Friday, December 19, 2014

Can I Do It?

Earlier this year I vowed to quilt two quilt tops for every new one that I pieced (I had quite a backlog of tops waiting). So far, I haven't broken that vow and it looks like I may even do better. This is the third top now loaded on my machine since I last pieced a top. I won't agonize over how to quilt it; I'll just meander and get it done! And then I can start the new year with lots of new piecing projects!

Monday, December 15, 2014


After staring at my quilt on the frame for the last month, I finally decided to just quilt a simple meander over all of it and get it done. The binding will be done in no time.

Now that I've quilted two tops since piecing one, I give myself permission to start another top. And my pile of quilt tops is getting smaller all the time -- yeah!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Look What I Got

I recently won a giveaway on Jacquie Gering's blog, Tallgrass Prairie Studio, and the prize is a Robert Kaufman Kona Color Card, with 1-inch swatches of 303 luscious shades of solid fabrics! Who knew there were so many shades of blue! or pink! or gray!

Monday, December 8, 2014

What a Mess

How the heck am I supposed to get any sewing/quilting done when every inch of the horizontal space is taken up by stuff, LOTS of stuff?! I have a large 24" x 36" cutting mat under there, but you can barely see it below all the mess!

This will not do. My work space is cluttered, which means my mind is also cluttered and I can't seem to get anything done. Time to get to work!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Once a New Yorker, Always a New Yorker

In September, I took an overnight trip to NYC for the Quilters Take Manhattan event. One of the places that I was lucky to shop in was The City Quilter, a wonderful fabric shop right in the garment district of the city.

I didn't buy much, but I couldn't resist a couple of charm packs filled with fun NYC-themed fabrics. Now this NYC native needs to make herself a quilt!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Eternal UFO

Every year for the last nine or ten years (at least that many!), I've been invited to talk about quilting to the local second graders for their Colonial Days in November. I always bring this UFO to show what a quilt sandwich looks like and to demonstrate some hand quilting.

This was one of my very first finished quilt tops, probably about 14 years ago. I started hand quilting it, but gave up because the quilt just wasn't talking to me. Now that I look at it, I don't mind it so much. I think I did a pretty good job with the layout.

My hand-quilting stitches are pretty amateurish, but at least they're big enough so the students can see them!

This quilt will now be put away for another year -- unfinished. My excuse is that I'll need it for the demo next year!

Friday, November 14, 2014


OK, now I have the second quilt top loaded and ready to be quilted. I'm still on track with my "sew one, quilt two" pledge.

Now if only I could decide on how to quilt this....