Sunday, September 30, 2012

QJ - Tax Season '93

QUILT JOURNAL - Tax Season '93

Machine pieced
Hand quilted
59-1/2” x 53-1/2”
Started - January 1993
Completed - August 1993

From a great book My Other Half bought me for Christmas 1992 -
Anita Hallock’s "Scrap Quilts Using Fast Patch" - (c) 1991

The split nine-patch block was made in sections –
Left, right, and middle – seemingly chaotic -
But it all came together in the end –
Just like tax season!!

The "section" technique was new to me back then -
Almost 20 years ago -
So making all of the "lefts" first was just plain weird - ;))
Now we think nothing of it -
And it's a basic block construction technique -
I wonder how blocks will be constructed in another 20 years - ;))

County Fair - August 1993 -

Won an honorable mention -

This quilt has been given away -
So I was unable to take new digital photos of it -

These are scans of the photos in my scrapbook -
They are not the best -
But they should give you an idea - ;))

Tax Season '93 - front - on wall -

Tax Season '93 - back -
The appliqued heart on the back is covering a flaw in the fabric -
You can barely see it in this photo -
It's a bit to the right of center -

Tax Season '93 - close-up -

Scrap card -

The following Christmas I found a necktie for My Other Half made from the same border fabric – turned out to be his favorite – it went with every shirt he owned.

I told you that story - here - and - here -

As an added extra -

If you were to see this quilt in "real life" -

I have a challenge for the viewer -

Can you find the unwanted pairs?

No square was to touch another square of the same fabric –

But I goofed x 4 - ;))

QJ - 1993

Hint: the sets are
(1) navy -
(2) dark pink -
(3) floral -
(4) cream with pink hearts

Answer - (row-column):
(1) 7-21 & 7-22
(2) 9-6 & 9-7
(3) 10-1 & 11-1
(4) 18-15 & 18-16

Saturday, September 29, 2012

LHQSQ - Block #54

Another 6” sampler block -

That you can make using -

2-1/2” squares -

And anything else -

That finishes at 2” -

Three across and three down -

Variations of the basic NINE-PATCH -

The sewn block will MEASURE 6-1/2” -

And FINISH at 6” -


Block #54 - Fifty-Four-Forty-Or-Fight

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Friday, September 28, 2012


Her name is Faith - ;))


Oh, and on a side note – guess who I bumped into? The lady who showed me the strip of paper technique that caused all the hubbub. Her name is Faith –I knew her smile right off when I saw her. She is thrilled that you found her tip helpful. Sharing is what it is all about, helping someone else along the way.


Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Thursday, September 27, 2012

BH Emails

What you have read is a bit out of context -

There is more to it -

I don’t want to fan any flames -

And debated whether or not to tell the WHOLE story -

Seems she deleted my PUBLIC comment -

Omitted her response to it -

Posted my PRIVATE comment -

Omitted her response to THAT -

And then posted an open letter to me -

So here’s the rest of the story - ;))



Parts 3 and 5 have been published -

Parts 1 and 2 and 4 have not -


Part 1 - My original comment - deleted

On Sep 27, 2012, at 4:03 PM, A Left-Handed Quilter wrote:
A Left-Handed Quilter has left a new comment on your post "Amazingly Smart!":

Two things -

1. May we have the name of the Super Quilter? Seems like she should get a shout-out - ;))

2. Brenda Henning - Bear Paw Productions - has a similar method for sewing pre-cut strips. She measures 2-1/4" from the LEFT - my kind of lady - ;)) Here's the link -


Part 2- The response - omitted -

Bonnie K Hunter
1:22 PM (5 hours ago)

I'm sorry but I don't remember her name.

Via Bonnie's Iphone!


Part 3 - My response - posted -

Please note -

1. - That this was a PRIVATE response -
2. - That the last three words are NOT in caps -
3. - That there is only ONE exclamation point -
4. - That this was NOT in the public forum until she posted it -

A Left-Handed Quilter
2:43 PM (3 hours ago)

I'm disappointed in you, Bonnie. I would think that if you were going to take pictures of her "Amazingly Smart" technique - and then post them on your blog - that you could have done her the simple courtesy of getting her name - so that you could give her credit. Being referred to as a Super Quilter doesn't cut it. That lady taught you something and you can't remember her name? Shame on you! .


Part 4 - Her response - omitted -

Bonnie K Hunter
2:56 PM (3 hours ago)

Please stop reading me. Please stop commenting on my posts. I don't need this kind if reprimanding. I taught I over 70 different people in the past three days. You try to do this.

