Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Been busy I think

I have been making 5 and 6 inch string squares. I have two different projects I am trying to finish. They are going slow, but a few each day. 

I have papers cut and I just start sewing. The larger squares are very close to being done. It is going to be a queen sized quilt. I really think I will do a quilt as you go technique. It is a better fix for me to get this accomplished. 

I have been looking into getting a frame for doing machine quilting. Several companies have the frames and you use a machine you have. 

The biggest problem is the size of the area you need to have a frame standing up to work on it. If I get one I can get a quilt done in sections and then it is more manageable. I have done that with the domestic machine quilting anyway. 

The big thing is the frame with the carriage for making it mobile. There are several knock offs available on the net so need to do some studying. I know you are limited to the area of the quilting because of the open area in the machine you use. Lots to think of. 

Sun is blinding me as I type We finally had rain the other night and it rained about 3/4 of and inch. WE haven't had rain in about 50 days to amount to anything. 

Well hopefully you are enjoying the last few days of Summer. Fall is coming on Friday. Where has this year gone? Chris

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Grandma and Grandpa time

The little one was awake at 6 am so she got to fall asleep again and we put her on the air mattress. She had her favorite quilt.

Pretty soon Kate came and woke her up so they bothe layed on the mattress. Each had a quilt that Grandma had made to cover up in.

Mommmy and Daddy had an event they spomsered last night so they will be here until latr this afternoon.

We are fed and dressed and up and going. Naps will happen soon I am sure. Me to. Chris

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Scraps of flannel

It is all quilted washed and done. It is flannel scraps I had laying around and some solid pink for the borders and the back. 

I brought the pink around to the top for the binding. I did stitch it by machine. 

I am sure this ne will be drug around and instead od it falling apart I sewed it pretty secure. It is vey soft. 

I used a polyester batting in it and pink thread to quilt it with. 

Now back to string quilts. I have been washing fabrics the last couple days i have purchased. That way they are ready when I need them. Chris

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Another top done

This is leftover pieces from slicing up yardage for the rag quilts. It is flannel and girl colors. 

It is sticking to my carpet, but it is not ruffled. I added several borders to make it large enough to cover the baby . 

Here is the detail in the corner so you can see how many times I added with small pieces to get a usable size. I have the solid pink for the back. It looks like a baby with all the soft colors and being flannel it will be warm. 

Stitching away Chris

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Top is finished

It is 96X96 inches unquilted. Lots of sewing and a ton of thread. 

The borders got sewn on today. The black is 3 inches as cut and the red is 1 inch as it was cut. So it is three inches with the two sewn together. 

This used a ton of scraps. 1600 2 inch squares just in the 16-100 squares to a block. Didn't include sashings or borders.  

I worked off and on for about 3 weeks and then life got in the way and I finished it 15 minutes ago. 

Now to order fabric for the back. Chris

Thursday, August 24, 2017


But in a slump. Later

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Top done, but for borders.

Almost 3000 2 inch squares. Lots of sewing and the thread is unbelievable. I cut each square and paired it instead of strip sets. Next time it will be strip sets. 

As it lays there it is 87 inches X 87 inches. There are two narrow borders to frame it.  I plan on making it to be on a queen size bed. 

Now I have to find a back for this. Chris

Monday, August 14, 2017

Took a little road trip

I got word through a relative and Facebook someone had a quilt frame they wanted to get rid of. Contacted the lady and we took a 24 mile round trip drive and got this frame. It is a Sears Quilting Frame from 1969.

Here are the legs and the directions came with it. It must have been in a basement because the feet are a little mold stained. We can sand them and seal that up. It is for a full size maximum size quilt. 

I went out to take pictures and since it is getting closer to Fall I decided to take a few pictures in the back yard. We have been here for 15 years and it looks pretty good for two old people managing it. 

Here is a flower bed close to the french door. The Hibiscus are blooming like crazy right now. The big Hosta is starting to open up it's flowers. 

