This and That

I’ve been busy this past week. I entered these two quilts in the Marquette County Quilter’s Association quilt show called Autumn Comforts.

As you can see there are no ribbons on my quilts.

The first place winner in the applique category was this beauty by Sheree Gembolis of Ishpenming, MI. It is called Summer Sampler designed by Erica Kaprow and framed machine quilted by Karen Samford.

The first place winner in the pieced by machine is the beauty by Susan Liimatta of Marquette, MI called Stargaze. It is made of 192 pieced 3″ Ohio Star blocks.

Here is an interesting Gypsy Wife by Bonnie Hoyle (Janeshek) of Iron Mountain, MI. designed by Jen Kingwell and frame machine quilted by Holly Johnson.

I have also been busy around U.P. Haven. I completed my backing for my Feathers Quilt.

That is one big bird finishing at 48″ by 48″. While I was making it I kept thinking how scared I was when I watched the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds”.

I also gave Jadin a little bling.

Looking forward to my return visit with family and friends in Milwaukee next weekend.

Happy Quilting.


It’s been a while

I know it has been a while since I posted. I need to get into a routine but that is something I have been trying to avoid since retiring. Lance and I have continued to work on the home here at U.P. Haven. We have now painted the kitchen, dining room, living room, two bedrooms and one bathroom. We still have our bedroom and bath to go. Next summer we will work on the outside.

I have been doing some quilting. I finished the Feathers quilt top. It was a class I took at 906 Quilting Services in Iron Mountain.

I really like it. I am toying with the idea of making one of the birds into a 48″ by 48″ block for the back.

I will not have my studio built this year. I am rethinking even having one built. It really is a lot of money. My plan now is to have my longarm, Ava, in the house in the winter and in the garage in the summer. This will involve storing our dining room table in the winter so that I can move our high-top table to the dining room. This will leave enough room in our living room for Ava sized down to an 8 foot table instead of a 12 foot. In the summer Ava can return to her 12 foot glory in the garage.

I have other quilts in the works that I will post about soon. Hope you all get some quilting done this week.

Happy Quilting.


Feathers and More

I have been working on my Feathers blocks. Here is a flock of my birds on the design wall.

I have been using a few new techniques.

First I have been using glue in the seams to hold the pieces together instead of pins. One the pieces are sewn together, I do a double press, once to press the seam to the side, then I use a paint brush to brush Best Press directly on the seam and press again. It leave a very, very flat seam. I saw this on The Quilt Show.

I also made a cute little curtain for the smaller bedroom.

I have also been doing a little knitting. I finished these socks. They look weird but fit.

The last bit of news I have is that the contractor came out today. It looks like my studio is a go. I’m waiting to hear back on the estimate but I think we will be breaking ground soon. I’m so excited.

Hope everyone gets in some quilting this weekend.

Happy Quilting from U.P. Haven

Snowflake BOM

The Snowflake BOM is coming along. I think I am going to finish this baby up in the next couple of days.

Today is the Spinning Spools quilting bee. I will continue to work on my EPP stars.

Hope everyone is happy and healthy.

Happy Quilting,


Off the Cuff – Playmaker Block of the Month

The design wall is mounted. Here is my Off the Cuff – Playmaker Block of the Month by Victoria Finely Wolfe. It started in March 2019 and will finish in November of 2019. It is an interesting quilt and fabric selection and not something I would ever put together myself. I thought I would try to expand my horizons. I must admit though I don’t really get the quilt yet. It appears to me to just be a random set of blocks and fabrics thrown together.

In addition to the four blocks that are needed to complete the inside of the quilt there is a braided boarder that goes around the outside of the quilt. I’ll post pictures when it is done and maybe I will feel different about the quilt once it is done.

I finally made it to the senior center to meet the quilt guild that meets there – Spinning Spools. They meet every Wednesday between 1:00 and 4:00 with one official business meeting on the first Wednesday. A very nice group of ladies. Several of the ladies I meet are only here for the summer though. I still need to check out Norway’s quilt group that meets once a month on Monday nights.

I can officially say I am a Yooper now. Cars registered in Michigan, Michigan driver’s license, registered to vote and most importantly I now have a library card. Life is good here at (1) U.P. Haven, (2) Haven 906 (the area code), or (3) Yooper Haven. What do you all think?

I hope everyone is doing something they enjoy this week.

Happy Quilting


Morning Walks

I have been trying to walk 3 miles everyday for a week now. It’s relatively peaceful although I do get some traffic. Sometimes when I walk and start to think about things I look down. The other day I was doing that when something drew my attention.

He was only about 5 feet from me. We stood staring at each other until a car came by and scared him away.

Today I found these two.

Not a good picture. That’s a momma and baby deer.

Sometimes I get planes flying overhead. They fly pretty low.

I love all the wildlife around here and really enjoy my walks.

I have some quilting news. Its not up on the wall yet but the design wall is built. I love it.

These are my 6 inch blocks for the Moda Modern Building Block Quilt. I hope to post my progress on my block of the months very soon.

Happy Quilting.


A Class

I stopped in a quilt store in town called 906 Quilting. They have a longarm service and lots of classes and other gatherings. It is a mother/daughter operation. I meet Kathy, the mother, who could not have been nicer. I am going to the open sew on Thursday between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Kathy says they have a nice group of women who come to the open sewing. I am also going to sign up for one of the classes. It is based on a pattern by The Pattern Basket called Feathers. Here is the pattern.

I am going to do the birds in a layer cake by The Laundry Basket Quilts called Bed of Roses. Click on the link to see the fabrics in the collection.

I picked this for the border.

This for the binding.

And this for the backround.

Today I got a call from Edyta Sitar herself explaining to me that she no longer had the fabric I wanted for the backround and did I want to (1)place the order without it, (2)cancel the order, or (3)she would pick something else out that she thought would work. How nice is that. Of course I said she could pick something out. Can’t wait to see what she selected.

The class starts on August 16th so I have time to get the fabric. I hope I meet some friendly, local quilters although no one can take the place of the wonderful quilters I left behind.

I have been able to get some quilting in and will post pictures as soon as my design wall is up and running. For now, I hope everyone is getting some quilting in.

Happy Quilting.

Patti (maybe)

Why maybe. Because I am trying to get a Michigan license and so far I have not been able to get my birth certificated because I am not legally Patti. I might have to get a name change by the court. I will write about this when I get it all straightened out.

It’s Here!

Oh Happy Day

Isn’t she a beauty. Ava should get her new home in the fall. Can’t wait. Now to get a design wall and some quilting done.

I am still trying out names. I like Tina’s idea of having Haven in the name. Since I have more than one craft interest perhaps Craft Haven. But that really doesn’t apply to the rest of the property. Haven in the Woods. Too long? Perhaps, but its growing on me. What do you all think.

Happy Quilting.


Stepping into Retirement

Without a dedicated sewing room, I have been very active. Here are my Fitbit step totals since Saturday, July 13;

Saturday 17,484

Sunday 19,149

Monday 9,288

Tuesday 16,732

Wednesday 10,979

Thursday 15,337

Friday 9,901

Saturday 13,101

That’s crazy. 111,959 steps since retirement. That’s approximately 55 miles. I think my feet are trying to get back to Milwaukee.

It rained today so we were not able to paint the baseboards in the garage. It should be nice tomorrow so hopefully we will have the room done early next week. Still need to register the vehicles and get Michigan driver’s license.

Hope you get some quilting in this weekend.

Happy quilting.