Monday, March 23, 2015

Design Wall Monday–March 23, 2015

It’s hard to believe but it’s been over 2 months since I last blogged.  I have a variety of excuses but none of them are very good.  I’ve been to a retreat, I’ve been working on block exchanges that have to remain secret for now and I’ve just been plain busy with busy work. 

This morning I finished my friendship groups round robin from 2015.  It was quilted a while back but I finally got around to adding the binding this morning.  I really like the way it turned out.

Robins Quilt

I used a faux flange/piping technique to complete the binding completely by machine.  They’re lots of tutorials all around the internet but here is a link to mine.  Faux Piping/Flange Tutorial  I try to stress in the tutorial that my measurements are strictly a starting point.  I encourage everyone to play with it and make it your own. 

To see what others are working on, head on over to Judy’s Patchwork Times blog

I’ll try to do better about blogging in the near future.  Embarrassed smile



Monday, January 12, 2015

Design Wall Monday–January 12, 2014

I’m finishing up my first UFO of the year.  This is a quilt I made several years ago but never quite finished the binding.  I will be working on it today and tomorrow so that I can “report in” on my UFO challenge at guild this week.


To see what others are up to, check out Judy’s Patchwork Times blog



Monday, January 5, 2015

Design Wall Monday–1/5/2015

My friendship group the Wednesday Wacko’s is getting ready to kick off our 2015 project.  We are each starting off the year by making one quilt block that will be the inspiration for blocks made throughout the year by the other Wacko’s.  We each decide what we would like, theme, design, size or whatever else, write a brief description, include the block and pass it to the next person in the rotation. 

It took me a while to decide on my theme but finally came up with Wonky Houses with something on the block that represents the month it is made, like a snowman in the yard for January, a heart somewhere for February, a flag somewhere for July.  I started off by making my block represent December, notice the Santa Clause sticking his head out of the chimney.  It is now ready to pass to my friend Pam for her to make a block. 

This should be a fun year, working on one block a month for one of my Wacko friends.

2015 block To see what others are working on and have on their design walls, check out Judy’s Patchwork Times blog.



Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year - 2015

Where in the world did 2014 go?  Well it’s behind me now and time to move forward.  Once again I am declaring this as the “Year of the UFO”.  The way it’s going, the next several years will continue to be the “Year of the UFO”.  But for now………….

2015 UFO 

For now I’m finishing up a UFO from a few years ago.  It’s a Bonnie Hunter Scrappy Trip Around the World.  I started it in Las Vegas in 2012 or 2013.  It’s just about finished and only needs the hand sewing of the binding completed.  It’s my first UFO for 2015 that is due as part of a guild UFO challenge so it’s time to get out the needle and thread and finish it up. 

Here is a picture of Molly giving it her seal of approval.  She doesn’t seem to mind that the binding isn’t finished but she’ll no doubt be upset when I make her get up so I can work on it. 


I have a couple of short trips planned during January but hopefully in between I can get at at least some of the UFO’s logged and decisions made as to whether to keep them, finish them or pass them along. 

If you’d like to join me in my “Year of the UFO” you’re more than welcome to use the graphic I made. 



Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas - 2014


Wishing each of you a very Merry Christmas from sunny Seal Beach, CA where it’s 66 degrees and the sun is shining.  Definitely a Southern California kind of Christmas. 

 Sand Snowman



Monday, December 22, 2014

Design Wall Monday–December 22, 2014

In 2014 my friendship group did a round robin, if you missed it click here to see the finished tops.  In 2015 we are doing a block exchange.  Each member makes their first block, shares some loose guidelines to guide the others and then passes it to the next person in rotation so they can make a block to add to the collection.  At the end of the year we should each have 11 blocks and then it will be up to everyone to assemble their own quilt.  Well, it’s taken me forever to decide on what my “theme” would be but I finally settled on Wonky House that in some way represents the month it is completed in.  Here’s is my starter block with a December theme.  It’s not sewn yet but you get the idea.

Robins block

I also want to show you what I made for my friendship group gifts that we exchanged last week.


I made 10 of these cute little covered sewing buckets.  They’re perfect for holding all you goodies.  I’ve had mine for many years but made them for each of my Wacko friends this year. 

To see what other’s have on their design wall, check out Judy’s blog.



Monday, December 15, 2014

Design Wall Monday–December 15, 2014

Once again I can’t show you what’s on my design wall but I can show you what I finished up last week. 


These are wallets I made for a gift exchange that I participated in last week. 







I received some wonderful homemade gifts in exchange but I’ll save that for another time.  Today I’m putting the finishing touches on my gifts for my friendship group “The Wednesday Wacko’s”.  We are having our Christmas party/gift exchange Wednesday night.  It will be a lot of fun with great friends and good food.  I can hardly wait. 

To see what others have on their design wall, check out Judy’s blog



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