Saturday, October 08, 2011

New Home

I've got a new blog!  Check it out HERE.

Sunday, September 25, 2011


Wow, I just switched to the new Blogger interface, and it has cool stats!  Unfortunately, I have had trouble uploading pictures for months, which makes it difficult to post.  I know you all visit for the eye-candy, LOL! So, I am going on hiatus from this blog, and I will investigate other services.  Meanwhile, you can find me in all the other familiar places: facebook, Ravelry, SeamedUp, and Tumblr.

As George Carlin once said, "Be excellent to each other. "

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Centennial Project Detail

More from the Arizona Flag Centennial Quilt.  The blue in the border shows governors' names, and I used a variety of  dense fillers in the yellow and red rays. I used some of the AZ Centennial commemorative fabric on the back.  This quilt gets delivered next week and it will be out of my hands for over a year!  Just like dropping your kids off at school, that make me kind of sad.  But I am excited to see the show next spring.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Centennial Project Complete!

Grrrr. I'm having trouble uploading photos today. Check back later in the week!

My quilt for Arizona's Centennial is finished! This photo shows the border where I quilted each governor's name (in blue, on black fabric). Kinda like Where's Waldo...easy if you know what to look for.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Going Retro

Just some random musings. My daughter goes to Kindergarten in two weeks, and the memories of her infancy are fading. So it goes for everyone, days pass slowly and the years quickly.

One year ago, I was doing pretty much the same thing as today: surfing the internet, quilting, and taking a little girl to the pool.

Five years ago, I had season tickets to the WNBA Phoenix Mercury and we were waiting for our daughter's birth.

Ten years ago, I was a newlywed and taking summer classes for my masters degree.

Fifteen years ago, I was adjusting to single life after my first husband walked out.

Twenty years ago, I saw "Terminator 2" before my senior year in college. (Funny how those random facts pop into your head!) I had a computer in my dorm room, but I went to the library to do research. I used a push-button pay phone to call home on the weekends. We watched VHS movies and Garth Brooks was a superstar.

Check out the Beloit College Mindset List for other things that today's youth don't know.

And the classic quick reference to the 20th century:

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Northern AZ Shop Hop

The 2nd Annual trip for a group of my quilting friends took place this last week. Last year, we were maniacs and managed to visit all seven shops in one day, the furthest being almost 200 miles from home. This year we scaled back and only visited six shops (of nine possible).

Here is some of the fabric I found: Link1... fabric designed for the Arizona 2012 centennial celebration. I plan to use this on the back of my Arizona Flag quilt.
2... adorable kitty cats and a mouse companion print from Alexander Henry. If I fall in love with an animal print, chances are it is from this company!
3... gorgeous rainbow print, to make a dress for my daughter. She wants me to start sewing right away, but finding a pattern may be difficult since she has stringent requirements for clothes.

Each shop gave us a small pack of 2.5" strips, along with this block pattern.
This is my EQ6 rendering of the block called "Kansas Dugout." It should be a fun scrappy quilt to put together, and I love designs that take advantage of jelly roll fabrics.

My other treausres...a pattern called "Modern Pickle Relish" from Modern Quilt Relish. It's a cool quilt with a very graphic geometric look. And the "Lil Twister" template to make tesselating pinwheels.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Summer UFOs Part 3

And a few more projects that need to be finished...

11. Wonky Trees, blocks I won from Block Lotto, need to be pieced and quilted.12. Twisted Sister. This actually a completed top, I just need to quilt it. The plan is to donate it to Quilts of Valor.
13. A process picture! I started the Glorified Nine Patch in a class with John Flynn at Quilt Camp in the Pines. I'm on the left, and my quilting budy Jeanne is on the right.
14. No photo at the moment, but the last item on my list is to quilt my Butterfly Kaleidoscope, from the 4-Patch Posies pattern.

