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Monday, June 30, 2014

Project Quilting Off Season Challenge June: Panel






How is this for outside my box?  I bought a kit and followed the directions exactly.  Now that it NOT my usual pattern. 

I bought the kit to make for Mr-I-am-from-Michigan-and-only-moved-to-Ohio-because-even-the-dog-license-was-less-expensive.  I didn't put it together because I was very stressed about sewing the panel in place evenly and getting all the little patches to line up. I've been practicing.  So when I remembered that I had it and that  this month's challenge was to use a panel I decided to go for it. 

I know.  A lazy offering and it isn't even finished.  But there is a reason for that.  Some one else WANTS to quilt it.  And I'm not going to turn that offer down.  So this one is finished enough for me even though it doesn't qualify for the challenge.  Be sure to head over to Persimon Dreams to check out all of the really cool FINISHED projects from this month's challenge.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Luna-see Quilt


 
Well, I did it!  I managed to finish the luna-see quilt.  It was almost named the bad word quilt but it really is deserving of a better name than that. 




The quilting turned out better than I had hoped.  I did a simple cross hatch across the blocks and a couple of straight lines to frame them.  (The faded spots are actually sunlight that filtered through the trees and was picked up by the camera.)



To fill in the scallops I drew a kind of-sort of lotus pattern that I figured I could repeat with a degree of consistency.  Fortunately, the variations don't really matter. I am almost (but not really) sad that I did black quilting on black fabric because it doesn't really show up all that well.  But then, that is why I did it.  So it wouldn't show up that well. 

 It took me quite a while to get the hang of sewing the scallops on both by machine and then again by hand.  I did quite a bit of quilt wrestling to get it finished.  Actually, I would stitch about two and half scallops and then I had to walk away.  It took me about two days to get it all done. 

To stitch the binding you have to clip the low points almost to the seam allowance, bunch up the quilt and sew straight across.  You do the same thing for the hand sewing and then it all falls neatly into cute little tucks.  No need to miter anything.  Well that is the theory.

By the end of the quilt I was able to stitch across pretty reliably.  The same with the hand sewing.  I kept wanting to pull the binding too tight.  That was a double problem since I refused to make a bias binding which is REQUIRED for scalloped edges.  Phoey.  My curves were gentle enough to make it work out OK but it probably did require a wee bit of extra fussing. 



The details:  This quilt measures 40 x 44 inches.  It is made of 100% cotton quilters fabric with the exception of the binding which is a cotton poly blend.  The batting in cotton.  It will be a lovely baby quilt or table topper.  This one is destined for the shop or the shows I am doing later this Summer and Fall. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

French Seams, Boxed Corners














The classic re-usable shopping bag is one of the easiest sewing projects around.  A few french seams a folded handle and you are on your way.  This particular version is sometimes called a Morse Bag.  I've posted fabric cutting tips and links to the original instructions here.  Admittedly the one in the picture above is a bit fancier than the typical bag but still quite easy to pull off. 

 The beauty of this style of bag is that the french seams used in construction mean that the bag is fully finished inside and does not have to be lined.  A great savings on fabric and time. 

The one problem with the Morse style bag is that the bottom is not squared off.  It works quite well the way it is, but most shopping bags have a flat bottom.  Boxing corners is simple.  You turn the bag inside out, line up the side seam and bottom seam.  Stitch across the triangle and cut off the excess fabric, which leaves raw edges inside your bag or you leave the corners on which leaves funky crud collecting flaps in the bottom.  Either way, it is no longer fully finished and is begging for a lining. 





I decided to modify the bag with boxed corners and see if I could do it without requiring a lining.  It turns out it is pretty simple. 






Once you've made your bag, turn it inside out and look at the bottom corner.  In this picture, I'm holding the corner on the right side with the seams together.  You can see that I have adjusted the seams so that they go in opposite directions.  In quilting circles, we call this nested.  It is particularly important in the construction of the boxed corner.  Trying to stitch through all of those layers should the seams allowances be lined up would be almost impossible.



With the seams nested, turn the bag right side out and pull the corner to a flat point.  The black arrow in the pictures is on the side seam.  The bottom seam is nested perfectly below it.  I've lined my ruler up on the seam.  It looks slightly off-kilter but it truly does go along the seam and through the point of the bag.  The ruler is placed so that the straight edges is 1.5 inches above the point. 