Well almost done with making the last strip for the Clean Up quilt which I talked about in the last post. Hopefully I can get it all together then the two small outside borders and get it ready to be quilted. Not sure I have enough for the back of the quilt. I will have to dig to see what I have. 

Hope you are having a great sewing day. Chris

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Starting to be a top

This is the quilt I am making, It is called Clean Up by Becky Tillman Petersen at Becky has designed all the quilts and she has them free on her website. This is made with 2 inch squares, 

Each block has 100 -2 inch squares in it. There are 1600-2 inch square just in the 16 blocks. I cut and handles each one. Next time it will be strip sets. 

I have all the 16 blocks sewn into the rows and started to add the sashing of 112-2 inch squares. There are 5 of those. It turns out to be 85X85 inches with borders. 

I wrote to Becky and told her I was infoming her I was not using 2 inch squares again. Maybe I would use 2.5 inches instead. As I said yesterday it sure uses up a lot of scraps. 

Becky said she used up all the two inch squares she had cut and still had to cut some more, but she likes a challenge. I made several of these into 4-patches and had about over a hundred almost 200 just because I thought I might need them.  

I have about 200 2.5 inch 4-patches made up waiting to be used somewhere. If I want to sew and need something to keep me busy I make 4 and 9-patches and store them until I use them up. They have come in handy before several times. 

Weather has been beautiful so today I cut back flowers that were spent. Jeff was on a ladder and I don't like leaving him to do it himself so I cleaned up one bed. The cicadas are singing so Fall is around the corner. Getting a head start on it.

Keep on sewing......... Chris

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sewing is happening here and there

I got the rag pieces started for the girls for Christmas. Had to stop to cut more batting and they came for dinner so the table needed to be free. 

This is a partial row of blocks from the quilted titled Clean Up designer by Becky Tillman Petersen from They have free patterns on the websites and this is one of them. 

As I get another row sewn together I will post pictures of it. I think this is a good sized queen size. Uses up a lot of small scraps. I cut the individual 2 inch squares, but if I do it again it will be in strip sets. I had all of these cut and some 4-patches already assembled so used them up in the process. Never hurts to have a stack {like 175 of them}made up. Helped get this done faster. 

Hope everything is going well in your neck of the woods. Chris 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Cleaning and Cooking

Haven't had the Grandkids and my son and his wife for several weeks come for a cook out. Their anniversary is tomorrow.

Will get out some of those expensive steaks I bought back in Feb. and get those on the grill. They are thin and work great for steak sandwiches.

Have to figure out a couple side dishes to go with them. Little ones will eat hot dogs on the grill. Maybe coleslaw and a few raw veggies and some dip. Always Pork and beans. It will get there.

I just haven't been sewing much. I did some yesterday for about 2 hours, but the rest of the day didn't happen that way. I have to run the vac. Baby is on the floor doing the army crawl and she has learned how to go from being on all fours to sitting up by herself now. She will be crawling soon I am sure.

Sewing will come back, but why not have some fun with the kids. Chris

Thursday, August 3, 2017

After several hours of cutting

Off and on yesterday I cut the squares for the rag quilts for the girls. I then cut the batting which I hate doing. Ended up cutting by scissors. I started stitching the squares together. 

This is a quilt as you go project. I first want to stitch all the sandwiched squares and if I need more flannel I can add before I start stitching them into a quilt. I need to make three of them. 

I really don't know how big I will make them yet. See how far this huge stack of squares will take me. 

I have collected flannel pieces for about 8 years. Recently I have added a couple pieces and I can get some more if I need it. This should go pretty well. 

I have found to help hold it together better to use a binding around the edge of the quilt as you would a regular quilt you make. I think it holds it's shape better. Also the stitching between the prequilted squares I am going to use a deco stitch or a stretch stitch that goes forwards and backwards to make the seams stronger. 

I made 11 of these several years ago and the stitching between the squares kept coming out. Kids pulling on them. So this will secure the blocks better also. Simple little changes can make a world of differences. 

