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Quilt in Progress: Apple Blossom, a Mountain Mist Pattern

Started: December 2022

I first posted about this quilt here

My January goal was to cut fabric for the first block and get started. Normally the next step is to cut all the fabric as indicated by the instructions for each part. But the mountain mist patterns were written a long time ago. I believe early to mid 20th century. And as with most old patterns (whether quilting, sewing or knitting) it tends to assume you know things which nowadays people just don’t know. So rather than cut all the pieces only to find out I did something wrong, I cut enough to do one block.

Here’s what I found- for part 5 and 6, there are two places on each block that use these and they are both not the same! So part 5 has two not identical pieces. Same for part 6! It makes no sense. Usually when you have a part for applique they match. Anyway the tips match but one is longer than the other. So had I made a template of the longest part I would have been fine. But I didn’t. I made the templates from the shortest part for both 5 and 6! I made do for now so I could finish cutting for one block. But I’ll need to make new templates for these to make sure I don’t cut the longer part too short in future blocks.

The pattern also didn’t indicate which part to applique down first. Nowadays the numbers on the parts tell you which to do first. meaning applique #1, then #2, etc etc. But this one isn’t that way. So I picked this part to do first. I actually didn’t have the right color thread to applique. I have 100w silk that is so nice to applique with and I know I have purple somewhere. Or I think I do. If I do, it’s tucked away in a project. And the 100w silk that I used can be seen on that dark purple if you look closely. The next best thing is 80w aurifil or even 50w aurifil. the thread is so thin, it just sinks into the fabric. But despite me having a lot of purples and it being my favorite color, I didn’t have one that matched that dark purple!

I did find a pretty lighter purple in 50w Aurifil for the lighter purple. I’m going to Road to CA this coming week so I’ll be sure to take a sample of that dark purple to find a matching thread. Normally I wouldn’t care so much and just use what I have. But since I’m going to Road soon it doesn’t hurt to add it to my shopping list.

And I finished appliquéing those two pieces and was about to start a third when I stopped myself. My energy was waning and if I started this third piece I would probably end up ripping it out. So I settled on looking for thread for that green. I found one in my Superior thread collection. At 40w it’s not ideal thread to applique with for me but the color is dead on and I would love to use this thread for something. I had bought this years ago at a massdrop thing when I was into that. I rarely use these threads since I’m an Aurifil girl now and would love to use it up. So I will try. If I find that it’s too thick for applique I will switch it out.



Finished Flimsy: Dresden

I started this at my guild’s March 2022 workshop with Linda Ballard.

I can’t believe all I needed to do to finish this was blanket stitch the dresden down and applique a center. I already had decided not to add a border a long time ago. But it took me forever to get this to the finishing line.

I wanted my blanket stitch to pop so a 50w would have been too thin for the look I was going for. I ended up choosing a salmon/coral color 12w Aurifil. I buy Aurifil in different weights because I enjoy the look of a good decorative top thread when I want it. and I do not usually plan ahead enough to buy the right color when I need it. I always just look in my stash for something that will work. I get a thrill of pleasure when I find and use something in my stash. Not only am I using what I have but it justifies me buying Aurifil in different weights when I find them. 😁

50w Aurifil is now about $14/ large spool. So if I see 50w or 40w at less than $14 I will buy it. I have all my Aurifil thread listed on a google sheets so I go through that list to avoid buying duplicates.

For 28w and 12w- I like to buy the small spools in different colors so I have options for decorative thread. I used to buy large spools and if all I see are large spools I will buy them anyway. I find that I don’t use them enough to warrant choosing large spools and usually shops generally just have small spools of these weights. Sometimes though large spools are it.

I also buy 80w when I see them (which is not often) for applique. And if I see 12w wool, I used to pick these up too. But for my bday last year I bought the whole Ellana collection which is Wondefil’s wool thread so I don’t need Aurifils on hand anymore. I would LOVE to get Aurifils 12w cotton collection but it’s way too much! at 270 small spools and a beautiful box to store them all, it’s $1700 with tax and shipping. For some reason in my head I thought it was more like $400 for the whole thing. Either they raised the prices or I am totally way off. Either price would be too much but $400 is more swallowable than $1700! Wonderfil had split their collection into 2 boxes so while pricey I bought one at a time as my budget allowed.

