Monday, September 16, 2019


It is with great sadness that we have lost our daughter in law. We will be spending the next week in Utah with our son. It will be great to spend time with our daughter and grandchildren who is there as well. Our oldest son will travel with us. It was unexpected and a very hard thing. But, we are comforted knowing that families are forever and we will see her again.

Saturday, September 14, 2019


I used my purple 2 1/2 inch strips to make 4 patches for an Irish chain quilt

And 8 patches? for woven checkerboard

I needed to do last month's blue to finish what I need for the quilt.

And I played with letters in purple.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

scarecrow rug

Hubby and I had a great time at the wool keepers rug hooking event in Danville, Indiana. It was my first big car trip and away from home time since back surgery. I really enjoyed the rug hookers, and their enthusiasm. There were more vendors there than usual, and the colors of wool were worth drinking in and feeling the inspiration. Rug hooking has been a wonderful way to meet with some very lovely women in my area. But, just like quilting, I have enough wool and enough projects so that I didn't plan on buying or starting anything else. Cue the the audience laughing.
In my defense, I had made it around the vendors twice before I saw Mr. Scarecrow.

HE was so quirky and different. The designer was so nice and friendly. She showed me her plan with her wool to hook him. She was planning to keep the linen background and just hook the scarecrow and use these colors. Aren't they beautiful? He is 65 inches tall, so the plan is to hang him on the door.

I only bought one piece of wool for this rug. I am sure I have most of what I will need in my wool stash.

It is still a struggle to sit and rug hook with my back, but it is getting better and I look forward to getting back to my rug hooking. I am still working on the snowman rug. Big decision - put snowmen aside and start the new fall project or finish what I am hooking and do the Mr. scarecrow next. hmmmm. or take another nap.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

rsc letters

My hubby made pickled green tomatoes with some masterful coaching from me. I have always felt bad about the tomatoes at the end of the season, that we don't get harvested. If these are yummy, we may have found the answer. I want to try a green tomato salsa as well. We still have more than enough red tomatoes to eat and maybe still can for the winter.

I have met a bit with my quilting friends, and since I still can't take my machine with back limitations, I used the time to cut some more letters for my quote quilt. After I finished the quote letters, I used the same scraps to cut a few tiny Tuesday pieces. I forgot to bring labels so they are the ones with a purple napkin piece.

This is the book I am using. I really like how these letters are made.

With some of the letters, I had to leave them in the book to  know what they are.

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Saturday, September 7, 2019


I needed to catch up my crayons for the rainbow scrap challenge. I made a pink one from July.  I made lavender and purple for September.

We are off today to a rug hooking event.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

carolina chain blocks

Last Friday, I was able to meet with my Friday quilt group. I took my away project which is carolina chain. I was able to get 28 blocks done.  I need over 300. and I have nearly 100 finished.

These are my favorites.

Some of the blocks, are just to use up scraps, but some of them I really like.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

swap blocks

I didn't get all my swap blocks done for August and it is time to work on September as well.
I make them bigger and trim them down before I give them to my swap partners. Each month we exchange 30 blocks.

We are making them 4 1/2 inches unfinished. So far, the blocks I have received have been great.

The weather has been beautiful, but I can tell fall is coming. I look forward to cider and maybe a roasted marshmallow or two.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

one monthly goal

I can't believe it is September already. And it's time for choosing goals for One monthly goal at elm street quilts. This is the month I am going to finally finish On Ringo Lake mystery quilt.....I hope.
After finishing the top last month, I had a few places I needed to flip the sashings. This pesky little guy was nearly in the center of the quilt. Fortunately, he was a lone wolf taunting me, and not part of a series of flipped pieces.

I plan to stay with the mystery quilts, and finish good fortune mystery quilt as well.

I am behind on swap blocks, and the rainbow scrap challenges as well.

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Friday, August 30, 2019

carolina chain blocks

Right now, any sewing I do has to be easy and easy to reach. I found these laying next to the machine. I use Carolina chain as an away project, but it just looked like fun, so, I sewed a few blocks. I'd like to say that this is a great scrap buster pattern, but, it barely made a dent.

I've started another snowman for my rug.

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so scrappy

Monday, August 26, 2019

one monthly goal finish

At the beginning of the month, my one monthly goal for August was to get On ringo lake mystery quilt to a top. and to have all the garden party blocks finished and the chaining blocks started.
Here is the top. When I put it together, I discovered that there was a mistake on the center row, and I had to take it apart and redo the sashings in the center row. At this point, I have one more sashing near the center that has to be flipped.

I finished all the garden party blocks, and I cut the strips for the chaining blocks.

more exciting news..
My orchid is blooming. I have had it a couple of years, and was beginning to lose hope it would bloom again. It is just lovely.

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

more on ringo lake quilt

I have the first half of on ringo lake mystery quilt together. And all the rows ready for the second half of the quilt.

I don't see any mistakes so far. we will see...
I have a new snowman to share from my rug I am hooking, it will have to be my bright blue for the rainbow scrap challenge.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

on ringo lake quilt

It took a bit of looking to even find my on ringo lake mystery quilt. I wanted to get this quilt to top as my goal for August. I had to really think about what had been done, and, what I still needed to do to get this finished. I counted and found all the blocks I would need. yay

I had all the sashings together in twosies. yay

I had one row started. yay

I even had the corner section together. Of all the Bonnie Hunter mysery quilts, this one was the hardest to understand the assembly instructions. The sashings were a mystery. As far as I can tell I am turning the right way at the right place, but I am thinking it could be different all together. We will see.

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

pink star

Great news, my hubby took me to Joann yesterday. I am 5 weeks out from surgery, so I haven't been in some time. I didn't make it all the way through a shopping visit, but I got my feet wet. They had an extra 30% off their fabric clearance, and another 10% if I finish the bolt. I picked 2, and then, hubby told them all of it, and stood in line to pay while I went and sat in the car. It was so fun. And ice cream afterwards, too.
I am still a little behind in sewing my projects for the rainbow scrap challenge. The pink is from July and the color for August is bright blue.

And, finally, all 100 garden party blocks have been sewn. It's time to sew the chaining blocks that will be the alternate blocks. I am doing them in black and white.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

sugar mountain finish

I have a finish. Sugar mountain was a workshop with our guild and Pam Buda. At the last retreat, I decided to finish this quilt the way it was. Originally, this quilt was just 12 blocks, and I rarely do small quilts. I had cut for a few more blocks, and planned to make it bed size. I took it with me to retreat to formulate a plan. The plan ...finish it.

It was small enough that I felt I could longarm it as long as I took long breaks. The binding was done over a couple of evenings in front of the tv.

This is part of my 2019 finish along goals.
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Thursday, August 15, 2019


Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville has announced this year's new leader/ender challenge. If I make the small
4 1/2 inch size, I have a box of bonus hsts that were supposed to be 2 inches but are not. This would be a great place to use them, but, I would have to trim them down to 1 1/2 inches hmmmmm is it worth the effort.

I would also want the 4 hsts to match

The rest of the block was cute and easy to make.

I am not thinking this is the way I want to make them, trimming was a bother. It uses up odd stuff, but takes too much energy. I didn't have that many that matched. Next, I will try cutting and sewing the hsts to see if I like that better.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

snowman rug

Nothing new is really happening here, until I find a new normal from surgery. Hubby has been off of work taking care of me and we are starting to talk about him going back to work. So I am a good deal better.
I have pulled my rug hooking out for when I am just sitting and resting. I can hook 2 or 3 strips before I need to move again. I don't see any pictures of this rug on the blog yet. Here are the first and second cute snowmen.

and Jimmy Durante snowman.

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