Up early and going in to work on these blocks off and on today. Chris 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Cutting and sewing

 Flannels I have collected for about 8 years were sitting there so I added some more and started cutting for rag quilts for the little ones. With it being flannel it is soft to the feel and it will be warm for sleeping this Fall and Winter.
I got the blocks cut for the rag quilts and had all these odd sized leftovers. So I cu them into 4 inch squares and pieced what I had into 4-patches. I then pieced the blocks together with 1 1/2 inch strips. All one color one way and another the cross row way. I think one more border and it will be called big enough for a little one to stay warm. 

Simple, but very usable. It will be in the wash and get softer and used again. It is a way to use up pieces, but also when you find it on sale at the end of the season makes the purchase price a little easier on the wallet. 

Christmas is getting closer are you thinking this way in 90 degrees weather. Chris

Monday, July 31, 2017

Almost there.

Finally after several attempt to getting this project done it is almost complete. Need to make tie backs out of the fabric. Just haven't decided how I want to make them. This is fabric I posted about earlier that I washed to preshrink it and the color guard sheet was so purple.  

I liked it with the color of the new woodwork and the textured wallpaper we put up. It has taken almost two years to get this far, but I could find anything I liked. 

Saturday I was going to get this done and we had another emergency. My grandson and 2 year old granddaughter were in a rollover accident. So we had the other two were at the other two girls and Mom and Dad were at the hospital. They are all ok. Abrasions from the seat belts, but the truck went airborne and flipped twice.  Scary until we knew what was up. I am grayer. 

Today Mom has to deal with insurance and the towing company so I get girls back again. Have a good day. Chris

Monday, July 24, 2017

frustrated and embarrassed

I bought this fabric wanting it for my kitchen panels. I was so sure I had enough and measured 3 times before cutting. Well I didn't cut right. 

 4.5 inches to short for the correct length. I was at a stand still. I finally last night decided the fabric I had saved when cutting it short will be used to face the hem and the casing on the tops for the 4 panels that were cut wrong. I have another choice, but didn't care for that and it was to use a colored band for the hem.
I liked the colors because it went with the trim work my husband had replaced. 

So frustrated because I thought I was so smart saving a little bit of the fabric. Well I cut for the finished length not the unsewn length. 

Today the seam ripper and I will be friends. Not my idea of a fun time. You know where I will be. Chris 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

"Clean Up" in progress

Here is the largest block I have ever made. 100-2 inch patches per block. I need 16 of these for this quilt. 

I sew them into 4-patches then into strip. This is enough to make 6 blocks. I have 10 made. So extras leftover for sashing. 

This is the pattern. It is a free pattern from They have a free tab in the shop tab at the top of their blog. Becky Tillman Petersen is very generous and designs these quilts and makes them up and offers them free on her blog and also on her Facebook page. 

I have enough for the blocks I need so onto the sashing pieces. This is about queen sized. 

You can use strip sets of just 2 inch squares. I had a ton of squares so my method this time. I also had over 200 4-patches made up and stuck in a drawer so that helped get it done faster. If you have older fabric that has been hanging around this is a great way to use it up. 

We are getting storms so the sewing machine is off. Computer is in laptop mode and cellphone is not charging. Have a great day. Chris

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Old Story new fabric

I ordered some new fabric for my kitchen windows. I will make panels for the long windows. I wanted the shrinkage out of the length so I washed and dried it. I threw in a Shout Color Guard sheet and look at the purple piece laying on the fabric.

I knew it would bleed. I had no doubt. So I took a picture to tell everyone that fabric bleeds. It is a Henry Glass & Co. piece called Summer's End by Buggy Barn. I am sure it was $14.00 a yard, but I purchased it much cheaper. 

