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I love mystery quilts, but I’m terrible at following through on finishing them once the mystery is solved and I know how it will look. I finished this one while on vacation last summer. For several years I thought I might extend this 8-sided center to a bed-sized quilt, but decided I’d rather have it finished than possibly on a bed some day in the future.

The front:

mystery quilt

I found this mystery on the web sometime in the last 8 or 9 years. If you recognize the pattern or author of the mystery, please leave a comment so I can give that person credit. (February 2010: I found it! Quilting Passion Mystery Quilts Scroll down. It’s Mystery Quilt #1.) I chose scraps from several of the batiks that we used for tablecloths at my daughter’s wedding in 2000. Here’s the back, which gives you an allover view of the ‘focus’ fabric.

mystery quilt back

A close-up where you can see my rough free-form quilting as I was learning to use my new-to-me Bernina 1090 sewing machine:

mystery focus

The photos were taken outside with my old Sony Mavica FD-75. The quilt is about 40 inches across.


I saw this on Liana’s Sew Intriguing blog and found it interesting….

Here’s my Word:

Your Word is “Think”

You see life as an amazing mix of possibilities, ideas, and fascinations.
And sometimes you feel like you don’t have enough time to take it all in.

You love learning. Whether you’re in school or not, you’re probably immersed in several subjects right now.
When you’re not learning, you’re busy reflecting. You think a lot about the people you know and the things you’ve experienced.



I’m back home from a trip with my mother to visit her brother in Kansas. Lots to catch up with here on the home front, especially since corn planting is just now finally beginning after being delayed a month or so by rain, rain and more rain.

Just a reminder to myself: draft a woven pants pattern for Mom.

I finished this Kwik Sew 3041 blouse while in Colorado last summer (2008) a few months before my grandson was born.
I have had pretty good luck with Kwik Sew patterns right out of the envelope, so I figured I could sew this one with an inexpensive cotton and have a good everyday blouse, if not better, as a result of my test garment. The fabric has faded quite a bit, but still looks okay.

I decided to post about it when I pulled it out to wear this past April when my daughter’s family came for a visit.
Isn’t this little fella a cutey? Love that red hair!

The cotton fabric is coarsely woven and wrinkles seem to fall out without needing to be pressed. I used a weft interfacing on the front placket area and collar. I thought the plaid size was so small that the blouse needed some extra interest, so I cut the pockets on the bias. My daughter helped choose the buttons last summer and I used her Bernina Activa 240 with it’s memory buttonholes, a feature I loved!

Here’s a scanned print of the Teagarden T being worn in real life!


I wonder if I’ll ever get around to finishing the sleeve hems…

I’m happy with leaving the bottom of this shirt unhemmed…it’s almost too short even this way. Next time maybe I’ll add a bit to the length. Or maybe not. I don’t really need any extra lumpy lines in this location, and this particular cotton interlock is fairly beefy.

Do you always hem your knit shirts?

Here’s today’s view from the room where I’ve spent most of the last 8 days. The buds just started opening about the time my fever abated on Wednesday:
We’ve lived here for 13 years and I still haven’t identified this ornamental tree. Do you know it’s name?


Here’s a view from the second story window through the branches toward a bunch of tulips and bluebells:

The bluebells would take over the whole yard I think, if given a chance. However, the wild raspberries would also thrive in those conditions, so we keep most of it mowed after the bluebells and various colored violets bloom.

This huge sycamore tree gets it’s leaves in early summer. I don’t have pictures today (taking photos facing the sunlight doesn’t work very well) of the redbud and magnolia that are also in view just to the right of this tire swing.

I apologize for the photo quality. I’m still using a Sony Mavica Floppy Drive camera. It works for keeping a basic record of things and reminding me of colors and compositions, though, so I’ve decided to keep using it for now….

Hurrah! I actually left the house today for the first time in at least a week. And I’m way healthier than I was last week at this time, which is obviously a good thing. So!

I drove to Peoria to buy thread for altering my niece’s prom dress and then stopped in at the ‘sewing get-together’ at Michelle’s house. She presented me with a copy of this photo she took, maybe last February:


So I’m gritting my teeth and hiding my eyes and posting what I think is the first photo of me I’ve uploaded. I’ve decided that if I want to share my sewing projects I’ll just have to get over the camera shyness….

It’s the SW TeaGarden T that I made last spring for the Timmel SWAP.

Michelle had also taken a photo of Kellie and me looking through M’s vintage pattern album:


She brought it down to show us when it was almost time to go home and we needed to hurry, but we didn’t want to miss anything!!


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