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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Repairing a Treasure

One of the local quilt stores is going out of business.  As a result they’ve been referring people to me that want their quilts repaired.  About two weeks ago I received a call of this nature.  She needed a quilt repaired.  We chatted back and forth and she sent pictures.  It was very difficult to tell how extensive the damage was.  I told her it would be best to just meet so that I could look at it.

Friday was the meeting date.  We met in the Hobby Lobby parking lot.  When she got out of the car, after the usual greetings, she said she’d like it fixed and finished. She needed to add batting and backing.   I was a little surprised when she said that.  

Her mother was with her.  As they opened it and held it up my eyes darted from block to block.  What a riot if color, pattern and texture.  What a treasure!  I’m guessing it’s from the 40’s.  They pointed out the damage.  I reached out and touched it.  I had never seen this technique but it’s finished!  There is no batting in it.  I explained to them that it was a summer coverlet and that it was finished as it was.  The pattern is a four patch of hourglass blocks.  I was excited to dig in and figure out how it was made. 

I told them I was getting ready to go on vacation and it would be a while before I got to it.  We talked about the difference between restoring it and repairing it.  Before I really looked at the fabrics I told them I’d be happy to repair it but wasn’t really interested in restoring it.  Now that I’ve examined it more closely I feel like I could actually restore it.  There is not a lot of damage so I won’t need a lot of fabric to finish the job.

Through this process they told me a story of the quilt.  I’ll share more of the details in a later post but here’s the picture of the full quilt.  I have not measured it but I’m guessing it’s a long twin.

Hope you’re having a quilty day!

Sunday, June 13, 2021

June Happenings

I thought it had been two weeks since my last post but I see it’s been just over a week.    I haven’t sewn much since last week because I have been organizing and searching for the missing project!  It was driving my insane looking for it.  Friday night I finally told myself I was going back into my sewing room and open every single box, bag and tote and look again.  I was on the phone with a friend and decided to search while visiting with her because our quick chats usually go for 1-2 hours.  I thought it would be a good task to undertake while on the phone.

I went to the corner where I suspected it might be and started by folding loose tote bags, peering into small totes of fabric even though I knew what was in them.  I had one lidless tote that had a stack of books and magazines on top of it.  I slid it out of the way and kept looking through things. Luckily I caught myself and said you need to look IN that tote.  I lifted the stack and set it aside.  I felt disappointed when I saw a pattern on top.  I decided to put it away since I had a defined spot to put it.  

To my amazement there was the missing project!  Tears welled up in my eyes.  I was so relieved and thankful to have found it.  I pulled out the bag and looked everything over to make sure it was complete.  Everything was there.  Yeah!  I decided Saturday (now yesterday) I was going to devote my attention to that project.

The day started out and I decided to add the next border to my Peaches and Dreams.  The previous week I had cut three borders and only added one.  My heart was just not in it as my mind was on the lost project.  After I added the next I decided to add one more.  When that was on I decided to assemble the rows of my pieced borders then of course I had to attach them.  That was all I had prepped.  My day was done.  Here is how far I got.  I have to cut the two remaining borders to attach.

Before I left I layout the blocks from the project I need to assemble.  Shown here are nine blocks.  There is a bag of hankies that will be added in.  Here are the pics.  Open to ideas for how to use the hankies.  Some thoughts are butterfly blocks, or skirts of the ladies or use them as a block in some way.

Relieved in quilting!

Friday, June 04, 2021

June OMG in a Pickle

My goal this month is to assemble a quilt top that I accepted on consignment.  It will be made up of umbrella girl blocks and hankies that she and her friend had collected together.  Her friend is now deceased and she recognizes that she’ll never make it herself.

I can’t show pictures because the project has decided to hide on me.  I’ve been moving all the little caches I have of fabric all about the house.  In the process I’ve put it in a safe spot.  I’ll find it!  I have to!  I’m so embarrassed but haven’t given up.

Today I picked up fabric to complete my Peaches and Dreams.  While I was at it I picked up a fabric to make another kit using my remaining Fresh Squeezed FQs.  I’ll be heading to my favorite retreat in October and have decided to take all these kits I’ve been making with me so that I can concentrate on visiting and not have to be hyper focused on my sewing projects.  Subject to change of 

Here are repeat photos of what I’m working on.


I have other 5hibgs in the works.  Will share as I go.

Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal.

Monday, May 31, 2021

May OMG Complete

I finished my goals!

I made a kit from my Fresh Squeezed FQs.  Have to choose another background for another kit from that FQ set

I set my envelope blocks and then decided to add borders.  Can I count that as two finishes??  Lol

Finally, I finished all the blocks for my Peaches and Dreams.  I even set the middle.  I need to buy a little more orange for an inner border to add the borders.

I worried that the middle would look like mush.  I actually like it.  I made sure to have contrast in each block to help with the overall effect.  My assistant likes it.

