A Slow Recovery

As it turned out, my July post was overly optimistic and the shoulder recovery has been slower than anticipated. I have been gradually able to piece more and more but in short bits of time. Using a lighter iron helped some but lots of physical therapy helped more. Finally, last week I was able to resume free motion quilting for short amounts of time.

The result is that my finished quilt total for the year has been very skimpy. I have a few things close to being finished. I’ll post pictures as I finish turning the bindings. I did finish two of these quilts. My friend Tracy gave me a kit that she wasn’t going to make. I took that fabric, added a bunch more, and decided to make X blocks. I made enough blocks early in the spring to put together two quilts like this one. They are 40 x 60. One went to Piece Mill Quilters for a donation quilt. The other will go to Bits N Pieces as a donation quilt.2015 Tracy's X Blocks I

I did find that I could knit with limited shoulder motion so shortly after my surgery, I  started knitting some small projects. Years ago, before my life as an obsessive quilter, I was an obsessive knitter. It’s been fun this summer to get the knitting needles out and play with yarn. I’ve finished a couple of cowls including this one.Marsha's bandana cowl I also finished a pair of socks. Then I did a quick pair of fingerless mitts.socksIMG_1720

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It’s been awhile!

Hello everyone! After a long silence, I’m finally back! This blog mostly functions as my sewing diary but I haven’t sewed for almost 3 months. This was due to a shoulder injury, followed by shoulder surgery, and followed by a long recovery period. Happily, I can now sew again. I’m still not quilting, and pressing is a challenge but I can sew a bit which makes me much happier!

This last weekend I was ecstatic to be able to go to a quilt retreat! I joined a group retreating in Brunswick, MO at the Sew Sweet Quilt Shop and Retreat Center. This is a lovely shop and a fabulous retreat place. IMG_1503

We stopped on the way on Friday for lunch at lovely little place in Moberly, MO called The Southern Yankee which we found through Yelp. I had the Maple Bacon Chicken with sweet potatoes and garlic, parmesan roasted corn. Yummy!

At the retreat center, we had a great weekend. We explored Brunswick which has a population of 858. It claims to be the pecan capitol of the country. Michele and I had our picture taken in front of the world’s largest pecan in downtown Brunswick. IMG_1504The town was founded in 1836. Lewis & Clark stopped on the hill overlooking the site that is now Brunswick.

We took some walks around Brunswick and found this fabulous Victorian for sale. Hopefully someone will buy it and restore it to its former glory!

01-folk-victorianThe retreat center has a gourmet kitchen, luxurious hotel-like sleeping rooms and, of course, an attached quilt shop. What’s not to love! Here are a few shots of the retreat. It was just so wonderful to spend time with fellow quilters and finally sew again!

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Puzzle Quilt

My collection of Paula Nadelstern fabric has grown over the years so I’m excited to finally start using it. I’m taking a class at The Quilted Fox on the Puzzle Quilt. Today I completed the first 2 blocks.Puzzle block 3 Puzzle Block 3b

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February Finishes

2015 Jelly Roll Squares 2015 Smoke and Sunshine








I managed to finish two more quilt tops in February. I named the bright one Jelly Roll Squares. The gray and yellow one is called Smoke and Sunshine. The patterns for both of these is in the book Precut Quilts by Janie Lou. Janie Lou’s is a great newer quilt shop in St. Louis. Jelly Roll Squares is 62 x 72. Smoke and Sunshine is 42 x 52. These both with started with pre-cuts and are part of my project to use up some of my pre-cut collection this year.

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Finish #3 for 2015

2015-Drop BoxThis week I started quilting on all the quilt tops that I made during the 2 January retreats. The first one finished from the group is Drop Box. This is a pattern from the book Take 5 Fat Quarters by Kathy Brown. I’ve seen this pattern made in several fabric combinations and they’ve all been great. This one started with a free fat quarter packet. The colors are not my favorite, but I’m sure someone out in the world will love these peachy and warm tones. This is part of my 2015 goal of using up some of my precuts and turning them into donation quilts. The quilt is 42″ x 55″.

