Sunday, July 18, 2021


 Do you know what Cantaloupe is in Spanish?

Cantaloupe! ha ha.  I thought I would be clever and use the Spanish name but the yokes on me I guess.  These words are called cognates, the same word in different languages.

I started this quilt in February 2021.  To read the origin story of this quilt click here.

Can you believe how perfect this backing is for this quilt?

I did a combination of machine quilting and big stitch quilting.  I used orange, green and yellow thread to do straight line quilting on my sewing machine.
I then did big stitch quilting between each machine stitched line.  I picked different corresponding colors of Perle Cotton #8 for each "set" of colors.
Here is how I moved from string to string; by shuttling my needle between the layers.  
I quilted at the beach one day which was very fun.  I used my usual big hoop and loaded it loosely.  I use a #22 chenille needle.
I posted this photo on Instagram and got an alarming amount of likes. 
A few people commented on the cute little case I used for the cotton spools and quilting supplies.
It was a gift from Wendy Reed.   She found it in her travels and picked it up for me.  How sweet is that?  Isn't it charming?   I love it.
Here is my label.  I'm trying to rededicate myself to labeling all my quilts.  You can see the big stitch on the backing too.  I really like the texture of it.
Nutmeg helped me with the binding delima.   I thought about facing it, but went with my usual single binding instead (there is a tutorial on a tab above on how to do that).   I settled on a light green.
Hope you are having a lovely summer (or winter in Australia).  Are you hungry for a little Cantaloupe?  I sure am 😜

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Catching Up

 Greetings!  I've been on a little break so thought I'd pop in and catch up.  This was big news a few weeks ago.  I was honored by the Vermont Quilt Festival.

I entered the virtual show to support the festival which had to be virtual this year.   I had no expectation at all so it was a wonderful surprise.  I also received a Purple Ribbon of Merit for this quilt, awarded if you received a combined judges score of 97-100.  I've been working toward this goal for many years.

I also received a Blue Ribbon for my modern quilt!  It was particularly gratifying since I'm not generally known to make modern quitls.

 Hanna and David came for a visit and while others had to work we decided to visit the Mystic Aquarium.  We look like ad for glasses. lol.
We got to see the trainer feed the Penguins.   Special time with my kids together is rare and such a gift.  
The obligatory Nemo photo.
And Hanna's favorite; jellies.
We also sailed my son's Hobie for the first time.  He named her Tenacity; our family motto.
We had driveway fireworks - very carefully at a distance.....
I've been busy planting container gardens

I have started growing hostas in all weather pots on my 2 decks.  I've always had a hosta garden and this is the best way to grow them on my property.  This one is three years old.
As far as sewing, I've been making summer surgical caps for my son. This one is made by fabric I received from Jackie through Norma.   Thanks ladies!
I also decided to add big stitch quilting to my Canteloup quilt.
It has been fun picking which colors go where.
I even worked on it at the beach 😀
I hope you are having a nice summer!

Monday, June 21, 2021

June '21 Modern Mini

Isn't this a crazy colorful print?  My flag is 15" x 16".
I quilted it with my signature straight and wavy line design.  I may get tired of this one day, but not yet.
This month's Modern Mini Theme was an easy one for me.   I have several family members and friends in the Gay Community and I love them very much.  I have been quietly celebrating Pride month in small ways.

I learned more about the Pride Flag.  Did you know each stripe has a meaning?

The original was designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978.
Here is a modernized version with black and brown added.
Here is the most current flag which includes transgender and non-binary.
There are many different versions of this important symbol.

I bought this fabulous rainbow bag at Ikea.
I changed my Apple Watch face for the month.  
Every time I look at it is a different rainbow combination.  Very Fun.

Pride month commemorates the Stonewall Riots (should have been called Uprising) in June of 1969.  It was a catalyst for the first Gay Pride Parade in NYC.   Here is a short video about the history.
Sesame Street introduced a bi-racial Gay couple on its Family Day Episode.   Sesame Street has tackled all sorts of difficult family and cultural issues over the decades.   Hooray for PBS!

The US Government got their Pride on.

Landmarks all around the world are celebrating!
I especially loved this story.  A couple in Racine, WI was told by their Homeowners Association that they were not allowed to fly a Pride Flag.  Here was their reaction.  How Marvelous!
Celebrate Pride Month in anyway that makes you Happy!

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Life's a Beach (and Garden)

Thank you for all the wonderful comments on Chrome Quilt and for the Birthday wishes.

I was so lucky to go away for a weekend with my CT besties to the beach and to the Philadelphia flower show.   We visited Susan's family on Brigantine Island on the New Jersey Shore near Atlantic City.  They are such a warm and generous family and shared their fabulous beachfront home with us.
We went boating, to the beach and to the Tropicana Casino for dinner and a little gaming.
They surprised me with a delicious cake - so thoughtful and sweet.
On Monday we went to the Philly Flower Show.  It was HOT and I mean HOT and HUMID.  
The Show Theme was:  Habitat
There were many bird themed displays - yay!
And Bee habitats
I always love to see Bonsai trees.  This one is 75 years old!
The indoor display had unusual plants and orchids.
They had a cool window box display.  I  really liked this one with a Octopus's Garden theme.
I loved this display.  The human man is fragile and almost invisible, as we all are.
What wonderful inspiration!  Wouldn't you love to visit this garden party?
Speaking of gardening; I'm back working on my Cantaloupe quilt.
Hope your summer is off to a good start!