Friday, July 31, 2015


A couple of weeks ago I decided that my sewing studio had to be cleaned up and reorganized.  I ended up finding several projects almost completed just sitting in boxes.  This Block of the Month done with Amy Gibson was one of them.  All the blocks were finished just had to be sewn together.  
I can not, a mental block, do free motion quilting.  This leaves me with just curved or straight line quilting.  I decided to try to meander this quilt.  Because free motion is not in my ability, I resorted to using the serpentine stitch on my Bernina and just spinning the quilt around to make meandering patterns.  It is not perfect, I still have some problems with consistency and a few sharp turns, but it doesn't look too bad.  
The nice thing is while doing this I think I might just have broken through my mental block, and I may pop on my BSR [Bernina Stitch Regulator] foot and try practicing meandering with it.  
As this is another finished project at last I am linking up with

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


I've been thinking about this particular wall hanging for several years.  I finally gathered up most the batiks for it.  It is all raw edge appliqué that is held down with Soft Fuse.  Still as you can see in the picture below it will be a real project.

Here is a picture of it from the book.  I know this will be a long term project, but I have almost all the batiks I need except the pinks so I am at least started.

The book has some wonderful table runners and wall hanging in it. The one on the front it another that looks like it could be a new project coming up as well.  
As this really is going to be a major work in progress I am linking up with

Friday, July 17, 2015


My VBF Brooke of Silly Mama Quilts featured a similar table runner on her blog on May 15th.  I wanted mine a bit longer and used the deeper colors of Alison Glass Ex Libris fabric line.  Thank you Brooke for allowing me to be a copy cat.
This is my finished project of the week, so I am linking up with 

 This is the original runner Brooke put on her blog.  I fell in love with this runner and the fabric.  Brooke is such a wonderful inspiration with her inventive and creative ideas.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


This past week I decided I needed to get in and really do some clean up in my quilt studio.  I dug through all sorts of things.  I ended up pulling a large zip lock bag with this little beauty in it out of the bottom of a bin under my cutting table.  All the fabric I might need to finish it including a back, and the pattern were in that bag.  

There were these additional appliqués all finished to just sew together and add to the sides of the quilt too.  

I pulled out this catalog cover from the bag.  Oh dear 1996!  Really this has been in my UFO's [Unfinished Objects] for 19 years.  Could that really be true.  Unfortunately I'm afraid it is.  The pattern was in that bag as well.  As you can see the quilt is patterned to be much bigger; the pattern size is 78 by 78 inches.  I do not intend to complete the quilt with the last diamond borders.  Those diamond borders might add another 19 years unto this project.  As it is now it would be about 56 inches square with just adding the side borders and I may add a simple border to all four sides to just finish it off, which will increase the size to about 64 inches square.

This truly is an in progress situation.  One that really should be finished.  So I am linking up with Lee at

Friday, July 10, 2015


I had a ton of Bonnie & Camille fabrics.  I have made several quilts with several of their lines.  Some are finished and some are still in progress.  I have gotten into somewhat of a program trying to scale down my stash, and especially use up some of the left overs of particular lines that are still hanging around.  My quilt guild asks that each year you make a charity quilt in your birthday month to be donated to their charity projects.  This is my donation for this year.  I cut 6-1/2 inch squares of everything I had left.  Then I cut strip for the binding out of more of the left overs.  
I got my top all sewn together.  I considered buying a back, but there were still some pretty good size left overs in the drawer.  I pieced the back.  This is something I usually do not do, but I was on a roll of finally using up all these fabrics.  I'm sort of liking the back, it is of fun and colorful.  The Bonnie & Camille drawer in my studio is empty.  Now that feels good.
This truly is a finish in more ways than one
so I am linking up with
Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Yesterday I decided I had to get in and do some serious cleaning up in my quilt studio.  I pulled out a whole shelf in the closet of boxes and containers.  One container held two different sets of finished blocks that I had done with Amy Gibson, which were a block of the month program.  One was done in 1930 reproductions and this one in Bonnie & Camille fabrics.  
No I did not finish the cleaning project.  The vacuum cleaner still resides in there ready to do some actual cleaning today.  I did, however, put the 1930 blocks together, back it, quilt it, and sew the binding on.  I laid this one out on the guest bed and will get it together as well.  The sad situation is there are two other containers in there with blocks all put together ready to go.  Hmmmm, guess I have my work cut out for me. 
I really do have more than just this one in progress so I guess it is time to get busy and link up with Lee at

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


I saw on the cover of Stitch magazine this table runner recently.  I give table runners away as gifts to some of the ladies that make up part of my staff at work.  Sometimes when I fall in love with the runner I keep it.  This might be a keeper.  This is the first half of the runner.  I am folding under the edges and appliquéing the edges down with invisible thread and a hemming stitch.  

These are my fabric choices.  I bought them at Pacific International Quilt Show last October.  I had no real plan for them, but once I saw this pattern I decided to try them out.  

This is the magazine cover.  The binding is a facing type rather than the standard binding.  I have not ever used that before, but I do like the look.  Time to learn a new trick.