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Wednesday, February 26, 2014


I'm wanting to show you the progress I've been making on this quilt.
The assortment of fabrics has been pretty good.
I've been happy with the combinations made with all of them.
Here is the process of the construction for these blocks.
 I've joined the 9 1/2" blocks to form four patch blocks.
There have been a lot to do.
 Take the ruler and cut on the diagonal.

 Do it one more time.

Now the fun begins.
Take the triangles and join them to the
other triangles to form new blocks.
Sew, making sure you iron your seams open.
By doing this, your block will lay flatter.

Now off to do 70 more just like these.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


No sooner do I finish piecing one quilt
that I start working on another one.
This one is no different.
I have a beautiful young lady that I've
known since she has been born.  I love her dearly.
She is getting married this year and I
decided to make her a queen size quilt for her.
I perused all of my quilt books for a pattern that would
catch my attention to make for her.
I came up to this book and the quilt on the cover caught my eye.
I knew I had found the quilt to make for her.
I decided to make it a scrappy quilt and started
going through all of my bins and began selecting what I would use.
To make the queen size quilt, I needed 144 - 9 1/2" blocks.
It took me about two hours to select and cut all of the fabric.
It will take me several days to piece all of them.
I will show you my process.
Now off to do other needed things in my home.

Saturday, February 22, 2014


This weekend I'm participating in a chili cook-off.
My husband and I are members of the Christian Motorcyclists Association
and our local chapter, Prodigal Posse, organized
this cook-off to raise funds for Run for the Son.
This is our chapter's inaugural event.
We have no idea how many people are coming.
I know that there will be a variety of chili tonight.
Here's my recipe thanks to
2 pounds ground beef                                              1/2 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon black pepper                                          1 (8 ounce) jar salsa
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt                                            4 tablespoons chili seasoning mix
2 1/2 cups tomato sauce                                           1 (15-ounce) can light red kidney beans
                                                                                 1  (15-ounce) can dark red kidney beans
  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the ground beef and the onion and sauté for 10 minutes, or until the meat is browned and the onion is tender.  Drain the grease.
  2. Add the ground black pepper, garlic salt, tomato sauce, salsa, chili seasoning mix and kidney beans.  Mix well, reduce the heat to low and simmer for at least an hour.
I my chili the night before and placed it in my crockpot and let it simmer all night long and the next day.  I wanted the seasonings to really work into the chili.  We'll see how my chili does against the other chilis.  I know one thing, this evening is going to be a lot of fun.

Friday, February 21, 2014


I've been slowly working on a quilt that I plan on entering
my guild's quilt show this coming May.
I making this quilt to fit one of the categories.
The uneven log cabin has been printed on fabric.
It has been really easy to follow and make the block.

I've cut the fabric and numbered them so I
won't make any mistakes.  I put them
in Ziploc baggies so that none of them gets lost.
I've been sewing the pieces not as a block at a time
but going by number and doing all the blocks that way.
I hoping to finish adding all the strips this weekend.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Lately I've been working on what my evening guild
is planning for the year for Block of the Month.
The guild is learning on how to do the Log Cabin block
in many different ways.
Yesterday I learned how to piece the Pineapple block in a new way.
So here are the directions for making this block.
Cutting Chart
Center Square
(1) 3 5/8" square
(2) 3 1/2" squares
(4) 2 1/8" x 6 1/4"
(4) 2 1/8" x 7 1/2"
(4) 2 1/8" x 9"
Color One and Color Two
(2) 2 1/8" x 6 1/4"
(2) 2 1/8" x 7 1/2"
(2) 2 1/8" x 9"
(1) 7 1/2" square cut on one diagonal
My fabric already cut and prepared to make the block.
Cut the two 3 1/2" background squares on
one diagonal to make four triangles.
 Sew one triangle to opposite sides of the 3 5/8 center square.
Press the seams away from the center and trim the tips.
Add the remaining two triangles and press the seams away from the center.

Center to 5" square
Sew the 2 1/8" x 6 1/4" to the opposite sides of the center patch.
The same colors are opposite from each other. 
Press away from the center and trim.

 Center the second set of strips and sew.
Press away from the center.
You will square it to seven inches.
 I used a 12" square ruler to square to 7".
Place the ruler on the diagonal.
Match the points of the center square with the line on the ruler.
I used the 1/4" mark as a placement guide.
Trim the top corners.

 Repeat the same process on the other end.
This is the method I used for squaring all the rounds.
After trimming, the block will look like this.
 Sew the 2 1/8" x 6 1/4" background strips to the
all four sides of the block.
 This block will be squared to 8 1/8".
Using the 12" square ruler to square 8 1/8" on
the diagonal. Trim the top corners following
the placement guide for the corners.
You will do the same process on the other end.
 Sew 2 1/8" x 7 1/2" strips to the sides of the block.
Square the block to 10 3/8".
 Sew 2 1/8" x 7 1/2" background strips to
all four sides of the block.
Square the block to 11 1/2" square.
 Sew 2 1/8" x 9" color strips to the sides of the block.
Square the block to 13 1/2".  I used a 12" x 24"
ruler on the outside edge of this last round
as a guide for the trimming.
 Adding the corners take the 7 1/2" squares
and cut on the diagonal one time.
Sew the triangles on each corner to complete it.
Square the block to 16 1/2"
I made a pillow out of the block.
It has been fun learning new
methods for tried and true blocks.

