Thursday, October 20, 2016


I was picking up my sewing room and moving a few pieces of furniture around. I found some bright diamonds of batiks leftover from a quilt that I made for my brother two years ago. I couldn't just throw them out .So I made a table runner. I added some applique with Cherrywood and wool. Haven't got all the wool sewn down yet, but thought I would share anyway......

This is one end of the runner.

This is the other.

I will share again when finished, Martha.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Little Here A Little There

Since the last encounter I have done only small projects nothing major. I finished a tuffet pincushion using some of the fabrics gifted to me from my friend Wanda Hansen (e.k.a. )

I also made four mug rugs for my mom's tea party with her sisters.

I embroidered a scene with  zombies on linen....

I made this cute open wide bag....

This small zippered tote with hexies...

I have also been doing some other hexies from Jen Kingwell's Regent Street Lawns .  I will show you those when I get further along with them. With fall market there are going to be a lot of exciting things around the corner. Martha.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

More of Wanda

Isn't this a beauty......

such variety......

plaids and homespuns

a 16 patch.....

This is a photo of grand champion quilt at the DeKalb County fair in Illinois made and quilted by Sarah Duvick Stevens, a friend of both Wanda and myself. Congratulations!
I hope you enjoyed the eye candy, Martha.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Wanda's Quilts

I was so excited and mesmerized at looking at Wanda's quilts that I did not take pics of every one of them. But I did get some beauties!

Just loved the paper mache zebra head!

I will show some more in my next post. Martha.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A Trip Home

I recently  made a trip home to visit my kids and grandkids. Which I throughly enjoyed of course! But I also went to visit with my first quilt teacher and the woman who inspired me to even start blogging. Wanda Hanson taught me all about a 1/4" seam allowance. This was back when we used cereal boxes for cardboard templates and Ginger scissors to cut out our pieces.  The rotary cutter was just beginning to come on the horizon. Little did I know the knowledge she gave me then would serve me for the next 40 years. She gave me a tour of her home and her sewing studios, which I am going to share with you.  Meet Wanda....

Here are some of her creations......

The computer never does the colors justice , now onto the sewing rooms. Yes rooms! She has two exquisite sewing spaces! The upstairs first....

See how neatly  she stores her batiks!

There's more downstairs just as neatly displayed, very organized!

I so many pics to share with you , so I will save some for the next post. Eye candy galore, you will gain so much inspiration not weight , looking at them. Stay tuned, Martha.  In case you would like to check out her blog you will find it at , enjoy!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Labor Day

With Labor Day and Veteran's Day both ahead of us, I thought I would give my group something patriotic for our last class day next week .  Since our "Little Gatherings " project contains half square triangles so this must , but in a larger form.

So from the 1/2" finished hst's , I went to 2" finished hst's. And of course since it is patriotic, the colors were red, white and blue.  

For every one blue hst I made 2 red hst's. I then sewed them into rows. Once the rows were all joined I decided it needed at least 3 wool stars for added glitz.

Top is finished and quilted , just need to finish the  cream colored binding.  It is a table centerpiece , measures  26 1/2" x 12 1/2". Summer is coming to a close with school opening soon, chatter later, Martha.