Jackie in Black & Grey

Jackie's Donation Blocks

Jackie’s Donation Blocks

I haven’t been able to make it to my PO Box recently and when my mom went for me, what a bonanza! Lots of fun goodies, including some blocks for the Black & Grey Teenaged Boy Donation Quilt from Jackie! WOW! What a great surprise and these blocks will really look great with the others I have.

I know I keep saying this, but I really, really need to put all the blocks out and take another picture. I need to see where I am.

This makes me think that I am continuing to make blocks for some reason that I don’t know or I haven’t decided to reveal? Perhaps these blocks are some kind of therapy?

I’ll think about it later.

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As Promised, A Journal Cover

Blue Tree Journal Cover

Blue Tree Journal Cover

I have two blue journal covers in process. One is finished (read on!) and the other is still in the piecing stage. When I wrote the previous post, I thought I used a picture of the other journal cover, but I actually used the picture of this Blue Tree journal cover, which is, happily, also the one I finished. For once I was organized even though I thought I wasn’t. ;-)

Anyway, I was about to finish all the pages in a journal and I needed to finish a new journal cover. I buckled down last weekend and put the finishing touches on this one. I finished just in the nick of time.

This journal cover is named after the fabric in the middle, which is a slice from a back I made some months ago with trees, White Birch trees, I think, printed on it.

Surprisingly, to me, at least, I started off with the front cover being the part of the journal cover you see on the left. It is ok in terms of interesting-ness, but nothing special. What was preventing me from using the other side, which I really liked, as the front was the Wizard of Oz fabric, which ended up smack dab in the middle of the part that was the most interesting.

I kept looking at the back and since the front and back are interchangeable, I just switched the cover around and am now using a new front. I like it and don’t even see the Wizard of Oz fabric.

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Henry 2

As you saw on a recent Design Wall Monday post, I have been working on another piece of mosaic piecing.

Finally, over last weekend, there was enough yardage to really make progress on another softie. I have had another owl on my mind and decided it was time to cut out the parts. I finished almost all of the cutting except the eyes and the beak.

Henry 2 in process

Henry 2 in process

This past weekend, I cut out the eyes and the beak. They required some fusible and interfacing, so I worked on that in between my other projects. I thought I might get him done, but I worked more on the Russian Rubix and made some serious progress there. There is plenty to do on Henry.

I also need to get more of the plastic beads I use to weigh down pincushions. This will all shake out this weekend or soon

The project is coming together pretty well. I am worried about not having enough schnibbles with which to fill him, but I am also trying to be Zen about the whole thing and let it happen as I need the pieces and parts. I am such a control freak that it is hard.

As with Henry 1, Henry 2 is for a friend who is going through a tough time.

I really liked making this owl and have plans for more. It is a good gift that makes people smile. Sadly, I am now officially out of scraps of brown fabric. I may have to dive into my brown yardage if I want to make more of these.

More soon.


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Various & Sundry #11 – mid October 2014

Have you taken a look at the tutorials page lately? There are a lot of great step-by-step directions on various quiltmaking techniques and I have made some updates lately.

Exhibits, Websites and Blogs

I have a quilt in an exhibit at the San Francisco Public Library. The exhibit, Primal Green 2, started on October 11 and will end in April 2015. This is a kind of follow up to our Primal Green exhibit from a few years ago. Read all about it in a recent newsletter.

Modern Quilts Illustrated will no longer have subscriptions. Read all about it on the Craft Nectar website.

Marie Bostwick has new shop on CafePress! This is something she has been working on “for some time. The shop features unique Cobbled Court themed merchandise including t-shirt, tote bags, coffee mugs and more, souvenirs of your armchair travels to the fictional village of New Bern, home of the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop.”

100% of profits from purchases will be donated to charity! Proceeds will be shared equally among The National Down Syndrome Society, Quilts for Kids, The Freedom Service Dogs Foundation, and The National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Banned Books Week passed and Tanesha and Sandy did their excellent work encouraging art quilts again using BBW as the theme. Tanesha has a comprehensive list of BBW links on her blog, Crafty Garden Mom. Take a look at the Flickr group for all of the entries, including past entries. I saw a post on a blog by a woman whose mother tried to alter school district reading list because of the content of the books. One thing that I notice when I read a book that someone somewhere has tried to ban is that the books seem really tame to us, especially those that are older. I also saw a post that discusses the 10 more popular reasons for banning books and gives examples of books that were banned. A great reading list, if you ask me.

