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Fabric Pines Under Various Moons

Fabric Pine Trees in Moonlight Under a Starry Sky

Inspired by an image I saw, I decided to create my own version of a winter quilting block. The basic idea is to cut out various size “pine trees” from your favorite fabrics, cut a snowy background, add a moon in one of its various phases, appliqué them to a suitable background and you have…

Rough Diamonds Charm Quilt

Althea helping with the quilt border

This is the story of how I created a small, simple quilt using a charm pack (42, 5″ pre-cut squares). Eight months ago, when I was just beginning to learn how to quilt, I bought a charm pack of pastel colored fabrics. I had already sewed a set of floral charms to form a small…

Shop Hop ’22 Redux

Shop Hop Quilt from Severy

Earlier this year we participated in our first quilt store Shop Hop. Basically, you visit participating quilt shops and register for prizes, pick up small gifts, etc. It was fun and when the chance to do it again came. up, we were all for it! The Central Kansas Quilt Shop Hop is a local affair….

August Flowers and Peppers

Striking Zinnia

This hasn’t been the best year for gardening. I hardly got any tomatoes and only a few cucumbers. The beets did OK and so did the herbs. The peppers did the best of the vegetables, but the star of this year’s gardening exercise is the flowers! Mostly zinnias, but a couple of sunflowers made for…

A Few of My Favorite Things


Quilting and painting and baking and gardening (and kittens!), these are a few of my favorite things! I had a very unproductive month in July (not counting the setup of a new home NAS system, maybe subject of a future post) but I did get a little motivated last week.



We’ve had the singular experience of raising a group of kittens. They were born April 10th to a previous stray cat who we tamed over the spring. It’s been a very rewarding and enjoyable experience, and they are CUTE!!

Our First Quilt Store Shop Hop

Shop Hop 22: Collectible Squares

We recently did our first quilt store Shop Hop, details below! The way it works is you visit participating area quilting and sewing shops. You show them your guide and they put in a sticker and also you get a commemorative block, unique to each store visited. We visited 7 stores in 5 hours, starting…

Sunflower Journey Quilt Show

Favorite Quilts from Sunflower Journey Show

We attended the Sunflower Journey Quilt show in Abilene, Kansas in late March. I’d never been to a quilt show, so had little in the way of expectations. What we found was a very nice display of quilts and a few vendors. The most fascinating booth was the one where a computerized quilting machine was…

Learning to Quilt

Sunflower for Ukraine quilt block

Continuing were I left off last post, I’ve created a few new quilt blocks and I’ve done my first bit of actual quilting! I’ve created a number of different blocks over the past couple of months, which has taught me a lot. It’s also a lot of fun, especially in terms of being creative with…

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