kitty cat and exchange quilt finish

Finished the kitty cat quilt for my niece and brought it up for our family Christmas last weekend.  I laughed because the day before my sister had said “no more cats” at her house. The quilt has so many cats. Here is the back:

Every year our family does a home made gift exchange for the adults. It has become quite a competition. I made a quilt this year (again).  Next year I will be more creative. This quilt was made from extra blocks from other quilts that didn’t make the cut for various reasons.


Anyway, the sad thing about this quilt is this is the end of the green, yellow and blue fabric with the little flowers on the back of it. I used it all up for the back of the quilt. I got that from my aunt Lou who passed a couple of years ago. Sad to see that fabric go.  My dad won it in the exchange:

Happy New Years! I hopefully will post more in 2018.


So time went by like a storm- a new graduate and all that entails.  Had a fun time. This also happened:

Since my graduate doesn’t really like to have his picture online, I won’t share those, but here is the story. It was a beautiful graduation. I didn’t cry, but nearly did several times. It was great to see him so grown up.  Then we had a lovely party with so many friends and family.

The day everyone left town, a storm came through and this tree went down.  For me, it was hugely emotional. In the scheme of things, it was the best that could be, in that no one was hurt and the damage wasn’t as bad as it could have been had the wind been blowing in a different direction. But the tree had been there the whole time we lived here: 24 years this June.

Anyway, I cleaned out my sewing room for the party.  This meant taking every thing down in the basement that wasn’t pretty. Essentially about 90 per cent of the room. I have several baskets that I left on the shelves some large glass jars that hold various notions/scraps and some metal popcorn tins that are similar in size and shape.

So this morning I got the medium scraps up from the basement. For those that don’t know, my fabric is organized by size and color.

Tiny: too small to fold around a 4.5′ square ruler.

Medium: folds neatly around a 4.5″ square ruler.

Large: folds neatly around a 10 inch ruler.

The tiny scraps are sorted in the old popcorn tins above by color.  The medium scraps are on a narrow bookshelf my husband built for me. I had them packed in my two largest suitcases. This morning I arranged them by color on the bookshelf.

<Sigh> Things are starting to feel normal again.


Happy fourth to you all!


rug finish

I have been working on this rug for several years and just finished it yesterday.  It is made out of selvages and other strips of fabric that were pretty much unusable:


If you examine it closely it is like the rings on a tree, but of various quilts.  The center is selvages from the back of Paul’s quilt which I finished in 2012. Next time I will create “yarn” balls with the different colors to make it more orderly. Also, it is not a flat as I would like, I may reduce as I get out into the outer areas.

In other news, I did my first craft show with some small purses:


They were fun to make- but a little out there for sure, and perhaps suited to girls. We also made quite a few cards:


Half are mine and half are Steve’s:


We didn’t sell anything. For that, I blame Trump. Seriously, though, I likely overpriced my items. Since it was such a small show, I didn’t have much variety in my prices.That being said, I had a good time, and I consider it a success because Steve and I were able to create body of work. If we choose to do it again, we will have a head start on stock.


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