Sunday, February 28, 2021

From squares to dots!

 I've had a Love / Hate relationship with this project from the start but now that its finished, I can say I kind of like it. Even though during the "Love it" stage, I thought I might keep it, I've decided to donate it to my quilt guild's charity committee. I hope that someone of an independent nature receives it and loves it!

It gave me or actually I should say I gave myself plenty of learning situations during construction. From snipping into seams to sewing several rows in upside down, I experienced it. Not whining about it but I am realizing I need to take more care and pay attention. 

I've moved on to finishing my "Just Dotty" UFO which I didn't realize until recently needed finishing. It measured approximately 59" square which seemed an awkward size to me so I decided to make an additional 3 blocks for it. When finished it will be a throw size and I'm definitely keeping it for myself!


I began this quilt in a class with Kaffe Fassett and Liza Lucy at the Houston Quilt Festival I don't remember how many years ago. I used polka dot fabrics or fabrics which had circle designs, some KFC and some from other lines of fabric. Its a happy quilt!


 I may say this about nearly every quilt I make but the colors are so much better in person!


I don't think I ever shared this UFO project (below) which I began several years ago. When I began the moon collage "pattern" by Susan Carlson I allowed myself to use only fabric which I had on hand. Its not finished or glued yet, but it was something fun and challenging to try!

Until next time, Mayleen

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Deep Freeze Doings


The "Antique Rug" quilt top is finished and in the donation pile! I like it but I'd rather see it given to someone who needs it more than I do.


I had this fabric, a mix of Anna Marie Hoerner and Kathy Doughty, and am making another simple donation quilt top. This fabric is way out of my comfort zone but maybe its in someone else's?


I've started doing some simple straight line walking foot machine quilting on a UFO from a quilt workshop. Its what I call mindless stitching.


My granddaughter, Ruthie, was born this week! Baby quilt finished for her. I've spent the day baking some breakfast goodies for her family till mom gets back on her feet. I'm looking forward to meeting Ruthie very much! 

Meanwhile, our weather is warming up! It has been a long time since we've had temperatures this cold for this long. In Kansas, we're used to some snow and a cold snap but the sun is usually out soon afterwards to warm us up and melt the snow away. That didn't happen this time but we survived it. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone dealing with the extreme cold and its after effects.

Until next time, Mayleen

Friday, February 12, 2021

A little sunshine!

I didn't think I had enough yellow fabric, the RSC21 color of month, to make much of anything but look what happened! This is a twin size donation quilt top for my quilt guild. I have just a few scraps of yellow fabric left in the tub. Its been a cheery quilt top to work on during the frigid temperatures here in the midwest. My only "wish I would have done that better" is the border. Could have matched the flowers but would have wasted a lot of fabric so it is what it is.

One day this last week, I allowed myself to start something new thinking it would cheer me up. Well, that didn't work out so well. I have a few more blocks to add and once sewn together, it will be a donation lap quilt top.

I took this photo of the view from our deck last Saturday and since then we've gotten a little snow every day. Its the very cold temperatures and wind chills we're not used to. This weekend's forecast will be especially cold and snowy. Stay warm and safe and if you have outside pets, please bring them in.

Until next time, Mayleen