Medallion Mania

March 11, 2013 § 12 Comments

My mom and I were able to sign up for a Gwen Marston workshop in June and we are SO excited!!  I have been dying to take a class from Gwen for ages!  The workshop will focus on her book Liberated Medallions Quilts.  Even though I am excited, I am STUMPED about which direction I should take.  We need to start thinking about the fabrics we want to bring to class.

Do I want to go scrappy?  Or pull from my stash?  A liberated ‘Parts Department’ (from the book Collaborative Quilting)? Or a study on a particular shape… ie. stars, flying geese, etc? Or maybe something abstract?  There are WAY too many choices & decisions to make!  At first I was thinking of cleaning up my red & white scrap basket.  There are a lot of strings. And then throwing in some stuff from my stash.  But the more I look around for inspiration the more undecided I am becoming.   AAAAArrrrrggggg!!!!  What’s a girl to do? I can’t take my whole sewing room.  How do I narrow down my options?   I’m hoping I will have clearer answers to those questions by the time June comes around.

Realistically, I really should do something out of my comfort zone and try to stretch myself.  If you remember these… I already have a few Medallions under my belt.

Medallion Quilt-along
Garden Medallion
Amish Medallion

Above photos pulled from my Pinterest patchwork boards.


Susan’s Sampler

February 24, 2013 § 16 Comments




I just have to share this quilt with you.  Susan, who is blogless, made this amazing sampler! I met Susan at Quilt Market a few years ago and she is awesome! I love her creativity, her enthusiasm, her energy, her kindness….  She teaches quilting classes at her local quilt shop, works one day a week in a needlework shop, and quilts up a storm.  She is the one who made TWO, not one but two, Medallion Quilts a few years ago.

She made this before we started the Random Sampler and I thought you would be inspired by her fabulous quilt.  She says that there is every size of block from 3 inches to 12 inches.  Her goal was to make as few fillers as possible.   She used the 501 Quilt Blocks book, Quilter’s Cache and any other source that had blocks in the sizes that she needed.  Oh, and she used a bowl in her kitchen to make the scallop border.  The quilt center measured 72″ x 90″ before the border was added.

Thank you Susan, for sharing your totally cool quilt with us!!

Getting in the Mood

November 22, 2010 § 2 Comments


It’s Thanksgiving week!  What are you up to?  I really want to make those “homemade oreos” above. We have absolutely no plans for Thanksgiving except to relax and enjoy it.

Click on the photo to take you to Flickr and get the links to the original photos.


July 10, 2010 § 7 Comments


I grew up with brothers, so having acquired sisters-in-law (yes, multiple) when I married my husband was a strange, new, and wonderful treat. My sister-in-law, Jacqui, and I are nearly the same age and we planned a “girl time” weekend and it is nearly over. Tomorrow I am heading home.  We have done all the girl things that we don’t usually do when there are boys around… manicures, shopping, lots of ice cream eating, and more shopping.  I am (cough) 40-ish (cough) and I got my first ever French Manicure.  In a few more years I’m going to quit admitting my age.  And Jacqui and I are contemplating a girls only trip to New York to mark our monumental birthdays.

I love daisies!

The whole weekend was planned around The Vintage Barn antique show.  There is booth upon booth of vintage and crafty things.  It’s always inspiring!  I think I bought too many old suitcases.  The ones I do have at home already store my yarn stash. One of them needs to be replaced and then I couldn’t resist picking up another one.

Pillow Inspiration

The last time Jacqui and I went to The Vintage Barn show I brought home some old draperies. I really have been meaning to make them into pillows. Really I have! Maybe the ones above will inspire me to finally get going.  Me? A procrastinator?  Hmpf.

I feel the need to paint!

June 23, 2010 § 6 Comments

Mini Paint Fan Deck

These may not be new to you, but they are new to me.  I guess it just goes to show how little shopping I have been doing lately.  Pottery Barn is now making seasonal paint chip samples that are free for the taking (in their shop – or $2.00 on the Internet). How cool is that?  Since we have had the coldest, wettest June on record (or nearly) it has been making me want to paint lighter, brighter colors inside the house! I can now understand why so much Scandinavian design is white & bright!  The gray dreary days here have really gotten depressing.  We are all hoping and praying that the old adage “summer doesn’t really arrive until after July 4th” will hold true and that we will be seeing more warm and sunny days soon.  BTW, I think today is the first day that the furnace hasn’t turned on in the  morning!

This week is the Western Washington Quilt Shop Hop. It’s going to be an exciting week!

It’s Good to be Home!

May 26, 2010 § 12 Comments

Amy Butler booth

For some reason, I always fail to take very many photos.  But I did get this one of the table in Amy Butler’s booth.  I love it!  I’m dying to recreate something like if for my dining room.  And Carolyn and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to receive an autographed copy of Joel Dewberry’s new book, Sewn Spaces.  We are also looking forward with much anticipation to:  Amy Butler’s bag book Style Stitches, Kay Witt’s book Sew Serendipity, and Amy Barickman’s book Vintage Notions.  Seems like there were a lot of new books or books coming out in the near future.  Are books the new trend?

Sample Spree Acquisitions

Though I’ve been to a couple of previous Spring Quilt Markets, this was the first time I actually got to experience Sample Spree. The night before Quilt Market, various venders offer fat quarter towers, patterns, thread and more at incredible deals. Lines form outside the Sample Spree room and when the doors open everyone makes a mad dash to their favorite vendor. The Moda tables are practically swallowed up by the crowd. Somehow, 2 Riley Blake fat quarter towers, 2 boxes of Rowan Designer thread, and a box of Valdani pearl cotton jumped into my bag.

But the real highlight of Quilt Market was meeting AmandaJean of Crazy Mom Quilts.  My first “meet in real life” moment!  AmandaJean, you will be relieved to hear that the photo of us together in the Riley Blake booth is just too hideous to share. I’m sure you are disappointed, right?

After Quilt Market, I got to spend time with family and see my niece graduate from high school.  It felt like a whirlwind trip.  And it feels good to be home…  Now, to catch up on email, laundry, sewing, and a plethora of other things!

Where Doth Your Inspiration Come?

April 23, 2008 § 3 Comments

Can you tell that I love Log Cabin quilts?  Someday I will make one for a bed.

Over the years I have collected magazine clippings of ideas and inspirations. Here are just a few in my quilting file. I also have a craft file, a home deco file, a knitting file and a clothing file.

These are rugs, but wouldn’t they be great as quilts?

I should put them in a notebook as some folks do, but I’ve been a bit lazy about that. What I really want to do is find a place to hang a bulletin board and pin up current inspirations. Or at the very least, rotate some of the clippings out of my file folders so that I can see them once in awhile.

There’s something about 2-color quilts…

But my sewing room (I can’t bring myself to call it a studio) is the smallest room in the house, barring the closets. I think I need a bigger, more organized room before it can be called a “studio”. Some of the madness behind my efforts in getting some of my UFO’s finished is that I need to paint my tiny little room, and organize it all for better efficiency… either that or just buy a bigger house.

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