Monthly Archives: August 2012


Lea Day at the Free Motion Quilting Project has a new project for us. We are to look through our Unfinished Objects (UFO’s) and pick one to work on at least on Sunday.

Here is the UFO I really need to get done as I have a time limit, Sept. 16.

Jelly roll in progress

I am going to spend some time with my cousin and I came up with the idea that we should each put together 2 jelly rolls. One for each of us. I am about half way done and now that I have them laid out I see that I really need to add some lights. Maybe a couple of pinks, lavender, yellow and neutrals.

The Missouri Star Quilt Company put up a Utube video for a rail fence quilt with an added diamond and that is what I want to do with one of my jelly rolls. The Rail Fence Diamond

Missouri Star Quilt Company

Wouldn’t you know I can’t find the link but there is a pic of Jenny holding the one I want to make.


My quilting room

I thought I would share a couple pics of my messy sewing room. Actually I am in the process of rearranging everything and going through my stash. I am confident that I WILL get it done and it WILL be more organized.

This is the area I am working on first. There are a number of rulers that need to be hung. That thread rack on the wall is coming down and I think most of my rulers will go there. The larger rulers will be upright under the cutting table. That should keep everything handy.

Stash and cutting table

The tables and machine will be completely turned so I am no longer looking out the window and into the bright outdoors. For now I can get to where I need to be so it is slow going on this project.

Reevaluating everything and getting rid of what I will never use is hard. There is the “some day I might” syndrome to fight against. Do any of you have supplies left from crafts you no longer do?

Double Irish Chain

In getting ready for next month's workshop I came across this small Double Irish Chain quilt I made at the beginning of my quilting education.

Double Irish Chain

I signed up for a class at my LQS and not knowing any better, decided I would make the one that called for 1.5 inch strips.

I watched the other ladies sewing, cutting and assembling blocks so it didn't take me long to figure out that it was going to take me forever if I continued with these teeny-tiny strips.

This little quilt top measures 17 inches square. It will be a table topper, I think, when it is completed. Another UFO for Leah Day's quilt alongs over at the Free Motion Quilting Project.


Preparing for September

My cousin and I are anxiously getting ready for our 5 day workshop with Cindy Needham next month. We have been instructed to bring a small quilt to design and quilt. Here is my top.

Workshop quilt top

I need to sandwich, pin, and get it basted. Since it is small it shouldn’t take too long to finish the prep work. I am going to machine baste with Superior Thread’s water soluble Vanish Lite thread.

I am sew glad I got a little head start in June when Cindy was the  instructer over at SewCal Gal.

August Challenge

Our Challenge for August over at SewCal Gal was a design by Wendy Shepherd called Jesters Hat. It looked like it would be pretty easy to do but, as the saying goes, looks can be deceiving.

I drew pages and pages of Hats using an app. for my iPad called 53 Paper and thought I had it down pretty good

Jesters Hat practice on iPad

Then I went to my machine. I am definitely having trouble finding my Humm-purr with this design and doubt I will be using it anytime soon on a quilt.

Jesters Hat on sample

Thanks Wendy for putting this challenge together, I truly admire your quilts, and once again thanks to SewCal Gal for hosting the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge.

Ventura County Fair

Ventura County Fair 2012

My Daughter-in-law was kind enough to take pictures of the quilt entries for the Fair for me so I thought I would share some of them with you.

Since Karen likes to play cards she couldn’t resist this last photo of a table setting.

Ventura County Fair 2012

I hope you enjoyed my little tour of some of the quilts in the 2012 Ventura County Fair.