Category Archives: 2012 Finishes

“Design Your Own Block” Quilt Finished

After all the trouble auditioning border fabric, this is what I decided on.  This border focuses the attention on the blocks and really makes them pop.  The quilt is 44 1/2″ square.

The theme of the next project is ” What block have you always wanted to make, but thought it was too hard?”  It is going to be stars with partial seams and we will be starting in January.

I should receive the cone of rainbow King Tut thread tomorrow, so then I can finish quilting the alphabet quilt.  Then I need to get everything ready for the pieced curved class that I will be teaching in October.

Have a great day,


Autumn Table Topper

The autumn table topper is finished!

The most challenging part of this project was the binding with those weird angles.  But I didn’t give up and now am so happy with it.

While I was hand stitching the binding, I was thinking about my next project – a UFO.  I decided on this one.  The pattern is  Jungle Fever from the May 2008 issue of The Quilter- so that makes this UFO four years old.

Why did I let this become a UFO?  I don’t know – there were only six more blocks to make.

The directions called for circle appliques in the middle of the squares, but that isn’t what I wanted to do.  Instead I machine pieced the circles into the square.  It required some careful sewing and concentration, but the result is worth it.

I do have to admit that the quilt is turning out greener than I initially thought that it would.  To finish this quilt top, I will need to embrace the green.

Here is a close-up of the frog focus fabric.

Aren’t they so cute – peeking out from the leaves?  I have a hard time resisting bug fabric.

Next weekend is Labor Day – a nice long weekend devoted to lots of quilting.

Have a good week.


Hunter Star finished!

It is finished – except for the label.  It is hard to see in the picture, but it is quilted with stars.  When you first look at the quilt, it looks like cross-hatch quilting, but then you notice the consecutive stars.  It is a challenge for me to decide on a masculine quilting design.

I will be able to give Hunter his present on his birthday.  I can’t wait to see what he thinks of it.

When I was finishing the binding on the Hunter Star, a new project demanded to be started.  It wasn’t even on my list, but this cute table topper in autumn colors said “Make me!  Make me!”.   Does your fabric talk to you also?

The pattern is Crazy Eight Strip Teaser by Jae’s Attic.  She gives great directions along with lots of colored photographs.  I started this Saturday evening and finished the machine quilting last night.  Tomorrow night I will sew on the binding, then it will be time to tackle the alphabet quilt.


First one finished!

The first item on my list is now a quilt!

This quilt measures 42″ x 54 1/2″ and the top was finished in December 2009.    I do have to admit that when I was sewing the nine patches – I didn’t like them.  I was sure that the quilt top would be a dud.  However the scrappy patches play so well with the black & white hourglass blocks and I am very pleased with how it turned out.

I tried a new quilting pattern – a boxy meander.  It was lots of fun to do, although I had to keep reminding myself to sew “straight”.  Here are a couple of pictures so you can see the stitching.


I have been thinking that I need to sew a red version of this quilt, but not this weekend..

This weekend I am working on the next item on my list –  the Hunter Star quilt.  I am over 3/4 way done with the quilting, so the plan is to have it completely finished by Sunday.

So what are you working on this weekend?


Back from vacation

I had made a couple of projects, but had to wait until they were gifted before I could share them.  The first is a Halloween wall hanging –

This wall hanging is 24″ x 28″ and was quilted in white thread with a giant spider web.  I had so much fun doing the machine quilting on this project.

The second was three covered journals.  These were gifts for three grandchildren.  Did you notice the Star Wars journal?

I had a great time visiting family, playing with grandkids and checking out the quilt shops.  Enough playing, now it is time to get sewing!


Log Cabin Finish for the 4th of July

I finished hand sewing the binding on this Oriental Log Cabin quilt today.

It would have been finished 4 or 5 days ago but I had some tension problems which involved several days of “unsewing”.  This quilt measures 42 1/2″ x 52″.

The picture is a little dark because of the rain, but I was so thankful for the moisture so I am not complaining.

Here is a future project from the Hot Flashes quilt leftovers.

In making the Hot Flashes blocks, you cut off the corner and add a solid black triangle.  Using the cut off triangle, I sewed the small blocks on the left.  I think that they are really striking with the solid black.  There are enough triangles to make 16 blocks which should make a cute doll quilt.  I have a few other projects to finish up first, but I plan on working on this one leaders and enders style.

Happy Independence Day


AWOL Fabric

I came across this pattern from Moda Bake Shop and had the perfect fabric for it.  The plan was to use this alphabet panel for the middle, black with white dots for the sashing and a bunch of bright crayon colors for the outer part of the blocks.

So Saturday morning I woke up ready to find the black sashing material.  After spending over three hours searching through my fabric bins, it is AWOL.  I was so positive that I had seen the fabric just a couple of weeks ago and knew where it was.  Obviously not

While I was considering the fate of my missing fabric, I pulled a quilt top out of the pile to be quilted.  This quilt top was made some time prior to 2007, so it had marinaded long enough.

Simple quilting and some binding transformed this quilt from top to finished.  This quilt measures 40.5″ x 48.5″ and will make a nice donation quilt.

The black with dots still hasn’t revealed itself, so a solid black will take its place.  Of course, once I make the first cut and sew the first seam then the AWOL black will be found.


Another Finish

I am really enjoying my HQ Sweet Sixteen machine.  It is always amazing to me how quickly the machine quilting goes on the HQ.  This quilt (48″ x 48″) was quilted in 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

Now that this project is completed, I wonder what will capture my attention next.


The Yellow Daisy Quilt

I found time during my trip to hand sew the binding down on this quilt.

It is always interesting to me how different people view the same quilt.  The name of this pattern is Twinkle which makes me think of stars.  Since I made my quilt with yellow/orange instead of red, I was thinking of yellow flowers and springtime.  My brother looked at the quilt and said “Autumn” because these are the colors of aspens in the fall.  What do you think of when you look at this quilt?


A Pink/Purple Quilt for Granddaughters

I finished this quilt a month ago, but waited to show it until I could gift it to two blonde granddaughters – ages 22 months and 3 1/2 years old.  It is the perfect size (52 1/2″ x 65 1/2″) for two sisters to cuddle under.  What little girl can resist a pink and purple quilt?

The pattern is Birthday Presents in the Take Two and Add a Few booklet from Atkinson Designs and the machine quilting is loops with flowers and hearts in a pink/purple variegated thread.

I am sure that it will be well loved and used.