How small is too small?!

July 28, 2016

Yes, I do have a thing for little quilts!  The Mini QT Swap on flickr decided to do a tiny quilt swap, less than 6 inches, so I knew I had to play!  (Even though I’ve sworn off swapping.  It’s mini, I had to do it!  Oh, and next month is “Beach” theme, so I have to do that one as well!)

Anyhoo, staying to making my favorite block/quilt, I decided to do a mini NYB.  16 1 inch blocks.  Yes, I am nuts!  But they’re so cute…  And tiny…


Here are the arcs waiting for the applique pieces to finish them…


I’m making 2 of them as I already know I’ll want to keep the one I’m making!

So that’s the question…  How small is too small?!

Thanks for visiting!

A couple of projects! Busy summer!!!

July 5, 2016

Hi everyone!  I’m sorry I’ve been such a slacker!  I am trying to fit way too many things into “not enough time”…  Here are a couple of things that I’ve quilted recently…

100_5013This is my friend Denise’s quilt…  It was from a round robin several years ago…

100_5012And another closeup view…

100_5011Here’s the whole thing…  Denise provided the inner block and sent it with fabrics around the robin.  I made the applique border.  It was a lot of fun to quilt this one!  (In addition to working on it…)

100_5010And last but not least, this was made by Pam Day for Clinton City Heritage Days.  She made 2 of them to give away at the quilt show.  I provided the quilting for them…  Thanks for stopping by!  More coming as soon as life slows down a tad… :-)

Some highlights from my vacation…

June 21, 2016

It was definitely a “driving” vacation.  No rest what-so-ever!  LOL!  I’m exhausted…

Here are some highlights:

DSC_5736We started out at Coral Pink Sand Dunes, a Utah State Park.  These beautiful Lupine are so pretty against the orange sands…

DSC_5731And the Yuccas are in bloom.  So pretty!  And yes, it was hot!

DSC_5797Next we hit a roadside attraction on the Navajo Reservation.  The dinosaur tracks were pretty cool!

DSC_5809And who doesn’t appreciate dinosaur poop?  (I’ve always wanted to say that!  LOL!)


Says it all, doesn’t it?

DSC_5993Next we hit the Grand Canyon!  It was grand!  (And a canyon to boot…)

100_4829Love the tower at the East end of the Park…

DSC_6025And being hot, even the elk want to take a drink from the spring water fountains.  (I filled my water bottle from the tap on the far left…)

*No humans were hurt in the taking of this picture.  Or elk.  Yes, I have a long lens and know better!

DSC_6160Next, we hit Joshua Tree National Park.  (All the Joshua Trees are on the other side of the park where we didn’t go.)

But this cactus/bush/thing flower was pretty!

DSC_6222And this was for my 12 year old boy…  We toured “The Queen Mary”.  Awesome tour and tour guide, James.

“This waaaay my famiiily…”  Every time he led us to a new area, our tour guide said this!

And I appreciate all of the drama/acting experience available in Southern California!!!  It made for a great tour!


This hallway reminds me of the “Shining”.  It comes to mind any time I’m in a long, spooky hallway.

I wait for two little girls in blue at the end of the hall…  (Yes, this may be a theme for me!)

DSC_6431Next on to Sequoia National Park.  This is a pretty flower growing there…  Nope, no idea what kind.

And yup, the trees were gorgeous and big!  Impossible to do them justice!

100_4920And the drive goes on to Yosemite Valley.  El Capitan pictured here…  Look how dry the grass looks in this area even though it’s spring!


Yosemite Falls I think…  Let me know if I’m wrong!

100B4936The valley was so green here!  Traffic was super heavy…  Wish it were a little more wild, but those places are rapidly disappearing!

More to come later…  Thanks for joining me on my vacation!!!

A few critters…

June 15, 2016

Yes, I took a few (too many) pictures on vacation…  Here are a few critters for your viewing enjoyment.

(Or your creepie crawlies as the case may be…)

DSC_6167I hope you can see the little Costa Hummingbird.  This was at our cousins house in California…DSC_6444This handsome fellow (Mr. Yellow-bellied Marmot) was at Sequoia National Park.

DSC_6424And even though this rattlesnake is a bit spooky, he looks like a quilt to me!  My son found him at a picnic area about seat level between a rock and a tree root in the foothills before Sequoia.  We reported it to a ranger about an hour later when we found one.  Thank goodness for a long lens!!!

More pictures coming in a few days…  Here’s a little preview!

DSC_6651I love the ocean!!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Have quilt, will travel!

June 15, 2016

I finished this quilt as a (Oopsie) late Christmas present for my SIL…

It’s the “Metro Rings” Pattern by SewWonderful using her specialized ruler system…

I took a picture of it when I finished and then decided to snap a few on the way to deliver it in Arizona.


And here is a close-up…100_4809

I took a few pictures near Bryce Canyon as we were pretty close.

DSC_5706I just love red rocks!!!

DSC_5717And the end of our photo shoot!  Hope you enjoy!  Stop in again Pardner… 😉

Claudia Pfeil…

May 8, 2016

I had the opportunity to take a class with the International Award Winning Quilter, Claudia Pfeil yesterday morning!  Her quilting is amazing and I aspire to quilt like she does…  (Plus she brought chocolate!  She’s my favorite teacher ever!  LOL!)


