Saturday, October 15, 2016

Applique and a Recipe

Just a few quick progress picture from Celebrating Mary Brown (pattern by Corliss Searcey,

This block finishes the center four for the quilt.

Also some work on Rowdy Flat Library quilt mystery BOM. (pattern by Susan Smith)

I am not much of a cook but I saw this simple 5 ingredient almond crusted chicken dish on a TV show and it really is easy and delish!

Happy Stitching and occasional cooking :)



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Finishes, A Trip, and A New Quilt Comes My Way

I finished Roseville Album a couple weeks ago and I was honestly so sick of it I did not even take any photos of the finished quilt until this morning. It is a beautiful quilt and I really like it.

It just took me a LONG time to complete, six years start to finish, and it is machine appliquéd. That is probably the reason for the length of time I much prefer hand work.

I also finished the McKenna Ryan quilt, And On This Farm, I was working on.

This was purchased as a kit and has the cutest embellishments, a little cow bell so the quilt tinkles every time I move it,

a handle on the basket

and several Apple beads sewn on the trees.

While working on this quilt another McKenna Ryan quilt came my way. This is Aurora Ridge.

Once upon a time I had a little machine quilting business and although I sold that long arm machine I still will quilt for old customers once in a while on my home sewing machine.

My husband and I also went on a camping trip thru the Black Hills of South Dakota, we had breakfast with the Presidents,

truly saw "where the buffalo roam" where ever they please,

and ended up with this as my temporary back yard view, Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming.

This was a fun campground, every evening they show the movie Close Encounters of The Third Kind (Devil's Tower has a key role in the movie if you have not ever seen it) at an outdoor theater. We were right outside the gates of the park and spent one morning hiking around the tower, stopping frequently to watch the climbers. There are four sets of climbers in this picture.

Looking down during our hike back at the campground.

There was also a group of hot air ballooners and one evening the flag was finally still enough, their signal that the wind was down and it was safe to fly.

They took off from an area in the National Monument park and landed in the empty field next to the campground.

I am not sure which hobby I think is more dangerous the rock climbers or the ballooners but it was fun to watch. I was happy to keep my feet firmly on the ground and spent many quiet evenings stitching on Celbrating Mary Brown in the camper.


Happy Stitching,



Thursday, September 8, 2016

Celebrating Mary Brown & a McKenna Ryan Quilt

Wow, I have not posted in about a month. It has been busy around here but I have been taking a few pictures of my latest quilting projects. Mostly prep work on Celebrating Mary Brown:



I have also been working on McKenna Ryan's art quilt "and on this farm"

Love the soulful eyes on this guy.

Goat is in progress and will have a quilt in his mouth

Chicken blocks

Some border appliques

And the main block of the quilt.

Until next time,



Friday, August 12, 2016

Machine Quilting

I have done a lot of machine quilting this summer, the biggest project being Roseville album.

Lots of stippling, and applique outlining, a new border pattern. I put my initials and the year in the quilting above the house at the top of the quilt.

When the quilting seems to go on and on the M & Ms come out as a reward system to keep it up :)

I don't think I ever posted the finished pictures on the embroidered linens crazy quilt I was working on earlier this summer.

These were embroidered linens from my Mother that were cut up and put in crazy quilt blocks. it worked best to stipple quilt right over the embroideries to anchor some of those embroidery threads that were cut.

Simple quilting in the ditch and a little heart border.


In the hand applique area I have a couple more Celebrating Mary Brown blocks finished,

or in progress,

or prepped and ready to stitch.

I have also made a couple pillowcases, these are little gifts for some nursing home loved ones. There are lots of instructions to make pillowcases on the Internet, my favorite is the burrito method over on the seasoned homemaker blog:


In the big failure area is my latest Rowdy Flat Library mystery quilt block.

Very pretty block. It was fun to stitch this scrappy block. But even though I sewed it with a small ruler by my machine to keep track of correct seam allowances it turned out an inch to big. I don't know what I am going to do about it but for now it is living in the orphan block bin.

Since I couldn't seem to get that block right I turned my sewing talents to the garden next and strung up some peppers to dry in the kitchen window.

Happy Stitching all,