Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Next Step Ringo Lake

Here are my units from the third step of the Ringo Lake Mystery with Bonnie Hunter.

I am surprised that this mystery was so easy to guess. We're only at the third step, and its quite obvious that we're making flying nine-patch houses.

This is the Suburbs Version.

Monday, December 11, 2017


Here is the latest doll quilt machine quilted and bound. I was very happy how the diamond fabric made a wonderful binding. Shall we call it quirky?

And speaking of quirky, here's Molly taking a sunbath in the sewing room. Unfortunately, my fabric stash also gets a sun bath, so some reorganization may be necessary.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Pink Postage Finish

Here is the pink postage doll quilt...finished! It's quilted and bound. And if you're wondering about its size...it just covers Molly except for her tail. And yes, after she knocked it to the floor, I looked up (I mean down) from what I was doing, and saw the quilt on the floor. It was a bit lumpy with Molly's tail sticking out from under it.

I do like this a lot and think that this will be one of my patterns for next RSC challenge. This came together quickly because I already had lots of pink postage stamp blocks...but I think this will be fun to put together throughout the year.

And here in Portland, OR, you can sleep in late on Sunday and still catch the sunrise. If I go over to the newer part of the neighborhood...the area with McMansions, there is a view of Mt. Hood.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Chicken Progress

Given this is the holiday season, this speedy chicken suggests that deviled eggs and limeade are excellent contributions to a potluck.

Here are the three chickens that I made today. I am hoping to make 81 chickens.

This is the chicken spreadsheet (not the layout). The columns are the colors. Now I just need to make nine in each color. So obviously, I need to stop making deviled eggs and let more of the eggs hatch. In the meantime, I recommend a trip to the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge to see more quilt progress.

Friday, December 8, 2017

More speedy chickens

Here's another foxy chicken. I have made enough of these now to have developed a rhythm to make them. Although I'm sure many of you would not like to have chicken combs and beaks piled up next to your sewing machine.

And here are the four chickens I made today. I also made some IKEA furniture. As expected, Molly was there to carefully supervise. In particular, she likes to demonstrate the reasons that bags and stray bits have large warning signs on them. Sometimes she even runs off with things to show her brother.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

More speedy chickens

Maybe I've been making too many speedy chickens, but this one seems a bit squirrelly to me.

And this is chicken two ways...

And so is this...except all those cats in the wings make me nervous.

And here are the six new chickens. I hope they don't fly the coop and race over to visit Cathy's (Sane, Crazy, Crumby Quilts) roosters.  Then again, they may be heading off to check out all the projects shared at Sew Stitch Snap Share.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Chicken and Pinwheel

I am following Cathy from Sane Crazy Crumby Quilts to visit Love Laugh Quilt's Monday Makers.  It was just the incentive I needed to finish up some blocks piled up at the sewing machine.

It seems that all of my projects are turning into leaders and enders. That's a polite way to describe my jumble. A mess that can spread patchwork contagion. I'm sure you noticed that the chicken pecked at the pinwheel too long and now she has spotted beak.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Pink and Green Ringo

Today we made geese to go play at Ringo Lake. I am substituting lime green for coral. These are for the second part of Bonnie Hunter's annual mystery quilt. She provided three techniques for the geese. I went with the method that uses her ruler. I usually just use flip triangles because it forgives sloppy sewing. But in this case, there would have been a lot of fabric waste.

And here is the combination of part one and two. Do you think I'm close to guessing the mystery? Ha!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Winding Up

It's winding down time for the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge, although for me, it means winding up and sprinting because at this point I realize how many more blocks I need to make. And yes, I know we can continue into the new year, but I enjoy drumming up new projects. So its full steam ahead. First up, is the pinwheel garden. I have no golden/yellow pinwheels, so here are the new additions.

And here are another handful of spools.

From the parts department, I assembled a bento box doll quilt.

The doll quilt didn't last on the design wall for very long.

