Remember these pink and brown pinwheel blocks?

I posted about these blocks on March 12th, was excited about them.

Remember these?

Not so excited now as I can’t seem to make them work into anything, they may be headed for the bin for another day.

boring, maybe need more?

You can see that I used ‘Distress It’ on the ‘Toasty’ piece, checking to see if I like the un-distressed piece better.  Doesn’t seem to make a difference, neither is good.

made some more blocks

Making more blocks didn’t help much, just have more of them.  Still boring.

9 of them now, still boring or at least not exciting

This is not unusual on some of my quilts, play and play, put it away, then play again another day.  Does that happen to you?

Let's try a beautiful floral by Andover - Cadet Paisley line with Winterthur Museum.

Some days it would be best to not sew, go read a book?  Go to lunch?  What do you do when stumped?  Pull out another project?

another audition with a brown inner border - nope don't like it either.

One more try . . . .

On-point, but still not talking to me

This audition has the feel of a blended quilt, however some of the Pinwheels really disappear, not sure I like them disappearing that much.

I think it is time to put it away and work on something that I will make progress on.  Been playing with this one a bit too much and I didn’t even show you all the other possibilities that didn’t work either.  We tried fabric as alternate blocks, tried hourglass blocks, nothing worked.  Time for the bin or at least it needs a rest, or maybe it is me that needs the rest?

One more ‘or’ . . . these blocks could end up as something else or donated, always other options.

I look forward to hearing your solutions.  🙂

Happy Stitching!


Dulles Airport

I landed at Dulles Airport on Tuesday April 17th in the afternoon.  That morning the space shuttle had landed at Dulles, flown in from Cape Canaveral, FL.    When we landed I saw the airplane with the shuttle piggy-backed sitting at the end of the runway next to our runway.  Lucky for me my seat was on the left side of the plane and got to see.  I had napped and didn’t have my wits about me yet to get the camera out and take a snap.  Oh well.

Fast forward to Wednesday morning April 25th, heading home.  This time my seat was on the right side of the plane (I always get window seats).  We taxied for quite a while, seemed longer than usual,  I got to thinking about the shuttle and the one headed to the Air and Space Museum and the other one would go to NY.  I looked out my window as we were about to take off and saw the plane with the other shuttle, gabbed my purse and got my camera out and took six quick snaps in a row, here are a couple of them.  Pretty good for a moving plane taking off!

do you see what I see as we are taking off, bumping down the runway!


Cool - yes? Yes!!! I think this one is Enterprise waiting to fly to NY. I remember one was whiter than the other, when sitting nose to nose on the news video.


I also forgot to tell you I bought a couple of things at the DAR Museum gift shop.

Mary Mannakee Quilt pattern - so pretty. Will I ever make it? Probably not, may make a four block quilt, select the blocks I like best. Maybe make them smaller?

It really doesn’t matter, the proceeds to go the Museum and Museum’s are always in need of funds these days as other funding has dried up in our fragile economy.

I also bought this book in the gift shop, the book is filled with lovely pictures and history - no patterns.

This is the type of book to read and enjoy the pictures when too tired to stitch.

Hope you enjoyed my journey with me!

Happy Stitching!  Jo

Home from trip to DC area

Time to get caught up!   Want to share – this was a special and wonderful trip for me.  I had the opportunity to get caught up with an old friend from Omaha who moved 3 1/2 years ago to outside DC, she was my contact person and reason to come east and teach/lecture for three Quilt Guilds.

I was able to able to add a couple of fun events to my trip, an afternoon at the Eastern Shore Quilt Study Group and a morning program at the DAR Museum in DC with other ladies who enjoy antique quilts and quilt history.  I have to tell you these ladies study quilt history more than myself, but I have picked up a few things over the years to share.

When teaching I’m not the one taking pictures, I’ve seen my quilts and so have you.   🙂

I did take pictures of quilts/blocks etc. brought to the Quilt Study Group gathering, I was privileged to take pictures, and promised not to share or publish them.

I did take pictures at the DAR Museum, again we were privileged to take snaps but not to share or publish them.

However I do have a few snaps to share!

Walking away form the DAR Museum, almost forgot to take a snap!


