Dawn to Dusk

It was fun to play with the Dawn to Dusk blocks.  I first laid out the blocks per the directions in the book More Nickel Quilts by Pat Speth.

Blah – maybe okay, but nothing special.  Try again.

I like the darker blocks around the edges with the lighter blocks on the inside, however the odd row in the middle is distracting.

Removing the row makes a positive difference.  Now all that is needed is a bit of color tweaking and the top will be ready for assembly.

Ta-da, the completed quilt top.  The pieced border was made with bits of the leftover jellyroll strips.  Don’t they add a playful addition to the quilt?

Time to start on May’s goals:

  1.  Quilt top Social Sharks
  2.  Finish the machine quilting of Batik Pineapple Blossom
  3.  Wool applique wall-hanging We Three Gnomes
  4.  Machine quilt Valley of the Kings flimsy

Happy Mother’s Day,


March Wrap-up and April Projects

March closed with three more finishes.  First was Elephant Baby quilt.

Can you see the lions, giraffes, and elephants?  I had so much fun using this panto-graph on the Elephant Baby quilt and I think that it looks wonderful.

The next two are Party of Nine and Traffic Jam – both wall-hangings from the  2021 Whatnots Club by Kim Diehl.

Last weekend I decided that it was time to get my leader/ender project off the wall and into a completed quilt top.

I have been piecing these blocks for a couple of years, but now it is done.  Yeah!  For a name I checked my list of Colorado ghost towns and selected Tuttle.  Don’t ask me why – it just seemed to fit for some reason.

Next up are a couple of piecing projects using a fat quarter bundle of brown, tan, gray & black.  Not spring colors, but a quilt pattern that I have wanted to make for a long time.

Have a good week,


March’s #4, #5 and #6 Finishes

March’s fourth finish – Christmas Batik Log Cabin (51 1/2″ square)

This quilt top was pieced in 2009, so it was finally time for it to be a finished quilt.  I used the panto-graph Mesa which was a challenge due to the straight lines.

Mesa - Pantograph

Any straight line over 2″ is difficult for me to quilt smoothly, so the 3″ and 4″ straight lines on Mesa were a challenge.  I haven’t decided if I will use the quilting design again.

The fifth finish for March was Mo’s Basket (52″ x 62 1/2″) – a quilt top pieced in 2012.

I used the Pellon 100% polyester batting which gave a nice loft to the quilting design Lisa’s Raindrops.

Lisa's Raindrops - FREE - Pantograph

And the sixth finish is Playing Checkers (18 1/2″ x 20 1/2″) with a Baptist Fan quilting motif.

Currently I am working on the binding for the baby Elephant quilt and hope to get another wall-hanging on the frame tomorrow.  That will bring my mad March machine quilting to a close and I will be ready to start a new piecing project.

I attempted to take a picture of the quilting on Michigan, however this is another area where I need more practice.  Does anyone have any tricks or tips for taking a good picture of the machine quilting?

Have a good quilty week,


More March Madness

I can’t believe how many tops are being quilted this month, but I am enjoying every minute of it.  The first finish is Patchwork Basket (17 1/2″ x 21 1/2″).

I like how the swirly panto-graph subtly mimics the flower shapes.

The LBQ 2021 Mystery quilt Michigan was the second finish this month. 

The panto-graph used is Daydream by Urban Elementz which is a combination flower and feather motif.  I didn’t take a picture of the machine quilting, however the texture is wonderful.  Michigan is MY quilt and is staying at my house.

The next top in the “to-be-quilted” queue was made in 2009 with batiks.

Right now I am hand-stitching the binding, so it will be ready for a picture of the finished quilt in a couple of days.

However as soon as a quilt comes off the machine, a new quilt top is loaded and the next in queue was Mo’sBasket (2012).

It feels great to get some of these older quilt tops out of the “tops” pile and into the completed pile.  Guess I had better get busy on the binding.

Have a good week,


Machine Quilting Madness

Most of my sewing time for the last two weeks have been spent machine quilting.  The first quilt top completed was Dashing.

The panto-graph I used is Geisha which is like a combination of clam shells and Baptist fans.  This is the best picture I could get of the motif.

Backing surprise – a couple of extra blocks to decorate the back.

Dashing and Michigan were pieced from the same fat quarter stack, so once Dashing came off the frame I loaded Michigan using the same thread color.  My goal was 2 – 4 rows a day and the quilting on Michigan was completed on last Tuesday.

Hopefully I can get the binding started tomorrow.

Next on the frame was the Liberated Churn Dash baby quilt.

It was machine quilted with the panto-graph Ginger Flight.  I was a bit hesitant with this design due to the backtracking on the butterflies’ antennas.  To my delight most (not all, but most) of the butterflies look great.

Yesterday afternoon the Patchwork Basket wall-hanging was machine quilted in less than an hour.

I have plenty of hand-stitching for this week.

Have a good week and stay warm – it has been snowing here all day.


Journey of the Liberated Churn Dash Block

This journey starts in 2011 when I printed off the Liberated Churn Dash tutorial from the Sew Joy Creations blog.

Over the years I have looked at the directions and thought “some day”.  Some day happened when I was asked to make baby quilts and this pattern instantly came to mind.  One big block in pinks & purples would make a wonderful quilt for a baby girl.

To give proper credit for the block design, I checked out the Sew Joy Creations website for the first time in 11 years.  To my complete shock I discovered that the picture above is a smaller block laid on top of a larger block, not combined into one block.

Liberated Churn Dash QUILT by Sarah Vanderburgh of www.sewjoycreations.com

The tutorial explains how to make the smaller block with the notation that Sarah from Sew Joy would make five of the bigger blocks.  I took that to mean that she would take five smaller blocks and incorporate them into the five larger blocks.  How I got this so wrong for so long is beyond me.

