Sunday, March 19, 2017

Good Sunday Evening...

Hope all is well with you and yours.  Tonight, I will share the goodies found at Lena Mercantile and Quilters General Store from last week's road trip.

Top picture is Lena Mercantile, where, in the middle picture, is a pink and white checkered, linen tablecloth to be repurposed along the way, tiny Christmas themed fabric folded  to be used as a edging on quilts (Prairie Points) and a tiny hankie with two native girls on a teeter totter, all found at the Merc.  Also, a packet of quilt squares which the Proprietress acquired at an estate sale.  I must go through them to see what can be salvaged and repurposed.  Could not pass up a bargain.

The small quilt in the middle picture was a store sample from Quilters General.  A Kim Diehl pattern and fabric.

The third picture, fat quarters of lovely fabrics.

That's it for tonight.  Sending you blessings and all good thoughts.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hi on Wednesday

Hope all is well with you and yours

Just a few snippets tonight.  Currently working on Kathy Tracy's Scrappy Star Quilt from her book titled "Remembering Adelia."

Below is one of the completed blocks which I posted recently

For Kathy Tracy's March Challenge, I have been busy preparing the patches for "Scrappy Pinwheels."

Today, DH and I decided to take advantage of a sunshiney day.  Drove to a favorite spot about 100 miles from home.  A town called "Lena."  DH and I camp here at  a local state park and pay a visit to the "Lena Mercantile,"  while in that area.  The Mercantile is a charming collection of antiques, odds and ends and many pleasant finds.  The Proprietress, Ruth Maedge is a gem.  We have become friends over the years.

Just noticed that there appears to be a reflective pond in front of the Merc; its actually the roof our our car!

In my next post, I will include pictures of a few items I purchased there and also, a small quilt I purchased at another stop on the way to Lena.

It was a good day spent with my best friend.

Oh, found an unexpected and delicious place to have lunch between the quilt shop and Lena.  Its called "Dickey's BBQ."  DH and I first tasted the wonderful beef brisket sandwhiches in Texas on the long road trip in November and December of last year.  Yum!

Blessings sent your way!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Good Sunday Evening,

Just a little news this evening.

Here is the updated block for Kathy Tracy's Mystery Quilt - Step 3.  A simple addition of framework.  This portion is not on Kathy's blog yet; however, it is on FB and Yahoo.

This afternoon, DH and I took a nice drive to have a late lunch at  The location is about 30 miles from here.  We had delicious fried chicken and trimmings for our meal and apple pie a la mode for dessert.  There is also a petting zoo with sweet animals.

Sending love and blessings your way...Sue

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Good Wednesday Morning.

As always, hope all is well with you.

Here is the updated version of the Kathy Tracy Mystery Quilt Block  

The block comes together quickly - 

My story cloth is still in a state of flux.  I decided to perform a redoux for February.  I love hearts and how appropriate for this month.  So, here is a snippet:

Since I hand cut the hearts, they wind up in various sizes and shapes.  That's ok - as long as they are filled with love and compassion, that is what matters most.

  Sending you and yours blessings.  ðŸ’“

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Good Wednesday evening...

Hope you are all well.

Unfortunately, I am still behind on the story cloth (sigh).

I did complete the second block of the Scrappy Stars Quilt (Kathy Tracy pattern).

Must learn how to take better pictures!  The fabric next to the yellow is actually gray.

In my prior post, I mentioned that I had the chance to attend Kathy Tracy's book signing and trunk show at the Quilt Merchant quilt shop in Winfield IL
Kathy's quilts are simply lovely.

The Quilt Merchant is a great shop.  The Proprietress, Val is so sweet.

That's it for today.  Another project looming in the background is a quilt my MIL began back in the 1970's.  She handpieced the blocks (all 27 of them, so, 5 across, 5 top to bottom and 2 pillows).  This is a very large quilt.  With sashings, the blocks measure about 16.5 inches square.  I decided to use the quilt as you go method as its just way too huge for me to handle on my sewing machine.  I am hoping to get this project wrapped up in time for her birthday on March 20.  More to follow.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Good Sunday To All...

Hope all is well.  Here in IL, we have a blustery day.  Temps in the 40's, but, feels colder.

Last week, DH and I took a day trip to downtown Chicago via the train, approximately one hour each way.  Too frenetic to drive and park down there.  The day was spent at the Art Institute.  For a certain period of time during the months of January and February, admission is free during the week.  Good savings as admission is 22.00 each.

Many exhibits, of course and, despite the early arrival, time was limited as the Institute is huge.  Also, any exhibits in the lower level dictated going up and down staircases or elevators back and forth between floors as each section of the lower level is not connected to one another.  Seems strange.  Hopefully, one of these days, they will find a way (and revenue?) to make the entire lower level a more practical and accessible experience.

Here is just a glimpse of some of the Asian exhibits, Early Americas exhibits:

I attempted to photograph the signs to explain the exhibit.  Pardon the shoes.

The next pic is of one of the walls in the Institute.  Love the shell impressions!

My very favorite exhibit was the Doll House collection  There were more to be seen, but, I took pics of the ones that caught my eye the most.  The lighting was a bit scarce in there.  

In order to take in all the teeny, tiny details, you would have to spend hours there just to take it all in.  Can you imagine all the hours it took?  A definite labor of love.

In Wednesday's blog, there was mention of a possible update on the story cloth.  Although a few more background patches were prepared, the actual patches are still in progress.  Hopefully, this coming Wednesday.

Oh, by the way, I did attend Kathy Tracy's trunk show yesterday at the Quilt Merchant in Winfield, IL.  Will post about the event on Wednesday.

Til we meet again, blessings.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Good Wednesday Evening...

As always, I hope all is well.  Tonight, I am sharing another project which I started a few days ago.  

This is a block in progress from Kathy Tracy's book "Remembering Adelia."  The pattern, Scrappy Star Quilt.  Kathy's patterns are well detailed and easy to follow.  I have all of Kathy's books and a number of stand alone patterns.  I have also had the privilege of spending some time with Kathy during class, trunk shows, meeting along the way and dining.  She is so down-to-earth.  Love ya, Kathy!

The block is almost complete.  Not sure about you, but, I seem to have a deficit when it comes to bias blocks (entirely my goof and no reflection of quilt designers).  Just when I think I have it clinched, zap!  Rip, rip, rip.  Good thing I have one of those handy ergonomic seam rippers.  

Oh, by the way, one of the great things about this pattern is that there are no set-in seams for the Lemoyne Star.  Half square triangles make this star come together without trying to get all those little intersections to get along with each other.  If I do a set-in seam, I try to do it by hand piecing.  Much easier for me to handle then on a sewing machine.  

Well, I will close for now.  I'll be back on Sunday.  Hopefully, I will have an update on the story cloth.  Take care.  Blessings to all.