Archive for December 2017

I made a charm pack bag for a gift

When I worked I made multiple gifts for secretaries, administrators, teachers on my team and in my department. Since I was sewing for all of those people I also sewed for nearly everyone else in my life. I am amazed when I think back on it.  When I retired, I cut the list back to... Read more »

Changes at ChicagoNow and my blog

There are changes at ChicagoNow and my blog, let me tell you all about them. First of all, I blog as part of ChicagoNow, a community of bloggers who have sustained me for over five years. During that time I have had a simply terrific community manager, Jimmy Greenfield. I am a better quilter because... Read more »

Results are in for my 2017 goals

In January of 2017, I set 12 goals for myself. I am a bit nervous to see how I did. 1. iPod – I have been bound and determined to conquer this for years and in January I did strip it down and reload music. Then I got Alexa for my office and one I... Read more »

Fantasy Quilter family tree

When I taught Spanish and French we always learned the names of the people in a family. In order to make it real, I would assign them a family tree creation of ANY family, it just had to have the words and pictures. It could be their family and some kids were all over this.... Read more »

I found the perfect dog for me

When I was growing up my mother allowed us to have dogs and we loved them. However, we weren’t very good at feeding them, walking them or picking up after them. We may have made promises to the contrary but most of the work fell on my mother. When I had children, I had two... Read more »

Modern Improv Half Square Log Cabin quilt top is finished

I loved getting to an important part in making a quilt. Today I am so happy that the modern improv half square Log Cabin quilt top is finished. If you missed the block post, you can catch up here. I have to admit, it is not such an easy thing to put together a quilt... Read more »

A coaster exchange is a wonderful activity for a Quilt Guild

A coaster exchange is a wonderful activity for a Quilt Guild, I should know, I just got home from one. It was very fun and we had a lot of participation. A few people did not participate but since other members brought extras, everyone went home with a set. We loved them all and adored... Read more »

Children's birthday parties are the best

Recently my granddaughter turned 5, an eagerly awaited event. Zara has been waiting to be five since a few weeks after she turned 4. Kids are so happy to turn a year older, it’s just one of the many reasons why children’s birthday parties are the best. Zara invited her whole class, she brought the... Read more »

Review of Christmas Quilts Christmas Memories book and exhibit at International Quilt Festival

Here is the cover of the charming book which inspired the exhibit.
I enjoy making modern traditional quilts and I adore looking at all kinds of Christmas quilts. My favorites are combinations of red, white and green so I was in luck at the International Quilt Festival. Not only did I get to see the quilts, I purchased the book as well. I am combining the two... Read more »

Improvised modern half Log Cabin blocks are finished

Last July I had a once in a lifetime trip to the outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon. While I was there I attended a super class with Heather Jones where I made three blocks for a quilt. Here it is, December, and I am so pleased that the improvised modern half Log Cabin blocks... Read more »
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