I've moved the ruler slightly in the photo above so that you can see the line I have drawn.  I used a pink washable chalk pencil so that my line shows up on both the light and dark portions of the fabric. 


This is one of those occasions where I strongly suggest using a couple pins.  Put them in perpendicular to the line you have drawn.  Pull them out before you sew over them.  Stitch a seam directly on the line you have drawn.  Note the bag is positioned so that the WRONG sides are facing and the RIGHT sides are out.  That is OK.   






You will end up with a dog ear on the outside of the bag.


Cut it off! 

I used pinking shears and left a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance.  That is a quilting habit.  For bag construction you can make it a deeper seam if you like.  I prefer the smaller seam because it leaves less bulk in the bag.



Now you can turn your bag inside out.  Put the RIGHT sides together with the WRONG side showing.  Carefully poke out those corners. 




Nest your seams again.  Make sure you have a nice straight seam showing. 



Sew a full 1/4 inch seam.  To reinforce the stitching and to minimize loose threads, I start stitching in about 1/4 inch and backstitch to the edge.  I then sew across the seam.  When I get to the opposite side a stitch to the edge and backstitch in a quarter inch.  Then I cut my threads.  It just leaves the edges a bit tidier. 

 Turn your bag right side out and trim off any loose threads that may have escaped your seam allowance.  Repeat on the other corner and you have a lovely bag with boxed corners and completely finished seams!







Feel free to cover a rectangle of plastic or better upcycled cardboard and tack it to the bottom to make a stable bottom.  Or leave it as is for wad up and go convenience

The french seams give these bags plenty of stability and strength.  Make them out of almost any upcycled fabric or remnant.  Stretchy knits work but they will stretch so you might want to make the bag a wee bit smaller. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Math and Butterflies


 Several years ago, I saw a quilt on-line that I couldn't figure out.  Typically, I can separate the blocks out and have a general understanding of how it is made.  This one confused me.  I shared it with Mr-math-is-my-thing and told him it made my head hurt.  He looked at it for approximately one-seventybillionth of a second and said "This is easy.  Get me some fabric".  

I happened to have 4 yards of mostly coordinating fabric I bought at a going out of business sale.  (I'm not sure why I bought them.  They are not my usual or even my unusual style.)  Mr-give-me-a-ruler-and-a-rotary-cutter stacked them all up into one pile and started cutting.  In short order we had a big pile of fabric pieces.  We had to tack an old flannel sheet onto the wall to try and arrange them.  It took some doing.  What made sense in theory wasn't quite as simple in practice.  




Eventually we got them all laid out properly.  Well, not exactly properly.  We actually did a few swaps to make it more interesting.  But that is pretty much SOP around here.  Above is the picture I took to help us keep it straight.  

I eventually managed to get it all stitched together, matching most of my corners.  It was a decent quilt top.  It also deserved better quilting than I could manage at the time.  I knew it needed more than straight lines.  I hadn't yet learned about FMQ and I couldn't afford to send it off to the Longarmer.  So it has languished on my WIP list for years.  



Eventually, I figured out that I could quilt it using my embroidery machine.  I bought a design and had the perfect thread.  Of course I needed backing.  at 47 inches on a side it is just a wee bit too wide for the standard yardage I bought.  Of course, I didn't buy enough figuring that it would fit.  So it languished on the WIP pile for another year or so.  



Finally determined to finish it, I pulled out the original backing fabric and gave it to Mr-there-is-enough-fabric-here-in-theory-let-me-figure-it-out.  While he was figuring out I was correct... well technically he was right, there was enough fabric but the piecing would be a nightmare... I went back through my stash.  I grabbed a piece of fabric every quilter who has ever made it through the IKEA maze has used as a backing:  the big number fabric.  And TA! DA!  Finished quilt.

  











Well, it wasn't quite that easy.  I had trouble orienting and hooping the fabric.  I had trouble with my machine.  I had trouble with the thread breaking.  But finally last week, I decided it was time to git 'er done.  Finished the quilting and today I was able to put on the binding on.



 I know that technically it isn't finished.  The binding needs to be hand stitched.  But I promised Mr-I-can-stitch-the-binding-and-that-one-is-less-than-a-football-game that he could do it.  So, technically I am finished with this WIP and can cross it off a multitude of lists!