Antonia left a comment on the Triangle Technique post and left her URL. I went to take a look and found a quilting search engine, Quilting Hub. I didn’t have a lot of time to explore, but there was a pretty comprehensive list of quilt related stores, guilds and other organizations when I put in my zip code.

I really like Jackie’s blog and I thought her recent Week in Review post was particularly good. I am amazed at how much she gets done in a week and I read her post wanting more info about all of her projects. I love the photos in her post as well.

Jill, over at the Quilt Rat pointed me to the Janome blog where I saw a great tutorial on installing a concealed zipper. The post is about using one of the Janome feet, so you get 2-for-1.

TFQ sent me a link to a site that shows how to make a Pineapple block with no paper piecing and no special rulers. I really think this is similar to the way the Possibilities ladies show how to make a Pineapple Block. I don’t know how I feel about it since I just bought the special Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Ruler.

Fabric, Tools, Books & Supplies

I saw a whole bunch of posts for the new Konas. finally I got to see them all on Pinterest. I am probably late to the party. My favorites are Jamaica and Heliotrope. What are yours?

Modern Stitch Holidays is available for purchase at the Interweave site. I haven’t been to any stores to see if it is available elsewhere. I love the colors and the pillow design is luscious. You know I am a sucker for turquoise! Still, I probably won’t buy this magazine as I rarely, if ever, make holiday projects. $14.99 is too pricey for eye candy right now.

Are you afraid you are a fabri-holic even though nobody is being injured or going hungry because of your fabric ‘habit’? Do you go on regular fabric diets? Read this post and give up those nasty habits. Enjoy your fabric!

Party Favor

Party Favor

Peggy gave these fabrics out as party favors when we did the Charity Sew Day. They are a little different for me, but I like them and it was fun to get a gift as a small thank you.


Aneela Hoey has a great post about foldover pouches. There are a couple of different styles and they look like they would be great gifts for friends. The larger pouch is about $9 and the smaller is about $7, both are for patterns only. While I was there I saw her book pouch as well. That is also a fun project.

I do believe that story quiltmakers tell about the ugly fabric making the fabulous fabric look even more fabulous. Ugly fabric is ugly and I am not using it. You can’t make me. ;-) Then I saw Jackie’s Ugly Quilt. The Jacob’s Ladder one. I really like it. I don’t want it, but I really like the way it came out. Jacob’s Ladder is a fabulous pattern regardless, but this quilt is not what I would consider ugly. There is a lot of interest, the eye moves around the piece and it is interesting. Good work, Jackie.

I made a bag for all of my cables and cords for traveling. I like it, but it is big. I have a lot of cords, so it has to be. I saw another version and like it very much. Free PDF pattern download.

The colors and yardage requirements for Bonnie Hunter’s Winter mystery quilt are posted (Posts will be retired on June 1, 2015, so print now). Is it that time of year already? No, I am probably not doing it, but I really like the colors. I have been thinking about color stories lately and Bonnie’s explanation of her choice of colors is a great story, though I am not a fan of her actual fabric choices- mauvey in the pink realm for me. You know I like BRIGHT and to each her own. I saw an article in House Beautiful with great colors. Since I am thinking of color stories there may be a blog post about it.


The Smithsonian is out of beta for their transcription project. They are crowdsourcing the transcription of hand written diaries that have been digitized. The examples aren’t really enticing for me, because they are famous people everyone knows a lot about already. I will be more interested when they start transcribing diaries of normal women who had ‘normal’ or ‘everyday’ lives – people like you and me who went to work, picked the kids up from school and made quilts. If you want to help, take a look at the instructions.

Road Show

Marie Bostwick is on the road again signing books. She had an event on September 26 and the subsequent dates are:

  • October 20 York County Quilters Guild, Rock Hill, SC
  • October 21 Greater Columbia Quilters, Columbia, SC
  • October 23 Florida Writer’s Foundation, Lake Mary, FL
  • October 29-31 Houston International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
    *Marie will be signing at The Craftsman’s Touch booth in the vendor mall on Wednesday during Preview, Thursday all day, and Friday morning.

*Marie will be teaching a day-long workshop for aspiring writers, “Conception to Completion: A Bestselling Author’s Guide to Writing.” See her website for more information. Visit her online calendar for more details or go to her website.

Last But Not Least

And one last thought….



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Doing Good in Black & Grey

Doing Good Blocks

Doing Good Blocks

I managed to finish the four blocks I was working on most recently, but couldn’t put together any new ones yet. I really need to lay the whole piece out and see what I have.

I had a few more choices in this group since cutting some additional patches. I like the way these look. they are as cheerful and happy as grey and black blocks can be.

