Friday, March 30, 2007

Here are some photos of the quilt I was referring to in the last post. The quilt I want to donate that I originally made for my brother. Bad photos, beautiful quilt.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Spring is in Alaska! The sun is actually heating the air, and the snow is melting!!! Yea! Of course, we have no flowers yet.

This is what I am working on today. These are a light and dark 2 1/2 square sewn together, then sewn to a 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 rectangle. Easy way to use up little squares. This is from the book "More Nickel Quilts". Is this pattern too unnoticable, I wonder. It is not as contrasting as I usually like. I think from far away it would be very noticeable, but up close it is kind of lost.

I had a little sewing retreat this last weekend. We went to a town a ways away and I took my machine and a little box of fabric, and my iron. I got all set up in the dining room of the house we are staying in, and realized I forgot the pattern! So I sewed light to dark squares, (that was the easy part), then sewed on the rectangles. But I really didn't know which way to put the light dark side. So I did a few each way. I couldn't figure out the pattern on my own, so I had to give up. After I got home, I found the pattern and had done half of the squares wrong. So I sewed them on the other side and then picked out the first seam. I ironed them all out and trimmed to 4 1/2 inches. But some were too small! I resewed a smaller seam allowance, and picked out the second seam! Then reironed and trimmed. Did I say this was an easy pattern? Some days are like that.

I have a dilemma. I made a quilt for my brother about two years ago. But then I got mad at him and didn't give it to him. Then he moved so he doesn't have a bed for it now. I got over being mad. He doesn't know about this quilt, but my mom does. He already has a quilt that I made him before. So, I am feeling the urge to give this quilt to a charity. But should I? I guess since it is my quilt I can do whatever I want with it. He doesn't need it. I never gave it to him. If it were a sweater or something, it wouldn't be a big deal. I guess I just answered my own question. I will donate it.

You just never know who is going to read your blog. I've had a couple people tell me lately, "Oh, I came across your blog!" and I had not told them about it. It's a good thing I don't write bad things about people on here!

Thursday, March 22, 2007


I have never seen this pattern before. Does anyone know this one? I marked out the block seams with the pink square. I found this top on ebay.

I am working on this little scrappy quilt too. I really like the darker blue swirly material. These are six inch blocks.

Map of Kansas City, MO by MapQuest

Map of Kansas City, MO by MapQuest

We are accepted to Candidate School to begin training for Village Missions. This is a big step for us and a good one.

We will be in Kansas City, MO in mid April and of course, I want to know about the quilt shops around Kansas City.

Check out the linked map and if you know of any good quilt shops in this area, please leave me a comment.


Wednesday, March 21, 2007


I am nervous about today. My dh and I have a big interview over lunch. My dh is in bible college, graduating in May, and we are looking for a church to pastor. The district representative of an organization that places pastors is coming over for a looong interview. My dh says not to sweat it, and I have met him before, but I am on pins and needles. (Well, I hope I got them all off the floor! :) )

I am working on my 1000 Pyramids again, after about a two month break. There will be 25 rows of 40 triangles, and I have about 18 quilted. (Hand quilted, kind of quilt as you go. ) The finished part also has the binding on. I know, I know, I am doing it a weird way. But the edges were getting messy, and I already had the binding made. So now I have the rest of the binding hanging off the quilt! I pinned it up so it doesn't get messy. BUT after couting the rows yesterday, I am ONE short! Arrrgh. It must be somewhere. It might be easier to just make another one than to look it!

Last Sunday and for the next two Sundays, my dh is preaching in a town about 140 miles away. It takes us about 2.5 hours to get there. So last week, I took a whole cloth baby quilt that I am machine quilting, and clipped threads. It took about two hours I guess, lots of crosshatching. I should quilt on it more this week, so I can clip threads this next trip too!

I was pulling paper foundations off another quilt yesterday. It looks like a mouse has been in my sewing room. I try to hit the garbage can, but those little pieces just flutter away. Thank goodness for the vacuum cleaner!

I gotta go take a shower and get ready for lunch. I will update later.


Thursday, March 15, 2007

Thank goodness I am suffiently recovered from strep throat. Antibiotics are wonderful! My dh is so sweet, he brought me these flowers as a get well gift.

It is spring break this week, and I have been doing a lot of cleaning. Not that it shows much. I have washed the cupboard doors, and the outside and top of the fridge. I vacuumed the crumbs out of the cupboards too. I dusted off the heaters, and vacuumed out the bottom of the closet. Things that really needed to be done but don't make the same impact as a clean living room. The living room has been clean a few times this week but with kids home from school, it doesn't stay that way long. My kiddos decided to go to the beach one day, so here is the beach, Alaska-style.

I had an epiphany in the middle of the night. I had this quilt out and the batting ready and the backing pieced. But I was struggling on how to quilt it. Then (since I wasn't sleeping anyway) I was looking at "The Best of Shirley Thompson Quilting Patterns" Compiled by Cheryl Barnes and I saw this block pattern. Eureka! I couldn't wait. I jumped out of bed and started marking a block with chalk. I discovered the shapes in the block made for perfect quilting reference points. So I spray basted the quilt (yes, at 2:30 a.m.). I finally went back to bed and in the morning I got up and started quilting! I chose navy blue thread for the back, (the back is the same as the binding) and this bright yellow and orange variegated for the front. I wanted something to stand out and tone down the black. Wow! I quilted all the blocks, and they turned out well. Not perfect by any means, but I am getting better.
Then I used the edges of the blocks to guide a little loopy thing in the first border, did a loop inside each hst in the second border and quilted a large meander in the last border. I trimmed the top and batting and turned the back to the front to make the binding. All in one day! And I did other things in the same day too!

Okay, the blocks in this quilt are 12 inch finished. I won them in a block lottery in an online group. I have had the top finished for quite some time. I got it out when our guild needed some quilts for fire victims, and I was awaiting quilting inspiration. I bought the orange and yellow thread for an autumn themed quilt that I sent to the long arm quilter as it turned out much bigger than intended. For this quilt I wanted a thread I could see, and too much of a match is hard to quilt with, and a thread that wasn't dark. I noticed that when I used a variegated thread last time on a dark background, the dark blue and green did not show up. Then it looked weird with only the light thread showing up and then a patch of thread you couldn't see.
I will throw this quilt in the washer this morning and then hunt up another thing to quilt. I'm on a roll!!!!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Yippee, Yippee. I have strep throat. What more needs to be said?

I have been busy quilting though. I am working on sunflower blocks for this quilt I designed a while back. It will all be scrappy, staying in the color families. It's not quite what I had in mind, but I am getting a lot of positive comments. These are som more scrappy blocks pieced on phone book pages. One of these days I am going to have to sit over the garbage can and pick out all those papers. Ugh. But the paper is pretty thin and my dd likes to help.

I have been making some yoyo blocks (you're on your own) for Cotton Spice Quilting Magazine ( Have you been to their website yet? Great projects.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

You know you live in a small town...

When the Brownies Hat Project makes the local paper! I led this project in January. The picture of the girl close up is my daughter, Aerin.