The details:

47 x 47 inches.  Made from Quilters Cotton in sage green and black.  Backing from IKEA.  Polyester batting.  Machine pieced.  Embroidered quilting. 








Sisters


I love the Friends of Craftster Raffle/Swap.  You never know which prize is going to find its way to your house.  This time the address was familiar.  I won a doll made by craftster Linakins.  She is the sister to the one I received from Linakins a while ago in the art doll swap! 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Stuff


Sometimes stuff just accumulates on the sewing table. 

Yes, there is a box of miniature Christmas lights, a bunch of appropriate sewing tools, the lovely basket made for me by LesliesHappyHeart and an elf ear.  You just never know when you might need an elf ear in your project now do you?  

Monday, June 2, 2014

Flimsy Parade



This is the latest in my quest to move fabric to flimsy.  This was a set of  fabrics I bought several years ago.  I finally settled on a design.  I think it is fun.  I have backing for it so it should be quilted in short order.  I'm not sure what color thread.  The backing is a cream/black print and the front is just plain wild.  Suggestions? 

Friday, May 30, 2014

A Banner Day


It was a banner day around here yesterday.  I found this Freaky Geeky fabric and thought it paired perfectly with my chalkboard fabric.  So I made a chalkboard banner. 

It made me happy!

  And tomorrow if I'm not happy, I can erase it and write a different message. 


Here you can see a but more of the fabric. 


What fun! Something to note about working with chalkboard fabric and probably paint and paper too...  it needs to be conditioned.  You have to evenly coat it with chalk and then rub it off before you write on it.  Otherwise the first writing will stick around.  If you decide you are going to buy a chalkboard fabric item you should always ask if you are getting one that has either been conditioned or has not been written on.  You don't want to pay for the ghost of some one else's message.

So here is the question.  I put this one together with the chalkboard and fabric alternating.  You can have a message on both sides.  Should I really make them so the fabric is on one side and the chalkboard is on the other?  What do you think?  



Oh, and I finished up another banner that was sitting in my WIP pile!  
 

This is a pink and green one like one I made for a silent auction basket.  This one is going to the craftster raffle. 


One of these days I am going to have to make one of these for me.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Alphabet Blues

I LOVE triangles! (OK so maybe I've had issues with triangle quilts and am not always crazy about making them. But I do love them.)

I've wanted to make a triangle quilt forever.  I have a stack of polka dot fabric waiting in the wings.  I've been able to see it forever.  But I've always been afraid of triangles.

I finally used my 50% coupon and bought a triangle ruler.  It is the Fons and Porter version, I think.


A short while ago, I made an impulse purchase while visiting a brand new LQS for the first time.  It is the alphabet picture fabric you can just see in the lower left corner of the picture above.  I bought a whole yard because it reminded me of my dad.  I thought it was the style of the drawings, but I really think it is the general feel of it.  At any rate, I had no idea of what to do with it. I knew it was going to need to be fussy cut.  And I knew that that was going to be a bad day. 

I also had been collecting some blue and gray solids.  The LQS had the alphabet fabric, and some coordinating blue and orange fabric as well.  Add to the mix the fabulous inspiration and technical support provided by Andrea of Mouse in My Pocket  while working on her Ghastlies quilt (I have a wee bit of Ghastlies and this may be the first time I actually try to copy a quilt wholesale.) and you have my alphabet blues.






The strangest thing about working with triangles is that they all seemed to line up.  I have more perfect corners in this quilt than in any quilt I've ever made before.  In fact, Spud 1 even noticed, went in for a closer look and was impressed!   

I know that I am notorious for the anthem "Corners Don't Meet and I Don't Care".  But it isn't for a lack of trying.  I am always trying to improve my quilting skills.  I am always working hard to make my corners meet.  I simply refuse to stress out or give up when they don't. 







Likewise, I am very happy that my quilting turned out pretty OK on this one.  I still can't stitch in the ditch worth a darn but I did try on this one.  I only missed in a few spots....  Big obvious ones at the top of the quilt... but I haven't tried ripping them out yet.  I may still but mostly I think that if I rip them to make the front perfect, I will mess up the lines on the back where it will actually show a lot.



The Details:  38 x 45 inches.  Made with Wilmington ABC's fabrics and stash solids.  Cotton batting.  Machine pieced and quilted.  Hand bound. 
  