I wasn’t ready for color when I started this quilt, but I am glad I am ready now. I started this quilt a long time ago and I can see the evolution of the blocks as time passes.

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Progress on the Russian Rubix

Early October Progress

Early October Progress

I did some sewing on the Russian Rubix, but not enough to call the top finished yet. I don’t have dates for finishing the top planned. It will get done when it get done.

I moved around some of the blocks with the blanks, because there were too many blank blocks next to each other. I am making progress. I have 16 blocks together and am sewing two to three together as I have a moment.

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Creative Prompt #279: Hello!

Hello magazine

Hello Dolly

Definition: “Hello is a salutation or greeting in the English language. It is attested in writing as early as the 1860s.[1]” (Wikipedia)

Evernote Hello

Hello is an interactive design agency. We create intelligent, living systems for people to experience.

Hello toothpaste, mouthwash, breath spray. seriously friendly oral care. naturally friendly. delicious flavors.

Learn a new language anytime, anywhere with Hello-Hello.

HELLO! has gladly said ‘hello‘ to a diverse slate of high-profile productions, producing provocative content for a wide range of media including commercials, etc.

Hello (2008 movie)

It’s easy to get swept up in a Drinking Culture. Every now and then we need a rope to pull us back to dry land. Hello Sunday Morning is that rope.

Lindt HELLO is the chocolate that inspires connections and conversations everywhere it goes.

The GNU Hello program produces a familiar, friendly greeting.

The latest Tweets from Hello (@hello). We like to build things. Meet Sense. San Francisco.

Hello Kitty!

At Hello Cupcake, we make our gourmet cupcakes fresh and from scratch, all-day, every day in our Dupont Circlhttp://www.artquiltmaker.com/blog/wp-admin/post.php?post=24549&action=edit&message=10e shop.

World Hello Day

Hello Ruby is a children’s book that teaches programming fundamentals through stories and kid-friendly activities.

Post the direct URL (link) where your drawing, doodle, artwork is posted (e.g. your blog, Flickr) in the comments area of this post. I would really like to keep all the artwork together and provide a way for others to see your work and/or your blog.

We are also talking about this on Twitter. Use the hashtag #CPP

The Creative Prompt Project, also, has a Flickr group, which you can join to  post your responses. I created this spot so those of you without blogs and websites would have a place to post your responses.

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Inspiration Thursday

Gerbera Inspiration

Gerbera Inspiration

I love this flower. I saw it at Maureen’s house and just had to take a photo.

I have looked at Gerbera daisies before and never noticed how the petals are much smaller in the middle. The petals look like they are unfolding from the middle outward.

I never ceased to be amazed by nature.

Enjoy and be inspired!

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Green T Quilt



As I mentioned yesterday, Gerre and I teamed up for the Charity Race Sew Day. we were 4th in line to pick fabric and ended up with a variety of green colors. Gerre and I looked at each other in disappointment, but knew that the recipient would like it and got to work.

We pushed two tables together and used that as our workspace. We laid out most (the table wasn’t THAT big) of the pieces, cut the background and Gerre started sewing.

Gerre & Jaye Blocks

Gerre & Jaye Blocks

After cutting the background, I paired up pieces and parts and handed them to Gerre. She put them through the machine. I cut them off, pressed them, then paired them off again with other pieces and handed them back to Gerre to sew.

I thought we did very well and sewed pretty quickly. Still, we weren’t first with a finished top. I don’t sew very quickly in general, and, though I wasn’t sewing, I was pleased that we were able to finish as quickly as we did with little or no drama. I was organized and got Gerre the pieces she needed efficiently. She was a sewing rock star. Our system worked.

After we finished the piecing, we found a vintage sheet that was large enough for the back and layered and basted the top. I thought we were being nice for some other guild member, but Gerre said that she will quilt it. I offered to bind it so the piece will be done when we hand it in.

Gerre & Jaye Blocks: Chunking in Process

Gerre & Jaye Blocks: Chunking in Process

I showed Gerre how to “chunk a top.” It is harder if you don’t have a design wall and lots of leaders and enders. That plug lump in the middle of the table didn’t help, though it was useful for making the machine work. We started making postage stamp blocks in between to try and keep the T blocks in order.

I really think this is a great pattern for charity quilts. It is interesting. There are lots of ways to put it together and it comes out well. I want to work with Gerre again.

Finished T Quilt

Finished T Quilt

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BAMQG Charity Sew Day

Worker Bees

Worker Bees

We finished 10 quilts and almost  11.

