May 27, 2016

My heart rate increased when I got the following notification:


Hello Rachel,

We'd like to use your quilt in the McCall's Quilting July/August 2016 issue.




You'll find my quilt, Dandelions, on page 34 of this issue.  It is a simple design I created i...

May 27, 2016

I'm not really fond of making half square triangles, but when I do, I use this method and chain piece. Put right sides together and draw a straight line from one corner to another. Sew 1/4” on either side of the line, cut on the line.  This gives you two HSTs.

 I also l...

May 25, 2016


Long Borders - how do you measure them?

Long Borders.  Seems like I always have a hard time measuring for them.  I use a retractable tape measure but today I thought of something very simple but very helpful.

I taped the end of the borders to where the wall and flo...

May 10, 2016

Well not actually rags to riches, but you know what I mean.  Amazing that you can turn a pile like this.....

 ...into this

I wouldn't even be confident telling anyone I crochet.  I can only do the single crochet stitch. But I LOVE this rug crocheted from selvages and tin...

May 5, 2016


Imagine being married for 73 years.  In high school they met while performing in a play and married at the ages of 16 and 17, a year later.  I got to know them as neighbors and fellow church members. They moved from our neighborhood to an assisted living and afte...

May 2, 2016

I don't think I ever showed this quilt on my blog.  It was a little design I put together using EQ.  It was fun to make and I like it.   I'll probably save it for a special baby gift. I am thinking of posting the pattern (free) for readers who are interested. I can see...

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