DOVE Bandages – Mission Accomplished

Each year I try to complete 6 bandages for the DOVE Bandage Brigade – here they are.  The good new is that when I went to the DOVE website there is an announcement that the bandages are no longer needed!

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For more information you can find the announcement here.  

So…. finish up the bandages you are working on turn them in by early december 2017..



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Toothbrush Rug — 8 Day Project

douvet cover

Several years ago I bought a pattern and tool to make a toothbrush rug.  I tried to start one and failed and moved on to making a locker hook rug.

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled on a youtube with someone demonstrating how to make a toothbrush rug.  I found my pattern and tool and got started.

The fabric I used was a queen size duvet cover that was literally in the trash – my daughter really like the covered, but it was just too worn to be called anything but a rag and she decided to let it go.  I saw the rug demo and rescued the duvet cover.

rug at half

She was hoping for a large rug — about 32 by 54.  I knew that I would not have enough fabric so I was hoping for the best.  This shows the rug at half way and the size is about 15 in by 29 in.

finished rug

This is the completed rug – the finished size is 22 in by 38 in.  She is thrilled with the finished rug!!

rug close up

This is a close up of the working side of the rug.

I don’t expect to ever make another — unless I am really desperate for a specific color.  The dust and lit that covered my sewing room after making this was awful!  I spent most of day 8 of this project cleaning my sewing room.

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The Last 4 Blocks!



These are the blocks from months 11 and 12.  I had fun with these blocks but did have a couple of problems with construction.  When you look closely you can see a bit of ripple in each and every flying geese part of the star. Since I have not had this problem before I am guessing that a couple things could have caused it.  First is that I just wasn’t careful enough … entirely possible and probable. Second is the fabric and how to work with it. The indigo fabrics are heavy, even heavier than the homespun … this quilt has both.  Since the other fabrics are traditional quilting cottons, I can’t help but wonder how I could have pieced these differently.  Since it is unlikely I will be using them again I will not dwell on it.

Another result of the construction problem is that the blocks do not measure properly.  Each measures 14.25 inches rather than 14.5 inches.  At least they are consistent!

What to do with 48 large star blocks? Not sure i want a quilt that is 82 x 110. Maybe a couple (few) throw quilts? pillows? table toppers?

Next up … I am going to try to make a toothbrush rag rug.

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And this set of blocks…

I continue to enjoy making blocks for the Indigo Stars BOM, in spite of myself.


This is from month 9 — I managed to cut one of the plaid fabrics 2.25 in instead of 2.5 inches. This kit does not allow for any miscuts for anything other than the star fabrics. I guess that keeps costs down but I would rather pay more and have some extra fabrics. I found a suitable replacement in my resource center and I am on to block set 10.


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More Big Blocks & Knit Dove Bandages



Here are the blocks for month 7 for Indigo Stars BOM.  I had a major miscut so the extra seams are because I didn’t pay great attention to my pattern … oops!

So— what did I do wrong?  I was ‘expecting’ the lighter fabrics to be in a specific place but the pattern is designed for plaid vs print placement (not color placement) and I cut my strip sets backwards.

I should have selected new fabric but I am stubborn and wanted to use what was in the kit.

As usual, I am also working on my knit bandages for Dove.  I have completed four of the six I plan to have ready by fall.


Yep … I had to show off my super cute bandage bag.

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NP, Mill Hill, Quilting ….

Once again, time flies… I need to give myself a specific day to post and perhaps I will get back to a weekly schedule.

Christmas in July was weak… I did make two Mill Hill beaded ornaments but I only completed the finishing on one.  mill hill snowman 28july2017mill hill santa 28july2017They look so cute when they are done!  But then I had to decide how to turn them into ornaments.

mill hill santa back 28july2017The Santa was my guinea pig for finishing.  I added a jewelry finding to the back with glue – thanks to Calico and her flosstube #17 for the idea.  When it was dry, I put a layer of white glue on the back – extending a couple of rows beyond the stitching and applied a square of felt.  After it was dry, I cut it out and ….


The trimming was not easy, I will try different scissors on the snowman… “discovery requires experimentation”.

I also spent a bit of time on the patchwork bear stocking I started for my son 25+ years ago.

bear stocking 8aug2017

Sorry, just realized that I didn’t take a picture of the entire piece – next time.  This is a handpainted canvas from TS. If it looks familiar, it could be because it was modified and available as kit (maybe from Bucilla).    Stitching for the head is finished and I am going to try work on it for least a couple of days every month.

Last for this post is a block of the month quilt that is another oldie but goodie.

indigo bom month 1 thru 5 9aug2017

This is the Indigo Stars BOM from Reproduction Fabrics that is from before 2000,  it might be the first bom that I ever signed up for.  With each pack you make four squares, unfinished size 14.5 inches, each month has six fabrics, each month the fabrics change.  I have completed the first five months and have and one duplicate fabric.  With 48 completed blocks this would make an enormous quilt or a couple (or more) throw size.  No idea what I will do with the blocks.


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A Quilt for Cooper!

coopers quilt finished 18july2017

This is the finished quilt for Cooper!  My favorite way to baste is using 505 spray but it did not work on this.  The backing – Moda marble dots in black/grey – stuck nicely to the batting but the pieced quilt top did not.  My assumption is that the 505 is not compatible with nylon, I used Sulky Soft n’ Sheer as the base to create the string blocks.

The batting is Soft & Bright by Warm and I did minimal quilting — straight lines in one direction every 4 inches.  I am using my Elna to do the quilting and I am learning to use batting that can be quilted many inches apart.  Honestly, I think heirloom quilting is fabulous … but … my quilts are (hopefully) functional and I like finishing them myself in a reasonable amount of time.

Now it might really be time for Christmas in July …..

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Emma Elliot – Completed 12 July 2017

I finished stitching Emma on Monday but I had dozens of away waste knots that needed to be secured.  Here she is —

emma elliot complete 12july2017

I changed a few things … some were intentional some were by accident.  I am really glad to have a finish — my favorite part is the row with the house and I really like the fabric.

As much as I like the finish of the full coverage pieces (ie Tilton, Haed, Scarlet Quince — wall to wall stitching with constant color changes), working a sampler — any sampler is much more fun.

On to Christmas in July!!

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Emma Elliot Sampler


A couple of weeks ago I brought out the Emma Elliot Sampler that I started last year. I only planned to spend a week with her but it is sort of like popcorn…. I can’t seem to put it down.

I’m not sure way — it is not one of my favorites.  Maybe I just want it finished, which I do.

So …. I continue on with Emma and hope to finish within a couple of weeks then it will be on to Christmas in July!!

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Progress on Quilt & 2018 Calendar

Back in the day when my children were little I often made the “Jeweled” calendars from Bucilla.  I don’t think that Bucilla makes them anymore but I did find one that I like from Creative Connection, Inc.  They are fast and easy but I must say the quality for this particular kit is awful.  The printing is fuzzy and smeared in places.  The package  was filled with loose sequins and it is impossible to iron out the lines from the folds.  Other than that it is great!

The blocks for Cooper’s quilt are done and are on the design wall while I move them about trying to decide on the final layout.  As I move the blocks I am trying to come up with an idea for quilting as well as the color of quilting thread (or threads).  I plan to use a black moda dot for the the backing and black moda marble for the binding – that makes me want to lean to a grey for the quilting.  Looking for inspiration!!

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