Miniature storm at sea

Since I haven’t cut out either one of the quilts I plan to make, I saw my miniature storm at sea and decided to sew a little bit on it. I found that I was further along than I remembered, so piecing the last 4 rows and then sewing all the rows together went pretty quick. Now I have to decide whether or not I want to put a little border on it. I think I will but I’ll have to find just the right batik for it.

It measures 15″ x 18″. I put my hand beside it to show that it’s small.
Now on to bigger things!! LOL!!


Design wall 12-29-14

There’s actually nothing on the wall this week, but I have fabric picked out for my next project. I designed a log cabin quilt a while back and I finally decided on the fabrics for it. Hopefully I can get started on it soon, but I also have to get started on the lock in quilt for this years mystery. No sharing on the progress of it. Other than the fabrics I’m using.
Log cabin fabrics:


Lock in mystery quilt fabrics:


That’s all I have for today. To see more design walls check out


50 state bird blocks

Every now and then I decide to work on these blocks again. I finished Delaware this week after working on it for……hmmm…..I don’t know how many months!!

I started out using 2 strands of embroidery floss, which was a pain, pulling off 2 strands each time I ran out. I was also marking it with a white chalk pen, which would wear off as I worked, so I had to keep remarking the design.

I wasn’t making much progress on these blocks. I’ve been working on them for years! Anyway, I bought this somewhere and decided that maybe if it looked like the 2 strands of emb. floss, I could switch over and use it instead.

I sampled it, and decided it was close enough, so I used it to finish the Delaware block. I was able to finish the last of the block a lot quicker than when I was using the emb floss. I also started marking the blocks with a friction pen. That way I don’t have to keep remarking. Last night I marked the Florida block and got this much done.

I’m hoping that I will stick with this project now and get several blocks done before it gets set aside, again! 9 down 41 to go!! 🙂


Quilts for Christmas

My last minute sewing and quilting was worth it when the kids opened their packages. Tim liked his Rock & Roll quilt and noticed the quilting pattern immediately. I saw him point it out to Sarah. I quilted his with a musical note pattern.


I think his girlfriend Sarah was the most surprised by getting a quilt. She liked hers too!


Sarah likes to do crafts, so she made us a Christmas card! I loved it!!


That’s it for now. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!


Christmas in Kansas City

We decided to drive down to the Plaza tonight. I hadn’t been down there in years to see the lights. We took my Mom along for the ride. She really enjoyed it.




Mom couldn’t get out and walk, so we just drove around the plaza. Then we decided to go to Crown center and have dinner there.




It will probably be a few years before we head back to see the plaza lights again. Who knows……. They are pretty though!


Blue quilt is done!

Whew! I was busy today, I got the blue quilt quilted and just finished the binding on it. I usually do my bindings by hand but decided I did not have time so I did the bindings for both these quilts, today, by machine. It goes so much faster. (All they need now are labels, which I have a couple of days to get done.)



I’m almost ready for Christmas now, hubby put the tree up today for me because I haven’t had time to do that. I still have a bit more shopping to do so I’m hoping I can get that finished up tomorrow. I guess that’s it for now I think I’ll call it a day.


Design wall Monday blue quilt 12/22

Okay here it is the last Monday before Christmas and on my design I have a Christmas gift. Last week I decided to make my son the rock & roll quilt, I need to finish the binding on it and then I decided to make his girlfriend a quilt, too. She likes blue and she likes penguins so I came up with this fast quilt, got it made and it’s on the wall now , coming off and onto the LongArm later today.she likes penguins so I’m going to quilt a cute penguin pantograph design on the quilt.


Okay so that’s my wall for this week hopefully I can get this quilt done and get the binding finished on the other one and be ready for Christmas. To see what others are working on go to

Have a great week and a Merry Christmas!


Rock & Roll progress

I worked a bit more on the rock & roll quilt last night. All that’s left is to add the borders. I haven’t quite decided what I will do with the borders as I would like to put the words Rock & Roll from the panel somewhere in the border. We’ll see…..


When I was deciding on the blocks for this, I needed 8″ blocks, but when you put them into sets of 4 they become 16″ blocks. I didn’t like the size it was ending up using 3 blocks per row, so I used 3 1/2 blocks per row and alternated the half blocks on the ends. The sashing strips help show the blocks. I like the way it came out.

That’s I for now. Have a good day!

Design wall Monday- Rock & Roll!

A huge weight was lifted off my shoulders when I sent off my quilts and manuscript for my upcoming book. I didn’t realize how stressed I was until I finished everything and sent it off. Now I will work on stress free stuff! LOL!!

Anyway, I finally have something new up on my design wall!  I don’t remember when I bought this little panel, so it’s been awhile, but I ran across it this weekend and started thinking about how to use it.


The squares are 8″ finished size, so I needed to come up with 8″ blocks and I wanted something fast! I decided to use a quick strip block and here’s what I have so far. It went together pretty quick, now I need to put a little black sashing in between the blocks. If I can get it done, I’ll give it to my son for a Christmas present. We’ll see how that goes…..


So for today, that’s what I have on my wall. To see more design walls check out

Have a great day!