Friday, December 29, 2017

On Ringo Lake

The big reveal

This is my version, wall hanging size, 1/5th of the directions.  It will go on the wall over the bed that has the Orca Bay mystery Quilt.  Thank You Bonnie Hunter for another beautiful mystery.

Part 8

Part 7

Part 6

Saturday, December 23, 2017

On Ringo Lake 

I am pleased with my choice of fabrics. I love batiks. This is going to make a very pretty wall hanging. Soon, Soon.

Part 5

Part 4

Sunday, December 10, 2017

My Magnolia Mystery flimsy.  I need to decide on border width, and I might make the quilt lengthwise instead of across.  I really love the way it turned out, and how just turning them on point makes them look like wild and crazy magnolias

Friday, December 8, 2017

On Ringo Lake

part three

This is going to be a really pretty wall hanging to go in my room with my Orca bay

Sunday, December 3, 2017

On Ringo Lake Mystery from Bonnie Hunter

Doing the new Bonnie Hunter On Ringo Lake Mystery. Doing about a 5th for a wall hanging.  I might have to add more later but I think I can keep up and still do my dog training with this little portion of it. I have finished parts one and two.

                                                    OnRingo Lake linky 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lots of fun quilting

I have been working on some projects, one I did finish, to hang in my office. I have used an old dry cleaner hanger, the one with the cardboard dowel, re-bent to fit the quilt as the hanging apparatus.

 And working on using some of my scraps. Inspired by Ginny Chung, I am making these 3D bow ties. These are so cute and so much fun to make.  I have a dozen more made after this picture.

Catching up

 Children's Library, June Block, Princess and the Pea

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Updated Blackcoral Berner pics

There is always one in the bunch.....
Jetty(left) just had to out do her mom Ocean's (right) agility tongue

But here Jetty is just looking like her cute little self

 Oyster trying to look dignified(but always handsome)
 and the best he could manage with mom moving his feet around and making him stand still-and no ball to play with and chew on!(you can see he is tucking and squatting a bit-but I am pleased that he at least stood still long enough for Randy to get a nice side shot)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

One more Solstice block done

Block 22
I loved this pattern but wanted a smaller block so I resized it and here it is in 12"

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Catching up

Got caught up on my Cora's Quilts Gathering Mystery weeks.
Here is the current month Children's Library block. I found this really appropriate striped batik, so didn't make little 1" squares but used this instead. it combined all the colors so nicely, I couldn't resist saving time and effort.

Catching up on the Solstice Challenge a bit at a time. Skipped a couple that I will go back to later but here is Block 19 in a slightly smaller version at 16"

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Agiltiy with Jorma

Spent last weekend at the IKC agility trail.
This is my grandpuppy Jorma owned by my best friend Vicky in Utah.
I don't get much time to practice with him, as I am in Idaho but we do a bit when I go down to UT. We are developing teamwork as we go. Last weekend it showed that it was coming together. He earned his first agility legs in Novice Standard Preferred and Novice Jumpers Preferred.
We also had a huge stride in our teamwork on the last JWW run. We didn't qualify but he did his "turns".  Turn means turn away from me, we will be changing direction and the next obstacle will be away from me.  
He had been turning in the same direction he was going which meant he had to turn in a little circle to be going in the new direction. It not only takes extra time but could cause him to repeat an obstacle that would now be in his line of movement. A smooth change of direction is more efficient, it saves time, is easier on the dog's body and keeps him on correct course.  I am so proud of him and how fast he is learning.

Jorma doing weave poles

Friday, April 7, 2017

Solstice Block 16

I couldn't decide which way I liked the colors placed so I did both.
It is called the Friendship Block. To me one looks like hearts and the other much like the card trick but reminds me of holding hands. Because the quilt is going to be so large, I have again chosen to do a smaller version. each of these blocks it 6" finished and will line up nicely as spacer blocks for the bigger blocks.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Children's Library Alice in Wonderland block

April BOM for Pat Sloan's Children's Library
Going to be a busy quilting and dog training weekend

Friday, March 31, 2017

Solstice Block 15

I decided rather than skimping and trying to find little spots for my red that I would just buy more of this wonderful color. Now I can disperse it throughout the quilt and make it really pop. This block will balance block 2 in the quilt

