Thursday, June 6, 2019

{Post 1,669} Where in the World is Joan??


I’ve been absent a long time again. The days are just flying by. We have had lots of company. I have had 3 of my grandchildren 24/7. I. Am. Exhausted.


These are my little 3-1/2” square churn dash blocks for the Kim Diehl quilt along. They are soooo small. I think this coming Monday is the last week for the reveal and completion instructions. This is through Instagram.

I have had so little time for sewing. One of my friends brought over a large top for me to quilt.  I want to make a couple runners for my sideboard and console table. 

That’s about all of my news here.  I’ll leave you with these pictures of two of my granddaughters that I am currently keeping. Warning: they are incredibly cute!  First is my son and his daughter that I am keeping right now. Much resemblance?  Ha ha...her expression!! Next pic is his older daughter.

Another pic of baby when she realized she could see me in the reflection of the ExerSaucer. I had felt eyes on me and glanced down from my seat at the kitchen table.  Ha ha...eyes everywhere.



Big sister:






Tuesday, May 28, 2019

{Post 1,668} Two Coming Along


I was reminded by a local friend that I have not blogged in a week. Well, life has been flying by. One of my sons wanted to have a baby shower/get together for his sister this past Sunday. The baby was not due until June 6. She unexpectedly had the baby early Sunday AM. So we had the shower without her, then we all went to the hospital to see her and the new grandson/nephew/brother.  My eldest son’s family was visiting and staying at our house. This is the first time in a couple years that all four of my boys have been together, so I had my husband grab a quick picture for posterity.


Upon seeing this picture, my sister asked me if I was shrinking. I could only hope she meant in girth. My son in the red shirt is my baby. He is 6’4” tall. Oddly enough, from oldest to youngest, they are shortest to tallest!!

We have friends with whom my eldest is close to that we rarely see, and my son even less. They are missionaries on deputation (raising support). They were unexpectedly in town, so we invited them over for Sunday night supper. We were up late carving watermelon baskets and eating delicious homemade veggie soup. We were so tired Monday AM.

A couple quilt pictures to catch you up on where I am with the customer baby quilt (blue and gray) and a quilt to match my living room rug (HSTs). I think I’m going to sew these 64 blocks together, then add a gray inner border and a blue outer border. The blocks finish at 4.5” square for the baby quilt and 4” square for the living room quilt. I am thinking of adding some plain muslin squares to add some more lightness in the living room quilt. 






Tuesday, May 21, 2019

{Post 1,667} I’m A Starter


Why is STARTING a new quilt so much more appealing to me than applying that time to a UFO or WIP??

I have started 3 new projects this WEEK so far! Someone stop me!!

I added a few more blocks to my Geese on a String. There are 24 in each row in the pattern. Here is a little over half of a row (13) for starters. In the picture, on the right side, there are two groups of 3 with orange side triangles that are sewn together (I have not trimmed down the sides yet, so that is why they look off). They are at the very bottom of the row.


I with I had gotten more muted blue and orange. Here is the rug I am aiming to match or at least complement.



One of my husband’s coworkers asked me to make a baby quilt for her to gift to another coworker. The 9-patches are just laid on the background fabric. This is what she chose.


Denim blue squares on a light gray background.

The answer to my own question just came to me. As I’m cutting up shirts,  I use the largest chunks for the HST quilt I am making for the living room (the room with THE rug). Then I cut the leftovers into strips of varying widths for these blocks.


The Geese blocks use up shorter strips. Then what is left can be cut into 1-inch squares for the 4-patches that go in the Geese quilt. Question answered!!




{Post 1,666} Quilt-Along


I am not crazy about every new technology that comes out. In fact, I wish things would just. Stop. Changing. I just don’t like learning all the ins and outs of the new things you know?

Some of my children have Instagram accounts, so I signed up for one. Even though I don’t want to learn a new thing, just today I decided to post on my account. It’s “Joan Parker” if you want to take a peek, but I’m posting the same pictures here.

Kim Diehl is on Instagram. I have always liked her fabrics and designs. She is having a quilt-along from one of her new books, Simple Friendships 2. I just happened to buy that on Kindle. That is the only book of here’s that I own. So I started yesterday. I was a week behind, so I made last week’s, and then today I made this week’s. Very small pieces. I guess I’ve been using slightly bigger pieces just long enough to think the 1-1/2” squares are tiny. A 1-1/2” square finished HST??  What in the world??

The thing that is sort of bothering me is that I don’t know what fabrics to use because I don’t know what the finished product will look like. I’m wondering which ones will be next to which ones, and so on. I guess I’ll just have to wing it.

Here is week one’s pictures...




Here is week two:



Monday, May 20, 2019

{Post 1,665} Customer Sampler Quilt


This isn’t one of those professional long-arm quilter posts. I am a normal person who quilts her own quilts and occasionally for friends (and I use that word loosely). A friend brought this sampler quilt over a few weeks ago. I just got to it yesterday. Life has been so busy for me.

She is an excellent piecer and was trying some new-to-her techniques on this sampler quilt. It has such lovely fabrics. It measures 62” x 72”. The back is a sunshine yellow print.


This was quilted with meandering loops in cream thread. 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

{Post 1,664} Geese On A String


I was looking at the leftover bits of my Moth in the Window 1-1/2” strip sets. I want to make a Geese On A String quilt (by Bonnie Hunter), but I did not want to buy the book. So I just figured I’d go for it by making my own block sizes. I had a small pile of crumb blocks on my desk as well as the strips. I have the day to myself (I will be machine quilting a friend’s quilt top later today). Here is what I have so far. It is being made to go with my living room rug.

Here are 29 four-patch blocks (this is w/o cutting any new strips...just the leftover pieces)...


The little pile of threads is what was trimmed off the 4-patch blocks. Then I cut into my two colors for the setting triangles and geese wings. Here is part of the 4-patches waiting for a turn. At the ironing board/pressing station.



Here are a few on my design wall. None of the 4-patch units are sewn to each other yet.


I want to mix them in with some that aren’t two creams and two colors with the creams running down the middle. 

Friday, May 3, 2019

{Post 1,663} After Washing & Drying


Something I LOVE is taking a freshly finished quilt out of the dryer. Oh, the Q-U-I-L-T-I-N-E-S-S....