Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Captivating Color

Hello All,

Hope everyone is doing well, staying safe and healthy. We are good here. We are getting some much needed rain :)

Isn't it interesting how some colors just 'do it' for us? We see a color or two and just smile and think how lovely they are. For me, gray just does it for me, paired up with orange, magenta, blues or greens, just about any other color. I love using gray as a neutral, and often use it for my backgrounds in my quilts.....

Does anyone remember this book?

Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo

I loved this book when I was a kid and made sure it was part of our library when I was pregnant with our first born. All my kids can probably recite it without looking at the book... lol, along with a lot of other of the Cat in the Hat beginner reader books.

What does this have to do with captivating colors you ask? Well...  I started this Film at Five quilt last summer. (the link takes you to the blog that has the pattern)

By Oct I just had all of the 16 patch blocks made, then I set it aside until I could get some gray background fabric.

Fast forward till last week. I had bought the gray fabric a few months ago and finally decided to get the quilt top together.


Because I made this quilt top, and because I used this beautiful gray fabric.

I decided I needed a  border  on my scrappy Irish stars quilt top.

And because I used this gray with this orange, and because I mitered the corners.

I had to play with the scraps from those borders, that already had a diagonal cut in them, which reminded me of another favorite block,

The Lonestar.

Isn't this lovely??! Or maybe you aren't too much of a gray person, thats ok, I love it enough for everyone :) 

I haven't decided quite what I am going to do with it, but if you come back in mid-late June, when I'm joining Carla from Creating in the sticks, in a blog hop, you'll find out.

Have a great day everyone!!

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Another Bear quilt finished

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all staying safe and busy at home. I know I have lots of things to keep me busy right here. 

Spring is in the air, the trees are all in full bloom, the Red Bud and lilac is blooming, as is the iris's and lupine. The grass is green, it's all so beautiful.

I started this bear quilt back in 2016. Lorna was having a quilt along for her bear pattern, and I had just boughten a 10" stack of Robert Kaufman's fusion line (I love this fabric!).

So a few weeks ago, I pulled it out of the bin and decided to get it quilted up. It was fairly quick, the quilt is 42x48, so I was able to get it finished in a weekend.

Here's a few closeups.

You can see my minimal quilting. A bit in the paws and thru the sashing.

Isaiah, my youngest son, has claimed it for his bed :)

I think I'll quilt up one of my Irish stars next...maybe... I have so many to choose from! :)

Have a great day all.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Mystery quilt top finished

Hello out there,

For the last few weeks I've been following along with Edyta and her quilting mystery. I had a lot of fun with it, adding some fabrics as I went along, but mostly using my original six, these ones.

When we were done piecing all the blocks, we were to sew them into rows and then sew the rows together. I decided to put mine together a bit differently, it's easier on my back if I don't make long rows. So I made 4 blocks like this:

And I made 4 blocks like this:

Then I made the middle block:

I rotated the blocks until they were aligned  right and then sewed them together. Much easier for me. I did change one thing, and thats they way a few of the green 'arrows' were pointing. My quilty muse just likes it better :)

Edyta showed us some lovely borders that we could make, but I went with my own design. 

This quilt uses light, busy background and there is very little tone on tone or solids in it, so it's a little outside my box, but I had a lot of fun making it. Thank you Edyta!

Stay safe and have a great week!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Mystery quilt blocks 1-5

Hello All,

We have been having the wackiest weather here. A few weekends ago we had 15" of snow on the ground. Then we had 3 or 4 days of warm sun, getting up near 60. Now we are back to cold/wet. We have a dusting of snow on the ground today with cold temps. And tomorrow we are going back to sunny.... I guess that means it's Spring :)

Here are my blocks 1 thru 5 of the Laundry Basket mystery quilt.

Blocks 2 and 3 are the same pattern. Edyta just suggested changing the light and blue fabrics for other light and blue, but I just did mine all the same.

Then I decided to add in the fun green polka dot. I am not much of a polka dot fan, but when the Simply Color line from V & CO came out, I thought those polka dots were so fun (I really love the whole line!). So I bought a yard of it, and it stayed in my stash ever since (the line came out in 2012)! 

It just happens to match the other green in my blocks just perfectly :)

You all take care out there, have a great day.

