Saturday, April 15, 2017


MOKA - Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas Quilt History Study Group meeting last weekend was WONDERFUL! This is my second time to attend a meeting and I have not been disappointed!

A colleague from work came along and shared a quilt and story with the group. Find out about this quilt and the utility patch quilt on the MOKA fb page. This a lovely red and white pattern with interesting concentric circle quilted inside the white blocks.

Program was held at the Bushwacker Museum, Nevada, MO Friday evening and the local county fairgrounds on Saturday with slide presentation and quilt viewing, a silent auction and great food! The program focused on Depression Era history and quilts and afternoon program was on Redwork and Embroidery quilts. What a treat to see many quilts from private collections shared with the group. I learned a lot including about the "Penny Squares" - stamped patterns on muslin blocks for red work embroidery from the Depression Era. (More on Penny Squares here). See the pictures below.
I am looking forward to the next meeting this fall!

Princess Feather

Wagon Wheel Signature quilt

Scrappy fans & more "make-do"

Star - love that yellow & scraps!

Bushwacker Museum exhibit: Items from Dr. Hornback's home

Pharmacy dispensary from Dr. Hornback's home, Bushwacker Museum

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Amish Ocean Waves & more

This is DD's project that began in the summer when she was home (for ACL surgery). It is being made for one of her mentor's who is such an encouragement to her as a woman in family medical practice.

After browsing through many books, DD selected design and colors based on a quilt from a historic Amish collection  in one of Rachel Pellman's books. We cut and sewed together off and on when we could in between DD's summer internship and while DD's leg was propped up and being iced. We ran out of time for finishing before DD had to return to school in the fall. We stopped before the last decision of choosing the correct background color. It was left to me to do and I stalled out! The sky blue matches the design that she colored in but navy blue was auditioned too, just in case the sky blue was too obnoxious. I think the sky it the best!

Next the dilemma of size. It seems a bit small to me although borders will enlarge to couch (or wall) size. That is probably just fine and I should get a move on for finishing! But there has been NO quilting this spring except a rare few minutes with the Bible Quilt applique. I do not expect my time to be freed up soon :( This semester is way overloaded with teaching classes, guest lecturing for a special request, taking classes (fabulous art therapy among others) and covering other classes for a friend with a family emergency who will be out for the rest of the semester.

There has been fun in Feb - something different and unexpected but wonderful ...that is DS is planning to go back to school in fall and has invited me to do road trips for college visits with him. FUN TIMES!

A personal non-quilting accomplishment recently was refinishing and trimming out three floors in our old home (Oct/Nov 2016 - although we still have not moved all items back in rooms and don't have furniture of the other room. We let DS take the huge garage sale acquired sofa previously when he moved out and there was nothing else of substance in that room; it was more a storage area). So this re-do has been a long time coming - since moving into this old house 17 years ago. First there was all the work on the other parts of the house we lived in daily, then repairs and upgrades that had to bee done (Did I ever report on the major sewer line, siding, and window replacements?) well, in the end... it looks lovely!

And last but not least I made it out to NYC to visit DD when she was studying there in fall. We walked over to Central Park on Sunday afternoon and spent the entire afternoon at the Met! Loved this Tiffany! It was brilliant and huge!

I hope to have more quilting news next time - Although it may just be a re-cap of more fall activities. At least I plan to post SOMETHING once a month. I have some baby quilts in the works (one partly made and one in the dreaming stage) for two family friends. This work is inspiring but keeps going to bottom of the list (with work on top).

Other quilt activities and plans are in the works... to be brought to fruition soon I hope! 
Happy Quilting to All!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Elephant Parade

Welcome 2017!
WOW! I see I only made only two posts in 2016 - both in July. How can that be - 2016 passed and quilting has definitely not been my focus. I have done some quilting in the second half of 2016.

Here is the completed Elephant Parade quilt! (began and finished summer 2016). Daughter hand embroidered the label and I tried my hand at machine quilting and binding again - it's been awhile and I've only tried 2-3 times before.


This quilt was lovingly sewn by daughter dear - with me as assistant/consultant but daughter's idea and actual sewing! The quilt was given to the very appreciative "mum" of a little boy who was the director of a research program at City of Hope that dd participated in for two summers. DD developed a mutual fondness and respect and is also appreciate e of the mentoring. The happy recipient proudly displayed the quilt on FB.  She also noted the DNA-like quilting in the borders - not surprising from a scientist (it was really a free-hand flowing cable design).

 See Elephant Parade original pattern at Sew Fresh Quilts Quilt blog. Layout, number of blocks and borders were modified a bit by my daughter. We used mostly scraps from the stash and had so much fun sewing together!

