Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting

I have six quilt tops (plus batting and binding) that are waiting for me to purchase backing fabric. Although I have lots of fabric in my stash and can make many more quilt tops, I don't have lots of yardage that would work for backings. Most of my yardage is "too pretty" to use for backings, so I'm saving it for future quilt tops.

Time to go fabric shopping!!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Yes, Another Quilt Project

I keep finding more and more projects that I want to work on while I wait until I get to a fabric shop to buy some backings for quilt tops that are already done.

I've decided to finally make the blocks in this book, Tula Pink's City Sampler --100 Modern Quilt Blocks. All the blocks are pieced, so I don't have to worry about having to applique anything. And since all the blocks are just 6 1/2 inches unfinished, most of the pieces are small and can come from fabrics that I already have. My goal is to only use fabrics from my stash/scraps and to only use them once. We'll see if that happens.

Fifteen blocks are finished, using 45 different fabrics.

Friday, January 12, 2018

How I Spent My Christmas Vacation

Well, since I don't work outside the home, I don't really have a "Christmas vacation", but I am fortunate enough to have time to do what I'm passionate about -- sewing and quilting. And during the cold winter months, I spend the time doing just that.

In December, I managed to finish four quilt tops and start on a fifth, all using fabric from my stash. I have the batting and binding all ready for them, but I don't have any fabrics in my stash that I want to use for backings, so that will wait until I get to a fabric shop. My goal in 2018 is to just use what I have, and only buy backings (and maybe an occasional binding) when necessary.

Once these quilts are finished, they will go into my "to be given away someday" pile.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Putting the "Tree" Away

Since our son moved to California a few years ago, my husband and I no longer put up a big tree for the holidays. But since we didn't want the house to be completely undecorated, I made a small wall hanging that is now our "tree". It takes up much less space than our old trees did, and is so easy to deal with. It goes up and comes down in a flash.

I didn't use a pattern, just a photo of something similar that I used as an inspiration. The half-square triangles were all made from scraps of Christmas fabric that I've had for years.

approx. 20" x 23"

And since I had a few HSTs left over, I made a hot pad for the season...

Friday, January 5, 2018

Baby Quilt Finished

I recently had a need to make a baby quilt for someone, so I pulled out some solid squares and light yellow background to whip up this easy quilt. I modified a Moda Bake Shop pattern to work with the fabrics I had.

approx 42" x 42"

Here's a closeup of the quilting...

And a shot of the backing and binding...

The mom-to-be seemed pleased.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Not All Quilts Are For Snuggling

The small art gallery in my town (the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center) recently displayed a small exhibit of art quilts. Luckily, a small piece of mine was juried in (as well as a number of pieces by some of my good friends).

I fused some very small batik scraps onto a background, covered it with white tulle, and then couched some fun yarns on top and along the edge.

12" x 9"

Here's a closeup...

It's the same technique I used when I made some artist trading cards to trade with some quilting friends a few years ago (I wrote about it in this post here).

I guess I can call myself an art quilter now...

Monday, December 4, 2017


I recently finished this Christmas table runner, and now that Thanksgiving is over and it's December, I have put this on our dining table. "No Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving" is the rule in this house.

click on photos for a larger view

The pattern is a free one I found online at Dragonfly Fiberart, called a Disappearing Nine-Patch with a Twist" (scroll down the page of free patterns to find it).

This is the second one I've made using this pattern, and it looks much harder than it is. You just have to be OK with having points that are cut off, which is part of the design. Some quilters have a hard time accepting this.

Here's a closeup shot...quilted with a serpentine stitch on my Bernina...

Backing and binding...

And a shot of it on our table (with a swan carved by my husband)...