Frogs, Frogs and More Frogs

On a quest  for a present for my great-granddaughter’s second birthday, I thought of the frogs that my mother-in-law made for all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren (more than 40 in all) over the years.  I was hoping that she still had the pattern.


Not only did she have the pattern but she had one cut out and waiting to be sewn.  It took less than two hours to complete the frog – This makes the frog a gift from great grandma and great-great grandma – and so the tradition continues!IMG_1231


I was curious to see if the pattern was still available.  An online search turned up a copy on eBay for $8.  The original pattern cost 35¢ in the late 1960’s .IMG_1232

There is always time to quilt!
Kayaking, Memories

Summer in Upstate New York

Just spent 3 days last week enjoying the beauty of Upstate New York.

Last Tuesday friends invited us to join them on their boat cruising Otisco Lake.

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The eastern most and one of the smallest of the Fingerlakes,  the name is Iroquois for ‘waters much dried away’.  It was once marshland but dams built in 1869 and 1908 made the area the lake it is today.


This weekend was spent camping with my daughter and son-in-law kayaking on Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks.  It was certainly the highlight of the trip!

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There’s nothing more peaceful and refreshing than paddling a kayak on a beautiful summer afternoon.

We also saw a number of loons including these two juveniles.


The adults quickly disappear beneath the water as you approach but the youngsters are very happy to swim and frolic as you are paddling by –  and are not camera-shy.

This is one of the many reasons we live in Central New York!  There is an abundance of lakes such as these – right in our backyard!

There is always time to quilt!
Applique, Embroidery, UFO's

Back in the Grove

Now that the 2016 AQS Show is over, it’s time for me to get back to some ‘real’ quilting!  AQS asked Thumbstall Quilt Guild to organize the volunteers for the show to be held in Syracuse.  It was quite a feat to accomplish filling the more than 400 volunteer slots that they needed – but the committee of 12 guild members recruited, not only from our guild, but other guilds in Upstate NY.  We enjoyed the opportunity to host the show in Syracuse and now that it’s over, I’m looking forward to getting back to some UFO’s and of course some new projects.


I decided to begin on a project that was started in 2008.  The background for this Old World Santa was completed and the applique pieces cut, but I never did finish it.  Now the applique is done and the center quilted.  – Just have to quilt the borders and it’s ready for binding.


Old World Santa

Old World Santa

I’ve been working on my Fall table runner.  Just have to finish sewing on the binding.  – Not my favorite part.  However a bit of time on a beautiful summer afternoon earlier this week , enjoying the hummingbirds as they come to visit:


certainly gave me a good start.

Quilting Complete


Now to get back to the quilt I was working on in January.  This seasons quilt was purchased at Susannah’s in Watkins Glen in 2014.  It took me about a year to complete the embroidery blocks and I began the piecing of the blocks in 2015 at a quilting retreat there.  It was put aside when I began working on my youngest granddaughter’s graduation quilt this past March.  Now I can finally get back to it.

Just 6 more months to complete!



There is always time to quilt!
Machine Quilting, Quilt Design, Quilting and the Internet

I Took the Challenge

Pat Sloan posted a UFO Busting Challenge today.  Choose one UFO and work on it for at least 10 minutes and then post a photo on her website.

Un-quilted Table Runner

Well I decided since this was supposed to be a rainy Monday – it would be a good way to spend the day.  As it happened, it only sprinkled for a short time this morning but that gave me enough incentive to work on this quilt.


The top for my Tumbling Leaves table runner has been completed and sandwiched for some time now – Just begging to be quilted.  My good friend Mae gave me the kit because she knows how much I like autumn colors.

Of course this project took more than 10 minutes – but once I got in the groove – I just couldn’t stop until it was finished.

First step was to make the practice sandwich:

Practice Sandwich

Practice Sandwich

Then on to actually quilting the top:

Quilting Detail

Quilting Detail

I was off and running.  An hour or so later it was finished!


Quilting Complete

Quilting Complete

Sometimes the hardest thing to do – is to start a project.  Now all I need  is an incentive to finish the binding!

There is always time to quilt!
Applique, Hand Applique, Scrap Quilting

One down…99 to go…

The first block of Pat Sloan’s Splendid Sampler premiered today – and how appropriate – a ‘heart block.’  Each week two patterns for 6-1/2″ blocks using various techniques by multiple designers will be available for download.  Here is my first one.  I hope the rest are as easy and finish so quickly.  I chose to hand applique the heart – needle-turn is not as intimidating as many people fear.


HummingBird Heart

HummingBird Heart

Definitely not a traditional Valentine Heart – but I think it makes a dramatic statement.  I was attracted to this project because I can use some of my scrap stash – which is quickly taking over my storage area!  Normally I’m not a fan of scrap quilts – unless they are, what I call, coordinated scrappy.  Let’s see how I do with this project.

There is always time to quilt!