Monday, February 28, 2011

Last Block – Done!!

We have rotated back to dry camping. During our two weeks with full hook-ups, I managed to layer (not easy to do on breezy days) and quilted 4 small lap quilts for Project Linus. I am really going to miss having my outdoor sewing center/screen house with an oceanview. It was so nice to smell the salty air, watch boats float by and a variety of sea birds fly by during my breaks. It doesn’t get any better than that. Oh, a couple of times we saw dolphins swim by in the early mornings.   I can hear Enya in the background...

Now I get to watch the Iguanas.  They come out during the day to eat the vegetation and soak up the sun.  A couple of them actually cross the dirt road to the camping sites for the taller grass around the site's markers.   The cats spend time watching them and Hitch has tried to chase a few startled Iguanas on our walks.

I guess I was in a dog theme mood this time.  Shhh!  Don't tell the kitties!

I just finish the binding on #4. Ahhh! That feels so good!

Here’s a photo of the last block on Vi’s quilt, but I still have all the outer sashings and two borders to quilt. Yea, I think it’ll take a little bit longer to finish.

I bought a new mesh that is supposed to make it easier to transfer a pattern to my quilt. I trace the pattern onto the mesh with a pencil or a pen. Easier said than done.  Then with the fabric pen, I retrace the pattern onto the quilt. The fabric pen is supposed to go through the tiny holes. I’m not sure how well this is going to work, but I will give it a try. I have been making my own stencils which is not easy to cut out. I’m hoping this will make transferring a little easier for me.

I could spend hours browsing through quilt shops online, reading blogs and message boards. All these wonderful links take my time away from quilting, so I thought I just had to share them with my friends.

This website just started in January of this year.  It is perfect for me. I get a read-along murder mystery, clues, quilts, fabrics, browsing/shopping online and a chance to win a prize. Every Saturday, I receive another chapter to the murder mystery with links to several shops to look for the clues. They also have a great blog with interesting stories about historical quilts and unusually colorful, but real characters.

A new series starts on 1 May 2011.

I joined this message board for quilters. I think it has just about everything a quilter could want and if it isn’t there, well just ask! Someone is bound to know or can link you up to a great website. They have tutorials as well.

Wedding Ring by Emilie RichardsI became a FB friend with Emilie Richards. I am finishing the last of her Shenandoah Album series "Sister's Choice".  She has a wonderful website and blog. Quite a few of Emilie’s Fans including me have been asking when she is going to publish another Shenandoah book. Emilie explained that she has another book written, but her publisher says not now.

Recently Emilie posted this in FB:  Oohh. . . Just discovered there's an email address you can write to let my publisher know you'd like more Shenandoah Album books. It pays to ask. This is SO much easier. Just email:

So, if you want another Shenandoah Album book to read, please do as I did and just send a short request to her publisher. Who knows maybe if there are enough requests, they will publish #6!

I don’t know about you, but Copyright laws have become rather confusing for me as a quilter. This website goes into great detail clarifying our rights as a quilter. They are good about answering their emails as well.


  1. Wow, that seems to be about ten posts in one. Those are lovely quilts. You must not be spending all your time on line. I have enjoyed many of those quilting series but have yet to try Emilie Richards. I usually make a list and buy books at a place that sells used books when I am in the States. Otherwise I trade books with members of the choir that read things I like.

  2. I came across your blog through Slow Poke Quilters, and had to say hello. I have had the email address of quiltncat for probably 10 years now so when I saw yours, it made me smile. I also have 4 cats and I am a mom of a 2 year old. I live in the Southern CA desert. I look forward to following your travels :)


  3. Thanks Julie, You are right - it is a few posts lumped together. Yea, I kept thinking I should post my new discoveries then I would find a new website to follow and off I would go forgetting to post the old sites. I try to limit my time on the computer. I could spend all day on it if it were not for the quilts calling my name. I can’t hide them away with our small living quarters so they are always in the open to remind me. This is a very good advantage for me and for them. I hope you are able to find Emilie Richards’ Shenandoah series. They are very good. Sandy (Quiltincats)

  4. Hello Quiltncat! So nice to meet you! Wow, a 2 year old and 4 cats! I bet they keep you busy. Do they help you with your quilting? I can see your toddler picking out fabrics and 4 furry supervisors. I will drop by your blog for a visit. Sandy (Quiltincats)


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