Leave my blog and leave me be.

Via Bonnie's Iphone!


Part 5 - Her open letter to me - posted - here -

Dear Left Handed Quilter
I’m sorry that I can’t remember the quilter’s name who showed me the strip of paper tip.

In the past 3 days I have had over 70 different students, AND a lecture with 100 people.

I could not remember her name, but I did ask her permission to share it.

However, I do NOT need emails from you reprimanding me, telling me “SHAME ON YOU!!” when I am doing the best I can.

This is a notice that your comments are no longer welcome on my blog and if you do comment, I will remove them, each and every one.

This is MY LIFE. I am doing the best that I can ---I have a mother, I don’t need you to be her.

Please find someone else to tear to shreds.

Left-Handed Quilter wrote:

I'm disappointed in you, Bonnie. I would think that if you were going to take pictures of her "Amazingly Smart" technique - and then post them on your blog - that you could have done her the simple courtesy of getting her name - so that you could give her credit. Being referred to as a Super Quilter doesn't cut it. That lady taught you something and you can't remember her name? Shame on you! .

Note --- all comments to this post have been removed. This remains as my public statement alone.


So that's the rest of the story -

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

LHQSQ - Block #53

Another 6” sampler block -

That you can make using -

2-1/2” squares -

And anything else -

That finishes at 2” -

Three across and three down -

Variations of the basic NINE-PATCH -

The sewn block will MEASURE 6-1/2” -

And FINISH at 6” -


Block #53 - Eight-Pointed Star variation

With a few more ready to go -

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

LTRTCWSA - Placemat Stuff

Another episode of -

Leisurely Turtle Race to Christmas with Squirrels Allowed - ;))

One thing about STUFF -

You never know when you are going to NEED it -
But it’s nice to know that you HAVE it when you do -

I found some quilt binding in the drawer -
Two different shades of green -
One of them is probably PERFECT - ;))

Yup - the darker one will work -

And I found my color pens -
Several different shades of green -
One of them is probably PERFECT -

To cover up that flaw in the first placemat -
On the top right of the darker green strip -

Yup - can hardly see it now -

So - next up -

Bind these suckers -

And cross them off my list -

Oh - almost forgot -

Here’s the backing I chose -

I think that it does a real nice job of hiding -

The dark green thread I used for quilting -

And all of my boo-boos - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mail Call - DJ

A while back -

When KatieM said - here -

That she didn't want her "Dear Jane" stuff -

We worked out a trade -

The blocks are tiny -

But a bit bigger than the 3" string blocks -

That I made in Bonnie Hunter's "Orca Bay" -

So they look "doable" - ;))



I wouldn't even think about it without the EQ software -

I loaded it and fiddled around with it a little -


Has a ton of extra stuff specific to DJ -

Hints - tips - journal sample pages -

AND it lets you re-size the blocks to any size you want.

It's like a mini stand-alone version of EQ with DJ blocks -

So cool!

I think that it might be fun -

Just need to finish up some other stuff -

But then again -

What's another UFO - right?? - ;))

Oh, yeah -

And that "doable" comment -

Famous last words, huh? - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Monday, September 24, 2012

Design Wall Monday - 9/24/12

Check out all of us who link up with Judy L. at Patchwork Times on Mondays.
We have some awesome stuff on our walls!
Well, THEY do - ME - not so much sometimes - ;))

Linda and I are working on our Christmas stuff -
We call it our -
Leisurely Turtle Race to Christmas with Squirrels Allowed - ;))

First on my Christmas Wish List is the four placemats -

I cut them apart and laid them out -

This one has a little flaw in the fabric -
See it? -

It probably won’t show too much -
So I decided to just stitch it up -
See what happens -
I can always color it in with some pens - ;))

I figured out a stitching sequence -
Just “in-the-ditch” around the tree -
And down the stripes on each side -
I might add some free-motion quilting later -
Maybe - ;))

Layered it with some fusible batting -
Which DIDN’T fuse -
It was probably in my stash too long -
And lost its “fuse” ability -

So I had to pin it instead -
Just so you know -
I HATE pinning -

After it was quilted -
I compared it to my “go-to” placemats -
For size -

Width-wise seems okay -
Without the green border -

And length-wise seems okay, too -
Without the green border -

Just realized that I didn’t show you -
The backing fabric -
I’ll take a photo of that later - ;))

