Friday, December 14, 2018

Chestnuts Roasting over an Open Fire

For the last Lions Club meeting of the year, we invite Lion Roger who grows chestnuts in Michigan , to roast chestnuts as a treat for us. Usually chestnut roasting night is the coldest night of the winter as we huddle around the fire and eat chestnuts and drink mulled wine. But this year the weather was quite warm and we all had a good time. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018


This quilt pattern was in The Quiltmaker magazine, Mar/Apr 2018.  I machine pieced it and with the help of my design wall I could assemble it. Each piece connected with the four corner pieces so the design wall made it a lot easier. I machine quilted it. Unfortunately as a novice machine quilter I should have chosen a print backing that would hide
the quilting. The solid green paisley showed every bobble vividly. So I used invisible thread to solve that problem. It did. After I washed the quilt things looked a lot better.  The quilt is 96 by 96 so it is large and I must admit I prefer the hand quilting, both for the look and the process. I plan to give this quilt to Amy.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

A new Blog

At my brother's suggestion I started a new blog which is an archive of the quilts which I have made. I tried to do the most recent showing first and going back to my first.Their are 82 entries which mean at least 82 quilts, some though have more than one on an entry. I guess I have been busy. The blog is called Quilts I have Made.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Dacshound quilt is Done

My brother, Michael, has a wire
haired dachshund named Buddy.  When I saw the pattern for this quilt, Dogs in Sweaters, done by Hartman, I had to make it.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Progress on the Hawaiian Quilt

I have finished nine of the squares although I could possibly do some of them over. I am getting better at the applique. Today I thought I would mark the quilting pattern on one of the better appliques and try quilting it.  I am going to quilt each square and then put them together. The book I am using gives the desired quilting pattern.  But what a chore to mark it! Perhaps if my applique was exact it could have been easier and this was my best applique. This was the design .
It was a challenge to mark because my applique wasn't as even as it should have been

I will quilt the applique in its color and the background in silver.  I have two more squares done, the Iris and Hibiscus.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Penrickton Kick Off Dinner

Friday night was the fundraising Kick Off dinner for the Penrickton Center for the Blind. Penrickton is for blind children with one other disability. It is a residential center during the week and also has day care. It is a fabulous place. Dinner was at the Fairlane Hotel in Dearborn. They raised over $150,000.

Friday, October 19, 2018

The Dakota Inn Rathskeller

Last night eleven of the Lions went to the Dakota Inn.  It is a restaurant in Detroit that has been there for over 80 years. We had a few beers, then sausages, sauerkraut, German potato salad and apple strudel.  Then the piano player came out and we had a sing along or all songs that linked to Sweetest Day. A good time was had by all.