Memories, Stash, UFO's

Everything Old is New Again!

I decided to get a jump on New Year’s resolutions and began organizing my fabric stash. Since I haven’t done much garment sewing since I started quilting (nearly 20 years ago) I decided to start with the fabric normally used for that purpose ie. non-cotton fabrics. I came across a pattern         that I had cut out and embroidered when I found out that I would become a grandmother for the first time (More than 28 years ago!!).

My daughter had decided on a carousel theme for the nursery. I embroidered a carousal horse and when we learned that the first grandchild was to be a boy I put it away; deciding that it was too ‘girly’.

As it so happens one of my granddaughters is due to have a baby girl in March.  So of course I quickly abandoned the organization chore and decided to finish the romper for her shower in January.

I do think that my granddaughter will get a chuckle out of this gift and hope that she likes both it and the quilt that I’ll give her at the shower.

Now I guess I have to get back to the stash organization.  Darn!!

There is always time to quilt!

Do You Really Rest on a Quilt Retreat?

I just returned from the Thumbstall Quilt Guild annual retreat at the Watson Homestead in Painted Post NY and was greeted by a friend with, “You look so rested!!” Rested – I don’t think so…. I came home exhausted but rejuvenated at the same time.

It’s an extended weekend that I look forward to as soon as we leave the current weekend. Friendships are nourished by quilting retreats. A weekend quilting retreat is full of laughter and being able to actually talk to with my quilting friends. We normally see each other about once a month at our membership meetings but there is so much that needs to be accomplished there that we don’t actually get a chance to talk with one another. We definitely change that at the retreat.

Quilting with Friends

In addition to the fun we actually do get some quilting done. By far the most important part of the weekend is the camaraderie. I can quilt as much as I want at home – but these friendships only grow when we get together like this. Nothing outside to get in the way. No meals, housework etc. etc.

Some of us spend the weekend shopping and some just get in as much as quilting as possible. I tend to try to do the later. One shop I have to visit though while in the area is Witches Stitches in Big Flats, NY They carry a great variety of quilt fabrics and supplies along with cross stitch, embroidery and my favorite wool. I couldn’t resist a new snowflake pattern and some wool to go with it. Can’t wait to get started.

As far a quilting on the retreat was concerned I was able to complete the blocks for a new great-granddaughter’s quilt who is due to arrive in March.

Almost Done!

All in all I considered – it a very successful weekend!

There is always time to quilt!
RVing, Travel quilting

75 Days to Spring?

Here we are stranded in the middle of a Walmart parking lot in Savannah GA. We decided to take our newly acquired camper South to visit friends and family over the holidays. Traveling from a vIsit with friends in Florida to my son’s home in North Carolina, today we are caught in the middle of an ice/snow storm. So we decided to fill the propane tanks and water jugs – and wait it out

Kids everywhere are the same!

Of course my husband couldn’t resist his turn in the snow


Only he could find something to photograph in a Walmart parking lot

To make matters worse we’ll just found that the weather in our hometown, the “snow capital” (Syracuse NY), is sunny and the roads are clear!

One of many

Luckily I have my iPad and more projects with me than I could finish in a month.There is always time to quilt!

Scrap Quilting, Tips


Have you ever thought that there must be something that could be done with the half-square triangles that are left over after trimming flying geese.  Well I finally have completed a project that I think turned out pretty well.

If you ever forget to hold both top and bobbin threads when starting to sew a seam with your machine,  you may very end up with sewing machine ‘vomit’ on the bottom fabric.  Yuk!  I sometimes use a leader fabric (a fabric scrap at the beginning and end of the block I am sewing.)  So why not use these leftovers for the leader block?

I now have started a collection of scrap triangles.  Many of my fellow quilters have been giving me their scraps.  (Lucky me!)  

What to do with them?  I like the look of a scrappy quit that looks what I call ‘scrappy coordinated’.  An internet search turned up a plethora of half-square triangle block quilts.  A few sites are:

Churn Dash Blocks

I decided on making a churn dash quilt using the discarded half square triangles from a quilt that a friend is making for me.  What a find this turned out to be!

Finished Quilt


I got so caught up in the process that I had to make the backing scrappy too.  The result a reversible quilt.

Quilt Back


What a find!


 There is always time to quilt!

RVing, Travel quilting

Now This is Camping!!!


We have finally replaced our travel trailer and took it on its maiden voyage last weekend!

Now this is really my idea of camping.  I love to set up my sewing machine in the campground, outside – it’s quite a conversation starter.


We decided to really make this camper our own with some of my quilts and Tom’s pictures.



Since it’s so late in the season, we only have plans to take the camper out two more times this year: a trip to Seneca Lake next month and down south during the Christmas holiday to visit friends and family.  Of course we may have to plan another trip if Mother Nature decides  to extend the season.  Who would have thought that the temperatures would be near 90 the last week of September in Upstate NY and that we’d be running the air conditioner.

I definitely will have hand quilting projects to bring with me!There is always time to quilt!