Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Quilt News, Happy Thanksgiving! Scrap Blocks with Yellow Border Quilt, Binding Finish! Glorious Fall Color

Fall leaves yellow, orange, red, green, Happy Thanksgiving!
Back view, hand quilted.
California Pepperberry Tree
Smoke Bush Tree
Yellows and oranges, against blue.
Red against blue.   

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Quilt News; Hand Quilting Progress on 3rd in a Series, Cabins in a Field Quilt Piecing Fix, Binding on Orange X Block Medallion Quilt, Persimmon Tree in the Neighborhood

Hand quilting finished on my 3rd in a Series, small improv scrap quilt, binding next.

My Log Cabin Quilt block unpicked and turned.

My Orange X Block Medallion quilt with binding sewn onto the front.

 Binding pinned and ready to be sewed down on back.

Log Cabin quilt block turned and sewed back into quilt.

Neighborhood Persimmon tree, gorgeous fall colors!



Happy Halloween! And it's almost November! 

These last few weeks have been busy around here! 

I've had time to do some small bits of work, Like sewing the binding onto the front of my Orange X Block Medallion Quilt and folding and pinning it to the back for hand sewing.

Then I did a small bit of rearranging on my Cabins in a Field Quilt inspired by a Temecula Quilt along, Down Home Darlin'. 

I found that one of the Log Cabin blocks was not turned true to pattern. I could have left it for that imperfect touch. But it bothered me, so when I had some time I unpicked and turned it true to pattern, pieced the block in and then I was happy with it!

Also I finished the hand quilting on my small improv scrap quilt, which is 3rd in a Series of small quilts that I pieced using scraps; Kona Cotton Solids and prints, and plaids from repurposed cotton work shirts I found at a local thrift shop. In all three of these little quilts I wanted to do as much as I could by hand, hand piecing and quilting and I used scissors for cutting. Of course sometimes I was in a hurry to finish the piecing and got the sewing machine out!

As soon as I sew on the binding, by hand, on #3 I will feature the 3 small quilts in a post with the story behind them.

And our walks have been beautiful and inspiring with the leaves on trees turning fall colors.

Neighbors down the street have a small Persimmon tree in front of their house. I wasn't quick enough to get a photo of the persimmons on the tree before they were picked, but I did get a photo of the beautiful colors of the leaves before the wind blows them away!

That Quilt Friends is the news from the valley! Where we're remembering to be thankful.

Have you been enjoying fall colors? 

I'll be by to visit!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Quilt News! October Fun Memory, Improv Left Over Block Quilt, Yellow Border Pieced On, Scrappy Four Patch Blocks

 Scraps pieced into four patch blocks and a 12 patch block here.

 Mr. Cuteness in the Pumpkin Patch several yr.s ago. He is now 5 yr.s old!

 Left over blocks and scraps make up this small quilt with yellow borders.

 Experimenting with arrangement of my scrap four patch blocks.



Hello Quilt Friends! Happy October and October memories!

Have you made any pumpkin bread yet?

 This last week I sewed the yellow border on my small Left Over Blocks quilt. Its colors reminds me of October, pumpkins, fall leaves and that beautiful blue fall sky on a sunny day!

I've pieced more scrappy Four Patch blocks just to get the scrap situation in better control, a lot of loose scraps around gets me nervous. 

And I had to post a Happy Pumpkin Patch photo of a fun time a few years ago with my grandson! That pumpkin patch is one of the best in the PAC NW, Carpinito's Pumpkin Patch!

I have to say orange is one of my favorite colors, right in between yellow and red, that's a good place to be. My color calendar uses the words 'radiant, cozy and warm' to describe orange.

Also do visit Cathy @ to see the amazing quilts she puts together with scraps and orphan blocks. Fantabulous inspiration!

And that is the Quilt News from the valley where scraps are being organized and kept under control, for the most part, and I'm remembering to be thankful.

Have you started any 'fallish' projects?

I'll be by to visit!


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Quilt News! 'Log Cabins in a Field' Quilt Top Finish! Hand Quilting Progress and Where I Sew....

Orange X Square Medallion Quilt almost finished with hand quilting!

Log Cabin Blocks arranging and repiecing process, pieces of tape mark positions.

 My sewing station for the time being...

 'Log Cabins in a Field', in furrough formation, my quilt top final piecing.


Hello from the valley! It's fall and we have sunny skies and cooler temperatures. Pumpkins are making their appearance at local markets and neighborhood squirrels are hiding nuts away.