Summer UFO List Part 2

More projects from the UFO pile:

6. Rainbow charms. Squares from a Ravelry exchange, laid out in ROYGBV order, light to dark.7. Quilt of Valor, Persimmon Quilts Mystery pattern #12, just needs binding, label and a wash before mailing to a deserving soldier.
8. I-Spy...squares from a Ravelry exchange. Simple blue sashing for a quick finish (she said hopefully)
9. Turning 20 pattern in Christmas batiks. Needs to be quilted and bound.
10. Sedona Stars, a quilt along pattern from Judy LaQuidara. Needs to be quilted. I offered this to a friend's son since I have made quilts for his brother and sister, but he hasn't told me if he likes it. I want my quilt gifts to be appreciated, so I haven't decided who the actual recipient of this one will be.

Summer UFO List Part 1

The Quilters on Ravelry cheer each other on to finish UFOs...the enticement is a fat quarter for completion of at least one project each session. This is my official list for the summer:

1. Gold Sash QOV. These blocks were donated by quilters around the country for Moda's Just One Star project. I have 200 blocks to work with, so there will be many many many QOV posts in the foreseeable future.
2. My second design for the Just One Star blocks. I am making alternate square-in-square blocks, named Stars-n-Squares.
3. My third design for the Just One Star blocks is a simple Log Cabin Style. I am adding red and blue strips around some of the odd size blocks.4. Quilt and Bind the Boxy Stars (pattern from Bonnie Hunter). I'd love to teach this as a class at my LQS, and ultimately donate to Quilts of Valor.

5. Arizona Flag Centennial Project. I overlapped the pieces so it looks complete in this picture, but right now, the red and yellow squares are in 8-patches, and I am going to add a black border. This needs to be quilted and bound by Sept 1, assuming it was chosen for the state traveling exhibit.Stay tuned for Part 2!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Just one more

Just one more project...or two. I participated in two recent fabric exchanges, and I have ideas for two new quilts. I needed to sew at least one seam on each so they go from PIGS (projects in grocery sacks) to official WIPS (works in progress) to qualify for the next round of my UFO club.

For the I-Spy, I am going to add sashing to each square, then offset the rows.In the Rainbow swap, we traded 11 squares of each color, and everyone received two sets per color. I am taking each set, and laying them out from light to dark. The second set is a reverse (dark to light), so I will have gradients of each color: red-orange-yellow-green-blue-violet. In this picture I have sewn the blue squares together.

And just for grins, here's my little princess doing a silly dance after jumping off the diving board.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

June Update

Ahhh, summer school is over and the surface-of-the-sun-hot temperatures have arrived. In between swim sessions at the local pool, I have been in my sewing room. (The city pool is open for a few hours in the early afternoon and again from 7-9 pm...late bedtime means a quiet morning for mommy!)

I finished the Reeds quilt. I won these blocks in exchange (see the Block Lotto button to the right) and decided to do a color gradient layout based on the white-grey-black background prints.
I had a bright floral fabric in my stash that worked for the back.
And I used a simple wavy frond quilting design, somewhat following the piecing.

Of course, the major focus has to be the Arizona Centennial project. Entry forms for the "100 years, 100 Quilts" were due this week, so I mailed mine in with fingers crossed. I laid out all the squares in their final position, so it looks like a finished quilt. I plan to add a plain border when the center is done, and I have grand plans for the quilting! Stay tuned...

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Flag Progress

Finished the bottom blue section! The first picture is 27 rows of 50 squares which is (quick, mental math) 1350 squares - only 650 to go...So, I laid out the yellow and red rays. When you only use 3-5 squares of each fat quarter, you need LOTS of fabric. Donations are welcomed...I have lots of scraps to trade if you can help out.

As my "leader ender" project, I dug out some blocks that I won in an exchange last summer.
This was a fun wonky block called Reeds. I couldn't decide on sashing, so they are just sewn together and I have some ideas for fun quilting designs. I love summer when I can spend hours at the machine!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

School's out for summer!

Congratulations to the Class of 2011! Time flies when you are getting old. I watch some of the kids walk across the stage to get their diplomas and I think "Already? You were just in my freshman Algebra class last year!" It was a wild and crazy school year and I'm sure I'm not alone in being ready to move on.

