Crochet · Quilting

Still Kick’in


The beach by our house in winter. Some days I don’t see another person there. A calming place to walk.

Its been a long time since I’ve posted anything on my blog.  I needed a break, but its a new year and I’ve got new projects going.  I want to start documenting them and share some of the things I’ve completed.

Our winter was consumed with our little dog Harley.  He had a ruptured disc in his back and required surgery.  The recovery was six weeks of confinement.

Like all much loved kids he got presents from his Auntie (Judy) in the mail to help take his mind off things.

This was a video of his first walk.

He’s doing well.  He’ll probably always have a little more “giddy” than “up” in his step but we’re thankful we still have him.  He’s a good little dog and waits for us to pick him up to go outside.  He doesn’t try to jump on the furniture or climb the stairs.  He seems to understand that those are off limits for him now.

I finished my 2017 Leah Day Machine Quilting Party quilt and gave it to my granddaughter, Maura for Christmas.

I’m doing Leah’s 2018 Machine Quilting Party.  This one revolves around walking foot quilting.  I wish she had tackled rulers for free motion quilting, but its helpful to be able to turn a quilt around quickly, which you can do with the walking foot.  The first quilt is a log cabin.  I also wanted to do the projects outlined in Heather Thomas’ book Color and Design.  This is a book on color theory.  Heather Thomas is my quilting guru.  You can find her videos on the National Quilters Circle website and Youtube channel.  Many of the videos are free.  I’ve purchased some of her class videos as well when they go on sale and rewatch them over and over.  The book Color and Design has 12 assignments.  The first is to complete a project using only neutrals.  You are allowed one other true color, but only in 15% of the piece.  I’ve never been drawn to neutrals so this is a bit out of my comfort zone.  However I’m making my log cabin out of neutrals, with a center of greens.  I just started it this week.

The neutral fabrics I’ve collected for my log cabin quilt
Center of log cabin quilt

If you’re interested in Heather’s book I warn you it is VERY expensive.  I went on eBay and bid for a copy.  I won the bid and got one for $9.00.  Its a beautifully illustrated book and is a complete course on color theory.  If you feel you’re lacking in color knowledge like I do, its worth trying to get your hands on a copy.

If you noticed the orange and blue quilt pushed aside on the bed this is a photo of it.


Sorry Olive! This one’s for Bruce and Harley. Its going to be their TV time quilt.

A friend who has a long arm machine has offered to have me baste it on her long arm.  Actually she offered to have me quilt it on the long arm but I’m not ready for that.  I am to take her up on the basting though.  It will be so nice to have it ready to quilt without struggling with pin basting.

I also signed up for the 2018 Murder Mystery Quilt.  Its available at

I’m a sucker for a Who Dunnit!.  Each month you receive a chapter in a murder mystery book and complete a quilt square which will provide clues for solving the murder.  I bought my fabrics at the end of the year 40% off sale at JanniLou Quilt Shop in little Philomath, OR.  These are the fabrics.  They are more “me” than the neutrals.  Happy, sunny fabrics.

Well thats enough for now but I’m not finished.  We got Meredith and Pedro an Instant Pot for Christmas.  I love mine.  Its worth buying just for the perfect 7 minute hard cooked eggs.  Anyway, she found a cover for it on Etsy and asked me to make it since she doesn’t crochet.  It’s pretty irresistible!


I’ll give more info on him later.

Hope everyone is doing great.  Sorry for dropping off the face of the internet for awhile.  Please forgive!




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