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Another month of UFO’s Completed!

February 28, 2018

As I probably mentioned last month, the Utah Quilt Guild is encouraging it’s members to finish their UFO’s this year.  That means completely finished!  I went through my UFO’s and found about 60.   (Not including bitty blocks…  😉  )  My personal goal this year is to complete about 1/2 of them.  Last month I finished 6, while this month I only completed 4.  (But I did make significant progress on a couple of others as well!)

Here they are:

As some of you remember, myself and 3 of my online besties swapped “Wonky House at Night” blocks for 1 year. Silvana, Soma, Sandy and I were the 4 participants!  We each made 4 blocks each month…  1 for ourselves, and 1 for the other 3 swappers.  That gave us a total of 48 house blocks.  I wanted mine to be a little bit bigger, so I made an additional 51 blocks for a nice uneven 99 blocks.  A little star sashing, and it’s finished!  I missed quilting 1 tree.  Shhhhhhh…  Don’t tell!  Anyhow, here is our fun little group project!  Thank you ladies!!!!!  You rock!

This one needed binding and it’s done!  So fun!  (I did a scrappy binding if you can see along the edge…)

“Kaffe meets Kim”  Haha!  This one was made using mostly Kaffe fabrics (plus my hand dyed yellow) and was designed by Kim Diehl.  I love this one!  It needed binding as well..

And last, but not least, here is a quilt top that I bought at my friend Denise’s yard sale.  It still qualified as a UFO, so it went on my list.  It needed to be quilted and bound and here it is finished!

4 for this month!!!  I am really loving all of these finishes!  Thanks for joining me!



It’s a New Year! And for me, a time to finish some UFO’s…

January 23, 2018


This year, the Utah Quilt Guild is encouraging it’s members to complete UFO’s every month…  I added up all of my UFO’s (Unfinished Objects) and have found that I have at least 59 in all stages of completion.  (If I don’t count all of the Bitty Blocks I have in my bag…)  I have challenged myself to complete half of them this year.  Yup!  That’s right!  30 UFO’s by New Year’s Eve…  That said, I had better get busy!

Above is a quilt that was all finished except for the binding…  Done!


This little quilt just needed a binding as well…  I won’t move along as fast when my bindings are done!


This one needed binding as well…  I stitched this one on by hand.  The other two were done by machine.  Thanks to my buddy Susie for teaching me how to do it so it looks nice!


This little beauty was made by my friend LaRae D.  We did a swap, but she gave me 2 little appliqued tops in exchange for one completed mini.  This one had been waiting for me to get to it for a while…  If you look at this picture closely, you can see “pokeys” in the outer border.  (Places where the white thread was pulled up from the back.)  Tension issues.  Here’s a little tip…  I will take a black Micron pen to each of those little white dots.  Ta da!  It will work like a charm!  Done!!!

156_6313This one isn’t a UFO, but is part of the final swap being held on flickr at the Mini QT Swap…  Still needs some finish work.  The pattern is called, “Open Wide” by “”  It’s a cute little bag!  Well, I have a few more finishes to get done by the end of  the month.  I’ll try to be better about posting!

😉 Ruthiequilts

Hi there everyone!

August 16, 2017

Yes, I am still out here quilting away!  Pretty sad when I don’t have time to chat…  My quilts are being featured at “My Heritage” fabric store at “Rainbow Gardens” in Ogden.  I hope you enjoy!

The quilt pattern on the left is from “Quilts With Style”, a magazine that is no longer in print.  The one on the right is a Dear Jane Alternate list, “Siggie Quilt” made up of blocks from all over the country and world.  I made the flower border with wool applique.

My collection of smaller quilts…

The quilt on the left is made up a Bee blocks traded online and the one on the right hung in the National Quilt Museum in Padukah…

I love the colors in this one…  So soothing!

My “Dear Jane” quilt finished with the Yahoo “Dear Jane” group….

The fabrics for this one were exchanged with a group of friends!

This one was designed by my friend, Patsy!  I love the interplay of stars…

This one was done for a “Show Stopper Challenge” that we did in Layton Quilt Guild.  Still one of my faves!!!

And a blurry picture of moi.  Thanks for joining me!



Sorry to be so scarce!!!

April 4, 2017

Source: Sorry to be so scarce!!!


Me and my little things…

March 15, 2017

We are swapping post cards in Layton Quilt Guild this year…  I wanted to show you what I did for the “It’s not easy being green” theme.

