Saturday, January 7, 2017

New Beginnings and Old Habits

Happy New Year everyone. Hope your holidays were as hoped for.  Here all the decorations are down and the house is looking a little empty right now, but that to will change. As will our weather the last couple days have been very cold for Texas but next week it will warm up and I will go to a quilting retreat with good friends.

My plans for this year is to empty those project boxes.  Is it just me or do you find that if you abandoned a project it is had to get back to working on it?

I started this project more years ago than I will admit at a retreat/workshop with Jo Morton.  I love it and do plan on finishing it but it has been slow going.  (Note to self - take it with you to retreat). 

This is my design wall today and there is another project on it that I cannot share at this time ☹️


I have started to add another round on the hexagon project.  And will take the other, which is a Frivol by Primitive Gatherings, to an upcoming retreat with me.

My last finish for 2016 was a swap that I did with some friends.  I did not want another large quilt so I  only used about half the blocks.  I have plans to use the other half in a quilt for my kitchen table.
I have also been doing some cross stitch while binge watching Netflix shows.

Here is the lastest that I picked up from the framer.

And this is in the works.
That about sums up what is new with me.  My goal is to plug along on those unfinished..... and try not to start too many new ones.  In two weeks I will have Rotator Cuff surgery so hopefully that will not through my goals of kilter too much and I am  thinking positively.

Till next time.

Sunday, December 25, 2016


The packages are opened the stockings are emptied and now for a quiet peaceful day.  Hope you all have a wonderful day with family and friends. Here are a few shots  from around my house.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Getting back on tract - well maybe

I can't believe two posts in less than a month.  I finished a quilt top and sent it off to the longarm quilter and will post a photo when I get it back.

In the meantime I had a sampler framed amd I am very pleased with it, but can't decide where to hang it.

It is by Appleseed Prim and stitched on 35 ct. Confederate Grey linen.  I have also finished this sampler by Sampler House stitched on 40 ct bisque linen with one  strand of silk.

I have another sampler that I am really wanting to start, but I have a major problem with my right arm and will see a doctor about it next week.  In the meantime I have pulled out this unfinished project that was started in 2012 and plan on finish it up.  I can't decide if I want to make some additional blocks and set it like the pattern or just use what I have done and do a straight set with sashing and call it a finish.  The blocks have yet to be trimmed to size and are just put up and I am sure that there will be a lot of switching of blocks to get the colors right.


I am also wanting to get back to my English Paper Quilting.  I have two projects in the works - 


I guess that is about all new with me other than getting old and hating it!!  Have a great Thanksgiving.

Until next time


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Small Quilts - A Book Review

Have you noticed that a lot of the well known quilt designers are jumping on the small quilt bandwagon?   Some have been doing them for several years with great success.  If you are anything like me you have a stack of large so called bed size quilts.  Well I have decided  that I am scaling down by finishing up my large projects that I have started and then concentrate on smaller projects.  I have made small quilts for several years and get many compliments on them.  I love to scatter them  around my home in my everyday decorating.

Well Moda must have noticed that people like them and has published "Mini Marvels"
It is a wonderful  addition to your quilt library.  There is something for everyone and most projects would look good whether you choose modern or reproduction fabrics.  The patterns are concise and easy to follow and can be easily hand quilted if you so desire.  And as a special perk the proceeds from this book benefits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.  So why don't you go out to your favorite quilt shop and purchase this book.  And don't forget buying from a small business or designer also benefits the quilting industry. Just say'n ........

This is my first time to use this mobile app so maybe I will be better about posting.  You can also find me on Instagram as Bedfordquilter.