Monday, February 27, 2023

scrappy pinwheels start

I opened another Ufo box for my 5 quilts projects, and, found a fun older project. So, I am sewing scrappy pinwheels at Friday sews. It is easy and portable. It is fun to revisit some oldie but goodie fabrics as I piece the blocks. I found 3 different block pieces cut, and, made, when I opened the box. I needed to sew into block quarters below. This could easily be a jelly roll pattern.

Evidently, I can't count. I needed to cut and add a few more. My goal was 80 blocks. 

So, that, I could make 20 pinwheel blocks for the quilt.

1st block- 19 to go

This close to the end of the month, I can check the boxes for my ongoing PHD at quilting gail. I have finished 4 so far this year, and, my goal is 12.

Sunday, February 26, 2023

stash report 2/26/2023

 I was gifted these 'scraps'. The middle one was 2 1/2 yards, the rest were bits and pieces. I don't count them in yardage, unless they are over 1/2 yard or are a fat quarter.

Stash report February 26, 2023

fabric added: 2 1/2 yards
fabric added year to date: 25 yards 

fabric used: 22 yards  I finished circa 1880 
fabric used year to date: 78 yards  

53  yards used more than bought 

I sewed 4 days last week.  including Friday  and Saturday sew. 

 I will have a large border background to hook, but, the letters are all done.

This is the color I am dyeing for the background

The camera catches the color differently. It is a gold color.

 tu each his own

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Saturday, February 25, 2023

girlie garden quilt

I finished early with my pink rsc projects for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. So, I perused the Ufo list for a mostly pink project. I have a few of them. I had added a few to my ufos expecting to have granddaughters. But, out of 12 Grandchildren, I only have 2 and they are nearly grown. 

quilt kit I bought in 2014

It is a quick quilt that uses 2 1/2 inch strips. I cut the strips and started sewing them together. I have all the strip sets finished I will need.... I hope.

We will see how far I can advance this quilt before March. I do have an open sew today. I am hoping to work on scrappy pinwheels and this girlie garden quilt.

Friday, February 24, 2023

kristals progress

I have made progress on my kristals project. I have all the small kristal pieces ready, so I was able to
get an idea of how it was going to look as a block. 

I can't really sew it together without laying it out, which, is problematic for me. I decided to get all 9 blocks to this point, and wait until, I could lay it out on a small design surface. It is exciting to see that it will work with my fabrics.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023

One monthly goal finish February 2023

 I have a finish and a one monthly goal completion to celebrate. My circa 1880 quilt is finished. I used 225 swap blocks from my quilty friends to make the top and added a border fabric that was gifted to me from another quilty friend some time ago. I could not be more pleased. The photos are a little dark from an Indiana dreary winter day, but, the quilt is shiny to me. So much talent from other quilters are part of my quilt in each little block.

92 x 94 and 22 yards

I used a cotton sheet for the back and free motion swirls for the quilting. I actually ran out of the omni thread with 12 inches to go and had to wait for an order to come in, before, I could finish it. I tried 4 quilt stores in Indianapolis to find it, and had to order it online. I usually have back ups but, not this time sigh...

Monday, February 20, 2023

5 quilts feb 20, 2023

  last report February 3, 2023

I try to work on these 5 quilts until they are done. Their turn in the UFO closet is over, and, they need to be finished one way or another. I decided that for 2023, rather than work a little on each one at a time, I would concentrate on just one. I still use the list to plan and look ahead. My focus will be circa 1880 until it is quilted and bound. It is my one monthly goal for February.

1. circa 1880-  More about this here.  I added borders and it is ready to quilt. I made it my one monthy goal at elm street quilts to be sure I stick to it. quilting is done - it just needs binding

2.twisted braid - is ready for quilting I need to iron, piece backing, and prepare binding, but, not until circa is done

3. radiant star from 2012 - is ready to quilt but circa is first.

4. scrappy pinwheels. I opened the box and it appears to have pieces sewn for the parts of blocks

5. Kristals- I had a box full of bright colored fabric and the pattern. I didn't have anything cut.  The main kristals are sewn and I am ready to prepare the secondary kristals before I can make a block.

new 5. wool lady table runner. I need to open the box and see how far it is done before I can start on the finish

MY  next on the longarm of my own quilts in the 'to be quilted' closet. 

customer pause

radiant star

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twisted braid

1. wonderland table topper

customer pause

2. wonky courthouse steps 2

3. tokoyo subway

4. scrapbox chevron from 2013

5. wonky wishes 2017

checkered past

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Sunday, February 19, 2023

stash report 2/19/2023

 There is a nearly local quilt shop going out of business, and, they are offering all their fabric for 4.00 per yard. Oh the temptation.

Stash report February 19, 2023

fabric added: 0 yards
fabric added year to date: 22 1/2 yards 

fabric used: 7 yards  I finished radiant star

fabric used year to date: 56 yards  

33 1/2 yards used more than bought 

I sewed 7 days last week.  including Friday sew. 

I am working on the alphabet letters with a dark red wool along the border of the rug. It doesn't take very long per letter, but, moving the big rug on the frame is challenging. That is all of them, finished. hooray - I will have a large border background to hook, but, the letters are all done.

