Saturday, December 27, 2008

Log Cabin with Cornerstones

There are still a few more days in 2008 to whittle down my stash - a Log Cabin is a GREAT user of stash, so I started another project. Seems to me it takes about ??? 125 yards? Do ya believe that? LOL I DID purchase 2 yards of that dark brown for the centers and cornerstones and binding if there's enough left. I am thinking that using one solid cominant cornerstones would help to coordinate a wide variety of colors, but these are already fairly coordinated.

Does anyone have good figures for estimating yardage used for a queen size log cabin quilt? I'm guessing 13-14 yards for the top? Finished size will be about 86" x 100" inches. There are 64, 9 1/2 inch blocks. (Of course, at this stage, I cannot even see a dent - like we ALL say!)

I count Batting IN and OUT. And, I'm gaining ground slightly!. Happy Day!

2008 Fabric in 152.37 yards
2008 Fabric used -170.15 yards
2008 $ spent for sewing supplies, classes, retreats - $1,763.72

If you happen to make one with Cornerstones, be sure you use a strip method for making the units with the cornerstones. Seems fairly elementary, but this pattern might look complicated to a newbie, when in reality, it's easy. I DID cut my dark strips to exact length each. Some methods say to just lay the dark strip on the block and sew, then trim. I've found that method leads to inconsistencies. While it's a little more work to cut them to exact lengths, it's easier to maintain accuracy. And also, this time I cut my strip WIDTHS across the grain so the lengths are on the length of fabric -- much less stretching. In other words, if my log was 3 1/2 inches long, I cut a strip WOF 3 1/2 inches wide, then cut the logs.

The cornerstones are all sewn to the light logs, and I pressed to the LIGHT.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Another Linus Quilt, and Fixing a Mistake

A quick Linus Quilt - these are such fun to make and the idea is from

Did you ever find this problem (below Linus Quilt, but not the same as above), too late to repair it correctly? That seam (fuzzy photo) was too narrow, and came unstitched, showing the batting. I slid a little screwdriver in the seam to show. There is no room to take seams in, and I've already quilted half the quilt!
First, make a patch along seam lines. At the left is where I did some reinforcing zig-zag lines. That non-pointed corner was the big clue that a problem existed - glad I saw it - Waaaaay too 'wrong' for me!
Press under the seam allowances of the patch, and pin in place.

Voila! I did a blanket stitch with invisible thread and except for the center being slightly misaligned, you would never notice it. I put the pins in the border to show where the patch is - you'd never find it otherwise.

I didn't know how 'the right way' to solve the problem, but this worked well. (You may see basting stitches wandering through the quilt photos.)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Do we need all those varieties?

Honestly, sometimes I think I should have been brought up with Little House on the Prairie! Well, I AM on the prairie, and enjoy my life, but wouldn't our lives be less complicated with LESS! Have you ever studied the varieties and options of laundry detergents? Laundry Detergents take up many shelves in the store, each one with another version of 'latest and greatest', this fragrance, that freshener! And each one is getting more costly than the last. My 32-load Tide is now at $10.00 adding a good chunk to my grocery bill. What I really DETEST is that the marketing folks MAKE us think all this variety is important, and we KNOW that the better products pay for those that are less-profit producing. So, OK, I reached my limit - this is my own way of protesting, and I MADE MY OWN DETERGENT!!!!! My friend Sue says she's been making hers for years, so I gave it a try.
Sue said their are various recipes, but this is what I did. I'm not giving the recipe, just telling you about what is what.

First, I spent about $10.00 for 1 huge box of Boraxo, 1 huge box of Washing Soda, and 1 bar of Fels Naptha.

I used 1/2 cup Boraxo, 1/2 cup washing soda, and 1/3 bar of Fels Naptha. There are instructions about cooking, mixing, etc., but I'm NOT going to post that yet. You may want to try other recipes, which are on the Internet. It took me about 1/2 hr. to make the whole batch, cooking adding water, etc.

From this I ended up with 1 and 1/4 gallon of detergent. It gelled up after I put it in the milk containers, (I preferred liquid but dry is available) so I need to find another container but ... I used 1/2 cup per load. Today I washed one load of white laundry and it was just perfectly nice. Smelled good, no suds, white, clean, and I didn't use bleach. I DO think it was whiter than bleach - am I imagining?