Happy quilting friends,


January 2023 – mid month update

I completed what I set out to do for Plum Fusion (#2 on this list) and made significant progress on #1. Road (#5) is coming up this week and I think all is ready. I should make progress on #3 (Dresden) and #6 (Mountain Mist) the latter part of the month. I hope I’m able to get the rest of this list done as well. Or at least get it out and look at it.

Here are my original goals for January –

#1 – Disappearing 9 Patch is under my needle right now. I would like to finish finish finish this quilt this month.

UPDATE – this is fully quilted and I just need to do the rest of it – binding, label, picture and post.

#2 Plum Fusion – one of our Local shops Saturday Sampler. – I would like to do page 11 and page 12. I believe these are just one block a piece so not too difficult.

Page 11
Page 12
Page 12

Update: Both page 11 and 12 are complete

#3 – Linda Ballard’s Dresden from the guild’s February 2022 workshop. – Finish this top

#4 – New saturday sampler – The Quilty Pleasure Saturday Sampler starts this month. I’d like to stay on schedule and keep up with it so I’d like to get the first month’s tasks done for the QP Saturday Sampler.

#5 – the road classes – be prepared to learn, do and finish the projects.

#6 – Mountain Mist – cut fabric for 1 block and start…

#7 – my bag – By Annie’s Everything in its Place

– the picture of the bag on the kit I have

#8 – my peasant top

Happy quilting!


Quilt in Progress: Plum Fusion

This is the 2022 Saturday Sampler from Cotton and Chocolate in Thousand Oaks, CA. I was pretty caught up until I got Covid and I set it aside. I’m slowly working on it again. Here are page 11 and page 12 blocks which was my January goal.

Page 11
Page 12

I stopped doing BOMs years ago. First I always fell off and didn’t keep up to the finish. And when I did there were times when the fabric was not enough. That’s annoying. I know people always tell me I could ask the shop the BOM was offered through but these were usually from those I did through the mail and so much time had passed that I was sure they didn’t have any more of that fabric. And I was annoyed. I shouldn’t have to call. There shouldn’t have been a shortage of fabric. I understand if I made a mistake but I hadn’t.

So then I decided to not do mail order BOMs and just do local shops since I have relationships with them and the shortage of fabric should not be an issue. It wasn’t. But I wasn’t really learning anything new and I was making the same quilt as others in my area and it was adding to my new starts and ufos each year. There are so many quilts out there I want to make that I didn’t need to do them too. So I stopped participating in BOMs (Saturday Samplers) several years ago.

Well, one of my knitting friends wanted to learn to quilt so a bunch of us started teaching her. And she wanted to do the 2022 Saturday Sampler so I joined her. That’s how I started the Plum Fusion in 2022. It’s a bit complicated for her so we do a little at a time. Luckily I like the colors of the fabric and the quilt. And since they use Deb Tucker rulers I’m learning how to use them with this project.

And now another friend wants to do the Saturday Sampler at Quilty Pleasures in Simi Valley, CA this year. I am not as in love with the colors (blue and orange) but I’m intrigued with the design. and I love quilting with a group of friends. I love the community created around this.



Cross Stitch, an update

Gamer – 12/2/22
Gamer – 12/28/2022

My goal for Gamer is to do 100 stitches per day until I finish a diagonal. Then switch to MFE SAL 2022. For that I increased my goal to 200 stitches per day so I can finish a month’s clue each month.

Gamer – 1/10/23

And here’s my update on my MFE SAL.

MFE SAL – 11/27/22
MFE SAL – 1/4/2023

I’m so thrilled that I was able to get the page done this month. This is the page/clue released in May 2022 so I’m way behind. I will be attempting to get one page done each month so I can be finished with this project this year. It’s about 2500 stitches per page. If I do 200 stitches per day I should be done in about 13 days. Because it’s pretty much the same floss, 200 stitches per day is doable.

Happy Stitching!