Tonight, the fire department is having a toy collection parade. I'm not too sure what this will be like, but they are driving by the house so I'm ready with toys. Molly is donating a stuffed cat (although she wanted to donate Buddy). Buddy is donating a stuffed dog. And I'm donating some toy trucks.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


I'm preparing to dramatically increase the size of the chicken coop, but have little to show for it so far. I did manage to sew a few spools. Meanwhile, Buddy is continuing his cat toy fervor. I told you about his waking me up at 2:00 AM one morning by dropping his furry ball on my face. Since then he has gone up to a blissfully sleeping Molly and dropped his furry ball toy on her head. More recently, he brought a a Jackson Galaxy wand toy into the bed which is not comfortable to roll onto.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Molly's Passion

While Molly spends a lot of time in the sewing room, her true passion lies elsewhere.

Here is the squirrel helping all the ground feeding birds have a nice meal.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Ringo Lake Nine Patches

Today is the posting for the first step in Bonnie Hunter's Ringo Lake mystery quilt. Although I love her colors, I thought I would mix it up and substitute fuschia for turquoise, green for coral, black for brown and whitish as my neutral. Also, there are more dogs than cats.

Here are the strip sets.

And here are the fifty nine patches.

Here is Molly taking a break to watch birds at the birdfeeder.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Speedy chicken

If you ate too much turkey, it might be time for a speedy chicken. And remember, you are what you eat.

Here are five new speedy chickens.

Here are all the chickens in coop. I'm trying to determine the best layout so I can figure out how many more chickens to make. This is a chicken raceway.

This is chickens choosing sides.

And this is a chicken face-off.  If you would like to see what others have cooked up for the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge, I suggest a trip to Angela's blog.

Molly congratulates you on getting to the end of the post and would like to reward you. Here she is up on the fabric shelving. Buddy hasn't figured out how to get up there but I think it won't be long. He is already getting familiar with the cutting table and the sewing table. He even figured out that he should sit on the ruler when I'm trying to cut fabric.

Molly thinks that ponies should go back to hiding under the bed where they belong.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Turkey Day

It's Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. And Molly is apparently thankful for her new loud meow because she is using it incessantly this morning. Even Buddy now finds it necessary to bring his meow into an audible range. So from our family to yours: MEOW!

And for those of you worried about turkey strangulation and poor workmanship, here's the plaid turkey after his surgery.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Turkey 1.0

Here in the U.S. we're preparing for one of our eating holidays...Thanksgiving. I prefer to have a fresh all natural turkey, so this year I'm going with plaid. Molly is upset because she finds that plaid is especially dry. Molly is also upset because I didn't even bother to match the plaids between the turkey's neck and head...rendering it inedible.

If you would like to see less contentious patchwork, visit Linda at Kokaquilts and Julie at JulieLou for Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Neighsayer 1.0

Sometimes I get asked for a pattern for a horse. Here is my first attempt. I'm thinking that maybe it looks more like a pony. That would make sense because Buddy has grown past his puppy and dog stages and moved into his pony stage. A lap pony.

This block is based on a .75 inch finished grid so the block finishes at 11.25 by 15 inches.

Usually I use the same grid throughout a pattern, but I could change up the grid in some areas like the section for the legs. The legs are cut from two inch strips, but if they were cut from 1.5 inch strips, the horse could have legs to prance with.

I could also fill out its body more.

And by adding some flip triangles, I could smooth out some of the blockiness. At this point though, the horse is an illusion of photoshop and in reality, the block looks like the pony in the first photo.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Pink Postage and Spiral Log Cabin

I'm continuing to make doll quilts from the parts department. I was making heart pillows out of pink postage stamp blocks. For this quilt, I already had the center and lots of pieced strips. These doll quilts will be donated to my local quilt guild. It's nice to have free playtime with a deadline.

And I finished the binding on the small spiral log cabin quilt.

Here's the back of the spiral log cabin.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Rainbow Accounting

This is a good time of year to pull out the RSC blocks and figure out what's missing and potential layout ideas. I don't plan the quilt to start out, but instead wait until the end of the year to figure out the layout. In the case of the cows, I don't have enough to figure out the layout. I can see, however, that the complementary colors are going to make this quilt lively. (And yes, the sheep is only a helpful stand-in.) You can find the tutorial for the cow pattern in the Tutorial section.

And here are sheep laid out. It looks like the piano key feet are going to be an important design element. At a minimum, I need to add some yellow or gold sheep. And amble over to Angela's Rainbow Scrappy Challenge to see more works in progress.

And here's Buddy guarding the booty at the base of the design wall. Buddy has learned how to pull at the base of the wall and send the quilt blocks flying. He learned that trick from Molly.