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26 May 2016

Colorful Stripey Experiment

The post title really says it all.  I saw the technique somewhere on the internet and decided i had to try it.  It is far simpler than it appears at first glance and it's a great way to use up leftovers.  I might get brave and try a scrappy version in the near future.

19 April 2016

Two-Thirds Rail Fence

I found an inexpensive jelly roll at a variety store  last November.  The colors were interesting but I wasn't in the mood for fancy piecing.  A friend pointed out this pattern to me and it seemed appropriate for these fabrics.

WHOOSH!  the top went together in no time.

I have a pretty extensive stash that goes fairly far back in time, but even still i was surprised when i found this perfect border fabric right there in the stash.  A tiny bit of planning made the repeats come out very nicely.

A sunburst design with variegated polyester thread made short work of the quilting, which can be seen well from either side of the quilt.

Yellow and orange striped binding also came from the stash and was OFG's idea.

Spring time quilting at it's most fun.  Thanks for stopping by!

13 April 2016

Got a New Toy

Yeppers, got a new toy and now I'll be grossly unproductive in every phase of my life for the next several weeks while I play with it like crazy!

Thanks Vince, for cutting me such a good deal.  Thanks Debra (at Embroidery Library) for these cool coffee designs!

21 March 2016

They Chirp-Start Spring

Every single year.  :)

Cedar Waxwings waiting for the mulberries to get ripe.

02 March 2016

Hunter's Star Finished

Originally inspired by this picture, this hunter's star quilt took about a year to make. The pieces were cut last winter and the top finished in the summer. Quilting didn't get moving until around Christmas 2015 and the binding was finished only a week or so ago.

I tried to make the frost shimmer with Magnifico (a Superior threads shiny polyester thread).  Up close it works great.  I still can't photograph stuff like that well.  I love love love the way that thread handles.  You take one look at the shininess and start sweating, thinking it's going to break every seven stitches, but I had no trouble at all with it.  Marvelous stuff.

Small pieces cut on the bias made these blocks challenging to work with, but a little starch and a little patience paid off.

Don't ask me why the dark star.

This quilt was sold before it was finished and will be winging it's way to the Windy City next week.  Sometimes it's hard to let them go.

25 December 2015

Merry Christmas Everyone

A very happy holiday season to you all!

03 December 2015

Decorated for Christmas

Got this one finished in time for the holidays, yay!  Again using a pattern found in Pam and Nicky Lintotts' Jelly Roll Quilts, I made up this version of Both Sides of the Pond in some green and red batiks with a liberal dose of Kona white.

Serious hat tip to Lori Kennedy of The Inbox Jaunt for her really cool christmas doodles from a couple years ago.

And with the addition of some grinchy flannel for the back (which you can just see peeking out the corner in the picture below...

...the house is now decorated for christmas!

01 November 2015

Go Ahead and Quilt!

Go ahead and quilt, mama. We don't mind.

05 October 2015


The Missouri Star Quilt Company has a daily deal email that I just can't quit checking out each morning.  The Daisy Splash 10" squares came up one morning this summer and I snatched it up.  Aren't these fabrics (by Jane Dixon for Andover) just the epitome of summer sunshine?  With a bit of orange, lime, and grey from my stash, and good old Kona white for the sashing, the layer cake was enough to make a heavy twin quilt top.  Fast and easy modern construction for the top with these oversize blocks and a bit of sashing.

Utility quilting with wooly nylon in red and lime, then some bright orange and a bit of grey (both A&E discontinuted threads) kept it easy and fast.

Like most colorful quilting, it shows up great on the white back when you see it in person.  In a photo, not so much.

The sashing is more of the orange I added from stash, but there wasn't quite enough so a bit of the green got tacked on the end.

Thanks Toni, Dorothy, and Beth for keeping me company during the binding. :)

23 September 2015

Scrappy, REALLY Scrappy

So I save all my scraps, so what?  Beth says I HOARD them.  Wrong!  I use them...sometimes.  She brought me over a bag of scraps she said she was going to throw away (during a massive decluttering campaign that I think she is still waging).  To prove her wrong, I started that same day sewing random crumb blocks.  Her scraps, just like her quilts, are gorgeous.  It took several weeks, but I turned all those scraps into a quilt top.

Ick.  It's ugly.  Don't argue.  I know it's ugly because it gets prettier the further

away you get from it.  Get into the next state, it'll probably be adorable.  Kandinsky on a very bad day.

 I guess it doesn't have to be pretty to be a good quilt.

I used a blue floral print that I really like for the back and rolled it over for binding.  Simple meander in sky blue was easy quilting (I threw in a few easter eggs).  It's warm, it was free, and it's finished.  

15 July 2015

Unspeakably Cute Squares

I don't know why.  Does there have to be a why?

10 March 2015

Two Quickie Tops

Retreat!  I spent the weekend at a quilting retreat with some of my best quilting buddies this past weekend.  I try to bring fairly easy things to work on with all pieces pre-cut because I can never focus on quilting well enough when people are telling interesting stories or passing a plate of cookies around.  Both of these were made primarily from a batch of fairly plain green fabrics I recently received.

 Adding a little of the bright wonky stripe fabric gave this first quilt a little pizazz and made it fun to piece.

Its hard to tell unless you zoom in on the second quilt, but I added an eco-friendly print for borders and a bit of bright yellow to make this green quilt a "green" quilt.

And this quilt is the one you see wadded up on the table in the picture above.  My friend Cheryl finished this one up during the weekend.  It is festive and christmassy and just adorable.

These retreats are so very worth going to.  Good friends are great therapy and the quilting is always fun too.

03 March 2015

It's For Fun

...so I can scribble quilt it if I wanna.  A good photo of this top is in this post from a few months back.

Maybe the stitching will show up more on the plain muslin back.  I love having lots of different textures in a quilt, and the open area of the ring below right next to the garden row quiting inside it makes a lovely feel when you run your fingers over it.
Heh.  Teething rings.  No, I am not expecting.  Absolutely not.  But my dogs do have chew toys that remind me of baby teethers of old.
The only problem with this much detail in a quilt is that it takes some while to finish.  Between this and my hunter's star piecing, I feel stalled.  The upcoming winter weather will probably give me plenty of opportunity to get at least one of these projects wrapped up.  I hope.

27 February 2015

Goodbye Mr. Spock

Sad news today.  Leonard Nimoy has died.  He was one of my TV heroes from way back.

14 February 2015

Icy Hunters Star

It's all cut out and piecing has started!  I had a little trouble at first getting the unusual angles to line up correctly after sewing.  Turns out the seam allowance wants to be a thread's width narrower than I was making them.  Now that it's straightened out though piecing is moving along well.  But I've gotten ahead of myself.

Beth and I decided to build one of these each when we first saw a red and white Hunter's Star on the net a couple of years back.  I don't remember now what colors she chose, but I wanted something that looked very wintery, so I collected lots of low volume blue and grey prints and a few different whites to work with.

I made a bunch of 3 7/8" strips (to minimize waste) and ran them through my Go! cutter with the hunter's star die.  Boy was this ever easier than trying to keep everything lined up nicely for a 30° cut!  EDIT:  how embarassing!  Of course I meant 45°!

So now it's just a matter of several iterations of chain piecing, which will take a while.

I did make a test block - the real blocks will be alternating blue and grey four patches instead of four of one color/print, but I like the way it looks.