Real Complete WIP List

I posted my new starts from 2022 a few weeks ago. I forgot one and added it below. I also decided to add my WIPs started prior to 2022 so I have a real complete WIP list. Okay. It’s not all my WIPs. But they are either ones that I’m working on currently or something I just remembered. This list does not include some hand work projects that I have ongoing. I’m not sure I should add those. Maybe one day I will. For some reason just the thought of adding my hand work makes me anxious so for now, I’ll keep them off. Even though I have the handwork I’ve started in 2022 on this list. Also, I doubt I remember all my WIPs so I’ll add them as I remember them. These are the ones that I work on regularly or I purchased/started in 2022. I have a bunch of WIPs from a long time ago that have been tucked away and I honestly cannot remember them. However, I hope to go through this list and as I finish, I plan to replace projects with things hanging out on my table and in my cabinets. Then I want to grab stuff from my closets. I really want to work from stash this year and only buy when I need to 1. support a shop I’m visiting, 2. I need something to finish something, or 3. I find a really good deal and love whatever it is I want to buy.

1. Bonnie Hunter’s 2020 (?) Mystery Quilt – Grassy Creek

2. 45 & Life to go

3. Christmas in Paris

Christmas in Paris by Coach House Designs

4. Tuella and Friends

Tuella and Friends
Tuella and Friends by Colette Belt

5. Judy Neimeyer’s Double Wedding Ring – started Jan. 2020

Double Wedding Ring (not my quilt) – started in Jan 2020

2022 New Starts

1. February – Linda Ballard – Dresden

2. March – Catherine Wilson – Snowflake

3. Cotton and Chocolate’s 2022 Saturday Sampler Plum Fusion in January 2022. I was pretty caught up until about June. Then I fell behind.

Page 19 – 4 blocks

I have started several hand projects this year.

4. Ornaments – I started this in December 2021 but I’ve been stitching diligently on this throughout 2022. I think about half of the 12 ornaments have all been stitched and embroidered. When they are all done I need to adhere it to a backing with stiffer fusible and then sew the little strings to allow me to hang them.

5. Prairie something…. I haven’t started this really. I bought it and attended the class at Quilt Emporium and other projects jumped in line. This is not my product but a picture of the instructors and a reminder of the cuteness of it.

6. By Annie – Everything in a place bag (name?). I started this in 2021 and it’s very complicated. I’m really almost done and just need to sew all the pieces together.

7. Tula Pink’s Butterfly 2.0 – I haven’t actually started or cut the fabric. But I want to very badly. I’ve had a lot of new starts the last few months so I want to get the flimsies finished before cutting into this.

8. Mountain Mist: Apple Blossom (November 2022)

Happy quilting friends


2023 Quilt Queue

Here is my current quilt queue in no particular order. Well, I take that back. It’s in order of completion from oldest to more recent. But it’s in no order as to when they are to be quilted. Ideally I want to quilt the oldest one first to get them off my list but the older ones are all big quilts and what I learned last year is that the big ones take forever to finish quilting (surprise!). Anyway so this year I’m going to mix the big and small quilts up hoping that I can get quick finishes in the middle of long quilting projects.

Bonnie Hunter’s 2018 Mystery Quilt – Good Fortune – flimsy January 2020

2012 SoCal Quilters Run – Area One’s mystery quilt – flimsy June 2020

Area One 6/22/2020

Jan Krentz – Broken Diamond Star – flimsy 4/2021

Scrappy Stars Around the Corner – finished top! 8/7/2021

Scrappy Stars

Kimberly Einmo’s mystery quilt from Craftsy circa 2014-

I know it doesn’t look finished but I promise it is. I just haven’t taken a pic of the flimsy yet.

Disappearing 9 Patch – flimsy 10/20/2022- this one is currently being quilted.

Dora Carey’s Arabesque – flimsy 11/3/2022 – i’ll be quilting this next as I want it finished by April to show.

Arlene Arnold’s Lucretia’s Journey – flimsy 11/29/2022

Wendy Mathson’s Storm at Sea / Snail’s Trail – flimsy 12/5/2022

Storm at Sea / Snail’s Trail Wendy Mathson December 2022

January 2023

Here is my January list to keep me focused.

#1 – Disappearing 9 Patch is under my needle right now. I would like to finish finish finish this quilt this month.

#2 Plum Fusion – one of our local shop’s Saturday Sampler. – I would like to do page 11 and page 12. I believe these are just one block a piece so not too difficult.

Page 19 – 4 blocks of these

#3 – Linda Ballard’s Dresden from the guild’s February 2022 workshop. – Finish this top

#4 – New saturday sampler – The Quilty Pleasure Saturday Sampler starts this month. I’d like to stay on schedule and keep up with it so I’d like to get the first month’s tasks done for the QP Saturday Sampler.