And here’s what I wrote on the back…

  I found the frog image online and drew him out with pencil.  I used “Inktense” pencils to color him with and then added “Textile Medium”.  I finished him off using a Micron pen to outline him.  I made the 3-D leaves using 2 pieces of fabric with fusible web between them and then stitched the edges.  I pulled them into a tuck to give them dimension!  3-D is so fun!

And last, but not least, I am working on this little “Triptych” quilt for a swap in the MQTS swap on flickr.  Now to get them bound!

Thanks for stopping by!!!


I know… I am soooooo bad!

March 4, 2017

I have been crazy busy!  Story of my life lately…  I rushed to get things done before I went to a quilting retreat at Bryce (which I’ll try to post on later).  I didn’t quite get this done before I left a couple of weeks ago, but finished it within days of being home.

100_5658I’m going to enter it into a couple of shows, so I won’t show you the front until it goes “public”.  (Although I have shown a few sneak peeks…)

100_5660Here’s a close up with a little more detail…  I love the dyed back!!!

100_5663And I worked on 3 UFO’s while at Bryce.  Here I’m auditioning a bird in the center…  He made the cut!  More on him later.

100_5665When I returned from Bryce, I received 8 customer quilts to quilt.  Yikes!  Guess what I’ve been doing?

100_5667This one is hanging at Union Station in Ogden right now.  Pretty funky!  I’ll be there tomorrow and will show you the whole thing.

100_5676And this guy is finally made in fabric.  I designed the pattern last year but didn’t have time to work on it.  It’s a long way from finished, but I imagine down the road he’ll be a finished pattern in quilt form.

100_5683And last but not least, another client quilt I’ve worked on.  There are others as well, but I forgot to take there pictures!  Poor neglected things…

I’m hoping that things will slow down a titch, but I just sent in my contract to teach at Quilt Fest.  Guess that means I’ll  add “whip up a pattern” to my to-do list!

Thanks for stopping by!!!


Busy busy!

January 22, 2017

And it’s not getting ready to slow down anytime soon!

I have Bryce Winter Retreat coming up in a few weeks and plan on trying to get all of my client quilts done before I go…

Here is a quilt that I quilted for Lisa S.  What a fun quilt!100_5577And the back so you can see the quilting a little easier….100_5579I’m also working on a 50 Shades of Red swap on Flickr in the Mini QT Swap.

I found the center heart image on Free Heart Clip Art.  Love it!!!100_5622And I finished the Wonky House Quilts that we made in Roy Quilt Guild using mine and Silvana’s Patterns that were featured in The National Quilting Associations, “Quilting Quarterly”, although we did ours in 6 inches instead of 4.

100_5591Guild Members had to bring in their finished house block and they got a freebie tree block!  It really encouraged people to get their houses done!

And last but not least, I quilted this gorgeous quilt for my friend Susan H.  100_5582It was too mucky outside to get a picture of the whole thing,  but I quilted all 5o blocks with different backgrounds.  Talk about challenging!!!  Susan got these blocks at a yard sale.  The blue border fabric had bled onto the light backgrounds so the owner got rid of them.  Susan removed the offending fabric and was able to get out the blue coloring.  Didn’t this come out great?!


Jingle bells… Gifts are ready!

December 21, 2016

Jingle bells…

Dye lots swell…

Mama’s got blue hands!100_5567

The weather outside is frightful, but the dyeing is delightful!

100_5565Gifties for the Tuesday girls!

Thanks for visiting!!!


Seeing purple and something sweet…

December 2, 2016

Well, I had to try it…  It fell from the sky like manna from Heaven.  (Although I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated it as much until today!)

100_5539Snow melts much faster than ice cubes and I had to go out back and collect several buckets full 4 times in a 24 hour period.

But boy, oh boy…  I loved the resulting dye!!!  For more information on ice dyeing see Sondra Millards blog:


I’ll never feel quite as grumpy towards the white stuff again!

It did dry a little bit lighter than this, but it is really stunning.

I made caramel yesterday and added chocolate to my turtles and pretzels today.  It was a very productive day!


Thanks for stopping by!


Singin’ the blues…

November 28, 2016

Well, here I am again!  Between customer quilting and preparing for the Holidays, I’ve been out of touch.  But that means I’ve been doing lots of fun stuff!  Still dyeing for more color.  I went with blues this time…  100_5524I really love the way this one came out…  It looks cold!

Plus I needed some ornies for a swap on flickr.  I saw these fab ornies on FB and decided to give them a go!100_5527

 Aren’t they fun?  Here’s the link that I used if you want to try them as well…

Thanks for stopping by!


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