Monday, December 16, 2013

December Pineapple...........

December Pineapple Pattern
Not much new here.  We had frost again this morning.  We have had frost several mornings.  I am hoping that all the foliage in the yard makes it come spring. 

December Pineapple.............

This pattern is a 2 block pattern quilt, both are 5" blocks and are paper pieced.

There are 144 blocks in the design.  The quilt measures 77 X 77.  The paper piecing patterns are included.  How-to paper piece instructions or how to put a quilt together are not included. 

Cost - $15 - if you are interested in a pattern contact me through my email address.

I am working on this quilt.  This is what I have at this time.  
December Pineapple

Hope all is well with you.............

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Pattern, Practicing

I am practicing for my move to Iowa.  Yesterday I went to a craft sale.  It was cold.  I wore a coat and gloves.  Thankfully it was held inside.  It was about 40 degrees.  I noticed this morning it was below zero in Iowa.  Now that is cold.


December Pineapple
I am working on another pattern.  I have always said that there is no way that I could make a two color quilt.  I would get bored, I would start it and never finish it.  Well, I have decided that I am going to make a two color quilt but it is going to be many shades.  My background color is actually a tannish white with brush strokes of color, very faint, but it is there.  In the end, it probably will not qualify as a two color quilt.  I am using blue batiks and most of the batiks have other colors blended in them.  It is about as close to a two color quilt as I will probably ever get.  Here is a "teaser" of the pattern.  I am working on the pattern and should have it finished soon.  The quilt you see under it, I will make a pattern of it also possibly in January.

Hope all is well with you.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


I was born in Iowa.  I still have kin there and several close friends.  I am sure that anyone who reads this blog has heard me say "it is hot."   Last year about did me in.  I honestly don't think I can do another year of day in and day out, week after week, month after month of 90 degree plus weather and humidity on top of it.  I have several other reasons for deciding to pick up and move but the above is a good one.  So, hopefully sometime before it gets hot, my house will be sold and I will trek north to Iowa. 

Iowa of course is not perfect.  It does get cold and sometimes it gets really cold.  I am retired, I don't have to do anything I don't want to do, I can stay inside and quilt.  There is nothing prettier than watching snow falling.  And since I can stay in and look at it I don't have to put up with the negatives. 

For the last several weeks I have been on and looking for that perfect house that will suit what I need and a little of what I want.  I have been keeping a spread sheet, in that way, I can easily compare houses that I like and look at the pros and cons at the same time.  I will let you know how my hunt goes. 

Now quilting..............

Forever Grateful
This quilt is one that I started at a retreat.  There is 27 pieces in a block.  It takes time to make one.  I managed to get a few made at that retreat.  I brought it home put it away and the next year I dug it out for retreat.  I made a few more blocks.  I put it away.  Then I decided that it would be my project when sewing with the Stitch and Cackle Quilt Circle group.  I got a few more blocks done.  Then I decided that if I was ever going to finish this quilt I would have to work on it more.  So I did, but then, I got bored and you know what happens when I get bored.  So it is languishing on my design wall waiting for me to get the quilt off the top of it that I am presently working on.

Hope all is well with you..............

Sunday, December 1, 2013

I'm Back................

I have a lot of catching up to do.  I have pictures to post,  and I am sure I can figure out something to say.  In August, all I had to write about was "it was hot."  Believe me it was hot.  I just could not find anything to say except it was hot, so I decided I would wait until it was cool.  I just felt like my life was a bore. 

We have had frost the last 4 mornings.  I love it............. I can wear my sweaters and my winter clothes.  I feel like I am in heaven. 

I finished making (crocheting) a sweater and am in the process of making another, actually two, but I would guess the one won't be done until next year. 

This week I am going to try to post pictures. 

November Log Cabin
I have decided that I am going to sell some of my quilt patterns that I have created.  I have been designing quilt patterns for a number of years.  I designed them to make quilts for shows.  I may never enter another show.  I have entered quilts in shows for a number of years and it is a lot of work and my oomph seems to have gotten up and left.  I love the design process.  For those of you who don't know, in my other life, I was an architectural draftsman with certificates in civil, electronics and mechanical drafting.  I worked for the US Navy for a number of years doing facilities drafting.  I started in CAD when it first started.  I loved it then and still do.  I had my own business doing architectural remodels in San Diego.   So, designing quilts is right up my alley.  I can design many more quilts than I can ever make.   I have had requests for my patterns and thought possibly someone else might like to make them.

This pattern is 3.5 x 3.5 or a 5 x 5 log cabin block and is paper pieced

There are 196 blocks in the design.  The quilt measures approximately 59.5 x 59.5 or 85 x 85.  I have included two paper piecing patterns so you can make either size quilt.  Cost - $15 - if you are interested please contact me through my email address.

Hope all is well with you..........