Let's go quilting 2017!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Quilting Review: 1st half of 2016

Although, I have not posted anything quiltish much since October last year, I have done a few quilt activities and been otherwise busy in addition to working too much as usual. No time to post about quilting for sure with current job responsibilities, teaching on the side, taking a few classes, trips to see daughter and travel lifetime trip to Alaska with my mom. (I should be doing something else now, but will get up early to catch up on other computer assignments). Here are some highlights beginning last fall, where I left off...

In October with hubby and college friends who planned this trip to celebrate their 30th anniversary. We made is our 30-year anniversary celebration too (about 6 months early for us) and had a blast driving to and cruising from Galveston in torrential rain, flooding, and strong winds that delayed our sailing out of port until the following day. Still the trip was SO Awesome! Since I am finding my photos of people right now, here are some fish seen while snorkeling in Roatan Honduras. What a wonderful trip! Ready to go there again!

In November I updated my office with a quilt! I made this in early late 1980s or early 1990s if I recall (I'll have to check the label on the back :) I love the colors and ocean waves always! It is named Flaming Ocean as a blend of my former and current life at the time I made it. Ocean Waves pattern for California where I grew up and red "flaming" for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Oklahoma whose native tribal emblem is fire, Pottawatomie also the county I'm in..., not to mention RED dirt in these parts! It is made of old scraps and pieces from dresses of my mom and me as a child, and scraps gathered from local garage sale clothing - looking for just the right warm reds and tans. A large shell design is quilted in the centers of light yellow blocks. Machine pieced and hand quilted. Full of many wonderful memories of quilting with friends in my early years of quilting. Still one of my favorites and the perfect art for this wall!

December was time for family in California. No quilting that I recall, although I take my handwork with me, not much gets done. Instead we play family games by the hour (Cared game Capitalism was the biggie this year). I also indulged in the annual cousins cookie decorating event!

January: I worked on Cheddar Cheese & Crackers - a mini-quilt from Lori at Humble Quilts. She offered a sew along a few years ago and I did not participate but kept this in mind to make sometime - modified a bit of course to go along with the fabric I had and enlarge a bit. I sewed off and on many evenings in between many house guests. I just love the old-time style and appeal! Plus she used a creative sewing approach to avoid setting in any seams.

Other big news for January is that ds moved out (after having returned from college a couple years ago). He is enjoying his job and moved closer to it. We are happy for him, but helping him move a HUGE sofa to his second floor apartment was NOT fun. Where are all the young strong college aged guys when you need them? Somehow, we out-of-shape 50+ year olds (+ son) managed without getting hurt.

February: A quick weekend trip to watch dd run, and jump, throw, and hurdle, in pentathlon and open hurdles. She is amazing! First time I have seen her compete in track in college (3 yrs). Had a great time using my voucher from previous trip last year when I gave up my seat for $700 worth of travel - YEAH!

I also attended the Quilts and Color exhibit at Oklahoma Museum of Art. A spectacular, up-close look at these lovelies visiting from the east coast. There was even one applique quilt!

I also spent a professional day at the State Capitol in March and stopped by to see many arts in the building including this lovely quilt of Indian Blanket quilt.
Attended Seminole Piecing Workshop of Shawnee Spinning Spools Guide (few hours as observer) with local Seminole piecing legend, Cleo LaValley - maybe her last class as she is 91 years young. Bought her book just in case I decide to try it out sometime. 
My cousin had a bridal shower - I did not get to go out west to attend, but saw the lovely pictures AND surprise, this quilt was part of the decor! I made this quilt for Kelsey when she was a little girl. Hope I signed and dated it but likely not, back then. But she and her mom recall who it was made for and who made it :)                                                                                                                                

April: Road trip to attend a beautiful wedding in the Ozarks at this lovely chapel for daughter of great family friends since college. We are honorary "aunt & uncle" to each others' (now grown) children. Congrats Tara & Matt!

May took me from coast to coast. Said goodbyes to dad who passed away a few days later in San Diego. Two weeks later I was in New York, (via Pennsylvania and Cleveland) to "fetch" daughter from college (really to help her pack up apartment and drive back to Oklahoma). She will be here all summer - a real treat for us since she has been away at school or internships since the week after she graduated high school.
We also worked on a quilt together! Her request :) What a thrill! One of her mentors from City of Hope recently had a baby and so she found a pattern online she modified it to her liking, we sorted through scraps, and I cut and pinned while she sewed and pressed. We worked about a week solid every night after work until 12am or so to get the top finished. Last time we quilted it was making her quilt as a child about 10-11 years old.

