Saturday, January 30, 2010


This is my design wall with the Cheddar Cheese and Crackers doll quilt that I am making (I'm going to make 2 of them - for some crazy reason). This little quilt it taking a while. I have been digging (literally) through my stash looking for reproduction browns, blues and pinks. I also bought some FQs and a bag of scraps from a scrap bin to get more variety.
Lori at Humble Quilts started this quilt along and I didn't get going on it until Tuesday because we were in Florida! It was kind of confusing at first, but I'm getting the hang of it. Lots of little pieces!!!
I think I'll really like it when I get it finished.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


We just returned from our 2 1/2 week trip to Florida and it was a wonderful time. It was hard to leave DS, DIL and Abigail! Boo Hoo!! I hope we can go back soon.

We stayed with my cousin, Mary, in Fort Pierce and she showed me a small sewing cabinet that had been our grandmothers. Our grandmother did a lot of sewing, tatting, knitting, etc. She used to make pajamas for us at Christmas. I was in awe over the sewing cabinet, because I remembered it and Mary had left grandma's sewing supplies in the drawers! She said if I wanted anything from the drawers, I could have it. In the bottom, under some stuff, I spotted these buttonhole scissors, which I remember grandma using and I asked Mary if I could have them. She said yes!! These are a treasure for sure!!

I worked on hand quilting my tumbler table runner while riding in the car and since I'm quilting the fan close together, it is going to take me a while to get this quilted. I'm doing it free hand, so it isn't perfectly spaced.
I gave Mary one of these bottle cap trivets and also made some of these during the trip.
AND I visited some quilt shops in Florida!! I'm sorry I didn't get any pictures, but I shopped at the Whippoorwill Station in Belleview, FL, Peggy's Heirlooms of Tomorrow in Ocala, FL and Bernina Connection in Tallahassee, FL. The fabric I bought is pictured below.

While at Mary's we spent an entire afternoon with another cousin, who I haven't seen for decades. Such fun! I also got to see my brother for a brief visit. Mary lives 2 blocks from the Atlantic Ocean, so I was able to walk on the beach. Dummy me didn't take a picture to prove it.

Now I have to get my house in order and put my Christmas decorations away!

Monday, January 18, 2010


Piecing and quilting is fun for me, so don't think I am working on my vacation! I finally finished the hand quilting on this charm quilt. It's not real big - about 40 x 40 (guesstimate). Now I have started quilting the matching table runner. I'm also quilting it in the fan pattern, but I'm doing it much closer together and it is "free motion" by hand. I'm not drawing any lines.

Here's the back view.
I also pieced 102 of these scrappy 5 1/2" blocks.
Today I made a bunch of flying geese which will be used to make sawtooth stars for a small doll quilt. Tomorrow, we're going to my cousin's for a few days. I don't know if I'll have internet access or not there, so bye for now!

Saturday, January 16, 2010


I got a lot of cuddles in with Abigail over the last week. We had a wonderful time visiting with DS, DIL and Abigail! She is one year old now and is walking and starting to talk! Such a fun age!! What a little sweetheart! Wouldn't you know that we went to Florida during the record low temps of below freezing just about every night we were there! The last few days were pretty nice during the day, however.
One day we went to Foley, AL and had fun at the playground in the Tanger Outlet mall.
Mommy, Daddy & Abigail
We also ate lunch at Lambert's Cafe, where they throw the rolls at you. They feed you REALLY WELL at this place!!
Grandpa & I left Pensacola on Friday and drove to Tallahassee, FL. Today we went to Pebble Hill Plantation. It rained all day, so I didn't get very good pictures. Also we couldn't take pictures inside the house we toured. It was a wonderful tour and we really enjoyed it.
I set up my Featherweight in the motel room and got in about 2 hours of sewing today! I have been missing it! I'll try to get a better picture tomorrow of some of the sewing I did.
I also was able to stop at a Bernina shop and get some fabric! Tomorrow we leave to visit my cousin in Fort Pierce.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


I was trying to decide what to take for hand work on our trip to Florida and decided on this table runner that I hand pieced. I'm going to hand quilt with the fan pattern using 1/2" intervals. I love these fabrics. I'll be using the beige thread for this one instead of the brown thread I used below.
I am hand quilting this larger one which is going to be a wall hanging with the fan pattern and I'm almost finished.

The backing is some fabric that I got on sale and it's an 1861 reproduction. I'm using the same backing on both quilts. They are also both charm quilts.
I'll try to keep up with blogs, but don't know if I'll be able to post while we're gone.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


We spent Christmas with DS#3 and his family (Jonah pictured below licking a spatula) and DS#1 and family (they came from Oregon and we all went to Arkansas). We had a great family time with them and 3 of our grandchildren!
While there, we went to the Air Force Base and took a tour of the radio tower. Unfortunately, the elevator wasn't working, so we had to walk up about 9 flights! That is a lot for an "older" person! But I survived. Hee Hee!!

Lori at Humble Quilts is having a "quilt along" to make a replica of an antique doll quilt. I decided to join in and went to get some cheddar fabric needed, along with some other fabrics that I might use for the doll quilt (or something else).
The quilt shop also had a scrap bin, so I selected a bunch of them for $2 (for filling a plastic bag). Most of these might be able to be used in the doll quilt also.
Thanks for all your comments! I haven't been able to respond to all of them. For some reason, my email wasn't going out while we were using the lap top on our trip. I hope we get it figured out because we're leaving for Florida Thursday for a 2-3 week trip. I love being retired!!!!