Friday, February 14, 2014


The evening guild that I belong to is doing
a block of the month based on the log cabin pattern.
We are learning different ways to use the log cabin.
I made this small wall hanging and I really liked the way it came out.
You will make two 9 1/2 square log cabins and
two 9 1/2 x 20 1/2 rectangle log cabins for the
lower part of the cross.
Square Log Cabin                                                        Rectangle Log Cabin

(2) 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 for center                                           (2) 2 1/2 x 12 1/2 for center
Light Shade Fabric
(2) 1 1/2 x 3 1/2  (light shade 1)                                  (2) 1 1/2 x 4 1/2 (light shade 1)
(2) 1 1/2 x 4 1/2  (light shade 1)                                  (2) 1 1/2 x13 /12 (light shade 1)
(2) 1 1/2 x 5 1/2  (light shade 2)                                  (2) 1 1/2 x 6 1/2 (light shade 2)
(2) 1 1/2 x 6 1/2  (light shade 2)                                  (2) 1 1/2 x 15 1/2  (light shade 2)
(2) 2 1/2 x 7 1/2  (light shade 3)                                  (2) 2 1/2 x 9 1/2  (light shade 3)
(2) 2 1/2 x 9 1/2  (light shade 3)                                  (2) 2 1/2 x 17 1/2  (light shade 3)
Dark Shade Fabric
(2) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2  (dark shade 1)                                  (2) 1 1/2 x 3 1/2  (dark shade 1)
(2) 1 1/2 x 3 1/2  (dark shade 1)                                  (2) 1 1/2 x 12 1/2  (dark shade 1)
(2) 1 1/2 x 4 1/2  (dark shade 2)                                  (2) 1 1/2 x 5 1/2  (dark shade 2)
(2) 1 1/2 x 5 1/2  (dark shade 2)                                  (2) 1 1/2 x 14 1/2  (dark shade 2)
(2) 1 1/2 x 6 1/2  (dark shade 3)                                  (2) 1 1/2 x 7 1/2  (dark shade 3)           
(2) 1 1/2 x 7 1/2  (dark shade 3)                                  (2) 1 1/2 x 16 1/2  (dark shade 3)
Center Cross
(2) 2 1/2 x 9 1/2
(1) 2 1/2 x 30 1/2
Border 1
(2) 1 1/2 x 20 1/2
(2) 1 1/2 x 32 1/2
Border 2
(2) 2 1/2 x 22 1/2
(2) 2 1/2 x 36 1/2
Sew a light shade strip to the center.  Press the seam to the light shade.  Sew the remaining strip of the same light shade fabric to the long side.  Press to the longer strip.  Continue adding the strips in this manner, using a darker shade for the next adjacent sides, repeating light strips on the light side and dark strips on the dark sides.  You will do this method two times for the upper part of the cross and the lower rectangular log cabins.
To make the center cross, sew the two 2 1/2 x 9 1/2 strips to the two 9 1/2 square log cabin.  Join them to the two lower part of the cross.  Take the 2 1/2 x 30 1/2 strip and join.  Press to the cross.
Add border 1 and border 2.  Quilt as you would like.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Another day of lot of snow here where I live.
I'm stuck at home so what do I do?
I bake chocolate chip cookies for my husband
and my next door neighbor who cleared out my driveway.
But that's not all I do.  I found this pattern online at  I loved it!
So I decided to make it.  I was very please with it.
I don't have enough material for the side borders.
I will have to go shopping for more fabric.
The kind of fabric I want for the borders
has to be with sewing designs. 
I did make one change on the pattern.
It originally was supposed to have scissors
appliqued on the quilt.
I was unsuccessful in appliqueing the scissors.
What I did was paper piece a block using
the same block that will be the
cornerstones with the border.

Sunday, February 2, 2014


 My son and daughter-in-law moved to Cary, North Carolina one month ago today. As you would expect, I had tears running down my face when they left. My husband and I finally were able to come down for the weekend. 

What a beautiful area they live in. They took us to a Farmer's Market. It was so strange buying fresh fruits and vegetables here while back there is lots of snow and cold weather. They took us to a flea market. I loved it. Too bad we came in the car and not the Suburban. We went to a very nice quilt shop and then to where David works. 

It has been a great time being with them. It will be hard to leave them tomorrow as we head back home. 

My granddog Eva. 

David enjoying his orange. They were the size of softballs. 

I saw this old cash register and the Farmer's Market. 

The quilt shop we visited. It was located in a very nice old house. Lots of beautiful fabric. 

Where David works. 

My son and his wife.