Quilting Fun

While I love the satisfaction of finishing a quilt, it isn't the only way to have fun with quilting. Fun also comes from the great outings with girlfriends, shopping expeditions with Grandma, or just sitting in my "thoughtful spot" chair perusing magazines and books. The thrill of the next project waiting just there on the horizon...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sewing With Frankfort Girls

On Friday morning we gathered at Sheryll's house for coffee and stitching. One of our ranks is still gallivanting in Florida. JoAnn sent a pic while we were together of a quilt show she was attending. Nice. Even from a distance, we are still "together."

JoAnn said she is not yet ready to come home, and that she bought a kit at this show. I will be eager to see it. And to hear her stories of the month in Florida, too.

Sharon O. was appliquing these English paper-pieced designs to a background. I should have asked her to hold it up; I'm not sure how big this project is.

Our hostess Sheryll, too, was appliqueing. She is doing a BAM with one of our local quilt shops. I didn't ask about the entire quilt, but this block is goreous!

I'm still stitching 9-patches. I got 3 done while we visited. I believe I have 56 completed, total, so I really do need to begin making a quilt top.

The only "finish" in the bunch was this sweet wall hanging from Terry. Those little Shoo-Fly blocks finish out at around 2.5 inches - is that not impressive? And she did NOT use triangle paper! Whoa. Terry was stitching the binding on this, and she calls it Cheddar and Chocolate. Or was it Chocolate and Cheddar? Well, you get the idea.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Blogger Stats

This post is not going to be about quilting or sewing or Grandma or the twins or a recipe or the Buckeyes. No, I have some questions about blogging that I'd like to have answered, so I am taking this post to do that. (Sorry, fellow quilters, but I just have to!)

I've been blogging for quite awhile now - since 2009 when I retired from full-time teaching. In the time that I've been doing this I have learned a lot of things about blogging and I continue to learn new things all the time. There's one area, though, that I am really NOT getting, and I thought I'd take this opportunity to ask some of you seasoned bloggers to explain it to me.

What better ways are out there for analyzing how viewers get to my blog? I use the stats information  provided on Blogger, but I think it's safe to say that more sophisticated tools are out there for the small-time blogger like me.

Here's what began my curiosity. I had a day about 2 weeks ago that my daily visitors skyrocketed. Here's the screenshot of the chart.

 If you look at the side, visits are being measured with increments of 100. Whoa! I never, never have that. You can see where my numbers normally are. So what spiked my viewership late on the 13th or on the 14th of this month???  I have looked at other data from this stats page, but nothing shows me any remarkable change that would cause this.

Here's what a normal chart looks like for me. It measures the visits in increments of 15. A whole lot less than the one above.

 So what can you tell me? I have looked into the tags I had on the posts for the 13th and 14th. It was at the time the Ohio State Buckeyes had won the National Championship. I think I tagged the Buckeyes and used the tag "National Championship." That might explain how people got here through a Google search. But over 130??? I  just don't see it happening.

I have heard of a thing called Google Analytics - is this something that I need to access and figure out?

Thanks in advance for whatever help and/or insight you bloggers can provide.

Happy Quilting,

Friday, January 23, 2015

A Sweet Little Star

Sometimes one just fiddles around, and I have mastered that over the last couple of days. Here is my justification for my aimlessness.

First, my fingers are sore from all the quilting I did while I listened to our book club selection, Sycamore Row by John Grisham. It was a fun book to listen to, and I was captivated, but that meant I was listening a lot, and thus did a lot of hand quilting. But lots of hand quilting makes one's fingers raw, so there you go. (I tried those poke-a-dot things to protect my fingers with limited success.)

Second, I have worked on UFOs for so long that I just don't want to do anymore for awhile.

Last, I really want to start a fun, new project. I think this weekend I will cut something out - I need a fresh project really bad.

My fiddling led me to digging through my stack of pre-cuts. I have many. (That's a subject for another post.) One partial Charm Pack is left over from that table runner I finished up last week - Pashmina. I decided I would make a star block.