Worker Bees

Worker Bees

Peggy and Michelle did a great job organizing the Charity Day Race Game and 8 of the quilts we made were from the kits Michelle and Peggy put together before the event. They are awesome, dedicated and well organized.

Worker Bees

Worker Bees

We all got kits and set to work. Peggy had done a lot of the cutting already, so we all only had to cut backgrounds and sew.

Michelle and Jennifer worked on a red version of the T quilt with a lot of Joel Dewberry Notting Hill fabric.

I was on a team with Gerre and she took the first sewing shift. I wasn’t really paying attention to how other teams organized their sewing and cutting and pressing and pinning, but our organization worked very well.

Rhonda and Ruth worked on a turquoise version with some Pearl Bracelets and a lot of fish fabric.

Diana worked on a pastel version with some Aneela Hooey fabrics and Jennifer finished a second green top that really looked like light in a forest.

Karen and Joelle finished another red top with a lot of card game fabric that they joked they would give to Kenny Rogers. Peggy made a brown version that looked like candy and Michelle finished a second top with a blue solid background. Gerre and I finished a top with green Ts and a light background. the quilts all used the same pattern, but were so different and fun.

Gerre & Jaye's Bonus Quilt

Gerre & Jaye’s Bonus Quilt

After the T quilts were done many people worked on making postage stamp blocks, including Gerre and I. We made as many pink and white postage stamp blocks as we could, then we added in some yellow and white blocks in to bring the quilt up to size. We didn’t finish it. Gerre put me in the sewing driver’s seat and I kept screwing up when sewing the blocks together, so we pinned the blocks together and Gerre will finish the top at home.

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Expanding the Postage Stamp Donation Design

You have seen a number of donation blocks and quilts I have made for BAMQG using the postage stamp pattern. I wouldn’t have called it a postage stamp pattern; I would have called it a 16 patch, but postage stamp was what the Charity Girls called it, so we’ll move on and fight about names later.

The most recent quilt (still in process!) is the Black and Grey Teenaged Boy Donation Quilt. You know it; you have seen it 100 times. I make those blocks as meditation and to do something good for others. There is something about making those blocks that feels infinite. Infinite possibilities. I think simple blocks have that quality.

Cheryl's Postage Stamp Quilt

Cheryl’s Postage Stamp Quilt

Cheryl’s quilt is a perfect example. She took a number of different blocks, put them together and added an awesome border to make this donation quilt.

One thing is that I could use a lot of different scraps. I could use a similar border idea to finish the Black & Grey Teenaged Boy Donation Quilt. Perhaps I will use this idea when I make the next donation quilt.

There is another photo on Flickr.

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Dropping Out of the Russian Rubix

Russian Rubix top in process

Russian Rubix top in process

Lots of stuff is about process with me lately. That includes the Russian Rubix. I worked on it, finally, over the weekend and came up with, what I think, is a good idea: Dropping out.

By dropping out, I mean that I replaced some of the quarter squares with blank pieces of the background fabric and allowed the pieces to float. There wasn’t much else I could do with this very distinctive pattern and it seemed like the best solution after not really liking the idea I floated last time.

Dropping out chart

Dropping out chart

I made a chart of where the blank areas were when I took the last photos. I have moved things around a bit again, though.



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Finished: Kelly Bag

Finished: Kelly Bag

Finished: Kelly Bag

As I said in the previous post, I told you that I wanted to cover the raw edges and mid-week last week I had a few minutes over the course of a couple of nights. I started making binding for the inside and pinned it over the raw edges.

I used strips cut on the straight of the grain. I didn’t need to make bias strips, because I didn’t need to curve around anything that requiring some give.

The process I used to make the binding, very briefly, was to cut the strips, fold in half, then open and press the raw edges towards the center. Finally, I laid the pieces in a T, or cross, shape and pinned them to the bag. With that prep work done, I was able to find a time and just start sewing.

Sewing Binding

Sewing Binding

Pretty early on Sunday morning I put the bag under the machine and began sewing the binding down. It was so great to be able to start sewing right away. I thought this process would be awful and it really wasn’t. Yes, I had to sew slowly. Yes, I had to keep the handles and scrunched up bag body out of the way. Would the process have been better, if I had put this on before the top edge binding? It probably would have a looked just a bit better, but it really looks great.

Finished binding

Finished binding

I used thread to match the binding in the top of the machine and thread to match the outside of the bag in the bobbin. Yes, there are lines on the outside of the bag, but it doesn’t show much unless you look really hard. The Muggles won’t know.

So, I am really pleased with how this bag looks. The crosses look a little odd, but I like to think of it as a design element. I can try something else next time.

