• What’s up – 7.20.19

    I have too many projects going. Have you ever had this problem? Well, I decided I needed to work on only ONE (okay two quilts but if one is for charity does it count?) project to try to get it done instead of starting another one. Let’s not even talk about the ones that have been put on the back burner.


    Bumble Bee quilt top is all done. I decided not to add borders since it was already pretty busy. I will do a separate post to show it off.

    Habitat #2 – still using 2-1/2″ strip sets to make the block but decided to use the ‘Hidden Well’ pattern idea. I pondered many designs but wasn’t happy until I found a layout on Pinterest. This video tutorial is from Missouri Star that does a great job of showing you how the block goes together.

    Leader/Enders – I know that I said I wouldn’t start any new projects but these fabrics are for Bonnie Hunter’s 2019 Leader Ender challenge. This year we will be making the ‘shoo-fly’ block. Do you know about the challenge? If not, check out Bonnie’s post here. She explains the process and gives you great directions on the finished 4-1/2″ or 6″ block.

    There is more than one box of yarn that has been sitting around for quite a while. Since I got into quilting I haven’t done much knitting or crocheting. A girlfriend of mine prodded me into picking up the crochet hook again. It will be a small charity baby afghan.

    Lots of flowers are blooming in the garden.

    day lily

    How are your projects coming along?

  • Habitat # 1

    Habitat # 1 – ‘Cracker Jacks’ quilt top is done. Other than having to sew long diagonal rows the quilt went together quickly. I sewed together 2-1/2″ x 20″ strip into sets of three and added the alternate hourglass blocks – easy peasy. The top finishes at 54 x 71. You can check out the pattern info here and here.


    Habitat #1

    I have decided that this fabric collection will be my little summer challenge. I have LOTS of it and want to see what I can do with it. Let’s make a dent in the stash. I already have Habitat #2 made into blocks and working on designing #3.

    Of course, I have to share a photo of what is blooming in my backyard.

    Bee Balm

    How are your projects coming along?

  • What’s up – 6.26.19

    How can it already be almost the end of June. Gosh, summer is going by too fast. After a few rainy overcast dreary days we are having a couple of days that have been wonderful. All of this is going to change starting tomorrow. The weather forecast is for high humidity and 90 plus degrees. Yikes! This will give me some time to quilt since it will be way too hot to be working in the garden.


    Bumble Bee – blocks are sewn together into rows. I like the look of the quilt so I am not sure if I will add a border or not. I guess I will wait until I have the rows sewn together to decide.

    Habitat #1 – so instead of making the blocks like I mentioned here I decided to use hourglass blocks as the alternate block. Easy peasy with just two colors. Sounded good until…. I figured out that I would have to put the blocks on point. That also means that I will have to sew them together in diagonal seams. What was I thinking.

    The peonies are all done flowering and there isn’t anything blooming right now. Many of the daylilies are showing flower stalks so maybe in a week or so we will have some blooms. Here is a photo of my back yard shade garden. There are amethyste astilbles in the back with a variety of hostas in front of them.

    shade garden

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  • What’s up – 6.15.19

    I have made great progress with both of my projects even though I have been spending more time in the garden than quilting.


    Bumble Bee – I have 63 of these simple blocks completed and now I need to decide on the layout. You can get more info on the pattern that I am using here.

    Habitat #1 – have a lot of these rail fence blocks made and have decided that I would use them for the center of a cracker jack block. The block is basically a rail fence block with triangles added to have it look like a rotated square. Angela Pingel has a great tutorial for the block.

    I just had to share some of the first blooms of the summer. Don’t you just love the contrast between the rose colored flowers and the yellow green hosta?

    weigela and hostas

    These peach irises are the first to bloom each year. I now have lavender, purple and yellow ones blooming.

    peach iris

    I have several peonies plants that range from the palest pink to dark burgundy. This plant was in my Mom’s garden and it always reminds me of her.


    How are your projects coming along?

  • Modern Puzzle

    I completed this 48 x 64 quilt awhile ago and am finally getting around to sharing it with you. I used a free pattern I found on-line. You can find that information here. Since the quilt is already pretty busy, I decided to not add a border. Wouldn’t the pattern look great using a scrappy collection of fabrics. Might have to make another version.

    Modern Puzzle
    close up

    Bunnies are cute and adorable but can cause havoc in any garden. I wasn’t sure what to do but decided that perhaps adding some more boards to my backyard fence could slow them down. The light colored boards are the new ones.


    Weather has been great lately so I have been spending more time in the garden than in the quilt studio. The plants are looking great. Unfortunately, the same can be said about the weeds.

    Check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.

  • What’s up – 5.21.19

    Wow…it has been awhile since the last time I did a ‘what’s up’ post. The good news is that most of the projects I was working on are now complete. Of course, I had to start a couple more.


    This small quilt is done and I will do a separate post to show it.

    modern puzzle
    This charity quilt is also done. I even have prepared the backing and binding.

    Bumble Bee

    I started working with a collection of black, white, grey and yellow fabrics. I am using Film in the Fridge’s 2×4 quilt tutorial although I changed the size of the strips to 2-1/2″ and then cross cut at 4-1/2″ because I wanted a square block instead of rectangle one.


    Over the past few years ago, I made Twin City 12 Patch and Antique Tile using the Habitat fabric collection by Bernatex (plus stash). I still have LOTS of fabric leftover. As you can see, the colors palette is limited and a little challenging to use. Most of the fabrics have grey, black, cream/white, greens with a couple of them that have a touch of teal. My game plan is to try to find patterns/ideas to make a couple of fun quilts. The easiest pattern I am thinking will work is a simple rail fence blocks. At some point I will probably do some shopping in my stash and see if I can bring another color or fabric(s).

    How are your projects coming along?

  • Lemonade

    What is that old adage ‘when life gives you lemons make lemonade’?


    Well, this quilt has gone thru many variations. You can read more about it here. I have been working on this off and on for ages but finally added the borders.

    Flying Geese
    close up

    It is starting to look like spring here in Minnesota. Some of the hostas are starting to show and the peonies are peeking up over the edge of the pot. Hmmm… I see a lot of bare ground – looks like I need to get some mulch.


    Have a great day and check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.