June was also a lifetime Alaskan adventure, dream come true for my mom, me and my daughter! Thousands of photos later (don't worry, I only posted three), it is still unbelievable! We all even did a zip line through the forest while there and I managed to find a few quilt shops to browse and learned about qiviut! (exotic arctic yarn made from muskox). This was planned as mom's trip with me, but she graciously allowed granddaughter to come too at the last minute (2 weeks in advance) once granddaughter's ability to travel overseas to Kenyan for internship tanked. Three generations and a lifetime of memories, most good :)

July started out in San Diego with family on the 4th. Enjoyed excellent food and a celebration of life after my dad's passing in May.
Dad, Mom & Me (2013)

I has been HOT now! Plus the yard has needed a good amount of attention for plants to survive! dd had knee surgery (only reason she stayed in OK this summer) and is re-cooping well but required some extra TLC (being waited on like a princess!) and still has her limitations. She's here for about 6 weeks until returning to east coast in NYC this semester). While here, she has decided it is her duty to help us empty cupboards, closets, garage shelves and everything to get rid of stuff. Great idea, just very hot and messy and not what I want to spend my after work and weekend hours on at this point. Still doing it.

Thinking about a baby quilt now that needs starting for a boy due in October. Bought the pattern while in Alaska. It will be fun! I am looking forward to what is ahead...I often have quilting on my mind at the end of the day with a quilt magazine or pattern book by my bed to flip through the pages as I fall asleep with the beautiful images in mind.

Friday, July 8, 2016

We have a winner - and it's me!

I have enjoyed many quilt projects and patterns from Gaye and had fun reading her blog at Sentimental Stitches Most recently I have even been collecting the 1857 Album quilt block free patterns she offers each month, although I have not made any of them. I also have Beyond the Cherry Tree patterns and have some progress making them (love those old red and green quilts!. Now she has blessed me with yet another treat by selecting me as the winner of her 20th Anniversary prize of EQ7. I can't believe it! Thanks Gaye! Next, need to take some time and post a blog update.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Rescue Quilt #2 Wedding Ring

Rescue quilt #2 is rather ugly in terms of color and fabrics. Just the perfect strangeness for me - which are quite obviously pieces of old dressed and shirts! It has returned from the quilter. This is unusual for me to hire out quilting - but it seemed fitting for these rescue quilts and I am pleased with the results. The wedding ring has been trimmed and and binding selected and cut while listening to online conference proceedings. It's great getting to accomplish both of these activities at once! Now for pressing and sewing on the binding in this curved edge quilt with inside corners. Should be a fun and interesting challenge.<>

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Rescue Quilt

It is quite fashionable for pet rescue and a worthy endeavor. Not being the biggest fan of furry pets, I have opted to attempt an old quilt top rescue. I have several old quilt tops given to me. This old quilt top was give to me by a friend. I've had it for awhile but thought to perhaps get some use out of it. It is many shades of lovely light pink with equilateral triangles design, but has some stains and imperfections, too.

I found a suitable sweet background print for it and took it to a young machine quilter to get an idea of her work. I have an idea for some custom work later, but this is just some simple pantograph curves and feathery leaves to compliment the angles of the pyramid shapes. I am pleased with the result and have already cut and pressed the matching binding that I will machine sew on - with the goal of getting more practice to improve this skill. Also in the photo is my new rotary cutter - with a big 60mm blade.
It is something new in my tool box and a gift from current guest resident in our home. It came in very handy for trimming this quilt in preparation for binding. AND.... I did it!! A binding - start to finish - machine binding on a full size quilt in one weekend (Fri-Sun) this past week, washed and fluffed an on the couch (for now). This was the most painless binding ever!
And what do I have here? Just what I don't need! More fabric - a little treat on a recent trip to a state-wide meeting with my boss. She was interested in stopping by a quilt store (to look at embroidery machines) since we just happened to be traveling on the road through Hennessey, OK. WOW! It's been awhile since I have been to Prairie Quilt and they have expanded quite a bit into a whole new sewing studio across the back alley. The previous classroom space upstairs in now all the sale items ... a sample of which is pictured here. I also bought some filled "lead' for my marking pencil. With so much applique in the past 2 years, I was almost out of my favorite product. For the fabric, I have a few specific ideas. First thought was the "Sticks" quilt that a couple friends are trying to find a time to get together and do (Maybe November?). Next was "Honey" (pyramid/hexagons honeycomb like design from Modern Patchwork magazine). With my new rotary cutter and some great rulers that I've had for while and not used yet, I am really itching to make a choice and CUT this fabric! Stay tuned for the results.