Four Friend Challenge

December 19, 2014 § 6 Comments


This fall, four friends got together and challenged each other to use this polka dot fabric below.  We also added that it needed to have an autumn theme.  We finally had the big reveal a couple of weeks ago.


I decided that I had to make something useful. I have enough things in my house that I don’t use and have been trying to get rid of.  So I made a table runner.  But I made it reversible.  Finished with big stitch quilting, the change in the color of thread makes a bright zig zag pattern on the back side.


Here are all of items together at breakfast when we had our big reveal.  A tea cozy, a pillow, my table runner and a coin purse.  It was fun.  I so proud of my friends!


Are you ready for Christmas? I’m just trying to finish knitting a pair of socks for a birthday the day after Christmas.  And even though my hubby & I decided to skip Christmas this year, I did order a little surprise online that I’m waiting for. It may or may not show up for Christmas. No big deal. We can enjoy it in the New Year.  So far, it’s been really good to lay low through the holidays this year.  I’m looking forward to our total disconnect next week.  Pure relaxation.  With the possibility of an Instagram post or two.

Craftsy Shop

December 11, 2014 § Leave a comment


To everyone’s frustration, I had my web site redesigned a few months ago and we have never been able to get the pdf download function to work. I’m not sure what to do about that. So, I finally decided to move my patterns to Craftsy as pdf downloads.  My shop is located here.

They aren’t all over there yet.  But I did whip up a quick pattern for the flannel quilt that I recently finished. A couple of people have asked a few questions about how I made it. So I made it a free pattern over on Craftsy.


Cozy, wooly & perfect

December 9, 2014 § 11 Comments


Hazzah! My tied flannel quilt is done. I feel like I’ve gone backwards in my quilting journey.  But I don’t care. I’ve never done a proper tied quilt before. One night I got a bee in my bonnet and started searching the internet for dark cozy flannels when I stumbled across this kit plus an extra yard of a darker print at Bella Rose Quilt Shop. I didn’t use the pattern but the layer cakes were a great way to get a nice variety of fabric.

It was going to be my Thanksgiving weekend quilt project.  I started the weekend before Thanksgiving. But it took a lot longer to tie all the yarn knots than I thought it would.  Although this was a super easy project, it still takes time! The quilt ended up measuring 90″ x 81″ without a scrap worth saving in the end.


I was inspired by this photo on Flickr.  Though my version took a bit of a turn because of the layer cakes.  I really wanted the ties to be wool yarn so they would felt up into fuzzy balls of yarn after washing.


This is what the yarn looked like before washing.  I used a double strand of yarn to tie a square knot at every corner seam.


And I used up most of my leftover wool batting scraps.  There were four large pieces that I stitched together using a multiple stitch zigzag on my sewing machine.  It is SO warm & cozy.  My hubby loves it! And so do I.


Merry & Bright

December 4, 2014 § 6 Comments


Five local quilt shops will be participating in a Holiday Shop Hop this Friday & Saturday, Dec. 5th & 6th.  There’s even a flyer with all of the details & shop addresses. There will festive holiday activities and prizes along the way.  All you local peeps…  stop by each of the shops for free holiday block patterns.


So I whipped up a table runner with the Holiday block, Merry & Bright, that my local shop, Gathering Fabric, will be offering.  The blocks are made with the fabulous American Made Brand solids.  And the setting triangles are Riley Blake’s dots.

It’s so hard to photograph this red!  I don’t know if you can even tell, but I quilted the whole thing with orange thread!  You just have to see it in person. I’m really glad I step outside the usual box and used the orange thread.


Wanna see the back?  I found the perfect fabric in my stash.  Now the table runner can be reversible!

This is about as festive as it is going to get around our house this year.  We’ve decided to “skip Christmas” so to speak. At least skip the commercial side of Christmas. So many changes have happened this year between losing my mom last January to my oldest friend moving away to care for her mom.  It just didn’t seem right to even try to make Christmas normal. Whatever normal might have been. So we are opting to lay low, rest, and focus on the true meaning of Christmas.  It feels right, in a way. And I am looking forward to the slower pace for the Holidays.

Crossed Paths

November 25, 2014 § 5 Comments

crossed paths

This quilt was published in the Fall 2014 issue of Quilting Quickly by Fons & Porter. It’s super easy to make. And now, Fons & Porter has a short video showing how to trim up the big triangles.  I just thought you might like to know more about trimming up the large scrappy triangles used in the quilt.

Crossed Paths digital pattern and kit
Quilting Quickly, Fall 2014 issue
Video tutorial

This quilt idea was a serendipitous combination of Clothworks Vienna Garden fabric, my love of big one-block quilts and my love of scraps.  When designing quilts for Clothworks, I like to use the fabric in a way that really showcases all of the prints. And if at all possible, I try to include my love of the scrappy aesthetic.  It would be really fun to make it from your left over scraps or stash as well!

And since it is an autumnal quilt… Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I am working on my Tied Flannel Quilt this week… and I am determined to finish a couple of ancient UFO’s as well.

*photos courtesy of Fons & Porter

Crossed Paths whole

Changing seasons

November 11, 2014 § 5 Comments

I’m longing to switch gears and head in a different direction, quilt-wise. I’ve been pondering this for some time. But a conversation with a friend last week was just what I needed to push me into action. Over the last couple of years I have been slowly cutting back on my extra freelance work. But now I feel the need to stop it all together.

Why do I do what I do?  What is my own personal style? What would it look like if I tried this idea that has been floating around in my head? These are some of the questions I’ve been asking myself. And while I’ve been pondering the questions, I haven’t spent as much time as I would like exploring the answers.  I see other people getting to play around with the same ideas that have been floating around in my head but had no time to explore.

Quilting is a hobby for sure. But, it is not what makes my world go ’round. It’s not who I am. I couldn’t have said that 10 years ago.  But making things is certainly something that brings me joy & happiness.  It’s something that helps me process other parts of life while giving me time to just play. But when play turns to work some of that original enjoyment is lost.

Maybe that’s a contributing factor to why my blogging has been sparse lately. I’m also slowly working through my long list of UFO’s. I’m enjoying hand work more.  That’s a first for me!  And it’s a much slower journey towards completion than machine work.

As you can see, I’ve borrowed a few photos from Instagram again.  And the autumn colors of orange & gold have been on my mind. The dotty flying geese are a challenge project among 4 friends.  The big reveal is coming soon. I’d best get busy and finish it!

Behind the Studio Door

November 3, 2014 § 9 Comments


This quilt was made on the heels of the Kaleidoscope quilt last spring and is now making it’s appearance in the Nov/Dec 2014 issue of Generation Q magazine.  It is also made with the American Made Brand solids. Obviously, I was in a muted color palette mood at the time.

I love chain quilts but was looking for something different. And I love two color quilts.  This one isn’t exactly two colors, but it is definitely a controlled palette.  I’ve also been pondering knitting charts in relationship to quilting, or more specifically to quilt design.  I think it was this knitting chart on Pinterest that inspired the color palette.  It’s so soothing, yet interesting.

The kit to make this quilt is available at my local quilt shop, Gathering Fabric.  Or stop in to see the quilt in person.


By the way, I just washed my Kaleidoscope quilt and the fabric washes up beautifully!  No color bleeding and just the right amount of crinkle. I really do love the American Made Brand solids!

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