I have been adding Project Spectrum photos to my Tumblr blog ( but here are a few more reds:Yummy frosted sugar cookies (storebought) and a paper-pieced heart.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Red Hot in May

I'm going to play along with Project Spectrum 5. You can read about it here. it started out in the knitting-blogosphere as a way to organize projects for a year, following the colors of the rainbow. Lolly (the organizer) has set up a blog in tumblr (new to me, but I created an account there too) as well as on Revelry and Facebook.

This year, the project will run from May - November, with the "technical" colors red, blue and green, along with their dditives, pink, aqua and yellow. Each participant interprets the project differently. For me, it will be an exercise in awareness...I read about PS5 on Friday, and all weekend I have been noticing the red things in my environment!

For instance: red scraps of fabric on my cutting table.
A red trash bucket:
And my favorite girl in a red dress:

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Centennial Update

Almost halfway on the Arizona Flag centennial project! 900 squares done, 1112 to go. I fashioned a design wall by using a piece of batting and some push pins so I can audition the fabrics. I am trying to do several four-patches each day. In a perfect world, the top will be done in June and I can quilt it during my summer vacation. We all know how "people plan and God laughs," so stay tuned for progress reports!

My "leader ender" project has been Bonnie Hunter's Boxy Stars. (Leader Ender: something to feed through the machine while chain piecing, hopefully to eliminate thread tails and waste when you finish a set of blocks for your main project.) I made a version of this quilt about a year ago, but this time I think I will add sashing between the blocks.
Bonnie typically makes scrappy quilts, but I like to control the color palette a bit more. I started with a rainbow selection of 2.5-inch strips. I need to work on the border design to bring it up to Quilt-of-Valor size (about 60x72), so I'm going to play in Electric Quilt.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New Toys

Hubby didn't get me this for Christmas because he wanted me to pick out exactly what I wanted. Taxes look good so I splurged...An iPad! It's the original model, at a nice discount price. Now to figure out all the apps!
Hubby now "owns" the Kindle from under the Christmas tree, but he doesn't have a fancy cover... yet.

Sunday, March 06, 2011


Quilts of Valor needed some donation blocks, so these will be in the mail tomorrow, on their way to the Dallas Quilt Show for people to sign. The blocks will eventually be made into a quilt to comfort one of our returning soldiers.

Completely unrelated, Kendra has a new fascination with my camera. She's actually pretty good! First is her favorite stuffed animal, Monkey Dog:
Then Mommy...
And one of our cats...
and Daddy!

Monday, February 21, 2011

New Project!

I cut some blue squares for the Centennial project, and then decided I needed some instant gratification. I pulled out a roll of 2.5" strips that I bought last summer, and started cutting for:
Boxy Stars, a Bonnie Hunter pattern. I like to make scrappy stars in rainbow colors. I need to do some quick math and then supplement from my stash because I'm planning this to eventually be a Quilt of Valor, and I want a 4 by 5 layout.

As I was sewing, I had the thought that this is one of the few times I have repeated a pattern! First, I was thinking it was the ONLY time I repeated, but then I realized I have made several Sudoku quilts. Those are such fun to plan! And, I've got plans to repeat another old favorite as a class sample...someday, when I get the sample done and have time to approach my LQS and get on their schedule, LOL. My brother's opinion comes to mind...he never re-reads a book since there are so many great books out there. What do you think - repeat a fun pattern or find something new and exciting?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

String Hearts

Here is the Centennial Project...700 squares put together, only 1312 more! Please contact me if you have any red, yellow or blue scraps that you are willing to donate.

February's Block Lotto Pattern is a Heart Block made from scrappy "strings." It is fun pulling random pieces together.

I goofed on the size for the first one, so I repeated the process, paying more attention to the directions!
I have a heart and a "bonus" block. This heart block is too small to enter in the lotto, so I'm working on another one. Third time's a charm, right?!? These strings would be a great leader/ender project, and there is a whole group dedicated to making string quilts for charity (google Heartstrings). They are definitely addictive.
Some things I noticed...
1. use big pieces to start the string piece, because most of it gets chopped off when making the heart.
2. I have a LOT of dotty fabric!
3. Strings should be between 1-2 inches wide.