Monday, May 15, 2017


I saw a USA quilt on Pinterest and just loved it. So I figured I could cut all my states out with my Silhouette machine. 

I started out with a Layer Cake of American Jane fabric. I love these retro fabrics. I just figured out which states I could fit together on one 10 inch square. 

Then you start roughly placing them on the design wall where you think they go.  Much adjusting was made to get them into proper position and nesting them together like a puzzle. 

Then I figured out how big I wanted my background and found a fabric to compliment the states.

I fused them all in place with my fingers crossed. Ha. Then I outlined them all in black thread.

I used a wavy stitch from my built in stitches on my domestic to quilt the background. I then found an old American Jane yellow fabric for the binding. (not shown here)
I did not put Alaska or Hawaii on this quilt as I will not be driving to either of those states. Ha.

Friday, May 12, 2017


This is the center of my Midnight at the Oasis quilt. I started this about 3 weeks ago. I used a Jane Sassaman fat quarter for the background. I love her fabric. It is wild and colorful. I wish I had more of this print then I would have been able to make the background symetrical. The triangle points are purely scraps from my huge scrap pile. The very center square is supposed to be 3 layers of circles appliqued.  That is too much work. I fussy cut a circle print out of another Jane Sassaman fat quarter. 

This is the pattern that I am following.

I have the petal border on.  I just did a straight stitch with black thread around the raw edges. I dislike the time it takes to applique so I did it my way.  The quilting will hold it all down. The Black and White border is in lieu of the appliqued border. I did make the baskets for the 4 corners. 

These are the churn dash border blocks that finish at 3 inches sewn together and waiting to be sewn onto the quilt top. Then 2 more borders to go after that. I am going to make another one of these quilts for my friend using her scraps. She is currently cutting them to size and I will sew and assemble them for her.
What do you think?

Bathing suit quilt for Maura

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Free motion quilt practice

I was doing a little practice so that I could sew the Birdie Stitches.

This was a block of the month embroidery stitch along. It was free back in 2011 I believe. I did all of the blocks but never put them together. So I decided that I would now make them into mini wall hangings that I can change out every month for my sewing studio. I used the free motion practice above to prepare myself for quilting this.

Sew mini wall hanging

I made this for my sewing room from the pattern by CluckCluckSew.

I made this wall hanging first for my friend.

Mini Valentine wall hanging

This was a free pattern from CluckCluckSew for Valentine's Day.

I cross hatch quilted it.

I love that I put some black in it. I bound it with the same black. I gave this to my son and his girlfriend for their apartment.
I had to make another one for me. I have it hanging in my sewing room year round.

Grit's Plaid quilt

I cut up assorted plaids for this quilt.  Some of the fabrics are very old and some are about 2 years old.  I used a grungy looking tan for the background.

Here are a few sample blocks that I sewed to make sure I had my measurements right.

It's coming together here. 

I was trying out some different border options here.

This is the finished design. I used some extra bear paws in the border corners. I just love how this turned out. A quilt on pinterest was my inspiration.

Tumbling Charms quilt

I was at my friend's house and laid this out on her design wall. It is a design from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

I used 2 charm packs of Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille.

Here it is put together with the orange floral border. I love the border fabric. This was a super fast quilt to put together. The pre cuts help it go fast.

Plaid quilt for Justin

I saw a similar quilt that I liked and tried to imitate it. I used plaids and solids for the centers.

This is a simple square block. You can make it any size you want.

I had extras squares left over so I added some into the borders near the corners. They remind me of a filmstrip.
All put together - just needing quilting.

close ups

Friday, November 13, 2015

Vortex quilt progress

Scraps that I hoard are finally being used for something!

This is the progress so far.

I think it's going to get a lot bigger.

I was experimenting with arrows. I came up with this one on my own.

This is so much fun to see how this is coming together.

This is fun but very time consuming.

These are leftovers from another arrow I was working on. Love the colors.
Linking up to finish it up Friday

Christmas forest panel quilt

I bought this panel of 15 squares last Friday and cut them apart on Saturday. I came up with the stars idea and used the fast flying geese method to make them. 

Here are some of the panels before adding the geese.

I'm not crazy about the last border fabric.  I wish I would have bought the large snowflake fabric from this line instead.
I really love the gray pinecone fabric sashing.

Now to get it sandwiched and quilted.