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lunacy






I always say "We will finish no quilt before it wants to be done".  Some quilts really do not want to be done.  We call them WIPS.  But there is almost always a reason they get put back on the shelf. 

Then there are the quilts that pop up and say MAKE ME NOW!!!  Not something I experience on a regular basis.  Today was the exception. 

I was looking through my stash for something else.  Sadly, I can't even remember what I was looking for.  A charm pack fell at my feet.  It is a black and white set of Half Moon by Moda.  It insisted that it could be sewn together in short order.  Even better, it would be GREAT practice for precision sewing.  I know all the pieces are cut properly so any variations will be due to operator error.

There was surprisingly little operator error.  The center panel went together in no time at all.  The seams ironed out correctly... now that never happens.  It was finished in a flash.

Except...  one charm pack makes for a pretty small quilt.  Barely big enough to call a stroller quilt.  This baby needed something else. 

I headed to my stash thinking either a red border or a border of brightly colored squares.  I have plenty of those.  Certainly something will work.

Except... this quilt had other ideas.  It kept saying "Scallops.  I would look so elegant with scallops."  It refused to play nicely with any of the reds in my stash. 

But on the top of the pile was a black kona remnant.  It is a piece of wide backing that is too narrow for most quilts that need a wide backing.  A little time with the graph paper, ruler and some light math and it became clear that there was enough fabric for an 8 inch border AND enough for the backing as well.  Score!!!

So, the top is pieced.  I have the backing and batting.  Spud 1 is on his way home and can help with the basting.  This quilt is going to be finished in a flash.

Except... that I have to figure out how to draw the scallops.  I've listened to the talk at the LQS a couple times now.  I understand it in theory.  I have paper and tape.  The scallops won't be a problem.

Except... that I have to figure out how to quilt that vast expanse of black border.  And that is a problem for another day. 

And... and I can see that this is going to be another quilt that is going to be impossible to photograph.  All that black on black quilting will hide.  It will either hide my multitude of sins or it will hide from the camera.  Either way, it won't be impressive on the intertubes. 

Variations on a Box of Jiffy Mix



My friend Martin has asked for the Corn Bread Recipe.  Providing it is almost an embarrassment. 

I've made lots of corn bread recipes.  I've gotten stone ground from the Mill (which is amazing).  I've used sour cream.  I've tried them all.  And most are good.  Some are fantastic.  But all of them take more time than a box of Jiffy Mix.  And most days, the difference isn't worth the time. 

So... Jiffy Mix.  Follow the directions.  You have a good pan of corn bread.

Add a couple tablespoons of honey and you have a sweet treat.  It is better than shortcake with fresh strawberries and cream or strawberry rhubarb compote.  Dot it with blueberry pie filling before you bake it and you have a wonderful dessert.

Add a can of corn (well drained) or an equivalent amount of blanched fresh kernels or thawed frozen kernels and you can call it a vegetable.

Add a can of creamed corn and a couple extra eggs to the above mixture and you have a quick cheater corn bread pudding.

Add a can of chopped green chilies, drained and a cup of cheddar cheese.

Add a a cup of cheese and as much bacon as survives the frying process.

Cut up the leftovers and toast in the oven for stuffing (or dressing although why they call it dressing when it goes INSIDE the bird always escaped me... or is that the difference.  It is stuffing if it is cooked inside and dressing if it is cooked along side?)

Cut up the leftovers, toast in the oven.  Put in a greased baking dish with leftover ham, veggies, whatever you have in the fridge.  Mix in a bunch of cheese and cover it with a mixture of eggs and milk/cream/half and half.  I usually use about 8 eggs and enough milk/cream to make up to 2 cups.  Blend well.  Toss in salt, pepper, garlic, spices.  Pour over the corn bread mixture.  You want to have enough milk/egg mixture to cover the bread (some floats) and be pretty sloppy in the pan.  It is not a a science.  Go with what you've got. 

 Let stand about 10 minutes.  If it looks really dry add some more milk and an egg.  Bake until set (350 for around an hour but check... your oven and conditions may vary).

Sorry, no pictures.  Just a quick post since the "recipe" is too long to make sense in a Facebook comment. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Upcycled Billboard


We get to enter two quilts into the Bloggers Quilt Festival this year.  What fun!  There are so many great quilts to look at and eventually vote for.  For those of us who don't get to go to Quilt market it provides some extra fun while we wait for our #quiltmarket feed to refresh!  Thanks go to Amy of Amy's Creative Side for putting it all together.  Be sure to check them all out.

