win some, lose some

I’m quilting away on the Amy Ellis sampler.  No hurry because I really have it planned as a summer quilt to go in the extra bedrooom. I’ve tried out several new techniques related to cropping inside vs. outside, stitching around the cropped areas vs. not. There are a number of mistakes on this quilt but…

O Be Careful, Little Eyes

Do you remember that song from Sunday school that goes like “Oh be careful little eyes what you see, for the Father up above is looking down in love” and so forth? Then it goes on to what the ears hear and what the mouth says, etc.  I’ve been busy quilting for our guild’s charity…

Outlander

I’m slowly making progress on another UFO from 2017.  This one was a mystery quilt called Outlander from Ebony Love. This is the middle section of the quilt; I think it’s 33″ x 33″ but don’t hold me to that.   This is the quilt that I bought two of at Christmas 2016; one for me…

Eat ’em up Kats!

The latest quilt wasn’t technically in my 2017 UFO pile – because I had bought the kit in 2016 at the quilt festival…and never even started it!  The kit wasn’t cheap; I think it was over $150 and only included enough fabric to make it 40×48. They call it a lap-sized quilt but that’s about…

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…