Juggling Quilting Projects

There are so many quilting projects that I am trying to get finished by the end of the year, sometimes I don’t know up from down.  However some small progress has been made – the quilt top Avignon has been machine quilted and gifted, so one down.

This quilt top was made in 2013 and measures 64″ square.  My usual choice of batting is Hobbs 80/20, however for Avignon I tested out Pellon 80/20.  It seems to me that it is a bit thicker than the Hobbs which gives it a wonderful texture from the machine quilting.

My second finish is Dump Truck – the third in the truck series.

As the other truck wallhangings, Dump Truck is 12 1/2″ square and the pattern is from The Whole Country Caboodle.  I had enough gravel fabric for the binding – isn’t that perfect?

The Tessellating Star top was loaded on the machine and quilted.

I plan to do a binding with a mitered color change at the two corners which will be a first for me.  The binding is a goal for this Thanksgiving weekend.  Wish me success!

Juggling ball one – the applique for the border of my Michigan (LBQ mystery) is ready to be attached.

I was surprised at how much fabric was actually needed to get all the applique shapes.  This is – hopefully- another goal for this four day weekend.

There was enough scraps from the mystery quilt to make the blocks for Dashing.

The pattern for Dashing is in the July/August 2017 edition of Quiltmania and designed by Corey Yoder.  I like the way the two blocks flow into each other.

Do you like my quilter’s shorthand to show what colors will be made into which block?  I all makes sense to me, so that is good enough.  Of course once all the blocks are completed, it will be time to play “block/color swap” for the final layout.

The big ball – and project for this weekend – is to get this monster top quilted as a Christmas gift.

Swing Your Partner is my second largest quilt top – missing the top billing by 1/2″.  This is a Bonnie Hunter pattern and measures 83 1/2″ x 83 1/2″.  I have backing fabric and thread, the only big decision left is the panto-graph.  There isn’t much time to decide, so I had better get busy.

Happy Thanksgiving,


Black, White & Gold Finish

Yeah! Another finish – Black, White & Gold quilt coming off the frame.

The Black, White & Gold quilt top was completed in 2016.  I can remember being surprised at how many packages of rick-rack I needed to buy and how much they cost even with a coupon.  However that little detail adds interest to the quilt, so it was worth the time and money.

it took me awhile to decide on the panto-graph pattern, but Daydream was the winner.  The open airy design gives great tecxture to the quilt.

Daydream - Pantograph

And the completed quilt –

Black, White & Gold will be going to a new home this Saturday – it feels good to have it finished ahead of time instead of rushing at the last minute.

Which top should I machine quilt next?  Hmmm

Have a good day,


LBQS Mystery – Michigan

I haven’t posted about the LBQS Mystery quilt Michigan recently, however progress has been made.

Even with the “holes”, the design of the quilt is emerging.

The top rows have been sewn together – I am really liking this quilt!

Almost finished piecing – only three borders remaining.

My plan is to attach the borders this weekend, then work on the applique similiar to the picture below.  

In the Quiltmania March/April 2015 magazine I found the pattern Homestead by Edyta Sitar that has the same applique templates that she used on her Michigan quilt.  I wonder how long it will take me to draw all the shapes on fusible web, cut them out and applique them on the quilt.  Hmm – better get busy.

Happy Halloween,


Off the Frame Reveal – Multi-Print Strata

The red carpet reveal of Mult-Print Strata –

The panto-graph used was Duet by Urban Elementz.  I wanted something fairly dense to hold all those seams together and this worked great.

Duet - Pantograph

I found a piece of black/gray stripe for the binding which finished the edge nicely.

It isn’t a fancy quilt, however it did clear out my 1 1/2″ multi-print bin, so I am taking that as a win.

For the backing I used this fabric that I found in the clearance bin at Hobby Lobby. I thought it added a fun element to the quilt.

Have a quilty Saturday,


Baby Quilt, Growth Chart & Unicorns

The end of September/beginning of October are the busiest time at work, however I did manage to get the baby quilt & growth chart completed and mailed.

I didn’t have quite enough length of fabric for the growth chart, so I added some coordinating fabric and appliqued a couple of alphabet animals from scraps.  Isn’t it cute?

The growth chart pattern is from the Quiltmaker’s All Time Favorite Patterns 2005.

My youngest granddaughter is unicorn crazy and a couple of weeks during a sleepover, she drew me a picture.

In school she learned that periods come after words which is why there is a period after the word unicorns and her name.  And in case there is any doubt, the arrow lets everone know that the picture is of a unicorn.  We had so much fun together.

The end of the year is coming fast, so I had better make good use of my time between now and then to get some projects completed.  Next up is machine quilting Mult-Color Strata which will be a charity quilt.

What will you be working on this week?


Good-bye and Hello

My sewing room Saturday morning –

My sewing room Saturday afternoon –

Finally my Studio 2 frame has arrived and I have been so jumping-up-and-down excited!  It is such a great feeling to know that I can now machine quilt my larger tops.

Of course I had to take it for a test drive.

The first top machine quilted on the new frame – Child’s Play.  I had to hit pause on the mystery quilt and get a baby quilt done.  The pattern is Child’s Play by Emily Cier in a Quiltmaker magazine.  I don’t know the issue since I just tore out the pattern, however it is a quilt made from her block for a Quiltmaker 100 Blocks issue.

