Monday, May 4, 2015


I should have been quilting.  But sometimes the draw of the winding road is more than I can bear.
Lowman, Idaho.  The view from The Haven.  Hot Springs, food, gas,etc.

Test driving the new air cushion.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Biggs Blocks

After my last post, I realized that I had the house to myself and decided to settle on to the couch for some hand work.

My cat is only a "lap cat" if I am trying to do some hand work.  This slowed my progress somewhat.

Thanks to "speaker phone" I was able to catch up with a friend while making these fussy little stems.  The center star and buds stitched as well as the bottom flower.  About half of the other flowers basted in place.

Needing to feel some accomplishment, I moved on to working the greenery on this block.  Bottom done and the right one started.

And more flowers basted in place.

I just realized that there is a 4th block I haven't started and the 5th for the year comes out in a couple days.  

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Pickle Progress

I am back to piecing on the Pickle Dish quilt. I think I worked out the mental math error I had made before.  And I'm trying to get over my need to keep the variety of fabrics evenly distributed.  (Scrap quilts make me anxious.)

I spent an hour removing the paper from the back of all the arches.  I think it is much easier to piece curves without the paper, and it saves tons of time later removing tiny bits of paper from the back.

It took me a while to remember the order in which to put those rings together.   I'm sure glad that I splurged and bought this magnetic pin holder for myself last time I was at my LQS.  Those curves are far more successful with a half dozen pins holding each together.

Tea break is over.  Back to the grind.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

SteamPunk Dragonfly #1

The prototype is finished and washed.  I used orange thread for the dragonfly, blue for the center background, and purple for the outer fill.  I'm pleased enough with it to use on the full sized quilt. Some of the details I was considering changing disappear with all the background fill.  I am still no-good at making straight lines with FMQ.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


I am so in love with this dragonfly.  This is my sample block to see if this is really going to work on a quilt.  This is from the back side.

I was worried about how the little details on the chain would work out.  It went surprisingly well.  Probably because I drew the design to start with, so the curves were my normal flow.

Next up:  drawing then quilting some interesting background fill.

Friday, April 17, 2015

SteamPunk Dragonflies

It's just a little bit wrong how much fun I am having tonight turning my lovely dragonfly sketches from last night into SteamPunk Dragonflies.

These goggles make me laugh every time I look at them.

The challenge is applying motifs that I also believe I can quilt.

These will be the corner blocks of the circles quilt posted a few days ago.

I am fairly sure that my plan exceeds my abilities.  But I never have  let that stand in my way.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Creative Ride

My bike completed her Primary Mission today.  She was purchased to complete fabric runs on winding mountain roads.  (Note the odometer 4022.  I bought her the end of August.  I live at 44 North.  Clearly, it's been a mild winter here.)

It was 75 degrees in the valley today, and equally delightful in Crouch, ID.

I bought 4 different orange batiks as I have recently discovered that I don't have any orange in the stash.  Which is weird as it was my favorite color when I was 5.  Oh yea, I remember why.  Maybe a story for a different day.

And I ran into a former neighbor in the quilt shop.

We had the road to ourselves being as how it was Monday.  Tons of sand and a fair share of rocks.  Typical Spring riding.

I have been really protective of "MY" Mondays off.  Hubby quit his part time job so is "really" retired now. I don't mind sharing my day off if it goes like this.

My nephew Phillip has claimed this quilt, much to my delight.  I've designed several "custom" quilts for him that never really worked for me.  I spent the ride thinking through quilting possibilities.

Our last discussion for design involved paisleys.  But he's a gear head, so I was trying to think of ways to use that to personalize it.  

Here's my first attempt.

Spark Spark Paisley.