Linking with Patty at Elm Street Quilts.  Now I’m off to find my project for June!

Sunday, May 16, 2021


I try to blog at least once a week and just forgot last week.  We'll blame it on Mother’s Day.  I think I had a bonus day sewing at the church which was probably the true reason.  I’m head down on my goals.  I’ve read my blog a few times to refresh my memory of what those were!

I also turned another year older.  There was lots of activity surrounding that event as well.  Work was super hectic.  I continue to work at putting my house in order.  Just...stuff going on.

My first goal was to set the envelope swap blocks into a top. There is still a possibility of a border.  I have to see if I have enough for an idea I have swirling in my head.  I am calling it done for now.

I consulted with Mary from Making Scrap Quilts from Stash on her instructions for the wonky setting.  She got right back to me on my question and here you have it!  When I swap blocks I reserve the right to fix and/or replace blocks.  I fixed three to improve the contrast and substituted one of the blocks completely with a spare I had made.

My second goal was to get all four block types sewn for my Peaches and Dreams by Judy Laquidara at Pstchwork Times. I have three completed and I have a good start on the fourth.  Most of the cutting is done.  The goal is in sight!

These are the biggest blocks.  They’re done now.  I have to make 80 of the smallest size. I think I have 25 done as of today.

Finally,  I counted the FQs I had shown previously.  My goal was to make at least one kit.  I have 31 FQs of the Fresh Squeezed line by Moda, plus a piece of yardage.  These were from 2007 or so.  Doubt you can get them any longer but I’ll be googling.  My original intent was to make Split Decision.  I have selected the 9 FQs I want to use and have to find one more to coordinate with the lightest print.  I will more than likely make a Thread Count as well.  Just need a background.  I’ll shop for the backgrounds.  I’ll cut the Split Decision and TBD on whether I’ll cut the other.  The Kona Snow is too stark.

We went out to dinner as a family for my birthday.  My daughter had promised to come to the house and finish cleaning out her closet.  She finally made it over after dinner and left me with a stack of stuff that could go.  I hopped on the Nextdoor app and listed everything.  When I got up in the morning everything was claimed.  I spent the day setting things out for happy recipients.  I enlisted my son to move my batting rolls into my now emptyish closet.  I’m cleaning up the area where the batting was previously.  I am amazed at the amount of paper I hang onto.  I got rid of a huge amount and  also a broken plastic tote.  I’m consolidating some things and still have a ways to go.  Inch by inch life’s a cinch!

What fun things are you up to?

Monday, May 03, 2021

May OMG Setting

If it weren’t for One Monthly Goal I’d hardly blog it seems.

My goal for this month is three parts.

1) Set my envelope blocks into a top.  At this point I don’t think it will have borders but we will see.  Here is a peek at the planned setting.

There are 30 blocks.  They’ll trim to 12.5” so the top will be about 60x72 without borders.  Not a bad size.

2) I plan to get all the blocks made for my Peaches and Dreams.  I still have a fair bit of cutting to do.  There are four block types.  I have 1done.  I have a second that is in process of being sewn.  The other two have a fair bit of sewing to go.

3) Finally, I have found a set of FQs that I have been looking for over the course of months now.  In the process of cleaning and clearing I found them!  I plan to make at list one kit from them.  In reality, with the addition of some solids, I can probably get two!

I’ll talk more about these as I work with them.

Shelly at Prairie Moon Quilts has been issuing various challenges over several years.  They are usually decluttering things related to your sewing room.  The challenges are posted about twice a month.  For the month of April the challenge was to get rid of one thing a day.  Now I have been decluttering and trying to get my stuff in order since 1998.  Suze Ormangot me started with mentioning Flylady.  I sort of followed her routines and room rotations.  I encountered other things like the KonMari method.  Each thing brought me through various decluttering challenges helping me overcome hoarded of stuff.

When Shelly issued that challenge, and after reading about a lot of bloggers moving house and then considering I might move one day I grasped onto that challenge.  Why not get rid of things now?  Big things!  At first I just identified the objects destined to leave my home.  Then one day I went and grabbed these things plus more.  I easily had my first 15+ things the first week.  I even found a home elsewhere for everything.  Once that was gone I made another pile of stuff and another and another.  So far I have found people to take all these items.  Shelly had a paper decluttering task and I finally was able to empty my parents filing cabinet now that everything had aged to my target time of 7 years.

I’m starting to see and enjoy the things I love.  Today I dove into my sewing room because it was almost unusable.  I pulled a lot of things out of there so that I could straighten up and put things away.  Once that’s done I’ll be able to sort and put away the things that I had pulled out.  It’s a process and I feel very motivated right now.  Im probably never going to be done but things will be a lot more manageable.

Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts OMG.

Hope all is well in your world!


Thursday, April 29, 2021

OMG Completion

My goals for the month were to:

1) top my thread count in the Purrfect Petals line - done

2) Make 30 envelope blocks - done and swapped back already!

