Posts tagged: Spiral Lone Star

Dec 14 2019

Another Quilt Finish

The Spiral Lone Star quilt is finished.

It looks better than I expected, especially with all the fullness in the quilt top. Below is proof of the tucks and pleats, however I think that the curvy quilt motif along with washing & blocking the quilt help disguise them.

The pantograph used is Caliente by Urban Elementz which can be found as a free self-print design on their website.

While hand-stitching the binding on Spiral Lone Star, Charlotte’s Baskets was loaded and machine quilted. Since it is larger than my frame, I tried something different. I used a pantograph in the center of the quilt, free motion quilted a design in the inner border and quilted straight lines on the outer border. Right now the binding is being machine sewn on before the hand-stitching starts.

And of course, the next quilt top has been selected and the winner is –

Autumn Card Tricks (pattern by Eleanor Burns and pieced between 2002 – 2007). I plan to quilt Baptist Fans with a gold thread on this top. It feels great to get some quilt finishes at the end of the year.

Season’s Greetings,


Dec 01 2019

Thanksgiving Weekend

My first finish on my new Simply Sixteen machine and frame.

The pattern is Summer Breeze by Kim Brackett in her book Scrap-Basket Surprises. The quilt top was pieced in 2009 and measures 52″ x 68″. I quilted a large meander in the center and loops in the border.

The second quilt top loaded onto the Simply Sixteen frame is a Spiral Lone Star. My best guess is that this top was pieced in 2005 – 2006 (I didn’t keep better records until 2008). I learned so much about color choices & accurate piecing while working on it . . .

and now I am learning about pantographs & stitching out fullness. As you can see, the quilt top did not lay flat which is the biggest reason that it had not been machine quilted before now.

To be brutally honest, there are tucks and pleats in the Spiral Lone Star quilt and I knew that would happen going in. My plan is twofold – use a curvy pantograph, then wash & block the finished quilt. I will let you know how that turns out.

Tea Party in the Rose Garden (pattern name Metro Maze by Bloom Creek) top has been completed. My brother came up with the quilt name which I think is so appropriate.

The following quilts were all given as gifts, so I can now show them. First up is Emerson’s Snail – this wallhanging was made from an original drawing by Emerson. Isn’t it the cutest? Turning a drawing into an applique project was a new challenge for me, however I am very pleased with the results as was Ms Emerson.

A Mini-Bookshelf wallhanging for my son –

And last – by not least – Sunrise at Stonehenge for my daughter & family who live in England.

There is one more small wallhanging to make as a Christmas gift, so I had better get busy – Christmas is just around the corner.

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving weekend with lots of food and family time.