quilts at Berkeley Art Museum
June 28, 2020
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quilts at Berkeley Art Museum
June 28, 2020
bits and pieces
August 3, 2020
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what are you up to?

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.
Now that the need for home made masks has slowed a bit, what are you doing at your sewing machine? I’ve been cutting scraps into 5″ squares and random width strips. I have an idea for a scrappy pinwheel quilt with a piano keys border. I’m planning to do the sewing for the scrappy blocks as leaders and enders when doing other projects. When I am able to get organized enough to have pieces cut and ready to go, the leaders and enders technique does help me sort of make 2 projects at once. What are you working on?

Still am putting the names of all commenters into a bin for drawings for prizes at our next guild birthday party. Perhaps we’ll do the drawing sooner if the party is postponed until our next birthday! Anyway please keep commenting so you have chances to win. If you comment multiple times, you get multiple entries.

Ran across this interesting article about our country’s flag- how it got the nickname Old Glory, and how it was once saved by a quilt! Click here if you’re interested in the story.


  1. Loretta says:

    I made a baby quilt for our soon-to-be-born great grandbaby. Also, I made a quilt for our grandson’s graduation gift. Now, I am concentrating on longarming customer quilts. (All of this between caring for my 100-year-old mom who lives with us.)

  2. Jean Miller says:

    I am making scrub caps for the 2 dentists in our family. It has snowballed, now all their coworkers want them! So far have made 35!

  3. Annette says:

    Made a t shirt quilt for my son’s birthday. Was supposed to be all ACDC shirts. As I did not find enough, it turned out to be about where he lived and his interests plus significant years in his life.
    Otherwise, I work on my garden for the NT garden walk on Saturday: a patchwork of flowers

  4. JoAnn Castiglia says:

    Even though it’s so hot, I’m working on hand quilting a wall hanging. Made a large dent in cleaning my sewing room shelf of books, magazines and patterns. Now on to sorting and eliminating FABRIC !!!

  5. Jean says:

    I’m not using elastic for the caps, but I have plenty , thanks anyway!

  6. Sylvia Siegel says:

    I have been working on a scrap quilt using green 4 and 5 inch squares trying to use up some of the many squares I have cut. I’m making them into a lap size quilt. I’ve also been trying to machine quilt the last five baby quilts that I finished piecing.

  7. Theresa utz says:

    I finally finished the dresses the for the girls in Mexico for loretta. I brought 18 of them down to my cottage. I made that a priority above everything else. Did some shopping at the Amish store, paid $2.50 a yard for some absolute gorgeous colors. I thought i was going to be here for 10 days, but my son and his wife are bringing his son and eight of his buddies, all 14/15 -year-olds, so guess where I’m going to do? go home and finish my projects. It was a good idea on my part, but all good things must come to an end. Right now, I’m sitting on our porch, with Sylvia, and enjoying the rain.

  8. Mary says:

    I’m back to making masks for Niagara Hospice. I bound two community service quilts and finished a top for the tulip quilt.

  9. Karen Villa says:

    I have been completing 7 baby quilts. Seems everyone has recently had a baby! And all are boys… In between I have made masks, too many to count. Also have been organizing the stash.

    • Mary Ellen says:

      Wow Karen, you and many of our other members are makng baby quilts galore. I thought the baby boom would be later!

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