Monday, December 30, 2019

A Final Monthly Mini- December

What better way to end 2019

than to spotlight a December mini.

The colors of the month?
Definitely, red and green.

I was inspired by a free pattern
Pam Budda had available on her website.

Holiday Spirit
26" x 26"

I increased the size of the blocks.
Hers were very small. 😊😊
I also made the blocks scrappy

and also added a border.

I kept the quilting simple and 
used a 28 wt. Aurifil thread to add texture,

but added a design in the border
which really doesn't show up except on the back.

If you have been quilting for a long time
you might recognize the fabric
I used for the binding.

It's an oldie.
It's from the Rising Sun collection
from the Smithsonian, way back when.
Guess it's why we have a stash!

I've enjoyed the monthly mini 
challenge hosted by Wendy

I hope 2020 will 
find me continuing to use pieces from my stash,
being inspired and challenged by all of you,
and above all, having fun creating, playing,
while exploring new possibilities.


I'll be back at the end of January.
Heading off on an adventure.

Until Next Time- Adios

Friday, December 13, 2019

Holiday Favorites, Blog Hop, My Turn

Welcome to the 
Holiday Favorites
Blog Hop, 2019.

I was honored
 to be asked to participate.
Thanks, Lori for hosting.

The Christmas holiday 
is a time of expectation,
a time to celebrate,
and a time filled with traditions. 

I've learned over the years
to keep Christmas decorating simple,
welcoming, and focused on the things
that are important to our family.

(Like a decorated box, a small boy, Weston, and a Santa hat)   2018

Of course, if you have followed
me for awhile you know that I've
been quilting for a long time.
I love creating and making beautiful quilts
that are an expression of Me!

Quilts can easily become part
our Christmas decor.

Have you noticed the popularity of
 the vintage red truck with a Christmas tree?
Hey, wait, we have a red pickup!

How about quilts in a Colorado red pickup!

"A quiet Christmas morning in the Colorado snow"

"All along the Rockies
you can feel it in the air"

From Telluride to Boulder down below"
   Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Quilts can be displayed almost anywhere.

Rolled and stuffed

Stacked up high

Or casually draped over a chair.

Of course, bedrooms are the normal place 
to create a cozy warm holiday look.

A quilt that won't fit?

How about a slight tip?

Not one, but two
quilts might be needed
on a cold Colorado night.

Snowflakes and
oh, what a delight!

Dreaming of Christmas
will be easy to do

tucked under a quilt with a stocking or two.

Quilts can be hung on the walls

Or even

 displayed as a mat

or used on the couch
 while taking a nap.

However you celebrate
or what family traditions you hold dear,

Wishing you and your family happiness
during this magical time of the year.

Everdeen, 5 months old    2013

Until Next Time-

Hope you continue to follow along.

Dec 10 KatyQuilts,

Dec 11  Beth, [

Dec 16   Knitty Quilter,

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Holiday Favorites, Blog Hop, 2019

Just hear those sleigh bells 
jingling, ring tingle tingling too,

Come on,
it's lovely weather for a 
a blog hop
together with you.

 Monday will kick off 12 days of blog hopping to your favorite bloggers. We will be sharing our holiday favorites! I hope you'll hop-along and get some great ideas for your holidays!

Outside the snow is falling
and 12 quilters are calling yoo, hoo!

Come on, 
it's perfect timing for a blog hop
together with you.

Dec 10 KatyQuilts,

Dec 11  Beth, [

Dec 16   Knitty Quilter,

Until Monday-

Sunday, December 1, 2019

November Happenings

The past few weeks
have been very busy,
but a "fun" busy.
The best kind.
Sometimes there's important 
sewing that needs to be done
and it definitely, 
takes precedence.

When second graders learn about
early Fort Collin pioneer history
 they need the appropriate costume.


"Let it snow, let it snow..."

Yes, we had some snow.
I measured 18" before
it finally stopped.

I'm thankful we
had some good helpers to shovel.


Last Saturday started off 
like most Saturdays although
it was my twin daughter's 35th birthdays
Later, when the doorbell rang,
I had a totally awesome surprise.
My Florida daughter had secretly flown to Colorado
to celebrate her birthday with
her twin sister here in Fort Collins.

Happy Birthday #1


Happy Birthday, now.


I finished my November small quilt,
obviously just before it snowed!
"Cinnamon Toast"
40" x 40"

The design was inspired by one
of Jo Morton's patterns.