So - I think that I will quilt them up -

Trim them to 3/8” past the center rectangle -

Then bind them with something “yet to be decided” -

After I find my can of spray basting stuff - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Sunday, September 23, 2012

LHQSQ - Block #52

Another 6” sampler block -

That you can make using -

2-1/2” squares -

And anything else -

That finishes at 2” -

Three across and three down -

Variations of the basic NINE-PATCH -

The sewn block will MEASURE 6-1/2” -

And FINISH at 6” -


Block #52 - Eight-Pointed Star

For a nine-patch -
I usually use four pins -

With sashes -

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Christmas STUFF -

Yesterday BOB did a post -

All about abbreviations -

And for those who were wondering -

EIEIO is a reference to the children’s song -

“Old MacDonald Had A Farm - E - I - E - I - O”

Dang it - a joke’s not funny if you have to explain it - ;))


Anyway -

On to today’s post -

As you all know -

Because it’s mostly all I have been talking about -

This past week -

Linda - of Linda quilts and I pulled out our Christmas STUFF -

And are going to have a little “Race” -

And - boy - do we have STUFF!! -

We have STUFF we forgot we had -

We have yardage STUFF -


Panel STUFF -

Lots of STUFF - ;))

We posted photos of our STUFF -

And then the emails started flying back and forth -


Linda -
OMGosh!! If this was a race to see who has the most panels.... girl you WIN!! HAHAHA
I love the red cardinal fabric. Even if it is OLD!!

ME -
Hahaha - yeah - I may have more panels - but you will probably get more stuff done - so girl, you WIN!! - ;))

Linda -
yeah well we'll see. I'm going to have to speed up a little or I'm not going to get anything done.

ME -
NO speeding allowed - I don't DO speed - I'm a Slow Poke Quilter. For me this is going to be a leisurely turtle race. NO stress - NO hurry - ;)) My life tends to get in the way - so what gets done gets done - I'm not going to stress myself out - and I sure hope you don't either!! This should be a fun - friendly - leisurely - let's just work on Christmas stuff "race". I still want to work up some more LHQSQ blocks - do something Halloweeney - and maybe Autumny - don't know yet. I want to leave some room for "squirrels" - haha. Maybe we should rename our race to something like "Leisurely Turtle Race to Christmas With Squirrels Allowed" - something catchy - what do you think? - ;))

Linda -
Ooh I love that title!! I'll never remember it all... But I love it. Yes, you rename this on your blog and I'll pick it up from you. Thanks! Now I can go back to taking a nap in the afternoon.

ME -
I'm glad you like my title!! But - oh, crap - my timing sucks - BIG time!! BOB has a post scheduled for tomorrow all about abbreviations - and here I go wanting to rename our race - come up with something catchy - that will probably be long - probably need an abbreviation so that we can both remember it. I repeat - Oh, crap! - haha - And on top of all of that - in about 10 minutes it will be time for MY nap - BOB and I gotta have our naps - ;))

Linda -
Hey no stress remember! We have all the time we need. No hurry.

ME -
I'm not stressing - not really - just admiring the timing is all - haha.

I LOVE your line - "We have all the time we need." Maybe we should just call it our "Christmas Wish List" - not the stuff we WANT for Christmas - the stuff we WISH we could get DONE for Christmas - I have too much "stuff" already - ;))

Linda -
I so agree. That's why I called my list my "Hope" list since I hope I get some of it done.
I still like your "Leisurely Turtle Race to Christmas With Squirrels Allowed" That's so cute and so catchy. I think it fits us don't you. After all we're cute and catchy!! Hahaha

ME -
And we like squirrels - ;)) So if you like LTRTCWSA - is that right? - we can call it that - ;)) I'll try to work something up for Saturday - BOB is the guest blogger tomorrow on LHQ - hehe - ;))

Linda -
sounds great to me.