So, lets figure this out. 16 cups per gallon, and I use 1/2 cup per load, so I get 32 loads from one gallon, and I have MORE than one gallon. OK, I still have 2/3 bar of fells naptha, and a LOT more of the other two products. So, for $10.00 I have 32 loads x 3 = 96 loads per what I spent $10.00 on, and I still have gobs of the two products, so when I need more I'll buy another bar of Fels Naptha.

I had to actually cook it, mix it, and the first time it was fiddly, a little messy, but all the pans washed up nice (no odor). These ingredients are not in every grocery store - I bought mine at a serious, farmy-type coop store.

Additionally, I have a feeling that all the tips on the back of the packages might be just the ticket for other cleaning jobs, thereby eliminating other expensive. projects.

I must admit, I had my doubts, was scared of having something horrible happening to my stuff, but the load turned out just fine. Why not give it a try - there was not too much of an investment!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Chores and "Checkers"

In order to avoid the unwelcome "downer" during the holidays, I've been cleaning and painting closets. sorting and organizing, and throwing out! Oh yeah - who notices closets? I do!!! Don't you love to walk by your clean, organized closet and fling open the doors to be sure all is still neat and tidy? THAT makes ME happy!

I've shown this quilt (above) previously, named "Checkers", and I definitely liked the clean lines of this scrappy pattern - simply pinwheels, and 4-patches. How easy can this get? To achieve that graphic effect, the rows of pinwheels alternate directions, and the 4-patches also alternate light in one upper left corner, and then dark in the left upper corner - very important. You must get them in the right place, although I DO wonder what would happen if I changed it? OK, next quilt!

I had a lot of kids prints and wanted the same effect. Now, you'll notice (below), some of the graphic effect is lost, due to the variety of prints. Uh ohhh ... well I still like it, but it was another excellent lesson to learn. Many of the prints had black in them so I used a small black/white check in the 4-patches. And it WAS pretty 'blah' before I added that border - the last border contains a lot of black/white stripe(bees). The thin black border definitely jazzed it up! And now that I'm looking at the photo, it doesn't look 'blah' at all!

Incidently, there were a LOT of 'possible' pinwheels, that didn't work. I spread them evenly all over the quilt, but they didn't work at all -- too distracting. There are MORE unused pinwheels on my sewing table, than what I used! LOL. Some are big prints cut up that don't show their cuteness, some go the wrong direction, some look terrible with a white background, etc. Hey, ya gotta kiss some frogs before you find that prince! (I now have a LOT of pinwheels to use for labels! - LOL )

This will be a Linus Quilt, and I'll be working on the quilting over the holidays.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Long sleeves, books and boxes

I'm proud of all the things I have learned to do with my hands. Sew, quilt, paint, play piano, work hard, mow lawn, build, cook, carry babies, write, compute, lend a helping hand, etc., but what on earth can you do if you are wearing these long sleeves -- sleeves that don't even push up on your arm? Odd, like advertising how useless your hands are (IMHO).

Below is what I'm reading these days - very interesting. While this book is several years old, piracy (in it's traditional sense) is a current major problem!

Below is a photo of a box For Sale at the Church Rummage Sale, that I really WANTED, but was apparently too slow when the doors opened, and it was GONE when I walked in, clutching my $2.00 in hand. Sigh - look at the cute rabbits, and angel on the top. Oh well.

Monday, when I came to work, there it was, perched next to my computer in my office, with my name affixed! Some very kind person - Norma? Jacci? both deny they were the kind person -- had picked it up for me, having seen my disappointment when I thought it was gone.

But wait! -- There's MORE! I opened the box and was flabbergasted to see another nested box, just as attractive, inside. And then, yes, ANOTHER ONE, AND ANOTHER AND ANOTHER, AND ANOTHER and ANOTHER! What a treasure - there are 7 lovely boxes in all! And each one in perfect condition. I have publickly admitted my lack of decorating sense, but here they are, nicely stacked up next to my hutch. I'll have to work on decor.

I DO love my job - there is so much kindness happening. And I in turn always make a contribution - something about "what goes around comes around."

The News - do you listen to all of it?

My last post made me so depressed, I deleted it (about greed, and selfishness at the top of our industrial economy).

Maybe I can get on with more positive things if I don't have to keep seeing it on my own blog for gosh sakes - my own blog usually gives me comfort - that WAS the point of having one.