#5 – the road classes – be prepared to learn, do and finish the projects.

#6 – Mountain Mist – cut fabric for 1 block and start…

#7 – my bag

#8 – my peasant top

It’s a lot for one month and we’ll see how much I actually get done. I have one weekend retreat for cross stitching and I plan to work on my needlepoint. And I have Road to CA classes. But I’ve got them on the list so I hope that helps me get some of these things checked off.

Happy quilting!


Hello 2023 and my plans

At the end of the year I went on a finishing spree. I had started out the fall a bit depressed and stressed about all my upcoming planned starts. It really helped to blog about my starts, preparing for them and my 2022 WIP list to get them finished. I’ll post a new WIP list soon to keep me on track and start the year off right.

Storm at Sea / Snail’s Trail Wendy Mathson December 2022 – last flimsy finish of 2022

This year I am participating in a different LQS’ Saturday Sampler than the LQS I did last year. I debated back and forth on whether or not to do both as there are 2 Saturday Samplers being offered by 2 different local quilt shops. The thin material of the other had me and some other friends decide against it, even though we loved the look of the quilt. We decided to do the one below.

Saturday Sampler at Quilty Pleasures in Simi Valley, CA

In addition to the Saturday Sampler, I have a few Guild workshops coming up. and with every workshop is a new start. January- Jean Impey and her beautiful ‘twinkle’ quilt. February is Sheila Colins and her Mandala. March is April Sproule. July is Patricia Skiles; September is Kim Brownell, and October is Linda Sullivan. I’m not yet sure if I will be doing all the workshops that are planned this year but I generally plan on it and change things as the year goes on.

I have a bunch of hand work and hand quilting I want to work on too. I plan to add them to my WIP list. When I work on them I enjoy them but I often forget about them because I’m focused on the piecing and classes. Which reminds me, I have 3 classes at Road to CA that are all hand work: Sue Spargo, sashiko, and wool applique. All three have new starts attached to them.

Quilt Queue: Last year it was a goal to finish finish finish a quilt each month to show at my monthly guild meeting. I almost accomplished that but fell by the wayside when I got Covid and my energy waned. I ended up with 6 completely finished quilts -4 bigger ones and 2 minis. I plan to do this again this year but not as strict. I also need to mix up big quilts and smaller ones to help with timing. I have 9 finished tops to be quilted and I’ll be tracking the quilt queue list over the year to remember what still needs to be done. These lists really help me stay on top of what needs to be done and get things done. I swear by them.

Other than quilting I still have my other crafty wants. I still want to sew bags, sew some clothes, knit, cross stitch and continue my needlepoint obsession. I love hand embroidery and all kinds of hand work.

There is just not enough time! I knit and cross stitch almost every day and for now I will continue with Gamer and the MFE SAL 2022 and my Orient Express Shawl. I have a list somewhere of all my knitting WIPs and cross stitch WIPs. The Shawl will be done soon (in another 2 months or so) and as I get closer to that finish I need to figure out what will come out of hibernation next. Gamer and MFE will still take forever. Knowing me, Ill get tired of working on these 2 at some point. I’m still surprised that I haven’t yet. And when I do I will need to find some trick to get me to continue to work on it while I switch up projects here and there to keep me going.

I’ve been working on my needlepoint at retreats and I have 2 that are mine and the rest are inherited projects. I wish I could work a little bit every day on my needlepoint but the problem is it uses the same stand as my cross stitch and I don’t have the energy or time to switch them out every day. I’ve been contemplating getting a new stand just for needlepoint but haven’t pulled that trigger yet.

Last on my craft list is sew some bags and some clothes. Since it’s last I haven’t gotten to this much this year. Earlier in the year a group of my gal friends created a small group called the ‘bag ladies’ and our intention was to work on bags every Friday night. Well other sewing took over and then life. Soon we stopped meeting on Fridays. It helps me to have a dedicated day/ time to work on these. The problem is I don’t have that day/time to give. So I have to reflect and see what to do to add these in. I think I will add one bag and one clothes project to my monthly list to help me remember to work on them. I’ll try that this year.

Well, friends, that’s my crafty plans. Nothing really specific other than blog, make lists, check them often and cross things off!

Hugs to you all!

Here’s to a great year to everyone!