Saturday, December 26, 2015


Kaleidoscope is 54 x 54 quilt for my best friend's birthday.

It is hand quilted with swirls.

It has a cute background and green binding (her favorite color).

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Red Orange Black

I have finished my quilt for the Guild quilt along. It measures 40 x 54 inches. Definitely a lap size quilt for Little I who is peeking at 6 feet tall rather than the 5 and half  he was in January.

I hand quilted each block in a separate pattern using white, black, red or orange thread combinations.

For the monkey that doesn't need a quilt.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

100 Houses

I am the proud owner of 100 house!!

Oy - the cleaning and mowing! Wait they are only 4 1/2" tall! :)

I would like to give special thanks to my bee buddies for making 39 of them. I refined my process ato make one house block in 35 minutes. I estimate that at a minimum of 60 hours went into creating this neighborhood. Time to size them up and set them with a one inch border.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Houses Under Construction

I don't like projects dragging on so I have set my goal of completing house construction of my bee block quilt by year end. I have fine tuned my process and can make one house in 35 minutes. I am making on a day. A small city is appearing on my design board. 100 houses is the goal total and there were about 50 completed before this flurry of construction.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Outlander Swap For Me

Linda made my swap. Here it is: a wall hanging, pouch, key chain (in Fraser colors), shortbread and Black Prince tea.

The absolutely darling wall hanging of Craigh na Dun.

Love those sheep and the dates.

Plus this bag with Outlander peg characters...

... so cute!.

I have only read 'Outlander' and 'Dragonfly in Amber'. At about 800 pages a book it is a bit much to schlep around. Book 3 will need to wait for Christmas break.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Outlander Swap

A small group of women in the guild are reading/watching the Outlander series. An Outlander swap was organized. We answered a series of questions on our preferences. We were to make a large item and small item and could be some extras (most probably in the food category - since chocolate/tea/coffee were questions :) ).

My Outlander likes orange and simple modern. I decided to make a table runner. I chose this Celtic knot pattern, which is not exactly Scottish, but the closest thing I could find since I need to work from a pattern.

She mentioned several fabric lines she liked. I chose Zen Chic's Filmstrip fabric line, since it had orange and enough coordinating colors for the knots. The runner is 4 knots long. It is 12 x 48 inches.

I machine quilted it using echo stitches.

Big R loved the colors and suggested we keep it! Ha-ha. She likes this style fabric. I said maybe you like it because the fabric line is "filmstrip" and you are studying film.

My smaller item is a scissor fob. It is probably something Claire would have on her scissors if she wasn't always using them to cut bloody bandages.

The pattern is from an Inspirations magazine. The fob cube is 7/8 of an inch. The paper scissors are traced from my small snipping scissors.

The bouillons are either one or two threads. I was very happy to find matching embroidery floss to make the tassel and cord.

For something extra: Walker thistle shortbread (with their own version of Jamie and Claire in the corner) and Godiva chocolate. I also found some hazelnut hot chocolate - for those late nights reading these lo-o-o-ng volumes.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Quilt Along 2015 - November - Diamonds

Oops! I confused my colors when paper piecing and my orange triangle in the middle row should really be red and the outside triangles should all be orange.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Bee Block Returned Part 2

Here are more Bee blocks. I have made some. There are about 80 more to make. :)