DH says I need to know all that is going on in the world. On the contrary, I would just as soon keep my head under the quilts, and catch only the high points. Otherwise the joy of each is spoiled by the constant reminder.

Thank you all for your comments.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Oh My -- several "No Replies"

...another mystery ... Is there some reasonable explanation as to why folks ask a question and then sign it "No Reply"? There must be some reasonable answer.

Many of us bloggers have our blog system/options set to deliver your comment to our e-mail Inbox, as well as show up on Comments. We know right away if someone has made a comment, and, we can answer promptly. As for me, I usually answer all e-mail within a day or so.

If you sign your question "no reply", we have to 'find' you - not fun, and when some of us receive dozens of messages every day, it's hard to 'find' you, to answer your question.

So, my question is, What is the reason people comment "No Reply".

Sunday, November 30, 2008


I'm sitting here, stuffed again, feeling sluggish, and wondering why I ate so much! My ham is pretty much used up, except for the bone, wisely put in the freezer for potato soup another day, and I have beans and ham simmering on the stove, and have made corn bread for supper. Life is good.

Incidently, the beans were a gift from my LQS! Hey, the farmers grow beans around here! It's nice to live in such a friendly community.

Shirt Quilt #2 -- Yeah - DONE, and I can start another project. This is all washed (to eliminate water soluble basting thread) and crinkly, complete with my label, and YES, I like it as well as Shirt Quilt #1. Amazing how friendly those old shirt plaids are. This one is about 65" x 75" - a generous lap/nap size. I left the pocket unquilted.

I left the sashing unquilted until after all the blocks were quilted, and ran into some problems with puckers and pleats. Next time I will be sure to quilt them at the same time as the block quilting. However, no one is going to find them -- I just know they exist.

Below is what I thought was the perfect plan for quilting the blocks, but no matter what I did, I could NOT follow this! Practiced on paper, practiced on my MagnaDoodle, drew arrows on the stencil to help my brain, and even drew it out on the block, but the drawing got more complicated because I had to draw in both blue and in chalk. Finally gave it up and will attribute failure to a Senior Brain. Almost every block is quilted with a different pattern - good practice. Most of them are 'O.K', there is one ringer, and a couple are done brilliantly!

Saturday I visited my LQS and came home with this book. Hey, they give me a nice discount - I gotta buy something as a visit is worth a therapy session (so I've heard!) The author gives numerous practical drawings/quilting designs, where to start, where to end, etc. I'm enjoying this book, and have already figured out one previously confusing pattern.
It's good to be sewing again!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Still quilting along

This is STILL my same project, Mission Shirt Quilt #2, and it is as pleasant to make as Mission Shirt Quilt #1. I only purchased the sashing fabric - the rest is from scraps from shirts I've made, or Mission Store Shirts purchased at 50 cents each. Yes, that's a shirt label in the first photo. I had the backing fabric already, a green/tan small check that hides stitches very well.
It's difficult (for me) to come up with an all-over quilting design, when you have blocks and sashing and side and corner setting triangles, so ... in my infinite wisdom (actually, it's my inability to concentrate on ONE thing!) I decided to use A LOT of designs! Almost every block is different, as are the side setting triangles. I did feathers, and wispy weeds, swirls, stipples, water, leaves, teardrops, and vines/hearts. Great practice! I'm working on sashing now ... what to quilt? what to quilt? Probably a leaf on a vine but ... time will tell. The Flying Geese border is almost done and now I need to find the binding fabric around here somewhere. (My lost Flying Geese never appeared.)

Any odd almost-straight lines you see are my water-soluble basting thread stitches that will wash out. It's going to crinkle and pucker up just perfectly and will hide imperfect stitches! 8-)

These are 9-inch blocks on point, and the quilt is finishing to about 65"x78" - a perfect TV watching size.

Monday, November 17, 2008

More quilts

Our local Quiltmakers group is making this quilt to be raffled for a local organization, with a chunk not yet made. There is also a narrow border, then a wide plain border with applique in the corners, similar to what is in the pillow area. The piecing is easy, but laying it out on the diagonal with a number of helpers, over a period of 3-4 months is the trickiest part! That's why some of the gals are sitting at their machines, waiting for assignments. It's going to be just beautiful!
Sue and Anita are waiting for work! They both are using their featherweights.

The quilt on the wall was a gift we made for the Assisted Living Facility, which has been giving us a place to sew each month, and even bringing us refreshments. Occasionally, one of the residents will peek in and tell us about their quilts.

