

Crivitz.  I attended Wednesday through Sunday and really got alot done...I did not work with pictures at all, but concentrated on using up some of the paper I have accumulated.  In all, I made 104 single pages ( or 52) 2-page layouts.  The weather was really wonderful, 80 degree days and beautiful sunshine.  Here are a couple of shots along the Peshtigo River.

Workmen.  This month, I had new doors put in, electrical work done, new windows and a new gas fireplace installed.  Here my lovely new fireplace.  

Quilt Expo in Madison.  I also found some time to visit the Quilt Expo in Madison.  Here are a couple of my favorite quilts on display:

Next time...a last minute project completed!  Till then...

Monday, September 17, 2018

Ric Rac Paddywhack Flannel Quilt

Hello Blog Friends!

Although I was busy, busy last month, I did have a chance to finish this lovely flannel quilt.  I chose the name Ric Rac Paddywhack ...it is the same as fabric line.  This was an easy quilt to make and so much fun to sew...you know how much I like to work with flannels!

This quilt is meant as a gift for a young lady very dear to my heart, but her identity will remain a secret until after Christmas.  I quilted it in a simple cross-hatch design.  I love the back, too.  Finished size  54" x 64".

I have been sewing on a couple of other projects as well.  More on those next week.

Until then...

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Go, Pack, Go!

Hello Blog Friends,

Well, the 2018 NFL Football season has begun.  It is fitting, then, that I share my latest project with you...a Packer Pillow.  

The center section is a printed 6" x 9" block, a design reminiscent of greeting postcards of the 1930s and 1940s.  The block is printed on a cotton panel and is made by Olde America Antiques.  This particular block is available in several different sizes.  The pillow was an easy to make project.  Finished size: 14".

Sadly, this cute project will not be residing in my own house.  I will be attending a scrapbooking retreat is a couple of weeks, and we all have been asked to donate a door prize of some kind.  This will be my door prize.  Many of the ladies attending the retreat are Packer fans indeed.  However, this would make a great gift for Christmas, too.

Till next time...

Monday, September 3, 2018

UFO Project List Update for September

Hello Blog Friends!

Well, I sadly have to report no progress on the UFO list for August.  I was, however, busy during the month.  It is definitely a good thing that I am retired...I don't have time to work!  LOL

  1. Vacation.  I was invited to join my daughter Kristy and her family on a vacation at the beginning of August to Galena, Illinois.  While there, we visited the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville, Iowa.  We toured and shopped downtown Galena and visited Dubuque one day.  A fun trip and much needed getaway!
  2. Landscapers.  The landscaping crew was here to take out tree stumps, remove old planting beds, smooth things out and plant grass.  I am happy to report that the new grass is growing well.
  3. Basement Repair.  Cracks have been repaired and walls have been stabilized.  No more water in the basement!!
  4. Countertops.  The new countertops in the kitchen have been installed and look great!  Now comes the next phase of kitchen renovations, which is to repair and repaint the cabinets and doors.  This part we are doing ourselves.
  5. Appointments.  I also had a series of appointments for the next round of renovations...electrician, fireplace, bathroom.  A GC's life is never done.
  6. Play.  We were able to get away for a day to attend a play at one of our favorite venues.  

So, anyway, here is the list as it was at the beginning of August.  Looking ahead, I hope to finish at least one item at scrapbooking retreat in a couple of weeks.  Wish me luck..until next monthly update...

NameCurrent StatusDate Finished
12015 Christmas PagesFinished!2/10/2018
22015 Christmas PagesFinished!4/19/2018
32015 Christmas PagesFinished!4/20/2018
4Seeing Red QuiltTop, back done.  Ready for quilting
5T-Shirt QuiltFabrics gathered
6Patterns II QuiltFinished!1/31/2018
7Prairie Cupboard QuiltFinished!7/25/2018
8Colonial Williamsburg Ornament BookMaterials gathered
9Mary's QuiltTop done.
10Baby QuiltFinished!2/21/2018
11Fran Memorial BookFinished!2/9/2018
12Towne Square QuiltFinished!2/3/2018

Saturday, July 28, 2018

UFO Project List August Update

Hello Blogger friends!

Yay!  I actually found time to get back to crafting.  Yes, I'm still the General Contractor for our home renovation project.  There has been some "down-time" while waiting for the work to be done, and I've used that time wisely.  I've read a book...The Tenth Island by Diana Marcum, taken a couple of weekends away, and have finished two quilts!  And...one was on the UFO list!

Name Current Status Date Finished
1 2015 Christmas Pages Finished! 2/10/2018
2 2015 Christmas Pages Finished! 4/19/2018
3 2015 Christmas Pages Finished! 4/20/2018
4 Seeing Red Quilt Top, back done.  Ready for quilting
5 T-Shirt Quilt Fabrics gathered
6 Patterns II Quilt Finished! 1/31/2018
7 Prairie Cupboard Quilt Finished! 7/25/2018
8 Colonial Williamsburg Ornament Book Materials gathered
9 Mary's Quilt Top done.
10 Baby Quilt Finished! 2/21/2018
11 Fran Memorial Book Finished! 2/9/2018
12 Towne Square Quilt Finished! 2/3/2018

Yes, friends, I have finished the Prairie Cupboard quilt.  Looking back at previous posts, I don't think I ever shared it with you...shame on me.  I recall making this quilt last September, so it languished in UFO status less than one year (which is a short time, compared to some of the others, LOL).  A lucky quilt, indeed.

Here's some details and a photo of the finished quilt:

Finished size:  50" x 61"
Pattern:  Strip Off by G. E. Designs.  I purchased it as a kit from Pine Street Quilts in Marinette, Wisconsin.  Pattern includes details for cirb, lap and twin size quilts.   It would also a good stash-busting quilt!
Details:  This was an easy and fun quilt to piece.  The pattern itself calls for 2 1/2" WOF strips.  The strips in the kit were precut.  I didn't care for several of the fabrics, so I substituted from my stash.  I wanted to convey a country theme to the fabric selection.  Basically, you make a strip set then subcut into smaller pieces.  Add a diagonal corner to each set, voila! your block is made.  Add sashing with cornerstones, sew rows together and DONE! 
Quilting:  I chose to quilt it in an edge-to-edge free motion meander.

I decided to name this quilt Prairie Cupboard, because many of the fabrics reminded me of some of the primitive fabric collections I've seen.  This quilt will remain in my own collection.  I plan to use it for display in late summer and early autumn.

All for now...next time I'll share the other quilt I finished in July!  Till then...

Sunday, July 22, 2018

New Wall Decor in Craft Room

Hello Blog Friends!

I have something fun to share with you today!  Here is a new wall decor piece that I have in my craft room.  It accommodates most of my sewing related "treasures".  Size:  30" x 37".  I love it and the things on it.

My favorites:

***Vintage child's sewing machine.  This reminds me of the Viking Green Machine I once had (handed down to me by my mother when she upgraded.)

***Mason jar of vintage sewing supplies.

***Sewing Susan Needle Folder.  It's full, too.

Fun stuff.  

Guess what???  I think I'll have some time in the next week or so to actually do some sewing again!  There is a lull right now before the workmen start.  More on that next time...