Thursday, January 23, 2020


If you know me, you know when I am away from home...
I quilt. I find quilt guilds, fabric, local shops,
and sometimes new quilty friends.

Being in Fort Myers FL this winter is no exception.
Just a mile away from my condo is this fabulous LQS.
FLASH Sew and Quilt.
They have two LQS, the other is in Naples, FL.

A good variety of notions, patterns, books and fabric.

I was surprised to find a few Elizabeth Hartman patterns.
The leaves and the dog with a sweater patterns in pillows.
The dog is done up Florida style 
A Tommy Bahama shirt instead of a sweater.

Pretty quilt tops hanging everywhere.
Lots of batiks with all Florida LQS
(not my thing)

How can one NOT be happy walking into all this color?

A cute Christmas tree table runner caught my eye.
It was above the sale rack...which also caught my eye.


The class room is also full of fun quilt pattern options.

My favorite batting has a home here.

and I found some fabrics for my Perry County Flamingo quilt.

Friday afternoons there is a "sit and sew"
Sew...I checked that out and met some new quilty friends.

Quilters...who live or winter here for years...
had never heard of the outdoor quilt show
held in Venice the first Saturday in February.
"Airing of the Quilts"
A couple eyebrows raised when I said "modern".
I hope they will consider it...but perhaps not?
I will be there with my quilty partner in crime, Kathy Guenther.
We have attended this show several times
cause its THAT GOOD!

If you can make it...its oh so worth the time!.
Take a peek at the 2015 Sarasota Modern Quilt Guilds
"Airing of the Quilts" here.  

Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Sew here's the MYSTERY!

Leigh Morgan was the coordinator for the Columbus Modern Quilters
2019 Mystery Quilt Challenge
Every other month we received a CLUE or directions
 to make a part of the Mystery Quilt.

Clue 1 was to pick fabrics
I decided to pull from my stash and used 4 tones in each color way!
Clue 2 was to cut the fabrics
I made an index card that showed the colors and their labels.
This makes it easy to figure out what goes where
when sewing pieces together.

Clue 3 
Sew this block, using specific fabrics
and a specific layout

Clue 4
make more blocks with specific colors and instructions
(these will eventually go into other blocks
but we didn't know that yet)

Here you see clues 
5, 6, 7 and 
Clue 1 is the bottom Right block

Clue 8
These geese and economy blocks will become
parts of other blocks (we don't know that yet)

Clue 9 (yep here are those blocks from clue 8)

I love these blocks!

Clue 10
(these are put together from Clue 3)

And THEN we had to figure out how to lay the blocks out
WITHOUT any instruction.
I was in a dizzy tizzy until I started to think...
Yes sometimes I can do that!

Lay out all the block in order, the way the block finishes 
(use the pictures / diagrams from the clues)
THEN begin in the center with Block 1...there was only 1 block
The next round only needed 4 blocks
The next round needed X number of blocks
The next round needed X number of blocks
and sew on until the final 4 corner blocks
are set and the 60" square quilt top is finished!

I love it!
I love that it is scrappy!
I love that I pulled from my stash to make this one!
I loved the great mystery most of all!

The reveal was Tuesday Dec 10th
And here they least the ones who showed up for the reveal!

As the new year begins, I hope you have plenty of time for sewing.
Why not make a mystery quilt?
I have already started my 2020 MQ Challenge with
Columbus Modern Quilters.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020


2019 was a good year for my creativity.
I made a lot of fun things.
This post is about my sewing projects.

The year began with a trip to the beach with 
3 Kathys.  I made the other 2 Kathys
sun glass cases and card/key fobs

I finished a couple drawstring bags
that were started at GlampStitchalot in 2018
This camel was supposed to be an oval wall hanging or hoop.
I thought it would be cute as a knitting bag.

The ugly sweater block...also became a drawstring bag.
I gifted this one.

I finished a Poolside Tote and gifted to a friend
for her 70th Birthday.  She used to have a nail salon
called Arizona's Retreat.

My biggest accomplishment was FINALLY FINISHING
my Ghastlie version of Moda Make Modern Quilt.
Cassandra Beaver quilted it for me. 

The backing was the very first line of Ghastlies from 2009

2019 was a year for new babies.
My step-daughter had lots of friends having babies
sew I made 3 for her to gift them.

Take a blue fish panel and make it girlie!

Backing using up scraps.

This baby girl needed piggies.

And plenty left for the backing.

Next baby needed pink and gray elephants...trunks UP!

And some marching across the quilt back.

A garden friend commissioned this 
Foxy outdoor themed quilt for her niece.

The orange and white strip was the back and binding.

Another friend needed a Winnie the Pooh quilt
for her niece's baby.

I loved this backing almost as much
as the front.

A great-grandson, Elijah Carter Chatman, made his way into the world. Sew he received this fun quilt I made using cute
  Australian animal prints.

Finished the top for my Modern Flags quilt.
Backing is also complete...just need to quilt.

I made a Buckeye fabric, one-hour basket and filled it
with Ohio State Buckeye cards.

The next 3 quilts had been finished before 2019 
but I  donated them as Christmas gifts to an adopted family 
thru an efforts of a good fiends and her local real estate company!\
I love paying it forward

I finished two vintage red truck quilts.

This is a table runner/wall hanging

This is my hubby's Christmas gift!
Vintage Trucks, Barns and Wagons
set in economy blocks.

 I was gonna keep this quilt.  I actually made it into
a bed runner and table topper...then changed my mind.
I made the quilt for a sweet friend.
She has had a very rough year and now she has
a hug from me anytime she needs it.

I forgot to get a pic before I gifted it!

The backing was just as sweet with the medallion holiday prints!

The last finish for 2019 is my top for the
Columbus Modern Quilters Mystery Quilt Challenge.
I absolutely loved this journey.
It was indeed a challenge, but sew fun!