Ah ha, finally, here's work! (below). Jacci is also sewing, and Jody loves to do the applique!

Below is one of Jody's many quilts - I believe it's called Stars and Rails, a pattern from She also added that some of the fabrics were purchased in Galveston, just days before Galveston suffered terrible hurricane amage and the shops are no longer in existance.
Below is another recent scrappy quilt (Tobacco Road?) by Jody (aka Jody Goddess) from the same location. She said she is going to add a border of small flying geese.

And from Pasha, an environmentally friendly quilt. Pasha is dedicated to "recycling" and used all GREENs. She said she used fleece as batting and found it slipped a bit, when doing machine quilting in-the-ditch, but the price was right!

Friday, November 14, 2008


Last month, the Quilt Guild Ardis Wannabes (artist want-to-be's) pulled the word "Q U I L T" out of the bag, and those who wish to participate were to make some art-y type 'thing' based on the word. The important aspect of the project/thing is that is must be DONE by the next month. The goal is to help us stretch our imagination, try something new and not get overwhelmed with such broad terms as saving humanity, the search for truth ... NOT!!!

This isn't my idea of "arty" but it IS something different for me. First, it's paper piecing, so I had to actually USE a computer program (Foundation Factory) that I've had for at least 5 years, then one will discover (after they are sewn together!) that alphabet letters need to be spaced differently than just say .. a standard 1 inch between letters. So one must UNSEW!!! them carefully (remember? they are paper pieced?), and the very most important part is when you resew them, they still must say Q U I L T S, and not Q U L I S T! Oh yes, I can hear you guffawing out there, thinking, "how can anyone get them in the wrong order?" Hey, Q U L I S T happens!

So, in my search on this journey to thinking more artistically, I am learning to stay calm, don't throw it out, and go back and fix it, no matter how disgusted one gets. Chances are, when finished, it will be OK. And I like it.

I wanted something to put on the wall that says, "A quilter lives here". Again, I used what I had, adequately machine quilted, there are several prairie points pointing inward (for interest) and bound with single fold straight of grain binding, hand sewn.

Tomorrow is Quilt Guild day. I wonder what the new Ardis Wannabe word will be?

Sunday, November 09, 2008


2008 Fabric IN - 149.00 yds
2008 Fabric USED - 129.00 yds
2008 $ spent for sewing supplies, books, DVDs, retreats - $1,579.66

Fabric IN would have been not been so great had not some generous soul given me about 50-60 yds of his mother's fabric after she moved. I have every intention of using it though!

Fabric USED is doing pretty good, but USED is not the same as "out the door."
OK - one more disclosure. For the past few days, I've been collecting all my quilt-related books from under and next to the bed, those my friends have, a few in my car, those in the upstairs bookcase that I like a LOT, and those in the downstairs bookcase that I don't like so much but can't bear to give away, and the totally out-of-control PILE next to my TV-watching chair, from which I hardly watch TV any more because DH is clicking away on the TV remote control and driving me crazy! (breath) The disorder was depressing! It's been a job, trudging upstairs and downstairs, carrying books, logging them on the computer Excel spreadsheet, and sorting them into various categories - the only way I can begin to get them organized. I only had ONE duplicate book.

Total number of books .... drum roll please ... 320!

Soooooo, I've admitted my weakness -- how about you? Are you Stashbusting? Are you brave enough to track your costs, or your fabric use? I am guaging my age, vs. how many quilts I can make in a year and let me tell you, there's going to be a lot left over when I leave this earth, even without bringing any more INTO this house!

Shirt Quilt #2, Top Done, and Good Tools

#2, Ohio Star Mission Shirt Quilt top is DONE, bordered, and ready for sandwiching. Yeah, it looks a LOT like the previous one seen here! LOL My lost geese never materialized -- one of those mysteries. In the meantime, I wanted to get this DONE, so I used up MORE of the shirtings with the Flying Geese. There is something warm and inviting about these plaids, that made it most pleasurable to sew. And I felt very frugal and sensible. Only the sashing was purchased - less than a yard, and I'll use the leftover sashing for binding.
There's the pocket (below). The pens are there temporarily so you can see it! I will leave that area unquilted. DH and I BOTH love the pocket! I also sewed some labels on the front. Isn't that orange fabric just wonderful? I don't think that orange shirt was ever used.

