Tuesday, July 24, 2018


Are you all keeping up? The last couple of weeks have been easier.  This week is applique (don't fret - applique is awesome)  This applique block is courtesy of the expert appliquer - Jan Patek.  You can find the directions HERE.

This is my pineapple block using Minick and Simpson fabrics.

Here it is using Bella Solids.  Notice the different number of pineapple markings on it.  Applique is custom-made that way.  Also notice that one pineapple body is upside-down. Uh, whooops. Embrace the individuality!

 Here are all the Bella Solid blocks together - so far - it's getting interesting, isn't it.

These are the Minick and Simpson blocks.

What else is going on?  Well, we had our annual traffic disrupter here in Ann Arbor - the Ann Arbor Art Fair.  Weather cooperated this year. That's unusual.  I took this picture 1 hour before it all started last Thursday.  I like to go to the Art Fair on the morning of the first day - before the real congestion starts.  We were back home that afternoon all refreshed and inspired by the amazing artists.  This picture is kind of a joke - it looks like the Art Fair is cozy and small - it is not.  Hundreds and hundreds of booths, miles and miles to walk, and hundreds of thousands cars trying to find their way there.  
 In more personal news - we have 99's back in stock.  If you are not familiar (and why would you be - since I made up this pre-cut myself....) it's 99 different Minick and Simpson fabrics - each 9" x 9". They are perfect for scrap quilts - EPP quilts, applique, hand piecing, you name it.

These are all the fabrics in this 99... You can find them HERE.



Wednesday, July 18, 2018


Week 7 is here - It's Spin Cycle by Stacy lest Hsu - here are the directions
Here it is with Minick and Simpson fabrics....

Here it is with Bella Solids.

The Bella solids - so far.......

and the red, white, and blue Minick and Simpson scrappy quilt - so far.....

What else is going on? I'm still working on a long term project in the evening.

.....and there is secret sewing going on too.  More on that later.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


How is the summer treating you so far? Roadtrips? Are you keeping cool?  Since we put in Casablanca fans in most of the big rooms of the house - we have used our air conditioning sparingly. I am not a shill for Casablanca - just a very satisfied customer.  They replaced other, less efficient fans and we are FANS!  Even on the warmest evenings, the windows are open in the bedroom and the fan is working away.  

Now - onto the news.....

This is week 6 - by Betsy - and her blog post and directions are HERE 
 This is my block using Bella Solids.

 Here it is in Minick and Simpson scraps. Are my blocks perfect? Uhm, no.  Will I remake them? Uhm, no.

Here are the first 6 weeks grouped.

Stay cool, my friends


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy July 4th and BLOCKHEADS2 - week 5

My problem today is to decide which set of pictures to show you first?  How about some red, white and blue quilts for the 4th of July!

I asked for help from Bill to get out the red, white, and blue quilts I had on hand.   It also doesn't include blue and white quilts or red and white quilts.   It is my favorite color palette. 

It's also hand quilting Wednesday around here and quite a few of these quilts are hand quilted. Most are the smaller traditional stitch and some are big stitch.  I prefer these type of "fireworks" as opposed to the booming kind.  Gibby agrees. He really hates when the neighborhood erupts in fireworks in the evening. Enjoy the municipal displays everyone, but your dogs and kitties - and your neighbor's dogs and kitties will appreciate it if you don't set them off in your yard. //steps off my soapbox//

AND...... It's week 5 of BLOCKHEADS2!

This week was a delight.  Nice big pieces in a very, very pleasing block.
This is week 5 with my Bella Solids

This is week 5 with Minick and Simpson scraps.

 And here they are all together - so far :)
This week's block is brought to you by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique.  The link to her blog and this week's pattern is HERE

Have a great holiday!



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