The panto-graph used is ABC Bubbles from Urban Elementz – a perfect quilting design, right?

ABC Bubbles - Pantograph

Time to get the binding on and decide on the next top to load on the frame.

Have a good week,


Laundry Basket Quilts 2012 Mystery – Michigan

Edyta had an interesting method for presenting the different blocks.  All the cutting directions were on her blog, however all the assembly directions were on You-tube.

Sunday morning I finished the 5th (out of 12) part of the Michigan mystery.

Yesterday afternoon part 6 & half of part 7 were completed.  My design wall is filling in fast.

My goal is to have the center completed over Labor Day weekend.  Edyta presented several options for the borders.  Although I am tempted by the applique border, I won’t make a decision until the center is done.

Have a good week,


My Flower Garden & Smokey River

I finished the hand-quilting on My Flower Garden – isn’t it cute?

There is still a bit of lumpiness, however it isn’t that obvious when looking at it straight on.  I am very happy with this little wall-hanging, especially with all the new techniques learned.

I just realized that I didn’t post any progress pictures of Smokey River (Whirligig Designs).  Well, too late now since the quilt top was completed last weekend.  In fact this was the only thing I did last weekend.

The pattern was copyrighted in 2010, so I am guessing that this UFO dates back to 2010/2011.  It is not my oldest UFO, but definitely a goldie oldie.  I need to start thinking about quilting designs since – YEAH – it will fit on my new frame when it arrives.

That is all the quilty news from last weekend, so what have I been working on this weekend?  The second in the truck series – Market Truck – was completed today.

The truck wall-hangings are 12 1/2″ square which makes for a fast quick finish.  The applique pieces were button-holed stitched down yesterday morning while the afternoon was spent machine stitching the straight lines.  This morning the binding was completed and Market Truck was done.

While I was working on Market Truck, I was also deciding on my next piecing project.  I say piecing because I can’t say machine quilting since the new frame has not yet arrived.  Grrr

Anyway the next project is the 2021 Laundry Basket Quilt Mystery Michigan with this fat quarter bundle and background.  I am so excited to begin a new project.

Wishing you the happiness of beginnings and endings,


Big Stitch Handquilting & a Farm Truck

I started My Flower Garden (Red Button Quilt Co -16″x19″) a couple of week ago with the plan to big stitch quilting it.

One of the interesting things about the pattern is that the embroidery, wool applique & buttons are worked through both the top and the batting – not through the backing.

Thinking that it would be easier to stitch through, I used wool batting.  It worked very well for the embroidery & applique, however not so much for the handquilting.
The buttons really transform the wall-hanging, don’t they?

This is one of the most interesting thing about this project – my subconsious fabric choices.  I just knew that the background fabric was perfect and discovered the reason while I was doing the handwork.

Do you see how the red wool flowers with button centers are reflected on the background fabric?  Also one of the red batik fabrics has rings and polka dots to continue the same theme.

On to the handquilting – I watched several You-tube tutorials on big stitch handquilting and then did my own thing.  It feels more like I am doing a running embroidery stitch than hand-quilting, but that is okay by me.

I tried using a quilting hoop, but found it to be ackward and unweilding so the hoop went into the Goodwill bin.

This is the part where I am second-guessing the use of wool batting.  To me it looks lumpy & bumpy, but that could just be because not all of the handquilting has been completed.

Right now there are no plans to handquilt a larger quilt, only small wall-hangings.  Hopefully I will have this one done during the coming week.

The Farm Truck appliqued wall-hanging (12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″) was completed as a gift to my brother. 

There are three other trucks in the series – Dump Truck, Market Truck & Fire Truck – which will be completed in the next couple of months.

Time to get back to my big stitch handquilting.

Have a good week


Behind – Again

Well I am behind – again – in my posting, so there is a lot of stuff to get caught up on.  First up is the Honey Bee top is now a finished quilt.  The top was completed in August 2017.

The first thing that I did was remove the bottom row to balance the quilt before machine quilting the top.  The pantograph Daydream by Urban Elementz contained elements that highlighted the block design and was fun to machine quilt.

Daydream - Pantograph

Those blocks from the bottom row – they ended up on the back of the quilt.

And now a look at the front of the quilt –

I think that the black & white striped binding was the perfect finishing touch and I am so happy with the final result.

The next project was a birthday quilt that needed to move from top to finished quilt quickly.  I had been procrastinating because of the size – 72″ x 78″ – but there was a deadline so I needed to get busy.  After making the quilt sandwich, I stitched in the ditch around the blocks and the borders on my Bernina.  Then I hooped the top on my frame, machine quilted on the long arm and then attached the binding by machine.  From sandwich to finished top, it took me 4 1/2 days – good thing that I had take the week off work.

However it was all worth it because granddaughter loved it.  The end result of this story is that a Studio 2 frame was ordered so that I can machine quilt my larger tops without all the hassle.  My plan is to set it up as an 8′ frame which will handle an 84″ quilt.  My largest unquilted top is 84″ – isn’t that just perfect?

It is so satisfying to look through my patterns, look at the size and think to myself “I will be able to finish that quilt with no problems”.  Right now I am just waiting on a call from the store letting me know that it has arrived.

Have a quilty weekend,