Monday, May 14, 2018


February 2018, the Missouri Star Quilting Blog demonstrated a Disappearing Pin Wheel Basket quilt.  My mind saw that quilt in solid colors.  I sent for a 'layer cake' of solids planning on using each color only once, 42 colors.  I was not able to arrange them in a way that I liked but I wanted to try those baskets.

I took four basic colors and made a table topper, 25 inches square. 

I then made the quilt sandwich and machine quilted it.  The back is a red with white polka dots.  It made a nice practice piece for ruler work.  Not a fancy pattern but more time with a quilt under my hands for learning.

Last week I met with my quilting cousin Kathy.  She gave me this cute hot pad.  It is our cat Ted in a log cabin block 10 inches square.  I think he is so cute that I will make some for other cats in the family.

I am half way around the final row of Reneluk's Spring 2018 Doiley.  I was caught by quilts and material and that has slowed me down.  Have also made the first 33 of the 2018 Angels for the Christmas Tree at church.  Also, I am ripping out machine quilting (a lot) on a quilt that I am not happy with.  I am happy with the quilt, not my machine quilting. 

May this find you all well and enjoying thread in some form.

Thursday, April 26, 2018


I have the repeat pattern in my mind EXCEPT for the fact that I have to attach it to the section before it.  Maybe un-tatting two repeats in a row will finally put it in my brain.  At least I caught it before I completed the repeat (less un-tatting).

Enjoy your tatting (and un-tatting) today.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Row 13

Here is the beginning of Row 13.  I timed it this morning to see how long it takes me to do a repeat.  34 minutes. 

42 repeats to go.  Enjoy your tatting today.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Row 12

Row 12 of Renulek's 2018 Doiley.  This was an enjoyable row to make.

I think that I said this before.  This has been my favorite Doiley of her's to make.

Have a great day.  We are finally beginning to see Spring weather.  Only frost this morning, no snow.  The last few days we would wake up to a thin layer of snow that would be gone by the afternoon.  It is now 54 degrees outside, sunny but windy.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Moving Along

My row 11 of Renulek's 2018 Doiley is done.  It took me three repeats to get this into my memory and then I was off tatting.  I have enjoyed this row.

Here is my row 12.  This one is moving along fast.  I did make a mistake, kinda.  I thought to make the picot between the two together rings small as that is where the next row attaches.  I was wanting the rows tight together.  You can see on the first six repeats from the right that the picot are smaller.  Then, I forgot and made all the picots the same size.  I did eleven repeats before I remembered what my plans were.  Not going to change it.    

I am liking the open spaces and the more tatted areas of this Doiley.  I think it is my favorite Doiley designed by Renulek.

Spring is here now, 65 degrees, but sleet is to come this evening and tomorrow.

Happy Tatting.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Good morning

We woke up to snow this morning, a Spring Snow.  I need to remember that this snow is the 'poor man's fertilizer'.  It will not stay long, it might be gone this afternoon, surely by tomorrow.  We have been loosing our Winter Snow at a steady slow rate.  Slow is good, the brooks don't over flow but are running fast.

I have been working on my two doileys at the same time.  I am on the tree round of Under An African Sky.  I have 16 trees to make and decided to make them in stages.  That way, when I am done with the trees, I am done with the trees.  I took pictures this morning to show you the beginnings.  I was pleased to find that I had seven centers, I thought that I only had finished six.  Only nine to go and then on to the next stage.

I have finished row 10 of Renulek's Spring Doiley 2018.  I enjoyed this round.

Enjoy your spring weather.  Happy tatting and thank you for visiting.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Under an African Sky, Part 2

I am enjoying this doiley.  It has made me learn techniques that I was to nervous to try.  Here I am up to row 5.  Row 5 was an easy and quick row to do.  The harder part was to make sure that I had not twisted the chains when I was joining the ends.  I put each three ring section into the blue chain to make sure all was OK and then joined the ends together.  It worked.

Row 6

I had to be careful when adding this row.  I kept the yellow in place and only once did I have to un-tat as one set of rings had slipped out of place and, once again, I was not paying attention.

My thread order has come in, so, back to Renulek's 2018 Doiley.  I will also be working on this one.  I begin my trees, Interlocking Self Closing Mock Rings, 16 of them.  I will be very comfortable making them when I am done.

Jane, Thank You for this pattern!  Mine will be called Berkshire Spring.  We still have eight inches of snow on the ground but it should be gone soon.  Our weather is to go into the 40s next week.  I am so looking forward to spring.