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January Retreat #2

What is better than a retreat? How about 2 retreats! The Bits retreat was lots of fun and very productive for all! I finished 2 and a half quilt tops. Again, these are smaller ones that might end up as donations or kid’s quilts. Here are the 2 that are completed.photo 1 (3) photo 3 (3)I now have 5 quilt tops that need quilting!






There were lots of other interesting projects in the works. Here are some of them.


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First Finishes for 2015

puzzle sqAlthough my goal was to finish this one in December, I didn’t get it quilted until January! But now it’s finished. The pattern is called Movement in Squares by Wendy Sheppard. The fabric in the squares is mostly from the Mosaic collection by Marcia Derse. It’s 54″ x 62″. After I take it to show and tell at my guilds, it will go to California to hang in Beth’s new office.

My second finish was much smaller! I sewed together my leftover blocks from the One for the Money quilt and made a table runner. A little quilting and it will make a great donation for the raffle at the next Bits show!

2014 One for the money table runner

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January is Retreat Month!

What is better than going to one quilt retreat? Going to two quilt retreats in one month! Last week I went to the Piece Mill Quilter’s retreat.  On Wednesday, I’ll be going to the Bits and Pieces retreat!

We had 4 great days of quilting with good friends at the PMQ retreat which is always extra fun because we have two former members, Bonnie and Sherry, who return for retreat. It’s always good to see them! I finished 3 small quilt tops.Smoke and Sunshine

My goal this year is to start using up some of my many precuts. Many of these were free ones from Quilt Market or things I’ve won. Some of them are ones that I’ve actually bought!

This is Smoke and Sunshine. The pattern is from “Precut Quilts” by Janie Lou. The quilt top is 49 x 52.5. It started with a free charm pack from Studio E.


intersectionsI named this one Intersections. The pattern is also from “Precut Quilts” by Janie Lou. I started with a fat quarter packet that I won at the December Piece Mill Quilters meeting. I added the shaded fabric that connects the blocks. It’s a Nancy Crow piece that has been in my stash for at least 15 years. The color was just perfect! The quilt is 41″ x 57″.beads on a string

Beads on a String is the third quilt top I finished. This one is a pattern from a new book called “Take 5 Fat Quarters”. I actually had 7 fat quarters so I was able to make the quilt a bit larger than the pattern. The quilt top is 42″ x 56″.

Quite a few quilt tops or quilts were finished by the 17 members present. Here is a sampling.



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Year End Finishes

This month I decided that I was going to try to quilt all my unfinished quilt tops by the end of the year. I had four ready to quilt. Currently, I have three completed! Yeah! The first was Australian Adventure. I had been wanting to do something with Australian fabrics for a long time. When I found this pattern, I knew it was the perfect one. It’s Pyramid Scheme by Pa Dinndorf of Aardvark Quilts which was published in Quilt Magazine. It is 49″ x 64″ so it is a good wall quilt or lap quilt.Australian AdventureNext, I quilted “The Big EZ” by Bloom Creek. It’s 63″ x 79″ and all in fabrics from The Quilted Fox. This was a great pattern to feature some big prints.Big EZ QuiltFinally, I finished my quilt from the One for the Money pattern by Grizzly Gulch. The quilt is 53″ x 65″. I started with a beautiful red and gold stripe from the Valley of the Kings Collection. It’s been sitting in my stash for several years and this seemed like the perfect project for it.One for the Money I just have one more quilt top to finish by the end of the year. Do you think I’ll make it?

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A Nautical Quilt

Nautical baby quiltI just finished this very nautical quilt for a new baby. The parents requested a nautical theme with navy, yellow and aqua. Collecting nautical theme fabrics in the Midwest was a little tricky but I finally found enough. The quilt is 60″ x 72″. It will go to Portland, Oregon next month. The baby is due early in December. This was a fun quilt!

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