This measures out at 4 and 3/8"-square. I tried to waste as little of my charm squares as possible. That is something I have difficulty with - wasting pre-cut fabric. Does this bother anyone else?

I am gearing up for some fun. I have a morning today with the Frankfort Girls, and after that I am lunching with the Book Club. This evening we will visit my mother and grandmother and possibly other family. Tomorrow morning I have another calligraphy class--DD Erin is taking it with me. That will be fun. Sometime Saturday afternoon I should be cutting away on a fabulous new project--if I can just decide on what it will be....

Indecision. Lack of focus. I need some direction!!

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Top Secret! Don't Tell!

The contents of this post have to be kept under wraps for another month or two as the mom-to-be mustn't be informed. It is quite unlikely that mom-to-be will read this, but a slightly better chance that aunt-to-be and grammy-to-be will. So, everyone, shhhh!!

This -- and another little secret goodie -- is what I worked on Tuesday while Sharon was here. What a satisfying day.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Since I expect that I will have many Wednesday updates about *Sewing With Sharon,* I think I should just use that abbreviation - SWS.

Yesterday, she came in hauling a gorgeous load of Lario fabric - do you remember it from a couple of years ago? It's a Moda fabric and it is scrumptious. Sharon had already sewn a Charm Pack into 4-patch blocks. They were pressed and oh-so-pretty. Her task here yesterday was to stitch these 4-patches to setting blocks all of a soft, feminine yellow with a subtle stripe and flowers sprinkled around. Here is the result of her work.

Does this not exude springtime? It is so whispery soft and feminine. There could be nothing more exactly "Sharon" than this (unless it would be a red and white quilt). She had made several similar quilts with fantastic results. I will be sure to show you the finish when she has the borders on, and when it's quilted.

At the end of our day, she was sewing together a stack of old sample squares. Do any of  you remember when Benartex sent out packs of 3" squares of their new lines? We tried to guess how far back these go, and we came up with a ballpark guess of 20 years. Anyway, Sharon started randomly stitching them into a long table runner.

We measured it (roughly) I think we came up with 71"x11". A nice long table runner, for sure! I don't own a table that long, even with all the leaves in.

I did some sewing, too, and I will share that tomorrow.
Happy Quilting, Friends!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

More Ohio State!

The people on Sharon P's Christmas gift list are really lucky people. Here are 2 quilts that she made and gave as gifts. In the spirit of our continued celebrating here in the great state of Ohio, I will share them with you.

Looks like they are already being used and loved, doesn't it? Wonderful. Builds on my sentiments from the previous post - quilts that are loved and used are the best. And the quilter who made those quilts feels a great satisfaction in making the recipient happy. Quilts are great gifts, and Sharon's family has received many over the years. I know a few of my family who would enjoy some quilts like these.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Heavy Dose of Sweetness

You will not believe the cuteness I woke up to this morning on a certain famous social media site.

 Meet 18-month-old Nora. She is loving on her Kissing Fishes quilt. Do you remember it?

Here are some reminders. This is Nora as a newborn. Here is the post about her quilt being finished. I had a couple of posts prior to that in which I wrote about making the quilt. Click here and here for those.

Isn't it a good feeling when you know that someone is using and loving and cuddling in a quilt you made? I always feel a real sense of accomplishment when I see my quilts being used. Wear them out! They need to be loved!

I have to tell you what's been going on around here while I've tried to write this post. For as brief as it is, it has been an hour or more in the making. DS has lost his wallet. He knew he'd last had it here at the house, so it wasn't like it was lost-lost. Digging in couch cushions, cars, laundry - all the usual places. During that frantic process, he went to the fridge to get a glass of juice. Someone (not me) had put a glass of soda in the back - no lid, and he knocked it over as he pulled out the juice. In the fridge. Spilled soda. Everywhere. In his exasperated efforts to clean it up, he was making the kitchen a bigger mess. I had to take over. So now we have a really clean fridge; DS will sweep and mop (the floor is sticky) in a bit, and yes, he's found his wallet. Happy ending. Ah, such is life, right?

And with that, I will hit the 'publish' button, and this post can finally be finished!

Happy Quilting, Friends!