Feathered Star done

I finished piecing my feathered star.  I did the borders differently than Ronda’s Spanish Rose pattern called for.  Instead, I used the template in the book Fans and Flutterbys.  I have used it before successfully, so didn’t want to re-invent the wheel.  My quilt, before the last border was not close enough to the measurement it said it should be to feel comfortable doing it Ronda’s way.  Hey….. there is always more than one way to do something!

As much as I like this quilt, I must say…. I am tired of looking at it and ready to hang it in the cabinet for quilting later.

And for fun, go see Gretchen’s blog for another version of this same quilt.  Very different, but also pretty.

I also got done with the applique on Cindy’s quilt for our round robin.  It isn’t perfect… which is why she will know that I did it!  This week, done is better than perfect.


My next project?  I don’t know for sure.  Something easy and scrappy I think.  I need to use my GO! cutter on some blue and yellow fat quarters that are singing to me.  Just have to decide on a pattern.

Amaryllis watch:

2 days ago:

And the taller one this morning:


2011 Snow Dyeing–Part 2

I ironed the 4 yards of fabric that I snow dyed yesterday.  Here they are.


They don’t look so great all together… but separately…





Next are close ups so you can see the broken glass effect caused by the dye that gets so cold in the snow.  Red/blue:



And Brown:


I really overdid it yesterday, so I took it easy today.  It was bitter cold and snowing again…. another good day for watching the birds.

They were in constant motion today.




We need to get to the feed store in the next day or two, we are almost out of sunflower seed.  We have gone through 50 pounds this month!  Fat birds?  Or just LOTS of birds?  Maybe some of each.

2011 Snow Dyeing–Part 1

Today was a beautiful sunshiny day, so I thought I would make it a great day and do some snow dyeing.  I got my fabric ready by soaking in soda ash, then placed it in my dye buckets.

I also got my cups of dye ready ahead of time.   I dumped about a TBS Urea and 2 heaping plastic spoons of dye into a cup of warm water and stirred it up.  I am an “accidental” dyer… I don’t pay much attention to measurements because I love the happy accidents that happen.

Then I went out to fill each bucket with snow.  DAMN!  It was about 5 degrees F!!!  F stands for Fricken cold I think.  (It was so cold today that Steve’s beard froze this morning…the moisture from his breath.  AND he broke one of the cows’ water buckets when he accidently hit it when breaking the ice.  The tub shattered.)  Sorry…. I digressed.

Then I poured 3 colors, a cup each, of dye on top of the snow.  They sat to batch for about 3.5 hours.

When most of the snow was melted (about 3.5 hours) I dumped the snow and dye down the sink and rinsed the fabric in cold water to get most of the excess dye out.

Once rinsed, I  threw them in the washer with Synthrapol and let them wash on regular cycle.  Then I washed with regular laundry detergent and threw them in the dryer for about 20 minutes.  I will iron them tomorrow and take more photos then.

Here is what I have so far:

A silk scarf:

1 yard red/yellow:

1 yard red/blue:

1 yard purple/teal:

1 yard brown:

So….. since the Bears lost (YAY!) the only thing that will make this day better is if the Steelers win!

Some crap you can fix, some you can’t

I fixed my mistake on the “Oh Crap” quilt.  This one is done until I get around to quilting it.  I have no idea who would want this one.  I will stick it in the cabinet until someone needs a quilt.


Steve’s business has been total crap this month.  We REALLY need to get more quilts in for him to quilt.  It hasn’t been this slow in years.   You can contact him through our website for Mazon’s Quilting.  I wish I could fix the economy.  (I was dreaming for a minute I guess)

It has been SO cold this week, more snow and wind, with sub-zero temps.  Of course we can’t fix the weather, so  Steve has cut more of this “booger” wood to help keep us warm.  It is elm, a VERY hard wood with a grain that is VERY hard to split.  This one was done with his brother’s log splitter and it kept getting stuck.  (thus, booger wood)  This is only 1/8 of the log, about 6 feet up from the butt.  The tree was about 150 yrs old. This kind of wood is great for burning all night.


And there are other things you can’t fix too.  My twin brother (bet some of you didn’t know I was a twin, huh?) was just diagnosed with cancer this week.  He has cancer in his lymph nodes, both lungs and in his liver.  It looks bleak.

