Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Where do I begin?

 Well first off how is everyone? We are fine staying in and getting things done. Some closet cleaning, some cooking and some sewing. I hope all is bright in your lives and everyone is well. Stay in touch with loved ones and find a TV show or movie, music, to stay positive. The sun is coming out right now.

I have helped my husband plant seeds for garden vegetables. We use to have a huge garden, but due to age it was getting to hard to keep up with. We will be planting in pots this year. 
Not sure I showed you the texture this QAYG blocks have after quilting. them. This the backing for the colorful 16 patches that are framed in bright colors. This backing fabric I purchased from It was fast service and I got the yardage I needed to accomplish this quilt.

This is a view of the top with the connecting strips to hold this quilt together after it is quilted. I used a utility stitch that is on my machine, but it adds another texture to the quilt. 

This is the back strips that are used. This is Grunge fabric and it is perfect to add another finish that is attractive. 
I have five rows connected together in this picture. I have only two more out of the 8 rows to connect. I sat down long enough to type this and then back at it. I want this one done. It is a twin sized quilt. I used a 60/40 Pellon  batting to quilt this one. It is not as heavy feeling as the 80/20 I have used in the past, but will have the warmth that is needed.

In the gray days we have been having here in Northern Illinois this is a pleasant task finishing this one up.

I hope you have some bright spots in your stay at home lives.
We have as normal for the Winter stayed pretty much in the house. I know this has been a trying time for many. I order groceries online and pick them up. We had just been to the Dr's office before all this happened so we are all doing well.

We planted tomato, cucumber, green pepper seeds to have starts for the pots when it gets warm enough to get out and do the yard work. Today it is warmer, but Spring rains will be starting soon and we will have to start mowing before long.

Haven't seen my Granddaiughters for about a month, but I know they are at home and out of harms way. They go to the farm with their parents and back home. They are taking classes online through their school and having fun with the different method of learning.

Please be careful and stay healthy. This may take awhile to correct it's self but it will pass in due time.

Keep on sewing. Chris

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Staying home

In light of the crazy things going on in the World today I choose to stay home and not travel. I have prepared myself and my home with yes Toilet paper and food. 

I do this most every Winter because my husband is disabled and has lung issues. I can't even afford to bring germs home to him. I now ordering groceries from Walmart and not entering the store to help prevent this exposure. 

The news has hyped some of this, but it is good common sense to protect yourself and your family. I buy extras because I feel I am prepared for up to 2 weeks because we are cautious. 

The info given isn't a farse. I worked in the a medical facility and precautions are what keep people safe. Our State has closed all private and public schools for two weeks. There is a reason all this is being done. To keep you and your loved ones Safe. Hospitals and Nursing homes are restricting visitors and even Courthouses are rescheduling court cases. This is just common sense. 

Back in the 1890's my Great Grandmother lost 5 children in 10 days during a flu epidemic. Yes sanitation and medicines are greatly advanced now, but a lesson was learned fom history in my family. 

So to keep me busy you see in the picture I have completed  enough QAYG blocks to make a twin sized quilt. So the strips will be cut for the connections today and a roast put in the crockpot and stay-in and keep the fires burning.

Netflix and Prime will be busy today in my house plus sewing. 

Hope you are all well and can stay that way. Chris  

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Digging for something else and found this

The first two pictures are not my own. They are snatched off of Pinterest. But they are a close up of the quilt blocks I found in my digging for something else. 

This it the picture of the quilt. They are 7 inch squares when complete. Small pieces, but a neat look when all complete in the quilt.

This is the centers of the block. As you can see they are not very big. 

This is the blocks in the stages to the completed blocks.

I thuink I started this like 5 years ago. It was about the time my Mother got sick and I put it up to take care of her. Not even sure the name of the quilt pattern. I thought I saved the instructions which were in a magazine, but couldn't locate it.

I need to address this and see if I can find them or go online and see if a PDF is available. 

With the Flu season well in force I have beem staying home much more and trying limited ventures out because I don't want to bring anything home to my husband who is disabled.  I hope you all are well. Chris
I will search for the name of this quilt and the designer.

This is a free tutorial from All people  It is called
"Quilt Every Little Bit". It has a free download recently offered. So Check out and look it up.