Thursday, June 22, 2017


Linking to Nina-Marie at

I have all the circles for the kit my daughter gave me for Christmas turned under. I have arranged them on the hand dyed wool and will begin stitching them down. After they are stitched I will add fancy embroidery around the edges. They will look like pebbles when they are done. I wanted something with a lot of handwork to take to meetings in our development.

I decided that the place to hang my blue and orange quilt is over the railing in our loft. I still have to sew binding on and wash it.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, June 16, 2017

"Stuck in the Past"

I finished quilting the rather large (64 by 64 inch) blue and orange quilt. I almost ran out of thread which was a King Tut thread from Superior threads. I was relieved that I finished the quilting with a bit to spare on the spool. I still can't get a good photo.

I just did straight line quilting about 1/2 inch apart. When I was about half way though the quilting I began to have doubts about what I chose to do. Maybe I should have done something more dynamic like wavy lines. Well that is a hell of a thing to think about when you are half done with the quilting. There was no way I was going to rip out all that quilting and start over. Then I had doubts about the thread I chose. I began to wonder if there is ever going to be a quilt that I have no second thoughts about what I have chosen to do. I guess not.

Here is a better photo of what the colors really look like.

Am I alone is all this second guessing? Do you have the same thoughts? Now I am wondering if I should have even made this quilt and whether I should hang it on the wall or not. Time to go back to the corroded barrels and get moving on it as well as the Amsterdam canal houses. Enough with geometric quilts.

I want to bind it in the fabric that I used for some of the blocks and the backing, but I don't have enough left. At any rate it will be bound in dark blue.

Here it is folded and ready for binding.

Thanks for reading. Since it is Friday I will link to Nina-Marie.

Comments about the quilt are welcome. Maybe I have been looking at it too long!


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Giving my new machine a workout

I did not stop at making the quilted notebook covers as shown in my last blog. I got out a kit to make plastic mesh storage containers. My husband bought me the kit at Nancy's notions a couple of years ago. I looked at their website today and now they have the mesh in lots of colors instead of just black. These were pretty easy to make and I already put stuff in them!  Sometimes I wonder what gets me motivated to make something that has been sitting around for years. One day I just decide to make it. Why today? Why didn't I do it a year ago? I guess that's just one of the mysteries of motivation. Does this happen to you?