 This week I finished the arranging and piecing process on my new quilt top, 'Log Cabins in a Field',  approx. 40" x 40". I came up with that name thinking of furroughs in a field and log cabin blocks, of course! 

I had the rows sewn together and then realized the value was not working out right, here and there. So I unpicked some blocks and 'logs' and found 'acceptable' value combinations and pieced it all back together.

It was tedious but now it looks like I wanted it to look.

I was encouraged thinking of Kaja @sewslowly, and her piecing process. She is very careful to get her piecing just right and her quilts are works of art!

And I thought I'd put in a photo of my sewing station. I have to set up and tear down every time I sew as this is the family table where everyone eats. So for a time this is where I sew.

That Quilt Friends is the quilt news where progress is being made, fall walks are great and I'm remembering to be thankful.

How are your quilt projects coming along?

I'll be by to visit!




Thursday, September 16, 2021

Quilt News, Log Cabin Blocks Inspired by Temecula Quilt Co Challenge, Summer Plaids Quilt Top Progress, New Hand Pieced Scrap Blocks..

Log Cabin blocks in b/w to help interview/arranging process.

 Lob Cabin blocks and Summer Plaids quilt tops.

 Orphan blocks and new hand pieced scrappy blocks.

 Summer Plaids in piecing process.

 Summer Plaids quilt top 28" X 29" as it now stands.

Log Cabin Improv blocks in final arrangement.


Hello Quilt Friends from the Valley!

Where it's been sunny but cooler, nice change. 

This last week a new grand daughter has been added to our family, very precious.

And I've had time to get some hand quilting and piecing done and thinking about how to finish a couple of quilt tops.

My Summer Plaids quilt top, started about 2 yr.s ago, is scrappy made of plaid shirtings, prints and solids. I want to make it at least 36" X 36" so more scrappiness will be added. I had it folded and stored away and then when getting something I needed for another project, I saw its summer colors and had to get it out to celebrate the end of summer.

Then I decided on the final arrangement of my newer Liberated Log Cabin block quilt top inspired by a Temecula Quilt Co 'Down Home Darling' challenge. The challenge called for traditional piecing but I had to throw in some improv design to make it more interesting for me. I made the center of the blocks all in red prints but in different sizes and so the logs (strips) are in different widths. The blocks are set in 'furrough' formation. And the next step will be to get all the blocks pieced together.

I've also been adding to my 'parts department' by hand piecing blocks from scraps.

And that, Quilt Friends, is the quilt news from the valley, where I'm remembering to be thankful.

'Count your blessings, name them one by one!' Do you remember that song?

I'll be by to visit!



Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Quilt News From the Valley! Happy September! Heat Wave, New Batik Colors, Walk in the Neighborhood Color it Green

A path in the neighborhood, notice the greens?

    I picked up some beautiful fat quarter batiks and a small floral in local fabric store.

 Time to press them getting ready for sub-cutting.

Hello Quilt Friends and Happy September!

This last couple of weeks has been hot around here so not much piecing has been done. I spent some time browsing the local fabric store, good sales and air conditioning. 

I did get some hand quilting done on my Orange X Block Quilt and pressed all the new batiks and the small floral fabric I got on sale. 

And I got some good quilt book reading time in, enjoying my copy of Sew Charming by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene.

I browsed Temecula Quilt Co.'s website and enjoyed looking through their patterns and books. Sheryl Johnson's new book, Return to Temecula, looks like a great reference for inspiration.

So that is the quilt news from the valley where I've been staying in the shade and moving slow. I'm remembering to be thankful and praying for people in Louisianna suffering from Hurricane Ida.

How's your weather?

I'll be by to visit


Friday, August 6, 2021

Quilt News, Mostly Green Quilt Top Piecing Finished, Borders or Not?

Mostly Green 4in1 quilt top close view.

Pieced together, Mostly Green 4in1 Quilt top  48" x 48".


Hello Quilt Friends! Quilt news from the valley, where I'm remembering to be thankful!

I finished piecing Mostly Green 4in1 Quilt top yesterday.
Four Patch, Nine Patch and Sixteen Patch blocks are included.
This quilt is a combination of four different quilt challenges. In my previous post I explain that in more detail.
Now I'm wondering about borders, what do you think?

This is a quick progress report, I just had to share!

Have a good weekend and I'll be by to visit.