Tuesday, June 30, 2009


The quilt I made for the American Museum of Ceramic Art raised $1200 in donations. I made Magical Mud as a fund raiser for the museum last February. The winner is an active member of the museum and is truely appreciative of the images representing the collection and exhibits. The money raised will help fund educational programs.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Now for the Back...Cubs Fans

I'm really pleased. Now I need to look at what's left over and plan an interesting insert for the back. Kerry and John haven't seen the finished top (unless they follow my blog, doubt it). It's really big, 94x106". I need to find a quilter who can handle this size and is reasonable too.

Font sizeJust because I love them so!

They will be staying this coming week so there won't be much quilting going on.

Thursday, June 25, 2009


When Jack retired, he was given a gift for us to fly in a glider plane over East San Diego Co and an overnight at Warner Hot Springs Resort. Here we are squished behind the pilot ready for take off.

It was exhilarating, soaring over Mt Palomar (one of the largest telescopes in the US). As a native Southern Californian, I had never visited this area. It's sparsely populated with ranches, retirees, and camps. Beautiful yet desert like.

Warner Ranch dates back to the 1800's as a stage coach stop and headquarters for Kit Carson and Fremont. Later it became a resort frequented by early movie stars such as Bing Crosby. The pools are feed by the hot springs where we enjoyed a leisurely soak.

The next day we visited the historic mining town of Julian. We enjoyed breakfast, walking the shops and a milk shake at this original soda fountain/drug store.

On the way home, we stopped at
Quilt's Coop, Old Town Temecula. Here's what I bought on sale (Didn't NEED but couldn't pass up). 1 yard cuts were $5 and fat-quarters $1.50.

FINAL STAGE of Country Garden from Kaffe Fassett. I'm hoping I'm making the correct choice for the sashing to make the borders wider. The contrast is good but is it too light?

Monday, June 22, 2009

Country Garden, Stage 4

I so pleased, I've pieced all the blocks and joined the rows. I laid it on our king size to see how much I'll need to add besides the intended border. Looks like the sides will need something extra to make it a wider rectangle rather than a square.

Friday, June 19, 2009


I watched my grandniece and nephews today so their mother could teach a class. I thought it would be a good time to post the quilt I made for Vanessa in February, 2006. She is now 7 and quite the young lady. We sat down at the sewing machine and together made a pinafore for Nellie, her American Girl doll. She was really very good at cutting and controlling the sewing machine.

Vanessa loves her quilt as do her brothers (Flying in Formation and Geckos). The butterflies came from on-line free patterns. This was my first project to free motion quilt by machine. The antennas were embroidered by hand.

Sarah (her mother) asked for pink, yellow and plaid to match the sponged painted plaid on Vanessa's walls. Her room is all girl and fits her to a "T".

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Slow but Steady

Between the kids (large and small) and friends, I've found some time to start piecing . . .

And hand quilt. I've made some progress but I'm amazed how my blog friends start and finish so many projects and post/comment at the same time.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


The guest bathroom in Andy and Melissa's new place is one of 3 doors down the hallway. My son jokingly said the door needed a restroom sign. My DIL's color is purple so . . .
If you haven't tried free pieced letters, check out Tonya's Alphabet Tutorial.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Country Garden Stage 3

I have now cut and laid out on my "design floor" the sashing. I think it looks pretty good. The border squares have been cut but that layout will come latter.

Grandma Sarah

My Grandmother would have been 130 this month. She lived with us during most of my childhood and died at 87. I took this picture with my "Brownie" at age 12 and Grandma 81. She moved to LA, California by herself at 21 in 1900. As a seamstress and shop owner, she would travel to wealthy families sewing dresses for all the women in the family. She was a very independant woman until she met my Grandfather and married at age 30. Being her youngest grandchild, I would sit at her feet where she read to me, told me stories, made doll clothes and taught me to sew. I was fascinated with her Hat Needle Case so at age 12 she helped me make one.

As a college student, I worked at Singer teaching teenage girls to sew. The full time teacher was a self educated woman from Kentucky. She shared from her vast experience with this college "smart" kid. The "Sue Bonnet Sue" needle case below is a replica of hers.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Christmas in June

I thought you might be inspired to start a Christmas project to be finished in time for the Holidays. (Actually, I'm kind of stuck with the garden quilt below, so I'm stalling.)

Tree Skirt #1

My Daughter-in-Law is my purple gal. Everything in their home has some purple so . . . she asked for a purple tree skirt. In the after Christmas sale I actually found this pale purple poinsettia pattern not knowing what I'd do.

While I was visiting our friends in Ariz., there on the dining table was still their Christmas poinsettia plant. I traced the leaves and started the applique. Kathi and I went shopping for beads. When it was time to quilt, I tried free motion and followed the subtle outline of the print.

Tree skirt #2

This one was for me. The "gingerbread kids" was introduced in my Monday class as a block quilt. I modified it to have the kids join hands around my Christmas tree. I used a round table cloth as the base which made it a lot easier.

It was so much fun to "dress" the kids, vary their hairdos and decorate the trees.

Tree skirt # 3

This one was for my other Daughter-in-Law. She had asked for snowflakes. I started by needle turning the applique during my summer travels. I had no idea how I was going to put it together.

When I returned, I found the tree pattern on white and immediately visualized trees around the edge. The quilting is done in silver metallic thread (I challenge to work with).

Friday, June 5, 2009

Country Garden Stage 2

Here's the squares that I finally picked. Tell me honestly if any should be thrown out or the layout changed.