So there you have it -

She has a “Christmas Hope List” -

I have a “Christmas Wish List” -

And we are both entered in the -

Leisurely Turtle Race to Christmas with Squirrels Allowed - ;))

You are more than welcome to join us -

The entry FEE is nominal -

It’s whatever Christmas STUFF you may have -

Stashed away in a bin - a drawer - or wherever -

And you KNOW you have some - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Friday, September 21, 2012

BOB and abbreviations

As a general rule -

BOB and I HATE abbreviations -

Some are obvious -

And we quilters use them -

All of the time -

Like -

FQ for fat quarter -

HST for Half-Square Triangle -

QST for Quarter-Square Triangle -

BOM for Block of the Month -

And I often use -

LHQ for Left-Handed Quilter/Quilting -

They are a kind of "shorthand" -

For quilters -

Remember "shorthand"? - ;))

But I felt bad the other day -

When I used one on my blog -

And forgot that not everyone -

Knew what it meant -

TUSAL is Daffycat's Totally Useless Sew-A-Long - here - ;))

I remember the feeling -

When I read a post a while back -

On Grandma Rockton’s blog - here -

She’s a VERY sweet lady -

And my VERY FIRST follower - ;))

But I had to leave a comment -

Because I had NO idea what she was talking about - ;))

She explained in her next post what IBOL meant - here -

But I am still confused about the rest -

So I try to make it a habit -

To NOT use abbreviations -

If I can help it -

Because -

When I see them on other blogs -

I know that I probably SHOULD -

Respond with -





Or -



What I REALLY want to say is -

EIEIO - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Race to Christmas - 9/20/12

So I took a closer look at my panel prints -

“Do You See Quick Quilt” -
By Sandi Gore Evans - (c) 1996 -
For Daisy Kindgom -
Fast and Easy!
No Pattern Needed!
Just Cut, Sew and Enjoy!

Yeah - right!!

THAT’S why it’s been in my stash -

For 16 years - ;))

I know - I know -

Just DO it - ;))


Christmas Tree panel print
Designed to be hung on your front door -
A VIP Screen Print - (c) Cranston Print Works, USA
36 x 45

This one might be a good FMQ practice quilt -
Except that if I actually HANG it on my door -
People will be able to see all of my boo-boos -
UP CLOSE - and personal -
While they wait for me to answer the door -
Unless I hang it on the INSIDE of the door -
And then they can just glance at it as they leave -
THAT might work - ;))

Or I might trade this one, too -

Anybody want it?? - ;))


Christmas Tree - 4 placemats
Wamsutta OTC on the selvage -
Matches green yardage - (1yard)
Probably got that for the backing -

Is it just me -
Or does this look tweaked? - ;))

This would be another good FMQ practice project -
To the top of the list it goes - ;))


Christmas Wreaths and Stars -

I have NO idea what I was going to do with this -

It has 11 wreaths and 10 stars -
They are about 10” square with a 2” border -
And matches the green yardage - (1 yard) -
Of the placemats -

And 2.84 yards of some other stuff -
Check the NOTE below -
I know that it's 2.84 yards without even unfolding it -
And - no - there is no label on it with the yardage - ;))

But why did I get 3 and a HALF repeats?
21 blocks?
What was I thinking????????????

And don’t you just love how panel prints are cut -
So that you screw up that top/outer border -
‘Cuz you don’t have the extra 1/4” -
And you have to use up part of the border -
Or the next block -
To get your seam?????? UUUGGGGGGGHHHHHH!!

Maybe that’s why I got 7 rows -
The top one and the bottom one are both crap -
That would leave me with 15 "good" blocks -
3 across and 5 down -
Maybe that's what I had in mind -

Gotta think some more on this one - ;))


Gingerbread men - 6-1/2" squares -
(c) Dianna Marcum for Marcus Bros. Textiles, Inc. -
5 across x 6 down - 30 pictures -
Too cute!!
Notice how the bottom row -
Got cut smack down the middle -
Must have been where the next 1/4 yard ended - ;))

I got three repeats -

Each little square is about 6-1/2” -
Same size as my LHSQ blocks -
I should be able to work with that - ;))


And I may have just found the backing -
For my LHQSQ quilt - ;))

I have 6 yards of this -
“Natures Celebration Style #8821” -
By Hoffman International Fabrics -
(c) Screen Print - no date -
But this stuff is OLD -
Probably about time to use it -
So - in with the LHQSQ stuff it goes - ;))


So - this is the order I came up with -

Get these basted and use them for FMQ Practice Quilts -
  • Christmas Tree - 4 placemats -
  • “Do You See Quick Quilt” -

Play with these patterns - smallest one first -
  • Bottoms Up! -
  • Gingerbread ‘n Hearts - applique - piecing -
  • Folk Art Christmas Tree - applique
  • Christmas Quilt - applique - piecing - FPP

While I try to figure out what to do with these three -
  • Christmas Wreaths and Stars - 21 - 12” squares
  • Gingerbread men - 30 - 6-1/2” squares
  • Christmas Tree panel print

I know - I know -

Just DO it - ;))



Do you see the problem yet? - ;))

The problem is -

That I have a basket -

Full of yardage and FQ -

And I just KNOW that -

There are some "Squirrels" -

In there too - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

How can I tell that I have 2.84 yards without unfolding and measuring the whole piece?
I fold my fabric using a 6” ruler - so I just have to count the number of folds and divide by 6.

