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Jan 22 2017

A Lattice Quilt Finish

My second quilt finish for the year – yeah!  This is a fun scrappy pattern and I will definitely make another one or two.

I used this quilt to practice the quilting motif Jungle Riot from the Pajama Quilter’s Rethreaded DVD.  The plan is to use this same motif on the next top to be quilted.

Today I am cleaning, organizing and piecing so that I have something new for Design Wall Monday.   Tomorrow I plan to start machine quilting the next top.  I need to keep my focus and not get distracted if I am to reach my goal of 25 quilted tops this year.

Hope you are having a good weekend.


Jul 04 2014


All 12 cat blocks have been made – 6 facing right and 6 facing left.

070414   (826x1024)The empty spaces will be filled with red flowers.  I really like how this is looking.

I have had this pattern for long time – maybe 7 or 8 years.  However there were parts of the design that I didn’t care for, so ideas for “fixing” the pattern have been floating around in my head.

Here is a picture of the quilt from the book That Crazy Thing We Do by Buggy Barn.

070414A   (768x1024)I like the cats, but I have a problem with the flowers growing sideways.  So my plan is to replace the stems blocks with blocks of this black cat fabric.

070414B    (1024x670)This fabric also decided the color selection for the quilt – black & gray with some red.

The next part was deciding to replace the small rickrack whiskers with embroidery whiskers.  My quilt is more serious than the original so embroidery whiskers seems more appropriate.

The idea to have half of the cats facing left just popped into my brain. I think it adds some interest and movement to the quilt.

The last change I will be making is to add the name “Gus” to one of the stem replacement blocks.  Gus is my name for this quilt and it is in memory of my quilting companion who passed away last year.

070414C   (1024x949)I enjoy reading about the design process on other quilter’s blogs, so I thought that I would record some of my thoughts.


May 09 2014

Hello Again

Last weekend I was in Denver for the Denver Quilt Show and to visit family.  While I was there I picked up some fabric to make Witches Brew by Judy Niemeyer -blues and tans.

050914C  (1024x768)I have been making plans to turn this bed runner into a square quilt, but since this will be a fall project I have time to think about it.

The current list of projects start with the machine quilting of this quilt top.

050914   (1002x1024)This is one of my oldest quilt tops, but I really like the monster print.

I remember that I showed another quilter this quilt top when it was finished, her comment was that it was too busy.  Maybe that is the reason that I haven’t quilted it before now.  But when I look at this top and think about what I am currently sewing – this is quite calm.

050914A  (1024x768)I want to improve my machine applique, so the second project is an Oriental kit.  I bought Sharon Schamber’s book Piece by Piece Machine Applique and this quilt seems perfect for trying her technique.

050914D   (724x1024)The applique will go along the right and bottom borders once they are attached.

I also have my leaders and enders project and the quilt guild’s mystery quilt top to sew.

When I am not at the sewing machine, I have been hand sewing hexies.  This is a new technique for me and I am surprised at how much I am enjoying it.

050914B  (1024x940)These hexagons measure 1/2″ along each side, so this will be a small wall hanging approximately 20″ x 22″.

It looks like I have enough projects to keep me busy for a while.


Feb 17 2014

Design Wall Monday 02-17-14

021714    (1024x786)This weekend I finished the remaining 5 Block B’s for Easy Street and started on the sub-units of Block A.  It is going together faster than I anticipated, so hopefully I can start sewing the rows together by the end of the week.

Check out other wonderful design walls at Patchwork Times.


May 10 2013

Dancing with the 9-Patches

The Dancing 9-Patch quilt top is finished!

051013   (830x1024)It measures 45 1/2″ x 56 1/2″.  I am not sure that the middle border is the best, but I am not going to take it out since this is a charity quilt.

While I was searching through my orphan box for the 9 patches, I came across 7 or 8 string blocks.  The next quilt in this series may be a Dancing String quilt.

However that will be later – right now I have a quilt to bind and a rail fence to sew.

Happy Friday sewing!


Apr 26 2013

Baby Quilt Progress Report

The baby quilt top is finished.  It measures 43″ x 43.75″.

042613    (1017x1024)When or if I make this pattern again, I think that I will look for some striped fabric for the borders.  Right now this one needs to be completed and I have already decided on quilting designs, so I need to get busy.

Happy Friday,


Apr 25 2013

Baby Quilt

I have been busy on the third project for April – a baby quilt.

042513   (1024x815)The pattern is called Blockhead Baby Quilt by Allegory Lanham.  It is a free pattern found here on the Moda Bake Shop site.

I am making several changes to this pattern.  My baby quilt will be bigger, the blocks are stacked differently, and I am planning to use fabric marker on the face instead of applique/embroidery.

This quilt needs to be finished by next Tuesday, so I had better get busy.


Nov 13 2012

Finished Chopsticks

Here is the finished Chopsticks quilt top –

It is 48 1/2″ x 60 1/2″  The plan is to quilt this with designs from Angela Walters’ book Free-Motion Quilting.


Oct 02 2012

2012 Finish – Winner’s Bouquet


This pattern is Winner’s Bouquet by Atkinson Designs.  The pattern includes the templates for cutting out the fabric, but the flower applique was my idea and I like it.  I finished the top February 2009, so it was time to get this quilt completed.

Here is a picture of the quilting motifs on the black fabric – feathers & flowers.

This is the second time that I have quilted feathers, so don’t look too close.  The biggest hint that I have for feathers is to slow down.  The HQ Sweet Sixteen has a speed control, so I set it for 25% for the feathers.  Most machine quilting I do is around 40%.

I am off to put the final border on the Urban Chic quilt top.  Talk to you later.


Sep 02 2012

An Almost Finish

This was the plan for today –

BUT with only six more blocks to quilt, I ran out of thread!  I thought that I had another spool of rainbow variegated thread, but that is not the case.  So this project is going on hold until I can get some more.

I will be teaching a pieced curve class at our quilt guild in October, so tomorrow I will work on instructions and a sample.