Throwback Thursday, September 4


This is the first in a series of three quilts that I made in the 1980’s.  I wanted something with movement, not a static symmetrical block.  I found the unnamed block in a photo in a Michael James book.  I liked the diagonals mixed into it.

  Starting with some hand dyed fabric I had done in the sixties, I added every type of fabric that worked, including satins, velvets and plaids.  My vision was of a campfire in the woods, so each hand cut piece was added to enhance that effect.  
  I quilted it in the ditch, the only way to deal with all the different textures.

I was a member of Block Party Quilters in the Seattle area. This quilt was the beginning of my path into art quilts, which has been my most rewarding work.  With health changes I am more limited now, so I am doing simple things.  However, I always work out the patterns and colors for myself and am getting back into the creative side of quilting again.
I link up with RSC15 at, Sew Cute Tuesday at and Throwback Thursday at   Come along and join the fun.

Sew Cute Tuesday, Eat Healthy

At our Monona Quilters meeting last week I picked up a pile of similar pieces from the giveaway table.  When I got home I realized that they were all WOF and had an idea for an easy strip quilt. So I laid out the strips at half width to try them out and just look at some of the assorted produce!


I think that strips of the gold fabric will set them off nicely.  My friend and I were wondering who would want such a fruit and vegetable quilt.   Just then a delivery man came to the door and said he sure would like it!  No accounting for taste, so I will put this together when I am able to find the right gold fabric.

I link up with RSC15 at, Sew Cute Tuesday at and Throwback Thursday at

RSC15 week 30


This month has been momentous for me in my quilting journey.  In addition to doing my red balloon blocks, I finished my granddaughter’s quilt in time for her 14th birthday on the 17th.  It was the only bed sized quilt I have done since my first quilt for my daughter, Sarah’s mom, when she was 14.  That was before precuts, rotary strip cutting and mats.  I must have been crazy, or just innocent, to have done that first one.
  This rainbow zigzag quilt was Sarah’s choice, to match her room painted in rainbow colors and Beatles themes.   She made various choices along the way, even to the diagonal quilting done on my home machine.  
   On Monday she came to our Monona Quilters group and talked about her room.  She said that the quilt itself is the brightest thing in there.  She even took it with her to curl up beside her mom that evening.

For my red contribution to RSC15 I finished these red balloon blocks and have started on a couple of other projects.  One is a disappearing nine patch using charm squares, but softer colors.  The other is using the group of fat quarters I won in Cyndy’s giveaway, lovely modern patterns which will take me in a new direction. 

I enjoy linking with RSC15 and Sew Cute Tuesday each week, a and hope you will go see them.

Sew Cute Tuesday


I actually met my goal of making a quilt for my granddaughter for her 14th birthday on the 17th.  She helped plan this rainbow zigzag quilt for her bedroom painted in rainbow colors and featuring the Beatles.  With help from kind friends and my Monona Quilters group, it was finished last Thursday.  The back is brilliant yellow and bound in lime green. I machine quilted it in 8-inch diagonal squares on my home machine.  So glad it is done in only two months.  The only previous bed quilt I made was for Sarah’s mother when she was also 14, my first quilt made the hard way, before pre-cuts, rotary cutters and mats.   This was a breeze compared to a generation ago!

I link up here at Sew Cute Tuesday and at RSC15 with Angela, both great places.

RSC15 week 27


It’s been a busy quilting week for me. It’s also been beautiful weather, not yet in the 80’s. Happily I am on schedule to have the zigzag rainbow quilt pinned at our group meeting on Monday.  So here is part of the red streak for July.  It has been a lot of fun matching up the various fabrics and some colors are not as easy as others, red being one, because it doesn’t have a very wide range from light to dark.

Below is the top third of the rainbow so far.  I’m so happy that I promised this to Sarah, my granddaughter, for her birthday on the 17th.  The charity quilts are very gratifying to make, but then I say goodbye to them.  This will be around for many years, I hope.
I link up with Angela at Rainbow Scrap Challenge, and with Alyce at Sew Cute Tuesday.

SWT, rainbow quilt

I am making a quilt for my granddaughter who will be 14 in July.  She is a huge Beatles fan and has painted her room in rainbow colors.  So we decided on a zigzag rainbow quilt for her.  Last week I assembled all my rainbow fabrics and loved doing that.

 This is the beginning, with 21 red and and white 6.5 inch blocks.  It went really smoothly until I disciovered a tension problem, so I decided to blog instead; much less frustrating.  
She was excited to see this beginning to take place and I am glad to have a deadline.  Hopefully next week will be more productive.

I am linked up with Sew Cute Tuesday and RSC15.

RSC15 week 20

Thanks to all of you for the consensus that a bright and dark green mix would look best with my balloons.  So UW, Wisconsin, and UW, Washington are no longer rivals but teammates!  I am very happy with how the blocks turned out.

This is a new project during the fun part.  My granddaughter will be 14 in July and is nuts about the Beatles.  She has painted her room in rainbow colors, so I will naturally make her a rainbow quilt.  I just loved digging out my fabrics and deciding to supplement a few low color spots.  Out came the old credit card and the new stash will be here soon. I love being a quilting grandma!