Saturday, October 15, 2016


It all started here.  I made this quilt as a birthday present for a special friend.  I still had lots of this fabric left so I decided to start an improv piece.

Need to get busy sewing bits together.

I have no specific design, it will be what it will be.
Okay, the top is together.  It is not completely square - yet.

Now to make a back and layer it for quilting.  I had planned to do QAYG but I started sewing units together and got carried away and finished the top.  Uh-oh, now I need to quilt the whole quilt.  

Definitely a project for the upcoming cooler weather.  I have a small stack of quilts still to be quilted.  
That means more posts to come.




Wednesday, October 5, 2016


I love to knit, but I don't do much of it.  Well, actually, I start a lot of projects but I don't always finish them.  

I first wrote about this project in a blog on February 2013.  I started knitting this pair of socks.

I was doing fine knitting the ribbing, then I reached a point with the heel and I was stuck.

They stayed at this place until about two months ago and I decided that I must finish them.  A friend offered to help me get past this obstacle.  She explained the pattern directions to me and I took off.

Now, three years later, here are my socks!!!

I love how well they fit and the contour of the toe area is marvelous!  They are so comfy!!!!

Yes, I have already started another pair!



It started with this little kit from Susan G. Cleveland.

This is the first time I have made Dresden Plate blocks using Susan G. Cleveland's Prairie Pointer Tool.  Such a nifty little notion!

Chain piecing the spokes

Using the tool to get sharp points
After Pressing

Beautiful spokes for composition

I will be using this tool in other projects that I am designing.



Tuesday, October 4, 2016


I love travelling with my Hubs (a flea market picker) on the backroads of the countryside.  We come across a lot of interesting sights and I am always asking him to stop for me to get a photo.  I definitely had to stop for this Covered Bridge in Tannehill Valley, Alabama.

The covered bridge became the inspiration for doing an abstraction modern quilt.

This is the modern, simplistic rendition of the above covered bridge picture.
Since I wanted to make an abstraction from this I started cutting it up into small squares that I sewed back together.  

Now I have Abstraction # 3 and I love it.  The grid quilting gives it dimension.

This piece was inspired by the right side of the Covered Bridge where the support joins the roof line.  Abstraction #2.

A more realistic abstract was done using hand dyed fabrics from my stash.  Abstraction #1.

A detail of the quilting done on Bernina 640E machine.  I love straight lines.