"...in a time lacking in truth and uncertainty and filled with anquish and despair, no woman should be shamefaced in attemping to give back to the world, through her work, a portion of its lost heart." Louise Bogan, American Poet 1897-1970

Sunday, May 29, 2011


I started with this:

Then used the Lil Twister tool found here,
and made these pinwheels. Easy peasy. Really kewl way to make pinwheels
There is some waste, but so worth the end result. I just love them!

You do end up with 2.5" squares shown at the bottom of the picture.
I bought the tool to use with 5" squares. I had a charm pack in my 1930's stash.
I want the one to use with 10" squares.
What is really neat is it makes its own border, too. How cool is that?!

I've had a busy, past couple of days in my sewing room.
I sewed all the nine patch squares for the "Off the Grid" quilt.
Cut the borders for Sidelines.

Then sewed them on today.
I love how this turned out.

Tomorrow I'll have a special treat to share with you.
My neighbor inherited a Sunbonnet Sue quilt that will make you swoon.

Wishing you peace and blessings today and always.   Deborah

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Soldier Quilt Top

     I finished the top yesterday.  Now I need to get my head around free motion quilting. It will be a first, but I think I'm ready. Time will tell, eh? I'll keep you posted on my progress. Wish me luck!

     It is pouring rain and I'm loving every drop. It poured all night. We need the rain. The ground was so thirsty.  My lawn and plants are singing happy songs.

     Wishing you blessings galore!  Deborah

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Soldier Quilt Fabric

     In the first picture is a panel from the "Quilts of Valor" line by Marcus and in the second picture, the striped piece is also from that line. The other fabrics were pulled from my stash.  I have started working on the top and have one more border to add of the stripes and it will look like a piano key border without all the work. :o) There is a deadline, so I am using a cheater panel and striped border print to have it done in time.  I'm sure whoever receives this quilt will know it was made with love and a thankful heart. I plan on free motion quilting it myself.  Did I just say that?  I'm commited now! Maybe someone should commit me! Heh, heh. If I find it's not working I can always pass it off for someone else to quilt, but at least I want to give it the ole college try. 

     Please support our troops.  If you don't want to stand behind them feel free to stand in front in them!  I don't believe in war, but I believe in our troops. God Bless them all!!!

     Blessings on your day, Deborah

Friday, May 13, 2011

Ba-Bye Aunt Patsy

     I had a fun and productive time with my aunt Patsy. Pictured above is Patsy with a completed block for Abby's quilt. YAY, Patsy!! She left with only four more to finish. She rocks! We will get together soon to finish the top, laugh some more and enjoy each other's company. I can't WAIT!!
I miss you, Auntie P.

     I am pawing through my stash for patriotic fabric. The call came for more soldier quilts and I accepted the mission. Let's see, that makes four quilts in various stages of production and about nine in my head. I must be a quilter, because a true quilter never has only one quilt going at a time! Right? Heh, heh.

     Wishing all of you a productive and blessed weekend!  Deborah

Monday, May 9, 2011

Abby's Quilt

     My aunt Patsy will be coming for a visit Wednesday - Friday and I am going to help her make a quilt for her granddaughter Abby. Abby's mother chose the flannel sock monkey fabric and Patsy chose the "Off the Grid" pattern (see previous post for pattern) . I have cut the 5x5" squares to save time. We will use a yummy red flannel for the inserted strips and the backing. This is going to be fun sewing with my aunt. We haven't done anything like this together in years. Let the quilt party begin!!

     I hope you have something fun planned this week, too!
     Blessings, Deborah

Friday, May 6, 2011

Square #1 for Off the Grid

     I chose to go with the darker pink for the lines. The light pink just washed the fabrics out. I will use the same fabric in each square, but I'm going to mix them up, so each is a little different. That's the plan anyway.  One never knows what the final product will be. :o)

     I'm playing gardener today.  I got the back lawn mowed and those baby Jalapenos and Eggplants need to be transplanted into bigger pots. Off I go with my green (brown) thumb to play in the dirt.

     Hope your day is blessed with sunshine.  Deborah

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Off the Grid

     "Off the Grid" is designed by John Adams (Quilt Dad) for Moda Bake Shop. It is a sliced 9 patch pattern and it is my next quilt. You can click on the link above and you will be taken to the pattern and the quilt he made.  I will be using a solid (either the light or dark pink) for the inserted slices to make it look like the plaid. Really cool pattern. I can't wait to get started!
     Yesterday I was able to go out of town and buy some fabric for the borders of "Sidelines."  I will be finishing the top in the next few days and can't wait to show you how looks! I think it will be pretty snazzy.
     The past several days I have been practicing free motion quilting with the help of Leah Day over at
Day Style Designs. (See her link under My Blog List.) She has come up with over 365 free motion filler patterns and has a video tutorial for each one! Quite a talented lady! If you get tired of doing the stippling stitch, that is the blog to visit.  She talks about a lot of other quilt topics and makes fabulous art quilts to swoon over.
     Well, if I keep jabbering here I won't get any sewing done will I?
     Wishing you blessings on your day and peace in your heart.  Deborah