Quilt Archive

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Spring has Sprung and So Have I!

Hello Blog Friends!

Just a quick post to share this pretty sight.  Daffodils on the south side of our house.

And here's another sight...my pile of stuff ready to load in the car for scrapbooking retreat this weekend.

A weekend away filled with scrapping, good eats, great scrapping sisters, chocolate, and wine, of course.

Till next time....

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Last week...not a total loss!

Hello Blogger Friends,

Well, I'm happy to report that I'm feeling much better after my bout with the flu.  Still a lingering cough, but I'm able to function at full capacity.  

Our home is now all put back together and I'm smiling every day.  Love the new paint job.  We eliminated an accent wall, and now everything looks clean and bright.  

I found out late last week that our neighborhood rummage sale will be happening in 3 weeks.  So, I've been spending time this week going through kitchen cupboards, closets and other nooks and crannies, cleaning and clearing things out.  Many of the items that were on display above the cabinets in my kitchen and on the walls are not going back and/or not staying either.  The downsizing bug has hit me, and I've cleared out quite a bit already.  My eBay seller account is also getting a workout.

Unfortunately, all this activity has not left any time for sewing!  But, I was able to take advantage of some of the time (while painting was going on last week) to do some scrapping.  I'll be going on retreat next week, and my goal is to bring several projects up to date.  To help that idea along, I pre-made some base pages, 16 in all.  I'll admit they look a tad plain, but all that really is needed is photos, some embellishments, a little journaling, and voila, finished pages.  These are all for my Plays and Concerts book.  I'm doing the entire book in the same paper collection (Laughing Lola from Close to My Heart).  

Easter is this coming weekend, and it will be a quiet one, the girls and families all have other plans.  I'm hoping to reacquaint with the sewing machine and make progress on the UFOs pile.  

Until next post....

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Brief Hiatus...

Dear Blog Friends,

I've taken a brief hiatus from crafting...the reasons are two-fold.

First, I've been sick the past week with the Influenza.  Which does not make me very happy, because I religiously get a flu shot every fall.  I guess this must have been a rogue flu bug that got me...it evaded the flu vaccine.  Needless to say, with a fever, nasal congestion and cough, I was not in very good shape to be sewing or scrapping.  I mostly sat on my couch and suffered.  This was me last week (LOL):

Second, the interior of our house is being painted.  This, of course, means things are out of place and out of reach.  And, the entire place is a mess.  My painter finishes up tomorrow, and hopefully we will be back to a normal routine by the weekend.

So that's my story for this week.  Hopefully, I'll have sometime of substance to show you next post.

Till then...stay well.

Monday, March 27, 2017

UFO's No More!

Hello Blog Friends,

My pile of UFOs (UnFinished Objects) is growing!  This is the view behind my craft room door...

The front quilt is the newly finished Town Square.  Backing is ready, it awaits quilting.  The red and white quilt top is Seeing Red, the top I made in January.  It is waiting a few pieces of applique, then quilting.  The poor black/grey in the back is waiting quilting and finishing.  It has been waiting patiently there for over two years.  Frankly, I need the space...these quilts have to get done and go to their respective places (my house...these are all for me!).  Quilting and finishing will begin in earnest next week.  

And, yes! I have been sewing this week.  An interesting story, a mystery and whole lot of half square triangles.    A show and tell will follow before I start the big quilting jobs.

Till then...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

South for the Week! Florida projects

Hello Blog Friends!

It is Florida week here in Susan's Craft Room.  I've been working on some smaller project this week.  

This first one is a birthday gift for my middle daughter, Kim.   It is a beach bag made from vinyl mesh and fabric with dolphins.  Dolphins are her favorite animal.  Kim and her family go to Florida at least once a year.  This will come in handy on their next trip to the beach.

Here is a wall hanging for Kim's mother-in-law, Helen.  Helen owns a house in Kissimmee, Florida.  She was kind enough to let us stay there for a week in early February.   It was nice to stay in a home setting, instead of a hotel for 7 days.  This cute little wall hanging is my way of saying thank you.  She has a few flamingos as a decoration already, so this one will seem right at home.  All fabrics and buttons were from my own stash, except the pink for the flamingo and the backing.  The large yo-yos add an interesting dimension to the piece, don't you think?  The pattern is called Simply Flamingo by Marcia Layton.  I found the pattern quite by surprise....one day we traveled from Kiss to St Augustine, but by way of Hwy 1 and A1A.  While passing through New Smyrna Beach, I spotted Seaside Sewing and Quilts.  The ladies within were very nice.  I found this pattern there...how perfect was that?   And don't you just love the backing?

Here is a pillowcase using Florida postcard fabric.  Also for my daughter Kim, so she can dream Florida dreams at night.

Finally, two more pillowcases, only these are for us.  The yellow one will be mine and the blue one for my husband Denis.  Now we, too, can dream Florida dreams all year round!

Up next...UFO sightings!  Till then...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


Hello Blog Friends,

As I mentioned in the last few posts, I made a Vintage Christmas Card Album not only for me, but as a gift for a friend.  In all, I made 3 such albums, each one unique to itself.  The two books with black covers are similar, using the same pages as bases.  The smaller, brown cover book is a slightly smaller size, and features both printed pages and clear pocket pages.   Each book also includes a title page, a dedication page (to Edna and Elmer, of course!) and a brief history of Edna and Elmer and how I found the cards.  Here is a photo of the three:

Some pages from the second book:

Some pages from the third (brown cover) book:
 This book also featured printed vellum pages.  "Christmas" is such a page.  The white area is a card mat adhered to the back side of the page.   The backside is shown below:

 Even after making three albums, I still had leftover cards.  I used them up by cutting some images and sentiments to fit into the clear pocket pages, like this one.
An example of the cute pre-printed pages in this book.

As you can see, all different and unique, as paper colors and page layouts were dependent on the cards.  This was such a fun project and I just love how they all turned out.  A nice respite from scrapbooking with photos!  Now to wait until next December to gift them at Christmas.

It is back to the sewing machine for me this week.  I'll give a report next post.  Till then...

Monday, February 27, 2017


Hello Blogger friends,

I am still busy working away on my scrapping projects, but nearing completion even as I write this post.   I took a few hours this past weekend to attend the Winter Quilt Show at the Washington County Fairgrounds in West Bend.  It was a one-day show on Saturday.  Here are some of my favorites:

 Modern style.
A very detailed and well done art piece. 
 This is just plain cool.
This one was made from hand embroidery pieces.  It is a multi-generational pieces, using work from both the maker's mother and herself.  A very unique way to showcase the pieces.

 This crazy quilt was very well done.  The fabric and hand stitching was reminiscent of crazy quilts from the 1890's-1900's.
 I love the simplicity of this design.

 Love this Charlie Brown shirt.  The quilting really made the quilt!
And what would be more fitting for a quilt show in Wisconsin...a Green Bay Packers tshirt quilt.  Love it!

My blog post next week will feature an update on the scrapping projects I'm working on.  Till then...