Monday, September 30, 2019

September Mini(s)

A while ago a few of the “7 Sistahs” had a day of retail therapy. My friend Kathy spied this wild and crazy border fabric (Jason Yenter). I fell in love right away. Now, Kathy can make a silk purse out of any old fabric. Give her something unusual and she will turn it into a gem! I am much more regimented and find it hard to venture out of my reproduction fabric comfort zone. Since we both loved the fabric, we decided to challenge ourselves to make something each in our own style. I was going to keep mine a surprise until Kathy made hers, but… it has been a busy summer for all of us! Since I entered it in this year’s show it is no longer a secret. Here is what I came up with. 

 My friend Ann machine quilted it for me, leaving the center open for me to hand quilt. I am not a longarm quilter, but I understand that this was not an easy task! I appreciate it Ann!! 

I had a few scraps leftover from this giant so, I made them into my September mini. 
So cute! I am NOT a precision piecer but, they are close enough for me! I like to think that what I lack in precision, I make up for in spirit! 

And, since these scraps just wouldn't go away on their own, I whipped up this little mug rug with the leftover half squares! 
I think I may be over my "neon" phase for now. I will have to get back to it someday as I still have a lot of these repros! 

Take a little time to visit my partners in crime to see what gems they have come up with.

Cynthia - Wabi-Sabi Quilts

These 2 fabulous faithful friends have had a busy summer as well and may not get to post a mini this month. I am linking them up so you can catch up on what they have been doing! Happy quilting!
Randy - Barrister’s Block
Barb - Fun With Barb 

Friday, September 27, 2019


This summer flew by with little time for quilting or posting. So, I will show you this puzzle quilt that members of the Pine Tree Quilter’s Guild made back in 1998. It would be considered a potholder quilt except for the fact that the blocks are not sew together, but rather travel together basted on a backing. I made the one with the appliqued tree in the center and drunkard’s path blocks around the outside. I remember stitching on this during the ice storm of 1998 with a snake light wrapped around my neck as we had no power for quite a while. 

The best reason for the shortage of quilting time was this: 

We are so fortunate to have this one once a week (and more if we are lucky). 
playing in Nana's scraps

But we were so happy to have a visit from this one who moved to Florida almost two years ago. We go to visit whenever we can, but I am so much happier when he is here!!
Pure joy! Oh how he loves the water!
I love this shot looking through the screen door on the front porch!
I hated letting go!
But, we will be flying down to visit again in 3 weeks. 
I hope you all had special family time this summer too! 
Back to quilty postings next week!!!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Pam Buda - Vintage Patchwork September project

Vintage Patchwork (by PamBuda) project #9, “War and Peace”.
You may find this hard to believe, but in my 50 plus years of quilting, this is my first log cabin quilt! I have made a few blocks here and there for other projects, but this is the first truly log cabin quilt.

I had fun making this one and I may even make a few more in the future. My friend Cyndi (Busy Thimble) is a true log cabin lover. Her piecing is impeccable. The header quilt on her blog (here) is sensational. I think the logs measure ¼”. She is amazing! 

It's never too late to get Pam's book and give one of these little quilts a try! You can get it on Pam's site (here)