Borders are on…..

WOO HOO!! I sewed the rows together yesterday and spent this evening adding the borders. Now it’s time to get it quilted, bound and call it done!! Yea! Who knew back in 1999 that it would take until 2013 to get the top made…….of course, it didn’t end up as a BOM either!! LOL!! If that had been the case, it would NEVER have gotten done!! LOL!!


Well that’s it. Now I have to decide which UFO to tackle next………


Not your everyday quilting…….

Today I had a quilt on the machine that required creative thinking! LOL!!

I did the borders first and basted through the center of  the quilt, then took it off and turned it cockeyed in order to quilt across it diagonally.


I quilted lines through the design of the quilt, so I made a paper pattern to mark 3 sections (to avoid doing any kind of math! Lol!!)

I have found that’s the easiest route to go on projects like this. Cut a piece of paper the length of the block, then fold for however many lines you need. Mark, and quilt.

i have another quilt like this one, but i think I’ll quilt it differently!! We’ll see. It’s next in line.



Assembly time

I’ve been working to get the blocks done this week. Finally finished them today and sewed the sashings together this evening. Boy they went together quick! I did the cornerstones yesterday. So now everything is ready to start sewing the rows!! Yea! I’m determined to get this top finished, quilted and done!!



Design wall Monday 7/22

Here’s what I’m currently  working on.

each block is made from 16 HST’s. I have lots of them sewn into 4patch units and ready to assemble into blocks.


I still have some to make into units.

I’m also 6HST’s short and I have no more of the fabric that I used for the background. I found one that’s fairly close, so I’ll have a few HST’s that will be different in the quilt, but I don’t think that will matter. I’ll randomly place them here and there. It’s close enough for me……

ok, well, that’s what I’m working on today. Check out more walls at



Fix it, or make a new one?

I posted earlier this week about the fact that I put the pieced border on backwards. I’ve come to the conclusion, that I’d rather start over from scratch and make a new quilt, than to take out the borders and turn them around. I have enough of the turquoise fabrics to make it, I just had to get more for the background. I will have to flip flop the placement of the 2 turquoise colors, but that’s ok. I wanted the same print for the background that I had used before but my LQS was out of it. I don’t like this print as well, but if I turn it backwards and use the wrong side, it’s not as dark.



I was also looking for something to put on the back. I was thinking of a turquoise, but decided to go with a grey when I saw this. The one on the right.


I love the swirls!! I got enough of it to use for the backing on both quilts. Now to get the second one made……….:)


Design wall Monday 7/15/13

Ok, here’s what’s on my wall this week. I have the top finished, but somehow I managed to put the inner pieced border on “backwards”. Ugh!! I’ve been debating on whether or not to take it out and make it like it should be, or just leave it like it is…….. I’m leaning towards leaving it like it is, but it’s a sample and if I leave it like this, I’ll have to make another sample……..I like the way it looks……..if I hurry up and quilt it, then I can stop thinking about whether to take it out or not……..decisions…..decisions……

Anyway, that’s what’s on my wall. To see more design walls check out


Packing for our lecture/trunk show

Sharon and I are headed to Salina, Kansas tomorrow to give our lecture/trunk show on mystery quilts. We love visiting guilds and meeting all the great quilters. Quilters are the nicest people!

Anyway, I’m packing up my quilts into the suitcases and boy that’s a job in itself!! I keep them all laid  out on the bed in the guest room until it’s time to pack, that way they don’t have fold marks on them. Last month we spoke at the Lee’s Summit, Missouri quilt guild. After the program, they laid the quilts out over the chairs, which allowed the ladies to get a better look at them up close. They had already folded a few of them before I snapped a picture, but here’s most of them. We show about 45 quilts.

We’re booked to go to Florida in October, so after this program I have to take pictures of each quilt and get them all put into a power point presentation, since we can’t take all of these on the airplane! lol! Could you imagine us traveling through the airport with 10 suitcases???? lol!!

Ok, guess I better get back to packing. Breaks over……


Quilt show, pin cushion and a fun day out……

I spent the morning with my sister going to the Eudora quilt show. they had some beautiful quilts!!!

My friend Candy was there selling pin cushions that she makes from salt cellars and other small items. I didn’t need another one, but I love the color of this bird…… I had to buy it! LOL!


I found a miniature mug in an antique store a while back, and I asked Candy if she could make it into a pin cushion that would look like a root beer float. She said she could, so I sent it home with her. She told me it was done and that she’d bring it with her if I was going to the show. Isn’t it cute? I just love it!!

I now have 4 pin cushions that Candy has made. I don’t need any more. But they are so cute!!!!

Anyway, after we left the quilt show, my sister and I went and ate at Cutters smokehouse. She’d never ate there before, in fact, she’d never heard of it. I wouldn’t have known about it either, but when Sharon and I did our lecture for the Eudora guild, that’s where they took us to eat. They have the best tenderloin sandwiches!!! I could only eat half of mine, so hubby got the other half when I got home. Umm, umm good!!

the other half of the tenderloin was hanging out of the bun too! Huge!

Anyway, it was a fun day hanging out with my sister.

Guess that’s all for now.


Vintage sewing machines

Our summer vacation this year was a quick trip out west to Port Townsend, Washington. We landed in Seattle and visited the Space Needle before heading north to Port Townsend, which is an old historic town. We went into an antique store one morning and they had several old sewing machines. I was surprised at the brands of the machines.

We’ve all heard of Singer………

but a Zenith???? I know they make TV’s…….

How about a Western Electric????

or an Elgin???


Those were all in the Antique store. Across the road there was an old garage with antique cars in it. We went inside to get a good look at the ’65 Mustang and there were 2 old sewing machines in there!

This one says German on the tag, guess that’s why I’ve never heard of it.

This one came from the ’60’s. Ever heard of a Morse???

It’s probably a good thing we were flying, or a couple of these might have came home with me!!

So, have you heard of any of these machines?