Quilt Archive

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Hello Blog Friends!

Sadly, I have to report that I have not worked on any sewing or scrapping projects since my last post...But, I have a good reason!  Denis and I were out of town last weekend to LaCrosse (on the Mississippi River) and to Houston County, just across the river in Minnesota.  We were on the hunt for barn quilts, and we found some.  Here are some of our favorites:

In addition to very lovely quilts on barns, we saw some very beautiful and awesome scenery, too!

We were actually in LaCrosse for a train show, and while we were waiting for that to open at Copeland Park, we watched dragonboat races that were going on...how fun is this?  

It was a great weekend.   I'm hoping to get back to crafting this week...we'll see how that plan works out.  

Here is a great shot of a fantastic sunset, taken from Riverside Park in LaCrosse.

Til next post....

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Hello Blog Friends,

This week I have completed the quilt top for my work friend Sally, whom I've known about a year.  Last week I mentioned that I was retiring from my job in September, and am making lasting remembrance gifts for those closest to me.  Sally joined our work family last August, and has been a joy to come to know.  She's faced some adversity lately, as her mother passed away about a month ago.  

For her quilt, I have chosen to make her a throw quilt using the jelly roll race quilt technique.  The fabric line is called Lulu by Chez Moi for Moda Fabrics.  It is rich with pinks, blues, yellow and greens.  I have had this jelly roll for several years, and I decided to use it for Sally's quilt.  The colors and patterns are cheerful and comforting.  Just what Sally will need in the next few months as she mourns her mother's loss.  I have the quilt top finished, and will work on quilting it over the next week.

Here's my progress so far:

Next week...hopefully I'll be able to show you the finished product!

Till then...

Monday, July 4, 2016


Hello Blog Friends,

I've been sewing again after such a busy spring.  I am retiring from my job in September (86 days, but who's counting? LOL) and have decided to make  some lasting reminders to those who mean so much to me at work.  We are more than co-workers and are very close friends.  

Remember the quilt I made for my young friend, Heather, at work...it was named Northwoods.  Heather is like a daughter to me (she is same age as my youngest, Kerri) and I love her very much.  Here is a picture of the finished quilt:

It was made of the most luxurious flannels I have ever worked with.  They are from the "Winter in the Pines" collection by Holly Taylor for Moda.  These flannels are fantastic!  I had quite a bit of leftover fabric, and had intended to make a couple of matching throw pillows to give with the quilt, but alas, I ran out of time last fall.  So, I've dug those remnants out, and have made two coordinating pillows.  Each pillow is the same block pattern as in the quilt, with outer sashing and cornerstones.  I think they turned out very nicely, and I was able to use up most of my leftovers.  Here they are:

I have another project in the works for the other girl who works in our office, Sally.  She is about 10 years younger than I am, so is like a sister to me.  Although I've known her just about a year, I'm fond of her.   More on her project next week!

See you then....

Friday, July 1, 2016

Calypso and Happy Times Pages

Hello again, Blog Friends!

As I mentioned in my last post, in the past month, I've created 6 (12 pages total) two-page scrapbooking layouts.  The scrapbooking group that I belong to meets once a month (currently at my house) and is led by my daughter, Kristy, who is a Close to My Heart consultant.  She designs the pages.  And, she gets dinner out of it, too!  Last week was meat loaf, baked potatoes, salad.

Here are the pages we made at the end of May.  These were made using the Calypso paper packet:

These pages were made just this past week, using the Happy Times paper packet, a special packet offered only in May for National Scrapbooking month.

My thanks once again to Kristy for creating some pretty awesome layouts.

Next time:  an update on sewing projects in process.  See you then!