I recently purchased this Creative Grids ruler (below) and LIKE it, because of it's size -- 2 1/2 in. x 12 1/2 in. - a size we use very often. I found using just that size was less stressful on my eyes. The non-slip dots on the back ??? uhhh, I'm not impressed.

This quilt took a LOT of Flying Geese. I've made them many ways, but my favorite is still Eleanor Burns method, and using her ruler. My next favorite is the No Waste method - I made a few of those also, and I DID buy the ruler, but once you know the formula, you don't need that ruler. My least favorite method was cutting a 2 1/2 in. x 4 1/2 in. rectangle and sewing squares diagonally to the corner, trim, press, then sew a square to the other corner, trim press. It works OK, but for me, is not as accurate. However, when you just have small pieces to use, it's OK but needs care not to stretch or distort with the iron. Some of my geese were made from pieced bits. (Yes, Mom, I have learned to be frugal and "Make Do".) And some of my geese values are reversed - hey I already had them!

I broke down and purchased the Blade Sharpener, on sale. So far, I used it just once on a dull blade that had a small nick in it, and voila! not like new, but MUCH better and the nick is gone -- a good purchase.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Physical Exam for my MC Janome 6500

My Janome MC6500 is either 3 or 4 years old and I've not had it serviced (Knock on wood). I sew a LOT! The bobbin area is cleaned religiously each new project, but I'm always wondering what is below that! Tonight I was brave. I unplugged her, lifted her out of the sewing table, found a pillow to rest her on and removed the 5 screws on the bottom. Piece of cake! (kinda like a gynecology exam? sorry, I can't get past THAT thought ... )mmmm, there's a lot of lint in the bottom and 2 broken needles, but frankly, it's not as bad as I expected. And the bobbin area, from underneath is the least linty of all the areas. (bottom photo)

All back together again, I cleaned out the table (more lint), washed off my personal notes I write on the table top, and voila -- DONE. I can hear that Helen Reddy song ... "I am woman, hear me roar!" My Dad would be very proud of me. 8-))))

Snowy photos, western Nebraska

The wind was so fierce, it kept me awake much of the night. I-80 (the major route across the entire state) was closed. Huge gates swing across the access roads, and you cannot get ON the Interstate. This was quite the storm. Farther north, they measured the snow in FEET, not inches.

This was an almost-dawn photo. I love how the camera catches the flakes of snow.

I think the photo (below) is in the right direction. The branches are not in their usual configuration leaving me wondering. These are the kinds of photos where you needed to be THERE! 8-) The odor is so lovely.
This huge evergree tree has had the lower branches trimmed away in order to park a vehicle under it for protection from hail if needed. The snow/ice was heavy and weighed the branches down - walking under it was like walking into a secret hidey hole. It's NICE under here!



Thank goodness it is not terribly cold - just VERY windy and snowy. The wind kept me awake last night, and by 8:00 am, I had already done some of my shoveling. I LOVE the first snow of winter. 8-)

Photo to come later today.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

How long does it take you to vote?

Someone complained that in their large community, they had to stand in line, and it took 2 hours to vote!

Hmphhhfff - not here, in our small town. We walk right in, no lines, visit with the ladies at the table, "how's your Mom?", "congratulations that your son won the game", etc., vote, and then get to visit more of your friends for 2 hours!

There are wonderful advantages to living in a small town. 8-)

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Shirt Quilt Number 2

If you are new to my site, I will repeat myself, and am posting my finished Shirt Quilt, finished several weeks ago, made mostly of leftover scraps from shirts I've made for DH #1 and DH #2. And being frugal, I've also used Mission Store shirts purchased for the amazing sum of 50 cents each! Some of these shirts are brand new -- what a bargain - so the quilt was practically FREE. And while I CAN afford NEW fabric (sorta), it seems appropriate for 'these times' to learn how to 'make do' as my Mom would say. Since the first quilt turned out even nicer than expected, I'm making a second one, an Ohio Star, using same type fabrics, with only small amounts of new fabric.

The original idea of using Mission Store shirts came from Bonnie at Quiltville. I want to be Bonnie in my next life.

My 'lost' flying geese border pieces have not materialized. I'm trying to come up with another type border, but somehow, I think it calls for yet another Flying Geese. Quarter Square Triangles are too wimpy, IMHO. I'll work on that.
And yes, I am including a few labels on the FRONT of the quilt, for added interest. And doesn't that orange perk it up? Oh my, NOW, (too late) I'm seeing two light stars too close together ... how did THAT happen? Rows are not yet sewn. I had to add new fabric for 5 of the side setting triangles. One is pieced from used fabric.

