Yellow Table Runner


Peach & Yellow Nine Patch Blocks

When I have little trips to take, I like having something to work on to keep my fingers busy with.  A friend gave me these blocks, and I decided to make a table runner with them.


The hand quilting went quickly on this 11″ x 32″ table runner.




A close up of the table runner

Have a good day!


To Sew Is To Pray…


Grandmother’s Flower Garden Wall Hanging

“To sew is to pray. Men (some people) don’t understand this. They see the whole but they don’t see the stitches. They don’t see the speech of the creator in the work of the needle. We mend. We women (crafts people) turn things inside out and set things right. We salvage what we can of human garments and piece the rest into blankets. Sometimes our stitches stutter and slow. Only a woman’s (a person’s) eyes can tell. Other times, the tension in the stitches might be too tight because of tears, but only we know what emotion went into the making. Only women (the sewer and his/her creator) can hear the prayer.”


*Italicized passages added by me, because I know a lot of excellent male and female sewers, quilters, and crafts people.  I like the thought to think of working on a sewing project as a form of prayer.


Grandpa’s Shirts


I’m working on a checkerboard for a little boy made of his Grandpa’s shirts.


I plan on using the buttons from the shirts on the seams of the boxes of the checkerboard.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress of this little memory blanket!

I hope you’re having a good weekend!



Antique Wall Hanging


Caught in the wind

This antique block wall hanging is finished.  I used a 100% cotton batting and a light blue cotton fabric for the back.  The blocks were given to me from a friend here in Oregon.


What looked like this before it was quilted…


now looks like this.


This is what the back looks like.


The 25.75″ x 34″ finished wall hanging on the shed.

More pictures of the progress of this quilt can be found at the following links to my blog:

Hope the pieces of your life are coming together for you.


Finished Navy Star Baby Quilt


The Navy Star Flannel Baby Quilt is Finished!


The quilt in the frame.


What the back of the quilt looks like.


A close up of the quilting on the back of the quilt.


A close up of the center of the star.


The full quilt is 40.5 ” x 42.”

More pictures of this quilt in the frame can be found by going to these links on my blog:

This baby quilt will be for sale through Etsy by hitting the Store option on the header bar found at the top of the page.

Have a great day!


Learning to Sew


A Jacket My Mom Made Back In The Day

To honor my Mom’s Birthday today, I want wish her a great day, and I want to thank her for teaching me how to sew.


I learned to sew by watching my mom make clothes.   My mom made this coat and a pencil skirt of the same fabric for herself when I lived at home.  As I went through high school, I borrowed the jacket from time to time, and it has stayed with me as I moved to Oregon.


My Mom was a good seamstress.  She made prom dresses, summer dresses and tops for five daughters, and clothes for herself.


Interestingly enough, I am not good at making clothes.  I like the crafty and creative side of side of making blankets.

Happy Birthday Mom!

Thanks for being a talented, thrifty, and creative person. And thank you for teaching me to sew.  Your skills in working with fabric and taking me to Roaring River Mills and other fabric stores has stayed with me to this day.