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Saturday, February 18, 2023

go fish

I have made HSTS for fish school/ kismet in pink for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. hmmm

When I said I was going to keep the rainbow projects simple this year, I may have reduced the projects tooo much. Time to reconsider for the year.

I am actually finished with what I need for this year's rsc projects in pink. I looked around and found an older ufo in pink and brown, that, I am going to see if I can move forward until the end of the month. I don't have plans to finish it, yet, just move it along.

Friday, February 17, 2023

radiant star finish

May I introduce a very patient quilt that, now, has a chance to shine. I started radiant star quilt in 2012 as a class at a local quilt store.

I wrote the first blog post in 2016, mentioning that it might get a chance for a finish. Nope. not then.

I added it to 5 quilts in January 2023 by random number generator. I am glad I did, I finally could trust that it would get the attention it deserved.

I opened the project box, and realized it wasn't perfect, but, still very nice. I imagine the imperfect center was the reason I had left it undone in the first place.

It became a top by the end of January. and had to wait it's turn on the longarm. I have so many large quilts on my UFO list that is was a pleasure to finish a smaller one. 

48 x 48 - 7 yards of fabric

I used the border fabric to bind it and a stripe for the back

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Wednesday, February 15, 2023

boxed up

 I have decided to retire these projects to the ufo closet. They deserve a vacation, and, to meet up with their old friends. Both of the quilts were last year's rainbow scrap challenge. I sewed them into useable blocks, to the point that decisions are needed for assembly. Now, they will have to wait until their turn as part of my 5 quilt focus. It could be years or decades LOL

Couldn't help taking pictures of all the petty valentine flowers at the grocery store. and it smelled great.

Monday, February 13, 2023


Flippy corners takes a lot of time... I started a new UFO project here. I really enjoy the colors, but, I am adding three more blocks to the quilt than the smallest size of the directions, and, I have to keep jumping back and forth on the number of pieces I need to sew. These are the very center of each "kristal".

I need to flip all 4 corners of the larger piece for the center.

small progress but worth it. This is one of my 5 quilt projects. And as expected, my buddy has one row together sashings and all.

Sunday, February 12, 2023

stash report 2/12/2023

I found these pieces of woven plaids at goodwill for 99 cents each. The regular price now for  up to 1 yard is 3.99.  2 yards or more is 5.99. Someone didn't like these and marked them 99. I like them so I snatched them up to take home.

Stash report February 12, 2023

fabric added: 3 yards
fabric added year to date: 22 1/2 yards 

fabric used: 0 yards 

fabric used year to date: 49 yards  

26 1/2 yards used more than bought 

I sewed 7 days last week.  including Friday sew. 

I am working on the alphabet letters with a dark red wool along the border of the rug. It doesn't take very long per letter, but, moving the big rug on the frame is challenging. I am half way on the letters

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Saturday, February 11, 2023

rsc strip weave

I made 2 pink strip weave blocks for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. Most of my scraps are smaller than I would need to get matching strips. 

I cut some of the pieces for garlic knots. It's a jedi mind trick to make that older UFO ready for finishing.

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Friday, February 10, 2023

twisted braid top

I auditioned neutral, red, and light blue for the sashing. But, I decided to use dark blue. The top is ready for quilting as soon as there is time on the longarm.

I found this pattern in this book. I have had it for awhile. I cut and put the pattern together as a kit in 2018. I drew it as a random number for part of my 5 quilts early this year. I took it as a portable project to  piece and when all the other quilts on the list were waiting to be quilted, I finished it here at home.
I really like the purse quilt on the cover, and, if, I ever get to a new project, that might be it.

now, it waits to be quilted.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

zipper twosies

All my zipper blocks are in sets of  2.  I wondered how to evenly distribute the colors and make it random. I had made the blocks using the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. Each month, I took the color of the month scrap bag, and, cut out the block, and sewed them.

I decided to sew them into twosies. I took all the pinks and sewed each one to R-O-Y-G-B-I-V. Then I took red and did the same, and so on. I am sure in the end there will still be ugly combos and fabrics too close to each other, but, at least, I had a plan to follow.

On our mini vacation, I had a visit to a real quilt store- here is what caught my eye. I was in search of superior thread for my longarm. 3 stores and no one had it. sigh.. No idea why I decided to take pictures of these. Probably thinking - I have this stuff, too, so, I could make it. Oh, and, I didn't buy anything.

3 inch churndash

die cut alpha

wool applique

3/4 inch hexies

Monday, February 6, 2023

kristals project

I started a new quilt with a quilting buddy. I cut the print part at an open sew. I still need to cut the background. My initial impression is that the instructions were not written in my way of thinking. I will have to do a lot of repeat reading to understand the next steps. 

I have no business starting anything new this year. I have enough UFOs to last a lifetime that should keep me busy. On the other hand, I have had the pattern long enough, and the fabric pulled long enough, it could be defined as an Ufo. And, it was in a box. haha


Before the end of last year, Missourri star quilt notified me that I had won a prize during their sweepstakes. I was sure surprised. But delighted.
 Shortly, there after, these templates arrived.  They are a set of quilt as you go templates. I haven't done any of that since Georgia Bonesteel's lap quilt books in the 70s? I look forward to studying up on the possibilities. Any one use these templates?