I love working with
these typical November colors
and these small hst's.

Each month, I've made my small quilts
to fit on my coffee table and be
part of my seasonal decor.

Feathers are one of my favorite
quilt designs and I try to practice them 
whenever I can.

Wendy,  the Constant Quilter, used a backing
that looked like turkey feathers.
for her November quilt.

  I found

an old Nancy Halverson fabric in my stash,
and I'm thankful it's now gone!!

It's time to flip another
calendar page, but before you do,
check out Wendy's blog to see
what others have been stitching.

Until Next Time-

Friday, November 15, 2019

Vintage Churn Dash Blocks

Many of you know
the simple pleasure I get from
taking a vintage quilt top or blocks,
dissembling it,
and then hand stitching it back together again.

Some how,
 some where, I acquired a set of

22 vintage pink and white striped churn dash blocks.
They have pleasantly sat in my sewing room 
for years,
patiently, waiting for my attention.


My first thoughts were that the blocks
were in perfect shape.👍
Some of the fabrics are brittle,
but no holes or worn areas.

I would set the blocks together with
a simple sashing. 👍
My original thought had been with
a sweet double pink repro.

I would be able to sew them together quickly
because they were close enough in size. 👎

They looked close, but after careful measuring,
not close enough or straight enough.

I wasn't going to have to take these blocks apart. 👎

Guess what?
I began taking the blocks apart.


A churn dash is really a simple nine patch block.
So I left the pieced segments together
and redrew the sewing line 
on the 9 individual segments.

You can see the original stitching lines
 and now
my new stitching lines.

Just enough to make it all off.
It would be very difficult to resew these on the machine
with the uneven seam allowances.

This is a center section put back together.
Look how uneven it appears on the front,
but on the back the sewing lines line up.

It really didn't take too long
to hand stitch the blocks back together.
20 blocks all the same size!

It was then that I realized 
that the original idea of a
sweet double pink repro for the sashing 
wouldn't even be close to working.

With only the black and white shirtings
and the pink and white stripes, 
my color options seem a bit limited.

I finally settled on this gray print
designed by Jeanne Horton
from her "Farmhouse Living" line.

It went along with the style of the vintage blocks
and was the perfect color to surround 
those happy striped blocks . 

 I had another stripe that fit in
for the corner stones
and a wonderful piece of
Di Ford fabric for the outer border.

I love the idea that the original quilt maker
wanted to make a fun pink and white striped quilt.
Look at the variation of
fabrics she used.

Why were the blocks left undone?
Missed sized blocks?
Sashing choice?
Her attention was diverted?
Reasons then and reasons now.

Whatever the reasons,
the quilt top is finally together.

Aren't those blocks wild?!?
I left the block combos just as they
had originally been placed. 
It's a delicious 
Christmas candy cane assortment.

Anyone want to take a guess on
dating these fabrics?
The shirtings, I think, 
are late 1800's - early 1900's?
Not sure about the stripes.
What do you think?

When winter finally settles in,
I'll hand quilt this lovely.

Until next time-

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

A Little of This and a Little of That

Last week had it's
up and downs.

The weather went from
one extreme to another.
 One day it was 70 degrees,
then the next day it was 8 degrees!

 It started snowing on a Sunday and when it
finally finished there was 8 inches on the ground.
 I didn't go anywhere until Friday.

Halloween can be an 
exciting and wild trip
for kids and families.

But here in Colorado
 it usually involves winter coats and boots.


Sewing wise....

I was wishing I was at Quilt Festival
along with so many others just
soaking up the inspiration
and doing some retail therapy.


Slowly, I
worked on a few things in between
shoveling the driveway.

Why, look, there's a snowblower.

But something didn't want to do it's %#@ job!!
Maybe next time I won't have to.


I silently joined in with Sharon Knightley's blog
and her new sew along from her book
Autumn Bouquet.

For a long time I've cut leftover small pieces
into different sized squares.
It was the perfect place to find all the pieces for

these cute 3" churn dash blocks.


Lastly, I tried to get caught up
watching all the Hallmark movies
I had previously recorded.

Lots of hand stitching opportunity to
get the next Star Upon Star finished.

Still working on it, as you can tell.

Look how different it looks turned around.

Guess it just proves there's nothing right or wrong.
It's just what appeals to you or
works with the other blocks.

As you can tell
there weren't really many downers
during the week.
Just needed to go with the flow
doing a little of this
and a little of that.
Minus the snow shoveling!

Until Next Time-