We parked in a parking garage about three blocks from the DAR Museum, enjoyed a Starbucks before joining the group at the Museum.  We walked along the back side of the White House on our jaunt to the Museum.

backyard of the White House - pretty nice I'd say


I noticed people and the kitchen garden and Bo! I used the zoom on my camera so you could see.


We also walked past - the Old Executive Office Building, pretty impressive!


After the DAR Museum, we walked to lunch, there were six of us that had the time, the others moved on to other errands.  We ate here on the recommendation of one of the ladies who used to work downtown DC.

lovely and delicious lunch here: Old Ebbitt Grill


It was raining after lunch and we needed to walk back to the Parking Garage.  We stopped at the Renwick Gallery and did a quick walk through, then up went the umbrellas and continued walking.

This time we walked past the front of the White House. It is magnificent!


Zoom image - stately and beautiful. It has been years since Russ and I were in DC, so it was impressive all over again.


I will remember this trip for quite some time for many reasons.  Friends, quilts old and new, teaching and sharing, seeing accomplishments of delight, delicious food, and also some time to watch three movies with my hostess in the comfort of their home while stitching (hand quilting) the memories into my small quilt.

As always good to be home and will be sharing a few more snaps in the next post – stay tuned.



Last of basket quilts for now . . .

I have just a few more to share for now.

The first one is a small basket quilt that was in my JLW Club 8, I really like the setting on this small quilt and always planned to make another one in different colors as I saw so many posted to the Stitchers Group the year that Club 8 ran.  I loved so many of them and wanted another one, well that hasn’t happened yet, hopefully one of these days.

Meg's Baskets - JLW Club 8


This next quilt is interesting in that it started out to be just the 25 Patch blocks.  I didn’t’ like them when I got them sewed.  Appliqué always makes things better, so designed and stitched the center block in a size to fit, then added figured out and added the outer border.  This quilt ended up JLW Club #1 !!

Prairie Basket, JLW Club #1


The next picture shows the small version of the appliqué baskets from the book by Blackbird Designs, ‘When the Cold Wind Blows’.  I like it over the back of the windsor bench in our dining room.

my small version of a quilt in Blackbird Designs book 'When the Cold Wind Blows', I enjoyed stitching it two or three years ago during the winter, and now enjoy it over the back of the windsor bench in the Spring of the year.


This next to the last quilt was a gift from a nice lady when I went to Winfield, Illinois to teach a few years ago at the Quilt Merchant.  I was surprised and pleased to take this treasure home with me.  Here it is shown over a vintage windsor chair in the den before we bought furniture for the den and after our kitchen remodel.    I like how it looks here and also use it over the arm of the love seat in our living room.

Wonderful basket quilt gift from a few years ago.


And finally here is the sweet little basket quilt I made from the exchange blocks from a hand pieced block exchange on the Stitchers Group.

The blocks were made using Cindy Blackberg’s stamps so the blocks would be the same size in the exchange.  This is a precious memory quilt for me with blocks from internet friends, some I’ve been lucky enough to meet in person.  You can see the entire assortment of stamps that Cindy offers on her website:

Sweet little basket blocks from a hand pieced block exchange on the Stitchers Group, now quilted and bound

The Basket Quilt saga continues . . .

A few more to share today . . . . first three are made using the same block.

1st version made in 2001, with Harriet Hargrave's fabric line

Indigo, cadet, clarets and reds with assorted shirtings, a turn of the century appeal.

The next quilt is the double handle basket in pinks and browns, it was in the book ‘Small Quilts with Vintage Charm’ that I did with C&T Publishing in 2005.  Some of the basket blocks were hand pieced, some were machine pieced, the quilt was hand quilted by me.

pink/brown version of Rebecca's Baskets in 'Vintage Charm' book with C&T Publishing


Then I decided I needed that same setting in Jo fabrics, so we made the next one with pieces from Fredericksburg (2005), it was machine quilted.

Rebecca's Baskets in black/gold/red - still sweet!


I’ve also made more than one quilt using the sweet 4″ Cake Stand block, one was shown a day or two ago as ‘Betsy’s Baskets’.  Then we decided to make lots of this block, for a total of 80 and set them with brown – also inspired by my friend Betsy in TX.

Check back, there are still a few more to share!  Thanks!       Jo

Here it is 'over the cupboard door' - a favorite displace space in our home

Betsy's Baskets - love quilts made with lots of small blocks, don't you?