I have heard the story over and over again my fabric doesn't bleed because I buy quilting shop fabric. This was quilting shop fabric and wasn't cheap. So rethink your thoughts or live on the wild side and hope it doesn't bleed. Chris

Monday, July 17, 2017

Slowly stitching

These are rows of 4-patches sewn into strips to be pressed now and starched to make a 100 patch block. I have have 9 made so far and need 16 total. I think I have enough strips to finish the block count. Then I need to make sashing and borders with more of the 2 inch squares. So more cutting and sewing will go on. I think I have used 7 bobbins so far. I have 9 more wound so we will see how far this goes to get this one done. 

In straightening up my sewing desk I moved some string blocks that I have been working and found this pile of blocks. There are 33 in this pile and I have a few done in the drawer. I think these were 25 squares of 2inch squares cut diagonally twice. I will surround them with triangles to make square in a square looking blocks. This is what happens whern you have to sew and nothing planned.
But it also is good because you can work on something different when the mood strikes you.

The heat and humidity are coming back. It was 55 degrees this morning. So if it cools off overnight it will help with the A/C bill. Chris

Sunday, July 16, 2017


The sewing is happening 15 minutes here and there. But it is getting done. 2 inch squares made into 4-patches. Never enough 4-patches.

These are strips ready to make into 100 piece blocks. I need 12 of them and have enough for about 9 of them complete. I then need more for the sashing and borders. Getting closer to the end of this madness.

The heat is less for a couple days so not as much sewing going on. I decided to push myself outside to get some fresh air. My allergies have been horrible this years so I think, I think I have them under control. I hope! Wasn't getting enough sleep and felt horrible. But it is improving.

Sun is out and plan on a grocery run this morning. I need to make some cookies for my husband. He likes a soft sugar cookie I make. As I make the recipe today I will take pictures. They taste like the Big Box sugar cookies in the clam shells for $3.99 a dozen. They are round and frosted. In fact they taste better. It has sour cream in the recipe.

Hope you have a nice Sunday. Chris

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Girls have been here.

Kate, Charleigh and Autumn were here the better part of the day on Friday. This picture was taken on the 4th of July by Mommy.

Charleigh is 6 months old now. She was on the 5th. She now has two bottom teeth also. Rolling around and getting into everything. She likes to empty waste baskets all over the floor.

You can't shovel the food in fast enough, but she gets distracted when she eats as to what the other two are doing.

I haven't said much about them lately. When they come it is so hectic I don't get pictures taken.

Autumn will start preschool in the fall and Katie has to wait another year. She will be 3 in Oct.

Time flies by quickly when little ones are around. The neighbors here are so surprised that all three have such blond hair. Charleigh's is almost white. Katie's is a red cast to it, but getting more blond. Autumn had red hair when she was little and now she is really blond.

All my grandkids have blond hair and blue eyes.

So I am sitting back and chillin' tonight. I sewed for 2 hours this morning while it was quiet. Plan on some more sewing tomorrow. I need to cut more variety.

I did go to the thrift store and got some clothing for the kids. Waiting for Fall and Winter clothing to come out. Get some good buys from this thrift shop. It is all donated clothing.

Cooler tonight, but suppose to start warming up next week. Stay cool. Chris

Thursday, July 13, 2017

I am here

The fact that the heat indexes has been up to 107 degress has been a factor with me. I have allergies and the heat and himidity play into that big time.

I haven't stitched a stitch in three days and I guess today will not either. I am going to meet my Daughter-in-law today and have three girls for most of the day. They have some work to do that they can't take the girls out in the heat to accomplish and my son is working his regular job.

I did get word that the baby cut two teeth yesterday. She is 6 1/2 months old. The older kids had them when they were 4 1/2 months. She was good natured through the whole thing. She has been drooling for months.

I have to go on a huge cutting spree and get some more colors cut for strings and squares. My variety is lacking in certain colors.

I have been reading Becky Tillman Petersen's
 blog called She has a lovely modern looking quilt on her blog post today and you will not believe what it is made of. This picture is another one of her patterns called Clean Up.

She lives in Poland and she must have thrift stores and resale shops close by. She has purchase duvet covers and sheets and solid colored clothing and made the neatest looking quilt. A girl after my own heart. It is all recycled except for the batting and thread of course. I guess I need to think in a different way when I hit the resale stores for solids.

