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Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Here they are all together.
Someday I plan to make a cover for the long pillow on my window seat. I was inspired and I went with it.

If you love appliqué and you love letters, this book may be for you.
How cute would it be on a baby quilt. Just their first initial? Or monograms for a wedding?
The possibilities are endless.

Now back to the real work, quilting my king sized school houses. Arg!

Take care,


Monday, February 20, 2012


Any guess as to what it spells yet?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Last One

I swear, this is the last owl quilt!

Months ago my BFF thought it would be funny to commemorate her brother's new logging job in Oregon, with a spotted owl quilt.

So all those other owl quilts were practice for this the finally one.

When Lily was born last month, I realized I had forgotten to make her quilt. Then came jury duty. Finally I remembered again this weekend I got to it.

So here it is, the last owls I'll ever do. I think...

Take care,

Monday, February 13, 2012

"C" is for closet

The quilting is done, the binding in place. Last thing to do, hang it over the window. Complete, yay!

This is my third UFO to finish this year. I hope I can keep it up. I have 15 more to go and most of those are large quilts.

I took the next UFO out, my red and white houses. I already had it pinned so I thought it should be next. AND because I said I wanted it on my bed this winter.
It was so cold last night, I woke up to a frozen nose! It's time to get that quilt on my bed, ASAP!

I also whipped up a baby quilt this weekend. I'll show you tomorrow after I deliver it today.

And shame on me, I started a new project. I used the excuse that I needed an appliqué project to take with me.
Well, I'm now on my second block and by the end of today, I may have started the third. Bad Brandie! I'm so weak!

Take care,

Friday, February 10, 2012

Hanging Flimsy

I think I figured it out. What do you think?
I added these diamonds between the blocks to lengthen it and a pointed bottom.
Now I'll layer it and quilt it up and show you all the reveal on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Another UFO that I've been working on. This one dates back to 2009.
My friend E and I liked this block from Michele Hill's book, William Morris in Appliqué, so we both started one. Not sure if she finished hers either.

For mine I thought it would make a great wall hanging to cover my closet door.
Years ago when we were painting this room, we discovered that the old fashioned door actually had a glass insert that had been painted over. So we scraped the paint off and now I can look into my closet and see all my clothes. Hmmm, I guess that's why the glass was painted over.
Ultimately, I'd like to make a stained glass insert, but I never seem to have the time. So a wall hanging will be much faster, maybe.
These stems are taking forever! I even re-drew them. The book was written with the intent of fusing these pieces, but I'm a needle turner and so I just had to work a little harder to get it perfect.

I'm working on my second block now. Then I need to come up with a way to extend it three more inches to cover the glass. But I'll wait till I finish the second block to figure that out.

Take care, Brandie

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

No Longer Blue

... from jury duty that is. I've been released! I really can't tell you how good that makes me feel. What a waste of all our time and money. The defendant was (in my opinion) trying to pull a fast one and delay as long as possible. We the jury, sat for hours in a room, with the total amount of court room time under an hour. We spent most of a week in a locked room. How boring! And in the end it was declared a mistrial.

Of course on the last day I figured out how to use the free Internet.
I meet a few interesting people in the process.
I wasn't allowed to being my appliqué into the court house, but I had my phone and it was loaded with books.

Honestly, I hope I never have to do this again.

But I did a little sewing on the days I wasn't too tired when I returned home.

My Favorite cousin (yes I'm bias) is getting married sometime in the fall. I would love to show her my feelings with a quilt. So I found a blue that wasn't too feminine and cut into all my blue scraps.
She has been collecting Blue Willow china for years. So I went with a blue theme.
Now when I said years, I meant it. Don't tell her I told you, but she is two years younger than I am, which we all know is old.
This is her first "real" relationship and I'm thrilled to the bone for her!
Being her first marriage and if I know her, the only, this is a super big deal. And even though this is against my rules of starting anything new, I'm breaking that rule. Just this once.

I figure if start now and do a bit every day, I'll have it finished by fall.

So far I have about 30 nine-patches done. I'll need about 70 more. Than on to the 100 snowballed squares.
That blue fabric will be a border.
My goal is a very scrappy quilt.

This will be on going between finishing up UFOs.
I'll keep you posted.

Till tomorrow,