Back In The Saddle again


Spring is here in the Central Coast of California.  We were blessed so far with near normal rainfall this rainy season after years of severe drought.  This photo of the wisteria over our patio is the best bloom we’ve had in years.  The honey bees are having a heyday buzzing about the gorgeous blossoms.

Spring is one of the reasons why my poor blog has been ignored for the last few months.  I’ve been busy with getting the garden cleaned up, including pruning around 60 rosebushes and 24 fruit trees.  Also we have trays of tomato seedlings that will be ready to go in the garden in another 6 weeks or so.  I still have to get the other vegetables ready to go in.  Time is running out.  It always seems time is running out.  Since I’m the volunteer bookkeeper for the little country church that we belong to, I’ve also been busy getting the end of the year/tax season chores dealt with as well as our personal tax information.  But that is all finished and I can return to the “normal” chaos.

Don’t think I have ignored my quilting though!  I have started and finished several projects in the last few months.  This is a photo of the table topper and the back of it that I made for my quilting buddy’s birthday.  She loves her “girls” as she’s named her chickens.


I also finished the Half Square Triangle Hell quilt that I was complaining about earlier.  Here is a photo of the ho-hum original block, and the blockbuster secondary pattern that one gets in the finished product (the pattern is called Joanne’s Quilt).002002

One of the other projects that I worked on was making an eight foot by 4 foot banner at the request of the local Episcopal church’s vicar.  I forgot to take a photo of it after it was finished, but here is a photo of it partially done pinned horizontally on the design wall.  There are 3 of the Celtic crosses evenly spaced over the 8 foot length and it is bordered all the way around in black.005

There are several more projects that I have done, but now I’ve got to get back to getting chores done so I can spend the rest of the day working on another medallion quilt that has me stumped as to which pieced border to add next.


Too much to do; too little time Tuesday

Gosh, I can’t believe its been two months since my last post. I’ve been quilting my little fingers to the bone…finished up three quilts…or maybe its four. And I’ve been having a great time on my longarm machine.
Here’s a photo of one of my finished quilts.
I learned this pattern and started this quilt last October at a class at the quilt guild I belong to (or Quilter’s Anonymous, as I refer to them). The class was geared to learning new techniques for HST, flying geese, and the “trumpet stars” you see in the quilt. In the process, I learned of a fabulous tool to make Triangle-in-a-square pieces aka V-blocks. When I have some more time, I’ll share that tool with you.

The fabric I used is all Christmas fabric that was donated to the local quilting group I belong to. I didn’t want to buy any fabric to complete the quilt, so you’ll notice the many different background fabrics. This was a mistake because I had to try to match each component with the adjacent background fabrics, so it was like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Oh, well, live and learn. I think it came out pretty well, and now I have a Christmas quilt to use on our bed for December.