One of Amy's requirements is that we write a new post about an old quilt.  I've said a lot about this quilt already but here goes.....

This is a billboard.  No really.  This quilt is made out of a billboard.  I accepted the challenge to make a quilt using only upcycled materials that ALSO included two things that were never intended to be used for garments or quilts. 



The top of the quilt is made from remnants of pants, shirts and blue jeans.  These are mostly the pockets and seams that are left over from making my upcycled badges.  They were all essentially raw edge appliqued to the surface of a sheet of muslin.  (We were allowed to use new batting.  I substituted muslin.)


The backing is a large portion of a billboard.  New billboards are made of plastic tarp like material that wraps around the wooden structure of the billboard.  Being a packrat, when I came across some one throwing away a billboard, I kept it.  I've been whittling away at it for several years.  There is a bit that covers the table for sunpainting.  There is a bit used to protect surfaces during soaping.  Another bit is used for packaging Christmas Coal.  This portion has the word Face.  I have no idea what the original billboard said.


The final portion of the quilt is a hand-forged iron hook made by Spud 3.  It is used to attach some vintage upcycled gros grain ribbon.  That keeps it all nice and tidy in the trunk of the car.



Here is a better look at the hook.  Spud 3 is a self taught blacksmith who runs Far Creek Forge in his spare time.  

This is pretty much one of the wackiest quilts I've ever made.  It was made in response to Project Quilting Season 5 challenge 2.  In project quilting, Kim Lapacek posts a diabolical challenge dreamed up by her mother-in-law at noon on Sunday.  You have to have a finished quilt by noon the following Sunday.  One week!  A finished quilt in one week.  This year, I worked hard to make functional quilts.   That made the season a bit more challenging. But a lot of fun!  You should totally check it out. 

Honey Teriyaki Salmon

You would think that once your kids get most of the way through college you would be beyond the "Mom, I need a costume tomorrow" stage.  However, Spud 1 came home from finals week and can't find either of his ren faire shirts. 

So it is search out the $2 linen tablecloth and find the twill tape and get 'er done hopefully before midnight.

I was looking for twill tape in the fabric room when what to my wondering eyes should appear but a recipe I thought long gone.  It was, in fact, last seen in the kitchen junk drawer.  How it ended up in a wrinkled baggy in the fabric room.... well, some things are beyond understanding.

Rather than put the blue scrap of paper in another safe place, I'm recording it here.

Teriyaki Salmon.... Originally obtained from a Trader Joe's sampling day.

1/2 cup Teriyaki Sauce (We use Soy Vey Veri Teriyaki Sauce)
2 Tbs  Honey
2 Tbs Brown Sugar
3 cloves garlic minced
4 - 10 ounce salmon fillets

Combine first four ingredients.  Add Salmon.  Marinate for 4 hours.  Grill or broil until done.

Actually, all we do any more is dump the Soy Vey on top and bake at 425 degrees F  until done.  Works.  But it is nice to have the original back. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Three Day Quilt.

 It is time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Amy of My Creative Side hosts this event every year.  It ends up being a vast collection of quilts in many different categories... total quilt eye candy overload. 

It is always  a challenge to decide first whether or not to enter and then to decide which quilt to enter.  Then it is the challenge of writing a new post about an old quilt.

I've chosen to enter my Lemoyne Star Quilt this time.  I've written so much about it from my travails acquiring fabric to the final story of the quilt to an Instructable on hand quilting.  It is certainly my favorite quilt from season 5 of Project Quilting.  And it is probably one of my all time favorite quilts.  Best of all, I made it for me so I get to keep it and use it and enjoy it.




For those of you not familiar with it, Project Quilting is an on-line challenge.  Prompts are issued at noon on Sunday and pictures of final quilts are to be posted by noon the following Sunday.  Yes.  The following Sunday.  One week.  Seven Days.  That is all.

The first season I participated, all of my quilts were in the small art quilt, wall-hanging category.  Relatively easy to manage in the space of a week.  This year, Spud 1 challenged me to make 'useful' quilts, quilts that would cover more than his big toe.  I took him up on it.  Each week my quilt was bigger than the last.  This was the quilt I made in response to the week 4 challenge "Across the Universe".  To be perfectly honest, my quilts this year didn't really live up to the spirit of Project Quilting.  A spirit that says we should think outside the block.  But then for me I really was outside my typical comfort zone.  I was working large and I was mostly following traditional patterns.  I don't usually do that.  My typical quilt is a either a small art quilt or a lap robe sized project with of my own design.  I don't do big and I don't follow patterns.  In that respect this was a real challenge.