I do have a large stack of solid cottons on hand that need to be worked into something so that maybe would work along with the solid recyled I will collect in the future.

Kids like bright colors and this particular pattern makes a great use of these bright colors.

I Need to start writing a grocery list. We are about of of everything. Last month I had taxes and one major purchase that placed us in the caution area of our finaces. I have plenty to eat and my bills are paid so no worries there. After next month all the extra stuff will have been paid. Funny how we know certain bills like insurances and taxes are coming, but our efforts to save for them get put off.

I think the humidity today is suppose to be less so hopefully the girls will stay inside and not want to be outside. If they do it will be short spirts of time. To hot for sure. Chris  

Saturday, July 8, 2017

100 squares to a block

I have sewn together 900-2 inch squares into 9 blocks. 

Made them into 4-patches and then sewed them into row. I spray starched them and pined every intersetion. I also put my walking foot on so they wouldn't slide. 

I did have a windfall because I had 200 4-patches made up and was storing them for something later. So that went a lot faster having them already
made up. I have 175 4-patches in 2.5 squares made up so something hwen I need them.

This is a quilt pattern that is free called Clean Up from Becky and Rachael have free patterns and sell fabric on this site. Check out the shopat the top of thepage and hit the free patterns. It will ask for you to sign in as if you are purchasing something,no cards are needed. Follow the instructions and then download when you make your purchase which is free for the patterns.

Going to make some more 4-patches and then I think I need to cut some more variety for the rest of this massive 2 inch project. Chris

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Next in line.

These have been pieced for awhile. They are rectangles to make a square. Not sure if this has a name and no designers were listed for this block. I found it on Pinterest. I have since seen it on Martha Stewart's Pinterest page, but no credit for it there either. 

They are 2.5 X 3.5 inch logs. There are 18 per block. You could make them smaller of larger depending on your scraps. 

Here they are layed out on the floor and will get sewn into a top tomorrow. I think I will make some more of them to make a twin quilt. 

I want to get some of these done and out of the sewing room. Plan on making a bunch before Christmas. Really finishing a lot of them. I have a lot in quilt blocks not finished. That is my goal. I think I will try the Baptist Fan quilting. I have a circle template so I will draw lines and quilt it that way. The texture is fun. This has so many nooks and cranny's it would be hard to outline stitch it. I am not good at meandering either. 

Hope to have more blocks made tomorrow. Chris

Another finish.

This is finally quilted bound and in the washer. I had some ripping to do on the quilting. I used a polyester batt and it shifted on me on one corner. so I tore out 6 inches around each side pf the corner and laid it really flatand straight pinned it down.

I got it restitched and it it layed much better. So binding got cut pressed andf stitched in place. This is one off the pile. Still way to many on the pile. 

Hope you are having a Happy 4th. Chris

Monday, July 3, 2017

Making hay, but it isn't stacking up. no quilting....

Center is quilted. Off and on over a couple days. Granddaughters were here yesterday so not much sewn while they were here. The baby is cutting teeth and she was fussy. Not her norm. 

Now gotta figure out something for the border quilting. I auditioned a cross hatch and it didn't come out right because of the size. I think i will do each side of the off white border and 1/4 inch outline the squares. Not very inventive, but I just want to get this finished. 

Then the challenge of the binding. I think fire engine red mini polka dot and my husband says a cranberry. Will get the quilting done and see how it looks. So many decisions. 

The day before the 4th of July. Where has this year gone? It is half over with. It will be Christmas before we know it. Scary!!!!!! Chris

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Scraps make it

Full disclosure: No yardage hurt in the making of this top. All scraps.....

I got this out to try and get any borders if any applied and get ti sandwiched. This is all scraps and Log Cabin logs applied to the outside of the star blocks. Crayon colors and very visual. 

Hope everyone has a Happy 4th of July here in the USA. Stay safe if out with fireworks. Chris