                                             Block 15                                           Block 2

I also decided with the large 32"block and two at 20.5" that the quilt is becoming bigger than I would like for a cuddle quilt so I made this in the 12" size but included the little corner triangles even if only a bit will show because I thought they added that unique touch. I will continue to analyze the block sizes and may even trim a few down to 6-10" to fit in the spaces created by the multiple sized blocks.
I love Pat Sloan's asymmetrical setting. Pat Sloan's Solstice Setting

I sure hope the child that gets this loves it as much as I love making it and using these fabrics.
I donate a lot of my quilts to the Project Linus

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Gathering Mystery Quilt A Long

This just started Friday morning and I am loving my choice of fabrics.
We chose fabrisc a few weeks ago and cut all the parts this week.
Here is the link to the site:

Shhhh it is a surprise for a friend.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Block 14

All caught up.
like the touches of red so ordered more to make sure I have enough to add those touches on future block and for sashing to tie them all together at the end

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Block 13 Studio Time

I chose to make the little points stand out, adds that little bit of uniqueness and spark

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Poky Puppy Children's Library Block AND March--RED

See the little puppy tails wagging?

Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for March is RED
Just had to add a Cardinal to the flock of rainbow birds

Saturday, March 4, 2017


Every year we make a cuddle quilt based on the Bernese National Specialty theme.

We used to have several quilters but now it is down to Vicky and I.

This years theme is Summit to Sea and is using National Park signs as part of the theme décor.

As an added detail, I was part of a Storm at Sea quilt along so the Berner's body, the foreground, sky, ocean and mountain are Storm at Sea blocks. The Berner's head is applique and there are flying geese evergreen trees. The majority of the center is batik, the main border is a print of National Park posters. We enjoy the whole process of planning, cutting, sewing, and adding a cozy polar fleece backing together, even though we live in different states. We donate the quilt to the BMDCA Health Fund Auction to earn money to research health issues in our beloved breed.  

We do this because we can. 

Solstice Block 9, 10 11

This block is huge and will assume the place of the central color theme. All the other blocks will reflect the colors and fabric patterns in the collection. 
I chose to combine all my colors and vary the fabric patterns to include most the variations in this collection.

Block 10
Finally caught up

Block 11
A simple block the the choice of fabrics wasn't simple. The pattern of the block changes drastically as the fabrics and their colors and values change.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Solstice Challenge block 8 and Splendid Sampler Block 99

And there is the result of using the previous blocks to determine where to go in the colors to fit the design.  I am really pleased with the result.  I added a little extra heart to pull in the red and well to add my own little touch.

I'm a little behind on the Sampler, it got to be a bit much trying to keep up with two blocks a week.
I have saved all the directions to be sure I finish up even if it isn't by the time the Quilt along ends.
And just so I don't feel totally out of it, I did the current block 99. This is a fun block, looks complicated but was really easy and I love the way mine came out.  But then I am partial to these three fabrics.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Solstice Update

In order to balance out the quilt with such divergent colors in this collection I decided to arrange them and see what color combination would not unbalance what I have so far.
I am finding this exercise, using a collection in a sample quilt even though the blocks are fairly simple, to be a challenge and a great learning experience.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sea Green February

The spout is growing and a visit by the aqua bird

Started the Jinny Beyer Mystery. I am using the colors I used for Orca Bay(Bonnie Hunter Mystery) and will use this new medallion quilt over the head of the bed with Orca Bay. I had a great time buying fabrics for just the right gradation from very dark purple/almost black hand dye, to a pale batik that pulls in the colors, through navy w purple, reds, pinks and oranges, using my Birthday discount at Quilt Expressions here in Boise.
Working on El Provence, making the hour glasses that either the dog ate or I miscounted or misplaced, so I can finish up the quilt. I have about half the blocks made. I am glad I downloaded the directions to refer back to, as this mystery is no longer free.   I am all into free.
Trying to stay caught up while still mostly inside due to snow and icy ground.
Took Ocean out tracking at the local high school. Since we can't practice TDX tracking we are working on VST tracking.
Laid a track in the snow for Oyster who hasn't been tracking for a few weeks-just too cold to work more than one track-until a balmy 40 degrees yesterday.  He did really well indicating corners and committing to them with confidence. I find it is much easier to run the track than lay the track. Laying means trudging through the snow, running, is literally running but with the power of Oyster pulling me along.
Oh and so the title isn't too odd, have been slowly working on my latest pair of socks in sunset stripes. 😂

Thursday, February 2, 2017

February Children's Library block

Uploaded a picture of the Pat Sloan Children's Library BOM February block.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

I have moved each project to its own page and will be updating the pages as I create the blocks.