Sunday, September 22, 2019

T-shirt Yarn

Hahahaha!!! I tried making a basket out of old t-shirts I cut into strips years ago. I had made a rug from them at the time, but it came apart the 1st time I washed it. I unraveled it thinking I'd try again.

I've seen the cutest baskets made out of t-shirt yarn. I thought,  why buy yarn made from t-shirt fabric when I have all this already cut into strips and knotted together. Isn't that the idea behind upcycling?

So my basket is misshapen and lumpy and bumpy from all the seams and knots.

Friday, September 20, 2019


Apparently I had my comments setting set that all comments needed to be approved. I use to get emails when there was a new comment... I haven't received any emails in a long, long time. I guess I should check my spam folder. Anyway, I apologize to anyone would has commented with a question and I have not responded. How rude of me!

And just because what's a blog post without a picture?

What do you mean I can't play with bear in the yard???? I thought it was a dog named Bear...

Yes, there was a bear in my yard yesterday! Apparently yelling "Bad Bear!" is not the deterrent that you would think!!!  Dang Bear!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

On the Machine

This is going to be fun!!!! I love quilts like this... even though I I will be repeating the same 3 designs over and over. They are fun designs and easy for me to move from to the next.

Sometimes I have the tendency to over think things. To make things harder than they need to be. Yesterday was one of those days. I tried a couple other designs that were more complex and would take much longer to do. The worse part was... I didn't like them! Spent some time with seam ripper...

I'm really glad I did... I like this much better!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019


Yep... I'm still making baskets! LOL!!! Thinking of putting a couple up for sale to see what happens.

I love this color combination!!!

And this one!!!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Block of the Month

I belong to the Washington Stars quilt guilt in Olympia, WA... Last year, or this year, I volunteered to design the Mystery Quilt for the guild. You can see my post about it here. I think it went pretty well... At the last meeting there were about 12 people with finished quilts or quilt tops. I'm happy that many people joined in the fun!

Anyway, somehow I was volunteered to design next years 20th Anniversary block of the month... oh holy moly! LOL!!! Guidelines I was given... Had to contain the Martha Washington Star block from our logo. Also, 20 stars for our 20th Anniversary! LOL

After a few days on the computer I came up with a plan that the committee all agreed on. So this last weekend myself and two others did a mini-retreat out at Ocean Shores to work on our blocks. We would like at least one of our quilt tops to be done for the November meetings reveal. Yes, since this is not a mystery we are showing the quilt top to get people to participate...

Here is my weekends progress... different colors for me, but I'm really liking it!

It's going to be a medallion style setting, so we stared with the center. This is 3 months of blocks put together to make one large star.

Each month will have 4 or 8 or even 16 multiples of one block... I believe there are 16 of this one... LOL!

Four Friendship stars...

These Piano Key blocks will make up part of the pieced border...

Yep... I'm really liking this!

We did walk to the beach in the rain... can't go to the ocean without walking on the beach!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Ta Done

I do not know the name of this pattern... but I love it and now I want to make one!  LOL!!!

I've been quilting for this customer for close to 20 years. She always says... just make it pretty! LOL

Rainbow thread on top and Bottom Line in the bobbin. Batting is W&W. Feather Vine in the border with swirls in the small border. Heavy Metal in the Flying Geese, Feather Vine in the Pinwheels and swirls for the background.

I think it looks really good on my bed!

 You can see how I quilted the Feather Vine in the triangles in this post

I had to do my favorite Feather Vine border.... had to!!! LOL


And Heavy Metal in the flying geese! 

 You can watch how I quilt this Heavy Metal design here.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019