The Four Remaining Boot Blocks

I admit… I was very tempted to throw them out. I thought there were three left, but when I cleaned my sewing room, I found another. *sigh*  I made two totes and two little wall quilts. The binding on the wall quilts is not stitched to the back yet, so it looks a little messy here.

The bags are lined and have interior pockets. The back of the pink one is pieced . The drawstring bag is made  with Michael Miller’s medium teal Fairy Frost fabric.

Now I have to take a break to do a current project – making a bench cushion for a client. But I’ll be back to my UFO Reduction soon!


UFO Reduction Report

This flannel baby quilt is made by sewing pairs of circles, having right sides together, cutting a slit in one side and turning them right side out. Find the inscribed square and sew along the straight edges. Open up the sides and stitch them down. Hey Presto. Instant quilt.  The pieces for this instant quilt have been sitting in my attic for about four years.  They were already turned right out; I just had to sew them together.

I think the reason I abandoned the project was that I started cutting slits on the solid side of the circle (WRONG!) instead of the printed side (RIGHT!), so I had to sew it in the pattern opposite of what I intended.  This is the one I finished four years ago. I like it much better:

I had three pieces left over, so I stacked them up, quilted a spiral through all six layers, and cut the edges so it would “rag up”.  A hotpad for my kitchen table!

Then I moved on to a Tumbling Blocks quilt. I cut the pieces many years ago, intending to piece it by hand while traveling or sitting on the bleachers at Little League baseball games.  (My sons are now 22,24 and 31.)  In the interest of finishing it in my lifetime, I just pieced it together by machine. Still a lot of work, with all those short little inset seams! I made it a nice wall quilt size, about 49″ square, because it wouldn’t have the same visual impact on a bed. I confess… I threw out the remaining 100 diamonds.

About six years ago, I made tote bags for all my female friends and relatives at Christmas time.  These two never got sewn up and have been sitting in a bag in the attic:

Then I moved on to those Cowgirl Boot blocks I mentioned earlier. I had 33 of them. They were kind of boring sitting up straight, so I set them cockeyed with spiky triangle borders.  I made a 20-block quilt, a 9-block quilt and am currently working on 4 totebags.

I’ll post pics of the Boot Bags when they are done.  I’ve also started on the pre-printed fabric project. I’m mixing up that fabric with some cute Noah’s Ark fabric to make a baby quilt. It’s pretty wild… I’m not sure the baby could actually sleep with it!

FINISHED!, For Sale!


Autumn Hot Pads
Autumn Hot Pads

Just in time to pull that hot apple pie or cinnamon rolls from the oven… a pair of maple leaf potholders in rich autumn colors! If it doesn’t feel like fall where you live, come visit me in Wisconsin. It is fall here. Definitely wool socks weather.

I just listed these in my etsy shop. There is a custom order potholder listing, too, if you would like to have some made to match your kitchen or for yourself or a gift in Christmas fabrics! That’s coming right up, you know. Shop for handmade gifts!



My Swedish Hearts quilt is all done! I quilted it in PINK! I did the hand sewing of the binding and sleeve while watching the Nero Wolfe episode, “Death of a Doxy.” I had listened to it on audiobook before, but I really liked this TV version better. That is unusual for me – I’m not a big video person.  It’s set in the 1970’s, with fun and colorful costumes. Check it out!