So negligent!

Hello, and so sorry!  It’s been over a year since I have blogged and I am FINALLY getting around to it!

A little update:

I finished my 22nd year as a special ed teacher, retired from teaching and I MOVED! IMG_6159

I’m now living in Somers, Montana… a hop, skip and a jump from where I work running Judy Neimeyer’s quilt studio (the HAPPIEST place on Earth).


So here are a few things I have been working on since moving on down:

And I got kitties!



And I am working to blog more.  Please come back!



New Beginnings Blog Hop

New Beginnings Blog Hop.jpg

This month’s blog hop is all about  New Beginnings.  The Island Batik fabric collection I am featuring is River’s Edge.  They can be found on the Island Batik website here.

I used the Sunburst pattern that Cindi McCracken designed. I just love this pattern! It’s so very easy to use, plus it’s paper pieced.

My “new beginning” strategy with the Island Batik River’s Edge collection had to do with making a quilt that an Elder would like. One of my favorite charities to donate to is the Chiniak Bay Elder House in Kodiak. This great live in care facility is a special place for many families–people who live there, people who work there, and those of us with lost family members. One thing my guild, the Kodiak Bear Paws Quilter’s Guild, does is donate a quilt to each new resident who moves in. I have made three for female residents. This project allowed me to make a quilt for a one of the men. It’s loaded with fabric that has big mouth bass on it! :)

I started cutting it out last Thursday evening and had all the segments done by Sunday evening. Once a pieced all the segments, I trimmed them up and started to put the blocks together Monday evening.

I quickly got the blocks together!

Thirteen blocks on point make this a fast dramatic quilt!

I woke up Tuesday morning early and  I added the black triangles in the corners.

While I haven’t quilted it quite yet im pretty pleased with this project. I’m waiting to find out if I should make it a twin sized bed quilt or leave it throw size.

Island Batik has a fantastic little giveaway here.

I also have a sweet little giveaway… I will select one random winner who comments below (please make sure I can find your email address) for these two patterns by Cindi McCracken and a couple handfuls of beach glass I recently found on one of Kodiak’s beaches.

Friday, January 6 – Hop Introduction!
Island Batik!

Monday, January 9 – Coastal Mist
Stone Cottage Quilts

Tuesday, January 10 – Dotalicious
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Inchworm Fabrics

Wednesday, January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt

Thursday, January 12 – Fifi and Fido + Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine
Quilting Affection

Friday, January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Monday, January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs

Tuesday, January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River

Wednesday, January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angle Creations
Archipelago Quilting

Friday, January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting

Monday, January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs

Wednesday, January 25 – Surf and Sand
The Patchwork Pearl

Thursday, January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts

Friday, January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake

Monday, January 30 – Jolly Holly
Kauffman Designs

Tuesday, January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting

Wednesday, February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze
Sally’s Quilting Corner

Tis the Season for Giving!

Tis' the Season for Giving.jpg

December is here once again and time for a fun project for one of my favorite charities!  Up until last year my mom lived at the Chiniak Bay Elder House.  This is a BEAUTIFUL facility that is run by Providence Alaska.  It is a 22 bed long term care facility that serves 19 people currently.  It’s very new, just having opened back in February of 2013.

I really loved how residents have their own rooms, large common rooms and a dinning room to all eat together.  The draw back of moving from the old facility, where everyone was together, to the new facility is that 1/2 the residents live on one side, 1/2 on the other.  This doubles the amount of things needed.

Three years ago I decided that the plastic tree skirts were not good enough for the Elders.  Along with my friend Martha (who does all my fun quilting),  I made a tree skirt for my mom’s side, Fireweed, and one for the Salmonberry side as well.

IMG_0317.jpg  FireweedIMG_0299.jpgSalmonberry

This year with the great fabric I got from Island Batik I thought I’d add to the houses with a table runner for each side!  With this brilliant fabric I made each side a distinct runner that they could use for years to come.  Martha agreed to quilt them but is currently a little backed up on her quilting, so they will be ready for New Year’s dinner!  One for each side.

It is my hope that they will have a very happy Christmas and a great New Year!

Winter Wonderland


Island Batik ambassadors are hosting Winter Wonderland this month!  The fabric is fun–light and dark blue strips… but what to make?  Well, I’ve been decided on making some fun mug rugs!

I really like Quilting on the Square’s monthly Newsletter because it has small free patterns that are fun to make. The swirly squares on the left were a little paper piece challenge from their December newsletter. 

As a Certified Instructor for Judy Niemeyer I have the opportunity to “proof” patterns this past summer.  One of her new patterns is called Broken Daisy Placemats.  When given the pattern this summer I was also given a couple copies of the pattern,  1/4 sized.  I thought at the time that they would make cute mug rugs.    I made one, just to try it… IT TURNED OUT SO CUTE!

 img_4252     img_4253

I think they will be great to use when I sip cocoa in my new house.  I added a backing and a little batt and stitched it all up. 

