Tuesday, April 2

Carol's quilts

My friend, Carol - from Montana, pieced these two 
beauties recently.

For this pretty quilt she used mostly Fig Tree fabrics.
The pattern is a Cluck, Cluck Sew pattern, "Spin Cycle".  
I quilted a simple all-over concentric swirl - one of my favorites because it gives so much texture without detracting from the piecing.

There's nothing I like better than a stripe binding - perfect.

This gorgeous mini trip around the world quilt is made with Katarina Roccella fabrics.  
She is an Art Gallery designer.

I quilted straight lines following the direction 
of the piecing.

These fabrics are SO beautiful.

Carol chose that striking pink binding - she's the binding queen!

It's always fun to quilt for Carol - I love her diverse taste in quilts.
Thank you, my friend, for sending me some pretty spring flowers to work with, even though we still have snow outside.

Wednesday, March 13

mystery quilt revealed

My friend, Lexie, and I taught a mystery quilt class through our local Adult Education program.
It was a stretch for the students to take a class where you don't know what you are creating.
Each week we handed out a clue.
The only "hint" we gave them is to pick contrasting fabrics for the background and the pieced areas.  
We also told them there would be an element of nature.

That's it.
It started to drive them bonkers when we couldn't answer their questions, like....."...would this color look good here?"  or......"...why am I making SO many flying geese units?"

After 6 weeks of "clues" we revealed our completed quilts so they could start putting their blocks together 
and it all made sense.
Here is mine...

It's a V and Company pattern, "Home for the Holidays"....you can find it here.
I used an Ash Grunge for my background and pulled from my stash aqua/yellow prints and pink/orange prints.

It's such a cute quilt - I really love it.
I love the flannel backing.  
I hung on to it for years and it finally found its home.

I quilted randomly spaced straight horizontal lines - I wanted minimal quilting because of the flannel backing.

It's still so snowy here.  I don't think it's ever going to end.....but, it's pretty and makes a pretty background for my sweet quilt.

Thursday, February 14

Simple Addition in pink

I love simple patterns so this "Simple Addition" pattern was perfect for me.

You can find the pattern at Cluck Cluck Sew - here.
Allison's patterns are so easy to use.  
I love them all.
I had a fat quarter bundle of Jen Kingwell's "Gardenvale" I wanted to use for this pattern. 

I also had a couple of random pink solids I wanted to add for the background.  
I know they are Kona solids but they were an "end of bolt" item so my best guess is Camellia and Bubble Gum colors.

My friend, Trish Poolson, pieced most of the blocks for me and set them together.  
Thank you, Trish, you did a fantastic job and the fabrics would still be sitting in my little box had it not been for you.
Even though these fabrics read "vintage" to me, I wanted a more modern quilting design so I quilted it with a single wave design - one of my favorites!

The backing is "Pastel Thrift - alloy".  It's kind of hard to find - I wish I had at least a bolt of it!

It was fun taking it outside on a very cold, but sunny, wintery day last week.

I seriously love everything about my sweet quilt.

Here is the "quilt-hanger-up-guy", my husband. 
He's a good sport!

Oh, mine is a twin size and Allison offers 6 different sizes in this pattern.
She's genius!

Sunday, January 27

Welcome little one

We have a new little one in our family, Colton John.....he was born last October.
I know - it seems to take me forever to post anything new on here anymore. 
Life is just crazy busy!
Here are a few photos of what I made for him - they live in Washington.
The nursery theme was outdoors with red & black check.
This is a sweet flannel backed, deer motif front receiving blanket and the one behind is a grey outdoor print minky with 
flannel check on the back. 
These are his favorites!

I had so much fun making little burpies for him.
I backed all of them with flannel.

 My very good friend, Carol, knit this adorable little hat for him with a bunny tail topper.  
Thank you, Carol - he loves it!

I made a little quilt using "Thicket" from Gingibear panel.

I bordered the panel with random size prints to match and added a little love label of my own.

The backing is "Burly Beavers" thermos flannel.

Welcome to this crazy world, little Colton.  
I love you....

Thursday, December 27

return shipping costs

I am adding a $5.00 return shipping fee on all quilts that I send through the Post Office.

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Those darn Post Office fees just keep going up!

Lot of US Stamps : Stock Photo

Starting in January, 2019, I will add a $5.00 return shipping fee to your invoice.
Thank you for understanding.......you are all the BEST!

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Wednesday, November 28


My friend, Sarah....from Idaho, made this gorgeous quilt, "Delilah", by Jen Kingwell.
It's 65" x 68".

You can find the pattern here at Amazon.
Words cannot even describe just how detailed 
and beautiful this quilt is.
I'm such a fan of anything by designer, Jen Kingwell.  
I have several of her patterns, books and fabrics.
Sarah used at least a gazillion different fabrics in her quilt.  
It was a block of the month program sent all the way from Australia, fabrics and templates included. 
 What fun to receive fabrics from overseas!
Here are some close ups of "Delilah" after I quilted it.

 This is her darling backing.....

Sarah did such a great job with color placement.

I quilted a higher level just because.....
because it deserved it!

This is one of my favorite blocks - tiny little orange peel shapes within the star.

There are lots of curvy pieces - love it!

A close up of at least one of each block within the quilt.  It doesn't get much prettier than this!

Sarah - you have some serious ninja quilting skills! 
Thank you for trusting me with such a beauty......I loved every single minute of quilting it for you.

Saturday, November 17

jelly roll rug class

My friend, Lexie, and I get to teach Adult Education 
classes in the community.
We recently decided to teach the jelly roll rug class.
I thought it was a great idea since I had planned to make one on my own a few months ago. 
I just kept putting it off - a little intimidated to even start.
I plunged right in using the pattern, 
"Jelly Roll Rug", by RJ Designs.  
(You can find it several places but I purchased mine here, at the Fat Quarter Shop.)

My first rug was a bit of a disaster - I only un-sewed it twice!

It curled up into a sombrero - or a very large bowl - or a very pretty dog bed without the cushion!
I was determined to get it right, after all, we were teaching the class in less than 2 weeks!
I finally realized my stitch length was too short - I lengthened it a LOT!
17 bobbins of thread and an entire bottle of spray 
starch later, I have a flat rug!
Finally - success!

We had 8 students for our class - every single rug was different.  
I love teaching - the fabrics & personalities are all different.
Here are several photos of the class.
Christine is using a poke-a-dot jelly roll...

I love how the "rope" falls into a pretty pile.

Roberta is making a sparkly Christmas rug.

Here is her "rope"...

Kathy used a nice natural looking jelly roll...

 Lexie is so fun to work with.  
Here she is giving Carolyn some instruction.

Devona & her daughter had so much fun working on one together.....I love this.
Two hands are always better that one.

Linda & Carolyn - so serious!

Here is Linda's "rope" - the pretty blues.

Tara's first rug is as flat as can be!  
It's so nice.

Here's Tara's finished rug:

Roberta was the first one finished in class with hers. 
she was so happy.

This is Lexie's first rug - she said everyone she knows is getting one for Christmas.
I'm SO glad I'm on her gift list!

My "Jen Kingwell, Gardenvale" rope is
waiting for my attention.
I might just leave it like this for a while - it's so cute.
That's Lexie's next one in the background.
I love her taste in fabrics!

One I made out of yardage for my sister.

 A very good neighbor and friend got this one.
I used some of my Civil War prints - goes perfectly in her vintage home.

And last, but certainly not least.....my beautiful "Amy Butler" fabrics rug.
I'm keeping this one.

Thank you, Lexie, for encouraging me and pushing me to finally take the plunge and make one - or five!  
I can't seem to stop!