Saturday, August 20, 2016


This beautiful wall hanging Geese In Flight has flown home ... customer Vallarie was very pleased with the results.  The entire quilt, except for borders, is composed of one block - Courthouse Steps.  What a beautiful effect those Courthouse Steps has in this pattern!!  I had a great time quilting this one ... and the moment I figured out what I wanted to do with the sun motif, I knew it was going to be a special quilt.

Here are some pictures to enjoy!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Some quilts that have gone home ...

Here's a few quilts that have gone out the door ...

 This is Joy's Star Sampler quilt.  This was so busy and so pretty that I decided to use Magna-Glide Lime Green thread on top and blue in the bobbin ... 

No, you say!!!  But look at the close-up of the back of this quilt.  Great tension on my APQS Millennium machine.  I love this machine!!  With tension like this, what's not to like!

Ok, enough about tension...

I used a Star and ribbon pantograph to go with the stars and ribbons in that black sashing/border.  Turned out great!

Close-up of one of the blocks.  See the lime green thread?  Pretty pretty pretty...

This is a close-up of the backing.  Blue thread only!  Wheee!!
This is called President's Ladies (or something like that, I have forgotten) that Cathy made for her husband.  Huge huge quilt with "medium" quilting.  The large dark inner border has wheat sheaves so I picked up a wheat design and worked with that.  Good job, Cathy!
This is a table runner or bed runner that I had a lot of fun quilting for my NY friend Jeanita.  She does a great job piecing and this was a dream to quilt.
And this is Mary's 9-patch sampler quilt.  I used a flowy flowery panto on this and I think it turned out great.  Notice how those 9-patches creep out onto that first border.  Great job, Mary!!

Cathy made this for her son and his bride-to-be ... they are modern kiddos so she made this very modern quilt with the beautiful grey linen fabric.  What a dream to quilt!  Being modern, I went with a modern box-in-a-box type pattern.  See close-up below.

It turned out lovely!!  Congratulations to all!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Almond Country Beauty is a winner!

I just received word from the piecer Vallerie that her quilt Almond Country Beauty won first place in its category at a quilt show recently!  Whee!  Doesn't it look pretty with that blue ribbon hanging on the corner?  

I have quilted two of these with a third in the queue ... it's great seeing one winning a ribbon.  Great job Vallerie!!

Someone has asked for close ups of this quilt to better see the quilting ....

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Wooly Critters

I was asked to custom quilt this beautiful wool and flannel Wooly Critters quilt and I finally got it done and it's back home now.  Pam did a beautiful job with the applique which made my job a bit easier.  I was just glad that I came up with 12 different background motifs!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

What's been happening, ii

More ...

Update on what's been happening ...

Not a lot to say except I've been busy busy busy.

I took the month of January off to get some of my own stuff done and I think I did a good job.  I quilted 7 Comfort Quilts for our church, made a few purses, cut and pieced a quilt or two, and generally just had a bit of fun.  Also went to a quilt retreat!  Love retreats!   I miss the piecing and sewing ...

So here's some eye candy that has been done since then... Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2016 - part 2

So I got some Comfort Quilts quilted and actually made some time to work on my own stuff.  

This is for my son-in-law Thiago.  He and my daughter Liz live in Basel, Switzerland.  She asked me months ago to make him a flannel quilt with the triangle pattern.  NOT MY CHOICE of either fabric or pattern ... but I rallied on and finished it.  The moment I cut it from the machine, I fell in love with it.  The swirl pattern gives it so much texture.  I used wool batting which makes it incredibly soft and light.  It made it to Basel in 7 days ... Merry Christmas, Thiago!!  And they opened their presents while we watched via Skype.  Doncha just love technology!!

This little critter is Mizz Prickly.  Our little sewing group decided to do a pin cushion exchange and I had been wanting to make this cutie patootie for a year.  Got my chance and made it up fast.  She is just too darn cute!  
 I saw this originally at Intown Quilters 2 years ago and had to have one of my own!  Loved the fabrics and smushed them all together.  There are over 20 different fabrics in this.  I have to say that the directions are ... shall we say ... lacking?  The designer did put out 7 videos to help you along but it still took some skill and effort to get it all together.  Love my bag!  Maybe it will see Basel one of these days???

And these are a posse of lacy zipper bags that I made for some of my sewing buddies.  Once I made 5 or 6 of them, they came along pretty easily.  But I totally wrecked an expensive iron because of the fusible.  NO MORE EXPENSIVE IRONS FOR ME!  

And on Christmas Day, the Missouri Star Quilt Company put out a video on how to make an easy-peasy sewing mat.  I've been wanting one for years and that day was a blessing!  In the late afternoon I sat down, watched the video, and had it made by that evening.  Love love love it!!!  Of course, you see where my scissors (1 pair of at least 7 in my studio...sigh...) are sitting?  There is a pocket for them but they just naturally sit right there on the machine.  

Happy 2016, y'all!!!

Welcome to 2016!

Seems like they come around faster and faster, don't they?

Here are some quilts and projects that ended up the year 2015 for me ... enjoy ...

The following four quilts are Comfort Quilts for our Stitchin' Sallies ministry at Due West United Methodist Church.  They are NOT "charity" quilts ... each quilt is made with love and hope that it brings comfort to the recipient.  We are a small group (I think we have 11 members at this point) and we meet weekly to work on the Comfort Quilts or on our own projects.  My mission is to get them quilted.  I finished up my customer quilts at Christmas and dove into the Comfort Quilt pile and finished these 4.  More are on the way ...