This was her entrance in HMQS…  Amazing quilting and color!  And who doesn’t like bling?!!!

100_1204This is a closeup of her quilting…  Now that I’ve had her class I should be able to quilt like her, right?!

LOLOLOLOL…!  I am a funny girl!

100_1166Here is Claudia showing us how to do her “Onions”…  I must practice more!  (Check out that design on the right…  It’s from her “A-Z” class!)

100_1167A close up so you can see how amazing it is!

And last but not least, here is the piece that I was working on in our “Bubbles” class…


Now, I haven’t done any show quilting on my midarm, so this was a new experience for me.  I usually do show quilting on my Bernina domestic machine as I have a lot more control.  Hopefully I will be able to experiment and get good like this on the longarm…  :-)  Claudia said the 3 P’s of quilting are Practice, practice, practice…  I intend to follow that advice!  Thanks for an awesome class Claudia!  Next year I’m going to take her A-Z class.  Wish I had taken it this year!

Thanks for visiting…

HMQS… Mini quilts and a few others…

May 7, 2016

Well, it’s been a busy week here!  HMQS is in full swing!  One more day, and I have a class going on tomorrow…  It’s a long arm class taught by Claudia Pfeil!  Yay!!!  I can’t wait!  This year HMQS began a division of mini quilts.  Right up my alley!  Here I am with my little quilt:  “Wee Red and White Delight”100_1162Only 900 pieces in it…  Big grin for the 3rd place ribbon!!!  Thank you judges!  Here are the 1st and second place quilts100_1163

I’ll show you the second place more closely as I love Helen Butler’s work!


I quilted this one for my friend Vivian.100_1146It is such a fun little quilt!  100_1147The quilting on this one was simply amazing!  Plus I love the irregular border.

100_1153And this little lonestar just blew me away!!!  Itsy bitsy goodness!100_1148This one is based on a George Siciliano’s work…  He’s one of my heroes!

100_1155And Karen Marchetti’s quilting is amazing!!!

100_1161This one was one of my favorites as well…  I love everything about it!

I should have a lot more quilty goodness for you, but I’ve been a bit preoccupied shopping at the show…  Maybe I can drag myself away to see quilts tomorrow!  ;-)  Thanks for joining me!

And here are a couple more…

April 27, 2016

102_1116Finally got this one quilted!


Still have to trim some threads…102_1121And I finished this Scrappy Bear Paw that was designed by my friend Emily Bailey aka “Aunt Em’s Quilts”   This pattern was featured in Quiltmaker Magazine!  My friends Denise, Patsy, and Leslie exchanged HST’s with me so we’d have a bigger variety.  It is such a fun pattern!  Emily came and taught us how to put it together in a Sew-In in Layton Quilt Guild.  Thanks Em!!!

You can see why I was so busy over the last few weeks!  LOL!  Now, onto quilting another Happy Chemo Quilt…  Thanks for stopping by!

Sewing sewing sewing…

April 26, 2016

Like a mad woman, I am!  I have been uber busy trying to stay caught up with all of my Guild projects over the last couple of weeks.  Thought you might like to see what I’m working on!

102_1100In Layton Quilt Guild we’re exchanging mugrugs each month.  This is the rug I made for “Rain” theme this month.

102_1101And then we’ve been doing a “Swaffle” block.  For each block we make we get our name in for a drawing to win the blocks.  I made 2, but didn’t win…  LOL!  Next time maybe!

102_1103And here are the Wonky Houses that I’m teaching the ladies in Layton Quilt Guild to make…

102_1106Just for fun, I wanted to show you the quilt that I worked on at “Happy Chemo” over the last several months.  It’s all finished and ready to go tot it’s recipient!  I love this one!

I have loads more to share at an upcoming post…  And HMQS is coming up in a couple of weeks!!!  I’m going shopping!

Thanks for joining me!

Strutting Their Stuff…

April 12, 2016

I had the pleasure Sunday of attending a “lec” of Greater Sage Grouse.  We started out our day leaving our house at 4 am.  We grabbed a quick bite of fast food and proceeded to a site in Northern Utah where male Greater Sage Grouse gather.  A “lec” occurs in the springtime when males get together to show their “Manliness” in hope to attract mates.

We arrived at the site well before dawn.  As the sky prepared to lighten in the East, a curious thumping/drumming/whistling/popping began to sound in the distance.  We then noticed some faint white reflectors across the black field to our right.  My son stated, “They’re moving!”  Sure enough, they weren’t reflectors, but male Sage Grouse displaying their large white chests.  The drumming/whistling sounds came from puffing their chests and thrusting their heads.


A male Greater Sage Grouse fans his tail and tries to look extra special for the ladies!DSC_3885

“Look at how manly I am!  You know you want to be mine…”


“And this is my good side..”


Even a studly Grouse like this guy need to rest after a while…  Being all big and puffed out can be exhausting!DSC_3946

Even in the pitch black early morning we could see their white chests moving on the hillside…


And “Wow” when the sun came up!

 I got to add another bird to my life list!  Thanks for visiting the lec with me…


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