Yes, it is done.  And delivered to a very cute little girl – my little niece, Annie!


The ducks are there- from Great-Grandma Amann’s leftover blocks.


All of the different flowers – pansy




Another pansy:


It was fun to see her wrap up in it and it does fit her sunny, happy personality!


what’s happening


I can’t remember if I showed you this block.  It is the first one I completed for the friendship quilt I am working on with my friend, Veronica. This photo from was the inspiration:

Petiole pattern of Traveller s Palm Stock Photo - 17205035

We have more layering to add.  I am working on another leaf pattern now.


Yes, the ducky quilt is done, but for binding!


And this is a new project.  It is my birthday skirt, bought with my birthday money and gift cards (thank you!).  I have it cut and waiting to begin.  Hopefully, next weekend.




So here is where I am at: two sides nearly attached  and one panel pinned.   I realized that I will need to go to the fabric store to get a third of a yard of batt, but I bought almost exactly the right amount of bubble gum fabric and yellow fabric.  I don’t like the blue and yellow striped fabric that I used for an attaching fabric although in this photo it’s not too bad.  I bought some more fabric to add another, hopefully straighter, line around it.

I am already in the teenage doghouse for some other antics which have put me high on the list as most embarrassing mother of the week.  I might as well put it over the top by sharing this with you.  Isn’t this the most beautiful boy?



Getting it Done April

I really want to get done in April:

1. Buy fabric, pattern, for next garment.

2. Piece third and fourth frame for ducky quilt.

3. Quilt and attach third frame ducky quilt.

4. Finish second friendship block.

Things I seriously hope to get done:

1. Quilt and attach fourth frame ducky quilt.

2. Bind ducky quilt.

3.Start love distance quilt.

4. Cut out next garment.

Getting it Done wrap up

I really want to get done in March:

1) Buy and prepare fabric for Ducky quilt and tropical friendship quilt. Done!

2) Cut frame pieces. Done!

3) Quilt first frame. Done!


4) Assemble first block of Tropical Garden Friendship quilt (new project, more to come later) Done, photos to come!

Things I seriously hope to get done:

1) Prepare binding for Ducky quilt. Not done.

2) Attach first frame for Ducky quilt. Done!

3) Quilt second frame side. Done!

4) Mend utility quilt. Done, but now I washed it and because it is so fragile, it needs to be mended again. (Sigh)


Not bad for this month!  I am excited that I technically finished seven out eight!

I am posting one day early due to Easter.  I will be serving at Easter breakfast tomorrow so I will be very busy.  So, I pass one more thing on to you:

He is risen! Alleluia!


I have been super productive this week, or perhaps some projects that I have slowly incrementally been working on have come to a point where they are interesting to look at.

I am super glad to announce:  I finished mending the utility quilt!  It has been on my Get it done list for three months. This quilt was given to me by my uncle.  The quilt is special because was made by my grandmother.  It was beat up when we got it, and we used it hard. I can see on this quilt the incremental improvement of my sewing skills because I have mended it several times over the years.  I have two reasons for mending it so much: that my grandmother made it and that the back still is in one piece.


We got our tax money last week so I altered one of the two pairs of jeans I bought at Savers.  My singular pair of jeans that I have had for umpteen years were getting worn.  I am not much of a jean wearer, but people start to look at you strange at work if you don’t wear denim on casual Friday. Each pair was five dollars.  I love the dark indigo color. I liked how they fit me around the top, but the legs were too wide.  I am not a boot cut girl, having grown up in the eighties.  So I tightened the legs and they are much more form-fitting.  (By the way, if you want to see my video on how to do this it is: how to narrow jeans on you tube). I still need to hem them up one more time.


I also finished  quilting the first frame of the ducky quilt.  Hopefully, I will get it attached to the quilt today. Here is a close up of the flowers I quilted.  This is the back. Unfortunately, it is a little hard to see.


I also met with my friend, Veronica, and we began actual work (not planning or shopping) on our Caribbean Friendship Quilt.  Right now, I am working on two group projects, (one is a secret surprise).  This is a new way for me to work so I am hoping I learn a lot about my process.  Below is a build up of the first applique (not complete) of a purple tropical flower.  For this block we used a technique I learned from Sewing with Nancy on PBS.  It is from the fusible Art quilt series.  You put fusible web on the back of your fabric, peel the release paper. Cut each piece of the design and reassemble on the release paper ironing as the applique is layered.  The applique can then be peeled away as a unit.


Here is our inspiration from Andre Gunther photography:

Blue Flowe - Maui - Hawaii

I think we have good start and I’m excited to work on it.  I think it will be more like a quilt of tiny quilts, each very detailed but joined together.

Wow! A lot going on.




There’s a writing saying that what ever your  favorite part of the story is you should take it out.  Such is this quilt: completely built around this idea of the ducky and despite my best intention the ducky doesn’t fit anywhere.  Alas, poor ducky, you are resigned to the back of the quilt.  You didn’t make the cut.  Next time try to kick harder, practice harder. You’ll be a star!

Get it done! March goals

I really want to get done in March:

1) Buy and prepare fabric for Ducky quilt and tropical friendship quilt.

2) Cut frame pieces.

3) Quilt first frame.

4) Assemble first block of Tropical Garden Friendship quilt (new project, more to come later)

Things I seriously hope to get done:

1) Prepare binding for Ducky quilt.

2) Attach first frame for Ducky quilt.

3) Quilt second frame side.

4) Mend utility quilt.

February get it done wrap up

I really want to get done in February:

1) Finish piecing Ducky quilt frame blocks.

I did technically do this, however since I decided not to use those blocks, it is not done.

2) Finish dress.


Yes, complete (except I need to find or fashion a belt)!

3) Mend grandmother’s utility quilt.

Made progress but not complete.

4) Sew frame blocks together.

Fail, see 1.

Things I seriously hope to get done:

1) Nook Cover (poor naked nook)


Yes, done!

2) Quilt first frame side.

Fail, see 1.

3) Quilt second frame side.

Fail, see 1.

4) Attach first frame panel to quilt.

Fail, see 1.

February fail or a new quilt


I realized when I laid out these blocks that they are too busy to be the frame for this quilt.  So, I decided to only use my six favorites: the duckies and the flowers, and then fill in with a bubble gum colored small-scale print.  It throws me off a little for my get it done items this month because I didn’t budget time or money to get fabric until next weekend.  So I am having a mini vacation this weekend from my major projects this weekend.  The good news is that I have a whole other quilt nearly pieced since this is actually not all of the blocks ( I wanted to have some choices when I put them together.)