Monthly Archives: April 2015

UFO Club

So embarrassed when I produced my show and tell for UFO club last night.  I was the only one with a project dating in the 80’s and the colors showed it.  All the other projects were lovely and inspiring.   Oh well, it is finished and I can put it behind me.  I will have it quilted and put it in the stack for the nieces and nephews.  They will probably draw straws for whom will HAVE to take it instead of whom WANTS it.  Oh well, it’s behind me now.  Whew……….

Next up is # 2  Bear Hollow.  pattern by Ann Seely

This quilt pattern was originally  published in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine in 1994 as a series quilt.  I fell in love with it.  I started it and as usual something came up in my life where I had to put it away with the intention of getting back to it someday…..Well, today is that day!!!

I’m finally in a new decade!!!!!  This is an emotional quilt for me.  I was working on this quilt when I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.  When I returned home from the hospital following  my surgery, I did not feel like looking at it much less finish it.  It is now a year later and I am anxious to get this beauty completed.  Unlike last month’s project.  I really like this quilt.  I am drawn to folk art quilts.  I enjoy the combination of piecing and applique.  This quilt also represents a sign that I can put that terrifying time behind me and move forward.  Below is the work in progress.


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April UFO 1987ish Sampler top finished

Wow the top is completed.  4 months 4 quilts so far.  I’m keeping pace.  May will be questionable but I enjoy a challenge.  I have a couple a projects going, plus yard work, veggie garden.  I will persevere.

Again, all I can say is “what was I thinking” color wise with this sampler.  No matter, the top is done.  Big check mark.  Feeling smug today. I’m still on vacation for today and tomorrow.   Cleaned my sewing room, boy I can make a mess while focused on a project.  Thread everywhere, snippets of fabric all over, rulers and tools right where I left them.  I hate doing that.  I like neat and orderly in my sewing room.  But all is put back in place now and everything set up for my next class of paper piecing.  Really liking this technique.  It speaks to my geekyness.

Also packed up my dream sewing machine for its annual checkup.  Wow has it been a year.  Time flies.  It seems as if I just bought it.  I will have to leave it there for a week.  At first,  I experienced a bit of anxiety over not having my machine which is my BFF now.  But I calmed myself down remembering I still have my trusty Pfaff as backup.

Here are the photos for the 1987ish Sampler top finished.

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April’s UFO down to one block ****

Just finished the paper pieced 16″ pineapple block.  I spent more time ripping I think than sewing.  Very happy it is finally finished.  One block to go.  I have decided to substitute the carpenter’s wheel instead of the Ice Crystals block.  Been busy this month made a quilt for a friend who is grieving and Tink added her special touches as well.  She loves when the binding goes on.  That’s when she gets to cuddle.


I took a Judy Niemeyer class “Crackers”.  busy paper piecing.  Love it.  Having fun. Challenged myself to work with bright fabrics since I usually work with traditional ones.


Will post a a finished shot of the sampler once it’s done.  Have to show it off on Monday at UFO club.

I was supposed to be in Paducah, KY  today at the International Quilt show.  Sad story is coming home from doctor’s appointment I had a blow out on the interstate and it damaged my bumper to the tune of $800 in repairs plus the cost of a new tire.  .  So there went my vacation.  So bummed, I felt horrible yesterday after getting the repair news, so busied myself with yard work in the hopes  I wouldn’t have to think about it.  Today marginally bummed .  But I did get quite a bit of sewing accomplished today.  That Pineapple block was very challenging.

Until next time.


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