6 folds @ 6” each = 36” = one yard of fabric.

This piece had 17 folds - so - 17 divided by 6 = 2.84 yards
Chances are that I started with 3 yards and cut 6" off for something - ;))

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Race to Christmas!!

Linda - here - and I are doing a Race to Christmas!! -

Yesterday she did a post -

... - So tomorrow will kick off our Race to Christmas!! We'll be pulling all our Christmas fabric that's hiding in drawers and bins and showing it off (because we probably can't remember what we have) and then.....
We'll quickly decide on our first pattern and start wielding our rotary's.
Did you catch that "quickly" word? hahaha Yeah Like that's really going to happen!
Stay tuned tomorrow to see how we do.
Oh and by the way.... You want to join us?


So I pulled out ALL of my Christmas stuff -
Except for the bin with SSCQ -
That’s my Sister’s Someday Christmas Quilt -
“Someday” being the operative word - ;))

And loaded a basket -

So what have I got in here??

Got a couple of patterns -
Christmas Quilt - (c) 1996 - ABC Patterns - 45" x 51"
And -
Folk Art Christmas - by Cindy Taylor Oates - (c) Taylor Made Designs -
Folk Art Christmas Tree - 27" x 35-1/2"
Little Angels Quilt - 16" x 20"
Octagonal Tree Skirt - 66"

Another couple of patterns -
Gingerbread ‘n Hearts - (c) 1995 - Dinah’s Quilts & Accents - 18" x 21"
And -
Bottoms Up! - (c) 2001 - Calico Moon Handcrafts -
Some cute little Christmas Stockings -

Got some yardage -

Some “Fairy Frost” - Michael Miller Fabrics -
Oops! -
That stuff is going back to the “Stash Room” -
It belongs with its friends -
The rest of my “Fairy Frost” collection - ;))

Some more yardage -
And a large-scale print with Christmas toys -
Probably got that for a backing -

Some gingerbread yardage and a panel print -

Some more yardage and gingerbread stuff -
Gotta love those gingerbread guys - ;))

A panel print with Christmas Wreaths -
And a yard of coordinating yardage -

Another panel print with Christmas Trees -
Placemats maybe?? -

A Christmas Tree panel print -
Wallhanging?? -

A Snowman panel print -
And a yard and a half of coordinating yardage -
Another wallhanging?? -

And everything I need to make -
Northern Lights Wall Hanging - by Janet Page - (c) 1999
Cranston Consumer Products -
46" x 46"

And the fat quarters -
Don’t forget my fat quarters -

So - if my math is correct -
That makes -

4 patterns - (one with 3 options) -
5 panel prints -
1 “kit” -
And a bunch of yardage -

Ten different choices - (plus options) -

You saw the dates on some of this stuff - right?

Talk about OLD - ;))

Guess now it’s -

Eenie - meenie - miney - moe -

But first -

I know for a FACT that I will NEVER make -

Northern Lights Wall Hanging

Does anybody out there want this pattern -
And the fabric to go with it ?? - ;))

I'll trade you for it -

The whole bunch -

5 panels for blocks (I have 6)
1/2 yd - snowflake
1/2 yd - Father Christmas
3-1/4 yd - Blue Toile
1 yd - Rose

There are two different prints -

And they measure about 12-1/2”

"Pattern level: Easy, but some piecing and applique experience is helpful."

Personal Note - my opinion only - ;))
This pattern is NOT for a beginner.
The toile and Father Christmas fabrics are both ONE-WAY fabrics.
The directions could have been written better.
You will have to “See diagram for cutting measurements and directions.”
You will need to decipher the diagram as a list of cutting instructions is not given.
And the addition of the Rose border on the center block is an odd interesting technique.

Now I remember why -

This one is still in my stash - ;))


If anybody out there is interested in this pattern -
And the fabric to go with it -

I’ll trade you - ;))

Just leave me a comment -

Or send me an email -

And we can try to work something out - ;))

In the meantime -

I want/need to check out those panel prints - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


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