Look Through my Window


I was looking at some quilt blocks on the floor (my design area is the floor) and it occurred to me that I never remember to look out the window. (the window is on the second floor  and I have to look out and down to see the garden)   Earlier today we had a bit of a hail storm so when I looked out I was afraid that I might see all my flowers flattened.   Fortunately flowers a tough!

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When I typed Look Through My Window the song by the Mamas and the Papas came to mind.


The blocks I was looking at are the blocks with the Interplay Fabrics

I have 8 of the 12 fabrics done and I should be done with the last 4 and ready to piece all the blocks together in a day or so.

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For now back to hand quilting

Happy Quilting











Flowers and quilts


I am working on the border of the star quilt.


in the picture you can see the pencil I use to do the marking.  The pencil washes out pretty easily so when the quilt is done it goes into the washing machine and then the dryer.

I took a quilt break to go look at the garden….here are pictures of the garden today (click pictures to enlarge)

I made a few more blocks from the Interplay fabrics (see yesterdays post) and I decided to set 4 like blocks together



If I were to make a quilt with just these two fabrics it would look like this (I put this picture together by copying and pasting the block several times just to see what it would look like)


Back to work for me

Happy Quilting/Gardening



I have about 3/4 of the first block done in the Antique Applique quilt


So if it takes 3 days for one block…..20 blocks = 60 days and then there is the border which is equivalent to the area of the 20 blocks so another 60 days…so 120 days then I might add trapunto….several more days….and I will be working on other quilts at the same time…I can’t only work on one quilt for that long, I need to take a break and work on other things to keep fresh.   Anyway the message is that this is going to be a long-term project.

When I finish this block I plan to play with piecing a few vintage blocks for a change of pace.

The forecast for the next few days is for thunderstorms.   I got some yard work done today  and took some pictures again so here they are (click on picture to enlarge)

Happy Quilting/Gardening!


More Flowers


The sun has been hidden by clouds off and on today.  I took these pictures while the sun was shining…here is the back garden (click pictures to enlarge)


And here is the front garden


Happy Gardening!


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I am on the home stretch on the New York beauty Quilt.  I hope to have pictures of the finished quilt next time.


The garden continues to grow….here are some more pictures.  Last time I listed them all with their Latin names so today I decided to go with common names  (click on pictures to enlarge)

Happy Gardening


Vintage quiilt top…needs some TLC


I presented my Lecture/trunk show last night at the Black Swamp Quilt Guild in Bowling Green Ohio last night.  What a great group!!  Thanks to everyone in the guild for such a great reception!!

This top is one that I showed at the meeting.


The Pattern is a simple one (although not simple to piece)  just 2 pieces, a square and an elongated hexagon.   There are a lot of names for the pattern…..Five Crosses, Lattice Block, Church Windows, Ogden Corners, Kansas Dugout, Old Fashioned Quilt, Ozark Tile Pattern..to name a few.  So what should I call it?    I have absolutely no idea what the maker of the top called it or which pattern was used, or if she drafted it herself based on one she saw.  I can’t pretend to know  but since people like to assign names to things I will use the one that I think most people are familiar with…”Kansas Dugout”.   If I use that name this is the piecing that comes to mind for most people so it does the job.

It is so interesting to me how the piecing was done.   All the hexagon pieces were sewn together first and then the squares were set in.  You can see that the maker set in all the orange squares and then either ran out of orange, or ran out of time. (the brown you see is the floor…there is no brown fabric just empty space)

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It looks really funny when you hold it up….in pictures you see the floor through the holes and it doesn’t show the holes nearly as much.

it has some interesting fabrics

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And Teddy likes it

I will never be able to get an exact match for that orange…..I can come close but it wont ever be perfect so I plan to use a different color for all the remaining squares,   I think red will work well.

I have a top in this pattern  from the same era where all the hexagons are different fabrics and all the squares are red


I love old quilt tops…

Now for a garden update

Happy Gardening and quilting!


Ready for more garden pictures? and a few quilts?

I don’t have any new quilting to show today.  I am working on packing up several for a lecture on Ohio on Thursday…here are a few of them.

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I spent some time in the garden….the weeds seem to be faster growing this year than ever before!!

I took some pictures of course…so here they are

Happy Quilting/gardening