Thursday, July 12, 2018


I tried to do pulleys, a pattern I saw in a book, on a border, but...mine ended up looking rather phallic.  Needless to say, I unpicked all the quilting. 

(Note: it looks fine in the book example.  I probably needed to make my pulleys narrower...but I'm also not sure I'll be trying this one again.)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Progress from May

May was surprisingly productive!  I'm not sure why: maybe I just worked on more projects than normal so it felt more productive or maybe I was close to milestones for several quilts and that's what made it productive.  In any case, I'll take it!

1. Robot quilt: Finished and in use!  I just need to get some 'official' pictures.

2. Bee blocks 2018 (HDD): I received the last of these yesterday, and quickly got them put together.  I was looking for something to get on the quilter soon, so this will be perfect.

3. Meshing solid HSTs:
I've been excited about this one for a while, but other things have taken priority.  I need a bit more grey to finish up the background.

4.  Scrap bee blocks 2017.  I got started on these, but they're probably going to go back on the back-burner next month.  It was nice to make some progress though.
5. Baby unknown quilt (CKJ): Done, I just need to get the 'official' pictures of this one too.

6. Wedding quilt (JEM): I have 100/525 HSTs finished.  It's going to be huge and I'm not feeling as confident with the design as I often do. 

Things I haven't worked on recently (or haven't started yet):

7. Temperature quilt. 
8. Rainbow Log Cabin
9. Scrap quilt #2
10. Jeweled floors
11. Lost piece
12. Winter quilt
13. Fabric from Christmas
14. Pillow with green/purple fabric
15. Trying to fit in - left over triangles
16. Black scrap quilt.
17. Quilt Halloween quilt
18. Baby boy quilt (ZJN)
19. Joshua robot pillowcase

Friday, May 25, 2018

Grandma's robot quilt

I had the privilege to quilt my son's quilt given to him by my mother-in-law.  As the youngest grandchild, this is the last grandchild least until everyone needs another one. :D

We chose the pattern together...the fabrics are the same ones that she used for my oldest's quilt.  Matching things are always so fun.  (Interestingly, in the six months it's taken me to post this I haven't really thought of them as the same colors.  The other quilt has a long more of the white/grey in it.)

I put back and forths in the white diagonals and in the white border.  I did figure 8s in the colored border in matching thread...there were a lot of tails to deal with at the end.  I also have a maze in the outermost border, but you need to look at the last picture to see that.

The part my three year old likes the most though is the robots on the back.  They're made from a soft minky, which makes them nice to snuggle up with every night.
Linking up with Finish It Up Friday.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Striped mountians

I finished striped mountains! 

I'll admit, it probably isn't my favorite quilt ever.  However, I do like the colors.  And I like the invisible border.  And I like the quilting.  So while not my favorite, it does have a lot of components that I like.

The original idea was from Jaffa Quilts.  I expect that we did the construction a bit different though, as I searched through my currently owned fabric and some of the colors didn't have much yardage.  But I made it work.

I backed it in a grey minky and bound with pink sateen.  For quilting, the grey areas have meandering a night sky.  The mountains have back and forths, like a switch back path.  A few mountains have a few extra fun things in them, like some triangles in the pink stripe on the lower mountain in the picture below.

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday.

Monday, April 30, 2018

May progress

Hey, I got this done in a timely manner!!  I've been having a hard time getting blog posts actually written, but my youngest is supposed to be cleaning his room (and isn't) and so I found a bit of time. :)

Things I've worked on recently:
1. Robot quilt:  Three-quarters of the way quilted.  I'm not super happy with the quilting, but by the time I realized that it was too late.  There are two quilting motifs, mixed together.  The curves of the meandering starts don't mesh well with the angles of circuit board.

2. Bee blocks 2018:  I'm still waiting on several of these, but I know to whom the quilt will go.  This makes it so much more likely that I'll actually finish it in a reasonable amount of time.

3. Baby girl quilt (BHS):  Done - needs a post.  In the meantime, here is an outtake.  It is too shadowy...the photo shoot didn't go nearly as well as I had been hoping.

4. Baby unknown quilt (CKJ):  This is going to be a modified rainbow: orange through blue.  The baby is now here, and is a girl, so I need to get moving on this.

Things I haven't worked on recently (or haven't started yet):
3. Post pictures of Grandma's robot quilt. I should probably take a few more pictures.
2. Temperature quilt. Needs quilting
6. Meshing solid HSTs
7. Rainbow Log Cabin
8. Scrap quilt #2
9. Jeweled floors
10. Lost piece
11. Winter quilt
12. Fabric from Christmas
13. Pillow with green/purple fabric
14. Trying to fit in - left over triangles
15. Black scrap quilt.
16. Quilt Halloween quilt
17.  Scrap bee blocks 2017.
18. Baby boy quilt (HDD)
19. Baby unknown quilt (ZJN)

Sunday, February 25, 2018

blog hop - making time to sew

Hello!  This month's blog hop topic with Faith and Fabric is making time to sew: how do I set aside time, when do I sew, etc. (I signed up for this blog hop a while ago, and it seems that many people have gotten busy and didn't do their post.  We can still have fun with a small hop though!)

Well, the first and most important aspect of my making time to sew is that I don't do housework after the kids are in bed for the night.  (Sometimes I'll pay a bill or do something computer related at night, but it's usually short.)  It helps that my husband is on board with this plan.  The house might be a mess, but it will get cleaned up later.  This leaves me from about 8:30-11:30 to do whatever I want.

My pretend schedule is that the first hour I play a computer game, World of Warcraft.  The second hour I quilt on the quilter.  The third hour I piece.

World of Warcraft: this is my character.  She heals people and enjoys collecting pets.  I'm not a great healer, but my husband plays too and it's fun to do things with him.

Quilting time: I haven't quilted in a while because I was trying to build up a stock of tops to quilt while my sewing machine was getting a tune-up.  But then I learned that it would take about three weeks.  I couldn't to get in the queue and bring it in closer to the time it would actually be worked on.  I'll check back later and see if the line has gotten shorter.  Anyway, all that to say that I finally put a quilt back on last night.

Piecing time: There's nothing too special to say about this.  This is when I'm at my sewing machine, which is also next to my computer.  I usually listen to audio books while quilting and piecing.

I'll freely admit that the schedule above gets changed all the time.  Some days I play a lot more computer games.  Some days I don't have anything to quilt.  Most days the quilting time is actually closer to a half hour.  However, I usually average at least an hour of sewing time a day.

Here are links to the rest of the posts:
Faith and Fabric
Faith and Felt Obsession
Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

Friday, February 23, 2018


Today I have a few miscellaneous things to share...they're rather random but they go together for that reason.

First is a Christmas Card that we got.  I found the picture as I was scroll through all the pictures looking for something else.  I love it!  I love the colors and how they're put together.  The equilateral triangles would make it a super easy quilt!  I'd like to do it, but since I'm not even planning on putting it on my 'to-make' list, it will probably never get done.

The other item is a game that I received for my birthday.  It is an excellent two player game, and it really doesn't matter if you're a quilter or not.  (Although the last person to have used a needle does get to go first.)  If you also like board games, I'd highly recommend it!