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Creative Prompt #278: Goldfish

Goldfish crackers

Definition: “The goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus) is a freshwater fish in the family Cyprinidae of order Cypriniformes. It was one of the earliest fish to be domesticated, and is one of the most commonly kept aquarium fish.

A relatively small member of the carp family (which also includes the koi carp and the crucian carp), the goldfish is a domesticated version of a less-colorful carp (Carassius auratus) native to east Asia. It was first domesticated in China more than a thousand years ago, and several distinct breeds have since been developed. Goldfish breeds vary greatly in size, body shape, fin configuration and coloration (various combinations of white, yellow, orange, red, brown, and black are known).” (Wikipedia)


Scientific name: Carassius auratus auratus
Rank: Subspecies
Lower classifications: Fantail
Found in: Utah Lake
Higher classification: Carassius

Live DJ Band

domesticated fish

Presenting Flash Tattoos x Goldfish Kiss (the GFK H20 collection to be exact) – a line of innovative jewelry-inspired temporary tattoos.

Goldfish is the easy to use solution for creating gorgeous, individual websites with the latest HTML5 technology in little time.

Carnival prize

Goldfish Memory (2003 movie)

World of Warcraft Tiny Goldfish – available from the Anglers

Goldfish VoIP services

The goldfish is a form of wild carp that has been kept by humans as pets since at least 970 A.D.


Post the direct URL (link) where your drawing, doodle, artwork is posted (e.g. your blog, Flickr) in the comments area of this post. I would really like to keep all the artwork together and provide a way for others to see your work and/or your blog.

We are also talking about this on Twitter. Use the hashtag #CPP

The Creative Prompt Project, also, has a Flickr group, which you can join to  post your responses. I created this spot so those of you without blogs and websites would have a place to post your responses.

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October To Do List

The FMQ Bag should have been on this list forever since April, but I have just put it on. I just started thinking about it and then I worked on it.

To Do List:

  1. Quilt Christmas table runner
  2. Wash fabric AKA The Great Unwashed (I am guessing this will never be off the list, but a girl can dream) ;-)
  3. Make stiff bucket or box for TP in main bath
  4. Make stiff bucket or box for TP in second bath
  5. Dragon Box (gift)
  6. Anna Maria Horner Multi-tasker tote (gift-due Holiday 2013- oops) – found the pattern, which is a good start.
  7. Make 3 notepad covers (gifts)
  8. Day in the Park backpack variation
  9. Make FMQ bag.
  10. Sew Bon Appetit apron
  11. Sew Church Ladies apron
  12. Binding on Wonky 9 Patch
  13. ATCs for CQFA January Meeting – I should have enough time, right?
  14. Blocks for BAMQG Opportunity Quilt
  15. Make free motion quilted piece into a bag

To see the 26 Projects Lists, which list quilt WIPS, visit the September Current Projects update. Last month’s to Do List is about the same.

All small items that have been completed since November 4, 2013 (prior to this month’s list). This really shows progress, right?

  • Sew on sleeve for Original Bullseye
  • Kelly’s Brown Round Robin
  • Pillow from cake tea towel
  • Try plain square for center of Russian Rubix blocks
  • Hand sew bottom opening in Shopping bag for BAMQG
  • Finish binding on T-Shirt quilt
  • Secret Santa gift for BAMQG
  • Kathleen’s Round Robin
  • Make sleeve for Original Bullseye
  • Finish sewing triangles for Scrapitude
  • Take apart Ribbon Star and resew
  • Color Group donation quilt
  • Binding for Color Group donation quilt
  • Make shopping bag for BAMQG
  • Sew coffee patch to red bag
  • Sew coffee patch to bathrobe
  • Sew green and red striped 8 pointed star (probably should include an item called “find background template for 8 pointed star!)
  • Scrap Lab backpack
  • Make binding for Disappearing Pinwheel
  • Petrillo bag #2
  • Bright apron as a gift
  • Paris apron as a gift
  • Finish tote for Mom‘s auction (new 6/2014)
  • Layer, baste Christmas table runner
  • Cut background for black wavy line 8 pointed star
  • Sew white on black wavy line 8 pointed star
  • Quilt/stitch fish postcard – finished
  • Make receiving blankets
  • Sew BAMQG label to donation quilt for Band Mom
  • Sew BAMQG label to green donation quilt back
  • Cut lining fabric for Church Ladies apron
  • BAMQG label to Flower Sugar donation quilt back
  • Sew sleeve on See
  • Sew facing down on See
  • Make donation blocks
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