Saturday, July 23, 2016



It has been awesome weather here in eastern Washington for most of the month. Temperatures in the 70's, a little rain, a little wind, and lots of sunshine. I have been enjoying the weather and I feel for everyone that has been warm warm and warmer. It is a little hard to think of Christmas when the weather is warm but it doesn't hurt to plan ahead. I made a reversible table runner with Island Batiks Holiday Happenings. 

 This side of the runner was made from a tutorial by Kaye Woods.
 This side of the runner was made from a tutorial by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt.
 I am going to have a giveaway. Since I don't have much of that fabric left I will have to use a different line. All you have to do is leave a comment and let me know which side of the runner you like and you can always go to the store and look at the new Island Batik stacks.I also have some new Christmas charm packs on sale, you can look at while you are there.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Island Batik Modern Batik Challenge

 I just cant believe how time has gotten away from me. It has been a busy month. I had the circles for this table runner cut out in May and the middle section has been done for awhile. We are going camping next week so I am not going to get the quilting done. The fabric is Island Batik and I used the Accu Go cutter to cut out the circles.

The fourth of July is rapidly approach, have a sane and safe holiday.


June is almost over and where did it go?

I was out of town the first week to Anchorage Alaska. While there I went to the Quilted Raven. A whole store devoted to Batiks. It was awesome. Of course I had to buy a few things. One of which was a table runner kit that I just made up for my boss who is retiring.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Paper Piecing with Island Batik

Paper pieced hot air balloon using Island Batik fabrics which by the way is awesome fabric. I used the pattern from the book 'Easy Paper Pieced Baby Quilts' by Carol Doak. I used some of my sewing machines fancy stitches on the balloon its self with a varigated blue thread. I echoed the other lines and did a lousy job of gageing the distance. Note to self, next time mark first. 
Makes me think of lazy summer days. I remember one time we were traveling and came upon a huge field of hot air balloons. Some were in the air and some were on the ground and it was the most awesome sight to see all those colorful balloons. Miles and miles of balloons.

I just had to add this picture of one of my granddaughters. She was being such a little ham last Sunday. We had a nice little photo shoot. They are so much fun at that age, I just love having them come and visit. 

Friday, April 29, 2016


 These lovely 2 1/2 inch strips from the Caribbean Splash line are absolutely wonderful to work with. I took those strips and sewed them together and then cut them back apart in various size strips.

 This is the finished quilt. It reminds me of water with a little sun. Kind of like all the rain we have been having with a few days of sunshine mixed in. The colors are so pretty together and it was so easy to do. It just took me forever to get it done. It hasn't helped any that I have been putting long hours in at work and I just have been a lazy bum when I get home. It always feels good to get a project done. Mostly done, it still needs the binding but I at least got the quilting done today.
I have chosen a winner and it is Donna W from Minnesota. She is the lucky winner of the book 'Fat Quarter Quilts'. Sorry I took so long I kept thinking I would post my April Showers quilt for Island Batik and announce the winner. Didn't think it would take me this long to get it done. But I am doing the dance!!!!!
I love the tilled black fields. The winter turns them into a bland gray looking plot of land and then the farmer comes along and tills the field and makes it into a majestic black field and then----it will turn green when the sprouts start coming up. The beauty of nature.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Spring Giveaway

 If you're a collector of fat quarters, you know they're colorful, inspiring-and often too tempting to pass up. But what can you do with those fun little fabrics once they're yours? We've got your answer! Choose from eight wonderful quilt plans that show you how to successfully use those addicting 18"" x 22"" pieces of fabric. With just six coordinating fat quarters and a background fabric, you can stitch up a fabulous quilt top easy enough for any quiltmaker. Includes: Quick-to-stitch quilt patterns, including Broken Bricks, Houndstooth, Roman Stripes, and Woven Ribbons-plus an exciting mystery quilt. Step-by-step instructions for rotary-cutting fat quarters easily and efficiently. Ideas for enlarging your quilts with additional fat quarters.

 I have this great book by M'Liss Rae Hawley and will give it away to one luck winner that leaves me a comment about what they like about this time of the year. If you post about my giveaway you get a second chance and if you become a follower or are currently a follower you get another chance. Just let me know in your comment.

It has quit raining and the flowers are amazing. Spring is such a beautiful time of the year. I love the weather and the smell of grass and blooming lilacs and cherry blossoms. Here are a few flowers from my yard. Enjoy today and spend time with those you love.



Sunday, April 10, 2016

Spring has Sprung

The weather has turned exceptional warm here in Washington.

Sewing has dropped by the way side. The weather is so nice that we have started to work on our old house with a vengeance, in hopes that we might be able to get it on the market soon. Here are pictures with the new roof going on and new paint. In the last picture you can see the unfinished parts the best. Progress. The last two weekends have been spent over in Moses Lake.
I also had 2 trips to Seattle for work and will have one to Olympia this next week. I haven't started taking sewing with me but I may have to in order to get something done.
I took a ferry to Bainbridge Island and here are a couple of pictures from the ferry, one is leaving and the other is coming back.