Garden Baskets Update

I have been working on the borders for the Garden Basket quilt.

I used my soapstone marker to mark the center length and width of each border. 

Garden Baskets

I also mark the quarter measurement of each border.  All of those marks will help to place the vine and appliques.

Garden Baskets

I used a flex ruler to help draw the curves of the vine.

Garden Baskets

I used the Quilter’s Strip Ticket (I have had this handy reference chart for a lot of years) to help me calculate and cut the amount of yardage needed to make the bias vine.  I am sure that if you want one, you can find this chart in several places…I just did a quick search and found it at Soft Expressions (no affiliation).

Garden Baskets

In the picture above, you can see a Clover bias tape maker.  I find these to be useful little tools and I have several sizes.  I did not take a photo of actually using it to make the vine.  Oops.  If you are unfamiliar with a bias tape maker, there are lots of tutorials when you do a search, including on You Tube.  Here is one by Pat Sloan.

I chose to glue baste the vine onto the border.

Garden Baskets

I will be machine stitching the vine to the border, and I don’t want to deal with a lot of pins!

Garden Baskets

What tools do you like to use when you applique?

Garden Baskets

Garden Baskets Update and a Gif

Garden Baskets Update

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Outstanding Blogger Award

I have been nominated for the Outstanding Blogger Award by my blogger friend, The Other Laura. In view of the various definitions that Laura shares, this may, or may not be, an honor. However, knowing her as I think I do, I take it as an honor and thank her for it.

With the acceptance of this award, comes the privilege to answer five questions that Laura has prepared.

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What’s the first thing (or two) you’ll do once you ‘get your shot’ and/or the world otherwise opens back up after the Pandemic?

At this time, I am not planning to get ‘the shot’.  As an essential worker, I have worked straight through this entire pandemic.  I have been exposed several times.  I do realize that I could be a carrier.  For me, the jury is still out on ‘the shot’.

The pandemic hasn’t changed my lifestyle all that much…with the exception of this cursed mask.  The first thing I shall do is get rid of the mask!  I might even throw my own private party in honor of liberation from the mask!

What makes you break into your ‘happy dance’?

Road trips.  Short road trips.  Long road trips.  Everyone needs some adventure in their lives!

I am blessed to have a fantastic family, so trips to see family are always happy!

My garden makes me happy.  There is serenity amongst the fragrant blooms and the busy bees.  It is somehow comforting to get my hands dirty digging new beds and pulling weeds.

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What was your favorite subject when you were in school?

English was my favorite subject in school.  Although I haven’t pursued writing, I have inconsistently kept various journals.  I have always enjoyed reading, and appreciate that my teachers introduced me to classics.  As my children were growing (they were homeschooled), we enjoyed a lot of story time classics, both as a family (read aloud) and on a personal basis.  I am happy that they have passed on the love of reading to their children!

Which of your blog posts is your favorite and why? Please provide a link.

This was the hard question for me. My blog began in 2011, mostly because I had an online fabric shop and I wanted a way to connect with customers. That changed. The shop has long since closed and the blog has become more personal. I think of it as my journal. The blog is where I record projects in various stages of completion, road trips, and my gardening efforts. There are good memories recorded here…gifts made and given, favorite places that I have visited, blooms that have cheered me up. The blog is still a way to connect, but that is more personal, too. I have met some wonderful blogging friends…friends to share encouragement with.

I created various tabs on my header, making it easy for me to reminisce about my travel experiences, or admire my own creative gardening/project efforts.

I share my faith in this link.

I share a reminder to remember those who work hard to make our lives better in this link.

I share time management tips in this link.

Coffee, tea or ????

Tea.  Black tea.  White tea.  Green tea.  But not red.  I have a cupboard full of teas.  But for the sentiment, I might have cried at the Boston Tea Party.

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My questions to the next nominees are as follows:

Which lifestyle are you most comfortable living…cluttered or organized?

What is your favorite quiet place?

To party hearty or enjoy an intimate gathering?

Early to bed or a night owl?

What makes you accountable to your goals?  What keeps you motivated?

To quote The Other Laura, “To those nominated, there is no obligation to take up the challenge of answering and asking the questions. If you do accept, then please answer the questions, nominate 5 other bloggers and then compile a set of 5 of your own questions.”

I nominate:

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Stay healthy!  Stay safe! 

Sewing Machine Cover

My small Janome Gem Gold resides near a window and right next to my sweet supervisor’s bed.

This is a great little machine…I sewed my leader/ender bow tie quilt with it.

The problem is that my sweet little supervisor has long hair and she sheds prolifically.  It is everywhere!

Moving her bed is not an option, so I live with kitty hair and lint on my machine (and everywhere else).  I have wanted to make a quick and easy cover for the little Gem Gold for some time.

I have waited and waited for the right time to make a sewing machine cover.  I can’t understand why it took me so long to figure out that the right time is the time that I actually do it!  

There are a whole lot of sewing machine cover tutorials online and I chose a cute little tutorial by Amanda Niederhauser.

Sewing Machine Cover
Sewing Machine Cover

Quilt On!

Sewing Machine Cover

Shamrock Finished!

“May the dreams you hold dearest be those which come true, and the kindness you spread keep returning to you.” — Irish blessing


Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!  

Remember this project?

Shamrock Stem

I finished it up with a simple cross hatch using the walking foot, and it now resides on my dining table.

Shamrock Stem

Quilt On!

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand. -Irish Blessing

Bow Ties Update and a New Project

I don’t have a lot of sewing progress to share, since I have been using my time to clean out cabinets, closets and read a novel.

Bow Tie Leader/Enders

Remember the bow tie flimsy?  I let it marinate while I considered whether or not I could live with the size that I made.

I decided that I wasn’t upset with it anymore, and I would make more bow ties to add to the width.

Bow Tie Leader/Enders

I finished the extra blocks and they are now sewn to the flimsy.

So now it marinates some more until I can come up with a backing for it.

Bow Tie Leader/Enders

Bow Tie Leader/Ender

Bow Ties

Bow Tie Update

Bow Tie Leader/Ender Update

Pat Sloan’s Shamrock Stem caught my eye.  I don’t have a decorative table topper (that can also be used as a small wall hanging) for March, so I spent the weekend making one.

Four blocks on the design wall:

Shamrock Stem

Blocks sewn together, and borders added:

Shamrock Stem

Quilt On!