I have a bit of a stubborn streak, so I set out to make one large Liberated Churn Dash block with an inset smaller block.

The tutorial directions use a fabric foundation for sewing the scrappy fabric on, however I did it differently.  I made a freezer paper pattern which was then ironed onto the fabric and cut out.

The parts were numbered and a grainline indicated for the background pieces.  Before long I had a Liberated Churn Dash block.

The larger churn dash pattern with a cut out for the smaller block was the next step.

The most difficult part was sewing the small block into the large block – the rest is very easy.  In a couple of hours the baby quilt top was completed.

The top finished around 33 1/2″ x 34 1/2″.  In the interest of full disclosure, a narrow strip of gray fabric was added to the bottom left of the quilt.  I forgot to account for the seams of the larger block and didn’t want to chop off the points on the smaller block.  I could have used the same background fabric, but instead went with something different to add a bit of playfulness to the quilt.

Right now I am considering a butterfly panto-graph for the machine quilting.

So, how is your quilting journey going?


First Quilt Finish for the Year

I was able to spend quite a bit of time in the sewing room this last week.  A baby quilt (41″ x 56″) made with recycled shirts was completed in four days.  The pattern Follow My Lead is from Nancy Zieman’s booklet “Column Quilts”.  Her directions make a reversible quilt, however I stitched the columns on a backing/batting foundation instead.

Once the baby quilt was completed, I was motivated to load Dashing on the quilt frame.  After a couple of evenings the machine quilting was done.

I used the panto-graph Geisha from Urban Elementz.  This quilting design gives an open and airy feel to the quilt.  Geisha - Pantograph

Dashing is going to be a college graduation gift and I can’t believe that I will have it ready three month early.  Hand-stitching the binding is this weekend’s project, so I had better get busy.

Happy quilting,


Applique & More Applique

Day 44 of 2022 with no fabric stash enhancement – does buying a kit count?  At this time I am just looking.

February is the month for baby quilts and the first top is completed.

There is always one that marches to a different beat, right?

The inspiration is this elephant quilt –

Anchored Living: Simple Applique Baby Quilts - Dinosaurs and Elephants

however I used the leftover elephants from this quilt.

Since I had my machine set up, I decided to finish the applique borders on the LBQ’s 2021 mystery Michigan.

I can’t even express how much I like this quilt and how proud/happy I am at the final result.  This one will be on my bed once it is quilted.

Now it is time to get started on the next baby quilt.  February is a short month, so I need to keep my focus on my goals.

Have a great week,

Happy Valentine’s Day


Party of Nine & Midnight

Thirty days into the new year and no fabric bought.  I wonder how long this streak will last especially with online fabric stores tempting me with sales & new fabric lines.

The last two mini projects on my January goal list are completed tops.  I made design changes from the original pattern for Party of Nine and Midnight.

This is the Party of Nine wall-hanging as designed by Kim Diehl

Tenth Simple Whatnots Miniature Club Month Seven | Party of Nine Quilt Kit

and this is my version.  I am very pleased with my changes.

The center strips dividing the 9-patches are narrower, I added an inner border and changed the border layout.    Surprisingly my version (30″ x 32″) is very close in size to the original pattern (30 1/2″ x 31 3/4″).

The biggest change I made to the MIdnight pattern is to the gray stars in the triangle units.  The directions said to make four gray stars and then attach the 2 HST to make a flying geese (as shown below).   It seemed like a lot of work for the star points to be cut off on two sides.

MIDNIGHT GRACE & GRATITUDE Simple Whatnots Club 10 Quilt Kit image 1

My first thought was to make the center only without the star points, however that idea didn’t quite work out.

Now it was on to Plan B – was it Plan D or E? – which was much better.

Even though the center of the stars is on-point and the center of the gray squares is straight, the whole top is much more pleasing.

January goal was met, so now it is time to start thinking about February’s baby quilts.

Stay warm and happy quilting


January Minis

It is January 21st and I haven’t bought any fabric this year.  LOL

I have been sewing like crazy and have four out of six wall-hanging tops finished.  That’s right – I added two to my list.

  1. Traffic Jam is a 2021 Whatnots Club pattern by Kim Diehl and measures 21 1/2″ square.  The border blocks have some very skinny strings which were a bit of a pain.

2.  Playing Checkers (18 1/2″ x 20 1/2″) from the Simple Whatnots book by Kim Diehl.  I used the leftover strips from Traffic Jam to construct the center of this wall-hanging.

3.  Little Quilt Delights (18 1/2″ x 23″) was a UFO, but is now a finished top.  The three flower blocks are wool applique that were completed years ago, however three is not an easy number to work into a quilt and that is exactly why it remained an UFO for so long.  In the original pattern the wool blocks were made into pincushions, but I wanted a wall-hanging.

After finding the perfect oriental fabric in my stash, I came up with this layout.  The colors are not the typical wool colors which is why it caught my attention.

4. The Patchwork Basket kit by Edyta Sitar jumped into my online cart in December 2021.  It is a different style of basket and I liked how open and airy it is.

5.  Party of Nine is another Whatnots Club quilt designed by Kim Diehl.  This bin contains 50 tiny 9-patch blocks, so now I am ready to start sewing the center together.

6. And the last wall-hanging goal for January is Midnight (2021 Month Six Whatnots Club pattern).  I signed up for the 2022 Whatnots Club, so the biggest goal this month was to finish up some of the 2021 kits.

Not a lot of progess has been made on my hand-work project.  Here is a rough layout to help me distribute the light/dark colors through out the top.  Next up will be finding a background fabric for the triangles that will connect all the hexagons.

It has been snowing here, so I will wish everyone a safe, warm weekend.