Long Silence Explained

Well, since I last wrote, there has been…

Teacher Work Week

Back to School Night

First Week of School

Second Week of School

Opening Camp

and almost no sewing…

In fact, the only fabric related fun to speak of was turning this shirt


Into this…


What is it and why did I do it?

It is really a no-sew project that turns an old T-shirt into a dog toy.

Yes, in the middle of all the back to school excitement Husband, Daughter and Young Son decided it was time for us to have a dog.  In twenty years of marriage we have not had a dog.  We have been without a pet (if you don’t count chickens) for several months as our old kitty died of causes incident to age and our young kitty is missing, presumed dead.  Things were a little lonely…

So, the three of them spent the week I was doing Teacher Work scouring local animal shelters.


Lu-Lu was the unanimous choice.

She is about a year old and a very pleasant animal.

She willingly shakes hands (for dog treats)

She willingly shakes hands (for dog treats)

She is learning tricks.

"I love grass," says Lu-Lu

“I love grass,” says Lu-Lu

And she seems very happy here.

Hopefully soon I will have some time for sewing and other things, but for now it is family, school, the garden, the harvest and the dog.

Fairy Quilt: Is This Done?

What do you think?  Does this look done to you?


It is currently about 43″ square.  I originally hoped for larger, but…


The Calico Rose Quiltalong has been a terrific success.  While I hope you have all enjoyed yourself, I am certain I have received the most benefit–It was a great push to take the time to write down this design idea.  Good motivation.


Here is the finish–of this one.  The original LARGE Calico Rose is with the quilter and I’ll share it when it comes home.


Possibly my favorite part of this quilt is the back:  CHICKENS!  I allowed this to set the colors for the front.  As wild as the colors might appear at first, there is a plan.


As a finale, we have many versions and variations of Calico Rose to share.  As you may remember, the original quilt was based on 2″ squares and offered in three different sizes–SMALL (3×3 layout), MEDIUM (5×5 layout) and LARGE (7×7 layout).  Many readers were also interested in using 2-1/2″ squares as a foundation and have created MEDIUM (3×3) and LARGE (5×5) versions.

Following are some of the Calico Rose quilts created so far.  If I missed yours, I am sorry.  Please send along a reminder (and pictures) and I will add your creation as soon as possible.

Here we go!

Nora created this 3×3 version using 2-1/2″ squares.  She is working on a large one, too, but the borders aren’t quite finished yet.

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Judy also used 2-1/2″ squares and added an extra dimension with two different backgrounds. I like it!  She also plans a second quilt.

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Jennifer chose controlled scrappy for a dramatic version that is completely finished and, I believe, already with its new owner.


Jennifer in PA (a DIFFERENT Jennifer) used 3″ squares (’cause that was what was in her stash) to create this 76″ Calico Rose–NICE!  It has been gifted to her friend Eileen, who loves purple.


Lynn tried several new ideas–she made it MEDIUM wide and LARGE long (5×7) with a different, less lacy but very effective border.  That used a lot of her scraps. Eye catching!


Lee Etta completed the center of a 5×5 and shared it with her scrap quilting club. Sounds like my kind of club. Sad that it meets in Missouri.


Patricia just didn’t get quite enough from a LARGE and added additional borders to make it king size. You go girl!


Rutigt shared her top–borders to go!


Susan is still in progress–oh, those borders!



Bonnie, too, is working on borders.  Sorry that there are SO many pieces, but it was all I could see when I looked at it. Plus, think of all those scraps you are using up.  YAY YOU!

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Several others are working away, but I don’t yet have pictures.  This includes Emma, Veronica, Charlene, and, possibly, YOU.  Don’t be discouraged.  It is OK.  This isn’t a race.  Everyone who finishes is a winner.  After all, you will have a finished quilt.  And, that is a pretty good prize.

Thanks to all for your kind words, support and sharing.  This was FUN!  Let’s do it again soon.

Calico Rose Updates?

Have you sent in an update on your Calico Rose quilt?


Our first show and tell of finished tops (or as far as you are) will be next Monday, August 10.  I have heard from a lot of you and am preparing a post of scrappy loveliness.

This has been so much fun that I’ll have to dust off that design notebook and do it again!

How Many Trees Make A Forest?

Is 45 trees enough to make a forest?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I sure hope so, because a forest quilt is what was intended!

This was my happy project this week.  I built nine super scrappy blocks using THIS TUTORIAL.   There are more than 40 different green fabrics and a wide assortment of brown/tan/gold/orange in the trunks.  You might not think of orange when you think of tree trunks, but I think it adds interest and whimsy.


I added a 1-1/2″ strip of background fabric on alternating columns to give a more organic or natural look to the layout.  I have second-guessed myself several times thinking maybe I should have made it offset a little left and right, too, but it is pretty good as is.


This counts as one of the 52, but is intended as a gift for Kevin (now known as Max),  our newest grandson.  He is doing better every day.  We trust that continued love and work will help him overcome his rough start on life.  Thank you all for your support and prayers.


I have made some progress on the fairy quilt, but it is currently stalled for lack of ideas.


This isn’t a great picture, but hopefully you can get the idea of where I am.  It is time for some sort of setting blocks, but what to do?  More white is too white, I think.  But…what would work?  Suggestions appreciated.

Thanks!  You are the best readers ever.


I have updated the Assembly and Borders post to include directions for all three sizes–SMALL, MEDIUM and LARGE.  Take a look (and let me know if there are errors!)


Thank you for quilting along.

Remember our show and tell for tops (or whatever stage you are at) coming up August 10.  Keep pictures and links coming.