Sunday, November 29, 2020


 Best Thanksgiving turkey yet!  I couldn't tell you what I did differently. But a 13 pound turkey for the three of us with all the fixings: stuffing, mashed potatoes, new recipe for fresh cranberry relish, and extras plus homemade apple pie of Sarah's.  It turns out we liked the Dutch apple pie better than the lattice crust. Simple but special all the same. 


For Black Friday, I did some deep cleaning and a trip to the Goodwill.  Shopping in general is being done online and I am ahead of the process this year. 

For quilting, I have spent the past several days hand sewing the binding on Frolic.  Done for Christmas! ( I did however abandon the half square triangle borders.  ) Only took a year to finish.

The back is the same as the borders and the binding: a polka dot Grunge.  This I the second quilt I have made using the fabric.  It is such a lovely blue.

I used a wool batting and a swirl design from the long arm quilter. I am happy with it. 
And I am thankful for a sunny day for pictures and a husband willing to stand with arms outstretched. 

On the hand sewing in front of Netflix is the wool applique bowl fillers of Bonnie Sullivan.

This is a fabric panel of 6 prints in a vertical row. I backed them with SF101 and have been embroidering and appliqueing the wool to it. They are so darn cute and this is only half of them. 

I found the set online and added my own wool.  I use floss as I own an abundance. 

She also has a set of Christmas ones. 

Project on the horizon: one baby quilt with a paper pieced fox one Christmas wall hanging. 

This is not mine, just a picture of the fox to be used. 

Saturday, November 21, 2020


 It has been an amazing month.  I can't believe how nice the weather started out.  Having warm sunny days for Wisconsin in November are usually not phrases put together. And I would remember as it is my birthday month. 

As it was a big birthday, it was again hard to not be able to have a get together with all the family.  But we made it work. I did go out to my favorite restaurant as a splurge. And on Saturday, my spouse and I went up to Cedarberg to walk the streets. This was a gorgeous view along the river. And I visited 2 quilt stores for some treasures. 


And while I have continued to quilt almost daily, I have not blogged.  Oh dear.

Here is a finish: a small doll quilt with matching pillow and mattress pad. 
Our guild coordinates with a wood working guild to make the doll beds to go with these. 

And November means new quilt alongs.  I have looked at Bonnie Hunter's for this year called Grassy Creek.  I love the fall colors.  But after last year's  I just don't know if  I will try.

But I whole heartedly am jumping into Corinne et Cecile quilt along:
I have done this for 3 years and truly 2 have become my favorite quilts.  ( Well one is in the quilting stage and I still love the colors and the pattern. ) Each year is a theme: previous ones were 9 patch, flowers, and stars. This year's theme is curves.  

I had a great time searching books and patterns an online.  Ah, the inspiration, so energizing.
I have decided to do the following quilt  of Karen Stone's.

This is the book it is from and has been patiently waiting on my shelf.  My color combination will be reds, browns, golds, and blacks, with an off white. 
So January's blocks await. I need to get the pattern pieces copied. 

And while working on last year's quilt: I did layer it. and got down to trying to quilt it. 
This is something I don't have much experience with. And I love this quilt too much to just willy nilly it. No, I don't own a mid or long arm. 

So I did do the sides of all the lattice. It went very well with the new walking foot I had acquired in the spring. And then what to quilt in each block?  Hmmm  I purchased this dry erase pocket, and placed a copy of the block inside. Using dry erase markers, I tried out designs. 2nd step done.


Now I need to practice my ruler quilting to get it done.

Lastly I finished piecing my daughter's quilt: This went fairly quickly Each pinwheel is comprised of 6 triangles. And although I did not have the designated ruler/template for the pattern. I did have a             60 degree ruler to make it work. fabrics are a combination of  a bundle of Tula Pink fabrics and some Kaffe Fassett added to make the right size.  She likes orange, and this has lots of it.    It is off the to quilter but waiting for backing and batting.