However, to carry the theme of 'thriftiness' over the top, I've included the pocket in the side triangle (below). It seemed a shame to waste that big piece of fabric just because it had a pocket sewn there! Whatever will end up in that pocket? LOL
The last photo (below) is one more shirt that needs to be washed and cut apart, but it has a unique collar. The label says "Expandable Collar" and there is a little tab with the button on it, that can be pulled out of the collar to give more room. Funny - it's not a dress shirt, and I don't ever remember that men wore collars buttoned to the neck.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Losing things, and more toys

Don't you just HATE it when you come home from a quilting event, all fired up and ready to tackle the current project, and horrors, you do NOT find all the pieces you went with? Somewhere, I LOST about 50-75 flying geese made up in scrappy shirtings! I even have a photo of those flying geese AT the retreat. I checked my table mates, called the YMCA, cleaned out my car, folded and refolded every piece of fabric I took with me. Dang it! And you KNOW, as soon as I remake all those units, the 'lost' ones will show up! In the mean time, I'm just hanging around waiting for a miracle - like maybe someone picked them up my mistake or ...? but even worse than that, is finding them in some really stupid place, making me feel like an imbecile.

I have turned into a junkie, or groupie. This is her newest set of 2 videos, and once again, I DO feel more accomplished and confident (and less like an imbecile!) after watching her demos using her DSM.

Here are the results of some of my play time. I've not practiced for more than a month, so results are not great, but not bad either. It's just fun to practice like this, using different threads, etc. I save the samples and add notes to them to help me remember what I used. The first photo is my effort at a type of McTavishing -- mmm should have practiced on paper first. My favorite is the third - a kind of shell. THe shell moves along quicky and the design handles traveling well.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Home from Quilt Retreat

I just returned from a wonderful 2-day Quilt Retreat. Per requests, I will post my recipe (from Margie, originally) that was so popular at our Quilt Retreat. My goodness we had a LOT to eat - thanks to everyone's contributions! You might note that in the above photo, a LOT of the food is GONE!

Cranberry Salad
1 bag frozen cranberries - (do not thaw)
1 C. sugar
1 sm. box cherry jello (do not dilute)
1/2 C. finely chopped walnuts
2 apples
1 can drained pineapple tidbits
Whipped topping
Whiz cranberries in food processor with sugar & dry jello, pour into bowl. Whiz apples in food processor pour into bowl. Add drained pineapple and finely chopped walnuts to the bowl. Mix it up. It will be somewhat dry/mushy. Top with topping or whipped cream.

This is the YMCA lodge where we stayed. It's a WONDERFUL place - clean, bright, designed well, large rooms, TVs, VCR, DVDs in rooms, living area between the double rooms, LARGE common area for our quilting activities, beautiful grounds, and all handicap accessible.

This is the view out of the common area, towards the 'Bluffs'. There is a large playground, much grass, and beyond the grass is the Platte River, flowing swiftly - (note to Marlene's Mom, "she did NOT fall in!")

Below, Machelle is working on her gorgeous Irish Chain - Sue is providing technical support if needed.

Vickie's Kaleidoscope - it's just gorgeous! She and I had the same class at our State Quilt Convention in July.

Carolyn's blocks she won at Quilt Guild. She decided to set them from light to dark.

Vickie is working hard on arranging those blocks

We had a LOT of good space. That's Anita's back and Alice, and Marcia kinda blending in with background. 8-)

mmm I see Marlene and Sharon in this photo and ???. Look at all that beautiful light we had. We also had pressing stations, and cutting table stations, and several table where quilts in process could be laid out.

Sue is concentrating, Sydney is working away, with her string blocks on the floor, Karen is working as is Laurie. I have several Ohio Star "Shirt Quilt" blocks laying on the floor - I sit on that pillow to sit a bit higher.

Wilma is an accomplished sewist AND can make her embroidery machine also dance!

A t-shirt quilt in process by Nancy.
Sharon, taking our photo after all is over! She set the camera up for a time-delay photo, but her head became stuck in that chair and she couldn't extricate herself in time, so the first photo did NOT include her! There were 29-30 of us attending.
I'm pooped, but happy.