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Mystery quilt

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are all staying safe out there. We are well here on the Ridge, we have lots of outside work to keep us busy on the nice days, and inside stuff to keep us busy on the wet days.

Thanks to Edyta at Laundry Basket quilts, we have a new mystery quilt to make. My long time readers know how much I love a mystery :)

These are the fabrics I've chosen, all of them except the lighter pink came from my best quilting buddy Pat@scrapatches.  They are a mix of fabric designers, it's such a fun bundle!

And here are the first two blocks. Edyta is doing one block a day for 15 days. Some blocks we will make 4 of, others 8, and such, to end up with 100 blocks.

My quilt wont be as scrappy as Edyta's, but that's ok, I am having fun and enjoying these lively fabrics.

Thanks Edyta!!

Have a great day Everyone.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

What I'm working on

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all staying safe out there. We are hunkered down, have plenty of provisions. 

This is what it looked like outside yesterday morning.

We have about 15" out there, and it's still lightly coming down this morning. Isn't it beautiful :)

My good friend and best quilting pal  Pat at the scrapatch showed me the Mosaic mystery last year, she pointed it out thinking I might enjoy it. Well I didn't play along with it, but when I saw the finished tops this year, I decided I needed to make one as well.

I didn't have enough fabrics to do the half stars around the edges, so I just made some flying geese for the border. It's small, about 48" square. And this picture isnt great as I had to take it indoors. But I love the spring colors. I changed a little bit of the pattern too, but not much ;)

And then I pulled out this UFO. It's called Calico Rose, you can find it at Wedding Dress Blues.

It uses LOTS of 2" squares, so my scrap box is being whittle down. I have 5 more blocks of each to make. I love making scrappy quilts :)

I hope you have lots of quilty things to keep you busy. Read a good book, clean the house from top to bottom.... stay home and be safe.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

A Bargello rainbow

Hello Everyone,

It's been beautiful weather wise here. February we normally get such sunny, warm days. A nice break between the cold of Jan and the cold of Spring (we get a lot of rain and snow in the Spring months).

I started this Bargello quilt back in 2013. It was a mystery quilt from Jessica JE Smith.  You can find her patterns here. As you can see, I quilted an orange peel pattern over it all. It was quick and easy and gives the quilt a lot of movement.

It's a nice sized quilt, 72 x 78. 

I forgot to take a picture of the backing. It's a pink and white design. 

It feels good to get a quilt top out of the 'needs to be quilted' pile. I think my two scrappy Irish stars will be next. 

I hope you have a great day.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Late January already

Hi All,

Can you believe how quickly the time is going? It just seems to be flying by. I hope this year I can get a lot more quilt tops quilted up. I have been telling myself for a few years now, that I just need to concentrate on quilting more and piecing less.... but I'm not listening to myself :)

Aren't these stars cute? They are 4".

They will be going into the border for this next quilt. Another Scrappy Irish stars quilt. The pattern is over at  the Wedding dress blues blog. 

This is my second one. They are so bright and cheerful, I really enjoy making them :) Thank you for the pattern Deanna.

Have a wonderful day everyone.

Thanks for stopping by,


Wednesday, December 25, 2019


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

And a wonderful New Year!


Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Another book plug for my Daughter

Hello All,

My daughter, Rachael, has published another Ebook. This is a group of short stories.

Illusions Of Steel And Sunset (Sci-fi and fantasy short stories, #1)

Here's a synopsis:

Seven short stories about different characters in varying worlds. November Delion, known as Nova, races to save the Undercity and a brave young lady from the effects of a sound ripple bomb. Then he must fight his own battles against a scientist bent on bringing a woman back to life, by stealing the Animation core from the fearsome Werenor.

Then Jusker Royal solves a mystery in a fantasy world, in which the culprit is not who you might expect. The clues are a bottle of elixer, some coins and a cheap knife, but the answer is far from simple.

Natasha Grey meets a robotic being called Saphiro, Leaflow both enters a man’s mind and is captured by the Sunsract and Carrie learns the difference between Light and Dark. All in one book of Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

If you have a youth that enjoys Sci-Fi and Fantasy, or even if you enjoy it yourself, you might find my Daughters books enjoyable.

She has a brand new website now too. You can find her at:

                                                 rachaelslucas. com

You can find her books thru links on her website or at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and Apple, to name a few.

Have a great day!

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