Wednesday, June 30, 2010


At one point, I had a coupon for the local fabric store. The ladies that work at the cutting counter are absolutely wonderful. One suggested that I use my coupon to pick up a jellyroll. Since a sale or a coupon will pretty much convince me I need more fabric, I went for it. This collection is called Snippets and I just love the bright colors. I combined the jelly roll, two coordinating fabrics and some red flannel for the backing, into a wonderful quilt that I'm not sure I'll be able to part with. I even picked out the quilting thread specifically for this quilt. It is a thread that alternates between a really dark red and a kind of orange-y red. The simple block and basic quilting work together to create a quilt that I absolutely love.
I may run out of room for clothes and other stuff, but I will not want for a lovely quilt.

That was the last quilt picture you will see for a while.
Tomorrow we will depart Montana and head East. I've lived here for over two years and I finally stopped to take picture of this little piece of art that tops a hill on the edge of town. I thought it a fitting start to the trip.

I have my camera and my notebook. I get to play passenger this time, so I should be able to document the trip a little better than last time. The plan is to get started early on Thursday morning. I'll keep you updated as best I can.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Quilt with no name

When I went to the Quilting Hen a while back, I picked up a bundle of quarter-yard cuts of fabric.I thought they would make a great rail fence quilt. I'll admit, this one has been done for a while and I'm just getting around to sharing. This quilt is a good size. Plenty of room to cover up for a nap, even if you are a grown person.The backing is plain, black cotton. You may think it is boring. I think it is great since that was the last of an entire bolt of black cotton I had hiding in the closet in my sewing room.

The movers will be here tomorrow, so I have a little bit of time to get some sewing done before I hide a bunch of stuff in the car so the movers won't touch it.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


RGB is a cute little quilt that was created completely from my stash.
Bright Red, Green and Blue stack up to make one bright, playful quilt.I copied the curling shapes from the red fabric to the machine quilting.
The backing is a coordinating blue flannel. Yes, I took this picture just so you could see how really, really cool the back looks. Well, I think it's cool.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Wrapped in Paisley

The Moda charm pack for May was Wrapped in Paisley. Instead of putting the squares together randomly, I sorted through both charm packs and pulled out matching fabrics to make 20 four-patch blocks.
Since I didn't have enough of the light fabrics to go around, I placed the blocks to create a kind of gradient effect. (Layout usually takes a bunch of crawling about on the floor while rearranging the blocks.)

I quilted it with these cute little loops. The backing is a warm, dark-chocolate flannel.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

and the tennis ball is new again

The rain has been coming down the last couple days making me wonder if I should start building a boat.The back yard has become rather swampy, complete with a little pond that the water dog has considered swimming in. Okay, so it isn't that deep, but I could pretend I was sending her into the water to fetch a bird. She is somewhat water-resistant, so she didn't mind. A bit of the dirt washed off the tennis ball during this little game. I decided to see if I could get it even cleaner. I rinsed off the worst of the grit and sent it through the dishwasher.
Look! A brand new tennis ball.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Yarn makes me happy

I have been so busy with work and getting ready for the move, that I haven't accomplished much of note in the last week or so. I did get this great box of yarn in the mail today, though. Wanted to share. I'll be prepared to knit up a bunch of socks. This will come in handy during the long drive back to the east coast.

Friday, June 4, 2010


Sometimes, you have a little fabric left over. Sometimes you have more than a little fabric left over.This great little quilt was created with some of those wonderful leftovers.
Some flannel backing made it cuddle-worthy. A little bigger than a crib quilt, I think it's just perfect for covering up a little while sitting in front of the television.If you think I've in some way used up my scraps, I will assure you I have not even come close.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Rural Jardin Crib Quilt

This little quilt was created using two charm packs (and a little bit of yardage) from Rural Jardin by French General for Moda.
Simple, meander quilting holds the layers together.
A dark blue flannel backs the quilt.

Now, if I could just get some more sunshine, I could take more pictures.