Monday, February 18, 2019

Keeping Warm

With the last of the fat quarter bundle that I made the "Lisa's Flowers" quilt with , I decided to use up and not just cut up! So I started a spool quilt.....

Spool quilt

Lisa's Flowers

I finished February"s Guild mystery quilt blocks.                                  

I have also worked on the mystery from Third Saturday group. We met this past Saturday and were given the clues from Brenda Peterson. I have finished only one of the flying geese bands. But one is better than none! 

All for now, chatter later, keep warm, Martha.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Granddaughter's Last of Five

The last of five quilts for my granddaughter's quilt ladder is a pattern by Edyta Sitar called "Sweet Blend".  I am making the stars with different greys and background will be a black eclectic print.

About half the way there!

I forgot to share a  picture of what I did with leftover blocks from my "Summer Wedding" quilt. I am hoping to hand quilt this and make it a donation quilt.

Got this quilt back from quilter and have label put on and binding sewn down.

                         Pic of my backing with top leftovers.  You can see my label in left hand corner of quilt.

                               The last three flower blocks.

I hope to bring this quilt top to quilter to also be basted for me to do some  hand quilting. It is only about 52" square, not that large.  I spent all day Saturday re-organizing my sewing room. Well worth the time spent ,  as I even found two queen size batts that I didn't remember I had.  Enjoy your Sunday, chatter later, Martha.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Cold Weather Sewing

I too like many of you have been doing some cold weather sewing. I hope to share this with many of you, today.

First off, my "Summer Wedding " by Black Cat Creations! I love scrappy quilts , but this one I decided to make red and white.

I finished making all my "H" blocks and started putting them all in rows.

                    And last group of three rows, same as first! 

Then putting  those rows together.....

Then adding a border before ironing, finished except quilting and putting on the binding. Then I went digging and dug out a small project that when finished will be approximately 60" square and is between four or five years old. It is a wool project from Lisa Bongean called "Lisa's Garden". I had 16 blocks left to finish.

I have eight more to finish as of today. So I thought I would include a pic of quilt as it is now. 

I finished making all the nine patches yesterday. Chatter later, Martha.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Working Backwards

I have been looking for a pattern and a quilt top for over a week. At this point and time still have not found it. From all the searching,  I thought I should finish up some of the old projects and get them out of the way. It is hard not to start something new, when you feel that urge. So I decided I must finish one thing old,  before I can do some thing new. We'll see how long that lasts!

I recently tried something new with foods and it was delicious! I highly recommend this. There are several others we may later try.

It makes way too much for just me and hubby, so next time I will cut in half.  

I finished this Pat Speth pattern of Jacob's Ladder block. I had started this in a class with her from our guild. This is using my scraps in five inch squares.  And yes I put it on top of the snow on my deck.  It is a small lap quilt. It will be donated for charity.

              I pieced together a backing from flannel leftovers.

Lots of bunnies!


This one came back from the quilter (Karl Muller) and have already put a label on and bound it. Have also sent it of to granddaughter.

My friend Connie Krueger quilted this swan quilt (pattern by Elizabeth Hartman) . It also went with Gertie (quilt above) to Illinois.

This was it's pieced backing. Swans and storks remind me of Japan ,that's why the Japanese fabric on back,with leftover fabric  from top front.

All for now chatter with you later, Martha.

Monday, January 21, 2019


Sorry I have been a bit preoccupied with other things. For those of you who have been inquisitive, my  husband came thru his surgery just fine . He is on the mend! Praise God for that!

I have been working on my grey quilts for my granddaughter and have progressed quite nicely I think. 

60" x 60"

This is a nice scrappy quilt that used 2 charm packs of a Jen Kingwell fabric line and 10 fat quarters of grey fabric. I used remaining grey fabric on the backing. I have taken it to the quilter's a few weeks ago. It went together quite quickly.

I got back my quilt project from Connie for the Habitat for Humanity. And asked Connie to give it at last guild meeting ,after I had bound it and put a label on it.

I then proceeded on to work on my grey quilts. Making these swans from an Elizabeth Hartman 's "Swans" pattern. But I decided to do my own setting with just these nine blocks. Sarah wants quilts on the smaller side, more like lap size. I have  already given this to the quilter also.

I thought you might like a better view of one block. I will get a picture of whole quilt when Connie if finished with it.

Our guild is doing a mystery block of the month. It is by Pat Speth who wrote "Nickel Quilts" book. She came to our guild to speak and also gave a class. I have a partially done quilt, that I need to finish from that class. I plan to hand quilt it when I finish.  For the mystery, I have picked out my fabrics for it and have finished the first clues.

These are fabrics for my stash.

first clue

I have also picked out my fabric choices for my mystery quilt for my Third Saturday Quilt group. I have the first clue, but will be working on it later today, hopefully.

These pieces are my background pieces. It is a totally scrappy quilt.

So my day is going to be fun filled! At least that's what I am feeling. Chatter later, Martha.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Is Your Grandson's Wife your Granddaughter?

I have been doing  few small quilts for my grandson's wife. Do I call her my granddaughter?  She wants mainly grey quilts , so I have been doing a lot of scrappy. She got herself a quilt ladder at a antique fair last summer. I am helping her fill it up.

I made 175 of these nine patches which measured 2 3/4" each. I proceeded to make a small 45" square quilt.

                                       I like this one a lot!

This one is a bit larger, 68" x 68". The pattern is called "Gertie". I will be making one of these for myself later. I have a retreat later in January and will be working on another for her. Now I must work on cutting out the pieces. Chatter later, Martha.