Here is what I got back.

3)  Cut Peaches and Dreams - done.  And I got a sweet gift in the mail from Julie.  A completely cut kit and the pattern!  Cutting, sewing and receiving.

4) Kit up more projects.  I overachieved!

Stacked Squares

Thread Count

Split Decision

Thread Count

Thread Count

I have some sewing to do!  So there it is.  Done and done.  Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Cutting Again!

I went to church to sew on Saturday.  I really intended to get a lot of sewing done.  A lot!

But first, I had taken two kits, one for me and one for Linda, that I thought we could whip up in an hour or two.  Let me say “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”.  I knew we could not complete them as we needed walnut shells and I couldn’t put my hand on them before leaving the house.  

I carefully read the instructions, then I read them again and again.  They were not overly complex they were just not written very clearly.  The kit was for a “proper upper”.  It’s a gadget that can support your phone or tablet.  It can also act as a pincushion, an eyeglass rest.  There are optional tabs that you can slip your scissors through or other accessories.  Before I read that was their intended use I thought they were to clip wonder clips to.  I opted to not add them to mine. 

I cut the first one from the fusible and realized there was enough to make two.  I decided I’d make them both for myself.  One for home and one for away.  I went to press the fusible to the fabric.  The iron was too hot and melted the paper layer causing fusible to stick to the iron.  It also warped the sewing lines so they were not straight nor were the corners square.  No big deal.  I drew new lines with a pencil.

Before folding it in half to form a pouch I had to sew two registration marks.  I read and read instructions again.  Sewed the lines, folded the pouch in half and consulted the instructions again.  I sewed the lines I was directed to and back to the instructions.  Had to make a fold and sew another seam.  Finally, I was able to turn the pouch.  Then I had to top stitch on the registration marks.  I quickly sewed the second one to that point with no consultation of the instructions.  Yeah!  The picture below shows after the pellets were added to the top part before hand sewing it closed.

So now I’m waiting for Linda to sew hers.  I showed her where I got tripped up and what to avoid.  She decided to make the tabs.  She got those made and pinned to the sack.  I explained to her what lines to sew.  She sewed what she understood, turned the pouch and her tabs were on the inside.  She sewed her second one correctly, turned it, top stitched it and had forgotten to fold the pouch and sew the final inside seam.  You know we we’re rolling with laughter by now.  I suggested she just turn under part of it and top stitch instead of picking it all apart.

After all the reverse sewing she had her two pieces sewn.  I had brought poly pellets to put inside.  We ended up only having enough for three.  I have to find the bag I have here somewhere.  We have two hand sewn with the top part complete.  I took the walnut shells back today but we ran out of time.

We did have extra help pouring the pellets.  It took one to hold and the other to pour.  Someone else got in on the act.

He really wanted to taste those pellets!  Can’t wait to see how much help he is with the shells!

So while Linda was on her adventure I continued cutting for one of my animal print quilts.  Needed a background.

Then I continued cutting for my Peaches and Dreams.  I cut the centers for all the blocks except one type.  I decided to work on one block type at a time.  I chose the block and continued cutting.  I quit cutting and finished the proper uppers to the point of needing the shells.

I hadn’t intended to go back and sew today but I did.  I got 18 of the 24 blocks needed sewn for Peaches and Dreams.  The last six will go quickly, then I’ll have more cutting to do.

I had also pulled 4 FQ bundles that had 5 each.  From yesterday to today I mulled over the possibilities, selected the pattern and did some math.  Today I pulled 12 and cut 2.5” strips for my chosen pattern.  Another kit!

The chosen and the monochromatic version to check contrast.

The kit!

The sewing is what made me feel accomplished.  Well, the block sewing.

Hope you have a great week.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Cutting Up

I went to sew with my friend today.  My usual Saturday activity.  Today I cut and cut and cut.

First I trimmed up all my envelope blocks that I had completed sewing the night before.  Bonus, my friend drove me to drop them off.  Glad to have that off my list.

I had a spare so saved my favorite to substitute in with those that I receive.  Can’t wait to see what I get.

Remember the box of treasures I showed a week ago?  I made two kits from the animal prints.  Actually I made one full kit and got a start on a second one.  I rejected the idea to work with the Christmas prints for now.  My friend wants to work in Halloween prints so I’ll be pulling those out to kit up a few quilts.

For that second kit I just need to choose a few more animal prints and a background fabric.  I want something vibrant.  Stay tuned on the kit making.

Finally, I pulled out my peach 30’s fabrics and started cutting Peaches and Dreams.  Three different strip widths are used so I cut one of each width to get me started.  I’m anxious to start sewing but time ran out.  I hope to get back to it this week.

Wow that was a lot of cutting!  I think I have a good selection of fabrics and tones here to give good variation.  I think I’ve met my OMG goal already so will concentrate on kit making and Peaches and Dreams for the remainder of the month.

Hope you have a great sewing week.