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…

feathers everywhere

I should start off with a non-quilted story.  We changed insurance a few weeks ago and – wow! That was not a seamless transition.  With exactly 0 days of medication left for our son, I got the call this morning that everything was set up.  I made phone calls to the doctor and the pharmacy,…

Every Direction

So here’s the scoop. That block layout from yesterday was the entire quilt – aka mini (12″ quilt).  The other day I saw that Amy Ellis was starting a new venture called Curated Quilts and the challenge was put forth to make a mini quilt, 10-16″ square, using specific colors from their palette.  I had…

Spring pillow for spring

I love these pillows because they’re such a quick finish.  Yesterday I ironed all the pieces into place and stitched around them.  That’s actually the part that takes the longest.  I think I’ve officially decided a straight, short stitch about 1/16″ from the edge is the way to go on these.  With some really tiny…

The Splendid Sampler – complete!

Kathy, thank you for being the “kick in the pants” to get me back on the blog again.  I did indeed finally finish The Splendid Sampler quilt and yes, that finger that was sewn through was a huge factor in why it’s taken me so long.  That hurt.  It still hurts.  Anything that involves using…

bordering the Splendid Sampler

Shiver me timbers!  An arctic freeze passed through our fair town today and temps were in the 50’s this morning. As I was picking up a few things in the backyard I came across one of many sights of spring. I don’t recall what this is called, but it ends up making enormous leaves and…

finished quilting the blocks

I had 2 rows to go by the time I picked this up this evening and decided one way or the other I was going to finish the blocks tonight.  I still have the borders to go but I’ve drawn something out that I’m hoping to use.  I can’t believe I quilted all of that…

still quilting the Splendid Sampler

I went to a machine quilting bee this evening – my first time there – and it was a lot of fun! There were quilters who quilt on a domestic machine, sit-down, and long arms.  Some who quilt for themselves, some who get paid or even make a profession of it, some who have quilts…

more Splendid Sampler quilting

I am officially halfway finished with quilting the Splendid Sampler.  Needless to say, I haven’t been sewing at all.  I’ve been trying to come up with some different quilting designs in as many blocks as I can.  Just as I shut down tonight, I realized I haven’t even done some easy ones, like meandering circles….

February bench pillow

I had someone skim my debit card at Christmas time so I had to order a new one and forgot it was attached to my account at Shabby Fabrics for their pillow of the month kit club.  It was almost the end of the month before I remembered, then I was out of town and…

Block 97 – First Purse

This block may not look like much at first glance.  That’s because it’s missing the final ingredient.  This is a purse – a small hand purse that has a small clasp at the top which is made out of 2 buttons.  Looking back, it probably wasn’t too bright to sew the buttons on the other…

Snail’s Trail

This lap sized quilt has had as many twists and turns as the pattern has in it.  My original plans, months ago, were to make this for a completely different occasion and individual.  While I was buying the fabric, another woman mentioned that she had made the storm at sea version that uses snail’s trail…