bias, bias, and more bias

I had 4 quilting projects that were started in 2017 but not finished and my goal was to knock out at least 2 of the tops.  I finished those 2 by the end of the year so I had a choice to either quilt one or both of those, or to continue trying to knock…

post-Christmas update

                                        Our quilt guild typically has a featured speaker at each monthly meeting and then the following day is a workshop where either a specific technique is taught, or perhaps we start or even finish a…

Whew! An update!

It’s been a crazy few months.  I’ve been taking classes full-time which quite honestly has kept me absolutely swamped night and day.  A friend called me today and said if that was the case I was probably regretting my decision to go back for another degree. Not at all!  I like a challenge and this…

Happy Friday!

Woo hoo!  I just saw this email from the fabulous Amy Ellis regarding my entry for the Curated Quilt mini. My daughter is home from college for a couple of weeks before she heads back for summer classes so we’ve been catching up on everything since the start of the semester.  Just yesterday she asked…

building blocks

I’ve quilted the main portion of the quilt and now I’m on the corners which are just big open spaces.  I’ve spent a couple of weeks trying to figure out what I was going to put in here. It’s definitely not done yet; in fact, I’m not even done with one of four corners yet. …

sew, sew, sew and quilt, quilt, quilt

I had signed up for a workshop last week.  The class assignment was making a quilt that was designed by the guest speaker.  More on that at another time; I’ll leave this one where it is until I finish the Irish chain and then it should be a quick finish for the top after that. …

marking a loaded quilt

I’m still here!  My friend asked if I could make a larger sized quilt so I’m knee deep in block 20-something of 121 total blocks.  It may be toward the end of the summer before I’m finished with this quilt.  I don’t think she has a timeline for receiving it though; if she has, she’s…

Deconstructing a dress shirt

I had a comment yesterday about making a quilt out of men’s shirts so I thought I’d just make a post about it.  In my case, I’m trying to maximize the number of squares I can cut out of each shirt since I have a finite number of shirts available.  There are other blogs that…

feathered heart

I’m nearly finished cutting squares out of shirts and am starting to make the first practice block so I can get an idea of how it’s going to look.  There are 2 alternating blocks for a triple Irish quilt (or any Irish quilt for that matter).  Separately, they don’t look like much but the magic…

cheap ironing table

I feel like I’m the last person on the face of the earth who uses a standard ironing board for quilting.  Until this week, I was having a hard time justifying a reason to replace it. After all, it’s definitely still functional – I just have to move the fabric frequently.  And most of the…

Feathers – complete!

Another crazy week in our house.  We found a crack in the shower in our bathroom and the short answer is that the best thing to do is to replace it.  We didn’t even get one with all the bells and whistles but home improvement is never cheap.  It will be 8-10 weeks before they’re…

still plugging along

I’ve learned a really important lesson from this particular quilting project.  Do not quilt a vertical  pattern on a quilt that needs to be continuous.  I suppose I could’ve done a series of feathers inside each section but since I started off working on one of the horizontal rows I didn’t think this through like…