Other family members that died of cancer are my Dad (age 40), sister Diana (age 51) and brother Irv (age 57).  My brother Gary (and I) are 57.  Did I say it looks bleak?

So…. for those that would like to, please say a prayer or two for my brother Gary, his wife Shelly, and his children: Adam, Mark, Jeff, Grant, Jackson and Taylor.  They range in age from mid 20’s (not sure how old Adam is, maybe 27 or so) down to age 5. Since I lost my Dad at age 7, my heart just aches for Taylor.

It is no secret that Gary and I are not close and never have been.  But my sister and brother, and many of my nieces and nephews ARE close and are really struggling with Gary’s illness…. so if you could say a prayer or send good vibes for them too, that would be great.

To end on a happy note…. I got new shoes that fit and are comfy.   This is huge good news for me, after breaking my foot 2 yrs. ago!  I hope the shoes help my back too.  I have been fighting back spasms for the last 10 days and finally am more comfortable today.

Next time, I hope I have more cheerful things to share!


Oh crap!

Have you ever used a quilt pattern that has lots of screw ups in it?  Or wrong measurements?  Or the pattern was just so poorly written that it made very little sense?  Yeah, me too.  I once followed a Pam Bono pattern and found measurements that were wrong.   I emailed her about what I thought was a mistake in her book.  In LESS THAN AN HOUR she emailed me back that I was correct and she apologized profusely.  What great service!  I have lots of her patterns and books, and will continue to buy them because they are well written and it was only once that I ever found a mistake.  Hey, we all mistakes, I know that.


So our little quilt group is doing a mystery quilt.  One of the gals had done this same quilt in her guild and she provided the pattern to any of us who wanted to participate.

Well, let me tell you…this pattern is crap.  There.  I said it.  There are 2 sets of directions…. for the less adventurous and the more adventuresome quilters.  But not 2 COMPLETE sets, only partial sets.  And only for some sections.  And SOME of the directions are for everyone, and some are not.  But it is not clearly distinguished.  And in the end?  There are NO directions at all for the last 2 corner blocks.  Crap.  Total crap pattern.  I wouldn’t give her a nickle for anything else she ever wrote.   I don’t know the gal’s name who wrote the pattern, only her blog title is printed on the pattern.

Whew!  I feel better.  Got that out of my system.

So I got the center put together.  Got the pieced border put on, making up my own blocks to finish the corners.  Still have 2 more borders to go.  Got that much done in the last 2 days.  Go in the studio this morning to admire my work….. and OH CRAP!!


It doesn’t pay to work on something when I am pissed off.  It is counter-productive.   So maybe I will wait till Sunday’s Steelers game to rip that bottom row out, flip it, and sew it back in the right way.

Round Robin..the beginning

For the online round robin I am involved with, my center looked like this:

It is laying on top of a black and white log cabin quilt, so disregard that part.

The first round, I got Jackie’s quilt.  I had to add a border using triangles.  Here it is:


The most fun part of participating in a round robin is getting to use fabrics you would never choose for yourself.  The design opportunities and challenges are always a bonus!

I hope to get some work done on the applique border on Cindy’s round robin quilt this weekend.  I showed it several days ago.




Star Borders

I’ve been working on my star borders for my Feathered Star quilt.  And damn if they aren’t too big.  I haven’t done exact measurements yet, but I think I need to put in a 1/2″ finished coping strip.  At first I was NOT happy about that.

But you know what?  I think it NEEDS this strip in here.  What a great design opportunity to make it even better, right?  That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it!


If you double click on the photo, you will see the narrow strip of lighter green on the left side.  That is the fabric I plan to use for the coping strip.


Today was another snowy day.  Steve was gone most of the day so I quilted for about 5 hours, then worked on the border shown above.  This afternoon I took all the leftovers out of the fridge and put together dinner.  I was anxious to use my new pie plate and pie bird from Tumbleweed Pottery.  Neil and Yvonne sent it to me for Christmas.  They know I have several other pie birds and thought I would enjoy this.  I DO!


Isn’t it cute??


It worked perfectly for making a turkey pie with leftovers.  The pie plate is very deep.  Steve will be glad, he loves deep dish apple pie too.


Hope you all had a good day, no matter what you did!

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