March . . .

Sometimes a whole month goes by and at the end I wonder what did I do???  It seems that I’m in the same place and yet, a lot has happened.  March was colder than average here in Wisconsin, as was the rest of the winter.  I was sick for most of the month and didn’t get much of my own sewing done.  I finished many Quilts of Valor and have heard that they are off to Afghanistan to be given to American service personnel.  I hope that the quilts will show my gratitude for the service of each of those men and women.  I have three Quilts of Valor in my ‘to do’ list.

We had to say good-bye to our wonderful family dog of twelve years, Lucky.  She came into our lives in Warsaw, Poland and helped to raise my two sons.  She was never lacking for enthusiasm especially when it came to wearing her antlers.  She loved Christmas and birthdays and opening presents.  She was ‘tattle-tail'(sic.).  She would come to tell on my sons when they went outside without her, when they were playing in the snow without her, when they were rough-housing inside and not including her, when they forgot to walk her, feed her, water her or give her the daily ‘Greenie’.  My oldest son, thoroughly exasperated, said,  “I expect my younger brother to tell on me–but not the dog!!!”  She learned English as a second language, learned to spell ‘w-a-l-k’, and learned to speak French as a third language, ‘promenade’ (walk).  She has been a shoulder to cry on when we needed it through losses both minor and major.  She was gentle with my husband when he became sick and she grieved with us when he was gone.  Lucky ‘knew’ she could be more rambunctious with my older son and that she neededto be gentle with my younger son.  Her favorite place was where ever we were and preferably in the middle.  She loved to chase squirrels and she ‘rescued’ baby bunnies without doing serious harm to either squirrel or bunny.  Lucky thought that the UPS, Fed Ex, Post Office, Plumbers, Electricians, Appliance Repair people came just to see her and she ‘assisted’ them in their work by smelling every tool.  She helped me quilt, laying under the longarm or behind me at the sewing machine.  We even designed a quilt about her.  We miss her greeting us when we walk into the house, we miss her ‘stalking’ me to ask my sons to let her out/give her food/give her water/walk her/etc.; we miss her kisses; and we miss the dangerous wagging tail–known to clear coffee tables of all glasses.  She tolerated our silly names for her:  Lucky-dog, Lucky-duck,  duck, sweetie, fruit loop etc.  We miss her shaking her head ‘yes’, rolling in the snow and prancing.

Lucky Reindeer
Lucky 2002-2014


I will be getting back to blogging and to quilting tomorrow.  I am working on some tutorials and even have some finishes.


Finish a long 2014, Goal check up


Here is the summary of what I’ve achieved since the first of the year.  I have made a lot of progress on Crimson and Tweed, the Quilts of Valor and Pie in the Sky.  I will be concentrating on binding in March.

1.  Pie in the Sky (pattern by Kim Diehl)

Pie in the Sky, EQ7 mock up, pattern by Kim Diehl
Pie in the Sky, EQ7 mock up, pattern by Kim Diehl

The quilting is done, I need to sew the binding and the label on it and write a blog post.

2.  Flower Strip quilt–the quilting is done, I need to sew the binding and label on.

3. Winding Ways–the quilting is done, I need to sew the binding and label on.

4.  1930’s reproduction quilt–the quilting is done, I need to sew the binding and label on.

5.  Quilt the 4 9 Quilts of Valor tops which I have received, mail them and write blog posts.

6.  Finish Imperial Blooms, pattern by Sue Spargo (

7.  Finish Crimson Tweed, pattern by Sue Spargo.  I am applique-ing the borders, but will take off time to bind other quilts.

8. Riley Blake Modern Quilt Guild Challenge.  Here is part of my mock-up in EQ7:

Riley Blake Challenge

The fabrics have arrived and I am so excited to start sewing on this wall quilt.  I am so thankful for the fabric which Riley Blake ( provided to all of the members of the Modern Quilt Guild ( ).  Of course, I couldn’t resist adding some additional Riley Blake to my design.  I have quilted it and need to bind it and put on a label.  I’m so sorry it wasn’t in time for the MQG challenge.

9. Mission Triangles, this is a quilt I have made with the help of our Mission Stitchers group at Onalaska UMC from donated flannel triangles.  It will be soft and warm.  Here is the EQ7 mockup:

Mission Triangles
Oh my, will the flannel ever end?  I have sewn and trimmed half of the squares.  My buddy in this project fell on the ice and broke her wrist.  I can hardly wait to finish the quilt top(s).

10.  Log Cabin quilt–the quilting is done, I need to sew the binding and label on.


11.  Various mug rugs, place mats, and table runners–the quilting is done, I need to sew the binding and label on.


Linking up with:

Swirls, and Pearls and Wonky Stars

My headline today sounds like one of those late 60s early 70s pop/folk hits, (think Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell) but this fun quilt is on the longarm right now.  I received a ‘Wonky Star’ quilt to quilt for Quilts of Valor.  It was one of those quilts where I had either too many ideas or not enough ideas, sometimes at the same time!!  The quilt is a fresh modern design with speckled, dotted, and flowered fabrics.  I knew that I wanted to use a quilt design which is fresh, and modern.  I think Anita Shackelford’s design ‘Modern Snails’ is just perfect.  The design adds interest without overwhelming the quilt top design and it quilts out beautifully.  I hope the recipient of the quilt likes it!!

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I had a good weekend–I had plans to drop my son off at Solo and Ensemble contest, go to Embroidery Club, pick up my son at Solo and Ensemble along with my niece, and go to a quilt retreat  all before 5–I thought I would expire from all of the fun.  The dog was quite concerned because I packed up my sewing machine along with my supplies, I’m sure she thought we were moving again.

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Snow made me stay home from the retreat, Solo and Ensemble went well, and I was able to go to Embroidery Club.  I can’t wait to share what I made there.  Linking up with Pile of Fabric and My Quilt Infatuation.

 Have a quilty day!

Quilts of Valor

The Quilts of Valor foundation delivers comfort in the form of a quilt to combat veterans.  Longarm quilters volunteer to provide batting, thread, and quilting services for quilt tops.  I’m lucky to assist quilt makers finish their quilts with quilting.  Before Christmas I quilted 4 quilts for a client.  I changed the original quilting design so that I could place each block’s individually and have my Statler Stitcher quilt from one edge to another.  I’m really thankful to Joan Knight, Page Johnson, and Anita Shackleford who taught me how to edit designs.  The design which I modified was Flower Block 6 with Star which came standard on my Statler. Modifying it to stitch from each block’s point to point was well worth the effort!