 Given the week time frame, I usually have a plan by late Sunday and am working on fabric selection or even cutting by that evening.  For this challenge, I was stuck.  I had lots of ideas but no plan.  I kept vacillating between a stars and space/science fiction and the Beatles.  It wasn't until Wednesday that I finally decided I wanted to make a big star quilt for my bed.  (I did mess around with this pattern a couple years ago and ended up with a Christmas quilt so I wanted a not seasonal version for the rest of the year.)

I started cutting on Wednesday evening and managed to piece one of the blocks.  But... I discovered I didn't have enough background fabric.  I've already referred that that adventure above.  Half of Thursday was gone by the time I had not enough but sufficient fabric to finish.

It had been my intention to have it all pieced and ready to baste in time for my Friday morning Bible Study meeting.  There are lots of big tables and helping hands there to stay after a few minutes and help get the job done.  But no such luck.  I wasn't ready to baste until about 3 in the afternoon.  On Friday.  With less than 48 hours until the deadline.






I actually was living large and on track to get it finished.  Except.... the silly quilt insisted on being hand quilted.  Yes, quilts talk.  They have minds of their own.  They can be very adamant about what they want.   And this quilt wanted hand quilting.  Fortunately it wanted big stitches with Pearl cotton and not tiny delicate stitches with quilting thread.  Fortunate, mostly because I am not exactly the sort who can manage tiny delicate stitches even under the best of circumstances. 


So, Friday evening I started hand quilting.  I stitched and stitched and stitched.  Some time late Saturday evening I had enough stitches in it to say that it was sufficiently quilted.  It would hold together in the wash and actually looked pretty good.  Now all I had to do was the binding.


I absolutely could not face the thought of  hand stitching the binding.  I also know that my ability to machine stitch a binding is non-existent.  I can stitch in the ditch about as well as a bar hopper can walk the line at 2 am.  And I'd give the bar hopper the odds if it was a competition!  Then you can take a look at the back.  I completely miss the binding at least twenty five percent of the way around on a good day.  Not the way I wanted to finish this baby.  

Some where in the depths of my stitched out sleep deprived mind came the vision of Elmer's glue.  I'd been in an on-line chat with some one, I think BariJ, who confessed to the use of white school glue for holding bindings in place.  What could it hurt?  The spuds searched high and low and found me a not completely dried up bottle of Elmer's finest.  I grabbed a wooden skewer (OK, there are a million better choices for an applicator but at midnight it was the best I could do).  I started applying and sticking and unsticking my fingers and applying and sticking some more.  Eventually, I made it all the way around and I knew for a fact that the binding covered the stitching all the way around on the back.  

I had enough mental clarity to recall that one of the critical steps in using school glue was to iron it to make sure that it was completely dry.  That would prevent it from gumming up the needle on the sewing machine.  


Rather foolishly I decided to start out stitching in the ditch.  That lasted for about 10 inches.  I stopped and re-started with the edge of my presser foot against the edge of the binding and stitched just inside the seam on the binding itself.  Worked like a charm.  I have NO idea why I can do that but can't keep it in the ditch.  Must be a mental problem!

I was finished with the whole thing by about 1:30 am on Sunday morning. 



I took a few quick photos, including the one above of the spud playing quilt monster.  Posted quickly to Flickr and collapsed.  I had HOURS to spare!!!  This quilt was started Wednesday night and finished early Sunday morning.  Just over three days less sleeping, cooking, meetings and other life events getting in the way of quilting.  Whew!  All in all a fun quilt I am going to treasure!

If you are new to my blog and have made it this far you might want to poke around a bit.  I get pretty long winded but some folks seem to enjoy my stories.  All of them mostly true.  Other folks seem to enjoy my recipes although they are more road maps than precision cooking instructions.  And some even enjoy looking at my quilts.  

No matter what you should head back over to the Bloggers Quilt festival and check out all of the REALLY amazing quilts.  If you are so inclined you can even vote for my quilt when voting opens.  I would appreciate it.  

Thanks and enjoy the quilts.