Ninety-nine nine patch blocks made, so far.  I think I need 209, and a bunch of half-sies to make the quilt I have in mind.  Do you remember Agent 99 from “Get Smart”?  She always was smarter than Maxwell Smart.


I worked on my Farmer’s Wife blocks too.  Two are from last week, and I made four this week.  Only 24 more to go, it seems like the next few are quite simple, there is even a nine patch.

I worked a bit on the chair project.  I needed to strip the legs and arm trim of the old, yellowing finish.  I got some walnut stain for it and hope I can get the wood parts done this week.  I noticed that the some of the springs in the seat are loose and need to be retied.  This poor chair really is getting a total makeover.

I got my Allietare quilt back on the frame, after I finished it I took it off and realized I had a blank spot where I missed a motif.  It should only take about ten minutes of stitching to fix, as always the prep takes longer than the fix.  I think I’m going to quilt the next-up baby quilt (July due date) and then get El Camino back up and finish it.

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Design Wall

I was productive last week.  I finished a quilt top, quilted and bound and gifted a baby quilt, started to re-upholster an old chair and started a scrap quilt.  I didn’t get to my Farmers Wife blocks though.

A few months ago, Cr*ftsy was having a sale on quilt kits.  I got three, one because I had the same fabric line in my stash and not enough to make something with it, and two called “Sombre” in different color ways.  “Sombre” is a free pattern from Robert Kaufman fabrics, it was pretty straight forward, just follow the map for color placement.

I think the whole top took about 8 hours total (including cutting), the blocks are large 16″ finished.

The quilting on on the baby quilt size of “Daybreak” (Jaybird quilt pattern) went well.  I had to take “El Camino” off the frame again, as I still have not finished it.  I used a pantograph with leaves and swirls and a fluffy Poly-batt.  Its pretty and I finished it the day after the baby was born.


My chair re-upholstry job is stalled, as I need to refinish the wooden legs and trim on it before applying new stuffing and fabrics. This chair was rescued from a garage sale about 12 years ago, for 15.00.  I think its sort of mid-century modern.  Its original fabric was avocado green and harvest gold floral print, oh so seventies.  I carefully peeled it off and took pictures of each step, so that I can put it back together anew.  This poor chair had about eight hundred tacks and individual nail head tacks holding the fabric on.  The frame is still sturdy though and the springs are tight. There are no loose cushions, and a bit of piping, not too complicated.   I’ve done a few other chairs and even a sofa once, so my knowledge is a little limited on how to complete this, but I ‘m sure there are some You-tube videos out there – and I have a very good how-to book.


Yesterday I started my scrap quilt project.  I have been cutting 2 ½” squares for a while now, I have quite a large box of them.  Originally I was thinking of making Bonnie Hunter’s “Split Patch Nine” quilt, then I saw a pretty version of “Rick-Rack Nines” in one of her recent slide shows.  Its a pattern from her book “Leaders and Enders” you can see it below on the lower left hand corner of the book cover.  I made 33 blocks so far, Bonnies pattern uses 2 inch squares so there will be some math involved in figuring out the solid blocks and borders.  Funny how each of my scrap squares has a quilt memory attached to it.  It seems like a personal journey through my quilt making.


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Still here

Truthfully, things have not been still at all here, rather busy.  Isn’t that the way though, you start a simple project and it snowballs into a multifaceted tangent-full job.  The flow of this job began simply enough move sewing room to unused upstairs bedroom.

  1. Empty unused bedroom into master bedroom.
  2. Notice wood floor looks like a herd of buffalo went over it.
  3. Decide to refinish floors in two bedrooms and hallway.
  4. Empty second bedroom into master bedroom.
  5. Start to empty sewing room.
  6. Notice that the buffalo have also been dancing on the floor in there too.
  7. Add that room and adjoining room on to the list for refinishing.
  8. Contract with flooring guys to do upstairs one week and downstairs the next.
  9. Empty sewing room and adjacent room contents into family room and outside under deck.
  10.  Hope it doesn’t rain that week, it does.
  11. Move furniture and stuff around to avoid dripping water.
  12. Floors take a day longer to dry because of rain.
  13. Move sewing things into room (rearrange at least three times).
  14. Move Bedroom things back into respective room.
  15. Decide to have area rugs cleaned while they are rolled up and not in use.
  16. When refinishers are done downstairs, decide that the former sewing room needs painting.
  17. Decide on paint colors, buy paint and realize that even though its a small room, every thing needs at least two coats of paint including the ceiling.
  18. Move things back into adjacent room (includes over 2000 CD’s).
  19. Go to Boston for three days.
  20. Finish Painting room (this took about ten days to do).
  21. Move furniture into it.
  22.  Get rugs back, hang some curtains and art work.
  23. Contemplate what to do with multiple boxes of stuff left in master bedroom.

That concludes a month of remodel fun.

I did work a bit on quilting “El Camino” and got a backing together for a baby quilt.  I may have to take El Camino off the frame, and quilt the baby quilt as the recipient is due eminently.  And, I made two more Farmer’s Wife blocks.

These are Mrs. Fay and Mrs. Brown.  Mrs. Fay had 12 Y seams, thankfully Mrs. Brown was less fiddle-y.  I am up to blocks 69 and 70 this week, only 29 more.  I have decided on a sashing and border fabric of 1930’s apple green.

More sewing and quilting ahead, really, I’m looking forward to it!