Overall it was a crazy busy month and even though I started this early, I finished it late!  I also planned on a couple more Broken Daisy mug rugs. They make a fun decoration for the upcoming winter solstice since I think they look like the sun!

Happy December!

MISA update!

Well, this is a tad delayed in getting posted but I didn’t want it to interrupt the Blog Hop for Suzy Webster’s Folk Art Quilted Traditions book launch.  Madeline Island School of the Arts was phenomenal!

This was the ferry over and pictures of MISA.

There were over 60 quilters who came to sew.

We had demos of each technique, for each quilt type…  and once demo’ed we were off to the races!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Everyone showed up for the group photo:



What a successful, fun time.  We’ve already made plans to come back!  See you July of ’18 for another Quiltworx University.

Pumpkin Fest!


It’s that wonderful time of the year–crisp air, falling leaves, bright leaves, and pumpkin EVERYTHING!  I’m not kidding here… pumpkin spice coffee, Pumpkin Cookies (see recipe below), pumpkin patches, carving pumpkins (Hello, Halloween!), the 1469 pound pumpkin at Alaska State Fair (ok so that was last month but it’s still cool!), and on Kodiak the local Safeway sends pumpkins to the villages (there are 6 villages on Kodiak).

These fantastic Island Batik fabrics just added to my fall fun!  I started with a 9″ finished block from Pellon on this quick little wall hanging.  I really liked the block but needed a wall hanging.  The first thing I had to do was MATH.  I resized to 3x the original block (to approximately 27″).


The tricky thing was to get the right size for the half square triangle.  I found a great graphic on Blossom Heart Quilts.  It’s the thing that made getting the HST correct.


So here is the process:

Draw a line corner to corner, sew a 1/4″ from that line on both sides, once done cut apart.

img_4143  img_4144  img_4145  img_4146

Trim a corner using the 45 degree line on ruler.  Finally, trim using cutting mat and ruler to correct size.

img_4147  img_4148 img_4149

Once I had all my pieces cut, sewed and trimmed up I started putting it together.

Once top was pieced together I added a border…


With borders the wallhanging turned out to be 37 1/2″ square.

Here’s to having a happy fall!


Don’t forget…

Pumpkin Cookies

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

bag of chocolate chips



2 cups confectioners’ sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients Mix in chocolate chips. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonful.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then frost.

To Make Frosting: Combine confectioners’ sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Folk Art Quilted Traditions Blog Hop

I have been lucky enough to participate in Suzy Webster’s Folk Art Quilted Traditions book launch this month. I am not an “appliquér” by any stretch of the imagination.  I have been working on challenging myself to increase skills in my “weaker” quilt areas–appliqué is among those areas I have been wanting to get better at.  When this opportunity presented it’s self I jumped at the chance.

I really loved Suzy’s Jeweled table runner.  I have been working with Stitch-N-Peel to help define the area I am working with.  It’s a cool product that is like a sticker but is VERY pliable and when it gets wet (the first time you wash) it dissolves.


The first thing I did was cut out the shape from a xeroxed page and stapled multiple sheets of Stitch-N-Peel in order to cut out the shape I needed.  After cutting all the layers, I made sure my fabric was also large enough to be covered by the flower shape and placed it on.

I then trimmed the fabric to about 1/8″ and used a glue pen and purple thang to roll the edge over so that I didn’t have raw edge to appliqué.  Next came sewing on each piece.

Some of the things I needed to do was go to a smaller needle size (60/8 Microtex), use a good quality silk thread, run my silk thread through my bobbin case hook, set my stitch length a tad wide and short,  and check my stitch.

You will notice as I started to work I swapped out my original colors (oranges and reds) for something a little more dramatic.

This was slow work for me and as I layered on the flowers I caught myself tacking down bits before I had placed new pieces… which lead to a little ripping out and fixing.  (Note in first picture how the center ring is sewn down and in the second picture I have put in the stems for the buds…)

I took my time around the outside flowery bits–making sure I dipped into each corner and around each curve.


Eventually, I got it all together and finished this sweet little top.


The detailed information in this book really helped ease my fear of doing an appliqué quilt!  This was very fun to make, and while I still need to quilt this project, it has whetted my appetite for my next project out of this great book!

This is what Suzy is giving away in her Rafflecopter.

The drawing will be open Monday-Saturday.  

Please enter!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Check out the Blog Hop!

Monday, October 10

Suzy Webster –

Connie Kresin Campbell –

Jennifer Eubank (me!) –

Tuesday, October 11

Bea Lee –

Sally Johnson –

Suzy Webster –

Wednesday, October 12

Jessica Cadwell –

Anna Branch –

Vicki in MN –

Thursday, October 13

Pamela Boatright –

Teri Lucas –

Maryellen McAuliffe –

Friday October 14

Adele Mogavero –

Joan Kawano –

Lara Buccella –

Saturday October 15 – Final Wrap-up