January Blocks

It didn’t take long to catch up to the block of the month.  I finished January’s block and have started on February.  Here are the blocks for January.

Block 1

jan block 1

What I love about this block is that you use your sashing fabric for the light color so the black squares will look like they are floating on the backround.  I think there are several blocks like that.

Block 2

jan block 2

At first I didn’t like this one.  I thought it was too plain.  But now I really love the simplicity of it.

Block 3

jan block 3

I’m not sure how I feel about this one.  The piecing could of been better.  I hope when it plays with all the other blocks it will look okay.

Glad to be back from the frozen U.P.  We were unable to get the busted pipe fixed.  No one is willing to work on it until spring.

Happy Quilting.





Patchwork Barn the fabric

My fabric arrived from Craftsy.  I placed my order on the 3rd and received my package on the 6th.  I did not pay for faster shipping so it came really quick.  The fabrics are called High Society by Boundless.  Below are the color palettes.  The one on the left is mine the one on the right is the original.  I will start making the blocks when I return from the annual family ice fishing weekend.  It is very cold here in upper Michigan and we have a broken pipe so no plumbing.  Waiting for the plumber to call me back.  In the mean time we are using a porta potty from our camping days.  Good Times!

Hope you all have a nice weekend with lots of quilting.


New Year New Goals

I wanted to do a block of the month this year.  My goal is to have that be the only new quilt I start this year while I finish up some UFO’s.  We’ll see how that goes.  I looked at several block of the months being offered and decided on the Patchwork Barn by Edyta Sitar offered by The Quilt Show.


At first I was going to try to use fabrics from my stash.  I thought I would do more of a rainbow colored quilt using batiks.  These are the first two blocks I made up.



This would be okay but one of the things I like about the quilt is the calming quality.  I think the batiks might work but given the batiks I have it would not be calming.  Then I came upon these fabrics from Craftsy.   I can’t wait for the fabrics to arrive.



Are any of you working on blocks of the month?  I would love to see which one and why you chose it.

Happy quilting.





Half Square Triangles

Since I am off between Christmas and New Years and spending the time in the frozen lands of Upper Michigan I decided to use a Cake Mix Recipe to make half square triangles.


cake mix

I am probably not going to do the individual blocks but use the half square triangles to design a quilt.  I should end up with 176 – 3″ x 3″  half square triangles and 704 – 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ half square triangles.  I decided to use the Cake Mix so that I could get a variety of fabrics.

The process is rather slow.  First you layer two 10″ squares right sides together.  I am using the Layer Cake of Melbourne by Andrea Komninos for Benartex that I last posted about last time and a cream on cream.  Using the paper pattern guide you pin it to the  10″ squares and sew on the dotted sewing lines.


Next you cut on the solid lines.  Then comes the pressing.  The directions suggest either to the dark side or open.  I decided to do open seams as I am not sure how I am going to sew these baby together.  After the seams are open, I am cutting off the dog-eared triangles.  Slow going but I think this will improve my accuracy when sewing the triangles into a quilt.

Now that I have finished some of the triangles I am a little worried about the directional nature of some of the fabrics.


Hopefully it won’t be an issue.

In case you don’t have any snow where you are this is what it looks like outside my front window.  The highs and lows this week has been between 10 to -15.   Sofie still wants to go for a walk everyday.   BURR…..


Hope you get some quilting in this last week of the year.








Some fun times

So I was at a conference last week in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin and decided to explore Plymouth, Wisconsin.  I had been to the Sewing Basket in Plymouth before but I always forget what a wonderful selection of fabric they have.  I ended up buying this  Layer Cake of Melbourne by Andrea Komninos for Benartex.


I love the graphic prints.


And the different colorways.


After shopping I found the Plymouth Cultural Center that had a display of  water color paintings.


To my wonderful surprise I saw two paintings by my friend Chris Sommerfeldt.  She is so talented.  It was a great break from the conference.

And last, here is little Oliver.  He came early so his quilt is not done yet.


Hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend.


Star Stepping

So in a quest to get out of my funk I have decided to finish some UFO’s.  Right now I am working on a quilt I started in 2001.  I probably would not have been able to figure that out for myself but there was a receipt in with the fabric from then.  I do remember starting the quilt though.  It was a mystery quilt I started at a quilt guild in Shawano, Wisconsin.  My friend Jeanne Bronikowski was teaching it and she asked me if I would go with her.  Here are the blocks I had done that day before I put it away never to be unearthed until recently.

star stepping blocks

I have been playing with layouts in EQ8.  This is the one I think I am going to go with.

stepping stars

I have to make a few more spinning star blocks and then make the  rest of the connecting blocks.  I’m  excited about finishing this quilt and moving on to other UFO’s.  Thank you Jeanne for all you have done for me and other quilters.

I did longarm a quilt for Tina.  Can’t wait until I can show you the pictures.  It is beautiful.

Spend some time doing what you love today.




Time Flies

It is amazing how the days just fly by without even noticing. It has been 41 days since I last posted on this blog and for the life of me I cannot tell you what I have been doing quilt wise. I know I put together a baby quilt top that still needs to be quilted and given when the new grandchild arrives late November early December so no pictures yet but here’s a little sneak peek.


I worked on some charity quilts for Quilts Beyond Borders. If you don’t know who they are here is a link to their website. I received 4 quilts the middle of September. I have finished this one.

And this one.

Don’t you just love that backing.  It is “anastasia” from the Alexander Henry Fabric Collection.

Other than that my quilting has been to a minimum. I have spent a lot of time doing this.


Traveling to and from the place up north almost every other weekend.  That does not allow for a lot of quilting. I did knit two hats though.

Hopefully with the colder weather that is coming our way I will get more time in the studio. I just seem to be in a funk. Not really knowing what I want to work on next. Finish a UFO or make any other quilt for the beds up north.  Maybe that should be a subject for my next most.  Hopefully sooner than 41 days.


Happy Quilting